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Rapada DFA as Yankees set Opening Day roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

To open a spot on the Yankees 40-man roster, lefty Clay Rapada has been designated for assignment. The move clears the way for Lyle Overbay to make the Opening Day roster. Here’s the roster.

ROTATION
52 CC Sabathia
18 Hiroki Kuroda
46 Andy Pettitte
47 Ivan Nova
41 David Phelps

BULLPEN
42 Mariano Rivera
30 Dave Robertson
62 Joba Chamberlain
48 Boone Logan
27 Shawn Kelley
38 Cody Eppley
43 Adam Warren

CATCHERS
29 Francisco Cervelli
19 Chris Stewart

INFIELDERS
55 Lyle Overbay
24 Robinson Cano
36 Kevin Youkilis
26 Eduardo Nunez
17 Jayson Nix
33 Travis Hafner

OUTFIELDERS
11 Brett Gardner
31 Ichiro Suzuki
12 Vernon Wells
45 Ben Francisco
22 Brennan Boesch

15-DAY DISABLED LIST
65 Phil Hughes
2 Derek Jeter
25 Mark Teixeira
14 Curtis Granderson

60-DAY DISABLED LIST
71 Cesar Cabral
35 Michael Pineda
13 Alex Rodriguez

Associated Press photo

 
 

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47 Responses to “Rapada DFA as Yankees set Opening Day roster”

  1. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Kinda a weird decision unless they think they can keep him

  2. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    BryanHoch RT @pada5something: @yankees it’s been real…
    ——————————————————————-

    These breakup tweets are just heartbreaking.

    Really hope the Yanks play some small ball tomorrow. Nunez, Ichiro, Gardner…. they have a really fast lineup right now. Lester was pretty dominant this spring. Love to get CC a lead and let Mo save it on Opening Day!

  3. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    @pada5something: @yankees it’s been real..

    He’s gone

  4. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Aardsma over Eppley is the oddest part. Maybe they think Aardsma is still a question mark after the surgery.

    Hope we can get our 40 man straightened out soon.

  5. Tabbert March 31st, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    The Yankees getting to finish the season against the Astros could end up being very helpful towards that playoff push. I already got my tickets for the series, and hopefully I will just be watching Mo’s final regular season game and not his final game.

  6. ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    So warren own for hughes, francisco for jeter and boesch for granderson?

  7. William Buckner March 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Might end up being Granderson and hafner dfa.

  8. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t get Rapada being DFA’d. Unless they think his shoulder injury is worse than was ever reported? Because when healthy he is an insanely good lefty out of the pen. The exact kind of guy the Yankees have been looking for (like when they signed Feliciano), so throwing away a league minimum guy like that is strange.

  9. astrocityfan March 31st, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I thought it would be Epply myself. But better Rapada than Mesa or some other young guy.

  10. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I think I would have released Eppley and taken Nuno most until Rapada was ready….then sent Nuno back down to start

  11. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I think I would have released Eppley and taken Nuno most until Rapada was ready….then sent Nuno back down to start

    Well they had to DFA 1 guy to get overbay on the roster, so to take Nuno you’d have to DFA someone else.

  12. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I woulda just had Rondon come north for a bit.

  13. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    “Well they had to DFA 1 guy to get overbay on the roster, so to take Nuno you’d have to DFA someone else.”

    True….Rondon then

  14. astrocityfan March 31st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Mlbtraderumors reporting Casper Wells dfa’d by Seattle to make room for Jason Bay
    Is he worth a look?

  15. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Was Cervelli named the starting catcher? Or has Girardi decided to go with a defacto catcher-by-committee approach until Cervelli or Stewart claims the number-1 job?

  16. yankeefeminista March 31st, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I think it is the shoulder injury that is at the root of Rapada’s being DFA’d. Our two studly catchers will catch by committee based on who is pitching.

  17. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    Was Cervelli named the starting catcher? Or has Girardi decided to go with a defacto catcher-by-committee approach until Cervelli or Stewart claims the number-1 job?
    ——–

    I think the latter would be wise. It would still essentially give Cervelli the nod, and cause less controversy if Romine can take over the starting position later in the season.

  18. MG March 31st, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    It was nice to scroll through the last two threads and see at least some level of optimism for the 2013 season.

    Nothing is a given in sports-the Yankees offense is probably league average right now (or slightly below average until Jeter, Granderson and Teix return) but their pitching staff is as good (or better) than anyone else’s. For example, the Rays, for all of their pitching wealth, have the former Fausto Carmona as the #5 starter.

    It will be a competitive, interesting year in the American League and AL East. I usually predict the Yankees with 95 wins and a playoff spot-it’s tough to put them down for 95 this year without knowing when all of the injured players will be back (my prediction is Teix will be back without a lingering wrist problem within a couple of months) but certainly 90-92 is within reach and that should be enough for a return trip to the playoffs, at which time the hot team (unpredictable right now) usually comes out on top.

  19. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Just a guess – Hughes comes off the DL and they DFA Eppley and add Nuno to the 40

  20. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    They shouldn’t waste Nuno in the LOOGY role, he shows promise as a starter. If they want a LOOGY it has to be Spence or Rondon. Rondon is already on the 40 and Spence you can DFA later anyways.

  21. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    Rapada was injured but still. Eppley had a worse spring than aardsma…

    ———

    This.

  22. m1kew March 31st, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Actually, I look at this as a positive indication that the Yankees think Cabral will be their loogy so looking at this that way removing Rapada sense. Also, I think this is a quasi vote of confidence in Banuelos in that they did not dfa him. To me it looks like they will use this year to see if he can pitch with control. If they did not think that was possible then he was the obvious dfa guy.

  23. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    Happy Easter to this who celebrate.

    Tha last thin I worry abou on th Yankee is middle middle relief. Eppley Rapada, Wade, whoever, the Yankees Are really not shy and out moving them in a moving them out. They do not “rely on journeymen relievers. The rely on Mo, DRob and Joba. The middle relief corp is very changeable.

    “it’s been real” SMH. okay, the. Lol

  24. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    what? There is no way Banuelos is a DFA candidate. And Cabral won’t be back for atleast 2 months, probably more.

  25. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    sorry – should have been:

    DFA Eppley
    Send down Warren or Phelps
    Add Nuno to the 40 and call him up as a second lefty

  26. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    They shouldn’t waste Nuno in the LOOGY role, he shows promise as a starter. If they want a LOOGY it has to be Spence or Rondon. Rondon is already on the 40 and Spence you can DFA later anyways.
    ————–

    Fair enough

  27. MG March 31st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    the Yankees keeping Eppley in spite of his awful spring is about the same as them keeping Corey Wade last year after a similar awful spring.

    I doubt that both Kelley and Eppley are with the team after Hughes returns, whoever is throwing better (if both of them even pitch early in the season) will wind up staying longer.

    As for Rapada, he didn’t pitch all spring, even if he’s almost ready to pitch it’s no big loss…

  28. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....l?page=all

    So Klapisch has us in the same category as the Marlins, huh? Media personalities are sure taking advantage right now to get these foolish written pieces out there. Oh well.

    BTW one good thing about Rapada being gone is Girardi will no longer be tempted to let him face that one or two RH bats once in awhile.

  29. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Doreen,

    I agree that middling relief arms are fungible, but Rapada is an elite loogy. There are few to none left handers that get out lefties like he does. The Yankees basically had what they have been looking for in a lefty in a long time and just DFA’d it. That is the kind of relief arm you keep.

    Eppley, a guy who is only good vs RHB and not really that good, is the middling relief arm you DFA. Or Aardsma (which they did).

    Rapada is actually a pretty valuable guy. I think it must be the injury. Maybe he ends up not pitching this year. Or getting through waivers and rehabbing with the Yanks.

  30. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Fact is that between Nuno, Rondon, Spence and Cedeno the Yankees got enough good performances from lefties to make Rapada expendable…

    shame of it is that it was just after Girardi had settled on “Rapper” as a nickname for him.

    My guess is Rapada won’t be out of work for very long.

  31. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Jerkface -

    The problem is that it became a matter of numbers. The Yankees are so committed to carrying a 12 man pitching staff that they had to keep Eppley on the team. That meant either DFAing a player like Mesa or a hurt player like Rapada.

  32. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    The problem is that it became a matter of numbers. The Yankees are so committed to carrying a 12 man pitching staff that they had to keep Eppley on the team. That meant either DFAing a player like Mesa or a hurt player like Rapada.

    I would have DFA’d Rapada and brought up Rondon. They have no need for 100 righties in the pen.

  33. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    The problem is that it became a matter of numbers. The Yankees are so committed to carrying a 12 man pitching staff that they had to keep Eppley on the team. That meant either DFAing a player like Mesa or a hurt player like Rapada.

    I would have DFA’d Rapada and brought up Rondon. They have no need for 100 righties in the pen.
    —————–

    Rondon’s starting in AA right now.

    Like I said, I think this is a very temporary thing. When Hughes is back they’ll DFA Eppley and send down either Warren or Phelps then call up Spence, Nuno or Cedeno to fill the role of 2nd lefty.

  34. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Just a gruesome injury to a Louisville player right now. Definitely looks like he broke his leg. I have never seen anything like that in a basketball game ever.

    Everyone really shook up.

  35. ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I agree with chip. This was a decision based on what comes nect when hughes returns. Eppleyis the best dfa candidate when they move phelps to the pen. Thenthey move warren back and add oneof the lefties to the 40

  36. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Unknown,
    Never seen anything like it. That young man was carving up Duke at will. Hope he recovers fully. Man, that was ugly.

  37. MG March 31st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I think the Yankees should resign Cody Ransom so that they once again have a player that everyone on LoHud can hate…

  38. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah just a terrible sobering moment in what has been a great game. I hope the Cards can pull together at halftime and win this thing in the 2nd half.

  39. yankfan1 March 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The only reason i can see Eppley over Rapada and Aardsma because Eppley’s contract is renewable for next year while Rapada is going through arbitration and Aardsma is going to be a FA. Because other than that I dont have a rational explanation for it. Eppley isn’t very good…

  40. jmills March 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Yankee fans, I trust everyone is perfect. I’ve been working most of this fine long weekend, so sadly unable to loosen up in predictable fashion, here’s to a fun season to one and all! :)

  41. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    So Casper Wells couldn’t beat Jason Bay out for a roster spot in Seattle – that’s gotta be a kick in the pants.

  42. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Granted, Bay had a good spring and Wells didn’t – but seriously it’s Jason Bay!!!

    Though if he has a good couple of months I guarantee someone will offer something useful to Jack Z for him.

  43. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Jerkface I just typed a response and submitted it and I have no idea where it went!!

    Anyway, I agree that Rapada was a terrific asset and I’d wager if he ddnt have a shoulder injury he would not have been DFAd. Perhaps they’re hoping he gets through waivers. A risk for sure.

    I was mainly responding to the person who posted that the Yankees need to stop relying on journeyman relievers. They do not. This is the area of roster construction that that are good at. They are very flexible here and don’t use a lot of resources. They get the most they can for as long as the can for as little as they can.

  44. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Doreen,

    If Rapada had been healthy they would have kept him and DFA’ed Eppley.

  45. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Awful awful injury. Wish that young man well.

  46. jmills March 31st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Doreen, I’ve had comments disappear unto the ether as well. Unfortunately, you just have to recreate the whole damn thing.

  47. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Chip, I agree.


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