The Yankees 25-man roster is not official yet, but it is all but set after the Yankees made a slew of moves following their final spring exhibition game against a pro team today. They play Army in West Point on Saturday before opening the season against the Red Sox on Monday.
The most surprising news of the day is that righty David Aardsma will not make the team and was designated for assignment. Joe Girardi simply said, “He didn’t really fit.” Instead the Yankees will carry Shawn Kelley in the bullpen along with Cody Eppley and Adam Warren. Jayson Nix, Ben Francisco, Brennan Boesch and Lyle Overbay have made the team.
The final cuts included optioning Melky Mesa to and outrighting Sam Demel to Triple-A (removing him from the 40-man roster). RHP Jim Miller, RHP Preston Claiborne, RHP Branden Pinder, LHP Juan Cedeno, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP Josh Spence, C Bobby Wilson, 1B Dan Johnson, OF Thomas Neal, and INFs Jose Pirela and Gil Velazquez were reassigned to the minors.
2B/3B prospect David Adams re-signed on a minor league contract saving Brian Cashman from a possible gaffe. Maybe he thought the Yankees represented his best possibility or maybe he felt he owed the organization for helping him through years of rehab. Either way, it could be a sign that prospects aren’t totally hopeless being in the Yankees organization.
RHP Danny Otero, who was designated for assignment to make space for Demel, was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.
Aardsma, 31, was coming off elbow and hip surgery and hadn’t really pitched at all since 2010. He has a career 4.22 ERA, a 9.1 K/9 and a 5.1 BB/9 and was a former closer who the Yankees signed to a one-year $500K deal before the 2012 season with a $500K option for the 2013 season.
Aardsma pitched decently in Spring Training with a 3.52 ERA, a 8.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 7.2 innings and was expected to play a big role in the bullpen so it’s hard to say exactly why the Yankees are cutting him loose. The Yankees now have 10 days to trade or release him.
The rest of the moves were pretty much expected. Warren is a bit of a surprise, but he will likely serve as the long man at least until Phil Hughes comes off the DL.
This all sets the roster up like this:
Chris Stewart/Francisco Cervelli
• Mark Teixeira, who will have his wrist examined on Monday, has been one-handed swinging in the batting cage. If he gets good news that day, he hopes to be two-handed swinging in two weeks.
• Teixeira said he’s targetting a May 1 return, but that seems optimistic and could be a setback waiting to happen if he pushes himself too hard.
• Teixeira was showing Brennan Boesch how to play first base today. Sounds like Boesch is the backup behind Overbay.
• You can buy Yankees tickets and support BBD at the same time.