Minor Moves: Betances, Laird, Pope, Johnson


Don’t the Yankees know that 4pm ET on a Friday is no time to break news? After announcing that Larry Rothschild will be the new pitching coach, the following minor league news made the rounds…

  • Dellin Betances, Brandon Laird, and Ryan Pope were all added to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. I thought that George Kontos would get protected as well, but the Yankees must feel that he isn’t capable of sticking on a big league team’s 25-man roster for a full season yet. He, along with Craig Heyer and Lance Pendleton, are candidates to be selected.
  • The Yanks acquired minor league outfielder Cody Johnson from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations. Johnson, 22, was the 24th overall pick in the 2006 draft but it hasn’t clicked yet. He’s got big time power (career .233 ISO) but is a whiff machine (39.0% strikeout rate), and in fact 49.9% of his 1,813 career plate appearances have ended with a homer, walk, or strikeout. Three true outcomes FTW. Johnson is likely to begin 2011 with Double-A Trenton.
Categories : Minors, Transactions


  1. Apparently Johnson had been rated the 11th-best prospect in Atlanta’s system.

    • GermanYankee says:

      that was three years ago.

      Interesting move, he seems to be a poor man’s Mark Reynolds: lots of power, lots of Ks. If he can get his average up he could be a nice trade chip in the future. But when I take a closer look at his defensive stats … oh dear … Adam Dunn kinda guy.

  2. RR says:

    Mike, you think Kontos and Heyer will be picked up fairly quickly, right? Heyer picked it up a lot lately… nice guy as well, got the chance to talk to him for a few at a fall league game.

  3. Marc says:

    I don’t get adding Pope to the 40 man, no chance in hell he sticks on a teams 40 man. And if he magically does, who cares?

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