Miranda to get a shot in Arizona

Former Yankee prospect Juan Miranda is likely to get a shot at the full time 1B gig in Arizona. The Yankees, you’ll remember, traded Miranda for pitcher Scottie Allen a little more than a month ago.

This is definitely encouraging news. Miranda had a solid minor league track record and if not for Mark Teixeira, he could’ve been at least a platoon option at first base for the Yankees. But, as it usually is with Yankee minor leaguers, Juan was the victim of blockage and timing.

With Juan Miranda joining personal favorite Ian Kennedy, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the Diamondbacks this year. Kennedy had some success in the rotation last year and should improve. With regular playing time, I think Juan Miranda could at least be an average player.

While it hurts to see guys like Kennedy, Miranda and Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson with non-Yankee organizations, the team should take pride in the fact that they’ve developed a fair amount of players lately.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Trade Juan Miranda For Scottie Allen

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

It’s no blockbuster, but Kevin Towers and Brian Cashman made a deal today. The Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Allen from the Diamondbacks for infielder Juan Miranda, according to a team press release.

The Diamondbacks chose Allen, 19, in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. In 95 2/3 innings over two seasons, he has a 3.95 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9.

The deal was definitely made possible through Cashman and Towers relationship, and his short term in the Yankee front office. The Yankees had no use for Miranda. He could very well be the starting 1b for the Diamondbacks this year. Farewell, Juan.

This is the “small player move” that Cashman has been hinting to recently. I can’t complain. And yes, he is listed as “Scottie” Allen on BR.… Click here to read the rest

Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Think the Yankees were pumped up to win this one? I know I was.

In arguably the most nerve-wracking Yankee game played all season, the Yankees were able to come away with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Red Sox, staving off a rare three-game sweep at home (no one has accomplished that feat against the Yankees at the new Stadium) in a contest that featured incredible starting pitching on both sides as well as blown saves by both Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon.

The Yankees needed to win this game badly, and they couldn’t have asked for much more out of Phil Hughes, who was brilliant in throwing 6+ innings of one-run ball on three hits in what may have been his most important start in pinstripes. Unfortunately for the Yankees, somewhere along the line Daisuke Matsuzaka apparently completely reinvented himself as a pitcher, trading in the nibbler who finds himself in deep count after deep count and walking the second-most batters per nine innings for a guy who pounded the strike zone with a lively fastball and power sinker and who hardly even got to three balls on any hitter.… Click here to read the rest

Second-guessing the manager

Less than a day after writing a post absolving Joe Girardi of any wrongdoing in the Yankees’ 8-7 win, last night came another tough one-run loss featuring a handful of moves — or really, non-moves — by Girardi that were questionable.

This time the primary issue revolved around pinch-hitting, or the lack thereof. In the eighth, Girardi elected to pinch-hit for Lance Berkman, who would’ve been forced to turn around and bat from his far inferior right side, for Marcus Thames. As bad as Berkman is from the right side (.247 wOBA), and as unexpectedly good as Thames has been against righties (.398 wOBA), lifting Berkman in this situation made zero sense considering that the utterly useless Austin Kearns and Colin Curtis — who, as noted in the recap, combined to go 3-21 against Tampa, including 1-8 last night with five stranded baserunners (and in reality it was actually 10 when you add up their cumulative stranded baserunner total) — would each be coming to the plate one hitter later.… Click here to read the rest

Berkman To DL, Nunez Called Up

In a mildly surprising move, Lance Berkman has been placed on the DL and Eduardo Nunez has been called up. We first heard that Nunez was with the club this morning, leading many to believe that Alex Rodriguez was the one headed to the disabled list. However, despite being available last night as a pinch hitter, Berkman was put on the shelf, as he continues his quest to emulate Nick Johnson in every way possible.

The recall of Nunez, an infielder, to replace Berkman suggests that A-Rod is unlikely to play the field for the next few days. If he was able to play third base, Berkman likely would have been replaced by Juan Miranda, who he had supplanted at the trade deadline. I would expect Nunez to be with the club until Alex can play the field again, at which point he will be exchanged for Miranda until rosters expand on September 1st.

Other options that some Yankees fans might have wanted to see get a shot include Brandon Laird and Jesus Montero.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks acquire Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns

New set of pinstripes for Fat Elvis

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Yanks have acquired 1B/RF Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros and OF Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians. Kearns was traded for a PBTNL, Berkman (aka Big Puma and Fat Elvis) will head to New York in exchange for AAA reliever Mark Melancon and low-A second baseman Jimmy Paredes. The 5 mil remaining on Berkman’s 2010 salary will be picked up by the Astros, along with the 2 mil buyout of his 2011 option.

Berkman’s having a down year, but has maintained relatively good production (123 wRC+) and has been better of late (.925 OPS since July 1st.). Power’s down a bit, his .191 ISO is the lowest mark of any full season in the bigs. But power numbers can fluctuate wildly in small samples, and I hate comparing full seasons to partial for that reason. Sluggers tend to hit them in bunches, as the old line goes.… Click here to read the rest

Colin Curtis, Juan Miranda, end late inning Angels’ comeback in 10-6 Yankee victory

This one was closer than the score makes it look. Javier Vazquez came out on fire. He got through 4 scoreless innings on only 37 pitches. Then, it all fell apart. He gave up 3 runs in the 5th and then 2 more in the 6th, including a 2 run blast to Hideki Matsui, who desperately misses Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi handed things over to the bullpen after that.

Joel Pineiro made sure that this was not a pitchers duel. As bad as Javy was, Pineiro was worse. He gave up 6 runs in 6 innings of work. He left his team in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.

The Yankee main stays put the runs on the board early in the game. Jeter got 3 hits. So did Mark Teixeira, including 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Robinson Cano hit a 2 run homer to right center. It was 6-0 at the end of the 4th, but Javy didn’t have enough to keep the Angels off the board.… Click here to read the rest

Another LHB Possibility

I couldn’t help but agree with Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues as he wrote yesterday that a lefty bat should be the Yankees’ number one priority at the trade deadline.

He ran through the typical candidates: Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, etc. One that wasn’t mentioned in the article, but was mentioned in the comments and in RAB’s off topic thread was that of Royals prospect Kila Ka’aihue.

This guy is simply wasting away in the Royals minor league system. For whatever reason, the Royals won’t give him any extended shot at the Majors. Right now, he’s the PCL’s OPS leader with a ridiculous 1.047 mark and in his distinguished MiL career, he’s had a fantastic 662/675 BB/K. He clearly knows the strike zone well (.126 IsoD) and with a .192 IsoP, he’s obviously got pop.

If nothing else, I think he’d be worth an extended shot. His minor league numbers are really impressive and at age 26, he deserves a shot.… Click here to read the rest

A DH! A DH! My Kingdom for a DH!

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 career, .386 in ’09), but his peripheral stats are still decent: 15.2% walk rate, .192 IsoP. I’m not a huge fan of this because of Berkman’s age but if he could replicate a 15.2% walk rate and a .192 IsoP, he’d be a valuable addition to the Yankees. The price, though, is likely to be high. We haven’t heard much on the Berkman Trade Front lately and he is the hitting face of the Houston franchise, so the rebuilding Astros would likely ask a hefty price for Fat Elvis.… Click here to read the rest