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Friday July 11th 2014

The Biggest Issues the Yankees Must Address at the Trade Deadline

With the July 31 MLB trade deadline a little over a month away, the New York Yankees have some areas of concern that need to be addressed as this team aims for a shot at the postseason. Despite spending over $500 million this past winter, the Yankees sit at a modest 37-33 and are in second place in the American League East behind the Toronto Blue Jays (41-32). The Baltimore Orioles are right behind the Yanks at 37-34. With a seemingly never-ending payroll and a roster loaded with talent, what is holding ...

Masahiro Tanaka’s Odds of A.L.’s First-Ever Cy Young, R.O.Y. in Same Season

Take a moment to try this one on for size: Masahiro Tanaka as the American League's answer to Fernando Valenzuela. That'll be the case if the New York Yankees' $175 million ace wins both the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award. Valenzuela did that in the National League in 1981, but the next American Leaguer to pull it off will be the first. And I'll be darned if I don't like Tanaka's odds to do just that. The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander was already looking the part of the AL's ...

Dellin Betances’ Lights-out 2014 Evoking Memories of Mariano Rivera

The 1996 New York Yankees rode the back of a 26-year-old relief pitcher all the way to an American League East title and World Series championship. Nearly two decades later, history could be repeating itself in the Bronx with the emergence of Dellin Betances as Mariano Rivera 2.0. Rivera's 1996 season was the most unique and dominant campaign in a 19-year career of complete and total domination. Now, as the present-day Yankees summon Betances out of the bullpen for multiple-inning excellence, it's impossible not to put Betances' season in perspective and ...

Predicting New York Yankees’ Top Targets in 2014 International Prospect Market

The international prospect market opens on July 2, and the New York Yankees are gearing up to spend a whole lot of money. After spending over $300 million this past offseason on players like Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, general manager Brian Cashman is now looking to boost his farm system with international talent. But just how much will he spend? Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com, via Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, reports that they'll spend a whole lot of money: A source with direct knowledge of the Yankees plans says ...

Yankees Sign Relief Pitcher Heath Bell to Minors Deal

The New York Yankees have come to terms on a minor league deal with former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Bell will report to the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. According to the LoHud Yankees Twitter account, the move resulted in a demotion for minor league reliever Mark Montgomery. The Yankees are now Bell's third American League East team this season. Following a trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bell was released by the Tampa Bay Rays after he allowed 14 earned ...

Should Yankees Fear Top Prospect Gary Sanchez Could Become a Bust?

For the New York Yankees, star power always trumps the success or failure of top prospects. In the case of 21-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez, a difficult start to the 2014 season could be a prelude to another bust emanating from general manager Brian Cashman's farm system.According to Nick Peruffo of The Trentonian, the Double-A backstop was held out of the Trenton Thunder lineup for a second straight game for what is believed to be disciplinary reasons. After a private player-manager meeting, skipper Tony Franklin was vague yet telling in his explanation to the ...

MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics

The New York Yankees have scored four or fewer runs in 12 of their last 13 games, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Friday, as they prepare to take on the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum. Sports bettors will find that the Yankees are plus-170 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 7.5 in the market. Let's take a closer look at this American League matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.   Gambling stats via SBR ForumBegin ...

Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of the Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects

Following the conclusion of Day 1 of the MLB Draft, I wrote a piece re-ranking the New York Yankees' Top 10 prospects. Now, I take a more in-depth look at those players and determine their biggest strengths and weaknesses. My rankings went as such: Gary Sanchez C Slade Heathcott OF Mason Williams OF Eric Jagielo 3B Tyler Austin 1B/3B/OF Gregory Bird 1B Aaron Judge OF Luis Severino RHP Peter O'Brien C/3B/OF Ian Clarkin LHP While the Yankees' farm system certainly does not boast the cream of the crop—Fangraphs ranked them as having the 20th best farm going into the year—there are several ...

Derek Jeter’s Struggles Show He’s Making the Right Call in Retirement

When Derek Jeter announced his impending retirement during a February press conference, the end of a brilliant career began for the legendary New York Yankees shortstop. After an injury-plagued 2013, predicting major success for Jeter in 2014 was a fool's errand.As the farewell campaign rolls on, it has become abundantly clear that Jeter made the correct decision in choosing to retire sooner rather than later. As his age 40 season becomes more of a league-wide goodbye than an All-Star caliber season, production is becoming an issue for one of the ...

Masahiro Tanaka’s Dominant 10th Win Shows He’s Well Surpassed the Hype

In the fourth inning of the New York Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night, Masahiro Tanaka struck out Endy Chavez with a wicked splitter. With that, Yankees play-by-play man Bob Lorenz noted, Tanaka became just the fifth pitcher since 1900 to strike out 100 batters in his first 13 games. One of the others? Hideo Nomo. That’s significant because Nomo, another much-hyped Japanese import, crossed the Pacific with big expectations trailing him. And like Nomo, Tanaka has surpassed the hype. Tanaka reached another important milestone in leading the Yankees ...
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