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The New York Yankees are in need of a shakeup at the major league level even if it is mainly on offense. The Yankees have an above average pitching staff but an anemic lineup, and with so many players headed to Free Agency, will need to make a lot of decisions as they approach the trade deadline.While players like Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda represent no trade value since they stand very little chance to allow any move, New York does have two main trade pieces in Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Both players have been inconsistent this season and both are in their contract years.Still, as a starter and reliever, they can sure up a bullpen or a rotation and can be dealt to an NL contender if necessary in a month or so. More importantly, if the Yankees are still in a playoff race by then, New York can absorb the blow of dealing both players due to the depth the team has in the rotation and the bullpen.Vidal Nuno, Adam Warren, Ivan Nova and the nearly rehabbed, Michael Pineda, all supply rotation depth to take Hughes’ spot. While some of those guys can also be used in the bullpen (the former three have all thrown bullpen innings for the big league club this season), New York can turn to two additional arms from the minor league system who will be MLB ready before the season ends.Tom Kahnle and Mark Montgomery can both be called up before the end of the 2013 season and both pitchers are performing well in the minor leagues right now.Kahnle, the lesser known 23-year-0ld righty, is currently in AA and looks to be having a breakout year as the 5th round pick for New York in 2010.Kahnle’s fastball is his best pitch and he’s been topping out around 97 miles per hour, posting a 1.88ERA and .163 BAA for AA Trenton this season in 28.2 innings.Adding 32K and a miniscule 1.05 WHIP implies Kahnle is a power reliever, but will have to rid himself of control problems once and for all before he’s called up. Currently, 14 walks would not project well at the MLB level where hitters are more selective and likely to get on base more via hits.Montgomery is slightly more polished and at AAA Scranton and while Kahnle is currently the 18th best Yankees’ prospect, Montgomery comes in around 8th overall.The future closer is just 22-years-old, but has been pitching well in AAA all season. The righty has a 3.00 ERA, but 29 hits, 36K and just three homeruns in 30 innings is promising. Of course, Montgomery has also walked 20 and sports a 1.63 WHIP.Like Kahnle, Montgomery will need to walk less hitters, but a fastball around 93 miles per hour and one of the best sliders in all of the minor leagues is a promising 1-2 punch, capable of retiring big league hitters as early as this season if necessary.
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The Yankees have called up outfielder Thomas Neal from Triple-A Scranton prior to tonight’s game with the Angels. Infielder David Adams has been sent down to make room on the roster.
Adams started off on the right foot with the Yankees but has since cooled off, picking up just two hits in his last 25 at-bats. Neal, 25, put up a batting line of .339/.426/.446 with two homers and...
In Japan, where traditional ranking permeates even baseball, the ace of a team’s pitching staff typically wears the number 18. It is a custom confined to that country, although Hiroki Kuroda has certainly upheld its notion in baseball’s metropolis.
Kuroda has played ace for the Yankees this season. But the team will need Sabathia to start carrying more of the load.
The New York Yankees have scored 16 runs in the last seven games and manager Joe Girardi has to be disheartened every time he fills out a lineup card with names like Neal, Brignac and Romine filling out the bottom of the batting order.
They haven't been helping themselves on the field either as second baseman David Adams spectacularly showed Friday night against the Los Angeles...
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The Yankees look to avoid yet another sweep this afternoon when they play the Angels. They will try and do so without Mark Teixeira, who was sent back to New York early to get his wrist examined. Teix re-aggrivated it yesterday and was removed from the game, obviously not good news for the team. Probably the best pitching matchup of the weekend, CC Sabathia...
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has no new tears in the tendon sheath around his inflamed right wrist.
Teixeira got a cortisone shot Sunday. New York manager Joe Girardi says he will be re-evaluated next week.
Teixeira left the Yankees' 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in the fourth inning. The Yankees sent him back to New York for evaluation on his problematic...
Kevin Youkilis just can't seem to shake his back problems. The New York Yankees were forced to place him back on the DL just two weeks after returning from a month on the DL with a lumbar strain. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that this latest problem is from a different source, likely a nerve issue, which is causing numbness in his big toe and calf. Youkilis...
The Yankees seem to be getting a little long in the tooth. (Photo credit)
Even when the Yankees lose, they win. They lost the best shortstop of all time to the 60-day disabled list at the beginning of the season. They lost one of the best hitting infielders of all time to the 60-day disabled list at the beginning of the season. They lost one of their best power hitters to the 15...
ANAHEIM, Calif. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera began his Hall of Fame career in 1995 against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium. He picked up the first of his 632 career saves 51 weeks later against the Angels at the same ballpark. And if Rivera goes through with plans to retire after this season, one of his most dramatic saves ever came yep, against the Angels at...
This may come as a shocker for most, but believe it or not even the mighty Yankees are having problems selling tickets.
With a wave of injuries to key players–Jeter, Teixeira, Arod, Granderson it’s not really a surprise that numbers are down, but what’s shocking is just how much they’ve slumped, despite the Yankees winning ways.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
It’s up to CC Sabathia (6-5, 4.07 ERA) to answer the Yankees prayers and stop the skid against the Angels and Jered Weaver (1-2, 3.77 ERA). Sabathia took a step back in his last start after 2 solid outings, allowing six runs (two homers) in a loss to the A’s. His fastball velocity has come back a bit, but he struggled with command in Oakland. “It’s disappointing. It’s definitely...
The trade deadline looms.Cashman and his crew of misguided staffers can yet build a fantasy that the Yankees can still win this thing. Now. This year. MO's last season.They can pony up any and all prospects ( I hesitate to name any, because losing Yankee minor league position players is not a big risk ), including some of the players ( mostly pitchers ) who have had a taste...
As New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera continues his farewell tour across the Major League Baseball, he decided to pay his respect one member of the Oakland Athletics organization.
Oakland A's mailroom employee Julie Vasconcellos (who have worked from the A's for 20 years) got a special surprise from Mariano as he delivered a pizza to her.
Below is the video of the...
Secret phone rings in the office of Hal Steinbrenner: Chirp, chirp, chirp...Hello?Hal, this is Brian. I need to talk to you about Joe.Hal; ok. But use code words for Chrissake, you have no idea who might be listening in!Brian; Joe called me at 4;12 am from Oakland and reminded me that Tex and Yuke were about 0-16 with 8 strikeouts.Hal; that is an early phone call. What...
If you needed a laugh this weekend, you might want to check out this clip called "Bad British Commentary" of an opening week MLB game between the Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees.
Who knew that Ichiro looked so much like Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
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My Top 3 Starting Pitchers David Phelps- He is a very good value play at 5500. The xFIP is very good at 3.88 and good K% at 24.2%. While the Angels are not an ideal match up. All you are look for is around 10 points at that price. Lance Lynn- An obvious play as [...]