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Yankees trade for minor league shortstop

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees announced that they have traded for Cubs minor league shortstop Alberto Gonzalez, the same guy who played for the Yankees a few years ago, originally coming over from the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson deal.

Gonzalez will report to Triple-A and is not on the 40-man roster. The Yankees will send cash or a player to be named to Chicago.

The move does not require much analysis. The Yankees are thin in the infield and thin at shortstop in the upper levels. If this Eduardo Nunez injury proves more serious, I would guess — totally a guess, though — that Gonzalez would be at the top of the call-up pecking order.

What I remember about him was a good glove and a bad bat, pretty much what you would expect from a fourth-string shortstop.

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56 Responses to “Yankees trade for minor league shortstop”

  1. UpState May 10th, 2013 at 2:15 am

    ….a bit of a ‘light’ shortstop….but it appears that there’s not much else available.

    Alot of other teams probably wanted Cashman to drastically overpay…

    Gonzalez seemed decent as an NL player….anemic AL stats to date…

    Better than nothing.

  2. 4 NYY May 10th, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Another “hitter” for our Bronx Bombers ? Oh well, give him a shot.

  3. RadioKev May 10th, 2013 at 6:40 am

    The General!

  4. Mike Ri May 10th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    meh ! ….. its a body

  5. blake May 10th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Outrageous…..if Cashman were any good he would have gotten Javier Baez…..idiot

  6. blake May 10th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    (Sarcasm)

  7. Abe Peterham May 10th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Wow, this post Jeterian era is gonna suck

  8. RadioKev May 10th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Austin Aune’s ETA is… ?

    I’m actually pretty surprised by just how bad Nunez’s season has been, on many levels.

  9. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Kev-

    He’s had some really bad luck with the injuries.

    I think he’d be doing a lot better if had been healthy the whole time.

    At least his D seems to have improved with repetition.

  10. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU

    From things I’ve heard and read Nunez improvement has more to do with adjustments Kelleher made with his throwing motion.

    Also they said in the past he wasn’t willing to stay the course with some adjustments they tried with him.

    His foot work also looks better.

  11. upstate kate May 10th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Life is Good! TGIF! The Yankees are in 1st place :)

  12. Niblick May 10th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Another old never-will-be to clog up Scranton’s roster and inhibit the development of young players. Well played, Yankee brain trust.

  13. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “Austin Aune’s ETA is… ?”

    if you’re going with the odds…..probably never….but either way even if he does make it he’s years away

  14. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Good morning-

    Other than Thomas Neal. who’s injured and both David Adams and Zoilo Almonte, there currently is not much at AAA to provide a bat for the Yankees.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....38;cid=531

    In the last two games the RailRiders had 3 and 4 hits, similar to the parent club.

    Bring up Adams when he’s eligible, next Wednesday, I believe.

    Take a chance on Mustelier, for the other call-up, and if not him bring up Almonte and DFA Francisco.

  15. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    “Another old never-will-be to clog up Scranton’s roster and inhibit the development of young players. Well played, Yankee brain trust.”

    yes because we have all these young up and coming SS’s he is blocking

  16. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Maine-

    He just needs to get healthy and stay healthy for a while.

    :)

  17. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    upstate kate May 10th, 2013 at 8:21 am
    Life is Good! TGIF! The Yankees are in 1st place

    ——————————————————-

    Good morniong.

    How’s things upstate?

  18. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    YT-

    Adams should get the 1st shot.

    As soon as Ronnier gets his hitting going he should be next.

  19. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    morning. :D:

    Believe it or not I’ve had my coffee so I can’t use that as an excuse.

  20. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Hope all is well Kate.

    Nice to see you around.

    :)

  21. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Tyler Austin hitting 310/.382/.517/.900 in May…..he’s starting to adjust.

    Interestingly hit has a huge home/road split early this year……

    home: .230/.342/.279/.621
    away: .305/.431/.508/.939

    small sample and probably meaningless but interesting anyway.

  22. 86w183 May 10th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Niblick — What developing young shortstop will be be hurt by this innocuous acquisition??

    I would think any Yankees fan has to be thrilled to be tied for first place after 33 games with all they’ve been through.

    So is Boone Logan the closer tonight?

  23. Yogi Mantle May 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    This just seems like a depth type move pushed by Nunez being hurt a number of times already this young season. I don’t see him batting at the top of the order, and given the light hitting of Nunez so far, it doesn’t seem like it will affect the batter all that much if he replaces him due to injury.

    It is just too minor a move to get worked up about.

  24. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    MTU

    Maybe if he’d keep his helmet on he wouldn’t get hurt so much. :D:

  25. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    I don’t if it’s the factor but I believe Trenton is a Pitcher’s park.

  26. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Maine-

    I think they’ll need to glue it on with his speed.

  27. upstate kate May 10th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I am so happy and surprised by this Yankees team. Guys are really stepping up and taking advantage of their opportunities.

    MY/MTU
    Spring has finally sprung, it is beautiful as everything is blooming now.
    My son graduates college next weekend.
    The 2nd cutest dog is having a relapse of Lymes.

  28. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    What the Yankees have done with a Skeleton crew thus far is nothing short of amazing.

  29. rl15 May 10th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    First place NY Yankees! The pitching is doing the job we hoped it would, while we are hitting just enough to win. Good job all around.

  30. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    hey kate how are ya?

  31. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    MTU,

    yea I think so…..it’s probably just an early season weird thing but I just thought that was interesting…..

  32. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    MTU-

    I believe Neal , had he not gotten injured, might have gottten a call-up to replace Francisco.

    The bullpen is holding the team together. With only one off day the rest of the month, and a make-up DH with the Indians, the Yankees need bats to get thru this month.

  33. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Upstate-

    What is your son’s major ?

    Congratulations.

    One my Mops has had a very severe skin problem brought on by a sudden allergic reaction.

    We think it is some sort of food allergy.

    It’s taken weeks just to clear up the 2ndary infections. Just finished off the antibiotics.

    He’s still not quite 100%.

    We have him on a very bland diet along with supplements for his skin and coat.

    I’m told these things do just flare up suddenly sometimes.

  34. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    YT-

    Granderson should be ready soon.

  35. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    “What the Yankees have done with a Skeleton crew thus far is nothing short of amazing.”

    yea it is…..however it echos what a lot of us were saying in the offseason about 2013…..that if their pitching (mainly the front 4) stays healthy then they will keep them in the race. The Yanks rotation was greatly underrated by the experts and prediction makers this winter……

    I still think they will need more offense if they want to have a legit title shot…..but their rotation and pen is solid and deep…..and could get even deeper if some cards fall right.

  36. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    upstate kate

    The 2nd cutest dog is having a relapse of Lymes.

    ————————————————————————-

    Is that a big problem there?

    Here it seems easier to treat dogs than people.

    There’s alot of it here.

  37. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Please excuse me for a little while.

    Time for the most important meal of the day.

    Got to stoke the furnace.

    Hike day today.

    I’ll be back.

  38. BD (Boston Dave) May 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Pitching wins.

    At some point the Yanks will need a little more hitting…

    but this is what happens even your pitching staff is freakin awesome.

    Hats off to the pitching so far.

  39. BD (Boston Dave) May 10th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    If Pineda can add something along with the bats coming back, and some young blood in the bullpen… and this team is ALREADY competing like this? Watch out AL.

  40. Niblick May 10th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    86w183 – I frankly don’t know if there are any SS in the Yankees system who will ever amount to anything. However, I do look at the Scranton roster and see a large number of over 30 types who will never ever get more than a cup of coffee, if that, in the majors. There really is no need for them. Those old timers shouldn’t be getting playing time at the expense of younger players. That’s one of the problems with the Yankees farm system – it is always loaded with these older types.

  41. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    blake

    It’s not just the front 4 but the depth they have that is also making a difference.

    The lack of depth the RS have is going to start showing now that they are having injuries and also some underperforming.

  42. upstate kate May 10th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Hi Blake. Hope you are working on SS skills w/ your boys…looks like we could use them.

    MTU- English w/ minors in philosophy and biology. I hope your pup feels better soon.

    MY- it did not used to be a problem up here, but it is now. We have plenty of deer, but didn’t used to have that many ticks. I blame it on the milder winters.

  43. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    best case scenario……the Yanks rotation in August is

    Sabathia
    Kuroda
    Petttite
    Hughes
    Pineda

    and the pen is Mo, Robertson, Joba, Montgomery, Claiborne, Logan, Rapada/Cabral, Phelps/Warren.

    That’s just a super deep pitching staff…..if they got the lineup healthy and maybe added another bat at the deadline then they could be very tough this year.

  44. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    “It’s not just the front 4 but the depth they have that is also making a difference.”

    yea I agree…..injury wise though I think it’s pretty important that the front 4 stay healthy. The Yanks 1-8 in starting pitching have a lot of depth……they have like 3 or 4 capable 5th starters so those guys can fill in in the bullpen or spot start etc……Warren really saved the game yesterday. After a rain delay you have to get outs and bridge that gap…..he did and it allowed them to win the game even though they only scored 3 runs.

  45. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    upstate kate

    MY- it did not used to be a problem up here, but it is now. We have plenty of deer, but didn’t used to have that many ticks. I blame it on the milder winters.

    —————————————————————

    I think some of it is that they are finally having to acknowledge it’s a problem.

    They’ve been slow to admit it’s a problem here but with so many having it they’re forced to.

  46. 86w183 May 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Niblick —- I agree in general, but in this specific instance I don’t see any issue. The Yanks aren’t the only team with as many re-treads as prospects in AAA. It’s why I pay more attention to performances in Trenton than Scranton.

    Blake —- I wouldn’t put Montgomery in the pen ahead of Warren or Phelps. He has not been very good this year and seems to be walking someone every outing.

    Obviously more offense is needed. Granderson for Francisco/Boesch will be the first upgrade. Youkilis for Nelson will be the second. Teixeira for Boesch/Francisco will be the third.

    Those are three pretty damn big upgrades.

  47. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “Hi Blake. Hope you are working on SS skills w/ your boys…looks like we could use them.”

    we are working on it…..still young….we are trying to hit lefty right now.

  48. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    “Blake —- I wouldn’t put Montgomery in the pen ahead of Warren or Phelps. He has not been very good this year and seems to be walking someone every outing.”

    I wasn’t putting them in any real order after Mo and D Rob

  49. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    If the Yanks could get everyone healthy and then add maybe a Chase Headley at the deadline then that could be a game changer…..

  50. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    BD-

    Good morning. Pitching does win. Look at the Yankees pitching stats compared to the league, or filter it just to the AL.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....rder/false

    The Yankees are in the top third in team ERA 3.68, but near the bottom in BAA .262, near the middle in strikeouts, and with that near the top in least base on balls.

    Does this have any meaning? Are the Yankees pitchers giving up too many hits but leaving runners stranded? Is this sustainable?

    Thoughts anybody?

  51. MaineYankee May 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Joe keeps Francisco on the team so the fans can complain about him and leave some of the other players alone. :lol:

  52. blake May 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    “Joe keeps Francisco on the team so the fans can complain about him and leave some of the other players alone. ”

    I think maybe it’s more of an ultimatum to Cashman…..get me somebody or I’m going to keep playing Ben Francisco and hitting him 5th….heck I might even hit him 3rd.

  53. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Maine-

    I thought that was A-Rod’s job ?

    Should have changed his name to L-Rod.

    :)

  54. blake May 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    “Does this have any meaning? Are the Yankees pitchers giving up too many hits but leaving runners stranded? Is this sustainable?”

    I think one thing is that as a staff they don’t really walk many guys in general….so they don’t beat themselves a lot as a staff. I don’t think a 98 win pace is sustainable for this team…..however their pitching is pretty good.

  55. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    New one —–>

  56. disco stu May 10th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I dont think the Yankees will make any significant in season trades this year … I think Cashman and Co. are of the mindset that the big additions will be their stars returning from injury. As each one returns to the fold, the offense will become more and more explosive.

    Its amazing to consider, but it appears that Arod will probably be back before Jeter (and there is still uncertainty as to when Jeter will be back because he has not been cleared to do anything yet). So the pecking order will probably be Grandy, Tex, Arod, and Jeter. Plus, dont forget we will have players who started the season, got hurt, and will return at some point … Youk, Nunez, Cervelli, and Joba.

    I guess a potential silver lining with all of these early injuries is that as the Yankees get healthier, they will be a lot fresher during the “dog days” while other teams start to feel the fatigue of the long season. Just a thought.

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