The Yankees continue to change their roster around. Here’s an update on what has happened since the All-Star break.
Well, where to start? I guess the obvious place is with Matt Daley. Daley is another one of those relief pitchers that the Yankees seem to occasionally need to fill a gap but seem to see no long term future for. Consequently, he was recalled from the minors on the 11th, designated for assignment on the 12th and optioned to Scranton on the 13th. This is better for him and fellow frequent traveller, Zoilo Almonte who at least managed to retain their spots on the 40-man roster than it is for Jim Miller who was outrighted to the Railriders around the same time.
Next on the merry-go-round was Bryan Mitchell who arrived on the 13th and headed back to the Triple-A club the following day.
A much longer term Yankee, Alfonso Soriano, failed to garner any other major league interest when he was designated for assignment earlier in the month and the New York team therefore granted him his release. It remains to seen whether he will now retire. I hope to see him at an Old Timers’ day in the not-too-distant future.
After Carlos Beltran returned from the 7-day disabled list, there followed several days where everything seemed quiet. This was, however, just Brian Cashman drawing breath prior to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month and sure enough things got busy pretty quickly again. This time the Yankees traded for Chase Headley from the Padres, in a move that drew some very mixed reviews for the Bronx faithful. Heading in the opposition direction were Yangervis Solarte, who had become quite a fan favourite following his success in the first few months of the seasons and Rafael De Paula, a right-handed pitching prospect. With Headley struggling at the plate in the time he has spent in the line-up at San Diego this season, it is far from obvious that this is a good trade. Time will tell!
Things at 3b became even more complicated when problems on the left-side of his groin saw Kelly Johnson headed for the 15-day disabled list whilst Mark Teixeira was having injury problems of his own which now meant that Brian McCann was being used as the first choice first baseman.
The Yankees’ response to this was to tinker some more with the bullpen, for reasons best known to themselves. This time they designated Bruce Billings for assignment, removing him from the 40-man list to make room for Chris Leroux who was to undergo the same removal just two days later to make room for another new signing.
The more significant change this time was the move to the bullpen of Chase Whitley who went from being a starter who was having mixed results to long relief and made room for Chris Capuano who joined the Bombers in a trade for cash. Capuano had most recently been with the Rockies.
In the midst of all this the Yankees fragilely set and cobbled together roster had somehow begun to win and is now in a wildcard spot. I’m not quite sure how this happened but the fans aren’t grumbling and there is still four days to go before that all important trade deadline.
Watch this space to see what happens next……..