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Wednesday July 23rd 2014

Yankees Acquire Chase Headley, Retain Premium Prospects

A year or two ago, Chase Headley would have fetched a king’s ransom in a trade. That was not the case on Tuesday. The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres agreed to send the third baseman to the Bronx, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: The Yankees will also receive $1 million in cash considerations from the Pads. They will ship third baseman Yangervis Solarte and Single-A pitching prospect Rafael De Paula out to California in return. Upon learning of the trade, Headley thanked the Pads while expressing ...

Yankees Try to Catch Lightning in a Bottle with Chase Headley

Despite an injury-plagued first half of the season for the New York Yankees, the team is still very much in the American League East race, and it appears they will be buyers at this season's trade deadline. The team pulled the trigger on a trade for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley on Tuesday afternoon, sealing the first of what could be a number of upcoming deals. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to break the news, with the terms of the trade coming shortly thereafter: The two players going ...

Dellin Betances Talks About Surreal Rise from Local Kid to Yankees All-Star

Last Thursday, as part of its Real.Big.Summer program, Pepsi brought a four-story-high, world-record claw machine with larger-than-life prizes to Jenkinson's Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. The event included a special appearance by Yankees All-Star pitcher Dellin Betances. Bleacher Report's Yankees featured columnist Peter F. Richman spoke with Betances about what it means to hold a prominent role for his hometown, childhood team and let us in on the most important wisdom he received from David Wells and Mariano Rivera long before his rapid ascension in 2014 commenced.  Peter F. Richman (PFR): First ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 16

Back on June 12, I wrote a piece breaking down the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the New York Yankees' top 10 prospects. Now, over a month later, it seems as if a new set of rankings is in order as I determine whether the stock of some of the Yankees' top prospects has dropped or risen. While the Yankees' website is a bit conservative to drop some of their farm hands in their rankings, I will not be so generous. A batting average just above the Mendoza Line means Mason ...

Three Reasons for New York Yankees’ Struggles You Can Pin on Brian Cashman

Currently halfway through the 2014 MLB season, the Yankees find themselves with a mediocre 49-47 record. With the second highest payroll in baseball, most of the blame lands on Yankee GM Brian Cashman. After failing to make the postseason last year, Cashman decided to spend big money in hopes of turning the team around. Unfortunately, most of these purchases need to be returned.      Signing Players Over the Age of 30 to Big Contracts During the offseason, Cashman brought in several notable free agents: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury.   After a ...

Can Yankees’ CC Sabathia Still Be an Impact Pitcher After Latest Surgery?

There's seldom good news when a player is ruled out for the rest of the season. For CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees, there's actually very good news in the announcement that he'll miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to impending knee surgery, as noted by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Sabathia has been out since mid-May with knee problems. He made a rehab start and had a setback. Instead of heading back to Dr. James Andrews, Sabathia checked in with several surgeons, leading many to expect Sabathia to ...

Derek Jeter’s Retirement Ceremony Announced by New York Yankees

New York Yankees fans will want to clear their calendars on Sept. 7 as the team will celebrate the career of Derek Jeter. The Yankees announced on their official website that they will be honoring their retiring captain before the final game of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals. New York will also be giving every fan at Yankee Stadium a commemorative coin. After last year's Mariano Rivera bobblehead fiasco, the Yankees will certainly be hopeful that Jeter's night goes off without a hitch. This is the cherry on top of ...

Making the Case for New York Yankees to Be Sellers at Trade Deadline

Imagine an alternate world for the New York Yankees. It's the All-Star break in 2014, Derek Jeter's still retiring at season's end and domestic beer still costs $9 at the Stadium. But in this reality, they did not make the postseason in 17 of the last 19 years. Imagine that from 1995-2013 they didn't win five World Series titles, and picture an '09 season where they hadn't backed up their first of two failed campaigns with immediate success. Perhaps it's into this other reality that we could actually fit a scenario where—with ...

3 Blockbuster Deals Brian Cashman Should Be Proposing

Something has to be done with this New York Yankees team before a realistic playoff push can be made. Brian Cashman has a tall task ahead of him. His roster is aging, decrepit and has few big-time assets to deal. His starting pitchers are nearly all on the mend, and the big money he spent this offseason really hasn't delivered that great of a return. The Yankees were thought to be a contender for the playoffs in the wide open American League East this season. Now sitting at 47-47 at the All-Star ...

Yankees: 3 Holes New York Must Address at the Deadline

With the All-Star break over and done with, the New York Yankees find themselves with a .500 record and in third place in the American League East as the second half of the season gets underway. Somehow, New York is within striking distance of a playoff spot, but it will need to make some changes come the trade deadline if it is to have any hope of being a true contender. If not for Derek Jeter's farewell tour, this season would have already been one to forget. After spending an absurd amount ...
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