According to the NY Post, the Yankees have added Brian Bruney and Eric Hinske to their World Series roster. They’ll replace Francisco Cervelli and Freddy Guzman. I think most would agree that these additions are good moves. Hinske is a solid bench bat that can help out at Citizen’s Bank Park and, although you never know with Bruney, at this point, he’s more useful than Freddy Guzman. I’m also assuming that Jose Molina won’t catch Burnett this series, making him the backup for every game (meaning Cervelli is expendable).… Click here to read the rest
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
From Joel Sherman:
The Yankees are likely to have the home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs, and with that comes the right to pick a first-round series in which they have multiple off-days that allow them to go with three starters. With the extra off-days they need no more than a seven-man bullpen. Thus, they can have 15 position players or six extra men on the bench.
The locks are Gardner, Jerry Hairston and Jose Molina. That leaves three open slots to pick among Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Eric Hinske, Shelly Duncan and Guzman. Do the Yanks feel they need a lefty power bat (Hinske), a righty power bat (Duncan), a second extra infielder who can run a bit (Pena), a third catcher (Cervelli) that would allow them to more liberally run for Jorge Posada and Jose Molina or a pure speed guy (Guzman).
I think the Yankees will take 11 pitchers, with CC, AJ, Pettitte, Joba, Mariano, Hughes, Coke, Marte, Robertson, Bruney, and Aceves making the cut.… Click here to read the rest
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
Via Marc Carig, we learn that the Yankees have acquired Freddy Guzman (not Christian Guzman) from the Orioles for a PTBNL. Guzman’s wheels appear to be his best asset, as his offense is extremely limited (I use that phrase kindly). Carig notes that Guzman will head to Scranton.
Also, from Jon Heyman, we learn that the Yankees have inquired about Arizona’s Jon Garland (along with the Rockies). Garland has a 3.86 ERA since the All-Star break, but, in the end, he’s still Jon Garland. He’s a rubber arm without much use beyond that and, when one considers his less than impressive performance in the NL West, it seems doubtful that he could serve as an actual upgrade over Gaudin or Mitre (or Aceves, or anyone). If a trade is to occur, however, it’ll have to be tonight in order for him to be available for the postseason.