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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

READY... SET... JAKE ARRIETA!


Hot off the presses....Brian Cashman is talking to the Chicago Cubs again. You get further in life when you have good networking skills, right? Well I certainly hope that Cashman and Theo Epstein come to a match this time....because this one could be a good investment!


So in case you missed it, the Yankees are now attached to Jake Arrieta, read that HERE. He has had some success this year going with a  5-2 record. He also has an impressive 2.18 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 91 innings. The 28-year-old won’t hit free agency until 2018 so he isn't a short term rental. I know the Yankees are more interested in a short term rental but he could give some much needed stability to the team in the future.


The Cubs obviously see something they like in our farm system. What exactly, I don't know since we couldn't swing the deal for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but....if Epstein wasn't interested he wouldn't be giving us a second look. He's a smart baseball man, and if there wasn't a mutual interest here in some capacity we wouldn't be hearing about a second connection. Cashman seems to think there is some potential here.


Is this move more likely than others? Probably not but we need the pitching and Cashman can pull off miracles. The Cubs already gave away a lot of their pitching and they are looking for a good package to just give more of it away. We already know we give up the farm a lot. Readers here already know I rant when we give it away too quickly and it turns out to be a waste. If we are going to do it again do it for someone who isn't a short term rental....

Cashman, if you are reading this give us a long term investment rather than a cheap rental at the expensive of the farm. Roll the dice and take a chance....this time I give you my blessing upfront!




 --Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
Twitter: @NyPrincessJ


 
 

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THAT ALEX RIOS RUMOR KEEPS POPPING UP


The latest out of Texas is that the Rangers would like to trade Alex Rios.  The Yankees have been linked to this guy for a few days now.  I need to tell you though, While Rios and his numbers are good in Texas, I almost feel like it's gonna be Vernon Wells "lite". Then again, we need a bat... and maybe Rios is the guy, especially if we don't give up a lot. 


Now, just to be clear, I liked Wells, I really did. I just don't know why he didn't catch fire in New York last season. Now there is an opportunity to get a bat in Alex Rios. But the question is, do we need this guy?

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com:
Now the bigger question is... what do Yankee fans want?

Can he help us?

What do you think? Comment.

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ORIOLES ARE OUT ON LESTER. COULD THE YANKEES BE NEXT?

HELL NO!  You know that! 



But, with the Red Sox stinking up the joint in the American League East and clearly having a fire sale, stranger things have happened.

This is what we know about Jon Lester and the Sox and talks with the Orioles. It comes from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:


"Though the teams were "definitely" talking, as one source put it, a deal was never close.  The reason? The Orioles, who just received news that top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will miss the rest of the year with an elbow injury, did not want to meet Boston's reasonable asking price by giving up additional top prospects for Lester."


So there you have it.

What happens next? Will the Yankees try and get Lester? Will the Sox move him? Will he stay in Boston?

Who knows... but this is fun right?

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IS COLE HAMELS HEADED TO THE BRONX?


There is a lot of chatter on the social media channels tonight about Phillie pitcher Cole Hamels.  Hamels had been rumored to be "on the auction block" for weeks as the trade deadline fast approaches its 11th hour. Teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and yes, the New York Yankees have been sniffing around. But is the franchise pitcher staying put in the City of Brotherly Love or jetting out of town, perhaps to the Big Apple?  According to Fox News and CBS Sports, he's staying put for now.
"Hamels improved to 4-0 in his last five starts with eight shutout innings and allowed six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He has walked just one batter in his last three starts -- all Philadelphia wins," reports FOX News.  And after the game against the Mets last night, Hamels says he would like to win in Philadelphia again one day.



"All I know is I signed here for a very extended period of time, so that's what I'm going to uphold, to be a Phillie as long as I possibly can because I enjoy it," Hamels said on the club's website.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has pushed the word out there to opposing clubs that Hamels is available, yet according to the wires, "his asking price is reportedly so high that other teams are convinced that the club is not serious about moving him." That and Hamels is creating a PR campaign to stay all on his own.  Fans on Twitter want to see him in New York.


It's getting interesting.  My take is, why not?  We need another starter in order to move ahead this year with any sort of chance of playing past September.




--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @suzieprof


   
 
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DANKS & YANKS DON'T MIX!


At one point last week, the Yankees were allegedly looking at John Danks. That was in a report by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, who, in his same report, contradicted himself. (Read HEYMAN CONTRADICTS HIS OWN RUMOR OF DANKS TO YANKS.) That was followed by me mocking him and calling the whole thing silly.


Now it's being reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, that the idea of John Danks to the Yankees is probably not in the cards:
I wonder how Danks feels? I wonder what the Yankees will do?

Stay tuned!

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MARLON BYRD TO THE YANKEES IS POSSIBLE


I am not so sure Marlon Byrd is a good choice for the Yankees, but they could use an extra bat, so of course, anyone who knows how to hit these days is always in the mix, especially with the trade deadline being tomorrow.  According to Jayson Stark, the Yankees like him, maybe... but maybe not because of that damn option:
Look, maybe Byrd is the guy, or maybe like Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record suggested weeks ago, Maybe Josh Willingham is a better option, although, as of late... he's not doing so well.  There's always the argument that a change of scenery for any player could be a good thing. 


I do know this, never say never about Byrd... except I am! I don't think he's coming to New York. Then again, I said the same thing about a guy named Armando Benitez once...


You remember how that worked out...

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WHEN TAKING THE HILL IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT IN THE WORLD


For some, it’s that exciting.  

For Ty Hensley, it’s the greatest gift ever.  Especially if you woke up with a new club today.  Ty Hensley is with the Staten Island Yankees and on his birthday, no less.  But it's not only that.  Today he takes the mound in a start for the S.I. Yankees, after a long journey, a few setbacks and a lot of hopes, dreams and determination. Bottom line, he made it back, not by sitting on the couch waiting for it to come to him.  He went to it. That's a competitor. That's what we want on the New York Yankees.  
Marci Hensley tweeted me the news yesterday. I was on the train... and I smiled big.  

Now let me be clear, I have never personally met the Hensley family. But they, like my family, see the big picture and it’s because of that, that we get along so well. I appreciate what Ty brings to the table. His faith and family keep him grounded and he has known his mission for a while now in his short life... work hard and succeed. No doubt that stems from his upbringing.


No one can be prouder than his parents  right now.  Marci spoke with BYB about the struggles of minor leaguer player, like her husband and Ty's dad, Mike Hensley. The desire is enormous to make it to the major leagues, but sometimes the struggle is difficult. She spoke about how different it was back in the late 80's early 90's compared to now. I wanted to share that exchange from our interview with her:

BYB: Did you always know Ty was going to play professional ball? What is your earliest memory of him playing baseball?

Marci Hensley: Professional baseball?  No.  In fact, I was not a fan, and until his sophomore year in high school, I avoided the thought of it.  I lived through it with my husband, Mike Hensley.  I lived through the highs, the lows, the injuries and his heartbreak when he was released. We worked 4 jobs between us to allow him to finish school, most of the time not knowing where our next dollar was coming from.  It's different now, signing bonuses are bigger and back then the scholarship program didn't exist.  That piece made me much more supportive of Ty's career choice.

No doubt, these days, Mike and Marci are smiling wide seeing Ty following his own dreams.   

It's been suggested in life that you want your children to do better than you did, and as parents you try and set them up and steer them straight so they have that opportunity. Well, if I asked Ty how he got there, he’d point Marci and Mike’s way. Much like Derek Jeter and his parent's guidance,  there is not better teacher than a parent.


So, today in Staten Island, Ty Hensley pitches again. He takes the mound on his birthday and it’s significant because since being picked first round in 2012, he’s had a few setbacks.  But quitting never crept into his mind… winning and succeeding did.  You know how I know? Because Ty Hensley is in Staten Island today.  Another goal achieved, but more to go.

Happy Birthday kid.  I said it once and I’ll say it again. I love your drive, love your focus and we’re all rooting for you here at Bleeding Yankee Blue. You make us proud.

Tell me when you’re in NYC. You and I are sharing a pizza at Fratelli’s… I’m buying.

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THE GOOD SON


There is a story that I would like to share with you all. A story of two young boys. These boys were close. Whenever these two were together, you could just tell that the bond went deep. It was a brotherhood in the truest sense. But along the way something happened. They were made to be polar opposites. One was demonized and chastised, while the other was praised and respected. Then, the one being chastised did something terrible, and while the other didn't outright say it, you could tell there was disappointment there.


"The Good Son" with Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin is probably one of my favorites. I will admit that I kind of wanted Henry's (Culkin) mom, Susan to realize there was something wrong with her son and get him help. I never thought that I would witness something like that in baseball. Don't know what I am talking about? Look no further that Alex Rodriguez, and Derek Jeter.

ARod, and Jeter came up at about the same time. Arod making his debut at 18, and Jeter at 21. The star shortstops were the best of friends. But we did something horrible to that relationship. Where we began to put Jeter on a pedestal, even in his rookie year, we never gave ARod a chance. And by we, I mean the fans.


Maybe it started with that Rookie of the Year race. Back then, even the news papers argued against ARod winning. We debated over their ability of the field. Jeter usually won out, in part because of the uniform he wore. We, the fans, put a pressure on ARod to be like Jeter. But why? And how would that effect ARod? Think about it! He was 18 when he made his MLB debut. A kid, for the most part. Still developing a self worth. You tell someone that age they are inadequate often enough, they believe it. And sure, it is easy to say that he should learn to tune it out, and be a professional, but he was a KID. Frankly, as a parent, I don't care how old my children are, if someone attempts to devalue their self worth, they'd have to answer to an angry mom.

But ARod couldn't do that. He couldn't run to his mother. He was a kid, playing at being a man. Spending money, and putting on a brave face. He wanted to perform. He wanted to be like Jeter, because that is what the fans wanted. It is what they expected.


I wonder some days what would have been the story of ARod if he didn't start with Jeter? What if they had been perfect strangers before the came up? What if there never had been a friendship? Would we have judged him by his own talents? Accepted his ability without the comparison to Jeter? Or is it in our nature to belittle, and destroy guys like ARod? Would his downfall have been inevitable?


There is no denying that before he became a Yankee, even before the steroid allegations, he was a talented player. Between he and Jeter, it was a tough contest. But somehow, ARod got pushed into the shadows of our Captain. He became the other guy. And while I adore our Captain and am in NO WAY bashing him, I fell for ARod. Because the "could have beens'" could have been great!




--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804

 
  

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