We are officially in September call-up season. The Yankees can now bring up to 40 guys up to be on their active roster, and they will slowly get there. Here’s what they did on Sept. 1
This is the biggest one. Clint Frazier was recalled from Triple-A on the very first day of September call-ups. The Yankees sent Clint down when they picked up Edwin Encarnacion in June and he hadn’t come back up to the Major League since, primarily due to the emergence of Mike Tauchman. In the process, the Yankees have gained an extra year of control on Frazier before he can hit free agency. I don’t know exactly what day they gained that year, but it happened sometime in the last 10 days or so. Neat!
Clint has a triple-slash line of .283/.330/.513 (115 wRC+) with 11 home runs in 53 MLB games this season. As much as I was personally fine with him being stashed in Triple-A, it is silly to look at those numbers and see that he was not on the team for nearly three full months. In 61 AAA games this year, he is hitting a much less impressive .247/.305/.433 (85 wRC+) with just 8 home runs. Take from that what you will. Clint is in the lineup Sunday and batting 8th at DH.
Chance the Pitcher was also recalled. I don’t think anyone expects him to be anything special, but he was among the first called up. He’s been an up and down arm all year, so it makes sense to just have his arm available with the MLB team.
Dull was called up. He spent a day or two on the Yankees active roster as one of their August pick-ups. He’s given up 12 earned runs in 9.0 IP with the A’s this year, but has not pitched for the Yankees yet. Maybe they tried to unlock something in his game? It’s more likely that they just want his arm available for when they don’t want to use the important bullpen pieces, I reckon. I would also expect him to be among those who will be DFA’d when 60-day IL guys get activated and the 40-man spot is needed.
Tyler Lyons is a lefty whose contract was just selected by the Yankees. In order to open up the 40-man roster spot, the Yankees moved RHP David Hale (back) to the 60-day IL. He gave up five runs in 4.0 IP with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. He’s been really good in a small sample with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though. He has given up 1 ER in 4.2 IP there. I’m guessing they’ll try to ride his hot hand as a low-leverage arm before DFA-ing him once they need his 40-man spot.
Not a September call-up! The Yankees traded 1B/OF Ryan McBroom for international bonus pool money and a player to be named later/cash considerations. I had expected the Yanks to make a move for bonus pool money ahead of the real trade deadline, but I kinda forgot about it after it didn’t happen. The Yankees love to be active in international free agency, and they used virtually all of their bonus pool money on OF Jasson “The Martian” Dominguez. They had agreed to terms with another outfielder Jhon Diaz, who has a very exciting scouting report, but they didn’t acquire bonus pool money quickly enough, and they lost Diaz to the Rays in August. They surely don’t want to lose any other prospects that they like, so they’re beginning their process of acquiring bonus pool money. Cool. I like McBroom, personally (I’ve watched a lot of AAA games this year and he’s been part of all of them) but this is better for the Yankees so it’s super-duper fine by me.