Update: Dean Anna wins bench spot

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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.

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  • dkidd

    dean anna looks like coach taylor from FNL

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I just want to let him tell me something!

  • Dan in Athens

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

    • Cheval Anonyme

      Deananna Banna Fo Fanna

  • NCS

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

    • NCS

      (By which I mean Nunez, of course, not Anna.)

  • Sam G

    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

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

      • NCS

        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

          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.

      • http://www.yankees.com ANTHONY

        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

      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.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    UGLY Bench.
    No power or average there.

    • Dan in Athens

      Dean Anna won the PCL batting title last year.

    • nycsportzfan

      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

        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

        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

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

  • NCS

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

    https://twitter.com/FeinsandNYDN/status/449709735168995329

  • Mick taylor

    Deanna sucks

    • http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?p0=179&iso=20140401T19&year=2014&month=4&day=1&hour=19&min=0&sec=0&msg=Opening%20Day! Get Phelps Up

      But Dean Anna is awesome.

    • Truther

      Give it a rest dude. You’re clueless. We got enough clowns in this joint. So you’re input is not needed.

      • Mick taylor

        Are you Deanna lover. Because only his lover would think he deserves to be on this team.he is garbage . He could not even make the padres. He sucked in spring training. So give it a rest clown

  • Dirk Diggler

    Bye Bye EEEEEEEEEEEEEEduardo nunEEEEEEEEEEEEEEz.

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

    • RkyMtnYank

      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

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

  • Mark

    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

      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

      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

        Of course, I also did predict that the Cubs would beat Miami in the 2015 World Series, for what it’s worth.

        • gageagainstthemachine

          You did, Marty? I thought it was, Biff.

    • nycsportzfan

      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.

  • forensic

    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

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

    • vicki

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

      kidding…..?

    • Dalek Jeter

      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

      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.

  • JGYank

    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.

    • vicki

      the radio guys were shocked it was ruled an error, said it was a hard-hit ball.

      • vicki

        (ie, it was not a throwing error, nuni’s bete noire.)

      • JGYank

        Thanks for the info. I figured it was just another one of his airmailed throws.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    NO MORE NUNEZ.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      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.

      • Cheval Anonyme

        Uh uh, you only get credit for the first name. Anyone can have a funky last name. Stoneburner FAIL.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

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

    • vicki

      you shut your mouth.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He’s packing his bags for Houston now…

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Nope. Phillies beat Cashman to the punch.

          Crisis averted.

          For now.

          • Chip Rodriguez

            Amaro failed, or Cashman failed?

            • steve (different one)

              This is actually probably one of Amaro’s better moves during his tenure…

          • Dalek Jeter

            Just like Chad Gaudin earlier this off season, far too close to NY. Cashman failed.

    • forensic

      Whew, good thing the Phillies were there to make that bad move first.

      They’re usually pretty reliable in that way.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        This just means Reid Brignac is now available.

        • forensic

          Though that is somewhat scary, he at least doesn’t have the same history with Girardi/Cashman so I’m not nearly as worried about that one. I’ve actually been waiting to hear something about Nix and the Yankees since last night when he was first told he’s not making the Rays.

  • NCS

    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

      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.

  • Mister D

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

  • john duci

    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

    • john duci

      Lol so large… auto spell I mean solarte..

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Hate to break it to you, but he sucks also.

    • forensic

      Anna may be terrible but Solarte has accomplished even less than him in his career, so how is Solarte not worse than trash?

      • john duci

        Yea they all suck honestly.. I think the rest of the team is good enough that we can win with what we have now. I want Jed Lawrie next year for either ss or 2b that would be nice

        • forensic

          Lowrie.

          I want nothing to do with Lawrie ever wearing pinstripes.

          • Dalek Jeter

            +Graham’s number (the largest number ever actually used in a mathematical therom/proof.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      How exactly are you differentiating between the two? Do tell.

  • john duci

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      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?!

      • Dalek Jeter

        I just assume you were talking about Gyorko. (Whose name is sadly pronounced Jerk-o I learned the other day)

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He may have meant an actual gyro.

      • forensic

        Other teams besides the Yankees are trying to put competitive winning teams together?

        While the rest of your comment is fine, I’m not so sure this part really applies to the Padres. After all, this is the same team that just signed Jeff Francoeur.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Our team is the same team that employs Ichiro Suzuki =P

          • forensic

            Even Ichiro looks like Mike Trout when compared to Francoeur.

    • Kyle

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

    • Cheval Anonyme

      I would prefer felafel myself.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • forensic

      39. He said he likes the number 3, but for some reason he can’t get that with the Yankees.

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

        I’m not sure what is going on with 39 right now. Brendan Ryan was supposed to take 39, then switched to 17, right around the time the Yanks signed Andrew Bailey.

  • JGYank

    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

      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

        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

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

    • Get Phelps Up

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

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

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

      • JGYank

        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

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

      • JGYank

        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

          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

        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

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

  • Jamie

    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.

  • Mr. Pappageorgio

    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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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

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

    • DFA

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

      • NCS

        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.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yes, that’s exactly what I meant.

          Facepalm.

          Try again, pal.

      • Truther

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

    • NCS

      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

        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

          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

            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

              Your. YOUR.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            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.

  • Mykey

    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

      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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

  • Frank

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

    I’m betting Solarte wins easily

  • mc

    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

      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

      • Kosmo

        Yanks could be trying to swing a last minute deal involving Nunez but that could be just wishful thinking on my part.

        • I’m One

          Agree. I made a similar comment below before seeing yours.

    • CountryClub

      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.

  • cheddar

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

  • steve (different one)

    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….

  • I’m One

    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

      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.

  • Greg c

    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.