Showing posts with label jim miller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jim miller. Show all posts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yankees Option Miller and Daley To Triple-A


The New York Yankees designated both Matt Daley and Jim Miller for assignment this week and both have cleared waivers. Both players have been assigned to Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders. I believe both players can accept their outright options or they can elect free agency but don't quote me on it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yankees Acquire LHP Francis From A's

The Yankees have acquired Left-handed Pitcher Jeff Francis from the A's in exchange for a player to be named later, MLB.com's Joey Nowak reports. 

In 13 1/3 innings of relief so far this season, Francis has posted a tough-to-look-at 6.08 ERA, the main reason why he was designated for assignment last week.

Still, it's arguable that those numbers are better than Jim Miller's, the pitcher the Bombers cut today in order to make room for their new acquisition.

Francis, 33, won 10+ games for the Rockies from 2005-2007, the last time he really had success, as the veteran hasn't done anything meaningful since then.

In 2009, he never played after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgury, before struggling in 2010 and recording an above-five ERA with the Royals in 2011.

Despite those bad stats, we do have to remember that this move could work out, something that doesn't actually need to happen anyway, as it's unlikely Francis will appear often for the Pinstripes much less start due to the sudden re-emergence of Chase Whitley.

In other words, while this trade is news it's not exactly Brian Cashman's solution to the team's rotation crisis, but rather a quick-fix to its need for another bullpen arm. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thornton Ruins Phelps' Great Start in Finale Loss to Indians

During the course of a season, a team suffers many tough losses.

Usually, those defeats consist of close games that couldn't quite be finished, but sometimes a whole different kind of story emerges.

That is, when a starter's gem is ruined by a bad bullpen.

Unfortunately, that exact scenario played out for the Yankees tonight, with Matt Thornton and Jim Miller combining to give up seven earned runs in just two innings of work as the Yanks dropped a heartbreaker to the Indians, 9-3.

For the first 2/3 of the contest, things didn't look like they could get much better for the Bombers, who knocked Cleveland's T.J. House out after just 4.2 frames thanks to a 2-run homer from Zealous Wheeler and an RBI Single from Yangervis Solarte.

During that time, the Pinstripes also got 6 shutout innings from David Phelps, setting up what looked like an easy W heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Too bad that didn't happen.

To start off the turning-point at-bat, Phelps surrendered a pair of hits to Chris Dickerson and Roberto Perez, causing him to be removed. 

At that point, the desperate and worn out Yanks had nobody too reliable to put in, forcing them to go with the aforementioned Thornton, a veteran who not only misplayed what should've been a routine double play on the first guy he faced to load the bases but also gave up a game-tying triple to Asdrubel Cabrera, followed immediately by a Michael Brantley sac fly to cost the Bombers their lead.

And if things weren't already bad enough, Miller took the liberty of allowing another five members of the Tribe to circle the bases in the next frame, pretty much ending the contest, as the once full of promise Pinstripes now trailed by six.

To put it simply, the Yankees, now 46-45, should've won this one easily, but instead ran out of gas, something we should expect to happen throughout the year as long as their starters struggle to get past the sixth.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quick Hit: Shane Greene & The Plan For The Pen


Have no fear Yankees family I have a plan for Shane Greene, Chase Whitley, and the rest of the New York Yankees bullpen. It has been announced that Greene will make his next scheduled start on Saturday, which is great news that I have been clamoring for since last night. Chase Whitley may be hitting an innings wall and will basically become useless in the starting rotation for the rest of the season so put him in the bullpen.

Designate Jim Miller for assignment, if we lose him oh well you need to give the kids a shot anyway, and clear a 25 man roster spot and 40 man roster spot. The rest I leave up to the people who are getting paid to make these decisions, namely Brian Cashman, as there are a plethora of options to choose from. The Yankees are playing an outfielder "short" after designating Alfonso Soriano for assignment and can call up Zoilo Almonte, who is already on the 40 man roster, Jose Pirela, or Adonis Garcia to take over. Robert Refsnyder has played the outfield before but I prefer to keep him in the infield. The Yankees also finally have a window to bring in a true first base backup in Kyle Roller with their new found roster flexibility.

Just a week ago we were basically stuck with what we had barring a shake up, which we may be in the middle of, or a trade or two. Now the options seems endless and that makes me happy. I have a plan, hopefully the Yankees do too.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yankees' Bats Get Good Again in Series-Clinching Win Over Twins

In this weekend's series at Target Field, the Yankees' offense has been many things.

On Thursday, it was lazy for the contest's early going, before becoming a dominant force on Friday and a point of frustration on Saturday.

In other words, over these last few days the Yanks' bats have been inconsistent, something further proven this afternoon, with them taking an early 9-0 lead to eventually beat the Twins, 9-7.

Going into the game, it seemed likely that the Bombers would win due to their obvious pitching advantage, although you have to imagine that no one out there predicted this, with the suddenly-hot Pinstripes knocking Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco out after just 2 innings. 

And they didn't exactly do it in a merciful way.

To start things off, Mark Teixeira made it 1-0 with a top-of-the-first single to right, followed immediately by a long RBI Double from Brian McCann.

On that two-base knock from McCann, Teixeira was actually thrown out at the plate, but considering that the score was still 2-0 I'm sure that mistake can be forgiven. 

In their very next turn, similar to what they did Friday, the Yankees also got the best of Nolasco, crossing home four more times on a Derek Jeter Sac Fly and a Jacoby Ellsbury three-run home run, his fifth of the season. 

At that point, the up-by-six Yanks were in complete control, a positive sign they would add onto yet again in their half of the fourth, scoring another trio on a hit and a forceout from the aforementioned Jeter and Ellsbury as well as a balk by Twins' Reliever Anthony Swarzak.

As you probably expected, those nine runs ended up proving to be more than enough for team Starter Hiroki Kuroda, who evened up his record at 6-6 with a 5 2/3-frame, 4-run performance.

Yes, the Bombers' bullpen (consisting of Adam Warren, Jim Miller, and David Robertson - who got save #21 with a one-run outing in the ninth) did have some trouble in the contest's later moments, but since the team did still win to take the series you can't help but be happy with them right now, as the W got the now 44-43 club back over the .500 mark.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jim Miller Called Up, Jose Ramirez Sent Down


The New York Yankees have called up relief pitcher Jim Miller from Scranton and will send down Jose Ramirez to make room for Miller in the Yankees pen. Ramirez had struggled this season for the Yankees and threw a ton of pitches yesterday and the Yankees needed a fresh arm for tonight after losing in extra innings last night. CC Sabathia was transferred to the 60 day DL to make room for Miller on the 40 man roster. Sabathia's 60 day DL trip is obviously retroactive and will be long up before he is eligible to come back to the big league club.

Miller has actually pitched well this season to the tune of a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings for Scranton and the call up is well deserved, even if he is 32 years old.


Friday, March 21, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 3/21


Brendan Ryan may not be ready for Opening Day due to upper back spasms, hello Dean Anna! Ryan went for tests on the back today and if he is not in a game by Tuesday it is highly unlikely he will break camp with the Yankees.

Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno pitched six innings each yesterday in minor league games. They are keeping their arms stretched out just in case but it looks like both are headed for the bullpen or AAA this season.

Russ Canzler is back in a game for the first time since his hip gave him issues after running into a rail. Canzler had an outside shot at making the team but now seems destined to be the everyday first basemen for the RailRiders.

Ivan Nova threw a bullpen sessions to Austin Romine. Michael Pineda threw a bullpen to Francisco Cervelli. Jim Miller threw a bullpen session to Jose Gil.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit on the field today and took outfield defensive drills, great news. Manager Joe Girardi says that Ellsbury could be in a game as early as Sunday, and if not then Tuesday.

Chad Jennings with the daily assignments:

Today’s second string: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia
· Today’s scheduled relievers: David Herndon, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley and Dave Robertson (with Danny Burawa, Shane Greene and Fred Lewis available if necessary)
· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy
Group 2: Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 3: Kelly Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine
Group 4: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Group 5: Zoilo Almonte, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Jose Gil
Group 6: Adonis Garcia, Antoan Richardson, Casey Stevensen, Pete O’Brien
· Tomorrow’s travel squad to Fort Myers:
Pitchers: Danny Burawa, Shane Greene, Fred Lewis, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoshinori Tateyama
Catchers: Francisco Cervelli, Jose Gil
Infielders: Dean Anna, Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Adonis Garcia, Brett Gardner, Antoan Richardson
Pitchers from minor league camp: Aaron Dott, Mark Montgomery, Jeremy Bleich, Pat Venditte
Position players from minor league camp: Wes Wilson (C), Raybell Herrera (C), Francisco Arcia (C/1B), Ali Castillo (INF), Carmen Angelini (INF), Mason Williams (OF), Ramon Flores (OF)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 3/20


Very quiet day as the Yankees play a night game tonight against the Boston Red Sox but here are a few news and notes to keep you busy until game time.

Both Brendan Ryan and Scott Sizemore are back from lower back and tight quad injuries respectively. Ryan has been out of action since March 4 with the lower back/oblique injury and Sizemore has been limited to 10 at bats this spring.

Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and Jim Miller are expected to throw early bullpen sessions tomorrow.

Jacoby Ellsbury was listed as a player taking outside batting practice today and was a no show. No word yet on why he skipped outside batting practice but I hope it was just to take it inside instead.

Chad Jennings with the assignments from today:

Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Dean Anna, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, DH John Ryan Murphy
· Today’s scheduled relievers: Matt Daley, Chris Leroux, Yoshinori Tateyama and Fred Lewis (with Branden Pinder, James Pazos, Manny Barreda and Caleb Cotham up from minor league camp just in case the Yankees need them).
· Batting practice groups in Tampa:
Group 1: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Alfonso Soriano
Group 2: Russ Canzler, Derek Jeter, Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The 2014 Yankees Injury Bug Is Alive & Present


The Yankees haven't even played their first exhibition game, which comes Tuesday against Florida State in case you were wondering or had forgotten, and the injury bug is going around worse then the flu. Not again.. I can't handle another season of this. 

Alfonso Soriano has been kept out of workouts and such the past two days with flu like symptoms and actually feels worse today. This is the good news, he can get over this in a few days and be fine all season. No need to rush Soriano, he will be there when it matters. 

The worst news is Tyler Austin and his wrist are acting up AGAIN, terrible news. His wrist bothered him all season last year and kept him out of the Arizona Fall League and will continue to hamper him this Spring Training. Austin was held out of batting practice today and will be reevaluated in a couple of days, doesn't sound good. 

Nik Turley was scratched from his scheduled throwing sessions because his arm was a little tight. Turley, as of right now, is only expected to be out for today. Manager Joe Girardi did not sound concerned about it and hopefully it is just his body adjusting to throwing after a long offseason. 

Jim Miller is on a minor league deal so this hurts him more than it hurts us, even with a short bullpen, when his calf came up slightly irritated today. Miller was held out of camp today and will again tomorrow and the Yankees will see how he feels on Monday before throwing him out there again. 

Here's to hoping these are the exception and not the rule this season, again. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jim Miller Coming Back With The Yankees


The Yankees are close to signing Jim Miller to another minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training for the 2014 season. The 31 year old only saw one game last season, and did not look good in it against Boston, after spending most of the season with the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Miller has major league experience and will provide us with much needed depth for the bullpen next season.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Miller, Lillibridge, and Gonzalez Are Now Free Agents


The cookie is starting to crumble just a little bit on the off season as three Yankees minor league players declared themselves free agents today just a couple days after the Yankees took Mike Zagurski off the 40 man roster. Jim Miller, Brent Lillibridge, and Alberto Gonzalez all declared free agency for themselves and are able to sign with any team.

Miller pitched well for the Scranton team in his age 31 season and saw one inning of relief work with the big league club this season giving up three runs against the Boston Red Sox. Lillibridge played in 11 games for the Yankees fighting to stay above the Mendoza line while playing about every position on the infield. Gonzalez was brought up and sent off the 40 man roster two separate times this season and played 13 games as a 30 year old.

In other Yankees minor league news Roberto de la Rosa has been released and is also a free agent after throwing in one game way back in 2011 as an 18 year old rookie. If you feel like you should know his name but don't there is a good reason for that, de la Rosa has not pitched since that one game and is now 20 years old. Adios!


Jose Gil bounced around a little bit in 2013 after spending time in the Independent League and with the Baltimore Orioles before coming back to New York. Gil was a member of the Yankees minor league system from 2005 - 2012 and has resigned to be a member of the Yankees in 2014.

RJ Johnson was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with their 36th round pick in the 2010 draft and is now a member of the New York Yankees farm system after signing a minor league contract. He was released by Milwaukee in 2012 after not having pitched since the 2010 Arizona Fall League but his twitter account says that he is an infielder now so the switch must have been made recently.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jim Miller Outrighted To AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre


Jim Miller has cleared waivers and has accepted an outright to AAA with the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders after being designated for assignment last week. Miller was DFA'd to make room for the recently acquired Brendan Ryan and has spent most of his age 31 season in the Yankees minor league system. Miller saw all of one game with the big club and will be a free agent after this season.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jim Miller Designated For Assignment


The Yankees have announced that they have designated relief pitcher Jim Miller for assignment today making room for Brendan Ryan on the 40 man roster. Kind of a waste of a move since Derek Jeter was only a 60 day DL transfer away from making room for Ryan but what do I know. Miller appeared in one game for the Yanks this season as he was a late season addition to a tired bullpen and now he is seemingly out of the organization.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Vidal Nuno Called Up & Transferred To 60 Day DL


Vidal Nuno, my friend on Facebook by the way in case you were wondering, has been called up to the Yankees only to get transferred to the 60 day DL. This move was done to make room for the call up of Jim Miller to help the depleted bullpen. Nuno posted on his Facebook just last week that he recently was on the way to Tampa to begin a throwing program so there is very little shot he comes back this season anyway.

Jim Miller Called To Help Ailing Bullpen

The Yankees have called up right-hander Jim Miller to help out in the bullpen. This after the news that David Robertson will sit for 5-6 days due to shoulder tendinitis inflammation, to go along with Boone Logan's soreness in his bicep and Shawn Kelley's tricep issue.

A loss is always tough, but the last two have been pretty devastating. The Yankees had nice leads in both games, but the bullpen couldn't hold onto the lead in either one. I'm about ready to say the Yankees should start eyeing next season again.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Flurry Of Roster Moves Before The Season Starts


The Yankees have announced that they have sent outfielder Melky Mesa and pitcher Sam Demel to Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.


The Yankees have reassigned Jim Miller, Preston Claiborne, Brandon Pinder, Juan Cedeno, Vidal Nuno, Josh Spence, Bobby Wilson, Dan Johnson, Jose Pirela, Gil Velazquez, and Thomas Neal to minor league camps.


The Yankees have officially added Ben Francisco and Jayson Nix to the 40 man roster so they both apparently have made the team.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Predicting The New York Yankees Opening Day Roster


Obviously a lot can change between now and the Yankees opener on April 1st at home against the Boston Red Sox because a lot has changed since the last time I typed up this post. I had Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira penciled into the middle of the line up, had Dan Johnson winning a bench spot, Clay Rapada winning a bullpen spot, and Brennan Boesch was no where to be found. Let's try this again, shall we?


C - Francisco Cervelli
1B - Juan Rivera
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Kevin Youkilis
LF - Brett Gardner
CF - Melky Mesa
RF - Ichiro Suzuki
DH - Travis Hafner

BN - Chris Stewart
BN - Brennan Boesch
BN - Eduardo Nunez
BN - Jayson Nix

SP - CC Sabathia
SP - Hiroki Kuroda
SP - Andy Pettitte
SP - Phil Hughes
SP - Ivan Nova

LR - David Phelps
MR - Boone Logan
MR - Joba Chamberlain
MR - David Aardsma
MR - Jim Miller
SU - David Robertson
CL - Mariano Rivera


Jim Miller has pitched well enough to earn a spot, albeit not a huge spot, in the Yankees roster. Joe Girardi has already said that he plans to use a veteran righty in place of Clay Rapada so I think that guy will be Jim Miller. Cody Eppley and Shawn Kelley are also vying for that spot but they have minor league options remaining where Jim Miller does not and I think that is the ultimate decision maker.


Brennan Boesch was basically guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster when he signed a minor league contract last week. He will platoon with Ichiro Suzuki in right field if I had to guess and will fill in whenever Melky Mesa is not playing and Brett Gardner is in center field.

No other big surprises here if you ask me. It is a forgone conclusion that Juan Rivera will win the first base job, Melky Mesa will win the center field job, and I think the Yankees will carry both Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez out of camp. This is not a common occurrence in Yankees camp having a prospect and a guy on a minor league job winning big spots out of spring but I guess when injuries pile up the depth is tested. I just hope the Yankees can survive a touch early schedule with a 25 man roster like this...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dominican Republic Beats Up On The Yankees


The Yankees played Team Dominican Republic today and Robinson Cano and it did not bode well. The Yankees did not have a hit headed into the 7th inning. Robinson Cano went 1-3 with an RBI against his big league team. Yankees minor leaguer Vidal Nuno pitched four scoreless innings with 4 K's and a walk. Another Yankees minor league Juan Cedeno pitched a scoreless inning with a walk against his big league club as well. Former Yankee Jose Veras also pitched a scoreless inning with a K for Team Dominican Republic. Team DR would win the game 8-2.

"Ha! You Guys Suck!!"
The Yankees pitching struggled outside of starter Hiroki Kuroda against this powerful Dominican Republic team.  Kuroda pitched three scoreless innings with two hits allowed and while striking out four. It was all downhill from there when Cody Eppley allowed the first run while allowing two hits and a walk in one inning pitched. Clay Rapada came in and pitched 1/3 of an inning while allowing two hits, a run, and walked two batters. Jim Miller would replace Rapada and in his 1.1 IP of work he was charged with three runs allowed on two hits while walking three and striking out one. Tommy Kahnle came in to finish the bottom of the 6th and then start the 7th inning and allowed a run on two hits with a walk and a strike out in his 1.1 IP.


The Yankees offensive round up should be pretty quick. Francisco Cervelli, Dan Johnson, and Melky Mesa both drew a walk each for the only runners on base before Zoilo Almonte hit a two run home run in the bottom of the 7th for the Yankees first hit of the game. Bobby Wilson followed with the next at bat with a double that looked like it could have gotten out but a fan interfered with it in right field. Dan Johnson has continued to prove that he cannot play third base with yet another throwing error and he let another ball eat him up at the hot corner. Between him and Corban Joseph I do not see Kevin Youkilis getting much time off in a meaningful game this season. Team DR would win the game 8-2.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Predicting The 25 Man Roster Two Weeks Into Spring


I have proven by my Free Agency Prediction post that I should not be buying any lottery tickets any time soon but two weeks into Spring Training I wanted to take a stab at predicting the 25 man roster. We have a general idea of what is going to happen after seeing who Joe Girardi has been using and where Joe Girardi has been playing them. This is obviously subject to change.

C - Francisco Cervelli
1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B Kevin Youkilis
LF - Melky Mesa
CF - Brett Gardner
RF - Ichiro Suzuki
DH - Travis Hafner

BN - Chris Stewart
BN - Dan Johnson
BN - Jayson Nix
BN - Juan Rivera

SP - CC Sabathia
SP - Hiroki Kuroda
SP - Andy Pettitte
SP - Phil Hughes
SP - Ivan Nova

LR - David Phelps
MR - David Aardsma
MR - Joba Chamberlain
MR - Boone Logan
MR - Clay Rapada
SU - David Robertson
CL - Mariano Rivera


Obviously Melky Mesa would not be listed if Curtis Granderson was not injured and set to miss the first month of the season. Mesa has proven he can play all three outfield positions, has enough defense and speed to suffice, and can hit and drive the ball for power. It is going to be a close competition between him and Zoilo Almonte to be honest but I like Mesa more in this situation.


Obviously Eduardo Nunez was not on this list and he originally was until I heard he was working on a new throwing motion. When teams do things like this to players with minor league options it almost always seems like they are destined for the minor leagues. Dan Johnson will be the 2013 version of Eric Chavez being a left handed hitter that can fill in at third base and first base when needed.


The pitching should be no surprise but I ALMOST put Jim Miller in instead of Clay Rapada after a strong start to the spring. Joe Girardi seems like he has a sort of obsession with having a second lefty in the bullpen though especially considering all the miles that are on Boone Logan's arm lately.


Juan Rivera seems to be outshining Matt Diaz in the 4th outfielder competition so I put him in there as the early winner. He is seeing the ball better and hitting the ball better and is not a slouch out in the field. I really like Matt Diaz especially considering that I live in Atlanta, Georgia and have been watching him for years but he is just not getting it done right now.


It is still really early in spring and all of this is still scheduled to change obviously but if I am Joe Girardi this is what I am penciling in for Opening Day.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Yankees Shut Out In 2nd Spring Training Game


The Yankees banged out 11 hits today while the Blue Jays could only muster 9 hits but the Yankees lost the game today 2-0. The Yankees pitched well today but just could not string enough hits together to score a run. This may become a common occurrence as the Yankees also lost Curtis Granderson to a fractured forearm after taking a fastball from Blue Jays lefty JA Happ today and will miss the next 10 weeks before he is back to the majors.


The Yankees pitched well today but just did not have enough offense to stay in the game. Yankees starter Adam Warren had a pitching line of 2 IP 0 H 0 ER and we saw impressive performances by Jim Miller, Preston Clairborne, Juan Cedeno, and others but it was not enough as the Yankees go down 2-0.

The Yankees continue their Spring Training schedule tomorrow afternoon as they send Vidal Nuno to the mound to pitch against the Baltimore Orioles.