Update: Yankees release Dewayne Wise

Game 104: Just Win
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August 1st: The Yankees have given Wise his release. His final contribution to the 2012 team was a 123 wRC+ in 63 plate appearances, good for 0.8 fWAR and 0.5 bWAR. Pretty solid.

July 30th: Via Feinsand, Wise has refused the outright assignment. The Yankees have until Wednesday to either trade or (more likely) release him. Your bunt will not be forgotten, Dewayne.

July 26th: Via Mark Feinsand, outfielder Dewayne Wise has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Empire State. The Yankees designated him for assignment when they acquired Ichiro Suzuki earlier this week. Because he’s been outrighted a number of times before, Wise can refuse the assignment and instead become a free agent. If another team offers him a Triple-A gig, he might take that instead of rejoining the traveling circus in Triple-A. Hopefully he stays though, Wise is a pretty awesome piece of outfield depth. Plus his bunt turned the season around.

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Game 104: Just Win
The trade deadline and the AL playoff picture
  • Joe

    love dwise

  • RetroRob

    Unless some team was to offer him a MLB slot now, it might make sense for him to stick with the Yankees, hope for a September call-up, and have a chance to make the postseason roster as Girardi’s designated runner.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We may have to send our goons out and “make sure” Freddy Guzman isn’t around to sneak in and take that spot.

      • jsbrendog

        randy levine just signed dave roberts

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …with a day-to-day player option?

        • Knoxvillain

          If it was Cashman, I wouldn’t mind the trade. But since you said Levine, was it over/under a 1/10m?

          • Knoxvillain

            I wouldn’t mind the signing*

      • Dropped Third

        Usain bolt after hes done in london….

  • Jamey

    He probably feels like Girardi & Cashman trust him & he was a “too good to pass up” Ichiro deal away from staying on the big league roster anyway. He’s bound to get called up again anyway, & I’d be surprised if he’s expecting to get a starting or regular MLB gig at anyplace worth going to. Chance at a ring in New York & I’d say a fairly good chance he’s on the postseason roster to be Girardi’s pinch runner.

  • mko

    Because he’s been outrighted a number of times before, Wise can refuse the assignment and instead become a free agent.

    Could you shed some light on the exact rules for this process or tell us where to find this information?

    Thanks!

    • Darren

      Unless I’m mistaken, Wise can refuse the assignment to the minors because of the veteran’s consent rule, which is predicated on number of years of service, not number of times he was sent down. He made his debut in 2000 and thus certainly qualifies as a veteran. Also, if he refused, the Yankees could keep him (put him back on) the roster now. Maybe he can play 3rd ala Sheffield (but without the purposeful errors).

      • MannyGeee

        no, all of D-Wise’s errors at 3B will be purely incidental.

  • Phil

    DWise has definitely fit on the Yankee roster in 2012. He will be called up in September so I hope he stays and rejoins the team then.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ve always been a fan. Loved when we signed him. I think he’s the prototypical fifth outfielder type. Unfortunately, guys like Wise do make their living bouncing around. While I’d love for him to stick around, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to be getting surprise hits and making great catches in another uniform next season, if not sooner.

  • MannyGeee

    ugh… NOTHING sounds worse than playing 140-something games as an away team (relatively speaking, of course… truth be told, NOTHING sounds worse than sitting in a cubicle all day like I will be doing for the next 50 years instead of being a professional baseball player, but I digress)

    Empire State sounds like a nightmnare, especially for someone like D Wise who theoretically ‘should be’ able to land a big league roster spot on another team. He’s shown that there’s definately something left in the tank.

    • steve (different one)

      While I agree with your point that it seems unappealing, the facts are:

      1. He already signed up once for this arrangement
      2. He just passed through waivers so it seems like no one wants him on their big league roster

      Like you said, he could probably find a more comfortable minor league situation, but if there was a big league opening, he’d probably have been claimed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Empire State sounds like a nightmnare, especially for someone like D Wise who theoretically ‘should be’ able to land a big league roster spot on another team. He’s shown that there’s definately something left in the tank.”

      I think he’s got a ton left in the tank, but I think what life looks like for a guy like Wise is what we’ve seen this year. Hook on, any way possible, with a team and wait for an opportunity to present itself. When that window closes, you get DFAed and weigh out your options then.

      I wonder if a lefty fifth outfielder could develop a good out pitch and be able to latch on as a fifth outfielder AND LOOGY. They’d be a Superjourneyman.

      I think he’d do fine with Empire State should he choose to stay. With a month left before rosters expand, it wouldn’t be the worst choice. Perhaps wind up back with the team in September (if they add back onto the 40-man) and, from there, who knows. Perhaps he’d be an injury away from post-season play.

  • Eddard

    If Wise could play catcher he’d start everyday. There’s no shame in being sent down for a future hall of famer.

  • Ted Nelson

    All the whining about Empire State, and all it seems to have cost them is Bill Hall. Vets like Wise, Branyan, and Cust have all signed up to play there.

    I’m a little surprised that no team could use Wise on its bench, but I guess they couldn’t.

  • http://yankeesblogtbnl.blogspot.com Derek

    DeWayne was really solid this year. Too bad it didn’t work out in the end. Said he signed minor league deal prior to ST because he wanted a chance to be on a championship team.

  • Manimal

    How in the world did he manage a 123 wRC+ -_-

    • RetroRob

      Small smaple size.

      The Yankees got the best he was capable of offering. It wasn’t going to continue.

      I’m interested to see what happens with DeWayne. Maybe/I hope his agent received smoke signals from at least one team that he would be added to their MLB roster, otherwise he should have stuck with the Yankees and wait for a recall in September. He might very well have made the postseason as Girardi’s pinch runner, defensive specialist.

      • Ted Nelson

        Doubt he would make post-season roster. Would be 6th OF. If you had room for a PR, infield would make a lot more sense. Nunez or Pena.

  • vicki

    he kept crediting klong for tweaking his swing. i was really interested to see what he could do with it. alas.