Yankees Designate Randy Winn For Assignment

The Yankees designated Randy Winn for assignment to make room for Curtis Granderson, according to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times (via Twitter). Manager Joe Girardi told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the Yankees went with versatility and kept Kevin Russo and Ramiro Pena on the roster instead (Twitter link).

As Ben Kabak of River Ave. Blues explained today, Russo has turned himself into a household name and the Yankees like that Pena can back up at short. That means Winn is available to the 29 other teams (along with his .213/.300/.295 line). The Yankees expected Winn to be a strong defensive presence when they signed him last winter, but he has been average, according to UZR. Winn, who turns 36 next month, makes $1.1MM this year.

22 Responses to Yankees Designate Randy Winn For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. joshamaral 5 years ago

    Make sense. Not only is Russo probably as good, but he can also be shuttled to Scranton whenever they need to call up a reliever in a pinch.

  2. MB923 5 years ago

    Best news ever!

  3. Jonathan Gallo 5 years ago

    Randy Winn-Nice guy and horrible ball player.

  4. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    Winn is very streaky…unfortunately his bad streaks far outweighed his good streaks.

  5. bbxxj 5 years ago

    Winn still hit .260/.356/.360/.716 as a LHB vs RHP with decent veteran glove and some speed. He should be useful to somone as a utility outfielder as long as they still don’t think he is a switch hitter (he had a similar inablity to hit lefties last year too).

  6. ZeroZeroZero 5 years ago

    I would hope that Randy Winn can read the writing on the wall and will retire. There is probably some dumpster team out there that could use him but he doesnt belong on the roster of a contender or even a .500 team for that matter.

  7. I feel bad that this happened. I understand he wasn’t great, but all he was suppose to be was a backup outfielder. I don’t understand why they didn’t just send down Russo (even though he was playing well).

  8. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Awesome, I’m very glad that Russo is staying up, I think with the DH spot open he’ll be able to get enough AB’s to show what kind of hitter he really is.

    I wish Winn the best of luck and hopefully he can turn it around on another team.

  9. InvalidUserID 5 years ago

    So far Cashman’s moves this off-season haven’t worked out so far:

    – AJax > Grandy…so far
    – Javy pitching is pitching in NY like he last pitched in NY
    – Signing Winn on a budget instead of paying a few $$$ for Damon
    – Nick Johnson being Nick Johnson.

    • ZeroZeroZero 5 years ago

      Not going to argue the rest of the points but Winn wasnt a replacement for Damon really. That would be either Granderson or Gardner. Austin Jackson was never on the MLB roster so he was never replaced. Also, Scott Boras and his ridiculous demands are why Damon is no longer a Yankee. He demanded 3 years at something like $15m a year and said not to contact them with an offer of less, so Cashman didnt.

    • InvalidUserID 5 years ago

      With Nick Johnson likely gone for a good part of the season (and even if he were to return, I would hope they’d get some insurance), I wonder if the Angels would ever consider cutting their loss with Matsui. Considering they’ve dropped him down the order and he isn’t hitting very well, similarly to Winn, maybe it just isn’t a good fit.

      Hell, I’d take current Matsui as DH over Johnson any day of the week.

      Wishful thinking…Matsui doesn’t look right in anything other than pinstripes.

      With Hughes pitching like an ace out of the #5 spot and #4 Andy pitching like a #2-3, the Yankees can somewhat hold on Javy and hope he corrects himself. The more pressing issue is offense and bullpen. Bullpen misses P. Coke.

      • Zack23 5 years ago

        They miss Phil Coke? He had a 4.68 FIP last year.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Where to begin:1) Jackson had an absurd BABIP of .530 in March/April and hit .364/.422/.495, and in May he still has a relatively high BABIP of .377 and is only managing a .289/.333/.378. Now I now you said so far but c’mon, Jackson is proving that he had nothing more than a very hot start to the season and Granderson hasn’t had half the AB’s that Jackson has, I’m just saying that it’s way too early to even be mentioning that situation yet.2) No one and I mean no one predicted Javier to be THIS bad, most people (reasonable people anyway) were predicting 200 IP with an ERA near 3.8, which would be considered a success considering how far away Vizcaino is.3) Like it was already pointed out: Winn was signed as a 4th/5th OF, not as Damon’s replacement, the only reason that Winn has seen so much playing time is because Granderson was hurt and Winn can play defense, whereas Thames cannot.4) Everyone knew Nick Johnson would get hurt, even Cashman knew this, what we were hoping is that he could provide 130 games in the DH and put up his usual .400 OBP. DH isn’t exactly the hardest position to fill at the trade deadline.5) It was relatively well documented that the Yankees offered Damon a 2 year 14MM dollar offer, which is one million less annually, but with an extra guaranteed year, which sounds better to you 1/8 or 2/14 at age 36?Look, I know Vazquez has sucked so far, and Granderson has had less than 100 AB’s, but I think we should give it more than 48 games before we start commenting on Brian Cashman’s offseason moves.

      • 1) Jackson obviously won’t keep the pace come august, and probably he and Granderson will end up with similar stats, but we got to consider something:
        Granderson has been hurt a lot of time, while AJAX has been healthy so AJAX has given Detroit some needed stability, while the acquisition of Granderson and the inclusion of Winn+Thames created a monster on the OF, a big hideous monster that can’t field, can’t throw and most of the time can’t hit pretty well.

        Cashman had a desition and he opted to trade a young, fast fielder for a fast fielder 6 years older than AJAX that has been proven that can’t hit LHP.

        Not only that but JoeG even opted to go with Winn+Thames when at spring training he cut the guy with the highest batting average for the NYY (a guy as older as Granderson)… how did that end? oh yeah, Winn got DFA’d because he couldn’t hit.

        2) “No one and I mean no one predicted Javier to be THIS bad, most people (reasonable people anyway) were predicting 200 IP with an ERA near 3.8″.

        Then those people are not being reasonable at all, considering how Vázquez ERA in the NL it’s above 4.00, plus EVERYBODY knew Javier had lost 2 mph since 2006, and from them to 2010 it’s nearly 4 mph, for a pitcher that relies heavily in his FB-Curve combination it’s pretty tough to have a fastball just a few miles above his curve.

        3) “Winn can play defense, whereas Thames cannot”

        I guess JoeG has not read that because he has used Thames 17 times in the OF, resulting in “only” 2 errors.

        4) “DH isn’t exactly the hardest position to fill at the trade deadline.”

        I don’t think anybody in his 5 senses would hire a player thinking “oh I will need to replace him come July 30-31″, that’s just silly, if the NYY had REALLY tought about that they would have signed a replacement from the get go, which they obviously didn’t and left them with a mediocre hitter like Thames (0.222 in may once he started playing regularly).

        I know it’s early but NYY fans as I had a few doubts regarding those signings/moves and those were:

        Will Nick stay healthy? ——> So far, nope;
        Will Winn be better than last year? ——> Nope, DFA’d
        Will Thames actually hit? ——> So far, nope (once he started playing regularly);
        Will Javier Vázquez be better this year for the NYY? ——> So far, nope;
        AJAX, a player the NYY brass called ‘not ready’, can handle Major League pitching? ——> So far, yes;


    • Zack23 5 years ago

      -AJax got off to a hot start, and is his OPS is .711 for May, and his BABIP is still above .450-Javy was on the All Star team the last time he was in NY, so no he’s NOT pitching ike he did last time-Winn wasnt a replacement for Damon- and if you do some research Damon said in an SI interview he was NOT going to accept a 40% pay cut- and I’m sure if Cashman offered a 30% pay cut Damon would have the same response
      -Yeah NJ got hurt- funny how no one is saying they should have resigned Matsui now right?

  10. Winn was a class act in SF….played great D in that tricky right field corner. Couldn’t hit lefties anymore though. NY was an odd choice for him. He could still help someone.

  11. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Jackson has managed a .328/.380/.439 with a very steep decline in the past month, which coincides with his BABIP coming down to earth, Jackson hasn’t managed an OPS that high since his A+ season.

    Matusz’s FIP on the year is 3.79, and there are possible candidates that haven’t even made a major league appearance yet. I can guarantee that Jackson will not win ROY.

    Like I pointed out above, Damon turned down 2/14MM from the Yankees and ended up signing for 1/8MM, do you think he’ll top 6-7MM in his next contract, and even if he does, was it worth the risk for someone who was 36?

    IPK’s BABIP is low, while his LOB% is higher than his career numbers in the minors, meanwhile his FIP is close to 5, so I’d wait for his season to finish out rather than judge him on 10 starts.

  12. Zack23 5 years ago

    Agree on every point.

  13. Zack23 5 years ago

    “50 games is 1/3 the season and is not a small sample size”

    And Cashman put together the team with the 2nd best record in baseball. So what are you complaining about? Damon said he wasn’t going to accept a 40% pay cut, so he wasn’t coming back, should Cashman have just gave him 10-12m per just because?

    And you can say 50 games isnt a SSS- but Granderson only has played 24, so yes that is a small sample size. And Javy has 8 starts, again a SSS.
    And now Yankee fans love IPK because he has a good ERA in the NL – too bad his FIP is 4.79- so just like how we said AJax’s numbers will balance out, so will IPK.

  14. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Ok, well about Cashman shelling out more money, who was he supposed to shell it out for? Bay? Holliday? Lackey? With the contracts that all of those players saw, I’m very glad that Cashman didn’t sign any of them. And for what it’s worth, payroll for this season is roughly 12MM higher than last year.

    “What team did Cashman put together?The team has been winning despite Cashman´s deals.” Yes because C.C., A.J., Pettitte, and Hughes were put on this team by someone else. Like I said above Cashman knew NJ was going to get hurt, for ~5MM his .400 OBP was worth the risk, and have you seen Matsui’s season so far? Also again like I have already said, Damon was offered more guaranteed money to stay in NY, how is it Cashman’s fault that Damon was a prideful idiot?

    “Granderson was stinking it up before his injury” Yes, Granderson wasn’t performing well in the 24 games he played for the Yankees pre-injury. I’m inclined to give him a little bit more time before I write him off.

    Since when do we judge a pitcher on wins? IPK was never going to be anything more than a 5th starter, or possibly a reliever, in NY, so they traded him while he still had some value. And I’m willing to bet that Kennedy’s ERA is in the 4.4-4.9 range when the season is over, and Jackson’s slash line looks something like this .270/.325/.390 when the season comes to an end; the guy had a high BABIP in the minors, and got away with it because of his speed, major league pitchers are going adjust to him and he’s most likely not going to have a great season.

  15. Yankees420 5 years ago

    “The fact is Cashman wasn`t going to shell out anymore money.It was sort of a blankety blank you AND he got it into his head Granderson would be a difference maker.He is simply not ever going to be the player Damon was in his prime and even is now.” This is why I bring in names like Bay, Lackey, Holliday, you say this, my response is to ask you who should Cashman have shelled out money to?”They could have done the same with Damon.” How many times do I have to tell you, the Yankees offered a 2 year deal worth 14 million dollars, please tell me what’s more appealing if you’re 36, 1/8MM or 2/14MM.”Will you take that bet?” Yes I will actually, as long as we can base the numbers of IPK and Vazquez on FIP or xFIP, and we can make an impartial decision on whether Austin Jackson or Curtis Granderson truly had the better season.

  16. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Personally I was never comfortable with Cashman offering 2 years to Damon, he’s aging as well and I very highly doubt he can play the field at all next year (not like he can do it well now) and Jeter plays a tougher position than Damon (although not too well) and is the face of the richest franchise in all of baseball, so it’s different, Cashman literally cannot let Jeter even think about walking away.

    Alright, I’m excited to see who wins our bet.

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