The Yankees announced that they have designated Jose De Paula for assignment. The move allows the Bombers to reinstate Ivan Nova from the 60-day disabled list following his rehab assignment.
The Yankees signed De Paula to a 1-year major league contract back in November. The split contract called for the left-hander to earn $510K for pitching in the majors and $175K in the minors. De Paula, 27, owns a 3.77 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 over 470 career innings in the minors. In total, De Paula made just 3 appearances for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate this season.
As the MLBTR DFA Tracker shows, there are now 5 players in DFA limbo: Scott Atchison, Phillippe Aumont, Hector Noesi, Jeff Bianchi and De Paula.
The Yankees will get a first-hand look at Cole Hamels later today when the Phillies’ ace takes the hill for the series finale between the two clubs at Yankee Stadium, and Newsday’s David Lennon writes that they’ll be paying close attention to his performance, as the Yankees haven’t ruled out a pursuit of Hamels on the trade market.
The cost to acquire Hamels, both financially and prospect-wise, would be significant, but Lennon hears that such obstacles don’t necessarily preclude interest on the Yankees’ behalf. The Yankees have a full rotation at the moment, with Ivan Nova coming off the disabled list to join Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi and Adam Warren. Of course, there are persistent injury concerns with both Tanaka and Pineda, and the team will likely want to monitor the workloads of both Nova (one year removed from Tommy John) and Warren, who has thrown a combined 155 2/3 innings over the past two seasons.
Obviously, this report is preliminary in nature, so it’s best not to get too carried away with speculation, but one would imagine that the Phillies would express interest in the list of usual suspects that sit atop the Yankees’ prospect rankings. Right-hander Luis Severino, right fielder Aaron Judge, first baseman Greg Bird and shortstop Jorge Mateo are among the most highly regarded Yankees prospects. Further lending some insight into the possibilities, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote this morning that the Phillies’ preference seems to be to add offensive prospects, preferably ones that are reasonably close to the Majors.
Hamels is guaranteed $86.2MM through the guaranteed portion of his contract, which ends in the 2018 season. He’ll have $12.66MM remaining on this year’s $22.5MM salary following tonight’s start, plus $22.5MM annually from 2016-18. He has a club/vesting option for the 2019 season that is valued at $20MM and comes with a $6MM buyout. While there’s been speculation that Hamels would want that option guaranteed to approve a deal to a club on his no-trade list, that’s not an issue for the Yankees, because they are one of two American League clubs that are not on Hamels’ no-trade list. (The Rangers, who have also been connected to Hamels in the past 24 hours, are also pre-approved by the left-hander.)
The Yankees’ interest in Hamels dates back to the offseason, where one report even indicated that they’d come the closest to acquiring Hamels. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that talks between New York and Philadelphia reached advanced stages. It doesn’t appear that the Phillies came all that close to trading Hamels in general this past winter. But, by waiting until July, Amaro may have upped his leverage, as his ace figures to be far more coveted over the next five weeks than he was at the tail end of the offseason.
The Pirates have designated Jose Tabata for assignment, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (on Twitter).
The outfielder once looked like a future cornerstone player but he has fallen off in recent seasons. Last year, Tabata’s struggles resulted in him being outrighted off the 40-man roster. In 41 plate appearances this year, Tabata hit just .289/.341/.289. He fared much better in Triple-A, however, slashing .352/.422/.396 with 11 walks against just 8 strikeouts over 102 turns at the plate.
Tabata’s deal calls for him to earn the prorated portion of $4MM this year and $4.5MM next season under the early-career extension that he signed. Back in May, Bucs GM Neal Huntington indicated that 2015 could have been Tabata’s final year in Pittsburgh.
Jose Tabata with the Tampa Yankees (Flordia State League Photo)
The Yankees selected the contract of righty Esmil Rogers, who was just outrighted off the roster 2 weeks ago. Rogers has a 6.27 ERA over 33 bullpen innings for New York this season, though he has been hamstrung by a .356 BABIP and a very low 56% strand rate.
Yankees recall RHP Rogers, option Petit to Triple-A
06/28/2015 3:32 PM ET
By A.J. Herrmann
RHP Esmil Rogers recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Prior to Sunday's game, the Yankees announced they have selected RHP Esmil Rogers from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and optioned INF Gregorio Petit to the Triple-A club.
Outfielder Slade Heathcott was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Rogers, 29, appeared in 18 games for the Yankees this season, striking out 31 batters over 33 innings, with a 6.27 ERA. The 6-foot-3 righty joins a Yankees bullpen that owns the most K in the Majors with 270.
Infielder Gregorio Petit played in 18 games in 2015, managing a .184 average with 5RBI and 3 doubles.
Yankees rookie outfielder Slade Heathcott showed his natural hitting ability in the six games he played this season, claiming a .353 average in his 17 at-bats.
Heathcott landed on the disabled list with Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.
Five Thunder Players Named to Eastern League All-Star Team
Jul 1st, 2015 | By Trenton Thunder Media Relations | Category: Trenton Thunder
The Thunder, in conjunction with the Eastern League, announced today that RHP Nick Goody, RHP Eric Ruth, OF Jake Cave, 3B Eric Jagielo and C Gary Sanchez have been selected to play in the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday July 15 at Hadlock Field in Portland, ME.
RHP Nick Goody is in his first full season with the Thunder after debuting with the team on June 21, 2014. Goody, a former sixth round draft pick out of Louisiana State University in 2012, is first in the Eastern League among active, qualified relief pitchers with 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings and fourth in the league in opponents batting average with a .193 mark. Overall in 27 appearances, Goody has compiled a 1-1 record with four saves and a 1.63 ERA. The 23-year-old has recorded at least one strikeout in all but one of his appearances this season for the Thunder.
RHP Eric Ruth, a native of Harleysville, PA, was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 25-31. In that week, Ruth went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and struck out seven in 13 innings pitched. As of July 1, Ruth leads the Eastern League with a 1.97 ERA, among active and qualified pitchers, and has compiled a 5-1 record. Ruth leads the Thunder with seven quality starts (at least six innings, three runs or less) in his ten starts this season.
OF Jake Cave has been named to an All-Star team for the third time in his minor league career. In 2014, he was named a mid-season and post-season All-Star in the Florida State League while playing for the Tampa Yankees. This season with the Thunder, Cave has batted .281 with two home runs and 21 runs driven in. He has played in a team-high 72 games this season and entered the season as the No. 17 prospect in the New York Yankees system according to Baseball America.
3B Eric Jagielo, the former 26th overall selection of the New York Yankees in 2013, is second in the Eastern League in extra base hits with 31. The Downers Grove, IL native is batting .284 with nine home runs and 35 RBI this season. He entered the 2015 campaign as the No. 11 prospect in the New York Yankees system according to Baseball America.
C Gary Sanchez has been named an Eastern League All-Star for the second straight season. Sanchez, who was activated off the disabled list on June 29 (hand), is batting .251 this season with eight home runs and 29 RBI. Prior to his injury, Sanchez had driven in 22 runs in his last 24 games and was batting .284 over his previous 37 games. He entered the 2015 season as the No. 5 prospect in the New York Yankees system according to Baseball America.
The Eastern Division is comprised of the Binghamton Mets, New Britain Rock Cats, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Portland Sea Dogs, Reading Fightin’ Phils and the Thunder while the teams in the Western Division include the Akron RubberDucks, Altoona Curve, Bowie Baysox, Erie SeaWolves, Harrisburg Senators and Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The five players from the Thunder heading to the All-Star game are tied for the most by a single team in the Eastern League. For the full roster for each team, please CLICK HERE.
The Thunder continue their four-game series with the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh) tonight at 7pm at ARM & HAMMER Park. Tickets are available at Trentonthunder.com or by calling 609-394-3300.
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is shown in the dugout.(AP)
Many international players will soon have their lives changed forever.
Thursday marks the first day of this year's international signing period for Major League Baseball. Teams looking to sign the next great foreign star will be dishing out millions of dollars in hopes of picking up their own Miguel Cabrera or Giancarlo Stanton.
"As an international player, you grow up hearing about July 2 throughout your childhood," said Joel Araujo, manager of Latin American game development for MLB. "It's not just another day on the calendar. It's the beginning of the period, and for players that sign, it's the first step toward realizing the dream of becoming the next great baseball player from their country. It means a lot."
There are more than 6,000 players who will become eligible to sign a big-league contract Thursday, based on current estimates. Of those 6,000, two might sound a bit familiar to you - Vladimir Guererro Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. Both of their fathers were stars in the majors, making them potentially very attractive due to their rich pedigrees.
"This year is a deep class with lots of good players from top to bottom," Araujo said. "Clubs can get a lot of value throughout the entire class because of the talent pool that's available. It's a diverse group with players from different parts of the world. The game continues to grow globally and we as an industry are all very proud of that and we want to continue to see it evolve."
Each team will have a predetermined amount of money available to spend on these youngsters, based on winning percentages from the prior season. Teams who go over their cap will pay a luxury tax on every extra dollar spent, with the exception of league-minimum $10,000 bonuses.
The Yankees will have $2,226,800 to hand out as signing bonuses.
Andrew Bailey feels 'great' after rehab appearance for Trenton Thunder
Bailey won the AL's Rookie of the Year in 2009 and has 89 career saves
06/30/2015 12:10 AM ET
The 2009 AL Rookie of the Year, Andrew Bailey is a two-time All-Star.(Getty Images)
Yankees pitcher Andrew Bailey took an important step forward in his comeback from major shoulder surgery on Monday night.
The former All-Star closer and 2009 American League Rookie of the Year tossed 1 1/3 innings for Double-A Trenton, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and a pair of strikeouts against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
"I feel great right now," said Bailey. "I'm fortunate enough that the Yankees continue to give me the opportunity to come back from the surgery that I had."
Bailey added, "There have been a few setbacks along the way but I think that it's all part of the process. It's been very frustrating throughout the course of the last two years, but I'm here now and excited to get back out there."
The 31-year old Bailey tore a capsule and damaged the labrum in his right throwing shoulder as a member of the Red Sox and underwent shoulder surgery in July of 2013. He has not thrown a pitch in a big league game since.
Bailey came on in relief of Thunder starter Eric Ruth with one out in the seventh inning and inherited the tying run at second base. The New Jersey native, who grew up 30 minutes south of Trenton, generated a groundout and a fly-out to navigate through trouble.
In the eighth inning, Bailey surrendered a leadoff triple to the speedy Dalton Pompey that just narrowly snuck inside the right field line. With one out, Bailey bounced a fastball past catcher Gary Sanchez to allow the tying run to cross the plate.
Thunder Manager Al Pedrique came out to pull Bailey with two outs in the inning after the righty threw 33 pitches, 20 of them for strikes.
"I'm just another guy, like everybody else, I have to produce," said Bailey. "If my name is called, that would be fantastic. I think I could compete at that level or else I wouldn't be doing this, so hopefully I get that chance to help the team win at some point."
Bailey added, "Right now, there's still work to be done, but I feel like I am a step closer. I feel like everything is pretty much back to normal. My velocity is what it is; I was never a guy who threw 96 or 97 so my velocity and effort is there. I don't have any hesitation to let it go. Stuff-wise, I think I'm back to normal. Now it's just about producing."