But there are some minor league related, uhhh…matters to get to here that have taken place over the past few days.
The Yankees have selected RHP Brad Meyers and acquired LHP Cesar Cabral in the Rule 5 Draft. OF Greg Golson was released to make room on the 40-man roster.
Also, according to Baseball America transactions guru Matt Eddy, a must-follow on Twitter at @eddymk, the Yankees have signed 3B Jayson Nix (which had previously been reported) and added LHP Mike O’Connor (pictured), while also re-signing RHP Kelvin Perez.
New York also made their one-year deal with Freddy Garcia official, and DFA’d former Thunder OF Colin Curtis to make room.
Got all that? Let’s take a quick look at all this…
Meyers, 26, will be heading into his sixth professional season. After an injury-shortened 2010 campaign, he spent the majority of last season at Triple-A Syracuse, which was his first time reaching the highest level of the minors. Last season, he made 25 appearances between Short Season-A Auburn, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, and posted a 9-7 record with a 3.18 ERA over 138 2/3 innings of work. He struck out a career high 116 batters, and walked just 15. That walk total includes a grand total of zero free passes in 36 1/3 innings for the Senators. He was Washington’s fifth-round selection in 2007, and has allowed just 105 walks in 453 career MILB innings.
Cabral, 22, is a lefty who, given his status as a former Rule 5 pick, would not need to clear waivers were the Yankees not to keep him on their big league roster. He split last season between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland, and has been used as a closer at times in the past. Were he not to stick in the big leagues — a likely scenario — Trenton is a very likely destination. Cabral went 2-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 24 apperarances for the Sea Dogs last year, and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning over his career (333 K’s in 347 IP).
Nix, 29, has been primarily used as a third baseman throughout his career. He’s played with the White Sox, Indians, Rockies and most recently the Blue Jays in the big leagues, but hit just .169 in 136 at-bats for Toronto last season. In all, he’s a .207 career MLB hitter, but does hit at a .261 clip at the minor league level. He hasn’t played below Triple-A since 2005, and he’s likely headed for the traveling Scranton circus this year.
O’Connor, 30, is a lefty reliever with big league experience who was likely added for organizational depth. He’s been in the show with the Washington Nationals — he was a regular in their rotation in 2006, making 21 starts — and the New York Mets, for whom he spun 6 2/3 innings just last season. O’Connor was let go by Washington midway through the 2009 campaign, and after a brief stay in the Padres organization, made four starts for the independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs before being picked up by the Royals. He’s been with the Mets since 2010, and was very effective out of Buffalo’s bullpen in his first year there, posting a 5-2 record and 2.67 ERA in 51 relief appearances that season. Last year, however, his ERA jumped to 5.22 and his average against rose 41 points to .287.
Perez, 26, is listed at a shocking 6-foot-1, 140 pounds. That is one inch taller and ten pounds heavier than your beloved beat writer. He plays, I write. Last season, he advanced to High-A Tampa for the first time, and struggled out of their bullpen to start the year. He was sent back down to Low-A Charleston, where he remained for the rest of the year. He walked 44 batters and struck out 77 in 70 combined innings last season, and is likely to be given an opportunity to start with Tampa again.
Golson, although still listed on the Yankees 40-man roster on their official web site, was let go after appearing in just 33 big league games over the course of his two seasons in the organization. Once regarded as a top prospect in the Phillies organization, he’s never been able to fulfill his vast potential and has played in just 40 Major League contests over the past four seasons. Toolsy, and blessed with above average speed, the 26-year-old is sure to get another opportunity somewhere else.
Curtis, 26, is coming off a lost year due to a shoulder injury suffered prior to the start of the season. He’s one year removed from making his big league debut, a 2010 season in which he hit .186 in 31 games. It’s expected that Curtis will clear waivers and begin the season with Triple-A Scranton. If he can show he’s healthy, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the personable “Kerm” can play his way back onto the 40-man roster.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com