NY bullpen 2022

jon abbey

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One of the ongoing themes of this season will be that all of Chapman/Britton/Green are in the final years of their deals, $36M combined, so Cashman needs to build a 2023 and beyond pen as best he can this season so that he doesn't have to pay for any of those guys again unless he really wants to. That is why grabbing Clay Holmes at the deadline was big, they have him through 2024. If Ridings can stay healthy (big if), he and Holmes and Loaisiga could be the back end of the pen, also they have a ton of high-ceiling SPs who they could try in the pen if they decided, Gil and Medina and Deivi are all down to one option because they had to be protected so young.

Current depth chart at a guess:

Abreu
Peralta
Luetge
Rodriguez
Holmes
Green
Loaisiga
Chapman

The only guys there who have options are Loaisiga (no) and Peralta, Luetge will almost certainly be moved for flexibility before Opening Day. Michael King and Ridings and Marinaccio (or Nasty Nestor if he is bumped out of the rotation) all have options and can take that spot, I could see Cashman trying to add another guy or two with options here if possible.

https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/yankees
 

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Greg Weissert is another in the seemingly endless line of solid relievers NY has developed, he had a sub-2 ERA in AA/AAA last year and was hitting 98 on his sinker in the spring training game just now. He turned 27 in February and has yet to sniff a 40 man roster (2016 draft pick), this is a tough sport.

https://www.milb.com/player/greg-weissert-669711
 

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King
Banuelos
Luetge
Marinaccio
Rodriguez
Peralta
Holmes
Green
Loaisiga
Chapman

IL: German, Britton

Pitchers on the 40 man in AAA: Schmidt, Gil, Garcia, Medina, Sears, Ridings

Non-40 man pitchers who can maybe help: Greg Weissert, Matt Krook, Ryan Weber, Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski, Jimmy Cordero, Shelby Miller (heh)

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NY still will have a numbers/options problem at the end of April when rosters go back to 26, if everyone is healthy and they want to keep King up. I still don't really see the point of Rodriguez on this team, a (very good) LOOGY in an era where the three batter rule has made that a mostly non-job. Peralta and Luetge and Banuelos are all lefty relievers as is Chapman.
 

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I still don't really see the point of Rodriguez on this team, a (very good) LOOGY in an era where the three batter rule has made that a mostly non-job.
Rodriguez out, Castro in. I think this could be a precursor move to trading Chad Green, Castro fills Green's spot.
 

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Rodriguez out, Castro in. I think this could be a precursor move to trading Chad Green, Castro fills Green's spot.
Castro was usually nasty when we saw him. That’s a steal, getting rid of Rodriguez and acquiring Castro in his place.
 

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0-1 with a 5.81 era career against the Yankees, 16 bb / 19 k in 31 innings. Feels like a guy who has always had good stuff with lackluster results; ton of walks and too many homers.
 

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0-1 with a 5.81 era career against the Yankees, 16 bb / 19 k in 31 innings. Feels like a guy who has always had good stuff with lackluster results; ton of walks and too many homers.
I might write more about this later, but he reminds me of Clay Holmes in that his issue may just be pitch selection. NY basically instantly made Holmes into a dominant reliever last year by changing his pitch selection/approach and I’m guessing that’s the thought process with Castro too.

Holmes had 25 walks in 42 innings for PIT in the first 4 months last year, then traded to NY and had just 4 in 28 innings the rest of the season.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/holmecl01.shtml
 

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Ryan Weber cleared waivers, elected free agency, and then agreed to a new deal to come back to AAA with NY, so he is back.

Albert Abreu needs to be activated when he joins the team tomorrow, at least briefly. I am guessing that they will send down Marinaccio (who has been great but still has options) and then when one of the injured relievers is back (Chapman and German both starting minor league rehab outings in the next few days, Loaisiga hopefully not far behind), they will DFA Abreu and hope no one claims him so they can get him back to AAA and try to fix him.
 

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NY activated Abreu and sent down Clarke Schmidt, presumably to stretch out and log more innings this year.
 

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OK, time to update here, as even I'm a bit confused with all the movement:

Current pen:

Weber
Sears
Abreu
Luetge
Chapman
Peralta
King
Holmes

Miguel Castro is on the paternity list and maybe back as soon as Tuesday, so that would be Sears back to the minors or Weber DFAd again. Weber looked good in his inning against CLE but NY can only option Sears up and down 5 times in a season, so maybe they plan to keep him longer this time.

IL, back very soon: German, Loaisiga
IL, back allegedly in August or Sept: Britton
IL, no idea but not soon: Marinaccio, Ridings (I was so excited for Ridings this season, I hope he gets healthy soon but news has been sparse)
IL, done for the year: Green

Clarke Schmidt is also available and on the 40 man although stretching out again in AAA, Luis Medina is on the 40 man and would be a fun emergency short reliever with his off the charts stuff, veterans Jimmy Cordero and Shane Greene are waiting for their chance in Scranton, Greg Weissert is a 27 year old righty from Fordham who has never made the bigs but who has been good saving games in AA and AAA the last two seasons, just 43 hits allowed in 80 innings.