Yankees sign Greg Smith and Cory Wade


The Yankees have signed left-hander Greg Smith and right-hander Cory Wade to minor league deals and assigned them to Triple-A Scranton. Dan Brewer and Buddy Carlyle were placed on the disabled list to make room on the roster. Smith was part of the Dan Haren (to Arizona) and Matt Holliday (to Oakland) trades, but he’s just a fill-in starter for SWB while most of their rotation is in the big league bullpen. I liked him as a prospect once upon a time (I was hoping the Yankees would get him in the second Randy Johnson trade), but that was a while ago.

Wade is actually interesting and could be useful to the big league team. He had a very nice year for the Dodgers in 2008 (3.78 FIP in 71.1 IP), but Joe Torre’s workload was just too much and he had shoulder surgery in 2009. Wade resumed pitching late last year and caught on with the Rays after being non-tendered, striking out 8.34 while walking just 1.47 per nine in 36.2 relief innings with their Triple-A affiliate before being released over the weekend (he told them he was going to use his opt-out clause, so they let him go early). He is a little homer prone, but Wade is a three pitch reliever (fastball, curve, change) and is only 28. He’s certainly more useful than the Carlyles and Amaury Sanits of the world.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions
  • Mister Delaware

    Cory Wade was always one of those guys I liked for no real reason.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      yep Wade is good until…..Torre blew up his arm in 09.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Cory Wade: http://m.bbref.com/m?p=XXplaye.....d_pitching

    Greg Smith: http://m.bbref.com/m?p=XXplaye.....d_pitching

    Pretty average signs by Cashman to coast this bullpen along.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Smith was decent for the A’s 3 years ago as a starter. He could be a LOOGY for the Yanks though.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        I hope so. This team needs a real LOOGY.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          We don’t need a LOOGY. No team needs a LOOGY. A LOOGY is another name for someone who fucking sucks. They need a reliever who can get both hitters out.

          • Mister Delaware

            That’s bad logic. If a guy is lights out against lefties and sucks against righties, he still has a ton of value. The problem is when the LOOGY forgets about that second O.

  • CMP

    He is extremely capable of pocketing $16.5 million per year while repaying the Yankees by pitching like a number 5 starter.

    Did you forget about game 5 in the 2009 WS or did that game not count?