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Report: Yankees sign right-hander Brian Gordon for Thursday start

Jun 14, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

Brian Gordon throwing

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that right-hander Brian Gordon has signed with the Yankees after opting out of his contract with the Phillies.

But that’s not all. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer passes along word from Brookover that Gordon is expected to start Thursday against the Rangers.

Brian Gordon? Who’s Brian Gordon? Glad you asked.

Gordon, a converted outfielder, made three relief appearances with the Rangers back in 2008, but has otherwise spent 14-plus years in the minor leagues. After putting up respectable numbers over the past two seasons as a reliever, the 32-year-old right-hander had a 1.14 ERA and 56/7 K/BB ratio over his first nine starts and three relief appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He posted a stunning 31/1 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings with the club this month.

While it sounds like the Yankees have settled on Gordon for Thursday, they have also considered David Phelps or Hector Noesi for the assignment.

  1. bigxrob - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    DJ, He has to be added to the yankees major leagur roster:

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed a Newsday report that righthander Brian Gordon can opt out of his minor-league deal with the team this Wednesday on the condition he is added to the major-league roster of one of the other 29 big-league teams.

    Here’s the link where I copied this from, it is at the end:

    • D.J. Short - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM


      • bigxrob - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        No problem, I’m here to help.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    If this site had anymore Yankees items on it today you would have to rename it

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      everyone knows espn is pro baston so lets be honest here, jim caple anyone? gammons? please

      • Ari Collins - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM

        Buster Olney?

        I’m pretty sure that Sox Fans and Yankee Fans can agree on one thing: ESPN loves the other team more.

  3. purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Sure Hank and Hal aren’t cheap; sure! (LOL! … yet another retread in pinstripes! King George must be turning over in his grave about now).

    • Ari Collins - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:45 PM

      So… who should they sign that they’re balking at the price for?

      If they’re unwilling to give up minor league talent, that’s not being cheap, that’s being smart.

      • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM

        guess if you’re a Yankee fan you’re a gambling man and are willing to gamble that you won’t be watching your team in the playoffs this season, huh? “Stupid is as stupid does” though!

      • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM

        If Hank and Hal aren’t the cheapskates that they appear to be, trading away a few prospects for badly needed veteran pitching help is something that they, like King George, would do in a heatbeat if it meant not seeing the Red Sox run away with the division title now, wouldn’t they?

        Prospects are after all just prospects? How did drafting Brian Taylor #1 overall in the draft work out for you Yankees fans? The veterans that he could have brought back in return could have brought the Yankees another pennant or two whereas all Taylor brought the Yankees was one giant sized debit on their checkbook.

        If Hank and Hal aren’t indeed cheap, they’d realize that replacement pitching for those prospects can easily be bought either at the end of the season or before from teams looking to shed payroll.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM

      “Cheap” is not the word most of us use on the owners of the team with the highest payroll in MLB.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:19 AM

        stop living in the past, dude! We’re not talking about King George’s Yankees any more. Just because the two buffoons who inherited the team carry the same last name doesn’t mean that they value winning any where’s near what King George did!

        Cheapskates Hank and Hal only begrudgingly gave Jeter the contract extension that they knew wasn’t worth anywhere’s near the money that they guaranteed, especially the number of years. Only one team since 1950 with a starting SS 35 years old or older has gone on to win a World Series… that’s just a baldfaced fact.

        The money spent on Soriano? Flush that down the toilet! Competent GM Brian Ca$hman was publicly against that signing, yet Hank and Hal fancying themselves to be great baseball minds overruled him. What a couple of dumbbells!

        The Yankees clearly have the resources to go after the pitching that they desperately need to try and keep up with Boston, but Hank and Hal have a death grip on their wallets and instead continue to trawl the waiver wire instead for bust Jeff Marquez and their latest edition, a 32 year old nothing.

        Yankee fans, I feel your pain; you should feel ashamed!

      • Ari Collins - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:42 AM

        You’re not making any sense whatsoever. How can they be cheap if they, as you said, overpaid for Jeter? How… how do you do that? What does “cheap” mean to you? If Hank and Hal weren’t cheap, they’d trade their prospects and use their money to get… who, exactly? Who’s available mid-season? The only good pitcher entering FA this year is… C.C. Sabathia. Who they will pony up big dollars for. Because they are not cheap.

      • bigharold - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        On the one hand you insist that the Steinbrenners are cheap but then you state that they gave Jeter exorbitant contract. And, that the money they spent on Soriano, against Cashman’s inclinations, was wasted too.

        Either they’re spendthrifts or they’re cheapskates but they can’t be both as those two states are diametrically opposed. Of course it would take a minimal grasp of logic to comprehend that but I guess that explains why you post the things you do.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        Hank and Hal don’t resign Jeter they would have been boiled in oil by Yankee fans, so did they have any choice? No-ooooo! The didn’t however, give Jeter any wheres near the number of years or money that he was demanding at the end of last season though. It was only when the bald faced reality setting in when Jeter realized that he couldn’t do any better that he signed.

        Soriano was signed because Hank and Hal thought that he was a “bargain” and would provide needed insurance when considering Mario’s age.

        Since then? A long, long string of low priced has beens, oft injured and scrubs. For christsakes man, the Yankees are trying to keep pace with their bitter division rival Red Sox, not the Cardinals. You call Boone Logan, Jeffrey Marquez and Collins championship material? I think not… at least not if you’re honest with yourself, that is.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        The highest payroll in MLB is the present, not the past.
        Most folks also realize the younger Steinbrenners took over day-to-day control of the organization quite a while before their father passed away.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        As long as you attach so much significance to the Yankees having the highest current payroll in baseball, why not also brag about the $39.5M in annual payroll dead money that the Yankees are currently paying guys for their vacations on the DL right now too? That’s sure proof of a well run organization, isn’t it?

        A large chunk of the Yankees current payroll was inherited just like their money from Daddy George, not earned like the rest of us have to do. I include Jeter and Posada’s last deals as being “grandfathered” back to Daddy George as well, because Yankee fans would have been outraged if either had been let go and neither had an heir apparent in the Yankees farm system to take over their position.

        The gauntlet I am throwing down, and will continue to throw down, is where are there ANY trades for any proven veterans making more than $5M/year? That’s how the Yankees the past 15 years or so have always reloaded in mid-season to fill glaring needs, but despite the glaring needs of their current pitching staff, I don’t even hear so much as a peep about Ca$hman being given the latitude to pursue any.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Noesi should get the start not some 32 year old rook, let the bluegays bring up guys like that

    • rhandome - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Whoops, looks like you made a typo in your post.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:53 PM

        yes, because he wouldn’t be classless enough to use a homophobic slur on a division rival

      • Ari Collins - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:43 AM

        Haha, no, that’s just dirtyharry being dirtyharry. i.e., doing his best to get banned. At least he’s using a DIFFERENT homophobic slur about the blue jays this time!

      • raysfan1 - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM

        sarcasm alert, Ari

  5. purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Fear not, Yankee fans… Damasco Marte will come off the 60 day DL any day now and save the day so that the Red Sox won’t run away with the AL East! Bwahahahahahaha!!!!


  6. yournuts - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Hey purdueman, if your so smart why aren’t you a GM or in MLB? or rich? Why do you have to be so insecure that you have to whine? I think your just jealous of 27 World Championships, a run at the title almost every year. Yankee fans don’t dislike Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, in fact we love them for making the organization the best in baseball. We spend more because we have the best fans in baseball and have always supported our team.
    The last time I checked we were 1.5 games out of first place and let me remind you that Pennant are won in September and October, not June! Don’t worry come September the Yankees will be in the mix for the AL Pennant.

    • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      I think that being a baseball GM is the hardest job in all of sports because of the total unpredictable talent pool. Look how many top draft picks wind up pumping gas and never make it to the Show. Gauging too when a guys about to go down the dumper is hard too. No thanks; I want no part of that job.

      My point is that PROSPECTS are just that… PROSPECTS. I’ve read over and over again about how the Yankees have a couple of kids at AA who are both “the next Don Drysdale”. Double A and they’re can’t miss superstars? Really? Give me a break! So was Brian Taylor.

      So much can happen between AA and becoming an All Star in the Show that it’s just foolish to hang on to PROSPECTS if you can get back veterans who will help you win now in return.

      After all, if Hank and Hal aren’t as cheap as they appear to be, down the line those PROSPECTS traded away can simply be back filled with proven free agents.

      As for my financial status, you don’t know me from Adam, so best to keep your pie hole shut!

      I always laugh at people like you who pull out the old “uh, well, uh duh, my team has 27 championships, how many does your team have?” card, because dude, YOU WEREN’T EVEN BORN YET WHEN MOST OF THOSE TOOK PLACE, so how can you lay claim to them? It’s a childish taunt at best.

      You love Hank and Hal? Are you gay? I don’t know much about Hal, but I’ve seen enough of Hank and his cancer sticks addiction to recognize a DOLT when I see one. Hanks first move to show everyone he’s the boss? Signing Soriano over the objection of Ca$hman to a 3 year, $9M/year guaranteed deal. How’s that one working out for you Yankee fans?

      If Hank and Hal continue to keep their death grip on their wallets, you have nothing to worry about come September because with the swiss cheese of a pitching staff your Yankees currently have, they’ll never survive the dog days of August.

      • tinker61 - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        purdueman, kindly enlighten the poor, ignorant Yankees fans on here. We’d love to know first how many ML teams you’ve scouted for. Then, enlighten us as to the ML teams you’ve actually General Managed. Then, tell us how many times you’ve seen Brian Gordon pitch. Oh, and then enlighten us as to who is available in JUNE for trades to upgrade a pitching staff. I’d bet the farm that all your answers equal one HUGH ZERO. Yet, you come on here spouting hogwash about something you have zero knowledge of. I’ll admit I’ve never seen Gordon pitch, but I’d bet that the Yankees scouting dept has, more than once. After reading all your hogwash, I can readily tell you’re just another Yankees hater with time on your hands. You apparently have almost as much baseball knowledge as your average Little League player. Now, you just know yourself out and spout all the hogwash you can dream up.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        tink… my mistake… I’m sure that the Yankee season ticket holders who are paying $8500 per seat per game can barely hold back their excitement over the likes of 32 year old minor league journeyman Brian Jordan being inserted into the starting rotation…. YOU IDIOT!!!

  7. uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Why do real and knowledgeable fans argue with purdueman. He is nothing more then this sites equivalent of a troll. He spends most of his free time which apparently he has plenty of in spite of his multi-degree higher education trying to impress posters. Yet all he continues to do is impress himself and show others his complete lack of knowledge of baseball and especially the NY Yankees. Normally I would respond to directly to someone who attacks the Yankees especially with misinformation. But I’ve sworn off trolls, I suggest all of you do the same. That’s just my opinion.

    • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      ufy… you don’t argue with me because you clearly aren’t a knowledgeable baseball fan; thanks for admitting so in your last post!

      As for you, the forum idiot, calling ME a troll? ROFLMAO!!!! Look in the mirror, pal! Oh, and stop being so obviously jealous about my education… I EARNED it… I didn’t just simply go online and buy it like so many do today.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Agreed. He gives Sox fans a bad name. Our answer to dirtyharry and the Phillies’ bicepts. No more replying for me. (Probably.)

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

        ari…. I realize that posters like you and ufy are obviously very thin skinned and simply can’t handle anyone bagging on your teams, so why not just find another forum by googling and just go away? Outside of ufy, nobody here would even notice.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        Ari, my friend. It would seem that even you and I can find common ground and something we can both agree upon. That there is no place on this board for trolls especially one that consistently has to use his advanced degrees/education as a security blanket to try and impress fans on a sports blog.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        It’s really sad ufy that you’re so obviously jealous of my educational background that you have to continue to resort to childish name calling, using names that I bet you don’t even know what they mean.

        Thank God I don’t lead your pathetic little life!

  8. uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this action by Cashman had just as much to do about Wednesdays Yankees game as Thursdays. Let me explain. First, Nova is starting for the Yankees tonight (Wednesday). He as most fans are aware usually makes it to/through the 5th round before running into difficulty. With that in mind and the current Yankees bullpen situation I would not be the least bit surprised if the Yankees are at least anticipating having to use Noesi at some point in this upcoming game. If that’s the case the Yankees bullpen is extremely short handed. At least by adding Gordon the Yankees now have the option of starting either him or Phelps and having one or the other come in, in relief relatively early on Thursday if necessary without taxing an already depleted bullpen further. Don’t know if that makes sense to anyone, but it did and does at least in my mind as I’m typing this. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

    • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      and my opinion is that you sound like Pittsburgh Pirate fan, getting all excited about a bunch of career AAA garbage pitchers. King George is turning over in his grave right about now. Next thing you’re going to be telling all of us is that Boone Logan belongs on the All Star team! LOL!

  9. purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I’m a Yankee season ticket holder who hold four $8500/game tickets right behind home plate at Yankee Stadium. I don’t care if the Yankees win the world series this year or even make the playoffs if I could just see Jeffrey Marquez and Brian Collins go head to head in a day/night doubleheader against Boston’s Lester and Beckett! Us Yankee Homers you know can’t handle the truth!

    • tinker61 - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      You’re living, breathing proof that being a season ticket holder in Yankee Stadium doesn’t make you baseball smart. If you in fact, are a season ticket holder. You never responded to my questions, just spouted more gibberish about season tickets. I don’t know you, so I’ve based my opinion on the negative hogwash you’ve been spouting on this board. IF…..I’m an idiot, I’m more than willing to match my baseball I.Q. against yours. Not to brag or toot my own horn like you’ve been doing with all your degrees, but I know the game of baseball. I have a degree as well. And I received my degree the old fashioned way. I EARNED IT.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        I have no obligation to you or anyone else other than my wife to answer anyones questions.

        As for your bragging over being such a great fountain of knowledge when it comes to baseball (and I’m surely based on your personality a self-professed expert on anything else that may interest you), I’m so happy for you that I think I’ll go take a dump now… in your honor!

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        tink… I seek no quarrel with you, nor do I have any interest whatsoever in engaging in a pointless debate. I don’t care who someone is a Homer Fan of, as it’s just a complete waste of time to even try and reason, much less debate such people.

        Doesn’t matter if they are Miami Heat fans, Yankee fans or any other teams fans, Homer’s just want everything posted about their teams to be all sugar coated and I just call ’em as I see ’em and call a spade a spade.

        Go Bruins tonight! … and that’s a tall statement from someone like me who thinks that Boston fans are the biggest gasbags next to University of Michigan football fans anywhere.

  10. tinker61 - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Purdueman, you really don’t have to go anywhere to take a dump. All you have to do is just jerk your arm off and flush it. That way when it goes down, you can honor your whole family. After all, is it not a tradition to keep families together? You have unmitigated balls to call anyone Self-Professed anything. You’re just another Blow Hard that can’t support all your hogwash with facts. And when you’re called on it, you’re like a little calf. All you can do is Bellow and Sh*t.

    • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      my, my… aren’t we proud of ourselves for being the forum potty-mouth today? Then again, that’s about what I would expect out of a teenager … or someone who professes to be an adult who acts like one.

      I’ve got plenty of facts for you. Here’s a comparison of a just a few former great Yankee pitchers and their current counter parts, all of whom I’m sure by now you’ve got slated for the HOF:

      Whitey Ford & Boone Logan
      Roger Clemens & Jeffrey Marquez
      Lefty Gomez & Brian Collins
      Andy Pettitte & Damasco Marte
      Goose Gossage & Hector Noesi
      Catfish Hunter & Luis Ayala
      David Cone & Cory Wade

      Guess you’ve got me tinker… throw in old Bartolo Colon and noodle armed Freddie Garcia and you’ve got a championship caliber pitching staff right now all right! (ROFLMAO!… FOOL!).

  11. tinker61 - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Where did all this come from? The ONLY player I’ve mentioned is to ask if you had seen Brian Gordon pitch to support all the remarks you were making. And you come with all this? Proving you can research with a PC, I guess. What is your point with all this? I’m very familiar with those names and who said any of those names on the right compared with any of those others. I’ll tell you what. I’ve always been taught never to argue with an Idiot because The folks listening….or in this case, reading these posts….Can’t Tell which is the Idiot. So, you just knock yourself out. I’ve made my points and you’re still like the calf. I refuse to debate you. I actually feel bad for having such a mental advantage, so I’m finished. Have a Good Life in your dream world.

    • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

      tinker… as thoroughly obnoxious as you are, you’re invited to my Yankees elimination party this fall if Hank and Hal don’t let Ca$hman do his job and trade for a few proven veteran pitchers.

      Besides, I can’t wait to see the look on your face when I sick my pet pit-bull on you!

  12. Ken (O.R.) - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Sorry guys, I have been reading your postings for a while. May hap, things could be discussed without argumentative rhetoric and insulting innuendos?
    1948 was the first game I ever went to, I have been going ever since (when state side), one would say I am a homer—wrong! I am a Yankee Fan that believes in the saying; “Team comes first”, no mater who or what!
    The days of King Geo, killed our minor leagues for years, plus we had to draft last…in the 2nd or 3rd round because we gave up our draft picks for a stop gap player and gave contracts of way to many years and cost.
    The last few contracts we gave out were over the head of Cashman, A-Rod, Jeter and Soriano. I don’t see the Yanks being cheep, do you? Why give up draft picks for a player when you may have one in the farm to do the job? Why give a player, that is washed-up, a huge contract when he couldn’t have gotten a better one anywhere else? Why bid against oneself for a player that wasn’t going to sign anywhere else?
    Question; “Where do we get a good starter at this time of the year”? Nowhere!
    Queastion; why bring up Brian Taylor? He didn’t fail at all, he was a top pitcher until he hurt himself in a bar fight.
    Question; Where are the next core players going to come from? Most teams are signing their younger, good players to long term contracts. Drafted and International signings through the minor leagues is where!
    Bottom line, even though we have two dumb co-owners, we have others that try to make things work in spite of them. This latest signing is a try, if it works out fine, if not, no biggy.
    Now, I ain’t got no lernings like yual does but, I been dar and done dat, foe much years.

    • tinker61 - Jun 15, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      Very Well Stated, Ken. As for the insults, I was merely defending myself which I’m fully aware was senseless. I agree with your post. My first memory of Yankees baseball was 1953 when Mantle came up. I was playing Little League ball at that time and watched Da Mick and was immediately hooked. You’re right on about Brien Taylor. I’m a North Carolina native and followed his HS career, in fact saw the kid pitch. Believe me, he was the Real Deal until that bar fight ended his career. He was the best HS pitcher I’ve ever seen, and I caught some pretty dang good HS pitchers. Taylor was popping the radar gun at 98/99 MPH as a left hander in the late innings. I feel good about the Yankees minor league system since Brian Cashman was given free rein by Mr. Steinbrenner in 2006. I know Cashman has been vilified by some Yankees fans, but I think he’s done well considering the Yankees draft positions. There are some studs waiting in the wings in the minors, just not ML ready yet. Frankly, I hope Gordon can come close to Aaron Small’s accomplishments in 2005. If so, Cashman has scored once more.

      • purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        The Yankees ALWAYS draft at the bottom of the pecking order. To overvalue prospects it the Angels way, not the Yankees championship way.

        The Yankees under Ca$hman have done a great job in developing their own home grown position players, but pitchers? Not so much. If the Yankees want to win it all this year, IMO they will have to part with a couple of their precious “can’t miss” pitching prospects and bring in a proven veteran or two who know how to get the job done.

        Pitching prospects can be easily replaced using “Yankee Bucks” in free agency and/or praying on bottom feeder teams (like Florida), who simply won’t pay to hang on to their players. A prospect is just that… a PROSPECT, and more pitchers flame out than at any other position.

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