Cardinals Claim Yankees Minor League Pitcher

jess-toddWhile I was gone the Yankees picked up right handed pitcher Jess Todd off of waivers from the Indians, also cutting IF Kevin Russo from the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. When the Yankees needed bullpen help though they called up Amaury Sanit from Triple-A and put the recently acquired Todd on waivers to make room for Sanit on the roster.

Today the Yankees officially lost Todd, to the Cardinals, who claimed him off of waivers, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

Really non of this constitutes a big move, but it is curious as to why the Yankees didn’t just call up Todd to the majors instead of Sanit. Neither pitcher is especially good, but this way the Yankees could have at least kept Todd.

At first glance, Todd seems like nothing special. He’s just a minor league reliever with a career 3.06 ERA. But his K/9 of 9.2 and BB/9 of just 2.6 is pretty darn impressive. Perhaps the Yankees figured with so much depth in the system that he would never really get a good shot to begin with, but why claim him in the first place then?

Either way he’s gone now. Jess Todd, we hardly knew ye!

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One Response to Cardinals Claim Yankees Minor League Pitcher

  1. Bruce #16 says:

    face it, if the kid is not 38+ years old, the Yanks are just not interested. I mean with all that "talent"on the Yanks starting pitching staff… where is the room for a young stud ?? Hughes…dead arm, Burnett only good for 4 innings, afterwards is always good for giving up goffer balls and throwing wild pitches; Sabbathia in consistent at best, maybe needs to put on the 30 pounds he lost; Joba a head case…Garcia and Colon are past their prime; all that is left is rivera and Robertson. To make it worse you have a supposedly experienced catcher at the managerial helm that doesn't know when to pull a pitcher, let alone morons in the front office with the name cashman that hands out lucrative contracts. A sure recipe for disaster.