DeSalvo, Phillips sign elsewhere; Yanks ink a different Phillips

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Some minor transactions:

  • Mighty Matt DeSalvo, the Yanks’ 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, signed with the Braves. This is a sad, sad day in Mike A. land. Almost as sad as when Mike Richter announced his retirement.
  • Andy Phillips inked a deal with the Reds. Kinda shocked it wasn’t the Dodgers.
  • The Yanks signed RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Billy Traber, C Jason Brown and IF Nick Green to minor league deals.

Brown and Green have spent time with the organization before. Strickland is a career journeyman, last pitching in the bigs with Houston back in 2005. The Padres released him in Spring Training last year just before his $550k salary was to be guaranteed. Traber was a first round pick way back in 2000, but has bounced from club to club and got pounded with the Nats last year (39.2 IP, 50 H, 21 ER, 13 BB, 27 K). I figure he’ll at least get a look-see in Spring Training to see if he can be an effective lefty specialist.

Heath Phillips is actually a halfway decent arm, and part of me was hoping the Yanks would take a flier on him after the ChiSox choose not to tender him a contract in December. He’s a barrel chested soon-to-be 26 year old workhorse with a high-80’s sinker and a rainbow curve. He can get into trouble by leaving pitches up in the zone, but he limits the damage because he keeps his walks down. This, ladies and gentlemen, is your LOOGY sleeper.

Update: Here’s a clip of Phillips (not Andy, obviously):

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  • trevor

    That was smart for desalvo to go to an NL team. His lack of quality stuff may translate well in the NL. The NL may even be easier then AAA for him.

  • Barry

    I hope DeSalvo does good down with the Braves. Knowing our luck Phillips will probably end up being the shit with the Reds.

  • mike f

    i was sorta hoping to see andy end up with joe in LA. i’m sure we all wish him well.
    matt too.

  • stefan

    Is it just me, or does Jason Brown remind people of Crash Davis? It was all the more appropriate when Phil Hughes was down in Trenton in 2006 as Nuke Laloosh.

    Just sayin’

    • Realist

      Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats too funny man!

      I liked Phillips but come on… big loss. Desalvo may do well in the NL , as stated earlier.

      The pickups don’t excite me but let’s see if Eiland can work with them and possibly one of the lefties could help?

  • Jeff

    I like Philips and think he could have a bright future. He made so much good contact last year but I think our deep left field took away a lot of balls that could have been HRs in lets say Baltimore or Texas. Wish him luck in Cinci.

    • steve (different one)

      he’s 31 and has a career OPS+ of 76 as a 1Bman.

      he will most likely not make the Reds.

      nice guy, but i don’t know if i would call his future “bright”.

  • dan

    So how much does RAB in HD cost? Too bad most of youtube’s baseball videos are impossible to see anything.

  • MD

    oh, oh……Hankie is blabbing again…..can’t anyone throw a blanket over him for a few months to let Hughes become Hughes?

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