Five MLB trades that need to happen

The MLB hot stove is heating up as general managers from every team around the league meet to pretty much get the offseason going. It’s always fun to take a look at moves that might be made and trades that could be conducted. And while it’s nearly impossible to predict trades in any sport, it’s still a fun exercise for both fans and writers alike. That’s what we plan on...
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Yankees Rumors: New York could possibly trade catchers

One of the few positions at which the New York Yankees have substantial depth is behind the plate. Behind starting catcher Brian McCann, the Yankees have a plethora of catchers, most notably Francisco Cervelli. They also have Gary Sanchez, whom rates as their #2 overall prospect. Could the Yankees move one or more of these catchers to bring more offense in return? Earlier...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Joel Sherman's uncanny predictions last March for the 2014 Yankees

Damn, with the exception of A-Rod doning tights, he got it right. Sherman said he couldn't decide whether the Yankees were a first or fourth place team, because the starting pitchers had huge upside and deep, dark downsides. Then he added this...Don’t be surprised if … (Yankees edition)• After all the talk that Yankee Stadium is perfect for his power stroke, Brian McCann...
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Descent Begins In Earnest. Do Not Read This. It Is long, Insightful and Painful.

Duque says, "we dodged a bullet," when Cliff Lee turned up lame.  I disagree.  We tried to make that deal with the same enthusiasm and foresight the Yankees exhibited in using a top draft pick on Andy Brackman, knowing he was headed for career ending surgery.  We tried to sign Cliff Lee utilizing the same planning and keen insight it took Brian Cashman to use a top draft...
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten leftover perplexities about the Yankees following yesterday's trade front explosions

1. I figured we'd trade a catcher. (Technically, you could say we did: But Pete O'Brien hadn't been catching for a while.) We still have 1. McCann, 2. Cervelli, 3. Murphy, 4. Romine (who's salvaging his season at Scranton) and 5. Gary Sanchez, the eternal second coming of Jesus. If the Yankees were a Dr. Seuss book, they would be titled, "The 100 Catchers of...
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

BronxPinstripes’ Midseason Top 15 Prospects

With injuries and under-performance running rampant through the Yankees farm system, this list is quite a shakeup from past prospect reports. Once thought to be top-5 prospects, the stars of Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott have fallen significantly. Another former top prospect, Rafael DePaula, is now in San Diego after being moved for Chase Headley. However, it’s not all bad...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Akron RubberDucks score 3 in 10th to beat Trenton Thunder, 5-2

(Akron, Ohio) July 14, 2014 – With the game knotted at 2-2 in the tenth inning, Akron RubberDucks catcher Alex Lavisky launched a two-run homer to pull ahead 4-2 before a Justin Toole RBI-double followed, sealing a 5-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder Monday afternoon at Arm and Hammer Park. The homer was Lavisky's fourth on the season and his second two-run home run....
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Midseason Prospect Rankings: 26-50

I just started covering prospects for Baseball Professor during this offseason when I released top dynasty prospects at each position for our draft preview all the way back in March. This is my first crack at a Midseason Top 50 Prospects list and in the offseason you’ll release my top 100 The way I ranked these guys is simple: How do I think they will perform in a fantasy league...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

It's time to ponder the benefits of a full-scale collapse

On yesterday's River Ave cluster-grope, Mike Axisa opined that, between now and the July 31 trade deadline, the Evil Emp would be best served with a long, long streak - of either wins or loses. Thus, management can discern whether the 2014 Yankees should be buyers or sellers.Quickly, the expert panel of veteran baseball scouts screamed down any notion of the Yankees as sellers...
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cervelli Activated, Murphy Optioned to Scranton

Elsa/Getty Images As well as John Ryan Murphy has played since being called up, the Yankees had to make to right move today. Francisco Cervelli was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned Murphy back to Triple-A Scranton, where he will be the everyday catcher for the RailRiders and continue to work. Cervelli had been getting some good work in at first base while on assignment...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Sanchez benched in Trenton for disciplinary reasons

Gary Sanchez has been benched for disciplinary reasons (Photo: Trenton Thunder/ Top Yankee prospect Gary Sanchez has found himself in the doghouse at Double-A Trenton, where he has been benched for disciplinary reasons. Sanchez was originally in Wednesday’s lineup before being scratched, and was on the bench again on Thursday. After Thursday’s game, Franklin clarified...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Take the pill, and let's go on a dream trip to Trenton... la-la-la...

Last night, the Mediocre Empire lost. Again. Should we care? I dunno. Those invisible fans sitting behind home plate sure don't. When the A's tied the game, I switched to Netflix and watched Lilyhammer. I felt like a crime boss who'd been given a new identity. Yep. I closed my eyes and went to...  Norway... No, Trenton, I mean TRENTON. Yeah, I checked box scores.Listen...
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

April May, but June Ju-LIES... The Yanks are four games behind last year's pace

Those who forget the past...Maybe we should start calling them "the Even Empire," as in "breaking even." They win a game, then they torture one.Exiting the month of May - which traditionally was cruel to Yankee powerhouses of the early 2000s - here is what I know:1. The AL East is a putrid cesspool of antique collections of mediocrity - plus a young one, Tampa...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Four prospects that can make an impact this year

Lets be honest, we all know that the New York Yankees are struggling this season. Injuries and suspensions to key players have hurt the team badly. In the past few games, the Yankees have been starting young pitchers such as Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitely, who have shown potential, especially Whitely who helped to notch a win in the second game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

As we ponder the trade market's lush garden of pitching, let us also think about the pound of flesh we will surrender

Lately, the Yankiverse seems to have settled on two bedrock conclusions:1. The 2014 team, as currently structured, couldn't bring home herpes from a trip to Buffalo.2. To fulfill the team's prime objective - having anyone watching YES in August - Brian Cashman must trade for a starting pitcher.It's pointless to speculate the identify of that lucky fellow. But we all know...
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

The New York Yankees have a poor farm system. Almost every one of the team’s top prospects underperformed last season, so it’s difficult to accurately assess the system moving forward. Sanchez and Murphy are good catching prospects. Judge is a mystery and could become a good power hitter. Austin, Heathcott, and Williams are all highly-regarded outfielders who performed poorly...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Fill in the Blank Day at the Stadium

Sports media could not help but repeat and rehash how the Pirates had not won in the Bronx since 1960, and their last trip there was in 2007, the last year of the Torre era.  Case in point: always looking to the past. What no one seemed to care to mention was that Gerrit Cole won in the Bronx.  Had things gone differently and the Yankees signed him in 2008 when they drafted him...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez is a great prospect who should be able to replace McCann in a couple of years (via baseballinstinct) The New York Yankees were fortunate to have such a productive starting catcher in Jorge Posada for 15 seasons, and now they have newly signed Brian McCann. However, McCann’s future as a catcher for the Yankees may not last long, as he could be moved to designated hitter...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014 by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates or introductions to Ben Lively, Victor Reyes, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, and more.
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: John Ryan Murphy could become a trade chip

Scouts around the league consider New York Yankees backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to have the all-around game to be a starter behind the plate, according to John Harper of the New York Daily News. With Brian McCann signed to his new deal and high-ceiling prospect Gary Sanchez waiting in the wings, Harper notes that Murphy could become a trade chip for the Yankees at some point...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nate Silver's blog tells us what we already knew: Prospect ratings are crapola

Numbers nerd Nate Silver has quit tormenting Karl Rove. Now, he's hitting on Baseball America's ridiculous annual top 100 prospect rankings.For debunkers, it's low-hanging fruit.Whenever I think of that BA list, I imagine 15 Mel Kipers eating donuts in the back of a bar, barking opinions about players they might have seen once, while a harried secretary tries to count...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Evil Empire Faces Long-Term Infield Problems

It's true that their 2014 infield situation is a disaster waiting to happen, but The Bronx Embalmers are in even worse shape for 2015. Derek Jeter is retiring (have you heard?), and while Mark Teixeira is signed through 2016, you get the feeling that Brian Cashman wishes he wasn't. So, The Pinstriped Posers are looking at Mr. Text Message, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Little To Bank ON

It is really cool that YES is broadcasting games from Tampa.  I can sit at a bar in my basement, suck down crown royals, snarf jalepena pickled eggs and cram popcorn into my mouth, without getting pissed off at a single fan.I loved watching that AAA pick-up, Dean Anna, with the .410 on-base percentage strike out twice in a row.  Guess he left some of the magic back on the coast...
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: BronxPinstripes’ Top 20 Prospects

Gary Sanchez headlines BP’s prospect rankings for 2014 (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder/ Everyone loves to look at prospects – the unproven players with a boatload of potential who could be the next face of their franchise. The reality is that most prospects never fully live up to that potential. For every Derek Jeter, there’s ten Eric Duncan’s or Brien Taylor’s...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees’ nuclear stockpiles at catcher must be used to handle the spent fuel-Rod at third

As The Master loves to say in the Daily News Fifth, “Hey, now, looking at this Yankee ball club…” Few positions appear rock solid through the next millennium. But if we’re not stuffed to the wheelhouse with catchers, then take me to the train station and unhitch my red caboose, because my loco engine has run off the rails. (I have no clue what that metaphor means, but it...
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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