Yankees continue to scout Mike Leake, have “sworn off” trading top prospects

Thoughts prior to Ivan Nova's return to the rotation
Slowly and steadily, Gregorius is turning things around at the plate
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For at least the second straight start, the Yankees had a scout watching Reds right-hander Mike Leake over the weekend, according to George King. They sent a different set of eyes too — last time out Jeff Datz scouted Leake and this time it was Brandon Duckworth. Leake struck out seven and allowed two hits in seven shutout innings against the Marlins on Friday.

The Yankees have been scouting Leake as well as Reds ace Johnny Cueto in recent weeks, which makes perfect sense. The Reds are bad and both Leake and Cueto are impending free agents. They’re very much on the trade block and, at the very least, the Yankees need to do their due diligence beforehand. Cueto’s an ace and would help any rotation. I’m not sure how Leake helps New York right now. I looked at both in our recent Scouting The Market post.

Meanwhile, according to Jon Heyman, the Yankees have “sworn off” trading their top prospects for a rental player at the trade deadline. That is something every single team says every year at the trade deadline, without fail. There’s little to gain by saying you’re open to trading top prospects. Leake shouldn’t require top prospects anyway, but Cueto would. Aces don’t come cheap. Not even rental aces.

I do believe the Yankees are sincere with their unwillingness to trade top prospects for a rental, at least moreso than previous years. They’ve given a lot of young players a chance this season. Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Ramon Flores, a gaggle of relievers … we’ve seen the Yankees dip into their farm system for help quite often this year. In recent years they’d always jump out and pick up some scrap heap guy to plug a roster hole.

Basically everyone in the organization has said the Yankees intend to incorporate more young players going forward and their actions so far this season back that up. Does that mean top prospects should be off-limits in trade talks? Of course not. Sometimes a deal is too good to be true. But I think guys like Aaron Judge and Luis Severino are as close to untouchable as it gets for a Yankees prospect.

Thoughts prior to Ivan Nova's return to the rotation
Slowly and steadily, Gregorius is turning things around at the plate
  • Some Asshole

    Someone want to clue me in as to why the hell the Reds have a uniform that is white and green and not red?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s like that stupid dress that took over our lives a couple of months ago, then vanished.

      • Some Asshole

        So, it’s totally red and I’m just a fucknut?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’s red, and you’re totally going to die. Yes.

          • Some Asshole

            Oh, thank God.

          • HoopDreams

            So it’s a chain letter also, fuck. POST THIS BEFORE 4PM

            • Some Asshole

              OMG, I’m gonna sign in to my AOL account to forward this to everyone I know! I hope Johnny kisses me at the end.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Yeah, very confusing to read “Reds” in green. Both a cognitive stumper and a colorblindness prank.

  • InJürgenWeTrust

    You can probably add Jorge Mateo to that “untouchable list”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I understand the sentiment, but he’s too far away from the majors for me to see him as untouchable.

      It’ll be fun reading how about ten different guys get added to the “untouchable” list by commenters now. But Bird! Refsnyder! Danny Oh!

      Judge, Severino, Jhalan Jackson.

      • Some Asshole

        Aune is untouchable.

        • LiamInAlbany

          He’s got that sweet strikeout swing

          • Robinson Tilapia

            You have to give every high-bonus second rounder struggling to get out of Low-A three years later every chance possible to succeed.

        • Austinmac

          The pitch is often untouchable.

      • InJürgenWeTrust

        See that’s the thing, I don’t see bird and Refsnyder as untouchable. Mateo is impressive as hell.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He is impressive. I just think a ton can happen between now and then and, if someone wants to overvalue him as centerpiece, I’m perfectly fine with that.

          Agreed on Bird and Refs.

    • jjyank

      He’s got some exciting talent, but he is way, way, WAY too far away to be even talked about as untouchable.

      • The Great Gonzo

        but all teh stealz!!!

  • HoopDreams

    The eventual trade proposals that will flock this thread. https://twitter.com/himichaelk/status/604458488736194560

    • Some Asshole

      Yankees get Leake
      Reds get Bill Nye’s geochron.

      $60 million sits in the Federal Reserve.

      • jjyank

        Um, I’d honestly rather just keep anything Bill Nye related.

        • Some Asshole

          Same here, especially with how sweet geochrons are, but you gotta give to get.

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        • Some Asshole

          Pass. Can’t even afford Queens on that income.

          • JimK

            Hard to even afford Camden NJ on that income.

          • HoopDreams

            75k a year could get you a studio apartment.

            • Some Asshole

              With no toilet and you have to room with seven other people.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    There’s a version of Leake that’d be a nice addition (for a team not currently going with a six-man rotation.) That version of Leake seemingly hasn’t shown up in 2015 yet.

  • LiamInAlbany

    Didn’t realize the Reds had a Christmas uni.

    Also if you think Cueto is gettable for less than at least 1 of Sev or Judge, you cray.

    • Some Asshole

      I call it “crawfish.”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Really? I’m not valuing him that high.

      #imcray

      • LiamInAlbany

        Mason Williams + Vincente Campos gets it done imo

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Probably. I am now going to overhug Mason Williams and say “no.”

          • LiamInAlbany

            Don’t hug him too hard, you might aggravate that shoulder

        • The Great Gonzo

          I’d have traded JOSE Campos and Mason Dixon Williams for him, but never Vincente. Name tool too strong.

          • LiamInAlbany

            If they can trade Exicardo, they can trade anyone. that’s a straight 80/80 name tool

  • yanksgoyanks

    Does leake for

    • Some Asshole

      Will Leake for cash.

  • jjyank

    WAIT. It says “Reds” in green font. Burn the witch!

  • yanksgoyanks

    Gardener and Flores for Cueto and Leake? you clear some needed OF room, and have between now and the winter to work an extension for both Cueto and Leak. The pitching staff would be looking very good for the next several years.

    • jjyank

      Gotta love fans around the trade deadline…

    • LiamInAlbany

      I feel that if the Yankees were to trade Gardner, they’d wait until the offseason. He is very important to the team in his own rite.

    • noseeum

      Why in the world would you trade your best player for two starting pitchers? The Yanks have the aces on the mound, they just need to perform. If Tanaka and Pineda stink from here on out, they’re toast. And there’s no trade that changes that. If Tanaka and Pineda are great, they are making the playoffs, and there’s no changing that either.

      • The Great Gonzo

        There is no need to trade Gardner for two rentals. May as well trade Severino at that point. At least you know what you have in Gardner….

    • Robinson Tilapia

      YTPSMB.

      • jjyank

        Your Trade Proposal Sucks My Balls? Is it bad that I got that immediately?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Monkey Balls.

          • The Great Gonzo

            boom

          • jjyank

            So close, yet so far.

        • Looser Trader FotD™

          I thought “My” as well

          • Jacob

            I’ve got one the Reds could never say no to…Leake for NICK NOONAN!!! I’ll hang up and listen.

    • Tony Wilson

      Why would they trade Gardner at all now and if they would trade him it should be in a package for an ace or close to an ace.

    • Byron Lindsay

      Warren/Severino/Romine/Flores/jag/ salary relief 4 Hamels

  • Some Asshole

    I’m disappointed in the lack of vegetable references here. Trade for Leake, call up Lettuce, trade for Detroit’s Lettuce, then let’s toss this salad all the way to the playoffs.

    • LiamInAlbany

      Hope you’re ready to see more Carrot Jones if Tex’s neck is still stiff.

    • LiamInAlbany

      You’re going to need to hire a Brett GARDNER for all those veggies you’re growing.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Slow down there, son. you’re liable to pull something with all those reaches.

        • LiamInAlbany

          My job insists that I use a stepladder when reaching for high objects.

    • LiamInAlbany

      Hold on I need to CHASE down a HEADley of lettuce for you

      • jjyank

        Ladies and Gentlemen, LiamInAlbany will be here all week. Please remember to tip your waitresses. Try the veal.

        • Some Asshole

          I enjoy food that is sad.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Depending on where you get the veal you can almost taste the fear and feelings of betrayal. (not gonna lie, it’s delicious)

            • jjyank

              And it’s fucking delicious.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And, since he’s somewhere in New York State, watch out for escaped convicts!!!!

    • Looser Trader FotD™

      No salad tossing references please.

    • Giuseppe Sciarrino

      If Carlos the Gardner would finally produce some Ells Berry, that would be Gregorgeous.

  • http://yankeesfaninboston.blogspot.com DMan77

    I’m very guilty of wanting to horde every single prospect we have in case they become the next superstar… But this team needs pitching in the worst way, even if it’s just a rental. No one should be untouchable depending on the offer..

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This team’s about to go to a six-man rotation. They don’t need pitching. They need consistency, which they’re likely to get from their top two, unless you think those two are going to resemble their last outings the rest of the season, in which case I don’t quite know what to say.

      • The Great Gonzo

        I agree. Leake isn’t the difference maker for 2015. As much as I’d like an inning eater.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Where do you fit him, in the end? The biggest talking point here right now is “Why are you being so mean to Adam Warren?”

          • The Great Gonzo

            Right behind Nova in the 8 man rotation, of course

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Michael Pineda pitches terribly every start after being carted out to mound asleep.

      • PMian

        If Tanaka and Pineda resemble their most recent outings for the rest of the season (and I do not believe that at all) then you say “see you next year!”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Exactly.

      • Tony Wilson

        I think they should do the 6 man til the all star break and then go back to the regular rotation to start the 2nd half and your point about consistency is absolutely right.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Holy mother of mercy, is that a bad uni.

  • Tony Wilson

    Hamels wouldn’t be a rental. Offer Severino, Sanchez.Williams and Refsnyder and see if that will be enough. Off topic, Gardner is a stud!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d do that. I’d be pleasantly surprised if that got it done.

      • The Great Gonzo

        All day long. Amaro hangs up until you find a way to include Moncada.

        • Some Asshole

          Just toss a fish into his beak and say it’s a moncada.

        • PMian

          Why? We have plenty of middle infielders hitting .209

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Cashman: “We’ll throw in Moncada.”
          RAJ: “OK.”

      • jjyank

        So would I. I can definitely live with that package for Hamels.

      • Tony Wilson

        Am I wrong in thinking that getting Hamels could get them to the series?

        • The Great Gonzo

          If they have an offensive stretch like they did week before last? YES

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Well, he certainly wouldn’t hurt. Then again, I’ve never seen Cole Hamels and Steve Trout in the same room together.

          • Looser Trader FotD™

            How about Ed Whitson?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              “Steve Trout is the missing piece,” they said.

        • jjyank

          Not at all. Last starts notwithstanding, a rotation of Tanaka, Hamels, Pineda, Eovaldi, and CC is just stupid good. Eo and CC obviously are weak links, but I’ll take those two as a 4 and 5. In the playoffs you really just need the top 3 anyway.

  • HoopDreams

    If anything, the Yankees should look at a right handed bat, ideally an infielder. I don’t know who that would be however. Leake at this point in time won’t make much of a difference but I still think Cash sends the sniffing dogs out for this years McCarthy.

    • Tony Wilson

      A right hand bat would be ideal but they are the second highestscoringt offense in baseball, they should get some pitching.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Due diligence all day long. I mean, maybe he’s looking to make Warren a piece in the 2015 version of the Prado deal, and he’ll need the depth then. Who knows…..

      • HoopDreams

        Selling high on Warren, very interesting.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …..and THAT’S how Bryce Harper became a Yankee!

          • The Great Gonzo

            BOOM

    • Dalek Jeter

      I still think Mat Latos is this year’s McCarthy. As for the RHB INF, how about a buy low SHB INF. Ben Zobrist come on down.

      • HoopDreams

        Eh, I guess.

      • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

        Still interesting, that 5 ERA to 3 FIP is intriguing.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why is the Reds green? That makes no sense.

    • Looser Trader FotD™

      The Reds are red. You’re color blind. Don’t worry, it’s common.

      • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

        Those jerseys are blue. Both of you are high.

        • Some Asshole

          So why am I still at work? Calgon, take me away.

          • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

            Work is for those who conform to societal expectations. I weep for you.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          Blue and black.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I will say that it took my three year-old about a second a half to say the dress was blue and black, without my ever seeing it myself

    • Some Asshole

      Because they traded Communism for a state-oriented market economy.

  • blake

    Leake is no better than what they have

    • Aldukes

      same type of pitcher.. waste of time

  • captainmike

    DO NOT TRADE PROSPECTS

    • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

      Not even a fringe one?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not even this guy.

        • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

          STUD

        • Some Asshole

          Harvest his semen. Perhaps the talent skips a generation.

    • Deep Thoughts
    • Dalek Jeter
    • HoopDreams

      Can we trade your brother from the right field bleachers?

      • Some Asshole

        His waving back tool needs work, though.

    • The Great Gonzo

      DO NOT PARADE PROSPECTS!

      • Some Asshole

        DO NOT PADRE PROSPECTS!

        • The Great Gonzo

          DO NOT PARADE PROSTATES!

  • Tony Wilson

    Interesting article in the New York Post by Kevin Kernan about how the Yankees need to get Cole Hamels no matter what the cost. I don’t know how reputable but also just read on Bleacher Report where the Rangers and Phillies are having on going talks regarding Hole Camels.

    • blake

      Kernan has lost his mind clearly

      • bernbabybern

        It’s the New York Post…

        • blake

          He’s usually better than that though

          • PMian

            They all write for each other. It is not very often that any big time sportswriter comes up with an original thought. They mostly just recycle the same, tired, story lines. It is a sort of groupthink mentality

      • PMian

        You are, of course, implying that he ever really had a mind for baseball.

    • Giuseppe Sciarrino

      Kevin Kernan is not having a good week. That guys has gone trash pretty quickly.

      • blake

        The Post must have told him he wasn’t getting enough clicks

    • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

      Reactionary article because Pineda & Tanaka had bad starts, classic. I could do a better job as an 18 year old kid who didn’t pay attention in Journalism class in High School.

      • lionheart2211

        excellent point ..

    • HoopDreams

      Eovaldi is uncoachable, he needs to be moved.

      • The Great Gonzo

        I’ve been waiting for this moment all morning……

        http://i.imgur.com/fE80iHH.jpg

      • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

        And given up on by two teams prior

        • Some Asshole

          Not to mention the fact that he is no longer on his high school or Little League teams. Even more teams that gave up on him.

          • HoopDreams

            His parents gave up on him, he can’t even tie his shoes. His shoes have given up on him.

          • The Great Gonzo

            Obviously didn’t go to college, hence uncoachable….

          • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

            His Little League coach said he always had behavioral issues, wouldn’t be surprised if that was still the case now.

  • yanksgoyanks

    Getting Hamels in my mind would solidify this team, think of that movie with Freddie Prince Jr and Jessica Biel. Summer catch, try and make an impression, for the fans and the team itself.

  • Jeff Santora
    • vin

      River Ave Blues Comments Section Has “Ongoing Dialogue” On Stephen Drew.
      That is a fun headline.

      • Jeff Santora

        can never have enough Drew dialogue !!!

    • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

      Ongoing Dialogue:

      RAJ: GALLO
      JB: NO
      RAJ: DARVISH
      JB: FUCK OFF
      RAJ: BELTRE, GALLO
      JB: FUCKING SHITHEAD
      RAJ: FINAL OFFER, GALLO FOR HAMELS AND HOWARD
      JB: KILL YOURSELF
      RAJ: GALLO?

      • Some Asshole

        Proof that RAJ is just a 12-year old playing The Show on the PlayStation Network.

      • Jeff Santora

        yup that about sums up RAJ

        • Some Asshole

          Makes one wonder how many times he gets told to kill himself in a typical day.

          • Jeff Santora

      • Some Asshole
  • blake

    The Yankees could beat the Rangers without including Judge

    • Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura

      Jeff Banister (Rangers GM): We want Hamels
      RAJ: Gallo
      JB: Fuck off RAJ

      • Some Asshole

        I declare “Fuck off, RAJ” the new “Shut up, BGT.”

    • Tony Wilson

      Severino, Sanchez.Williams and Refsnyder.

      • Aldukes

        for Hamels? don’t think that gets it done.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          It’s going to be the best offer, isn’t it?

          • Aldukes

            yup! the way Amaro works.. he’s probably asking for a ludicrous amount in return.

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          they’re not taking Hamels contract

      • blake

        Might take more….I suggested Severino, Mateo + a few days ago

  • Tony Wilson

    The Yanks may not face Hamels tomorrow if Texas has their way. Bleacher Report posts that the 2 teams are having on going discussions about a trade for Hamels.

    • Some Asshole

      That’s too bad, that seems like the game where they’ll be up 11-1 by the third inning.

    • blake

      It’s not gonna happen before tomorrow and I highly doubt it’ll be Texas….a lot of teams can outbid them

      • Tony Wilson

        I hope the Yankees do without giving up Judge or Bird, anybody else is fair game.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Pleasepleasepleaseihatetexas.”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I have to say that I expected the MLBTR write up to say a lot more than “ongoing dialog” from how it’s being presented here.

      Lost in all this? The Phillies released Jayson Nix.

      • Tony Wilson

        I really hope it’s an inaccurate post.

        • blake

          Every team in baseball probably has had ongoing dialogue with the Phillies on Hamels

          • The Great Gonzo

            Hell, I could call Amaro RIGHT NOW and offer him a case of Sam Adams and 2 IN N Out Burgers for Hamels. If he resonds, it’s technically “dialog”

            • blake

              Correct

            • Robinson Tilapia

              That’s a hell of a lot of travel to get those pieces.

              • The Great Gonzo

                BUT HE’Z WORTH IT

          • Robinson Tilapia

            But how many on Jayson Nix?

      • hansdee

        My gosh. Why would they do that?

    • calripyankee

      I hope they get him before the Yankees do something stupid..

      • The Great Gonzo

        Like start Brendan Ryan, Carrot Jones and Chris Young?

        • calripyankee

          No, I’d offer them for Hamels.. Get it done CASHman!!!!

  • blake

    Someone could write on the internet that the Yankees have had discussions with the Angels about Mike Trout and it would probably be true…..the discussion could have gone like this:

    Cashman: so what about that Mike Trout?

    Dipito: shut up and go away Brian…..

    But you can write a headline about anything

  • calripyankee

    I’d rather be reading about how the Yankees are trying to off-load some of their garbage players..

    • blake

      How does that make them better ?

    • Tony Wilson

      What garbage players?

      • calripyankee

        Ryan, Capuano, and Drew for starters and with Beltran hitting now, maybe he can bring in a nice piece.. Before he falls apart..

        • blake

          You aren’t gettin anything for any of those players

          • Re2pect

            maybe me in return for those guys.

            • blake

              You aren’t even getting anyone to take beltran for free with his contract

        • Vern Sneaker

          No upgrades likely. For Capuano you get another Capuano (or less). For Drew you get someone with worse defense and fewer HRs. I don’t care about Ryan, but he’d have to be let go, nobody wants him.

        • Preston

          Ryan isn’t a garbage player, he’s a useful utility infielder. Drew also isn’t a garbage player, he just isn’t an MLB starter anymore, he’s a more useful utility infielder than Ryan. Beltran isn’t going anywhere. We still owe him a little more than 20 MM dollars. Capuano is a pretty useful longman/6th starter. All of them other than Beltran are expendable, but you have to have a clear upgrade first. And the popular opinion that any minor league could do better is false.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Thank you.

          • calripyankee

            You can pick up a Ryan off the scrap heap, any day of the week.,

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          BELTRAN:
          NO-
          TRADE
          CLAUSE

    • Re2pect

      nobody wants garbage

      • calripyankee

        The Yankees apparently do.. Nobody held a gun to their head and made em sign these stiffs..

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          bench players and no. 6th starters; everybody has them.

          • Some Asshole

            THERE IS NO UPSIDE TO THE 37TH MAN ON THIS ROSTER!!!

            • The Great Gonzo

              I remember those days.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        some guy was trading judge for Zobrest smh

  • Mustang

    Wow this time of year already it’s not even July.

  • blake

    if I were handicapping the Hamels market Id have the Dodgers and Cubs at the top….both clubs have the prospects…..the money….and the need to make a deal like that …..I bet LA gets him

    • Chip

      Cubbies won’t do it. They’ll keep the prospects and try to have Maddon help deliver them David Price this winter.

      • blake

        Price will cost 100 million more in dollars ….I could see them doing that as well….but you could argue the total cost for Hamels will be less than the total cost for Price

        • Chip

          Either way you’re spending money. Question is whether you want to give up prospects and money. Cubs have such a young roster that they can easily afford Price and Lester and still have the ability to deal someone like Javier Baez for a third, less expensive option like a Noah Syndegaard

  • blake

    Greinke is probably gonna opt out….LA can trade for Hamels and not have to sign Greinke back for twice as much money…..plus they’d have them both this year

    • Re2pect

      seems like a fit, do they have the kids to get it done?

      • blake

        Yea they do….obviously it depends on the matchup and if Amaro could get past th fact that he’s probably not getting Urias

        • Preston

          I doubt they’d give up Seager either.

          • Re2pect

            yea seagers prob untouchable

          • LiamInAlbany

            Zach Lee definitely going back to Philly in that then

          • blake

            Prob not….if Urias, Seager , and Pederson are off the table then they really don’t have huge advantages over anyone

            • Re2pect

              agreed

            • Preston

              Well there has been a trend recently where these trades have included MLB players. Scott Van Slyke, Alex Guerrero and A.J. Ellis are three competent MLB players that aren’t getting a lot of playing time with the Dodgers right now and would be big upgrades on the Phillies. Throw in some pitchers like Lee and Weiland or some high upside low minors guys and that’s a pretty interesting package.

  • blake

    If I’m the Yankees though and I can have a front 3 of Tanaka, Hamels, Pineda for the next 3 seasons then that’s pretty appealing and is a pretty long window to try and win a title.

    • Re2pect

      daily hamels plug for you blake huh

      • blake

        Just saying it once ;). I do not think it will happen

    • Chip

      what are you willing to part with

      • blake

        A lot ….something like Severino, Bird, Mateo would be close to my max offer ….but that a strong one and one Amaro would have to work to beat

        • Chip

          That’s all well and good but are you getting Cole Hamels for 1 pitching prospect, 1 1b prospect with back issues and one kid with all sorts of tools but struggling to hit in the Sally League?

          • Re2pect

            yes and i think he is offering to much

          • blake

            Well plus 90 million dollars ….and Severino is a big league close front of the rotation type guy. …..

            • Chip

              So, salary relief, Severino and two question marks for Cole Hamels? I think Amaro can do better.

              • Re2pect

                all prospects will be ? marks. No one has 3 sure fire no doubters in the minors, or no one is willing to trade 3 of them for 1.

              • blake

                He hasn’t yet….Bird and Mateo are prospects so of curse they are are question marks…..but so is everyone else

                • Vern Sneaker

                  Putting aside that Amaro is out of his mind, I agree that even $90M, Severino, Bird, and Mateo won’t get it done. That’s basically salary relief and Severino for Hamels because the other two are very much maybes. Add Warren and see if he bites? If not Warren, Sanchez or Refsnyder?

                • Chip

                  Well and that’s the beauty of Amaro’s position right now. He doesn’t have to trade Hamels. His team can afford him, the player isn’t pushing for a deal, ownership’s not pushing for a deal. If Ruben doesn’t get a deal he likes that gives him a couple of plug and play guys for his rotation and OF then he doesn’t have to make a move.

                  • blake

                    He does though…..he really needs to trade him and the price tag will only go down

                    • Chip

                      Why’s that?

                      Look, he got screwed a lot by the Cliff Lee injury – why can’t he look at his roster and say, “we’re going to make some additions instead of subtractions and go after it next year with Cole Hamels”

                      The division isn’t particularly strong and the best team in it (Washington) is going to take some serious hits this winter.

                    • blake

                      Cliff Lee is exactly why he has to trade him ….they need to rebuild….Hamels is their best piece to start that process

                    • Chip

                      That’s bunk and you know it. If concern over Hamels blowing out his back and elbow are strong enough that you think they are a motivating factor for why Amaro should deal him then you would want no part in trading for him.

                      That’s like saying, “Your house is going to collapse any day now…tell you what, I’ll buy it from you.”

                    • Some Asshole

                      The Phillies are way too far away from fielding a competitive team, I think. Mostly because they extended their core (sans Victorino) and they all turned to crap. Hamels is actually performing, though, before I say everyone in the core. Forget he’s been around as long as he has.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              *clears throat*

              Love,
              Keith Law

              • blake

                Youre an idiot Keith :)

          • calripyankee

            For C Hamels’ years 32 and beyond?? You’ll be paying for his past. And, hoping he doesn’t then into CC overnight..

            • Some Asshole

              Once he gets his hands on some of those calzones, he might.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              If sucked when I turned 32 and suddenly was a 300 pound black man. No one saw that coming.

              • Some Asshole

                On the other hand, you enjoyed po’ boys a lot more often.

        • Chip

          If you want Hamels, the conversation starts with Judge, Severino, Mitchell, and Mateo or Clarkin

          • blake

            Well it can start there from Amaros side but it won’t end there and I don’t think he’s getting that level of value from anyone else either

            • Chip

              Then he shouldn’t deal him. Better to hold onto him and try to win with him then to sell him for nickles on the dollar.

          • calripyankee

            Then, I hang up the phone before you can say Sev…

    • Vern Sneaker

      Agreed. Any reasonable package that doesn’t include Judge is fine with me.

    • ropeadope1

      Front three requires four linebackers.

    • Tony Wilson

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Mustang

    Robinson Tilapia, Sir DeeDeehiro Nakamura and Some Asshole are untouchable.

    I will move blake in the right deal.

    • blake

      I’ll come back to haunt you

    • whileaway

      you´ll be the PTBNL

    • ropeadope1

      Yes, they’re all untouchable, but not in a complimentary way.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Yeah, in a ‘We post on a Yankees blog 100 times a day, so we obviously have to beat the tail of with a stick’ sort of way….

    • Mustang

      Tony Wilson and Preston are also keepers and I’m try to move Sweetspot at all cost.

      LOL

      • Tony Wilson

        LMAO

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      all assholes are untouchable

    • Robinson Tilapia

      eddard = albatross.

      • Mustang

        I been trying to move him for years at this point I’m just going to have to live with the contract.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        He could be a change of scenery-type, could really flourish right now in beantown..

    • Some Asshole

      My contract is untradeable. Too many vesting options that involve a night with God’s daughter.

    • Mustang

      Don’t even ask about Mick or Vicki!

      • Some Asshole

        Or any of the other RAB femme corps. Even if a few of them are on the injured reserve list.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I assume Violet is lower org fodder.

          • Some Asshole

            I thought about that, but I’m thinking she’s 40-man material.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’ve never seen Violet and Exicardo Cayones in the same room together.

              • Some Asshole

                True. And having someone come in to throw an eephus could be valuable. Don’t want to overuse it, though.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  An Edwar Ramirez-like fastball, is what I hear.

                  • Some Asshole

                    Certainly nothing to give up on easily.

            • The Great Gonzo

              I’m going to pretend you’re calling her a tramp right here, because that’s funnier to me…

              • Some Asshole

                Something something meatball in the spaghetti.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If I’m being moved I demand a young cost controlled all star be traded in return for me.

      • Some Asshole

        Sorry, I don’t think you have 10 and 5 rights yet.

        Nobody does.

        • Mustang

          I’m close I’m 2 years away

          • Some Asshole

            I’m not even up to arbitration. I’m as cheap as they get.

      • Mustang

        I’m trying to keep you, but your agent Scott Boras wants too much $$$$$ on your next deal
        I don’t care how nice his power point is

    • Too Many Idiots

      Bertin and $6 to Crashburn Alley.

      • Mustang

        Make it $10 and its a deal.

        • Too Many Idiots

          Do we also get Cheddard Utley in return?

          • Mustang

            Only if you take Sweetspot

            • Too Many Idiots

              I can flip them to Lookout Landing for Reddard Cano and $7.20.

              • Mustang

                Done!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I totally have ten and five rights.

    • blake

      I’m a generational bat you can’t trade me

      • Mustang

        Like I said right deal only.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I guess this makes me filler? Or am I a fringe prospect?

      I swear to God, if you trade me to OTM I will lose my shit.

      • Some Asshole

        Sorry, you’re ticketed for The Good Phight.

        • The Great Gonzo

          I go to Friarhood or I’m retiring….. (and coming back with a Dr. Teeth inspired handle, because of course)

      • Mustang

        Anyone with a Muppet name goes nowhere

        • Mustang

          Love him
          LOL

        • ropeadope1

          Oh my goodness, I always thought TGG’s name was The Great Gazoo (of Flintstone’s fame). Your Muppet reference finally has me seeing it correctly.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Good post for all the morons that had them trading Judge everyday on here eh

  • Chip

    The four top prospects I could see the Yankees moving in trades this year:

    Rob Refsnyder
    Bryan Mitchell
    Eric Jagielo
    Greg Bird

    Mitchell is a high upside starter yet doesn’t really seem to have a place with the Yankees in the near term. Refsnyder and Jags fall into a similar category as Pete O’Brien in that they are nice prospects who lack a position defensively. Bird and Jags is an either/or thing. If they move Bird, Jagielo slides over to 1b.

    It’s not getting you Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto, but some combination of those guys could fill a lot of holes.

    • LiamInAlbany

      Agreed on the last part. Those are the type of guys who will make up a Zobrist-type package.

      • calripyankee

        Zobrist is pretty bad, I wouldn’t trade any of those prospects for him..

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’d be fine with the first two mentioned, especially Mitchell.

          • Preston

            The list of players I wouldn’t trade in a one for one for Zobrist is Severino and Judge. That’s it.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              My list is…..slightly longer than that.

              If I agreed with you all the time, shit would get boring.

            • blake

              I probably wouldn’t trade a couple more for him…..but he’s be an upgrade for sure and he’s playing better now

          • Chip

            I’ve mentioned it before, they talk about Refsnyder the same way they talked about Montero, “oh yeah he’s totally a 2b just needs to work out a few things…” and at the same time, all their actions suggest that they don’t actually believe it.

    • pat

      I would think they’re not giving up on Bird because of the injuries.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s also become quite overhyped amongst the commenting base.

        • captainmike

          does that include cashman ????????????????

          Brian Cashman calls Greg Bird “by far the best hitter” among Yankee minor leaguers

          • Preston

            That is probably true. But he’s also at the least valuable defensive position and has some real injury concerns. If Judge is ten percent above league average with the bat he’s a good player as a solid RF and runner. If Bird is ten percent above league average with the bat he’s a below average 1b or near replacement level DH.

          • Chip

            Cashman also touted Jesus Montero as a no doubt catcher. Suggested that Masahiro Tanaka would be a nice number three starter…

            Brian Cashman says that which is in the best interests of Brian Cashman as Yankee GM. That’s not necessarily the same as telling the truth.

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          No one touches Refs here in hype/actual ability.

    • FriarFlyer

      Jagielo or Bird but not both

      • Chip

        Yeah, I said that.

      • Chip

        Yeah, I said that.

    • FriarFlyer

      Jagielo or Bird but not both

  • yanksgoyanks

    I think I just thunk, how about Flores for Ben zobrist? you put zobrist as the everyday 2b and can move him around.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      I would, Beane prob wants something better, or another piece.

    • blake

      Billy beane asked for Michael Taylor for him from the Nats

    • LiamInAlbany

      I’d do that in a second. Billy Beane on the other hand, probably would want more.

    • calripyankee

      Zobrost fits the Yankees better, but, he’s having an awful season, and is trending the wrong way the last few years.. Flores will probably be too much for him really.. I’d offer organizational filler, like B Gamel and J Long..

      • Some Asshole

        The A’s won’t even accept the charges on the collect call for that.

        • calripyankee

          Good.. Let him keep waiting, and he won’t be able to give Zobrist away.. Sorta like the Yankees with Drew.. .

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’m not quite sure the Yankees are trying to give Drew away.

            • Vern Sneaker

              I hope they don’t. I like him. He catches the ball and hits HRs, two of my favorite things. Can play all over the infield. Will hit .210 I(maybe).

              • calripyankee

                .210?? I hope..

                • Vern Sneaker

                  Okay, .195 (maybe).

            • The Great Gonzo

              Zobrist for Drew. BOOM

          • Some Asshole

            If I’m Beane, okay. Zobrist is a free agent after this season, anyway. Org filler will not move that needle.

      • LiamInAlbany

        Since Beane had to give up Powell, Robertson, and Jaso for him, I doubt he’d turn around and dump Zobs for so cheap after 1/2 of an injury-shortened season.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Zobrist has a 110 OPS+. The A’s have their own Longs and Gamels. They don’t need NYY’s.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Mitchell.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Interesting.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Dalek GM reporting for duty.

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          No rental 2nd baseman Drew will be fine

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Then you’re not getting Ben Zobrist, which I’m honestly fine with.

        • calripyankee

          Me too..

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      For a rental no we have Drew he’s almost up to 200 could hit 20 homers so no rental secondbasemen unless your thinking Drew to ss

    • dave_8

      I’m not high on Zobrist. If they’re not giving him away to dump the $, I’m not interested. I don’t get into a bidding war for a UTL.

      • calripyankee

        Exactly!! If Zobrist was on the Yankees, some of these same fans would be trying to work a trade for his replacement.. Too much grass is always greener with Yankee fans..

        • LiamInAlbany

          You’re right. Thinking about improving the team is stupid.

          • dave_8

            No, but a prospect overpay for a that type of player is.

            • LiamInAlbany

              Flores is a nice player, but he hardly qualifies as prospect overpay. He’s barely top 15 or so in the system.

              He’s a future 4th outfielder.

              • dave_8

                I don’t disagree. That’s a fan proposition. But I don’t think that gets it done with a bunch of suitors. Beane might pull back a little as it plays out but I don’t think Flores gets it done. I don’t think any of that crop of lighter hitting lefty OFs are going to become everyday players. Maybe Cave — but I agree that they’re more likely to be extra or platoon OFs at best.

              • The Great Gonzo

                Essentially the Latino version of Corey Dickerson.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7435&position=2B/OF

          This is the epitome of “buying low.” We’re talking incredible production a year ago.

          My trepidation is about “rental.” It ain’t about the player.

          • dave_8

            But it’s not buying low if Beane knows he’s coveted and sells him as that player rather than the one who is having an off year now. He’s 34 — so where’s the narrative that he might be done? He’s been declining. After all, people are throwing dirt on Cano at 32.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Trying to buy low. Whether you’d be successful in doing so or not is certainly another thing.

      • Preston

        You’re not high on a switch hitting 2b who’s been an above average hitter from both sides of the plate in this “down” season. Cool story bro.

        • dave_8

          It’s a better story if you finish it rather than taking the first sentence. You dropped the context of player cost. I’m not giving chips that might be kept or used for a player with more impact for 2 months than Zobrist. He isn’t hitting like the player of last year and nothing like the player of a few seasons ago. He’s 34. Off year or has the decline begun? People here say Cano is done at 32.

          If giving a quality prospect (or more) is in the balance vs sticking with Drew and his dramatic June uptick (with pop), you can keep Zobrist. If you can get him for little and pay the money and sub him in everywhere, fine — but no bidding with prospects for the difference between Drew and Zobrist at 2b for a couple of months. You picked wrong time to trade prospects to replace Drew when he’s 20+ games into his best month — by a long shot — as a Yankee.

  • Mike Myers

    Are we forgetting John Ryan (dont call me JR) Murphy? He is a proven and cheap backup catcher, that some may see as a starter. Isnt he one of our best trade pieces? He would have a lot more value to a team that doesnt have mccann playing almost every day.

    • Preston

      He’s certainly a useful trade chip. One that I’d certainly be open to moving. But Romine is a pretty big downgrade, and Sanchez probably isn’t ready yet. Especially for a bench role where he’s not getting regular ABs.

      • Mike Myers

        Yep, but you gotta give to get. They arent gonna take our garbage for Z man

    • Vern Sneaker

      And if McCann goes down, who?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Lettuce pray.

        • Preston

          If that happened I’d rather just let Sanchez play and hope he can at least hit enough dingers to be useful.

      • Mike Myers

        you could say that for almost any position. gotta take a risk where you have an abundance no?

        • Vern Sneaker

          As day-to-day starters, Romine, Sanchez, and that other AAA guy are closer to a famine than an abundance, no?

          • Mike Myers

            haha. But as backups – Romine can play D immediately.

            • Vern Sneaker

              No argument there as far as backup goes. I kind of think we’re wasting Murphy’s ability to hit as well as catch and throw. I’ll bet he’s plenty frustrated (though happy as hell to be with the big club). But we’ve got no replacement for McCann besides him.

              • Mike Myers

                Agreed. As a young catcher Mccann is probably one of the best players to be an understudy for.

              • The Great Gonzo

                You keep SKJRM for the same reason as Carrot Jones (H/T LiaminAlbany, imma ride that one till the wheels fall off): Break Glass in case of emergency.

                • Mike Myers

                  whats the SK in SKJRM?

                  • Some Asshole

                    Cereal Killer. His Alpha-Bits said some mean and bigoted things about him.

                  • The Great Gonzo

                    The old adage that all Serial Killers have three first names… yada yada SKJRM.

  • just_add_bacon7

    Mike Leake career Ks – 666

    Bad sign, must avoid at all costs.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    If you want to talk our prospects for a 2nd baseman start withe Braves Jose Peraza

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      I could see that in the off-season, but that’s taking a real trade, i.e. Judge, and not spare parts.

    • calripyankee

      He doesn’t Ref’s range, and makes almost as many errors.. especially, lately..

      • blake

        Have you seen him play? He def has more range than Refsyder …..he can play SS ….he’s playing 2b because of Simmons

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And multi-player trades for high-rated prospects happen……just to about “never.”

          • Mandy Stankiewicz

            I agree, but with early season trade rumors and now with Jace Peterson turning into an all-star, ATL started playing Peraza in the OF in AAA. I think they want to try to get him up and show him off for a trade.

            • blake

              I don’t think so….he’s rheir 2b next year I think. Peterson is probably going to 3b

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yeah, but those guys are always more likely to lead the package for the big gun, not be the big gun themselves.

              • Mandy Stankiewicz

                Very true, Montero/Mike’s secondary headline was how swaps of top org prospects almost never happen. You can see, though, I’m very much in the pro-Peraza camp.

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          Hes really fast 60 steals last year they said Dee Gordon had no range too

        • calripyankee

          Ref has a 5.21 RF.. Peraza 4.50.. And Peraza’s Fielding pct is .966, Ref’s is .962. If Peraza was a Yankee prospect, all we’d be hearing is how his defense isn’t ready..

          • Mandy Stankiewicz

            Different type of prospect, Jose is the #1 2B prospect in all of baseball and only 21, he’ll likely break into the big show this year. Refs is hardly considered a prospect, if at all, outside the Yankees.

            • NYCORNERSTONE

              What would fish want for Dee Gordon

              • Mandy Stankiewicz

                1995 ARod?

                • NYCORNERSTONE

                  No prolly Judge Severino

                  • Mandy Stankiewicz

                    I’m just saying, he’s having quite a season.

                    • NYCORNERSTONE

                      ik

          • blake

            No we wouldn’t ….Peraza is one of the better prospects in baseball

          • Some Asshole

            Isn’t Refsnyder two or three years older? Probably factors into it.

            • calripyankee

              Same level of experience at 2B though. I would think..

              • Some Asshole

                Maybe not. Refsnyder was an outfielder at some point.

              • Mandy Stankiewicz

                Nope, Peraza came up as a SS through the Braves org since he was drafted (at 16? 17? years old)

    • LiamInAlbany

      There was some talk about acquiring him earlier in the year iirc. Ended up being all denied by ATL though.

    • Pkyankfan69

      If the Braves were willing to trade him Peraza would cost you Judge, maybe Judge + a smaller piece… Peraza would be nice to get but Judge would suck to lose…. That would be a tough call but I’d guess it’s a bit harder to find good MIers then power OF bats.

  • Chasen Shreddardve

    And that’s the way it should be, Mike. I would not trade a single top prospect unless they’re offering me Trout or Harper in return. Those kids are the future of the ballclub. Once the A-Rod, Teixera, Sabathia, Beltran, Headley deals are purged those kids should be ready to start a dynasty and we can use the money to sign a young building block like Bryce Harper.

    • Scout

      Your confidence in our top prospects is impressive, but based on the track record of prospects in this organization or in baseball overall I don’t share it. Propsect-hugging is more likely to net you mediocre home-grown players than stars who will build a new dynasty. And organizations (and their fans) tend to over-value their own assets. The Yankees may insist a couple of players are untouchable, but most should be treated as movable for a deal tha tincreases the probability of making the play-offs in a year when the field is wide open.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        Different times now Yanks actually off the win now or never road going to see kids at last i hope

        • calripyankee

          I think it takes a combination of both.. Teams relying on big name signings haven’t fared very well lately..

          • NYCORNERSTONE

            no they sign big they suck big

  • Pkyankfan69

    OT… Just saw Dallas Braden talking about something ESPN… Still a douche.

  • Centaur Hips
  • calripyankee

    S Drew on paternity leave.. How long does that last?? Pirela and Mitchell recalled.

    • Dalek Jeter

      2-4 days usually.

      • calripyankee

        Thanks.. I was thinking 7 for some reason..

        • Dalek Jeter

          I think that’s the maximum they’re allowed.

      • Game 3

        I get a month at my job.

        • Some Asshole

          I get zero. It’s pretty stupid.

          • HoopDreams

            ..Seriously?

            • Game 3

              Yes. 20 days (4 weeks). It’s a brand new benefit, actually. I’ll probably never need it, though. Maybe I’ll skip the condom just to get a paid month off.

            • Some Asshole

              Yeah. My company isn’t exactly family friendly.

              • The Great Hambino

                Some Asshole do we work at the same company or under the same HR company (Trinet)?

                • Some Asshole

                  Nope, but asshole HR policies do seem to run together.

            • Some Asshole

              There’s also no separate paid maternity leave. You can burn your PTO then take your unpaid FMLA leave, but that’s it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        In Europe, he’d get a longer paternity leave……and his batting average would be higher.

        • Too Many Idiots

          Plus a 30 minute 7th inning stretch.

          • Robert Lucarelli

            Upvoted this…but the UPVOTE was for your username not your comment….comment is funny too but username is epic lol

        • Some Asshole

          But he would have to pay 60% of his home runs.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            ….and the hot dogs are terrible.

          • Robert Lucarelli

            Try 75% …then when he get sick he would have to wait 8 months to see a doctor…

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      Why he on leave … dam hes a hr machine,, oh new babe

  • blake

    @DanBarbarisi: Yanks bring up Bryan Mitchell & Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on the paternity list, and send down Ramon Flores.

    Stephen Drew was allowed to procreate?

    • Some Asshole

      He gets one hour of outdoor exercise and one hour of running wheel time each day, along with a bit of alfalfa as a treat in the evening.

    • calripyankee

      B Ryan next??

    • The Great Hambino

      Maybe he will break a finger or a hand walking up in the middle of the night to feed the baby

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      Now even you’re making Drew jokes?

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      Now even you’re making Drew jokes?

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Drew going to hit 230 with 25 hr’s we will be fine you can always move Drew to ss if didi sinks then trade for ss or 2nd bman

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      ok 21 hrs hes on leave smh

    • Robert Lucarelli

      Who cares what his batting average is. I didn’t know people still cared about batting average .

  • HoopDreams
    • LiamInAlbany

      Is that Mason Williams and Miller time? I can’t zoom in

      • HoopDreams

        Yeah, Miller is like, the ultimate white dude.

        • LiamInAlbany

          Top left pic all the way on the right is B Ryan no? I’d recognize that frozen-in-time stache anywhere

        • Some Asshole
          • Robert Lucarelli

            That is offensive and racist……..

            • Some Asshole

              It completely is, but everyone loves mayonnaise.

              • Robert Lucarelli

                I’m only kidding.

                Miracle whip is not mayo! Lol

                And I find mayo repulsive

                • Some Asshole

                  Not even on a delicious ham and cheese? Honey mustard does kick its ass, though.

          • Robert Lucarelli

            That is offensive and racist……..

          • Robert Lucarelli

            I think it’s funny that it’s ok to make fun of white people…but when I used the word queer to describe something as odd everybody lost their shit

            I personally don’t care and think you’re a cool dude…just double standards make me lol

            • Steve B.

              Instead of “queer”, just use “weird”..then there’s no problem

              • Robert Lucarelli

                It’s a free country I’ll use the word queer in any context

                Doesnt answer my question ..why is it ok to make fun of white people but not gays?

                • Steve B.

                  Because homophobes like you should be made fun of.

                  • Robert Lucarelli

                    I’m not a homophobe .

                    So there goes that theory .

                    Queer

                    • Steve B.

                      You mean you’re weird….

        • Robert Lucarelli

          What’s that mean ?

        • Robert Lucarelli

          What’s that mean ?

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I swore off Jager a few years ago too.

  • Robert Lucarelli

    What are those hideous green lettered reds uniforms ?

  • Robert Lucarelli

    What are those hideous green lettered reds uniforms ?

  • Bret The Hitman

    Total posturing they won’t trade top prospects but we all know that. Between the top 2, my guess is Severino is the one they’d prefer to use for an ace. Pure speculation but plan A should be Severino package for Hamels with the Cueto being plan B. If you don’t plan on trading both Judge and Severino in the same package, and Severino is your top trade asset you’re willing to part with, you have to use the Reds to get Amaro’s attention. A lot of this depends on how these teams view Severino but I think the Yankees could get Cueto for him if they really want to.

  • Bret The Hitman

    Total posturing they won’t trade top prospects but we all know that. Between the top 2, my guess is Severino is the one they’d prefer to use for an ace. Pure speculation but plan A should be Severino package for Hamels with the Cueto being plan B. If you don’t plan on trading both Judge and Severino in the same package, and Severino is your top trade asset you’re willing to part with, you have to use the Reds to get Amaro’s attention. A lot of this depends on how these teams view Severino but I think the Yankees could get Cueto for him if they really want to.

    • Robert Lucarelli

      I Think cueto would be cheaper…and I think there’s a way to do the trade without giving up Sev,judge,ref,jag,bird

      • Bret The Hitman

        I think Amaro will get 2 top prospects for Hamels and the Yankees want to avoid that, preferably by getting them down to 1 top prospect. Cueto is worth 1 top prospect, even as a rental.

        • Robert Lucarelli

          Personally id rather them hang onto top prospects and not use any for a rental. I think cash will find a way to upgrade without giving up anybody significant. That’s een the MO Past few years. If there are no ways to upgrade I think they stand pat.

          • Bret The Hitman

            I wouldn’t worry, in my opinion. I don’t think the Yankees will want to meet other teams’ offer(s) of 2 top prospects for Hamels or 1 for Cueto. Severino for Cueto is about the best Cash can do and he won’t do it.

            • Bret The Hitman

              The scouting of Leake though could engage the Reds on other names Yankees are willing to deal and that might help them piece together something for Cueto that doesn’t include Severino and that could be an angle they’re working.

            • Robert Lucarelli

              I could see a team …like the twins..giving up two top prospects for cueto ..as their window is probably smaller than the yanks

  • Frank

    They should be trading some of their top prospects. I won’t suggest that I know which ones, but prospects fail…it’s a guarantee, so why hold onto fools gold? Get some value for it while you can. And I’m not suggesting they trade their top guys for a bunch of DH’s, but none of these guys screams pederson, bryant, schwarber, etc.

  • Eveyln77

    Yankees already have 2 starting pictures making over 20 million each and now you want to ad a third for 4 years
    guaranteed plus give up cost controlled properts no less then the best in the yankee system or even better idea let’s trade adam warren I have better idea leave warren alone maybe he gives you 160-180 innings and wins 13-15 games the rest of the year if they wouldn’t give david robertson 4-44 million why would they due any of the things fans invent on here, stay the course and don’t due anything stupid

    • Steve B.

      “pictures” ???…..are those illustrations, paintings or photographs ?

    • Steve B.

      “pictures” ???…..are those illustrations, paintings or photographs ?