Trade focus shifts to outfield

Upton, however, is another matter entirely. He’s not having the best of seasons either, with a 92 wRC+ and a slash line of .264/.347/.388, but he’s also just 24 years old (he turns 25 on August 25th), and had an MVP caliber last season and a couple of 3+ fWAR seasons in 2009 and 2010. Sweetening the pot, he’s under contract through 2015. In other words, trading for Upton wouldn’t be about acquiring a short term rental, but about acquiring a very talented young player with elite potential for multiple seasons at the least. That would be a good move if the Yankees could pull it off but, of course, moves like that don’t come cheaply.

So what would it cost to get Upton? The Diamondbacks won the A.L. West last season and still have a solid MLB core, so presumably they’re going to want pieces that can help them now, which the Yankees are short on. On the other hand, Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Diamondbacks would like to get a “long term” option at shortstop or third base, which could put Eduardo Nunez on the table if Arizona general manager and former Yankees’ front office member Kevin Towers is a believer in Nunez’s ability.…

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Re-visiting how the Yankees got to 54-34 through 88 games

Earlier in the season I wrote a post explaining that the Yankees had put themselves in first place using the same formula that has worked for them since at least 2009: Great hitting, top flight relief pitching and average starting pitching. The comments to the post didn’t fully accept my hypothesis for two reasons...

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On trading with the Cubs

Somehow, it’s already the middle of July. It seems like just yesterday we were all collectively bitching about the complete lack of baseball and the need for Spring Training to start. Anyway, the trade deadline is approaching and everyone is wondering what the Yankees will do. Brian Cashman has said that he doesn’t like the...

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The Farm Report: 7/15/12

Laird was the only Yankee to get more than one hit, going 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Ronnier Mustelier was the only hitter to come up empty, going 0-2 before being replaced by Chris Dickerson in the third.  John Maine threw six innings and gave up two runs on two hits, four walks and four Ks.  Cory Wade pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.

Trenton beat New Britain 3-1:
After three scoreless innings, the Thunder took the lead when Addison Maruszak hit a homer to start the fourth inning.  David Adams, Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton hit consecutive singles, scoring another run and putting Trenton ahead 2-0.  Neil Medchill drove a homer to right to start the fifth, giving the Thunder some insurance.  The Rock Cats tried to rally in the ninth, as Chris Colabello walked with one out.  Evan Bigley and Delbinson Romero hit back-to-back singles, plating Colabello for the first and only New Britain run as Trenton went on to win 3-1.…

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Yanks rally, but come up short, as home runs lift Angels to 10-8 victory

Downs walked Jeter badly, setting up another round of hurried warmups from Scioscia’s bullpen crew. Curtis Granderson–who had blasted a long homer earlier in the game–came trotting up to the plate representing the winning run. After a couple of balls whizzed down and away, Curtis got one he could handle from Downs: but this time, his long, towering blast hooked foul as all of Yankee Stadium sighed. No matter: he walked, forcing in another run.

And that was it for Downs, having served his part in the Angels’ unfolding tragedy. Now it was time for Kevin Jepsen–a fireballer with control issues–to face mighty Alex Rodriguez with the walk-off run on first. A weaker man would devote the next couple of lines to making jokes about Alex Rodriguez and clutch situations. A weaker man might say something along the lines of “and we all know what to expect with A-Rod up in a close game.” OK, perhaps not a weaker man–but certainly one that has more fun with those jokes than I do.…

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