Quick hit: Yankees acquire Reid Brignac

Reid Brignac, come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Yankees Need a Warm Body!

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted that the Yankees have acquired the utility infielder from the Colorado Rockies. Brignac was designated for assignment by the Rockies earlier this week and he was also let go by the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this spring.

The Rockies are receiving $75,000 in cash considerations. Brignac is a utility infielder whose best position is shortstop. He batted .250/.294/.375/.669 with one home run and six RBI with the Rockies this season.

UPDATE: 

The Yankees have designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.

Gonzalez was acquired by the Yankees two weeks ago but only had only nine plate appearances. He also pitched in relief during that awful game I had the misfortune of attending on Wednesday night. Continue reading Quick hit: Yankees acquire Reid Brignac

Today’s Yankees Lineup: 5/18/13

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

Well, isn’t this lineup starting to shape up? With Nix getting hot, and Adams showing off a well in his debut, the Yankees actually have a pretty deep lineup against Toronto’s Brandon Morrow. It’s been two weeks since Morrow pitched, due to neck and back issues, and he’ll face off against David Phelps this afternoon at 1:05 PM.
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#HIROK: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 0

What’s the best way for the Yankees to stop a mini-slide? Well, so far in 2013, the cure to all of the Yankees’ ills is to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

I jokingly titled tonight’s game thread as “Do the Yankees always play the Blue Jays?” And part of me was annoyed because I’m sick of them already and it’s only mid-May. Now, I realize I was being silly after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory.

Hiroki KurodaEarlier today, the Yankees got the news that Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day DL because of his trapezius strain (IT’S A TRAP!) and after dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners, they needed Hiroki Kuroda to continue what he’s been doing pretty much all season and that is to come out and shut down the Blue Jays lineup.

And that’s just what he did.

He lasted eight innings and only allowed two hits. This is the fourth straight start that Kuroda’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs or less. What he has done for this ball club during his tenure he has been remarkable. He was the team’s ace last year when CC Sabathia and Pettitte were lost to injuries.

Once again, Kuroda is picking up the slack and is emerging as the ace.

For the Blue Jays, starter Mark Buehrle, who usually has trouble with the Yankees, actually started off pretty strong, he scattered two runs in the first six innings on three hits. The Yankees finally broke through against him in the seventh when Austin Romine hit an RBI double that scored David Adams. Buehrle was taken out and replaced by Aaron Loup. Brett Gardner hit an RBI single that scored Ichiro Suzuki and allowed Romine to advance to third. Jayson Nix came up and hit a sacrifice fly to score Romine.

All of those runs were Buehrle’s. He finished his day having given up five runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.

Preston Claiborne came in to pitch the ninth and made things exciting by giving up two hits but he also struck out one and didn’t allow the Jays to score.

Some notes from Katie Sharp on Twitter (if you are not following her, you really should be):

  • Buehrle has now lost 8 straight decisions vs Yankees, the longest active losing streak by a pitcher vs Yankees
  • Since start of 2012, Kuroda has 5 starts with 8+ scoreless IP. Only other AL pitcher with more is King Felix (8). That’s good company.
  • David Adams is the 1st Yankee with an XBH in 2 of his first 3 career games since Steve Balboni in 1981!

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Pettitte To The DL, Nuno Recalled

After last night’s trap tightness, the Yankees have decided to place Andy Pettitte on their 15-day DL. Cashman was quoted by Mark Feinsand as saying that the starter was “pretty spasm’d up on Thursday“, “I would rather resolve this and give it the time,” and “This is the safe play. … Thankfully it’s minor.” Sounds to me like it’s a re-injury of his back issue from April, although that was supposed to be lower back. To take Pettitte’s spot, they’ll recall Vidal Nuno from Scranton, who was stellar against the Indians in Monday’s double header.

Meanwhile, Chris Stewart is only day-to-day with his groin injury.
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Prepping For The Draft

The MLB First-Year Player Draft is one of the biggest crapshoots in all of sports. The chances of a top 100 pick out of college reaching the majors is usually less than 50%, and that mark goes down when we’re drafting highschoolers. Matt Eddy at Baseball America crunched the numbers for the top 100 picks from 1989 to 2008, and has the odds for position players reaching the 40-man roster, the majors, and/or becoming impact players. (minimum of 10 career WAR) The numbers are low, and that’s why very few baseball fans even follow the MLB draft. There are simply too many names and too many risks involved with the 40 round three day event, and most casual baseball watchers simply don’t have the time or interest to follow it.

But if there was ever a time to follow the draft as a Yankee fan, this is the year. The Yankees will have three first round picks, one at 26 overall, and two supplemental first round picks at 32 and 33 thanks to the departures of Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano. As we grow closer to draft day on June 6th, we’ll continue to update you on any major changes to top prospect lists, any connections with the team, or any major mock drafts or scouting reports that emerge over that time. There’s less than three weeks until draft day arrives, so here are some links to get started learning about what this year offers.

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