Albaladejo makes team for second straight year


The sentiment from earlier in the week has become a reality: the Yankees will not carry a long man in the bullpen. Instead they’ll carry Jonathan Alblajadejo, who impressed the coaching staff this month enough to warrant a roster spot. He’ll join Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, Brian Bruney, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, and Phil Coke in the Yanks bullpen. All three of the long man candidates — Dan Giese, Al Aceves, and Brett Tomko — have been sent to AAA, as has catcher Kevin Cash. The only roster spot remaining is the utility infielder job, which is yet to be determined. Either way the Yanks will have to designate a player for assignment, which would almost certainly be Giese.

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  1. steve (different one) says:

    i like it.

    minimal roster disruption.

    IF the need crops up, you send a reliever with options down (Albie?) and call up Aceves.

    Cashman also said they are looking at who gets released from other teams before choosing a backup IFer. this at least implies to me that the Yankees are not simply content with Angel Berroa. perhaps they have made offers to guys like Grudzielanek and maybe have been turned down??

  2. Matt says:

    If Giese is DFA’d, we’ll most likely get him back, correct?

  3. Brooklyn Ed says:

    trade for Jeff Keppinger since the Reds is willing to move him and Cashman is also looking outside of the organization?

    • steve (different one) says:

      wouldn’t be the worst idea.

      • Brooklyn Ed says:

        probably a pitcher or two, and a B/C prospect would probably land him? Veras and Ramirez to go? then bring up Robertson and Melancon.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They had talks with the Reds about Keppinger and Hairston this past weekend. Bill Hall too.

      I cite unnamed sourced (seriously).

      • Is Hall healthy yet?

        Would it be a straight salary dump, i.e. Hall for non-prospects?

        If both of those things are true, Hall is still my most preferred option.

        • Really? A guy signed for what, $8 million next year? Gimme Keppinger over him any day of the week. He was a bit exposed in an expanded role last year, but he was great in part-time duty in 2007, and has stellar minor league numbers.

          • Keppinger, career OBP: .338
            Keppinger, career wOBA: .321
            Keppinger, career SS UZR: -17.8
            Keppinger, career CF UZR: (n/a, never played)
            Keppinger, career 3B UZR: +1.1

            Hall, career OBP: .316
            Hall, career wOBA: .328
            Hall, career SS UZR: +4.6
            Hall, career CF UZR: +4.4
            Hall, career 3B UZR: +5.0

            You’re probably getting a slightly better bat in Keppinger (Hall’s got more power but doesn’t walk enough to get on base consistently), but Hall’s better and more versatile in the field.

            And, if it’s a salary dump, we’d be giving up absolutely nothing to get Hall. I like him as a superutility better than Keppinger (but wouldn’t complain at all if Kep was the solution).

            Hall is 6.8M this year and 8.4M next, and yeah, that’s ugly, I’ll admit. Keppinger’s obviously dirt cheap, but I’m guessing the Reds would thus demand more in a trade than the Brewers, who have been looking to unload salary all damn winter (albeit unsuccessfully).

            I see Hall as Swisher part Deux: he’s a little expensive but has lots of versatility, so maybe we can steal him on the supercheap. (Although, obviously cheaper since Swisher >>>>>>>>> Hall.)

      • Jamal G. says:

        You guys are really growing, huh?

  4. Mister Delaware says:

    Not a fan of the roster constitution unless Coke is going to be treated more as a long reliever and less as a 2nd lefty. Great spring numbers but he’s the only one who averaged well over 1.0 innings per appearance. I hate watching games where the starter is done in the 4th and the Yanks run out 5 relievers to clean up the mess. Having Joba on a (presumed) strict pitch/innings count makes a long guy even more necessary I’d think.

    • I hate watching games where the starter is done in the 4th and the Yanks run out 5 relievers to clean up the mess.

      Well, then, you should be happy that we now have 5 legit starting pitchers who can all pitch effectively into the 6th and 7th innings with regularity.

      We figure to “need” a long man much less this year than in years past.

      • Ryan S. says:

        Yeah, that’s the only thing that could justify not carrying a long reliever. If one of CC, Wang, or Andy happen to be pitching the day after another starter gets knocked out early, you can count on them to go far into a game whenever needed, even if they don’t have their best stuff with them.

    • MattG says:

      “he’s the only one who averaged well over 1.0 innings per appearance”

      When? In spring? Albie, Robertson, Ramirez, and Melancon are all well over 1 inning per appearance in their careers.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Just referring to the spring and figuring a guy who is at 1 or less in the spring isn’t ready to spot 3 in April.

  5. Ryan S. says:

    As much as I like Albie, I don’t like how the team declined to take a true long reliever with them. All it takes is one game of Joba getting knocked out in the first or 2nd inning for our bullpen to be pretty tired the next few days.

    • Yes, but Joba is surrounded by CC and Wang.

      If he does get knocked out early, there’s a good chance the bullpen was well rested going into his game and will be well rested the day after.

      • Ryan S. says:

        Yes, I do see that point (as I coincidentally posted in reply to your comment above). That’s got to be the reason why Girardi deemed the long reliever unnecessary for now. To me its a risky move, and its not the one I’d have made, but its not necessarily the wrong one either. And I really do like Albie, I was rooting for him to make the team out of ST.

        • steve (different one) says:

          it’s not “risky” because you can fix it whenever you want.

          Albie goes down, Aceves comes up.

          it’s only “risky” if you don’t have a credible backup plan, which i think they do.

      • KW says:

        I think the bigger issue isn’t necessarily their ability to get deep into games, but whether they’ll have the chance to. Last year’s weather was absolute crap, and we might see that again. IIRC, that was a large reason why the Yanks used Ohlendorf for as many innings as a time as they did, because rain delays and rainouts ruined any rhythm anyone had. Plus, seeing as it’s early April, you probably won’t see many 100+ pitch outings for anyone, so you will need several lengthy outings from the bullpen, regardless.

  6. Scott of 3 Kids Tickets says:

    Sheff was just released by the Tigers…


  7. Steve A says:

    Seems like Berroa should be the final man on the roster. Why tie up a 40-man spot longer term by adding Pena when most likely whoever is on the 25-man is only there until A-Rod comes off the DL. Then Ransom slides back into the utility role and Berroa gets released.

    • I agree. I’d rather not start the clock on Pena just for this short-term fix. Berroa (or Grudz, if we go that route) is fine for a month.

      • steve (different one) says:

        the hype on Ramiro Pena is starting to boil over from “amusing” into “sheer insanity”.

      • Ryan S. says:

        why the fuck did we not even kick the tires on Grudz? I just don’t get it. Watch him sign with The Orioles for less than a million.

        • We discussed this the other day. We have no idea what the Yankees have or have not kicked the tires on. For all we know Cashman approached Grudz, but Grudz declined because he thinks he’s still a full-time starter.

          • Ryan S. says:

            You’re right that Cash very well may have given Grudzie a look-see but nothing came of it. At this point it doesn’t look like anyone is offering him a job as a full time starter though, so I’m thinking he’s waiting for an injury to pop up for a team, or he’s about ready to call it quits.

        • Watch him sign with The Orioles for less than a million.

          If that happens, it doesn’t necessarily mean he would have signed with us for less than a million (or signed with us at all).

          • steve (different one) says:

            but then what is he waiting for?

            to me, the facts (that he has yet to sign anywhere) seem to support the notion that there is more information than we know.

            seems more likely that he is holding out for a very specific offer while comtemplating retirement.

            after all, opening day is less than a week away.

            plus Cashman just said today that he waiting to see what other players become available, so it’s not like he is sold on Berroa.

            • whozat says:

              seems more likely that he is holding out for a very specific offer while comtemplating retirement.

              I figure he’s watching the Cards’ situation. Aren’t they still going with a guy who’s played nothing but OF until this season at 2B?

              • andrew says:

                Yea, Skip Schumacher… he’s apparently making strides, but making strides could mean anything. Grudz would be a great insurance policy in STL for Skip.

  8. J.R. says:

    Giardi also has a track record of thinking the team doesn’t need a long man.

    I wonder if he had a long reliever in 06 with the Marlins at the start of the season.

  9. Marc says:

    What about Mark Melacon? Where will he be?

    • Ryan S. says:

      SWB for now, but I bet he’s up with us by August. I’m guessing that after Robertson, Melancon is the next guy to get a call up for a non-long reliever bullpen role.

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