Murti: Yankees release David Adams

Yankees sign Lyle Overbay to minor league deal
Spring Training Game Thread: Vernon arrives

Via Sweeny Murti: The Yankees have released infielder David Adams to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Vernon Wells. I assume they’ll try to re-sign him to a minor league contract, but I’m sure he’ll find a team that gives him a better opportunity. Despite his constant injury problems, I ranked Adams as the team’s 18th best prospect in my recent Top 30 Prospects List.

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  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Surprising. It’s a shame he’s had all of the injuries. Hopefully they can find a way to hang on to him.

  • David

    Alright, I know this is just a reactionary move because of Wells and all, but seriously. This kid can play, maybe not everyday for the Yankees but he would’ve made a nice trade chip around the deadline. Cashman’s not being thrifty anymore, he’s making stupid moves. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay are no longer Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay. Sure, Juan Rivera’s torn it up during spring training but who’s to say that he’ll keep it up come July/August. Why would he spend money on washed up players such as these and not on a catcher? I originally applauded Cashman for keeping the Yanks held together, but this just feels unacceptable.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s……26, or almost, and has never been out of AA. That’s a trade chip?

      • Jimmy

        Let us grieve you heartless bastard.

      • JU

        Your point is fair at face value, but if you polled all the other GMs in baseball yesterday on whether or not they would trade David Adams, along with Cayones and Sneed for Vernon Wells, how many do you think would do it?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          That’s not really a fair question though. They were going to need 40-man roster spots whether they added Wells or not, and Adams likely would have lost his spot regardless of the Wells trade.
          The better question is whether the players currently on the 40-man roster (and who aren’t about to be cut, as more cuts will be needed), are more worth keeping than Adams.

    • Cuso

      When was Lyle Overbay ever Lyle Overbay?

  • Jerkface

    The Yankees have perpetually mis-managed their 40 man roster so losing a good looking minor league guy who has raked at all levels for vernon wells is unsurprising.

    • Mark

      Not to mention they still have to make other 40 man cuts just to get some combination of Juan Rivera, Lyle Overbay, Jayson Nix, Ronnier Mustelier, and Ben Francisco on the 40 man.

      All those guy won’t make the team, but minimum one of Rivera/Overbay will as well as Nix.

      • A.D.

        They have potential 60-day DL slots for Granderson and Tex which they haven’t used…kinda surprised they didn’t yet

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Apparently they don’t consider either a 60-day DL candidate at this time. I guess they’re expecting both back sooner than they could be back with the 60-day DL.
          I get not doing it with Granderson. Tex seems like he’d be a good candidate, as I don’t imagine he’d make it back much before the 60-day window (if at all).

          • Alkaline

            Hmm. Am I wrong in thinking you can’t put someone on the60 day d/l till the season starts? Or did I just pull that out of who knows where?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              ARod has been on the 60-day DL since February.
              Pineda is also already on the 60-day DL.
              Cabral was added today.

  • Tyler

    “This kid” is going to be 26 years old in May, which for a minor leaguer who doesn’t even have 400 PAs to his name at the AAA level, is ancient, so take the MiLB #s with a grain of salt. Add in the injury history, and I don’t see an issue with this.

    • Scott


      (1) Age is a minus for prospects mainly when you’re old because you had to repeat levels due to lack of progress. And yes, it’s somewhat of a minus for Adams, but he’s not a non-prospect — he’s a guy with injury issues but promising hitter at positions the Yanks will need shortly (2B and 3B).

      (2) So now it’s basically as if they traded Adams for Wells. As Lando said, “this deal is getting worse all the time!”

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        2) Not really. They have other non-roster guys that they would have needed to add without Wells. Adams might have been a casualty regardless of the Wells trade.

      • Tyler

        I don’t recall saying he was a non-prospect, but when you look at how old he was at each level of the minors, his numbers are , far far less impressive than at first blush. It does not make a difference that he had to repeat levels/ play older in each league because of injuries and not because of talent. The fact remains is that he’s been playing too old at virtually every level, making his minor league stats way less impressive than they seem.

        And simply saying “injury issues” is a gross understatement. He’s been hurt an awful lot. Not even 800 PAs since 2010 and his high was 383, last year, and guess what he is hurt again.

        Getting worked up about letting this guy go is wrong in my opinion.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Pretty much.

  • AB

    100 percent agree! Probably my biggest or 2nd biggest issue with Cashman.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    I wonder/hope this was a DFA, as opposed to a straight release, as there’s at least a chance he’ll clear waivers, and they’ll be able to outright him.

  • A.D.

    Surprised they didn’t 60 day Tex first, or cut Otero, but otherwise looking down the roster, can’t really blame them

  • El Johnny D

    Not cool. Even an injured Adams has more potential than Vernon Wells.

  • Steve (different one)

    This is odd, but I’ll wait to see if he re-signs before judging.

  • CashmanNinja

    Eh, I don’t have a problem with this. I’d very much like to re-sign him, but he hasn’t done much yet except get hurt. The potential is there, but what good is that when he’s still so far from the majors? He doesn’t play much because he’s always hurt…at least Wells has a chance to contribute on the MLB level — Adams would be lucky to contribute to the AAA level since he’s always hurt. Always.

  • Tom K

    I wonder if there is some sort of deal in the works – it makes no sense that they would claim Otero with their 40-man roster crunch unless they had something in the works that will help them clear 40-man roster space. Perhaps someone like Adam Warren will be on the move.

  • Vern Sneaker

    The chance that Wells will help the Yankees win a championship this year, however uncertain, is infinitely greater than the chance that Adams would EVER help. His release, or whatever it is, is unimportant. Maybe he’ll end up in Scranton and stay healthy. That would be nice, but it’s a minor issue.

    • MannyGeee

      This is infinitely more accurate than any of the 19 posts before it. Adams, while he had some potential, is a slightly older, slightly more fragile version of what one would consider a ‘must hold on to at any cost’ prospect.

      “MannyGee the Cashman Apologist” comments in 3…..2……

      • Bob Buttons

        17 minutes later…


  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Fuck. I love David Adams.

  • Bob Buttons

    I’m hoping (somewhat far-stretched) that there’s a deal under the table. I mean I’m sure they could have gotten a bag of balls for him somewhere.

  • MickeyP

    It’s a shame but not a real shame. Hopefully they can sign him back to a minor league deal. With the uncertainty of the infield over the next few years, he could be helpful to say the least.

  • Bunny

    This is the last straw. First we traded away Montero and now we release Adams for nothing. I’m done with this team. No, really.

    • Anal Hershiser

      Ok – bye

      • MickeyP


    • DC


    • Get Phelps Up

      So in the last few days we’ve had people revoke their fandom over a 4th outfielder and the release of an injury prone fringe prospect.


      • The Big City of Dreams

        To be fair I think it’s the entire off season as a whole

    • Robinson Tilapia

      First time poster gives up team for good. I’m……not convinced.

    • Jimmy

      Over those two, really? G

  • lightSABR

    Really? Wow. I’ve usually trusted Cashman to make smart moves. I won’t say he’s proved me wrong this offseason, but I’m scratching my head a bit.

    Here’s hoping the questionable moves pay off.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sad. Adams is one of the guys I remember from a SI Yankees/Cyclones game a few years back, along with Mesa, Grote and, I think, CoJo. Would have been cool to see one of the those guys make it, but this goes to show it’s a looooong road.

    Hope he gets an opportunity, whether it’s back here or somewhere else. Injuries really fucked up this guy’s trajectory.


    Why couldn’t they just DFA Eppley or Rondon?

  • long ron daniels

    at approximately 5:27 pm, I left something floating in my toilet bowl that has as much trade value as David Adams. Since I haven’t yet flushed, and don’t plan to for another day or two at least, I’d be happy to scoop it out, wrap it in cellophane, pack it into a priority mail shipping box, and mail out to anyone who is heartbroken by this deal.

    • Argh!

      A piece of shit would be a more viable option than Vernon Wells @ $13m dollars.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Sad because I liked Adams and drafting him seemed like a good strategy (highly regarded prior to a down year). Can’t blame Wells because it would have been someone else added at some point. Cashman seems to be gambling that Adams is less likely to be claimed than one of the pitchers. Fingers crossed!

  • wolfgang’s Fault

    My advice to Vernon Wells is get off to a good start when the bell rings. He worked really hard in the off-season, just turned 34 this past Demember, & is generally known as someone who takes care of himself so there should be plenty left in the tank. He’s capable of — & I could see him having — a really solid bounce back type of year. If he doesn’t hit early, though, the boo birds will be out in force & could make his life miserable. Hey, I’m a big Vernon Wells fan. Hope it all falls into place & he has a great year. Welcome to the New York Yankees, Mr. Wells!

    Bummer losing Adams.

  • MartinRanger

    Initially I was genuinely pissed off. Adams might be going on 26, but he’s hit at every level and 2nd/3rd base are positions the Yankees will need depth at going forward. And I still don’t understand why they can’t just jettison one of their 20 lefty-handed relievers.

    I’m hoping that there’s an agreement in place to bring him back on a minor league deal if he can’t find a really lucrative opportunity elsewhere. After putting this much into developing him, the Yankees would be really foolish to dump him *before* his make-or-break season.