BREAKING NEWS: Via Chad Jennings: Shelley Duncan on his way to Chicago for tonight’s game.
Jarrod Washburn is a Tiger, alas. But here is the official LHYB trade deadline post. Unless the Yankees make a deal, we’ll leave this post up until the game post goes up at 4:30 p.m. or so.
A few particulars:
The actual deadline: 4 p.m. ET today.
Waiver deals: Players who pass through waivers can be traded in August. Many general managers, including Brian Cashman, believe waiver deals will be plentiful as economically mindful teams will be cautious about claiming players simply to block them from a rival.
What the Yankees need: A reliable starter, a backup center fielder and maybe a reliever.
Candidates: Kansas City RHP Brian Bannister, Arizona RHP Jon Garland, San Diego RHP Heath Bell,
Avast, ye hearties: The Pirates are out of players.
Nobody asked me, but …: I think Brian Cashman will come away with a pitcher of some sort before the day is over. His name will not be Roy Halladay, however.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: All quiet in Yankeeland. But the Red Sox are about to get Victor Martinez from Cleveland. Where he plays isn’t certain. But he can play 1B, DH and catch. So they can sit Lowell and Varitek more often. Makes them better offensively but still not better than the Yankees are.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: I didn’t realize until reading some comments that Brian Cashman had an obligation to make a move.
In case you missed it, the Yankees added CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher during the winter. Cashman also didn’t put a player development program into motion with the idea of trading players the first chance he had.
Baseball is changing. Prospects are valuable commodities in the new baseball economy and the Yankees are holding onto the best ones they have.
The Yankees could use another starter. But they have need that all season and they’re still in first place. Plus, deals can and will be made in August. Just calm down.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Post is reporting the Yankees have traded for Reds utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr.
UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: They sent Low A ball catcher Chase Weems to the Reds. That appears to be the only deal made by the Yankees.
Scott Rolen to the Reds and Nick Johnson to the Marlins. Toronto had said they would deal Rolen unless they first traded Halladay. Don’t forget, the Manny deal went down late last year.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: The press release from the Yankees:
The New York Yankees today acquired infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league catcher Chase Weems.
Hairston, 33, batted .254 (78-for-307) with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 86 games with the Reds in 2009, appearing at third base (33G), shortstop (31G), second base (9G), left field (9G), right field (5G) and center field (3G). He has hit .271 (71-for-262) with 7 homers in 70 games since May 5 after opening the season with a .156 (7-for-45) average and 1 home run through his first 16 games.
Originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Hairston is a career .259 hitter with 174 doubles, 47 home runs, 279 RBI and 134 stolen bases in 984 games over parts of 12 seasons with Baltimore (1998-2004), Chicago-NL (2005-06), Texas (2006-07) and Cincinnati (2008-09).
A native of Naperville, Ill., Hairston is a third-generation Major Leaguer with his grandfather Sam playing for the Chicago White Sox (1956), uncle John with the Cubs (1969), and father Jerry with the White Sox and Pirates (1973-89). He and his brother Scott, who is currently an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics, are one of three three-generation families in Baseball history, joining the Boones and the Bells.
Weems, 20, was selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He batted .260 (45-for-173) with 10 doubles, 1 HR and 14 RBI in 55 games with Single-A Charleston this season. Weems made his professional debut in 2008, combining to bat .220 (18-for-82) with 8 runs, 5 doubles, 1 home run and 10 RBI in 33 games with the GCL Yankees and Charleston.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Jake Peavy (yes, off the DL) to the White Sox. Apparently he will approve it. Halladay has not been traded.