Dickerson clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Meet the Yankee: Michael Pineda
Not Mike Mussina

Now here’s a surprise. Chris Dickerson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, the Yankees announced. He will remain in big league Spring Training but is no longer on the 40-man roster. Dickerson, 29, is out of minor league options and had to first clear waivers before being sent down. I figured he was a lock to be claimed given his classic fourth outfielder skill set, meaning a lefty that can hit righties, play all three outfield spots well, and run a little. I’m glad he’s sticking around.

Meet the Yankee: Michael Pineda
Not Mike Mussina
  • Rey22

    People yelling he should have been the starting LH side of a platoon on the Yankees and not even a team like the Astros claim him on waivers to be their 4th OF. Baseball executives know best.

    With that said, I thought he was getting claimed as well.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well that just a couple of things easier.

  • DM

    I’m not surprised at the move — maybe the timing. But I couldn’t see what the fascination was — or the fear of “losing him”; I would’ve expected him to clear waivers. Also, I always thought his defense was overrated. A stronger arm than most of the starting OF but not much else.

    • 28 this year

      I disagree, his defense was quite strong, he’s a pretty fast guy and he had good range. I am more surprised that he was waivered before Justin Maxwell. Is Maxwell allowed to be a free agent upon being waivered or something?

      • DM

        I don’t remember the details of Maxwell’s status other than they have to make a decision to keep him on the 25 or risk losing him. But I don’t care about him either. Like Dickerson, he strikes out too much for my taste. I don’t see either as prototypical 4th outfielders. I like better defense and more contact in that role. Maxwell is a long swing slugger — and Dickerson has whiffed 150x in 500 ABs. A lot to pay for 9 HRs and a strong arm.

    • Countryclub

      I don’t think there was a fear they’d lose him. If they did, they did. But since he wasnt claimed, he’s good depth to have stashed in AAA.

      • DM

        I agree completely. I’m all for depth. But there were some Dickerson fans here who I thought were playing up his value too much — to the Yankees and to other teams. If Colin Curtis is healthy, I’d feel just a good calling him up. Of course Dickerson has more experience but I don’t know if has more talent.

  • Stratman9652

    Are they making room for Chavez or Ibanez or just cleaning house before before anyone has a look and decides that they want him?

    • Countryclub


  • GardnergoesYardner

    It’s surprising to me that no other team wanted a quintessential fourth outfielder. Usually at least one GM will take a chance on a Dickerson to bring in to camp.

    He seemed like a useful player in his appearances with the Yanks last year, and should provide some nice depth down in AAA. My impression is that he is the first one up if an outfielder goes down.

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    I honestly think it was the timing ,especially before the injuries that usually occur around mlb once spring training starts rolling along.

  • steve

    no spot was needed for chavvy,we have 3 pitchers going to the 60 day DL.Dickerson back with the club is a major SHOCK!

  • AC

    Why did Yanks have to clear room on 40 man spot for Chavez when all they could have done was move Feliciano to 60 day? Why risk losing Dickerson. I know they didn’t bc he cleared but was just wondering.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      maybe the Yankees want to claim somebody of waivers themselves and need a spot or sign another FA? I have to admit that this doesn’t make too much sense but that are the only things that came to my mind.

      • DM

        Your thought makes sense to me. I could see some other low level roster shuffling possibly going on here. It wouldn’t be the first time. A player like Dickerson isn’t going to stop that process if they think there’s a better roster combination.

    • Steve (different one)

      Has nothing to do with Dickerson’s spot on the 40 man.

      The issue is that he is out of options. They can’t send him to AAA without clearing waivers. He cleared this time,
      which is great. But if they put him back on the roster and try to do this again, he’ll become a free agent.

      • DM

        He’s saying why risk someone claiming Dickerson now when you could’ve kept him on the 40-man longer by just moving Joba to the 60-day (Feliciano was already moved to the 60-day to clear a spot) for Chavez.

        • Steve (different one)

          Because he is out of options. So if he doesn’t make the team out of ST, you have to use an option to send him down the AAA. He would have had to clear waivers at that point. They just did it now instead of at the end of March.

          • DM

            Right — but he’s saying “why do it now?” if you still could hold all the cards longer (just in case) by moving Joba to the 60-day. That’s all. We’re wondering if they’re might be a space issue for another mystery acquisition or if it was just the optimal time to try to clear him or if they didn’t care if he was claimed anyway.

            • John

              He could have a great ST and could be claimed off waivers if done later in the month. By doing it now he has no value.

              • DM

                Personally, I don’t think he has much value beyond AAA depth — but he could have a great ST and make the team if someone got hurt. Just look it at the other way: if he HAD gotten claimed by another, and Ibanez broke his leg tomorrow, wouldn’t everyone be crying “Why didn’t they just move Joba to the 60-day and keep Dickerson in the mix longer?!? We could’ve really used him now.”

                • Travis L.

                  Because since he is in AAA, if Ibanez breaks his leg tomorrow, we just call Dickerson back up. No biggie. If everyone stays healthy and Dickerson has a huge ST, then we try to send him through waivers, he gets claimed. It was a smart move.

                  • DM

                    We were talking about the thought process prior to the move. It’s easy to say it was a great move now since he cleared. But what if he had been claimed by another team — and lost?

            • Steve (different one)

              Gotcha. Why now? Good question. Like others guessed, maybe just trying to slip him through while everyone has a full (or close to full) 40 man.

    • Rookie

      Maybe they do it instead of moving Feliciano to the 60-day DL because they can do that later and now they think that he’s most likely to clear waivers this early in the year before certain players get injured or show they’re still injured or look shot and need to be replaced?

      • Rookie

        Like (I just noticed) STONE COLD said above.

  • statboy yankopherson

    helps cabrals case

  • Max

    This is great now if someone gets hurt we dont have to stick that dud Ibanez in the OF. Hes got speed can hit a bit and play OF pretty well im really surprised and happy hes staying for additional depth. Maybe Maxwell wont be claimed either so they have even more depth.

  • Pat D

    Sounds like another Ninja Cash move. Make the move now before other teams have properly evaluated the guys they have in their camps, and no one was interested.

    At least that’s what I’d like to think.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Agreed. Didn’t see you comment before I posted the same below. This seems like a great timing move.

    • CJ

      Unless mike Gonzalez is on his way. That would not be ninja, cash obvious move.

  • Needed Pitching

    Hooray for keeping quality (somewhat) depth in the system.

  • Urban

    Could be missing something here. Strategic timing on the part of Cashman.

    Teams right now are just entering Spring Training wrestling with their 40-man rosters, plus looking at their own potential “Dickerson types.” There was a better chance Dickerson would clear waivers then by sending him down in a month.

  • Troll Killer

    The move was for David Aardsma, he got a MLB deal too and he’s going to the 60 day DL too.

  • Max

    Yeah but why Dickerson? Unless im missing something why not just Maxwell through waivers or a player you knew no one would claim off waivers? I think its more of Cashman not wanting other teams to see to much of Dickerson so they would be inclined to grab him and/or a move for another player id love to see mike gonz. in the pen if hes still out there and willing to take an Minor league baseball deal.

  • AC

    The point is like I mentioned b4 they didn’t have to make a move with Dickerson to add Chavez. Could move Aardsma to 60 day since someone stated earlier that Feliciano was already moved to 60. Curious that they took risk right now with hoping he cleared waivers instead of just moving Aardsma which is the whole point.

    • Steve (different one)

      Maybe it’s procedural, and for a new signing, he has to go to the 40 man before going on the 60 day DL?

  • Monterowasdinero

    Where is Greg Golson?


    They are moving Vazquez to the 40 man just in case Ibanez goes down.