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$alary dump. Yanks trade Headley and Mitchell to SD.

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The Yankees created more salary cap space by trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to SD for OF Jabari Blash.

Blash, 28, a righty bat, has played in 99 MLB games, going .200-8-21, OPS+ 79. Don’t expect him in the bigs as he is behind Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury, not to mention Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney.

This was a move to free up $$. Headley hit .273-12-61 with the Yanks in 2017, OPS + 100 (league average). In three full and another part of a fourth year with the Yanks, his OPS+ was 96, a tick below league average. In the last four years, he’s averaged .257-12-56, OPS+ 95, a tick below league average.

Now that the Yanks have dealt Castro and Headley, there are holes at 2B and 3B. Do the Yankees now bring back Todd Frazier?

Or do they take the $$ saved in dealing Castro and Headley and use it all on pitching?

They can go strictly “Minimum Wage” and use Gleyber Torres at 2B and Miguel Andujar at 3B. Two rookies, if they don’t want to go after Todd Frazier.

Rumors are they are kicking the tires on Manny Machado. I don’t see it happening. Machado is a free agent after 2018 and could cost a boatload of prospects. It’s also rumored he wants to leave 3B and go back to SS. That isn’t happening with the Yankees, not with Didi at SS.

But something is brewing. Whether it be 3B, 2B or a starting pitcher. More moves are coming.

The Yanks are said to be interested in the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer (2016 ROY), Partick Corbin of Arizona and Danny Duffy of KC, in addition to the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.

CC, of course could be coming back, too.

As for Bryan Mitchell, I had a gut feeling he would be dealt this offseason and I feel the same way about Luis Cessa. There are just younger players with greater upside who are passing these guys by. In 48 games as a Yankee, Mitchell was 2-6, 4.94.

 

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Ohtani turns down Yanks.

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Shohei Ohtani has told the Yanks not to bother sending out a contingent to meet with him face to face.

Apparently he wants a small market, West Coast team.

You can presume that eliminates the Dodgers and Angels as well. I am thinking Seattle, here.

Hey, it is a loss, but if someone doesn’t want to play in NY, then don’t pursue him. No more Randy Johnson’s here, OK?

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you feel you can’t handle NY, then best the Yankees NOT sign you.

Granted, he is a talent, but….

So the Yankees move on. No Ohtani. So as far as filling out the rotation goes, there are still options.

Re-sign CC to a 1-yr. deal (he is 38 next summer). NO to a 2-yr. deal.

Sign Alex Cobb.

Sign Lance Lynn.

Sign none of the above and trust that Chance Adams is ready.

I hear about Bryan Mitchell as a #5 starter. I just don’t have faith in that, and think Mitchell will be moved. Just a gut feeling. I also don’t have faith in Luis Cessa there.

But a disappointment. But now to move on and fill out the rotation.

I don’t see Darvish or Arrietta. The Yanks want to get under the cap. Darvish and Arrietta won’t help them do that.

 

 

Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

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Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.

Game 117. The Aaron’s (Hicks & Judge) and the Kraken power Yanks, 4-2.

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Home runs by the Aaron’s (no, not Henry or Tommy) Hicks and Judge and another by Gary (the Kraken) Sanchez powered the Yanks to a 4-2 subway series win over the Mets Monday night.

I was worried about Luis Cessa starting. He pitched half decently tonight but didn’t provide length (see below…injury). There are times I and others wondered “why Cessa again? Why not bring up Chance Adams?” Cessa does appear better suited for middle relief than a starting role. His numbers seem to back that up.

Now to bring up Adams, the Yanks would have to put him on the 40-man and take someone off. Girardi thinks Adams, despite his fine record in the minors (13-3, 1.96 AA/AAA this year), isn’t ready yet. He may or may not have to be ready now, because Cessa got hurt tonight. I know I, and a lot of the fan base, would like to see the kid. And see him over Cessa, no offense to Cessa. With Cessa’s injury, do we now see Adams?

Cessa left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia apparently tried pitching today and may or may not be ready on Saturday. So he’d fit right back in line if he was ready.

Cessa gave up HRs in the third to both ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson and to Yoenis Cespedes to put the Mets up 2-0.

In the fourth, Sanchez hit a SF to cut the lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge tied the game with HR #36 in the sixth. The strikeouts did continue, but maybe this HR gets him going again.

With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got HRs from Aaron Hicks (12) and Gary Sanchez (20) to put the game away, 4-2.

For all three, it was their 40th career HR. All three got it in the same game.

Cessa 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.75
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.95. Been great all year.
Robertson (W, 6-2, 2.30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Some further notes. The Yanks may want to bring up someone like Donovan Solano and send Tyler Wade down? Castro will be starting rehab soon and should be back soon, and they need him. Wade, 22, has done well at SWB but is down to .120 and really looks overmatched so far in the majors.

The slump of Judge and the slump of Holliday, combined with the DL stints for Holliday and Castro have really hurt the lineup. 3 homers today helped win the game, but the Yanks will have to be good at playing littleball until some players come back, be it Bird, Holliday and/or Castro.

The win, puts the Yanks at 62-55. With Boston losing, they are now 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They retain the top wild card spot.

 

Minor League Report. Hicks HRs on rehab, Tampa K’s 25.

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AAA: SWB (75-41) won 2-1. CF Mason Williams, RF Jake Cave (.358) & SS Cito Culver had 2 hits each. Rehabbing 1B Tyler Austin 1 for 3 with a walk and run scored. I don’t know if Cessa got hurt, or what.

Cessa 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 5 K. 3.45
Cortes 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.17
Gallegos (W, 4-1, 1.69) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.87

AA: Trenton (76-38) lost 5-4. Rehabbing DH Aaron Hicks 2-run HR. LF Zack Zehner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 doubles. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits.

Carter 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.67
Schwaab 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.66
Coshow (L, 2-4, 3.91) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

High A: Tampa (69-46) won 2-1 in 14 innings, Tampa pitchers K’d 25. 2B Kyle Holder GW hit. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Keller 6 IP, 1 R, unearned, 6 H, 1 W, 11 K. 2.86
Pena 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.72.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.09
Tarpley (W, 5-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston (62-53) lost 3-0. C Ryan Lidge 2 of Charleston’s 3 hits.

Nelson (L, 2-9, 4.74) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K.
DeCarr 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.07

Minor League Report. Austin hits walk-off 2-run HR.

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AAA: SWB (70-41) won 3-1 on a walk-off 2-run HR by DH Tyler Austin in his second game of rehab. He was 1 for 4. CF Aaron Hicks, also on rehab, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. 3B Miguel Andujar had 3 hits and an RBI. C Wilkin Castillo had 2 hits.

Cessa 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. 3.55
Holder (BS, 1) 2 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Heller (W, 4-3, 3.00) 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

AA: Trenton (74-36) won 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 3 hits, solo HR. DH Ryan McBroom 3 hits, RBI. 2B Nick Solak, 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. and LF Zack Zehner each had 2 hits.

Carter (W, 2-0, 2.19) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Cortes (H, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.60
Brewer (S, 8) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.41

High A: Tampa (65-45) won 9-4. 1B Tim Lynch 3 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. SS Kyle Holder and DH Chris Gittens each had 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits LF Trey Amburgey.

Keller (W, 3-2, 3.32) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR
Lane 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.50
Harvey 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.65

Low A: Charleston (59-51) Lost 3-2.

Rony Garcia (L, 0-2, 1.80) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harris 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.78
Sosebee 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.10

Game 105. Tigers edge Yanks, 4-3.

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CC Sabathia gave up a 3-run HR in the second inning, a solo HR in the third, and Detroit held on to beat the Yankees 4-3 on Tuesday night.

All the Yankees’ runs came via Didi Gregorius. He hit a 2-run HR (17) in the fourth, and had an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The loss drops the 57-48 Yankees out of first place in the AL East. They are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

Wednesday’s game is an afternoon game.

Aaron Judge’s slump continues. Since the 4th of July, Judge is .192-6-12, with 34 strikeouts in 78 at bats. It has dropped his batting average from .329 to .299. Hopefully he adjusts and gets his second wind soon.

Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday each had two hits.

Sabathia (L, 9-4, 3.81) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.97
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.68

Brett Gardner threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth.

Cessa was sent down for Holder recently, and Holder and Cooper were then sent down to make room for Gray and Garcia.