With the first pick of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft, the Yankees select…


… Zach Kroenke? Kiley McDaniel tweets that the Yanks might opt to take their own lefty relief prospect in tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft, with the idea of Kroenke replacing the since traded Phil Coke. The Braves took one of their own in 1988, so it’s not unprecedented, however it seems like a waste. Sure, having two competent lefty relievers is nice, but it’s not a necessity. The Yanks can do better.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. pat says:

    Oh, f*ck this.

  2. Lanny says:

    Maybe they like Kroenke better than anyone else out there. Not unheard of to like your own better than someone elses dreck.

    • Mike bk says:

      yes but then you would think they would have just protected him to begin with. i know we would have had 4 lefty relievers on the 40 man if we did but we had other expendable parts like bruney, edwar that could have been dumped if it was that serious to get a Rule V pick.

      • Exactly.

        We traded Bruney for the R5 pick. If we liked Kroenke that much, we would have just DFA’d Bruney and added Kroenke to the 40 man, and then we wouldn’t have to keep him on the active roster all year long.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Good point

          • Ted Nelson says:

            Maybe they looked at everyone else expecting to find something and THEN realized he was their favorite…

            • Mike bk says:

              repeat again if they thought he could stick on our 25 man roster they would have put him on the 40 and let him keep pitching in the minors.

        • Ed says:

          then we wouldn’t have to keep him on the active roster all year long.

          If we decide to remove him from the 25 man, what’s the process? Ask ourselves if we want him back, and if so, pay ourselves $25,000 and keep him? If not, just keep him?

          I don’t think it’s a matter of how much we liked Kroenke, but how many lefty relievers we were willing to put on the 40 man at one time.

          • The fact that we’d return him to ourselves, though, is a bit misleading.

            If we remove him from the active roster, i.e. DFA him, he still has to pass through waivers. We’re still going to expose him to all 29 other teams before we just “return him” to ourselves, provided that that’s how this thing works out.

            • You don’t need to pass someone through waivers for them to clear the active (25 man) roster if they have options, which Kroenke does.

              DFA is when you remove someone from the 40 man.

              • JGS says:

                you do for rule 5 guys. If anyone claims him off waivers, the Rule 5 rules follow him to that team

                • Bingo.

                  Whomever we get in the R5, if we want to take him off the active 25-man roster, we have to pass him through waivers and thus, any team can claim him.

                • Chris says:

                  I assume then that Kroenke would still be subject to the Rule 5 restrictions. That team would have to keep him on their 25 man roster or give him back to the Yankees (or another team could take him)

                • Yes.

                  I’m just saying, though, that this method (not protecting Kroenke, trading Bruney for a R5 pick and then taking Kroenke) is a far more intricate and convoluted way of “securing” Kroenke than it’s being made out to be.

                  It’s still way simpler to just DFA Bruney and add Kroenke to the 40 man, if that’s what we wanted to do. Even if we didn’t want to add Kroenke to the 40-man because it was too lefty-reliever heavy, we knew Bruney was gonna be non-tendered, we shoulda just DFA’d him and protected Kroenke if he was that important.

                • JGS says:

                  If anyone claims him off waivers, the Rule 5 rules follow him to that team

                • Chip says:

                  True, but we’d be selecting him with the idea that we want to stop another team from selecting him. They could then select him through waivers if we couldn’t keep him all year. The other way, they could have kept him off the 25-man roster and never risked losing him.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Nah he was a Yankee. Overrated.

  3. Mike bk says:

    Jon Mayo says maybe John Raynor, 25 yr old OF, from the Marlins. huge drop in AAA but good before that. Any chance we take Aneury Rodriguez or Arquimedes Caminero with the Nats and then someone like Raynor with our own pick?

    • He slugged .326 in the PCL. Bubba Crosby slugged over .600 in the PCL!

      • pat says:

        Dude was filthy in the Southern League, 312/.402/.489 a little old for it though.

      • Mike bk says:

        i didnt say i liked it but up til last year he was mashing maybe just because he was overage, but he also stole 50 bags a year. maybe another gritner or he was just hurt last year since he was only swiping 18.

        i was just thinking more about the concept of pitcher 1, and maybe position player later as a flyer who at worst we give back or we try to pull off a chase wright in reverse trade.

    • themgmt says:

      I really like this pick.

      Slugged .500 in A and AA. 50SB speed.

      High K’s seem to be the problem but I’d pick him.

  4. Rose says:

    This is thoroughly disappointing. Although, I doubt it happens. Regardless of replacing a lefty we just lost…wouldn’t the smart thing be to pick the best guy out there regardless? I’m willing to bet my life savings AND piled up Denny’s giftcards on this not happening. No point.

  5. iYankees says:

    I would actually find it to be hilarious if this occurred.

  6. Reggie C. says:

    MIGHT happen. It’d be pretty boring to see it go down like that.

    I’m still gonna hope for a power relief arm (ie., Rice or Archimedes).

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope the Yanks don’t do that. I dont know if Kroenke can stick on the 25 of a team that might pick him so we might get him back anyway.

    • Technically speaking, if the Nats take Kroenke from us in the R5 and then trade him to us and we don’t keep him on the 25 man roster all year, do we return Kroenke to… us?

      Do we pay ourselves 50K for the pick, and then return 25K to ourselves when we waive him?

      • thurdonpaul says:

        very good questions, but sorry, i dont have any answers to them

      • Evil Empire says:

        Its all just a clever loophole to pay for Jennifer Steinbrenner’s next plastic surgery procedure.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Hmm, I would think the Nats pay us $50000 (unless Cash agreed to pay for it) since it is their pick and then we pay the Nats 25K.

        It all makes sense now. Instead of just non-tendering Bruney and adding Kroenke to the 40 man, Cash did this trade so we keep Kroenke AND get an extra $25K (to lose in the sofa). That Cash…always finding ways to get money. This is a brilliant way to get a free $25K.

  8. Charlie says:

    you mean three competent lefty relievers? unless dunn is incompetent, we’ve got him and marte,no?

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  10. John says:

    Ken Rosenthal reports Harden signed with the Rangers for one year 7.5MM plus a 11.5MM option. Could be a good indicator for Sheets and co.

  11. Richard Deegan says:

    One minor (no pun intended) point in all this, perhaps not so minor:
    By not DNTing Bruney and giving him to the Nats, Yanks prevented AL teams from grabbing him and risking him coming back to haunt them some day.
    If Nats keep him, shouldn’t be a problem for quite a while, even considering WS. (LOL)

  12. The Artist says:

    Meh, I’d rather have Bruney on the roster for 2 mil.

  13. themgmt says:

    I’m starting the John Raynor bandwagon.

  14. Sure, having two competent lefty relievers is nice, but it’s not a necessity. The Yanks can do better.

    Moreover, Kroenke wouldn’t give us two competent lefty relievers. We already have two competent lefty relievers without him, or at least, have better options for that setup without him.

    Both Dunn and WDLR are in front of him on the master depth chart, and are already on the 40 man. Taking Kroenke would push him in front of them, when they’re better bets to outperform him in 2010 and have the MASSIVE benefit of being optionable to the minors.

  15. dkidd says:

    i’ve floated this plan before, still think it could work

    1. use rule 5 pick on zach kroenke

    2. hide zach kroenke in pen until first game vs royals

    3. during first game vs royals, kidnap zack greinke and replace with zach kroenke

    4. watch royals puzzle over “zack greinke’s” sudden command issues

    5. savor “zach kroenke’s” sudden rise to ace status

  16. steve (different one) says:

    i’m confused by this thread. i thought it was already reported that they were taking Caminero??

    Steve Henson has reported that the Yankees are planning to take hard-throwing right-hander Arquimedes Caminero. Baseball America has called Caminero, “one of the best arms available with premium arm strength.”

    is that source no good?

  17. steve says:

    yankees had not had this many open spots on the 40 going into the draft in a long time. wouldnt be surprised if they took 2, maybe 3 relievers in it. edwar ramirez is DFAable.

  18. bonestock94 says:

    Just got this off Axisa’s twitter..

    Looks like it’s mot just one rumor. I was hoping for a more exciting first pick.

  19. themgmt says:

    Not good Cash. Plenty of better talent and Kroenke would still gave the Rule 5 draftee rules attached to him. Use the first pick to go for something better and if Kroenke is still available, use your 30th pick to get him.

    A waste to trade Bruney for a guy you already have.

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