The Yankees may have won their most important game of the year yesterday, as they beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim IN Anaheim with a lineup that brought Shelley Duncan to the plate fifth. Ian Kennedy made his MLB season debut and pitched a scoreless shaky 8th. Freddy Guzman got his first stolen base as a Yankee.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees. That makes 6 former Yankees now on the Pirates 40-man roster. You heard that right-SIX.
The New York Yankees have a great farm system. They develop great players. One thing they cannot say, however is that they hold on to those great pitchers. Most of the AAA Yankees’ roster is now on the MLB Pirates (seriously.) Lets name a few:
At the time it looked great for both sides, maybe better for the Yankees.
Now Tabata is a top-prospect outfielder (which the Yankees can use besides Austin Jackson,) Ross Ohlendorf is an innings-eating starter in the MLB (Yankees can use that) Jeff Karstens is injured, but a solid 5th starter, and Daniel McCutchen is getting a trial in the MLB.
Meanwhile Nady is hurt and Marte has a horrible contract and a horrible ERA.
I would not be ranting if the Yankees had reasons for these moves. Do the Yankees REALLY need Freddy Guzman? They’re just going to DFA him in the offseason when Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson, Zach Kroenke, etc need 40-man spots. Why not DFA Juan Miranda? They should try to trade him in the offseason. They have first base locked up for the next 7+years.
For all we know Claggett can be a valuable MLB pitcher in the future. The Yankees did not give him, or Jackson, or Hacker, or Patterson a decent shot. That is my problem.
The Yankees made a move today, purchasing the contract of Freddy Guzman and DFA’ing Anthony Claggett. Claggett pitched 2.2 Innings giving up 11 hits and 10 ER. He was infamously known for his performance in the Yankees 22-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians in April.
Guzman will be used mostly for his speed in late game pinch-running situations.
I recently commented on a Chad Jennings blog post and asked him who he thought would be called up in September, if Ramiro Pena could play CF in the MLB yet, and if Austin Jackson could play all three outfield positions.
Here was his response:
The call-up situation changed today with the announcement that Joba Chamberlain will be pitching every five days, but only going a few innings at a time. That likely means more pitchers going up than I originally expected.
Of the five pitchers on the 40-man — Melancon, Claggett, Ramirez, Albaladejo and Dunn — I now think three will go up on September 1 and the other two will go after the season. I’ll take a guess that Albaladejo is the one most likely to go up on September 1.
Postion players, I think only Cervelli and Pena will go up on September 1. After the season, I think Duncan, Miranda and maybe Jackson.Pena looks good in center field, but I wouldn’t have him start a game there in New York. Maybe late in a game that’s already decided. For a guy who’s hardly played the position, playing center field in a big league ballpark is going to be quite a bit different from a minor league park.
No doubt Jackson can play all three spots in the big leagues right now and be well above average defensively.
Every year in September the MLB rosters expand to 40 players, rather than 25. Here’s who I believe the Yankees should call-up for the pennant race.
*Most teams call up 3 or 4 players before the AAA and AA playoffs end, then call up more*
1. Zach Kroenke, LHP, AAA Scranton. Kroenke has been lights out in AAA this year, with a sub-2.00 ERA. Kroenke would help the bullpen by giving them another lefty reliever and by giving them length.
2. Ramiro Pena, INF, AAA Scranton. Pena has seen a lot of time in the MLB this year and could help with the infield depth. We don’t want Jose Molina being the backup third baseman, do we?
3. Mark Melancon, RHP, AAA Scranton. Melancon has had limited time in the MLB this year, but has had pretty good results in his time there. Melancon can help out with depth.
4. Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA Scranton. Duncan had one day in the majors this year before being sent down in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr. Duncan has been stellar in AAA.
AFTER THE AAA PLAYOFFS:
5. Josh Towers, RHP, AAA Scranton. Not on the 40-man but could be a spot-starter or a long reliever if needed.
6. Jon Albaladejo, RHP, AAA Scranton. Closing in AAA, has seen time in the MLB.
7. Juan Miranda, 1b, AAA Scranton. One and done this year in the MLB.
8. Kevin Russo, INF, AAA Scranton. One of the most consistent players in AAA this year, needs a spot on 40-man.
9. Austin Jackson?!?!?! OF, AAA Scranton. This is one I am uncertain about. He could use the experience, but they don’t want to rush him.
10. Francisco Cervelli, C, AAA Scranton. Was great in his time in the MLB. Currently on the 7-day DL in AAA.
This would give the Yankees 35 players, 36 with Brett Gardner returning. That is more than enough.
PROBLEM: 4 of these players (Kroenke, Towers, Russo, Jackson) do not have spots on the 40-man roster.
WHO WOULD LEAVE THE 40-MAN:
1. DFA Kevin Cash. With Cervelli, Molina, and Posada all healthy, and Cash on the DL in AAA, he is completely not needed.
2. DFA Sergio Mitre.
That still leaves 2 extra spots needed, so two of those (I suspect Towers and Russo) wouldn’t be called up.
*This is pure speculation*
The New York Yankees made some roster decisions before tonights game.
-They designated Cody Ransom for assignment (making me very excited.)
-They promoted Anthony Claggett from AAA Scranton. Claggett is most known for his role in the Yankees infamous loss to the Indians on April 18th.