Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/31/15 (UPDATED)

We’re down to mere hours now.  We’ll follow the latest developments here as the day progresses and break in with any actual trade news if and when it happens.

– The Yankees are in heavy on relievers today, with both Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman‘s names coming up multiple times.  They were reportedly working on a deal for Kimbrel last night, but talks continue to stall based on the Yankees’ willingness to include Jorge Mateo in a deal.

Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks are “not likely” to get Chapman.

Also via Heyman, they may be shifting their focus to Miami’s Carter Capps if they can’t get anything done for the other 2.  He’s the dude with the jump delivery.

– Precious little out there right now connecting the Yankees to any starters.  They lost another target last night when the Giants acquired Mike Leake from Cincy.

Dustin Ackley will join the team today in Chicago and there’s still the matter of clearing a roster spot for him.  …

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A Friday Morning Rant: More Like CC Sucksbadia, Am I Right?

Sabathia vs TOR 2015

[Writer’s note: I was a little angry after last night’s loss.]

I know he’s been a big part of some great moments for us as Yankee fans, but I’m really sick and tired of watching CC Sabathia start for the Yankees.

His starts are painful to sit through and it’s not fun going into the games having thoughts like, “Which inning will be the bad one?” “How many home runs will CC give up?” “When the hell will the Yankees stop running him out there?”

No, seriously, when the hell will the Yankees stop running him out there?

This is starting to feel like 2000 David Cone (no offense, Coney) and how even though he was having major issues, Joe Torre kept him in rotation. Cone finished that year with a 4-14 record and 6.91 ERA in 29 starts. And while CC isn’t quite at that level yet, he’ll be there soon (current run environments put Cone at a 70 ERA+ and Sabathia at a 71 ERA+), and the Yankees need to do something about him.…

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Game 101 Recap: Rangers 7 Yankees 6

TEX Walk-Off vs NYY

Womp. Courtesy of the AP

Well that’s not the way you want to end a road series.  After taking the first 2 games in Texas handily, the Yankees fell again last night, coughing up a late-inning lead and dropping their second straight to the Rangers.  CC Sabathia did not pitch well (as usual), but it was the bullpen failing to hold the lead that really did the Yanks in.

As they typically do, the Yankee offense got going in a hurry.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a bloop shot to left that turned into a double and a fielding error to put him on third, and Brett Gardner sac flew him home to make it 1-0.  Mark Teixeira doubled it up with a 2-out solo home run and a single-walk-single rally culminated in a Chase Headley RBI base hit and a 3-0 Yankee lead after 1.

It would be a very short-lived lead.  The Rangers’ first 2 hitters got on with infield singles, and with 2 outs CC hung a slider to Josh Hamilton that Hamilton hit for a 3-run home run.  …

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Game 101: Sabathia vs. Gallardo

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Elvis Andrus, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Adrian Beltre, 3B
Brian McCann, C Josh Hamilton, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Ryan Rua, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Adam Rosales, 2B
Stephen Drew, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
CC Sabathia, SP Yovani Gallardo, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Yankees trade for Dustin Ackley

The Yankees made a move late this afternoon!

Here comes the Championship, you guys!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/30/15

2 big stories today related to the Yankees.  Neither involves them making any trades.

– The first was the Blue Jays acquiring David Price from the Tigers for a package of prospects.  It sounds like the haul was a good one, better than what the Rays got for him last year, and this was a move the Jays had to make if they want to make a serious playoff run.  Yanks get to hold onto all their top prospects (for now) and still get a shot to sign Price when he hits the FA market.

– The second, and more important, was the announcement that Michael Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight.  He has since been diagnosed with a Grade I forearm strain and put on the DL, and CC will start tonight’s game on regular rest.  This type of injury could put Pineda out until mid-September, so the need for the Yanks to add a starter has increased as far as I’m concerned, Severino or no Severino.…

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UPDATE: Pineda to the 15-day DL

Once again, Bryan Mitchell will be used as a long-relief man if needed.

Pineda will probably be out 4-6 weeks.

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Quick hit: Pineda scratched with tightness in his forearm

Well, this isn’t good…

Couple this injury news with the news of the Blue Jays landing David Price in a trade and you’ve got a lot of worried Yankee fans right now.

UPDATE: Per Mark Feinsand on TwitterCC was originally named to be starter for tonight in Pineda’s place but now it looks to be Bryan Mitchell. There has been a change to this update – CC is starting on regular rest, Mitchell will be long relief if needed.

ANOTHER UPDATE (2:27 P.M.)

That’s better than something completely catastrophic…

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How About That Triple-A Bullpen Carousel?

In a game that had precious few Yankee highlights, one of them last night was Caleb Cotham‘s MLB debut.  As described in the recap, he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out 4 batters without issuing a walk.  In doing so, he became the 12th different rookie pitcher the Yankees have used out of their bullpen this season and the 8th to make his Major League debut.

That might seem like a sign of major performance/injury problems, but it really hasn’t been the case.  While there have been a few instances of that happening (see “Carpenter, David” and “Miller, Andrew”), the Yankees’ strategy lately in shuttling guys up and down to fill out the back end of the bullpen has been mostly a proactive one.  They know they need to have fresh arms available to cover for their rotation, they know they need to be able to give their bullpen regulars enough rest, and they know they have a stockpile of useful arms in Triple-A to help serve those purposes.…

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