This is not a question you could ask in the last 20 years without getting laughed out of the room, but as we enter the second half of a sterile baseball season in New York City, it’s fair to ask now. Who has a better future: the Mets or Yankees?
What will they do at the trade deadline? That’s the question that will follow the Yankees and Mets around once the All-Star break ends.
New York’s 9-3 loss to the Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
The Yankees almost owned all the fireworks over the holiday weekend, but ultimately were left on the outside looking in at the season’s biggest trade.
Nabbing either Samardzija or Hammel would have done Brian Cashman a lot of good. But since the A’s swooped in and grabbed them both, the Yanks GM has apparently flown into panic mode.
As the third-place Yankees (41-40) hit the midpoint of their season just off the pace in the muddled AL East, general manager Brian Cashman reiterated he’s eager to upgrade the roster via trade.
Carlos Beltran has decided to roll the dice, knowing full well if this gamble fails he’s going to miss significant time.
Is next year’s starting shortstop on the current Yankees roster? “I would say no,” Cashman told Joe & Evan.
“There are degenerative changes in his knee,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “He is going to receive an injection of cortisone and stem cell to try and deal with this.”
The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda’s neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble at Fenway Park. He got both.
Joe Girardi doesn’t expect to be fined for pushing a television camera to keep it from showing pitcher Michael Pineda walking in the tunnel from the team’s dugout to the clubhouse.
“I think, at worst, this is a playoff-contending team. I think this roster is a playoff-contending roster … I have a lot of optimism, a lot of hope.”
“We’ll make sure we take care of this, and if it takes a few days or a week, so be it,” Cashman said. “It felt tight, so we’re going to make sure that’s all it’s going to be.”
This probably isn’t the perfect comparison, but Masahiro Tanaka seems to have an array of pitches somewhat like Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. And he throws harder.
The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, broke his left ankle in the 2012 ALCS, then broke it again last spring during his rehab.