Is David Phelps The Most Tradable Piece This July?

It’s July, and as Yankee fans, we’re all wondering who’s available at the trade deadline. Matt looked at Cole Hamels a couple days ago, Mike Axisa over at RAB likes Ramon Hernandez, and Steve Goldman at Pinstripe Alley took an interest in personal favorite Chase Headley. What makes this time of year...

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Reggie Jackson, dramatic hitter, lousy rationalist

I’ve never been the biggest ARod supporter out there, but Reggie’s asinine comments simply are based upon his level of friendship, nothing more. Which is as flimsy a basis for which to make a HOF debate about as there is. Look, if you (the HOF voters) want to universally keep out every admitted user, fine. Just be consistent. If you are going to try to discount a portion of any player’s career to try to guesstimate what their productivity would have been sans PED’s, good luck, friend, as that’s a fool’s errand.

There are guys who probably (definitely?) deserve HOF consideration, if not induction, who will be kept on the outside due to some whisper campaign. Guys like Jeff Bagwell (see related stories here), Jim Edmonds (as I wrote about here for ESPN). What’s their status going to rest upon? Their likeability? Jim Rice knows a thing or two about the absence of likeability with regards to one’s candidacy.…

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The Farm Report: 7/5/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 7-1:

  • The Rock Cats held a 6-0 lead before the Thunder finally scored in the seventh.
  • Even the Thunder’s lone run was messy, as JR Murphy reached on an error, went to second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a ground out by Neil Medchill.
  • David Adams went 3-4, Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with a double.  Medchill had the only other hit, a double and a RBI.
  • Dellin Betances went six innings and actually showed some good stuff.  He gave up six runs (only one earned) on seven hits and three walks.  He struck out nine.

Tampa beat Brevard County 1-0:

  • The Yankees had a couple chances to score early in the game, but in the end it was a solo homer from Gary Sanchez in the seventh that was the difference maker.  
  • Sanchez went 2-4.
  • Kyle Roller went 1-3 with a double.
  • Jose Toussen went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Nik Turley went six innings and allowed just one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out six.

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A more optimistic take on the Yankee farm

EJ’s post from earlier today highlights the disappointing nature of the Yankee farm in 2012, and for the most part, I agree.  It has been a frustrating season to follow, particularly at the upper levels.   The combination of injury and regression has hurt the stock of a number of prospects who might otherwise be...

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