BREAKING: Yankees Reportedly Trade For Chase Headley (UPDATED)

Well how do you like that?  Sounds like Chase Headley might be wearing pinstripes soon.  More on this as it develops…

** UPDATE 1:14 PM- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks are sending Yangervis Solarte and High-A pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to San Diego for Headley, and the Padres are picking up $1 million of Headley’s remaining salary. **

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Why Not Target Marlon Byrd?

The Philadelphia Phillies might be the selling team with the most attractive movable pieces at the deadline, and conventional wisdom has been that the Yankees should target Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels.  The Yankees have lost four out of their five starting pitchers from the beginning of the season, so General Manager Brian Cashman has talked about targeting pitching. They have been in love with Lee for years and Hamels would give them an ace still in his prime.

However, the player that the Yankees should really go after hard from the Phillies is right fielder Marlon Byrd. Byrd is hitting .268/.319/.483/.802 with 19 home runs and 51 RBI for Philadelphia this season. His 122 wRC+ and .347 wOBA are also solid.

Yes, the Yankees still need pitching.  But if you haven’t noticed, their starting pitching has been stellar lately. Led by Hiroki Kuroda, Shane Greene, Brandon McCarthy and David Phelps, the Yankees had a 1.99 ERA from their starting pitchers over the last eight games prior to last night.  …

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Quick Hit: Mark Teixeira Is Mr. Glass

Via Chad Jennings, here was Teix yesterday on his season-long battle with the injury bug:

“I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth.  And it’s just made me rusty. I’ve used that word a few times this year; that’s the way it feels. It’s been something. Every game, it’s something. I was dealing with the hamstring early, the knee, back — it’s really frustrating — not to mention the wrist, which is obviously something I’ve been dealing with. That’s life. You have to grind through things. I’ve been grinding pretty well all season. I’m still happy with the way I’ve played when I’m healthy. I just need to get healthy again.”

Yeesh.  Be more depressing, Mark.  While I think we’d all agree with Teix’s statement about needing to get healthy, the chances of that happening this calendar year aren’t looking good.  Not with the way the Yankees have treated all the bumps and bruises he’s accumulated in the first 98 games.  …

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Appreciating the amazing David Robertson

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

Replacing a legend is never easy… just ask Tino Martinez or whoever plays shortstop for the Yankees next season. Heck, even Mickey Mantle was booed when he took over for Joe DiMaggio in center field in 1951.

During spring training, David Robertson admitted that he was not replacing Mariano Rivera: “You can’t replace legends. Somebody like Mo, you may never see again the game of baseball… But he’s gone now. Someone has got to take over that role… It’s just that I will never be Mo. I hope people can understand that.”

Robertson is correct in that he’ll never be Mo, but he is doing his best impersonation of him this season.

And yet the biggest storyline here might be that there is no story. Robertson is dominating the ninth inning and somehow has flown under the radar as one of best closers this season.

Let’s take a few minutes now to appreciate the underrated awesomeness of D-Rob in 2014.…

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This Just In: The Yankees Still Stink

Cervelli vs TEX

I feel ya, Frankie. I really do. Courtesy of the AP

Hey, remember that shine I tried to put on the team yesterday with the posts about Ellsbury and how well the backup rotation has been doing?  Yeah, forget about all that.  I mean, don’t completely forget about them because I think they were expertly written, but forget about the idea that any of that means anything because the Yankees are terrible.  They’re a terrible baseball team.  They reminded folks like me of that last night, putting on an all-around poor display of the most basic baseball skills and completely reversing all the good they did by sweeping the Reds with a retch-inducing 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Or should I say a collection of Quad-A organizational depth and guys I’ve legitimately never heard of wearing Rangers jerseys.  Be honest with me, who really knew who Miles Mikolas, Jake Smolinski, or Rougned Odor were before last night?  …

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Game 98 – Lats, bats and those Rangers cats

When you looked at a schedule for the coming season way back in March, you might have circled this series against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium III. You (nor I) never would have guessed the Rangers would have the worst record in the American League when they arrived in the Bronx. The Rangers have given up more earned runs as a pitching staff than any other American League team. This is like the Rick Helling Rangers much more than any of their teams in recent seasons.

Take tonight for example. The Rangers are starting Miles Mikolas who sounds more like a Tolkien elf than a big league pitcher. Mikolas has made three starts and has given up 24 hits in 14+ innings. He has great control, but has been getting cuffed around so far. But as the Yankees have shown this year, beware of mediocre pitchers!

The Yankees have their own question mark on the mound in Shane Greene.…

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Quick Hit: Teix Out 3-4 Days With A Lat Strain (UPDATED)

It’s been a while since Teix missed a game due to health issues, so I guess he was due.  He’s out of tonight’s lineup and figures to be out for at least this next series against the Rangers with what’s being called a “mild” lat strain.

Injuries have been a constant theme to Teix’s 2014 season, but so far he’s managed to come back from each one and not miss a beat.  Hopefully that continues 3-4 days from now, as he’s still the team’s biggest (and at times only) power threat.

** UPDATE 5:41 PM- Some more details on the injury.  It’s been officially diagnosed as a Grade I strain of Teix’s left lat.  He actually received a platelet-rich plasma injection today, which the team is hoping will eliminate the need for a DL stint.  

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Patchwork Rotation Holding Together Pretty Well

We probably would have talked about this already had the All Star-break not happened right in the middle of it, but have people noticed how well the Yankee rotation has been pitching?  I came across a tweet earlier this morning pointing it out to me and I actually did a double take at my desk.  If you were as blind to it as I was, here’s how the last 8 Yankee starts have gone:

  • 7/9, McCarthy- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 7/10, Phelps- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • 7/11, Kuroda- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • 7/12, Greene- 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • 7/13, Whitley- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • 7/18, Phelps- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • 7/19, McCarthy- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • 7/20, Kuroda- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

That breaks down to a 1.99 ERA, 3.06 FIP, less than 1 hit per inning, 8.34 K/9, and 1.99 BB/9 in 49.2 innings pitched.  …

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Yankeemetrics: July 18-20 (Reds)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury helped the Yankees sweep the Reds. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury each had big hits this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

$500 million offseason delivers
The Yankees opened their 10-game homestand with a 4-3 win against the Reds. The Yankees entered this game 5-7 all-time in the regular season against the Reds, the only team they have a losing record against.

Jacoby Ellsbury sparked the team with two RBI, two hits – including the game-winning homer in the fifth inning – and a stolen base. He is the second Yankee in franchise history to hit a home run and steal a base against the Reds, joining Alfonso Soriano in 2003.

The stolen base was his 25th of the season, giving him 25 steals and 102 hits in his first 92 games with the Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fastest player to reach 25 steals and 100 hits in his Yankee career since Steve Sax did so in 1989 in his first 83 games in pinstripes.…

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