Friday, January 9, 2015

Tyler Pastornicky Was DFA'd, Prepare for the Signing

Brian Cashman is essentially stockpiling all the bullpen arms and middle infielders that he can right now, which makes sense on paper especially in the pitching department, and an interesting name became available this week. The Atlanta Braves have decided to designate shortstop Tyler Pastornicky for assignment to make room for a slew of deals they announced including the AJ Pierzynski and Alberto Callaspo signings. Will Pastornicky be the next coupon clipped item to end up in Cashman's stockpile room to be showcased on TLC's Extreme Couponing? Why the hell not.

Pastornicky is just 25 years old and widely considered to be a defensive first type shortstop lacking in the bat, think Brendan Ryan. Pastornicky owns a career, albeit in a small 268 at bat sample size, .243/.295/.314 triple slash. This is a vast drop off from his Triple-A numbers that currently sit at .290/.348/.386 in 793 at bats in the minors. Whether those numbers are a sign of optimism or whether that makes Pastornicky a true AAAA player remains to be seen and determined at this time.

Should the Yankees take a chance? Well there's no such thing as a bad minor league deal and Pastornicky will likely sign one this season. Will they? I don't know, it's getting pretty crowded down here.

Stay tuned.

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