Run by Josh Norris, The Trentonian's Thunder beat writer, this blog will cover the team, as well as the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball as a whole.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Flannery, Sublett and Mujica among seven released by Yankees
The Yankees on Saturday announced the releases of seven minor leaguers. Among the group were reliever Ryan Flannery — a Carlstadt native and a Fairleigh Dickinson alum — outfielder Damon Sublett and infielder Yadil Mujica.
The other four cuts were pitchers Reinier Casanova and Jhorge Liccien (a catcher for most of his career), and outfielders Kelvin Duran and Justin James, the son of former Yankees outfielder Dion James.
Casanova and Duran peaked at High-A Tampa, Liccien reached as high as Staten Island in 2011, and James never got past the Gulf Coast League.
To those who saw the way Flannery, Sublett and Mujica were used last season, their releases don’t come as much of a surprise.
That’s particularly true for Flannery, who pitched in just six games after June and was transferred off the Thunder’s roster before the playoffs.
Sublett had just 436 plate appearances in three seasons with Trenton, including just 84 last year.
He was slated to undergo hip surgery this offseason.
Mujica, a Cuban defector signed by the Yankees before the 2011 season, spent all of that year with the Thunder. He spent last season bouncing between Trenton, Scranton and Tampa.
Also this offseason the Yankees have parted ways with catchers Jose Gil (Orioles) and Gustavo Molina (Rockies), utilityman Kevin Russo (Tigers), and pitchers Mike O’Connor (Twins), Justin Thomas (Athletics), Lee Hyde (Reds), John Maine (Marlins), Ramon Ortiz (Blue Jays) and Jon Meloan (Giants).
All were minor league free agents, and Gil, Molina, Hyde and Meloan spent time in Trenton last year.