Masahiro Tanaka to throw a bullpen Wednesday 6


Spring Training is only eight days away and the Yankees are already preparing for the 2017 season!

Masahiro Tanaka is expected to enter Major League camp on Monday (he’s already at minor league camp in Tampa) and is expected to throw a bullpen on Wednesday for the Yankees.

Tanaka isn’t the only Yankee currently at minor league camp: Adam WarrenLuis CessaTyler AustinGreg BirdMichael PinedaLuis SeverinoTyler Clippard and Tommy Layne have also arrived to camp early.

Other Notes

— Sergio Romo recently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, why would that concern the Yankees? Well, because the Yankees were speaking to Romo’s representatives before he signed with the Dodgers. The Yankees never formally offered him a contract before the Dodgers pursued him, so if they’re looking for a bullpen piece, it’s not going to be Romo.


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6 thoughts on “Masahiro Tanaka to throw a bullpen Wednesday

  • fuster

    why would the Yankees have any serious interest in Romo?

    he hasn't been anything special for a few years and the Yankees more than enough righty relievers.

    beyond Betances and Clippard (both better than Romo) the Yanks have Severino, Cessa, Mitchell, Green and Warren and 3 of that 5 are going to be in the bullpen at the start of the season.

    with Chapman closing, they only have a single open 'pen slot and they would want a lefthander filling it.

    • Rob Abruzzese

      Sherman said that they never made an actual offer which means they obviously weren't extremely interested. They probably figured that if they signed him to an incentive laden deal that they would have nothing to lose. But the Yankees bullpen is full and he realized there are better opportunities elsewhere.

    • mosc

      He could still beat out Hicks (DFA) Bird (optioned), or Judge (optioned) for a roster spot. None of them are established starters by any stretch. In addition to those three guys he's probably the first guy to get a call-up if Cater, Holliday, Ellsbury, or Gardner goes down with injury. That's half the bats on the team!

      Austin has three options left so although you'd like to think the guy can stick for the next decade in the majors, you have plenty of time to use him as a shuttle piece. I highly doubt we don't get a DL stint from one of those 7 guys. It's going to take some time for Frazier to pass Austin on the outfield depth chart let alone at first. Dustin Fowler is even further away. The guy who is arguably more impacted than Austin is Refsnyder. His ability to cover first is now totally irrelevant (behind Bird, Carter, Austin, Holliday), he's still got Torreyes ahead of him at second (with much better 3b/ss coverage), and Tyler Wade's coming in behind quickly. 2017 is Refsnyder's last option year, he's probably going to have to have a very strong minor league season or likely be DFA'd to make room for September call-ups. Note Mason Williams is in a very similar place as well.