Roster Moves: Mo, Miller, Nix, Storey

King: Yankees haven't shown much interest in A.J. Pierzynski
Friday Night Open Thread

The Yankees just announced a series of roster moves, so let’s recap…

  • Mariano Rivera passed his physical, so his one-year deal worth $10M guaranteed is official. He’ll receive $500k for ALCS MVP, $1M for World Series MVP, and $1M for the Rolaids Relief Award according to Ken Rosenthal.
  • The Yankees claimed right-hander Jim Miller off waivers from the Athletics. The 30-year-old pitched to a 2.59 ERA (4.74 FIP) in 48.2 innings for Oakland last year. He owns a 2.42 ERA (4.42 FIP) with big strikeout (8.10 K/9 and 20.4 K%) and walk (5.12 BB/9 and 12.9 BB%) rates in 63.1 career big league innings. He’s a fastball-slider guy.
  • Jayson Nix has been re-signed to a new one-year contact, avoiding arbitration. Chad Jennings says it’s a $900k deal, which is exactly what MLBTR projected.
  • The Yankees designated both Nix and Mickey Storey for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Rivera and Miller. Nix agreed to accept the assignment to the minors if and when he clears waivers.
King: Yankees haven't shown much interest in A.J. Pierzynski
Friday Night Open Thread
  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    So how about signing Schierholtz and Jurrjens? They both have now been non-tendered. I think we all see the necessity for Schierholtz. Also, Jurrjens won’t warrant a big contract, and he could be a long reliever, spot starter, and play a Phelpsish role.

    • Laz

      I’d take that, but they have a bit of a roster crunch right now. Schierholz would be a pretty good option.

    • Ted Nelson

      Totally on board with Schierholtz. He hits RHP well. About .350 wOBA each of the past two seasons.

      Jurrjens I wouldn’t guarantee anything. I’d look at a MiLB deal I guess. I’d guess he gets a chance on a team with rotation openings, even though he was just terrible last season.

  • MattyIce

    This is a non-Storey.

    • Laz

      Same comment as MLBTR?

      • Matty Ice

        Same commenter too.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

    I like the Jim Miller pick up a lot…not a huge Nix guy, but w/e.

    As things stand right now most of me is thinking: It’s still early in the offseason and this FO has failed to deliver a post season birth exactly once since I started following baseball so I’m not really worried.

    Then again I’m starting to feel a creeping: Cashman please do something soon…go balls out and offer a ludicrous haul of prospects to both the Marlins and the D’Backs in hopes of getting Stanton or Upton.

    • Laz

      I’m not a huge Nix fan either, but he has a role and he is decent at it. I felt he got a bit too much playing time, but that is not really his fault. If they can commit to playing nunez on Jeter’s days off then means nix may get a bit of time everywhere else on the infield. Bring back Chavez too, he failed in the PS, but was one of best bench players out there last year. 16 ab shouldn’t taint everything he did all year.

      And as long as you don’t have someone only for DH you can still carry 4 outfielders.

    • RetroRob

      Part of the issue with many current Yankee fans is all they’ve known is winning. A dynasty at its best, with at worst 90+ win seasons with metronome-like consistency, which has reached the point where winning the AL East, winning 95 games, and making it to one of the final four best teams in the game has become meaningless.

      I’m not saying that’s you since I’ve seen your postings and you’re not one of those fans, but many of the newer-generation fans have a rude day, or year or five coming. And no matter how hard the Yankees front office tries, that time will come. It’s called a rebuild. It’s kind of amzazing they’ve been able to avoid a take-it-down-to-the-metal rebuild in two decades. And unlike the last major rebuild in the early 90s, this one may not produce two HOFers and three borderliners in Bernie, Derek, Mo, Andy and Jorge. Almost assuredly won’t. Those guys are part of the reason it’s been two decades.

      • viridiana

        Great post, RetroRob. I see a down period as inevitable, especially as Hal has decided to go all budgetary at the very worst time — when a new TV contract has left other clubs flush with cash.
        Some people don’t want to hear it, but the only way out of this is to hold on to all the kids and stay with them. Yanks are too hamstrung with bad contracts and salaries have gotten to wild for them to buy their way out of this. But if they stay with what is a surprisingly solid and promising farm they could emerge in three years with another dynamite squad — and be able to spend again too. But if they trade the youngsters now it could be a 15 year drought. Those of us who lived thru 81-95 know that’s possible (and that was even with George buying everything in sight).

        • Laz

          They definitely need to hold onto the prospects. That is the only way to turn the situation around.

          I don’t think they need to sit it out though. They still have a very good team next year.

    • jedua

      I liked Miller too, but then if you look at his stats

      1.- gives too many BB

      2.- He does gives his share of hits

      he like an average relief pitcher maybe better maybe worse than Eppley

    • Robinson Nelson

      Raul , let’s smoke some heads together ;)

  • Ross

    Mike: Why Jim Miller over Storey?

    • Steve (different one)

      Maybe they can keep both. For the Yankees to have claimed him, he must have passed through almost everyone.

  • Jacob

    I really thought storey could be a usefull bullpen guy. Heres to hoping he passes through waivers again

  • Flyer7

    I always thought that Nix was the new Clay Bellinger

  • YankeePankee

    On Jim Miller:

    While with the team, Miller held opposing batters to a .217 average, and was exceptionally good against lefties. In 81 official at-bats, only 11 left- handers got hits off Miller.
    What’s he throwing to get lefties out?
    Palm ball?
    Who can tell us?

  • Laz

    That would sure be a nice way for Mo and Pettitte to end their careers winning the WS.