Quick hit: Solarte makes the team, Nunez to AAA

Yangervis Solarte won the final roster spot and Eduardo Nunez was optioned to Triple-A.

The Yankees do not have to make a final 40-man roster move until Tuesday but this is pretty big. A lot of people were wondering if the Yankees’ “allegiance” to Nunez would play a role in the decision but apparently it hasn’t.

Congratulations to Solarte who had himself a very strong Spring.

Here is your updated 25-man roster:

1. C Brian McCann
2. 1B Mark Teixeira
3. 2B Brian Roberts
4. SS Derek Jeter
5. 3B Kelly Johnson
6. LF Brett Gardner
7. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
8. RF Carlos Beltran
9. DH Alfonso Soriano
10. OF Ichiro Suzuki
11. C Francisco Cervelli
12. IF Dean Anna
13. IF Yangervis Solarte
14. SP1 CC Sabathia
15. SP2 Hiroki Kuroda
16. SP3 Ivan Nova
17. SP4 Masahiro Tanaka
18. SP5 Michael Pineda
19. CL David Robertson
20. RHRP Shawn Kelley
21. RHRP David Phelps
22. RHRP Adam Warren

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The Elephant Seal Paradox


In the first chapter of The Darwin Economy, Cornell economist Robert Frank uses Charles Darwin’s analysis of elephant seal populations to explain the difference between the beneficent forces of healthy competition and the disastrous repercussions of blind self-interest. Darwin found that the primary determinant for mating privileges among male elephant seals was shear size. When two males quarreled over a harem, the larger one usually won. However, that same girth also made seals attractive to predators. The bigger the seal, the more likely he was to be eaten by a shark. Thus, Darwin postulated, elephant seals were actually selecting themselves into extinction. As the species grew larger, the population of males to reach mating age grew smaller. Natural selection, but not rational selection.

The lesson of the elephant seal, according to Frank, applies to the “invisible hand” of free enterprise as well. While markets are supposed to channel self-interest for the common good, sometimes what benefits the individual comes at the expense of the community, even the expense of civilization itself.…

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Game Thread: Yankees vs Marlins 3/29/14 RAINED OUT

As Mark Feinsand tweeted a little while ago, today will be Derek Jeter’s final game at George M. Steinbrenner Field and there will be a ceremony at 12:55 p.m. to mark the occasion. It’s going to be the first in a bunch of final moments and ceremonies for Jeter in 2014.

It’s also the final Spring Training game for the Yankees. Next up, Opening Day in Houston!

Here’s your Yankee lineup:
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran DH
McCann C
Teixeira 1B
Soriano RF
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

Nova P

Hmmm Gardner 7th? McCann clean up? Jeter still at two? Eh, it’s still Spring Training.

As I was perusing through some links this morning, I came across this blurb from Chad Jennings on the Lohud Yankees Blog:

Dean Anna is getting a taste of what it’s like to be Jeter’s teammate. This morning, Jeter was giving Anna a hard time about NCAA Tournament picks. It was both merciless and hilarious.

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The Yankees’ last roster spot is a real puzzle

Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reported on the last roster spot and what he reported is mind-blowing. We already know that Dean Anna has made the team and that Joe Girardi hates tweets. But if Matthews is on top of the last roster spot situation, the Yankees have a very...

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Jedd Gyorko Spills The Beans; Anna Makes The Yankees

Ex-teammate, Jedd Gyorko of the Padres tweeted out a congratulations to Dean Anna a little prematurely. Anna has made the Yankees’ 25-man roster, earning the 24th spot and the first infield utility spot on the 2014 Yankees. The left-handed hitter is highly versatile in the field, with experience in every position that’s not catcher, center fielder, or pitcher. (Though he’s made it clear he’s willing to catch if necessary.)

Anna is a very patient hitter, and walked 277 times in the minor leagues, compared to 294 strikeouts. He showed this patience in Spring Training, and his 6 walks earned him a .268/.375/.293 average. Anna also had a little bit of pop in his bat, but you wouldn’t know it from his minor league home run totals. Despite playing in the Pacific Coast League and Texas League, two hitter friendly environments, both ballparks he played in over the last 3 seasons, San Antonio and Tucson, are very pitcher-friendly against left-handed hitters.…

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Game Thread: Yankees vs Marlins 3/28/14

It’s the last Friday of Spring Training! Next Friday will be filled with real baseball! I’M SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT.

Here are your lineups:

Christian Yelich LF
Jeff Baker 2B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Derek Dietrich DH
Casey McGehee 3B
Marcell Ozuna CF
Donovan Solano SS

Kevin Slowey RHP

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

As I said earlier in the lineup thread, Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to be the first guy out of the bullpen.

Quick note: There is no Yankee TV coverage of this game.

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Betances And Nuno Are The Final Additions To The 2014 Bullpen

The Yankees had quite a few options left in camp to fill the final two bullpen spots on the 25-man roster. Matt Daley, Shane Greene, and Cesar Cabral each pitched well enough to remain with the big league club in March. The Yankees have decided to go with the left-handed Vidal Nuno and hard throwing Dellin Betances, each of which pitched well enough to earn their respective spots.

According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees are still worried about how well Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda will respond to the rotation. Tanaka now has to deal with shorter rest between starters, while Pineda is coming off his shoulder injury, so the risk is undoubtedly there. For that reason, the team will bring all three starters in David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Nuno with them as long men. It’ll also allow them to keep start pitcher’s pitch counts down. In the case of Pineda or Tanaka, the Yankees may want to limit him to 80-90 pitches in the first month of the season, and then bring in one of their long men to prevent injury risk and keep his innings down.…

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Quick hit: The Return of Aceves

According to Ken Davidoff:

Alfredo Aceves has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees.”


“Aceves will be In the Scranton starting rotation. He can opt out of his deal on July 1.”


He was signed as a free agent by Baltimore in January and opted out of his contract after being told he wasn’t making the Opening Day roster.

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MLB, MLBPA Introduce More Testing And Harsher Drug Penalties

After the Biogenesis fiasco of 2013 and Alex Rodriguez’s 162-game suspension for 2014, MLB and its players wanted stronger drug testing and longer suspensions for player’s caught in violation of the JDA.

Well, it’s happened.

Both entities announced today that they’ve agreed on changes to MLB’s drug testing program.

Here are the revised testing procedures:

  • The number of in-season random urine collections will more than double beginning in the 2014 season (from 1,400 to 3,200), which are in addition to the mandatory urine collections that every player is subjected to both during Spring Training and the Championship Season. This represents the largest increase in testing frequency in the Program’s history.
  • Blood collections for hGH detection – which remains the most significant hGH blood testing program of its kind in American professional sports – will increase to 400 random collections per year, in addition to the 1,200 mandatory collections conducted during Spring Training.
  • Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) will be randomly performed on at least one specimen from every player in addition to any IRMS test that the laboratory conducts as a result of the parties’ longitudinal profiling program (which was implemented prior to the 2013 season) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines for conducting IRMS.
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