Nov
02

Yankees remove Gaudin & Ring from 40-man roster, add Mesa

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Via Marc Carig, the Yankees have outrighted reliever Chad Gaudin and Royce Ring from the 40-man roster. Gaudin elected to become a free agent, and as far as I know Ring didn’t. High-A outfielder Melky Mesa was added to the 40-man, protecting him from this winter’s Rule 5 Draft. I’m not sure he’d be able to stick on a big league team’s 25-man roster all season in 2011, but okay. Gaudin and Ring were both on borrowed time, they were going to be cut one way or other at some point. Yay hot stove news.

Update: Mesa was scheduled to become a minor league free agency, that’s why they added him and the move came so quickly. Makes sense.

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  • CBean

    /does the Gaudin’s Gone dance of joy

    Whatever you do Yankees, do not bring him back.

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

      /does the Gaudin’s Gone dance of joy

      I’m joining you in that dance.

    • Gary Wallace

      He was gone last year as well and managed his way back to the Yanks. I don’t know how much hope to have with regards to this.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        He was actually okayish for the Yankees in 2009, though, I remember when they let him go and kept Mitre there was complaining.

        • Clay Bellinger

          Yup…I did a little complaining on that…although it was a small sample size, Gaudin was actually really solid for us in ’09 and he was pretty versatile. I guess his luck had run out though.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            I didn’t complain much because I realized they were both gonna be the mop-up guys, maybe spot starters, but yeah, after last year I would’ve rather had Gaudin than Mitre. Of course, now I want nothing to do with Gaudin and I’d be fine with Mitre as the cleanup guy. #ycpb

    • Clay Bellinger

      hahaha…you know the first time they need a long man this dude’s gonna be back somehow

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    That’s the first one they’re protecting? I mean, I like him and all, but a little surprised.

    • CountryClub

      Filling one of those spots is toolsy outfielder Melky Mesa. Mesa would have been eligible for free agency had he not been added to the 40-man, hence this move being made immediately before other players are protected from the Rule 5.

      http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....esa-added/

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

        They like him that much they don’t want to let him become a FA? Still surprising.

        • CountryClub

          Maybe it’s just to buy time? Maybe they can sign him to a minor league deal and then take him off the 40?

        • Josh Z.

          If he’s a free agent, any team can sign him and he doesn’t have to stick on their 25-man roster all season in order for that team to keep him. The Yankees obviously feel that Mesa is worth protecting in that regard. His addition to the roster doesn’t mean that someone like Betances or Laird is not going to be protected.

          Perhaps the Yankees know more about their minor league players than some girl on a blog. Which is not surprising.

          • Camilo Gerardo

            OH, Burn

          • pat

            Lol, nevermind all the guys that are second guessing too. By all means single out Rebecca.

            • Josh Z.

              First complainer on the thread comes with its’ risks and rewards. I’m not about to post the same counter-argument to every clueless fan in a thread.

              • Mister Delaware

                Especially not some fucking girl.

                • Josh Z.

                  Her being a girl has nothing to do with it. Had she been a boy I would have said some guy on a blog.

              • jsbrendog (returns)

                oak. tag.

    • Josh Z.

      Clicked through to your Twitter Rebecca – you’re not being attacked for being a girl, and saying so is a lie.

      If you’d like to counter anything I said here, please do. I’m still trying to figure out why the Yankees adding Melky Mesa is confusing you.

      You being a girl has nothing to do with it, so please don’t talk about it as if it does. It’s a very weak argument, if it’s an argument at all. I’m just trying to figure out why an individual or either gender is against or surprised by the fact that the Yankees did not want to lose Melky Mesa for nothing.

      If you have to resort to playing the sexist card when your posts are questioned, then you’re probably just trying to divert attention away from the topic at hand. It happens all the time, so you’re not the only one guilty of it.

      I would just like a straight answer or legitimate reason from someone about why adding Melky Mesa to the 40-man roster in light of his impending free agency is a bad thing for the Yankees.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    I thought Gaudin was one of the Legacy Players that Cashman was going to take care of? I look forward to his appearances for the Pirates in 2011, I wonder how big his goatee will be by Spring Training?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    My main man Melky Mesa.

  • Wade Taylor

    Hey Mike, if you had to compare Mesa to a player in the majors right now, who would it be?

    • AndrewYF

      Cameron Maybin? A crappy version of Chris Young?

    • mbonzo

      This article compares him to Soriano. http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....rk-yankees

      I think he’s more like Granderson.

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

        That article is a Bleacher Report article. Do you take it seriously? Does anyone?

        • mbonzo

          Hah. I little more than NoMaas, slightly less than Peter Gammons.

          • Shaun

            only red sox fans take Gammons seriously these days.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      Somebody not good enough at baseball to stick in the majors.

    • pat

      Mike Cameron. Great athlete in CF, loads of power and speed. Very poor contact hitter.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s a little bold, no? Mesa doesn’t have Cameron’s patience.

  • Fair Weather Freddy

    Thought for sure Betances would be the first one they’d protect.

    • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

      I don’t think the order matters much so long as everyone they want to protect is protected.

      • Josh Z.

        Obviously, the Yankees must think Melky Mesa is their most valuable minor league asset since they protected him first. They should go ahead and put Montero on the 40-man right now just for the hell of it and to satisfy clueless fans.

    • Josh Z.

      No that’s a stupid thought. Obviously you know the Yankees system better than the Yankees. pat said I should single out everybody.

      • pat

        Did you just get out of prison or something? So much anger.

      • http://www.ps3tf2.co.nr/ Double-J

        Lighten up, Francis.

  • mbonzo

    How many melkmans does one system need to produce?

    • Klemy

      In this century, no Yankee team has won the World Series without one!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    When does Mitre get the boot?

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Melky Mesa is a waste of a 40 man spot when they have so many people protect. Bleh.

    • CountryClub

      Had to protect him or he would have become a FA

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

        At least that’s an excuse, but honestly, he would have been no big loss if he became a free agent.

        • CountryClub

          I’m guessing that if they need to drop him at some point to make room, they will.

          • Josh Z.

            This. It’s not like the Yankees are handing him an Opening Day starters’ job. He’s easily expendable if it comes to that. If they don’t need the roster spot, he sticks around on it for awhile. No big deal.

            Overreaction FTL

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          Kelvin De Leon is the new Melky Mesa anyway

          • pat

            Except KDL doesn’t have the speed or athleticism to play a plus CF.

            • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

              I am well aware, but they’re both players who will get tool drool until the end of time and that’s all I was saying.

        • CP

          At least that’s an excuse, but honestly, he would have been no big loss if he became a free agent.

          Probably not, but why allow that to happen when it’s easy to avoid? He certainly has more value to the Yankees than Gaudin or Ring, so I really don’t see a downside to this. Worst case, the Yankees can remove him from the 40-man right before the rule 5 in case there is someone else they want to add. Or, more likely, they’d include him in a trade.

          Either way, they get more out of him than they would if they just let him go as a minor league free agent.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      To clarify, Melky Mesa would have been eligible for free agency had he not been added to the 40-man. That’s why that move came so quickly.

      Source: LoHud Twitter.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        Big woop.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          If you buy enough lottery tickets, you might hit the jackpot.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

            Isn’t he like 25 though? In High-A?

    • ZZ

      dr mrs yankee and Ben,

      Just responding here since you basically feel the same way. The Yankees obviously have the same info as you. They fully understand what putting Mesa on the roster means in regard to other players and what it means to lose them.

      They are making this decision with all that information and decided to protect him. That tells you how they feel about Mesa so I would trust their internal evaluations on these players, especially since this team has a great track record of making internal evaluations.

      I don’t think you are standing on much ground here to assert you know more than the Yankees about their prospects and the ramifications of this move.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        I am free to not like moves they make. The Yankees always have the same or more info than I or anyone else here does and we like or don’t like things they do all the time.

        I am not going to defer to their authority all the time.

        • ZZ

          All you are doing is whining about it instead of providing concrete criticism.

          You are also not taking into account what the Yankees are saying by making this move.

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

            She’s provided plenty of concrete criticism. He’s a 25-year-old who’s never played above Single A and doesn’t have many stand-out skills. She’s actually seen him play too. Have you?

            • ZZ

              Where?

              “Melky Mesa is a waste of a 40 man spot when they have so many people protect. Bleh.”

              “I am well aware, but they’re both players who will get tool drool until the end of time and that’s all I was saying.”

              “Big woop”

              “Age 23 season, they brought over at the normal time for IFAs they like but repeated GCL.”

              Mesa is also not 25. He turns 24 in January.

              • Poopy Pants

                Pssst….you’re not supposed to think for yourself. Just type ‘great article! I agree’ and move on.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  because the RAB comments are always just people going “yep, I agree”

            • ZZ

              Oh, and to answer your last question, yes I have seen Mesa play.

            • Josh Z.

              I don’t get the whole “seen him play” argument. Is the typical fan qualified to evaluate a player based on seeing him play in person? I kind of doubt it.

              There’s very little harm in protecting him for now. You end up needing his spot later in a week or a month or a year, cut him loose. For now, he’s taking the place of Chad Gaudin whom you seem to be just fine with getting rid of.

              I’m not saying he’s a lock to stay on the roster, but it doesn’t hinder any of their offseason plans whatsoever.

            • AndrewYF

              Doesn’t have any stand-out skills? You mean except for defense, great arm in the outfield, good speed, and power?

              It’s always been that Mesa has everything except the most important thing – the ability to make consistent contact. But he’s certainly not some organizational schlub.

              At the least, he’s a better choice than Kontos, who wasn’t really all that great even before his slew of injuries.

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                The best way to describe Melky Mesa is that he is a giant box of tools.

                • CP

                  True. That doesn’t mean he should just be let go for nothing.

                  There’s not downside to this move, so I don’t really understand why anyone would have an issue with it.

                  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                    The Yankees have a LOT of tool boxes hanging around in the system. I have a personal dislike of toolboxes, so I don’t like it.

                    The Yankees can do whatever they want but I can not like it much like I thought it was silly to give Reegie Corona a 40 man spot.

                    • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

                      Doesn’t like toolboxes, isn’t that just like a woman!

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

        So are you saying that every time the Yankees make a move — like keeping Chad Gaudin for months on end — we should just swallow it hooks, line and sinker? Do I have permission to tell you the same when you complain about moves next season? :)

        • ZZ

          Judging by your and ms yankee responses it looks like I really worded my response poorly.

          I didn’t mean to say you can’t criticize the Yankees, but I would defer to the Yankees without any real counter solution or proposal. I also think it is a tricky line with prospects in particular because I assume very few people on here have any sort first hand knowledge of Melky Mesa and the various other players this move impacts.

          Does that sound better? ;)

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            Well then you assumed wrong about me because I have first hand knowledge of Melky Mesa and the other prospects that this impacts.

            • ZZ

              Ok, then provide your first hand knowledge about why this is a poor decision. It is just whining without it.

              • Klemy

                But isn’t it just sharing her opinion without it? Where did everyone’s tolerance for opinion go on this topic? It seems like everyone is mighty sensitive today. Can’t we all just get along?

                • mbonzo

                  All the violent and apathetic fans have been set free.

                • Shaun

                  It’s election day. Tolerance of opinions doesn’t currently exist.

                • ZZ

                  Personally, I don’t really see the point of posting something with zero substance. It is an opinion, but a waste of time on a blog that exists for the purpose of discussion.

                  Even then I challenged her complaint and still have seen nothing to support the “opinion.”

                  • ZZ

                    Reading that back it came off much harsher than I intended, so I apologize, but you get the gist.

                    “Whining” without alternatives, evidence, etc. gets challenged on here all the time and I don’t see this as any different.

                    I would really like to see why she disagrees with this move. Genuinely interested.

                    • http://twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J. aka The Bull in the China Shop Effect

                      Can’t she disagree for the sake of doing so? I mean, it’s her opinion and I don’t honestly think that she has to give you any reasons why she feels that way.

                  • Josh Z.

                    Apparently women are free from criticism for reasons still unexplained.

                  • mbonzo

                    Some people can have opinions that aren’t backed up by material evidence, but by observable evidence. If Rebbecca has seen Mesa play, I think she’s made an opinion out of that. The kid hasn’t exactly had a magical career to this point. Although I agree with you, I don’t think our side to the debate is exactly “clearcut” right.

                    • ZZ

                      I would be interested in observable evidence as well.

                      Anything at all to back up the statement would be nice.

    • Josh Z.

      pat doesn’t think I should call out female fans when baseball matters seem to go over their head. so i’ll compliment your hair. Nice ponytail.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

        Yeah, you’re not a fucking ass or anything.

        • Josh Z.

          I have a low tolerance for stupidity. Maybe an internet comment thread isn’t the best place for a person like me – but every once in a while you can find intelligent banter.

          • Klemy

            How do you tolerate your own posts?

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              A+ sir/ma’am.

          • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

            Dibble, is that you?

            • Josh Z.

              Well, neither Ron Dibble or myself is employed by the Washington Nationals

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

            Perhaps you should question your own intelligence before determining that of other people.

          • Jobu

            Are your posts mostly for the intelligent fans?

        • Mister Delaware

          This is exactly how I picture interactions between Ned Colletti and Kim Ng going.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        I don’t even understand what you think I don’t understand so, uh thanks but I don’t wear my hair in a ponytail.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I do. I’m a big Steven Seagal fan. I snap forearms for fun.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            You are also a Melky Mesa tool lover, I don’t think we can be friends.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Give him one more year….

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                I’m still trying to will Higashioka’s bat into making contact with baseballs, I can only stretch myself so thin…

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Higgy will have a really good year next year too. That is a prediction that I absofuckinglutely, money back, guarantee.

                  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                    He just needs to, you know, make contact with a few more baseballs :(

                    He is the one tools project I refuse to let go of…

              • mbonzo

                I agree, his numbers really improved this year and this kid has major upside. No need to give up on him the year he starts to figure it out. If he can produce in AA we’ll know better what he’s worth.

          • mbonzo

            Only people with pony tails can produce quality like this.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....._embedded#!

        • Josh Z.

          Please explain why you believe that adding Melky Mesa to the Yankees 40-man roster is a waste. Please provide alternative players that need to be protected at the present time that you would take over Mesa and why.

          • Josh Z.

            By all means continue to berate me as much as you wish, but if I could get an answer to these from “dr mrs the yankee” that would go a long way to convince me that I was out of line by questioning her grasp on the Melky Mesa roster situation.

      • mbonzo

        I trust the Yankees FO to do the right thing, they know a lot more about their players than anyone here. But having a nice ponytail doesn’t stop you from having an equal opinion.

        • Klemy

          Especially if that ponytail is worn as part of a school girl outfit, but I digress. /sexism

          • Josh Z.

            Has nothing to do with her being female. Has everything to do with the fact that she doesn’t seem to get the fact that adding Melky Mesa to the 40-man roster has little to no negative impact on the Yankees roster management.

            But if it makes everyone feel better to label it as sexist, be my guest. Apparently making up excuses is easier than actually defending a failing argument.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              It didn’t have anything to do with (other) Rebecca being female, I agree. But then to do the line about the ponytail? C’mon. That’s lame and not helping, at all.

              • Josh Z.

                I agree that the comment wasn’t in the best interest of progressing mature discussion, but mislabeling something as sexism doesn’t help either.

                • mbonzo

                  “Mislabeling” isn’t exactly the right term. Misunderstanding perhaps. If you didn’t mean to sound sexist, you failed.
                  What did mean to say instead of,
                  “pat doesn’t think I should call out female fans when baseball matters seem to go over their head. so i’ll compliment your hair. Nice ponytail.”

                • http://itsaboutthemoney.net Brien Jackson

                  You’re right. It was straight up misogyny. Accurately labeling it is much more helpful. Now either own it and take the beating or shut up.

                  • Josh Z.

                    Saying that I hate women is also inaccurate. I think I’m taking an adequate beating and am fine with that if someone was offended. I apologize for inadvertently insulting someone.

                    But I’m still waiting for her answer as to why adding Melky Mesa to the roster is such a waste.

                    • http://itsaboutthemoney.net Brien Jackson

                      Well let’s translate the sum total of how you started this:

                      “She disagrees with me so clearly this means she doesn’t understand baseball cuz she’s a silly little girl and her pretty little girly brains don’t understand baseball and sports and stuff. But she’s just a stupid girl who can’t help herself cuz girls don’t understand sports so I’ll be nice and compliment her hair because girls like it when you compliment their hair.”

                      So yeah, you’re a sexist dick. You can say that’s not what you said, but then you’re a lying ass on top of being a sexist dick.

                      And I don’t even agree with Leo here. But I’m capable of respectfully disagreeing with her without making “haha you’re a dumb girl who doesn’t understand baseball cuz you’re a dumb girl” jokes.

                      But that’s because I’m not a sexist dick. Like you.

                    • Josh Z.

                      Let’s set up a timeline for you since you seem to have formed your own idea of what transpired, in some chivalrous attempt to defend someone’s honor.

                      A female poster said she was surprised by the fact that the Yankees added Melky Mesa to their 40-man roster.

                      I pointed out that there was no negative impact made on the Yankees roster management by doing so and made a (perhaps inadvisable) comment about the Yankees knowing more about their roster makeup than some girl on a blog. Had the original commenter been male, I would have used the same phrasing, substituting “guy” for “girl”.

                      A commenter named “pat” called me out for sexism since I had only replied to a female. At the time, the only post complaining about the move was this Rebecca poster. I then replied to everyone else that complained about the move – not seriously in the slightest and have been constantly raked over the coals for it.

                      All I want is for those against the Mesa move to explain their reasoning behind their stance. So far, no one has even really attempted to give a legitimate reason.

                      So go ahead and name-call all you want. You, like many other over-sensitive commenters took too seriously what I said and have spent an exorbitant amount of time berating me for it. So much time in fact, that no one has given even a remotely close answer to why adding Melky Mesa to the 40-man roster was a waste given the circumstances.

                      Maybe all this sexist bitching is happening to waltz around the fact that the original commenter couldn’t give an answer that was based in sound reason or theory.

            • mbonzo

              It was just sexist when you said that you wouldn’t try to respond because people were telling you not to since she’s a woman, and that you’ll just compliment her on her ponytail instead. While I agree that ponytails are very nice hair style, you shoulda probably just stated your opinion like you did here instead of insisting there was some sort of reverse sexism that didn’t let you state your own opinion.

              • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                I propose that “While I agree that ponytails are a very nice hairstyle, [unrelated argument]” should totally be a new meme. No offense to you of course, I just found that statement hilarious.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  While I agree that ponytails are a very nice hairstyle, Posada sux lol whatevs

      • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam

        Get back in the kitchen and make me a blog post?

        • Shaun

          Huzzah!

        • http://www.ps3tf2.co.nr/ Double-J

          Get back in the kitchen and make me a blog post sammitch?

          *Fixed. You know we can’t let these frail, ponytail-wearing women anywhere near those newfangled electronic keyboards!

          • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam

            While I agree that ponytails are very nice hair style, they’re better on people who wash my dishes and do my laundry.
            /yes this is sarcasm

  • pat

    I’ll take the upside of Mesa over the “polish” of Pendleton, Whelan, Pope or Kontos. Especially considering the dearth of position prospects we have.

    • Josh Z.

      That’s a terrible opinion. Oh wait a minute, not it’s not. I’d take my chances in seeing if one of those “polish” players would stick in a major league bullpen for a whole season. If they do, props to them, but at best they probably end up as a passable bullpen arm, which the Yankees still have plenty of.

      • http://www.ps3tf2.co.nr/ Double-J

        If we’re taking dibs on “polish” players, I’d like Ron Jaworski, thanks.

  • Camilo Gerardo

    maybe someone takes kei igawa

    • Klemy

      We should be so lucky!

  • zs190

    Eh, doesn’t hurt to put Mesa on the 40 man right now to keep him from becoming FA. If they feel like there are more deserving players for the 40 man later, they can remove him later and let him become FA then. I just don’t see any downside to doing this.

    As for Gaudin/Ring, no surprises there. There are still a lot of 40 man spots that can be easily freed up if we need them (Steve Garrison, Reegie Corona, Dustin Moseley, etc), I really doubt we’ll lose anyone valuable to Rule V this year so I don’t know why there is even any outrage about putting Melky on for now.

    • Josh Z.

      I agree completely. I don’t understand why there’s such a big uproar about it. I’ve tugged some hairs for sure, but there is less than a 1% chance that this will negatively affect the Yankees’ roster management in the coming months and/or years.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Who’s next to go? Mitre? Golson? Please let Mitre be gone ASAP. Please.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Golson is actually the best comparison for Melky Mesa.

      • Mike HC

        ha. I just made the same comparison below for reading this.

        • Mike HC

          *before reading this

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Hmm, I can see it, though Melky’s got a slightly better uBB% and much more power (.060 advantage in IsoP) so maybe there’s some more upside in Melky Part Two.

      • mbonzo

        Golson doesn’t have Mesa’s power.

        • Mike HC

          Golson slugged .472 and .450 in his two seasons in A+ ball as a 20 and 21 year old.

          Mesa as a 23 year old slugged .475 in A+ ball. Not exactly a scientific study, but it seems like Golston arguably had more power at a younger age at the same level.

          • mbonzo

            He’s put up a .431 slugging in his career to Golson’s .398. Minor league numbers are hard to compare because the competition is always changing but Mesa has hit 52 homeruns in 1363 ABs, while Golsons has hit 58 in 2973 ABs in the minors.

            • Mike HC

              Just looking at the numbers and ages and levels, it does not seem that Mesa has really any more noticeable power than Golson. Mesa is coming off his best season, so its possible he will keep up this level of play even on higher levels. Time will tell, but I highly doubt Mesa will have any more power than Golson as a Major Leaguer. It is just doubtful that either will be an impact hitter at the Major League level.

    • Josh Z.

      I would think that the Yankees could easily replace Mitre’s production and at a lower cost. Given, Mitre’s salary isn’t overwhelmingly cumbersome, but it is a place that the Yankees could shave a couple hundred thousand bucks off the payroll to maybe take a shot on a reliever or bench player.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Like you commented earlier on twitter, the Yankees don’t appear to have many internal OF options, so I bet they keep Golson around. Then again, Joe does seem to have a special place in his heart for Mitre.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, but I think I’d still give Curtis or Laird a shot over Golson, though Golson’s fielding is at least a little valuable. If he could add just…something, anything at the plate, he’d be more worth keeping around as a bench OF. If only we could combine Thames and his lefty mashing and Golson’s defense to make a Super4thOF.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          I think Curtis is the better all around player, but I think Girardi values strong defense/no bat over decent defense and a not-awful bat. Which kinda makes since since your 4th OF is usually not much more than a defensive replacement.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Yeah, that sounds about right. I don’t see any of them–Curtis, Golson, Laird–having big/long term futures with the Yankees. Of them, I guess Laird has the best shot because of his bat.

            • bronxbrain

              I’m guessing that the team sees Golson as utterly expendable. But his amazing throw to nail Carl Crawford may have been my highlight of the year. And the guy burns. If only K Long could somehow, someway, enable this guy to make a bit of contact. On a playoff team, he’s a valuable fifth outfielder. But I doubt it’ll happen.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Assuming he’s not a disaster in the OF, which remains to be seen. Keith Law Tweeted to me at the beginning of the AzFL season that the experiment was not looking pretty at that point, but that was after just a few games.

            • bronxbrain

              I know that Laird has mostly played third. Anyone know the strength/accuracy of his arm? Any chance he’s in the mix to play occasional RF in 2010?

              • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                He’s currently playing in the OF in the AFL. He hasn’t really been doing much, but it’s probably an experiment to see if he can handle it. Consensus seems to be he’ll be a trade chip one way or the other.

  • Mike HC

    Good bye Gaudin. That comes as no surprise. Although I’m sure we will somehow reacquire him next year too, ha.

    As for Mesa, maybe he can be the next Golston.

  • JerseyDutch

    I’m actually sad to see C-Gaud go. Really.