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Anthony J. Causi / New York Post

Andy Pettitte will be out for about 4-5 weeks with a Grade 1 left groin strain. Sergio Mitre will replace him in the starting rotation for the time being, and will make his first start on Saturday against the Royals.

When Andy is officially placed on the disabled list, the organization will activate Jonathan Albaladejo. Albaladejo’s numbers at Triple-A Scranton this season: (W-L, 2-1) 0.96ERA 31 Saves.

Update: 3:17PM ET: From Mark Feinsand: “The Yankees have officially placed Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and recalled Jonathan Albaladejo from Triple-A Scranton.”

 

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  Adam Dunn #44 Of The Washington Nationals HitsWith the non-waiver trade deadline now only two weeks away, this seems an opportune time to look at some of the current rumors surrounding the Yankees. Below are the players most recently linked to the Yankees by various sources, including MLB Trade Rumors, River Avenue Blues, ESPN and FOX Sports. I’ve included some personal thoughts on whether I think the player would help or hurt the drive for 28. By the way, I suspect that with AJ Burnett‘s tantrum yesterday and Andy Pettite‘s injury meaning he’s likely lost for at least a month, this list will be changing rapidly.

Adam Dunn (1B/OF, Washington Nationals): Easily the most controversial player on the board, but it may be a moot point. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is pretty much asking for the moon for a guy that would essentially be a rental, since his contract ends this season. What Dunn brings is home runs and a lefty bat, but that’s about it. The guy runs as well as a fire hydrant and strikes out at a seemingly impossible pace (he owns three of the top five strikeout totals in ML history). And forget about that “1B/OF” designation; the only position he can field adequately is Hot Dog Stand. The reality is, Dunn is this generation’s version of Dave Kingman. Still, the Yankees can pencil him in as DH, hit him 7th or 8th in the order and learn to live with his all-or-nothing approach. Only thing is, Dunn has made it abundantly clear he doesn’t want to DH. That stance would pose a real headache for Joe Girardi. Opinion: Skip him. A one-dimensional player with the ability to turn into a clubhouse cancer isn’t what the team needs and besides, the asking price is likely outrageous.

Joakim Soria (RHP, Kansas City Royals): If you can pry him loose, this one may be a no-brainer. Soria is currently the closer for yet another woeful Royals team and possesses a 93mph cutter and devastating change. (Remind you of anyone currently on the roster?) Unusual for a closer, he also features two other secondary pitches – a sharp breaking slider and a curve. He’s only 26 and under team control for another two seasons after this one. He not only fits as a terrific 8th inning guy, but projects as Mariano Rivera‘s heir apparent. (Hey, he is 25 for 27 in save opportunities for a horrible team). The problem is with prying him away from KC – they are likely to ask for half the roster from Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Still, it might be doable. KC is well stocked at catcher, 3B and 1B and would likely want outfield and/or pitching help. Opinion: If he can be had for anything less than Jesus Montero or Austin Romine, Brian Cashman needs his head examined if doesn’t trade for him.

Wes Helms (3B/1B, Florida Marlins): I have to admit this one has me scratching my head. Yes, he can play third and the Yankees have spent all season looking for a suitable backup for Alex Rodriguez. But the guy is hitting .243 this year with a .690 OPS. While those numbers do represent an upgrade from Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo, it isn’t by an overwhelming amount. Helms is 36, has been declining for the past few years and would represent a rental – his contract expires at the end of the season. Bringing Helms aboard would also mean wasting a roster spot for a guy to back up third base – the Yankees can play either Nick Swisher or (gulp) Marcus Thames at first, if needed. Opinion: skip him. He doesn’t offer enough versatility to be a bench player on this team.

Leo Nunez (RHP, Florida Marlins): Nunez is an interesting player. Over the past 1 ½ seasons, he’s racked up 47 saves for the Marlins. Prior to that, he pitched to a 1.4 WHIP and 4.92 ERA in 106 appearances for the Royals. He features a plus fastball but can be a bit wild at times. In other words, he represents more upside than most of the relievers on the trade market, but is still somewhat typical of why trading for relievers can be a roll of the dice. If he winds up in the Yankee pen, does he replicate his Marlins numbers? Or does he revert to his KC form? If the former, he would easily be the 8th inning guy for Joe Girardi. If not, then the Yankees have an older version of Joba Chamberlain on their hands. Since at this point the Marlins aren’t conceding the NL East, you have to wonder why they would put their closer on the market. Opinion: Nunez could be a good play for the Yankees, provided the asking price isn’t too high. If he can be had for, say, Jonathon Albaladejo, I say make the trade.

Cody Ross (CF/RF/LF, Florida Marlins): So, how much would you pay for a 29 year old outfielder who is not exactly known for plate discipline, but has shown some power in the past and is having down season? Ross would essentially replace Thames on the Yankees roster and despite his down year, represents a significant upgrade over the incumbent. While he will never be mistaken for Willie Mays, Ross isn’t a defensive liability, having played a slightly better than major league average OF, regardless of which position he’s slotted. I would imagine of particular interest to the Yankees is Ross’ career .950 OPS against left-handed pitching, since he most likely would slot into a semi-platoon with Curtis Granderson. I can also understand the Marlins wanting to move Ross; they’ve had a logjam in the outfield ever since they recalled Mike Stanton. Opinion: Getting Ross would be a good move for Brain Cashman, but getting the Marlins to agree on a price could prove difficult. They still view him as a starter while the Yankees would use him as part-timer. Could a Nunez/Ross deal be swung for Albaledejo, Reegie Corona, Zach McAllister and another low-minors prospect? That would be worthwhile, I think.

Well, there’s my take on the rumors as of Sunday afternoon. As always, your feedback is welcome – let me know if you agree or disagree!

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As you guys already know, Andy Pettitte will be out for about 4-5 weeks with a Grade 1 strain in his left groin. Sergio Mitre will replace Pettitte in the rotation for the time being, and will start on Saturday. When Andy gets placed on the disabled list today, Jonathan Albaladejo will be activated. His numbers with Triple-A Scranton: (W-L, 2-1) 0.96 ERA 31 SV.

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Yankees vs. Future Stars

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Javier Vazquez vs RHP Jonathan Albaladejo

Lineups

Yankees: Jeter SS, Posada C, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher DH, Granderson CF, Winn RF, Gardner LF

Future Stars: Heathcott CF, Joseph 3B, Montero C, Adams 2B, Murphy DH, Curtis LF, Suttle 1B, Nunez SS, Mesa RF (more…)

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In part two of our look back at Brian Cashman’s track record since gaining autonomy over baseball operations, we take a look at what has happened under his hand between October 2007 and October 2008. Part one can be read here and post two can be read here.

Signings and Re-Signings

Re-signed Jorge Posada to a 4 yr/$52.4 million deal.

Re-signed Mariano Rivera to a 3 year/$45 million deal.

Re-signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10 year/$275 deal.

Signed Robinson Cano to a 4 year/$30 million deal.

Exercised 2008 club option on Bobby Abreu.

Signed LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year contract.

Signed Jose Molina to a two-year contract.

Signed Wilson Betemit to a one-year contract.

Signed IF Billy Crystal to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. (more…)

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     The cover story of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated is Alex Rodriguez. No surprise at all. The magazine hits newsstands now. The printed story is an extended piece of the origional article released this past week. This story won’t die for a long time. It will even last for years after Alex is retired. When you are a such a big star…on the biggest stage in the world..you are going to get this kind of attention. I think I might need to go get a copy of SI, even though it’s a really sad story. It’s one of the biggest stories in my lifetime.

     I am getting sick and tired of all these A-Rod stories. I mean..I have seen the name “A-Rod” everywhere I go. Let’s not forget that the Yankees are a team, and not an individual player. I rather talk about the Yankees winning the 2009 World Series. That’s what it will all be about when it’s all said and done at the end of the year. It’s time we get back to business.

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The Many (Awkward) Faces Of Alex Rodriguez / Congress to leave A-Rod alone

Angels and Abreu agree to one-year deal / A-Rod is talk of MLB after admission

Experts see body of lies with A-Rod / Girardi: Now is a time to shine

Bruney, Albaladejo and Posada / Wednesday’s A-Rod Opinions

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