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Yankees release Ellsbury, DFA Bird & Cortes.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees had to set their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft and wanted to protect a couple of youngsters from that draft.

In order to do so, they made some moves.

The first was that they released Jacoby Ellsbury. In doing so, they are eating the $21MM he is owed for 2020 and also paying him $5MM for a 2021 buyout. They are eating $26MM and yes, that money for 2020 still will count against the cap. Ellsbury didn’t play at all for the Yankees in 2018 and 2019.

Ellsbury did play for them 2014-2017, with his best year being his first, in 2014 (.271-16-70 with 39 SB, OPS+ 111). So the Yanks got NOTHING from him for the last three years of his contract and had to buy out 2021.

The Yanks also DFA’d Greg Bird and Nestor Cortes, Jr.

Bird hit .261 with 11 HR in 46 games at the end of 2015, filling in for the injured Mark Teixeira but has had trouble with injuries since. He missed all of 2016 due to injury, hit .190 in 48 games in 2017, .199 in 82 games in 2018 and was just 6 for 35 in 10 games in 2019. His big highlight was his HR in Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS off of Andrew Miller that won the game for the Yanks 1-0 and kept them alive in the playoffs that year.

Cortes, Jr. was 5-1, 5.67 for the Yankees in 2019, ERA+ 79, in one start and 32 relief appearances.

The Yanks added Estevan Florial, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Florial: 22 on Nov. 25. OF lefty bat. .237-8-38 at High A Tampa in 2019.
Garcia: 20. 5-9, 4.28 combined A+/AA/AAA in 2019. 165 K in 111.1 IP.  21 starts, 5 relief.
Gil: 21. 5-5, 2.72 at A/A+ combined in 2019. 20 starts. 123 K in 96 IP.
Kriske: 25. 3-3, 2.08 at A+/AA combined in 2019. 12 saves. 80 K in 60.2 IP.
Medina: 20. 1-8, 5.47 at A/A+ combined in 2019. 22 starts. 127 K in 103.2 IP.
Nelson: 24 on Dec. 5. 8-3, 2.81 at A+/AA/AAA in 2019. 17 starts, 1 relief. 114 K in 89.2 IP.
Yajure: 21. 9-6, 2.14 at A+/AA in 2019. 20 starts, 4 relief. 133 K in 138.2 IP.

Trenton (with Severino) loses 7-2, Series tied at 1. Yanks’ magic # decreases. Ex-Yankee C Charlie Silvera dies.

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AA Trenton lost 7-2 to Bowie last night and their Eastern League Championship series is now tied at one game apiece.

Luis Severino, on rehab, started and gave up 4 runs, 3 of them unearned, in 3 2/3 innings of work.

C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, RBI, but an error.

Severino (Loss) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K
Yajure 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

The Yanks (MLB) were rained out and have a DH today (straight old-fashioned DH this afternoon) but their magic #’s did drop. The magic # to clinch the division outright (no tiebreakers) is now 8 over Tampa Bay. They have an 8 1/2 game lead over the Rays with 16 games to go. The magic number just to get into the playoffs is 7.

The Yanks also now have the best record in baseball, by 1/2 game over Houston (Houston has tiebreaker). The Yanks have 1 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers (Yanks have tiebreaker).

Charlie Silvera, Yogi Berra’s backup C in the early 1950s, died at the age of 94 on Sept. 7. Silvera was with the Yankees 1948-1956, and ended his career with the Cubs in 1957. As Yogi’s backup, Silvera never got into more than 58 games in a season, and in most seasons, never even got into 25 games a year. He was, however, one of the few Yankees that was on the team for EACH of the five consecutive WS they won from 1949-1953. He played for the Yankees in six different WS Championship years (1949-1953, 1956).

In 1949, Silvera got his most playing time, playing in 58 games and hitting .315. In the only WS game he played in, he went 0 for 2.

In his ten years in the majors, Silvera only played in 227 games, hitting .282-1-52 in 482 at bats. OPS+ 86. His only MLB HR was hit in the first game of a DH on July 4, 1951 vs. Washington at the old, original Yankee Stadium.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (69-60) won 4-3. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, 2 RBI. Michael King, who had a great 2018 but who missed most of this year due to an injury, turned in a nice outing. Deivi Garcia, converted to the bullpen for now, gave up a run but did strike out five in two innings

King (W, 1-1, 4.97) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 11 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
D. Garcia (H,1) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.98 (AAA ERA)
Adams (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.44

AA: Trenton (70-58) won 7-0. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, solo HR. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, solo HR. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI.

Nick Green (W, 3-3, 7.04) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.40
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.62
D. Alvarez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.32

High A: Tampa (60-66) won 3-1 in 11 innings.
2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, RBI. DH Mickey Gasper 2 hits.

F. German 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.64
McGarity 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.  5.40
Zurak (W, 6-4, 2.79) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.68

Low A: Charleston (67-62) lost 6-1, getting just two hits. DH Josh Breaux solo HR.
Starter Yoendys Gomez a no-decision, 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 8 K.  4.37.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-57) lost 7-5. 1B Ryan McBroom (.325) 2 hits, RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2-run HR. RF Zach Zehner solo HR.

AA: Trenton (66-55) won 6-5. They came back after being down 5-0 after two innings, scoring 3 in the third and 3 in the fifth. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. DH Chris Gittens 2 RBI. LF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. 3 hits, solo HR 1B Brandon Wagner.

James Reeves in relief (W, 7-2, 2.05) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Brooks Kriske (S, 11) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K   2.13

High A:  Tampa ppd.

Low A: Charleston (64-59) lost 6-3. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 2 hits, RBI, LF Canaan Smith (.310). 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI. Tim Hardy (3.18) four scoreless innings of relief.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-54) lost 3-1. They only got four hits.

Deivi Garcia pitched four scoreless innings, but then gave up runs in the fifth. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.

He may need to work on his move since there were some stolen bases off of him.

When he left, there were runners on first and third with one out, but reliever Trevor Lane let in both runs and also another on his own.

Garcia (L, 1-3, 5.93 in AAA) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Combined record this year A+/AA/AAA: 5-9, 4.29, but 147 K in 98 2/3 IP. He’s only 20. Some more time at AAA, cut down on the walks, lower the ERA and …

AA: Trenton (64-54) won 7-5. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. CF Matt Lipka 2 hits.   James Reeves, Brooks Kriske and Daniel Alvarez combined for five scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

High A: Tampa (52-64) lost 9-0. LF Pablo Olivares 2 of Tampa’s 6 hits. Rough outing for starter Clarke Schmidt, 7 R in 3 IP.

Low A: Charleston (61-58) only gave up two hits, but lost 2-1. C Eduardo Navas 3 hits. 2B Eduardo Torreabla 2 hits.

Harold Cortijo (L, 4-3, 2.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K.
Aaron McGarity 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.19

 

 

Minor League Report. Nice pitching tonight.

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AAA: SWB (63-48) beat Lehigh Valley 9-6. LF Clint Frazier 3 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. DH Mike Ford 2 hits, RBI. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, 3 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (59-51) won 2-0 on a four-hitter. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits.

Nick Nelson (W, 6-2, 2.61) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Kriske (H, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.37
D. Alvarez (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.70

High A: Tampa (48-59) won 2-0 on a TEN-hit shutout. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 3 hits, RBI.

Otto 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.43
Stephan (W, 2-3; 4.40) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (55-56) won 2-1.   CF Brandon Lockridge solo HR.  LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, (.325). RF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits.

Y. Gomez 2 2/3 IP, 0 R 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.15
Lehnen (W, 4-1, 2.45) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Myatt (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   4.14

Minor League Report. Deivi so-so in SWB loss. Tampa’s Stephan throws a 7-inning no-hitter. Gil impresses again.

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AAA: With trade rumors swirling as we approach the trade deadline, I wonder how many scouts were in attendance to watch Deivi Garcia? How many not only here but elsewhere (see Luis Gil below) checking out players for a possible deal?

SWB (60-44) lost 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, solo HR.

Deivi Garcia (AAA L, 1-1, 5.14) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.

Garcia is just 20, the youngest player in AAA. For the season, A+-AA and AAA, he is 5-6, but with a 3.38 ERA and 128 K in 82 2/3 IP.

AA: Trenton (55-47) won 2-1. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI.

Starter Nick Nelson (W, 5-2, 2.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Lane (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.89
Kriske (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.54

High A: Tampa (46-57) swept a DH, and Trevor Stephan hrew a 7-inning no-hitter in the regularly scheduled game. (Minor league DHs are 7-inning games)

Reg. Sched. Game: Won 2-0. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. DH Alexander Palma 2-run HR for the only runs of the game. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits.

Trevor Stephan (W, 1-3, 5.48) 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 9 K. Only an error by 1B Stephen Sensley kept this from being a perfect game.

Makeup of 7/25 rainout: Won 4-3. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI.

Luis Gil (W, 1-0, 3.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Blanton (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.24

Gil is 21, RHP. Between Low A Charleston and High A Tampa, 5-5, 2.43 this season. 117 K in 89 innings. Besides Deivi Garcia, another kid to keep an eye on.

Low A: Charleston (51-54) lost 4-3. CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits, RBI.

Here is hoping the very young Deivi Garcia and also Luis Gil continue to develop. Could both be future rotation fixtures? Let’s hope the Yanks develop these kids well. Hopefully they won’t have to be included in a deal.