Thursday, August 3, 2017


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Never do I stay as close to my phone as I do at the trade deadline. I end up checking it minute after minute when there's an update. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve wondering what great toys Santa will bring me.

I love to look at the endless chatter wondering if there is anything to it. A lot of what is put out there is nothing more than various writers speculating on what is going on. That's why BYB chief Robert Casey asks many of us to wait on rumors without checking, or at least attributing it to the writer, getting snarky about it too, but still... as he says, be right, not first.

Bottom line, many of the ideas being leaked by any "anonymous source" are bogus. The trade deadline can be as nerve racking as it is fun watching various rumor sites and live trade update articles.  But something great really happened for the Yanks on July31st.  Brian Cashman accomplished what he set out to do. For the second straight year, he has delivered to us, the fans, what we have long been waiting for.

Photo: Getty Images / Dustin Fowler
The Yankees are younger and better without losing very much in the long haul. While I hated to see James Kaprielian and Dustin Fowler go, in the end, Billy Beane ended up being Marlon Brando and giving Brian Cashman and the Yankees an offer they just couldn't refuse.  New York Daily News writes:

(Kathy Willens/AP)
"In the end, Brian Cashman would have been foolish to say no to the trade that he finally agreed on with A’s GM Billy Beane.

Think about it: in Sonny Gray the Yankees got a difference-making pitcher who, in concert with the bullpen trade of two weeks ago, just might give this team a chance to win a championship — and then be here for at least two more years while still under age 30."

I know, just recently I wrote an article stating that I wasn't too crazy about a deal for Sonny Gray. Well, that was mostly a knee jerk reaction to who I saw Billy Beane was asking for. I really didn't believe that Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier would be worth it. In fact, many didn't. It turned out that neither did Brian Cashman and the Yankees either. Somehow Mr. Cashman pulled a bunny out of his hat and made it work without including them.  Genius.  Read BOSS MAN, for that perspective.

As we've stated here on BYB, you have to give to receive. Sometimes it works and other times it's a big Ken Phelps belly-flop into the shallow end. Sometimes the prospect that was given up turns out to be nothing more than a prospect a.k.a. Jesus Montero. No one really knows until they start to train and play.  But I feel good about this trade.  It's sunnier now... we got Sonny!

I wish the prospects that were given up nothing more than the best of luck.  I would also like to wish speedy recoveries to James Kaprielian and Dustin Fowler.

But for now, time to root for Sonny Gray!

--Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer

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