Rolling the dice with David Robertson

Until today, there has been very little discussion of the impending free agency of David Robertson. Which seems strange considering that the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera has had a brilliant first go of it as the Yankees’ primary closer. To be frank, not a lot of discussion has...

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Friday Mid-Morning Food For Thought: Cervelli Becoming A Trade Chip Again?

Cervelli Rain vs TEX

Courtesy of the AP

The trade deadline is less than a week away.  The Yankees have already been active in the weeks leading up to it and based on Cash’s comments earlier this week it sounds like they’re going to continue to be active.  They could use another starter, multiple bats, and I wouldn’t mind at all if they found a way to add another reliable arm to the back end of the bullpen.

The biggest obstacle Cash has to overcome in executing his plan over the next 6+ days is the lack of valuable trade chips he has.  The biggest source of trade assets is the team’s catching depth.  John Ryan Murphy might be the best asset right now, with Gary Sanchez still a close second.  Francisco Cervelli hasn’t been looked at as nearly the type of trade chip that the other 2 are, but could his recent stretch of strong play be working to change that?

Cervelli’s been getting regular reps this week with Mark Teixeira out and he’s performed very well.  …

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Trade Talk: Capuano And Kennedy

It appears Cash hasn’t wasted any time getting back to the more work he said he had to do on Tuesday.  If you missed it yesterday afternoon, the Yankees announced that they had acquired lefty pitcher Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.  He was working as a starter for their Triple-A affiliate after spending the first 3 months of the season in the Red Sox bullpen.

Capuano’s time there was a tale of 2 extremes.  He didn’t allow a run in 14.1 April innings while putting up a 15/2 K/BB ratio.  In 4.0 June innings he got pounded for 10 ER on 14 hits and 4 walks and was let go.  His total line for the season as a Major Leaguer is 4.55/4.06/4.15 in 31.2 IP.  His K rate is decent (20.3%), his BB rate is not (10.5%), and he’s actually been hit harder by lefties (.384 wOBA against) than righties (.303).  I’m not sure how the Yankees intend to use him, but his arrival might not be good news for the Davids Huff and Jeffs Francis of the world.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 21-24 (Rangers)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Comedy of Errors
The Yankees lost in embarrassing fashion on Monday, committing five errors en route to a 4-2 loss against the worst team in baseball, the Texas Rangers.

It was the first time they had at least five errors in a nine-inning game since August 20, 1998 at Minnesota, and the first time at home since October 1, 1989 vs the Tigers.

Shane Greene was responsible for three of the miscues, the first Yankee pitcher with at least three errors in a game since Tommy John on July 27, 1988.

Somehow Yankee pitchers were not charged with any unearned runs despite the five errors. This is the only time in the last 100 years that the Yankees made at least five errors without allowing an unearned run in a nine-inning game.  It has happened twice in extra-inning games in that span: on August 9, 2002 vs the A’s and August 18, 1927 vs the White Sox.…

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Game 101 Recap: Yankees 4 Rangers 2

Beltran-Headley vs TEX

Haven’t had time to come up with a complicated handshake yet. Courtesy of the AP

This was a strange series, wasn’t it?  Low-scoring, sloppily-played, included arguably the Yankees’ worst team game of the season in the opener, and somehow they walk out of it winning 3 out of 4 and improving their post-ASB record to 6-1.

It was another patchwork lineup today, this one featuring Jacoby Ellsbury hitting 1st, Brett Gardner 2nd, Chase Headley 5th, Brian Roberts 6th, and Francisco Cervelli 8th.  Texas starter Colby Lewis held them at bay through the first 3 innings and did so without giving up a hit.  Then the lineup turned over and the Yankee hitters started getting hip to his game.  Either that or he remembered that he’s Colby Lewis and he’s terrible.  Gardner doubled to lead off the 4th and scored on Headley’s 2-out single to get the Yanks on the board.  In the 5th, a pair of walks (by Ichiro and Ellsbury) were cashed in by a Cervelli double and a Gardner sac fly to make it 3-1 New York.…

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Belated Game 101 Game Thread: Yanks-Rangers

Sorry, folks.  We missed the sign earlier today and didn’t get a thread up in time.  Yanks and Rangers are tied 1-1 in the 5th.  McCann’s at first base again today, Jeter and Teix are out of the lineup.

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Cash Deserves His Props For Recent Moves

Ninja Cash

Ninja GM mode engaged

Brian Cashman has been around long enough to know what kind of pressure there is to win in New York and how high the standards are for the Yankees.  However realistic or unrealistic it may be for those standards to be met, ownership always toes the company line of “our goal is to win a championship” and a lot of fans and media storylines fall in line with that statement.  That’s what happens when you’ve won 27 of them and been the biggest and most successful franchise in Major League Baseball for a hundred years.

Measured against those standards, the 4+ seasons since the last title have been increasingly disappointing.  The Yankees have fallen further from the top of the American League in each season since 2009, culminating in a missed postseason last year and a battle to stay above .500 this year despite spending almost half a billion dollars in free agent reinforcements this past offseason.  …

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Thursday Mid-Morning News And Notes

There’s a handful of happenings that have gone untouched over the last few days.  Such as…

- Carlos Beltran played catch before Tuesday night’s game as the Yanks continue to try to get him back to a point where he can physically play right field.  It would be great if it could happen, both to create some roster flexibility and get Ichiro back to the bench where he belongs.  But given how quickly the bone spur flared up the first time he tried throwing again, I’m not saying I’m optimistic.

- Michael Pineda is also working his way back.  Again.  He threw live BP at the Tampa complex over the weekend, and via Chad Jennings, he’s slated to throw a simulated game today.  The limit is set at 2 IP or 30 pitches, whichever comes first.  Again, not optimistic that Pineda will make it back to help this season, but it would be nice if he did.

- Fellow injured starter CC Sabathia had his knee surgery as scheduled yesterday.  …

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Cut to the Chase: What to Know About Headley

Through two games, we’ve learned a decent amount about new Yankees 3B Chase Headley. Here are some highlights, mixed in with some things he carried with him to New York.

Epidurals are good. Headley battled back issues earlier this year in San Diego, to the point he says he was “pretty banged up.” That said, he’s said twice that the epidural he had on his back has worked like a charm, and his back “continue[s] to feel much better than prior.” He’s called back surgery a “last-case scenario,” and noted it’s an unpleasant thing to think about. He said that he’s added a few core workouts, and that he warms up his back quite a bit before games. It seems like he has a firm hold on his back for now.

Newspapers are no good. Chase Headley won’t read the NY papers, not even after a walk-off hit. “I’ve been warned to stay out of those,” he said. “My parents, first of all when I started playing baseball, they told me that.…

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