Via Bryan Hoch’s Twitter, (again H/T RAB, Nick Johnson has suffered a setback in his wrist surgery rehab. This likely shoots any hope that OBP Jesus will return this season and leaves the Yankees looking for a full time DH option. They could continue to use Jorge Posada as a DH with Francisco Cervelli catching, but I’m not a big fan of this (at least not until FC hits another hot streak). There are some DH options out there, but frankly, none of them are too attractive. The trade candidates: –Lance Berkman: His raw numbers are down (.351 wOBA, .405 Continue reading A DH! A DH! My Kingdom for a DH!
Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees are on the brink of obtaining Cliff Lee from the Mariners. I hate Joel Sherman with the burning fire of 1,000 suns (that is in no way pertinent to this story, but I felt it needed to be said). If this is true, this means one thing: The Yankees do not feel that Jesus Montero is or will be able to play catcher at the Major League level. I know his bat is “special,” but in a lineup as potent as the Yankees, coupled with their ability to pay for premium talent, finding Continue reading Could Cliff Lee change dugouts tonight?
The Yankees picked up an exciting come-from-behind victory in the first of four against Seattle, beating the Mariners 3-1. Andy Pettitte and Jason Vargas were locked in a classic pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the sixth, when another Pettitte throwing error to first base on a bunt allowed Seattle to score its only run of the game. Given the way Vargas kept inducing high pop-up after high pop-up, that actually looked like it was going to be enough to keep the Yankees at bay. However, Alex Rodriguez had other plans. A-Rod walked to lead off the 8th, followed by Continue reading A-Rod spearheads comeback charge against Mariners as Yanks top Seattle 3-1
The Seattle Mariners are pushing hard to complete a Cliff Lee trade, and the Yankees could be closing in on a deal for the left-hander — but as of Friday morning, there was no agreement in place, sources say, and it’s possible that another team could step in and make a more aggressive bid.
Could dealing Montero and getting Lee (and a signed extension) be possible along with Cashman flipping Javy for a bat? That’s a tricky game of chess.
So now the Yankees could have a rotation of Sabathia, Lee, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett; presumably, they could trade Javier Vazquez to a contender in the next 72 hours.
The Phillies could be a front-runner, and they’ve made outfielder Jayson Werth available in the past.
I am wholly against the following:
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The Yankees and Mariners were locked in a bit of a pitchers duel for most of last night’s contest, as both Andy Pettitte and Jason Vargas were dealing early. Alex Rodriguez, however, came through for the Yankees in the end, propelling them to a 3-1 victory and putting their win streak at six.
Through the first five innings, Pettitte and Vargas gave up a few hits, but kept the game scoreless. In the bottom of the sixth, Pettitte got into trouble for the first time. He gave up a lead-off single to Josh Wilson and a single to Michael Saunders. Ichiro Suzuki then bunted a single back to Pettitte who made throwing error. Wilson scored and the Mariners held a 1-0 lead. Pettitte rebounded, getting Chone Figgins to ground out and struck out Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez to end the inning.
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The Yanks were not assured of obtaining Lee since other clubs such as the Mets, Twins and Rangers were in talks. But the Yanks were definitely making the strongest move last night, coming from seeming disinterest into the clear front-runner and last night it seemed they were all but certain to obtain the 31-year-old lefty.
Yankee management looked at its rotation and had some pause. CC Sabathia was again an ace and Andy Pettitte is pitching as well now as ever. But A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez are not fully trustworthy, especially for the playoffs, and Phil Hughes has an innings limit of about 175, and might not be available to start.
The Yanks like Montero a great deal, but they were willing to use him as bait for both Lee and Roy Halladay in the offseason. They are deep in catching prospects and could never be sure that Montero could actually make it as a catcher in the majors since that is the suspect area of the game. He is considered one of the elite hitting prospects in the minors, though he was hitting just .253 with six homers and 34 RBIs this season at Triple-A.
I’d be really stunned if this happens. I’d be really bonkers upset if there isn’t an extension signed as part of the trade. You just don’t give up Montero for a half-season rental when the need isn’t pressing.
We’ll get ranting on the impacts of this shortly, even if we’re still in rumor-mode.
Of course, this has me feeling for Clevelanders again. Last night was that LeBron embarrassment and this could pair former CLE pitchers CC & Cliff Lee. Ouch. Continue reading Yanks about to land Cliff Lee?
The title says it all, here’s the story from Joel Sherman: The Knicks didn’t get LeBron James, but the Yankees were on the brink of obtaining Cliff Lee late last night for a package that would include top prospect Jesus Montero, the Post has learned. Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik have been in constant contact over the last week, but it was only last night that the Seattle GM told Yankee officials he wanted to move quickly, possibly before the All-Star break. The Yanks were not assured of obtaining Lee since other clubs such as the Continue reading Sherman-Yanks on the verge of acquiring Cliff Lee
You don’t come here for NBA chatter and I rarely dish it. But LeBron’s decision to join the Miami Heat and play a second fiddle to Wade seems to be a big mistake. The better “right now” fit was CHI and the better “LeBranding” fit was NY. But what do I know?
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The results are in, and congratulations go out to Nick Swisher, Joey Votto and all the fans who supported their election to the 2010 All Star Game. Here’s the story from MLB.com: Swisher, the Yankees’ right-fielder and social-media titan, held off Kevin Youkilis of the rival Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote to claim the 34th and final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of Continue reading Swisher wins final All Star vote