Yangervis Solarte beats out Eduardo Nunez as Yankees finalize bench

Castillo: Solarte can opt-out if he doesn't make Opening Day roster
Open Thread: 3/29 Camp Notes
Anna and Solarte, half the new bench. (Presswire)
Anna and Solarte, half the new bench. (Presswire)

The Yankees have finalized their bench for the start of the 2014 season and it does not include Eduardo Nunez. Joe Girardi announced on Saturday that utility man Yangervis Solarte has won the final open roster spot. The team will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate him sometime before Tuesday’s season opener. Nunez will go to Triple-A Scranton.

Solarte, 26, could have opted out of his minor league contract if he did not make the team. He hit .429/.489/.571 with two homeruns in 47 plate appearances this spring while playing second base, shortstop, third base, and left field. Solarte hit .282/.332/.404 in 263 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League over the last two seasons while in the Rangers organization.

Nunez, 26, hit .265/.280/.388 with one homer in 50 plate appearances this spring. He blew a golden opportunity last season, hitting only .260/.307/.372 in 336 plate appearances while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were on the DL. As you know, his defense has long been an issue. The Yankees seemed to grow tired on Nunez over the winter, signing players like Solarte, Dean Anna, and Scott Sizemore to directly compete with him.

Solarte will join Anna, Frankie Cervelli, and Ichiro Suzuki on the bench. There isn’t much (any?) offensive firepower there but Cervelli’s bat has been promising between injuries the last two years and, if nothing else, Anna knows how to work a walk and put together good at-bats. I thought the Yankees would take Nunez for a few reasons, mostly because he’s already on the 40-man roster and would be the easy move. I also didn’t think they’d buy into Solarte’s spring, but here we are.

Brendan Ryan will open the season on the DL with a back problem and earlier this week Brian Cashman confirmed he will miss more than the minimum 15 days. Anna and Solarte had to compete for a bench spot this spring, and now they have to continue competing to stay on the team once Ryan returns. Getting the big leagues is the easy part. Staying there is much harder.

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Castillo: Solarte can opt-out if he doesn't make Opening Day roster
Open Thread: 3/29 Camp Notes
  • Martin L

    I think Solarte deserves the promotion—but since the 40 man roster was full—who was removed–and what was their disposition?

    • CountryClub

      They have until Tuesday to open a spot. Trade still possible.

    • ALZ

      Agree. He was pretty mediocre too in AAA. Look what his line was, and then what Anna put up in that same league. Unless someone wants to take Ichiro, there isn’t really anyone who I’d cut for him. They are going to need those relievers this year.

      • ALZ

        Gotta think Claiborne is on the chopping block.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          It really doesn’t pay to be a fungible reliever with a great name in our system.

          “Presto” Claiborne
          Pants Lendleton (still the all-time champ)

          We never got to do anything with Graham Stoneburner’s name.

  • I’m One

    Yay? Hope he performs well and has as few opportunities as possible to do so (meaning the starters are all healthy and playing as they should).

    Best of luck Yangy! Welcome to The Show!

  • lightSABR

    Wow. Another one I really didn’t see coming. I thought his poor performance the last couple of years and his lack of a 40-man roster slot would eliminate him. I didn’t know about his contract situation, though.

  • pat

    Wow, even though Nuney has had like a legit 3 years to cement his spot on the roster I still feel bad for him for having to go back to AAA. Gotta be rough going back to Scranton having spent so much time with the big league team.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      Yup. Humble pie tastes icky.

  • Dan

    I originally thought a tie went to Nunez, and obviously I was waayyyy wrong. This is for the second spot, so not only is Nunez not on the team; but they prefer both Anna and Solarte to him. Once Ryan comes back, he figures to still be in AAA.

    • emac2

      I Don’t think you know what a tie is.

      • lightSABR

        Ha. Yup.

        Though it’s going to take a lot more than an impressive spring training to convince me that Solarte’s crappy AAA performance wasn’t a mirage.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if Solarte’s out in his contract means he just has to make the Opening Day roster or if he has to remain on the roster. If it’s the former, they can send him down as soon as Ryan is ready to play and not risk losing him.

    • Steve (different one)

      I would guess this is the case. I would also guess he will be in AAA in a few weeks.

      I would also not be surprised if Anna is sent down for Sizemore as well in a few weeks.

      IOW, the Yankees are simply choosing depth right now. They would rather have Solarte than someone like Claiborne.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Even if Solarte was able to secure a 25-man spot on another team, he wasn’t exactly difficult to replace as depth. Guys like Ryan Roberts are looking for work, and the roster crunch was bound to claim a few other guys with experience before Monday.

        If Solarte has options, he could go back down and, yeah, you’ve somehow kept all your depth in place. I’m not sure if he does, though. If he doesn’t, I’m not so sure what they’re doing here.

        Again, pretty inconsequential. If he’s playing that much, something went wrong early.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I’m pretty sure he’s got all of his options left. I don’t think he’s ever been on a 40-man roster before.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            So the opt-out is only there if he didn’t make the team out of ST? How does a player like Solarte wind up getting a clause like that? That doesn’t sound like something routine to me.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              He was a minor league FA, and can ask for anything he wants. Apparently the Yankees honored his request for an opt-out.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                I guess one way of potentially reading that is that the Yankees didn’t really expect to be in the place they are now with him.

                • OB/GYN Kenobi

                  Exactly. The kind of thing you throw in because you never really think it’ll be an issue. Yet here we are. I’d say high class problem but when we’re talking 24/25th man and roster spots, it’s more like a middle class problem.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Not sure what the details of his opt-out clause are (I suppose it’s possible he may have something in his contract that would prevent them from optioning him if he could get a MLB job elsewhere), but I’d guess there may be a lot of free agents who sign minor-league contracts that have similar opt-out provisions. Probably most just don’t come into play because most don’t have MLB jobs waiting elsewhere.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Right.

                I just saw that more as the domain of “former MLB player who couldn’t get an MLB deal and had to settle” and not someone who fits his profile.

      • forensic

        If they hadn’t added Solarte, I would’ve been ok with them adding Sizemore eventually and bringing him up (he at least has some success even at the MLB level). But, now that they used a spot on Solarte, unless he’s getting DFA’d, I wouldn’t want them to use yet another spot for a utility IFer on the 40-man.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’m glad you went there before I did.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          No worries.

          Roberts will be on the 60-day DL by the time Sizemore is ready.

          • lightSABR

            Sizemore’s already ready. He’s just giving the rest of the league a head start.

    • Pasqua

      On today’s pregame (before the rainout) they were talking about rumblings of a trade involving Solarte (possibly back to the Rangers, who need IF help). Maybe they wanted to put him on the team so that they could flip him for something, instead of just losing him via contract stipulation.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Heard that too. Obviously, that was time-filling speculation in retrospect.

      • RetroRob

        I suppose there might be something to that. The Rangers could have simply offered him a job on the MLB roster if the Yankees tried to send him down, so the Yankees suspected they would lose him. This way they don’t, and they could possible trade him.

  • Wheels

    Poor Nuney, I have a feeling his throwing error during Pineda’s last start sealed his fate.

  • CashmanNinja

    I’m thrilled about this. I do like Nunez’s speed and offense, but he is absolutely useless in the field. I think they’re going to shop him for a PTBNL or a young player they can stash in the lower levels. It makes sense. What good is hanging onto Nunez at this point? We need the roster spot and someone who can actually PLAY defense. Nunez can’t even fake a good defense…

    • Silvio

      not PTBNL. Gotta be RNKD if anything.

    • Dave

      Completely agree. If ever there was someone who needed a change of scenery, it’s Nunez. He has had numerous chances to stick with the Yanks, time to move on, and wish him all the best.

  • Jorge steinbrenner

    The move makes very little sense, but it’s a fairly inconsequential one.

    He’s got a few weeks to show something, and either Anna does back down or Yangervis gets the DFA.

    Let’s hope for some creative roster maneuvering here. Would hate to expose someone we’ve been following a while in order for a minor league journeyman to get a cup of coffee as the 25th man.

    It must royally suck to be Eduardo Nunez right now, even more so than it did before.

    • Steve (different one)

      It makes sense. You may not LIKE the move, but the logic is there: Solarte makes the team or you lose him. Nunez has an option. They prefer having Solarte to someone like Claiborne who will be cut or traded.

      You may disagree, but it’s not illogical.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I really don’t care all that much if they lose him, though. As we’ve seen with Ryan Roberts, there are depth options becoming available that weren’t there before as everyone tries to get down to 25. You shouldn’t be THAT worried about losing Yangervis Solarte that it becomes the primary reason why he gets a 40 and 25-man slot.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Same could be said about Preston Claiborne.
          Or Nunez.
          Or even Ichiro.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            No argument from me on the first two.

            They’re not going there on the third unless we’ve suddenly found that trade partner that hasn’t materialized all winter.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Not saying they will do it.
              Just saying Ichiro is depth that could at least somewhat easily be replaced. I’d certainly rate his value still to be likely higher than Nunez or Solarte, but decent OF’s are probably easier to find than decent IF’s.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Oh, I agree that they could decently replace his performance in-house right now. They don’t need to even look very far.

                I just don’t think “they didn’t want to risk losing Solarte” should carry that much weight. Like Mike said, though, here we are, so clearly they see it differently.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  I’m not sure that did carry much, if any, weight.
                  I think they just may have been more comfortable with Solarte at 2B and 3B than Nunez.

                  • RetroRob

                    And most times the obvious is the answer. : -)

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    So to everyone bitching in the Anna thread yesterday about how Solarte deserved the spot more than Nunez and/or Anna:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzqCFL5To3M

  • forensic

    I disagree with the move. Two weeks of hitting at the start of spring training shouldn’t get a career minor leaguer who could barely hit much in the hitter’s paradise of the PCL shouldn’t count for this much, especially with how troubling their 40-man roster already is.

    In the end, guess we just have to hope that he (and even Anna for that matter) doesn’t need to play that much. Unfortunately, given the construction of the infield, I think they’ll both probably play way too much. Hopefully they don’t cost the team too badly when out there.

    • JGYank

      It’s the 25th man on the team. Expecting them to produce isn’t realistic and it wouldn’t make a huge difference who it is with the amount of playing time they’ll get. We have plenty of infielders on the team already and Anna will probably play more than Solarte. It’s not like Nunez would be great either. He has speed which our lineup already has and that’s really it. He’s a below average hitter. His fielding isn’t good. He certainly had his chances and didn’t make the cut.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        One of the most unfortunate things about making the argument against Solarte is that you somehow get on the side of making an argument FOR Nunez.

        • JGYank

          Yeah it’s hard to compliment either. Nunie’s got speed and will get a hit here and there, and Solarte’s a switch hitting minor leaguer who had a great spring and happens to play positions where we have question marks. That’s really the best I could say about either.

          Ryan shouldn’t be out for long anyway.

        • Steve (different one)

          This is funny, but true.

          We’re up to hundreds of posts on this topic, we are still talking about Eduardo Nunez, right?

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I really, really wish we could just chop off the Nuney end of the conversation.

            • steve (different one)

              Yeah, I mean we (meaning me) may be underestimating the possibility that it is simply NUNEZ who loses his roster spot for Solarte, and their scouts just decided that even though the offense is a ST illusion, they prefer the package of steady defense/switch-hitting to what Nunez brings, speed/ok hitting/shakiest defense I have ever seen.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Combine that with Sizemore’s only getting 19 AB’s and, yeah, you’ve got a very good point.

                I’m not going to cringe every time Solarte lets go of a ball hit to him. For now. That counts for something.

            • Cheval Anonyme

              Once Nuno made the squad, the other Nuney’s fate was sealed. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

          • OB/GYN Kenobi

            Better him than that unsigned infielder some cover so dearly.

            • OB/GYN Kenobi

              *covet

      • forensic

        I think you’re greatly underselling how much they are going to end up playing. Anna is playing the role of Ryan, backing up basically only SS. That means Solarte will be backing up both 2B and 3B (and essentially 1B too since if Tex is out Johnson will play there and Solarte will play 3B) and will inevitably play too much when Roberts trips over a base on opening day and they have to amputate.

        Expecting them to produce isn’t realistic

        If it isn’t realistic then why does Nunez get raked over the coals by everyone for not producing? And why bother clearing extra roster spots to take the guy who ‘produced’ more in ST?

        • JGYank

          Ryan should be coming back at some point, so Solarte probably will just get sent down then. Doubt he gets much playing time. Anna seems to the backup of choice and I would have to agree with that.

          “And why bother clearing extra roster spots to take the guy who ‘produced’ more in ST?”

          Probably wanted to hold on to Solarte for depth so he wouldn’t opt out. I wouldn’t really care if he did, but don’t have a problem with Nunez getting sent down to keep him. I do have a problem with cutting someone on the 40 man for Solarte. I’m not arguing for Solarte here, just not a fan of Nunez.

          “If it isn’t realistic then why does Nunez get raked over the coals by everyone for not producing?”

          Nunez was often thrust into starting roles when others went down. He’s not even close to an average starter. If he got less playing time (maybe 150 ABs or less) fewer people would care. That and he probably should of been in AAA to begin with instead of the bigs. Unless a team has a really good bench, the 25th guy is usually just there to give the starters an occasional rest and provide depth.

          • forensic

            No, Nunez wasn’t close to an average starter. If he was, then he would’ve been a starter on this or another team. He’s a utility/back-up IFer who had some skills but also some warts to his game. I just think his skills outweigh the skills that Solarte theoretically brings, especially once a starter goes down and Solarte is thrust into a starting role.

            • JGYank

              Mostly agree. As backups the difference is little and comparing Nunez vs Solarte in that scenario is moot. If they end up getting significant playing time, then that’s when we have a major problem. Nunez may be better than Solarte (I really haven’t seen enough of Solarte to comment on him) but we would be screwed either way if one of them was starting. With Anna on the team and eventually Ryan, I don’t see that happening.

        • JGYank

          I think Anna should see some time at 2nd and 3rd. He’s played there in ST I think and in the minors.

          • forensic

            All the comments from Girardi have been that Anna is there for Ryan’s role, being the main back-up at SS, which means he’ll generally be held around for that. He’s said Solarte is the main back-up at 2B and 3B (and in a roundabout way 1B).

            • JGYank

              Maybe he’ll replace Roberts a couple times. Ryan should be coming back soon and I don’t think they dump Anna before Solarte. Just can’t see Solarte lasting long.

              • forensic

                I think Ryan is still about a month away. I don’t believe he’s started playing in MiLB games yet (though I may have missed something on that) and Cashman basically said he’s gotta start ST over again. He won’t necessarily need a full pitcher’s length ST, but he’s still gotta get healthy, get stretched out to playing some full games, and get plenty of AB’s (for what it’s worth considering his ‘bat’).

                • JGYank

                  Worst case scenario Solarte gets what, maybe 60 ABs? It’s like not Ryan would outhit him anyway.

    • I’m One

      I’m sure the Yankees coaching staff is well aware of his past offensive performance and the SSS of ST. I’m also sure there are a number of factors involved with this decision (YS’s opt out, his versatility and Nunez’s defense, among other things). 24th or 25th man. I’m not concerned.

    • I’m One

      I’m sure the Yankees coaching staff is well aware of his past offensive performance and the SSS of ST. I’m also sure there are a number of factors involved with this decision (YS’s opt out, his versatility and Nunez’s defense, among other things). 24th or 25th man. I’m not concerned.

  • MP

    Genuinely surprised about this one. I wonder if they really feel he’s the better player or if they were concerned about depth (a la Cervelli-Stewart c. 2012) and wanted to guarantee they could keep both players in the case that Solarte bolted. Guess we’ll never really know.

  • Mikhel

    Yessss!!!

    Yangervis has what it takes to be helpful for the Yankees. Too bad that it had to be Eduardo who got the boot but maybe he could be back as IF/OF bench if the Yankees find a taker for Ichiro (I dont want him moved though).

    Felicidades a Yangervis Solarte, a su esposa e hija que lo acompañan siempre y fortaleza a Eduardo Núñez quien tarde o temprano regresará a la gran carpa con los Yanks.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      Nicely done.

  • JGYank

    Surprising. Thought it would go to Nunez since he has a spot on the 40 man. Guess they soured on him. Congrats to Solarte. Had a really good spring. Ryan will probably take his spot sooner or later.

    The team is complete. All there’s left to do now is open up a spot on the 40 man and we’re ready to go. It will be interesting to see who gets cut from it.

    Only a few days until Opening Day!

  • NCS

    Woooot!

  • emac2

    Amazing.

    This was an easy decision that is only questioned because our host said he would do well but that it didn’t mean anything.

    Nunuz on the other hand can’t make the last step in a 3 year trial and somehow we’re missing something?

    This was such an obvious move, especially with the opt out.

  • MC

    I hear ya on the “pop” part. Long gone are the days of a Chili Davis or Danny Tartabul type on the bench, but the Yanks could always pick one up. They tried that with Pronk and it didn’t work. Raul Ibanez was someone who really did well in that role, but he did play a lot of game in the OF that season, which was absurd. Which brings me to that; now that I think of it, there are very few mashers these days. That and it seems like most teams prize flexibility far more now than in the 90’s and early 00’s. I’m liking what I am reading on Solarte and he had really good results in AAA with the Rangers. He really may have slipped through the cracks. I’m guessing they were faced with a roster crunch themselves before the offseaon and before trading Kinsler, Solarte was like 4,5, or 6 on their depth chart and as we now know, that changed very fast. Interesting to see how this plays out.

    • MC

      ..and on twitter sports writers are sadly saying that Nunez is likely done with the Yanks at this point. Seemed like a good kid and based on an earlier photo, looked to be in terrific shape. I’m sure he played by all the rules, but this is a competition for the best 25 men. He can do well elsewhere hopefully.

    • forensic

      Hafner and Ibanez weren’t ‘pop’ guys off the bench. They were signed as near full-time DH’s.

  • Frank

    Solarte beat out Nunez in ST. He just played better, both offensively and defensively. IMO, he’s the better all around player. Nunez had his chance the last 2-3 seasons. Yes, he had some bad luck with injuries. But when healthy, he just didn’t play well enough, especially defensively. Time to move on.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I can’t wait until Scott Sizemore removes his “Yangervis Solarte” mask on Opening Day.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      And then Scott Sizemore removes his mask to reveal the higher power……VINCE MCMAHON!!!

      Or Richard Nixon.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Or Ryan Roberts.

      • Erick Almonte HOF

        IT WAS ME ALL ALONG NUNEZ!

        • Ronnie Mustellier

          That was me, fool.

    • BrianMcCannon

      I chuckled.

  • Dalek Jeter
  • vicki

    sometimes a career minor-leaguer is a little more than a career minor-leaguer. i could spin it this way: first, solarte suffered some injuries early in his pro career with minnesota. then, after a strong (and healthy) year at AA they weirdly left him unprotected; let’s say, because the twins didn’t know what they were doing. finally, the rangers let him go after last year: obviously because their streets are paved with infielders. sure he repeated the year at AAA and didn’t do much with it. but old scouting reports say he’s a hitter. maybe, just maybe, his time is now.

    maybe?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Maybe. It’d be a much cooler story now if he turns up to be just that. Go Yangy.

      • Ronnie Mustellier

        Yangy. Terrible.

        But less terrible than Nooney.

  • Robert

    Congrats to Solarte,only sorry Zmont did not make the big squad!!With the age on this team I fear how far down the farm we go for bodies.
    Last year I said Nuno would start a game by June.This year we might see Jose Pirela or Ramon Flores by June!

  • vicki

    i’ll say this, too. it’s refreshing that neither the fifth starter nor 25th man competitions were staged. pineda, anna and solarte earned their spots.

    • forensic

      Pineda certainly earned it, but I’m not so sure that one wasn’t decided from the start anyway as long as his arm hadn’t flown off his shoulder at some point during the spring.

      • vicki

        i really don’t think so. insiders were saying, off the record, that pineda would start the season at triple A, as recently as march 7. later that night he went on to k four in two innings, including miggy on a thing-of-beauty slider.

  • http://riveravenueblues Mississippi doc

    Anyway we look at it, this is just an adequate infield at best. I bet that Jeter will be the least of the problem, probably a 280 hitting SS who can still make the routine plays. KJ would be a terrific backup. One wonders why they signed Roberts. He would be better suited for the Hospital for Special Surgery. Nunez is like Hughes, very potentially talented but did not perform. Anna, Solarte, Sizemore are all fringe players who hopefully get hot. If not, they leave. I know it won’t happen but we would be better with DJ at 3rd, Ryan at SS, and KJ at 2nd.

    • forensic

      I know it won’t happen but we would be better with DJ at 3rd, Ryan at SS, and KJ at 2nd.

      I very much disagree. As starters, I think Roberts would certainly out-produce Ryan. Plus, you’re doing that while Jeter is learning a new position on the fly.

    • steve (different one)

      I still think by July we will see Aramis Ramirez at 3B and KJ playing 2B.

  • LarryM Fl

    I wish Nunez well but he must take his demotion and build upon it. By this I mean improve his defense, learn to slow down the game in his head. He has the other parts of the game.

    Solarte IMHO won the promotion which Girardi believes makes the team better.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Meh, I actually like all of the roster decisions they’ve made. I might’ve kept Cabral over Nuno just to keep Vidal stretched out in AAA. But I understand why they want numerous long relievers to start the season to protect the starters.

    IMO the only spot on roster that is a drag (based on what is currently in the organization) is Ichiro. I’d rather see a hitter on the bench or even Almonte, but it is what it is at this point.

  • forensic

    Has anyone checked on Eddardo Nuney?

    No? Ok…

    • Yangervis Seddarde

      *lurks*

    • vicki

      and bgdp lost his rotation spot too. rough spring for eddard and his dad.

  • Farewell Mo

    I’ve been reading all these projections that mostly have the Yankees finishing in 3rd place at 83-85 wins thinking that they’re being sold way short but after looking at Solarte and Anna (who are likely gonna play quite a bit for Jeter, Roberts and Johnson), neither of whom have any track record of success in the majors backing up that tire fire of an infield, maybe those projections are more accurate than I care to think.

    • stuckey

      Like pro athletes, sometimes the games just goes too fast for some message board posters and their performance improves when the game slows down for them.

      Regarded as one complete thought, as opposed to 3 unrelated sentences, you’re essentially arguing you’re second guessing your optimistic view of this roster, based on the unknown quality of the back-up infielders, going further to say the reason better back-ups are required because of the questionable production of the STARTING infield.

      So what sort of back-up infielders are you expecting exactly? Can you name a more ideal candidate.

      And if their likely performance can be counted on to be far superior to JOhnson and Roberts, would them be competing with them for the starting role?

      And, who do you have in mind?

    • vicki

      pecota is the only one i pay attention to. they’re super-conservative, and naturally don’t consider deadline additions.

      the sox won the series with stephen drew at short and middlebrooks at third. we’ve got our power sources, if they stay healthy. the true name of the game is pitching.

    • Ronnie Mustellier

      I’ve been pounding the 85-88 wins drum for months (and I was assuming that we’d win Tanaka, which we did).

      Anything above that is gravy and a big outperformance IMO.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

        Screen name fail.

        • vicki

          worth it for the original joke.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Been there, brutha. Too many times.

      • I’m One

        If what we’ve seen of the starting pitchers is what we get during the season, then I think 92 wins is quite possible. That should get them at least a WC slot. This, of course, assumes the rest of the starters remain healthy and are productive (I’m looking at you DJ & Tiex!).

  • Mickey’s Mantle

    Solarte deserved the spot and Girardi made the right decision. Nunez will never be a major leaguer because he can’t field to save his life, he is an error machine who costs games. In fact, I’d keep Yangi for backup SS & get rid of no-hit Ryan.

  • BigLoving

    I like this bc it puts Nunez in a situation to play everyday and hopefully improve on his all around game. Now it is up to the Yanks organization to give him a position, leave him there, and hopefully develop. I never fully understood why they didn’t do that a long time ago and instead opted for making him a utility infielder even though he was awful at every position they put him out. It really reminds me of Daniel Murphy with the Mets where they refused to stick him at one spot, now I would take Daniel Murphy in a heart beat at 2b.

    • steve (different one)

      Nunez is going to be 27 years old this season. He has been a professional since 2005.

      His fielding woes run WAY deeper than being asked to play different positions.

      In the minor leagues he has played 647 games at SS, 19 games at 2B, and 17 games at 3B. I think this qualifies as “giving him a position and leaving him there”. He just can’t do it for whatever reason.

      Maybe it is mental, and he gets over it at some point and finds success. I don’t know. As a bench player, I like what he bring offensively and on the bases. But man, he just can’t play defense for some reason.

  • Alkaline

    This surprises me, but at least we could have some fun with him name!

  • Alkaline

    There it goes!

    Solarte throws a PAR-TAY!

    Solarte says sayonara!

    Solar dings a dart!

    Meh. Maybe I need a drink to stir up my creativity.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    We’re forgetting the most important thing here. This had better lead to one hell of a HR call from Sterling.

    • vicki

      the assumption is to-the-tune-of-volare.

      • Wheels

        You can bank on that.

        • Betty Lizard

          Solarte, oh oh?
          Solarte!, oh oh oh oh!

          No wonder my happy heart sings?
          Your home run has given me wings

          ?We can bask in the glow of a postseason show
          ?Where the fans all enjoy peace of mind
          ?Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind

          ?Just like birds of a feather
          a rainbow together we’ll find

          ?Solarte, oh oh?
          Solarte!, oh oh oh oh

          • Wheels

            :)

  • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

    The three year audition is over.

    Good luck Eduardo.

  • Pasqua

    For what it’s worth, on the YES pregame they mentioned that there were “rumblings” of trade talks for Solarte. They mentioned the Rangers by name, who obviously need IF help with their rash of injuries (and who had Solarte previously). Maybe they put him on the roster in the hopes of flipping him for a warm body in the near future, as opposed to having him opt out of the contract and receive nothing in return.

    Again, that’s pure speculation, but not out of the question.

  • vicki

    but seriously. broadcasters, and rab readers, seem to be saying “yang-ervis” with the hard G. i say “yan-gervis” with a soft one, i think because it echoes benjarvus. man’s venezuelan, so one has to consider “yan-hervis” too.

    • Wheels

      Just heard it on the radio pronounced “yan-hervis”.

      • vicki

        i have to believe that now he’s on the 25-man, somebody went to the trouble to find out.

        i’m happy with “yanhervis.” yangervis gigante!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Well, vicki, he’s Yank-ervis now.

      I’ll show myself out.

      • I’m One

        Please do. Thank was bad.

        • I’m One

          Thank That was bad

  • steves

    Well, the very paranoid view of Nuney not making the team is that the Yanks are now rid of the last of the Arod influenced cronies (first Melky, then Cano).

    • vicki

      stop.

  • dkidd

    115 comments arguing the 25th man on the roster

    this is why i love RAB

  • The Other Matt

    Starting middle infield come 2015:

    SS Dean Anna
    2B Yangervis Solarte

    Any takers ? lol

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d stab myself in the fucking eye.

      • vicki

        bless his heart, but i can’t watch anna’s throw to first every day. he looks like a perimeter shooter.

      • The Other Matt

        LMAO.

        I honestly wouldn’t be opposed to having a non-star, lesser established player take over for Jeter come next season. Everybody keeps mentioning Hanley Ramirez (should he not re-sign w/LA), JJ Hardy, and Asdrubal Carbera, and I, myself, even mentioned the possibility of the Yankees making a trade for Starlin Castro come seasons end if the Cubs decide to move forward with Javier Baez at SS. But, if Anna proves to be a competent role player this year then I think he should get a look for the job. Not given the job, but a shot. Then again that may never come to fruition, as he may be relegated to Triple-A for the rest of the season once Ryan becomes healthy.

        Getting ahead of myself a bit, but if Anna was to be given a shot at SS, then you would want to have a better option at 2B than Solarte obviously, but if Kelly Johnson hits say 250/330/450 then I wouldn’t be opposed to having him brought back next season as the 2B. Then you would have to figure at 3B, with the possibility of A-Rod may or may not coming back next year, or signing a Chase Headley. Also, as a sidebar, watch out for Rob Refsnyder. If he performs well at Double-A this year and gets promoted to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre by season’s end, then he might have an outside shot at the 2B job next spring. As I believe the Yankees will look to remedy SS with a free-agent signing/trade before 2B.

        Obviously this all speculative as we haven’t even began the 2014 season yet, and there’s a decent chance that Dean Anna may not even be on the Yankees come next year.

  • cheddar

    Yankervis, ftw.

  • cheddar

    I’m more than fine with this. It’s one thing to be a backup to guys like Cano and A-Rod; it’s another to be behind Kelly Johnson and 36-year-old Brian Roberts.

    If Nunez wasn’t good enough to beat out either of those guys for a starting job, a change of scenery is probably best for all involved.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    It was Solarte’s “Will hit for food” sign that won it for him.