The Yankees announced that they have designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for infielder Stephen Drew, whose 1-year deal is now official.
The Yankees claimed Perez off waivers from the Nationals in late September, and the 24-year-old went 2-for-10 with a pair of singles in a brief cameo with the Bombers late in the season. Perez has just 23 big league plate appearances and a .174/.174/.174 batting line to show for it, but he possesses a well-regarded glove and blistering speed in center field. In 844 PAs at the Triple-A level, he’s a career .310/.354/.411 hitter with 8 HRs and 63 steals (in 79 attempts).
The Yankees have designated righty Gonzalez Germen for assignment, the club announced. Recently added from the Mets in exchange for cash, his roster spot will go to the similarly-acquired Chris Martin.
Germen, 27, has thrown a combined 64 2/3 frames at the big league level for the Mets over the last two years. He owns a 4.31 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. He was much better at Triple-A last year, with a 1.93 ERA across 28 innings, though he allowed over five earned runs per nine the season prior with similar peripherals.
The Yankees have dealt for righty Chris Martin of the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports on Twitter. Martin had beendesignated for assignment on the fifth of this month.
Late to join the professional ranks at all, the 28-year-old Martin rose quickly and debuted with the Rockies last year. His results were unimpressive in a short sample, but he registered an outstanding 60.8% groundball rate and struck out eight batters per nine over 15 2/3 innings. Martin posted similarly encouraging peripherals at Triple-A, with 12.2 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 in 26 2/3 frames.
As Curry notes, Martin has options remaining. Presumably, he will battle for a job this spring with the expectation that he will serve as depth in the upper minors.
The New YorkYankees have announced a deal to avoid arbitration with righty Ivan Nova. He will earn $3.3MM, per a tweet from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. That sum also matches Nova’s salary from 2014, unsurprisingly, as he missed most of the 2014 MLB season due to Tommy John surgery after struggling out of the gate. Nova, who just turned 28, had a highly productive 2013 campaign (3.10 ERA in 139 1/3 frames). Though he posted significant innings totals in prior years, he had never put together a season like that in terms of both results and peripherals (3.47 FIP). All said, it was an easy call for New York to roll the dice on Nova’s rehabilitation.
New York Yankees sign OF Robert Hernandez, C Eddy Rodriguez to minor-league deals
01/23/2015 11:55 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees have signed catcher Eddy Rodriguez and outfielder Robert Hernandez to minor-league contracts, according to their transactions page at MLB.com.
Rodriguez, 29, split 2014 between the Rays and Red Sox organizations, hitting .152 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs in 13 games at the Triple-A level. Originally a 2006 draftee of the Reds, Rodriguez is a career .235 hitter in 9 minor league seasons and earned his only MLB experience back in August 2012, going 1-for-5 with a solo HR in a pair of games with the Padres.
Hernandez, 26, is a converted pitcher who has spent the last 5 years out of affiliated baseball. The Venezuelan righty was originally signed as an international free agent by the Cubs back in 2005, and he went 19-18 with a 4.16 ERA in 66 games (55 starts) in the lower levels of their system from 2006-09.
Now a position player, Hernandez is coming off a 20-game stint with the Aguilas de Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League, where hit .264 with 4 RBI and played both 1st base and the outfield.
Atlanta Braves claim outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees
01/23/2015 4:52 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Outfielder Eury Perez before a game against the Padres.(AP)
The Atlanta Braves have claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees, making him the seventh player they've acquired this winter that spent time in pinstripes in 2014.
Perez, who was 2-for-10 with a stolen base in 4 games with the Yankees late last season, had been designated for assignment by the Yankees on January 16 when they officially signed Stephen Drew.
He spent most of 2014 in the Washington Nationals' system, hitting .311 with 20 steals in 57 games at Triple-A Syracuse, before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Yankees in September.
Known mostly for his speed, Perez is a career .305 hitter with 268 stolen bases in nine minor-league seasons, and he is 4-for-23 (.174) with five steals in 26 major-league games with the Nationals and Yankees.
As for the influx of ex-Yankees into the Atlanta organization, that could be in part attributed to long-time Bombers scout Gordon Blakely, who left New York back in October to join the Braves as a special assistant to the GM.
Since then, Atlanta has claimed Perez, traded for LHP Manny Banuelos, signed outfielder Zoilo Almonte and LHP Josh Outman to major-league deals, and added infielder Corban Joseph, RHP Jairo Heredia, and LHP Francisco Rondon on minor-league contracts.
The Braves have also signed another notable ex-Yankee, RHP Chien-Ming Wang, to a minor-league deal this winter and made a trade with the Chicago Cubs to re-acquire RHP Arodys Vizcaino, a former Yankees prospect who was sent to Atlanta (along with Melky Cabrera and LHP Mike Dunn) in the December 2009 Javier Vazquez/Boone Logan deal.
YES Network, Tribune Media reach agreement for PIX11 to televise New York Yankees games
01/22/2015 2:49 PM ET
By YESNetwork.com staff
Jacoby Ellsbury watches a 4th-inning solo HR off Tampa Bay last season.(AP)
NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2015 -- The YES Network and Tribune Media Company today announced they have reached a multi-year agreement under which Tribune Media's PIX11 has secured exclusive over-the-air rights to New York Yankees games in the New York DMA beginning with the 2015 Major League Baseball season. Specific financial terms were not released.
PIX11 will televise approximately 20 games this season; its broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date. PIX11 had been the broadcast home of the Yankees from 1951 through 1998. YES, which remains the exclusive local television rights holder for the Yankees, will televise 125 Yankees games this season.
"We are eager to enter into this new chapter with PIX11," said Tracy Dolgin, President & CEO, YES Network. "We look forward to working with PIX11 to bring all of the excitement, tradition and passion of Yankees baseball to fans throughout the Tri-State area. At the same time, we have appreciated working with My9, which had been our local broadcast partner since 2005."
"We are extremely excited to be bringing Yankees baseball back to PIX11 and we're looking forward to a great season," said Larry Wert, President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcasting. "For nearly 50 years, the Yankees were synonymous with PIX11-we're thrilled to renew that partnership. This agreement is another demonstration of PIX11's commitment to offer its viewers the best news, sports and entertainment programming in the Tri-State area."
New York Yankees trade Gonzalez Germen to Texas Rangers for cash considerations
01/20/2015 6:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Gonzalez Germen will join his 3rd team in the past month after being traded by both the Mets and Yankees.(AP)
The New York Yankees have traded RHP Gonzalez Germen to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday.
Germen was a Yankee for less than a month, as he was acquired from the Mets for cash considerations on December 19 but then designated for assignment on January 13th when the Bombers acquired RHP Chris Martin from Colorado Rockies.
The 27-year-old righty was signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2007 and made his MLB debut in 2013. Over the past 2 seasons in Queens, he was 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA and 1 save in 64 2/3 innings over 54 appearances.
Gonzalez Germen not the only one to spend a winter cameo on the roster
01/23/2015 10:42 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
This scenario was five weeks and three uniforms ago for Gonzalez Germen.(AP)
You can forgive Gonzalez Germen if, 10 years from now, he doesn't remember his time with the Yankees; after all, the right-hander has already been on three different 40-man rosters since the 2013 World Series ended, and is likely headed for a fourth sometime before spring training.
It has, indeed, been a long winter for the 27-year-old Germen, who was a New York Met on the final day of the 2013 season. Over the last 5 weeks, however, he has been traded across town to the Yankees for cash (on Dec. 19), designated for assignment (Jan. 13, when the Yankees acquired RHP Chris Martin) and then flipped to the Texas Rangers for cash (on Jan. 20), and, less than 24 hours after that, DFA'ed by the Rangers when they acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from Houston Astros.
Germen's case isn't as rare as you'd think in baseball, though, and in the vein of our "forgotten Yankees" series earlier this winter, we present the once-upon-a-time travels of 5 others who probably even themselves forgot they were once technically Yankees.
BRIAN SCHLITTER A product of Maine South HS in Park Ridge, Illinois, Schlitter probably couldn't have been more excited when he made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2010. However, after making seven appearances out of the bullpen as an up-and-down arm that season, the righty was cut loose as the calendar turned, only to be claimed by the Yankees on Jan. 5, 2011.
That love affair sadly ended on Valentine's Day, as the Yankees DFA'ed him to officially sign Andruw Jones, and he was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies the next day; however, Schlitter would end up back with the Cubs that April, returned on a waiver re-claim after a forearm injury suffered in March revealed a prior elbow injury.
Schlitter missed the entire 2011 season because of the injury and was later DFA'ed before being outrighted to Triple-A Iowa the following winter - but all's well that ends well, as he spent 2012 and 2013 in the minors before making the Cubs' opening day roster last year and going 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 61 appearances out of the bullpen.
ELI WHITESIDE MLB teams know you can never have enough depth behind the plate, which makes Whiteside's 2012-13 offseason journey so curious and yet so normal all at the same time.
Already a bit of a journeyman when the Giants cut him at the end of a 2012 championship season, Whiteside was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Nov. 5, but just 23 days later, he was designated for assignment when the Bombers re-signed Andy Pettitte.
It would get weirder for Whiteside, who was claimed by the Blue Jays on Dec. 3, waived the same day, and later claimed by Texas on Dec. 12; that was the end of the journey, and he'd spend the 2013 season with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas.
MICKEY STOREY Back in 2012, Storey made his MLB debut with the Astros, pitching to a 3.86 ERA in 20 2/3 innings. However, he was cut loose that offseason, and when the Yankees claimed him on Nov. 20, he looked to be a nice piece of bullpen depth for the upcoming year.
Turns out, he was - for the Blue Jays.
Storey was a Yankee for all of 10 days before being DFA'ed when the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera, and on Dec. 6, he was claimed…by Houston! That reunion lasted 11 days, as Storey was cut loose again when the Astros signed Carlos Pena, and he was claimed by Toronto on Dec. 19. The team outrighted him to Triple-A two days later and he spent most of that next season in Buffalo, only coming up to the big club for a four-inning cameo in May.
DAN OTERO Faced with a roster crunch at the end of spring training in 2013, the San Francisco Giants decided to keep non-roster invitee Chad Gaudin in their bullpen and part ways with long-time farmhand Dan Otero. Ironically, it was one of Gaudin's former teams, the Yankees, who claimed Otero on March 26, but the righty wasn't long for pinstripes.
Otero never made it across the country to Yankees camp before being cut, DFA'ed on March 27 when the Yankees acquired Sam Demel from Arizona. Oakland quickly picked him up and he has become a key piece of the Athletics' bullpen, posting a 1.38 ERA in 33 appearances in 2013 and going 8-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 72 appearances last season.
RUSS CANZLER Canzler was in the Yankees system soon after 2013 began and was still there when the year ended, but his journey in between was filled with anything but pinstripes.
In December of the previous year, Canzler was let go by Cleveland (for whom he had hit .269 in 26 games as a left fielder, first baseman, and DH in 2012) and claimed by Toronto, but that would just be the beginning of a journey that would see him have seven stints with five teams in the span of 365 days.
Toronto quickly let Canzler go and, on Jan. 2, 2013, he wound up back in Cleveland - but just two days later, when the Indians signed RHP Brett Myers, Canzler was cut again and caught on with the Yankees. Unfortunately, when the Bombers signed Travis Hafner on February 1, it was Canzler's roster spot that was needed, and so he was cut once more.
Canzler signed with Baltimore a few days later, and he spent the first three months of 2013 with their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk before being traded to Pittsburgh; he finished out the year with the Pirates' top farm club in Indianapolis, and to bring it all back around, Canzler would return to the Yankees on a minor-league deal in November 2013 and spend the first half of 2014 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being released.
Report: Miami Marlins sign Ichiro Suzuki to one-year contract
01/23/2015 3:21 PM ET
By The Associated Press
Ichiro Suzuki follows through on a single during a game against the Blue Jays.(AP)
MIAMI (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins.
Suzuki and the team have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the contract with the 41-year-old outfielder has not been finalized.
The contract is likely to be formally completed next week.
Suzuki's signing is just one of many eye-catching moves by the Marlins in this offseason, starting with the record $325 million, 13-year contract given in November to slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Among the other highlights: They acquired former pitcher Aaron Crow, a first-round pick, from Kansas City; landed All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and right-hander Dan Haren from the Los Angeles Dodgers; and picked up right-hander Mat Latos from Cincinnati.
And now Suzuki figures to add even more buzz to a Marlins team with eyes on competing in the NL East.
The 10-time All-Star batted .284 last year for the New York Yankees. He topped the 200-hit mark in his 1st 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits in his 14 seasons with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners.
He arrived from Japan after spending 9 seasons with the Pacific League's Orix Blue Wave, and he won the AL batting title, Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in 2001. He won a 2nd batting crown in 2004, when his 262 hits broke the season record George Sisler set 84 years earlier.
Combined with his 1,278 hits from 9 seasons in Japan, Suzuki has 4,122 in his professional big league career - 59 fewer than Ty Cobb and 134 less than Pete Rose.