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Yanks trade Prado and Phelps to Marlins

When the Yanks re-signed Chase Headley, it appeared their infield was set. Teixeira at first, Prado at second, Gregorious/Ryan at SS and Headley at 3B.

Not so fast.

On Friday, the Yanks traded Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to the Miami Marlins.

Prado was picked up by the Yanks in mid-season of 2014, and hit .316-7-16 in 37 games. Phelps went 5-5, 4.38 as a spot starter/long reliever in 2014.

In return, the Yanks got the following:

RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 24, who went 6-14, 4.37 (ERA+ 87) in 2014 for the Marlins. For his career, he is 15-35, 4.07, ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average is 6-15, 4.07. Not impressive, but he throws 96, is young and is a project for pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Upside is there, will he reach it? As of now, the Yanks #4 starter (when Nova returns, he’ll probably drop to #5, behind Nova. As of now, Capuano is the #5).

1b/of Garrett Jones, .246-15-53 in 2014 for the Marlins. OPS+ 98. Lefty hitter, and 33 years old. Can fill in at 1B for Teix, RF for Beltran or DH for A-Rod. 162 game average: .253-22-73, OPS+ 108. Has pop for the porch. Spent 2009-2013 with the Pirates. Has hit 20+HR 3x in his career, 15 or more each season 2009-2014.

Prospect Domingo German, 22, RHP. 9-3, 2.48 in A ball in 2014. 20-10, 2.33 in his minor league career.

It was thought that Prado would be the Yanks’ 3B in 2014, then 2B when Headley re-signed. His versatility (he can also play corner OF) will be missed. As for Phelps, it appears the Yanks like Eovaldi’s upside and experience over Phelps as far as a rotation spot is concerned.

Unless a deal is made, it looks like the second base job will be up for grabs between two rookies. They are:

Jose Pirela, 25, righty bat. Hit 8 for 24 (.333, with one double and two triples) in seven games with the Yanks last year after hitting .305-10-60 with 15 SB at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rob Refsnyder, 23, righty bat who spent 2014 between AA/AAA, hitting a combined .318-14-63.

Refsnyder, a converted OF, is said to have a MLB-ready bat, but it’s his defense that scouts are questioning.

With Digregorious (24) at SS, one of the two listed above (Pirela/Refsnyder) at 2B, and Eovaldi as a #4 starter, it appears that even though none have done much, if anything, in the majors yet, that the Yanks are focusing on youth with potential upside. I do see, on other blogs, some complaining about their stats so far in their careers. It should be stated to these people to look at the ages. If (and yes, if is a big word) they reach potential (and potential means you haven’t done it yet), the Yanks have some players under team control financially whose best years are AHEAD of them, rather than (as they have often done) have players NOT under team control who are costing too much money whose best years are BEHIND them (Beltran, A-Rod, CC, Teixeira….).

In another move, the Yanks DFA’d Preston Claiborne, RHP, 26, who went 3-0, 3.00 for the Yanks last year when they gave cash considerations to the Mets for RHP Gonzalez Germen. Germen went 0-0, 4.75 for the Mets in 2014 and is 27 years old.  He is 1-2, 4.31 (ERA+ 83) in 54 MLB games.






The minors.

I’m heading away for the weekend so no reports for a couple of days.

AAA: SWB lost 5-1, getting just three hits. HR SS Carmen Angelini.

AA: Trenton won 3-0. Jaron Long, son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin Long, pitched 8 shutout innings. He is 6-1, 2.54 at AA this year, 11-4, 2.25 overall between Low A, High A and AA. He is a 22 yr. old righty. DH Rob Segedin 3 h, triple, rbi. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, rbi, same with SS Ali Castillo. Two others with two hits each.

High A: Tampa won 10-6. 1B Rey Nunez 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 4 rbi. LF Ericson Leonora solo HR. C Trent Garrison 2 rbi. DH Mike Ford and CF Mark Payton each had 2 hits, rbi. Aaron Judge 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 12-0. SS Abiatal Avelino and 2B Tyler Wade with solo HR, Wade had 3 hits. 1B Bubba Jones with 2 doubles, 2 rbi. RF Yeicok Calderon 2 hits, rbi.

Yankees sign Diaz to minor league deal

The Yankees signed Matt Diaz to a minor league deal. If he makes the big league squad, it’s worth $1.2 MM + incentives. As of now, it looks like Diaz will be the righty-hitting OF.

Diaz will be 35 next spring. He is a .291 career hitter, OPS+ 104. Last season he hit .222-2-13 in just 108 AB. He is a .324 hitter vs. lefties. He’s mostly a corner OF (mostly LF). His 162 g. average is .291-10-50.

It appears that he’d be strictly a corner OF vs. lefty pitching.

On a sad note, ex-Yankees OF Andruw Jones (434 career HR, ex-Brave and Dodger as well), was arrested for domestic battery yesterday. A few weeks ago, Jones signed on to play in Japan.

D.J. Mitchell, who the Yanks lost in the Ichiro deal, was DFA’d by Seattle.

Slow time.

Well, there hasn’t been many posts lately for a number of reasons.

1) the season is over and we see what happens with trades/free agents.

2) Hurricane Sandy knocked my power off for 22 hours. I’m lucky. Many didn’t get power for many more days.

3) I’ve been busy. 48 hours of work this past week and 48 next. 40 Thanksgiving week and I’m not working on the holiday. 50 hour weeks the two weeks after T-Giving.

So we await on the major awards from MLB. So far, Cano and Teix got the GG, Cano and Jeter SS awards.

I don’t know what the Yanks will do yet with their free agents. They did give some qualifying offers (rejected) to Kuroda, Swish and Soriano. I expect Swish and Soriano to be gone. Kuroda is a question mark.

Martin is a free agent. I wouldn’t mind a 2-yr. deal for him, but remember, he only hit .211 last year (with 21 HR). Romine needs a full year at AAA, something his back injury prevented him from last year. So 2013 AAA, maybe 2014 back up Martin. If so, who is the backup? If Stewart, then best to trade Cervelli and see what you can get for him. Sanchez is on the come, so you don’t even know if Romine is the future. Sanchez is a few years away.

SS/3B is a problem. Jeter is 39 next June, and coming off a broken ankle. He had just 9 sb this year, his range is in question and now a broken ankle. I’d love to see Nunez figure more in the lineup for the 35-40 SB potential he brings, but where to put his horrendous defense? And A-Rod looks like a fading star. 38 next July. Do you really want a left side of the infield that has a 39 year old SS and 38 year old 3B? Guess what. You are stuck with it.

Do you bring back Kuroda and Pettitte? One will be 38 next year, the other 41 next June. Then there is Mo. He threw 25 pitches off a mound for a commercial. Good sign, but he will be 43 in a few weeks. Ibanez is on the block. 41 next year. Jones 35. Chavez 35. Who comes back?

This team MUST get younger.

Meanwhile, Toronto mgr. Farrell goes to Boston. Toronto is looking. One-time A’s SS Walt Weiss is now the Rockies’ mgr. Mark McGwire leaves St. Louis to become the Dodgers’ new hitting coach.

The Mets and Jason Bay reach an amicable divorce. That didn’t work out.

College Football: Darrell Royal died at age 88. He won 3 national titles for Texas in the 1960’s (although, as a PSU grad, I’ll dispute that 1969 one).

Lee MacPhail, who was the Yanks’ GM in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, died at the age of 95. His dad (Larry) owned the Yanks for a brief time (1945-1947). Lee later became the A.L. President and it was he who made the Pine tar ruling.

The Yanks are thinking of flip-flopping Granderson and Gardner, moving the Grandy Man to LF. If they bring Ichiro (39) back for RF, they’ll have a speedy and good defensive OF, but having Ichiro AND Gardner cuts into your power.

If Torii Hunter really wants $20 mil over 2 years, count the Yanks out. He is 37 so it wouldn’t fit the “getting younger” plan.

I worry about next year. Too much age.

As for 6-4 PSU, I’m happy with the job Bill O’Brien has done. It’ll get much harder after this year. I see an offense that has come out of the stone age. Under very difficult circumstances, he has done a good job.

A strange year. My faves are Rivera and Polamalu (Steelers fan) and between the two, I don’t get to see them on the field what with injuries. I’m happy the Steelers are 5-3. They should beat KC tomorrow night, they should reach the playoffs.

But anyone doubting the Texans needs to be aware of them. Houston is for real.

CC/Hammel tonight in Baltimore. Reds, Tigers go 1-up.

CC Sabathia takes on Jason Hammel tonight in Game 1 of the ALDS down in Baltimore. Andruw Jones has been left off the roster. In the other ALDS, the Tigers rode Justin Verlander to a 3-1 win over the A’s yesterday.

In the NLDS, the Reds went 1-up over the Giants with a 5-2 win. The Nationals are in St. Louis to open that NLDS series today.

Game 154. Logan can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 5-4.

When a pitcher enters a game and inherits runners, and those runners score, those runs are charged to the pitcher who put those runners on base.

Still, the reliever’s job is to strand those runners. Last night Boone Logan didn’t do that and the Yanks blew a 3-1 seventh-inning lead and lost 5-4.

With the loss, the Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity to increase their A.L. East lead to 2 1/2 over the Orioles. Baltimore lost 4-0 to Toronto. The Yanks’ lead remains 1 1/2 and the magic # was reduced to 7. Eight games remain.

In the first, Nick Swisher popped up with two on and two out. He made up for it in the fourth by hitting a 2-run HR. It was his 24th HR of the season.

Starter and losing pitcher Phil Hughes gave a run back in the bottom of the fourth.

Suzuki and Martin each were caught stealing in the game.

Martin hit a HR, #19, in the top of the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-1.

Hughes was pitching well at that point, having given up just one run, but he started off the seventh giving up a single and a walk.

That walk hurt. Hughes couldn’t put Chris Parmalee away, and it was a ten-pitch at bat.

A pop-up and single loaded the bases with one out. Hughes then got a huge K before turning the ball over to Logan.

You hoped Logan would get that one out, strand the runners and then the Yanks could go to Robertson and Soriano.

One stinking out.

Logan failed.

A WP made it 3-2. One strike away from getting out of it with the lead, Logan gave up a two-run double to Denard Span. 4-3 Twins. Then a walk and a Joe Mauer single made it 5-3 Twins.

Hughes deserved better. Instead he falls to 16-13, 4.10.

6 2/3, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Logan went 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 WP, 0 K. 3.83. You would like to charge those runs to him instead of Hughes but that’s baseball.

Derek Lowe 1 IP, 0 R, 0H, 0 walks and 0 K. Combined ERA (Cle/NYY) 5.26.

The Yanks got one in the 9th to cut it to 5-4. Long dormant Andruw Jones (.130 since July 18th) hit #14. Career HR #434 tied Juan Gonzalez on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3296 and now has a 19-game hitting streak.

Despite his 40 HR, Curtis Granderson’s batting average dropped to .229. He doesn’t run anymore. He has over 180 strikeouts. As I have stated before, when has he morphed into Adam Dunn?

Before the game, the Yanks activated long DL’d Brett Gardner and David Aardsma and DFA’d Justin Thomas and Steve Pearce.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today with CC on the hill.

Game 151. Slumping Ibanez awakens to fuel miracle comeback. Keeps Yanks up by 1.

Raul Ibanez was something like .191-5-22 since June 11th. He didn’t start today’s game, but hit two HR to fuel a miracle comeback that kept the Yanks up by one in the A.L. East with 11 games to play.

Ivan Nova started and was awful, lasting just 2 1/3 IP. He gave up 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.94. He gave up two in the top of the first. Three batters and three doubles in, it was 2-0 Oakland.

The Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the first as the red-hot Ichiro homered (#9) to cut it to 2-1. A-Rod walked, was balked to second and Cano tied it up with a single. A walk to Swish, and error (those killed the A’s today) and a walk to Jones made it 3-2 Yanks.

Seriously, how a pitcher could walk Jones right now is pathetic. Jones since 7/18 is .130-1-7.

An error and WP in the second led to a Yankees’ run. Thanks A’s. Another later helped the Yanks win the game.

Stephen Drew cut it to 4-3 with a HR in the 3rd. Clay Rapada replaced Nova with one out and the bases loaded. He got a DP.

But Rapada had trouble in the fourth. The A’s tied it up.

Rapada 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2K. 2.92.

It stood that way until the 5th, when Ibanez PH and hit a HR, #16. 5-4 Yanks.

Derek Lowe replaced Rapada. He did ok but Oakland tied it in the 7th.

2 2/3,  1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Combined ERA 5.29.

So it stayed until the 13th.

Logan 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.78.

Eppley got out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.56.

Joba had a great 9th. 1 IP, 0 R 0 H. 0 walks and 2 K. 5.19.

Freddy Garcia then came in as the Yanks needed some length. Who knew how long his would go? D-Rob and Soriano were both unavailable.

In the 11th, bases loaded and two out, Steve Pearce made a great lunging stab of a liner to save the Yanks two runs.

With two out and the bases loaded in the 12th, Jeter flied out. Derek had one hit today, #3292.

In the 13th, Garcia lost it. He’s good one time through the order, but that second time…  a single and back-to-back HR made it 8-5 A’s. Justin Thomas came in and made it 9-5 by giving up another HR. The Yanks looked dead.

Garcia 3 IP, 3 R 4 H 2 walks and 1 K. 5.30.

Thomas 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.43.

Three straight singles loaded the bases for the Yanks in the bottom of the 13th with no out. A WP made it 9-6 and a SF by Nunez made it 9-7.

Ibanez then tied it up with his second HR of the game. #17 made it 9-9.

Cory Wade had a 1-2-3 top of the 14th.

In the bottom half, Chavez singled and PR Melky Mesa was sac’d to second by Jeter. Had the game gone into the 15th, I wonder who would have played 1B. You would have had Martin C, Nunez 3B, Jeter SS, Cano 2B, Mesa ???, Suzuki LF, Granderson CF and Ibanez RF.

My guess is that Ibanez would have gone to 1B and Mesa to RF. Ibanez has played 136 games at 1B in his career.

After Ichiro was walked to get to A-Rod (Yes, Ichiro is that hot lately), A-Rod singled… but Mesa, making his MLB debut, missed the bag at third and instead of scoring, had to be held up.

A force at the plate followed. Mesa had the goat horns on.

But Nunez sliced one towards the line. 1B Brandon Moss booted it and the Yanks wound up with a 10-9, 14-inning win that kept them a game in front.

Wade, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 0 K got the win. 1-1, 6.34.

Ichiro and A-Rod each with 3 hits today. 3 H, 2 HR, and 3 RBI for Ibanez.