Jackson, Nova among 40-man additions

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The Yankees have announced seven additions to the team’s 40-man rotation in advance of December’s Rule 5 draft. Among them are Austin Jackson and Ivan Nova. What a difference a year makes for Nova, who was selected and then returned to the Yanks in 2008.

To go along with this move, the Yanks also outrighted Shelley Duncan to AAA Scranton. I’m sure the Yanks would be happy to trade him for some cash. Here’s the full list:

Hector Noesi
Ivan Nova
Romulo Sanchez

Reegie Corona
Eduardo Nunez
Kevin Russo

Austin Jackson

Interestingly enough, the Yanks now have 39 of their 40-man spots filled, but the team is down a left fielder, a designated hitter and a starting pitcher. Either the Yanks don’t plan to resign more than one of their three big-name free agents so quickly or they will be prepared to cut loose someone on the 40-man if need be. Of those on the current 40-man, Christian Garcia looks awfully expendable.

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

    Sheesh, overkill much? Oh noes, we can’t lose Reegie Corona!

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Eduardo Nunez: Super Prospect is safe!!!

    • Chris

      Why would you release anyone before there was an absolute need to?

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

        Well now he’s on the 40-man and he probably shouldn’t be. There’s at least three players in-house and on the 40-man that would play 2B, SS, or 3B over him. Now they have to pay him a ML salary and give him ML benefits. All for a guy they’ll DFA in May.

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

          I forgot about the ML salary part.

          Maybe he has a large family and it’s a rare moment of kindness from an MLB team??

          • Marcus

            He was referring to Shelley being released even though they had a spot left on the 40-man.

            • Marcus

              Oops, wrong reply.

            • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

              Because there’s no benefit in leaving him on and it may be doing better by him because he can go find employment elsewhere.

        • Chris

          Or, more likely, they’ll trade someone (or a group of guys) this winter.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        I’m not sure what you mean–this is adding spots to the 40 man not releasing players. If you don’t add Corona he’s not released, it just means he can be taken in the Rule V (where he might taken, I guess, but it doesn’t matter very much).

    • AndrewYF

      The Yankees certainly make some interesting 40-man choices. Last year was Eric Hacker and Christian Garcia. This year it’s Reegie Corona. If Reegie Corona were released, would anyone have really cared?

  • Tom

    Where’s Kroenke?

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

      There’s already four lefty relievers on the 40-man. Not worth it.

      • Salty Buggah

        And that should make us happy to potentially lose Kroenke as it means the Yanks have some depth.

  • AndrewYF

    Noesi put up some insane K/BB ratios this past year.

  • larryf

    I like Nova over Sanchez. Better mechanics and in better shape. Saw them both last year. Romulo threw 99 at Scranton but lost to Lehigh Valley and John Mayberry Jr (and the great Miguel Cairo!)

  • steve

    What’s with the Reegie Corona hate? He made massive improvement this year, especially with walking.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Because he’s probably not going to amount to much of anything in the Majors, doesn’t deserve a 40-man spot and wouldn’t be missed if some team claimed him in the Rule 5 draft. He’s 23 and hit .257/.347/.364 between AA and AAA this year. That translates into Jose Molina at the big league level.

      • The Scout

        What important prospect’s place is Corona taking?

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          None right now, but why bother really? They don’t have to add him. In the grand scheme of things, this won’t matter. He’ll be among the first to go as soon as the Yanks have to clear some 40-man space.

        • feasor

          It’s not about who’s spot he’s taking. It’s about the yanks’ ability to hold on to him. It they hadn’t added him and he were taken, then he’s coming back without being on the 40 man or passing through waivers. Now when they need to clear a spot, he gets kicked and likely does not pass through waivers.

      • steve

        Yes he sucked at Scranton, but had a .794 OPS in AA as a 22 year old second baseman. Not too shabby. He had an ISO of .110 in AA and has excellent speed.

  • Salty Buggah

    I dont get the Corona addition either. I’m pretty IF he got selected by someone, he would be released at some point and would be returned.

    • Salty Buggah


  • Davor

    If they don’t tender Wang and Bruney, they have 3 spots for their free agents.
    What is the rule for picking in Rule-5 draft – free 40-men spot at 20. Nov, or at the time of draft?

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

      It has to be open on the day of the draft.

      • Davor

        The question was clumsily posted. It should have been: if the club has free 40-men spot on the day of the draft, but didn’t have on 20th Nov, can they still pick?

  • Mike bk

    this leads me back to my question in the thread about the cuban lefties. will either of them sign without a ML deal? If they wont, moves like Corona are more perplexing even if only temporary.

  • Charlie

    agree with most people here, corona is kinda unnecessary. also i’m not sure about noesi. i don’t know much about him, but is he worth a 40 man spot?

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

      Not really, but moreso than Corona.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Does anyone see this as a sign that the Yankees are really trying to stock up on middle IF types that could replace Jeter in a couple/few years?

    Obviously they will need a SS at some point, but does this suggest they think it may be sooner than later?

    Jeter is still a top 5 MLB SS.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      I feel confident when I say that the Yankees do not think that Reegie Corona or Eduardo Nunez will be replacing Derek Jeter any time soon.

      • Steve

        Second that

  • http://yankeesminors.blogspot.com Steve

    No Kroenke? Duff? Curtis with that AFL performance? I thought those three were better choices than Corona.
    I was also slightly expecting Texeira and Kontos but not surprises with only AA and the injury respectively.
    Hope Whelan isn’t taken, but wasn’t expecting him to be added anyway.
    Didn’t even know that Noesi was eligible. Still shocking seeing that he only reached High A.

    • billbybob

      Well Kontos is/was injured, so I can understand that one.

  • Damon Pettitte

    I suspect Ramirez and Mitre will not be there too long.

  • Christos

    No George Kontos? I bet you we lose him to a Major League 60-day DL.

  • Mo Wang

    Well the Yankees can just non-tender 2 guys – Wang is almost a definite. I’d imagine Mitre is also likely to be non-tendered. Then they have the 3 open spots for the free agents DH, LF, and SP.

    They could also work out some trades, I guess.

  • JK

    Corona is hitting really well in winterball…

    .353 ba, .459 obp, .549 slg, 1.008 ops

    Maybe what their scouts reported back influenced their decision making. He also has plus speed and plus defense @ 2b.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I really hope they didn’t make their decision based on 50 ABs in winter ball. I’m not anti-Corona; I just don’t understand the need to protect him from a draft in which he probably wouldn’t have been taken.

  • MikeD

    Wang looks like another likely victim when they need an additional spot.

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