Found July 16, 2012 on
Sliding Into Home:
From Jon Heyman
The Yankees are looking harder at the outfield market than the pitching market, as they still have concerns about Brett Gardner's elbow situation.
They've talked to the Phillies about Shane Victorino and the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton, but Upton is a major long shot for them and right now they see the price tag as too high on either. Victorino may be slightly more realistic eventually, though.
GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday asking prices are generally too high, and that the deals available weren't worth it to make "marginal'' improvements.
Either would be a nice pick up, but I still find it hard to believe that the Yankees will add much to the payroll. Either way, this will be something to follow as Brett Gardner tries to come back. If for any reason he can't, then I'd say the likelihood of a move will increase greatly.
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Brett Gardner's injury has still not been properly diagnosed. Until it is, and until he exits the Hospital For Special Surgery with a successful operation, he is not playing baseball again. He does not need more rest. He needs repair. I have been saying this since he went away. And you all know that. So take a deep breath, have a dozen manhattans, and forget about...
Last night on the Discovery Channel, bearded and bespectacled scientists updated the world on their continuing search for mermaids, or the "aqua-ape." At one point, a bearder subjected deep sea recordings to a super-spectrographic, magnetic-sequencing digital analysis, isolating individual frequencies and slowing them to sound levels conducive to the human...
The Justin Upton trade rumors haven’t tapered off and one has to wonder why the Diamondbacks would trade a budding young superstar? Upton doesn’t turn 25 until August 25th. He is a two-time All-Star, coming off a 31 homer, 88 RBI season and seemed poised to take a titanic leap in 2012. However, at [...]
Brett Gardner has appeared in just nine games for the Yankees this season, and none since injuring his right (non-throwing) elbow attempting a diving catch on April 17. As general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday, the Yankees barely have missed the speedy outfielder and lineup pest because of the presence of two aging players whose skill sets won't be confused with Gardner...
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner once again experienced pain in his bummed right elbow after playing in a simulated game Sunday and his agent, Joe Bick, acknowledged the speedster may be shelved for the remainder of 2012. “We … Continue reading →
Justin Upton has power to veto a trade to four teams, sources say.
UPDATE 3:51 PM: Jon Heyman is hearing that there’s nothing serious with Justin Upton yet. He also says the Pirates are “probably not a fit” and that they won’t include Cole or Taillon.
UPDATE 1:16 PM: Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates have a scout in Chicago watching Upton this weekend.
UPDATE 12:45 PM: Stark said on Baseball Tonight that the Pirates could get Upton without...
Here are a few updates on the trade front, via MLBTR.
**The Pirates were one of six teams scouting Matt Garza this weekend, according to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla. I wouldn’t read much in to it other than due diligence. There’s usually a big gap between scouting a player and trying to trade for him. It’s also important to note that Garza was going up against Arizona. So...
Here are the latest rumors on Justin Upton, with any updates throughout the day added at the bottom.
**Last night, Buster Olney had the following tweet about how the Pirates match up with Arizona.
It still appears the Pirates and the Diamondbacks don’t match up on a Justin Upton trade. PIT has pitching, but Ariz. priority is SS help.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012...
So far the morning trade rumors today surround Justin Upton. Not much is new in the talks, although Jon Morosi of FOX Sports takes a detailed look at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Morosi says that the Pirates have remained in contact with Arizona. He notes that Neal Huntington has refused to part with Starling Marte or Jameson Taillon, although the former is counter to what we heard Sunday...
From Jayson Stark:
#Pirates emerging as serious bidder for Justin Upton. More on that and other trade buzz on the 12:30 ET edition of Baseball Tonight!
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 15, 2012
#Pirates so serious about Justin Upton they're sending signals they could include Starling Marte in an Upton deal -- but not Cole or Taillon
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July...
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told the Arizona Republic on Saturday he has told outfielder Justin Upton he may be traded. Towers said he told Upton: " 'If something gets close.' I said, 'you'll be a part of the process. I'm not going to shock you with something.' "I told him you should look at it in a good way that people...
Photo Courtesy of Corey Shaw
In the next couple weeks, the Phillies may need an outfielder from AAA to fill out their major league roster. Domonic Brown is now an option as he has been reinstated from the disabled list and is available for the Iron Pigs tonight.
Brown is in left field, but not center field. As the Phillies look more and more like they are going to trade...