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Yanks sign Farquhar to minor league deal

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From Lohud.com:

Danny Farquhar is returning to baseball.

The Yankees are reportedly signing Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Farquhar survived a scary incident this past season, when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in the dugout while playing for the Chicago White Sox. Farquhar suddenly collapsed in the dugout after pitching in relief in a game on April 20, but he was rushed to the hospital and survived.

He was later discharged on May 7.

The Yanks had Farquhar for a month in 2012 but he never pitched for them.

Farquhar has pitched for the Blue Jays (2011), Mariners (2013-2015), Rays (2016-2017) and White Sox (2017-2018).

He saved 16 games for the 2013 Mariners. Soon to be 32, and a RHP, he has a career record of 10-15, 3.93 with 18 saves and an ERA of 3.93 (ERA + 99).

It is a low-risk, high-reward kind of deal. You are taking a chance on him, and it’s a minor league deal.

And after what he’s been through, how could you NOT root for him?


Yanks trade 2 minor leaguers for Ichiro

I love it. The Yanks tonight traded two B-Level minor leaguers for future HOF player Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is batting 8th and playing RF tonight, and will switch to LF once Swish is healthy. Things could change in the future. Ichiro has a better arm than Swish, so…

I LOVE the deal. I’m a bit prejudiced, since for years Ichiro has been my favorite non-Yankee player. With Gardner out for the year, Ichiro, even at age 38, provides the speed (438 career SB) and defense (10 Gold Gloves) that the Yanks were missing with Gardner. As for his throwing arm, Ichiro has a rocket.

Ichiro was .261-4-28, 15 sB this year, OPS+ 83. The BA is 60 points below his career average of .322. But he was having to carry the Mariners in a pitcher’s park. How bad are the M’s? Ichiro was batting 3rd after leading off his whole career. Tonight for the Yanks? He’s batting 8th.

He’s in the last year of his deal, and could just be a three-month rental. But for him, the Yanks gave up just two B-Level prospects. D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. No A-level prospects.

I love it. He gives what I advocated for in Pierre a while back. Only he’s better than Pierre (I didn’t think Suzuki would be available.).

What do YOU think?

The minors today.

AAA: 13-8 win for SWB (Empire State). 3B Kevin Russo 4 hits, rbi (.306). 1B Brandon Laird 3 H, HR, 4 RBI (.249-9-55). RF Cole Garner 2 h, HR, 4 RBI (.274-5-21). 2B Corban Joseph 2 h, 2 RBI (.266). 39 yr. old Ramon Ortiz 6 R, 1 ER in 5 IP (8-3, 2.80). Cory Wade 2 IP, 2 R, both unearned. Danny Farquhar 2 scoreless innings. SWB entered the game in first place (by 1/2 over Pawtucket and by 1 over Lehigh Valley) in the IL North.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1. Mikey O’Brien 6 R in 6 IP (4-3, 4.52). RF Zoilo Almonte (.273) and CF Melky Mesa (.274) 2 hits each.

High A: Tampa 5-3 loss. 2 hits CF Mason Williams, HR by DH Slade Heathcott. HR 3B Zach Wilson.

Low A: Charleston won 8-5. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 H, 2 RBI. 2 h, 3 rbi for 3B Casey Stephenson.

GCL: SS Eduardo Nunez 1 for 3 in his rehab. DH Austin Romine 0 for 4.


The Minors Today.

AAA: A 14-2 blowout win for SWB (Empire State). Ex-major leaguer Ramon Ortiz 6 IP, 2 R (7-3, 2.84) at age 39. Jack Cust, the ex-major leaguer, DH, 3 Hits, HR, 4 RBI. 3B Brandon Laird, HR, 2 RBI. LF Cole Garner HR, 3 RBI. 4 hits for SS Ramiro Pena (yet another ex-MLB). 3 hits, rbi for RF Kosuke Fukodome (yet another ex-MLB). (Yes, I know Laird was in the majors too, but the ones I point out had SIGNIFICANT MLB time). 2B Corban Joseph 2 h, 2 RBI. 14 runs, 18 hits.

AA: 6-5 win for Trenton. Mikey O’Brien 4 R, 3 ER in 4 IP (4.07). Danny Farquhar 5th save (2.18). SS Addison Maruszak, 2 h, solo HR, .298-11-38. RF Zoilo Almonte, 2 h, solo HR, .277-10-41. Melky Mesa, CF, 3 h, solo HR, .273-12-41.

High A: DH.

GAME 1: Just 4 hits in the game, 2 by each team. Tampa wins 1-0. Matt Tracy 5 2/3 IP, 2 H. (4-2, 2.32). Mark Montgomery 1 1/3, save #14, 1.34.

GAME 2: A SWEEP, and each by a 1-0 score. Combined 3-hitter by Aaron Dott, Manuel Barreda and Branden Pinder. Only 7 hits total in this game.

Low A: 3-2 loss for Charleston. Matt Bashore 2 r in 5 IP (1.95). Nick Goody (0-1, 1.00) the loss despite 5 K in 2 IP.

GULF COAST ROOKIE LEAGUE: Austin Romine’s rehab: 1 for 3, double, 2 RBI.

The Minors.

Joba and Austin Romine should start rehabs next week. Good for Romine, since Martin is 4 for his last 57 and 0 for his last 30. How soon can Romine (or Cervelli) replace Martin? (I’d rather have Romine at age 23 and see if he can establish himself. Of course, Sanchez is what, 4 years away?)

AAA: 8-1 win for SWB (Empire St.) Mike O’Connor 1 R in 5 IP (2-3, 3.90). Ex-Red Sock Manny Delcarmen 2 scoreless IP (3.72). 2 H, solo HR 2B Corban Joseph. LF Ronnier Mustelier 3 h, RBI (.303 at AAA). (For the life of me, I don’t know why they don’t call him up. I’d release Jones and give this guy a shot). 1B Russell Branyan 2 h, 2 RBI. (.309). Ramiro Pena (.231) 2 h, RBI.

AA: Lefty Vidal Nuno continues to amaze. I hope he gets a promotion soon. 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 10 K! (4-1, 1.22). Just acquired Danny Farquhar 2 scoreless IP, 4 K. LF Jose Pirela 2 h, solo HR (.322). 2B David Adams 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 Rbi. (.307). DH Zoilo Almonte (.282) 4 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 10-2.  Sigh. Kramer Sneed in relief 4 R in 1 2/3, 6.17. He won’t be lasting long. Mason Williams 2 hits.

Low A: A 1-0 loss in 10 innings for Charleston. Both teams had just 3 hits.

The minors tonight.

AAA: SWB lost to Lehigh Valley (about seven miles from my home) 5-4 in 10 innings tonight, and boy did they blow it. Up 4-0, they gave up 3 in the 8th, 1 in the 9th, and 1 in the 10th. Ramon Ortiz went 7 scoreless before being charged with 3 in the 8th. Igarashi, 1 1/3, 1 R. Cedeno 1/3, 0 R, but Jason Bulger lost it. 2B Corban Joseph and CF Colin Curtis each had 2 H, RBI. The winning run scored on a WP. Ryan Howard of the Phillies, on rehab, was 1-4, double, RBI.

AA: Trenton had a DH.

Game 1: 12-4 win. Brett Marshall 3 R in 5 IP. Not great, but he goes to 9-3, 3.21. RF Zoilo Almonte solo HR. CF Melky Mesa 4 for 4, 2 doubles, RBI. 1B Luke Murton 2h, double, HR, 3 RBI. (.256-15-41).

Game 2: Trenton got the sweep with a 5-3 win. 2b Jose Pirela HR, 2 RBI. Murton got his 16th HR in this one. Danny Farquhar, just acquired by the Yanks, got the win with two scoreless relief innings.

High A: Tampa won 11-10 in 10 innings. RF Rob Segedin 3 H, 2 RBI (.298). 1b Tyson Blaser with 3 H.

Low A: Up 4-0, Charleston gave up 2 in the 7th and 3 in the top of the 9th to trail 5-4, but scored two in the bottom of the 9th to pull it out 6-5. Rey Nunez 2-run GW double. Nunez (.288) had 3 hits.