Yankees sign Buddy Carlyle

The mystery pitcher: Chris Carpenter
The Obligatory Hideki Okajima Post

Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have signed right-hander Buddy Carlyle to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. The 33-year-old spent the 2010 season in Japan, allowing 35 hits and 11 walks against just 14 strikeouts in 27.2 innings with the Nippon Ham Fighters. Carlyle pitched with the Padres, Dodgers, and Braves at various points from 1999 through 2009, posting a forgettable 5.61 ERA (4.97 FIP) in 245.2 innings. To his credit, he did toss up a 3.59 ERA (3.58 FIP, look at that) in 62.2 innings with Atlanta in 2008.

It’s just a minor league depth move, an arm to soak up innings in Triple-A so the actual prospects don’t get overworked. Meh.

The mystery pitcher: Chris Carpenter
The Obligatory Hideki Okajima Post
  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    Fire Cashman

  • vin

    If I may…


    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      His very name itself harkens back to the glory days of the 1950s. I imagine a guy named Buddy Carlyle palling around with Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat in the dugout while watching Allie Reynolds polish off another victory.

  • MonteroSmash

    lol I remember when he pitched in Korean baseball league some years ago. He was decent for Braves.. hopefully he can repeat a bit of what he did as a long man/spot starter?

    • radnom

      Hopefully he doesn’t get the chance, tbh…….

    • Plank

      Were you in Korea? I just got back after living there 5 years.

  • Yank the Frank

    Boy, things are starting to heat up now !!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Scranton baseball-catch it!

  • Adam

    Fulfilling the organization’s drive to find a reliever with a more ridiculous name than Royce Ring.

  • pat

    Our answer to the Cobra.

  • jimmy

    this guy will add less to scranton than Michael Scott! Please ninja make several bonna fide moves after/during the winter meetings. I can’t take much more of this!

  • Uke

    This just in… Yankees working on signing Hideo Nomo! lolz

  • Sal

    Any relation to Buddy Groom?

    • Plank

      I would assume there is.

  • Jorge

    Would Belinda Carlisle have been a better depth move?

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      Oh Heaven would have been a place on earth if that happened…

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    If we pictured depth of an MLB organization as the layers of the see, this guys those fish who hang out on the sea floor.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Did I really just misspell sea?

      • ROBTEN


  • jimmy

    this just in the Twins re-signed jason repko!!! Bet fans are gettin’ wood over that!

  • Jobu

    I love the team name “Ham Fighters”. Makes me think of Sidney Ponson and Kurt Schilling fighting over a scrap of ham.

    • Joltin’ Joe

      Don’t forget about Bartolo Colon

  • http://Elizabeth Jerry Dobesh

    …and the Carlyle and Mitre signings along with his “elf gig” are what Cashman has accomplished this week?
    Does the Cashelf recollect what happened to the Yankees pitching coach? Is he taking his own advice and exploring elf options? Only FOCUS AND RESULTS will save his job–not Carlyle and Mitre.

    • pat

      Can’t tell if serious…

    • Joltin’ Joe

      I don’t think signing Carlyle and Mitre took away time from any major roster moves he probably inked those two while wearing an elf costume.

      Multitasking FTW/d

    • ROBTEN

      I agree. Why hasn’t Cashman signed any of the top free agents yet? I’m just about to cancel my season tickets!

      And, on a related point, why is my monkey-fighting burrito so cold?!?!?

      I mean I put it in the Monday-to-Friday microwave for thirty seconds!

      /SFW Sam Jackson’d

  • Chris in Maine

    “It’s just a minor league depth move, an arm to soak up innings in Triple-A so the actual prospects don’t get overworked. Meh.”

    I thought that is what Kei Igawa was for…

  • http://Elizabeth Jerry Dobesh

    Will Cashman hire another 1000 Carlyle-equivalent pitchers and do more elf-rapelling gigs to justify his work ethic or must the Steinbrenners explain the dangers of “majoring in minors” rather than focusing directly on managing the Ynkees to a world’s championship in 2011?

  • Billy

    So glad he didn’t get a shot in ’04 with Columbus. Now he’s back(: lol