Just a few leftovers from a busy day…
• We already knew that Michael Pineda was scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday, but Brian Cashman said today that the start will come with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “He’s coming back hopefully soon on a rehab assignment to give us more choices in the rotation,” Cashman said.
• Today’s Stephen Drew trade was the first swap between the Yankees and Red Sox since 1997. Cashman said making a trade with Boston is usually a non-starter, but it actually worked this time. “It’s a unique set of circumstances,” Cashman said. “One of our two teams has to be, one has to be in a playoff mode and the other – in my opinion – the other one has to be rebuilding to some degree. … I threw an idea Boston’s way when they started moving and shaking as much as they were. Once they declared themselves the way they did, I floated a text Ben Cherington’s way and we worked really quickly off of that.”
• We already know Brian Roberts is being DFA tomorrow, but the Yankees will have to make two more 25-man roster moves to accommodate the three new guys (Kelly Johnson is on the DL, so trading him didn’t open a spot on the active roster). Optioning Zelous Wheeler and Chase Whitley would seem to be the easy moves, though I suppose the Yankees could DFA either Brendan Ryan (if Drew is going to be the backup shortstop) or David Huff (if Esmil Rogers is the new mopup man).
• Roberts is going to just miss having enough at-bats for one of his performance bonuses to kick in. Cashman said that threshold is not the reason Roberts sat out the past few games. “Bottom line, it’s all just based on evaluations,” Cashman said. “We’re taking on money. I had to go to ownership to ask to take on money. Somebody’s performance bonuses — by doing deals where you’re adding to your roster and taking on payroll in a significant way — it has nothing to do with somebody’s roster bonuses.”
• According to Pete Abraham, the Red Sox are going to have prospect Anthony Ranaudo start tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park. It was supposed to be John Lackey. Also, Marley Rivera spoke to Yoenis Cespedes, who plans to be in the Red Sox lineup on Friday.
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