Thursday, January 1, 2015


Big trade by the Yankees and kind of surprising considering there was chatter  about the Yankees eventually bringing him up to contribute at some point "soon."  Well, that was a lie, or BS, or they changed their minds or ... something.

Looks like Manny Banuelos is gone. Traded, to the Atlanta Braves for 2 other pitchers.

According to Jack Curry of YES, right handed reliever David Carpenter and left hander Chasen Shreve will be wearing pinstripes:
Now, I don't have to dig through the BYB archives to explain to you the excitement we had for Manny Banuelos.  It goes literally to the beginning of BYB when Grant Cederquist wrote FEATURE: ATTACK OF THE KILLER B's. That piece was written in February of 2011.  Back then our former writer wrote:

"... From the very beginning of his pro career, Banuelos impressed scouts, but wasn’t viewed as a potential top of the rotation guy, largely in part to his small stature and frame. He's the lone lefty of the bunch and has developed power beyond what most lefties ever have, partially in thanks to an emergency appendectomy which caused him to take working out must more seriously. His fastball is now pretty much at CC speed, hovering between 93 and 94, and often clocking as high as 95-96. 97’s a rarity, but towards the end of 2010 he touched here and there.

Manny has also recently developed a curve ball, which is also considered a plus pitch. Clocking in at 75-79 MPH with good break, it produces frequent swing and misses.

As effective as both those pitches are, his excellent change up is considered his top pitch.  He throws it between 78 and 82 MPH with huge 2-seam action and a major drop..."

Since then there was Tommy John surgery and I guess after that, it may have been a situation where he just wasn't the same pitcher as they envisioned.  At any rate... now he's gone.
According to Hardball Talk:

 "...Carpenter, 29, is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander has been a reliable reliever for the Braves over the last two seasons, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 141/36 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings.

 Shreve, 24, made his major league debut for the Braves in July, enjoying a stint of a week and a half in the show. He returned in September when rosters expanded, finishing the year with a 0.73 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. In the minors, where he spent most of his season, Shreve owned a 2.67 ERA and an 87/12 K/BB ratio in 64 innings, most of which came with Double-A Mississippi."

The Yanks are making moves ladies and gentlemen... let's see what happens next.

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