Yankees designate Kevin Whelan for assigment

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Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees have designated Kevin Whelan for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Hiroki Kuroda. The team hasn’t announce the signing yet, but this is a pretty clear indication that Kuroda passed his physical and everything’s a-okay.

Whelan, 28, was one of the first in line to go whenever a 40-man spot was needed, so this isn’t much of a surprise. The right-hander walked five of the ten men he faced in his big league cameo, but had a fine year in Triple-A: 3.24 FIP in 52.1 IP. His 2.4 BB/9 and 6.8 BB% in the minors were his first sub-5.5 BB/9 and a sub-14.0 BB% since 2006, so he’s always had significant control issues.

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  • ADam

    Why not Melky Mesa? Whelan could have provided some BP depth this year no?

    • J.R.

      I’d guess because the Yankees have a ton of bullpen depth, I think Whelan was out of options and the Yankees don’t have many young OF in AA or above.

      Mesa has a power upside that he has flashed in the past, if he can put it all together he could be in NY in 2014.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The Yankees really aren’t in the position to cut a young outfielder. They have the pitching depth to let Whelan go.

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  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    Fun factoid Matt Desalvo was designated for assignment for… Kevin Whelan after the Sheffield trade.

    I think… I’m probably wrong but I just wanted to get mr six pitches (pinstripes plus reference) name in a thread.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    And thus the Gary Sheffield era ends.

  • Dicka24

    Too bad. From everything I’ve read about Whelan, or seen, he has real swing and miss stuff. I don’t think he clears waivers. Hope he gets a shot somewhere.

  • Yardisiak

    Why not Pena? Isn’t he out of options anyway?