Yankees add Matt Daley and Gus Molina on minor league deals


Via Josh Norris and Baseball America, the Yankees have signed right-handed reliever Matt Daley to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old was born in Queens and raised out on Long Island, and he’s currently rehabbing from an August surgery on his rotator cuff. Prior to the injury, he used three pitches (high-80′s fastball, high-70′s change, mid-70′s curve) to get a fair amount of strikeouts (8.96 K/9), limit walks (3.36 BB/9), give up fly balls (33.8% grounders), and watch the ball fly out of the park (1.01 HR/9). Daley has appeared in 92 games and thrown 80.2 IP for the Rockies over the last three seasons, and he does have a funky little delivery you can see here. He’s a warm body for Triple-A, mostly.

In other news, the Yankees have also re-signed Gus Molina to a minor league pact. He’ll offer Austin Romine some nice veteran presents as his backup with Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees were suffering from a severe shortage of Guses in their farm system, so this clears that up.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions


  1. David, Jr. says:

    Wow! Incredibly exciting!

  2. Overrated Packers says:


  3. I Live In My Mom's Basement says:

    Given this holiday season, I love the idea of Molina providing Romine with “veteran presents”. Is “veteran” a euphemism for “re-gifts”?

  4. Cory Wade's emergence says:

    Love the gus!!!!

  5. Plank says:

    I just had an orgusm.

  6. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Matt Daley? No shit? I guess that clears up the rotation problem.

  7. CJ says:

    Cash ninja strikes again. Nobody saw that coming.

  8. Kered Retej says:

    Not just the shortage of Guses, but also the need to have a Molina catcher. Two birds, one stone, I like it.

  9. Mark says:

    I was at Gus’s first start as a Yank, what an honor. He had the pleasure of catching Sweaty Freddy’s first start, as he sat down the Rangers at The Stadium in about 30 degree weather.

  10. Brian says:

    Diamond Dozen? Seriously? That doesn’t even contextually make sense.

    I believe the term you are looking for is “dime a dozen” …

    wow …

  11. Cuban Bee says:

    Oooohhh, veteran presents!!! So I guess that’s like old military equipment? like fatigues and helmets and rifles and stuff?

  12. Mike says:

    In all seriousness, I would rather have Gus Molina as the back-up catcher than Cervelli. Gus just goes about his business, knows his role and doesn’t take himself so serious unlike Cervelli. Plus, his last name is Molina so you he will give you quality defense behind the plate.

  13. Brobleni says:

    daley was 3rd in the majors in appearances before he hurt his shoulder. he could be a great middle relief option if/when he gets called up. jeff nelson reborn!

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