Trade Talk: Byrd, Danks, Ruggiano, Masterson

Another day, another batch of rumors.  The silence on the Yankee front is deafening today.  Maybe that means a deal is getting announced soon.

Via George King, Marlon Byrd has no problem being traded to the Yankees, who reportedly “have prospects the Phillies like enough to get a deal done.”  Not that it would matter if he did have a problem since he doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but those extra years on his deal are almost assuredly what’s keeping Cash away.

– Via the same King article, the White Sox have a scout following the Trenton Thunder right now and they are still very much interested in the Yanks’ catching depth.  John Danks is the name that continues to come up in connection with the Yankees and my personal stance on him has not changed.  Do. Not. Want.

– Yesterday it was a pitcher, today it’s an outfielder that the Yanks are interested in acquiring from the Cubs in the form of Justin Ruggiano.  The Cubs “rebuffed” the Yankees’ inquires about him, according to Jon Heyman, so there’s probably not much that’s going to come from this.  Ruggiano is hitting .296/358/.450 in 190 PA.

– We can count Justin Masterson out as a possible rotation upgrade option, so says Joel Sherman.  Masterson has been pretty bad this year (5.51/4.08/4.05 with a 12.6% BB rate in 98.0 IP) and he’s hurt, so I won’t lose too much sleep over Cash and Co. passing on him.  Dude is costing himself a lot of money.

Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.