Mar
31

Albaladejo makes team for second straight year

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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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  • steve (different one)

    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??

    • jsbrendog

      you mean call up tomko? im all for going young but at this point the guy who earned that spot is tomko regardless of his age/history. now that can all change with how they all do (aceves,geise,tomko) in aaa but you cant just call up aceves after hs horrid spring

      • A.D.

        Then there has to be a 40 man move and such, all for one spot start? If it works out where you’re DFAing the 2nd utility infielder than sure, but it may very not work out that way.

        • jsbrendog

          touche

      • steve (different one)

        Aceves is already on the 40 man.

        he would probably be the first callup.

        • jsbrendog

          hahaha first off, touche to you as well.

          second, i jsut got this:

          “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

          I CANT HELP IT IF I TYPE AND POST FAST!!!!

          • steve (different one)

            if

            Ben K = Joba
            Mike A = Hughes
            Joe P = son of Igawa/IPK

            jsbrendog = AJ Burnett

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              steve (different one) = Ross Ohlendorf

              • steve (different one)

                i’m going to assume this is a reference to Ohlendorf’s Ivy League education and thank you for the compliment.

                oh, and TSJC = Doug Bernier

                THAT JUST HAPPENED!!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Oh, please. I am so Gerald “Ice” Williams and you know it.

                • steve (different one)

                  fair enough.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  (and by the way, the Ohlendorf comparison was in reference to how much more awesome Micah Owings is than you, not anything to do with your “Ivy league education”. We all know you went to shitty-ass LIU-Farmingdale.)

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              jsbrendog Mike Pop = AJ Burnett
              jsbrendog = Nails Krzyzewski

              • Thomas

                Mike Pop = AJ Burnett’s Wife

              • jsbrendog

                ouch. arod? really? i liked aj much better haha

                • jsbrendog

                  but youre right, mike pop does have the full on aj burnett man crush.. but then wouldnt that make him one of the young guys trying to be all buddy buddy with him?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I couldn’t pass up the chance.

                • jsbrendog

                  well….i never thought those pics of me would get out….

                • Mike Pop

                  I lol’d.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

        Which minor leaguer would you DFA to place Tomko on the roster? And do you really think after a career of sucking he’s all of a sudden going to pitch well?

    • A.D.

      You would have to think Alby is the SWB swing-man at this point, if they need a spot start or to get a fresh arm, Alby is the guy riding the shuttle.

      • Phrancis

        Chris Britton of 09.

        • jsbrendog

          hope he has many leather bound books to read on the many trips back and forth

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Probably.

    • A.D.

      I would guess so, pretty bad spring, not young, and I would imagine there will be better roster crunch casualties

    • jsbrendog

      watch out for the padres claiming him. theyre that desp[erate

      • J.R.

        And their GM has some infatuation with former yankee pitchers.

  • Brooklyn Ed

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

    • steve (different one)

      wouldn’t be the worst idea.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Keppinger for Hacker.

      • A.D.

        or Tomko, Reds could use longman/5th starter.

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

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

      I cite unnamed sourced (seriously).

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        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.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          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.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            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.)

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

        You guys are really growing, huh?

  • Mister Delaware

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      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.

      • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

        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

      “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

        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.

  • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      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.

      • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

        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)

          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.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Shit, we have like 5 credible backup plans.

            Aceves, Giese, Tomko, Hughes, and Kennedy are all a phone call away to hop on a shuttle and make a spot-start.

          • A.D.

            Exactly a “true” long reliever is only a few hours away.

          • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

            Yeeeeah you’re right. Its a no harm no foul situation, and if all the starters perform as advertised, having Albie in the pen is going to be more useful than having Tomko. In a vacuum, I would actually prefer Veras gets sent downover Albie … stupid options ::grumble grumble ::

            • MattG

              You know, I swear this was my point from last week, and I was ridiculed. Maybe I didn’t communiterate the things from my brain that good.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                The situation has changed.

                Aceves/Giese looked worse, Albaladejo looked better, and Tomko seems willing to accept a minor league deal and not force the team’s hand.

                I will give you credit for anticipating that better than the rest of us, though.

              • steve (different one)

                i have admitted that i changed my position on this after thinking through the roster implications.

      • KW

        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.

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    Sheff was just released by the Tigers…

    -Scott

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Can he play third base?

      • jsbrendog

        not anymore. originally he was a 3b with the brewers/pads wasnt he?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yes. Drafted as a 3B/SP. Tried him at SS and he failed there.

          We should sign him to replace Derek Jeter.

          • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

            Who would make the best shortstop out of:

            Prince Fielder
            Ryan Howard
            Jorge Posada
            Dennys Reyes

            • anonymous

              Po, easily.

              • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                I should have said Matsui instead of Posada.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

              Dennys Reyes would be hilarious to watch out there. Though it might be even funnier to watch him chase down balls in the OF.

              • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                Anything that would forces Dennys Reyes to attempt to make a diving catch would be hysterical. He is one of the the oddest looking dude in baseball.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yankees 2011 shortstop: Adam Dunn

          • Phrancis

            Tiger’s are racist. How dare they disrespect Sheff ?

        • anonymous

          Did you actually give this a serious reply?

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

          He intentionally threw balls into the stands from 3B to make his point about wanting out of Milwaukee.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Gary Sheffield = Manny Ramirez

            (and yes, that’s both a compliment and an insult simultaneously)

          • steve (different one)

            He intentionally threw balls into the stands from 3B to make his point about wanting out of Milwaukee.

            i believe this has been debunked as a baseball “urban myth”

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              http://www.futilityinfielder.c.....rt-i.shtml

              It was during this acrimony that Sheffield’s remarks about intentional errors surfaced. Sheffield told Bob Nightengale of the Los Angeles Times:

              The Brewers brought out the hate in me. I was a crazy man… I hated everything about the place. If the official scorer gave me an error, I didn’t think was an error, I’d say, ‘OK, here’s a real error,’ and I’d throw the next ball into the stands on purpose.’”

              Sheffield later recanted that statement, telling Nightengale, “What I said was out of frustration. They want to take something and run with it. Why would a player purposely make mistakes? I’d never do anything to hurt the team. You get paid to play.” …

              …Without the benefit of videotape or a peek into his psyche, none of this is enough to either clear Sheffield of wrongdoing or damn him into the fiery pit of hell, of course. Aside from his own words, no one has come forth with any evidence to show that Sheffield intentionally made errors.

              • Jack

                So, this ain’t all the way true? Is that what you’re saying?

                • steve (different one)

                  i think someone debunked it with retrosheet by looking at all the games on he committed more than one error in, and not finding any games with one error than another on an errant throw.

                  something like that.

                  it has come up many times on BTF and someone always points this out.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  That retrosheet breakdown is actually in the article I linked to.

                  Didn’t want to quote it, it’s lengthy. But yeah, there were exactly 4 times they found these “intentional errors”, and none of them are slam-dunk intentional.

                • steve (different one)

                  basically i just got caught being too lazy to click on the link…

  • Steve A

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      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)

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

        • anonymous

          So long as no one claims hes going to have a BA anywhere above 200 I dont see the problem. Great glove, can run, bunt. What else do you need in a utility man?

          • MattG

            A BA above 200, for sure.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            What else do you need in a utility man?

            A batting average anywhere above .200, for starters.

            • MattG

              u 2 slow

      • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

        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.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          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.

          • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

            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.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          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)

            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

              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

                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.

  • J.R.

    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.

    • J.R.

      http://www.baseballamerica.com.....26955.html

      Not sure if there is a long reliever on there.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Todd Wellemeyer.

      • Thomas

        Yeah, there are long relievers on that list. Assuming the starters were Willis, Johnson, Nolasco, Mitre (could have been a long reliever), and Moehler (could have been a long reliever), then Wellemeyer and Vargas would be long relievers. Vargas, Wellemeyer, Mitre, and Moehler all have a history of both starting and coming out of the bullpen.

        However, all of these pitchers may have just been the best talent on the team.

    • A.D.

      I don’t think Girardi though the team didn’t need a longman last year, its that Karstens got hurt, and Rasner didn’t pitch real well, they said they wanted a long man, but essentially everyone lost the competition.

    • steve (different one)

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

      i don’t think this is true. i think he said over and over last spring that he WANTED to take a longman.

      it’s just that all of his candidates for the job either
      1. got injured during ST (Karstens)
      2. shit the bed in ST (Rasner – 8.64 ERA in ST)
      3. were named Kei Igawa

    • J.R.

      Ok, let me rephrase, Giardi has a track record or not taking a longman with the yankees.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        IETC.

        Similarly, Barack Obama has a track record of bailing things out.

        • steve (different one)

          Mariano Rivera has a track record of giving up HRs in minor league spring training games.

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    What about Mark Melacon? Where will he be?

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      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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