Update: Yankees designate Ramiro Pena for assignment

Yankees got it right with Raul
Thursday Night Open Thread

August 2nd: Apparently the Yankees designated Pena for assignment yesterday, according to the official site. That seems weird, they didn’t need to clear a 40-man roster spot for McGehee and could have easily sent Ramiro to Triple-A. Brian Cashman did confirm the move to Chad Jennings, however.

August 1st: As expected, the Yankees have sent Ramiro Pena back down to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster for the recently acquired Casey McGehee. Pena had one single in four plate appearances and two pinch-running appearances during his brief stint with the big league club. McGehee is in this afternoon’s lineup, playing first base and hitting seventh.

Yankees got it right with Raul
Thursday Night Open Thread
  • James

    What number will McGehee wear? #26? #45?

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

      21, obviously.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Irish guy from an NL Central team who sparks the team on a championship run. I like it.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      You know, I know a number doesn’t really exist when down in the minors, but Pena/McDonald/Nunez now all boast 26. 45 for McGehee I can understand, I’d rather see 61 get its mothballs pulled off.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        Strike that, roster says 45. Damn, no 61.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Welcome to the Boogie Down, Casey!

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes, welcome! No go out and have a big day or you’ll never hear the end of it on this blog! :-)

  • DERP

    I still can’t believe Pena spent all of 2010 with the Yankees.

    • vin

      Yeah, that doesn’t sound right. I could’ve sworn he was injured for a period, but I must be thinking of his appendectomy last year.

  • vin

    Sorry Ramiro, it just wasn’t meant to be. May you eventually land with the Angels and get more playing time than you’ll ever deserve.

    • Anonymous

      Pena is a good guy and he in my opinion he deserves a spot

  • http://riveraveblues.com Matt Warden

    Come on, guys. Don’t let this regress into pettyness. TMN is welcome to his opinions on the team — even they don’t match the majority’s.

    For what it’s worth, I think you’re being a bit bearish on this team though, TMN. They have their warts like every team in the league. However, they are also extremely talented and are not in first place by accident.

    Ichiro and McGehee are both smart moves for what they are designed for. Neither of these guys are long term, critical pieces of the Yankees plan. They are here for depth and to help the team win this year and I think as long as we keep their roles in perspective, we probably won’t be disappointed.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Matt Warden

      Whoa…not sure what happened. My reply published to the wrong thread. #ReplyFAIL Apologies.

      • MannyGeee

        yeah, you accidentally posted to RAB… we dont take kindly to rational thoughs around marginal trade deadline pick-ups.

        • RetroRob


          What’s funny is I had no idea what he was talking about, but agreed entirely with what he wrote.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That bat, and maybe even glove, aren’t good enough to be the kind of guy who sticks around one place for long. He’s pretty much still in pinstripes because he’s got options, but Pena will probably carve a niche for himself as a defensive-minded 5th infielder. No shame in being a journeyman. Just ask our friend, DeWayne Wise.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Seriously hope Casey regains his 2009/2010 form.

    • MannyGeee

      I seriously hope Casey regains A-Rods 2007 form… but who’s to say.

  • Opus

    Obviously clearing a roster spot for Cliff Lee.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I mean, this is NOT happening, but I’d claim him on the virtually-non-existent chance that I’d make the only claim AND they let him go to dump the salary. Then I’d trade him for whatever I could get for him before 2014.

      I reserve the right to think what I just said is absolutely insane in the next 30 seconds after hitting “submit comment.”

      • Chip Off The Ol’Knoblauch

        I’d put a waiver claim on him just to avoid the chance he passes through waivers and a playoff team loses a top end starter before Aug 31st and gives the Phillies a “Godfather” offer for him.

  • Rich M

    Doesn’t Romine need to come off the 60 day dl soon? His 30 day rehab clock must be up soon, no? Could this be the move?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Maybe, but they already had a free spot. This would bring them down to 38, I believe.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The DFA makes no sense unless they’re dying to add someone else to it that badly.

    • RetroRob

      Hmmm, hadn’t thought about that angle, although it’s related to the comment below. They were able to get Kei Igawa off the 40-man roster by passing him through waivers. They might be attempting to do the same with Pena, but for different reasons. This could allow the Yankees to get Pena off the 40-man roster while still keeping him, and without burning one of his options. (I’m guessing at all this.)

      Yet, if he was off the 40-man, that would leave him exposed to the Rule 5 draft, and I’m quite sure some team would pick him up as a reserve. A couple of teams were trying to trade for him as a cheap reserve/pinch runner/defensive player with MLB experience.

      Or maybe it’s all just a clerical error on the site!

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I would think if any team would be interested in taking him in the rule 5 draft, they would just claim him (or trade for him) now, and not be beholden to the Rule 5 restrictions. I would think if he could clear waivers so that the Yankees could outright him to the minors now, that would mean no team would likely take him in the Rule 5 draft.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’d say just claim him now if you want him that badly.

          Ramiro might stick on some team’s roster all year. Hell, he stuck on the Yankee roster for an entire year.

  • Brian S.

    I don’t care if he is DFAd. I will always remember him botching those two ground balls against the Mets.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Those two grounders really did pop my Ramiro balloon, I must say.

  • Leg-End

    Jeez he’s 27 already? In my mind hes been about 23 forever.

    • Kevin G.

      He looks 13

  • ikl

    I wonder if the Yankees think that this is a good time to slip Pena through waivers, much as they did for Dickerson at the beginning of spring training. I think that Pena may be out of options next year, and if so, they would have to get him through waivers at some point before next April in order to keep him in the organization without having him on the 25 man roster. If someone claims him, no big deal – Nix is a better option is utility infielder anyway (as are any number of other player who the Yankees could acquire before next year for nothing or next to nothing).

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      This sounds like a definite possibility.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      COuld be.

    • RetroRob

      I believe if someone claims him they could also simply pull him back and then use one of his options.

      Not sure. I’m hardly an expert on waiver and option rules.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I think the DFA removes him from the 40-man roster, so I don’t think optioning him would still be an option. If he clears waivers, they can still outright him though.

        • ikl

          Yes, I mean non-revocable waivers, not trade deadline revocable waivers. Once a player is DFA’d, they can only be sent to the minors if they are passed through non-revocable waivers (and some other conditions apply). Trade deadline waivers are revocable, but as far as I know, totally unrelated to Pena’s situation.

        • RetroRob

          You’re right.

          BTW This site provides a good overview of the ins and outs of waiver (all three flavors) and DFA transactions. Crazy.


    • ikl

      Also, I doubt the Yankees want to keep Pena on the 40 man through the winter – it is better to use the roster space to protect an additional prospect from the Rule 5 draft.

      • yoo0boo

        You mean open spot for someone who can help Yanks’ playoff chance because now is not the time to protect newbies.

        • ikl

          They have an open spot on the 40-man already now, so this is probably not about clearing room for someone. But of course Pena’s spot could also come in handy in Sept. especially if some of the 60 DL guys come back.

  • Ralph

    Now I’m worried about a Carlos Lee claim. Not so much a Cliff Lee claim but rather not take on the salary of him.

  • AC

    Maybe he just asked for his release. Seems weird they released him. Unless they are promoting alot from A and AA to AAA.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They didn’t release him. They DFAed him.

    • yoo0boo

      Yeah, what RT said.

      DFA means you remove someone from 40 man roster but not from the organization yet. Once the waiver clears, you can either release him or outright him to minor.

  • nickswishahisastahtingpitchah

    Feels like Ramiro Pena is sent to AAA like 3 or 4 times a week

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’d be pretty funny if actually true.

  • yoo0boo

    Yankees have no room for Pena with Nunez returning to AAA.

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    Leave Ramiro, and take your dump truck of suck with you.

  • Ken

    I liked Ramiro Pena. He’s a very good and versatile fielder. Too bad he can’t hit. We’ll see if Casey at the bat is any better.