May
06

Yanks call up Peña, DFA Kevin Russo, claim RHP Jess Todd

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The Yanks made a few minor moves this afternoon as they have officially called up Ramiro Peña to replace the injured Eric Chavez on the roster. They have also designated Kevin Russo for assignment and picked up right-handed reliever Jess Todd off of waivers from the Indians. Russo, 26 and an off-season trade candidate, was hitting just .230/.306/.300 at AAA and had been taking up precious space on the team’s 40-man. The move to pick up Todd though is a strange one. Todd, once the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league pitcher of the year, was a second round pick back in 2007, but despite minor league success, he has allowed 24 earned runs in 28.1 Major League innings. Still, he has posted over a strike out per inning and is only 25.

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7 Comments»

  1. Some Jess Todd articles:

    http://futureredbirds.com/2008.....-jess-todd
    http://www.pitchershiteighth.c.....ef-pitcher
    http://www.indiansprospectinsi.....-jess.html

    I like the move. Throws strikes with solid command and generates K’s. Could be a younger, cheaper Gaudin (lefties kill him), maybe even Robertson with good coaching under Rothschild to work on that changeup and reduce the platoon split.

    In any estimation, though, he’s eminently more valuable than Kevin Russo.

  2. Mike Axisa says:

    I like Todd as a spare reliever, but it seems odd that they cut Russo when they need the IF depth. Luis Ayala’s almost done with his rehab, just dump Carlyle for Todd. Hopefully Russo clears waivers.

  3. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Picking up Todd is strange as in he’s not a guy you expect to pick up off the scrap heap right? Seems like there’s some upside there.

  4. Mike Axisa says:

    Why not just 60-day DL Hughes to clear the 40-man spot? Am I missing something?

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      Yankees have soured on Russo? Concluded after no one traded for him in ST he’d clear waivers?

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