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Yankees add another relief candidate on a minor league deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Add another name to that list of veteran minor league relievers trying to make an impression in Yankees camp this spring.

A team official confirmed that the Yankees have signed 29-year-old right-hander Chris Leroux, who has spent parts of the past five seasons in the big leagues, most notably pitching pretty well in 25 innings with the Pirates back in 2011. He was on the Pirates Opening Day roster last season, but he was quickly DFA and wound up pitching in Japan. He’s basically a fastball/slider guy.

Leroux landed an invitation to big league camp, so he’ll be in that group with guys like David Herndon, Robert Coello, Brian Gordon — and others — trying to make an impression to either break camp or get a mid-season call-up.

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83 Responses to “Yankees add another relief candidate on a minor league deal”

  1. Revenge of Stoneburner January 27th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    The Challenge of Stephen Drew Changing Positions

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs…..positions/

  2. Revenge of Stoneburner January 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch
    Guy who might help Yanks at 3B: Yangervis Solarte. They’ll look at him this spring. Sw-hitter w/ some pop, was with Texas AAA last year.

    really good season in 2011 for Twins AA; had 30ish doubles last year with low k rate/high contact rate – bb rate low though

  3. pkyankfan69 January 27th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    C-H-A-M-P-I-O-S-H-I-P!!!!

  4. pkyankfan69 January 27th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Ugh, spelled it wrong, weak

  5. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Solarte’s numbers:

    http://www.baseball-reference......lart001yan

  6. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Tom-

    Sorry I didn’t respond earlier.

    Had to run out.

    A ninja move ?

    I don’t see any right now.

    To accomplish it would take a series of steps.

    Doesn’t say it won’t happen though.

    Best trade chips are GGBG and Nova but they must replace them first.

  7. blake January 27th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    January 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm
    blake,
    If Drew is a no brainer, how come nobody’s signed him? Draft pick, health, too much money, something else?

    He’s a no brainer for the Yankees….not most other teams. For teams that still care about the draft pick I get it….but the yanks have already lost all their best ones anyway. I don’t think he will be too much money and they really need him

  8. Yankeeclipper January 27th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    dumpster diving moves with hopes of finding a nugget. Nothing wrong with that approach but Yanks need to look at FA and trade market to upgrade infield and pen.

  9. yankinvegas January 27th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I would really like to see us give the kids a chance in the bullpen. Bullpens are always made up of moving parts and several guys pass through during the course of a season.
    How’s this for a beginning :
    Robertson
    Kelley
    Thornton
    Phelps
    Betances
    Cabral
    Montgomery (if he has a big spring)
    I would send Adam Warren to AAA to work exclusively as a starter. He would be my first fill-in until MannyB. is ready in mid-season

  10. Yankeeclipper January 27th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I am not inclined to trade NOva unless we are overwhelmed with a great trade. I think Nova’s salary, age and his upside potential dictate we hold on to him. He is currently slotted as our #4 but could easily be a #3 and perhaps become a #2 on other teams. He has great stuff and appears to have figured out the mental side of the game.

    Gardner would be easier to part with particularly if we end up with a solid infielder in return. Gregarious, Owings from Diamondbacks, or Ackley/Franklin from Seattle. Doubt we would do Gardy for Phillips. Too much disparity in salary to have us match up with Reds.

  11. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    How we might view Nova might be very different than how the Yankees view him.

    He cannot be moved unless we add additional pitching 1st.

    GGBG to the Reds still makes sense.

    Again, you need to have a GGBG replacement all lined out 1st.

    I suggested De Aza from the WS. He may be available for a BUC.

  12. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Blake-

    Your concern about the IF is understandable.

    Hang in there.

    You might see someone yet.

  13. blake January 27th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    MTU,
    I just think with the pitching staff they have it could be a problem

  14. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Always remember that just about anyone is available for the right return.

    GM’s have to have open minds. And they should always listen.

  15. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Blake-

    At least 3 of the 5 are heavy GB pitchers.

    Possibly 4 of 5.

    So yes, I agree that there will be a lot of GB’s put in play.

    Having an infield to take advantage seems necessary.

  16. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Not trying to be pessimistic but just asking the question.

    What happens if Robertson can’t hack it as our closer ?

    Do we have a ready alternative ?

    If not, we should.

    Flying the trapeze is fine as long as you have a safety net under you.

    ;)

  17. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    The Yankees MiLB is pretty clogged up with guys who are likely to be lost to the rule 5, etc.

    It would be good if some deals could be made so that they are not lost for nothing.

  18. blake January 27th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    “What happens if Robertson can’t hack it as our closer ?”

    The answer is no ….I think DRob will be fine but if he’s not no they don’t have a good back up plan there currently

  19. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    MTU,
    Are you trying to make me give up my pass on MLBTV? You’re doing a great job. Why bother to watch, since they’re so lousy?

  20. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Blake-

    Think it makes sense to go into the season w/o an alternative ?

  21. blake January 27th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    MTU,
    Nope but there isn’t a lot left now…..Id take a shot on Hanrahan probbaly and hope he’s healthy for the 2nd half

  22. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Tom-

    Who said they are “lousy” ?

    What I am saying is that they have a few more important holes they probably should close.

    That’s all.

    Otherwise we have a very fine Team.

    I’m quite excited about our pitching staff. It has great potential.

  23. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Blake-

    Point is that they should be ready so if things go south they won’t have to scramble to find someone.

  24. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    MTU,
    As you have said, over and over, they’ll fill at least some of them before opening day. All I’m askng is, don’t be a downer right now. Let’s see what happens.

  25. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Tom-

    Sure.

    Wasn’t trying to be.

    Pointing out a few tweaks is hardly being a downer in my mind.

    No one was more excited than me to get MT.

    Cut me some slack.

    ;)

  26. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Tom is just a little on edge because that blizzard of snow is comin to Georgia :)

  27. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    MTU,
    You’ve got all the slack you you need. Just don’t rappel with slack in the rope. It hurts.

  28. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Mister Tom-

    Went shooting this past Saturday.

    Had all manner of pieces.

    You would have loved it.

    Our friend’s husband is competition shooter.

    :)

  29. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    blake,
    I’m all set. Got bread, got eggs, got steaks, got catfood (important for the health of my ankles), got beer, got 600 pound of ice and gas fireplaces in every room should the power go out. What, me worry?

  30. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    blake,
    I’m all set. Got bread, got eggs, got steaks, got catfood (important for the health of my ankles), got beer, got 600 pound of ice and gas fireplaces in every room should the power go out. What, me worry?

    You have beer so you’re ready !

  31. pete2 January 27th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    To me its shocking that teams have not moved on guys like Drew, Cruz, Morales, Jiminez and Santana while spending huge dollars on elite free agents.

    I suspect it’s a form of collusion using the overhyped value of draft picks as a cover, which was why the owners wanted a compensation pick system in the first place.

    Suppressing such players salaries does more to suppress salaries since there are more comps for these type of players than elite players. It not only suppresses FA salaries but also arbitration salaries. Big fail for the MLBPA on not taking a bigger stand on compensation picks.

    Its interesting that the teams who have the top 15 lowest salaries in MLB last year received 311 million in revenue sharing dollars (using bloombergs numbers). The amount of salary they paid out of their revenues is only 32.3% (including benefits), compared with the top 15 teams in payroll who were at 55.6% (payroll using Cotts numbers).

    Those same 15 teams on the bottom of the payroll list, adjusted for revenue sharing, make up 47.4% of revenue but pay only 34.4% of the players salary

    The worst of the slackers are SDP (68 million payroll, 20 million RS, 195 revenue, 30.2% effective payroll/revenue), Mia (51, 32, 200, 15%), Pit (67, 35, 185, 23.2%), Hou (26, 9, 205, 13.7%), TBR (62, 29, 175, 25.1%), Oak (61, 36, 175, 20.6%)

    FWIW, The Yankees were 56.4% (incl tax), Red Sox 46.7%, Dodgers 77.8% (before tax), Rangers 57.1%, Tigers, 65.0%, Tor 54.8%

    Another big fail for the MLBPA not making a bigger issue of teams siphoning off revenue sharing dollars and not spending it to be competitive. As Hal said, if not for revenue sharing the Yankees could spend 300 million a year on payroll. Thats money the players could be getting but is used to finance teams yachts or executive compensation packages,

    The LT threshold is also not being increased enough, it should be going up 5% a year instead of 5% over 3-4 years. Bud must have pictures of MLBPA leadership or something.

  32. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    No snow here but supposed to get down to about 5 or so tonight…..I can’t remember a year with as many single digit lows around here as this year

  33. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    MTU,
    Just able to get enough ammo to waste a lot of it. I do wish I was with you today.

  34. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Blake-

    We had 2 weeks of record breaking weather in mid-December.

  35. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Too much analyzing is paralyzing. There’s absulutely no need to have a closer in waiting.

    When teams have a lead in the 9th they have like a 95% chance of winning. That’s with anyone closing the game.

    You don’t need to waste resources having a closer in waiting.

  36. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Tom-

    I thought of you.

    Several competition grade 22′s.

  37. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Ray-

    Blown saves hurt.

    We were spoiled having Mariano for so long.

    I’m hoping Robertson succeeds. I love the guy. Pulling for him all the way.

    Doesn’t stop me from wondering if he’ll handle it.

    Nor wanting to have some ready to step in if he can’t.

    ;)

  38. tomingeorgia January 27th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    MTU,
    Revolvers and semis?

  39. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    MTU,

    Robertson has been great for the Yanks. He’s the last person I’m worrying about right now.

  40. Tar January 27th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    “There definitely isn’t a lot of patience with young kids in here. Hell, the Yanks’ front office either for that matter.

    Yes, we all want young and exciting players to grow with the organization but there are also a lot of those same people who don’t have the stomach and patience to deal with the inevitable growing pains that come with it.”

    GF

    I know you remember this… it was a brutal West Coast swing. I believe they got swept in Seattle and were on there way to the same in LA. Robertson had maybe his worst week as a Yankee. So many wanted Drob banished to AAA or worst. Real intelligent and sophisticated fans wanted him gone, that also surprised me. I know you and not many others were fighting the good fight.

    Yeah definitely not enough patience around here…… even with smart fans.

  41. I am Brett Godner January 27th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I think Drob will be very successful as the closer, but I would still like to see one dependable vet in the pen as a set up or back up closer if they need saves 3 or 4 days in a row. I don’t think the desire for a dependable BP arm necessarily means you think high socks needs a safety net, but it also wouldn’t hurt if he did. The problem is finding a guy that fits that role who doesn’t think he deserves to be the closer. It was easier when the closer was Mo.

  42. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    “You don’t need to waste resources having a closer in waiting.”

    I wouldn’t spend for that reason…..they could use another good reliever just because the pen is thin. I’m not worried about DRob so much as that if he closes he can’t pitch in the 7th or 8th…..that’s the problem

  43. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Blake-

    That is basically my POV.

    To have a guy who can cover the 8th or close if needed.

    Example: JJ Putz

  44. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Did they lose any relievers from last year besides Mo?

    They have enough guys in triple A who can pitch out of then.

    Not to mention Phelps and Warren who both have big league experience and stuff.

    I don’t want to see them sign a reliever just for the sake of having another veteran in the bullpen.

  45. Tar January 27th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Did they lose any relievers from last year besides Mo?”

    Logan, Joba.

  46. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Shawn Kelly, Betances, Phelps, Warren, Claiborne. Those are 5 guys with big league experience. Are you telling me they’ll all be so bad that none of them can handle the 8th?

  47. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    You just want a desert warrior MTU…instead of a dessert warrior like Joba.

  48. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    “Did they lose any relievers from last year besides Mo?”

    Logan….and Id say the greatest reliever of all time is a pretty big loss. They basically lost 2 of their 3 primary relievers from 2013

  49. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Joba was really bad last year so addition by subtraction there.

    They have that Cabral guy to replace Logan.

  50. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Logan wasn’t that hard to replace..never really knew what you were going to get out of him on a day to day basis

  51. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Good evening Howler.

    :)

  52. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    raymagnetic says:
    January 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm
    Shawn Kelly, Betances, Phelps, Warren, Claiborne. Those are 5 guys with big league experience. Are you telling me they’ll all be so bad that none of them can handle the 8th?

    Betances has like a couple of MLB appearances…..and none of the rest of those guys are really lock down relievers. Maybe somebody will step up…..but lot of ifs and maybes out there

  53. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t think they’ll miss Logan….they’ll certainly miss Mariano

  54. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    if they don’t sign someone, something will probably shake out in ST…there is always a plethora of starters or relievers who end up getting cut…I don’t think the 8th inning guy necessarily needs to be a reliever…could be an older starter asked to fill a different roll with a chance to air it out for one inning.

  55. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    They’ll miss Mariano..but they’ll also miss the mystique of Mariano…there are quite a few closers who can come in and do the job…even Mo blew 5 saves last year. The hardest part of being the closer the first year is having to live up to filling those shoes…they’ll always be the comparisons.

  56. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Who out there is a shutdown reliever and available?

    They can find a guy at any point during the season.

    Sometimes you just have to see what shakes out especially with the bullpen.

  57. blake January 27th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    “Who out there is a shutdown reliever and available?”

    Well nobody now….they could have signed Balfour though. Not saying there is a lot they can do about it now….just saying that the pen is a potential problem they’ll have to sort out during the season

  58. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    At one point just before and during spring many of us thought David Aardsma was going to be a great person in the pen for the Yankees. Look how that ended up.

  59. chicken_stanley January 27th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    many of us thought David Aardsma was going to be a great person in the pen

    —————————–

    Guilty as charged! :)

  60. Jerkface January 27th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    @octonion 10m

    Oliver has Masahiro Tanaka pitching at Cy Young level. http://t.co/9k18XwxGuU

    Has him sub 3 ERA for the entire length of his contract

  61. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Chicken our intrepid traveler…just for you…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKss2pBYQ6Y

  62. raymagnetic January 27th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    They did sign a veteran reliever this offseason. They have Matt Thornton!!!!! :)

  63. chicken_stanley January 27th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Howler – Never seen that one before… I like it! “super chicken”…. hmmm… has a nice ring to it :D

  64. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    even his Lion sidekick was named Fred ;)

  65. chicken_stanley January 27th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Didn’t mean to post and run but I have a really early morning tomorrow… catch you all later

  66. I am Brett Godner January 27th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I think there are some very talented arms in the pen with more depth than is given credit, but if you change Drobs role there isn’t one total ‘ been there done that’ RP in the pen ( Thorton kind of but I don’t trust what’s left in his tank). I would be more comfortable if there was and another solid arm would be good too. Just saying.

  67. Tar January 27th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    “Has him sub 3 ERA for the entire length of his contract”

    It’s very fortunate that he has a veteran like McCann to throw to.

    I’m watching that video you linked earlier, 0-2 pitch to that first batter and he got way too much of the plate. I do think he just missed his spot.

  68. coney1 January 27th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Anybody heard from Wanzies lately? Seems like he has been MIA since Tanaka signed.

  69. Tar January 27th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Damn crazy slider to k that second batter.

  70. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Coney-

    I spoke with about a week ago.

  71. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    ed: w him. sorry

  72. Pat M. January 27th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    No offense Jerkface, but your boy Tanaka isn’t going to sniff an era below 3.00. He’s a huge overpay. Be happy with 14-15 wins , stays healthy and pitches to an era around 3.75 and that’s a lofty era goal. A most expensive guy who The Yanks had to sign as an elite pitcher who also has a no trade contract.

  73. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I’m not going to make any predictions until I see him against major league batters…my main hope for now is he just stays healthy and can be at least a legitimate pitcher for them. I hope it’s not an overpay because it’ll keep them from diving into the international market for immediate major league talent for awhile.

  74. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I’ll make a prediction.

    His splitter is going to give hitters fits.

    :)

  75. Tar January 27th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    “He’s a huge overpay.”

    Pat Every contract given out these days seems like a “huge overpay. Apparently It’s the price of doing business these days.

    And Tanaka is not just JF’s boy, pretty much all of Lohud wanted him. You have been about the only one I can think of who has had reservations. For the Yankees sake I hope you are wrong.

  76. j9d January 27th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wondering if Yanks and Boras are in a staring contest waiting for the other to blink. Or, alternatively, if Yankees don’t want to upset Jeter.

  77. Jerkface January 27th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    So Pat M you’re suggesting that a 3.75 ERA is going to be a lofty goal for Tanaka? Based on what? He is a younger, better version of Kuroda and Kuroda has beat that ERA every year but once. We are in a pitcher friendly era and Tanaka has great stuff and control.

    I said before he was posted. He isn’t likely to be an ace like Darvish, the kind of guy who may be a top 5 pitcher every season, but he could be the next tier down to a number 2. That means ace like years, and for the most part always sticking around the top 25 pitchers in the league.

  78. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I’d be thrilled with that.

  79. Jerkface January 27th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    A 3.75 ERA is a lofty goal for Phil Hughes, not Tanaka.

  80. Pat M. January 27th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Tar….I’ve always said that I’d like The Yanks to sign him especially because of his age and price. Once the cost sky rocked much of that glow subsided. I have concerns about his fastball being a punchout pitch whenever his bread and butter splitter isn’t on. But the point is this, everyone is expecting a huge impact like a CC Sabathia or a Catfish Hunter and when it’s clear that this isn’t to be 80 % here will turn him vampire once the sun goes down. 22 million for a so called top 25 pitcher ( big stretch ) for 7 seasons is a price only a rich team in dire straits would pay…..As a 50 plus year NY Yankee fan I too hope for good results, however I have guarded optimism

  81. Pat M. January 27th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Face I was waiting for is always your best punch which is a flicked attempt to jockstrap. Rag me on Hughes, but he has 60 MLB wins, if all goes well Tanka might have that after his opt out season

  82. Howler January 27th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I was referring more toward your approximation of a #2, not the 3.75 ERA.

  83. MTU January 27th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    New one ———>

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