Jul
11

Update: Cashman says Yankees working to acquire a “small piece”

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1:34pm: “We have a small piece that we’re acquiring right now that hasn’t been announced yet, so again going to continue to try to piece things together,” said Cashman during an interview with MLB Network this afternoon. Something’s in the works.

12:30pm: Despite Masahiro Tanaka‘s injury and the Yankees’ apparent inability to play any better than .500 ball, the team will continue to aggressively pursue trades to improve their chances of winning this year, according to Mark Feinsand. “We’ve been aggressive because now we’ve got four starters that we were planning to have in the rotation are out,” said Brian Cashman. “We will continue to be aggressive unless I’m told otherwise.”

I think the Yankees have reached the point where there are simply too many holes to fill at the trade deadline. They could have used another starter before Tanaka got hurt, so now they definitely need one. Add that to a right fielder, a third baseman, and a reliever — at some point the Jim Miller/Matt Daley/Jose Ramirez/etc. revolving door has to stop, right? — and you’re talking about four needs leading up to July 31st. That’s an awful lot these days. This weekend in Baltimore figures to have a big impact on their deadline plans.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline
  • Dan

    I almost am rooting for them to be swept in Baltimore (almost). Ownership needs to wake up, it doesn’t make any sense to invest any more into this group of players this season at the expense of prospects (even if most won’t pan out and they’re overvalued in general). If they can’t or won’t go into sell mode, I’m really just hoping they stand pat.

    • Colonel

      No almost here.

      • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

        So you want to root for losing? What kind of fan are you?

        • Donny

          Jeff Francis, huh?

        • trr

          Exactly. That type of attitude is dumbfounding.
          Expect to see some moves made. Maybe not blockbusters, but something.

          • Scott

            I can understand not going to crazy and giving up the young guys. I also don’t want the team to sell. I’m hoping they stand pat and make some minor moves (McCarthy, Francis). Just try hard to win with what they have this season and reload in the offseason.

    • Old Man Time

      Turn in your fan card.

  • John C

    Some people will root for a Baltimore sweep so Yanks would more likely becomes sellers, but I can never root for my team to lose. Lets hope for at least 2 of 3.

    • Oy

      There is no one to sell. Kuroda may/may not have a trade clause and is owed a large sum of money for the rest of the year. Dominate relievers like Robertson with only three months of control left don’t net much in trades. Besides them two, who is there to sell?

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        “Kuroda may/may not have a trade clause”
        Guys, Hiroki Kuroda has a full no trade clause, it’s been stated on this blog multiple times–its entirely up to him to waive, and who most likely won’t since this was the one condition of his hold out to accept the QO:
        http://www.baseballprospectus......k-yankees/

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          edit: to NOT accept the QO and renegotiate a 1 year FA contract

        • Oy

          You do realize that the link you posted claims that he does NOT have a NTC?

          • Mandy Stankiewicz

            I keep seeing him referenced as full no-trade:
            http://yanksgoyard.com/2014/07.....l/#!bcZzKm

            • Oy

              Yeah, I don’t think that’s a very reliable source.

              Same thing was happening last year. Some reporters were claiming that he had one, so we did not. Mike thinks that he has one. I don’t know if he has a NTC and unless a major source reports it, I’ll question it.

        • Dan

          He has a home in SoCal, and both teams look like they have a strong chance of going to the playoffs. You have to think he’d waive it.

    • Scott

      +1

  • Joe

    Lets start w/a third baseman & a starting pitcher; move Johnson to second (his natural position). I would rather they make moves and attempt to get better than sell. Be realistic…selling what we have will not get us an elite MLB ready prospect!

    • Colonel

      No but it will keep them from getting rid of prospects.

      • Joe

        I completely agree. The team has very interesting prospects at the lower levels, which it should hold on to. That’s what makes the Phillies an intriguing trade partner. Take on the contracts of one of one of their pitchers (Hammels or Lee) and Utley (solves second base)…in a complete salary dump the team will not have to part with much. Of course, that all depends on if the Phillies are willing to sell and they like what the Yanks are offering in return.

    • Kevin S

      Johnson is an awful hitter.

      • Kosmo

        amen

      • ChrisGuitars

        That’s a compliment. Beltran’s an awful hitter (career stats ignored), Johnson would have to improve markedly to qualify as awful.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’d be aggressive too, but I don’t want to see anyone new here who won’t be able to help this team at least two seasons from now.

    My belief is that you can buy and STILL be more effective in the medium run than by selling the odd pieces that this team could sell. By a long shot.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      We should take Dan Uggla and teach him 3rd base? Maybe a new home park would help his failing. :p

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        The current .162 hitting ‘all bat/no glove’ Dan Uggla?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          I was being sarcastic. No way in the world does anyone want Dan Uggla, hence probably why Frank Wren hasn’t gotten rid of him. Of course, Atlanta fans have given him the Ben Francisco treatment.

          You feel bad for him really. Even the 22 home runs he produced in 2013 would be a nice thing. He just seems absolutely lost.

    • Old Man Time

      I agree completely. It seems too many people think under two false assumptions: (1) a trade will only net you prospects or a washed up player on a bloated contract, and (2) you can’t retool a team, you have to have a fire sale and completely rebuild. There’s a vast middle ground they completely ignore.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I’m telling him otherwise, stop pursuing trades unless it’s to sell some of our veterans for future building blocks. Hiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda are not coming back this season. Even if they did it’d be mid August at best and this team can’t compete until then.

    Your rotation is a 40 year old who faded down the stretch last year, a long reliever, two AAA guys and an NL pitcher who had a 5 ERA in the NL West.

    And last night’s lineup included two 8 year minor league journeymen. They actually provided the only offense. Outside of that McCann and Beltran are major disappointments. 40 year old SS on his last legs, no 2B, no 3B, no RF. It’s over, folks.

    • trr

      You’re flirting with reality here, Eddard, are you feeling OK?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Go for it.

  • Darren

    Yes, please be aggressive, please trade prospects for real players, please take on salary, please try and win. A boring August and September would be boring. We have a bunch of holes but the division sucks and once we’re in the playoffs anything can happen. Cole Hamels and Tulo or Castros would be a great start.

    • Bats

      What you said is super-easy to say rather than do. You don’t even come up with a prospect-trade scenario.

      • Colonel

        I think…at least I hope…he was being sarcastic.

      • Darren

        My trade proposal sucks.

    • Joe

      Other than maybe Refsnyder…who in the system would you want if you were another GM? Nobody in the system is netting Tulo, CarGo, Castro, etc. The best option, IMO, is to get rentals / salary dumps (Phillies); use the one resource the Yanks actually possess. In a few years, maybe the prospects at the lower levels perform and will be able to net the team an elite MLB player.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        In no way, shape, or form do I think Refsnyder’s this team’s best trade chip.

  • dc1874

    No way sell!! In this watered down AL East a .500 team can contend till the end.

  • Craig

    This is a big series. I am in the camp that if you can move pieces to get people that will help you know and in the future than you should do it.

    I actually think the PRP treatment has a decent chance of succeeding for Tanaka. My concern is that the data suggests a 12 week return, which basically kills the season. The Yankees said 6 weeks, but why would they tell the truth. It doesn’t help them from a leverage standpoint.

  • Rob S.

    I just hope they don’t give up any good prospects for a two month rental. If they can acquire someone who is under control for next season then it might be worth it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      We’ve been through this before, but the best prospect in recent times this gave up for a rental waaaaaas…..

      Zach Fucking McAllister.

      Really, folks. It’s not that they do it often. It’s that they pretty much never do it.

  • adjusts batting gloves

    Wondering what the Cardinals would give up for Cervelli, with need for temporary Molina replacement. Their starters are pretty banged up, too, but there might be another match. Would love to read one of Mike’s trade reports on the Cards.

    • Kosmo

      Murphy for Allen Craig

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        ….and Oscar Taveras, and Kolten Wong, and Stephen Piscotty. If we throw in Pete O’Brien, maybe we get Wacha.

        I’m milking this joke for all it’s worth.

    • trr

      Not much.
      But I’d be OK if they moved Cervelli in a sensible deal to upgrade elsewhere

  • Bats

    Here is the bottom line:

    Our relief corps is pretty darn good. David Robertson has been excellent. The middle of the Yankee lineup has been in a slump and needs a wakeup call and our starting staff is all hurt except for “Grandpa” Kuroda.

    What the Yankees need to do, is not trade for players in hopes to win this season, i.e. Cliff Lee, rather trade for players who can win for the long term, like Cole Hamels. In that way, therefore trading a Gary Sanchez will be justified.

    If Cashman can get Hamels, Headley, and hopefully “steal” Chris Owings…then I would trade the most of the farm. I would trade the farm for reasonable long term stability at the Major League level. Because of highly impatient fans and stupid sportswriters, the Yankees keep aiming for “One Year Wonders” which only worked one time in a decade. It’s time to think long term, not just for 2014.

    • Kosmo

      Yanks are not getting Headley, Owings and Hamel.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Not really busting your chops, but why is his name the hardest to spell I’ve ever seen?

        • Kosmo

          I´m sure I´m one among many who seriously could give a rat`s ass, sure you have plenty of time on your hands to theorize as to the reasons why. Not busting your chops or anything.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            That actually sounded like quite the busting of chops.

    • Jack

      If the “Headey” that you refer to is the same one who plays Cersei Lannister, then I’m in favor.

  • Oy

    I think they need to go all in this year. The division is in ruins and the prospect of 2015 Yankees looks very grim. They are four games back from the division and the Rays + Red Sox won’t be having down years like this next year. There is no one to sell – there are no reasons to give up for this year.

    Two starters, a third baseman and a right fielder. Try to get one of San Diego’s pitchers and Headley. See is the Rangers will give up Rios on the low. Don’t fold when the play offs are in sight and the division won’t be as weak next year.

  • Vern Sneaker

    To become a championship-caliber team again we need upgrades at 2B, SS, 3B, RF (a power hitter, which is why Refsnyder doesn’t make sense with Ellsbury and Gardner in the other two spots), and starting pitching. I don’t agree that McCann is a “major disappointment.” He’s an entirely adequate defensive catcher and handler of pitchers and is probably going to finish the year with 17-20 HRs and 70 RBI, not bad at all for a catcher though you’d like to see him hit at least .250. It’s pretty tricky to try to rebuild and at the same time fix a hole or two for a possible playoff spot this year. An example is the Desmond discussion in the last thread. That’s a trade we ought to try to make now if we can, we have no shortstop even close to ready in the minors and he’s really good — even though with Jeter around it doesn’t become a priority for this year’s playoff run. Yet I’d rather use our chips for a solid long-view move rather than for something short-term. It’s hard to find a trade that serves both.

  • Kevin S

    Doesn’t make sense to make moves for this year. Realistically, they can’t compete unless hitters in place step it way up. Move Johnson to 2nd? How about move him out?

  • Bo Knows

    I hope not, the last thing this team needs to do is overreact, overpay and decimate what little of a farm they have for another over the hill player that won’t change the inevitable that they aren’t making the playoffs this year. The bubble is really close to bursting, they can’t afford to do something stupid. Too much has gone down for them to be able to make a run, too much has been lost.

    I’m in the camp of stand pat, and evaluate for next near.

  • tom

    I only am very mindful on what packages we send away.

    Yankees need to get a hitter that hits in the middle of the lineup so they can push McCann and Beltran further down. Roberts has to stay at 8th spot where he has been excelled.

    I would like to see Ellsbury to lead off and Gardner at 3rd because Gardner has been dumb as fuck at base stealing.

    Wheeler should stay as a platoon hitter for Suzuki at RF or Johnson at 3B. Depending on what power hitting position Yankees get.

    I am fine with Hamels because he is under contract for at least 3 years after this season.

    1- CF Ellsbury
    2- SS Jeter
    3- LF Gardner
    4- 1B Teixeira
    5- new power hitting 3B or RF
    6- C McCann/ DH Beltran
    7- C McCann/ DH Beltran
    8- 2B Roberts
    9- Suzuki RF or Johnson 3B/Wheeler.

    SP1- Kuroda or Hamels
    SP2- Phelps or Kuroda
    SP3- McCarthy or Phelps
    SP4- Greene or McCarthy
    SP5- Whitley/non top SP or Greene

  • Kosmo

    Yanks will continue to be agressive.

    I´m beginning to think Wheeler/Solarte at 3B is better than a 2 month rental in Headley.

    Prado/Miley are still possibilities. Hamel will cost to much.

    I hope Refsnyder and Pirela will get their chance sometime soon.

    I like the idea of trading for Allen Craig RF/1B/DH. He´s having a down season and is on the verge of losing his job to Taveras with Piscotty/Grichuk not far behind. The Cardinals need a catcher regardless of what they´ve been saying.

    Yanks can remain competitive but the postseason is a reach.

    • Vern Sneaker

      As much of a fan as I am of seeing our prospects come up, Pirela and Refsnyder are problematic. All reports on Pirela is that he is an inadequate defender at every position he plays. No report on Refsnyder says he is a major league second baseman yet and putting him in RF with Gardner and Ellsbury leaves the team with three .275-.290 (probable range) hitters with no power. We can’t win consistently with that situation on a team that also has no major power behind the plate or in the infield (except for Texeira) unless our starting pitching is absolutely top-notch, which it isn’t.

      • Kosmo

        last time I looked Refsnyder has 12 HR and 45 RBI on the year.
        Pirela can hit and play adequate D at LF/RF/2B and 1B. Frankly I´m not too concerned about the D. Yanks need to score runs. NYs .220 hitters aren´t cutting it.

      • ChrisS

        Yankees superscout Gene Michael, here on Monday, said he believes Refsnyder can play second in the big leagues. “I haven’t seen anything I don’t like,” he said.

        I have zero trouble accepting anything that Stick says.

  • rbibaseball

    Bring me Hamels or Lee. Or we can just make one huge deal with the Padres and get Headley, Kennedy, and Benoit.

  • PunkPitch

    Unless he’s told differently…. Priceless.

    • Old Man Time

      How is that priceless? He has a boss. If his boss says to stay aggressive, then he stays aggressive. That’s how businesses work.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        When I grow up, I’m never going to have a boss and, if someone tells me what to do, I’m just going to walk….

        ….yeah, we’ve all got bosses. If there’s one thing I’ve learned moving up the ladder it’s that, the more you move up, the more you’re beholden to someone else. Also, you somehow wind up doing a hell of a lot more data entry (in case you’re wondering why my daytime commenting is back up as of late.)

  • alittleblackegg

    I have no problem with Cashman trading a Nuno for a McCarthy, but don’t trade a kid who might have a future here. Instead of trading Refsnyder, why not just commit to selling and bring him up to the majors? If nothing else, it would make this team more watchable.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Wait…. who traded Refsnyder?

  • The Other Matt

    Yo fellow RAB commenters, I’m really happy for y’all commenting on this thread and I’m going to let y’all finish but …. LeBron is going back to Cleveland.

    • ron

      First person to ever go back to Cleveland voluntarily.

      • Kosmo

        it must be for the rust.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I know.

      You may not know this but, five seconds later, Pat Riley signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal.

      Humor. Really. It’s how I’ll cope.

  • JoeyA

    Mike,
    How much of NYY reluctance to sell is attributable to DJ’s last season, in your opinion?

    Maybe if this werent his last year, theyd be more inclined to be honest about their team and make moves this year with an eye to 2015, but, with Derek, they feel they owe it to him to go for it, especially with ALE landscape being what it is.

    Anyway, just curious of your thoughts.

    also, pretty bummed LBJ didnt go full MJ and go to play baseball. He would have looked great in pinstripes in RF.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There’s also the fact that the Yankees have never, ever been sellers as a factor.

      • trr

        And no one should expect them to be this time.
        There are seats to be filled, ratings to be met.

        Money dictates what this team does, and always will.

        • ChrisS

          Unfortunately, ownership thinks the only one way to sell tickets is bringing in a bunch of broken toys that were hot commodities 3-7 years ago.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Hey, I remember when they sold Rickey for Polonia, Plunk and Greg Cadaret!

  • E-6

    I remember reading a few years back on the lohud that the NYY should have traded Cano and Granderson after the 2012 playoffs.

    • Old Man Time

      I remember reading on Lohud a few years back they should sign Carl Crawford.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I remember reading that Peter Abraham liked the Yankees.

        • Scott

          I remember one time at band camp, I stuck a flute…..

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            ….in my Pavano.

  • ron

    The problem is they will never become sellers but they will become buyers of old overpaid veteran junk and trade all our best prospects to “contend” for the second wildcard as long as they can. This pattern goes on and on every year. We have no “new core” championship team and we will be just on the cusp of the playoff contention until this changes.

    • Old Man Time

      When did they trade all our best prospects last year?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They’ve never traded their best prospect to contend for the second wildcard. Ever.

      The best prospect they ever traded for a rental was Zach McAllister, who is currently pitching for the Columbus Clippers.

      Choose happiness.

    • The Great Gonzo

      They traded Austin Jackson for that waste of space (and all around bad guy) Curtis Granderson, and they traded Jesus Montero for a complete non upside guy in Micheal Pineda.

  • tom

    Jeff Francis? Good one.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    If they do trade, let’s make it for someone who can help going forward. To give up players for a one and done is foolish.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    I’d love to be the”small piece”. Like me that much, do you?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Small piece?

    Place your bets here.

  • Revan

    This team is unbelievably shortsighted.

  • Oy

    Hopefully the small piece is Jose Altuve.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      You win.

  • mac1

    Jeff Francis acquired from the A’s.

    I smell #28

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      That’s the same kind of reaction guys like Solarte, Wheeler, DeWayne Wise, etc., get in the off-season.

  • Weeeeewoooooo
    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Upgrade over…..Jim Miller. Pushes Huff into a more prominent role. Potentially an unimpressive starting option. Not the worst small deal.

    • trr

      The world’s smallest Band-Aid.
      Well, at least he can he can walk out there and throw the ball.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    Jeff Francis. Looking at his track record, I say we have set set a new standard for small move.

    • willie w

      he was the 9th pick in the 2002 draft

      last time his era was less than 5 was in 2011

  • Dan G

    This may have been said already but if the Yankees didn’t sell last year, there’s no way on earth the Yankees are selling in Jeter’s final year. Remember what Mo’s retirement bananza was like and no disrespect to the greatest closer of all time but he’s not even 1/4 of the Yankees icon that Jeter is.

    I’m guessing some people will argue some of the lost playoff run revenue would be offset by people coming to see Jeter but I just don’t see it happening. And that doesn’t mean they’ll make more than nominal trades but they’re certainly not going to wave the white flag even if it would be the smart thing to do.

  • mustang

    Yankees Acquire Jeff Francis

    Problem solved

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    After continuously working the phones, Cashman was able to swing a guy designated for assignment. See, hard work can be overrated.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I mean, Chris Bosh is standing right over there…

  • Wayne

    Cashman will be pressured to give up the whole farm when he should give up the year and be a seller all because of Hal .

  • JB

    The Padres seem like a logical trade partner. The Yankees need at minimum 1 SP, 1 RP, a 3B and a corner OF… They could get 3 of those from the Padres (IPK, Headley, Street or Benoit)in 1 move. A Cole Hamels trade would be awesome, and although it most likely won’t happen (because even though they suck, Philly doesn’t sell like the Yankees)there is a possibility it could work if the Yankees were to take on another 1 of the Phillies’ bigger contracts (Rollins, Papelbon, Utley). Acquiring Jeff Francis isn’t gonna cut it, unless they’re looking at him as long relief/2nd lefty out of the ‘pen.

  • Wayne

    Who was the player to be named letter in the Jeff Francis trade?

    • Scott

      Tanaka

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Worse.

        Kyle Roller.

    • willie w

      the janitor

  • Wayne

    Oh now I am hearing they want AJ Burnett back.
    Hal give up, be a seller for once be a seller .
    Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Ian Clarkin, Brady Lail, Dustin Fowler, Gosuke Katoh, David Palladino, Simon De la Rosa, Domingo Acevedo.
    I hope none of them are gone.
    Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    • JB

      Wayne, last I read anything concerning Burnett was that the Yankees weren’t interested. Honestly though, a reunion at this point probably wouldn’t be that bad of an idea, IF he’s accompanied by Hamels or Lee. Burnett has put up very solid seasons since he left New York, and if you remember both him and Russell Martin said that too many people in the Yankees’ organization were trying to tell him how to pitch and actively tried to change how he pitched, instead of him just pitching like he did in 2009. He went to the Pirates, and was told to go out and pitch his game, and not try to change his approach based on what front office people were saying. If the Yankees could get Hamels and Burnett or Lee and Burnett from the Phillies, I’d say make that move.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      DOMINGO ACEVEDO!!!!

      We’ve added a new one to the menagerie.

      • The Great Gonzo

        If Domingo Acevedo ever has a meaningful Major League at bat, I will eat Kabak’s hat.

  • willie w

    the problem with the yanks clearing house for prospects is that I don’t think the yanks have the scouting talent to know a good prospect.

  • willie w

    Francis:

    June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 19, 2002.
    November 3, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
    January 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
    October 30, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
    January 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
    June 4, 2012: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.
    June 8, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.
    October 29, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
    December 19, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.
    October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
    January 13, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
    May 18, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Dave

    Hamels/Lee/Utley for Tannaka and Refsnyder.