Whelan – Yanks’ Last Tie to Sheffield

Despite winning 97 games in 2006, the Yankees were a flawed baseball team. Andy Phillips played 110 games and Miguel Cairo played 81 times. First base was a wasteland of Phillips and Craig Wilson as the Yankees were reluctant to give Jason Giambi many starts there. Randy Johnson won 17 games but finished with a 5.00 ERA. Two of the five rotation starters were guys like Jaret Wright and Shawn Chacon. It was the season that Bernie Williams lost his starting job as a center fielder and it proved to be his last season in pinstripes.

Much of that season became a drama around Gary Sheffield. Sheffield was no stranger to drama as he always found ways to irritate people with the things he said and how his personality was perceived. But 2006 was doubly so because Sheffield missed most of it. After a 5 WAR season in 2005 which was terrific offensively (if not defensively), Sheffield’s absence was a problem.… Click here to read the rest

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)?… Click here to read the rest

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 as a pinch runner upon his arrival. Since joining Scranton, he has stolen 7 bases in 6 games (this season, he has stolen 45 bases while being caught 9 times). Though it is a strange move since they had to DFA Claggett in order to make room for Guzman—a nobody—I like the speed that they’re adding off the bench.… Click here to read the rest

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 tomorrow. Chamberlain says he will get six more starts this year and if he averages the 5 2/3innings per start he has in 23 games so far that will get him to 160 2/3 innings for the season. That’s more than the 140-innings set in spring training but a total the Yankees wouldn’t be uncomfortable with.

If the Yankees truly cement their AL East lead as the regular season comes to a close, maybe Joba’s final few starts can be given to someone else so that the team can limit his innings total as much as possible, prior to the playoffs.… Click here to read the rest

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 the Yankees choose to send down may not be gone for long. If Gaudin takes Sergio Mitre’s rotation spot, we may see Mitre jettisoned in favor of the previously discarded reliever. It should be interesting to keep an eye on.… Click here to read the rest

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 reliever in general is overrated, but it could be helpful in a rotation with 2 young pitchers in Joba and Hughes starting back to back.

Aceves is coming off an excellent start, pitching 8 shutout innings and striking out 6 while allowing just 3 hits and a walk.  On the season, he is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA, and 18 strikeouts against 5 walks in 23 2/3 innings. … Click here to read the rest

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 option that they had on Gary. Instead, Brian Cashman picked up the option so as to get something for a proven commodity like Sheffield. One week later, the deal with the Tigers was done. Here is what Keith Law had to say at the time about the three guys the Yankees got:

In exchange for Sheffield, the Yankees get some much-needed pitching depth in their farm system, acquiring three power arms who all rank among the hardest throwers in the Yankee organization.

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