Yankees make several roster changes prior to game

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After completely depleting their bullpen during yesterday’s shocking 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees decided to make some changes. Some of the changes unfortunately came at the hands of certain players.

— The Yankees called up Ben Heller and Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

— As a corresponding move, the Yankees sent Nick Goody and Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Heller was part of the trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians. As for Refsnyder, he currently has options and the Yankees figure to use Ronald Torreyes as a back-up outfielder in the meantime.

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41 Responses to Yankees make several roster changes prior to game

  1. Neil says:

    Great move. Let's keep playing the .195 hitter on the hopes that some year he'll break out of this. In the meantime refsnyder gets sent down. Again.
    Whose running this team George Costanza.
    I get that you just blew through your relief staff. But can we please be done with hicks! Didn't we learn our lesson with Drew. I'm sure in the Yankee minds refsnyder has no future here but why don't you give him a year and a half to prove he's not good enough like Drew or probably hicks the way it looks. I just don't get it at all. How demoralizing it must be for refsnyder.

  2. tom says:

    Heller arrives. Cool! Refsnyder being opted back to AAA means Tyler Austin will be with the parent club this Saturday.

    • Neil says:

      If it means Tyler Austin is coming up then I'm fine with that. But I wish they would release hicks and call up another kid or refsnyder. Hicks is wasting a space !

      • tom says:

        Hicks is 4th OF so he is not wasting a space. Only 3 OFs on the active roster so he gets lucky to play more time. If Yankees are ready to ride with Judge or Austin at RF then Hicks easily slides back to 4th. He does not waste any space nor block anyone.

        In case of Refsnyder, he is not a top prospect, meaning too talented to ignore. He does a little bit of everything but nothing stands out enough to be everyday starter. Hicks holds most talents despite he has struggled in MLB. Refsnyder has been an offensively disappoint. BIG TIME. He hits like a girl when he has gap power to show off.

        Jim Leyritz took 3rd year to get better after rookie season. Jorge Posada took 3rd year to offer meaningful game. Brett Gardner needed 2 years to get part of high leverage game.

        This year is Refsnyder's first sufficient season so give him and Yankees some slack. Maybe next year, he will beat Judge at RF or Austin at 1B or hell, he takes 2B away from Castro.

        • tom says:

          In case of Refsnyder, he is not a top prospect, meaning he isn't too talented to ignore

        • tom says:

          offensively disappointment..

          Sorry, My English still sucks.

        • Neil says:

          I don't want hicks in any way shape or form. Not even in one game do I wNt to see him in pinstripes. He missed the 3b coach the other day. Today as a runner on first a line drive was hit in front of him and he got doubled off. He is USELESS.
          Refsnyder is batting 50 points higher than hicks. Would rather see him. And if leyritz took 3 years and it's OK to give hicks 3 years then why isn't it alright to give refsnyder that same time.
          Hicks is a bonehead. When they are good again in a couple of years (I hope) he cannot be on this team even as a fourth outfielder making stupid mistakes. You don't win games that way.
          Same with Castro. That play from short right field today was a bonehead play. What was he thinking taking his time to throw to first with nothing on it. If he was timing it he screwed up. Romine was there and if he fired the ball the runner would have been out. I've seen him do some dumb things. You don't win being dumb. There's too much of that on this team. Hopefully a ss in the minors gets converted to second base.
          I've said it a million times. Looking forward to the kids and then hopefully some good free agent signings and trades to compliment the kids. Other than Didi and Sanchez ( excluding pitchers) the rest of these guys have to go. The sooner the better

          • tom says:

            Refsnyder had given starts but he is hitting light. Nothing is exciting about him. It is very easy for Girardi to go back to old formula. You know Girardi.

            Look at what happened to Gary Sanchez vs Brian McCann behind the dish. McCann had not played catcher since 4th of this month.

            Neither Hicks nor Refsnyder stands out enough to earn real job. Refsnyder is still around because he has options so he can try it again later or next year. Hicks has no option left to go to AAA so he has until September to be awakened for Yankees.

            However I get to wonder about Austin being bumped by Hicks next week if he struggles offensively. eh!

          • mosc says:

            Reminds me of all the complaining for a Refsnyder September call-up in 2014. They didn't do it, and now they have the ability to send him back and forth in 2017 because of not doing it.

          • Neil says:

            Refsnyder is hitting lite. Hicks is hitting 0 calories.

        • Jerry says:

          By the way this is Hicks 5th year in the majors, plenty of time to see he's not very good.

          • tom says:

            4th and he is only one year older than Refsnyder. Not to mention that this year is his first year with Yankees. Refsnyder has been in the organization since 2012. Yankees know him more than us.

            When players' talents are turning into a game performance, Hicks will kill Ref. Hands down. That is what is all about in MLB scouting community. Believe… Hope… Gamble…

            If Hicks was 29 years old then he would be gone already. Easy.

            Just because Didi did it does not mean Castro and Hicks are immediately failures. It takes 2 or 3 years with same team to turn around. Castro probably has better chance because of his lengthy contract. Hicks will be on thin ice this off season if nothing is changing in final 2 months.

          • mosc says:

            I think Hicks will have a shot in spring training to make the team. He'll have to more directly compete with Gamel and Judge and Austin for the RF gig or 4th outfielder. He could have a terrible spring and be DFA'd. Might even clear waivers and spend 2017 in Scranton.

          • Jerry says:

            And don't be surprised if Frazier is in the competition.

          • tom says:

            not for RF. Yankees won't also bring him in as a 4th OF. Period.

          • Jerry says:

            For left field .

          • Jerry says:

            In my opinion Hicks has already fallen through the ice, and yes 4th year which is more than 3 . The only reason he's still here is the fact he has no more options.

          • tom says:

            Actually, he has one bonus option. It is good for use once until next year.

          • tom says:

            I was an idiot. that bonus option was popular for draftee with MLB contract. No option left for Hicks.

            Pro service applies to MLB and Milb, not only MLB.

          • Neil says:

            The BONUS for hicks is that he's actually allowed to play baseball in the majors. Let's try someone else for a fourth outfielder. One that can bat over .200 and doesn't sleep while running the bases. Although in his defense he doesn't get a lot of practice on the base paths cause he never gets on!
            This isn't a difficult one.
            Sorry you've been released.
            Time to move on.

          • Neil says:

            Thank you. I knew he's been around long enough to prove he's not good.

          • Neil says:

            The thank you was for jerry.

          • Jerry says:

            You're welcome and I'm not impressed with his outfield play, late jumps, odd routes to the ball, I don't know what they're thinking.

          • Neil says:

            I don't get it either. All my friend Yankee fans don't get it as well.

          • Neil says:

            In the final arod game. Hicks tried to get someone out tagging up going home. He launched it 10 feet over the catchers head. There isn't any aspect of the game that he is even average at.
            By the way I saw his career stats. The last 4 years. Something like .214 .219 .256 .215.
            And we're waiting for him to break through. I just keep shaking my head.
            PUT JUDGE THERE NOW!

          • Jerry says:

            I think it was 50 feet over his head.

  3. Jack Edwards says:

    Why dont they like Ryfsnder , he makes plays , the players must All have a lousy mood in the clubhouse . Hicks must be a relative of management

    • Neil says:

      I know they have 3 shortstops in the minors that look good. But treating refsnyder like a second rate player started last year. Somebody high up doesn't like him or someone in this organization is telling management he has too many flaws, which I personally don't see watching the games on tv. Maybe he saw randy Levine and said Who's this clown and how did he get to be president of the Yankees.

    • mosc says:

      Refsnyder hasn't exactly set the world on fire with his bat. His power seems to have dissapeared from last season. No home runs in the majors, only 2 in Scranton. 8 Doubles and no triples or homers in 144 PA is a big enough MLB sample to start wondering where the power went. His game was more getting on base than driving in runs but he did hit double digit homers in 2014 and 2015 across AA/AAA/MLB at the minimum.

      • tom says:

        MLB jinx is a possibility. If his gap power does not come around next year. I am more than happy to tell him to get a hitch.

  4. Jack says:

    Hicks is Cashman's boy and he will get every opportunity . Refsnyder isn't

  5. tom says:

    Apparently, Gardner, McCann and Sabathia cleared the waiver. Nobody wants Gardner because he is wimpy. That is unfortunate.

    McCann to Braves trade talk has faded out. The way Sanchez has played and Romine handles the pitching staff well, I think Yankees need to lose the value just to get rid of him. I don't know if Cashman being a hard poker should continue but come on, it is just roster move. lol.

    • tom says:

      lower the value. Duh!

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Teams aren't interested in Gardner because he's not aggressive anymore, which was who he was as a younger player. Since he's going to be 33 next week, he knows he's not exactly young and he's trying to preserve himself to last the whole year. It explains his drop off in stealing bases, but while he's not stealing bases, his speed has made a positive impact on games.

      Gardner's lack of aggression isn't stopping him from putting up a decent season. He has a 2.4 WAR which is 29th among all OF, his OPS+ is 100, which above average and his .353 OBP is his best career-wise.

      As for waivers, everyone is eventually going to clear them. Every team puts all their guys on and then when they clear, they're all free to be traded. The names that pop up are just guys that happened to have cleared waivers first, but it's more of a formality than anything.

      • tom says:

        MLB teams don't give a rat about him being 29th in WAR. Every team makes excuse why they don't give up a luxury package for him. Don't blame me.

        As for waivers, every team always put players with expensive contract so they eventually clear the waiver. However, we don't know when they clear the waiver as I pointed out that those 3 Yankee players who already were cleared.

        • mosc says:

          Teams do look at WAR. Many have their own variations but the concept is very much the same. They care about defense. They know the value of a walk compared to a single compared to a home run. They have learned to ignore Wins/Losses and RBI's. Many have even learned the value of FIP and no longer over-value steals.

      • tom says:

        As for waivers, everyone is eventually going to clear them. Every team puts all their guys on and then when they clear, they're all free to be traded. The names that pop up are just guys that happened to have cleared waivers first, but it's more of a formality than anything.

        — Yeah also they have any value left on them for trade market. Hicks not popped up does not mean he didn't clear the waiver. He has zero value so nobody knows whether or not he clears the waiver. You?

    • mosc says:

      The more interesting waiver clear was Teixeira. Yes, the others have sizable contracts and cleared but now Teixeira could be moved in August to a team that needs a first basemen if he wants to finish his career on a contender.

      I wouldn't take this as an insult to Gardner's value relative to his contract. Peolpe forget that most large contracts clear waivers. The Red Sox got Adrian Gonzalez to clear waivers and then traded him to LA for quite a salary dump. They desperately wanted Gonzalez and no other team being willing to pick up his contract didn't change his trade value.

  6. Jerry says:

    Gardner's actually having a pretty good 2nd half this year compared to last year, at least so far.

    • mosc says:

      Gardner is a good baserunner, defender (he could easily play center field), and gets on base at a well above average rate. He's not an all-star but he's not that far off. Yankee fans still seem to preach BA, HR, and RBI while failing to understand how useful it is to have a leadoff man who doesn't make outs 35% of the time, disrupts pitchers standing on base, and is an asset in the field.

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