Yankees monitoring bullpen market

Yanks designate Darnell McDonald for assignment, activate CC Sabathia
Game 90: CC's Back

This shouldn’t be a surprise, but George King reports that the Yankees are in fact monitoring the bullpen market as we approach the trade deadline. There’s a clear need for another quality late-inning arm, someone Joe Girardi could run out there against both lefties and righties.

Joba Chamberlain‘s rehab from Tommy John and ankle surgery seems to be going extremely well so far, but the team can’t count on him to contribute down the stretch until they actually see him on a big league mound. Those were two major injuries and the rehab isn’t always a slam dunk, just ask David Aardsma. If you’re wondering about potentially available relievers, just search the roster of every non-contender for a veteran bullpen arm due to become a free agent after the season.

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Yanks designate Darnell McDonald for assignment, activate CC Sabathia
Game 90: CC's Back
  • MattG

    “There’s a clear need for another quality late-inning arm…”

    Debatable. Especially if one wants to argue that need must be addressed through the trade market.

    • http://www.jobus-rum.com Jobu’s Rum

      Normally I would say you’re right, but have you noticed chad qualls pitching every other game? It’s odd because I know we have a great bullpen, but things like that make me think we don’t.

      • MattG

        Girardi makes me nuts, but he does have the midas touch with relievers. Every time I see Qualls, I think, “Well, if he doesn’t use him, he can’t straighten him out.”

        If not Qualls, Mitchell. If not Mitchell, well, you get the idea.

        If they’re gonna sit idly by while he bunts his way into stupid losses, they can be idle long enough for Girardi to turn some other has been (or never was) into gold for a while.

        And I suppose Rothschild deserves a lot of the credit. How about the staff’s k/9 & k/bb? Damn.

      • jim p

        Guessing Joe just wants to rest the other arms for a spell, plus wanting to get enough looks at Q to see if he can be effective, or improved by Rothschild.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Chad Qualls was a quality reliever a couple of seasons ago. No reason why, with the lead this team has in the standings, they shouldn’t find out whether he could be that again with a change of scenery.

      • Deep Thoughts

        More save opportunities for Soriano, thus increasing his market value and encouraging him to opt out.

    • Mike HC

      I’m with you. Although I might be too confident in the return of at least Joba and possibly Mo too.

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      Yeah I don’t whatsoever that there is a clear need for a pen arm.

      I think as the bullpen currently stands you could argue it’s the best in baseball already.

      With Joba and Aarsdma’s returns on the horizon I think adding a bullpen arm is really a luxury at this point.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        If someone the equivalent of what Kerry Wood was a few seasons ago opens up for the equivalent of a bag of balls, you listen.

        • Ted Nelson

          Doesn’t have the upside, but that was sort of Qualls. Wood was really not putting up good numbers in Cleveland. Yankees saw a buy low chance and were right. Qualls looked like he might be a Jr version of the same for a few outings, now has put up two straight stinkers… We’ll have to see. Probably end up with more Qualls’ than Wood’s, but I agree it’s the best way to go.

      • Steve (different one)

        I think if Aardsma was still “on the horizon”, they’d feel differently, but right now he isn’t.

  • Jonathan

    I’m still dreaming of:

    Mo (ACL)
    Robertson
    Soriano
    Joba (TMJ/ankle)
    Logan
    Wade (overuse/sucked)
    Hughes (doing great in the rotation with Pineda on the shelf)
    Rapada

  • Jay

    Has Logan pitched since the All Star break yet? He’s a big part of the bullpen so hopefully he isn’t overworked in the second half. Seemed to fade towards the end of the first half.

    • forensic

      He got two outs against LA on Sunday after qualls blew open the game.

  • Brian S.

    Dumb. Giving up assets for relievers is dumb.

    • Rich in NJ

      Especially when you have as many quality relievers (and relievers who are close to returning) as the Yankees have.

    • Steve (different one)

      What about non-assets? Who did the Yankees trade for Wood? I can’t remember either.

      • Deep Thoughts

        July 31, 2010: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with cash to the New York Yankees for players to be named later. The New York Yankees sent Matt Cusick (minors) (October 21, 2010) and Andrew Shive (minors) (October 21, 2010) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

        • Peter Lacock

          That is not the complete trade

      • Ted Nelson

        Woods was really strugglin in Cleveland. He turned it around whether through sheer luck or because the Yanks scouts saw something correctable. Definitely some luck involved in that outcome, though. You’ll end up with a Qualls using that approach more than a Wood. Still a good approach.

  • 28 this year

    With Joba coming back this is less of a need. If the Yankees can get an upgrade from Qualls at a low price, then go for it. Otherwise, hold the ship until Joba gets back. The upgrade just isn’t strong enough out there. Aardsma is a really good get now though because of the 500k option for next year which is pretty much league minimum. Having a guy like that as a reserve option is ridiculous going into next year with an extremely strong bullpen with a number of arms to contribute. Think about it:

    Mo
    Soriano (hopefully he pitches well enough to opt out but if not)
    Robertson
    Joba
    Aardsma
    Logan

    These are just the relievers who have a bit of a track record, behind them, the Yankees have

    Wade
    Montgomery
    Whitley
    Mitchell
    Warren
    and a million other minor league options not to mention whatever minor league deals they get. Stockpiling bullpen arms is a win, see what sticks.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    By all means let’s replace Qualls with a decent reliever if the opportunity presents itself at a reasonable price.

    But to say the Yankees have a clear need for a reliever is kinda silly.
    One of(if not the) best bullpen in baseball not good enough for you?

  • jim p

    “non-contending” is a tricky concept these days. Looking at mlb’s wild-card standings, in the AL 7 teams follow the three division leaders by 1-game max, Toronto 2, and only KC, Seattle & Minn look out of it.

    In the NL you have 5 teams 3 or less games out of the wildcard. Az, Miami out 6, Milw out 7 and really only the Phillies (yeah!) and the Cubs plainly out of the race.xc

    So, of 30 teams, only 5 are absolutely non-contending, 2 close to non-contending, and everybody else into the pool.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standin.....d=20120717

    • Greg

      Which is a reason that next year, they might want to push the trade deadline into mid August or the end of August.

  • Greg

    I would say bring up Pat Venditte but he’s apparently injured.

    • forensic

      The last thing they need is two more OOGY’s…

      • Greg

        But its two OOGYs in one person.

        He can technically get people out from both sides of the plate.

        • forensic

          I know, I was being sarcastic. Though thinking he could get major league batters out at this point is probably a stretch anyway.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          How do you pronounce “RLOOGY?”

          • YanksFanInBeantown

            SWOOGY.

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    What about Fuentes? Wasn’t he just released? I’d be all for signing him to a minor league deal and seeing if he has anything left.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Cards signed him and we really don’t need another LOOGY.

      • Ted Nelson

        Fuentes is not a LOOGY. Never was. Every LHRP is not a LOOGY. Fuentes has minimal splits on his career, and this year everyone is hitting him.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Axisa is right in that this should be no surprise. They’re in first place and the trading deadline is approaching. They’re going to be monitoring everything. Doesn’t mean they’re prioritizing making a deal.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Choate? FA after this year and the Marlins should be sellers.

    • G

      What part of “The Yankees don’t need another LOOGY” doesn’t make sense?

  • RI$P FTW

    White people problems.