Well it happened. The trade deadline activity finally kicked into gear yesterday. With a week to go now, things should really start to pick up now that the first moves have been made. - The first notable trade was Scott Kazmir going to the Astros for a pair of low-level prospects. I was a little surprised to see him go for that little in return considering the way he's been pitching, but maybe leaving that start with an arm injury killed some of his value. I would have liked him in the Yankee rotation.
- The other major move was Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez going back to Pittsburgh, where he started his career, to get a shot at chasing a ring before he retires. He was never a target for the Yankees.
- As for the home team, they will reportedly "listen to offers" for Gary Sanchez, according to Buster Olney. I'm not sure how many teams are going to be calling up and proactively asking for him so much as making him a required piece in a trade package for one of their players, but this isn't a surprising stance considering the Major League catching depth in Big Mac and JRM. Sanchez is having another good year with the bat and recently got promoted to Triple-A.
(Unrelated, but Buster, if you're reading this, can you unblock me? We're on the same team, bro.)
- There's a rumor floating around about a Sanchez-Refsnyder for Cueto-Phillips deal being discussed, but I don't think I believe that one too much. If Cincy is really willing to give up Cueto for a package that doesn't include Judge or Severino, then they might be in for a tough rebuild.
- It's not a trade rumor, but the Red Sox lost their 7th straight game to start the second half last night. This coming after the Yanks took 2 of 3 to send them into the break on a downswing. That's pretty funny.
- Also not trade-related, but it appears as though the Yankees are trying the Chase Whitley Experiment with a few more righty relievers. Danny Burawa, who appeared briefly with the Major League club earlier this season and got shelled, was sent down to Double-A Trenton and started the game for them on Wednesday night. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 1 run on 2 hits, and struck out 7. Diego Moreno has started for Triple-A SWB in his last 3 appearances, and he's pitched 8 scoreless innings over his last 2 starts.
Interesting to see the Yankees try this experiment again with guys who have worked exclusively as relievers for a long time, but understandable and something I like to see based on the success with Whitley. The Yankees have a ton of upper-level relief arms but not much upper-level rotation depth. Even if it's just for emergencies and next year, it's worth the experiment with fringe-y relief guys like Burawa and Moreno.