2008 Minor League Free Agents

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Friday evening Hot Stove open thread

Baseball America put out the list of this year’s minor league free agents, 561 in all. The Yanks:

RHP: Oneli Perez (AAA), Scott Strickland (AAA), Jose Valdez (AA), Victor Zambrano (AAA)
LHP: Eric Milton (AAA), Edgar Soto (Hi A)
C: Ben Blumenthal (Lo A), Jason Brown (AAA), Chris Stewart (AAA)
1B: Ben Broussard (AAA), Josh Kreuzer (Hi A)
2B: Bernie Castro (AAA), Nick Green (AAA)
3B: Carlos Mendoza (AA)
SS: Chris Basak (AAA)
OF: Matt Carson (AAA), Edwar Gonzalez (AA), , C.J. Henry (Hi A)

No big losses, all filler types. Eric Hacker & Wilkins DeLaRosa would also have become free agents, but the Yanks added them to the 40-man roster to prevent that. Of course the fun part of this list is digging for sleepers, so here we go: 1B Scott Thorman (ATL), RHP Lee Gronkiewicz (BOS), LHP Carmen Pignatiello (CHC), RHP Zach McClellan (COL), RHP Yorman Bazardo (DET), SS Sergio Santos (MIN), 3B Mike Cervenak (PHI), CF Chris Duffy (PIT), RHP Kevin Cameron (SD), LHP Erick Threets (SF), and 3B Joel Guzman (TB). Couple of upside guys that might figure it out, and a ton of bullpen arms. Can’t have too many of those.

There’s also a couple interesting ex-Yanks’ prospects that I would mind seeing back in the organization, namely OF John-Ford Griffin (LAD), LHP Danny Borrell (OAK), LHP Matt Smith (PHI), and the immortal LHP Sean Henn (SD). Ah memories.

The Organizational Depth Chart has been updated.

Report: Cameron trade seems unlikely
Friday evening Hot Stove open thread
  • AndrewYF

    I thought just Eric Hacker would have been a free agent, and De La Rosa would have been exposed to the Rule V.

  • Nate

    wasn’t kevin cameron a guy that the yanks were looking to trade for a while back?

  • troy

    Wasn’t Sergio Mitre signed to a minor league deal. i.e. not on the 40 man roster?

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Lee Gronkiewicz has a long, funny last name and he’s from the Red Sox organization.

    Sign him immediately.

  • dudeyoyoy

    what time is the chat?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No chat today, I had stuff to do. We’ll do one Monday.

  • Troy

    Joel Guzman (if avaliable) isn’t a bad guy to take a chance on. He has a ton of skill, problem is he’s too much of a free-swinger. Strikes out a ton

    But he is a SS. So that’s a positive

    • http://salarydump.wordpress.com Joltin’ Joe

      He’s also 6’6”, I believe. And 24 years old. MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT! WOO!

  • Mike Pop

    Oneli Perez we better not let him get away

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Who was the guy that was in love with Threets?

    • whozat

      There was Brandon over on LoHud. Not sure if he ever made it over here. Probably did.

  • Rafi

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Thorman on a minor league/ST invite-type of deal.

  • Rafi

    Mike, what ever happened to Danny Klassen? Could he be a serviceable utility guy in a pinch? Also, Val Pascucci should at least get a shot with someone, no?

  • E-ROC

    Lee Gronkiewicz, Royce Ring, Todd Linden, Nick Gorneault, Alexis Marte, and John Rodriguez seem like some other good options for the Yanks.

  • E-ROC

    JR House and Terry Tiffee have quality too.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      JR House, another Daytona resident. We grow em great here.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Hmm, slow day in here.

    FWIW, Buster Olney says the Red Sox are legit pursuers of Mark Teixeira and not just trying to drive the price up, and that Texy will land either in Boston or here.

    “But they are the Red Sox, with all that that implies, and they cannot assume that Lowell will rebound; they cannot assume that Ortiz will come back. And for what Boston needs, there are really very few options for offensive upgrades in this market. The Red Sox could theoretically try to deal for Matt Holliday, but the cost would be enormous and he will be a free agent after next season. As Boston demonstrated in the Santana trade talks, it really isn’t interested in trading young players for a guy who is going to walk away in a year.

    Adam Dunn is an imperfect fit for Boston’s needs, and so are many others in the current class of free agents. If the Red Sox were to sign Teixeira, they would have a glut of slugger/corner guys, with Kevin Youkilis, Lowell, Ortiz and Teixeira; if the Red Sox were to sign Teixeira, Boston might move Youkilis to left field, Jason Bay to right and J.D. Drew to center, with Jacoby Ellsbury working into the rotation in the way that Coco Crisp did in 2008, through injury and planned rest.

    Remember this, too: Epstein really covets guys with high on-base percentages, even if it means working in the face of conventional wisdom. The baseball industry was very down on Drew, but Epstein valued him for his ability as a professional hitter and signed him to a five-year deal. Twenty months ago, he went to the verge of completing a trade for Todd Helton — a player who, in his prime, was very much like Teixeira.”


    He also links to a Sean McAdam piece that says the Sox are frontrunners to sing Junichi Tazawa, btw.

    • radnom

      Can Youk actually play left feild?

      I don’t see this making sense otherwise…they still have 2 more years of Lowell.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Can Youk actually play left field?

        Could Manny?

        I don’t see this making sense otherwise…they still have 2 more years of Lowell.

        Not if Lowell looks like he looked down the stretch. If he looks like that, they have two more years of Lowell riding the bench. The point is, they currently have three 1B/DH types in Youk, Ortiz, and Lowell, but only one of them is a lock to continue producing (Youk), so why not get Tex now that he’s available and put him a 1B, and then sort out the Ortiz/Lowell/Youk stuff depending on how they look in the spring? If they’re all healthy and hitting, Ortiz goes to DH, Lowell goes to 3B, and you live with Youk’s subpar LF since you’ve got 4 premium bats in the lineup.

        If Lowell’s not healthy, Youk stays at 3B. If Ortiz isn’t healthy, Lowell moves to DH and Youk stays at 3B. It’s not that hard to juggle.

    • radnom

      Also, apparently we are not interested in Tazawa.
      Can’t really make a judgment on that, but it doesn’t really bother me.

    • Troy

      I read that the other day tommie, all I can say is is that I don’t see it happening

      Can you honestly see the Yankees allowing the Red Sox to outbid them, when they have a much bigger need for Teixeira? I don’t

      Gotta get Teixeria

  • RustyJohn

    John-Ford Griffin is still playing? He was a beast for the Noles.

  • corey

    technically pettite isn’t on the yanks

    • troy

      I think he still is unless I missed his filing for FA

      • Troy

        Oh, now there are two of us? :)

  • christopher

    supposedly cashman wont touch Tazawa as he has an understanding with the japanese league that he wont go after players who duck the draft – dont know why..what exactly are the yanks getting back to not “offend” Japanese owners?

    • RichYF


    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Where’d you see that? That doesn’t sound Cashmanesque.

      • christopher

        read it when the story first came out about him dodging the draft – came from a NY paper i think so its probably BS

    • radnom

      I don’t think it Cashman who has an understanding with the league, more like the entire MLB and the entire Nippon league.
      It will be broken this offseason though, and it will be interesting to see where it goes from there.

      I don’t think Cash is staying away because of the unspoken agreement, if he actually wanted this guy from a baseball standpoint he would throw his hat in the ring.

      • christopher

        is that how the yankees got soriano or was he in the japanese minors

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      If I’m not mistaken, isn’t one of the rules of the posting system that one of the NPB teams must actually accept the posting bid? Who knows, maybe there is speculation that if a MLB team signs a Japanese player who refused to be drafted, the NPB squads have an under-the-table agreement not to accept any posting bids from MLB teams that signed said players.

      So if a MLB team were to sign Junichi Tazawa, they might get shunned, Dwight Schrute style.

  • CLT_JR

    Are any of these guys Type A’s or B FA’s???

    • radnom


    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Was that a serious question?

      • CLT_JR

        Ummmm…. sarcasm

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Oh wow, I think the Yankee commenters on MLBTR might be as dumb – or God forbid even dumber – than the LoHud idiots. This is from a MLBTR commenter posting about a harebrained trade between the Yankees and Padres:

    I wonder if the Padres still have interest in Igawa. Maybe they could work out a deal for Chris Young with a Package of Igawa and Kennedy.

    Good grief.

    • Troy

      Is that person serious?

      Now I see why Yankees fans get roasted at MLBTR (actually, I’ve known for a long time, this is just an example)

    • pat

      i got a red sox fan kicked off mlbtr

    • christopher

      he must have mistaken young for peavy…clearly the Pads would take that deal

  • Bruno

    I wouldn’t mind signing Duffy to a MiL contract as CF insurance.

    • christopher

      speaking of taking a flier on guy:

      Brad Penny to a 1 year deal with an option while he rehabs as they did with lieber – NOT as they did with Dotel where they paid him to rehab in their facilities and sharpen his game for a year so he could go somewhere else

      same for mark prior, but possibly with the intention of transforming him into a reliever maybe a future cloer. not sure if he would consider that as last year i remember him being aweful cocky and demanding for a guy who was injured almost his entire career, but it may be worth a shot for him to make something of his career.

      any thoughts on if the yanks would do that or if the players would do that

  • christopher

    As for the Sox getting Tex

    isnt youk aside from being varitikian is his gritty guttiness, a gold glove caliver firstbaseman?

    I do know he isnt exactly fleet of foot and wouldnt be an asset in the OF. With Drew in center, I dont see that being a great defensive outfield and would coost the future varitikian in the making ellsbury at-bats. With lowel signed for 2 years it would probably take them out of the 2010 carl crawford matt holliday race.

    While there is no doubt Tex will make them better, i just cant see the move making a lot of sense for them, but then again Theo is the best GM in baseball and if anyone can solve their corner infielder glut it is him. Plus it wont be like the glut of players at the same position the Yankees had to deal with the past couple of years and to some extent this year – 3 or 4 guys who play who’s only true position is DH.