Update: Dean Anna wins bench spot


9:44pm: Following tonight’s game, Joe Girardi confirmed Anna has indeed made the roster. He also said the other bench spot is still undecided, and they’re picking between Nunez and Yangervis Solarte. (Zelous Wheeler was reassigned to minor league camp tonight.) I will be surprised if it’s not Nunez. The deadline to set the roster is 3pm ET on Sunday.

7:30pm: Infielder Dean Anna has won the final bench spot, it seems. Former minor league teammate Jedd Gyorko congratulated him on Twitter for making the Opening Day roster, so either Anna made the team or Gyorko is playing a cruel joke. I’m guessing it’s the former. Anna is replacing the injured Brendan Ryan. He’ll join Frankie Cervelli, Ichiro Suzuki, and presumably Eduardo Nunez on the bench.

Categories : Asides, Bench


  1. dkidd says:

    dean anna looks like coach taylor from FNL

  2. Dan in Athens says:

    FREE DEAN ANNA!!!! YES!!! YES!!!

  3. NCS says:

    Let’s not presume the worst until it’s official.

  4. Sam G says:

    Forget Nunez. I wanted Solarte. Who would want a no offense and sketchy fielding ‘utility’ player over a switch hitting and very good at that player who can field and come up clutch when needed. Hopefully we can get ichiro traded and just add Nunez in there and bring up Solarte ASAP.

    • forensic says:

      It’s amazing what two weeks of hitting in early spring training did to people regarding Solarte.

      • NCS says:

        Even without spring training, Nunez is the worst candidate for the job. Just based on minor league numbers, all the projection systems are higher on Anna, Solarte, Sizemore, and Wheeler than they are on Nunez. Not that any or all of them would actually live up to that, but he has already demonstrated that he can’t hit at the major league level, and is a massive defensive liability.

        None of those other guys is likely to be any kind of star, but any one of them could turn out to be replacement level or slightly better. I’d roll the dice on any or all of them before going back to the proven badness that is Nunez.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Nunez can steal bags, hit over 290BA from Aug on last yr, and hit 292BA the season before. He clearly looked as he was improving the last couple months of the season. Why dosen’t he deserve first crack at this? He was a catalyst in several games the last month or 2. I would have preferred Solarte over Anna, but am excited for Anna as well, and it was so close, its kinda hard to be upset.

      • ANTHONY says:

        Solarte is way better then Nunez. He can play outfield and infield I will be very disappointed if they pick inconsisent Nunez. And it was not 2 weeks it was a month of leading the team with hits and RBIS. Solarte also played solid D. Solarte should make this team PERIOD.

    • NCS says:

      Just wishful thinking, but maybe the fact that they delayed the announcement is good news, since going with Yangy over Nunez requires a roster move. Waiting until the last possible second to waive Nunez.

  5. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    UGLY Bench.
    No power or average there.

    • Dan in Athens says:

      Dean Anna won the PCL batting title last year.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Cervelli has clearly gotten better and better and is a really good bench player, especially when you think hes a backup catcher who can probably pinch run for a few players(rarely can do that with backup catchers), and runs the bases well overall, has alittle pop in his bat, and in a real pinch, can go down to 3rd base, and also has shown a ever improving overall bat.

      I think Cervelli is a real weapon off the bench, and Nunez and Ichiro certainly have a certain intrigue when you think of em as bench players. Both are very fast, run the bases really well, can make acrobatic plays in the field, and can get linedrive swings on the ball at any point. You get something around the zone, they’ll lace it. Anna’s a wildcard at this point, but as someone mentioned, won the PCL Mvp or something last yr? I think are bench will surprise some people, I really do.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Cervelli really reminds me of Joe Giardi as a player. Both were energy players, and could spark a team, and neither had power, but seemed to make there HR’s count, and are solid linedrive hitters, who run well for catchers. The more I watch Cervelli, I think coaching will be in his future down the line.

      • forensic says:

        While I agree he seems to run well for a catcher, no team in their right mind would use their backup catcher to pinch run for someone (except maybe for their starting catcher or a double switch in the NL).

    • Dan in Athens says:

      Dean Anna won the batting title in the PCL last year.

  6. NCS says:

    Cashman says that (some) infielders still don’t know their fate yet.

  7. Mick taylor says:

    Deanna sucks

  8. Dirk Diggler says:


    Don’t hit the hot dog vendor with another ball on the way out.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      Unfortunately, I just don’t think there is any way Girardi doesn’t pick “Nuney”, no matter how bad of a decision it is.

      • Cheval Anonyme says:

        That’s the beauty of having Nuno on the roster. He’s already got a Nuney. He can’t fit another one.

  9. Mark says:

    Wonder if Nunez gets traded tomorrow, not that he would bring anything back, but it always seemed he was a lock as the 24th guy and Anna/Solarte were fighting for the 25th spot.

    • Cheval Anonyme says:

      I predict Romine and Ichiro plus $2M to someone for a bag of balls. Romine would be the bribe needed to get someone to take Ichiro. It would free up two 40-man roster spots, which the Yankees really need this year.

    • Cheval Anonyme says:

      I predict Romine and Ichiro plus $2M to someone for a bag of balls. Romine would be the bribe needed to get someone to take Ichiro. It would free up two 40-man roster spots, which the Yankees really need this year.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I think Nunez will hold most value by Mid seasons deadline. He has been improving more and more as a player, and I think this first half of the season, it’ll be shown just how much, giving him more value by the deadline. I wanna see if he can build on that 290BA stretch the last 2months of the season last yr. Plus, its exciting to think about a team with Ells, Ichiro, Nunez, Sori, Roberts, Gardy, on the base paths.

  10. forensic says:

    Nunez and Solarte both told not to pack or even bring any bags to the park tomorrow as a decision won’t be made by then. Geez Yankees, just make up your mind already. They’re still human beings and kind of need to at least pack something and prepare a little if they’re traveling to Houston that night or the next morning.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Sounds like maybe they’re trying to find a better alternative to both.

    • vicki says:

      unless neither makes it, and ryan roberts meets the team in houston.


    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Meh, either will be making enough money to buy clothes in Houston. I agree with NP&H, it seems like they might be looking for a “better” either one of them.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      This sounds like there must be a trade in the works or something since the decision couldn’t really be that difficult at this point; hopefully for Nunez.

  11. JGYank says:

    Glad Anna made the team before Nunez did. Shows they realize Nunez is at best the 25th guy or a AAA player. The boxscore from today’s game shows Nunie made another error, so he’s not helping his cause. Solarte may have a chance here.

    On another note, Tanaka had 10 Ks in 6 IP! Awesome performance. Can’t wait to see him in the regular season. Kuroda pitched 3 scoreless as well with 4 Ks. I don’t want to put too much stock into ST stats, but the rotation is looking better by the minute.

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    I feel like they’re relatively equal players, but Solarte clearly has the better name tool. So just for getting to hear Sterling butcher the dude’s name a few more times I’d rather got with Yangervis.

    • NCS says:

      Yankees system is pretty deep with 60-80 name tool talent. The other day Zelous Wheeler, Zoilo Almonte, Yangervis Solarte, and Adonis Garcia were all in the starting lineup.

      I think that’s why we’ve seen so little of Graham Stoneburner. There’s a funny name glut.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Uh,oh. Jayson Nix might be available.
    Didn’t make the Rays.

  14. NCS says:

    Your confidence in Nunez’s chances notwithstanding, I’m glad to see you are no longer calling the spot Anna won the ‘last’ bench spot.

    Looks like hold up might have been for Nix — he didn’t make the Rays, so we would have had him back if they hadn’t just found a trade for him to the Phillies.

    • forensic says:

      Eh, I doubt it. The Nix news came out last night. If they were that big on getting him, they had plenty of time to try their own trade with the Rays by now.

  15. Mister D says:

    That’s cool. The older I get, the more I love when minor league lifers make it.

  16. john duci says:

    Dean Anna is horrible. If anyone thinks he can contribute even in a small way I got news for you… it’s Dean anna. He’s trash. Give so large the job and move on

  17. john duci says:

    We should have got gyro instead of Anna that guy can hit

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yeah, we should have gotten the legit star-in-the-making that the Padres were just giving away! Oh. Wait. They weren’t? Odds are they probably wanted at least one top 100 guy even if they were considering trading him? Other teams besides the Yankees are trying to put competitive winning teams together? WHO KNEW?!

    • Kyle says:

      Or the Yankees should’ve drafted him instead of Cito Culver

    • Cheval Anonyme says:

      I would prefer felafel myself.

  18. Get Phelps Up says:

    I wonder what number he’ll wear. I can’t imagine he’ll keep 93.

  19. JGYank says:

    Trout gets 6 year extension for 144.5M with no trade clause. Starts in 2015. Him and Cabrera get extended on back to back days. Good players really don’t hit the market anymore.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      He’s still gonna hit the market in his age 29 season. I’m calling it right now, 10/400 when he signs that deal in the 2020/2021 off season.

      • JGYank says:

        If he didn’t sign an extension and hit FA in 2018 I was thinking he would get around 420/12 (35 AAV) but that’s out the window now. Inflation would only make the AAV go up in 2020 but he’ll get fewer years since he’ll be 29. Depending on inflation and Trout’s production/health continuing to be good 10/400 may be reachable.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster says:

        I’m going with 12/500. That would take him through his age 40 year.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Legit surprised it’s that low after what Miggy got.

      • Eh, I’ve seen 6/$150MM as the number running around, so right on target.

      • JGYank says:

        Well it covers his arbitration years as well, and I don’t know the breakdown for each year but I’m sure this would break arbitration records for those years. The FA years are a steal especially compared to Cabrera’s deal.

    • forensic says:

      The reactions to the two deals are going to be polar opposites though.

      • JGYank says:

        Well Cabrera was signed through his 30s for $30 AAV and Trout through his 20s for $25 AAV. Huge difference. Plus Trout has more aspects to his game and Cabrera is probably a future DH. If Cabrera’s bat goes (which may take awhile with his talent), he’s done.

        • Cheval Anonyme says:

          It’s not really a fair comparison, since this covers Trout’s cost-controlled years. So if you divide the extra cost over the extra years, it’s more than $25K.

      • whozat says:

        For obvious reasons, right? One signed a great young player for 6 years approaching and including his prime. The other signed a player for 10 years covering the entirety of his decline phase.

        • forensic says:

          Of course. I was simply stating that the similarities end at two terrific players signing big extensions within a day of each other.

  20. Jamie says:

    I would literally rather have anyone over Nunez…they need to get him out of the organization so they never have to think about him again.

  21. Mr. Pappageorgio says:

    I don’t know why anyone would want Nunez on their baseball team. He takes one wild ass hack after another at the plate and is a disaster in the field.

    And his stupid helmet falling off thing would be funny in a quirky way if he didn’t flat out suck.

  22. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    My sweet lord, this comment section.

    I’m not a Nunez fan, but it’s such a fucking no-brainer that you take him over giving a career minor leaguer with a couple of good weeks in ST a 40-man spot they don’t even have right now.

    Just wow.

    • Dave M says:

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking. He’s not perfect for sure. But I don’t think he’s completely useless.

    • DFA says:

      His career WAR is -1.9 and he’s shown no signs of improvement. That’s a no brainer how?

      • NCS says:

        Because we’ve played him in the majors, which means he is a major league player, which means he is qualified to play in the majors.

        Why focus on his results? He has played for the Yankees, so obviously he is better than anyone who hasn’t yet played for the Yankees.

      • Truther says:

        Forgive Mr. Marlin, he doesn’t have a brain actually.

    • NCS says:

      The 40-man isn’t a real differentiator. If Nunez is removedand replaced with Yangy, he has to clear waivers. If Yangy is left behind, he can opt out. Either way, we lose the guy we don’t go with if anyone else wants them.

      It’s not the right thing to focus on either way. We have a lot of old, low-ceiling infielders with a decent shot at being slightly better than replacement level. We can afford to lose one of them to go with whichever has the best chance at being respectably mediocre.

      We should be skeptical of Solarte — we have no reason to be confident that his moderate success in the minors will translate into even adequacy in the majors. But it’s conceivable.

      Nunez has already proven that he can’t play baseball at a major league level.

      • forensic says:

        The 40-man isn’t a real differentiator. If Nunez is removedand replaced with Yangy, he has to clear waivers. If Yangy is left behind, he can opt out. Either way, we lose the guy we don’t go with if anyone else wants them.

        That’s not necessarily true. Nunez still has an option and if they chose to go with Solarte, they could just send Nunez down and still keep him around just in case.

        The problem is that they would, of course, then lose someone else in order to add Solarte.

        • NCS says:

          Right, they have to expose *someone* either way. If they take Nunez, they expose Solarte via the opt out. If they take Solarte, they can take their pick who to clear off of the 40 man.

          I was just working with the assumption that Nunez would get the axe in that scenario. I don’t see any other position player losing his 40-man slot before Nunez, and I would think all of the relievers are more of a risk to get claimed off waivers than he is.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            First of all, Nunez has an option.

            Second of all, who is worth taking off the 40-man for a 28 year-old career minor leaguer who has never sniffed the majors and had about two good weeks in spring training? Turley? Flores? Cabral? Anna, who just made the roster? You’d rather risk losing one of those guys to waivers in order to give this guy a shot right now?

            Next time, before you come up with you’re BECAUSE HE’S A YANKEE AND ALL YANKEEZ R GOOD shit, come up with an actual thoughtful response based on what this team’s roster actually is.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            Solarte has an opt-out? I missed that one. Career minor leaguers don’t usually sign MiLB deals with opt-outs in them.

            I missed that that initially in all the other crap you got wrong.

  23. Mykey says:

    Maybe I’m missing something and this will sound dumb, but can’t the Yankees pick Solarte for the time being to see if they actually have something with him (which they probably don’t), and then call up Nunez if/when Solarte inevitably falls off a cliff?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      They can more easily keep him in AAA, see if he actually can continue it, and not have to unnecessarily expose someone to waivers now in what already is an unideal 40-man situation. The playing field as far as who is on the 40-man could be clearer then. Someone will, undoubtedly, go on the 60-day DL, for example.

      If Sizemore looks good with a bit more time back on the field, I’d so much rather be having this conversation over him.

  24. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Chad Jennings, as usual, with other scenarios as to why Nunez and Yangy are sitting in roster purgatory.

  25. Frank says:

    Poll question- Who should Yanks keep, Solarte or Nunez?

    I’m betting Solarte wins easily

  26. mc says:

    via ny post:

    ““They said, ‘Come to the field like a regular day, don’t pack anything,’ ” Nunez said. “It was weird. I don’t know. This is the first time in the situation where it’s the last day. I didn’t say nothing.’’
    General manager Brian Cashman and third base coach Rob Thomson were in Girardi’s office and according to Nunez, Cashman delivered the news.”

    • mc says:

      it does make a little sense as to why there is a delay. having not seen solarte, i can’t have a vote on this one

    • CountryClub says:

      It’s really not a big deal. Pineda isn’t flying to Houston with the team. He’s staying behind to throw in Tampa and then he’s going to meet them out there. So whoever wins the final spot can just fly out with Pineda.

  27. cheddar says:

    If there are problems with Deanna’s performance, they can send Rocco Lampone to take care of it.

  28. steve (different one) says:

    105 comments arguing over the 25th spot on the roster and not one mention that whomever wins this spot will likely be with the team for only 2-3 weeks, when Brendan Ryan comes off the DL.

    In other words, it doesn’t really matter.

    You could say Anna would go down at that point, but it seems like they like him the best….

  29. I'm One says:

    Just spit-balling here and I know I’m late to the party, but I’d guess the Yankees are discussing trade options to free up a 40-man spot. If they can do that, Solarte is the choice. If not, they need to determine if it’s worth exposing someone currently on the 40-man or if the better option is to just take Nunez and take the chance on Solarte opting out.

    Personally, I’m fine either way. I hope neither of them has a chance to make a significant difference to the team’s overall performance. That’s why they’re fighting for one of the last bench slots and not competing for a starting role.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      I’d say the playing field would be more even for me if there were some sort of trade preceding it. Sure. I’m not sure I’d be looking to trade excess infielders right now, though.

  30. Greg c says:

    If any of these guys were that good, they wouldn’t be fighting for the 25th spot and a role that might see a couple appearances.

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