The Yankees have to be thrilled that they won’t have to deal with the distraction that would have come with Alex Rodriguez every waking second of next season. And, oh yeah, they just got an additional $25 million to play with, too.
According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees are lining up meetings with the agents of several of the biggest names on the free agent market for next week’s General Managers’ meetings.
Curtis Granderson’s 200th career home run pushed the Yankees past the Indians on Sunday.
Overall, it’s clear that the 24-year-old Jhoulys Chacin has potential, but also that he still has some growing to do at the Major League level.
The Yankees general manager decided he liked the hand he held and passed on the chance to add to New York’s roster Sunday at the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers.
Dependable Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda makes a better trade deadline fit for the New York Yankees than Ubaldo Jimenez or for that matter any available starter on the trade block. It wouldn’t take a massive deal to land the services of the Japanese hurler.
The Yankees have the weekend to figure out who will be in the rotation, and they need to make sure when they arrive at Fenway Park next Friday they are in no worse shape in the division than they are now.
A.J. Burnett’s value to the Yankees is going to increase if they don’t trade for a front-end starter, so I decided to write down my thoughts as I watched Burnett pitch for the first time in the second half on Monday night.
The Yankees and Rockies are reportedly far apart in preliminary talks for starter Ubaldo Jimenez. In fact, Colorado might not even be willing to trade their ace. That won’t stop the Bombers from sending a representative to Coors Field.
Sure, New York escaped with a win on Monday, but after bad outings by veteran pitchers Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and now A.J. Burnett, do the Yankees need to bolster their starting staff?
Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is interesting, but he’s not the perfect-fit, no-questions-asked upgrade Yankees fans have pined for since Cliff Lee escaped them last July and last December.
Even with his early season struggles, the Rockies aren’t about to deal away 19-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez for peanuts. “We would have to be absolutely overwhelmed. It would have to be a Herschel Walker deal,” Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd said this weekend.
Jason Giambi hit a long homer against his former team and Ubaldo Jimenez overcame early wildness to pitch seven impressive innings, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory Friday night over New York in a rare trip to the Bronx.
The Mets have to stay an extra day in the Rockies because their series finale was postponed by a mixture of rain and snow. They’ll have to salvage the last game in Colorado without first baseman Ike Davis.
Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies has unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award, making him the fifth pitcher to earn the honor in both leagues.