Yesterday was an off-day and I'm staring down the barrel of another long day of professional development training today, so the creative juices aren't exactly flowing. Here are some updates on the goings on around Yankeeland instead. - The early trade deadline target rumors are in, courtesy of Jon Heyman, and they're what you would expect them to be for the Yankees: a starting pitcher, a righty bat, and a righty reliever. I have to imagine reliever is lowest down on the priority list with the return of Adam Warren to the 'pen, but the Yanks have been good at finding and acquiring undervalued relief talent over the years.
- On the positive side, Mason Williams has started playing catch again and it sounds like his shoulder has finally started getting better. Slade Heathcott is also better and reportedly close to playing in some rehab games.
- Keeping on the prospect topic, Gary Sanchez was promoted to Triple-A over the weekend. He went 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI in his first game on Saturday. The Yankees now have arguably their top 4 prospects playing together at Triple-A, top 5 depending on how highly you regard Refsnyder, and could have their top 6 if Eric Jagielo hadn't gotten hurt.
- As first reported by Brendan Kuty, the Yankees released Triple-A SS Nick Noonan yesterday after activating him from the DL. In a way, this was the organizational depth result of Refs going down and Brendan Ryan staying on the 25-man. With Refs, Figueroa, Petit, and Pirela all still around, there was no space for Noonan anymore. Tough break. Hate to lose assets like this before the deadline.
- Pitching matchups for this 3-game set against the Orioles: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Wei-Yen Chen tonight, Ivan Nova vs. Kevin Gausman tomorrow night, Masahiro Tanaka vs. Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday. That one will be worth watching.