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Game 104. Yanks hit 4 HR in 7-2 win. Trade deadline is today. What more moves are coming?

Today is the trade deadline. We’ll see what other moves will be made (like the Yanks unloading Joey Gallo. It would be a shock if it doesn’t happen). We also have to see what moves will be made to squeeze yesterday’s Yankee acquisitions onto the roster.

A few moves were made already. Miguel Castro and Luis Severino were moved to the 60-day IL, meaning neither would be available until mid-September, if at all. Clarke Schmidt was sent back to AAA. I really feel badly for Schmidt, who has a 4-2, 2.40 ERA (ERA+ 161) this season. Carlos Espinal was brought up but will most likely be sent back when Scott Effross arrives.

As for who goes down when Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino get here, that I need to see. Last night’s starter, Domingo German, may be set down. As far as who goes down for Trivino, that is a tough call. I don’t see Marinaccio going down, but it could happen. He has options, and that would be tough. Marinaccio is 1-0, 2.16, ERA+ 180. Maybe Abreu is DFA’d? But Abreu has done well since the Yanks have picked him up (2-0, 1.06 ERA as a Yankee). It will be a tough call. Maybe someone gets dealt to make room. And when Stanton gets healthy, that is another move to be made (and I think dumping Gallo is that move). GM Brian Cashman has some “chess moves” to make.

The Yanks became the first team to 70 wins (70-34) by beating Seattle last night, 7-2. The Yanks hit four HR in the game, two by (wait for it…) Jose Trevino (you thought I’d say Aaron Judge, didn’t you? Judge did hit one).

The Yanks wasted no time in getting on the board. D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a single, then Judge doubled. Anthony Rizzo followed with a 3-run HR (26) and the Yanks were up 3-0.

German went five innings and got the win, but it wasn’t pretty. He put nine runners on base in his five innings, an average of almost two an inning. In the top of the second, he gave up a HR to Kyle Lewis and the score was 3-1.

The Yanks got two more runs in the bottom of the second. LeMahieu walked with two out, and Judge followed with his 43rd HR of the season to put the Yanks up 5-1.

German got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third but gave up a run in the fourth that cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-2. He would get the first two outs of an inning, then put a few runners on before getting that elusive third out.

Jose Trevino homered in the bottom of the fourth (8) then homered again in the bottom of the eighth (9) for the final score of 7-2. Four Yankees’ relievers combined for four shutout innings.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (43)
Rizzo 3-run HR (26)
Trevino 2 hits, both solo HR, (9)

German (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.39
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.81
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.46
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29

The minor league prospect list has been updated again, especially after yesterday’s moves erased five players from that top 30.

Game 79. Which AJ do we get? Did Dr. Eiland fix him?

Before getting to AJ, some news.

I’m more a grind it out ground guy, but join fans of the passing game in bidding farewell to Don “Air” Coryell, a father of the passing game. He didn’t get Fouts and Co. to the Super Bowl, but was a great NFL coach and innovator. Coryell died at the age of 85.

Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson are coming back to coach another season. For Jackson, he’ll be shooting for his 12th NBA title as a coach.

Already I’m sick and tired of the Lebron James talk. I hope he decides soon.

This should be an interesting month, and not only for the Cliff Lee debate. Where does Lee go. It could be interesting because of teams looking to fill needs. Needs dictated by the DL? Can the Yanks get a bat to replace the one DL’d Nick Johnson was supposed to provide? With Chase Utley out two months (and Polanco also on the DL) can the Phils pick up an infielder? Heck, Rollins missed most of the year so far. What about Boston, which has Martinez and Pedroia out with fractures, and who have missed Ellsbury and Cameron for much of this year? What about guys coming back? Will Beltran make a difference?

Maybe the Phils (with Utley out) can move Polanco back to second (once he gets off the DL) and make a push for Mike Lowell. (Update: Lowell is on the DL, but when it gets closer to the deadline, if Lowell is off the DL, will he be available? Attractive? He hasn’t played much this year and is a gamble, but…if his hip is ok and he proves that he can play 3B a few times a week, or platoon with Dobbs…) 

I’d love for the Yanks to get Ty Wigginton. Versatile, can spell Alex, Cano or Teix for a day, can DH, can even play some left. With Utley’s injury, I would not be surprised to see the Phils in the Wigginton mix.

Which AJ today?
Which AJ do we get today? The Dr. Jekyll who started
4-0, 1.99 or the Mr. Hyde who has gone 0-5, 11.35 over
the last month?

It may be too much to ask Dave Eiland, just off his hiatus, to immediately fix what’s been wrong with A.J. Burnett. But fix it he must. A.J. is like the monster, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. You don’t get anything in between, it seems. He is either very good or very bad.

The Yanks are in first with basically three starters clicking all year. Hughes and Andy have been pretty consistent all year. A.J. was there early while CC had some struggles and Javy was awful. Now CC is coming on. Javy is more consistent (although not great) but A.J. has tanked. For the most part it has been 3, maybe 3 1/2 starters clicking. You’d like to have all five, but that may be unrealistic.

But if they can get that fourth starter clicking (and why we hope AJ is straightened out, and soon), maybe the Yanks can open up some breathing room by the break or shortly after it. Right now you have the Yankees 1 1/2 up on Boston and 2 up on Tampa. Tampa has the 4th best record in baseball (Texas is #2 and Boston #3) but is only third in their own division. I never liked the 3-division with a wild card setup. It’s too easy to have three great teams in one division and some 84 win division winner elsewhere.

Which A.J. do we get today? Put it this way, he can’t be worse than he was in June, can he? We hope not.

Dustin Moseley had an out in his contract as of July 1st. The Yanks pulled him out of a start in SWB but haven’t put him on the big league roster yet. Maybe they do today. They may just be wondering who to can—Gaudin or Park.         

Interesting. One guy wrote about Jose Montero a few months ago. Now the same guy writes of Jesse Montero. You’d think a first name like JESUS wouldn’t be too hard to forget.  

UPDATE: LoHud is reporting that Moseley is in the bullpen for today but the corresponding move hasn’t been made yet. Moseley, the former Angel, is 8-7, 5.41 in his MLB career. The 28 year old righty was 4-4, 4.21 at SWB.   

Update II: Logan was sent down.  

Trade talk as deadline looms. UPDATE: The deals. Yanks get Hairston.

Forget someone else as far as potential new Yankees at the deadline. Washburn goes to the Tigers for left-handers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

It looks like Halladay is staying in Toronto, so it looks like the Yanks will be facing him next week.

Washburn is having a bounce-back year. 8-6, 2.64. ERA+ 162.

What I’m concerned about is the Red Sox rumors I am hearing.

In the previous post, I wondered about more rest for A-Rod. Especially on Toronto’s turf. Alex is at .247. The error in Tampa, what should have been an E-5 last night. Last 7 days .190, last 14 days .234. Last 365 days .252.

more rest for A-Rod?
More rest needed for A-Rod?

More on the trade talk, and moves as we approach the deadline.

Update: Beimel from Nats to Rockies for 2 minor leaguers.

The Yankees picked up some bench depth with Jerry Hairston. They dealt low-A From MLB.com:

Hairston played six positions this year for the Reds, including all three outfield spots, though he was primarily used as a third baseman and shortstop.

He is batting .254 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs this season.  

Pete Abraham adds:

The New York Yankees today acquired infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league catcher Chase Weems.

Hairston, 33, batted .254 (78-for-307) with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 86 games with the Reds in 2009, appearing at third base (33G), shortstop (31G), second base (9G), left field (9G), right field (5G) and center field (3G). He has hit .271 (71-for-262) with 7 homers in 70 games since May 5 after opening the season with a .156 (7-for-45) average and 1 home run through his first 16 games.

He is a .259 career hitter (OPS+ just 84). Hopefully the versatility comes in handy. I wonder now what the Yanks next move is. Is Ransom gone? Hopefully with Hairston and maybe Pena (Sept. callup) the Yanks have versatility.

More from MLB.com:

Nick Johnson went from the Nats to the Marlins for a minor leaguer.

Orlando Cabrera goes from the A’s to the Twins for a minor leaguer.

Boston traded just-acquired-from-Pittsburgh Andy LaRoche to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman. They also got Victor Martinez from the Indians for Justin Masterson and two minor leaguers.

…and Toronto made a deal. Not Halladay, however. Scott Rolen to the Reds for  third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and Minor League pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.

…and another one. Jake Peavy goes to Chicago after all. Nope, not the Cubs (rumored all offseason) but to the White Sox for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and right-handers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.

   

Buy or Sell? Who would YOU sell?

Yankee Garage Sale?
Will the Yanks be buyers or sellers?

It’s always hard to think of the Yanks being sellers at the trade deadline. For one thing, it’s hard for them to sell. Overpriced players, multi-year deals, the advanced age of some players and no-trade clauses give the Yanks an inflexibility that I despise.

For the past few years, I’ve been in sell mode. Granted they made the playoffs, but at what cost? First-round exits. Part of me wonders if the Yanks had sold, missed the playoffs, but acquired some top-notch young talent, would they be better off today?

What do you think? Buy or sell in three weeks? I guess it all depends on if the Yanks make a run and move to 3 out, or fade away and fall to 12 out.

Who would you sell (if you can, given the various restrictions I’ve given)? What would you be looking for? Who do you think is on the block? Here is your forum. It doesn’t have to be just major leaguers either. If you think certain minor leaguers should be moved, say who should go and for whom. It would be interesting to hear from you. You can also call the YFCR hotline and give opinions there.

It’s hard to think that with tearing the place down that the Yanks would also have a garage sale, but hey, the team does need an injection of youth. Could Brian be looking to dump some people for some position prospects? Who knows?

Brooms aren’t just for sweeps. They are also for sweeping some people out the door. We gave report cards. Now for stay or go….what do you think?