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Bernie Williams - Carlos Silva

Photo Courtesy of WCBS 880

  • Carlos Silva, WCBS 880’s producer/engineer for Yankees games passed away this past Sunday after battling cancer. If you’ve ever listened to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio, his name should definitely sound familiar. He was 50 years old.
  • Masahiro Tanaka, the big off-season prize faces a 5PM deadline on Friday to choose what team he’d like to play for. According to reports, the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs have all made offers to Tanaka. It stated, “most of those were for more than $100 million over six years.” Let’s hope the Yankees land this guy. He’d be a huge asset to both the Bronx Bombers and your fantasy baseball teams.
  • The Yankees and Francisco Cervelli have agreed on a one-year contract reportedly worth $700K. Who knew Cervelli was still a thing? This allows him to avoid salary arbitration and he’s back in the picture. Last year, Cervelli fractured his right hand and was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league’s drug program, ending the rest of his season.

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Yankees (7-5) vs. Diamondbacks (8-5)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25) vs LHP Wade Miley (2-0, 2.13)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner CF
Wells LF
Cano 2B
Youkilis 1B
Francisco DH
Cervelli C
Boesch RF
Nunez SS
Nix 3B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on MY9. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

Robinson Cano - Mark Teixeira

Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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Yankee Stadium

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Yankees (6-5) vs.

Diamondbacks (8-4)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71) vs RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.71)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Youkilis 3B
Hafner DH
Wells LF
Suzuki RF
Nunez SS
Overbay 1B
Stewart C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Networks. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71) vs RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.71)

Wed: LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25) vs LHP Wade Miley (2-0, 2.13)

Thurs: RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 10.29) vs LHP Patrick Corbin (2-0, 1.50)

Ivan Nova - Brandon McCarthy

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Yesterday, the Yankees made their first move of the Hot Stove Season.

Was it signing Derek Jeter? No, although there are numerous reports today of them officially offering the Captain a 3 year, $45 million contract.

Was it signing Mariano Rivera or coaxing Andy Pettitte from the brink of retirement? No, again.

The Yankees traded Juan Miranda to Arizona for Scott Allen.

We’re all pretty familiar with Miranda at this point. A regular call-up over the past three seasons, the first baseman posted a .788 OPS over 94 plate appearances. A lefty swinger with some power (25.3 AB/HR) in the minors, Miranda was hopelessly blocked at the major league level by the logjam that is Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero. Because of his frequent trips on the SWB Shuttle, Miranda is out of options: come April 1, the Yankees were faced with two choices; either waive him or keep him on the 25 man roster. So, the Yankees needed to do something to get value in return – even if they were dealing from behind the 8 ball. Here’s hoping the 27 year old Miranda gets a chance to play regularly in Arizona.

In Allen, the Yanks get a 19 year-old left handed pitcher who hasn’t exactly wowed scouts at any level. An 11th  round pick in the 2009 draft, he’s posted a 1.3 WHIP and 8.9 k/9 in 95 minor league innings. Did I mention he’s left-handed? And only 19? So there is a chance for some upside with this trade.

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Justin Upton

I saw this note from Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger:

“The Yankees have inquired about trading with the Diamondbacks for outfielder Justin Upton, according a person with knowledge of the situation, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

“But it appears the Yankees are simply doing their due diligence, according to the person with knowledge, as the Diamondbacks’ asking price for the 23-year-old may be too high.”

I really hope this is some inside source’s idea of a bad joke. Both of the Upton brothers are intriguing in that they are above average fielders, with speed and power. But neither has shown any ability to make consistent contact at the ML level. Besides, outfield is one area the Yankees don’t need. And I can’t see the Yanks trading serious prospects for a fourth outfielder. Now, if the D’backs are willing to take a package of a couple B type prospects, then I could certainly see it being worthwhile.

I guess we’ll see.

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Now that a White Sox – Nationals trade sending Adam Dunn to Chicago’s South Side seems more likely than ever (the White Sox just landed Edwin Jackson, who Nat’s GM Mike Rizzo is said to covet and have included him in their offer), it’s time to look for alternatives for the slugging southpaw. Mind you, I never thought Dunn (or any 1B/DH types, for that matter) are really needed in the South Bronx and I think the team needs help in the bullpen and a bench IF more than a lefty bat. But, it seems the Yankees front office has decided to find a left-handed bat they can plug into the DH role.

Option 1: Adam LaRoche, Arizona – Call him “Dunn-lite.” A left-handed first baseman, LaRoche currently sports a slash line of .254/.330/.446 and a career slash line of .271/.341/.487. Over seven seasons, he averages 1 HR every 21.4 AB’s, 1 K every 4 – and is a notorious second-half hitter. Although the rumor mill is quiet about him, it would make sense for Arizona to move him. The team is on obvious salary-dump mode and LaRoche is on a one-year, $4.5M deal with a mutual $7.5M option for next year (or a buy-out for $1.5M). One drawback for the Yankees is that option increases to $9.5M if traded. Still, it represents a way for the D’backs to shed about $4M from their anticipated payroll if they have no plans to keep him next year.

Option 2: Lance Berkman, Houston – Trades with the Astros are notoriously difficult, unless you happen to be the Phillies. However, the Roy Oswalt trade yesterday may signal that owner Drayton McClane is finally waving the white flag. The former all-star should be familiar to most fans, but here’s the upside: Berkman is a veteran switch hitter with power (1 HR every 17 AB) and one of those high-quality clubhouse types. Unlike Dunn and LaRoche, nobody has ever questioned this guy’s work ethic or desire. But he is having a down year in terms of production and has missed significant portions of the last two seasons with injuries. Although on the production side of the equation, he is walking more than ever – a sure sign that pitchers are avoiding the one true threat in an anemic Astros line-up. The money is also going to be difficult for the Yankees. Berkman is owed around $7M for the remainder of this year and he has made it clear he wants his $15M option for next year guaranteed in order to not exercise his no-trade clause. $22M for an injury plagued 1B on the downside of his career should be too much for Cashman & Co. to swallow.

Option 3: Derrek Lee, Cubs – The Cubs are rumored to be looking to shed payroll, although they have yet to make any deals. Lee is owed around $6.5M this year before hitting free agency. This would be a bit of a reach, since Lee is having a really bad year after a bounce-back type season a year ago. If you take 2009 out of the equation, then his last three seasons work to a .290/362/.408 line. While his HR production would probably increase some at Yankee Stadium (1 for every 29.5 AB over the past 3 years), you have to wonder how he would handle NYC and the post-season. In 23 career post-season games, Lee is a .263 hitter. On the plus side, Lee is considered an A+ type guy in the clubhouse. I’d consider this a real “Hail Mary” play if the Yanks were to pursue it.

Again, I don’t think the Yankees should really go hard after any of these guys, but if they happen to fall into Brian Cashman’s lap, then they might be worth it for the 2010 stretch run. Another thing to keep in mind is that these guys will almost certainly clear waivers because of the money involved, so if the Yankees still find themselves in need in mid-August odds are one or all three will be available. That leaves us…

Option 4: Nick Johnson, DL – Yes, you heard that one right. Mike Axisa reports that Johnson is resuming baseball activities in Tampa, though they’re limited to fielding grounders and soft-tossed fungoes for now. Still, if Johnson can make it back by September then he at least has a chance to redeem himself somewhat.

Author’s note – I checked the wires just before posting this. Joel Sherman tweeted the Yankees “are definitely in for Lance Berkman, considering him seriously.” Sherman also broke the news the Yankees had landed Cliff Lee, so take it for what it’s worth.

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According to a posting on MLB Trade Rumors, Dan Haren was just acquired by the Angels in exchange for Joe Saunders, 2 Minor League pitchers and the infamous Player-to-be-Named-later. This comes on the heels of a weekend of trade rumors surrounding the Yankees attempts at landing the former Arizona Diamondabacks right-hander.

This was an obvious salary dump by the Diamondbacks, who will realize approximately $20 million in savings over the next two seasons. While Saunders is a serviceable major league starter, Dan Haren is a proven top-of-the-rotation type starter. This may also be the Angels way of stocking up for next year. Haren is a nice addition, but if the Halos are going to make a run at Texas, they need a power bat (or two).

As for the Yankees, I’m not certain if Brian Cashman was simply trying to up the ante for other team in the Haren Sweepstakes or if he really felt that the rumored package Arizona wanted (headlined by Joba Chamberlain) was too steep a price. Either way, it looks like Cashman lost on this one. If the former, he didn’t drive the price nearly high enough, since the prospects the Angels sent to Arizona are not exactly world beaters. If the latter, he failed to trade a struggling reliever for a proven ace. Look, I like Joba’s potential as much as anyone – but this would be the third time Cashman has failed to land an ace because he wouldn’t trade Joba. First it was Johan Santana. Then it was Roy Halladay. And now Haren. At this rate, Joba better turn into the second coming of Walter Johnson or else Cashman is going to end up with a whole carton of eggs on his face.

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According to Bob Klapisch, the Yankees have refused to include Joba Chamberlain in any potential deal for Dan Haren. They are still talking though.

Jon Heyman has reported that the Yankees organization is willing to include Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and 2 prospects for Haren. They don’t want to eat the money and give up Joba at the same time.

“Yankees would pay the $33 mil left on haren, but they have balked at taking chad qualls, chris snyder, too.”

What are your thoughts about these ongoing negotiations? Do you think they will get a deal done?

  Starting Pitcher Dan Haren #15 Of The Arizona Diamondbacks Pitches

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  Starting Pitcher Dan Haren #15 Of The Arizona Diamondbacks Pitches

Remember when Cashman said he wasn’t going to trade for a starting pitcher? Apparently, he wasn’t telling the truth.

All day, we’ve heard rumors swirling around that the Yankees were in hot pursuit of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Dan Haren. It turns out that they were ‘never close’ on Haren:

The two teams did swap names Friday, the source said. But the Yankees rejected a Diamondbacks proposal that would have sent Joba Chamberlain, highly regarded pitching prospect Ivan Nova and two other prospects to Arizona for Haren.

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The Yankees, instead, have proposed an entirely prospect-based deal, which Arizona rejected. Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told reporters in Phoenix that other teams had made offers of “at least equal value” to what the Yankees proposed.

Another sticking point between the two teams, the source said, is how much of the $33 million remaining on Haren’s contract the Diamondbacks are willing to pay. Arizona’s initial proposal would have required the Yankees to assume Haren’s entire contract. The Yankees, and other clubs the Diamondbacks have spoken with, want the quality of the players in the deal to be dependent on how much of Haren’s money Arizona is willing to pay.

The very idea of Cashman rejecting a deal for Dan Haren, that included Joba Chamberlain, Ivan Nova and two ‘lesser prospects’, makes me sick to my stomach. If it were up to me, I would drive Joba to Arizona myself.

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The Yankees are now home after completing a tour of the NL West. Well, a half-tour, anyway – and considering the way the games against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers went, I don’t think anyone in the Bronx is exactly sorry to have missed out on seeing the Giants and Padres. So, what did we learn about the Bombers this past week?

  1. Even when this team plays like crap, they’re still better than most. The series finales against Arizona and LA were hardly well-played, crisp games. Despite Andy Pettitte uncharacteristically trying to literally throw a game away against the Dodgers, the team rebounded with four runs in the 9th and two more in the 10th to win. And after Dontrelle Willis and Javier Vazquez proceeded to try and walk everyone in the ballpark (including the hot-dog vendor in section 235); after both teams managed to run themselves out of big inning after big inning; the Yanks won a game that set baseball back to the Snuffy Stirnweiss era.
  2. Dave Eiland may be more important than anyone realized. While the rest of the pitching staff has rolled on during his leave of absence, AJ Burnett’s implosion worsened on this trip. He managed to pitch to a 16.71 ERA in two starts. The rest of the numbers aren’t any better (unless you’re masochistic enough to think a 1.432 OPSa is great). Most alarming is that as a strike-out pitcher, AJ only managed 13 total swings-and-misses over 7 innings. That’s less than two per inning. AJ simply cannot succeed if bats are finding his pitches. If Eiland’s imminent return doesn’t cure AJ it will be time for the Yankees to forget looking to the Marlins for pitching help. After Kevin Brown and Carl Pavano before, it may just be that the chemicals in Miami’s water cause combustion when mixed with NYC water.
  3. Forget Cliff Lee and David DeJesus. The Yankees are neither desperate nor even looking for starting pitching or outfield depth. The emergence of stable play from farmhands Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis have given the Yanks solid OF options (which may be needed more than ever, depending on Brett Gardner’s health). And despite AJ Burnett’s problems (see above), I doubt he’ll continue to pitch this poorly. Infield depth, though, is another matter. I like Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo, but they’ve proven their bats are not big-league ready. There are available infielders out there – Ty Wiggington, Jeff Keppinger, Garrett Atkins and Johnny Peralta, just to name a few. Will the Yankees get one? Time will tell, but it’s hard to imagine this team rolling into August without a veteran manning the reserve IF spot.

Finally, what are the Yanks to do with Chan-Ho Park? In two appearances, Chan Oh-No proved to be more arsonist than fireman. It’s hard to imagine the team cutting bait on this guy. Brian Cashman hates admitting mistakes and after having to DFA Randy Winn earlier this year, dumping Park would be another admittance of failure. But at this point, even Joe Girardi has expressed reservations about using him in anything other than a mop-up role. My bet is once either Alfredo Aceves or Sergio Mitre comes off the DL, Park should pack his bags in anticipation of a one-way ticket out of New York.

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If you’re one of those hardcore Yankees fans, who stayed up for last night’s game like me, you saw one crazy game. Last night’s game could be described in one word: Sloppy. It was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen.

With the game tied 5-5, heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, Girardi handed the ball to Mariano Rivera.  Mo set the Diamondbacks hitters down in order 1-2-3, and allowed the Yankees hitters to get the go ahead run. Curtis Granderson blasted a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to put the team ahead 6-5. Mariano Rivera even got an at-bat, but wound up grounding out to end the inning.

Rivera ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 10th inning. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, Girardi had to make a decision on what to do with Miguel Montero. This is the same guy who gave them trouble the entire series. He allowed Mariano Rivera to intentionally walk Montero. The great part about Mo is that it’s considered a rare occasion when he walks a batter, so he’s pretty much the only guy that you would feel comfortable doing that with. What happened next? Chris Young and Adam LaRoche popped out, and he struck out Mark Reynolds to end the game. It was simply amazing, or an act of God if you want to call it that. Walking off the field, Kim Jones grabbed him for a quick interview and one of the first things he said was, “We played horrible.” Yeah, this was just a regular season game, but the funny part about all of it was that Rivera made it seem like a playoff game.

“There isn’t a human on the planet who can get out of that jam like Mo,” Rodriguez said. “Once he gets one out, then you’re like, ‘Well, now a double play gets us out of it.’ I thought the biggest out was the first one.”

“That’s why he’s the best ever,” said D-backs manager A.J. Hinch. “He’s the best ever at his craft. You try to scratch and claw one [run] any way you can. If you get greedy and get two, we’re celebrating.”

We take it for granted. They’ll never be another man quite like him…

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