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Yankees announce non-roster spring invitations

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the release from the Yankees. I’ll go through this and post a real list soon, just wanted to get this up as soon as possible.

Matt DaleyThe New York Yankees today announced that they have signed nine players to minor league contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training: RHP Bruce Billings, INF Russ Canzler, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Chris Leroux, OF Antoan Richardson, INF Scott Sizemore, INF Yangervis Solarte and INF Zelous Wheeler. The club has also invited 17 additional players to 2014 spring training, bringing the total number of invitees to 26 (13 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders). The number of players now scheduled to report is 66—18 fewer than 2013’s total of 84.

Canzler, 27, has appeared in 29 Major League games—three with Tampa Bay in 2011 and 26 with Cleveland in 2012—combining to bat .271 (26-for-96) as a first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter. He was selected out of Hazleton Area High School (Pa.) by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and spent seven seasons (2004-10) with the organization.

Coello (pronounced koo-WAY-oh), 29, has combined to make 28 Major League relief appearances with Boston (2010), Toronto (2012) and Los Angeles-AL (2013), going 2-3 with one save and a 5.90 ERA (29.0IP, 19ER, 39K). He allowed only one run in his first 11 outings (13.1IP) with the Angels last season, retiring 21 consecutive batters (12K) in six games from May 13-25. In his career, Coello has averaged 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and held right-handed hitters to a .209 (14-for-67) batting average. He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher in the 20th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, but was converted to a pitcher by the Angels organization prior to the 2007 season.

Leroux (lah-RUE), 29, has made 63 Major League relief appearances with Florida (2009-10) and Pittsburgh (2010-13), going 1-2 with a 5.56 ERA (69.2IP, 43ER, 63K, 3HR). He played for Canada in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics, combining to go 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (4.2IP, 3H, 2BB, 5K). After being claimed off waivers by the Pirates on September 13, 2010, Leroux went 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA (25.0IP, 8ER, 24K, 7BB) in 23 games with the club in 2011. He made two appearances with the Pirates in 2013 before becoming a free agent on April 17. He then joined the Yakult Swallows of the Japan Central League, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts (22.0IP, 22ER). Leroux was selected by the Marlins in the seventh round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft after playing baseball for three seasons at Winthrop University (S.C.).

Sizemore, 29, has appeared in 160 Major League games for Detroit (2010-11) and Oakland (2011, ’13), combining to bat .238 (123-for-517) with 14 home runs while playing second base and third base. After being traded to Oakland on May 27, 2011, Sizemore started 88 of the A’s final 102 games at third base and batted .249 (76-for-305), ranking second on the team in home runs (11) and tying for second in RBI (52) over the stretch. He played baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University for three seasons before being selected by the Tigers in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Matt Daley, INF Corban Joseph and RHP Jim Miller earned invitations after spending a portion of the 2013 season with the Yankees. Daley, 31, was selected to the Major League roster on September 6 and did not allow a run in his seven appearances with the club (6.0IP, 2H, 0BB, 8K), holding opponents hitless in his final five games (4.0IP). On September 26 vs. Tampa Bay, Daley struck out his only batter faced after replacing Mariano Rivera in his final career appearance. Joseph, 25, appeared in two games with the Yankees when he was called up as the club’s 26th Man for the May 13 doubleheader at Cleveland, starting the opener at first base (0-for-2, 1BB) and starting the nightcap at second base (1-for-4, 1R). Miller, 31, made his only Major League appearance of the season on September 7 vs. Boston (1.1IP, 3H, 3ER, 1HR, 1BB).

Also earning an invitation is RHP David Herndon, who is 2-8 with a 3.85 ERA (117.0IP, 50ER) in 97 Major League relief appearances, all with Philadelphia (2010-12). After spending his first four professional seasons (2006-09) in the Angels’ minor league system, he was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft on December 10, 2009, making the club’s Opening Day roster in three consecutive years (2010-12). He appeared in 92 games (109.1IP) in his first two Major League seasons, holding right-handed hitters to a .200 (26-for-130) batting average in 2011. Herndon was selected out of Gulf Coast Community College by Los Angeles-AL in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Yoshinori Tateyama earned an invitation after joining the Yankees organization during the 2013 season. He spent his first 12 professional seasons in Japan (1999-2010), going 35-43 with 27 saves and a 3.43 ERA (661.2IP, 252ER) in 438 appearances with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He signed with the Texas Rangers on November 30, 2010, and spent two full seasons and part of a third with the organization before being traded to the Yankees on June 21, 2013, for future considerations. Tateyama has made 53 Major League relief appearances—all with Texas—going 3-0 with one save and a 5.75 ERA (61.0IP, 39ER, 61K, 17BB) from 2011-12.

The list of invitees includes five of the Yankees’ selections from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft: OF Mason Williams (fourth round), RHP Danny Burawa (12th), OF Tyler Austin (13th), RHP Chase Whitley (15th) and LHP Fred Lewis (47th). Following the 2013 season, Williams was ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the organization, as well as the “Fastest Baserunner,” “Best Athlete” and “Best Defensive Outfielder.”

Also earning an invitation are recent Yankees draft picks RHP Mark Montgomery (2011, 11th round) and C Pete O’Brien (2012, second round). Montgomery was voted the Yankees’ minor league “Pitcher of the Year” in 2012, and following the 2013 season his slider was ranked as the best in the organization by Baseball America. O’Brien led all Yankees minor leaguers in 2013 with 22 home runs and 96 RBI, batting .291 (130-for-447) with a .544 slugging percentage as a catcher, third baseman and designated hitter.

Rounding out the Yankees’ invitees are C Francisco Arcia, OF Adonis Garcia, C Jose Gil, INF Jose Pirela and LHP Francisco Rondon.

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47 Responses to “Yankees announce non-roster spring invitations”

  1. Chip January 29th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Wave Your Hat January 29th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Chip-

    All I am saying is that it is going to more than hurt to lose Cano, and a 10 year contract was perfectly reasonable given Cano’s past performance and where salaries seem to be heading.

    If the Yanks felt it wasn’t in their interest to give a 10 year deal then so be it but the Yanks are likely to discover this year that despite their fancy additions, the infield is going to cost them dearly.
    ——————————

    Let’s also remember that the team they break camp with is not always the team that they finish with.

    I have no doubt the Yankees will miss Cano, and certainly I have no illusions about Brian Roberts approximating that value – but if Jose Pirela continues to hit the way he has the last couple of years maybe the Yankees have a new 2b to build with – again, not on Cano’s level, but you’re not going to get that from anyone.

    Maybe the Yankees, since they’re not paying Cano, solidify 3b next year by signing Chase Headley – again, who knows.

    The bottom line is that he’s not here. The Yankees knew going into this winter that he wasn’t going to be here and so rather than wring their hands over it they made moves to cushion that blow as best as they could.

    The lineup that they’re hopefully going to put on the field opening day will feature power from both sides of the plate, speed at the top and bottom of the order, exceptional defense in several spots, terrific on base skills and a batch of injury concerns.

  2. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    “Do we know for sure Cano would not have taken 8 years at a 25M AAV?”

    actually we know more for sure that that wouldn’t have gotten it done.

    Cashman said that Cano’s camp’s final offer was 235 million….and if they didn’t accept that then they were taking a deal elsewhere. So I think we have to assume that 10/235 was what it would have taken.

  3. Wave Your Hat January 29th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Chip-

    I get that. Although if they knew going in they weren’t going to sign Cano I still don’t get why they wouldn’t trade him, I still get that the Yanks have moved on, and done a reasonable job assembling the front line of the team (although once again, they are skimping on depth which may or may not bite them).

    My comments were more aimed at those who don’t think we are going to miss him, and don’t agree that signing him was also a perfectly plausible path forward.

  4. Wave Your Hat January 29th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    blake-

    I guess. But the Yanks don’t seem to have counteroffered so I guess we’ll never know for sure.

  5. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    “I get that. Although if they knew going in they weren’t going to sign Cano I still don’t get why they wouldn’t trade him, ”

    if they knew they weren’t going to do what it took to sign him then they should have…..they didn’t because Hal was worried about selling tickets in the 2nd half.

  6. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    “I guess. But the Yanks don’t seem to have counteroffered so I guess we’ll never know for sure.”

    Cashman said that Cano’s camp called him the night before he signed and said 235 was the number and to not even counteroffer if they weren’t going to there……and Cashman offered 175 anyway…..he signed with Seattle the next morning.

  7. Jerkface January 29th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Cashman said that Cano’s camp’s final offer was 235 million….and if they didn’t accept that then they were taking a deal elsewhere. So I think we have to assume that 10/235 was what it would have taken.

    Disagree. This may be factual but it doesn’t actually say what Cano would have accepted. Its a negotiation and we know that the Yankees never offered anything more their initial offer. You know like when you walk out of a dealership when buying a new car? That statement read to me like Cano doing that to the Yankees because he didn’t like their initial offer. We don’t know what he would have accepted if the Yankees came back with ok, ok, 8/200.

    The Yankees gave up immediately after Cano’s camp said the above, despite only ever offering 1 paltry (RELATIVE) amount to him. I think that says more about what the Yankees wanted to do this offseason than what Cano would have accepted. It was clear they didn’t really want him that bad.

  8. Ys Guy January 29th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    first off, i thought baker was just about to sign with someone a couple of days ago…i guess that was just an unsuccessful attempt to get some juice flowing.

    anyway, there’s no rush on the b/u 1b, there are quite a few of them still available, baker, morales, kotchman, huff, hinske, hafner and others are still out there.

  9. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    It was clear they didn’t really want him that bad.
    ================================
    The key question is Why?
    They didn’t make the whole thing up.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 29th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    blojaldo for president!

  11. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    baker, morales, kotchman, huff, hinske, hafner and others are still out there.
    ==============
    dont forget canzler.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 29th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    “The key question is Why?
    They didn’t make the whole thing up.”

    mick, there are things we could guess at, but they would merely be guesses. Only the Yankees know exactly what went into their thinking.

  13. Wave Your Hat January 29th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    “It was clear they didn’t really want him that bad.
    ================================
    The key question is Why?
    They didn’t make the whole thing up.”

    Sometimes you want what you don’t have more than you appreciate what you have.

    Or not.

  14. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    “Disagree. This may be factual but it doesn’t actually say what Cano would have accepted. Its a negotiation and we know that the Yankees never offered anything more their initial offer. You know like when you walk out of a dealership when buying a new car? That statement read to me like Cano doing that to the Yankees because he didn’t like their initial offer. We don’t know what he would have accepted if the Yankees came back with ok, ok, 8/200.”

    true but that’s what Cashman said…..with Taxes there was a huge gulf between what the Yankees were offering and what Seattle offered. If the Yankees would have offered 9/225 would he have taken it? Maybe…..but it’s pretty clear the Yanks drew a line in the sand and weren’t crossing it……they weren’t all in on the player.

  15. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    We may have to wait for Cashman’s tell all book to know all the reasons why Cano isn’t still a Yankee……I feel very confident saying it wasn’t all about the money though. They chose to move on from him…..

  16. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Only the Yankees know exactly what went into their thinking.
    =====================================
    trish-it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see something was going on.

  17. pat January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    LoHudYankees
    Yankees announce 26 non-roster invites. Ronnier Mustelier is not among them.

    they must know something about him that they don’t like. :wink:

  18. fuji January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    “I don’t think we yet realize what a body blow it is losing him.”

    “we” ?

    i think some of us do think losing cano shows what total morons yankee management are that they didn’t lock up cano well before he hit free agency.

  19. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    they must know something about him that they don’t like.
    ===================
    yeah that he’s hurt again.

  20. Chip January 29th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    pat January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    LoHudYankees
    Yankees announce 26 non-roster invites. Ronnier Mustelier is not among them.

    they must know something about him that they don’t like
    ——————

    I didn’t even notice that.

    Interesting that the apparently are giving more consideration to guys like Wheeler and Canzler than Mustelier at this point given how close Musty was to making the club last year.

  21. Wave Your Hat January 29th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    fuji-

    I used “we” because I am practicing a kinder, gentler writing style.

  22. Chip January 29th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    We may have to wait for Cashman’s tell all book to know all the reasons why Cano isn’t still a Yankee……I feel very confident saying it wasn’t all about the money though. They chose to move on from him…..
    ———————-

    or he chose to move on from them.

  23. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY6M2cDw0uo

    this commerical is amazing.

  24. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    “or he chose to move on from them.”

    he did…..but only because Seattle offered him a lot more money. The Yankees let him go…..they could have kept him. They didn’t…..you really think he wanted to go to Seattle?

  25. AAA January 29th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    He didn’t want to be here, displayed his immaturity once again, and left.
    They had enough of his act.
    Besides all of that, they were not going to be held hostage by his demands.

    Some Sox fans say the same thing about Ellsbury

    ==========================================

    Not really. I know some Sox fans were peeved with his recovery time on injuries, but never heard anyone say boo about his effort on the field. There was never any indication of immaturity, lack of hustle, or anything like it. Interesting relationship between Ellsbury and the fans. He was never disliked, but was never really loved either. And the feeling appeared to be mutual. There was almost a mutual understanding that he’d be gone after last season, so the reaction to his departure was virtually non-existent, yet there was a genuine appreciation for his work there. Very unusual.

  26. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lohud Yankees Blog ?@LoHudYankees 12m
    Yankees announce 26 non-roster invites. Ronnier Mustelier is not among them. This must be why @McCulloughSL is leaving for KC. #MUSTY!!

  27. Chip January 29th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    “or he chose to move on from them.”

    he did…..but only because Seattle offered him a lot more money. The Yankees let him go…..they could have kept him. They didn’t…..you really think he wanted to go to Seattle?
    ——————-

    I think he wanted a 10 year contract.

    In fact, I know he wanted a 10 year contract because Cano said he wanted a 10 year contract. “I was looking for a contract where I would just be able to play and focus on the game and wouldn’t wonder when I’m 37, 38 would I have a job one day. Would I be able to play?” Cano said.

  28. kd January 29th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong:

    Better or worse from 2013

    Baltimore- slightly better or same
    Toronto- worse
    Boston-same
    Rays- better
    yankees -better

  29. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    “There was almost a mutual understanding that he’d be gone after last season, so the reaction to his departure was virtually non-existent, yet there was a genuine appreciation for his work there. Very unusual.”

    they knew Jackie Bradely Mays was coming

  30. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    In fact, I know he wanted a 10 year contract because Cano said he wanted a 10 year contract. “I was looking for a contract where I would just be able to play and focus on the game and wouldn’t wonder when I’m 37, 38 would I have a job one day. Would I be able to play?” Cano said.”

    well they could have offered 10/175…..would that have helped

  31. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Ellsbury is a no nonsense guy, not a typical red sock.
    He’s more of a Yankee in his appearance and thinking.
    Their identity over there is anti-Yankee. It defines them.
    No wonder they were cold to him.

  32. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    “Baltimore- slightly better or same
    Toronto- worse
    Boston-same
    Rays- better
    yankees -better”

    I think the Yankees are better, Boston is worse….and everybody else is about the same.

    If Boston loses Ellsbury and Drew….they are a worse team. Hard to see otherwise IMO….

  33. AAA January 29th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Baltimore- slightly better or same
    Toronto- worse
    Boston-same
    Rays- better
    yankees -better

    =================================

    I think Baltimore stands to be a little worse.

    Why “better” for the Rays? Feels like the exact same team as last year.

  34. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Boston’s 2014 greatly depends on Lackey and Bucholtz. If Lackey regresses and Bucholtz can’t stay healthy then they aren’t gonna be as good. I don’t see Bradely walking in and replacing Ellsbury and I don’t see Papi repeating his 2013…..unless he’s just killing gummies between innings. I guess the WC is Boegarts…..he’s got the talent to be a difference maker in 2014 but we’ll have to see if he’s there yet. I also think they got worse at catcher…..Salty had a sneaky good season with the bat last year and AJP is old and sucks at this point.

  35. AAA January 29th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    If Boston loses Ellsbury and Drew….they are a worse team. Hard to see otherwise IMO….

    =====================================

    I’d see Bogaerts/Middlebrooks as better than Drew/Middlebrooks.

    Better defensively in center, but worse offensively, at least initially.

  36. pat January 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Ellsbury was loved by fans at one time. The injuries and perceived lack of urgency to get back on the field soured fans (and some teammates) on him unfairly.

  37. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Also if the Yankees steal Drew as they should then that means Boegarts has to play SS and Middlebrooks is their every day 3B. Worse defensively and also Middlebrooks is a bit of a question mark….big power but some contact issues. They’d be worse defensively and less deep in the infield

  38. mick January 29th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    They better lock up Lester early if they are going to suck then…
    That team is on the brink of collapse as they played way over their heads last season.
    They are not a great team.

  39. kd January 29th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    i just don’t see how papi keeps it up unless his punds milkshakes all the time

  40. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    “I’d see Bogaerts/Middlebrooks as better than Drew/Middlebrooks.”

    Bogaerts will play either way…..he’ll play 3B if they keep Drew and Middlebrooks goes to the bench.

    So it’s really Drew/Bogaerts vs Middlebrooks/Bogaerts and I think the former is better…..certainly a deeper infield.

  41. AAA January 29th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    So it’s really Drew/Bogaerts vs Middlebrooks/Bogaerts and I think the former is better…..certainly a deeper infield.

    ================================

    Yeah, but that’s not comparing 2013 to 2014, which is kinda what the exercise is.

  42. UpState January 29th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    No Musty.
    My… has the savior dropped in perceived value.
    Also dropped in real value.

  43. fuji January 29th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    “I used “we” because I am practicing a kinder, gentler writing style.”

    maybe i should try that.

    on the other hand maybe not.

    it might be stressful not letting it all out :)

  44. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    “Yeah, but that’s not comparing 2013 to 2014, which is kinda what the exercise is.”

    Bogaerts was playing by the end of the season but fair enough….

  45. blake January 29th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    new one ->

  46. TKR January 29th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    AAA January 29th, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    Baltimore- slightly better or same
    Toronto- worse
    Boston-same
    Rays- better
    yankees -better
    ——————————–
    Toronto..little worse..didn’t lose much but need a SPer
    Balt..same
    Boston..not as good
    Rays ..better
    NYY..OF better..SPing..better..RP…worse..IF..excluding C..could be worse

  47. fuji January 29th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    “i just don’t see how papi keeps it up unless his punds milkshakes all the time”

    DHEA is legal in baseball and is a testosterone precursor. maybe he takes lots of DHEA.
    any male over thirty starts losing DHEA production. why not supplement it? i’d be surprised if ortiz wasn’t taking DHEA.

    supposedly the scientific community says that DHEA has little if any affect on athletic performance.
    i don’t believe it . i think it boosts testosterone levels.

    “DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone): DHEA is a steroid precursor, similar to the well-known androstenedione. Most steroid precursors are banned in MLB, but DHEA could not be banned due to a special status it was granted by the U.S. government. ”
    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....riguez-oth

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