Well I guess 23 out of 25 ain't bad, huh? I thought I had it nailed down this morning, but the Yankees hit me (and I'm sure many others) with a few surprises today. I covered some of this on the AB4AR Page earlier, but here's a quick recap of the day's roster events.
- David Phelps was named the long man out of the bullpen. I preferred D.J. Mitchell but you really can't say this is a bad choice. Phelps probably is a better pitcher than Mitchell and I always say bring your 25 best.
- Francisco Cervelli was NOT named the backup catcher. Instead, he will be heading to Triple-A to replace Austin Romine while Romine recovers from his back injury.
- Replacing Cervelli on the 25-man will be former Snan Francisco Giant and Yankee MiL catcher Chris Stewart. Stewart is an all-field/no-hit catcher if ever there was one, and he cost the Yankees George Kontos to get. Kontos was possibly undervalued as a potential relief arm, but not a huge loss.
- OF Justin Maxwell was designated for assignment, a move that wasn't surprising but a bit disappointing considering what he brings to the table as bench insurance for Andruw Jones. There's no chance he slips through the cracks like C-Dick did. Even if he clears waivers, Maxwell can choose free agency over a Triple-A assignment.
- IF Bill Hall was granted his release. He didn't have an out in his contract, but he requested it and the Yankees honored that request. One less thing I'll have to complain about this season.
- 3 other guys on MiL deals- Doug Bernier, Jayson Nix, and Dewayne Wise- were not offered roster spots by other teams and so will be retained as emergency depth in Triple-A.
Olney: Hot commodities in the relief pitching market
58 minutes ago