When the Yankees traded for Ichiro Suzuki a couple of weeks ago it meant the end of Dewayne Wise‘s days in Pinstripes. The Yankees DFA’d Wise that day, he cleared waivers, but now we are hearing that he has refused an assignment to the minors and was released, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
It’s a shame that Wise refused to head to the minors. He played a small role while with the Yankees, but he did a solid job overall. He hit .262/.286/.492 in 26 games and was doing even better than that lately after working with hitting coach Kevin Long. He would have been in the minors for now, but almost definitely would have been called up in September. Maybe he thinks he can find a job in the majors elsewhere.