First round of Friday roster moves


We expected the Yankees to make a number of roster moves today, and via RotoWorld we find the first of them (you might have to scroll down, depending on when you see this). On the ledger now: Melancon down, Molina disabled, Cash up. With two players removed from the 25-man roster, that leaves one for A-Rod. However, purchasing Kevin Cash’s requires a 40-man roster move. That will more than likely be the DFAing of Angel Berroa, which would open up yet another 25-man spot. Here’s to hoping that Juan Miranda gets the call to deepen the bench a bit. He’d be valuable as a PH with two backup catchers on the roster.

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  1. stuart says:

    that was a large enough sample of Melancon!!!

    what is that all about?

    better call up one more bat else it is a joke…

    • Scott says:

      You have no clue. Melancon will be back and better then ever. Have you ever been on the pitching mound infront of 50,000? Nerves got the best of him. You haven’t yet seen what Melancon can do. I have been watching him since he was 8. He was pitching like he was nervous. Just wait…you will eat your words.

  2. I’m so glad Mark Melancon is leaving after his 5 innings of use spread out over two weeks and that Jose Veras gets to keep his job. I was worried the Yanks might actually make a good decision there.

    • Ed says:

      If they don’t feel comfortable giving Melancon regular work in the majors right now, then they made the right call. Let him get a little regular work in at AAA for a while, then call him back up when things calm down a little in the majors.

    • steve (different one) says:

      isn’t 5 innings over 12 games pretty standard reliever usage?

      that’s 67.5 innings/season.

      also, why is it fair to rail on the Yankees for using a small sample for Melancon while you are using a small sample to dismiss Veras?

      one decision is permanent, the other can be reversed pretty easily.

      • Ed says:

        It’s not 5 innings, it’s 3 1/3. And the stints got worse… 2 innings, 1 inning, 1/3 inning, 0 innings.

      • I’ve seen Jose Veras pitch now for the better part of three seasons. That’s plenty to know that what you’re saying is what you get. He’ll throw hard with little movement and no ability to control the ball. Guys who throw 95+ are always seductive, but to what end?

      • Mike Pop says:

        Completely agree.

        Melancon can be brought back up very easily but if you cut Veras and he signs somewhere else and pitches well why the pen is still struggling.

        The hating on Cashman would continue even more.

      • steve (different one) says:

        ok, he only pitched 3 1/3 innings. still, he appeared in 4 out of 12 games. not criminal or anything. nothing like when Edwar came up in 2007 and didn’t pitch for 2 solid weeks.

        • A.D. says:

          Because Torre set up Edwar to fail doesn’t actually make it better.

          • steve (different one) says:


            but pitching once every 3 games isn’t really a big deal either.

            it’s not exactly Girardi’s fault that he recorded no outs in his last appearance.

            • MattG says:

              Whether it is Girardi’s fault or not, Melancon when from 95 innings in 44 appearances in AA, to 3 1/3 innings in 4 appearances in the majors, and the results are not too hard to understand.

              • Moshe Mandel says:

                Yeah, but Melancon was pitching multiple innings like that because that is how the Yankees develop relievers. It has nothing to do with situations. He appeared in 4 out of 12 games, and would have gotten more innings had he pitched better.

  3. steve (different one) says:

    i’d have to assume Miranda is coming, o/w they didn’t need to send down a reliever.

    curious about Melancon, but i am guessing it’s a development thing? they want him to pitch more often, but he hasn’t pitched well enough to say he is ready to pitch in big spots.

    maybe they feel they rushed him a little and they’ll send him back down for a few weeks until they decide on the next move. he’ll be back.

    in the meantime, Robertson should get a longer look.

    • A.D. says:

      Its making sure Melancon still gets innings, he’s still only a year removed from TJS and they want to make sure he’s working

  4. You know, I don’t quite mind sending Melancon down. Would I have preferred a DFA of Veras? At the moment, sure.

    But it’s not as though Melancon is a finished product. He’ll be back up in the bigs soon enough.

  5. Speaking of getting A-Rod back on the roster, how sweet does this line up look, minus the 9 hitter?

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Swisher RF
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Cervelli C

  6. Expired Milk says:

    Ugh I would have perferred Melancon much much more. Veras can die in a fire for all I care.

  7. A.D. says:

    I imagine it was D-Rob or Melancon, and D-Rob has pitched better.

  8. MattG says:

    I am worried Joe will choose Cash over Cervelli.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i am worried that people will get hung up on this, when the most likely outcome will be that they are both terrible.

      Cash is probably going to get more PT since he’s actually played in the majors before. i have to think most managers would do the same.

    • A.D. says:

      Eh they’re realistically both the same non-bat. Cervelli should be better defensively but Cash at least has experience, so it’s probably a wash, maybe Cash will go Nick Green for us and just rake.

      • MattG says:

        I will disagree. I think Cervelli is going to have a career. Not a Johnny Bench career, but maybe, with a little luck, a Dan Wilson career.

        • MattG says:

          Come to think of it, I could’ve gone with a Joe Girardi career.

          • steve (different one) says:

            i was actually thinking this and Girardi was the comparison i came up with as well.

            still, that’s his ceiling, and he’s not going to play like prime-era Girardi in the next two weeks.

            i’d like to see Cervelli play a little more too, i just don’t think it’s going to matter much either way.

            • Guy Incognito says:

              You know, I like Cervelli’s flair behind the plate. If and when CC gets a K tonight watch Cervelli fire the ball down to third. There is a certain elan to this kid that I like. It seemed like it sparked the team last night when he came in for Molina.

        • A.D. says:

          Its not suppose to be a knock on Cervelli or his potential, I think he should be a solid ML player, but realistically he’s not ready for the majors right now, he hasn’t even played a full season above A+.

        • tim randle says:

          a Joe Girardi in his playing days career?

  9. De la Rosa to Trenton; PJ to SWB

    Since you know, we’re talking about roster moves.

  10. Scott of 3 Kids Tickets says:

    I know he is needed, but from what I’ve seen of his “extending spring” rehab, aren’t they rushing Alox back a bit too quickly? He’ll probably pull an O’fer for a while from the numbers I saw. His defense is not better than Pena’s, and Pena is starting to hit.


  11. rbizzler says:

    I am excited to see the fruits of these roster moves tonight at the game. Anyone else headed out to Camden?

  12. Matt H says:

    Shelly Duncan doesn’t get a look, he can play the corner OFs and first…

  13. Christopher says:

    Pete Abe is reporting that Stephen Jackson has been DFA’d to make room for Cash.

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