Yankees release Jorge Vazquez


Via Chad Jennings, the Yankees have released Triple-A masher Jorge Vazquez. They prefer the recently signed Steve Pearce at first base for their top minor league affiliate. Of course, JoVa’s days in the organization were numbered after word got out that he was fed up with being stuck in Triple-A and wanted to play in the big leagues. That just wasn’t going to happen with the Yankees.

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  1. Raza says:

    You can’t K as much as he does and expect to have a future in the Major Leagues.

    • Mike says:

      Really? LMAO he still mashed 32 homeruns.

      By the way, Andruw J. has a spot in the Yankees and he K´d at a rate of 32% last season (lifetime his Ks represent 30% of his outs).

      • Ol Dirtay says:

        Yeah but Andruw Jones isn’t a statue on defense.

      • gageagainstthemachine says:

        Andruw Jones’ 10 straight Gold Gloves takes exception with your painting him in the same picture as El Chato. Also, the fact that at the twilight of his career, Andruw Jones will always have more MLB upside than a Pedro Cerano clone.

      • Steve (different one) says:

        Andruw Jones is a legitimate HoF candidate. The comparison is insane.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          I don’t think it’s an accurate comparison, but he’s a HOFer for what he did in the past. Using that to describe his current play is sort of insane.

          • steve (different one) says:

            The guy brought up his lifetime K rate.

            I guess shame on me for allowing myself to be roped into such an absurd argument, but do we really need to list the differences between Andruw Jones and Jorge Vazquez??

      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        That’s simply false, Jones K’d at a 28% rate last year and his career K% is exactly 20%

  2. Sheep! The lot of ‘em. Keeping future first ballot HOFer Jorge Vazquez at AAA forever.

  3. thenamestsam says:

    It will be interesting to see if any team gives him a shot. I could see him being pretty useful off an NL team’s bench as a pure power hitting option. Alternately we may see him put up some crazy numbers in Japan.

  4. Joe R says:

    Probably not going to happen with anyone.

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hasta luego, Chato.

  6. Fernando R says:

    He is heading to Mexico, since yesterday news were confirmed he was already in agreement to his old Club Tigres de Quintana Roo ( Cancun ).

  7. AP says:

    I would be shocked if he got a ML spot. He might get a AAA spot with a better chance of being called up, but my bet is he gets a few calls offering a minor league contract and decides to go to Japan. He’ll rip it up overseas.

  8. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Released? They didn’t trade him for a Dylan Bundy-type arm because???

  9. Rip Torn says:

    see if you cry enought you get yourt way, even with the Yankees

    • Slugger27 says:

      he hasnt gotten any shot at the big leagues and hes not currently employed/getting paid to play baseball. how is he getting his way?

  10. Jerkface says:

    His tOPS+ is going to be crazy in Japan.

  11. Mike says:

    Now the Yankees can use players who can really bat like Ibáñez, Andruw Jones, or the likes of Kevin Russo and Brandon Laird.

    Nah, with all due respect, he was not going to get a chance, not for the amount he signed, were he signed to a contract above a million he could get a chance, but no way for the mere 500k he signed (amount that has not been paid, AND that’s the main reason that fed him up). He joins a list of good Mexican players that either received a short chance and or none in the majors with the Yankees and were later released (see: Aceves, Acevedo, Antonio Osuna, Erubiel Durazo, Loaiza, A. Rodríguez), one of the longest tenured players is the “hitting machine” named Ramiro Peña.

    I wonder if now el chato would like to be an overhyped Dominican or Cuban player, maybe things would had been different for him LOL.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Excluding the Mexican part, you could also include players like Carlos Pena, or from the Pirates, Jose Bautista.

      I like when those kinds of players prove GMs wrong. Those who just really want a shot at it, but get somehow labeled “AAAA.”

      • AP says:

        Carlos Pena was never really labeled a AAAA player. He was labeled a star prospect, then a bust before his resurgence. He always had huge potential and, unlike Vazquez, had talents other than power, like taking a ball and playing defense.

        I’d love to see a team give Vazquez a shot but, realistically, I think he’d get eaten up by ML pitching.

    • BeanTooth says:

      My guess is if he struck out as much as he does and got on base as infrequently AND still played essentially no defense, he’d be right out on his keyster like he is now.

    • Barry says:

      Oh so this is some sort of Mexican bias on the part of the Yankees??? The Yankees couldn’t care less who a player is or where he’s from if he can play he’ll play and if not not, end of story.

  12. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Good for him.

    Maybe he can make a few bucks playing in Japan for a few years before becoming a ringer on some beer league slow pitch softball team.

    • johnnybk says:

      Oh man, how awesome would that be?

      “hey guys, this is my friend jorge. Jorge, this is Bill from accounting and stevie over there is our IT speedster. We’re gonna put you on first, any questions?”

      “yeah, that guy throw a curveball?”

      • KeithK says:

        Guys do throw curve balls in slow pitch. And screwballs and knuckle balls. Can get pretty good break on them too, if the conditions are right. Not that they move enough to fool a AAAA guy. At least not after a couple of reps to slow all the timing down.

  13. DM says:

    They needed to make room at 1st for contact hitters like Cust and Branyan.

  14. CJ says:

    Great news. Wil never have to read “bring up JoVa” when DH position fails to produce.

  15. bpdelia says:

    Again i just want to point out that a proper reaction to trolls (he ks WAY too much and walks none) has led to an over reaction. I wish this guy nothing but the best. It is possible he could stick with a bad team. I mean shelley duncan is about to get 300 somethin pAs.

    Just because commenters are wrong doesnt mean this guy is a dick. Youd be frustrated too if you hit a bunch of homers snd didnt even get a sept callup.

    Hope he gets a shot. He could be useful for a few months if everything breaks right. He isnt the only guy in baseball who cant take a bb.

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