Friday, March 29, 2013

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.


  1. Sending Nuno north to the Bronx would mean making even more room on the 40 man roster, and we all know how much of a stir releasing Adams for 48 hours to clear room caused.

  2. Nuno is an ace in the hole for a future date, he will be brought up when Rapada or Logan fail.

  3. They *could* use him in that role if necessary, but they still have Cabral on the way. At one time Spence and Cedeno were in the fold as well, but i'm not sure if those two are even around still.
    Using Nuno as a reliever should be a last resort. They also sent Rondon off to Trenton to be a starter, which remains to be seen if he can even do it. It's been four years since he was a SP. I have little faith in Warren, regardless of his flop in his debut I just don't think he has it in him. He's a MRP at best. I'd rather see Nuno in line for a spot start/injury replacement behind Phelps, with Marshall as #8. I suppose you could bump Nuno up to Phelps' spot in the case of someone going down and David making the rotation. I just don't see the point in Nuno being relegated to one inning. It's not as if he's going to start throwing 95 out of the pen, and he does well against both sides of the plate.

  4. THIS ONE I LIKED.....Resigning, David Adams.
    Yes, the guy has had more than his share of injuries, and bad luck.
    But, he has the heart of a fighter. Has hit well, as he moved up the ladder. And, he can field
    his position.
    He is back in the fold. Really felt bad, thought he would be gobbled up by another team.
    Some how, I think he will find his slot here, and have a nice career. Nice ending.

  5. Kenny - how many players received more MVP votes than the great Derek Sanderson Jeter last season? Only 6!

  6. Where is his AL MVP, 6th place is not AL MVP!


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