Santa Didn’t Bring Any Presents…
A disappointing trade deadline day…
Leading up to the trade deadline, I felt that the Yankees needed to do something to plug the hole in the rotation. As great as it was to think about Roy Halladay in pinstripes, I was realistic in my thinking that Jarrod Washburn would have been a good fit.
Yankee interest in Washburn has been rumored for several years so it seemed liked he was destined for the Bronx. Apparently, the Seattle Mariners desired center field prospect Austin Jackson in return and it was a deal-killer. I agree with the decision, as I would have not given up Ajax either, but it was tough to see Washburn go to the Detroit Tigers for a couple of minor league pitchers that I’ve never heard of.
I know that GM Brian Cashman feels that there will be quality pitchers who slip through waivers in August because teams will be fearful of incurring additional salaries. But it’s not like Roy Halladay will clear waivers. The quality of the available talent will be limited, and a good fit for the Yankees will be even narrower.
Of course, on Deadline Day, the Yankees #5 starter, Sergio Mitre, gets pummeled in Chicago and lasts only three innings in a 10-5 loss to the White Sox. This only added salt to the wound of the day’s earlier inactivity. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox were very active and acquired the Cleveland Indians’ Victor Martinez. Martinez, a good friend of CC Sabathia, was a solid pickup for Boston. I didn’t fully understand the trade of recently acquired Adam LaRoche to Atlanta for first baseman Casey Kotchman. It was mentioned that LaRoche was no longer a fit with the addition of Martinez, but I do not know what Kotchman brings that LaRoche didn’t other than an additional year on his contract. I guess GM Theo Epstein decided that if he couldn’t have Mark Teixeira, he’d take the guy who was once trade for Tex. Seriously, I wonder if the Kotchman trade is a precursor to another deal this month. Knowing Theo, there is a method to the madness and of course that concerns me…
The Yankees have now dropped two straight games to the White Sox, which has allowed the Boston Red Sox to close the gap to 1 ½ games in the AL East.
The Yankees did pick up one player yesterday, when they found a centerfield solution in Jerry Hairston, Jr.
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To acquire Hairston from the Cincinnati Reds, the Yanks gave up minor league catching prospect Chase Weems. Hairston will take the super utility role that is currently occupied by Cody Ransom upon Brett Gardner’s return from the DL. Hairston has joined the Yankees in Chicago, and is starting in left field. It is ironic that his first game will be against his father’s long-time team.
I saw a quote where Brian Cashman mentioned that Hairston is a better version of Clay Bellinger. Somehow it’s hard to get enthused about that, but I will admit that Bellinger did play in a World Series so perhaps there’s a silver lining to the Hairston pickup…
Hopefully, the Yankees will get back on track today. A.J. Burnett will be on the hill and he has proven to be the cure for stopping Yankee losing streaks so far this season.
As for the Yankees #5 rotation spot, the sooner the Yankees replace Mitre, the better. Unfortunately, the only in-house possibility appears to be…yikes!…Kei Igawa. So, I trust that Brian Cashman knows what he is doing, and he’ll find a solution sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the fate of the AL East hangs in the balance. No worries…
Poor Shelley Duncan. He has had a very good season for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees. He had started to wonder if he’d ever return to the big leagues, and was very excited when the Yanks finally called yesterday. Today, he was tapped on the shoulder and told to head back to Scranton-Wilkes Barre to make room for Hairston. I feel bad for Shelley as he has definitely deserved an opportunity. Hopefully, he will find his way back soon.
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Well, it is almost time for Julia and I to resume our battle when the Yankees and Red Sox resume their rivalry on Thursday for a four-game set. We are still working out the terms of latest wager and are open to any suggestions. But I feel that the Yankees are much improved and will be ready to end the eight game skid against the Red Sox. I may be down, but I am definitely not out. The rotation has lined up for Joba Chamberlain, A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte in the Boston series. Hey Julia, Game On!
Great autograph of Shelley Duncan! 🙂