Dec
02

Yankees non-tender Jayson Nix, Matt Daley, and David Adams

By

7:02pm: The Yankees have indeed non-tendered Nix, Adams, and Daley, the team announced. They are now free agents. The Yankees will be left with two three open 40-man roster spots once the Brian McCann signing is made official later in the week.

6:13pm: Via Anthony McCarron: Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees are planning to non-tender Jayson Nix, Matt Daley, and David Adams prior to tonight’s deadline. Nix was projected to earn $1.4M through arbitration while Daley and Adams were slated to make only the league minimum (or thereabouts) in 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team tries to re-sign all three to minor league contracts. Chris Stewart, the team’s other non-tender candidate, was traded to the Pirates earlier today.

Categories : Asides, Transactions
  • RetroRob

    Adams could be an interesting pick up for a team that has an opening on the 40-man, yet with so many players “flooding” the market on non-tender day, and teams loading up their 40-man rosters to protect players in advance of the Rule 5 draft, they probably have a decent chance of re-signing him. A player released at one point during the year might be gobbled up quickly, while released at another time will go unclaimed.

    • TWTR

      You make some good points.

    • Havok9120

      So you won’t renounce your fandom like that guy when the team released him?

      • RetroRob

        No!

        Oddly, because I was traveling for business quite a bit this year, I never knew Adams was released. He was released and re-signed and sent to the minors, so I lived in blissful ignorance of what was happening with Adams.

        I still think there’s a chance he can hit on the MLB level, so wouldn’t mind if they got him back, yet I won’t be upset if he moves on. Dean Anna, who they picked up from the Padres, can provide some coverage if needed at 2B.

    • Laz

      does he have any options left though?

  • Andrew

    Nix and Stewart officially off the roster on the same day. Worthy of a parade. Though condolences to the skipper. Hope he warms up to Brendy and Cervy.

  • D

    The Yankees should tell Derek Jeter that he’s moving to thirdbase then re-sign Nix to be the backup 2B/SS, Reynolds to be the backup 1B/3B who can play a good chunk of 3B, Ibanez to be the DH, and convert Nunez into a LF. Sign Beltran for RF and Infante for 2B and the 2014 Yankees starting nine, batting order, and bench is set like this:

    Starting Nine/Batting Order:

    Gardner CF L
    Jeter 3B R
    Beltran RF S
    McCann C L
    Teixiera 1B S
    Soriano LF R
    Ibanez DH L
    Infante 2B R
    Ryan R

    Infante is the only downgrade offset by CF and the upgrades at the other seven positions.

    Bench:

    Romine (C)
    Reynolds (1B/3B)
    Nix (2B/SS)
    Suzuki (OF)

    Trade Wells or release him if it comes to that.

    Dean Anna is called up if any of the basemen or Ryan gets hurt.

    Almonte is called up if any of the outfielders get hurt.

    • TWTR

      Beltran, Jeter, McCann, and maybe even Tex could need to DH regularly enough to moot the need for a regular DH.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think that lineup would simultaneously piss off every type of fan on here.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Thank you, no.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Great. Now we’ll never get that guy who swore off his fandom over Adams’ release last offseason back. Goddamnit.

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

      So we swear them off for getting rid of Ramon Flores.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        IF FLORES GOES, WE GO.

  • forensic

    I’m moderately surprised about Daley, but I guess he’s just another of a million guys who could pitch at the bad end of a bullpen.

    Nix and Adams? Good and not surprising. Just please don’t re-sign Nix. I’ve seen enough of that movie and they already have several guys to back up Ryan and the other various utility guys who are bound to get way too many AB’s.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d love him back. You can’t just let the answer to a great trivia question like that go.

      • lightSABR

        And the “professional ballplayer” line totally hasn’t been done to death at all.

        • forensic

          Every game he does something to help the (other) team win.

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

    I did enjoy Daley and I hope the Yanks bring him back after that 2013 small sample, MiL deal of course. I like his stuff, just not sure how he failed in COL.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, I want him and Adams back on MiL deals.

    • RetroRob

      He wouldn’t be the first pitcher to fail in the high-altitude air of COL!

      • Bob Buttons

        When’s the last time someone continually succeeded in COL anyways? (Sub 4.00 ERA over 500 IP+)

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Decent chance they at least try to bring back all three.

  • Raza

    Surprised they couldn’t find a taker for Nix. He’s not a bad utility guy who’s somewhat passable offensively against LHP.

    • lightSABR

      I agree. Seems like there’d be some team out there who’d trade for him so they could start him at 2B, 3B, or SS against lefties twice a week. If you need that particular role filled, he’s just the right sort of guy to fill it.

      I guess maybe they figured that the Yankees were going to cut him, so if they want to they can pick him up anyway? Or maybe his skill set is just more common than I’m realizing, and everybody already has a “professional ballplayer” on their rosters.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think most teams assume a guy like Nix will become available at some point without having to give up something for him.

  • MartinRanger

    I still feel like Adams has something to contribute, especially given the lack of hot corner depth in the Yankees’ system. Crossing fingers they get him back, but he probably wasn’t worthy of the roster spot, all things being equal.

    Then again, I’m really not Marshall or Mitchell are either.

    and then there’s Wells and Ichiro, but I’m praying that they are just being kept round until the Yankees sign someone better, and then Wells gets kicked to the curb and Ichiro competes with Almonte for the 4th OF spot.

    • MartinRanger

      *not sure, rather

      I’m on the fence with Huff. He’s shown flashes of ability, but he’s pretty much failed in the big leagues and isn’t all that young. I might have kept Adams over him, but I’ve always liked Adams.

  • Tom

    I hope they resign both Nix and Adams on MiLB deals (Daley too)

    I think either Nix or Adams could be a better backup option at 3rd than Reynolds, who for some inexplicable reason people around here seem to think would make a good backup option. (He has accumulated all of 0.2WAR combined over the last 3 seasons)

    • hogsmog

      I think WAR is a crappy stat to use for a player like Reynolds, a backup who’s a butcher in the field but adds solid right-hand power/patience. All that negative WAR is coming from defensive metrics, which I don’t really trust. Reynolds can also pinch hit off the bench, which Nix or Adams could never do.

      • Tom

        Reynolds has ~1600 PA’s the last 3 years.

        He has played 158, 123, 119 games in the field the last 3 seasons (those aren’t all complete 9 inning games, but over 900 innings every year)

        Why do people keep viewing him as a part time player the last 3 years when he has played nearly full time? He may be a part time player going forward, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss what amounts to basically 3 full seasons worth of statistics where he performed at replacement level.

        • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

          I think it’s the measure of the defensive contribution to (or subtraction from) his performance that is the question, rather than the FT/PT question.

  • FLYER7

    Isn’t the roster at 37?

    • Travis L.

      There will be 3 open spots once the McCann signing is complete. Plus you have to expect one of Romine, Murphy and Sanchez (if not two of the three) to be traded. McCann and Cervelli will be on the opening day 25 man roster.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’ve heard rumors as well that Eduardo Nunez will wind up buried alive in a small plot somewhere in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which I can’t confirm.

        • Bob Buttons

          He tried to revive his career by trying to pitch left-handed but stairs found out.

        • LarryM. Fl

          There is a cemetery in Bed-Stuy. Where all the grave markers are of the tin variety. So your story has some credibility. Would Cashman have anything to do with it.

          Just a little bit of color for your rumor.

  • Jimmy

    I guess Omar Moreno’s place in Yankee lore is now safe from any of these guys.

  • SDB

    Somewhere, Suzyn Waldman is crying her eyes out.

    See ya, Nix.

  • SDB

    Meanwhile, I’m hearing that the Tigers just traded Doug Fister for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.

    um…

    What the hell?

  • dars

    Let’s go shopping… John Axford and Andrew Bailey both non-tendered. Let’s get them both, they probably would cost $6 M between the two. Axford, Kelley and Bailey 7th and 8th inning guys…..

    I would also like to stay away from Beltran and get Corey Hart and Garret Jones to platoon in RF, They both can also DH and back up Teixeira… This year it is getting easier to mount a good team without spending much….

  • Sean

    Not surprised to see these three players non tendered. I liked Nix for the bench, but with Brendan Ryan, there just isn’t a place on the squad for Nix. Adams was nothing special, and he didn’t do much when he was up here, and Daley could likely be brought back on a Minor League deal with an invite to spring training, which I think would be a good idea, since he was solid in September.

  • tommy cassella

    if I had a dollar for all the times Jason nix was called out on strikes then I would be a very rich man.