Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce (Again), DFA Brandon Laird

Per MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees have acquired Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash considerations, the teams announced. Pearce, who played for the Yankees’ Triple-A team earlier this year, will provide New York with a right-handed bat for the final month of the season.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported that the sides were nearing a deal (Twitter link).

The Yankees have designated Brandon Laird for assignment, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The move creates roster space for Steve Pearce, who was acquired from the Astros today.

Steve Pearce has been moving around a lot this year. He started off playing for the Yankee Triple-A traveling circus, hitting an impressive .318/.419/.568, and eventually was given away to the Baltimore Orioles. He spent time in Baltimore and Houston, before completing the circle in New York. He’s a career .277/.347/.484 against left-handed pitching, and is the perfect September bench player. With Alex Rodriguez still out of the lineup, the Yankees could bat him pretty high in the order against tough left handed pitchers.… Click here to read the rest

One reason the Yankee offense has steadily declined since 2009

This didn't turn out to be as exciting as we all thought it would be.

The Yankees just completed a miserable 2-4 road trip on which the team averaged just three runs per game. This stretch of games isn’t representative of the true abilities of the Yankee offense, but it highlights the fact that the team just isn’t putting the same kind of hitters in the batter’s box that it used to. In 2009 the Yankees scored 915 runs, or 5.65 per game. Since then the offense has steadily lost its fizzle (comparatively, of course) leading to the 2012 team that has scored 615 runs over its first 127 games, or 4.84 runs per game. What’s changed?

Partially, the Yankees saw a legendary offense split up and haven’t been able to add players of the same caliber. The 2009 squad featured eight players with an OPS+ of 115 or greater. That’s difficult to accomplish and harder still to maintain. But another reason is the decline of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.… Click here to read the rest

Ben Cherington Is A Man Amongst Boys

Sometimes it’s hard to praise the enemy, but what Ben Cherington did this weekend might live on to be one of the greatest trades in baseball history. In case you haven’t heard yet, the Red Sox GM found a team to trade Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto. Not only did he lose a huge chunk of future commitments, but he also received a few high upside prospects from the Dodgers.

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After an offseason where Cherington did little to improve his team, many fans viewed Theo Epstein’s replacement as too docile for a large market like Boston. In retrospect, it’s hard to blame the GM for the actions he made in the fall, as his hands were largely tied by payroll and ownership. What was even worse was that his new adopted team was less than what was promised.

Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford, and Punto all had their own reasons to fall from favor over the last couple of years.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/26/12

Trenton beat Akron 3-2:
Jesus Aguilar got Akron on the board in the third with a RBI double to left, plating Jordan Henry. A homer by Adam Abraham in the sixth gave the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Trenton finally responded in the top of the seventh, as Rob Segedin and Adonis Garcia both hit solo homers, tying the game 2-2. Jose Gil drew a walk to start the ninth and moved to third on a sac bunt that was followed by a throwing error. Garcia singled in Gil, giving Trenton the 3-2 lead, which they held onto for the win.

Garcia went 3-5 with a run scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Kevin Mahoney went 2-4 with a double. Segedin went 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Murphy had the Yankees one other hit, going 1-4 with a walk. Brett Marshall gave up two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out nine.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees do the little things, beat Indians 4-2

Girardi called on Boone Logan, and the lefty sidewinder obliged, getting Brantley to ground out to end the inning. In baseball terms, yanking your pitcher when he has a lead one out before he gets an official game could be taken badly; but Girardi clearly wanted a win today–which signifies a series victory over the Indians–and felt very strongly about it. After Logan ran into some trouble in the seventh, Girardi didn’t call on Joba Chamberlain or Cody Eppley–he immediately went to David Robertson, who neatly extricated the bombers from the jam.

And when David Robertson allowed a single with two outs in the eighth, Girardi didn’t think twice about going to closer Rafael Soriano for the last out. Admittedly, that move almost didn’t work out, as Matt LaPorta drove Soriano’s first pitch deep to left field; but Ichiro Suzuki (aren’t you glad he was out there and not Raul Ibanez?) ran down the blast, and made a leaping catch against the wall to rob LaPorta of an extra base hit–while saving Soriano and Girardi.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees top Indians, 4-2, win series two games to one

Apart from Curtis' solo shot there wasn't much exciting offense in Sunday's game.

The Yankees won a sleepy Sunday afternoon game, 4-2 over the Indians. The game was odd. The Yankees never trailed, effectively winning the game when they plated three runs in the second inning, but the team stranded a ton of base runners. Four runs on eleven hits is a poor outcome, especially since one of those hits was a solo bomb from Curtis Granderson. The Yankees didn’t play well, but the Indians played worse. We’ll take that.

Freddy Garcia struggled, but was effective over a short start. He allowed two runs over 4.2 innings of work. Joe Girardi yanked Freddy as soon as he showed any signs of trouble in the fifth inning. Had Hiroki Kuroda not given the Yankees a complete game on Saturday Girardi may have left Freddy in the game with a 3-2 lead. However, the bullpen was rested so Joe made the aggressive move, taking out his starter after just 90 pitches.… Click here to read the rest