Yankees designate Dewayne Wise for assignment


The Yankees have designated Dewayne Wise for assignment to create room on the 25-man and 40-man rosters for the recently acquired Ichiro Suzuki. Wise had a solid run as the fifth outfielder — 123 wRC+ in 63 plate appearances — but will be forever remembered for turning the season around with his fifth inning bunt against the Royals on May 22nd. The Yankees were 21-21 at the time and have gone 36-17 since. So long, Dewayne. You done good.

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  • Robinson Tilapia

    Thank you, Dewayne. I’ll be looking for your Sportscenter moment in another uniform next year. You damn straight done good.

  • Ro

    Kind of feel bad for the guy, but I think he knew he was marked the whole time. Personally, I would have DL’d Swisher instead, retroactive, he could have been back late next week instead of releasing Wise so quickly.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I keep on forgetting who it was several years ago who suffered this same fate on the Yankees after doing an amazing fill-in job.

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

        Aaron Guiel?

        • Ro

          Who? A few years ago. Not 1909, dude.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Tell me you didn’t just say that.


        • Robinson Tilapia

          Possibly. He was DFAed around the deadline?

          • Ro

            I’ve seen pretty much every Yankee game for 30 years and I’ve never once seen or heard of the player Aaron Guiel. What position did he play and who was he filling in for?

            • yooboo

              He was a Yankee. yup..

              • Ro

                44 games in 2006. Incredible…

                • RetroRob

                  You’ve seen just about every Yankee game for the past 30 years, not including those 44? : -)

                  It’s funny, I always believe I’ll remember every player on the team if he’s up for more than a cup of coffee, so I’m always surprised when I’ll run across a player I have no memory being on the team only to discover he played for them for half a season, etc. Guiel I do remember…barely.

                  • Ro

                    This no-it-all admits being wrong. It’s just weird how a player can entirely escape our mind. Sometimes I get into a Yankee game type of coma after a while.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You’re brainfarting right now, then. It happens. I was just on baseballreference.com and the sheer existence of Josh Towers on the 2009 Yanks escapes me completely.

              Guiel did a damn nice job in 2006 for the Yanks. Seems like he finished the season with the team, though. I still think I’m thinking of someone else.

              • Kramerica Industries

                Brett Tomko was also on that 2009 team, mid-season or so.

                Josh Towers? Shit, that had to be either very early on, or very late. I’m guessing early.

              • Ro

                You’re right. It is rather amazing how some of us fans can watch virtually every game, every season and completely blank out on impact players. It’s just weird. It’s a weird feeling. I’m having a hard time accepting what I am reading :)

              • yooboo

                Who was the replacement? Ruben Sierra or Bobby Abreu?

              • DM


      • Ro

        Trying to think who you are referring to and I’m coming up empty?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I haven’t a clue. For a second, I thought it was Nick Green, but he seems to have lasted the season as well. It’ll come to me someday.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Green and Guiel are the only two names that ring right to me. Meh. Never mind.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Andy Phillips?

        • Ro

          Him, I remember. Only because of the porn arrest thing he got himself caught up in. Still not sure what ever came of that.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Phillips was around a while. Not him.

          For those keeping score, my mother-in-law loved Andy Phillips.

          • Jacob

            Got it added to the list

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Wish we could have found a way to keep him he was doing a great job, hope he catches on somewhere else.

    • Anthony

      Wise has to clear waivers before being DFAed? Is that why everyone is thinking he’ll leave?

      • yooboo

        He is out of 40 man roster. That is finalized. Once he clears the waiver then he make two choices. Return to Yankees as AAA player or go elsewhere.

        • Andrew

          No way he stays. Someone is gonna pick him up. Too bad, really liked him off the bench.

  • Bubba Crosby

    It was not me. Just defiantly not me.

  • DT

    Damn i liked Wise. I rather see Nix or Qualls go…

    • Kiko Jones

      I’m with you, DT.

    • Ro

      Qualls would have been a far FAR better choice to cut loose, but I guess having 7 outfielders isn’t really that necessary. I don’t know, I think they should have hung on to Wise a little longer. I suppose he wasn’t going to get much playing time once they acquired Ichiro anyway.

      • RetroRob

        Qualls’ time is rapidly closing with Joba on the way.

        • Ro

          Very true, actually.

    • Steve (different one)

      Nix is the backup SS and 2Bman, how could he go?

  • Brian S.

    The last sentence in this paragraph is semi-racist. I think.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’ll use it tomorrow for Jayson Nix if that makes you feel better. :)

      • Gonzo

        Can he still use vaya con dios for Ramiro Pena?

    • Gonzo

      It was also poor form on Mike’s part when he used ‘check you later’ for Brackman.

  • Kiko Jones

    Really liked Wise ever since he saved Mark Buehrle’s perfecto with that spectacular catch in ’09. And he acquitted himself quite well in the Bronx. Good luck, man.

  • Claudell

    +1 for Wise. Hopefully he catches on somewhere.

  • Alex Rodriguez

    After a horrendous start, Wise started to pick things up. Hopefully he can find another team to play for.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      stuart, here he is!

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      Arod, you ignorant slut, do you realize it’s almost August and you only have 43 RBIs. How about trying not to suck so bad the rest of the season.

      I hate you,

      Stuart A.

    • Jacob


  • Dela G

    Thanks for your great play, D-wise!

  • Got Heeeeeeem

    Hope Wise can go somewhere good. It must suck to be the guy that has to go after the big trade.

    Good luck Wisey.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    If only the Yankees DFA’d A rod instead of Wise, , they’d really be in good shape for the stretch run.

    /Stuart A’d

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s really disrespectful to the guy three comments above you.

  • Greg C89

    Couldn’t he just end up in AAA? Is Ichiro even an upgrade at this point?

  • RetroRob

    Some players are starting OFers, some players are 4th OFers, some players have the inside track to be the 5th OFer, and some players are fighting to be the 5th OFer. That latter is DeWayne Wise today. Teams will have an interest in him because he has a specific skill he can bring (defense and decent speed), but his fate right now is what we’ve seen in 2012. If he’s willing to keep playing that role (and why not?), some team will take a shot on him again. Could even be the Yankees if he clears waivers.

    • Robinson Tilapia


  • Elmgrovegnome

    I thought the idea was to get Ibanez and Jones off the field. With Swisher hurt they still have to field for a week or so. I would have kept wise and DLd Swisher.

    • mt

      Yes, long term but they keep saying Swisher will be ready Friday – we’ll see.

      I can see a (bad) scenario where Swisher plays on Friday and hurts himself more and then has to go on DL ensuring Ibanez/Jones for a couple of weeks without safety net of Wise – let’s hope not.

      I would have DL’ed Swisher also.

      • RetroRob

        If he plays Friday he’ll have missed five games. No need to increase his missed time by a few hundred percent and keep him out 15 games if his injury isn’t all that major.

      • Steve (different one)

        Then they just call up Dickerson, who I’ve been told many times belongs in the bigs. See how easy?

        Or you move Ichiro! to RF and call up Cust. That could be interesting.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    I will hit over 300 rest of year, soon i will be scoring rots of runs.

  • Steve S

    Hope he goes unclaimed. He’ll be back in September and could have a spot on the playoff roster.

  • TopChuckie

    It was 3 years ago today he made the catch to preserve Buehrle’s perfect game. Bitter sweet anniversary.

  • yankee9ersfan

    This means one thing and one thing only. ICHIRO MUST BUNT NONSTOP!! We don’t want Wise to turn the season around the other way.