Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yankees Claim Sam Demel, DFA Dan Otero

I just caught wind of some interesting news.

It turns out that the Yankees have claimed Sam Demel from the Astros. Sam is a right-handed pitcher whose career starting with the Oakland Athletics system, before spending a couple of years with Arizona, and moving onto Houston this year.

Demel has only thrown 2.1 innings this spring, but my God were they awful ones. In that time he's given up four... yes 4... home runs. On top of those 4 bombs were 6 more hits and 3 walks, while striking out just one batter. Sam threw 66.1 innings for AAA Reno last season, putting up a 4.07 ERA. However his K/9 of 10.2 is quite intriguing. He did have some shoulder issues in 2011, which cost him 37 games, so perhaps he hasn't quite gotten over that. I guess we'll see.

Along with this news comes the fact that the team has already DFAd Dan Otero, who they claimed yesterday. Which makes me wonder if releasing David Adams made any sense at all. I'm guessing "no", and that somebody within the Yankee organization is getting a lot of "you're an idiot" looks around the office.

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