Category Archives: Offseason Moves

Yanks bring back Lyons on minor deal.

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The Yankees have re-signed LHP Tyler Lyons to a minor league deal.

Lyons split 2019 between the Pirates and Yankees, going 1-2, 6.39 with an ERA+ of 72 in 14 games.

With the Yankees, he was 0-1, 4.15 in 11 games. ERA+ 111.

Lyons, who will be 32 next month, has a career record of 13-12, 4.20, ERA+ 95 with 3 saves. He has pitched for St. Louis (2013-2018), Pittsburgh (2019) and the Yankees (2019).

He got into two postseason games with the Yankees last year, going 0-0, 0.00 in a total of 1 2/3 IP.


Yanks make a minor signing. Thoughts on comparing players.

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The Yanks made a minor signing on Wednesday, signing lefty reliever Luis Avilan to a minor league deal.

Avilan, 30, pitched for the Mets in 2019, going 4-0 but with a 5.06 ERA (ERA+ 81). Not so good.

Avilan has pitched for the Braves (2012-2015), Dodgers (2015-2017), White Sox (2018), Phillies (2018) and Mets (2019).

His MLB record is 23-10, 3.28, ERA+ 121 so 2019 was a really off, bad year for him.

His 162 game average is 4-2, 3.28, ERA+ 121. He is a lefty specialist (averaging 68 appearances a year but only 52 IP per year) so how these new rules would affect him would be interesting.

He has pitched in 11 postseason games, going 0-0, 0.00 in 7 2/3 IP. Nice.

Not a bad signing on a minor league deal. Good track record, hoping for a bounce back season.

Some people comparing Derek Jeter to other greats miss the point. You cannot compare across positions. If you are going to compare Jeter to anyone, it has to be against a Honus Wagner, Cal Ripken, A-Rod (when A-Rod was a SS), Nomar, Ernie Banks (as a SS), Nomar, etc.

You can’t compare Jeter to  Griffey, Mays, Aaron, Musial, Mantle, DiMaggio, etc.

Really. You have to compare him to other SS. You can’t compare a SS to a CF.

Do you really want to compare HOF credentials Rizzuto vs. DiMaggio?

Ozzie Smith vs. Pujols?

Luis Aparicio vs. Mickey Mantle?


I wish people would stop saying  “Jeter isn’t Mays or Aaron.”

Of course not. Jeter was a SS.

Stop comparing SS against OF.

Make similar comparisons. Like Jeter vs. Cal Ripken, Miguel Tejada, etc.


Boone AL All-Star Game Mgr.?and Yanks make a minor deal.

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OK, with Hinch, last year’s pennant winning manager gone, and same with Cora, does this mean Aaron Boone, who lost last year’s ALCS, now is the AL All-Star game manager?

The Yanks made a minor deal. When Gardner’s contract was finalized last week, LHP Stephen Tarpley was DFA’d. Today they traded him to Miami for a prospect, James Nelson, 3B. Nelson will most likely be with A+ Tampa.


Nelson, 22, spent his 2019 season with Class A Advanced Jupiter, batting .228 (98-for-429) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 36 RBIs in 121 games. Over four Minor League seasons, the right-handed hitter has hit .259 with 14 homers and 147 RBIs in 328 games, playing exclusively at third base.

Tarpley, 26, made 31 Major League appearances (one start) for the Yankees from 2018-19, going 1-0 with two saves and a 5.88 ERA (22 earned runs in 33 2/3 innings).


Yanks finalize Gardner deal, DFA Tarpley

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The Yankees finally finalized their deal with Brett Gardner and to make room on the roster, DFA’d Stephen Tarpley.

Tarpley pitched in 31 games for the Yankees (2018-2019), going 1-0, 5.88, ERA+ 76. The lefty turns 27 in a few weeks.

He was 0-0, 3.00 in 10 games in 2018 and 1-0, 6.93 in 21 games in 2019 with 2 saves. He has pitched 33 2/3 total innings in the majors. He had one start as the “opener” in 2019. He does have 47 K, but 21 walks in those 33 2/3 IP.

He pitched in one postseason game in 2018, giving up 3 runs in 1 IP.

As for Gardner, he is expected to spend time along with Mike Tauchman in CF until Aaron Hicks comes back. A career Yankee, Gardner turns 37 next August and is coming off a 2019 that saw career highs in HR (28) RBI (74) and slugging average, OPS and adjusted OPS (117). His 162 game average for his career is .260-13-57, 29 SB and an OPS+ of 101 (100 is average). At his age, Gardner will need to be managed carefully by Aaron Boone to make sure that Gardner stays fresh.

With CC Sabathia having retired, Gardner is the elder statesman and a key leader on the team providing a lot of veteran experience and leadership.



Yanks add more catching depth.

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The Yankees would like Kyle Higashioka to win the backup C job, but they aren’t going to GIVE it to him (he is out of options, by the way).

Recently they signed veteran C Erik Kratz to a minor league deal.

Today they signed veteran C Chris Ianetta to a minor league deal.

Ianetta will be 37 in April. The righty hitter has played for Colorado (2006-2011), the Angels (2012-2015), Seattle (2016), Arizona (2017) and back with Colorado (2018-2019).

He is a .230 career hitter (OPS+ 98) who hit .222-6-21, OPS+ 75 for the Rockies last season.

He has played in 9 postseason games, going 1 for 24. That one hit was a HR.


Yankees sign pitcher to minor league deal.

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According to,

The Yankees and right-hander Nick Tropeano have agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday. New York has not confirmed the deal.

Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston (2014) and the Angels (2015-2016, 2018-2019). He has a career record of 12-14, 4.51, ERA+ 90 in 42 career games, 39 of them starts.

He’s a local lad, from West Islip, NY.

In 2019, he was 0-1, 9.88 in three games (one start) for the Angels.

The most MLB games and innings he has put in were 14 games and 76 IP for the 2018 Angels. If he can stay healthy (per He dealt with right shoulder injuries in 2018-19 and he suffered a torn UCL in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery in 2016), he provides rotation depth at AAA.

Yanks sign utility player, and more MLB investigations

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The Bleeding Yankee Blue blog states that Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have signed Rosell Herrera to a deal. Herrera is a 27 year old switch-hitter who has played in 149 MLB games, hitting .225-3-31 with an OPS+ of 64. He was with Cincinnati and KC in 2018, and Miami last year.

He’ll most likely start at AAA and be ready in case of injury. One thing about him, he is versatile. He’s played 44 MLB games in RF, 37 in CF, 19 at 2B, 15 in LF, 6 at 3B and 1 game at SS.

Hmmm…. while MLB is investigating the WS Champion 2017 Houston Astros for cheating, using video technology to steal signs, now they are ALSO investigating the WS Champion Boston Red Sox for the same type of infraction. What do both teams have in common? Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros and who became the Red Sox’ manager.

Ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes “The Toe” has signed with the Phillies, teaming up once again with manager Joe Girardi.

A Passing: Andy Hassler, age 68. Hassler, a lefty pitcher, pitched for the Angels (1971, 1973-1976), KC Royals (1976-1978), Red Sox (1978-1979), the Mets (1979), Pirates (1980), back with the Angels again (1980-1983) and Cardinals (1984-1985). Hassler was 44-71, 3.83, with 29 saves in his MLB career, ERA+ 97. He pitched in five postseason games, and three were against the Yankees. His postseason record was 0-2, 4.60. He started Game 3 of the 1976 ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 5-3 Yankees win. In 1977, he started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 6-2 Yankees’ win. He also pitched for the Angels in the 1982 ALCS against the Brewers.