Yankees List Non-Roster Invitees

eric chavez with the new york yankeesThe Yankees have made a bunch of moves official today including the signings of Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Warner Madrigal, Ronnie Belliard, and Eric Chavez. All of the above players are on non-guaranteed minor league contracts and have been invited to spring training.

They have also announced that LHP Manuel Banuelos, OF Daniel Brewer, C Jose Gil, C Kyle Higashioka, OF Austin Krum, RHP D.J. Mitchell, C Jesus Montero, OF Jordan Parraz, RHP David Phelps, C Austin Romine, 3B Bradley Suttle, 1B Jorge Vazquez, RHP Adam Warren, and RHP Eric Wordekemper will be joining the Yankees in the major league camp as non-roster invitees.

Most of these players will be cut from the team, but they are necessary in camp for split squad games and because the regulars don’t play entire games early in spring. Little by little the Yankees will whittle this number down.

If I had to guess I would say that only Colon, Garcia, Belliard, and Chavez have much of a chance to make the team out of spring training. Montero is obviously the big wild card here, but it’s likely that he’ll start the season in Triple-A with Russell Martin on board as the starting catcher.

Not sure why Mark Prior is not on this list, but he is a non-roster invitee as well.

Update: Here are the rest of the players invited to spring training that are not on the 40-man roster: RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Neal Cotts, LHP Andrew Sisco, C Austin Romine, C Gustavo Molina, and SS Doug Bernier. In total there will be 67 players in the major league camp to start spring training.

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7 Responses to Yankees List Non-Roster Invitees

  1. Lincoln says:

    Where is Mark Prior and Brandon Laird? I thought sure, they would be invited to Spring Training?

  2. Lincoln says:

    Ok…forgot Laird was on the 40 man…my bad. Also, its a long shot, but Andrew Sisco started 15 games in the Winter Leagues and threw to a 4.04 ERA, with 85 k's over 78.0 IP. His AVG against was .225. Would the Yankees ever consider him for a starter job in the bigs? He is a big lefty after all.

  3. Franco Kotos says:

    Would love to see Montero tattoo the ball all over the place this spring. I can't judge his talent but it appears the Yankees still see him as a catcher. He has played in the outfield, are the Yankees giving that any consideration?

  4. No. I’m sure Sisco will only be considered as a reliever. Prior is invited. He just wasn’t on the first list I read.

  5. As far as I can tell Montero has not even once played in the outfield. He has a good arm, but I can’t imagine he has any range at all. He’d make a poor outfielder.

    Right now it’s catcher or bust. Maybe later on he’ll be a DH, but not right now.

  6. Roy says:

    BBD, what is the status of Andruw Jones? The Yankee website does not list him on the 40 man roster. He is not a spring training invitee either. I know that his contract was subject to physical. Mark Carig omits Andruw Jones, as well. Any issues?

  7. His deal probably just hasn't been made official yet. His deal appears to be a major league deal so they'll have to put him on the 40-man roster right away instead of at the end of spring training like with Freddy Garcia and Eric Chavez. This means that they'll possibly loose a player when they make his deal official. So they'll probably wait as long as they can.