Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"WE'RE DEFINITELY IN ON PRICE"


That quote came in a text form from a friend of mine that put a call into one of his friends at the New York Yankees. Whether or not they were allowed to actually say anything to him is another post for another time...

"We're definitely in on Price" doesn't seem earth shattering, but it definitely let's us see that something is happening when it comes to the Yankees and starting pitching and the trade deadline. Yankee fans are chomping at the bit.
 

Now, as I expressed in PRICE & CESPEDES ARE AVAILABLE... YOU IN?, the idea of Price in pinstripes is appealing because we need pitching, he's a lefty and he's a good pitcher, but you gotta wonder if the guy can handle a place like New York.  Tampa Bay and Detroit aren't the same.  I personally want to see David in New York. One good outing and he's on his way.


Cespedes on the other hand... eh. I mean, I could take him or leave him, especially if it means us holding onto guys like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Greg Bird. I'd rather have the kids. But you know as well as I... the Tigers will try to package these guys and they will want prospects... and they will want alot of them. 

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN:
Well, there you go and that goes back to my buddy's insider with the New York Yankees.


What they would give up? Who knows, but for me personally, I have always have been of the belief that the Yankees liked Price or James Shields.  I just have a gut feeling it's gonna be Price.  If Cash is smart, the big 3 won't be included in that deal.

And remember my prediction of Rob Refsnyder? Yup... he'd be part of that deal... trust me.


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CAPUANO GONZO!


No breaking news banner here.  We all knew it was coming.  Chris Capuano was designated for assignment.


The New York Post writes: "The Yankees designated Capuano for assignment, despite owing him approximately $2 million on his $5 million salary for this season, and kept Moreno on the roster Wednesday. The Yankees have 10 days to trade the 36-year-old lefty before he goes to waivers and then gets the option of accepting a minor league assignment from the Yankees."


Moreno is Diego Moreno... and last night, he was amazing against the Rangers.

Life goes on... now, how do we get rid of Stephen Drew?

Hmmm.

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YOU BIG DUMMY!


There's a saying about wisdom being the ability to learn from other peoples mistakes. Someone, a long time ago, put their hand in a fire, and burned it. The guy sitting next to him saw and thought "Well, that looks painful. I'm probably not going to do that." And so, we teach our children to not put their hands in fire. All because of that one guy who witnessed someone else burning their hands. You see someone else mess up, you generally are going to try not to do as they did. Unless, of course, you are Jenrry Mejia.

Meija, who only just recently returned to baseball on July 8th after an 80 game suspension for PED's, is now suspended AGAIN, after a second positive test. This time for 162 games, effective immediately. Yes, that's right... Mejia, how hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 inning since his return just a few days ago, is suspended for a second time this season.


Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson spoke about it, saying:

"Not surprisingly, there's a tremendous amount of disappointment. I think to some extent, anger. To some extent, amazement that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness, in the sense that this is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising Major League career. And that's a shame."

Alderson, in my opinion, was extremely kind in his comments. I think it is flat out stupid. And "stupid" is just not a term I use often. It's bothersome, and indicates that someone lacks the capacity to think beyond the edge of their noses. It is also very fitting in this case. He tested positive for Stanozolol, which is the same substance that showed up on his first failed test, as well as Boldenone. I cannot wrap my mind around someone being so blatantly careless with their career. He just came back from suspension, for god sake! If I were a Mets fan, I'd be angry. If I were the GM, owner... everyone in that organization is justified in their anger.


His first suspension made him ineligible to play in the 2015 postseason. Now he'll be ineligible to play until July 2016. He becomes arbitration-eligible this winter. I wouldn't at all be surprised if the Mets decide to non-tender him.

I just honestly cannot wrap my mind around it. What did he expect to happen? I would have hoped that Alex Rodriguez's season long suspension, and all the events that led up to it would have served as a warning. If ARod, who is arguably one of the biggest stars in the game, was subject to such an incredibly large suspension, why wouldn't anyone else be? Knowing that the MLB is taking a stance against steroids, why even bother attempting it at all? But apparently, some people are just predisposed to put their hands in the fire no matter how many people they have seen burn.





--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804


  



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THE BIG PAYBACK


Last night's win wasn't about the Yankees beating the Rangers.  It was about all the Yankees and the crap press they've received since the winter. It was about getting past the ARod controversy, the gelling of a team or lack there of sometimes. It was about the Girardi binder and the retirement of Derek Jeter one season before.  It was symbolic, an announcement to Yankee fans if you will;  We have arrived!  We walked through landmines far too long!  We, the New York Yankees are here... and we want a championship!  It was the big payback for all the trash talk!



Watch... they'll score 1 run tonight...

Huge win for the Yankees last night, but it didn't start like that at all.  Chris Capuano started for the Yankees.  He went 0.2 innings giving up 5 runs in no time flat.  He was horrible.


A buddy of mine texted me and said "The Yanks were showing off Capuano just in case a team wanted him in a trade.  It backfired... we'll be stuck with this guy forever."  Maybe he was right, maybe not, but the start of Capuano was silly.  Yankee hearts were deflated at that point.  Then something happened...


In the second inning, Chase Headley singled knocking in Chris Young.  Then Brendan Ryan doubled knocking in 2.  After that, it was Jacoby Ellsbury singling in 1.  Next... Brett Gardner singled in Ryan.


Alex Rodriguez then doubled knocking in 1. Headley was back at the plate again and knocked in another. Didi Gregorius then tripled scoring 3.  And a guy that's doing all he can to be a contributor... contributed again.  Brendan Ryan doubled to knock in the 11th run of the inning.


In the 3rd, Chris Young hit a Grand Slam. But he wasn't done.  He was back in the 4th to double in another run.

John Ryan Murphy then showed up to single and knock in Garrett Jones.

In the 9th, Gardy stuck a finger in the Texas eye... hitting a 2 run homer... and just like that, the Yankees stomped on the Rangers 21-5.

Big tip of the cap to the Yankee relief by the way.  They held the Rangers to 5 runs and 3 hits literally the entire game.  That's team work.

Damn, what a game.

Final: Yankees 21 - 5




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

COLE HAMELS RAFFLE TOMORROW


The Phillies have announced to teams that if they are gonna make an offer, make it a good one and make it tomorrow...especially if you want Cole Hamels.



According to ESPN, "The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday...The team would then make a decision about where -- and whether -- to trade him."


The teams that have been in contact with the Phils are several, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Astros as of recently and the Yankees are out there as well, but the biggest problem Cashman has right now is not being too tempted to flip one of our 3 Golden boys for Hamels. 


Doing that would be career suicide for Cashman. He knows this. Fans will be all over him if we trade a guy like Aaron Judge for a dude with mileage on his arm like Hamels.

 
That being said, the Yankees could use 1 pitcher, probably a starter.  I don't know why, and I'll make sure to make some calls on this, but I feel like 2 guys, David Price or James Shields are the guys the Yankees are eyeing.  I don't think there is a serious Hamels run for the Yanks.  Then again, I never claimed to be a baseball insider.

If anything new comes out on Hamels, we will surely tell you.

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