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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. SWB 1 up with 2 to go.

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AAA: SWB (74-64) won 9-4 to take a one-game lead in the International League North with two games to go.

LF Clint Frazier 2 hits, RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 RBI, 2-run (.315-26-66). 3B Breyvic Valera 2 hits. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI. SS Gosuke Katoh grand slam, 4 RBI. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (75-61) won 2-0. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. C Francisco Arcia 2 hits, RBI.

Starter Miguel Yajure (W, 1-0, 0.82) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2nd AA start.

Yajure, RHP, 21. Combined 2019 record (A+/AA): 9-6, 2.14. 24 games, 20 starts.

High A: Tampa cancelled. Rain.

Low A:  Charleston (72-66) won 7-2. CF Brandon Lockridge 4 hits, 2 RBI. SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 3 hits, RBI.

Cortijo (W, 5-4, 3.45) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Marinaccio (S, 4) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.18

Minor League Report. SWB still scrapping for playoff berth.

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AAA: SWB (71-62) won 7-4 in 10 innings. SS Breyvic Valera (.321) 2 hits, RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, RBI. DH Ryan McBroom 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR in top of the 10th. (.319-23-61). 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI, solo HR.

Nick Nelson 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 8 K.  3.94

but Deivi Garcia struggled in relief. 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.25. Gave up 1 HR.

Ben Heller, coming back from injury, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings. 1.13

SWB is tied with the Syracuse Mets for first place in the International League North. The loser would NOT get a wild card berth.

AA: Trenton (73-59) won 5-1. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Starter Miguel Yajure 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.69

Combined season for Yajure: Tampa and Trenton: 8-6, 2.23, 21, RHP.

Trenton is already playoff–bound, having won their division’s first-half title.

High A: Tampa (62-70) won 4-3. DH Steven Sensley solo HR. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (68-65) won 6-2. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits. LF Canaan Smith 3-run HR (.305). 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.  2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

Rony Contreras (W, 11-5, 3.49) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Minor League Report. Big Valera HR, great pitching.

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AAA: SWB (69-60) won 4-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI. Breyvic Valera (.317 at AAA) PH 2-run GW HR in the bottom of the 8th.

Nelson 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K.  4.91
Lyons 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.12
Feyereisen (W, 9-2, 2.70) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (69-58) won 4-0. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

Schmidt (W, 1-0, 3.75) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Carter (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.64
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.66

Schmidt combined minors this year: 5-5, 3.76

High A: Tampa (59-66) won 4-3. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, scored 2 runs.

Yajure 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.26  (21, RHP, 8-6, good reports on him from scouts)
Valdez (W, 1-3, 7.76) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (67-61) won 1-0 in a game that featured five hits combined, three by Charleston, two by West Virginia. 3B Welfrin Mateo the RBI.

Maciejewski (W, 2-1, 1.35) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K.
C. Espinal (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.47

 

Minor League Report. SWB loses wild slugfest, 13-12. Wins for AA, A+, A.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (65-56) lost a wild one, 13-12. After five innings, SWB was down 7-2. They scored 8 runs in the seventh and led 12-8 after 7. But they gave up 2 in the eighth, 2 in the 9th, and 1 in the tenth to lose the game.

SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR, CF Trey Amburgey.

AA: Trenton (65-55) won 8-1. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 RBI. CF Matt Lipka 3 hits.

Stephan (W, 2-4, 5.74) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Bristo 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.78
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.26
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.88

High A: Tampa (55-64) won 11-4. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits. DH Alexander Palma 4 RBI–Grand Slam. SS Diego Castillo 2 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Starter Miguel Yajure (W, 8-6, 2.15) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.

Low A:  Charleston (64-58) won 3-1 on a two-hitter.

Starter Roansy Contreras (W, 9-5, 3.62) 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lehnen (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.33

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (64-50) lost 5-3 in 10 innings. LF Clint Frazier solo HR, good defense. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.  RF Trey Amburgey solo HR. 2B Wendell Rijo solo HR.

Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. AAA ERA is 6.26.

He’s just 20. Don’t rush him. Probably needs a full year (more?) at AAA.

AA: Trenton (59-54) lost 4-3. 1B Chris Gittens 2-run HR. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (52-59) won 7-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 3 RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, RBI. RF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, RBI.

Miguel Yajure (W, 7-6, 2.04) 5 1/3 relief innings, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Low A: Charleston (58-57) lost 4-1. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. DH Josh Stowers 2 hits. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits.

Starter Luis Medina 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K.