Feb
16

Yanks invite five more to Spring Training

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Via Marc Carig, the Yankees have invited five more players to Spring Training: RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Dustin Moseley, 1B Jorge Vazquez, and 1B/3B Brandon Laird. Obviously, Moseley is the new name here. The 28-year-old spend the last four years going up-and-down for the Angels, though he missed most of last season with an elbow strain. His peripherals (5.3 K/9, 12.3 H/9) don’t exactly portend success in the AL East, but there’s no harm in inviting him to camp.

Apparently the Yankees aren’t too bothered by Laird’s arrest last month, which is a bit surprising considering they basically benched George Kontos for over a month when he got pinched a few years ago. Here’s the list of original invitees.

Categories : Asides, Spring Training
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Moesley, IIRC, was close with Adenhart, no?

  • Rose

    [Father Guido Sarducci takes the stand]

    “We are gathered here in-a Central Park today…to find the Ryan Pope’s wallet. Ryan’s Pope was-a in Central Park and-a lost his wallet…I’m-a promise you who find Ryan Pope’s wallet a special mass…for finding it in Central Park…Thank You.”

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Interesting in re: Laird. The details about his arrest are pretty ugly too.

    • J.R.

      It sounded like he just got into a fight and his brother backed him up. Are there other details I missed?

      • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

        Yeah. Among them:

        (1) they got wasted, I believe, pre-game
        (2) his grandfather make some kinda comment to Eddie House’s wife and touched her inappropriately. fun times!
        (3) laird shouted at the women and players, and took a swing at one of the women.

        http://bases.nbcsports.com/201.....e.html.php

        • J.R.

          Thanks for the update, I didn’t know some of the details.

          In the end he was booked with suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. That’s basically nothing.

          • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

            Yeah I mean legally there probably won’t be any long-term ramifications.

            • J.R.

              Granted that is just what he was booked with. They could always charge him with more later. Or the DA could drop it entirely.

        • Marc

          It’s good to see white trash can flow through different generations.

          What an inbred group of hicks…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            This will end badly.

    • Camilo Gerardo

      I thought role model Gerald Laird was more at fault, while the Security Guard also overstepped his bounds

  • J.R.

    Getting in a brawl with your brother at a sporting game is hardly the end of the world.

    And from some of his brother’s comments it seems like there was a big misunderstanding.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      The big misunderstanding was that Grandpa Laird could hook up with Eddie House’s wife. Jokes.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Sorry Artist, didn’t mean to step on your toes.

      • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

        Have you ever seen Grandpa Laird?

        HOT.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    For his Facebook status, DJ Mitchell just posted that he was on his way to Tampa. So it’s confirmed.

    I need a life.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Obviously, Moseley is the new name here. The 28-year-old spend the last four years going up-and-down for the Angels, though he missed most of last season with an elbow strain. His peripherals (5.3 K/9, 12.3 H/9) don’t exactly portend success in the AL East, but there’s no harm in inviting him to camp.

    The only harm would be if he gets his sticky little fingers all over ARods twenty six hundred dollar pants.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      lock up your gloves, laptops…and wives. am i missing anything else?

      • Chops

        Lucky Thongs?

  • Chip

    Wow, apparently the Yankees are really high on DJ. This year will be very interesting for him.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I agree. Let’s hope he develops a pitch to get good LH hitters out. He has a nasty sinking fastball.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Where will Mitchell start the year, AA?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Probably Tampa.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Wait a second. P&C report date is 2/17, right? That’s tomorrow. Why does the spring training countdown say “2 more sleeps”?

    ONLY ONE MORE SLEEP!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Mike is counting his nap later today.

      • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

        I need a counter made by someone who doesn’t suck the fun out of our national pastime whilst microwaving burritos in the basement of his mother.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Maybe blogger columnist Murray Chass has a ST countdown sidebar applet column up on his blog place for baseball columns.

  • Christos

    What happened with Kontos?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      He got gonorrhea.

      In order to avoid embarrassment, he covered up his malady by blowing out his elbow and getting TJS.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Via Marc Carig, the Yankees have invited five more players to Spring Training: RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Dustin Moseley, 1B Jorge Vazquez, and 1B/3B Brandon Laird.

    Somewhere, Chris Malec sheds a single tear.

    To quote a handsome, ravishing, large-penised polymath who’s pretty much always on the ball:

    tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada says:
    February 8th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    … That leaves this as the presumptive Scranton AAA team:

    Scranton (AAA):
    C-Jesus Montero 1B-Juan Miranda 2B-Reegie Corona SS-Eduardo Nunez 3B-Kevin Russo LF-Colin Curtis CF-Reid Gorecki RF-Greg Golson DH-Jorge Vazquez
    Bench (4)
    Mike Rivera, Chris Malec, Jon Weber David Winfree
    Rotation (5)
    Kei Igawa, Zach McAllister, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez, Jason Hirsh
    Bullpen (7)
    Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Boone Logan, Royce Ring, Kevin Whelan, Amaury Sanit

    Everybody thus likely ticketed for Scranton is currently either
    A.) Already on the 40-man (Miranda, Corona, Nuñez, Russo, Golson, Nova, Sanchez, Albaladejo, Ramirez, Melancon, Logan, or
    B.) a STNRI (Montero, Curtis, Gorecki, Rivera, Weber, Winfree, Igawa, McAllister, Hirsh, Ring, Whelan, Sanit)

    … except:

    Chris Malec and Jorge Vazquez.

    Vazquez and Malec are both advanced in age (they turn 28 in March and August, respectively) and neither are great shakes in the field. For an older minor league guy who’s bound for AAA, I’d imagine that not getting an STNRI at this point has to portend poorly for said player’s future with the org.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-770126

    How astute, Tommie. Can’t say I disagree with you. You hit the nail on the head. Gentleman and a scholar. A well endowed scholar, at that.

    No love for the Malec man. How sad.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      hey arod! you do know…that guy you’re in love with isn’t another guy…its your reflection in the mirror?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        That’s why Halle Berry broke up with me. I’m too beautiful, and it drove her mad with jealousy.

        Poor girl. I hope she lands on her feet.

        • thurdonpaul

          Halle can come to my house, i will comfort her. She must be one of the top five prettiest females on this planet, if not number one.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            You’re nuts.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              (thinks)

              No, you’re nuts.

              Halle’s top 5. Still. And she’s now queen of the MILFs.

            • thurdonpaul

              well, my nuts were half frozen shoveling snow, so maybe top ten then :)

    • larryf

      What? No Yurendell de Caster? We lost one of our best……names

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’m hoping we swing a minor trade to nab de Caster’s Netherlands WBC teammate Sharlon Schoop.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Dude, that’s a WNBA player. C’mon, man!

    • anon

      Josh Schmidt is another contender for the non-40-man, non-STNRI list

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