“And in centerfield for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson”

Curtis Granderson is set to become a Yankees, pending physicals and things of that matter. So, what did the Yankees give up? Well, in this deal they are losing Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, and most importantly Austin Jackson. This was a three team deal involving the Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks. Let me break this down in an organized manner:

Heading to the Yankees: Curtis Granderson

Heading to the Tigers: Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Max Scherzer, and Dan Schlereth

Heading to the Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson

So is it a good deal? Well, the Yankees are acquiring a pretty good center fielder in Granderson. He is fast, plays good defense, can hit righties pretty well, though lefties have been a different story, but that can change. So overall its clear the Yankees are getting a very good player, but did they give up too much. Well, Phil Coke was pretty expendable especially since he has a knack to give up big homeruns. I feel Ian Kennedy still has a good chance to become a good starter, so so that stings a bit in my opinion, but he was expendable. So those two aren’t huge losses. But, what about Austin Jackson. Going into 2009 Jackson was the Yankees number 1 prospect, and he had a pretty good season, he hit .300 with 65 RBI’s, but what stands out was his drop in power. He only hit 4 home runs in 2009, and this was a cause for concern. Despite the drop in power, Jackson is still considered a pretty good player, who probably would have seen a good amount of playing time in 2010 with the Yankees. But, it is really too early to tell what he will end up to be. Curtis Granderson is more of a guardsmen, and that is why I feel this a good move by the Yankees.

Another thing that makes this move a good deal, is that it gives the Yankees great leverage with Johnny Damon. Right now the Yankees could go into 2010 with Melky in left, Granderson in center, and Swisher in right. And I think that would be a pretty good outfield. So the Yankees don’t really need Damon, which brings his price way down. Now the Yankees can take their focus completely off of Damon, and shift to only foccusing on Andy Pettitte and other pitchers.

However, this deal does represent the end of an era. What era am I talking about you say? Well, I mean the era of silly fans coming up with insane trade proposals that usually went like this “Let’s trade Melky and Ian Kennedy for player X”. Oh well, we still have Melky so we just have to find out who to substitute for Ian Kennedy. Maybe Anthony Claggett?

Game 121: Yankees at Athletics

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

C Jose Molina

And on the mound (making his first start as a Yankee), Chad Gaudin

Ian Kennedy progressing

As you know Ian Kennedy had surgery to remove an an aneurysm in his arm, now Kennedy is back to throwing off a mound, albeit restricted to only fastballs and change ups. Kennedy will not return to pitching in the minors this year, but he will pitch in the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League according to the AP. Good luck to him, he could be a valuable piece of the 2010 Yankees.

You didn't forget this face, did you?

You didn't forget this face, did you?

2009 draft a success

This past Tuesday (August 18th) was the deadline for signing draft picks, and when it was all said and done the Yankees were able to sign 13 out of their top 14 picks, including the two top picks Slade Heathcott  and JR Murphy. Slade Heathcott received a 2.2 million bonus, which double the recommended amount for his slot (29th overall) by the Commissioners office, good for him. JR Murphy received a 1.25 million bonus, his slot money is about $478,000, Bud Selig can’t be happy with this. Anyway, now that Heathcott and Murphy have officially joined the Yankees, I’m sure you are wondering when they will play. Well, according to Lane Meyer Slade Heathcott is currently in the Gulf Coast League with the Yankees affiliate and he hopes to play in a game tomorrow. And according to a blog from JR Murphy’s high school will also be playing immediately in the GCL. You can learn more about Slade Heathcott here.

Johnny Damon wants to stay, Yankees to comply?

We all know that Johnny Damon ,who is a free agent after the year, wants to remain a Yankee. And according to Tyler Kepner, the Yankees are willing to resign him.

Before the season, there was a sense that the Yankees would allow Damon to move on and turn over his left-field spot to a prospect like Austin Jackson or a younger free agent like Matt Holliday. But Yankees officials seem to understand Damon’s value on the field and in the clubhouse, and now they would like him to return. When the Yankees want to keep a player and the player wants to stay, that is usually what happens.

“I don’t know where else I would want to go to,” Damon said. “Obviously, that’s not the right thing to say when you’re about ready to approach free agency, but I’m very happy with playing in New York, and my family’s happy I play for New York. There’s no bigger place to go. If you play well here, you’re going to get paid. New York has the resources.

“But we also have the chance to win every year. I don’t want to attempt to go make more money elsewhere, for more years, with a chance to be out of the race by the first of June.”

If Damon will sign a cheaper contract than the one he currently has, I think he might be the best option for the Yankees going into next year. While his defense has deteriorated, his offense and his clubhouse influence remain strong, and he would much cheaper than other options such as Matt Holliday (who I think is probably overrated), Jason Bay (who the Red Sox will want to resign), and Carl Crawford (who the Rays have an option to keep him).

Is this possible?

If you haven’t realized the type of season Joe Mauer is having, you must live under a rock. He is hitting an astonishing .383 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI’s (all this on a not so great team!). The way he is hitting right now puts him up there statistic-wise with Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and other world class hitters. Lately there has been a lot of talk about how Mauer and Teixeira are the top two candidates for MVP, if you ask me, I don’t even think it is close. With all respect to Mark Teixeira, I think if Joe Mauer doesn’t win the MVP something is seriously wrong, who cares that he is not on a great team, what control does he have over that? Just look at these two stats…Joe Mauer’s batting average is .383 as a mentioned before, that is higher than Mark Teixeira’s OBP! That means Mauer gets a hit (not a walk or anything, just a hit) more often than Teixeira gets on base (including hits, walks, and everything)! That is just amazing. The other stat I’d like to point out is WAR (wins above replacement, basically how many wins a player was able to add to his team). Mark Teixeira’s WAR for the season is 3.8, which is very good. Joe Mauer’s WAR is 6.5! Oh, and he is a catcher, and a pretty good one. Enough said.

Look at that beautiful swing.

Look at that beautiful swing.

The real deal?

You may or may not know that the Yankees have a ambidextrous pitcher named Pat Venditte down in the minors. It is not clear whether he should be considered a real time prospect or just a novelty, but anyway here is a great video about Venditte:

Melky

Sorry Melky, I had to show this.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

Game 109: Red Sox at Yankees

Last night the Yankees picked up their first win of the season against the Boston Red Sox, tonight they go for their second and they will send out the following lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

And on the mound, Allan James Burnett


Welcome back Ramiro, but why didn’t you bring Francisco with you?

Ramiro Pena has been recalled, and Anthony Claggett was optioned down to Scranton. It’s going to be nice to see Ramiro back, and Pena has been working on playing the outfield so he is now more versatile, but I can’t help but wonder do the Yankees really need him now that they have Hairston?

The Yankees acquire Chad Guadin

You probably already know this but just in case…The Yankees acquired Chad Gaudin from the San Diego Padres last night in exchange for a PTBNL. Gaudin will join the team on Sunday, and at that point a reliever is likely to be sent down. Supposedly the most likely candidates are David Robertson and Mark Melancon, who have both been pitching very well lately. If the Yankees are going to send one of the two aforementioned relievers down, my guess is that Melancon rides the shuttle to Scranton. But why are they the only candidates, what about Brian Bruney (or maybe they DL Bruney if he still isn’t “right”) or Ramiro Pena who as I mentioned above doesn’t seem to really be necessary. We will have to wait and see.

Clutchy McClutchbrera (hat tip to River Ave Blues for the name)

Just a little stat to throw at you to show how clutch Melky Cabrera is…in his career he is batting .311 in situations defined as “late and close” (the seventh inning or later with the batting team ahead by one, tied, or has the tying run on base, at bat or on deck) and in his career against the Red Sox he is batting .321 with 27 RBI’s.

Smoltz DFA’d

Earlier today the Red Sox DFA John Smoltz. To me it looks like his career might just be over, and he went out the hard way. Just think, John Smoltz last game was against the Yankees in the new Yankee Stadium and he got crushed. Now, who knows maybe somebody picks him up and he turns it around, he did put all this work into coming back from surgery so why stop now. But, by the sound of his post game interview, he sounds like someone who might be done. By the way, the Red Sox also DFA Billy Traber, they called up Junichi Tazawa, and they got Chris Woodward from Seattle to play short.

Congratulations Melky!

During the Yankees game today in which they defeated the White Sox 8-5, Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle. In doing so, Melky became only the 15 Yankee to ever accomplish the feat…pretty cool, huh? I am extremely happy for Melky, and I am also happy that I will never have to hear “the last Yankee to hit for the cycle was Tony Fernandez back in 1995.” Congratulations Melky! Here’s the video of the cycle in case you want to see it again.

Melky pumps his fist after hitting a triple to complete the cycle.

Melky pumps his fist after hitting a triple to complete the cycle.

Game 72: Yankees at Braves

Let’s start off the post with tonight’s starting lineup for the New York Yankees via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Sanderson Jeter

LF Johhny David Damon

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

3B Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez

C Jorge Rafael Posada

RF Nick Thompson Swisher

CF Brett M. Gardner

2B Bryan Cody Ransom

LHP Andrew Eugene Pettitte

Do you like the full names? I’m not a fan of “Eugene.”

Cano a late a scratch

Robinson was in the lineup but right around 4:00 he was scratched from the lineup. No word on why. I will have updates as the come along

Melky sitting for the 2nd consecutive day?

This seems kind of strange to me, and if I read or see anything about it I will post updates.

The price of Jose Veras

Yesterday, the Yankees sent Jose Veras packing to Cleveland. Today via Tyler Kepner we find out that the Yankees received over 20,000 in return. Doesn’t seem like much to me, but hey it’s not as bad as what the Yankees paid the White Sox this off season to acquire Chris Stewart, Brian Cashman sent the White Sox 1$. I love Cashman’s quote: “Some people get cute and send 100 pennies, I don’t have time for cute.” Yeah I guess he was too busy signing CC, Mark, and A.J.

Hughes gets a tattoo

Yesterday was Phil Hughes’ birthday. His birthday present to himself was a tattoo of the Bible verse Philippians 4:13, according to Tyler Kepner. He got the tattoo from Nick Swisher’s tattoo artist in Atlanta, oh and Nick also got a tattoo. I don’t really recommend tattoos because almost everybody seems to regret them, but at least both Phil and Nick got the tattoos on the inside of their upper left arms where they shouldn’t be seen.

Update 4:36
Cano’s left wrist is wrapped up in tape. He should play tomorrow.

Update 6:00
Melky and Matsui have the flu. That’s why Melky hasn’t been playing.

Game 71: Yankees 8, Braves 4

Tonight the Yankees defeated the Braves by the score of 8 to 4. While it may look like an ordinary win, it was not quite. Through 5 innings the Yankees did not have a single base runner, and it looked like another night of losing to Cy Young. However, the story changed in the 6th inning. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a walk (the Yankees first base runner), then he got called out on a pick off on first. Joe Girardi immediately came out to argue. Gardner was clearly safe as seen on the replays, but from Girardi’s view he probably couldn’t really tell. Still, Girardi gave the first base umpire his money’s worth and was ejected. Seeing the manager ejected always seems to get a team fired up. Anyway, the next batter was Francisco Cervelli who hit a solo home run to tie the game at one (his first career home run). From there on almost everything went the Yankee’s way. They went on to score two more runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, two in the 8th, and then 2 in the 9th.

Girardi Argue

On the pitching side things also went well for the Yanks. Joba Chamberlain went 6.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. Phil Coke came in to finish the 7th after Joba got in a bit of trouble. Then Bruney came into the 8th inning and right from the get go he didn’t look right, to me his fastball wasn’t there. Bruney allowed a run and could not finish the 8th after getting 2 outs. Enter sandman who stroke out the first batter he faced to end the 8th. Mo actually batted in the top of the ninth, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs and he actually hit a hard liner to center. In the bottom of the 9th Mo was smoking. He faced three batters, and struck out all three. So for the night Mo faced a total of 4 batters and stuck them all out. Vintage Mariano. So the Yankees won the game 8 to 4.

Side Notes

  • The Yankees held a closed door meeting after last night’s game. Supposedly it was basically a pep talk. Jeter and Teixeira were the two guys to step up and talk during the meeting.
  • Brian Cashman unexpectedly was in Atlanta tonight. He also had a little closed door meeting in Girardi’s office with Nick Swisher and Girardi himself. The original lineup posted tonight had Swisher on the bench and Melky in right field. After that little meeting with Cashman, Swisher was in the lineup and Melky was on the bench. The Yankees did not really comment on the situation, so we’re just left to speculate. All I could think off would be that Cashman and Girardi wanted to let Swisher know what the situation would be once Xavier Nady returns (which should be soon, he actually played right field tonight for Scranton). Maybe they told Swisher that he would become a bench player once Nady comes back. I really don’t know, but I would think there was more to Brian Cashman being with the Yankees on the road than just to tell Swisher something. But you know the Yankees, they are quite secretive.
  • Cody Ransom is back with the team, Angel Berroa was DFA’d.
  • Jose Veras was traded to the Indians for “cash considerations.”

Game 54: Yankees 8 Rangers 6

Melky does it again!

Melky does it again!

I didn’t see much of today’s game, but I did see the most important part. I literally walked in the door, sat down, turned on the game, and saw Melky’s at bat in which he hit the game winning 2 run home run. It was not a walk off home run because it was in the 8th, but it seemed to be the reason the Yanks won. I heard that Chien-Ming Wang pitched better than his stats look, but I can’t really say much about him. Here is the AP report in case you want to catch up on what happened, I still do.
4.2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Ehh, the important thing is that the Yanks won.

4.2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Ehh, the important thing is that the Yanks won.

Burnett Suspended
AJ Burnett has been suspended 6 games for the little incident we saw the other day. He has already appealed the suspension.

Game 51: Yankees at Indians

The Yankees are sending out a bit of a different lineup tonight up against Cleveland’s southpaw Jeremy Sowers, so let’s start with that via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Alex Rodriguez

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

3B Angel Berroa

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Joba against the Red Sox in 08

I told you it was “different”

I don’t particulary like tonight’s lineup. For more than one reason too. I don’t that Nick Swisher, who these days can not buy a hit, is batting 2nd. I don’t like that Johnny Damon isn’t in there, but maybe he needs a day off. Most of all, I do not like that Angel Berroa is playing third with Alex DH’ing. I have no problem with Alex DH’ing every once in a while, but I do have a problem with Angel Berroa as the starting third baseman. Why can’t Ramiro Pena play, by sitting him you are just retarding his development, and it’s not like he has shown no signs of life at the plate. I just don’t get it. Hey, lets look on the brightside…

Melky Cabrera is back

Yep, that is the bright side. He is back in the lineup tonight, after injuring his shoulder in Texas.

Let’s hope for a good one

I hope Joba goes out there tonight and puts some of the bullpen advocates to rest, however Joba has not fared well against the Indians in his career (10.2 innings, 8 earned runs) and it is silly to think that anything can put the so called B-Jobbers (by River Ave Blues) to rest. Well, hopefully the strange lineup can help the Yankees pitchers out tonight.

Bad news on the injury front

Jose Molina and Xavier Nady both had setbacks today. Jose re-injured his strained left quad, and will probably not return anytime soon. It was just yesterday when the Yankees thought he would return within a week. Nady began a throwing program today but he had to stop because he felt discomfort in his right elbow. He’ll try again tomorrow, but this isn’t a good sign.

Update 8:02
3 innings in the book. Joba has been perfect so far. 1-0 Yanks.

Game 50: Yankees at Indians

Today’s game starts early, 12:40 to be exact. Phil Hughes looks to repeat his last start, and further solidify his role in the starting rotation. Chien-Ming Wang ,however, sits in the bullpen waiting for an opportunity to present itself. Andy Pettitte still says he will make his next start, but Joe Girardi is not ready to say so yet. Anyway, here’s the Yanks starting lineup via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the hill, Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

“Just a day off”

Jorge Posada is just taking a day off tonight, because today is a day game after a night game.

Melky should come back tomorrow

According to Joe Girardi, Melky Cabrera should be back on the field tomorrow. Where, he said he doesn’t know yet.

Game 48: Yanks in Cleveland

As the Yankees look to take game 1 of this 4 game series against the Tribe, they send out the following lineup, via Peter Abraham, to face the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada, returns tonight from the DL.

What’s The Word?

There is not word, yet, on who was or will be removed from the 25-man roster to make room for Posada. I have a feeling it’s going to be Cervelli because the Yankees probably want him to play everyday and he can’t really do that up here. I will have updates, as soon as they become available.

Mixed Reports On Melky…

The other day we heard that he would be out 5-7 days, now Marc Craig of The Star Ledger is saying that Cashman said Melky will be avaible of the bench during this Cleveland series. We will have to wait and see.

Matt Wieters Debut Tonight

Matt Wieters will make his Major League debut tonight for the Orioles. He is real good, simple as that. It’s not too often you see a young catcher who can hit like he can, and I don’t think he is bad defensively. I’m going to keep on eye on him, he could really be something special in the next few years. Still, let’s not jump the gun.

A Night Out

CC Sabathia and crew went out to the Cavs-Magic game last night. I was watching part of the game, when I saw Mariano Rivera in the stands, I was just like, “Is that Mo?”

Magic Cavaliers Basketball

Roster Update

Kevin Cash was optioned to Scranton. I didn’t even know that Cash had options, but in this case it was probably a no brainer for the Yanke.. Well, I think I like it better this way.

Update 6:56 via Pete Abe

It’s raining, and the tarp is being put down. The start will be delayed…boo.

Update 8:30
First pitch…yay!