Report: Yankees Among Several Teams “Looking At” Jeff Samardzija And Clay Buchholz

Interesting tidbit of trade rumoring from Nick Cafardo today.  Buried in a larger article of mostly Red Sox-ian topics, Cafardo included the Yankees in a group of teams who are reportedly “looking at” right-handed starters Jeff Samardzija and Clay Buchholz as we inch closer to next month’s trade deadline.

These are new names as far as the Yankees and their potential deadline targets are concerned.  We’ve been hearing a lot more about Cueto, Leake, and Cole Hamels lately.  But both Samardzija and Buchholz would be upgrades over the guys currently occupying the back end of the Yankee rotation.  Samardzija has seemingly taken a step back this year (4.56 ERA, 123 hits, 19.0% K rate in 108.1 IP), but he’s still a workhorse and his velocity hasn’t dropped so presumably he’s healthy.  Buchholz has actually been one of the best starters in the AL and the only full-time starter in the Boston rotation who’s been any good.

Samardzija is a true 2-month rental while Buchholz has a few team options years attached to him, so the asking prices could vary a little.  …

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Projecting The 25-Man Roster At The Trade Deadline

By now, almost everybody has had a chance to catch up on the big story to come out of last night, that being the Yankees’ decision to send Adam Warren back to the bullpen.  They announced that Nathan Eovaldi would make the start tomorrow, effectively removing Warren from the rotation and sending him back to where he was originally supposed to be.

The argument for why Warren deserved to go when he’s outperformed former fellow starters CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi is both a valid and unnecessary one, as this was always the move the Yankees were going to make.  Further beating that dead horse case into the ground won’t change the decision, so rather than dwell on it let’s move forward from it and use it as a launch pad to look ahead over the next month.

The return of Ivan Nova is what really led to the Warren decision, and depending on how you want to look at it, that return can act as the Yankees’ version of adding a starter at the trade deadline.  …

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Quick hit: Mike Trout is a pain in the ass

He really is…

That said, he’d look great in pinstripes. Too bad it’s never happening.

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Game 77 Recap: Angels 4 Yankees 1

Sabathia vs LAA

Ooooooooh, the symbolism. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees’ first trip out west roughly a month ago netted them 4 wins and 2 losses.  They started this latest one off with a 4-game split in Houston before making their way out to Cali for a 3-game set with the Angels.  The bats weren’t around very often in Texas and they didn’t make the trip out to LA either last night as the Yanks dropped the series opener.

The bar has been set impossibly low for CC Sabathia at this point.  Anything more than 5 innings pitched and less 4 earned runs allowed seems like a major victory.  Sabathia managed to do that last night and still ended up not really pitching that well.  He gave up a run in the bottom of the 1st on a 2-out RBI double by Albert Pujols.  No shame in that, nor is there shame in giving up a home run to Mike Trout, which CC did with 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd.  …

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Game 77: Sabathia vs. Wilson

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels
Brett Gardner, CF Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Chris Young, LF Kole Calhoun, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Mike Trout, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Albert Pujols, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF David Freese, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Erick Aybar, SS
Jose Pirela, 2B C.J. Cron, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Carlos Perez, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Daniel Robertson, LF
CC Sabathia, SP C.J. Wilson, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Brett Gardner is AL Player of the Week

Nathan Eovaldi’s Biggest Problem

Courtesy: Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Courtesy: Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Nathan Eovaldi has had a very up and down first season for the Yankees after a somewhat controversial trade brought him to New York along with Domingo German in exchange for Martin Prado and David Phelps going to the Miami Marlins.

The trade was a worthwhile gamble in my mind because Eovaldi has obvious tools and upside to work with and is under team control through 2017, while Prado is a league average player on the final year of his deal. Prado wasn’t going to make or break the Yankees this year, and they needed the arm. He’s been less than league average for the Marlins this season with a 88 wRC+.

Eovaldi hasn’t showed much improvement thus far with his strikeout rate or the amount of hard hit balls he has given up this year. He has an inflated 4.81 ERA, but without the 8 runs he allowed in less than an inning on June 16 in Miami it would be under four.…

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Prospect Profile: Brady Lail

Brady LailI’ve noticed Brady Lail working his way through the Yankees’ farm system the last few years, but at times he has seemed to fly under the radar, particularly given some some of the bigger name pitching prospects that are working their way up to the Bronx. The right-hander from Utah has pitched pretty consistently as he climbed the ladder and is putting together a solid season for the Trenton Thunder, so let’s find out a bit more about him.

Name: Brady Joe Lail
Birthdate: August 9, 1993
Birthplace: South Jordan, UT
Bats: RightThrows: Right
Height: 6’2
Weight: 205

Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, Lail started his professional career right out of high school and has the potential to be one of those late round drafts that pays off, which is why I love following the minors. His career started in the Gulf Coast League, where he managed to put together a strong five games in 2012.…

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Flashback: June 29, 2000

15 years ago today, Andy Pettitte pitched a complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers, but that wasn’t the big story of the game. The big story was that the Yankees won the game 8-0, they scored all eight runs in a single inning and they didn’t hit a home run. Oh, and that Chris Turner was the starting catcher that day.

Remember him?

Here’s the play by play of that big fourth inning. It started with Dave Mlicki pitching for the Tigers and ended with Nelson Cruz pitching for them. No, not that one.

  • P. O’Neill Single to CF (Line Drive)
  • B. Williams Triple to CF (Line Drive); O’Neill Scores
  • T. Martinez Flyball: LF/Sacrifice Fly (LF-CF); Williams Scores
  • S. Spencer Single to LF (Ground Ball thru Short LF)
  • S. Brosius Single to LF (Ground Ball thru Short LF); Spencer to 2B
  • C. Turner Double to LF (Line Drive to LF Line); Spencer Scores; Brosius to 3B
  • J. Vizcaino Reached on E7/Sacrifice Fly; Brosius Scores; Turner to 3B
  • C.
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