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The roster begins to shape up for the Yankees

The Opening Day 25-man roster has to be set by Sunday, but the Yankees got a head start and started making some cuts and additions. Here’s what manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees did after the Yankees 4-2 win over the Nationals.

1. The Yankees optioned Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton along with newly acquired pitcher Sam Demel.

2. Lyle Overbay officially made the team today. Overbay’s defense impressed Joe Girardi enough that he will be the 1B against right handed pitchers while Kevin Youkilis plays third base.

3. Ben Francisco and Jayson Nix also made the team as the 4th OF and a utility guy off the bench.

4. David Aardsma was designated for assignment by the Yankees today. The reason behind it was that Girardi felt the Yankees already felt that they had enough one inning pitchers. Didn’t seem the need to carry another one.

5. Shawn Kelley made the team. Girardi liked his approach on the mound as well as the fact that he’s a strikeout pitcher.

6. Vidal Nuno along with a handful of other players were reassigned to minor league camp. I guess winning the Dawson Award didn’t mean much in the Yankees eyes.

7. Before the game today, Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira were watching Brennan Boesch do first base drills while Teixeira was giving him pointers. It seems as if the Yankees plan on carrying Boesch as the emergency first baseman although the Yankees didn’t officially announce that as of yet.

8. After the Yankees released David Adams, he became a free agent today and the Yankees re-signed him. Seemed like a lengthy process to get him off the 40-man roster and back into the organization.

2012 5th Round pick Robert Refsnyder to start career in Charleston

2012 5th Round pick Robert Refsnyder to start career in Charleston

by Matt S.

From the Yankees page, 2012 5th round pick Robert Refsnyder is to start his career with the Charleston River Dogs. He was just named the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series. Here is some information on Refsnyder from the article:

Refsnyder was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft with the 187th overall selection following his junior year, and is expected to make his professional debut Tuesday night with the RiverDogs.  This past season he batted .364 with eight home runs and 66 RBIs and also stole 14 bases in 65 games, earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Conference squad.  He was also named to the All-Pac-12 Conference first team following a sophomore season that saw him tie for the conference lead in RBIs.

Chavez to DL; Yanks call up Nix

Chavez to DL; Yanks call up Nix

By Delia E.

The Yankees had made a roster change and for the Yanks, it’s not good. The Yankees have placed Eric Chavez on the 15 day DL after suffering a concussion in last night’s game. The Yankees refused to send down a pitcher, instead they brought up young Jayson Nix to be another bat on the bench. In Scranton, Nix is batting .233 with 0 HR’s & 4 RBI’s.

Freddy Garcia goes to bullpen

Freddy Garcia goes to bullpen

By Delia E.

Freddy Garcia’s tenure in the Yankees rotation is officially over as of today. No, he wasn’t released from the team but he was added to the Yankees bullpen. Yankees called up D.J. Mitchell earlier today to add depth to the Yankees bullpen and though not official, it looks as if David Phelps will get to keep the rotation spot warm–until Andy Pettitte comes back.

There is still one issue though; the Yankees still have 26 men on the roster meaning someone has to be sent down to make room for Mitchell. This also isn’t official but it could be Cody Eppley that gets sent down.

Update: Cody Eppley was just optioned to Scranton to make room for Mitchell.

Yankees call up D.J. Mitchell

Yankees call up D.J. Mitchell

By Delia E.

Update #1: According to Andrew Marchand, this could potentially mean that David Phelps is now in the rotation.

Original Post:!/YankeesPR/status/196596538967994369

David Phelps’s old friend from Triple-AAA will join the Yankees. D.J Mitchell was called up today just a day after Freddy Garcia blew his last start. There was no counter move at the moment but it looks like Girardi really did sleep on his decision. Mitchell is to make his Major League Baseball debut in today’s game. More on who’s off the roster as this story develops.


Kevin Whelan designated for assignment

Yankees designated RHP Kevin Whelan for assignment

by Matt S.

He was cleared to make room for the newly-signed Hiroki Kuroda on the 40-man roster. Whelan made two appearances with the Yankees last season. The 28-year-old could draw some interest on waivers.

Yankees sent Curtis outright to AAA

Yankee sent OF Colin Curtis outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

by Matt S.

Curtis was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Freddy Garcia on the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from shoulder surgery but was healthy enough to participate in Winter Ball.

Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia; Desginate OF Colin Curtis

Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia; Designate OF Colin Curtis

By Delia E.

Here’s the not shocking part: The Yankees have re-signed Freddy Garcia to a 1 year contract. Here’s the shocking part: The Yankees DFA’d OF Colin Curtis to make room for Garcia on the 40 man roster. Curtis was out the whole 2011 season nursing a shoulder he had broken during Spring Training.

Afternoon Notes: Wilson, Garza, Gonzalez, Danks, 40-Man Roster

The Yanks have expressed particular interest in White Sox hurler John Danks. Chicago on the other hand is a big fan of NYY Triple-A catcher, Austin Romine.

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

— Brian Cashman would like to do something this offseason, before Christmas, but he won’t unless the prices drop from where they are now. (Sherman)

— Symbolic of the Yankees’ current lack of enthusiasm, when C.J. Wilson’s agent requested a meeting in New York, he was told “we’ll get back to you.”

— The Yanks have looked into a possible trade for Cubs’ starter, Matt Garza. However, a Chicago official said trading Garza would be “very, very unlikely”.

— Among their particular likings is left-hander Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics. Billy Beane, talking about the availability of Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, said, “In our situation, we are open to anything.” However, Oakland is looking for an ace return for either Gio or Cahill. This probably implies a package centered around Jesus Montero or Manny Baneulos.

— They also favor ChiSox lefty, John Danks, who will be a free agent after this 2012 season. Sherman notes that Danks is “very” available, with the sudden Chicago rebuilding process. The asking price for Danks appears to be similar to that of Billy Beane’s in Oakland. The Yanks don’t view Danks as worth that kind of price, especially considering they’d only be getting one year of him. However, don’t shut the door on this trade possibility. Sherman adds the White Sox are very keen on a number of Yankee prospects, including a “particular fondness” for Austin Romine.

Via Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:

— On a different note, the Yankees added infielders David Adams and Corban Joseph, outfielder Zoilo Almonte, and right-handed pitchers, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps to their 40-Man Roster. It seems likely that the latter two will see at least some time in the majors next season.

A little about each of them.

Almonte batted .276/.345/.459 with 15 homers and 18 steals between High- and Double-A this season. He’s an unexciting talent but one the Yankees felt they couldn’t lose in the Rule 5 draft.

Joseph, 23, hit .277/.353/.415 with five homers and 58 RBI over 499 at-bats for Trenton this season. The former fourth-round pick is below average defensively and hasn’t progressed much with the bat, but the Yankees are still holding out hope that he’ll be a useful piece of the roster eventually.

Adams batted .370/.421/.509 over 29 games in an injury-shortened 2011 season. The former third-round pick has little in the way of tools but profiles as a solid backup at the major league level.

A former outfielder from his college days, Mitchell doesn’t have much upside but has a nice minor league track record, having held a 3.28 ERA over three seasons, including a 3.18 mark at Triple-A in 2011. He probably has a better shot to eventually earn a roster spot for the Yankees as a middle reliever, though.

Phelps is now off-limits for the Rule 5 draft. A former 14th-round pick, Phelps posted a nice 3.19 ERA and 90/26 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. Though his ceiling isn’t high, Phelps boasts a 2.61 ERA in his minor league career and has a good shot of being a useful back-end starter or middle reliever for the Yanks one day.

Montero coming soon; other minor-leaguers moving


by Mike D.


John Nalbone of says that Jesus Montero is expected to join the Yankees major league squad “in the very near future.” Now that Manny Banuelos has been promoted to Scranton-Wilkes Barres, other top prospects, Austin Romine, and Dellin Betances are expected to join the Triple-A team soon. This is according to sources close to the organization.

Montero will be a welcome addition to the ballclub, when he does get promoted, as he has hit .307 AVG / .361 OBP / .557 SLG against left-handed pitchers. I can see Montero getting a good amount of time in the majors as the designated hitter against lefties.

Afternoon Notes: Chavez, Soriano, Laird, Jimenez


by Mike D.


Via Joel Sherman, Eric Chavez will be activated today. To make room for Chavez on the MLB roster, Brandon Laird will be optioned down to Triple-A Scranton. Also, Sherman says that the plan is to activate Soriano tomorrow. This is because Soriano already pitched 2 days in a row, so he wouldn’t necessarily be in best shape to also pitch today.

Sherman says that according to scouts, “Soriano threw 93mph in rehab, but word was Soriano also was either pacing, saving himself or not overly interested — or is that just the usual.” Hmm. I’d imagine it’s probably a little bit of all those three.

On the tradefront, Sherman mentions that the feeling he is receiving from executives is that the Rockies “want to find (a) trade for Jimenez”. This is surprising considering we’ve heard that the Rockies don’t necessarily want to trade Jimenez. He notes that the Yankees, Red Sox, and Reds are all still calling, but shockingly the Blue Jays are also kicking the tires.

Nova Sent Down To AAA; Nunez Not Available


Ivan Nova was sent down earlier today to make room for Yankees reliever, Lance Pendelton. To take Ivan Nova’s spot in the rotation will be Phil Hughes, who is slated to make his first start since being put on the DL on Wednesday. In other news, Eduardo Nunez was benched for todays game due to tightness in his right hamstring. Girardi doesn’t expect tests to happen but Nunez wasn’t put in the lineup for precautions. Nunez believed his injury happened when he was running on a double he hit last night during the Yankees 5-2 victory last night in Citi Field.

Noesi Sent Down to Make Room for Colon


Now that Bartolo Colon is being brought back to the majors team today, Hector Noesi will be sent down to make room for him. This is actually a good thing for Noesi (whether he likes it or not), becuase in AAA, Noesi will be stretched out for starting. I’d rather him to get work in as a starter in AAA, than pitch pretty irregularly out of the bullpen in the majors.

Lance Pendleton up from AAA

Via Lohud:

The Yankees are bringing long reliever Lance Pendleton back to the big leagues. A source indicated this afternoon that Pendleton will be at Yankee Stadium tonight, giving the Yankees another multi-inning reliever.

Although we don’t know yet for sure, it is likely that Amauri Sanit will be sent down.

Yankees DFA Jess Todd, Pena sent down


The Yankees have designated right-hander Jess Todd for assignment, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).  Todd was DFA’ed to clear room on the 40-man roster for Amaury Sanit, called up today by the Bombers.  Ramiro Pena was also sent to Triple-A to make room for Sanit on the 25-man roster.

Todd was claimed off waivers from Cleveland less than a week ago by the Yankees.  He has a 7.62 ERA in 28 1/3 career Major League innings, though a strong 9.2 K/9 rate and 2.42 K/BB ratio.  Todd was originally a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 amateur draft and joined the Indians as a player to be named later in the trade that sent Chris Perez to the Tribe and Mark DeRosa to St. Louis in 2009.