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The trade deadline has come and gone and Brian Cashman was certainly busy over the final 48 hours, landing three new players. With Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood now wearing Pinstripes, let’s look back at what were generally considered the Yankees biggest needs heading into this year’s trade season and see how well Cashman did in addressing them.

  1. Bullpen: The struggles of Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Chan Ho Park this year, along with injuries to Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre and Damaso Marte turned what looked like a major strength at the beginning of the season into a major question mark. Cashman picked up Wood hours after the Indians activated him from the DL. And that’s been Kerry Wood’s big problem throughout his career – the guy just can’t stay healthy. At one time, he was supposed to be the Next Big Thing; now, his career has devolved into that of middle innings guy. Still, Wood has a plus fastball and curve and hitters don’t like to face him. Additionally, acquiring him gave the Yankees the perfect excuse to send Park and his thrill-a-minute pitching style packing, so that’s a plus right there. Also, Cashman gave up virtually nothing to get him, other than money and a future low-grade prospect, so there isn’t much risk involved here. Of course, this doesn’t really address the eighth inning role, but adding a power arm is never a bad idea. Grade: B-
  2. Outfield bench: Replacing Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Eric Hinske with Randy Winn and Marcus Thames didn’t exactly pan out. Thames has demonstrated that his all-hit, no-glove reputation is well deserved and Winn played so well he was asked to run away from Yankee Stadium. Enter Austin Kearns. Kearns represents a serious upgrade to this unit. Unlike Thames, he is a better than league-average defender at both corner spots and league-average in center, if needed. He has better than average speed, although it’s never translated to stolen bases. He has decent power from the right side, although not enough to ever be considered a power hitter. In other words, he is the epitome of a fourth outfielder even though his past teams were so awful he found himself thrust into starting roles. Once again, Cashman brought a solid player in from Cleveland for cash or the infamous PTBNL (btw, I want to meet that guy one day – he gets traded A LOT), so there isn’t much risk involved, either. The only thing keeping this from being an “A” is that Kearns doesn’t project as a guy you want starting 3-4 weeks in a row, should a serious injury occur. Grade: B+
  3. Infield Bench: This is the one area that still needs some work. Neither Ramiro Pena nor Kevin Russo are guys you really want to see with a bat in their hands, but the Yankees were unable to find any help. A waiver trade is always a possibility, but Tampa, Boston and Texas will know what the Yankees are up to and probably try to block any such move. Grade: F
  4. Designated Hitter: A full-time DH wasn’t a serious need, even if Nick Johnson is likely done. Using the DH role to rotate some of the Yankee vets would have been fine, if a strong utility guy could be found. None were, so Cashman did the next best thing: bring in some big-time thunder for the DH role. Although undeniably on the downside of very good career, Lance Berkman’s arrival means the Yankee line-up gets lengthened, with legitimate power threats from 2-8. The undeniable shocker of the trade deadline. Grade: A

Overall, I give Cashman a B- for this year’s deadline dealing, although that stands to improve if the Yanks can swing a deal for utility infielder.

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OK, Yankees Fans: we are now in the home stretch of the 2010 trade season and so far the Bronx Bombers have… well, they’ve bombed on getting any fresh blood, much less an impact type of player. That being said, neither have the Red Sox or the Rays so the status quo in the AL East remains. It seems rather hard to believe that July 31 will come and go without one of the premier teams in the East doing something to try to separate themselves from the others. So here’s a quick link dump on what’s being whispered about by various sources:

*Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees tried to pry away Joakim Soria by offering Jesus Montero. That seems to confirm a report from John Heyman, but I remain doubtful. As much as I’d love to see Soria wearing Pinstripes, that simply is a trade that doesn’t match up well. KC’s farm system is well stocked at catcher and first base, so as big a bat as Montero looks to be; he would have nowhere to play in KC (unless the Royals could move Jose Guillen to another team and slide Billy Butler to the primary DH role, or jettison Jason Kendall).

*Heyman also mentions in the same report that the Yankees seem more intent on picking up bench help, mentioning Ty Wiggington, Cody Ross and Jhonny Peralta by name. Personally, I wouldn’t Peralta anywhere near this team, even as a bench player. His defense is suspect at both short and third; and his bat is now slider-speed, at best. I still like Ross as a fourth outfielder. Wiggington would be interesting; he has a reputation as good clubhouse guy and immediately seems to go on a tear whenever he joins a new team. But I doubt the Orioles will trade him within the division.

*There are numerous reports, including from Heyman, Stark and Bob Klapisch, about Adam Dunn, and they all say basically the same thing: the Nationals asking price is beyond exorbitant.

*One final note from Heyman: he tweeted earlier today that he thought the Yankees have interest in Ted Lilly, but not Roy Oswalt. For our sakes, I hope he’s wrong and the Yanks don’t even bother asking about Lilly. And from everything we’ve heard, the Astros price for Oswalt is typical Drayton McClane; which is to say it’s a lot like those old “Crazy Eddie” commercials – INSANE!!!

*Klapisch also wonders what it will take to fix Joba Chamberlain. I think most Yankee fans are wondering what it will take to convince Brian Cashman to trade Joba Chamberlain, especially after he nearly blew an 8-run lead yesterday. Even Joe Girardi sounded exasperated after Joba’s latest meltdown. (You got me. It’s not really a trade rumor. But even long-time Joba supporters like me are starting to think it might be time for him to go.)

*Yesterday, Jon Paul Morosi suggested that the Yanks and Red Sox are bidding against each other in pursuit of Scott Downs. I wonder if Toronto is trying to inflate Downs’ price, though. Although, Downs would be a significant upgrade over Chan Ho Park.

That’s all that seems to be percolating in the Bronx today. I suppose we can only hope that the reports about the Rays interest in Chad Qualls is more than speculation. J

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Chan Ho had a lot of diarrhea earlier in the season…I’m sure you guys have seen the video. Park has had enough with fans yelling diarrhea at him every time he steps outside of his hotel. He confronted some fans today, and called bullshit when one fan said, “we only want you to get better.” Maybe if he started pitching well, this wouldn’t happen. The guy needs to be designated for assignment as soon as possible.

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  Joba Chamberlain #62 Of The New York Yankees ReactsIt’s July 5th and we’re exactly half way through the long grind of the baseball season with the Yankees sitting atop the toughest division in baseball at 50-31, and they hold the best record in the game. Despite being on pace to win 100 games this season, the Yankees are only 2 games clear of a playoff spot (Boston: 49-33, 1.5GB and Tampa: 48-33, 2GB). The Yankees offense is starting to show signs of life as A-Rod and Teixeira in particular are starting to wake up and eventually, Granderson will as well. Sure the bench needs some tweaking, but the biggest concern with this team is the bullpen. Any time there’s a close game and the starter doesn’t take the game to Mo, Girardi is playing Russian roulette with whomever he brings into the game (e.g. Rivera this season has already has two 6 out appearances, last year he only had one 6 out appearance the entire season). Sure Cashman and Girardi, can spin-doctor and make excuses for the ineffectiveness of the pen as detailed in this story, by Marc Carig, but simply put this bullpen as currently constituted will severely compromise the Yankees chances to win the World Series and could prevent them from even just making the playoffs.

Currently, the Yankees bullpen ranks 9th out of 14 in the American league with a 4.20 ERA. Taking a closer look at the numbers, I focused on the relievers Girardi turns to the most in high leverage situations:

Name                          G      IP       H    ER  BB   K    ERA     WHIP
Rivera                       32   32.1   16     4     6   32   1.11     0.6811
Chamberlain          36   34.1   38   20  13   38   5.24    1.4869
Robertson               29  27.1    35  18   17  29    5.93    1.9048
Park                           22  26.2    32   19    7   21    6.43    1.4662
Marte                        29  16.2    10     8   11   12    4.33    1.2651

Total                       148 137.1  131  69  54 132   4.52    1.3494

Even with Rivera’s microscopic ERA and WHIP this 5-man group has an ERA of 4.52 and 1.35 WHIP. To put that into perspective, that’s akin to the sum of the bullpen being LaTroy Hawkins (career 4.56 ERA/1.44WHIP). If that isn’t bad enough, if you remove Mo and just average the results of the 4 “set-up” men, the numbers go from below average to well…insert synonym for “poor” here.

Name                  G      IP         H      ER   BB    K       ERA   WHIP
Without Mo     116   104.2   115  65   48   100 5.58     1.5553

Without Mariano, the ERA rises to an unsightly 5.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. To give those numbers some context, the Yankees set-up corps performs on average to be slightly worse than what Jamey Wright has done for his career (5.03ERA/1.58WHIP). Now ask yourself this question, if Jamey Wright and LaTroy Hawkins were pitching in high leverage situations for the Yankees, would you think their bullpen is good enough to win it all? I didn’t think so. Let’s hope what Cashman offers up for public consumption is just a smoke screen as he works the phones to bring in an established relief pitcher to fortify the Yankees in the back-end of the pen. If not this bullpen as currently constructed (and Aceves’s return unknown) will likely prevent the Yankees from winning the World Series this year.

In the next few days, I’ll write a follow-up post on whom the Yankees could target to help the bullpen. Do you agree or disagree that the Yankees bullpen is championship caliber? If not who do you think Yankees should target?

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If you watched today’s game, you’ve undoubtedly started pointing fingers at different people for some pretty horrendous performances. You could point to Joba Chamberlain‘s meltdown in the 8th inning. You know, walking a guy then giving up consecutive two-out hits to score the tying run. You could point to David Robertson, who in his second inning of work let the first two hitters reach base, setting up the disastrous 11th inning. You could point to Chan Ho Park, who once again proved that no matter how well he receives ceremonial first pitches, he is never to be trusted in a game situation. You could point at Joe Girardi, whose decisions (letting Robertson start the 11th, bringing in Park) can certainly be questioned. (Then again, his decisions are often curious – and that’s being generous).

Yes, those were all pretty bad performances and you would be correct in pointing out all of those failures. But none of those are the reason the Yankees lost a game they should have won. In fact, the Blue Jays should never have even been in the game, had the real culprit done its job. None of those late-inning failures would have mattered had the OFFENSE bothered to show up. Frankly, the Yanks threw away scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity – and not just routine scoring chances, but chances to post some serious crooked numbers. Toronto’s starter not only was on the ropes for the whole day, he seemingly was one hit away from getting an early shower. (more…)

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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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The Pitching:

Phil Hughes wasn’t the same pitcher we saw in previous starts this year. He was striking to strike every hitter out, wasn’t able to finish off hitters and ran up his pitch count pretty quickly. Phil’s pitching line was: 5.0IP 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K (104 Pitches, 74 for Strikes). Boone Logan came on in relief, allowing a run on two hits. Chan Ho Park was handed the ball in the 7th inning, and made a diarrhea all over the mound. He might as well have done that, because he was horrible. Park gave up three runs on four hits (two home runs). His ERA now stands at 8.10. Damaso Marte entered the game in the 8th inning, and wound up tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Vazquez came out of the bullpen and recorded the last out of the 9th. Javy picked up the win, improving his record to (W, 2-4).

The Offense:

Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 on the game, and picked up three runs. Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4, and collected a run and an RBI. Cervelli had another big night, going 2-for-4, collecting 3 runs and an RBI. A-Rod went 2-for-5 tonight, picking up 2 runs and 4RBI’s. He smoked a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game up. Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 on the game, with a run and 4RBI’s (Home Run, Double). He hit a two-run walk off home run to win the game.

Final Score: Yankees 11, Red Sox 9

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From The LoHud Yankees Blog:

Andy Pettitte is having his next start skipped, and he’s not happy about it.

“I’m not very happy at all,” he said. “I would have loved to have been able to throw, to come in and play catch or something, and see how I feel.”

Instead, Pettitte found out today that he’ll be skipping his next start as a precaution because of some stiffness he felt around his elbow on Wednesday. Pettitte said it’s gone away completely, which leaves him frustrated that he won’t be pitching on turn, but he also said he understands why Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland made their decision.

“It’s the best thing for him, and in turn, it’s the best thing for us,” Eiland said. “If he wasn’t mad, I’d be a little bit concerned.”

Other key injury updates:

Jorge Posada
Took early batting practice only from the right side, but said he’ll hit both left and right during regular BP. He expects to play tomorrow. Girardi said he was hesitant to give him a start tonight, but he considers Posada to be an available pinch hitter.

Mariano Rivera
The Yankees closer is available out of the bullpen.

and if you care about Chan Ho Park:

Chan Ho Park
Threw a 45-pitch bullpen session today. He’ll throw another  on Sunday.

Sergio Mire is going to make Pettitte’s next scheduled start (Monday) in Detroit, which was the game Javier Vazquez was supposed to pitch. Javy will now be pushed back a day and pitch on Tuesday.  Mitre and Vazquez on back-to-back days? Yikes! Let’s hope for the best.

Rumulo Sanchez got the call from the minor leagues to take Mitre’s spot in the bullpen. Grego Golson was demoted to Scranton in order to make room for Sanchez.

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Sorry I didn’t get this stuff to you sooner. Here are the updates on Nick Johnson and Chan Ho Park…just trying to catch up:

From the Star-Ledger:

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson said he felt better on Sunday morning though it remains unclear whether the soreness in his lower back will allow him to play against the Orioles on Tuesday.

“It’s a lot better,” said Johnson, who has been on anti-inflammatory medication.

and here’s some more on Mr. Park:

NEW YORK – Two days after allowing a run against the Los Angeles Angels, Yankees reliever Chan Ho Park met with team doctor Christopher Ahmad to assess some discomfort in his right hamstring. An MRI revealed a “real, real low-level” strain, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday before the team’s game against Texas.

The Yankees elected to place Park on the disabled list. In his place, they called up Boone Logan from Triple-A Scranton. The choice, Girardi said, was allow Park to rest for a few days or shut him down for 15.

“There’s a possibility that he would have pitched for us next week,” Girardi said. “But you run your bullpen short and the other thing that you do is you take the chance of hurting it worse.”

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This might be one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever seen. I honestly can’t stop laughing. Can we say this will be the best interview of the 2010 baseball season? The smirk on Mariano Rivera’s face in the background is priceless.

“I had a lot of diarrhea.”  “What…it’s funny?” -Chan Ho Park

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  Curtis Granderson #14 Of The New York Yankees Hits

The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t get much work this past spring due to the inclement weather, and many questioned if he would be ready for the start of the season. The guy was born ready. He couldn’t have asked for any better weather either, as it was a beautiful day today.

In the beginning of the game, Andy gave many Yankee fans a scare when he tumbled to the ground, while trying to tag out Jacoby Ellsbury before he reached 1st base. Pettitte really didn’t have much of a chance anyway, but thankfully he was okay. The trainers rushed out on the field, saw him take a few warm-up pitches and he was fine and dandy after that.

Pettitte tossed 6 solid innings, allowing one run on 6 hits. His pitching line was: 6.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 3BB 4K (94 pitches, 54 for strikes) He didn’t factor into the decision though. Joe Girardi decided to hand the ball over to Chan Ho Park after Andy left the game, leaving many fans biting their nails. He didn’t have a very good outing on opening night, so everyone was on the edge of their seats. Thankfully, Park pitched really well. Girardi felt like Chamberlain needed some rest, and went with his gut. Chan Ho tossed 3 scoreless frames, and gave up only one hit. I didn’t think it was a smart move for Joe to send him out for a third inning, but it all worked out so I won’t complain. If Park imploded in that inning, you would have seen some major bashing by the media and fans. Let’s not forget that he had a rested David Robertson in the bullpen as well. Park picked up the win, moving his season record to (W, 1-1). Mariano Rivera got the ball in the 10th inning, shutting down the Red Sox 1-2-3 and picked up his second save of the season (S, 2).

The Offense:

Nick Swisher went 1-for-4 on the game and picked up an RBI. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. (Single, Home Run) In the top of the 10th inning, Granderson went yard off of Jonathan Papelbon to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. In that same inning, Mark Teixeira (who still doesn’t have a hit on the season) hit a chopper to short, which allowed Brett Gardner to cross the plate and gave the team an insurance run.

Final Score: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 

The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow. The ball club will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The game is slated to start at 7:10PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. (more…)

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