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The New York Yankees have already made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring the hottest bat in Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s right-handed bat with pop is something sorely needed in New York, and the Bronx Bombers will need to improve at catcher and third base along with the right-handed side of its lineup even more so if it wants to compete.
While New York is not in a desperate position since it’s unlikely to make the playoffs regardless, acquiring another big bat could at least make things interesting, especially if Derek Jeter or Curtis Granderson could come back healthy.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves started the year as the hottest team in baseball. After a magic month of April, the Upton brothers story has widely flamed out and even more vital, the rotation needs help. Tim Hudson‘s season ending injury is the latest hurdle Atlanta’s hurlers will have to overcome and it is now being lead by a struggling Kris Medlen and an overachieving veteran in Paul Maholm.
Adding someone who can duplicate Hudson’s numbers is top priority in Atlanta, and the team is rumored to not want to give up big prospects in exchange for a middle of the rotation arm.
The Yankees face its own rotation dilemma. The team with the third best ERA in the AL has David Phelps battling back from injury and in the midst of a rehab assignment. They have Michael Pineda continuing to build arm strength in the minor leagues, ready for a call-up any week now.
CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova are all healthy, and while Sabathia has struggled, all five have pitched well enough, or are being paid enough, to stay in the rotation.
Of course, Sabathia’s contract is unmovable (and the Yankees would not and should not consider dealing him), Pettitte and Kuroda are not tradeable and Ivan Nova is under team control and doesn’t have a big game resume yet. Phil Hughes has quietly started to turn his season around, having a solid July with a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings.
Hughes’ June was the second lowest ERA by month and he has shaved his numbers down to a 4.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and only two hits more than innings pitched. The main issue? Giving up 18 long balls, mainly a product of a short porch in right for a fly ball pitcher.
Hughes has a 3.02 road ERA this season, has a solid career ERA vs NL opponents, has bullpen experience and big game success. All of this is criteria Atlanta is reportedly searching for. The best part of all? Hughes is a rental and it may not have to cost the Braves prospects at all.
New York also has Joba Chamberlain‘s arm to offer as relief help. Chamberlain is on the upturn as well, posting a 3.60 road ERA and giving up one run in six innings in July.
Offering two arms with expiring contracts could be just the sort of deal the Braves will need to go from obvious NL East choice to elite contenders in the NL.
Of course, the Braves will need to give something up in exchange for Chamberlain and Hughes, two players Atlanta was scouting before the All Star Break.
And while the Yankees could offer a second tier prospect in addition, Atlanta may consider parting with Evan Gattis or Brian Mccann depending on which direction it sees itself going in the future.
Gattis is without a track record but has team control and will be turning 27 next month. He’s capable of catching and may not have a present position. It’s unclear if him or McCann is the catcher of the future in Atlanta.
McCann, is in a walk year and is 29-years-old. Long-term, he’s a stud and if he stays healthy the rest of the year would still stand to get a massive contract after this season, a deal the Braves may not be willing to make with: B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla and Justin Upton all making eight figures per year for at least the next three years.
Considering Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Kris Medlan will all get expensive soon, committing a long-term contract for a player who spent most of the first half injured and who plays a position which does not age well, may not be in the Braves’ best interest.
Having Hughes and Chamberlain for a playoff run would be a better franchise decision than having McCann turn down a qualifying offer and collecting a supplemental round pick.
Atlanta can shift Gattis back into the catcher role and would gain a middle of the rotation starter who would thrive at Turner Field, plus a relief arm they sorely need.
The Yankees would get another big bat and it would not count towards the 2014 payroll crunch the franchise faces after this season. Two teams who may be fading out of contention should be willing to take short-term risks, and moving three expiring contracts around with none of them likely to resign would qualify as the exact type of deadline move these teams should make.
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All signs point to a deal sending outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees being completed on Friday. Soriano, 37, is due roughly $24 million for the rest of this season and next.
The Cubs are picking up more than half of that total according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#cubs are expected to pay more than half the $25M to go on sori thru ’14, assuming deal gets finalized...
A Yankees fan with a homemade sign welcoming back Alfonso Soriano —after a 10-year leave — had his big moment on the Jumbotron video-bombed by his annoying pal.
There was a nice welcome during the left fielder's intro before his first at-bat wearing pinstripes after his trade back to Yankee Stadium. Picked out of the crowd by the TV booth was the guy holding the simple...
And the drama with the Yankees continues.
GM Grain Cashman was overruled by ownership during the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano, according to the New York Post.
"I would say we are in a desperate time," Cashman told the Post. "Ownership wants to go for it. I didn't want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense...
- Alfonso Soriano had a "scheduled" off day on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks despite some gaudy career numbers against Ian Kennedy (6-for-13, 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, 3 BB's). The Twitter-verse was having none of it and the conspiracies flowed that the Cubs were just awaiting his approval on a deal. Soriano showed up though for a pre-game chat with the reporters...
As we reported earlier this week, the New York Yankees are in the process of acquiring Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Cubs manager Dale Sveum now says the trade is “99 percent done.” Soriano was removed from the lineup by Sveum prior to Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sveum also claimed the New York Yankees were the only team he knew of...
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the rumored trade between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, for outfielder Alfonso Soriano, should be completed fairly soon.
The #Cubs and #Yankees have reached agreement on the pitching prospect Yanks will send Cubs for Soriano, with deal close to being finalized.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 26, 2013
The Yankees and Cubs have officially agreed to deal that will send Alfonso Soriano back to The Bronx where he started his career.
The Yankees will pay $8-12 million of the $24.5 million still owed the outfielder over the next season and a half. In exchange the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect or two. There has been speculation the deal would include minor league pitcher Chase...
I’m mostly busy tonight, but wanted to put something up because it seems like there’s a very good chance Alfonso Soriano will be traded to the Yankees tonight.
Theo told Sveum to take Sori out Yankees deal nearly done
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 25, 2013
Cubs would get a lower-tier pitching prospect if they finish the Soriano deal with the Yankees. They are waiting...
Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the New York Yankees, but he wants a couple of days to think about it, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"I'm 37," Soriano told the newspaper. "I want one more chance to go to the World Series. If (the Cubs) don't have that on their mind (and) they're preparing the team...
The New York Yankees have traded for Alfonso Soriano. Whatever the Chicago Cubs get back in return it’s worth it. According to multiple sources, the Cubs have sent Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. They will reportedly pitch in a large portion of the remaining $24.9 million Soriano is owed in return for a mid-level prospect. Take the bimbo here who seems to be his mistress too.
After nine seasons away from the team that signed him as a 22-year old out of Japan, Alfonso Soriano has returned home to the Bronx.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Yankees and Cubs have completed a deal that sends the veteran outfielder to New York in exchange for a mid-level prospect who is not yet known. Because Soriano has 10-and-5 rights (10 years...
(AP Photo/Ron Frehm)According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have acquired outfielder (and former Pinstriped Poser) Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs for prospects. The deal only needs approval from the Commissioner's office. Soriano is hitting .254 this year with 17 home runs in 93 games for the Cubs. Since June 28th, Soriano has more home runs than the entire Yankee team...
According to a report by Brian Kotloff of Sports Illustrated via Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, was told to go ahead with the trade for Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, although he was against it.
Cashman would not directly confirm what he advised Hal Steinbrenner, but told The Post: “I would say we are in a desperate...
Corey Black, 21, gets us Alfonso Soriano, 37. Thank God El Duque and Alphonso are away, or we'd be in for 20,000 words. Here's Soriano homering for the Yankees in a World Series played all the way back when TV screens were narrow:
Aaron Hill drove in two runs with a homer and double, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night and a split of their four-game series.
Cole Gillespie got the start in left field for the Cubs after Alfonso Soriano was removed from the lineup, pending completion of a trade to the New York Yankees. Soriano had yet to be dealt by the conclusion...