Trade Deadline Thoughts And Afterthoughts

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Best deadline pickup? Courtesy of Bill Tarutis/Times Leader

The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline came and went yesterday and it was the quietest deadline in years for the Yankees.  Despite being connected to plenty of players in the weeks and days leading up to 4 PM yesterday, including almost every big name pitcher, they ended up making just the one move to pick up Dustin Ackley.  Since there aren’t a lot of trades to talk about, I figured I’d expand the deadline analysis to the whole roster and look at what other things the Yankees did to try and bolster their roster for the stretch run.

– But first the Ackley trade.  I didn’t have a strong feeling about it one way or the other when it was announced on Thursday, and I still really don’t.  At a high level, it makes sense for the Yankees.  They traded from their 2 sources of greatest prospect depth and upgraded a part of their Major League bench.  …

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Game 102 Recap: Yankees 13 White Sox 6

The Yankees were reeling heading into Chicago for this weekend series.  Coming off 2 straight losses for the first time since July 7th and a trade deadline that passed without them making any more moves, they were basically a dead stick and set up to miss the playoffs altogether.  They needed a miracle to get the ship righted and they got one in Carlos Rodon.  He served up a ton of tasty pitches early and the Yankee bats feasted on them to build a big early lead that they would never give up.

The Yanks got to Rodon for a run in the 1st on a pair of doubles by A-Rod and Carlos Beltran sandwiched around a Mark Teixeira walk.  Teix factored much more prominently in the scoring in the 2nd when he hit a 2-out grand slam to give his team a 6-0 lead.  The top half of the order was locked in on Rodon and they knocked him out in the 4th after Chris Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on 2 wild pitches, and A-Rod walked again.  …

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Game 102: Eovaldi vs. Rodon

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!


Ellsbury CF
Young LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Murphy C
Ryan 2B
Gregorius SS

Eaton CF
Saladino 3B
Abreu 1B
Cabrera LF
Garcia RF
LaRoche DH
Ramirez SS
Soto C
Sanchez 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Yanks To Call Up Severino

No Palooza today, because I was honestly expecting the Yankees to make another trade before the deadline.  They didn’t, but they did make one move, the move first reported above by Mark Feinsand.

It makes a lot of sense.  Severino doesn’t seem like he needs to learn much at the Triple-A level, and he fills an obvious need in the rotation.  The Yanks probably have him on an innings limit for the year, so he can pitch now and when Pineda returns they can swap him in for Severino and cap his innings for the year.

No official word yet on when he’ll make his start, but it sounds like he lines up to face the Red Sox next week.  No pressure or anything.

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Is Craig Kimbrel the Answer to the Pitching Questions?

Yesterday was certainly a less than ideal day for the Yankees with their biggest competitor in the division getting an ace pitcher, the Yankees losing one of their best ones and losing a tough game on a walk-off hit. The Blue Jays are certainly a threat to the Yankees in the division with the additions of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. However, with the six game lead the Yankees have in the AL East if they can take care of their own business it doesn’t matter who Toronto picks up. People are forgetting that the Blue Jays running down the Yankees would not just mean the Blue Jays getting hot, but the Yankees cooling off considerably as well. Both have to happen.

Michael Pineda‘s forearm injury turned the starting pitching need into an even greater one. If Pineda starts throwing in 7-10 days like he says he is supposed to then a month seems about reasonable for his return.…

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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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