Yanks assign four to minor league camp


Via Kat O’Brien, the Yankees have assigned RHPs JB Cox, George Kontos, Kanekoa Teixeira and Andrew Brackman to minor league camp. Brackman was sent to Low-A Charleston for the time being, and because he’s on the 40-man roster he had to be optioned down. He now has just one of his three optional assignments left (which can/will be used next year), however the Yanks can ask the league for a “fourth option” because he missed all of 2008 due to injury. They did the same thing with Sean Henn way back when. I expect there to be some more players assigned to minor league camp shortly, by next week there won’t be enough innings to go around.

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  • pat

    So basically brackmeezy has all of 09 to spend in the minors, all of 10 which would use his final option then he could receive a provisional option to spend all of 11 in the minors too? That would mean he has to be on the 25 man roster by the end of spring training 2012?

    • Mike A.

      Pretty much, yep. He’ll get three full seasons in the minors to do his thing, which should be plenty of time.

      • pat

        Cool, thanks dude. Seems like 3 years should be plenty to iron the kinks out.

  • Dave

    I get the feeling there’s a huge logjam for rotation spots now and for the future (not a bag thing). They have CC locked up for 7, AJ for 5, Wang will probably be extended for a while (I’m guessing another 3), Joba/Hughes (same as Wang), Brackman/Betances (on their way), and Kennedy.

    That’s three guys locked into their spots for at least four more years, and Joba not getting dealt anytime this millenium. That leaves one roster spot for Hughes, Brackman, Kennedy, and the various pitching prospects.

    Think they package a few for Hanley when the Marlins sell him off?

    • jsbrendog

      cc is opting out after 3 yrs.

      • Dave

        I don’t see him opting out. I’m in the minority though.

        • andrew

          Either way, CC is not “locked up” for 7. There’s a decent chance he opts out, especially if he pitches well the next 3 years.

      • Chris

        I doubt that.

        This offseason, he was coming off back to back Cy Young caliber seasons, and the best offer he got (other than the Yankees) was for $100M. After his opt-out, he still has $92M left on his Yankee deal. I find it hard to believe that he would be able to get a better deal than that unless he wins the Cy Young each of the next 3 seasons, and even then he’s probably going to be too old to match the deals he was offered this year. The only way I see him opting out is if he really is unhappy in New York, because he won’t get more money elsewhere.

        • Ryan S.

          The way I see it, its either CC or King Felix pitching for us in 2012 – that $100MM over 4 years is going to be spent on an ace one way or another.

        • Let’s Talk About TEX Baby

          I think just about all the big-name players who have ever had these opt-out clauses have used them… and gotten more money. I see C.C. going the A-Rod route and using the opt-out to get the Yankees to bid against themselves. If there are younger aces on the market at the time, though, I guess that might throw a wrench into things.

          • Chris

            The problem is that most of these opt out’s come late in the initial contract. In A-Rod’s case it was after 7 years of a 10 year contract. In Burnett’s case, it was after 3 years of a 5 year contract. In both cases, it was obvious that they would get longer deals (and higher total dollars) than they had remaining.

            I just can’t see CC opting out just because there is a slight chance he can do better.

      • Jeremy

        I just hope CC pitches so well over the next 3 years that we have to worry about whether he opts out.

        • jsbrendog

          well put

    • A.D.

      Nice jam to have

    • pat

      As he is wont to do jsbrendizzle hits upon a salient point. Cc’s opt out would come at a time when it appears both brackman and dellin would be close to mlb ready. Plus the law of attrition will come into play and dictate that maybe 1 or 2 out of our tippy top flight guys will ever approach his ceiling.

      On the off chance that errbody does pan out watch out mlb bc we would easily be able to purchase any player on any team with the right combination of prospects. I know this sounds crazy but by 2012 I’m sure there will be a more desirable guy out there than hanram.

      • Reggie C.

        One of those 2 guys could land us a real top-notch CF prospect in a few years. Sorry … but you move Jackson to a corner OF spot if you could get a Jay Bruce-type talent.

        • steve (different one)

          or you move Jay Bruce to the corner spot, since he’s not really a true CFer.

          • A.D.

            Yeah you’d keep AJAX in center and play Bruce in RF

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, if Joba and Hughes both progress nicely into solid front-of-the-rotation starters, and Betances/Brackman both continue their solid progress, I’d have no problem trading a package centered around Joba for HanRam… we’d still have Burnett, Hughes, and Wang plus CC, and if/when CC opts out, we can put in a massive bid for Felix Hernandez.

      The quirk is, though, a year or two from now, whenever the Marlins auction Hanley off, they may prefer Brackman or Betances (provided they continue to look like future aces) over Joba or Hughes, as Joba and Hughes would be entering their arb years and looking for big payouts.

      • Reggie C.

        Would you move either guy for Cameron Maybin in 2012. Marlins are swimming in OFs (maybin, stanton, hermida, etc…).

      • Ryan S.

        At that point, Jesus Montero’s name is also going to be much more relevant, and I’d guess he’d be a guy we also need to give up for HanRam.

        Something else we need to take a look at it is how capable Hanley is of handling SS over the next several years. He’s not that great as is (-9.1 UZR/150 over the past 3 years), which is really pretty insignificant considering how much of a beast he is at the plate, and his bat can play at any position, but still, if we’re getting him to replace Jeter, I’d like HanRam to project as a good-enough defensive shortstop until 2014ish.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Exactly. The Jeter-HanRam comparisons are very apropos: counting forward from the beginnings of their careers, they’re both super-offensive plus players who don’t really play SS well, but are athletic enough to not be trainwreck bad and who more than make up for any defensive shortcomings with their bats. As they age, though, and the offensive numbers come down (and the defensive negatives get worse), you’re going to have to consider moving them off the position.

          HanRam’s SS defense most definitely a negative, but I think his awesome bat makes him playable there at least through his early 30’s.

          • Ryan S.

            Given that he’s only 25 right now, and trade for HanRam would be when he’s at age 26 or 27, he’ll still be in peak athletic condition for several years, so you wouldn’t expect a considerable decline in either defensive or offensive play for the foreseeable future. Incidentally, were we indeed to get Ramirez and offer him a hearty contract extension, he’d be a good candidate to replace A-Rod at third when Rodriguez is eventually relegated to primary DH duties – this is of course being waaaaaaaay in the future.

            As much as I love Joba, I’d love HanRam even more. All we need is for Hughes to be ready to kick ass in the next couple of years, and for Joba to pump up his trade value, and you could definitely see this trade happening one day. Let’s just hope Boston isn’t capable of putting up an even more appealing package than something involving any or all of Joba/Betances/Brackman/Montero.

      • A.D.

        Doubtful the Marlins want to pay arb, they’d rather have Brackman/Betacanes package, guys with no service time

      • Drew

        Moving Joba would open the door for him to goto the sux. The day he wears those god-awful red socks is the day hell will freeze over.

  • Stryker

    man, what happened to JB Cox? i thought forever ago that he’d get some heavy bullpen consideration in the future, then he gets injured and his stock falls mightily. tis a shame.

    • A.D.

      there’s no room for him in the pen right now

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Am I the only one who thinks J.B. Cox should be on an episode of “Scrubs”?

  • A.D.

    I thought they never optioned him last year, that they just put him on the 60-day.

    Upside is it doesn’t cost them an option to bring Brack up for a September call-up.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m very aroused.

  • Andy

    Anywhere we can get spring stats on the guys? I know they don’t mean much, butit’d be nice to see how everyone was doing comparatively…

  • Rich

    This is further reason to concentrate on position players in this June’s amateur draft.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It’s hard to concentrate on a certain type of player when you don’t pick until #28 and then don’t pick again until #76 and then don’t pick again until #135.

      We should take the most talented, valuable player who comes to us. If that’s a pitcher, so be it: that pitcher joins our crew, making it easier to stomach trading Betances and Brackman for HanRam…

      • Rich

        Fair point, but I would want the pitcher chosen over a position player to have a clearly better grade, not just marginally better.

        • Ryan S.

          Unless there’s miraculously some kind of very well-groomed college shortstop available for us that is comparably ranked to the best graded player available to us, I would say just go for the best guy out there. Teams like, say, The Reds, they need to draft in a different way than us, where drafting for a position of need is sometimes more valuable to them than getting the best guy available. For organizations like us or Boston, we can always fulfill needs via trade or free agency without much worry, so you always get the best guy available – especially if he’s actually a middle-of-the-round type pick but he’s fallen to you because you’ll pay him above slot.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Is today’s game going to be on the radio or anything?

  • dr

    He now has just one of his three optional assignments left

    Isn’t the deal with prospects signed to major league deal that they have to be put on 40-men, but they can have more than three option years (4-year ML deals – 4, 5-year ML-deals – 5)? So, Brackman would by default have 4 option years. Willy Mo Pena played 4 years in minors (I don’t know if 5th year was injury rehab or he started in minors).

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