May 24, 2006
I've seen many comments around the web today where some Yankees fans are upset about the Yankees designating Colter Bean for assignment (yesterday).
First, think about what this means. When a player is "Designated For Assignment" (DFAed), it's just a stall where his team is figuring out what to do with him.
In the case of Bean, the Yankees can still send him to the minors or trade him. Just because he was DFA'ed, it does not mean that he's going to be released.
If I had to guess, the Yankees are using the DFA-stall here because Bean is going to be used in a trade. He would be the right piece to move for someone like Ryan Church.
At the least, the Yankees still own Bean today. Therefore I don't see why there's such a fuss over this move.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 24, 2006 11:47 AM
The reason everyone is upset is that Bean is on the the 40-man roster and is only in his second option year. There was no need to DFA him. They did it because they want to be rid of him for good. Someone will probably pick him up.
Bean is not getting traded. He had a slight "myth" about him because of his minor-league numbers, but now people have seen him and his funky motion and they're not going to want him.
I could see Billy Beane picking him up if he was released.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 24, 2006 01:48 PM
For a farm system that's supposedly barren, both the A's and the Red Sox have a decidedly peculiar obsession with former Yankees prospects. Perhaps that's a tacit comment on how well the Yankees have identified and developed the talent they already possess. The Yankees on the other hand are always looking for those wiley veterans.