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 Continue reading Miranda to get a shot in Arizona

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 Continue reading Yankees Trade Juan Miranda For Scottie Allen

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

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 Continue reading Second-guessing the manager

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 Continue reading Berkman To DL, Nunez Called Up

Yanks acquire Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns

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 Continue reading Yanks acquire Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns

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

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 Continue reading Another LHB Possibility

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 Continue reading A DH! A DH! My Kingdom for a DH!