Aug
07

Peña up; former Yanks on the move

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Update 4:02 p.m.: The Yankees have made a roster move this afternoon. Ramiro Peña has been recalled from AAA Scranton, and Anthony Claggett has been sent back down. Peña will back up both the infield and outfield while Claggett has been nothing short of terrible for the Yanks this season. When Chad Gaudin gets here, either David Robertson or Mark Melancon will hop on the Scranton Shuttle. I think Melancon stays. We’ll know soon.

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As we await the start of what could be another epic Yankees/Red Sox contest this evening and as I readjust to East Coast time after a grueling day of travel, let’s talk about a few former Yankees who have seen their uniforms change stripes today.

As John Smoltz showed his age last night, Jason Giambi has been doing so all summer for the A’s. The seven-year Yankee vet who returned to the Bay Area this past winter was unconditionally released by Billy Beane today. Giambi is hitting .193/.332/.364. While the .139 IsoD is impressive, his batting average and slugging are both fourth-worst in the Majors, and the A’s have opted to give their younger first basemen extended looks.

I wonder if Giambi will land anywhere at this point. For what it’s worth, the fourth-place Blue Jays aren’t interested. It’s tough to call Giambi an impact bat, and he’s on the DL right now with a strained quad. If he’s finished, he sure went out with a wimper.

Another Yankee to symbolize the excesses and failures of the recent past found himself traded today. The Indians have dealt Carl Pavano to the Twins. This move came after the Twins put a waiver claim on Carl. For what it’s worth, the Twins are 4.5 games out of the AL Central but 9.5 games behind in the Wild Card race.

This move could be a risky one for the Twins simply because of Carl Pavano’s endurance. Right now, Carl Pavano has thrown 125.2 innings this year. He threw a combined 145.2 innings over four seasons for the Yanks. Despite his age and experience, he is definitely in the injury red zone right now. The Twins will rely on Pavano for depth, but that, as Yankee fans know, is a dicey proposition. The 5.37 ERA and 1.37 WHIP are hardly appealing.

Finally, Tom Verducci really likes the Yankees right now and doesn’t think things are looking up in Beantown. A Bronx win tonight would certainly cement that feeling.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Whoa, it’s a Kabak sighting.

    Ahem, anyway.

    There are people actually arguing for the Yankees to resign Giambi. To which I say “fie! Fie on you!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      “A pox upon your houses!” Then you shake your fist at them.

    • rbizzler

      And by people do you mean people at LoHud?

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Yes.

        Lohud is more propular but as a result there are more idiots there.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          *popular*

        • rbizzler

          Oh, I know all about LoHud. I also know that Rebecca still posts there so I am sure that she knows the tenor of the discussion in Pete’s comment sections.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I actually post on lohd more than here.

            I’m on lohud right now under a different name.

            • jsbrendog

              but we forgive you so it’s ok

  • Kiersten

    “3. Make no mistake, the Yankees are the best team in the AL right now. Yes, the Angels match up well against them and the Red Sox still have time to fix their flaws, but at the moment, New York is a ferocious offensive team that simply wears down opponents — not so much with its ability to draw out at-bats, but with the constant threat of power.”

    That just put a huge smile on my face :-)

    • Teix is the Man

      Ditto!

    • whozat

      WEll…in fairness, with Damon, Tex, ARod, Matsui, Posada and Swisher….they ALSO draw out at bats. Not pathologically like Youkilis, but still.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Swisher can draw them out pretty pathologically.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      The Yankees are firing on all cylinders but the Angels really scare me.

      • Mike Pop

        The Angels are always scary. Their playoff rotation could be Bartolo Colon, Darren Oliver, and Livan Hernandez. I still wouldn’t be very confident.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          They’re playing unbelievable right now though and the Yankees still can’t beat them on at their ballpark.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            They did lose to the White Sox but that doesn’t necessarily mean much. The Yankees lost to them too.

  • Teix is the Man

    How’d the trip go, Ben?

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Welcome back, Ben.

    And glad to see Verducci is one writer that has seen the light and not drank the Kool-Aid.

  • Drew

    Happy to see Pena on our bench, which is absolutely stacked right now. Quite the change from last year.
    Hope the Giambino sticks somewhere.
    Also, speaking of Schmoley, looks like we hurt his feelings last night. He apparently returned to the ATL to think about things. I’d just like to say, welcome to the AL and maybe, goodbye?

  • Mike Pop

    Baseball news, baseball news.

    Two guys I’m glad aren’t on the team anymore, even though some argued to keep them. Eww!

    Rios claimed on waivers, damn!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Who da fuck argued for Pavano? Haha. I also don’t remember anyone arguing for Giambi.

      • Mike Pop

        I remember some Pavano chatter on this blog. Some from comments, can’t tell ya who they are and I’m not going back to look it up. I might not be remembering correctly on Giambi. Maybe your mother was in favor of keeping him and I just got confused.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I’m not going back to look it up.

          More like Mike Cano, amirite?

          • Mike Pop

            Ahah.

    • jsbrendog

      too bad it wasn’t wells

      ::ricciardi’s inner monologue::

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        IETC

        • jsbrendog

          i forgot to add the (sigh)

    • Salty Buggah

      I dont know if I’m happy or not about Rios. He hurts the Yanks a lot for some reason when we play Toronto but then gives the Jays a LOT of financial flexibility and relief, possibly allowing them to get better.

  • CountryClub

    Ben,

    I like Melancon too…but Robertson deserves to stay with the club at this point. I’m curious why you’re leaning the other way?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I disagree. Robertson needs to work more on his control. Melancon deserves more of a chance especially since he’s pitching better lately.

      • Frank

        Totally disagree. D-Rob is a strike throwing machine who is not afraid to pitch to contact. Last night’s walk was his only blip over his last 3 outings. He actually should have has an easier inning had Posada blocked the third strike instead of trying to backhand it. As it turns out, he still struck out the side. I also like Melancon, but I believe he goes before D-Rob.

        • Salty Buggah

          I want Robo too but in addition to his awesome K’s (45 in 30 innings) he has 18 walks.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Yeah, Robertson K’s a lot but he also walks a ton.

        • Drew

          His walk was a blip on the radar screen? dudes got a 5.3/9 bb rate.

      • CountryClub

        I understand he walks people…but he’s also striking out just under 1.5 batters per inning. And he’s not doing it with smoke and mirrors. He has legit stuff.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Yeah, but his issue is walks. I’d rather see him fix it in the minors than the majorsand give Melancon more of a shot.

        • Salty Buggah

          he has good stuff but the 18 walks are really bad.

        • Charlie

          i love d-rob, but melancon has a better shot to pitch his way into a more important role. melancon’s been pitching better, and is a better pitcher overall than d-rob

    • Slu

      I agree. I don’t get the attention Melancon gets. He has been OK, but he is no way clearly better than Roberston. And he has pitched more innings in the majors, strikes out way more guys, and only walks a tad more than Melancon.

      I am not saying Melancon won’t be good or anything like that, but he needs prove something first.

  • Steve Farr

    who claimed Rios?

    • Mike Pop

      As of right now, only Mo knows.

  • E-ROC

    This might be the end of the road for Jason Giambi. I don’t see any team in the AL giving him a shot at DH-ing. Most teams are going with young players right now. Giambi would only be a pinch hitter for NL teams. I think he walks away.

    Pena, Hairston, Hinske, and Molina = A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

    • jsbrendog

      if matt stairs can be a bench pinch hitter why couldnt giambi?

      • E-ROC

        I don’t think Giambi would accept pinch hitting duties.

        • jsbrendog

          even if it’s that or retire?

  • Mike Pop

    Do you think the Yankees are confident that Pena can play the outfield now and this is why he’s back up so soon?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Probably.

    • Salty Buggah

      I think so but even if he can’t, we have Hairston for the OF, who is pretty beastly defensively out there.

    • jsbrendog

      what’s crazy is how many positions how many of our benc guys cna play. gone are the days of miguel cairo/luis sojo/et all who can play 1 of the if positions well, 1 servicably, 1 terribly, and could trot out to lf in an emergency.

      dude we have hairston who can play according to BR LF, RF, CF, SS, 2B, and 3B. WOW. and he has played each of those this year already between cincy and here. DAMN!

      and hinske can play the corners in the OF and IF.

      Pena can play 2B, SS, 3B, and I’ll def give him LF/RF, and maybe/most likely CF

      and Jose Molina can play C and…..dude what a great bench. wow.

      TAKE THAT CASHMAN HATERS!

  • DaveinMD

    Sending Melancon or Robertson down would be stupid. Both are better then Gaudin or Mitre.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Neither one of them can start so it’s not stupid.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    WFAN reports Smoltz DFA’d

    • jsbrendog

      how mah ass taste theo?

      (pitching depth my ass)

      • Mike Pop

        DePtH!!

    • Salty Buggah

      If he wasn’t on Boston’s team, I’d be pretty sad for him.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      SO.
      MUCH.
      DEPTH.
      YOU.
      COULD.
      DROWN.

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      I may be in the minority, but I really felt bad for John Smoltz last night. And that hideous performance may be the last innings of his career.

      I respect the hell out of him and he has been a class act his entire career.

      As glad as I was the Yanks whipped that BoSox ass last night, I still felt for him. Dude’s a nice guy, proud guy, fierce competitor, and may have just had his career end like that.

      Hopefully he gets his PGA Champions Tour card.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        …Nah I didn’t feel bad. Perhaps I’m just cruel, but every time we scored a run I cheered.

      • Salty Buggah

        I was too but I wanted that win sooo bad so I was hoping from an implosion by him.

    • Frank

      I feel bad for Smoltz. He was a class act and a great pitcher but it’s clearly over for him.

    • Bob Stone

      The Yanks not only knocked Smoltz out of the game, they knocked him off the team and probably out of his career. Tough way for him to go. He was a great pitcher and a class act.

      • wilcymoore

        Tell you, it’s a heartless game sometimes, isn’t it?? I didn’t figure he’d be cut loose that quick! Well, if this is the end I’m sure Smoltz hates that it’s over after last night’s performance, but he’s had a great career, he’s won a world championship … there’s nothing for him to be down-hearted over.

    • A.D.

      Tazawa called up

    • Stryker

      watch the mets grab him.

      • Charlie

        watch the Mets TRADE for him

      • wilcymoore

        I don’t see Smoltz wanting to end his career w/ the ’09 Mets.

    • E-ROC

      Throw your splitter, Smoltz! Maybe his previous arm troubles may have prevented that from happening. He could be a quality bullpen arm for somebody.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Smoltz should have taken Marsellus Wallace’s advice to Butch,

      “The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That’s pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.”

    • JGS

      anyone else think the Sox picking up Woodward means that Lowrie is probably finished and they don’t want to move forward with Nick Green?

      • whozat

        I think it means that they know he can’t play this weekend, and don’t want to have literally no one on the team to play SS if Green goes down.

  • Charlie
    • jsbrendog

      do you read the threads above you before you post? lol there’s like a 10+ convo about it directly above you

  • Andy

    How could they possible send down Robertson??? He is one of their best guys!!! The dude struck out 45 guys in 30 innings for the love of god! With a 3.50 ERA! And for Pena? Dude’s rockin’ a .250/.346/.376 line in AAA, and has never been able to hit. Send down Coke and his 4.80 ERA. Hell, even Ace has a higher ERA with not as many more innings than Robertson as you’d expect. I’d rather they send down Melancon, because as much as I like the guy, Robertson is money.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      We need Coke. He’s just had a few blips recently, but in general he’s a really reliable leftie.

    • Salty Buggah

      18 walks are really ugly though and that’s not good for a reliever. Other than that, he’s excellent.

      • Salty Buggah

        and he has only a 3.17 FIP but those walks…

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          D-Rob’s also got a 3.77 tRA. That’s good for a 116 tRA+.

      • Slu

        Melancon has 6 walks in 11.1 IP. Not much better than D-Rob.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Coke has a 4.80 ERA ’cause he got smacked around in one game; before that game in Chicago, he had a 3.77 ERA.

      • Andy

        Again, take one outing away from anyone and their ERA will be better. You can’t use that as an excuse. The dude is not as good as Robertson, pure and simple.

        As for Robertson’s BB, they are a little high, but if you watch him pitch he is hitting his spots, they just aren’t getting called his way. He has very few balls way out of the zone. Plus, the high K rate makes up for the walks. Keep Robertson.

        • Charlie

          no, coke>> robertson, especially considering he’s the only lefty in the yankees bullpen. personally, i wish they would just put gaudin right into the rotation and DFA mitre, but we all know that’s not gonna happen

          • Andy

            How is Coke >> Robertson? Robertson has an ERA almost a run and a half lower, a K rate significantly higher, less hits per inning pitched, .014 points lower in BA against, and the descrepancy in BB isn’t that great. Put in Robertson’s >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> minor league numbers, Robertson’s clearly superior stuff, and you have a clearly superior pitcher.

            • jsbrendog

              robertson: 30.2 innings 2.50 k/bb 1.393 whipe

              coke: 45 innings. 2.45 k/bb 1.039 whip

              coke is a lefty.

              just saying

              • Andy

                You’re right, Coke ain’t horrible. I just think Robertson’s clearly better. But I imagine there is a less than 1% chance the Yanks agree with me and send down Coke instead of Robertson…

                • Charlie

                  they shouldn’t, because its really stupid to not have a single lefty in the pen. your idea just wouldn’t work

                • whozat

                  It’s also the case that Coke has soaked up higher leverage innings than Robertson.

                  Coke’s big problem is that he’s homer-prone, which is an issue — don’t get me wrong. But it also means that his suckiness tends to be confined. He’ll go out there and give up a homer, or he’ll go out and not give up runs. Whereas a guy like Robertson will go out and put a bunch of guys on, and, while he has the strikeout ability to get out of it, he’s also pitching out of trouble more often.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          But one outing only effects one game, which means for the majority of the season he has helped the Yankees.

          • jsbrendog

            +1

            • Andy

              Argument that does not pass the common sense test. First, his adjusted ERA is still higher than Robertson’s not-adjusted ERA. Moreover, take away Robertson’s 3 run game, and his ERA is at 2.78, way better than Coke’s adjusted ERA. So he has helped the Yanks more the mahority of the time regardless of that one outing.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Less innings, lower leverage situations.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Again, take one outing away from anyone and their ERA will be better

          Yup. And add one bad outing, especially for a reliever, and it balloons his ERA. This is what’s happened to Coke.

    • wilcymoore

      He’ll be back. His control needs work, but he’s only 24 and he’s shown a lot.

  • A.D.

    Surprised they didn’t try Smoltz in the pen

    • Mike Pop

      I think he asked to be released. Unless they got tired of handing over that 35,000 every day to him.

      • Charlie

        i think he did, too. he had a look on his face that seemed like he realized he was finished

        • Zack

          they said he’s already headed down to Atlanta so i think this is the end

      • Zack

        he banked in 7.1m this year, great signing

  • wilcymoore

    Yep, Tanawa called up to replace Smoltz. The Sox have every reason to think Tazawa will be good, although I suspect bringing him up into a pennant race almost straight from AA is not their preferred advancement procedure.

    I see Billy Traber was also cut loose along with Smoltz. So much for last night’s game impacting the Red Sox bullpen for this series. They only had 1 IP by a guy who’s still with the team today.

    • whozat

      Which was exactly what Traber was for :-)

  • Bob Stone

    Traber was DFA’ed along with Smoltz. I don’t remember ever seeing two pitchers in the same game, got the same team get DFA’ed the next day. Has anyone ever seen that?

  • Andy

    Anyone up for taking a flier on Smoltz, sending him to AAA to take Towers place in the rotation?

    • E-ROC

      I am, especially if he re-establishes his splitter, or throws a changeup. I’m up for it if he’s inserted into the bullpen.

  • Frank

    We are all guessing which pitcher goes when Gaudin joins the team and no one has mentioned Bruney. What has happened to this guy? Has he really fallen down that far? I mean this guy din’t even pitch last night in ablow out.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    My guess is that the Mets grab Smoltz but he injures his pitching hand due to a papercut from the sports section of a paper containing the boxscore of yesterday’s game. Then he goes on the DL and in desperation Angel Berroa is converted to a starting pitcher and rises to the top of the pitching world en route to a HOF career.

    You heard it here first.

    • wilcymoore

      Oh, you’re right … the Mets will go for him. But he won’t go to the Mets. And if he did, you got it, he’d hurt himself doing something silly. That’s a medical black hole the Mets have there.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I’m telling you, we’re about to see the beginning ofthe HOF pitching career of Angel Berroa. Book it.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Smoltz signs with the Braves and retires the preceeding day.

      • jsbrendog

        i like it. but do you mean preceeding? i think you mean the day after?

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Whatever smarty pants….receeding? haha

          • Tom Zig

            succeeding?

          • whozat

            subsequent

          • jsbrendog

            no, receeding is dustin pedroia’s hairline

            ba dum bum

            thank you ill be here all week

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            next

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    And the Sox acquired Woodward from the Mariners. Amazing.

    • whozat

      They need an emergency SS.

      • jsbrendog

        they traded lugo, lowrie’s prob done, and green is finally playing like green.

        it tastes so sweet.

        • Zack

          ha i remember seeing a question in a KLaw chat saying who should be SS of the future Green or Lowrie? ha

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    • Tom Zig

      47 OPS+ (SSS) will do wonders for that team

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Beckett
    Lester
    Tazawa (Wakefield)
    Penny
    Buchholz

    C.C.
    A.J.
    Pettitte
    Joba
    Mitre/Gaudin

    BRING IT.

  • james

    Any chance we pick up Smoltz and try and make him a relief pitcher…he still has a really good slider, even with a fringy fastball he can get outs for an inning or two…especially against righties.

    • Charlie

      there’s less than a 0% chance of that happening, for several obvious reasons

  • Mike bk

    why call up pena, hairston has been fine as the backup infielder that way gaudin could go to the pen without sending out either d-rob or melancon and then a move on them might be made for marte instead. any chance the move is to dl bruney again?

    • whozat

      Because Gaudin can’t really pitch til Sunday anyway? And they don’t really need/want a 13-man pitching staff anyway?

      They might send Pena back down to add Gaudin. They might send DRob or Melancon down. They might DL Bruney. We’ll see.

      • Mike bk

        my point was i would rather send pena down but it was presented as if that was an option so i said rather not call him up to have to then send d-rob or melancon down. there is no faith in bruney right now so might as well dl him.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    So for the postseason, assuming Marte and Mitre dont make the roster, the bullpen is

    Gaudin
    Hughes
    Aceves
    Robertson
    Bruney
    Melancon
    Coke
    Rivera

    The first 3 guys can give you length if necessary, Gaudin is death on righties, Coke is there for the lefties, and Robertson/Bruney/Melancon can get you a K when you need it. That is a nice, versatile bullpen.