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Trade deadline. No major move done by the Yanks. Thoughts.

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The Yanks did not make a major move at the trade deadline.

They only made a minor one, trading rookie RHP Joe Harvey (1-0, 4.50 in nine games this year for the Yanks) to Colorado for LHP Alfredo Garcia. Per the NY Post: Garcia, 20, has pitched for Single-A Asheville and Boise this season. With the two teams, he’s combined for a 3-10 record and 6.00 ERA in 22 starts.

They apparently were looking at LHP Robbie Ray of Arizona but Arizona wanted OF Clint Frazier, RHP Clarke Schmidt (the Yanks’ #1 draft pick in 2017, who is now pitching at High A Tampa) and two other prospects. The Yanks thought that price was too steep.

Arizona did trade Zack Greinke to Houston (they made other moves as well). Now Houston is really scary with Justin Verlander, Greinke, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley.

Greinke never would have come to the Yankees. He has a no-trade to the Yanks, and with his problems with depression and anxiety early in his career (2005/2006) NY wouldn’t be right for him at all.

That is the situation at the trade deadline. Some teams are asking too much of you, like the teams that wanted Gleyber Torres for a pitcher that other teams say is an ace but you know they are middle to back end of the rotation caliber. And Torres shouldn’t be going anywhere. He is not even 23 yet, a 2x All-Star, and someone with 20+ HR in both of his seasons in the majors. Torres for Matthew Boyd of Detroit (6-8, 3.94 now, career 28-43, 4.82)? Please. Spare me.

Some players, like Greinke and Madison Bumgarner, have no-trade clauses. Whether Bumgarner would have waived his to go to the Yankees, who knows. But we also don’t know what SF would have wanted for him.

Some teams, like the Mets, won’t deal with the Yankees. I can see that with the Red Sox not dealing with the Yankees, but the Mets are in a different league. But the Mets have the fear of looking bad in a deal with the Yanks, and don’t want the Yanks to “take over the city” or is it “Citi”? LOL. But the Yankeephobia the Mets’ front office has hurts them if they are making trades with other teams and getting less return from them than in what the Yankees would give them for say, Wheeler or Syndegaard—and neither Wheeler or Syndegaard went anywhere.

So the Yankees don’t get a starter that could have helped them. No Minor, Bumgarner, Wheeler, Ray, Stroman, Boyd, Bauer, Roark, Leake, etc. Most, as I stated, don’t fall into the “ace” category.

They didn’t get relief help either. Shane Greene and Mark Melancon (both former Yankees, by the way) both went from their respective teams (Tigers and Giants) to the Braves.

By the way, ex-Yankee (twice) David Robertson, who went to the Phillies last offseason as a free agent, and who has barely pitched this year, is headed for elbow surgery that could include TJ surgery. If TJ (Tommy John) surgery, then he misses ALL of 2020.

So the Yankees have to hope some, or all of the following, get healthy enough to contribute soon: Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga and Dellin Betances. Loaisiga had a rehab stint (2 innings for AA Trenton last night). The others haven’t pitched yet in a game for any rehab assignment yet.

Either that or some pitchers need to pick up the slack and pitch better than they have so far this season (Happ/Paxton, even Tanaka).

I don’t know if I would call the Yanks’ efforts at the trade deadline here a failure. If you DO want to point any blame for not improving the rotation, I don’t think it is now, but things that happened BEFORE getting to this point.

For example, the free agent market. I didn’t mind bringing back Happ at the time (and that may be a mistake, given what he’s done this year and that he has a couple years left on the contract). But Happ wasn’t my first option. He was a fallback option. I think that the Yanks felt as I did. Getting Patrick Corbin being the top priority, with Happ as a fallback. But Corbin wanted more than the four years that the Yanks were offering, and got six from Washington where he is 9-5, 3.23. The Yanks sure could use that now.

Then there was Gio Gonzalez. The Yanks signed him at the end of spring training to a minor league deal, one that Gonzalez opted out of a few weeks later when it was obvious, at that time, that there was no place in the rotation for him. He is 2-1, 3.48 for Milwaukee right now.

Lastly, Dallas Keuchel. The Yanks wouldn’t go an extra mile to land him, lost him to the Braves, and Keuchel is 3-4, 3.86 right now.

Any of those three would not have cost players, just money. Now the question is why the Yankees were not more proactive towards those three? And that may not be the fault of Cashman, but of Hal Steinbrenner, who, let’s face it, is more frugal than his dad. Hal may have set a certain price that he wouldn’t allow Cashman to exceed, and if a deal then wasn’t made, the blame falls on Hal then, not Cashman.

If there is something to gripe about, I feel as if it isn’t because of what wasn’t done today at the trade deadline, but what wasn’t done BEFORE—namely, Corbin, Gonzalez and/or Keuchel. For those three have/had better potential and results than almost all of what was out there today.

One more thing. I wasn’t too keen this offseason about bringing back CC. He hasn’t been bad this year, but you are getting what you expected you’d get from a guy who just turned 39. Two trips to the injured list. Not much length in his starts. He has not recorded a “W” in more than a month. Yes, having him retire as a Yankee is nice. It’s his final season. But sentiment doesn’t win titles. You think with your head, not your heart.

Being a clubhouse presence and a great teammate is great. But you also have to do it between the lines, and of course, CC isn’t what he used to be.

So we hope now for help from within. Severino, Montgomery, Loaisiga, Betances. Maybe Deivi Garcia, but I doubt it. I’d be surprised. At 20, he probably needs a full season of AAA, so maybe 2021 for him (or late 2020?)

And after this season is over, don’t mess up on the free agent market. For example, Gerrit Cole of Houston, who the Yanks once drafted (he didn’t sign) and later coveted (traded by Pittsburgh to Houston because the Yanks wouldn’t give the Pirates Miguel Andujar) is a free agent after this season. He is 12-5. 2.94 for Houston now. He was 15-5, 2.88 for them last season. He struck out 276 last year and leads the majors with 212 strikeouts right now. Houston is one of your top competitors right now for AL supremacy. You can improve yourself and hurt Houston after this season in one move. Are you listening, Hal? Cash?

 

 

Yanks trade Greene, get SS

The Yanks traded Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers today, and in a 3-way deal, got back SS Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greene, a rookie last year, went 5-4, 3.78 (ERA+ 103) for the Yankees.

Gregorious is a lefty hitter who won’t turn 25 until February. He has basically platooned the past two seasons for the D-Backs, hitting .252-7-28, OPS+ 94 in 2013 in 103 games, and .226-6-27, OPS+ 81 this past season. He has played in less than 200 games in his career.

Gregorious’ 162 g. average is .243-11-48, OPS+ 88.

Offensively, it doesn’t appear to add much, but Gregorious has a good defensive reputation. Then again, he hasn’t turned 25 yet, so maybe his bat will pick up.

As a cost move, Gregorious is under team control (and with some of the Yanks’ big contracts, this is important) through 2019.

In other news, a Veterans Committee will be choosing from some 1950s-1970s players for the HOF on Monday. These are players who were very good, but weren’t voted in by the writers. Some names are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Reds GM Bob Howsam.

Dale Scott, umpire, came out as gay. It’ll may be interesting to see how boo-birds react from the stands next year, if at all.

Game 158. Farewells forthcoming as Yanks are eliminated, 9-5

Cue Sinatra. “… and now, the end is near…”

The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon. Tonight’s (Thursday) game vs. Baltimore will be the final home game of Derek Jeter’s career. It also will probably be the final game of Hiroki Kuroda’s career, and probably the final game for Ichiro Suzuki as a Yankee in Yankee Stadium. As for David Robertson, who knows?

(Trivia: the Yanks, despite 27 World Series Championships, have never won a WS in a year ending in a 4 or 5).

Jeter, of course, is retiring at the end of the year and tonight will be the Yankees’ last home game of 2014. Ichiro most likely will not be a Yankee in 2015 and with him turning 41, you wonder who’d pick him up. Kuroda, 39, may be retiring.

One big question is when tonight’s game would start, and if it will start or be rained out. You know the Yanks will do everything in their power to play the game, for it is Jeter’s home farewell. Rain is in the forecast all day, and the question is, when will it be over. There is a chance tonight’s game starts after a delay.

As for yesterday, Shane Greene took a 3-0 lead into the third inning, but the O’s knocked him out of the box in the fourth with six runs on their way to defeating the Yanks 9-5.

The Yanks had scored a run in the first on a Teixeira double, another in the second on a Drew HR (overall 7), and one in the third on a Headley HR (overall 13).

Greene (L, 5-4, 3.78) went 3 2/3, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.

Huff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.36 (1.85 as NYY).

Whitley 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.38.

Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.42.

Claiborne 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.05.

The O’s got 3 in the eighth to make it 9-3, and Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (22, 363 career) in the bottom of the 8th to bring the Yanks to 9-5, the final score.

Tonight should be dramatic. The ovation(s) for Jeter should be huge. You wonder if and how Jeter will show his emotions.

It will be less so for Kuroda and Ichiro, but it could be their home Yankee farewells as well.

And what about David Robertson, who is a free agent after the year? Is this is last home game as a Yankee as well?

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the loss, keeping his total hit total at 3461. His average dropped to .253. (.309 career)

The loss dropped the Yanks to 81-77 and into a second-place tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

Game 152. Jeter HRs in Yanks 3-2 win.

Derek Jeter hit his first (and only?) Yankee Stadium HR of the year tonight in the Yankees 3-2 win over Toronto.

You wonder, with only 10 games left in Jeter’s final season, if career HR #260 will be his last. He had two hits to move his career total up to 3453.

The Yanks won in the bottom of the 9th on an error.

The Yanks broke a scoreless tie in the fifth on a Drew double, and Jeter’s fourth HR of the year made it 2-0 in the sixth.

But Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run HR to Jose Bautista in the 8th to spoil Shane Greene’s bid for a win.

In the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young singled, Antoan Richardson PR and stole second and Brett Gardner bunted Richardson to third. Chase Headley hit a grounder through the legs of 1B Adam Lind and Richardson scored to win the game for the Yanks.

With the win, the Yanks improved to 78-74 and surpassed the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. With ten games to go, they are five out of the final wild card spot.

Greene went 6 2/3, 0 r, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. ERA a superb 3.24. An excellent rookie campaign.

Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 1.33.

Kelley 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.47. I’m not sold on him. An ERA of 4.47 is way too high for a late innings reliever.

David Robertson  (W, 3-5, 2.83) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Game 147. Double steal highlights Yanks’ 3-2 win.

The Yanks executed a double steal, with Chris Young stealing home on the play, and that run was the deciding run in a 3-2 Yankees win on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Brian McCann homered with one out in the top of the second. Mark Teixeira then walked, and Young doubled him to third. Antoan Richardson singled in a run and after Zelous Wheeler struck out, Young and Richardson executed their double steal.

The Orioles scored single runs in the third and sixth, but the Yanks held on to win 3-2.

Shane Greene (W, 5-3, 3.56) went 5 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 9 K.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Overall ERA 4.71.
Josh Outman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 2.93.
Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.07
David Robertson (36th saves) 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.64.

The Yanks stay in 3rd place in the AL East, 76-71, one game behind second-place Toronto. (They are 11 1/2 behind first-place Baltimore with 15 to play). As for that final playoff spot, they are five out with 15 to go.

Derek Jeter is 0 for his last 20. His 0 for 3 Saturday dropped his batting average to .251. He is stuck on 3450 hits. Since August 2nd, he has dropped 27 points off the batting average and is hitting .177 since then. It’s tough to see. Hopefully the Captain has a couple of multi-hit games left in him. There are just two weeks left in his career. The batting average is low enough (almost 60 points below his career batting average of .310), and you’d hate to see it get below .250.

Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira is down to .217.

Game 141. Jeter Day marred by 2-0 loss.

I was up for Derek Jeter Day yesterday at the Stadium (I was hoping they’d retire #2 right away, but that didn’t happen. Why waste another sold-out crowd?) and while the ceremony was great, the day wasn’t, because the Yanks lost 2-0 on two unearned runs. This shutout loss—on unearned runs, no less—not even 48 hours after the Yanks lost on Friday night 1-0 on an unearned run.

Getting in was a pain in the butt. Security could have done a better job letting people in, and they should have opened the gates earlier.

The Yanks have flags with Jeter’s #2 flying all around Yankee Stadium for the end of the year. Joel Sherman of the NY Post remarked that considering the Yanks’ playoff chances (and their offense, I might add), they should be flying at half-staff.

The Yanks are also wearing a commerative patch on their uniform and cap honoring Derek for the rest of the year.

Before the game, Derek made a nice speech and got some nice gifts. Among the dignitaries to honor him were Torre, Rivera, Bernie, Cone, O’Neill, Tino, Matsui (who always gets a huge hand—he is beloved), Posada, Michael Jordan, Harold Reynolds, Cal Ripken, Jr., Dave Winfield, Reggie, … Pettitte was missing due to a family commitment. Jeter even got hit #3450 during the game—one of only four hits the Yanks got. There were video tributes by various people as well, including former teammates and coaches on other teams such as Cano, Swisher, Granderson and Hughes, as well as by his own teammates and coaches.

But the Yanks couldn’t score and errors by starter Shane Greene and RF Carlos Beltran gave KC all they would need.

KC got a run in the second, unearned because of an error by Greene. They got another unearned run in the third due to Beltran’s error, and that was all she wrote.

Greene went 5 (L, 4-3, 3.57). 2 R, both unearned, 5 H, 3 walks and 4 K. He did struggle and his pitch count after five innings was 90.

Adam Warren went 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.15.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.24.

Josh Outman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.20.

Esmiel Rogers finished. 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.81.

The loss puts the Yanks at 73-68. They have 21 games left and are off today. They are 9 1/2 back of Baltimore, in 2nd place in the AL East but just 1/2 game ahead of third-place Toronto. As for the final wild-card spot, they are 4 1/2 out but must jump over three teams (Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland) to grab it.

 

Game 136. Yanks lose 3rd straight, 9-4.

Things aren’t looking good. The Yanks lost their third straight game, 9-4. Shane Greene didn’t have it, getting knocked out in the third inning.

The loss puts the Yanks at 70-66, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore in the division. The Yanks are still in second place, but are five out of the final wild card spot with just 26 games left.

The Yanks announced that starting on Sunday, they will be wearing a logo on their caps and uniforms honoring Derek Jeter. Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like Jeter’s last season will be like Pettitte’s and Rivera’s—one with no postseason.

Greene went 2 2/3, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K in falling to 4-2, 3.88. The Yanks were down 6-0 after just 2 1/2 innings and couldn’t battle back.

You probably thought you’d never see Brett Gardner hitting third, but that is where he was in the lineup last night. He struck out three times and was ejected after the third strikeout when he vehemently argued the call.

Esmiel Rogers 1 2/3, 1 R, 3 h, 1 walk, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.11.

Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Overall ERA 3.00.

Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.29.

Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.71.

Chaz Roe made his Yankees’ debut. 1 IP, 2 R (1 unearned), 2 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

Martin Prado (10th overall) and Brian McCann (16) homered for the Yanks.

Derek Jeter got hit #3446 of his career.

Chris Young made his Yankees’ debut.

Update: Added to roster: C-JR Murphy. OF-C.Young, A.Richardson. P-R.Hill, C.Roe, B.Mitchell, P.Claiborne, C.Whitley,; Daley released, Almonte DFA’d. Prado injured a hammy in last night’s game.