Whelan – Yanks’ Last Tie to Sheffield

There was little surprise this week when Kevin Whelan was designated for assignment. After Hiroki Kuroda passed his physical to seal his one-year deal with the New York Yankees, room was needed on the 40-man roster. Whelan was the most obvious choice to go. We’ll have to see what this means for Whelan as both the player and the team have less than two weeks to decide their options. Whelan can either be traded, released or head back to the Yankees’ minor league system if he clears waivers. That final option can be refused and allow Whelan to purse other options as a free agent. Whelan is the last remaining tie to the Gary Sheffield era as Whelan was one of the three players the Yankees obtained from the Detroit Tigers for Sheffield (along with Anthony Claggett and Humberto Sanchez) in a traded concluded on November 10, 2006.

It seems strange to look back on the Sheffield years now that we are six years removed from them. Each season seems like an epic drama, especially in New York. We become wrapped up in a season’s story lines and live them out each day until the season is over. 2006 seems like a bad dream in retrospect. In 2006, it had been six years since the Yankees had won a World Series title. Joe Torre was under increased scrutiny despite his ninth straight American East title. The scrutiny was maximized as the Yankees again lost their first post season series that year to the Tigers, three games to one. It was the second straight season the Yankees’ post season had gone one and out. Torre would only last one more season.

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Pirates claim Claggett

From MLBTR, we learn that the Pirates have claimed Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees. Claggett was designated for assignment on the 14th in order to free up a roster spot on the 40-man for speedster Freddy Guzman. The Pirates already have Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen, and Jeff Karstens pitching for them, so why not bring in another Yankee arm (or two, or three)?

Yanks call up Guzman, DFA Claggett

From Chad Jennings: In a move that seemed to catch every player in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees clubhouse offguard, the New York Yankees called up speedy outfielder Freddy Guzman this morning. To make room for Guzman on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Anthony Claggett (right) was designated for assignment. The move makes Claggett ineligible for the Triple-A playoff roster. He’s going home tomorrow and he’ll wait there to find out whether he clears waivers, gets picked up or is traded for the second time in his career. Guzman was acquired at the end of August and looks to serve the team Continue reading Yanks call up Guzman, DFA Claggett

Six more starts for Joba?

Well, I guess it’s 5 starts after today’s game against Texas. From George King III (NY Post): Joba Chamberlain isn’t wild about the innings limit on his right arm and how it has led to long stretches of inactivity in the second half. But he admits his arm is in very good shape. “I feel great,” said Chamberlain, who starts tomorrow night against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. “I feel a lot better at the beginning of the year. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.” Chamberlain last worked Aug. 16 at Seattle and will be going on eight days rest Continue reading Six more starts for Joba?

Pena Called Up, Claggett Sent Down

Peter Abraham has the news, reporting that Pena is up for Claggett. This gives the Yankees incredible flexibility on the bench, with Jerry Hairston Jr. and Pena both being able to play multiple positions adequately. When Brett Gardner returns, I would expect that Pena be sent back down. In regard to the pitching staff, Chad Gaudin will join the club on Sunday, and one of Mark Melancon and David Robertson is likely to go down to Scranton. I think the Yankees have seemed intent on keeping Melancon with the big club, and he will stay. However, whichever of the two Continue reading Pena Called Up, Claggett Sent Down

Aceves Promoted

Per Peter Abraham, the Yankees have promoted Alfredo Aceves to the bigs today, sending down Anthony Claggett.  Much has been made about the Yankees’ lack of a long reliever on the roster this season, and Aceves will certainly fill that role.  I think promoting Aceves at this time makes sense given the possibility of a rain delay today (which could cause the Yankees to pull Hughes after a long delay, even if it’s only a few innings in), and he could be nice to have while the Yankee rotation is pitching inconsistently.  However, I think the importance of a long Continue reading Aceves Promoted

Revisiting The Gary Sheffield Trade

According to MLBTR, the Tigers released Gary Sheffield today, eating the 14 million dollars he is owed for 2009 rather than have him remain on the roster. This got me to thinking about the trade that the Yankees made with the Tigers after the 2006 season, in which the Yankees sent Sheff to Detroit for Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett. The Yankees had traded for Bobby Abreu close to the trade deadline in 2006, a season in which Sheff played 39 games. This made Sheffield a spare part, and many believed the Yankees would decline the 13M dollar Continue reading Revisiting The Gary Sheffield Trade