Yankees GM Brian Cashman is officially having a pani (short for panic attack)…. as MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Yankees have signed southpaw Greg Smith and right-hander Cory Wade to minor league contracts, according to the International League’s transactions page.
Reality is the only thing these two pitchers can do is make the Yankees average age drop a little, as Smith is 27 and Wade is 28 respectively.
Smith is a lefty, which the Yankees definitely are short of in the bullpen but he was let go back in 2010 after making eight starts for the Colorado Rockies. Smith went 1-2, with a 6.23 ERA and only threw 39 innings in total, which makes it understandable why he has not been in the Majors since. The Yankees bought his contract from the Grand Prairie Airhogs, an AAIPB team.
Wade has been tucked in the minors since making 82 appearances in relief for the LA Dodgers in 2008 and 2009. After posting a stellar 0.93 ERA in 2008, Wade struggled in 2009 and was sent down to the minors. He has been with the Rays since last winter, but his opt out clause allowed for him to sign with New York.
The reason I say Cashman might be in panic mode is because 32-year-old journeyman Brian Gordon, who was also signed a day ago, said that the Yankees told him to be ready and to mentally prepare himself to start on Thursday afternoon.
Oddly, when I checked the Yankees active roaster on MLB.com, not Gordon but Wad’s name had been added to the list.
So, I guess the idea that maybe Cashman brought in Wade and Smith to provide pitching depth in Triple-A can go right out the window.
It also means any hope of seeing one or two of the young prospects was never happening.
And where is he going to add Gordon to the 25-man roaster? Unless he put Wade on for 12-hours, which would be totally stupid.
This is all so weird because these guys were just inked a day ago and that is because Cashman is so steadfast in not letting some of the youngsters come up yet.
Why did he even invite any of them to Spring Training if he had no faith? Or is Cashman trying to keep their values as high as possible just so he doesn’t feel poor if some arm emerges prior to the July 31st trade deadline?
Who knows but when things start to get confusing like this regarding what is really going on, and when it involves the Yankees, usually it’s because something is.
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