Saturday, May 18, 2013

Reid Brignac Added To Wives & Girlfriends Section

Normally I reserve regulars for this but when I was Google imaging for a picture of Reid Brignac I came across the above picture and was wowed. I don't know how a guy like Reid Brignac pulled that off, seeing as his girlfriend Lauren Anderson is a Playboy playmate, but I'd shake his hand for it if I ever met him. Click HERE to see the rest of the Brignac wives and girlfriends photos and the rest of the Yankees Wives & Girlfriends. Hey Reid welcome to the club and I just wanted you to know that I've seen you're girlfriend naked, I'm just saying.

Yankees Sign Josh Bell To Minor League Deal

The Yankees have announced that they have signed former Chicago White Sox player Josh Bell to a minor league deal. Josh Bell is a third basemen so he seems like the obvious choice to replace David Adams down in AAA since it does not look like he is going anywhere any time soon. Bell has a major league career .195/.223/.265 triple slash in the majors so don't expect much from the guy.

Former Yankees Update Gil Velazquez

The Miami Marlins continue to scoop up former Yankees players as they signed former Yankees infielder Gil Velazquez to a minor league deal today. Velazquez is a 33 year old with a career triple slash of .245/.307/.327 all in the minor leagues.

Angels Claim Chris Nelson Off Waivers From Yankees

On May 15th the New York Yankees designated Chris Nelson for assignment when they called up David Adams and now Nelson has been claimed off waivers. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim claimed Chris Nelson today and will acquire the infielder.

Ken Davidoff Ranks Best & Worst MLB Owners

Ken Davidoff over at the New York Post every once in a while ranks his current best and worst owners in Major League Baseball and did so again this week, seen HERE. This time around he simply did the best owners in the league and I thought it would be worth a share because Hal Steinbrenner made the list.

Here is the list and Ken's write up for Hal Steinbrenner

1. Mike Illitch, Detroit Tigers
2. Mark Attanasio, Milwaukee Brewers
3. Bill DeWitt Jr. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Stuart Sternberg, Tampa Bay Rays
5. Hal Steinbrenner, New York Yankees

5.Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees. Number five is always tricky, and what makes this list particularly tricky is drawing a line of demarcation in service time. For instance, the Giants’ ownership has done an outstanding job, starting with the construction of Pac Bell Park (now AT&T Park) in 2000. But it hasn’t been the same, continuous group. Larry Baer took over as CEO just last year, and the ownership shares have been fluid; the majority owner is now reportedly Charles Johnson.

Similarly, what do you do with the Yankees and Hal Steinbrenner? Is he a continuation of the greater entity of the Steinbrenner family, as George purchased the club back in 1973? Or does Hal Steinbrenner’s term begin in 2008, when he became the Yankees’ control person? He was involved before then, as George’s health began to fail. And obviously, many of the Yankees’ ownership’s core beliefs are influenced by the late Boss’s core beliefs.

Even if we start the clock at 2008, you note that the Yankees have continued to expand their vast brand via the YES Network, and they continue to win ballgames and qualify for the playoffs even as other teams (the Dodgers, the Phillies and the Red Sox, to name three examples) have displayed that it’s possible to spend upwards of $150 million and be pretty terrible.

If Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t go here, then who? I used to rank the Red Sox’s group number one, but they got the boot after all that has transpired the last couple of years. The Phillies’ Dave Montgomery does an overall good job, yet his baseball operations folks seem to have lost their way. The Rangers’ folks took over the team in late 2010, giving them even less service time than Hal Steinbrenner.

So Hal Steinbrenner it is. I spoke with him yesterday upon the conclusion of the owners’ meetings. Here’s my column.

Read more: FRIDAY FIVE: Best owners

Happy 67th Birthday To Mr. October

A very happy 67th birthday wish goes out to Mr. October Reggie Jackson from everyone here at The Greedy Pinstripes. You will always be remembered from Yankees fans whether they saw your three home run game in the World Series or not. Have a good one Reggie!

Game Thread : TOR @ NYY 5/18

The Yankees rookies single handed beat the Toronto Blue Jays last night as these same two teams go at it again this afternoon at Yankees Stadium. Another young guy in David Phelps will be on the mound to face off against Brandon Morrow for the Jays. Curtis Granderson is making his first ever appearance in right field today and Travis Hafner is back as the DH and hitting clean up. The Yankees get one more guy back from being injured in Hafner so that's always encouraging. Head over to twitter and give us a follow @GreedyStripes to tweet with us during the games all season long.

Here is the Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

Yankees Designate Alberto Gonzalez For Assignment

The Yankees have announced that they have designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment to make room for recently acquired Reid Brignac. This is a head scratcher because Gonzalez can play all over the field, even serving as a back up catcher and a pitcher for an out here or there, but Brian Cashman believes that Reid Brignac can lefty platoon with the likes of Jayson Nix. Seems like Brignac is coming to the majors and not to AAA like we all originally thought or hoped.

Giveaway New York Yankees Then & Now Book

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Yankees Trade For Reid Brignac

I think I see something.

Earlier this week Reid Brignac was DFA by the Colorado Rockies, and Jon Heyman tells us that the Yankees traded for the 27 year-old.

EDIT: Heyman followed up with another tweet, saying it the Yankees gave the Rockies $75,000.

Brignac has hit .228/.270/.321 his his 5+ years in MLB, however his only regular work came in 2010. Before the 2007 season, Reid was the #17 prospect according to Baseball America, but that promise has not yet translated to the field.

I'm thinking this move was made to fill a roster spot in AAA, since the Yankees have needed to call up David Adams, who looks like he could stick with the team even after Kevin Youkilis returns. Surely they don't think Brignac, and his career OPS of .591, can be of any help.

Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees 5/18

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays play the dreaded day game on Saturday this afternoon at Yankees Stadium. The good news is the game is not being aired on FOX as the Yankees tend to have troubles in those games for some reason. The Yankees will send David Phelps to the mound to face off with Brandon Morrow in this afternoons game. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES and MLB TV.

Game 43 Lineup: Blue Jays vs. Yankees


Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

David Phelps RHP

This Day In Yankees History 5/18

On this day in 1999 Joe Torre returned to the Yankees after missing the teams first 36 games after undergoing successful prostate cancer surgery. The game was played in Fenway Park but Torre still received a standing ovation from the Boston crowd. The Red Sox would beat the Yankees 6-3.