• Jeff Nelson Return?

    Posted by on January 12th, 2006 · Comments (9)

    From the Star Ledger:

    Following the adage that you can never have too much pitching, the Yankees are talking about bringing back another old friend.

    Free-agent reliever Jeff Nelson and the Yankees have had conversations about a minor-league deal that would bring Nelson to spring training next month in Tampa, Fla., with a chance to make the major-league roster. It’s unclear how close it is to happening, as there are other teams (including the St. Louis Cardinals) interested in Nelson, and those other teams might be willing to guarantee more money than the Yankees are.

    “I’ve had a conversation with him about a nonroster invitation,” was all Yankees GM Brian Cashman would say about Nelson yesterday.

    Please, let him go somewhere else. He’s 39 – and has not had above average value since 2001. Mendoza is a flier. How many fliers do you need?

    Comments on Jeff Nelson Return?

    1. Jason O.
      January 12th, 2006 | 11:39 am

      The answer is:

      As many as you can get for the right price, particularly types like Mendoza/Nelson who have the demonstrated ability to have diabolical sinking pitches.

      If they recover this ability, then you have an Aaron Small/Chacon situation. If not, you expended next to nothing.

    2. Jason O.
      January 12th, 2006 | 11:42 am

      A also forgot an added bonus: The bullpen in Fenway will be quiet with Nelson around, lest those Red Sox jock sniffing employees want a cleat in an uncomfortable area.

    3. hopbitters
      January 12th, 2006 | 11:42 am

      Must be part of the “getting younger” initiative.

    4. January 12th, 2006 | 12:08 pm

      LOL hop.

    5. MJ
      January 12th, 2006 | 12:37 pm

      I read somewhere that he held righties to a .189 AVG last season. For the few hundred thousand it’ll take to get his disagreeable mug into camp, why not, if he still gets the righties out.

      Now if we could just get Torre to remember that Nellie means no lefty hitters and Myers means no righty hitter…

    6. January 12th, 2006 | 1:51 pm

      MJ, Nellie has held righties to a .218/.304/.299/.603 OPS line over the last three years and was at .196/.319/.247/.566 OPS last year.

      Course, Scott Proctor held righties to a .217/.270/.358/.628 OPS last year so he could fill that role too if you were looking for just righty work. He’s cheaper and 10 years younger though not nearly as effective against lefties…yet.

    7. January 12th, 2006 | 2:52 pm

      And, Proctor makes les noise then Nelson.

    8. MJ
      January 12th, 2006 | 4:44 pm

      Thanks James. Do you (or anyone else) have the RSAA #’s for Nellie and Proctor? If Proctor can perform at close to Nellie’s level vs. righties then I suppose I have no problem with him hanging around (except that he still has cruddy command).

    9. JohnnyC
      January 12th, 2006 | 8:52 pm

      So let me get this straight, again, it was Damon Oppenheimer and his Tampa ilk who wanted to fill the roster with geriatric over-the-hill types, not the kids they actually spent their sun-sodden Florida days scouting, drafting, and developing. Uh, which end of the telescope are we looking through, fellas? Seems to me the real problem is a lot closer to home, in the big ballpark in the Bronx. Sooner than later, you know Ruben Sierra’s getting a NRI. And, gosh, he’ll really EARN that last spot on the bench with a hot month on the Citrus Circuit. Plus, he’s such a pussycat.

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