Yankees Cut Andrew Brackman, Brandon Laird, and 4 More

New York Yankees Brandon LairdVia Chad Jennings of the Journal News:

The Yankees made six more cuts tonight.

Andrew Brackman, Brandon Laird, Kevin Russo and Melky Mesa were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Steve Garrison and Ryan Pope were optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Brackman was battling for a spot as in the Yankees rotation, but he was a long shot to begin with and now will have to wait for a midseason call up. It’s interesting that he was cut immediately after Ivan Nova went out and threw six no hit innings tonight. That performance must have prompted the Yankees to say to themselves, if they have to take a young pitcher it might as well be Nova who already has 42 innings of experience.

Now it is a four way battle between Nova, Bartolo Colon, and Freddy Garcia.

Laird had a chance to make the roster, but that was before Eric Chavez showed up healthy and in good shape. Now Laird will only get a chance if Chavez or another player get injured.

The other four players sent down today, Russo, Mesa, Garrison, and Pope, didn’t have much of a shot to make the team out of spring. It is possible though that all four of these players could be in the Bronx at some point in the season. A lot of that depends on how well they each play and what the Yankees needs are during the season.

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6 Responses to Yankees Cut Andrew Brackman, Brandon Laird, and 4 More

  1. That's hard to say. The Yankees would certainly like Laird's defense and versatility more, but there certainly is potential in Vazquez's bat.

    It's hard to say, but you bring up a good point.

    • Franco Kotos says:

      I haven't been so impressed by Laird's defense at 3rd…he's ok, has a good arm but nothing to get too excited about…how about Suttle, i haven't been following him as well…

      • Suttle had shoulder surgery a little while back. Because of that, and because of a logjam in the minors, he might move to 1b. A move to 1B kills his chances with the Yankees and hurts his prospect value.

  2. Franco Kotos says:

    Brackman has a lot to prove at AAA…this might be the biggest season of his career…if he can put up some consistent numbers, he should be a call up if anyone gets hurt…

  3. Mike S. says:

    You’d have to think that Laird isn’t only behind Chavez, but Vazquez as well.

  4. dutchsailor says:

    Melky was optioned to Scranton, but will probably end up in Trenton.

    With regard to Vasquez vs Laird, Laird has improved his defense, although he is not gold glove by any means. Vasquez has no defensive ability at all. Take Vasquez if you want power off the bench. Take Laird if you want versatility because he was taking turns in the outfield as well as 1st and 3rd. Plus he gives decent power as well.