The Yankees acquired both Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns yesterday, fortifying their lineup and bench. Both are expected to be in uniform tonight, and I assume Berkman will start at designated hitter. They’re reportedly still working on some moves, though nothing as major as what they did yesterday. Might as well start the day off with a latest rumors, with more sure to come throughout the day.
- Late last night we heard that the Yanks were in on Ted Lilly, but Buster Olney says that is no longer true. They’ll take him if the Cubs want to give him away, but that’s it.
- Brian Cashman is going to take another look at the market for relievers, but one guy they won’t go after is Octavio Dotel. Apparently they think he’s a bad clubhouse guy, which they would know since he’s played here before. He also kinda stinks.
- The Yanks are out on Wes Helms, presumably after acquiring Kearns and his righty bat. They had interest in him a few weeks ago.
In semi-related news, the Rays acquired Chad Qualls, probably the best reliever available on the market. Don’t be fooled by his 8.29 ERA (.434 BABIP, 51.4% strand rate), the peripherals are strong.
Feel free to use this thread to talk about any trade chatter throughout the day, but if the Yanks make any moves we’ll be sure to have up new posts. Also, make sure to check out Steve’s latest on Joba and Robertson, and come join me at the FanGraphs chat at 1.