Open Thread: 3/26 Camp Notes


The Yankees blew a six-run lead this afternoon, dropping their fourth-to-last Spring Training game to the Blue Jays by the score of 10-6. Brett Gardner (0-for-1, two walks), Derek Jeter (1-for-2, one walk), Carlos Beltran (2-for-3), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2), Kelly Johnson (1-for-2, one walk), and Brian Roberts (1-for-3) all had productive days at the plate. Frankie Cervelli went 0-for-3 and Dean Anna went 1-for-2 with a walk. He has quietly been very good the last week or so.

Preston Claiborne took another beating in a spring full of them, allowing six runs on two singles, two doubles, a walk, and a hit batsman. He recorded zero outs. “The stuff has not been the same for whatever reason,” said Joe Girardi to Chad Jennings after the game. I wonder if Claiborne is near the front of the designate for assignment line. Chris Leroux allowed his first runs of the spring (two of ‘em) in a three-inning stint. Fred Lewis got roughed up for two runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Dellin Betances struck out one in a perfect innings of work. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) went 1-for-4 with a walk in a minor league game, the Yankees announced. He played five innings in center field and said he felt great. Brian Cashman said Ellsbury will play one more minor league game before returning to regular Grapefruit League play. They fully expect him to be ready for Opening Day. [Dan Barbarisi, Wally Matthews]
  • David Robertson, meanwhile, allowed one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in a minor league game, according to the team. It was the first time he pitched on back-to-back days this spring. Both David Phelps and Adam Warren will come out of the bullpen in tomorrow’s game. Girardi said the bullpen decision will be announced tomorrow or Friday. [Chad Jennings]
  • Brendan Ryan (back) will definitely start the year on the DL, Cashman said. Soriano’s right shoulder is barking, and apparently it has something to do with missing so much time due to the flu earlier in camp. It only bothers him when he throws and it hasn’t kept him out of games. [Barbarisi, George King]
  • Roster move: Austin Romine was optioned down and sent to minor league camp, so Cervelli is officially the backup catcher. By my unofficial count, there are still 44 players in big league camp. [Jorge Castillo]

Here’s your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on MLB Network tomorrow morning at 9am ET. They’ll carry the Rays and Orioles live tonight. The (hockey) Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are playing as well. You folks know how these work by now, so have at it.

  • Dirk Diggler

    Nunez is NOT making this roster, thankfully.

    Anna and Solarte until Ryan returns is cool with me.

    Oh, and Claiborne will be optioned to AAA as well. Cabral is on the 40 so he looks like he could be that last arm in the pen.

    Go Yanks.

    • Alkaline

      Where is nunez not making the roster at?

    • nycsportzfan

      I hope Nunez makes it. I think his offense and speed are worth it. In a steady amount of AB’s to end the yr, he batted 290BA(thru AUG2nd-end of season), and the yr before, he batted 292BA. He also has 20SB potential and runs the bases very well. Even though he makes some mistakes on the bases, he can make the spectacular play some can’t.

      Like Cervelli, I will continue to back Nunez. I think he deserves to make the club.

      • Cheval Anonyme

        Nunez, Anna, Daley.

        • The Other Matt

          I’d have to agree with you on all three.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        He had regular playing time whenever he was healthy, including when he opened the season with a .200/.290/.275 line.

        When Nunez is hot, he’s an average hitter. When he’s cold, he’s unplayable.

        • OB/GYN Kenobi

          Oh you and your facts.

        • The Great Gonzo

          When Nunez is hot, his helmet flies off. When he’s cold, his helmet flies off.

          This is literally the only part of his game that fascinates me.

  • JGYank

    A bit off topic and it sounds silly, but how would you guys have felt about experimenting with Hughes in the pen this year? I know he probably would of only accepted a deal to be a SP and it was time to cut ties with him but I’m curious to see if he could repeat his 09 season if he went back to the pen. I realize it was a while ago, but with the state of the pen and assuming he would accepted the role, it could give have us a decent RP.

    • Alkaline

      I would have been more than happy to sign him for a BP role at an appropriate cost, but is a moot point as he was looking (and got) starter money.

    • nycsportzfan

      No way. I’d rather have the Yanks facing him then him sitting in our pen. We got plenty of options for the bullpen, and guys like Dellin Betances, Jose Ramirez, Ceasar Cabral, are all high upside pen guys to go with Kelley, DROB, Thornton..etc Also, don’t forget are rotation is so deep, we need spots for Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Vidal Nuno.

      Again, much rather face Phil Hughes then have him pitching for us. I in fact, can’t wait till we get to wrap him around the ballpark.

    • forensic

      No thanks. I was plenty prepared at the end of the season for the Hughes (and Joba) experience to end.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      For $1 million for this year? Sure I’d have given him a look in the pen.

  • Mick taylor

    Why do yanks to want to dump ichiro his contract is paid for by merchandise he sells in Japan and America. He probably will help tanaka get acclimated. He can play all three outfield spots. He is faster and a better hitter than almonte.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Merchandise sold outside of Yankees Stadium gift shops gets shared among all of the teams. They aren’t making $6.5M off of that.

      He is faster than Almonte.
      Not sure about being a better hitter anymore.

      • Preston

        At this point Nunez might be the better baserunner. So having Almonte instead of Ichiro would maybe be a slight downgrade to our second best pinch runner, not a big factor.

    • Cheval Anonyme

      He actually causes downgrades at two roster spots. In the outfield, of course. But because he is taking up a spot on the forty-man, the Yankees can’t add a non-roster player (Solarte, Daley) without DFAing someone.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’d rather have Ichiro than either of them.

        *ducks and runs*

        • The Great Gonzo

          Sorry. I agree.

  • MB923

    Guess that limits Soriano to be the DH only for now if he’s still able to play but not throw.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Johnny Damon had a hell of a career with that same toolkit.

  • John Duci

    This team is special. I have a feeling the Yankee magic is back this season! Let’s throw out some bold predictions guys… Mine will be that Tanaka wins 20 games… Let’s hear some!

    • Yanksinfirst

      Ellsbury plays 150 games. Jeter hits 150 hits. Kelly Johnson has an awful UZR. Beltran bats .280. Nova has a sub-3.5 era. Brett Gardner bats .285. Cervelli cranks it up and deals it this year, smashing hitters and gets traded at the deadline for either Didi or Owings.

      • Chip

        Somebody important gets hurt and I get so mad that I break something

    • Grit for Brains

      World Series MVP – Carlos Beltran

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yangervis Solarte will have a Sportscenter moment by June and be DFA’ed by July.

      • Yanksinfirst

        HAHAHA TRUE!

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      88 wins is a bold prediction.

    • The Great Gonzo

      CC Sabathia gains 75 lbs this season.

  • Masahiro Tanaka

    Why do I feel like everyone stopped talking about me these last 2 weeks? :(

    • Alkaline

      Old news. Americans have short attention spans. We need a new shiny object!

    • whozat

      Because you’ve been unsurprisingly excellent :)

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      We’re speaking, you just don’t understand.

  • Yanksinfirst

    Sorry bud you had your glory and plenty more to come.

  • mustang

    The Mariners are looking for another starting pitcher after the departure of Randy Wolf, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune writes. Wolf was to be part of the Mariners’ rotation, but he left the team over a disagreement about a 45-day advance-consent release. The team had just released another rotation candidate, Scott Baker, at his request, and Baker has now agreed to terms with the Rangers.

    That leaves the Mariners with either Blake Beavan or Hector Noesi in their No. 5 spot, and they’re looking for other possibilities. “There are still some things in the works,” manager Lloyd McClendon said this morning. “We’re starting to get clarity to the whole picture. Hopefully, by the end of the day, we’ll have more to tell you.”

    I get 2 things from this:

    1- The Mariners FO is a mess just think about it every time people start complaining about Randy Levine.

    2- “Both David Phelps and Adam Warren will come out of the bullpen in tomorrow’s game.”
    One of those 2 guys might NOT be coming out pen tomorrow……… Nick Franklin.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Cano is really gonna regret signing with the Mariners down the line methinks… It seems the Mariners assured him they would have plenty of money to spend after he signed but it doesn’t seem to really be true.

      • forensic

        He’s already sounded a bit regretful in several interviews as it is. ‘Down the line’ is just about already here.

        • OB/GYN Kenobi

          Exactly. Down the line is 2014, and/or on the way to 1B.

    • mustang

      And I think the price for the Yankees is going to happily surprise Yankees fans because refer back to number one.

      • mustang

        Nunez and Phelps for Franklin.

        They been looking for a right-handed bat to balance the line-up they can always throw him in the outfield I guess and the starter that my stupid trade. I can make it dumber by throwing in Montero, but I have to have some respect for myself.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          I’d try Warren for Montero, straight up.

          • forensic

            Even as someone who didn’t like the Montero-Pineda trade, I’m not sure I’d even trade Warren for Montero now.

            Nuno? Sure, no problem, but of course it’s extremely unlikely the Mariners would do that one. Maybe I could be convinced on Warren, but it’s close.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I don’t hate Nick Franklin and would sign up for a Nunie/Phelps-for-Franklin swap in a cocaine heart beat…but he doesn’t really excite me. I mean he crushed high A, double A and Triple A, but his second time through in double and triple A. His first time through triple A he was completely overwhelmed (.243/.310/.416 and a wRC+ of 85), same with the big leagues (.225/.303/.382 and a wRC+ of 90). It’s also worth noting that his BABIP in the minors when he was having success was incredibly high (anywhere between .333-.397) and his K rate in his first trip to triple A and in the majors are 23% and 27.4%.

      I get that he’s young, and I get he has the potential to be good…I’m just not sure if I think he’s MLB ready.

      • mustang

        Agree he doesn’t excite me either, but with Ryan out for who know how long and 2 maybe 3 infield openings next year its worth the chance. Never know in a better line-up he might be something.

      • Preston

        I’d like him more if I thought he could play SS adequately.

        • I’m One

          The Yankees will still need to fill in a hole at 2B next year (and 3B) as well as SS, so even if he can only play 2B well, there’s a place for him.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Imma say it. Nick Franklin just SCREEEEAMS Dean Anna to me.

    • Tom

      The quote by Wolf was pretty friggin awesome:

      “The day should have started with a handshake and congratulations instead of a 24-hour feeling of licking a D cell battery,”

      • Fin

        Back when Wolf was with the Philies, a few of the players use to come to the Irish Pub in Rittenhouse Square. I hung out with him a bit, very cool guy. Pat Burrell on the other hand could not have been a bigger dueche. Was something to watch as the bar would fill up with chicks after those guys were there for a half hour or so.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Pat Burrell? A douche?

          No way!

    • forensic

      One of the biggest things I take from all this is how sad it is that a 37 year old pitcher coming off of TJ surgery and who had allowed 25 baserunners, including 6(!) homeruns, in just 19 innings was clearly one of their best healthy starters at this point.

      Regardless though, I don’t expect them to make a deal like that simply because two of their starters are expected back sometime in April or so.

  • Grit for Brains

    We could really use Chase Headley.

    • JGYank

      I think Aramis Ramirez would also fit. It would probably be easier to get him.

  • forensic

    Breaking News: Mattingly and Puig are best friends again.

    Hasn’t this same basic article been written once or twice in every month of Puig’s career?

  • forensic

    Nice timing by Claiborne and Lewis. Just last night I had commented about Claiborne continuing to get slapped around and questioning the sudden love affair with Lewis (over Cabral). Hopefully an outing this ugly pushes the organization to make a different decision than keeping Claiborne just because he’s the incumbent.

    • Tom

      Yeah Claiborne really shit the bed. I think he would have gotten a pass on the end of last year had he had a decent spring and with a 40man spot he seemingly had a leg up on the competition.

      I wonder if he is the one that gets designated if they go with someone like Daley. Would Flores potentially be DFA’d?

      I was never a big Lewis believer (way too small a sample) and frankly this might be a good thing as I hope it means he gets some time in the upper minors to really see how he performs over a more significant sample size. I think he only has about a half a season above A ball (maybe a bit more?).

      • forensic

        I don’t think they’d DFA him yet, but it is tough to find many other options on the 40-man to remove if they need a spot. That really brings to the forefront the questionable guy or two they added last year (such as Campos/Mitchell). Also, having 5 catchers on is an issue, but it’s probably not worth DFA’ing any of them. Personally, I would probably just try to give away Romine at this point. After that, Flores probably is the next one. Also given the crowded outfield, I wouldn’t have a problem if they tried to move Heathcott as I just don’t really see it working out for him.

        • Tom

          Yeah… the Campos one I think was the killer – I don’t see any way he could have stuck on a 25man all year. Mitchell? Maybe a team in rebuilding mode (Astros? Cubs?), would stash him in the bullpen so they could retain him and then send him down the next year to go back to work as a starter,

          But yeah, there really aren’t any 40man spots which is why I tossed out Claiborne (I think he would get claimed) or Flores (because of the other OF options you mentioned).

          This is probably suggesting the typical 40man deal is on the horizon or they will grin an bear it with Claiborne. I just don’t see Cashman getting good value for some of the obvious options (Romine, Flores, Claiborne?) unless it is part of a bigger package.

      • Eselquetodolosabe

        Claiborne has not been the same pitcher since a quarter of last years season remained. Seemed like he was suffering from a dead arm. Lost velocity and reduced movement. Wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an ailment that hasn’t been shared by Claiborne. Shame, young man looked promising.

        • OB/GYN Kenobi

          Felt like lightning in a bottle for most of last year to me. Sounds like the music stopped.

  • forensic

    It’s funny how Cervelli keeps saying he’ll believe he’s made the roster when he finds himself in Houston with them.

    Losing a roster spot because the organization trades for Chris freakin’ Stewart on the last day of spring training can really scar you for awhile, I guess.

    • vicki

      fearful becomes him.

  • The Other Matt

    I see a lot of talk on here about DFA’ing Claiborne, but I think some people on here are jumping the gun. Claiborne has actually showed himself to be at least somewhat competent at the Major League level, and I know most people here feel that Daley should be on the 25 man roster (myself included), and therefore added to the 40 man, but if someone should be DFA’d then it should be Nik Turley. The Yankees already have plenty of options as extra starters waiting in the wings if necessary in Phelps, Nuno, and Warren.

    Turley has yet to throw this spring, as far as i can remember, and at this point other teams are looking to add healthy arms that can help them at the beginning of the season. Claiborne should be, and likely will, optioned down to Triple-A to prove this spring has been a fluke, and that he is the pitcher we saw when he was called up last season. Claiborne will definitely have his feet held to the fire, as guys like Leroux or Daley (whichever doesn’t make the 25 man), as well as young guys like Ramirez and Montgomery will be on his heels for the first righty bullpen arm called up during the season.

    With that being said, I’m sure it’s a situation some of us will have our eyes on.

  • forensic

    Jayson Nix isn’t going to make the Rays roster.

    Please, nobody tell Girardi that he’s available!

    • Dalek Jeter

      I heard if we say his name three times he’ll reappear on the roster.

      • dkidd

        *looks in the mirror


  • TWTR

    It sounds like Sori has tendinitis.

    • forensic

      He says it started because he hasn’t thrown much in ST and it’s made his arm sore.

      I hate to question a player’s motivation when talking about an injury, and I know he had the flu thing earlier in camp, but I can’t help but wonder if a little of this is his way of trying to lobby for more playing time in the OF instead of DHing by saying that if he DH’s too much then this could keep happening and affect him in other ways, eventually.

  • forensic

    I caught up on the reading for the day and there’s one thing that I can’t believe hasn’t been mentioned yet from the Cervelli/Rangers post.

    Luis Sardinas is really listed at 6’1″ and 150 lbs??? Nunez is really skinny and is listed one inch shorter yet 35 lbs heavier! Even Gardner is listed three inches shorter and 35 lbs heavier! Ichiro, who is certainly not the largest human being in the world, is 2 inches shorter but still 20 lbs heavier!

    I now just want to see a Rangers ST game just so I can see what a skeleton with skin on it actually looks like.

    • Kosmo

      you can see video of Sardinas on top 20 Ranger prospects.

    • Havok9120

      Due to medical issues, three years ago I was 6’5″, 145.

      Good times.