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Minor Notes
2006-02-13 04:46
by Alex Belth
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Man, the snow was tremendous yesterday. But the sky is blue and the sun is shinning this morning as New Yorkers attempt to dig their way to work. Just a couple of items today...

The Yanks claimed right-handed picther Darrell Rasner off waivers from the Washingon Nationals the other day. As a result, Jason Anderson was designated for assingment. Cliff, anyone, got a vibe on this minor move? And what about this Luis Garcia cat?

Traditionally, the mainstream media tends to portray Black and Latin players in two extremes: they are either a threat (Cepeda, Clemente, and then later, Reggie Jackson), or the clown (Minoso, Ortiz). Over the course of his Hall of Fame career Henderson has found himself in both camps. The older he's gotten, the more he's become the clown, with his Casey-like language, and seemingly pure love of the game. Anyhow, it's kind of embarassing to those of us who have admired his greatness (and his sesne of style and humor) throughout. Regardless, it's nice to see that Henderson is being welcomed back into the big league game, even if it is in the small role of spring training instructor. Good for the Mets. But nevermind getting Rickey to try and teach Reyes how to steal bases, have him learn Reyes how to take a walk and he could really be of some good use.

Oh, and in case you missed the latest on Carl Pavano's creaky back by Madden and McCarron yesterday in the News, here it be.

2006-02-13 05:22:36
1.   debris
Harrumph! Just another sunny and cold day yesterday in Vermont. Not a flake to be found. The skiing is pretty marginal.

If you want to send some of yours up here, we'll be happy to take it off your hands.

2006-02-13 06:09:15
2.   wsporter
I've seen him only once, and that was last season against the Braves at RFK. He kind of reminded me of a guy who used to pitch for us, Ed Figueroa (Rasner would have to pitch really well to be that good). He throws maybe just a little heat and a nice power curve that seems to get beaten into the ground if it's hit. Whether he's a swing starter, long man, middle relief or mop-up guy he could help, he'll also be a nice asset to have come trade time. He could help another club right away and be enough to convince someone to layoff some of our A Ball talent in a trade. Could be another Aaron Small type pick up.

In any event, if certain parties are going to do a dance on Cashman this is the kind of move they need to give him credit for. Somebody was paying attention when this guy's name came up and since Cashman seems to catch the crap it's only fair to give him the credit for this one. Good job.

2006-02-13 06:10:22
3.   Sam DC
I saw Rasner pitch a few times last year and wondered then if he'd crack the 25-man this year. He's no star, but it was a good pickup by the Yankees I think (one allowed by Jim Bowden's utter sloppiness).
2006-02-13 06:19:05
4.   The Mick 536
Not all Vermonters want snow. Temperatures in the low teens to high single digits. Without wind and wearing high tech gear, pleasant to walk. Turkeys on the field. Animal tracks in the driveway. And the little snow there is looks white.

As for Rickey, just because you can steal bases doesn't mean you can teach. He dogged. He didn't come to play every day. He gambled (as did Mick the Quick). Greatest lead off hitter in history. Not one of my favs. Not as big a story as Guidry could be as the Janks pitching coach.

2006-02-13 07:21:46
5.   Dimelo
Southern Vermont got some snow, but not as much as I would have liked to enjoy the slopes.
2006-02-13 07:37:25
6.   Start Spreading the News
Maybe we will see Ricky's snatch catch being used by the Mets outfield this year...
2006-02-13 07:39:59
7.   Cliff Corcoran
With Andy Phillips ticketed for the 25-man roster and Eric Duncan likely to repeat in double-A, the Yanks need someone to play 1B in Columbus. Thus Garcia, who did have a nice season in the hitting-happy Pacific Coast League in 2004 (.314/.354/.584, 32 HR, 95 RBI). That said, the Yankees are his sixth organization in six seasons, bad sign for a player entering his age-27 season. I wouldn't give this guy a second thought. He's just a minor league roster-filler.

As for the other move. First, it's Rasner with and E (not an O). Second, it is indeed a nice pick-up. A starter throughout his minor league career, Rasner had a nice year in double-A in 2005 (3.59 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), and his career minor league K and BB rates are solid (7.31 K/9, 2.84 BB/9 = 2.57 K/BB).

WSporter, thanks for the solid scouting report. Sounds good. Though I must say, Rasner's a much better pick-up than Small was. Small came to the Yankees as a 33-year old washout with a career mL ERA close to a run higher than Rasner's.

Lastly, as for the Yanks designating Anderson for assignment, he was outstanding for Columbus last year (2.66 ERA, 7.98 K/9, 2.39 BB/9), but he's out of options and--stop me if you've heard this one before--having not had a proper opportunity to prove himself with the big club last year, there was essentially no chance that he would make the opening-day roster. Thus, the acquisition of Rasner just sped up the inevitable.

2006-02-13 08:11:39
8.   Levy2020
Can anyone point me to a website that explains how minor league options work? Or have the patience to explain them to me?

I don't understand why people can run out, and what that means generally. If Bubba Crosby were injured and needed to be rehabbed, could he do it in the minor leagues?

2006-02-13 08:36:56
9.   Jeteupthemiddle
rehab doesn't count toward options. I believe a player has 6 options and 1 would count for an entire year of callups. So after a player has been called up to the club and sent back down, he lost an option. Once he runs out (or has 5? full years of service in the majors) then he can't be sent back down to the minors without his permission...unless it is for rehab.

of course i probably messed something up in there, so if someone could correct me if i'm wrong, that would be excellent.

2006-02-13 10:30:57
10.   wsporter
Cliff, I have this lingering feeling that Anderson was wasted by us. Its probably a function of the way the dates lined up and a reflection of why we picked him up again (injury insurance?). I always thought his stuff and command were superior to Proctor's although I could be way wrong on that one. I hope Anderson doesn't come back to bite us on the ass. I suspect he won't accept a Minor League assignment or get through waivers.

Small worked out really well for us. The reference was meant to be aspirational in nature. One of the reasons I wish Bronx Banterers would find more joy in his story is precisely because he rose from the depths of a long and seemingly fruitless minor league journey to succeed on the biggest stage in the sport and managed through it all to maintain a charming sense of self and humility. He always looked so joyful to be where he was and to be doing what he was doing. I just like the guy.

2006-02-13 10:40:04
11.   singledd
When it comes to back issues, unless it's bleeding or broken, tradition AMA practitioners often don't have a clue.

Anyone who has a history of chiropractic or accupuncture/accupressure knows the tremendous benefits of these 'sciences'. I know every team has a slew of doctors....
do you think guys with back problems have tried chiropractic-accupuncture/accupressure.

I myself, would be crippled without chiropractic treatment.

2006-02-13 10:54:33
12.   Cliff Corcoran
The phrase "out of options" is actually misleading. Options are not measured by the number of promotions or demotions, but by seasons. A player's option period begins when he is first added to the 40-man roster and lasts three seasons (regardless of when during the first season he is first placed on the 40-man). Anderson was first added to the Yankees' 40-man roster before the 2003 season, when he made the team out of spring training. Thus 2005 was his final option season and he is now, in 2006, "out of options."

Players who are out of options can only be demoted to the minors by clearing outright waivers, which is why you'll see that some players are "optioned" to the minors while others are "outrighted." Unlike major league waivers, which many players are secretly passed through after the July 31 trading deadline (which is more accurately the waiver deadline), outright waivers are irrevocable, meaning that if a player is claimed, his old team cannot take him off waivers and keep him. Also, even if a player passes through outright waivers, he still has the right to reject his assignment to the minors, thus becoming a free agent (this is why Mike Vento will be in camp with the Nationals this spring).

For the moment, Anderson has been designated for assignment, which means the Yankees have 10 days to decide what to do with him (release him, trade him, pass him through outright waivers in order to assign him to the minors, or return him to the 40-man roster having made room for him by removing another player).

Bubba Crosby is also (mercifully) out of options this seasons, while Andy Phillips is in the final year of his option period.

2006-02-13 11:01:18
13.   Cliff Corcoran
Here's an excellent glossary of transaction rules, which I'll add to the Information Overload section of the sidebar. It includes some details I left out of comment 12.

2006-02-13 12:27:31
14.   Ken Arneson
12 "A player's option period begins when he is first added to the 40-man roster and lasts three seasons"

That sentence is a little unclear: there are three separate seasons you can be optioned, but they don't have to be consecutive. Once you are put on the 40-man roster, you can be sent to the minors during three of the next six seasons.

For example, you could be placed on the 40-man roster in 2006, spend all of 2006 and 2008 in the majors, and then be sent to the minors at various times during 2007, 2009, and 2010. In 2011 you would be out of options.

2006-02-13 12:52:35
15.   Cliff Corcoran
Thanks, Ken, that's something the link in 13 clears up as well. Indeed, that explains the term "out of options."

Of course the rule is even more complex as if the player is not out of options in his sixth year, he must give his permission to be optioned to the minors (but does not need to clear waivers as he's still within his option period). Also, if the player spends three full seasons in the majors that also exhausts his option period, even if he was never optioned to the minors at all.

2006-02-13 19:20:34
16.   Chris Needham
The key to 14 is that it doesn't work the other way, which creates a lot of confusion.

The clearest way to think of it is that you use an option year any time you're on the 40-man roster, but aren't on the 25-man roster at some point in the season.

This also gives certain players, who remain entire seasons in the minors, a fourth season of option-eligibility, during which they can be stashed in the minors or sent up and down with impunity.

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