Yanks invite Prior, six others to Spring Training

Yanks 'cautiously optimistic' Pettitte will return
Death of a Dream: Randy Choate signs with the Marlins

Isn’t it a little too early to announce Spring Training invites? Either way, the Yankees officially announced the Mark Prior deal today, inviting him and six others to major league Spring Training. Right-handers Brian Anderson and Buddy Carlyle join lefties Andy Sisco and Neal Cotts, and the other two are new to the organization: infielder Doug Bernier and catcher Gustavo Molina. Bernier spent the 2009 season with Triple-A Scranton, putting up a weak .263 wOBA while playing all over the infield. Molina, no relation to the catching Molinas brothers, is a Triple-A lifer that’s failed to crack a .300 wOBA at the level in four of the last five seasons. Both Bernier and Molina are minor league filler, just warm bodies to fill out Scranton’s roster and play late in Spring Training games.

Yanks 'cautiously optimistic' Pettitte will return
Death of a Dream: Randy Choate signs with the Marlins
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Over/Under: 1.0 innings pitched for the Yankees by Mark Prior in 2011.

    • nathan

      Definitely under. Though for his sake I hope way over.

      • I Voted for Kodos

        I’m gonna take the over and hope for a miraculous return to form.

    • Mike

      Over. I think he’ll be pitching out of the bullpen. Not sure how well he’ll pitch, but I’m guessing the Yankees let him pitch at least one full inning.

      • Accent Shallow

        You’re assuming his arm doesn’t explode at some point during ST.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Under. I don’t expect Prior to pitch in the majors again, and will be pleasantly surprised if he does (especially if it’s for the Yankees). He’s a worthwhile pickup nonetheless, given the no-risk, decent-reward potential.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS


    • http://twitter.com//TylerWilkinson T-Dubs

      On small limb: Over.

      On large limb: Way over. Boom.

  • BillR


  • Doug

    Sorry, Mike, but Randy Choate is not going to another one as he just signed with the Marlins

  • Plank

    Somewhat related:

    The Yankees have finalized their AAA coaching staff.


  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

    Wood/Prior 7-8 inning bridge to Mariano FTW!

  • Plank

    Can Prior opt out if he doesn’t make the ML roster after a certain point?

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I’d imagine it is in the contract, as with most minor league contracts as far as I know. Though, if I was Prior I’d stay on a minor league team as long as possible before I either get injured again, or am released by the Yankees. He’s not going to get many more opportunities, so it’s either the minors or Indy ball.

  • Andrew

    Choate signs with the Marlins….bummer

  • http://www.tynansanger.com Ethan

    How many Brian Andersons are there in baseball?

  • http://www.tynansanger.com Ethan

    (Oh wait it’s same failed former White Sox outfielder. n/m)