Yankees to recall Jayson Nix

David Phelps' Big Chance
5/3-5/6 Series Preview: Kansas City Royals

Via Sweeny Murti, the Yankees will recall utility man Jayson Nix today. No word on the corresponding move, but I have to think Eric Chavez will be placed on the DL after leaving last night’s game with whiplash and a possible concussion. Michael Pineda, Joba Chamberlain, and Cesar Cabral are all 60-day DL candidates, so clearing a 40-man roster spot is a non-issue.

Nix, 29, posted a .311 wOBA in just 31 plate appearances for Triple-A Empire State after starting the season on the DL. He owns a .286 wOBA in 869 big league plate appearances, though he’s actually hit lefties decent enough: .321 wOBA with a .204 ISO. The Yankees could use some versatility on the bench, and Nix has experience at every position other than pitcher, catcher, first base, and center field. He is out of options though, so they won’t be able to send him to the minors once everyone gets healthy without first sending him through waivers.

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  • Slugger27

    no wise? i guess they really don’t plan on DLing swish

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Depth! FTW!

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    He has to be a better defender than Nunez.

    Right?

    • the Other Steve S.

      From what I saw in ST he was a very capable infielder with a rocket arm.

    • Frank

      Absolutely. But then again, it’s not like Nunez set the bar very high.

    • A.D.

      So he’s never committed an error in the OF…which is more than Nunez can say

      • Frank

        Don’t know about the OF, but he’s a way better defensive utility infielder than Nunez. Hopefully, the Yanks recognize this and make Nix the primary backup infielder.

        • A.D.

          They play Nunez for his offense and that he can physically play the infield, Nunez will probably hit more than Nix

          • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

            As a general rule, I really don’t care about defense.

            You have to be just completely unusable in the field for me to get worked up about defense. Which is why I’m amazed that the Yankees have two (sort of) guys that I just find unacceptable defensively in Nunez and Cervelli. And neither one of them come close to hitting well enough to make up for it.

            • Ted Nelson

              Nunez has hit well enough for stretches, which is where the potential comes from to get more consistent.

              For a back-up C Cervelli is a solid hitter. I still think he can be a solid back-up, and that sending him to AAA for seasoning after rushing him through the minors originally was the right move.

    • Slugger27

      i played high school ball, im probably a better defender than nunez.

      i remember kevin reese not getting a glove on a routine fly ball (and he didnt lose it in the sun as it was a night game), and HE is a better outfielder than nunez.

      • the Other Steve S.

        Youk is da bomb in LF

  • Darren

    Why don’t the Major Leagues have unlimitd roster spots?
    Is it basically a self-imposed way to have a quasi-salary cap?

    • vin

      I think the better solution would be similar to what the NBA and NHL do… have a roster of 28(±) players, but before each game the manager has to choose the 25 active players that will participate. Would be a great way to hang on to the likes of Bill Hall, and Justin Maxwell. While keeping an extra pitcher or catcher around if things went haywire in the previous game.

      • A.D.

        Interesting how players union would react…more players in ML, but teams could hold players when starting elsewhere

        • vin

          Right… I think the players who would benefit the most would be veterans/AAAA players. You would think players with legitimate big league futures would continue to get reps in AAA.

      • jon d

        that becomes a little tricky because baseball has starting pitchers that only play once every 5 games. would essentially be expanding the roster as there are usually 3 or so pitchers that are unavailable for each game.

        • vin

          Good point. They’d need to figure out a way around that. Maybe it only applies to position players?

          • CP

            That’s essentially what they’re doing with the 40 man and 25 man rosters. They just have restrictions on how you select who is active.

            • vin

              Except not really…

              When you send a player down, you can’t call him up for 10 (I believe) days. And if you DL a player, the minimum is 15 days (except in the case of concussions). Also, certain players can’t be sent back down to the minors (based on service time and/or options). I’m talking about a way these players can stay in the big leagues (and with a contending team), without having to constantly jump ship to look for an opportunity.

    • coolerking101

      Because players on the 40 man are guaranteed significant benefits not provided to those off the 40 man. While there may be some other issues in play, the overriding answers is, yes, it’s a money issue.

  • A.D.

    Thank Mo

  • jsbrendog

    is bill hall signed anywhere? sign the guy to a contract now and have him replace chavez who at this point, should just retire rather than risk permanent injury.

    • Frank

      Signed with the O’s I believe.

    • Jesse

      Yeah, he signed with the O’s. The reason why he decided not to stay with the Yankees in the minors was because the AAA team doesn’t have a home.

      • jsbrendog

        i know that but i wasn’t sure if he latched on anywhere else cause this is what he wouldve been waiting for.

  • SMK

    Bat him 4th. What the hell, why not?

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Chavez will retire. He was ambivalent about returning this year. No way he risks another event.

    We really miss our corner outfielders. Gardy’s speed at least won’t be effected by the elbow when he comes back.

    $wi$h in his contract year-gotta have that bat back asap.

    Having NO exciting position prospects at AAA is very unexciting.

    • jsbrendog

      Having NO exciting position prospects at AAA is very unexciting.

      obvious is obvious

    • John

      Too bad Gardner wasn’t sent as much as he should have been last year. And also, I don’t understand the reason why he was sitting while certain lefty’s pitched but sat against others… He hit .233 which isn’t terrible against lefty’s last year.
      And Andruw Jones is a joke…

      • Fernando

        Andruw has actually been quite good against lefties during the last two seasons.
        In 2010, he had 9HR in 122PA, .553 SLG and a .914 OPS.
        In 2011, he had 12HR in 177PA, .553 SLG and a .920 OPS.

    • Billy

      Not a freaking chance Chavez retires. He’s had other injury issues but hasn’t had concussion problems. He may have been ambivalent about playing this year because he didn’t want to play for anyone besides the Yankees. Chavez was absolutely giddy the other night talking about how he was feeling better than he had in a long time.

      • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

        Not a freaking chance? If you say so.

        After all, an often-injured fragile player who has made a ton of money and is now a backup would certainly risk permanent damage on the field for the Yanks. It’s the Yanks!

        He just won’t be diving for any balls anymore and will be a bit wary of inside pitches. A real plus for our team.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Be wary of absolute predictions like this. They usually come back and bite you in the ass.

          Love,
          The guy who predicted we’d sweep Baltimore

  • ND Mike

    So if there always was the option of moving Joba or Cabral to the 60 day DL, why the hell is there a 2 man bench? I get it that Gardner is close and Swisher might not need the full 15 days but not having a better option than Ibanez in the OF or letting Nunee learn on the job is just dumb.

    I typically don’t like bitch about roster management because I have no idea what other considerations are in play, but this seems silly. Maybe one of the RAB staff can enlighten us why the 60 day DL haven’t been made?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Adding someone to the 40-man is just one consideration here. You have to wonder if the team feels they don’t want to wait too long to burn their one crack at someone like a Wise or Nix before they have to DFA them. Of course, they probably had waited too long already…

    • Steve (different one)

      Don’t think the 40 man constraint factors into the decision. Basically it’s a risk/reward situation. They are risking playing short for a time for the reward of getting Swisher back a few days earlier.

      Not saying that is the right decision, but that’s the logic. Then you factor in that several of the logical call ups are out of options so you would lose then when everyone gets healthy.

      I’d prob call someone up, but the reason they haven’t isn’t because they have full 40 man. Procedurally, I do not know why Cabral hasn’t been put on the 60 day DL yet. There must be a reason, but I don’t know it.

  • SRB

    AAA team has been using a rotation of Nix, Pena, Bernier- All struggling at AAA! Cervelli is also not hitting his weight! Pathetic!