Quick Hit: Yankees Sign MiL Utility Man Jonathan Galvez

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Courtesy of MiLB,com

Props to Mike Axisa for noticing this before anybody else did.  In addition to their Rule 5 protection moves last Thursday, the Yankees also signed 23-year-old utility player Jonathan Galvez to a Minor League contract.  Galvez, formerly of the Padre organization, has never played in a Major League game.  He spent the last 2 seasons in Triple-A and he hit .280/.354/.449 with 10 HR, 55 R, and 52 RBI in 103 games (389 PA) this past season.

Because the deal is a MiL one, Galvez did not have to be added to the 40-man roster, although it’s a safe bet that he received an invitation to Spring Training.  The Yankees are in dire need of help at multiple infield positions and Galvez could sneak up and steal a bench job with a strong ST.  He started his career off as a second baseman/shortstop, but he’s played more third base and corner outfield recently.

There’s a lot of Yangervis Solarte in this situation.  …

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Quick hit: The Yankees are still looking for a hitting coach

When the Yankees fired Kevin Long last month, it seemed like the hunt for a new hitting coach could be quick and easy. There were candidates for the job, discussions with Raul Ibanez, interviews with guys like Dave Magadan and Chili Davis,now and then nothing. Ibanez is on the “short list” for the Tampa managerial job, Magadan didn’t get the job, Davis took the Red Sox job and even after interviewing internal candidates like Marcus Thames and minor league hitting instructor James Rowson, the Yankees are no closer to getting a hitting coach than they were a month ago. Long recovered quickly, accepting the Mets’ hitting coach job two weeks after being fired by the Yanks.

So what gives? It’s probably nothing monumental, the Yankees are more than likely just being picky about who they hire.

GM Brian Cashman told reporters in Phoenix that he doesn’t have a timetable for making a new hire and that he has also toyed with the idea of creating a position for an assistant hitting coach.…

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Quick hit: Yanks sign De Paula

The Yankees signed left hander Jose De Paula to a one-year split deal. Per Joel Sherman it works out to $510,000 if he’s in the majors and $175,000 if he stays in the minors. Sherman also tweeted that, De Paula hits 95 mph and they (the Yanks) like that he has an option left, so can be sent to minors.

De Paula last pitched for the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Coast League and was 4-3 with 4.21 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts) in 2014.

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Quick hit: Robertson turns down Yanks’ qualifying offer

This isn’t shocking (because no one ever accepts a qualifying offer):

I know this doesn’t mean that the Yankees will be losing D-Rob because he could eventually negotiate and sign a new deal but also this means he’s opted to explore free agency. On the plus side, the Yankees aren’t losing a draft pick, right?

Update: Per Joel Sherman – Yankees will get a sandwich draft pick between 1st and 2d round of the draft if Robertson leaves.

Well, there you go.

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Quick hit: Yanks interested in Elvis Andrus?

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Courtesy of strainedhammy.com

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Things were relatively quiet for the Yankees and their fans with the only really big news being Chris Young signing a one-year deal to come back to the team.

Now that it’s Monday and people have awoken from their weekend slumber, more reports are emerging about other Yankee related items.

For instance, Joe Sherman is reporting that the Yanks may have an interest in Elvis Andrus as a Derek Jeter replacement. I’m not sure how I feel about this, mainly because I literally woke up at 11:30 and started writing this post at 11:44 and haven’t had time to digest this news. Sherman says they are “intrigued” by Andrus and that they like the idea of a 26-year-old to replace Jeter. But on the flip side they also have to consider the fact that Andrus signed an 8-year/$122M extension that doesn’t begin until 2015 and runs through 2022 and they already have a problem with too many long term contracts affecting the team in negative ways.…

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Quick Hit: Yanks Decline Then Re-Sign Andrew Bailey

Good stuff from Chad Jennings here.  We knew the Yankees had a decision to make on Andrew Bailey’s 2015 option and there it is.  The team declined the option, saving themselves a few mil towards this year’s payroll, then re-signed Bailey to a MiL deal.  This gives him the chance to continue rehabbing his shoulder injury and keeps the Yankees’ chances of getting something useful from him alive.  Pretty smart.

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Hey Look! An A-Rod Story That Actually Matters!

Feinsand keeps playing chess while everybody else is playing “I hate A-Rod” checkers.  He filed a report late last night that was chock full of useful, timely, relevant information on Alex Rodriguez.  Stuff like updates on what he’s been doing lately to prepare for next season:

“A source close to Rodriguez told The News Wednesday that the former AL MVP has been working out ‘like a fiend,’ hitting several days a week at the University of Miami among other places.”

What he’s been doing for months to stay in shape and get ready for his return:

“Rodriguez has been hitting, taking grounders and going through an all-around conditioning program for months, the source said, doing everything within his power to be ready for spring training.”

And a direct quote from one of his teammates on how he feels about A-Rod rejoining the team and the locker room next year:

“Guys in the clubhouse, we’re there for one reason; we’re trying to play baseball and trying to do the best we can as a team, make it into October and win a World Series,” Gardner said.

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Quick Hit: Brett Gardner Had Surgery On A Muscle I Probably Don’t Have

So I guess that answers the question of what was wrong with Gardner’s abdominal area in the second half of the season.  Sounds like something that would be painful to walk around with, let alone swing a baseball bat, run around, and throw a ball as hard as you can.  This certainly lends some explanation to Gardner’s second-half offensive fade and lack of stolen bases, and it’s good to know that he’s going to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.

Bigger picture though, is this late-season injury thing starting to become a trend with Gardner?  Without looking it up, I feel like he’s ended 3 or 4 seasons with a bunch of nagging injuries that have left him playing at far less than 100% and killed his production.  He’s not a huge guy and he plays the game very aggressively, so some of it is just the natural result of playing the game every day for 6 months.  …

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Quick Hit: Brandon McCarthy, Twitter Savant

Earlier today, grit extraordinaire Ryan Theriot had some not-so-smart words for Dodgers fans that were excited about the hiring of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi:

Aaron Gleeman pointed out the foolishness of this statement less than an hour later, as countless successful GMs have “never played the game.” This includes the Yankees own Brian Cashman, for example – a man that has been kind of successful. Several people have come forward with several additional responses, as is the norm for Twitter. And, of course, it didn’t take too long for most to realize that Theriot was speaking out of his backside.

The best reaction to this silliness, however, came from Brandon McCarthy:

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