Sep
25

Yankees activate Gardner & Aardsma; designate Pearce & Thomas

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The Yankees have activated both Brett Gardner and David Aardsma off the 60-day DL. Although Gardner has been taking batting practice and whatnot, I assume he will be limited to pinch-running and late-game defense duties from here on out. Aardsma is unlikely to see any meaningful innings.

To clear spots on the 40-man roster, both Steve Pearce and Justin Thomas were designated for assignment. Casey McGehee can hit lefties just as well (probably better, actually) as Pearce, but he offers more versatility and big league/pennant race experience. That last part probably doesn’t matter much. I thought the Yankees would keep Thomas as the third lefty for the final week of the season, but I guess Cory Wade built up enough good will last year and earlier this season to keep his job.

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  • Better off Eddard

    Forget about Wade, why was Sam Pearce DFAd and not Andruw? With Gardner back there is no need for Andruw. Ibanez has beat him out for that playoff roster spot. Pearce actually did something in the As series by making that game saving catch at 1B which is more than Andruw has done in 3 months.

    • theyankeewarrior

      For all we know, Andru could be battling something and with all this time off, he could be good to go come October. Look at Ibanez, he did nothing for two months and now is in beast mode.

      I don’t understand how Pearce got the boot over McGehee who they sat in favor of him for a month.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Probably only because McGehee can play 3rd.

    • Joseph Rodriguez

      His first name is Steve, not Sam.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Thanks, Justin.

        • jjyank

          *grumbles*

    • Ted Nelson

      Gardner is not back… He’s just started taking batting practice.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    From cleanup hitter to DFA in less than one month.

    Sam Pearce, we hardly knew you.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Good old Sammy “Mayday” Pearce…

  • anon

    Why do the comments keep referencing “Sam” Pearce when his name is Steve? Something I’m missing?

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

    Just as suddenly and pointlessly as it began, the Steve Pearce era is over.

    I wish he’d have taken McGehee with him.

    • Slugger27

      how is releasing him pointless? i think we can all agree hes redundant and aardsma and/or gardner would be more valuable.

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

        Oh, I don’t really care. Never wanted him, never got the appeal, don’t mind that he’s gone.

        Would have sent McGehee packing though.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pour some liqour for my boy, Sam Pearce. Thank you for making me laugh way more than I should have at that meme. Pearce is indeed fierce.

    Sorry, Justin. You weren’t even good enough to be kept in the boiler room with Billy Traber and Royce Ring.

    Welcome back, Brett. Even if all you can do is steal bases and headbutt people with that massive cranium of years, we missed you. Welcome aboard, David Aardsma. We hope to give you some blowouts in which you can get that location going.

  • ikl

    Cory Wade has shown the ability to be an excellent big league relief pitcher both in LA and NY, although unfortunately only for several months at a time. Justin Thomas has not despite being in four or five different organizations by now. Unless Wade is going to be DFA’d over the winter anyway, this is clearly the right call.

    I’m not really happy with any of our righty hitting options at the moment, so I’m less sure how to evaluate the Pierce move other than that he probably wasn’t worth keeping through the winter, so there is no long term loss here.

  • ikl

    Cory Wade has shown the ability to be an excellent big league relief pitcher both in LA and NY, although unfortunately only for several months at a time. Justin Thomas has not despite being in four or five different organizations by now. Unless Wade is going to be DFA’d over the winter anyway, this is clearly the right call.

    I’m not really happy with any of our righty hitting options at the moment, so I’m less sure how to evaluate the Pierce move other than that he probably wasn’t worth keeping through the winter, so there is no long term loss here.

  • Sean W.

    I’m not a huge fan of Pearce, but the only downside I see to DFAing him rather than McGehee is that I don’t think McGehee is playoff eligible. IIRC, didn’t they send McGehee down to Charleston to make room on the roster for Pearce and then recall him after the rosters expanded?

    • Pat D

      He was on the team before September 1. Getting sent down has nothing to do with it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Also enough injury exceptions to go around.

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

      Everyone in the organization at the moment is playoff eligible. They can get anyone, majors or minors, onto a postseason roster if they wanted right now.

    • ikl

      Both would have been eligible. Not convinced that either has done enough to justify a spot on the playoff roster though. McGehee would seem a better bet than Pearce except perhaps for the fact that he can’t play outfield.

  • Pat D

    Duh Innings is not pleased.

  • Woodrow Sweats

    soooooooooooo brandon laird for nothing?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You were expecting what out of Pearce……..?

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees can go find another Brandon Laird or Steve Pearce. Some other organizations Brandon Laird. They may not be a dime a dozen, but close.

    • jesse

      They got a home run and an incredible game saving catch out of Fierce Sam Pearce during his time as a Yankee in exchange for Brandon Laird. Were you really expecting much else?

    • Steve (different one)

      Laird wasn’t traded for Pearce. He was DFA’ed because they needed his roster spot. In other words, if he didn’t get DFA’ed for Pearce, he’d have been DFA’ed today for Gardner.

  • RetroRob

    So now both these guys go on waivers? If they clear can they be assigned to AAA, or is that now impossible until the offseason?

    Pearce doesn’t matter, although trying to figure out if they can keep him just in case MceGgEEGhee gets injured and they need a replacement in the postseason. More so wondering if they can keep Thomas. Extra lefties always have value.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Who cares about who just got DFA’ed.

    BG’s back man!

  • Darren

    Man, imagine being Pearce? You’re the cleanup hitter, you’re starting games, making plays, hanging with the big boys, 10 days from the playoffs and then boom! Have fun golfing ya Balboni looking bastid.

    Life is hard for major league fodder, even with the nice meal money.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I believe Suzyn Waldman has a term for them.

      • Darren

        …Dramatic Things?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’d like that. actually.

          I was thinking more of “professional baseball player.” I know we make fun of that a bit here, but I actually quite liked it. It’s about the unglamorous, but important, role guys like Pearce, Nix, and Wise play in every team’s season.

          • Hoss

            It’s a lot better than being Alex’s “special balls.” They got hit hard around the time he got #600.

  • vin

    I, for one, am glad Wade was spared the DFA axe. He is still under team control for next year, and has proven that he can be an effective reliever. People forget just how good he was earlier this year, and last year. Hopefully he can rediscover whatever made him so good in the past.

  • bg90027

    With Nunez, Dickerson, and Melky Mesa providing speed off the bench, I’m surprised that they’d consider a Gardner that can’t hit as more valuable than Pierce at least until Texeira proves he’s healthy and not a big re-injury risk.

    Good riddance to Justin Thomas. I was a little afraid that Logan or Rapada would get hurt and then Thomas might actually get used in key spots.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Don’t think we’ll be seeing Mesa again this year.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I don’t think he burnt that much goodwill by missing third base. There’s always blowouts, clinching the division earlier than thought, and extra inning games. That’s frankly the action he should be seeing anyway right now, whether he missed third base or not.

      • bg90027

        It was a nervous rookie mistake and a screw-up for sure and one that could have been costly. What’s the likelihood that anyone would miss a base twice though? I just don’t see why they wouldn’t pinch run him again other than they don’t really need to with Gardner, Nunez, and Dickerson all ahead of him on the pecking order.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    I’ve never heard of Thomas.

    • Bobby V

      He had a bit part, along with Aceves, as “Embedded Yankee #2″ in the 15-9 comeback game at Fenway.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Justin Thomas: A man with vision.

  • Ken

    McGehee has been a huge disappointment. We would have been better off with Ramiro Pena.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      For there to be disappointment, there first must be expectations.

      If anyone had positive expectations for Casey McGhee, well, just remember he was received in exchange for Chad Qualls.

      Are you still disappointed?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s somewhat selling McGeehee short when first acquired, I think. I saw him more as someone with some real pop from one side who could hold down the fort with both Alex and Chavez potentially out. Seeing him now as interchangeable with the late Sam Pearce is definitely a bit less than I was expecting.

        We laughed when Qualls was traded for him because we had picked Qualls off the scrap heap, and watched him not do well, just about two weeks before that.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          I will never not laugh at Sam Pearce.

        • Ted Nelson

          Hadn’t hit much for a while. He might be underperforming a bit (in a pretty small sample), but anyone who thinks he is a huge disappointment almost definitely had unrealistic expectations coming in.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The correct cuts were made. I understand that you “could” argue differently, but not why you “would.”

    Pearce and Thomas were the most useless on the current roster. Andruw has been with the team for the entire year. You don’t cut him the last week of the season in favor of Steve Pearce. You just don’t do that.

    • Ted Nelson

      You don’t do it because Jones is better than Pearce. If he were worse, by all means cut him. Pearce only plays 1B and can’t hit… He has next to no value. Jones has slumped mightely, but when right is capable of mashing MLB Ps and at least standing in the OF. The chance that he turns it around at least exists.

  • Umbrelladoc

    I looked at Pearce’s numbers and saw he was batting .160 as a Yankee so I thought it was an obvious move. Then, I saw that McGehee is hitting .151. Both are hitting more than Jones has been though. The bottom line is none of these guys will factor much, especially when Tex gets back, because Ichiro is playing everyday. As it is only one of them needs to play against lefty pitching.

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  • FreeAgentSignee

    Welcome back Brett!
    Welcome David!

    • FreeAgentSignee

      With respect to McGehee, he should have been designated instead of Pearce. Pearce can also play outfield and better defense.

  • Bud

    Where’s Francisco Cervelli??? did he get called up Sept. first???

    • FreeAgentSignee

      Yes. He did. Along with Chris Dickerson, Eduardo Nunez, and several pitchers.

      • FreeAgentSignee

        I have a correction.
        He along with…

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