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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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Mets (39-29) at Yankees (42-25)

Pitching Matchup 

LHP C.C. Sabathia (7-3, 4.00) vs LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13)

Lineup 

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series on their own turf, as they are set to open up Subway Series: Part II against the New York Mets. These are the exact same pitching matchups they had when they first faced one another a few weeks ago. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43) vs LHP Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48)

Sat: RHP Phil Hughes (9-1, 3.11) vs RHP Mike Pelfrey (9-1, 2.39)

Sun: LHP C.C. Sabathia (7-3, 4.00) vs LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13)

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Yankees (26-17) at Mets (21-23)

Pitching Matchup

LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43) vs LHP Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cervelli C
Russo LF
Sabathia P (more…)

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The Yankees make a trip into Flushing tonight, as they will open up a three-game series against their crosstown rivals. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Javier Vazquez (2-4, 8.01) vs LHP Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 3.12)

Sat: RHP Phil Hughes (5-0, 2.25) vs RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-1, 3.02)

Sun: LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43) vs LHP Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72)

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As a part of ESPN’s end of decade ‘Best of Series’ they have been having, they have named Mariano Rivera as the most valuable pitcher of the 2000’s (Cy Young of the Decade, if you will). Mariano had some stiff competition in being named this award (See: Johan Santana, Roy Halladay, Greg Maddux, etc al), but all his competition had various reasons for not being named for this award (Injuries, Off Years, Not Playing all of the 2000s, etc al).

For Mariano, this is yet another accolade he is deservant of. While it is hard to quantify what Mariano has meant to the Yankees, Rebecca at Purist Bleeds Pinstripes tries to quantify how many wins Mariano has meant to the Yankees and does a damn good job and ESPN’s article does a damn good job as well. Enjoy ESPN’s article after the jump.

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