2014 Trade Deadline Open Thread: Monday

Fan Confidence Poll: July 28th, 2014
7/28-7/30 Series Preview: Texas Rangers
"There's always money in the banana stand!" (MLB.com)
“There’s always money in the banana stand!” (MLB.com)

The non-waiver trade deadline is 4pm ET this Thursday, and between now and then there will be a ton of rumors and speculation. Some actual moves too. The Yankees have already swung trades for Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley, but Brian Cashman has said he is still seeking another starter and another bat. I don’t know if they’ll get another deal done, but I fully expect plenty of Yankees-related rumors this week, hence a full week of open threads rather than one or two days.

Over the last few days we’ve heard New York connected to John Danks (link) and Ian Kennedy (link). They do not have interest in Matt Kemp (link), however. The Rockies and White Sox are said to be keeping an eye on Francisco Cervelli (link). Obviously young catching is one of the team’s most tradeable assets. We’ll keep track of the day’s Yankees-related rumors right here in this post, so make sure you check back throughout the day. All of the timestamps below are ET.

  • 5:35pm: The Yankees have been connected to outfielder Chris Denorfia, but they are not engaged in talks with the Padres about him. [Sherman]
  • 5:11pm: The Red Sox are getting “hit hard” with inquiries about both Jon Lester and John Lackey, including from other AL East clubs. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees called, but it would make sense if they did. [Ken Rosenthal]
  • 4:03pm: The Yankees are “in on everything” but they are very reluctant to trade away their best prospects. If true, they won’t be able to make any big upgrades, just smaller, incremental ones. [Joel Sherman]
  • 3:05pm: The White Sox have been scouting New York’s minor league catching depth in recent days, furthering speculation of a Danks trade. The Yankees are also focusing on a right-handed platoon partner for Ichiro Suzuki, which doesn’t really make sense given his splits the last few years. [Jayson Stark]
  • 12:25pm: The Yankees and Cubs have discussed Jake Arrieta, though it would take a huge offer to pry the right-hander away from Chicago. Arrieta is in the middle of a breakout year following some mechanical and pitch selection adjustments. [George Ofman]
  • 11:00am: The Yankees are eyeing Josh Willingham as well as other outfield bats like Alex Rios and Marlon Byrd. They prefer Willingham because he is a pure rental. The Yankees are included in Rios’ six-team no-trade list. Here’s my Scouting The Market post on Willingham. [Jon Heyman & Ken Rosenthal]
  • Danks remains a target and is among the most likely players to be moved. There is no evidence they’ve talked with the Padres about Kennedy and they aren’t focused on Cliff Lee because his contract ensures he’ll be available in August. The Yankees do not appear to have interest in Wade Miley, Bartolo Colon, or Edwin Jackson. [Heyman]
  • Just in case you got your hopes up after his appearance at Yankee Stadium yesterday, Troy Tulowitzki is not close to being traded to the Yankees. “I’m with my family. I wanted to see (Derek) Jeter play one more time,” he said. Tulo was in the area seeing a specialist about his hip injury. [Nick Groke]
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Fan Confidence Poll: July 28th, 2014
7/28-7/30 Series Preview: Texas Rangers
  • Jill

    I like Rios over Willingham. Not big on Danks. Heard Cash asked about Arrieta from the Cubs. Not sure of spelling but I like him. I think Byrd would be an upgrade in the OF. Also need a replacement for Roberts at 2nd base. He is Awful.

    • Bret The Hitman

      I like Rios the most of this bunch as well. Cervelli for Rios.

      • Preston

        Rios is an upgrade over Ichiro. But he takes few walks (4.7%), he hasn’t hit for a lot of power this year (.127 ISO), UZR grades him out as a below average defender and while his .299 batting average looks nice, he has an inflated .357 BABIP (career .312). The fact that he has a NTC clause means he has some leverage too, and he might use that leverage to make a team pick up his 2015 option. I’d be fine with the acquisition at the right price, it just isn’t a very exciting one. I’d prefer Willingham, who is equally flawed, but I’ll bet on the high walk, high power guy, over the batting average guy any day.

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          Agreed. Plus, Willingham is a rental and would, presumably, cost way less.

          • D$1184

            But he hasn’t played anywhere but left field since 2009 which would mean playing either him or Gardner out of position in right.

  • JGYank

    The 2nd WC and parity has really ruined the last couple of trading deadlines. Very few moves are made and it’s a sellers market. Let’s hope the front office can pull off two deals at reasonable costs but that’s asking for a lot with the state of the trade market.

    • D$1184

      Agreed. When they added the second Wild Card, they should have pushed the trade deadline back to August 15th.

  • Rob

    I would like to see Marlon Byrd. After watching what he did with the Mets last season before they traded him, he was an above average hitter with some power from the right side. Putting him into the lineup and replacing Ichiro can only help the team. Willingham is terrible and is overmatched when facing a veteran opponent.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Byrd is 36 signed through his age 38 season.

      Willingham is coming off wrist surgery and is 35.

      Not deal-breakers but, I wouldn’t feel disappointed if Cashman passed on them.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Agree on Byrd, but Willingham is only signed through the rest of this season. We wouldn’t be betting on his wrist long-term. And he wouldn’t cost much, presumably.

  • AC

    Cash is looking to grab an OF bat that will boost the offense. Looks like he rather grab 1 in giving up the least amount of prospects to do so. You can see by his other moves what his plan is. Wouldn’t mind Kemp if LAD eats a boatload of $$ to move him.

    • D$1184

      Kemp wants a trade so he can be in center field and that’s not happening with the Yankees. He could become a headache and a distraction. Pass.

  • Dick M

    The rental thing is fine. Headley and McCarthy have been great pickups and we have to try and win now. I get that, I really do.

    But when we do we address our long term needs? 3B, 2B, SS, RF and a couple of rotation spots will all be gaping holes next year and we can’t keep taking on bad contracts like Beltran and McCann.

    Starting to think that Headley might be part of the solution. Eat A-Rod’s contract and buy low on CH. The guy can field, switch hit with power. Get him to a Yoga clinic.

    • colonel

      Let’s wait and see how he does the rest of the season before jumping on the Chase Headley band wagon. He’s been awful the last two years.

      • The Doctor

        What? He was a very solidly above average player last season, and, factoring in defense , he has once again been an above average player in spite of a down year at the plate. 1.8 fWAR in 83 games after 3.6 in 141 is hardly terrible.

  • Dick M

    Of those OF’s I think Rios is my fave, although Willingham can give you good ABs, just not sure about his D. All are a huge upgrade over Ichiro.

  • D$1184

    Should mention the Yankees are one of 6 teams on Rios’ no-trade clause. He may require the Yankees’ to pick up his option for next season to waive that clause.

  • Yankeefan91

    Carlos Gonzalez And Troy Tulowitzki For Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances,Luis Severino,Gary Sanchez,Dante Bichette Would This Be Enough ?

    • Yankeefan91

      Of course taking on most of there contract.

    • mitch

      That might be enough for just Gonzalez.

      • Preston

        I wouldn’t trade Gardner and his contract for CarGo and his contract straight up. Both debuted in 2008, Gardner’s outproduced him 20.6 fWAR to 19.5, and even though he’s been the more healthy of the two he’s actually played fewer games because he came up as a back up and missed all of 2012. Cargo is signed for 3 years for 53 million, Gardner is signed for 4 years for 52.

        • mitch

          not saying i’d do that trade for Gonzalez…mostly just pointing out that trade would come up way short for Tulowitzki.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      No.

  • Andrew j

    Didn’t Rios say in the past he can’t stand by and does not want to play for the tanks? We don’t want players like that.

    • Andrew j

      Can’t stand new york

  • JLC 776

    For what it’s worth, for anyone held up on potential trades with the Phillies, it sounds more and more like Ruben Amaro Junior is batshit crazy and won’t stop until he’s fired at the end of the year. Local sports radio (in Philly) is saying that several GMs have just stopped even bothering to ask about Lee because the price RAJ is demanding is delusional.

    We saw this last year, as well. Several teams wanted Michael Young (3B) and even though the Phillies were hopeless and Young was gone at the end of the year, RAJ held onto that card for no reason whatseover.

    • Tanuki Tanaka

      RAJ is weird for sure.

      • JLC 776

        As bad as some Yankee fans think our organization is these days, I look at the Phillies fans around me and just think, “Thank God I’m not one of them.”

        • Tanuki Tanaka

          As bad as our ownership/Levine is from time to time, I just look at Loria and smile.

          • JLC 776

            Seriously… what a disaster!

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Hell, look at other sports. The LA Lakers are up shit’s creek right now.

        • RetroRob

          The Yankees have one of the best organizations around. Fans somehow can’t see that.

  • Chase Heddardly

    #1 priority should be a power bat in RF. The reason they only went 7-3 on the home stand is the offense. They couldn’t hit bad pitchers on Texas and Toronto’s staffs. They never blew a game out and gave the pen a rest. The only rest the pen got was due to mother nature.

    Ichiro is just awful and they need more power. Teix and a power bat in RF would give them a decent lineup 1-8. The starting pitching has been there. They lost those 3 games at home not because of the pitching but because of the offense.

    I would try to swing a blockbuster trade for Byrd/Hamels or Lee. Cashman failed to pull the trigger on a blockbuster in 2010 and it cost us a trip to the WS. Let’s hope he’s learned his lesson. The club as it is currently constructed won’t make the postseason.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Hamels/Byrd would be nice but you could kiss goodbye to everyone’s favorite prospects.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      I read on MLBTR that Hamels supposedly isn’t available.

      • D$1184

        Change, as of today: Phillies are willing to listen on Hamels but they seem to be asking for a team’s top 3 or 4 prospects and are only willing to eat about $10 million of Hamels’ due $90 million.

        I’d be willing to take on all of Hamels’ contract (it’s not an unfair contract for a player of Hamels’ caliber) if it meant keeping Judge. We’re hoping Severino will be what Hamels already is and Sanchez….well, that’s the name of the game.

  • CMed21

    Don’t know why Capuano is even a possibility, He’s not even better than Capuano at this point. Danks, but no Danks

    • CMed21

      Don’t know why DANKS is possibility*

    • Tanuki Tanaka

      Well you’re technically correct when you said Capuano is not even better than Capuano at this point.

  • Darren

    Can’t we just get Tulo NOW? I don’t wanna wait til December. Most of the prospects and major leaguers we’d have to give away are at their peak value (Judge, Severino, Gardner, Dellin, Greene)

    Leave it up to Girardi, Jeter, Tulo and Cashman to figure out whether it’s better to have Jeter or Tulo move to second for the rest of the year. I’ve probably push Tulo there, since he profiles more as a second baseman anyway.

    Please can’t we try and win this year right now as much as possible?

    • Bret The Hitman

      There’s always Hanley Ramirez.

    • Dalek Jeter

      You’re joking right? You do realize that besides having an All-Star right fielder’s bat while playing short stop that what makes Tulo so incredibly valuable is that he’s an awesome defensive short stop right?

      Also, the Yankees will not get Troy Tulowitzki. It’s not happening. The Rockies don’t really have any idea what their doing or they would’ve traded one or both of Tulowitzki and CarGo two or three years ago or started to build around them. They’ve done neither. On top of that, if they do decide that this deadline/off season were the time to trade why would they trade with a middling farm system with all their quality guys years away when they could trade him to a top farm system team like The Cardinals for multiple guys that could help next year?

      • I’m One

        If the Colorado Sports media is any guage, there is a real possibility that Tulo will be traded, but it’s more likely to be this winter than before the trade deadline.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I don’t get that, I feel like they’d be able to maximize return (even if he’s hurt right now) by selling that Tulo can help in 2014 as well as the remainder of his contract.

          • Darren

            Why the hell would I be joking? The guy can’t stay healthy at SS, you have to at least think about playing him somewhere else at some point. Anyway, where he plays for the next two (hopefully 3) months isn’t the point, just get him in here. Move Jeter to second, in can show he’s the Captain by fully endorsing it and saying it’ll be a challenge but that’s excited to play with Tulo and just wants to win.

            And as far as what the Rockies want to do, who knows, not you, not me, maybe not Cashman, and maybe not the Rockies, not yet.

            Offer them Gardner, Judge, Greene and Betances and see what they say. Add in Jagielo and Cervelli and you might get what you need.

            • RetroRob

              Just stop it. The Yankees aren’t moving their 40-year old SS to a new position the last couple months of his career.

              And, yeah, if Tulo shows up for 2015 he’s playing SS.

        • The Great Gonzo

          If Sports Media was EVER any gauge of any sort of fact instead of a ploy to get people emotionally involved in what they’re saying in order to garner an audience… well, you know.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      MY GAWD THE CARNAGE ITS BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER DARREN AGAINST JETER.

      • Darren

        ha! Of all the dramatic things!

        Nah, I only thought it was horrible and disloyal to suggest pushing Jeter aside for someone like Ryan. It would be much worse to let his final year go by without going all out to try and get back to October. I don’t think he’d care about moving to second if it meant he’d have a better shot of going out in a blaze of glory.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          In that scenario, he wouldn’t be moving to second. He’d just play less.

          He’s not learning a new position two months prior to retirement.

          Since this is all fantasyland, we might as well paint a clown nose and tits on him as well.

          • RetroRob

            Hmmmm, and have him play second?

            I think I’m on board.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    I cringed when I saw that Tulo was in the stands. I knew, sure enough, someone in the NY media horde would feast on the story and either speculate or blast Tulo. Leave it to ESPNNY to do both

    • Dan

      It’s not just the NY media blasting him. You have to admit, it doesn’t look great to have an active player, while on the DL, go to the game of a team that potentially wants to trade for him, on a day when his team is playing, and thereby missing that game in the process.

      My first thought was, this is totally something A-Rod would do.

      • RetroRob

        What, you didn’t see who was sitting next to Tulo?! : -)

    • Dalek Jeter

      This is why I hate the sports media. I mean it was really as innocuous as “I’m in the NY area overnight anyway, why not take advantage of seeing my idol play live for the last time. Especially when I have no rooting interest against him.”

  • TopChuckie

    I think it’s obvious Bluth = Steinbrenner and Banana Stand = New York Yankees.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      “there’s always money IN the stadium…”

  • Robert

    The right field answer is in Scranton. Z Almonte why not DL Ichiro he looks fatigued or Beltron and give Z Almonte 15 games.

    Gardner and Elsbury are being run into the ground by playing them everyday.

    • http://Janiceville Derek

      As much as I like him Almonte is batting under the Mendoza line.

  • Bret The Hitman

    I think targeting only righty OF’s limits the Yankees too much in this trade market.

    How about a deal for a package of Jay Bruce + Brandon Phillips. Bruce is a victim of the shift and he could be frustrating to watch but he’s only 27 and there’s plenty of life in his bat. Phillips could be a change-of-scenery guy and plays hard. His righty bat would balance out the deal.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Phillips is injured and not all that good. And not particularly in that order.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Player A (2012-2014): .271/.314/.408/.722
      Player B (2012-2014): .212/.309/.382/.690
      Player C (2011-2014, since he missed the 2012 season): .246/.339/.400/.739

      Which would you want?

      Now, let’s add that Player A is owed $49 million from 2015-2017 and making $11 million this year, Player B is on a 1 year, $3 million deal this year, and Player C is making less than $1 million this year.

      Now who do you want?

      Player A = Phillips (and his numbers are trending the wrong way)
      Player B = Kelly Johnson
      Player C = Scott Sizemore (admittedly smaller sample due to his injuries)

      This is an admittedly totally unfair way of pointing out a totally fair point: Phillips, while decent, is a small upgrade over guys owed $50 million less over the next 3.5 years.

      I want no part of Phillips.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Wow dude. That was a LONG way to go to make a decent point that I think we all kinda knew anyway… well done, and enjoy the rest of your boss’ vacation week.

        • JMK

          Why are you being a dick?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I thought Mike placed a filter on all comments involving Brandon Phillips. Or was it Red Felson.

  • Dan

    Byrd is probably the best hitter of the bunch right now, but the age, contract, and PED history scares me. His 2016 option vests pretty easily. Plus, he’s probably the most expensive (in terms of prospects) of the the 3.

    So I’d go either Willingham or Rios.

  • JKatlak

    No thanks on what’s available. Yanks don’t need anymore hitters over 30. Yanks won’t do this and I’m in the minority that feels this way, but the only trade I would do would involve trading Robertson for a young up and coming player. I know it would hurt to get rid of Robertson, but Betances should be the closer in my eyes and Warren should be the set up guy. Two guys I’m interested are on the Angels. One is Kole Calhoun and another player is one that we don’t really have a position for but would try to groom him into another position would be CJ Cron. Neither of these trades are going to happen, but Yanks should be at least be thinking about moves like this instead of looking for band aids.

    • Bret The Hitman

      D-Rob is also 29 which is not exactly young for a reliever. He’s in his prime but could command a 4 year deal as a free agent. And do the Yankees really need him here for 4 years with Dellin + Warren in the bullpen, two cost-controlled, young late inning relievers with elite potential? I would say the bullpen is a place where the Yankees should at least consider dealing from a surplus, so I would agree with your angle.

    • Dalek Jeter

      1. I wouldn’t trade Robertson
      2. He probably doesn’t have much value, he’s a FA after the season
      3. Betances has been good for all of 4 months, lets give him some time
      4. Guys don’t magically stop hitting after age 30
      5. Younger isn’t always better (see NY Mets, Boston Red Sox)
      6. Calhoun’s interesting…I mean, like you said almost assuredly not available, but interesting (even though he’s a LHH)
      7. No thanks on Cron. He’s a bad 1st baseman defensively, and that’s comparatively the easiest position to learn, and even though he has a ton of power, he has a sub .300 OBP.

  • Dan G

    Cashman tends to wait until the offseason to make any sort of big trades (e.g., Granderson, Pineda) and generally only makes incremental upgrades like Headley, Hinske, Hairston, etc. during the season. Here’s an old but fun link of GM trade history up through 2010

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-east.html

  • Dan G

    If one sentence sums up what has kept him from being a truly elite stud and would make me think twice before selling the farm, it’s this:

    Tulo was in the area seeing a specialist about his hip injury.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Mike’s right with what he said about Tulo the other day though: 120 games of Tulo and 40 games of a replacement level guy still is the best SS in baseball.

  • emac2

    I’m not interested in these guys. I also don’t think you can make a decision on any of them without consideration of who you give up.

    I think a more creative angle might be called for. Something like trading Kuroda to the Dodgers and combining that return with something to get a pitcher who is going to be around longer.

    I don’t think Ichiro is a problem at all. He’s a good play who just doesn’t hit for power and can’t play every day. I would promote Garcia to split time with him instead of trading prospects and spending money for someone who isn’t going to be better.

    I do think we have enough major league ready players to help a team trying to make the playoffs like Miami (just an example not a fair proposal)

    I think Gardner, Phelps, Roberts, Cervelli, Sanchez, Banuelos, Ramirez, Judge and cash for Stanton might actually help the this year. The Yankees gain a long term building block and only need to replace a number 3 starter this year.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Ichrio has a wRC+ of 79, which is the 10th worst of the 83 outfielders with at least 250 plate appearances. Even if you just go by getting on base (the job of an outfielder with no power), Ichiro is 48th of the 79. No matter how you slice it, Ichiro is a below league average hitter who is not helping the Yanks. And his lack of power matters because the everyday CF and LF are not power hitters. Ichiro is a huge problem in need of an upgrade.

      Garcia is 29 and not considered a prospect. If he could help, he’d be in the Bronx already. He also isn’t the answer.

      • emac2

        The good news is that you don’t get any awards for wRC+ plus.

        If running a team was about classifying prospects by age and a wRC+ table even really stupid people could run a team and win. Since smart people with lots of money and experience can’t figure it out you should take that to means it’s much more complicated and isn’t something you can do with simplistic pattern recognition.

        Garcia is a prospect. He’s 29 because he’s a Cuban that came over and had to go through the system here. Injuries and proven replacement level vets in the majors have delayed his arrival by a year but he’s the best ready outfielder we have and he can hit.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You might have somehow just overpaid for Giancarlo Stanton.

      I assume the inclusion of Roberts is meant as a gag of some sort.

      • Old Man Time

        Don’t ya know Stanton can pitch, catch, and play the OF at the same time?

      • emac2

        :)

        He was a weak attempt at an example of a player or two that could help them this year and would have some value to them if we paid their salary. A lot of the Yankees that get bashed are good helpful players but are just complimentary players that only help if limited to 3 or 4 days a week or short term injury replacement. Taking money and starting roles out of the conversation players like Roberts, Johnson and Ichiro can help you win. Those guys would make a very nice professional bench and that could make a difference for a team like Miami or KC.

        As for overpaying. I would rather overpay for Stanton or Tulo than trade for Danks and Willingham now and Starlin Castro later.

    • Old Man Time

      Um, why wouldn’t the Dodgers just use those said prospects to get said pitcher for themselves?

      • emac2

        My theory would be that they have enough pitching long term and just want help this year. Instead of paying $100 in prospects for Price they could pay $40 for Kuroda.

        The Yankees could then trade that $40 worth of Dodger prospects with $60 of their own prospects and get Price.

        The short answer would have been “so that they can get what they need and not gut the entire farm.”

  • John C

    Can we please stop with the Tulo stuff! He would cost a ton in terms of prospects, is already 30 and injury prone, and is owed a ton of money. Much rather wait til after the season and sign one of Hardy, Drew or Cabrera to play SS

    • emac2

      The reason I think Tulo is a reasonable topic is that I think he is ready to ask for a trade and is the kind of player who is respected enough by ownership to get traded wherever he wants.

      The reason it might make sense now is that he has more value to the Yankees if he can help this year too. The stories about passing the torch if he plays with Jeter for a month or so would be very baseball friendly as well.

      If we are thinking about trading a package for rental help this year and would also think about trading for Tulo this summer, we can take both of those packages and trade for him right now.

  • Paisa

    Mlbtr has denorfia possibly on the move. Sub 3 on base this year but still drawing a lot of interest. Could be a good fit for the yanks. Anyone know of any good comp trades?

    • mitch

      I don’t think he’d cost much at all, but i’d view him more as plan D. He’s more of a platoon guy, and while good against lefies, he still doesn’t have a ton of power.

      Willingham is the guy i’d target. Trading for him would be consistent with the McCarthy and Headley trades. He wouldn’t cost much and he’s off the books after this season.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I don’t think you want a down year Chris Deforina.

      I mean, talk shit all we want about Ichiro, but he is having a better season offensively than Deforina right now. And plays better defense. And is already here.

      So nah…

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Denorfia

      • The Great Gonzo

        And ironically, Ichiro’s trade to NY might be your comp. The numbers add up.

        Cost you nothing for prospects, and looked like he was cooked before the trade. But I would not bank on him making that bounce back like Ichiro did.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    This Tulo stuff is hilarious.

    “Play the kids! Play the kids!,” but their eyes turn as big as the first time they grabbed a titty the moment you mention a big name. Doesn’t matter if he’s only good for about 120 games a season and is hurt right now.

    • Farewell Mo

      “Play the kids! Play the kids!,” but their eyes turn as big as the first time they grabbed a titty the moment you mention a big name.

      I nominate this for best line of 2014 on RAB

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        We’ve come a long way in a couple of days, I see.

    • tar

      Who are you quoting “play the kids! play the kids!” when it comes to SS?

      Or are you confusing players like Stewartie, Nixie, and Wellsie with a player like Tulo?

      FTR Tulo is not a realisitic proposition right now. That would be a PR nightmare for the Yankees.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The position isn’t the point.

        The point is that half the people crying “sell” every day would suddenly empty the farm for Tulo or CarGo or Hamels. It’s an observation.

        I think he’s a realistic proposition if they’re willing to gut the farm for him. I’m just pretty unconvinced that they should.

        What exactly is this PR nightmare?

        • tar

          I get the point, but you used a bad example. No prospect hugger is going to worry if Cito is blocked by Tulo. I for one was pissed Stweie was getting playing time over Romine…. different situations all together.

          As for the PR…….Where is he going to play?

          Play him at 3rd…. and every ground ball Jeter doesn’t make will be a field day for the anti SS Jeter crowd.

          And how could you play him at SS with half a season of Jeter left?

          I am all for going for Tulo, just don’t think it’s realistic this year. In fact I don’t think any SS is a realistic candidate for an acquisition this year… so that goes for Castro as well. Off season different story.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Not advocating for Tulo, but I see this as a PR win for the Yankees: who better to pass the torch to than the best offensive SS in the league who already wears ‘numba’ 2′ and grew up idolizing the Yankees captain, himself? Prospects are prospects, this is part of their legend narrative.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          It’d be a totally “feel good” moment and good PR thing.

          • The Great Gonzo

            And also, he would be a metric shit ton better than Brendan Ryan.

  • Darren

    Dude, the drop off between Tulo and these guys is vast. You wanna be a prospect hugger, that’s fine.

  • Farewell Mo

    No to Danks and Willingham.
    Danks is a fly ball pitcher who doesn’t miss bats who hasn’t had an FIP below 4.50 since 2011. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen in YS3.
    Willingham hasn’t played RF since 2009 and has played there for about 30 games in his entire 10 year career not to mention he’s below average in left field already.

    Yes to Rios, Byrd or Arrieta.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Co-signed, actually.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’d love me some Jake Arrieta. The whole “price is sky-high” thing worries me.

        I’ll sign on for Josh Willingham at the price of a non-DOTF-worthy minor leaguer.

  • Tulo

    Just in town, and thought I’d stop by the Stadium as well as a few of the popular Yankee blogs. Read nothing into it, though.

    Peace.

    Troy

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Avoid Darren like the plague.

  • Jmpnyy

    Since they want an offer they can’t refuse, give the Cubs and a prospect and one of the WS trophies.Doesnt look like they will be in running for one anytime soon.

  • TheRealGreg

    SOmebody suggested Darwin Barney as a replacement. He just got traded to the Dodgers.

    • mustang

      I did and I got slapped like a bitch for it by most the regulars…lol

      • mustang

        As long as Ryan plays more second I will learn to live with pain…LOL

  • Kenny

    The Yankees are also focusing on a right-handed platoon partner for Ichiro Suzuki, which doesn’t really make sense given his splits the last few years.

    Agree entirely, but this is soooo obvious! Anyone can check these stats out on baseball-reference.com. Are we to assume this fabled Yankee statistics department missed this obviousness? Nope. So, what, then, might they know that we don’t?

    • mustang

      Its more about giving the Ichiro rest time he just better as part-time player

  • mustang

    “Play the kids! Play the kids!,” but their eyes turn as big as the first time they grabbed a titty the moment you mention a big name.”

    Once again the Honorable Jorge Steinbrenner nails it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      As long as I am not intentionally nailing another player with a baseball, that is.

      #lastnight

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Just on update on the Jim Bowden inanity, yesterday (or the day before, whatever), he said the Rockies should trade De La Rosa to the Yankees for Severino, Bichette and Avelino.

    Today, as he finally covers the AL East, he says the Yankees should get De La Rosa for just Severino and Bichette, and also get Willingham from the Twins for Avelino.

    I guess those would be more palatable, but I still don’t believe in De La Rosa.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I don’t believe in Jim Bowden, actually.

    • Dan

      No way I’d move Severino for De La Rosa. De La Rosa is a number 3 rental SP, who’s 33 years old. You don’t trade your top prospect for that. Especially on this team, where De La Rosa may not even be enough to get them the second Wild Card (not worth it).

      Save Severino for a trade package to get an impact player (who has some team control).

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I don’t think there’s much to worry about there. Severino for De La Rosa means Cashman would have truly, epically, failed.

        • Dan

          Maybe he could sign on to guest write for Bowden’s column in his next job.

  • Jimmy

    jon morosi is an idiot sometimes but he says hamels is available through trade. Judge Severino Sanchez for Hamels get it done CASH

    • The Great Gonzo

      ZOMG, TEH COAL HAMMERZ IS AVAILZ!

      That is gonna be a guy that is severely overpaid for. Like, overpaid for by a STUPID amount.

      • rbibaseball

        Really? He’s been rock solid since 2010, and he’s only 30 with three and a half years remaining on that contract. 24 million a year is a bargain compared to what Lester and Scherzer are going to get.

        Or are you talking about in a prospect sense. If that’s the case then yeah.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I shudder to think what they’ll ask for in a prospect sense. I also don’t know if anyone will really be able to pay it.

          I don’t mind the salary end of it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Remove Judge and substitute a lesser piece and I’ll begin to not think we’re gutting the farm for one pitcher. Maybe.

      Or just keep them all and throw a dump truck full of cash at Lester in November.

      • nsalem

        The Yankee Way!!!!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Being reluctant to give away the best pieces has worked out well this deadline. I’d continue with that strategy.

    • craig

      I agree with this. I like the McCarthy and Headley trades. I am torn, however, as I think Hamels is really, really good.

      I trust Cash. He has a good track record with trades and plays the market as well as any GM out there.

      That said, I get the feeling there will be 1 BIG deal that comes out of nowhere…not necessarily for the Yankees, but I think one good whopper gets done that no one sees coming.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m willing to deal, but there’s a line in the sand for me. Not everyone is up for grabs, and I’m not looking to gut the farm. I also know that prospects are for keeping AND trading.

        Judge is pretty untouchable. Severino? I hug my pitchers a bit less right now.

        If a Hamels were truly available, would I be fine with, say, Severino/Sanchez/Austin? Yeah, I’d be OK with that. I’m not sure the Phillies would.

        These crazy six/seven guy proposals are something I want no part of. We’re keeping most of these guys in house.

        • craig

          Yup…and the more moving parts to deal (multiple players and/or 3 team deals) the more complicated it gets and the less likely it is to get completed.

  • Tom

    Not a trade but Zoilo is being recalled. (Francis DFA’d)

    Unless the OF bats could be had for pretty much nothing, the Yankees should probably just hope for the best with a Almonte/Ichiro platoon.

  • mustang

    I second this especially for team that has mostly been mediocre.
    unfortunately all your going to get with this line of thinking is Danks and Rios maybe.

  • Chip

    I was reading the Fangraphs article about Matt Kemp and got to thinking. Would you trade Dellin Betances and JR Murphy for Matt Kemp and Corey Seager with no money involved? The Yankees would take on an albatross contract but improve in right field (assuming they can talk him into playing over there) and get a possible Jeter replacement all for the cost of a (really great) reliever and a guy who is blocked in AAA. I would do that move no questions asked so maybe its too light

    • Chip

      At the same time, the Dodgers are getting long term improvement at their two positions of weakness, bullpen and catcher

  • Greg

    So let’s say, hypothetically, the Yankees miraculously land Tulo before the trade deadline. Where do you play him? There would be an uproar if Jeter is benched in his final season. You just traded for a semi-competant 3B. Does Tulo play 2B for the remainder of the year? You already have too many old guys (mainly Beltran and Jeter) to have him DH. Would Tulo even consider playing 2B? Can he play RF?

    • rbibaseball

      Well he’s on the DL right now that’s the issue….we don’t know how severe his injury is. The Rockies are more likely to hold onto him and trade him in the winter when they A)have more suitors and B)He’s healthy.

      • Greg

        This is why I made this a hypothetical situation. So, again… if the Yankees HYPOTHETICALLY acquired Tulo… what do they do with him for the rest of the season while Jeter is still an active player?

  • mustang

    I was in trade talks with LoHud.com trying to trade Eddard but they wanted Tom, Chip R, Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead, Jorge Steinbrenner plus a commenter to be name later I just hang up at that point.

    • McLovin

      Should of pulled the trigger.

    • Chip

      I have a NTC