Yanks trade Wright for minor leaguer


Via Sam Borden, the Yanks have acquired minor leaguer Eric Fryer from the Brewers in exchange for Chase Wright. Fryer was the Brewers’ 10th round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, and last year hit .335-.407-.506 for Low-A West Virginia while spending most of his time in left field. He didn’t make the Brewers’ top 30 prospects in the 2009 Prospect Handbook. When Wright was designated for assignment to make room for Andy Pettitte on the 40 man roster last week, the Yanks had ten days to trade the lefty before exposing him to waivers. Teams don’t have much leverage when trying to trade DFA’ed players, so this is the typical return you can expect.

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  1. huuz says:

    ouch. the dude was a 24 year-old playing in low A.

  2. Thomas says:

    Brewers also signed Ramiro Mendoza to a minor league deal. I hope he succeeds.

  3. Harry says:

    But isn’t a .407 OBP & .506 SLG considered pretty good? How many players in the Yanks’ system have those numbers? 23-year-old or not, he led the South Atlantic League in OBP. Sounds pretty good to me…

  4. Bryan V says:

    They traded a guy that was just DFAd, and probably would have been claimed by another team. And they also traded a guy that would most likely never wear a NY Yankee uniform again.

    Fryer may never get to the pros, but he’s got as good a chance as either Wright or Mendoza did (at least with the Yankees).

    And remember…Fryer did graduate from college. It’s not like he became a pro out of high school, and was dwindling in the minors for a while. He’s only been in the minors for a little over one season.

  5. Bryan V says:

    My apologies. Mendoza was not part of the deal. He was just talked about along with Wright, as the Brewers signed him.

  6. pat says:

    Mike any chance eric fryer is today’s prospect profile? That would be pretty impressive.

    • Thomas says:

      It might be more amusing if the profile was for Chase Wright.

    • Mike A. says:

      He’s not even a prospect, really. The definitely of a fringy guy.

      • pat says:

        Doesn’t that just mean he was mismanaged by the Brewers? They drafted him in 07 as a jr/sr in college and put him in the sally league of course hes gonna do well. They should have moved him up after he was clearly too good for the competition.

        • A.D. says:

          If you look at he really tore it up in the 2nd half, but one would think he could have been promoted after the 1st half anyways.

          At least with the Yanks he’ll get to sink or swim…not many outfield prospects to stop him.

          • pat says:

            Yea exactly, he won’t be blocking anybody. I like the move. You gotta think we know alot about the kid considering charleston played them at least a dozen times last season. Plenty of guys have made their debuts in their late twenties. Now thats getting a little crazy I know, but it could happen.

      • Reggie C. says:

        Mike. What separates him from Brad Suttle? Wasn’t Suttle 22 years old and above avg. in Low-A also?

        • Mike A. says:

          Suttle has way more potential with the bat. It sounds like this Fryer kid was just a good college player from a top program taking advantage of inexperienced pitchers, but he’s got some weaknesses at the plate.

  7. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    He won the batting title over Jesus Montero last year.

  8. A.D. says:

    He might be a bit older, but high A as a guy in his second year isn’t terrible.

    Got Cody Elhers one year wonder syndrome potential. But this is like the Hawkins deal last year, anything is better than nothing.

  9. Tripp says:

    Isn’t this a possible steal for the Brewers? They get a AAAA player who may be able to hold down a lefty bullpen role/spot starter/5th starter. The Yankees get a filler for Low A.

    Couldn’t the Yankees have gotten something more back similar to the Clippard/Albala deal?

    • Rob in CT says:

      No, because IIRC, Tyler Clippard hadn’t been DFA’d. The Yanks had to trade him or put him on waivers. That meant the Brewers had the advantage. Also, I think Clippard was a better prospect than Chase Wright at the time of trade.

    • steve says:

      since he was DFA’d the yanks had 10 days to trade him or he would be placed on waivers, thus getting nothing in return for him. by trading him within the 10 days they at least get something in return

      the brewers pretty much had all the leverage hence why they didn’t give up much.

    • A.D. says:

      Well Wright was available for free to the entire league in a few more days… getting anything was a plus

    • Thomas says:

      If the Yankees didn’t trade Wright for Fryer, they would have lost him for nothing, because he was DFA’ed. Clippard wasn’t DFA’ed, he was just simply traded (if I recall correctly). So no they could not have gotten more back.

      • Bo says:

        By the same token, he still had value because it wasn’t like the Brewers were the only team he could be traded to. You don’t think 20 teams would want a lefgty who could be a 5th starter?

  10. Reggie C. says:

    Terrific!! Now there’s zero chance we’ll see a repeat of the back to back to back to BACK slaughter that Wright subjected us to.

  11. BJ says:

    I just looked him up, apparently he was drafted as a catcher, and played a bgit there in low A, so that has to help his value…

  12. JeffG says:

    I didn’t really see the point of his age at first, his numbers seemed too good to be true for a DFA’d guy, but I guess this trade was not too much of a loss for the Brewers. Just wondering if there are any examples of guys getting a late start in the minors and actually turning out to be decent?

    • A.D. says:

      He’s only played 2 years, one sucked, one was very good. They’ll throw him in A+/AA to start the year and let him sink or swim.

  13. jrz says:

    I hope this is just the start of Cashman trying to stockpile OFs.They have Matsui and Damon coming off the books and obviously need to get younger in the OF.They have an abundance of good young arms that could be packaged w/ Nady to get a OF prospect on the cusp.The more I think about it I would like to see Swisher get a chance in RF and deal Nady.

    • steve (different one) says:

      at least from the rumors, which admittedly doesn’t mean much, Cashman tried to do this with Nady and just wasn’t getting enough back.

      the one actual rumor was that the Braves would not meet the Yankees’ price.

      this leads me to think that Cashman was asking about their stud OF prospects.

      i think he would do that if the situation presented itself, but at this point, with prices on FA’s dropping, no one is going to trade a stud prospect for a hole they can fill via FA.

      of course, i just made a LOT of assumptions. but that’s my guess.

  14. greg says:

    Good luck repeating that .395 BABIP, Fryer.

    • Mike A. says:

      Oof. That’s Austin Jackson circa the second half of 2007-esque right there.

      • steve (different one) says:

        does BABIP hold the same meaning in the minors? in other words, if a player is legitimately dominating their competition, it’s possible that he is smacking the ball all over the field and his numbers are more than simple “luck”?

        in other words, do other stud prospects have really high BABIP’s in the minors?

        • Mike A. says:

          Wieters had identical .383 BABIP’s at High-A and Double-A last year. Lars Anderson was .365 at High-A, .435 in Double-A. Jason Heyward was .370 in Low-A (only 22 at-bats in High-A, not worth reporting), and Matt LaPorta was around .280 in Double-A between two orgs last year.

        • greg says:

          Yeah but with those elite prospects, you will see much higher ISOs then you will find with a guy like Fryer.

  15. Mike A. says:

    Here’s what Baseball America said about Fryer prior to the 2007 draft:

    … one of the most athletic catchers in college baseball, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with average speed and arm strength to go with solid gap power … The biggest question with Fryer is his bat. He has a short swing, but he also employs a toe tap and needs a better trigger for his load …

    That’s paraphrased so the copyright police don’t come after me.

    Heh, he needs a better trigger for his load.

  16. Drew says:

    time to get miranda working in the corner outfield..

  17. Andy says:

    .209/.288/.324 – Fyers line at ROOKIE BALL at age 22 = never gonna make the bigs.

  18. jrz says:

    Miranda to one of the corner OF spots is a good start.I would like to see 3 kids in the OF next year,2010, all under 27.Im sure that Miranda could get it going that fast but that is why Cash needs to get some more young OFs.The team needs to get younger next year and the only spots are C and OF.

    • Andy says:

      steve (different one), this is for you:

      Miranda will never be a big league starter. He can’t hit lefties, is not athletic, and hit .270 in AAA at age 27. You cannot ingore that guys with no real success in the minors, especially when playing against much younger guys, just aren’t likely to have success in the majors. The guy hits .400 in a handful of ABs, and guys think he’s the answer. People said the same thing about career .250 hitter in the minors Shelley Duncan when he had a few good ABs in ’07. These guys are filler, they’re not prospects.

      That is the final word, and now steve can take the next 8 months off knowing Miranda won’t be in the bigs.

      • Steve O. says:

        Hey lets not jump the gun here, he can be a big league starter for some team, although not the Yankees. His splits are concerning, but very reminiscent(sp?) to many every day regulars. A little edgey today, aren’t we Andy?

        • Andy says:

          yeah, i am. it’s not friday yet, and it’s still over a week until spring training, so can you blame me???

        • steve (different one) says:

          well, i don’t disagree that Miranda probably won’t amount too much. or that Duncan sucks.

          but i don’t see how this

          You cannot ingore that guys with no real success in the minors, especially when playing against much younger guys, just aren’t likely to have success in the majors.

          applies to Fryer at this stage.

          it’s just too early to make the kindof definitive statements you like to make about older guys like Coke and Miranda.

          he just finished his age 22 season. he was old for the level, but he raked.

          if he moves up a level and keeps hitting, he becomes a prospect. will it happen? probably not.

          is that DEFINITELY NOT going to happen? of course not.

      • BJ says:

        So you’re going to take into account hi 43 Game, 139 AB Rookie season, but not his 104 G, 395 AB season last year at a higher level. Genius! There are any number of reasons why his hitting improved, Maybe he got a better feel for wood bats, maybe he fixed that problem in his swing BA was talking about. It is not a certainty by any means, but it is possible that something clicked, and maybe we can get some value for him down the road if everything falls right.

        • Andy says:

          If Fryer ever gets anything more than a cup of coffee, I will literally eat my hat, and if this blog is still around, you can call me on it and I will send in a video to this site.

          The age thing is probably as good a measure as there is to determine a player’s success. Take a look at the ages of all the good players – they all made their MLB debut somewhere between 19 and 23, 24 at the latest. The fact is that good players, who came up through the minor leagues (i.e. not Japan), don’t make their major league DEBUT at age 26 (i.e. Coke). I bet you can’t name one.

          But I will admit, it is possible (if HIGHLY unlikely) that I will be wrong (for the first time in my life).

    • Miranda to one of the corner OF spots is a good start.I would like to see 3 kids in the OF next year,2010, all under 27.Im sure that Miranda could get it going that fast but that is why Cash needs to get some more young OFs.

      All of this is batshit insane.

  19. jrz says:

    meant miranda could NOT get it going that fast.

  20. jrz says:

    It hurts a little bit to see Jose Tabata the 2nd ranked prospect in the Pitt. org.Now they are talking about trading Nady and Marte is here for 3 years.I guess Marte was the target all along.

    • pat says:

      You can’t really judge a trade like that. Nady/Marte at the time looked like enough to put us over the top. Unfortunately injuries pretty much fu*ked up our season after that. If they had helped us win a WS would it have been a good trade then? Tabata was a head case malcontent not living up to his potential and getting into fights with his teammates. In exchange we got a good young corner OF and a stud lefty releiver. Sure tabata might have turned it around if he was still in the system but the change of scenery could have done it too.

  21. Manimal says:

    We got something out of nothing. Nice. BTW, this trade made High A Tampa that much beastly-er.

  22. jrz says:

    Didnt realize Tabata was being a problem.Regardless, Cash has to turn some of these young arms and Nady/Swisher into a good 23-24 year old OF.Jackson and maybe Montero w/ a move in 2 years puts them in a godd spot I think.

  23. jrz says:

    I would think that Nady/Brackman/humberto sanchez could get a very good OF prospect back in return.

    • Joseph P. says:

      Yes, because the Yankees should make a habit of giving first-rounders $4 million bonuses and then trading them before they throw a pitch in the system.

      Sorry, I know I should just avoid responding, but this is just insane. Also, jrz, use the “Reply to this comment” link so we know who you’re responding to.

      • jrz says:

        Where and when do you see Brackman pitching for the Yankees?I assume you see him as a starter, so whose spot will he be taking in the next 3-4 years,CC? AJ? Wang? Joba? Hughes?.They have a very good rotation and a need for young OFs.They have good young arms to deal. You want something, you have to give something up.

        • Joseph P. says:

          Even if the Yankees were to trade him, trading him now would not be smart. Again, the only professional pitches he has thrown were in a fall league. If the Yankees do intend to trade him, which I doubt they do, they’d be better off waiting until he proves himself in the minors. No one is going to give up a lot for a 23-year-old who has pitched just 150 innings total over the past four years, who is also coming off Tommy John surgery.

          • jrz says:

            I am just throwing some possibilities around here.I would love to see what Brackman could do if he can get his mechanics going.The problem here is the lack of legit OF prospects in the Yankee system.W/ A-Rod Jeter Jorge etc each getting older, they have to get younger where they can.

            They have an abundance of young arms and a need for OFs, do you have a suggestion on how to fix this?

            • Bo says:

              What’s the obession with trading potential frontline starters like Brackman?

              Can he actually throw a pitch first before we trade him for some OF prospect?

              I’d much rather be stocked with impact pitching in the minors than outfielders. You can get outfielders (ie see the market for who’s still a FA) you cant get pitching.

            • Joseph P. says:

              Yes. Play the games in 2009. That’s all the Yanks should be worried about now, February 4, 2009. Things change a lot once you get to the season.

            • A.D. says:

              More likely in terms of ROI for our pitching would be trading Z-Mac, his stock is as high as its ever been, obviously it could go higher, but guys like Betances, IPK, Hughes & Brackman, their stock can definitely go higher, because they have more talent then they’ve been able to show (B&B) or their stock isn’t as high as it once was (Hughes & IPK).

              Yanks will sit and wait, this year could be very telling with Hughes & IPK able to rebound, and what can be fast-moving/telling years for Brack, Betances, Bliech, Kontos, Horne, and Coke.

            • I am just throwing some possibilities around here.

              And you have a right to. Problem is, most of those possibilities suck, so we’re pointing out how sucky they are, which is within our rights.

            • They have an abundance of young arms and a need for OFs, do you have a suggestion on how to fix this?

              A) Sign one or two of the numerous free agent outfielders on the market next year
              B) Promote Austin Jackson next year and see what he can do
              C) Talk Derek Jeter into moving to LF in a few years

              There’s three suggestions that don’t involve trading away several of our most valuable prospects.

  24. Mike A. says:

    From Jim Callis’ ESPN Chat today:

    Isaac (NYC): I was wondering what your take is on this Eric Fryer fellow the Yankees just acquired. any potential?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:23 PM ET ) He’s not really a big prospect. He’s not able to hack it as a full-time catcher and won’t have the bat to be a full-time catcher. Basically, he’s a body acquired for someone designated for assignment (Chase Wright, who’s no great shakes either).

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      You and your “good points”. They’re very annoying Mike.

    • A.D. says:

      What he meant:

      He’s not really a big prospect. He’s not able to hack it as too valuable to be a full-time catcher and won’t have the his bat needs to be a full-time 162 game starter, not a catcher who only plays 120 games . Basically, he’s a body future batting champion acquired for someone designated for assignment (Chase Wright, who’s no great shakes either essentially the same pitcher stuff wise as Erik Bedard).


    • Macphisto says:

      I am not sure why Callis is saying he is not able to hack it as a full time catcher. It looks like he started the season in the OF but was moved back behind the plate in July. From there he excelled offensively. Other reports that Mike posted said he was an athletic catcher. I know he is old for a Sally league player. But, he is only a year removed from college. It seems the Yanks are stockpiling young catchers in a similar way the stockpiled pitchers. If you get lucky their value is high. Not a bad catch for a DFA player. He is no Melvin Croussett but we’ll take him.

  25. Manimal says:

    Why is everyone shaking him off? He had comparable hitting stats to Jesus Montero in Low A ball.

  26. John C Smith says:

    There is a Low A SAL team in my hometown. I have certainly seen 22 year olds ( this kid was 22 during most of last season) come through and end up in the majors. Granted, no superstars that I can think of. The couple starters were probably younger as well- point taken on that. Looking at their roster from when I used to go to the games their first couple years- Well one MLB player came through when he was 22 and in his 3rd year of pro ball was only in SAL- Orlando Cabrera. Michael Barrett was 19, I see. Vasquez was 20. OK, 10 guys from that year’s team spent some time in the big leagues, and 6 were 21 or older in low A.

    My point is that just because a guy went to college before turning pro and started in A ball doesn’t mean he won’t amount to anything. Obviously U.S. college students are going to have a later start and pro development than teenagers from Latin America.

    Is he likely to turn into anything? Probably not. But what do you expect to get for a DFA’d Chase Wright?

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