Yankees sign Buddy Carlyle


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.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions


  1. vin says:

    If I may…


  2. MonteroSmash says:

    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?

  3. Yank the Frank says:

    Boy, things are starting to heat up now !!

  4. Monteroisdinero says:

    Scranton baseball-catch it!

  5. Adam says:

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

  6. pat says:

    Our answer to the Cobra.

  7. jimmy says:

    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!

  8. Uke says:

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

  9. Sal says:

    Any relation to Buddy Groom?

  10. Jorge says:

    Would Belinda Carlisle have been a better depth move?

  11. Jerome S says:

    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.

  12. jimmy says:

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

  13. Jobu says:

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

  14. Jerry Dobesh says:

    …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 says:

      Can’t tell if serious…

    • Joltin' Joe says:

      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 says:

      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

  15. Chris in Maine says:

    “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…

  16. Jerry Dobesh says:

    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?

  17. Billy says:

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

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