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Yankees lineup: Soriano returns to Yanks in the cleanup spot

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jul 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Well, that didn’t take long. The Soriano trade is done, and as Chad speculated yesterday, he’ll slot right into the cleanup spot.

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Travis Hafner DH
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Austin Romine C

LHP CC Sabathia

And here’s the official trade announcement from the Yankees.

Alfonso SorianoThe New York Yankees today announced they acquired outfielder Alfonso Soriano and cash consideration from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Corey Black.

Soriano, 37, hit .254 (92-for-362) with 47 runs, 24 doubles, 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 93 games with the Cubs in 2013. He owns a .272 (1,989-for-7,305) career batting average with 1,093 runs, 458 doubles, 31 triples, 389 home runs and 1,086 RBI in 1,850 games over 15 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1999-2003), Texas Rangers (2004-05), Washington Nationals (2006) and Chicago Cubs (2007-13). His 54 career leadoff home runs trail only Rickey Henderson (81) for most in Major League history.

The San Pedro de Macoris, D.R., native was named to the All-Star team in seven consecutive seasons, playing for the American League from 2002-05 and the National League from 2006-08. He has also earned the Silver Slugger Award four times, once with the Yankees (2002), twice with Texas (2004-05) and once with the Nationals (2006).

In 2012, Soriano hit .262 (147-for-561) with 32 home runs and 108 RBI in 151 games for the Cubs, making just one error in 1,183.0 innings in the outfield. He joined David Ortiz and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last 11 full seasons (2002-12) and is on pace to reach the plateau again in 2013.

Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on September 29, 1998, Soriano played in 501 games with the club, batting .284 (571-for-2,010) with 326 runs, 124 doubles, 98 home runs, 270 RBI and 121 stolen bases.

In 2002, Soriano hit .300 (209-for-696) with 128 runs, 51 doubles, 39 home runs, 102 RBI and 41 stolen bases, leading the American League in at-bats, runs scored and stolen bases. His 696 at-bats in 2002 mark the highest single-season total in franchise history and his 51 doubles rank third, trailing only Don Mattingly’s 53 in 1986 and Lou Gehrig’s 52 in 1927. His 209 hits and 39 home runs in 2002 are the most by any Yankees second baseman in a single season.

The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 40. A corresponding 25-man roster move will be announced later today.

Associated Press photo

 
 

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105 Responses to “Yankees lineup: Soriano returns to Yanks in the cleanup spot”

  1. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Immediate protection for Robbie, something he hasn’t had all season.

  2. astrocityfan July 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    good to see romine back in there. hope he stays hot!

  3. fantasygame101 July 26th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    neal to the minors is the move? cross my finger on Soriano in LF.

  4. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Repost</b)

    It’s a horrible move because it’s yet another dumpster dive and because of the implications it has on the payroll this season AND, more importantly, next season.

    They don’t need another old guy who strikes out a lot and will cost them money and a roster spot next season when they are trying to get under $189M.

    It has jack sh!t to do with the prospect they gave up.

    They’ve already wasted enough money on dumpster dives.

  5. Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    im not a soriano fan but this helps. granderson and jeter will help too. i dont expect anything big but they are close to the WC spot and small upgrades will help.

  6. Hans Davenport July 26th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    neal to the minors is the move?

    With hafner in the lineup I’d be certain it was Neal. Not going to be Wells.

  7. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Oops. I screwed that up.

  8. Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    i didnt agree with that post BEFORE it went bold.

    now it’s just annoying.

  9. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Nunez reminds me of Soriano. Was never a good infielder, but was athletic and could hit. Nunez can’t hit for power like Soriano, but similar nonetheless.

    Good offensive addition for $6.8M. If any other team had done that we’d be saying it was a steal.

  10. bruceb July 26th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Girardi going with the hot hand at catcher. Good to see. Hafner hitting seventh – the position he would have batted had everyone been healthy.

  11. Hans Davenport July 26th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    GregD July 26th, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    It looks like Romine will catch two in a row

    Well he had to go 3 for 4 for that two happen. I’m sure it’s killing Joe Genius to do it. All he needs to do is not get a hit and he’s on the bench for 6 more games.

  12. Niblick July 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Romine playing again? Somebody must have stolen The Binder.

  13. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    i didnt agree with that post BEFORE it went bold.

    now it’s just annoying.

    ———

    Hope it feels good since you tend to annoy everyone else on a daily basis here.

  14. Patrick July 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    It’s a horrible move because it’s yet another dumpster dive and because of the implications it has on the payroll this season AND, more importantly, next season.

    They don’t need another old guy who strikes out a lot and will cost them money and a roster spot next season when they are trying to get under $189M.

    It has jack sh!t to do with the prospect they gave up.

    They’ve already wasted enough money on dumpster dives.

    Ok so if not Soriano who is the LF next year? Yes this slightly hurts the chances they can stay under $189 but I don’t think there is any situation in which they stay under that number and can still compete.

    So what are the Yankees supposed to do? Sell off the team? That is a valid argument but they are legitimately close to a wild card spot. You can spin a pretty happy picture if you try. The pitching is rock solid, Granderson, Jeter, A-rod are coming back and now add in Soriano. I can see why the Yankees would want to give it a go.

    The way I see it, there are 3 possible ways the Yankees could have gone:

    1. Sell off the team, zero chance at the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 but perhaps a better chance at recovery in 2015 and beyond.

    2. Do nothing, and stay under 189 in 2014. Very low chance at playoffs in 2013, zero chance in 2014 due to budget restrictions.

    3. Trade for players that can help make a push in 2013. Decent shot at making the playoffs in 2013, zero chance in 2014 due to budget restrictions.

    Ok I lied, there’s a fourth.

    3. a. Trade for players that can help make a push in 2013. Decent shot at making the playoffs in 2013, throw the 189 plan out the damn window and make the playoffs again in 2014 and beyond.

  15. Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    “Nunez reminds me of Soriano. Was never a good infielder, but was athletic and could hit. Nunez can’t hit for power like Soriano, but similar nonetheless.”

    In his prime (let’s say 2002-2008) Soriano hit .333/.531/.865. In his dreams Nunez is a similar hitter.

  16. Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Sorry, left out the BA. 2002-2008 Soriano hit .285/.333/.531/.865.

  17. luis July 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    GF…. Spot on… Last night I was really indifferent toward the move (meh!)… But learning that he is going to cost us money next season is very bad… Another free swinging past his prime soon to be retired vet…

    Although, GLove made a few interesting remarks in response to the post I made to him earlier ( Good post G by the way ;) )… If all we have is this season, it makes sense to try to make it to the PS… I don’t agree with it ( I rather rebuild for the LT health of the team ), but I could find some solace if Mo get’s to pitch in the PS one more time.

  18. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Wave, I completely agree. But you and I both know that the only reason Nunez is still on this team is because some view his offensive potential as more beneficial than his ‘offensive’ defense @ SS.

  19. fantasygame101 July 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    hope they get Michael young as 1b/3b. But only if it is reasonable.

  20. GregD July 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Hans……I hope he gets four hits tonight

  21. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t think Cashman’s done. I still think an upgrade at 1B is possible…

  22. Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t mind the deal, given the inevitable Yankee mindset, but I still think the post-season is a huge uphill climb and a fairly unlikely result.

  23. luis July 26th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I just hope that Soriano has learned some patience and maybe not swing at pitches over his head on a full count!!

  24. Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    i was convinced that the yankees would go over the $189M next year but now that it looks like they wont be paying alex much if anything, i’d say they will likely stick with the plan since his money will allow them to bring in more help.

  25. tomingeorgia July 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I’m happy Sori is back, always liked him enough to excuse his fielding when he was here last. I couldn’t object to him being included is the Arod deal, though, even with 20-20 hindsight. A much richer Alfonso has returned to the fold, and I expect him to do well. I hope he goes deep tonight.

  26. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    This team is just in a bad position right now with the trade deadline looming because they aren’t good enough to be a real contender and aren’t bad enough to be a doormat.

    I know realistically the front office was never going to sell off their assets but that’s exactly what they should have done. They could have gotten some real talent in return.

    Trading these assets for players now is better than losing them to FA in the offseason for a draft pick at best.

    These kinds of moves getting Soriano (in addition to the Ichiro deal in the offseason and the predictably stupid Wells deal) only delay the inevitable if you ask me.

    This is an organization that is headed in the wrong direction and selling off their assets would have been a golden opportunity to start to fix what’s broken instead of being in a similar or worse position a year from now with no tradeable assets to help turn things around.

  27. luis July 26th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Got to go… Later guys

  28. Niblick July 26th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Nunez reminds me of Soriano. Was never a good infielder, but was athletic and could hit. Nunez can’t hit for power like Soriano, but similar nonetheless.

    __________________

    Nunie has a career OPS of .679. He had a career OPS in the minors of .680.

    Nunie can’t carry Soriano’s jock strap.

  29. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    GF – every organization has it’s flaws. We just know ours really well.
    boston is in 1st, but arguably doesn’t really have the pitching for a playoff run or 3B.
    Orioles are well led, and are trying to reinforce their squad, and to me are a real threat.
    Rays have the pitching, but are always 1 injury away from disaster.
    Toronto is out of it.

    So yeah, we’ve got a chance to at least make one of the WC slots if not win the division. With Jeter, A-Rod, and Grandy back, complementing Soriano, that’s not a bad lineup. If CC can recover the balance of the year, we’ll be ok enough for a run, and that’s all you can ask for.

  30. Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    GF-

    I don’t really disagree with your rant but the dilemma of today’s Yankee fan is that the Yanks are not going to go down the path you suggest, so given that how do you get your enjoyment from the team?

    I guess I want them to do their best, given the roster the front office puts out there, and in that light I don’t mind the Soriano deal. I think it improves their not so great chances for the post-season this year.

  31. Shame Spencer July 26th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I haven’t read through everything but I did wanna point out that Wells is getting paid by the Yankees next season.. pretty sure it’s $2 or $2.4 million or something. Does that not count towards the LT?

  32. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    luis July 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    GF…. Spot on… Last night I was really indifferent toward the move (meh!)… But learning that he is going to cost us money next season is very bad… Another free swinging past his prime soon to be retired vet…

    Although, GLove made a few interesting remarks in response to the post I made to him earlier ( Good post G by the way ;) )… If all we have is this season, it makes sense to try to make it to the PS… I don’t agree with it ( I rather rebuild for the LT health of the team ), but I could find some solace if Mo get’s to pitch in the PS one more time.

    ——

    I get the sentimentality about giving Mo another opportunity to pitch in the postseason.

    However, in my opinion, the man is leaving this game in top no matter how the season finishes because he’s still the best closer in the game even at his age and he’s got 5 rings on his mantle.

    Does having an outside shot at a 6th ring really going to make his career complete? I don’t think so. He’ll retire at the end of this season as the greatest closer of all time and will undoubtedly have no regrets.

    In addition to that, people make think this argument is sacrilegious but no one player is bigger than the team – not even Mo or Jeter. The front office needs to do what’s best for the organization over the long term.

    Yankee fans were disgusted that this team didn’t make the postseason in 2008 during the last season at the old Stadium. But now nobody cares because they won it in the first season at the new building in 2009.

  33. TrueYankee July 26th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This was a good move the Yankees (although giving up Black kinda stinks). It makes our lineup somewhat deeper and puts a legitimate threat for opposing pitchers. You can bet on A-rod getting suspended next season so it’s not like we do not have money.

  34. RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Wonder if Wells could play 1B? RH Platoon with Overbay at 1B.

  35. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve never heard anyone here ever mention Corey Black before – and now including him in a deal stinks? Really??

    Acquiring an OF that can hit 20+HR for basically $6.8M stinks?

  36. Kelvin July 26th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    @JackCurryYES: Cashman said that Yankee ownership has “strong desire” to reinforce this team and get into the playoffs.

  37. TrueYankee July 26th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Cashman and Yankees are far from giving up on the season. Becoming sellers probably did not even cross their minds. We are taking this division!

    …alright, maybe wildcard.

  38. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    GF-

    I don’t really disagree with your rant but the dilemma of today’s Yankee fan is that the Yanks are not going to go down the path you suggest, so given that how do you get your enjoyment from the team?

    I guess I want them to do their best, given the roster the front office puts out there, and in that light I don’t mind the Soriano deal. I think it improves their not so great chances for the post-season this year.

    ——-

    Truthfully, I haven’t had quite the enjoyment this season as I usually do. The primary reason for that is because I didn’t like the moves they made this offseason (for the exception of Kuroda) and it’s been obvious to me that the organization is headed in the wrong direction.

    I’ve been a LoHudder since 2006 and I’ve always been one of the most optimistic regulars here when others have pissed and moaned on a daily basis.

    But over the past 18 months, I simply don’t like the way the front office has been running this team and I’m not real confident they are going to be able to turn things around.

  39. jackamir July 26th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I like the move and I think it can only help next year at a cost of 5mil.and of course he has to stay healthy on a team that is snake bitten. The Cubs players all said his work ethic is still top grade.

  40. jacksquat July 26th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Welcome back Fonsi

  41. Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    like i said corey black just became untradeable to a certain segment of lohudders….

  42. Ys Guy July 26th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    …but then again so was montero…

  43. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    Wave, I completely agree. But you and I both know that the only reason Nunez is still on this team is because some view his offensive potential as more beneficial than his ‘offensive’ defense @ SS.
    =====================================

    Sad, true, & funny !!!

  44. Wave Your Hat July 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    “But over the past 18 months, I simply don’t like the way the front office has been running this team and I’m not real confident they are going to be able to turn things around.”

    I hear you, GF.

    Gotta run. I’ll be interested in the game tonight.

  45. MG July 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    for those who are interested, 5 out of 9 in tonight’s lineup came up through the Yankees’ farm system.

    :)

  46. MG July 26th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    The next time the bullpen blows a game, will Lohud attribute that to Corey Black not being available?

  47. joeman July 26th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Francisco Cervelli..they should just cut this loose

  48. tucker July 26th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    This is a better move than standing still, but I don’t think it’s enough to get this team in the playoffs.

    I’ll be lukewarm until Soriano takes Lester over the Monster — a real possibility.

    It only cost Hal a yacht, and I’m fine with that.

  49. MG July 26th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Corey Black’s stats in Tampa this year:
    ERA 4.25
    WHIP 1.50

    He’s actually pitched worse than the above because he’s given up another 15 runs that are considered unearned, that’s over 1/4 of his earned runs allowed.

    Other than one pitcher who has given up 19 total runs and only 9 earned no one else on the staff is even close to that so it’s more than just bad defense behind him.

    They have a bunch of pitchers there with better stats, why is his loss anything to be concerned about?

  50. mick July 26th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    So will Grandy and Sori platoon in LF if Jeter DH’s.
    Nunez to the bench when Jeter’s at SS?
    Romine getting his shot.
    Wells and Hafner makes the bench stronger.

  51. mick July 26th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    They have a bunch of pitchers there with better stats, why is his loss anything to be concerned about?
    ==========
    People love to complain?

  52. Pat M. July 26th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Senior Franco……Once again I’m in your camp because I too think that the NY Yankee Front Office is functioning without a real plan in place. I fully understand that the injuries have been overwhelming and being that the club is still in the hunt for October baseball they want to give the impression that they are improving the club….Soriano does improve the ballclub however is it really that much of an improvement to offset the insanity that will be the NY Yankees next season ????? I’ve said it often since last year at this time, very tough decisions will be made this winter . Now many of those decisions have been made for them.

  53. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    If CC and Andye can get it together, the top 3 in the rotation should be able to match up with anybody – provided they can get maybe 5 runs behind them.

    That’s what I think this move does. Soriano, plus some pending reinforcements – should add 2 to 3 more runs/game, which with our bullpen, should be enough to lock a game down past the 6th inning.

  54. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Andy

  55. austinmac July 26th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I have no insight on Blck, but I did read he sits at 95 and can hit 100.for all I know it is from the top of a building, but he has potential. This is an early of system strength so I have no complaint adding Soriano.

    The only real issue is whether this helps or hurts for next year. Another aging player seems to compound the issue next year. If it is a sign they are freer with money for next year, hallelujah. But, I still doubt it.

  56. austinmac July 26th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, I wish I drank. It would help account for my typing.

  57. MG July 26th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    2013 Yankees run scored average and Won/Lost record:

    April: 4.88/game, 16-10
    July (mtd) 3.90 runs/game, 12-9

    It will only take 1 more run per game, on the average, to turn this season around as long as the pitching remains consistent with the rest of the season.

  58. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    The Orioles have placed Chris Dickerson on outright waivers after failing to find a trade partner, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
    =================================================

    …well – for all those clamoring for him…..there he is !!!

  59. MG July 26th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Let’s also add June, they only scored 3.26 runs per game and finished 11-16

    July has been an improvement over June, add Soriano, Jete and Granderson as well as Nunez already back and you have the beginnings of a better August and September.

  60. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    LOL@ UpState!

  61. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Just a partial list of some of our rt-handed relievers between AA and the ML level.

    D-Rob
    Kelley
    Claiborne
    Whitley
    Betances
    Kahnle
    Burawa

    I really don’t think we’re gonna miss Black too much.

    ;)

  62. Bad Scooter July 26th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Joel Sherman was on with Kay and brought up a good point. If Arod comes back and starts playing and then is hit with a 50 or 100 or 150 game suspension he will appeal and that’ll probably not be heard until the off season. So the Yanks can see if Arod can help this team this year and then he will probably have to serve a pretty long suspension next year. With the Yanks trying to get down to 189million and Arod being suspended he said Arods 25million next year won’t count towards that 189million or 80-90% of it won’t. Then the Yanks can use that savings and actually sign some guys this offseason and still stay under the 189million.

  63. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Oops.

    I forgot Montgomery.

  64. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The Yankees produce righty relievers like Henry Ford produced Model T’s.

    They just keep rollin’ off the assembly line. One after the next.

    ;)

  65. Bad Scooter July 26th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    At the very worst next year Soriano is our RH DH for 5 million. Not that crazy. He still will hit 20 HR’s playing against some RH’s, too. Thing is we have to unload Wells and get a real LF for 2014.

  66. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    What we really could use is a good 3b for next season and beyond.

  67. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Wells is zero cost for next season so if they want to dump him it’s no problem at all.

  68. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    MTU July 26th, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    Just a partial list of some of our rt-handed relievers between AA and the ML level.

    D-Rob
    Kelley
    Claiborne
    Whitley
    Betances
    Kahnle
    Burawa and…..Montgomery.

    I really don’t think we’re gonna miss Black too much.
    —————————————————————————

    You’re sure about that ?

    Before today Black was NEVER mentioned here or in the papers (aside from when he got drafted)

    …..but some are sure that we just traded away Trevor Hoffman…..

    You mean we also have the RHP prospects listed above ???

  69. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Upsate-

    And more I didn’t mention.

    ;)

  70. Pat M. July 26th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    So much for the start of the youth movement. Blake’s 1987 Camaro with new mags. Thing is puking oil though

  71. Mr. Roth July 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    “I know realistically the front office was never going to sell off their assets but that’s exactly what they should have done. They could have gotten some real talent in return.

    Trading these assets for players now is better than losing them to FA in the offseason for a draft pick at best.”

    All the pieces that the Yankees would want to sell will be either 1 year rentals, no-trade clause protected, a terrible contract, or some combination of the three. There is either no deal to be made, or no deal really worth making that would help to “rebuild”. Sure we could trade Cano, but explain to me how trading the player who will likely be our best player for the next 4-5 (or possibly more) years would be a smart move to help a team rebuild.

  72. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Is it legal for the Yankees to form – say 10 – new minor league teams in whatever leagues would take them ???

  73. Don July 26th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I like the Soriano signing. I wish him well!

  74. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    In theory, it would be nice to use the savings they could potentially get from A-Rod’s suspension on other signings but I’m not exactly confident they’d spend it wisely given their recent track record of wasting money.

  75. Hans Davenport July 26th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    austinmac July 26th, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    Wow, I wish I drank. It would help account for my typing.

    For me that would be a damn good reason to start.

  76. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    Upstate-

    And more I didn’t mention.
    ===============================

    More prospects (RHP) that we have that weren’t listed ???

    Heads are exploding as we speak, because we traded one of them !!!

    Poof, Poof, Poof !!!

  77. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I’d try to move Hughes + + for a 3b or near ML-ready 3b.

    ;)

  78. Howler July 26th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    MTU talking down Aroldis Black will get you nowhere.

  79. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Howler-

    Must be an aftereffect of the radiation.

    :)

  80. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    I’d try to move Hughes + + for a 3b or near ML-ready 3b.

    ===================

    Sano / Cowart / Olt / Davidson

  81. Giuseppe Franco July 26th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Mr. Roth July 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    All the pieces that the Yankees would want to sell will be either 1 year rentals, no-trade clause protected, a terrible contract, or some combination of the three. There is either no deal to be made, or no deal really worth making that would help to “rebuild”. Sure we could trade Cano, but explain to me how trading the player who will likely be our best player for the next 4-5 (or possibly more) years would be a smart move to help a team rebuild.

    —–

    They could get real value in return for Cano. Same with Kuroda.

    Adding either of those pieces to a team vying for the postseason would be a real game changer for them.

  82. RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I see the Yanks signed SS Brendan Harris

  83. MG July 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    One Lohud poster mentioned Corey Black during the spring-it was either Stoneburner II or Stoneburner III, in the context of that is who Yankees fans should be discussing instead of the ones always mentioned here.

    Of course, he is somewhere out in the universe waxing poetic…

  84. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Upstate-

    Olt is already gone.

    I don’t think the A’s would part w Sano easily.

    Don’t know Cowart.

    Don’t know if the D’backs would part with Davidson.

  85. exiledintampa July 26th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    We traded Cory Black from our position of greatest strength. RH relief pitchers is what we do best. No big loss here.

  86. DaSaint007 July 26th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    What we really could use is a good 3b for next season and beyond.
    ————–
    Agreed!
    The beyond part is the problem. Only Headley would do it for me.
    Adams can probably hit, but doesn’t have the arm strength.

  87. RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Bad Scooter July 26th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Sounds like Sherman has been reading LoHud for the last several weeks!

  88. Hans Davenport July 26th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    GregD July 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
    Hans……I hope he gets four hits tonight

    Its the only way he stays in the lineup. Joe Genius doesn’t need much of a reason to play his clone, Stewart. Look at 3B, Lilly Pad has had 680plus at bats, and he plays with a lifetime BA of .206. He’s the choice over a guy who has a chance to get better with regular at bats. Wait until Nix comes back! He will start at 3b or SS and bat second every game with his lifetime OPS. of .646. He’s actually worse this year at .607 but there are people will tell you he’s better because he’s playing regular.
    All these guys have Girardi’s DNA. Poor offensive players with inflated defensive reputations. They have those reps so management can justify their presence on a ML roster.

  89. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Do the Braves, Giants,or Halos have any good near ML-ready 3b guys they might part with ?

  90. MG July 26th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The Yankees have fielded a bunch of scrubs since the All Star game (with the exception of 3 players) and are 3-4 on the road against 2 tough teams.

    If they had gone 1-6 and gotten blown out a bunch of times I would not be in support of anything that would hurt them in the future but the fact is that they aren’t in bad shape and have a chance to do something from this point forward.

  91. RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    It is a shame that GB wasn’t here to tell us about Black!

  92. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    LAA:

    Kaleb Cowart
    (AA)
    21
    Bats: S, Throws: R
    Height: 6′ 3″, 195

    Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout are in the big leagues making large contributions. Cowart could be the next homegrown bat to make a huge impact in Los Angeles. The third baseman has a ton of bat speed and has the ability to drive the ball from both sides of the plate, and he should continue to tap into his raw power. His improvements with his approach and plate discipline are helping him become a better all-around hitter. Cowart is an above-average runner and his athleticism, not to mention his plus throwing arm, will help him stay at third long-term. He has the chance to be a very good everyday big leaguer whose tools work very well on both sides of the ball.

  93. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Saint-

    I don’t know if the Royals would part with Moustakas since Gordon can play 3rd but if they would he might be worth trying for.

  94. Pat M. July 26th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Senior Franco……I always remember our pal SJ telling us that The NY Yankees are in the business of winning ballgames. However the time has come when it’s about the infusion of youth. Cano, Granderson could have fetched a boatload just as CC and Kuroda can as well….At some point in time there’s going to be several steps back before they can move forward. I just think that when that bell rings it’s going to be a lot of steps back . Go Yanks !!!!! Maybe they’ll interview John Hart sometime soon and he can write down a number for Hal to consider.

  95. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Upstate-

    Guess that answers my question on who the Halos might have.

  96. charlestonchew July 26th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Why all the hate?

    I’m pumped to see Soriano back on the team. I never wanted him to leave in the first place.

  97. Hans Davenport July 26th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    I see the Yanks signed SS Brendan Harris

    You’re kidding right?! OMG. Why!? Don’t they have enough SS’s that are mediocre with the bat? He wasn’t even in the majors in 2011, 2012. This year he’s hit as bad as Nix. Geez.

  98. Mr. Roth July 26th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    GF –

    “They could get real value in return for Cano. Same with Kuroda.

    Adding either of those pieces to a team vying for the postseason would be a real game changer for them.”

    Kuroda has a no trade clause which he was very willing to exercise when he was with LAD in order to stop trades to NYY. What makes you think that this year would be any different?

    I also highly doubt that any package we got for Cano would have been able to replace the production we’re going to get from Cano in the next 4-5 years (this obviously assumes we resign him, which I really think we will).

    Even if we did flip both of them for prospects, what makes you think that one or maybe two A prospects plus maybe a lottery ticket or two is going to be able to form a new reliable core for the organization for the years to come? Seems like nothing more than extremely wishful thinking to me.

  99. UpState July 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Olt is already gone.

    =============================

    What’s the CUBS current & future 3B plans ???

    Olt has to have effected something there in Chicago ……

  100. Pat M. July 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Upstate…..Halos really like Cowart

  101. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Upstate-

    I’ll let you try to answer that one.

    You seem very wired in.

    :)

  102. MTU July 26th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    New one ——->

  103. jackamir July 26th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Sori has a great smile and has the reputation of a good teammate.. How can anybody dislike this move… He is not a season maker but he is an upgrade… The first of many roster shifts in the next 2 weeks…

  104. RayVT July 26th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe the Yanks take a chance on Brandon Wood. SS/3B & 1B some OF. A person that may need a 3rd chance. Former 1st round draft pick.

  105. Mr. Roth July 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    “Sori has a great smile and has the reputation of a good teammate.. How can anybody dislike this move… He is not a season maker but he is an upgrade… The first of many roster shifts in the next 2 weeks…”

    Besides the smile and reputation, he’s stil the best RH bat we have now. He adds RH power that has been non-existent all year so far. We’re only paying him $5 million next year and we gave up an A-ball prospect….it seems like a no brainer to me.

    We’re 3 games out of a playoff spot, I can’t believe that people actually think that means we should be sellers. If you actually watch baseball then you should be aware that plenty of teams have overcome PLENTY more than a 3 game defecit at the end of July.


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