Jan
06

Yanks ink Berroa to minor league deal

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This one comes from Ken Rosenthal. Angel Berroa is expected to compete with Cody Ransom for the utility infielder spot come Spring Training. The deal is contingent on Berroa admitting that Hideki Matsui should have won Rookie of the Year back in ’03.

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  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    We’re really working overtime to try and curry Rob Neyer’s favor, aren’t we?

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Cody Ransom will win this battle without breaking a sweat.

    Was there any mention of what the Yanks plan to do with John Rodriguez?

    • whozat

      I can only assume he’s there for corner OF depth in AAA. He’s played in the bigs before, maybe he can be replacement level in a pinch. They kind of don’t have corner OFers for AAA, with Shelley, Carson and Christian gone.

      • MattG

        Really? I think he’s a 5th OF and a prelude to a Nady or Swisher trade. I only know his stats, and it looks like he can hit, but is brutal with the glove.

        On the other hand, although 332 at bats isn’t really a small sample, a 40/90 BB/K rate is not what you would expect beside a .298 average. Maybe he can’t hit all that well.

        • whozat

          “Really? I think he’s a 5th OF and a prelude to a Nady or Swisher trade”

          Was the guy even in the bigs last year? If they want a 5th OFer, they can just use Melky. This guy reads like pure insurance to me; you don’t care about his getting playing time, but in an emergency his bat might be tolerable for a couple weeks while you scramble to find someone better.

          • MattG

            No, he hasn’t been in the bigs for 2 years, actually. But, that really doesn’t mean much, as there are several players stuck in AAA that would make fine 5th OFs.

            But looking at his stats closer, you are clearly correct. The ML career slash stats, .298/.378/.434 got me excited, but there’s actually nothing to see here.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Maybe he can’t hit all that well.

          You could say that again.

  • A.D.

    Wow, Berroa’s best year was far and away his ROY year where he OPS+ 101. AND he’s not that good of a SS.

    Like the flyer

  • Al

    Does he have a first name ?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      No. He’s like the guy who beams down to the planet with Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Bones. He’s not important enough to have a full name, because he’s going to be killed off quickly; this is the only episode he’ll ever be on.

      • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

        Other than el capitan, I don’t think anyone’s first names are used.

  • BigBlueAL

    ROY back in 03.

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

      My bad yo, it’s fixed. Thanks.

      • BigBlueAL

        No problem!!

  • whozat

    The cube has him listed among the toughest players to walk:-)

  • Jake H

    I live in KC so I had to watch this guy play. He sucks but for a minor league deal. I have no problem with that.

  • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

    Sorry this is irrelevant to the post, but does anyone know of a good Runs Created-esque simulator? What I want to do is plug in players or stat lines in a lineup and get the expected runs for a full season. I know some of you guys were talking about one recently. Thank you.

    • greg
    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

      Thanks bro.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      I ran it by with an average of Bill James and Marcel projected stats and I got 938 runs for the year, 5.8

      • Mike Pop

        Now how many runs a game are we projected to give up?

        • steve (different one)

          ZERO POINT ZERO!!

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, steve.

            • steve (different one)

              i am not drunk.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

                I like this post.

      • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

        If only they would bat Posada leadoff…

  • greg

    I personally think Berroa did deserve Rookie of the Year over Matsui. Matsui’s poor defense really prevented him from being valuable at all that season. Berroa had a much higher Win Value in ’03

    • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

      They also stuck him in CF, somewhere he’s never belonged…

      • Lanny

        Since when has average defense ever hurt someones chances at an award?

        • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

          David Ortiz’s lack of defense cost him the MVP and they gave it to Arod, the more complete player. I forget the year but I’m guessing it was an odd numbered year.

          • whozat

            David Ortiz’s lack of any ability to hold down any defensive position at all, thus making him able to contribute on only one side of the ball cost him that MVP.

            Matsui was at least a tolerable LFer.

          • radnom

            It wasn’t like Ortiz had unquestionably superior numbers and Arod won it because he played the field.
            There were good arguments for either side, Arod had a slightly stronger case, and the DH factor made it a no brainer.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Does signing John Rodriguez mean no more J-christ?

    • Ryan S.

      I thought Christian was already DFA

      • Brooklyn Ed

        actually he was non-tendered, making him a FA without going through waivers.

        • roy mcavoy

          you are correct, sir

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        yeah hes a free agent but I was more than positive that he would sign back with us.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      the Yanks should still at least consider bringing back Christian. He’s like Brett but has a bit more power in his bat.

      • Lanny

        Power in his bat?

        The guy is a 4A player.

        • steve (different one)

          a BIT more power THAN BRETT GARDNER.

          i think that’s accurate.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        I have a bit more power than Brett in my bat. That’s not saying much.

        • yanks99

          I hit one home run with Gardner in the hall of fame level in mlb 08 and hit another one to the warning track against the mets.

  • roy mcavoy

    J-christ or J-chizzle was realeased to sign CC/Aj…i like to think he could end up back in the org though

    • A.D.

      hope so, good bench guy, can steal bases, play all the OF and 2b in a pinch

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        And he can get picked off the basepaths like nobody’s business…

        • A.D.

          and trip when trying to steal with anyone

  • John

    Wow busy day. That’s what four signings now?

  • MikeD

    The deal is contingent on Berroa admitting that Hideki Matsui should have won Rookie of the Year back in ‘03.
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    That was a good one. But really, he still deserves a first name. I thought maybe Geronimo was making a come back!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ok ok. He has a first name now. It’s Angel.

  • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

    I like this move. Hopefully this is one of a few moves that is moving toward a strong bench on this team. Having more cheap options to play out in Spring Training and or the minors is what we need.