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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Yankees Lefty Specialist Matt Thornton Claimed by Nationals

“Matt did a great job for us,” Cashman said. “There’s a reason the Nats put a claim on him; they’re in a pennant race and they know he can help them. But this is about flexibility in 2014 and 2015 for us.”
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So Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings and had not surrendered a home run since last June, is gone, replaced in the short term by journeyman Rich Hill.

Hill, of course, sucks.  He hit the only batter he faced in his Yankees debut.  Seems like a weird time to create a hole in your bullpen, but I guess when you are in a small market you’ve got to make every dollar count.

Cue Yankee Redneck.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:46 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: matt thornton, nationals, yankees, yr bait

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   1. John Northey Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4765355)
Weird... as a Blue Jays fan I'm happy to see anything weaken the Yankees this year. $3.5 mil is a bit much for a LOOGY but not crazy, especially on a team with a (roughly) $200 mil payroll. Maybe the Yankees are going to try to get under the cap next year ... would that 'reset the cap' for them and allow their payments to the league office to go down drastically in the future? Again, as a Jays fan I'm all for the Yankees writing off 2014/2015.
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4765359)
Thornton didn't really do a great job for them - he wasn't particularly good at stranding inherited runners, especially lately.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4765360)
But his peripherals are solid, so he could do fine with the Nats.
   4. bobm Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4765416)
How often are major leaguers claimed off waivers by a first place team in the other league?
   5. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4765457)
Cue Yankee Redneck.


I think this was the first time I'd ever been called out in a topic caption. YOU LIKE ME!

I don't have any issue with this move. In actually watching Thornton pitch this season I don't believe his basic numbers reflect his actual quality. The Yankees have done a good job fortifying their bullpen on the cheap and if they're looking to save some money on a left-handed reliever they have some quality arms in the minors that can fill the slot. Tyler Webb (12.7 K/9 at 3 levels this year) and Jacob Lindgren (20! K/9 at A+, just promoted to AA this week) could possibly give them some of the same performance at Thornton, if nothing else manager Joe Giradi has been a good manager of bullpen pieces.
   6. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4765514)
Yes, I'm pretty sure it would re-set the luxury tax penalties. But they've got a long way to go before they're under the threshold, giving Thornton to the Nats isn't going to do it.
   7. Bug Selig Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4765549)
I think this was the first time I'd ever been called out in a topic caption. YOU LIKE ME!


This sentence seems to assume that the first half implies the second:-)
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:13 PM (#4765713)
Don't step on my cloud, man.
   9. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4765719)

I think this was the first time I'd ever been called out in a topic caption. YOU LIKE ME!


And it's looking like the last time too. Your most endearing trait is your commitment to staying on message. And we get a thoughtful baseball comment? That's not the YR I know.
   10. Bruce Markusen Posted: August 06, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4765924)
At least the Yankees are getting younger. They've ridden themselves of Thornton, Roberts, and Soriano, three of their oldest players, in the last month.

They'll be joined this off-season by the two 40-year-olds, Jeter and Ichiro.

It's a full-fledged youth movement, relatively speaking.

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