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Yanks Gun Down Kelley

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The Yanks dumped a potential $2.5M yesterday  when they  traded Machine Gun Kelley to  the Padres for a Double A Tommy John surgery waiting to happen, John “Vinny” Barbato a 22 yr old double A pitcher with  decent stats, and a live arm that needs to  be repaired, so  we won’t be seeing  “Vinny” Barbato helping the Yanks anytime soon

At Double-A San Antonio last season, he had a 2.87 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 31.1 innings last season. But he didn’t pitch beyond June 10 and, according to the YES Network’s Bryl-Cream Curry, the Yankees believe he might need Tommy John surgery.

The spin is the Yanks continue to get younger, and they  will, unless they  grab an older flea market reliever to close like Ralphy Soriano  or Frankie Rodriguez. This may have been $2.5M toward that purchase, let’s not get  crazy and think it’s money toward Max Scherzer, $2.5M wouldn’t pay  for Scherzer’s road game hotel suites…

The getting younger part won’t come from  Barbato either, for the moment he’s basically the proverbial bag of balls type of return for Kelley who still has some bullets left in his arm.

Kelley, 30, first came over from the Mariners in 2013. In two seasons with the Yankees he has gone 7-8 with a 4.46 ERA, appearing in 116 games and pitching 105 innings. Kelley has averaged almost 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched over that stretch and allowed an average of just 3.7 walks per nine innings.

That’s Kelley’s strength, he misses bats, but unfortunately he didn’t miss enough of them to  warrant being upset over this salary dump. If Barbato is heading toward TJ, the Yanks can  get younger by inserting one of


1. LHP Jacob Lindgren: The 2014 second-round pick dominated immediately, racing to Double-A

2. RHP Danny Burawa: The Yankees protected Burawa from the Rule 5 Draft, so they think highly of him. Struck out 55 hitters in 59.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Must work on command.

3. RHP Branden Pinder: The 25-year-old righty got his first taste of Triple-A action in 2014 and excelled after dominating Double-A. His fastball sits in the mid-90’s, he’s got a good slider and he’s working on a change up.

4. LHP Manny Banuelos: The former top prospect didn’t pitch particularly well when he returned from Tommy John surgery late last season. But he’s just 23 years old.

5. RHP Jose Ramirez: He’s got a great fastball-change-up combination but he hasn’t stayed healthy — his oblique was an issue in 2013 and 2014. Disappointed in his big-league debut in June.

6. RHP Gonzalez Germen: Acquired from the Mets for cash Friday, Germen throws hard but gives up lots of hits and walks. Posted a 5.57 ERA out of the bullpen in Flushing last season.

7. RHP Chase Whitley: A candidate for Triple-A rotation depth, the Yankees had to have been pleased with what Whitley gave them in his first year as a starting pitcher. They’ll want to increase his innings count in 2015.

8. RHP Bryan Mitchell: Projects more as Triple-A rotation depth should a Yankees starter go down, but his fastball and improving control make him enticing out of the bullpen. Threw a few innings in relief for the Yankees in 2014.

9. RHP Andrew Bailey: GM Brian Cashman has said he expects Bailey, an NJ. native, to have recovered from his shoulder issues enough to pitch in spring training. Bailey, when healthy, is electric. But he hasn’t pitched in a game since 2013.

10. RHP Nick Rumbelow: Shot through four levels of the Yankees’ farm system before finally meeting some resistance in Triple-A. Drafted in 2013, the 23-year-old throws hard and racks up the strikeouts. A potential sleeper for the last spot.

11. LHP Tyler Webb: The 24-year-old has posted K/9 rates over 11 in each of his two years of professional baseball but has recorded just 20 Triple-A innings. Fastball stays in the low 90’s despite being 6-foot-66 and 225 pounds.

After the 4 yr  $36M Andrew Miller contract, Cashman  has dumped $8M, (Gregorius /  Greene Arb numbers are a wash) for 2016 by flipping Prado, or has he?

With Jones $5M and the projected $3.1M arbitration for Eovaldi plus the $3M in cash going to Miami,  the Prado deal is  a wash in 2015.


Eovaldi  will get  yet  another arb raise in in 2016, so subtract that from  the $8M Prado savings, plus the money they need to  replace Jones.

If Cashman really wants to  dump  salary let’s see him  flip ARod, Teixeira, Sabathia, or Beltran, that’s dumping salary, not this nickel dime stuff like Thornton,  Phelps, Kelley and Prado

 Phelps  will be in line for  arbitration ($1.3M) and Kelley ($2.5M). The Bombers can use that $3.8M toward a closer, or toward their impending Arb cases

Esmil Rogers (4.088) – $1.9MM
Ivan Nova (4.024) – $3.3MM
Michael Pineda (3.099) – $2.1MM

Anyway  you slice it, this move doesn’t move the needle much in cutting salary or in Wins, it does remove a 30 yr old pitcher who had some experience closing or setting up  the 8th inning. This leaves Adam Warren  as the senior member of the Bomber bullpen

Betances / Miller / Warren / Wilson / Rogers / TBD / TBD …..

The Yanks have now cleared out  prospects Phelps, Claiborne, Greene, Nuno, Rafael De Paula and Peter O’Brien (a 2012 2nd round draft pick) Cervelli,  Heathcott, Amonte and Wheeler. Let’s hope this next  wave of  farm hands fare better in helping the varsity, hopefully some of  the 11 names mentioned ready to  replace Kelley pan out, and Eovaldi  can  replace Greene

Cashman seems to  be flipping his draft picks for somebody  else’s, doesn’t leave you with much  confidence RE: how the Bomber farm  system has been developed or drafted does it?

Good luck to Machine Gun Kelley, one of our favorite nick names rides off into  the sunset


Written by Sal

December 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

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  1. Too bad Kelley wasn’t more consistent, when he was on he could get you that much needed punch out


    December 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

  2. Good review of all the financial considerations, Sal. The 800 pound elephant in the room of course is Arod’s first 6 Million Dollar Bonus, which kicks in with only a few more homers. Without looking it up–it’s either 4 or 6. Fredo Hank did a helluva job.


    December 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

  3. Noogsy, it’s 6 more HR’s for the Do-Re-Mi to kick in. Good job Sal in providing all the intel on the potential candidates for Kelly’s replacement. Maybe that $$$ is going for the new Batting Coach & 1st Base Coach! Ha! Can’t stand all this nickel & dime stuff. Yeah, I get the albatross back end contracts of A-Roid, Cap’n Crunch, & Tex, but c’mon! These are the freakin NY Yankees for chrissakes!!! Is this the best we can do? George must be rolling over in his grave! George did a lot of stupid things that undermined the team. And there’s been a revisionist historical account of his tenure. Which is complete BS. But he would NEVER allow this to happen under his watch. To read of the Met’s coming ascension, and his team’s demise into mediocrity, would be enough to gall him into doing WHATEVER IS NECCESSARY to bring the team back to the forefront. Jeez! Is that where we are now? 2mm salary dumps & getting rid of a 30yr old pitcher with swing & miss stuff to get a few years younger? Pahleeze!!!


    December 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

  4. hey boys, good stuff thanks… yes that’s the number, 6 more taters makes him a $27M man this season

    here’s the contract

    10 years/$275M (2008-17)
    re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/13/07

    $10M signing bonus ($2M paid upon approval, $1M paid each Jan. 15, 2009-2013, $3M paid Jan. 15, 2014)

    08:$27M, 09:$32M, 10:$32M, 11:$31M, 12:$29M, 13:$28M, 14:$25M, 15:$21M, 16:$20M, 17:$20M

    $30M marketing agreement based on home run milestones ($6M each for reaching 660, 714, 755 and tying and breaking major league HR record)

    no-trade protection

    perks: may purchase 4 best available season tickets for 2008, 4 Legends Suite or comparable season tickets for 2009-17

    the part I like is the 4 legend suites .. Alex and Hank Fredo can now bang cocktail waitresses two at a time …


    December 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

  5. Gonna have to bring in Moe Greene to straighten those guys out!


    December 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

  6. I really respected Kelly’s parting remarks.
    sounds like a good guy,,
    wish i could comment on Giardi, Cashman + Rothschild’s parting remarks, tho,,


    December 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

  7. You guys are funny and have the ability to remember very important things. Jack Woltz ( Johnny Fontaine never gets that part) and Khartoom really got the sheets messy. And speaking of a mess–Virgil Solozzo and Captain McCloskey really trashed that restaurant in the Bronx–whose name I can’t remember. Clemenza was anti—“pain in the ass innocent bystanders.”


    December 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

  8. Noogsy, the name of the restaurant in question, is Louie’s! Ya get everything here at Paint The Black!!


    December 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm

  9. I use that “Fat Clemenza’s line all the time,,
    “pain in the ass innocent bystanders”


    December 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  10. Love that line! “Louie’s is perfect for us. Nice family restaurant where everybody minds their own business”. “Don’t forget, 2 shots to the head a piece as soon as you come out. Drop the gun & don’t look anyone in the eye! Yeah, they’ll be scared of you kid!”


    December 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  11. “We wuz all proud of ya, kid,,, bein a war hero &all, ,,, Your Fadder too,,, “


    December 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  12. Oh boy, here we go. ” Hey Mikey! Why don’t you tell that girl you love her?” ” oh I lova you so! You gonna breaka my heart!”


    December 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  13. “Ey, pay attention, kid, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday”,,,


    December 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm


    damn you guys made me hungry!!….. here’s one of the new kids Domingo German.. kid looks pretty good


    December 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  15. Can he hit doubles in the gap ?
    Make him a 2nd baseman,, hahaha


    December 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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