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NYY news: Possible pitching help

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ Pitchers that could be trade options for the Yankees; J.A. Happ hurled three frames while allowing just one run; Hal Steinbrenner finds a silver lining after Giancarlo Stanton’s injury; James Paxton ahead of schedule MLB.com | Richard Justice: In the wake of the Luis Severino season-ending injury and the fact that James Paxton is getting a late start to the season, it remains a possibility that the Yankees trade for a starter before the real action begins. Richard Justice of MLB.com mulled a few names that could be in play as the Bombers look to increase...

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New York Yankees: Reassessing the Stanton-Castro trade

Giancarlo Stanton’s latest injury raises the question of whether the New York Yankees actually won that deal. Let’s evaluate that a little further. It wouldn’t have been imaginable when the trade went down two seasons ago. But today, with the announcement out of Yankee camp that a calf strain will sideline Giancarlo Stanton for at least […] New York Yankees: Reassessing the Stanton-Castro trade - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Robbie Ray trade speculation between Yankees, Diamondbacks back with Luis Severino injury

After the Yankees lost pitcher Luis Severino to season-ending surgery, it didn't take long for a familiar name to come up as a possible replacement.       

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New York Yankees: J.A. Happ goes from trash to treasure

All of a sudden, J.A. Happ is important to the New York Yankees chances for this season. At the start of 2020, J.A. Happ appeared to be an extra piece for the New York Yankees. He was reportedly on the trade block, with the Yankees looking to get out from under his contract. With a […] New York Yankees: J.A. Happ goes from trash to treasure - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


A Phillies/Yankees SP trade seems unlikely

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Luis Severino won’t pitch in 2020. Will the Bombers come calling Matt Klentak for a replacement? The Yankees got some bad news Tuesday: Starting pitcher Luis Severino needs and will undergo Tommy John surgery later this week. It’s a significant blow to their rotation, and dashes hopes that the team would get more out of Severino than the three starts he made in 2019 while dealing with other injuries. He remains under contract through at least 2022 with a pre-arbitration extension signed prior to last season. Naturally, we get to wondering about possible...

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State of the Position, 2020: Second Base

Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Bud Black likes what he sees out of the young infielder At the end of 2018 the Rockies lost DJ LeMahieu to free agency which ultimately ended with him singing with the New York Yankees as a utility man in January for two years and $24 million — the second of a seemingly constant stream of former Rockies to join the Bronx Bombers. At the time, losing LeMahieu was more or less accepted as something that the Rockies needed to do to get younger and better. It wasn’t until after LeMahieu began tearing it up in the Big Apple that...

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Mike King is the Yankees’ spring training dark horse

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ The 24-year-old could compete for a role on the team. When the Yankees first acquired Mike King from the Marlins in the 2017 offseason for Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith, there wasn’t much reaction. It seemed like a minor trade through and through. However, King has had a rapid rise through the Yankees’ system over the past few years, and has positioned himself for a chance to make the team out of spring training. King had a brief cup of coffee with the Yankees last year, pitching in one game out of relief, allowing one unearned run. With the final spots...

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Houston Astros: Derek Jeter offers his opinion on sign-stealing scandal

Legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter weighed in on the latest with the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal fallout. What did he say? Let’s examine. The Houston Astros have started out their Spring Training schedule 1-1 with their hopes pinned on having a successful season amid losing key free agents Gerrit Cole and Will Harris amid a […] Houston Astros: Derek Jeter offers his opinion on sign-stealing scandal - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Danny Salazar

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports With injuries to Luis Severino and James Paxton, the Yankees could look to a former All-Star as an emergency fill-in at the back of their rotation. At the beginning of the month, the biggest question for the Yankees pitching staff was who the fifth starter would be. Not a bad problem to have, especially when that player would fill out arguably the best starting rotation in baseball. Fast-forward three weeks, and the starting situation faces far more uncertainty, with James Paxton out three to four months after undergoing back surgery and Luis Severino returning...

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Yankees 2020 Season Preview: Ben Heller

Is this the year Heller can cement a place a regular option in the bullpen? In the 2016 trade that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland, Ben Heller was arguably the third best piece that the Yankees received in return at the time. You wouldn’t find him on any top 100 lists or anything, but he was a reliever close to the majors, putting up some impressive numbers in Triple-A. He then went on to make his debut that August. In the years since, Heller’s major league career as a Yankee so far has been stop-start. In the first two seasons, that was due in part to him being on the “Scranton...


View from the Catwalks: Local Ray(s) in a great mood

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Rays feel fearless, set to add more International FA talent, and Ji-Man’s dance moves already winning the Spring. Rays News No longer a novelty, Rays fear no one - even the Yankees - in 2020: ‘We’re stacked’ - Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY: It’s hard not to consider the Rays underdogs, with stacked payrolls in the Bronx and Boston, or trashcans and buzzers in Houston, but nobody is going to want to face the Rays in 2020. Update on Fan Graphs 2020 International Free Agent THE BOARD, with the Rays expected to sign the top IFA available. For more info...

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Chicago Cubs: Now is the time to dangle Jose Quintana in a trade

As another Yankees starter goes down, now is the time for Theo Epstein to send Chicago Cubs hurler Jose Quintana to the Bronx to shed additional payroll. Trading Kris Bryant and his $18.6 million contract for the upcoming season is not the only way for the Chicago Cubs to get under the $208 million competitive […] Chicago Cubs: Now is the time to dangle Jose Quintana in a trade - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Brandon Drury trades are still shaping the Yankees

Photo by Elsa/ Drury’s short career in New York has left a surprising mark on the current roster. What a difference two years can make. Today marks the second anniversary of the Yankees’ three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks that brought infielder Brandon Drury to New York. While Drury’s stint with the Yankees lasted only 18 Major League games, it set into motion a series of consequential roster moves and foreshadowed developments that have shaped the 2020 team. Just five months after the Yankees acquired him, Drury was shipped to Toronto with Billy...

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Revisiting the implications of the Mookie Betts trade for the Yankees

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The last few years have seen a shift in the landscape of MLB team composition, and Betts’ departure is a symptom of these changes The Core Four. Gehrig and Ruth. MJ and Scottie. Magic vs Bird. All cornerstone pieces around which the foundations of dynasties were built. All fundamental to periods of sustained success. All synonymous with the franchises on which they played. And all, perhaps, representative of an outgoing era in MLB. About a week ago I wrote about the league-shaking trade sending Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, and what it could mean for Aaron...

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Los Angeles Angels: 5 trade options for rotation help

The Los Angeles Angels lost out on Gerrit Cole, who signed with the New York Yankees, and couldn’t even land Ross Stripling. Here are other rotation options potentially available on the trade market. Yes, the Los Angeles Angels landed one of the top free agents on the market when they signed infielder Anthony Rendon in […] Los Angeles Angels: 5 trade options for rotation help - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB's new playoff plan could have cost the Yankees Gleyber Torres

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Major League Baseball’s prospective new postseason format could alter teams’ trade deadline decisions. Heading into the 2016 trade deadline, the New York Yankees had a decision to make: stick with their veteran-laden roster in the hope of squeaking into a playoff spot, or sell off key assets to revitalize their farm system and jumpstart a new era in the Bronx? They obviously chose the latter, dealing the likes of...

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MLB Free Agents: 5 pitchers ready to test the market in 2021

Here are five starting pitchers that have the potential to sign huge deals as MLB free agents following the 2020 season. This offseason, major contracts were awarded to players who came off impressive campaigns. Starting pitchers, especially, got paid very well. Very, very well. The New York Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a record-setting contract […] MLB Free Agents: 5 pitchers ready to test the market in 2021 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How Aaron Boone can ensure his future with the Yankees

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports This season presents a challenge — and an opportunity If a manager is in the last year of his contract, but no one hears much about it, does it make a sound? A player’s impending free agency generates a lot of analysis — from Yankees like DJ LeMahieu and James Paxton to league-wide newsmakers like Mookie Betts — but chatter around New York skipper Aaron Boone has been muted. Boone is in the last of a three-year deal, with a team option for 2021. While the Yankees will likely exercise that option, they’ve shown they’re willing to make a big change...

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Yankees Potential Trade Target: Ross Stripling

Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via The versatile righty could fill a variety of roles for the Yankees It’s been a strange week for many members of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lost a bit behind the massive Mookie Betts trade was the reported Joc Pederson trade to the Angels, which also included swingman pitcher Ross Stripling. Lo and behold, the Angels trade ended up falling through, and Pederson and Stripling are still Dodgers, despite believing they were on their way out of town just a few days ago. Given how awkward that potential situation could be, you...

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Why the Mookie Betts trade may (or may not) give Aaron Judge pause

Photo by Elsa/ Boston’s willingness to shed the face of their franchise could be a source of concern for the towering Yankees righty. With the finalization of the league-altering trade sending Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, the MLB is entering a new era of player-team relations. Boston traded Betts and Price to the Dodgers, in addition to picking up half the remaining money left on Price’s contract, in exchange for Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. This deal comes after the redacted negotiation that would have netted the Red Sox Brusdar Graterol in...

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Astros fall behind Yankees, Dodgers in World Series odds

Offseason maneuverings have seen the Astros fall behind the Yankees and Dodgers in World Series odds. It’s not been the best offseason for Houston Astros fans. First, key players Gerrit Cole, Wade Miley, Will Harris and Robinson Chirinos left for greener pastures in free agency. Then the poo hit the fan with the sign stealing […] Astros fall behind Yankees, Dodgers in World Series odds - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Who should take the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation?

Photo by Bob Levey/ Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. Last week, the Yankees announced that James Paxton would undergo back surgery and be sidelined for roughly 3-4 months. That is quite the blow to the rotation, but does help explain why rumors that the Bombers wanted to trade J.A. Happ dried up. Now the team will have to replace Paxton in the rotation. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Who should take the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation? According to Brian Cashman, there will be a spring...

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The Yankees now have two of the best players in the AL East

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports With Mookie Betts supposedly on his way to Los Angeles, there are some new candidates for the face of the AL East. One of the biggest trades in Boston sports history is in its final stages. Mookie Betts is reportedly headed across the country to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and so is starting pitcher David Price. For the past few years, Betts has been not only one of the best players in the American League East, but in the entire league. Now that he’s leaving, there are a number of candidates to take that role as the top player in the division. Let’s...

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NYY News: The Banging Scheme takes another turn

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Astros GM was approached about sign-stealing scheme in September 2016; Mookie Betts trade still in limbo; A lower-profile Yankees prospect to keep an eye on. CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The Astros sign-stealing scandal has taken another turn. In a report published by the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that an intern approached general manager Jeff Luhnow about a “Codebreaker” scheme in September 2016. The report implicated the team’s front office to a greater extent than was previously established, and casts doubt on the depth on MLB’s...

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Yankees mailbag: Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, and James Paxton

Photo by Denis Poroy/ The answers to this week’s mailbag are in Hi, everyone, and happy Friday! We have a short mailbag today, but I think they were fun questions. Remember to send in your submissions to our weekly mailbag call or by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Yanks4ever asks: If the Yankees were to somehow trade for one of the third basemen available, who would theoretically be more likely: Kris Bryant or Nolan Arenado? The Yankees reportedly love Arenado. Last winter, rumors surfaced suggesting they weren’t heavily invested in the Manny Machado derby...

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MLB Bullets has hit a snag

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The big trade of the winter has developed a problem. The sale of the Mets had developed a bigger problem. I’m back! At least for today. Thanks to Al for filling in for me on Wednesday, although it’s not like I wanted to be absent. Hopefully we’ll soon get some solution to this entire mess going forward. I must say, despite the antagonism between the Mets and the Cubs throughout history, I respect Mets fans. After all, they could easily decide to be Yankees fans. Instead, they stick with a team that is going to Met things up time and time...

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The Yankees and Twins are in an arms race, but the other contenders refuse to join

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees and Twins have learned from the mistakes of the Red Sox and Indians in 2019, but not every contender has. Back towards the end of the season, I looked back at how the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians had entered 2019 season coasting on the success of the previous seasons. Their refusal to build upon those successes resulted in a complacency that saw both expected “super-teams” sitting on their couches in October. Both teams had lost numerous players through free agency, while their two biggest competitors, the Yankees and the Twins, had...

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Why the Rays’ trade for Jose Martinez bodes well for Mike Ford

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via One of Tampa Bay’s offseason moves may hold a clue to how teams, including the Yankees, will approach the 26-man roster. Like a 14-year-old me trying to hide the fact that his voice is cracking, baseball is changing. In the last decade-plus, we’ve seen the introduction of instant replay, changes to the instant replay rule, more changes to the instant replay rule and also changes to...

Stephen A. goes off on Yankees for failing to acquire a starting pitcher | Stephen A. Smith Show

Stephen A. Smith goes off on Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, saying he doesn't see them winning the 2019 World Series after failing to pick up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. ✔

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer? | FOX MLB

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are both interested in starting pitching. #FOXSports #MLB #TrevorBauer #Yankees #RedSox