–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.
Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.
Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.
As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.
For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.
Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.
Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.
Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.
Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.
Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.
In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.
Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.
Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.
Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.
Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.
But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?
In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.
Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.
The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.
Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.
1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.
With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.
The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.
Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.