Yankees claim Sam Demel, waive Dan Otero, and other notes

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The Yankees announced that they have claimed righty reliever Sam Demel off waivers from the Houston Astros and designated righty Dan Otero for assignment to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

Demel, 27, has played in parts of three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 63.2 innings he has a 4.95 ERA with a 6.8 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 and a 55.3 groundball percentage. He is mostly a sinker, cutter guy, but he also throws a slider and changeup occasionally as well. He can occasionally top 95 mph, but typically sits in the 91-93 mph range which is still solid for a sinker baller.

This kind of bothers me because it shows that the Yankees, who don’t have a huge need for relievers right now, went out and got Otero on a whim. There obviously wasn’t something they saw in him that they loved and needed to have if they cut him the very next day. So that means they essentially cut infield prospect David Adams for minor league bullpen depth? I wonder if Adams hit on Cashman’s daughter.

That last part was obviously a joke and maybe the Yankees did really like Otero, but they just happened to like Demel more. It is still just hard for me to see them justifying the moves they’ve made this week. Like I’ve said, it seems that they are running in desperation mode right now with no real plan for the future except trying to keep next year’s payroll under $189 million.

By the way, the Yankees released Adams instead of designating him for assignment because if they had DFA’d him he would have had to pass through waivers where any team could have taken him. Now at least they have a chance to re-sign him. Adams does have interest from other teams though.

Adams is a solid, but not an elite prospect. A severe ankle injury slowed his progress so he’s about to turn 26 and has never reached the Triple-A level. He has, though, hit .295/.378/.448 in his minor league career.

• Ronnier Mustelier is being sent for a doctor’s examination after he felt a crack in his knee when he was running. He injured the knee in a collision earlier this spring and the pain has lingered. Probably means he’s not making the team.

• Good news if you get your tickets on StubHub. The Yankees have reversed course, low ticket sales will do that, and you can now print tickets bought from Stubhub within 48-to-3 hours before the game.

• The value of the Yankees topped all other MLB clubs at $2.3 billion, per Forbes. With the teams value at an all-time high and only three long-term commitments on the books now would be a good time for Hal Steinbrenner to sell the team. He has denied all interest in doing so.

• The Yankees farm system was ranked 11th in MLB by Baseball America.

• It certainly sounds like reliever David Aardsma is no lock to make the team out of Spring Training. That’s a bit of a surprise, but apparently Joe Girardi might be concerned about a groin injury he had earlier this spring.

• Derek Jeter is sidelined until Monday. My guess is that he won’t join the team in the Bronx until mid-April at the earliest. I really wouldn’t be surprised if he missed the entire month even, but that’s probably being a slight pessimistic.

•  Girardi has confirmed that Phil Hughes (back) will start the season on the DL. He’s only expected to miss one start though.

• Here’s some quotes from Vernon Wells talking about his new swing and some video goodness from our friends at It’s About The Money.

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2 Responses to Yankees claim Sam Demel, waive Dan Otero, and other notes

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Exactly what is going on with this perp walk with relievers? At least the season is almost here and Cashman has to stop all this craziness.

  2. Magilla Gorilla says:

    Just seems that middle inning righty relievers are like lightning in a bottle. You find someone like Ayala, Wade, Eppley and then discard after a season and a month. Now we got this guy who can't even spell Sean Kelly.

    You know your spending too much time on baseball blogs . . . when you have an opinion on the Otero-Demel debate! (rim shot)