Jul
30

Thoughts prior to the trade deadline and off-day

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I usually do these thoughts posts first thing in the morning and following an off-day, but I figure with the trade deadline looming tomorrow, I might as well run it now. Tomorrow figures to be pretty busy even if the Yankees do not make a move. There will still be lots of rumors. Here are some scattered thoughts heading into the series finale with the Rangers as well as the trade deadline.

1. I fully expect the Yankees to make a move before the deadline tomorrow and I think they’re going to end up making multiple moves, actually. One for a pitcher, one for a bat, maybe another really minor deal for additional pitching depth. As for who they’re going to wind up with … I have no idea whatsoever. John Danks and Josh Willingham are as good a guess as anyone, but the Yankees tend to keep things very close to the vest and most of their moves come out of nowhere. It would really surprise me if a) they did nothing between now and the deadline, and b) if they traded away any top prospects. The last time they traded away top prospects was when, the Curtis Granderson deal? Brian Cashman & Co. are all about buying low, expecting players to rebound, and giving up mid-range prospects. The only way a top prospect goes is if a stud like David Price comes to New York. I don’t see that happening within the next day and a half.

2. It blows my mind the Red Sox are (probably) going to trade Jon Lester rather than extend him. They made all those moves these last few years to emphasize financial and roster flexibility, and for what? Isn’t Lester exactly the kind of guy you keep forever and ever? This is different than the Yankees and Robinson Cano because the Red Sox don’t already have like four crippling long-term contracts on the books. You sign Lester long-term knowing you’re probably going to end up with the 2013 version from 2015-18 or so, not the 2014 version, but that’s fine. What’s the point if that flexibility if you’re not going to use it to keep a homegrown ace who helped you to two World Series titles and is still in his prime? The Red Sox are going to try to win next year, right? It’s much easier to win with Lester than without him. Yeah, sure, they could re-sign him after the season, but they’ve yet to make anything close to a market value-ish offer and if they haven’t done it yet, I’m not sure why you’d expect them to make one in free agency. Plus as soon as he gets traded away, the chances of re-signing him go down some amount.

3. If the Red Sox do trade Lester — it really does seem inevitable at this point, though I expected them to scratch him from today’s start anyway, he could always wind up starting Friday against the Yankees if no deal gets done — it would help the Yankees a lot. For starters, they wouldn’t have to face him anymore this season. The teams most rumored to be on him right now are NL clubs (Dodgers, Pirates, Brewers, Cardinals) and the Athletics, who the Yankees do not face again in the regular season. Of course, New York’s main competitors like the Orioles and Blue Jays won’t have to face him anymore either. Also, once Lester is traded, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer after the season, meaning the Yankees won’t have to surrender a first round pick when they inevitably sign him over the winter. Well, maybe it’s not inevitable they sign him, but it is inevitable they will be connected to him. AL East and postseason proven lefty ace? C’mon, that dude has pinstripes written all over him. Plus the Yankees seem to love their former Red Sox players. The fit is too perfect.

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4. The bullpen really seems to be getting worn out, especially Dellin Betances and Adam Warren. They’re currently on pace for 97 and 80 innings, respectively, and their effectiveness has waned in recent weeks. They haven’t been bad (last night notwithstanding), just not as good as they were earlier in the season. I know they were both starters in the past and the bulk innings total shouldn’t be a problem, but airing it out for one or two innings at a time in high-leverage situations is not at all the same as starting on a set five-day schedule with a comfortable routine. Shawn Kelley has been much better of late and he will lighten their workload just a little bit, plus I think Chase Whitley could become a factor as a one or two-inning bullpener, but the Yankees play nothing but close games these days. It’s tough to see how Betances and Warren will get some more rest in the coming weeks. Trading for relievers is always sketchy, but getting another end-game capable arm to help spread the workload around would both help this year and in the future by allowing Joe Girardi to take it easy on the young guys with an actual future with the team.

5. So I had to look it up after last night’s game: J.P. Arencibia is hitting .269/.269/.808 against the Yankees this year and .154/.209/.269 against everyone else. Seven of his 19 hits and half of his 42 total bases have come against New York. This is Delmon Young in the postseason kind of stuff. Arencibia has always hit the Yankees hard — 126 OPS+ vs. NYY compared to a career 77 OPS+, plus 12 of his 70 homers (17%) have come against the Yankees in 11.6% of his career plate appearances — and man it sucks because he’s such a bad hitter overall. The guy went from a 36 OPS+ to a 69 OPS+ just last night. Some guys just have it in for a certain team or a certain pitcher for whatever reason. It’s like Brett Gardner owning Yu Darvish. It just happens. Baseball is weird like that.

Categories : Musings
  • John C

    Arrencibia is just another example of a guy who can’t hit anybody else but just kills the Yanks. 2 others who come to mind are Delmon Young and Sean Rodriguez. Can’t explain it.

    • JoeyA

      Pedro Ciriaco says hello

  • monkeypants

    The last time they traded away top prospects was when…

    Jesus Montero? Of course, that was a different kind of trade than what is being discussed here.

    • cooolbreeez

      Austin Jackson for Grandy

  • blake

    Basically I think Boston is trading Lester because they were going to lowball him and probably lose him this winter anyway…..so they decided to try and get somebody’s best prospect for him and then try to play on his loyalty this winter and see if he’ll take a discount….have their cake and eat it too. That’s their history….I hope Lester doesn’t allow them to do that.

    • TWTR

      The Yankees could have done the same thing with Cano.

      • TheRealGreg

        The problem is that the Yankees were in a better position standings wise last year than the Red Sox are this year

        • TWTR

          That’s true, but given the number of teams they had to jump over, and the overall talent-base being fairly low compared to what it once was, prioritizing the longer-term made sense.

          • TheRealGreg

            I think it also helps them that they are coming off a WS title. Softens the criticism and fervor

            • TWTR

              It does, but it’s not like the Yankees don’t have a loyal fan-base.

            • Chris in Maine

              Living in Red Sox nation, I would have to disagree with you. The fan base here is absolutely fixated on Lester and is not happy (at all) with the likelihood of him being traded. Going from first to worst is seemingly making it worse. After their three championships, the fanbase is the same as the Yankees in terms of expectations.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            We fully realize you feel that way. Like, crystal clear.

            • TWTR

              As predictable as your Cashman failed meme? I think not!

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                You think I invented that? That’s been around way before I was a regular commenter.

                • TWTR

                  Really, it’s fine. If that’s what you like to post, do it.

                  There are a lot of people here advocating short-term fixes. That’s fine too.

                  I am sticking with my p.o.v. even if it’s tiresome to some, because 95% of the “thinking” behind posts here gets endlessly repeated.

                  There are only so many things to talk about.

                  • Deep Thoughts

                    Seriously dude. After a year of mourning this tragic opportunity lost, would you please move on and stop spamming every comment thread with repetitious posts about not trading away expiring contracts if we’re not in first place?

                    These are discussion threads, not masturbation threads.*

                    *although I suspect for some, they are both.

        • Dan A.

          Also, they didn’t low ball Cano at all in any contract offer. Not their fault Jack Z. blew away the market to get him.

        • Dalek Jeter

          They also gave an offer that is nowhere near the slap in the face that the Sox were rumored to give Lester. I saw it was something like 17.5 AAV over 5 years, when Lester will probably get closer to 7 at 22-25AAV.

    • Giuseppe Franco

      Does anyone think the Yanks WON’T sign Lester this offseason?

      The only question seems to be what number he’ll be wearing in 2015.

      A typical Yankee move.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Yankees versus rest of the field? Take the field.

        • Giuseppe Franco

          The FO seems to have this thing about signing former RS who have long histories of success against them.

          And after the injury debacle to the rotation this season you can be sure they will be in the market for a big rotation arm (and probably ignore the offense yet again).

          It’s all about pitching even when it’s not.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Hmmmmmmmmm it depends. I mean they have A-rod’s money coming back and certain guys get raises in their deal. I can’t see them spending big on Lester.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            It still doesn’t change that, when your two choices are “The Yankees” and “29 other teams,” your safest bet is to pick “29 other teams.”

            • Giuseppe Franco

              But 29 other teams aren’t going to be pounding on his door to sign him.

              There may only be 5 or 7 serious bidders for him this offseason.

            • Farewell Mo

              It’s not really 1 vs. 29, it’s more likely 1 vs. 5 or 6. Teams like San Diego, KC, Cleveland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, etc have no chance in hell at signing a guy like Lester

              The smart bet might still be to take the field but if the Yankees decide he’s a priority like they did with Tanaka, I’d lay my money on the Yankees against anyone and everyone else.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                I took the field on Tanaka right up until Mike’s post saying we signed him.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

            Not sure how signing McCann, Beltran, and Ellsbury in one offseason is ignoring the offense. That they haven’t worked out doesn’t mean they didn’t try.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              I think he just means ignoring the offense in general over the past several yrs..last yr notwithstanding. That was a big topic of discussion on Lohud since about 2010.

              • Giuseppe Franco

                You are correct, sir.

                Yeah, they did sign Ellsbury, McCann, and Beltran but they also let their best player walk and they ignored the infield.

                Btw, who might you be? What was your LoHud moniker?

                • The Big City of Dreams

                  You’re welcome GF

                  Me…I’m

                  Against All Odds :D

            • blake

              they let the offense rot for 3 years and then tried to fix it in one offseason…..it’s not that easy.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      What if you had to renegotiate new terms with your employer for the next few years, and they offered you half of what you could make doing the same job at another company. Then, halfway through the work year before you agreed to any new terms they moved you to an office in some one-horse town, while you’re wife and kids stayed back in NY. Would you stay loyal to that company?

      • Chris

        Well put

  • Mike HC

    I’m all for using Betances more than your average reliever, mostly due to need and maxing out his value before his inevitable injury regardless of workload, but 100 innings in relief is really pushing it. And he figures to be leaned on even more heavily when the playoff race really heats up down the stretch.

  • Pkyankfan69

    A moldy grilled cheese sandwich for Danks + 75% of his contract paid by the White Sox?

    I wouldn’t offer much more than that.

    • Y’s Guy

      hmmm….how moldy?

  • Rick

    Mike – you are a machine. I agree with you that Red Sox will likely trade Lester. I’m kind of worried about the return they would get and Lester subsequently returning in the offseason. However, I would assume a team would not give up a huge package for Lester only to watch him leave during FA. They’d probably ask for some assurances that he’d be willing to talk (and sign an) extension.

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    Any interest in Brett Anderson of the Rockies? Only 26, back from a broken finger while attempting to bunt and pitching well?

    • CountryClub

      For what it’s worth: Buster tweeted that the yanks are interested. But Rosenthal tweeted that they don’t plan on trading him and are going to pick up his option.

    • ac1

      Thought I read he played in something like 40 games over the last 4 years. Seems like he is doomed to be a constant on the DL.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Yes.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Absolutely.

      Severino, Sanchez, and a LoHudder to be named later. ;)

      In all seriousness, a B piece would do.

  • ac1

    July 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Hearing #redsox are asking for teams’ best prospects for Andrew Miller. Might have to drop price to make a deal happen.
    ___

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Best prospect for a middle reliever?
    Is Cherington drunk

    • blake

      Buster did say that Miller once pitched the best inning of all time.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I know you’re new…and I don’t want to make this sound like another commentor telling you what to do because at the end of the day whether we’ve been here for years or started posting today all commentors are equal, but one of the rules Mike has laid down is “don’t make the same comments across multiple threads.” I understand and agree that Cherington wanting a top prospect for Andrew Miller is both ridiculous and hilarious…but 1 it’s already being discussed by people in the previous thread and 2 you made this exact same comment in a previous thread.

      Fwiw, here is a link to the Guidlines: http://riveraveblues.com/about.....uidelines/

  • Trisha

    I live in enemy territory and as such do listen to WEEI. They seem to think that Lester is going to go to Pittsburgh as a rental to help them with their pennant hopes and will then be squired back to the Sux.

    I’ve heard nothing but good about River Avenue. I’m happy to be here. As an aside, I actually dated the guy who took that photo of Lester, so I thought it was kind of an omen that my first post would be in this thread.

    • JLC 776

      Welcome and just keep in the mind the one site rule – don’t respond to any posts by anyone with the word ‘eddard’ in the name.

      • Eddard in Maine

        Cashmand should be fired for not trading for Lester and Big Pappi. And Andrew Miller.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Female fans always welcome.

      Signed,
      Perfeclty harmless married dude

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        That’s what you want us to believe.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          The wedding ring is chick repellant. I’ve never once encountered one of those “hey, I’m into married guys” women.

          Besides, the Great Gonzo has actually met my wife.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            It’s all a big conspiracy.

            • Dalek Jeter

              META CATFISHED

    • bojo

      Welcome stranger!

    • Bronx Born

      Hey Trisha

    • Michelle b. of Yankee Stadium west

      Hey Trisha-

      I’m dropping my anchor over here too. Looks like the bet will still be in play?

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Are you sure that’s the real Trisha?

        • bojo

          It is. I sent her link here and then confirmed her post.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Oh ok just making sure because there are two different Trisha’s posting in here and there is a Trisha on RAB who stops by and does a parody of her.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              And insults me. Yes.

    • TripleShortOfACycle

      Hi Trish :)

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      How long till you get banned? LMAO

  • JLC 776

    How about the Rays? In a flash, they went from being out of the conversation completely to suddenly being back in this – and with a hell of a lot more confidence and swagger about them than the Yankees. They might even be ahead of us in the standings this time next week!

    • EricVA

      I think they’re way too far back to contend. Teams are never as good as when they are on a hot streak (and never as bad as their losing streaks). They dug themselves such a hole that when they inevitably cool off, they’ll still be many games back in the WC.

      • JLC 776

        The only thing that makes me think differently for Tampa is that they’re a team that is finally coming together (getting players back from injury and such). I think they were predicted, pre-season by the usual sources, to be near the top of the division, so I think they’re trending in that direction. It’s probably too little, too late, and they certainly aren’t the team we’re seeing right now, but they’ve definitely gone beyond the ‘left for dead carcass’ that they were only a few weeks ago.

        • EricVA

          Oh absolutely. I’d say it’s almost an ill-timed hot streak for them. Gives them, maybe false, hope for the season but makes them lose out on a great haul for Price.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I will eat my hat if on Wednesday August 6th at 12:40pm (EST) the Rays are ahead of the Yankees in the standings. They only appear to have this “swagger” and “confidence” because they’re on a hot streak and they only have the appearance of being “back in this” because all the analysts picked them at the beginning of the season and now they’re seeing the hot streak so they’re going on and on about how “the Rays are back” because it prevents them from looking like idiots.

      • Y’s Guy

        10 days ago it was the Red Sox who were streaking and “on the move’.

        how’d that work out?

        • JLC 776

          The Sox had one hot streak but never showed any long-term signs of success. More importantly, nothing changed to act as a catalyst for that success other than individual players having independent hot streaks.

      • JLC 776

        It’s a long shot that they pass us next week, but the Yankees have been a .500 team almost all year long – we’re more than halfway through this and they’ve only twice been more than five games away from .500.

        The Rays have had two completely different seasons. They sucked for an extended time with a ton of injuries, and now they’ve been playing fantastic baseball for almost one and a half months – that’s starting to border on more than just a hot streak.

        Put it this way, on June 10th, they had just lost 14 of 15 games and were 18 games below .500. Since then, they’ve gone 29-12.

        The real Rays are probably somewhere between those two extremes, but right now the Yankees haven’t shown that they are anything but the perpetually barely above .500 team that they’ve been all year long. I hope and pray the Yanks find the piece that turns the team into a sum greater than its parts, and I think they can or maybe already have, but it’s too soon to tell or to bet on.

  • Chase Heddardly

    1. I think they’ll make a move as well for a RF power bat. Not sure about a pitcher. The starting pitching has been just fine. 2nd lowest ERA to the Rays since the ASB.

    2. I think it’s smart on their part not giving a 30+ year old pitcher an 8 year deal. Something the Yanks could learn. We’re stuck with the CC albatross contract for a few more years.

    3. I wouldn’t sign him unless he takes a 5 year deal. No more 7-8 year deals for these guys who are 30+ years old. These ballplayers go downhill after that so you’re buying 1-2 good years and 6-7 mediocre.

    4. I don’t know why Warren was brought into a 6 run game last night. If they’re worn out don’t use them in a 6 run game. The problem is the offense not getting enough blowout wins. They finally had one last night and Joe still used Warren and then had to use Delin and Drob.

    5. They could stop throwing him meatballs with 2 strikes. Phelps did it on 0-2. McCarthy did it again last night on 2-2. They keep trying to throw him high fastballs and missing. Bounce 4 curves in the dirt and he’ll swing at one of them.

    • Y’s Guy

      this is why i’d prefer the hamels contract. it all comes down to what it would cost in talent, but you weigh the talent you give up against maybe $40M or $50M of wasted payroll money at the back end of the Lester contract, which is what is hobbling this franchise now.

      i’d love to see lester on the yankees, but not another 7 year mega deal, please…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Vanilla. Double shot.

        • RIVAN44

          +1 too funny

  • Darren

    Is it possible the Red Sox are the first team that’s showing a real unwillingness to sign a youngish ace to a long-term deal for fear of injury and ineffectiveness?

    • Mike HC

      He really will not even be youngish at 31 next season. Free agency is like a damned if you do and damned if you don’t thing these days. Signing these 30+ year olds to mega deals will kill you, and not signing them won’t do you any good either (Brian Roberts).

    • Rick

      I’m honestly not convinced they’re unwilling. I think there is some shade around this situation. Seems like they’ll trade Lester for some prospects, punt this season, then re-sign him and have the best of both worlds.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He’s going to be 31. Not exactly youngish there.

      For all we know, they’ll wind up re-signing him, or even not trading him, in the end.

    • Y’s Guy

      indians let cc go at 27.

      • Y’s Guy

        it was really the brewers, but he was a rental.

  • trisha

    It seems that Brett Gardner is owning more than Yu Darvish at this point! I was happy when the Ys extended him. I think he’s totally underrated by his own fanbase. JMO of course.

    • TheRealGreg

      I have been hard on Gardner as everyone knows. This has been his best offensive season to date.

    • Rick

      We love Gardner on this site, but as a whole I think you’re correct. We have him signed to an incredibly team friendly contract. (Though I reserve my right to change that opinion should he suddently start to decline into black hole territory – being a fan is great).

    • Exiledintampa

      I love Brett too. But he is the slowest fast guy I’ve ever seen. If he knew how to run the bases he’d be at a whole differant level.

      • Giuseppe Franco

        I think what I like about Gardner the most is that he’s clearly an overachiever.

        He’s just a guy who was born to run really fast but has never possessed strong baseball skills/instincts.

        But he’s worked his ass off to overcome some of those warts and has transformed himself into a really good ballplayer.

        How can you not root for a guy like that?

      • Y’s Guy

        he’d give bernie williams a ‘run’ for the money on that count.

        • Y’s Guy

          imagine if he could bunt and run the bases aggressively!

    • Dalek Jeter

      He absolutely is underrated by large swabs of the Yankee fanbase. There is a small, defiant, group on this very blog who HATE Gardner and will come out of the woodwork whenever Brett goes into a slump or at random points in the off season talking about how overrated he is and how the Yankees should trade him to “get something of real value” in return.

      • Y’s Guy

        lohud had pretty much the same group. After mocking management obsessively about the extension this spring, they fell mysteriously silent once the season got going.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Hi Trisha!

      You don’t think a sudden boost in HR for a 30 year old is the least bit suspicious, coupled with the visual you get when you look at his Great Gazoo melon, his missing neck and his football player trunk? This is a guy who couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield a couple years ago.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Not at all.

        We’ve always spoken to Gardner having power potential. This could be an adjustment he’s made. It also could be a hot streak, and he still winds up short of 20 homers before all is said and done.

      • Giuseppe Franco

        LOL….you’ve been wrong about Gardner since Day 1 and now because he’s proved to be a far better player than you’ve ever given him credit for he must now be juicing?

        The power stroke is not that difficult to understand. He’s driving the ball with his legs far better now instead of swinging all arms.

        You can practice your swing 10,000 times in BP or hitting off a tee. But applying them in real game action against a pitcher trying to get you out is a completely different animal.

        He’s never been a gifted ballplayer so he’s had to learn these baseball skills the hard way.

        • Bret The Hitman

          He’s no different than Brady Anderson.

          • Giuseppe Franco

            Gardner is gone! Gardner is gone! Gardner is gone!

            • Bret The Hitman

              These guys are all cheating, same in the NBA. I think Derrick Rose said he thinks like 80% of the players take PED’s.

              You yourself were duped by the bat of a proven cheater Jesus Montero. You wanted to believe he was legit.

              Don’t be so naive considering the context of today’s game.

              It’s filled with false idols.

              • Giuseppe Franco

                I don’t care if these guys are “cheating” or not as long as they don’t get caught. I’m 40 yrs old so I don’t need a role model to look up to.

                I only care about the Yanks winning ballgames.

                Cheating in various forms have been part of the game for 100+ years and will be part of the game for another 100 yrs.

                • trr

                  I have no tolerance for better baseball through chemistry. There’s zero evidence that Gardner is doing so, so why cast aspersions?

      • Dalek Jeter

        OH, Bret and I was liking you so much too…but if you’re one of those anti-Gardner people…

        • Bret The Hitman

          I don’t think he’s legit. I think he takes Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1). It’s the stuff in deer antler spray. It’s banned but not tested. It’s an anabolic molecule that works synergistically with HgH, increasing strength and explosiveness. Look at the age marks on his face, same as Girardi – accelerated aging is common when you come off cycles that raise your HgH (has anti aging properties/effects). I won’t even get into the grey areas with normal ranges in the blood, swings and half life.

          • Bret The Hitman

            I will just say, you’re not going to catch guys who cheat with anabolics related to HgH.

            • Y’s Guy

              this is a new approach to replace the failed “gardner stinks” campaign you ran for years?

              pretty weak stuff, imo.

              • Bret The Hitman

                Look at the game. Don’t be so naive. Look at the size of these guys, their proportions, their unnatural features. Quit living in a fantasy world.

                • Bret The Hitman

                  major league testing is a joke. I guarantee there is an off-period where you can cycle in a round of anabolics every year and keep your gains with precursors to Testosterone and HgH.

                • trr

                  why don’t you do us a favor, go get a tape measure and conduct a years long study of players head sizes. please get back to us when your done.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            *Backs away slowly*

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Just wow.

            Here’s something we can file under “stuff to send BACK to loHud.”

        • Giuseppe Franco

          He’s been a Gardner hater for 5 years and Gardner is
          still a Yankee so it pisses him off.

          He’s included him in every fantasy trade proposal and triumphantly declared Gardner gone on LoHud when they signed Ellsbury and did so again when they signed Beltran.

          So of course he thinks nothing Gardner does to help this team win is legit.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Is it a joke? Like I had a great dislike for Jayson Nix last year and inflated that dislike for posting purposes, to make jokes and stuff…or is he seriously that hateful of Bret?

            • Giuseppe Franco

              Yes….we heard it for 5 years on LoHud.

              Most of us never understood it when you consider how much value he has to them.

      • Brett is Bubbas Son

        Brett made an adjustment with KLong in the middle of last year to be more aggresive early in the count and to swing harder in an effort to up mostly his 2B’s but it has resulted in more HR’s as well.

        As for the neck and trunk, he has always been jacked and added a couple of lbs each year in muscle, and as for his his dome, it is the thing of legends and will pull you in with it’s immense gravitational pull…

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      I sat behind a Yankee fan at Camden Yards who was on him the entire game.

      “Oh look another swing and a miss. Oh look another fastball right down the middle and he didn’t swing. Gardner is terrible.”

      If it were the internet I would have insulted him from behind the safety of my computer monitor.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I didn’t know Greg lived in the Baltimore area.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          If Greg is a mid-50s guy with a ~20 year old son…then God help us all.

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    From Olney and SB Nation

    “Anderson would fit the Yankees in a lot of ways: Possible high ceiling; moderate financial risk they can absorb; has had success in AL.

    — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2014

    As far as secondary options go, Anderson would appear to make plenty of sense. He’s been in the league for six years so it seems like he’s older than he is, but he’s a lefty who made his MLB debut while quite young and is actually only 26. He has made six starts for the Rockies in 2014, pitching to a 3.24 ERA, 3.61 FIP, and he’s induced an impressive 60.4% ground ball rate. He’s not a guy who will strike a lot of people out, but he doesn’t walk too many people and he doesn’t give up many fly balls (23.4%) or home runs, either (0.76 HR/9 for his career, just one allowed this year).”

  • http://riveraveblues.com Rick

    I really hope Cashman doesn’t do anything. Keep the precious few good prospects we have. This team isn’t going to win anything this year. Get Lester as a FA in the off season if the Sox are stupid enough to let him go. The nightmare is that they trade Severino or Sanchez for a steaming pile like Danks who will make no difference whatsoever. As far as RF Willingham stinks. They will not trade for Byrd because he is owed $8 million next season and they will figure Beltran will play RF after he gets surgery in the off season. So there is no big bat they can get for just taking payroll off some team’s books.

    • TheRealGreg

      I wouldn’t mind Brett Anderson because that is a piece you can use in the future.

      • EricVA

        Dude is injured all the time. He’d slot right in behind Tanaka and Pineda for the All-Star DL rotation.

        • TheRealGreg

          Yeah, but that’s why it would be cheap. You could say the same about Brian Roberts and yet he has made it through unscathed.

          • EricVA

            Right, but Roberts is only a stop-gap. If you’re trading for a 26 yr. old pitcher, you’d like him to be healthy. The Yankees rotation is full of injury risks. They need somebody likely to give them 200 innings.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Not injured at the moment. Option for next season. He doesn’t have to stay healthy for long.

          See “McCarthy, Brandon.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      Man, don’t be such a defeatist. Just make the playoffs, even as a wildcard. Especially if one or both of Tanaka and Pineda come back? Then all it takes is two starting pitchers to get hot and anything can happen. As for the making trades: when was the last time Cashman traded a legit prospect for a possible incremental upgrade that blew up? Baseball, specifically the AL, and specifically the AL East are all REALLY down this year, I know Mike says “the absolute minimum to make a run” is a RF’er and a Starter, but I think the Yankees have a shot if they can get one of those and have Tanaka or Pineda come back.

      • trisha

        I’m with you!

    • Rick

      Hey, nice name.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Your concern is unwarranted. They’re not gonna give up something like Severino for Danks.

      We can use Byrd next year.

    • Y’s Guy

      i like young talent too, but what if in the last few TD instead of protecting the ‘young guys’ they traded sanchez and romine and williams? those moves would be looking pretty good right now.

      im not saying that none of the current crop of prospects will fall flat as those guys did, but you have to assume that some will.

      and remember the yankees once traded young guys to get paul oniell and tino martinez and others.

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    No to Byrd who also want his 2016 option picked up if traded and is 36

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      We could use an OF next year so that option could actually be okay.

      • Dalek Jeter

        The option is for the year after next, when he is 39…I see legitimacy in that concern.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          38. Not ideal, but we need someone with pop for next year anyway. Wouldn’t stop me if the price was right.

          • Dalek Jeter

            “if the price is right” is exactly it. RAJ seems to think like all of his players are worth 1-4 top prospects. I wouldn’t give anything better than like…a Mason Williams (who I’m very down on) for Byrd and that’s the highest of the high end of what I’d be willing to give up.

  • CountryClub

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 2m
    Source: “Very good chance” that #RedSox trade Lackey along with Lester.

    • TheRealGreg

      Talk about cleaning house

    • Shame Spencer

      I thought they might… they should trade every valuable piece they have that makes even a bit of money. Their farm isn’t as great as it’s made out to be by people like Gammons. The perfect time to blow it up is after you’ve won – that was no dynasty team. They had everything clicking just right last year…

      • Giuseppe Franco

        Hey Shame,

        It would have been just peachy if the Yanks front office had taken that approach at this time last season instead of letting guys walk for jack and sh!t.

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          Cashman Failed

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    The rest of Brett Anderson’s contract:

    14:$8M club option ($1.5M buyout), 15:$12M club option ($1.5M buyout)

    • I’m One

      Please use the “Reply” button. It is your friend.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Hey Trader!

      Brett Anderson would be a good get.

  • Dan A.

    The Yankees should bring Montero back. I’m sure he’d be cheap considering the Mariners brought back Kendrys Morales rather than give him the opportunity. And he’d satisfy the righty power need, and could back up first base. Once Beltran gets back into the OF, he could also DH some. And he’d be an emergency third catcher, which is never a bad thing to have.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I mean…he is sort of tearing it up at AAA…sure why not? Who is the guy below the guy who is Corey Black this year though, because he’s the only guy I’m willing to give up.

      • Dan A.

        Haha, exactly. All about the incremental upgrades.

        Now what if you could get him and someone like Nick Franklin? Could be an interesting trade that fills 2 long term needs. Say Murphy and a lesser piece for both?

    • hey now

      I think we’ve identified J. Alfred Prufrock.

      j/k

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Dan A., Monterowasdinero. Monterowasdinero, Dan A.

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    Until later.

    Have a great day.

    Get us a power bat, and hope the regulars stay healthy, with a return of Pineda and Tanaka.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      If you all are going to keep up with this sign-in, sign-off stuff, I expect a kiss.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        At least it wasn’t the only part of the post.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’m going to expect PDA if this is where we’re headed. I demand it, actually.

  • hey now

    Priority #1: Pick up any starting pitcher with a pulse (even if it’s irregular) to replace Chris Capuano. He’s…not good.

    • trisha

      But shouldn’t we give him a little more time to prove whether or not he can be good for the Yanks? Stranger things have happened.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I don’t disagree on the Capuano end, but I’d still like another starter.

      • CountryClub

        I don’t think they really have that luxury with roughly 50 games left in the season.

        • hey now

          Ding. Ding. Ding.

  • Bret The Hitman

    I think Cashman will collect assets in 3 phases. The first phase was Chase Headley, Brandon McCarthy, your buy-low projects. The next phase is the trade deadline guys where you might have to pay a slight premium for somewhat more stable commodities like Rios, Danks, B. Anderson, maybe A. Cabrera. Then finally your salary dumps on the waiver wire – Lee & Kemp.

    I’m hoping for Brett Anderson or John Danks + Alex Rios or Asdrubal Cabrera or Josh Willingham at the deadline and one of Lee/Kemp on the waiver wire depending on how things shake out with the starting pitchers (namely Tanaka + Pineda) and how the hitters progress (specifically Tex, Beltran and McCann). If the pitchers return strong, you go for Kemp and if the hitters start producing you go for Lee.

    But right now you have to add at least one marginal upgrade to the rotation (Danks or B. Anderson) with an eye on Lee on the waiver wire. You also have to add one bat (Rios/Cabrera/Prado/Willingham) with an eye on Kemp.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Wouldn’t want Kemp. His contract is long and horrible. Big price considering the lack of power.

    • Oy

      Who ever picks up Kemp from waivers will be stuck with him. Forever.

      • Bret The Hitman

        I should be more clear. I think Kemp will pass through waivers at which point he can be traded and part of his salary covered by the Dodgers. No team will jump at him at the deadline knowing he will be there after the deadline. His price tag is falling.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        I read this in an extremely foreboding, dramatic voice.

      • Y’s Guy

        this is true, he will certainly clear waivers and will likely be put on waivers friday morning.

        • Y’s Guy

          i dont see the dodgers trading kemp even with the bad vibes floating between him and mattingly/management. he is still their 2nd best OF even in his current state, so i dont see them downgrading when they are ‘all in’ on winning the championship this year.

          but if someome claims him… he gone…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        *Law and Order sound*

    • TWTR

      Instead of being dumped on by bloated salaries of players past their prime, spend the money on the Cuban.

      • TWTR

        Rusney Castillo.

      • Havok9120

        We’re giving it to Jorge Steinbrenner?

        Sweet. I expect a kickback.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

    if the Yankees are going to continue down this little “sign ex-Red Sox World Series champion players” thing, then I would sure hope that, by the time these guys’ contracts end, they have any many rings with the Yankees as they do with the Red Sox. Think of it like Johnny Damon with twice the expectation.

    Look, yeah, 2013 is a massively irritating fluke. The Red Sox, since 2012, have a net record that is under .500 yet they have a World Series win as well. Life sucks sometimes. That said, they did win that championship and it looks awfully stupid for the purported big brother in this rivalry to be snapping up their free agents and then not winning anything with them.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Brett Anderson really does make too much sense. I’m willing to dig into the B- prospect stash here.

  • Andy_C_23

    Could the Sox and Lester have a non-verbal, wink-wink agreement that they trade him away now but he signs with them in the offseason? I know it’s not legal, but he said he wants to return to Boston. I have a feeling that’s what’s going to happen; I love a good conspiracy.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Yes. They brainwash their players somehow.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Follow the buzzards.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          They’ve got the world in their hands.

    • Exiledintampa

      I had the same thought. But if Lester doesn’t come off as all world after the deal, I wouldn’t put it past Boston to renege on their wink. Lester, I think he’d go back either way but if money talks, Lester walks.

    • Y’s Guy

      its not wink-wink or non verbal, lester said publicly that he would ‘not hold it against the red sox if they trade him’ when considering where to sign next year. and he also said early this year that he would consider taking less to come back to boston, only not nearly as ‘less’ as what the RS eventually offered him.

      still i see him being blown away by someone other than the RS and him not going back to boston.

  • trisha

    I’ll lay odds that Lester will be back with the Sux come next season.

    Have a great day all!

    • TheStraw

      Glad to hear from you again, Trisha.

      If the Yanks are going to spend that kind of coin on a SP, I’d rather it be Scherzer.

      • bojo

        I’d sign Lester the day FA season opens. I’d give him 6 years and a blank check for him to fill in. Of course, I don’t actually have a team he could play on and the check would bounce, but I’d do it anyway.

        And if I were Cashman, I’d also sign him, Having a smart lefty with good stuff pitching in YS? Oh yeah!

        • Exiledintampa

          a i’d rather have a crafty lefty than a power pitcher with a declining fastball.Lester could be another Mike Mussina for us.I love a lefty in NYS.Ya I know Mussina was a righty. But you get the gist.

          • bojo

            Gist received.

            • ac1

              No way to Scherzer. Never been the #1, and already spit on 6/144 from his team.

              I say, forget Lester and Scherzer and just make a play for James Shields.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      Can people over the age of 15 please stop referring to the red sox as The Sux?

      • Giuseppe Franco

        +1

  • Dan Davis

    ” the Red Sox don’t already have like four crippling long-term contracts on the books.”
    Like has a definite dictionary-defined meaning. Semi-literate teenagers use it regularly as a substitute for “uh,” Whenever I hear someone use it in the street that way, I cringe. But when a good writer like Mike uses it in his articles, I want to heave.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wow, dude, just wow. I’m all for grammar policing and wanting people to use proper syntax, but to claim the word “like’s” definition hasn’t been completely and irreparably altered far beyond it’s dictionary definition is asinine.

      • Michelle b. of Yankee Stadium west

        Don’t worry he’s just being his usual asinine self….amiright Big dan?

        Just ignore him.

        • Exiledintampa

          The only thing missing here is a REC button. lol You slay me.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      And our first candidate for “First LoHudder to get O:Sed” appears.

  • bojo

    Repost–

    Someone should invite Chad Jennings here so he won’t feel so alone. Also let Joel Sherman know we all moved here so he can keep getting his material for his column.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Chad Jennings will be just fine. I’ve read his site several times daily without delving into comments.

      • bojo

        Chad will certainly miss the feedback he got from posters that allowed him to have a good feel for what was interesting to readers. He also seemed to get some inside info from time to time from posters with connections inside the industry.

        • Exiledintampa

          Under the new format, Chad will outgrow lohud. I wish him bigger and better things. Lohud will devolve into a third rate blog. It didn’t get that big because of Chad or Pete. It got that big because people kept coming back to he comments. Sorta like watching a train wreck some days.

          • TWTR

            Is the blog an important revenue-driver?

            Chad may move on to better things, but my suspicion is that the blog will be a non-factor in that move.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Exactly. Chad’s primary purpose is beat-writer for the main newspaper. I love his blog, but that’s not what’s going to raise his profile.

      • CountryClub

        Yeah, for the most part I stopped posting there months ago. But I do go there daily to read his posts, especially the pre and post game posts.

      • Michelle b. of Yankee Stadium west

        I’ll still read over there, but I’m addicted to the comments section. It’s like my daily soap opera, I’ll miss some of the drama, from a “you can’t buy that type of entertainment” type of place. But I really like the vibe over here. Hoping that some of the dramatic LoHudders keep their distance.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          We’ll give you enough drama. Don’t you worry.

      • TopChuckie

        Seconded, I read Lohud daily exclusively for the posts and completely avoided the comments section. I always came here for the comments because they were far more sensible and on point, even if sometimes a little aloof or exclusionary at the same time. I just hope the good aspects come over from Lohud and not the element that caused those of us to avoid the comments.

    • hey now

      I just wonder how much of the change was precipitated by the resident nutjob over there? He crossed the line so many times, but threatening Chad and his family had to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I know about none of this. Can someone fill me in? That sounds ridiculous.

        • hey now

          It’s sort of like speaking the name “Beetlejuice” aloud three times. You just don’t do it.

          Long story short, there was a psychopath who went by the handle “CR9″ who stalked nearly every poster on the site. He would find ways to gather as much personal info as he could.

          He would then harass them and their family members until he drove them off LoHud. Sadly, I’m not joking.

          This went on for years. It was so far beyond trolling that I’m sure it crossed many legal boundaries, but nobody was able to pin him down. If you see anyone on here who goes on insane rants about anything pertaining to Boston or umpires, you’ll know it’s him.

        • +1

          Yeah and the nut job is best friends with Trisha. So watch your interactions with her. It’s not good man. Not good at all.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    I don’t know if I like this infestation from Lohud now. It’s too busy, too many comments to keep track of. I think I liked it better when it was just me, Greg, Stuart A and everybody else.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      I can’t wait for the day you come out and tell us who you really are.

    • Farewell Mo

      Every commenter should be taken on their own merit so all should be welcomed to RAB.

      I highly doubt any of them could post the ridiculous and outlandish things that you’ve been gracing us with anyway.

      • Jacoby Eddardsbury

        Every other comment is hey how’s it going. Good to see you. I’m from Lohud. They drove me away with their new awful comments section. Let’s talk baseball instead.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          That will only last until what the end of today. There will probably be a few more ppl coming by stating that. More than half of the posters there have already introduced themselves.

      • I’m One

        I highly doubt any of them could post the ridiculous and outlandish things that you’ve been gracing us with anyway.

        Well stated.

    • mitch

      If you strip away the hellos and goodbyes you’re down to like 20 posts. The transitional phase won’t last forever.

  • Farewell Mo

    I think the Red Sox trading Lester is a gamble but could turn out to be a stroke of genius if they are able to resign him after the season.

    Faint heart never won fair lady so why not. They’re going nowhere this year with or without him anyway.

    • bojo

      And without him there are going there twice as fast.

    • TopChuckie

      At the very least, the Yankees have to make a significant offer to Lester in the off season to insure the Red Sox don’t get off cheaply with this gamble/conspiracy. Not that the Dodgers or others won’t do the same.

  • Bob

    Wait till you have to read through a game thread with these lohuders. Especially if Yankees are losing. Good luck!

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Many of the regulars already avoid game threads. The law of diminishing returns means there’s only so much worse it can get.

      • Farewell Mo

        IMO, the game threads are that enjoyable since they’re usually just a bunch of 1 liners. Not much conversation or debate goes on there.

        Also god forbid the Yanks are losing, it’s like all the Yankee players and coaches killed the commenters dogs.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Except during naptime, or when they just couldn’t resist.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m not gonna say that “at least this isn’t a lohud g/t” is an old joke around here…but it totally is.

    • Tom K

      I stopped reading LoHud game threads long ago. It is just one continuous b**ch fest. Game threads here are very mild in comparison and a bit more snarky, which is a lot more fun to read…..

    • Old Man Time

      They’ve yet to encounter TheRealGreg, No More, No 2013 Again, and Eddard’s bi-polar game thread disorder, so I’m sure they’ll feel at home.

  • This Year

    Have not read through all the posts so forgive any redundancy. But I read more than one place that Lester is very open to being traded and then re-signing with the Bosox at the end of the season. Not sure there is any “understanding”, and even if there were, things could change quickly if Lester, say, likes the LA lifestyle. But it may be that the Bososx are trying to have it both ways, realizing that this year is toast.

    • bojo

      Even if Lester is willing to reopen talks after trade, the Sox still seem reluctant to give him anywhere close to what he will accept. They don;t seem to want a 6 year commitment.

    • Tom K

      A lot of players say that…but who was the last big upcoming free agent to be traded, then sign back with the team who traded him?

      Yes, most impending free agents are traded because the team dealing him has no intention of resigning the player regardless. You let a Lester hit the open market, you are severely limiting your chances to get him back. A team can absolutely blow him away with an offer he cannot refuse.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Thank you.

        Even Cliff Lee made a pit stop before returning to a previous team.

  • ClayDavis

    This is completely out of left field, and 99% won’t happen…but what about Joe Mauer? He kind of fits the profile of a Cashman trade target. Older guy, big contract but slight possibility there could be a rebound. If they moved Cervelli he could back up McCann and play a little 1st. Though granted the last thing the Yankees need is a guy that would need to DH frequently.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If Beltran were ready to play RF the rest of the season, I’d be interested…but I’m very pessimistic about that, so pass..

      • ClayDavis

        I agree. Mauer just seems like a guy that Cashman would target and is completely off the radar.

        • JLC 776

          You do have a great point there – every couple of years Cash brings somebody in that no one saw coming, so from that perspective, I wonder if something like that is brewing. But I too think Mauer is a long-shot given the logjam at 1B/C.

          Somehow Felix Hernandez is coming to NY (/sarcasm).

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Old.

          Recently injured.

          Unreliable when needed most.

          Not talking about Joe Mauer. The Yankees should puruse Harrison Ford.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            “Unreliable when needed most?”

            His cameo in Anchorman 2 held the movie together!

          • W.B. Mason Williams

            And to think we had the hot, new, young Harrison Ford, with extra pico de gallo.

            Adios, Yangarrison Sofordte.

    • Michelle b. of Yankee Stadium west

      Mauser is on the DL ATM, he’s got a rib cage injury. But I could see the twins trying to unload his contract soon. Their fans would jump off bridges though. Hometown hero gets traded, Minnesotans won’t take that well.

    • mitch

      Take another look at his stats this year and his contract. I like taking shots at guys with the potential to rebound, but only when they have Headley/McCarthy contracts. Minny would have to eat almost all of that contract for me to consider Mauer and they obviously wouldn’t do that.

    • Y’s Guy

      i really dont think mauer can hold up as a catcher. heck, he can’t hold up as a 1B now. he’s on the DL now and they are saying ‘it is possible’ he’ll be back by mid august with no setbacks.

      he’s averaged only 114 games played the last 3 seasons and probably won’t make that # this season either.

    • Y’s Guy

      mauer averages 113 games the past 3 years and likely won’t make the # this year.

      • Y’s Guy

        sorry about that chief…

  • Christ is King

    If Im the Red Sox, i’ll trade Lester for top prospects… Then re-sign him in the off season (which is the rumor) and THEN use the farm depth to trade for Price or some big time bat. If Cherrington plays his cards right, it could get interesting… Meanwhile the Yankees continue to sign 38 year olds and over hyping their farm system to the fan base (GMs dont bite).

    • Bayshoni

      ZZZ ZZZ ZZZ.

  • Bob

    Don’t think mauer is an option, but my guess if there is a deal, it will be something the “experts” didn’t see coming. That’s how happens most of time. News outlets use trade line as revenue booster.

  • Wayne

    Regarding trading Luis Severino, if he is traded who is he most likely to Go to?
    American League Team or National League team?
    Most people would say Phillies at this point but i would say since Matt Caín has had elbow issues giants might package him with Tim Lincecum for Luis Severino , Aaron Judge , Gary Sanchez , Rob Refsnyder, Dustin Fowler
    Hell of a trade it would be for both teams.
    Cashman would be willing to take the chance i think hoping Matt Caín returns to form!

    • TWTR

      Caiin is going to see Andrews.

      There is no way in hell that Cashman or any sane GM would do that.

      • Dalek Jeter

        On top of that, Cain hasn’t been very good in two years and in those two years has seen his walk rate increase and his K rate decrease. Add on to that his BABIP against steadily climbing since 2010, his HR/9 Skyrocketing the past two years, and a huge drop in innings from 2012 to 2013, I probably wouldn’t trade 1 of any of those guys for Cain even if he was healthy.

    • Not an ace

      No.

    • Mike Ri

      Is this rumor floating ? Haven’t heard anything about Cain ?

      • Y’s Guy

        cain is headed to see dr andrews about his ailing elbow. he has sucked all year and is on the DL now.

      • Old Man Time

        Ignore everything from Wayne. He’s an Eddard wanna-be except worse. He knows about 10 names from the farm system and throws them out in trade proposals as if it’s already happened. Or he’s just on drugs.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Minus ten points.

    • Y’s Guy

      I can’t see the Giants throwing in the towel. Even as bad as they’ve been going, they are only 3 games behind their mortal enemy the Dodgers. That could be an offseason trade or even a post TD move, but i dont see the Giants moving anyone off their ML roster at this point.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Serious replies to wayne merit more than coffee. Folks, what’s the penance here?

        • Y’s Guy

          again, i was only one of 5 people who replied to the guy. why am i being pointed out for now knowing who is in disfavor at this blog?

          • BigDavey88

            He’s just messing with you, he’s not trying to piss anyone off.

            But seriously, don’t seriously respond to wayne or anything with “Eddard” in it. Their schtick is to be reactionary and bi-polar.

            (Eddard troll guy, if you’re reading… I think you’re hilarious. Never give up!)

          • Havok9120

            You’re not a target, never fear.

            The fact that Jorge is messing with you is a sign of favor. Take it as friendly ribbing. It’s our way of trying to point out the crazies/trolls that want you to think they’re crazy without bad-mouthing them directly.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              If I don’t get my coffee soon, I’m going flapjack on his ass.

  • joeman

    I found my way…

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Welcome joeman. I’m sure you’ll fit in well. It’ll take some getting used to but this may be a good thing in the end.

    • Bret The Hitman

      hey Joeman!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Just set me free….home sweet home….

  • craig

    I honestly don’t get the Red Sox moving Lester and Lackey. They must think they can resign Lester in the off-season and perhaps are gathering prospects to make a run at Stanton.

    They will have a top 6-8 pick that will be protected, too, so they could even sign Scherzer or Shields and only lose a 2nd round pick. That way they would get better pitching for next year, keep their 1st round pick and get Stanton.

    If this isn’t the plan, or something like it, then I just don’t get why they would move both Lester and Lackey. Their pitching next year will be too inexperienced + some of their prospects aren’t going to work out + pitchers break (especially young pitchers).

    Also…just wanted to mention that Pedroia looks cooked (at least offensively) and they are on the hook with him for another 7 years.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      but, but… Mo says he would take Gritty over Cano

  • Kosmo

    James Russell
    Rios or Hill
    Brett Anderson
    call it a day

  • joeman

    one way or the other I believe Lester is gone either by trade or FA

  • Shame Spencer

    Good post, Mike. The interesting line for me in there was: ‘The Red Sox are going to try to win next year, right?’

    I’m not so sure about that. I’m not sure they need to. They can afford to play the long game. They could make a play for Scherzer this off season, Price in another year, or Darvish. It’s risky to bet on guys hitting the market in this version of MLB, but it’s a lot easier to take risks when you’ve just won it all.

    • TWTR

      As I mentioned above, for the mega-franchises like the RS or Yankees, I think their respective fan-bases are sufficiently captive that they have the freedom to implement a multi-year plan. Maybe one day Hal will get off of his yacht and realize that.

      • mitch

        don’t agree with this at all. Take a look at the attendance numbers. They rely a lot on casual fans, and they’re the ones that won’t show up if a team isn’t good.

        • TWTR

          I think you are overlooking the big picture. Attendance and viewership declines are probably, at least in part, the result of the splintering of the audience, and follows a trend in MLB.

          For example, in 2013, MLB attendance was down 1.3%, and [t]he average was 30,514, down from 30,895 last year and the peak of 32,785 in 2007.

          Beyond that, what caused the Yankees do be the cash cow they have become? I would argue that it is at least partly the result of the plan they put in place over 20 years.

          The Yankees’ attendance is down from its peak but it still exceeds MLB average attendance.

          That should give them the freedom to put in place a multi-year plan instead of the band-aid approach that may be playing a role in the decline.

          • mitch

            what multi-year course of action do you want them to take? It’s been years since they traded away a top prospect. There’s not one guy that has been held back because of their band-aid approach. The organization will be where everyone wants it to be once they figure out how to get their top prospects to the big leagues before they flame out or get injured.

            • TWTR

              Murphy and Refsndyer would be two at this point. You could also argue that Almonte should have been relied on earlier.

              Beyond that, as I have said, Cano, Granderson (and Swisher the year before), and perhaps others could have been traded to jump start the reload (not rebuild).

              I agree with your last sentence, but there really hasn’t been sufficient accountability for that.

              • Havok9120

                Avoiding the term “rebuild” does not change the meaning of what you propose.

                Trading Swisher or Grady at their peak values would have meant trading key pieces of teams which had a viable chance at a title. There was no reason to assume the 2012 offense was going to be a complete no show in the playoffs (and they made it to the LCS anyway). Expecting those trades to be made seems unrealistic.

                You and I have had the Cano argument before, so there’s no need to rehash it.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          But at this point, they won’t get good simply by opening up the checkbook. They have too many holes to fill. This is what happens when dynasties end. They will have to take the time to rebuild, so there is really no other choice.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They may have to wait. They’re not going to fill all their holes in one off-season either.

      • Shame Spencer

        Absolutely they do.

        Which they seem to realize already and are being proactive about moving valuable pieces and evaluating the market.

        I wish the Yanks would have taken this approach a couple of years ago.

        • Havok9120

          I can see the argument for doing it during the post-2012 offseason, but before that?

          I mean, we made it to the LCS in 2012. There was no logical way to predict the total collapse of the offense once the playoffs started. And that was the weakest of the 2010-2012 teams. I’m not sure anyone blows up a consensus contender to rebuild for the future.

      • mitch

        I believe it is a violation of your contract as a Yankees fan to say that the Red Sox will not have all of their holes filled…

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Give this man a prize.

        • I’m One

          ietc

        • trisha

          :)

        • Mikey

          WTF????

  • joeman

    Lester not traded and a FA after season is over the NYY will be a calling

  • ac1

    Yankees looking at Benoit?

    Only way I see this making any sense is either if they plan to move Betances to the rotation or if they aren’t planning to resign Robertson.

    Bullpen is the last part of the team we need help with.

    • blake

      well Betances and Warren are getting run down a bit….especially Warren. Benoit couldn’t hurt and he’d give them some leverage this winter with Drob. The problem is that the Yanks starters don’t consistently give them length and that problem has worsened since Tanaka got hurt…..so a stronger pen to offset that would be nice.

      • Giuseppe Franco

        I think it will be interesting to see how Betances (and Warren for that matter) respond next season after being abused and run into the ground this season.

        I wonder if any of that will play into their decision regarding Robertson.

        • TWTR

          I’m not saying your wrong, but is there data that supports the overuse argument?

          They can’t just let Robertson walk though. Either trade him now, or sign him.

          • Giuseppe Franco

            I have no data to support it because I’m not arguing that Betances is going to regress in 2015.

            But I think it’s going to be something to watch closely because nobody knows how he’s going to respond after he’s clearly been overworked like mad this season and this being his first season in a new role.

            That and relievers by nature are known to have a high turnover rate.

            • TWTR

              OK. I will sayd that after being a big defender, Girardi has disappointed me recently. When the going gets tough, his BP mgt. becomes more Torre-esque.

    • Exiledintampa

      The bullpen is overworked and under paid. Another arm could make all the difference in the world. Did you not see last nights game? We need another arm down there as much as anything. Almost lost with a 6 run lead to a last place team.

      • Mister D

        What if we just pay Betances and Warren a little more money?

  • Irreverent Discourse

    Congratulations on being the last good Yankee blog. By process of elimination, you have finally reached the top of the heap! :p

    • mitch

      a RAB flag has been planted at the top of the heap for years…

      shots fired?

    • I’m One

      It’s the content, not the process of elimination, that puts RAB at the top of the heap.

    • Havok9120

      Great as Chad’s stuff is (especially the pre- and post-game posts), and as loyal a reader of his as I’ve been for years, I’ve always preferred RAB.

      Even with Mike doing the one man show the last year or so, no one’s been able to beat his consistently good/great content.

      • Irreverent Discourse

        If it’s ever been anything around RAB, it’s consistently negative. I can see how that is attractive to some of the chicken little crowd.

  • blake

    JIM BOWDEN ?@JimBowdenESPNxm 40s
    Justin Masterson has been traded to the Cardinals as first reported by @Pgammo

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Unfortunately, the 3 MPH on his fastball were traded somwhere else.

      • blake

        it’s probably wherever Javy Vasquez’s 3-4 mph from 2010 is being stashed.

    • gilmac

      Interesting. Any ideas on other players involved.

      • blake

        Sherman says James Ramsey is the player dealt for Masterson….who was traded for his fastball I’m not sure.

        • gilmac

          I wish I had a clever answer for that one.

  • gilmac

    I know MLB and NHL have trade deadlines. How about other sports?

    • TWTR

      Yes.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      The MLB and NHL deadlines are more noticeable though because they tend to be much more active.

      • gilmac

        Correct. Normally contenders buying and non contenders building.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      The NFL and NBA both do as well. The NFL one is early though – something like week 6.

      • gilmac

        Thank you. I’ll have to admit I don’t follow either very much so I haven’t paid attention.

        • Exiledintampa

          Also Players almost never get traded in the NFL and rarely at the TDL Compared to MLB.

  • nycsportzfan

    Yanks showing interest in Benoit. Actually makes alittle sense with the middle relief showing just a small chink in the armor lately. Assuming its not a crazy price we gotta pay. Pretty exciting time right now.

    • Exiledintampa

      Having Jeff Francis Pitch against the Jays last Saturday was more than just a small chink in the armor. There’s a hole there waiting to be exploited. Yesterday was a great example of what happens to an overworked declining pen.

    • Bigdan

      For teams with as many holes as the Yanks have, the bullpen is the key. The bullpen is what prevented the team from being under .500 in the first half while it’s starters were at best average and the offense was bottom third.

      Defense can look really bad at times, but it’s bullpen that will bury this team, not the fielding. The hitting is what it is. Not a whole lot that can be done. But nothing can turn a win into a loss as quick as a bullpen fail and that was almost the case last night. It also was a problem in the loss of the Toronto series.

      Another arm would be extremely helpful.

  • Christ is King

    Anyone here would like to see a trade for Lincecum

    • TWTR

      14:$17M, 15:$18M

      86 ERA+

      No.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Christ, no.

  • John C

    Justin Masterson heading to Cardinals. Cards so far sending James Ramsey to Cleve.

  • Mikey

    The Pirates need some help in b/p and might be willing to include Travis Snider in a deal. The guy can rake if given the opp for 500 AB?

    • mitch

      he hasn’t raked in his first 1500 ABs

      • gilmac

        On a roll today, aren’t we?

  • Bigdan

    I think at this point Severino in almost untouchable. It’s sort of like the Yanks trading Nova before he got hurt. How would trading a young starter benefit the team short or long term?

    Once Severino got to AA and started pitching well, everything changes. If he continues to pitch well in his few remaining starts, he will go to ST next year with a real good chance to win a spot in the rotation. Age is really not that important for prospects like Severino. The only questions are health (he seems healthy), can he get major leaguers out now (I think the answer is yes, but we’ll learn more next ST and can he throw 90 pitches or so (he’s been throwing 70-85 pitches per start all year)

    I said back in May when he got promoted to Tampa I thought Severino had the stuff to get major leaguers out right now. The big question going forward was would he be healthy by the time he reaches the major leagues. I think the Yanks have come to realize it doesn’t matter where a pitcher is in the system, he’s got a good chance of getting hurt anytime before the age of 25-26. Might as well get some value out of him before he does.

    I think he’ll be in the rotation next April. There sure are going to be a ton of openings.

    • CountryClub

      2nd half of next yr would be more realistic, IMO. And I think in a perfect world, they’d like to wait until the start of 2016.

  • CountryClub

    Possibly the last 2 as a Yankee???

    ————-

    Nick Peruffo ?@nickperuffo 1m
    Peter O’Brien. Home run number 2 of the day, ties game at 2 in 8th.

    • I’m One

      I’d have no issue letting him go for the right return. Even the right rental player.

  • cr1

    If RAB inherits the half-dozen or so intelligent and civil posters that were left on Lohud, that will only add to the interest here. They will soon get used to the different tone. But they may have a harder time sticking on-topic within a given thread, suppressing their constant pet/menú/travel reports, and abstaining from letting us know every single time they leave the keyboard or return. It wasn’t just the hateful sniping that took over Lohud, it was the squirming, incestuous pseudo-intimacy.

    The stripped-down versión of Lohud will do fine. It will grow a new base. It will not reach the previous volume levels but nor would the old Lohud have been nearly so voluminous without the pets, interminable personal squabbles, kitchen/BBQ newsflashes and other non-baseball material. I will continue reading Chad’s blog (which is more than his old commenters did), and occasionally dipping into the comments to see how the situation develops. I was once an occasional commenter there back in the day, and it may turn back into a place where good conversations happen.

    Hopefully RAB will continue to deserve to come first, though!

    • gilmac

      You’ve certainly done your research. ;) Job well done!

    • The Big City of Dreams

      True staying on topic for some of the new members will be difficult. They enjoyed discussing a topic for several threads or talking about whatever they wanted. It provided the board with a a free flowing environment. I know some ppl will say just use the off topic thread it’s a ghost town in there besides no matter how off topic it became it always came back to baseball. I find it funny though many ppl have brought up how Lohud commenters tend to go off on tangents but if you have ever been a lurker or commenter on RAB you’ve seen posters one up each other with jokes for in different threads. It’s almost a fraternity like feel sometimes.

      They will build a new base but I think it will have a short run. I’ve seen this happen on other boards. Sometimes the regulars adjust and continue to post while other times they leave. With the craziness that went on over the past few yrs no regular would enjoy having their FB profile on display for all to see.

      • gilmac

        Which was very likely the plan to begin with. Got rid of more screwballs then Carl Hubbell threw in a nine inning game. See how i made that a baseball thread?

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Getting rid of the screwballs is one thing. I think everyone would agree the trolls especially the extreme one needed to be handled but in the process they have also driven away a lot of the regulars. Will ppl still read the articles? Sure, but will a number of ppl post and be as engaged as they were before I doubt it. The first game thread back had 20 comments smh

      • Giuseppe Franco

        “With the craziness that went on over the past few yrs no regular would enjoy having their FB profile on display for all to see.”

        —-
        That’s precisely the issue. The biggest problem was one domestic terrorist who would post personal info about people and harass them.

        People belonging to FB and other social networking sites was the avenue he took to find that info.

        We don’t need to know everyone’s real names and I have no intention of ever displaying mine. If we want to exchange contact info outside of the blog people are free to do so.

        But their solution to the problem didn’t solve a damn thing. It made the problem far worse and it has killed the blog.

    • Jimmy

      Get off my lawn!

  • Wayne

    Tommy Millone would be someone cashman would trade for that might not cost much.

  • cooolbreeez

    By no means do I want to trade Severino, but if he were able to crack the rotation in ’15, you’d have an inning limit to deal with.

  • EndlessJose

    The Red Sox have been terrible 4 out of the last 5 years and have flooded there farm with high draft picks and now will get not only a big prospects for Lester and Lackey but pick again in the Top ten draft next year.

    Cashman and Oppeneheimer have to be fired this year as the farm keeps us from getting anyone in trades.

  • Shame Spencer

    @alexspeier
    Farrell says Lester expected in uniform with Sox today. No roster move yet to announce to clear spot for Workman.

  • Patrick

    I don’t think Cashman can get the quality of player that will turn this team into a legitimate world series contender. That being said, he can probably get a piece or two that gets them into the playoffs – assuming the rest of the division continues to be a train wreck.

  • Frank

    I strongly suspect the buildup for Yankees fans will far exceed what actually happens by tomorrow.

    • gilmac

      Yes. I would agree.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I suspect that is true for most teams.

    • CountryClub

      Most fans are smarter today. Most know the Yanks won’t give up the package needed to get a grade A player.

  • blake

    kinda thinking maybe the Yanks get Benoit and then hopefully a RFer and then kinda wait and see what happens.

    There is a stars align scenario where both Tanaka and Pineda come back and they are sitting there in August in contention…..they could then add Lee through waivers if healthy and run out a rotation of Tanaka, Lee, Kuroda, and then 2 of McCarthy, Pineda, Phelps, Capuano.

    • TWTR

      What are they giving up (hypothetically) for Benoit, the RFer, and Lee?

      • blake

        well that’s a really hard question to answer….with Lee you’re mostly taking his money I’d think as the most significant payment. Obviously price plays a big part in deals for Rios and Benoit….I just don’t have a real feel for what they’d require….you’re not giving your top guys for them.

        • TWTR

          So any prospects surrendered would outside of the top ten?

          There is another consideration. If they take on too much 2015 money now (especially with A-Rod’s money looming again), it could impact what their free agent budget, subject to Hal’s whims.

          Finally, the Tanaka nightmare is the most compelling reason I wouldn’t consider going all-in now. Without him, I think it’s merely rearranging deck chairs.

          If there are very, very low-cost Headley/McCarthy one year salary dumps, ok. Beyond that I would stick, or preferably see what I could get for Robertson if they aren’t going to sign him, and then sign Castillo.

          • blake

            can’t disagree…..it really really sucks that he got hurt

  • blake

    imagine starting a playoff series with Tanaka, Lee, Kuroda, Pineda with a back of the pen of Benoit, Betances, and Drob……they’d have a chance. There are a ton of ifs in that scenario…..but not out of the question.

    • Frank

      I’ll give you credit for one thing, you are one optimistic dude.

      • blake

        do I think this is going to happen? no….just kinda offering a glass half full scenario of what “could” hypothetically happen

        • Exiledintampa

          I’m thinking he hasn’t seen sweetspot yet.lol

    • Havok9120

      They wouldn’t just have a chance in that situation. That’s a pretty darn good rotation.

  • Wayne

    The red sox Have not traded away their best prospects which are Trey Ball lll and Henry Owens and The yankees are having a Breakout year in The farm system.
    If Hal gave up on this year he could trade Hiroki Kuroda David Robertson and get pretty good prospects back but Hal does not operate that way.
    Your criticism makes no sense about Cashman and Oppenheimer and is plain biased if you base it on what i just pointed out!

  • TKR

    no big splash for the NYY …they need a hitter,SPer & a little BP help

  • Wayne

    In response to end less José .

  • Bigdan

    I’ve often stated that Gardner is a good player but a bad fit for the Yanks because of the Ellsbury redundancy. In my opinion, the Yanks have a huge need for more power, especially left-handed power, and in the future that needs to come from the OF corners.

    Just two games ago, before the Texas series, Gardner seemed to be regressing a bit to his career norm which is good but not very good. His slugging pct was right around .420, almost identical to last year. That was because even though he’d hit a career high in homers, his extra base hits were way down. He was also on the way to striking out 150 times this year, a significant increase over his high of around 127(?) last year. It wasn’t very long ago that a hitter with a .420 slugging pct. wouldn’t be allowed to start striking out over 130 times. But I guess times have changed.

    In just two games, Gardner’s slugging pct has gone up about 35 points and he’s now OPSing around .820. Now if that’s his new normal, I think I can live with it. I guess we’ll see.

    Still want to sign Melky next year.

  • TKR

    TB will win the division as long as they hang on to Price

    • Frank

      One of the most realistic comments of over the 300 posted so far.

      • Rick

        Your opinion has been noted.

        • Old Man Time

          Maybe TKR will get a “Frank Approved” blue ribbon in the mail.

          • Get Phelps Up

            It will be delivered by a backup first baseman.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              It’ll only watch two more games this season, yet comment on the site every day.

    • Exiledintampa

      I don’t know about winning the division, but they will have a huge impact on who does and doesn’t. Tampa is probably the most impactful team in the east right now.

  • jk

    *takes out colletti vodoo doll*

    praying colletti doesn’t trade the farm for lester

  • Rick

    Poor Lackey, if he gets traded to Miami, there is no way in hell they’re going to tear up his contract for next year when it’s only for $500k. Not that he should reallly be requesting it anyway. He was confident he wouldn’t hit the DL with arm trouble. You made the bargain, Lackey, now it’s time to live with it.

  • TKR

    Lee will never come to the NYY..wife won’t let him

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      that is the funniest gawd damn thing.

      and then they pick Philly who’s fans are 100 times worse than New York – just ask Santa Claus.

      • craig

        Ugh…this false meme just won’t die will it.

        It’s like the, if the Yankees didn’t sign 1 of CC/AJ/Tex they would’ve gotten Trout crap that just isn’t true at all.

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          it’s not false, they did booo Santa Claus, they even threw snow balls at him.

  • ac1

    Rios and Lee should be mostly salary dumps with a medium prospect involved.

  • Shame Spencer

    @Ken_Rosenthal
    Trade for Masterson still leaves #STLCards in position for Lester or August run at Cliff Lee. STL interest in Lee noted by @JSalisburyCSN.

    ?@Ken_Rosenthal
    One executive said this about #STLCards’ interest in Lee: “I feel like they’ve been chasing him for years.”

  • Hankflorida

    Judging from last night, the Bronx banjo hitters may have regained their MANTLE of power and become the Bronx Bombers once again, and it stands to reason that the new mantra for the team would be, “it’s the pitching, stupid!”

    • TWTR

      Park effects, I think.

  • Christ is King

    Getting a little nervous now… “Rios getting traction”….. Hopefully Cash doesn’t do something stupid like trading OBrien for him or something…

  • http://riveraveblues austinmac

    Sherman says despite earlier reports the Yankees are not in on Benoit. He would make some sense, but the prices of players have been amazing. The Cards give up a first round pick with an OPS well over .800 in AA for Masterson who has not pitched in awhile and didn’t pitch well then.

    I am beginning to doubt we will do anything before the deadline but hope for a waiver deal. If they do anything, I hope it is either very cheap or for a player that can help beyond this year. Next year has many holes to fill.

    • Patrick

      Good, I wouldn’t want to waste any prospects on Benoit. He’s good but hardly a huge need for the Yankees right now.

  • gilmac

    Injury update up ahead.

  • http://riveraveblues austinmac

    If I am a GM on a team interested in Lester, and I hear him say he would love to return to the Sox next year, that cools my interest. If I don’t have a legitimate chance to keep him, no way do I giv eup a ton for him.

  • TKR

    Masterson moving into the NL will be a up tick for him

    • gilmac

      Yes. I think so too.

  • joeman

    would they move Kevin Gausman for Lester

    • TheRealGreg

      Appears that one of the pieces is Miguel Gonzalez

  • ac1

    Pete Abraham ?@PeteAbe 1m
    #RedSox in discussions on a deal that would end Jon Lester to the #Orioles sources from both teams say. Would return a pitcher
    ___

    Who was on my case earlier about the Orioles?

    • TheRealGreg

      The Orioles can do whatever they want. They are going to win the division.

  • TKR

    don’t see the NYY making any trades…the last few years what they have done mainly is sign FA’s & throw stuff against the wall and see if it sticks

    • gilmac

      A lot of it stuck, but that kind of stuff has a tendency to do that.

  • Bart

    Was in St Louis yesterday,the Sports Radio host were salivating over the prospect of Jon Lester coming to the Cardinals.
    They said, on the radio Lester was OK with a trade, because he was willing to go back to Boston with off season contract negotiations.

    Boston won’t give up a draft pick to St Louis, and the host thought the Cardinals shouldn’t give up their good prospects in the process.

    Lohud is now a ghost town….

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi doc

    I share your pessimism austinmac. I am not confident they will make a deal. Wouldn’t it be nice to find another David Justice deal for the OF? I’ll believe Lester is a Yankee when I see it. The Sox aren’t stupid and their fan base is just as demanding as we are.

    • Mike

      The Sox are stupid and are in last place.

  • TheRealGreg

    Cubs have picked up Felix Doubront. Within 5 days, Peavy, Doubront, and Lester might be out of Boston. And maybe Lackey too.

  • http://riveraveblues austinmac

    According to a story on MLBTR, Lester is about to be dealt to the O’s. Of course he is.

    • TheRealGreg

      I conceded the division to them when they came into Yankee stadium and were a Zach Britton blown save away from completely dominating the Yankees.

      • Havok9120

        You conceded the division to them during the first loss of the season in much the same manner that you expected Boston to come back and pass us in the standings two weeks ago.

        • Old Man Time

          +1

        • TheRealGreg

          A lot of people expected Boston to come back and pass us last week. Then they ran into Toronto.

          • Old Man Time

            I didn’t know you and Eddard equaled “a lot of people”.

            • TheRealGreg

              And everybody at ESPN and MLB network

              • Old Man Time

                Of course, we know how much you worry about what the media will think.

                • TheRealGreg

                  Only because they have the power to influence the public.

                  • Old Man Time

                    And public opinion determines the standings…

                    • TheRealGreg

                      No, but it has an influence on my day. It probably shouldn’t, but it does

                    • TheRealGreg

                      Plus we see the Rays go on the impressive stretch. Why couldn’t the Red Sox do the same? It’s unlikely but it was possible.

        • TheRealGreg

          And I don not recall conceding the division to Baltimore in the first week of the season. Do you have text to prove that?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Doubront traded for a PTBNL. The shine sure wore off that rose quickly.

    • RetroRob

      Just as long as it’s not Addison Russell.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Wouldn’t that be some shit?

  • TheRealGreg

    Hold the phone.

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 1m
    Hearing from multiple sources that Lester to #Orioles is not close. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen. But not happening yet.

    • gilmac

      Rosenthal should have some close sources to the O’s. IIRC he began his career in that city.

      • TheRealGreg

        Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman are also saying the deal isn’t close. Apparently, Baltimore is reluctant to give up top prospects.

        Could be a ploy from the Red Sox to try and get better prospects from another team

  • http://riveraveblues austinmac

    The consensus of the pundits is the Yankees will make marginal upgrades, if any. They don’t have a wealth of prospects to give them away like the Cards can for Masterson.

    According to Marchand, they are not likely to win on the Cuban guy. They like him, but not to the extent of the money he will cost. Sounds familiar.

    • Old Man Time

      No it doesn’t sound familiar because this guy isn’t Puig or Abreu.

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi doc

    I think you are right TheReal Greg. Which leaves us, Seattle, KC, Cleveland, Oakland or LA, Toronto, and TB to fight it out for the second wild card with the winner getting to travel to California for a one game play off against Samardizja or Weaver. Pretty long odds.

    • TheRealGreg

      Royals and Indians I don’t think are threats. To me it’s down to us, the Blue Jays, and the Mariners. Rays maybe.

  • Dan A.

    Maybe they could match up with the Astros on Chris Carter/Scott Feldman. SP and righty power. And since the ‘Stros are far away they could be up for accepting some lower level prospects.

  • SweetSpot

    I’m not that concerned with Byrd’s 2016 option. Worse case scenario the Yankees can eat $8 million. His 20 home runs .270/.318/.477 looks pretty good right about now compared to what we’ve been getting out of right field. Maybe not totally ideal, but another incremental move that could give us a better shot at the post-season. I think we need a bat in right; open to other suggestions.

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    Hola, LoHud putos.

    *lurks*

  • Pollyanna

    Is it something I said?

    • +1

      #cashmanfailed??

  • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

    Am I the only one growing more and more suspicious that the Yankees will do something stupid like trade Severino, Judge, Jagielo ,Sanchez and Torrens to the Phillies for Hamels and Byrd?

  • joeman

    give Reds Garner for Matt Latos