Montero among Yankees cuts
New York has added six-time Gold Glove Award winner Eric Chavez to the roster as a reserve corner infielder, while selecting Eduardo Nunez over Ramiro Pena as the backup middle infielder.
The Yankees also deleted catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine from the competition to serve as the backup to Russell Martin, leaving journeyman Gustavo Molina as the last contender standing.
“I know Romine and me, we are not going to the big leagues right now, but we’re thinking about playing in the big leagues one day,” Montero said. “We’re waiting for the opportunity. We’re trying to do our best.”
Montero, Pena, outfielder Justin Maxwell and infielder Doug Bernier have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while Romine has been optioned to Double-A Trenton.
Also among Monday’s announcements, infielder Ronnie Belliard has been released and right-hander Mark Prior – hoping to return to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2006 – will remain behind with Class-A Tampa as he continues to transition to relief work.
“I know there’s still a lot of things I can improve on and work on, being in different situations,” Prior said. “I think overall I surprised a lot of people that I can still hold my own at this level. I know I can.”
The Yankees are also in the process of selling the rights to right-hander Romulo Sanchez to a Japanese team. Sanchez is out of Minor League options.