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Two days before the deadline, relievers on the move

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian CashmanA quick reminder of what Brian Cashman said on Friday (which is basically the same thing he said about two weeks ago).

“This market is really thin on offense, so if someone comes to the marketplace with a bat, they’re going to have a lot of people to talk to. Pitching seems to be out there a lot, but the bats aren’t.”

Today’s activity seemed to backup those claims.

With the trade deadline now less than 48 hours away, there were three significant trades today, and all three involved relievers. Of the day’s most prominent rumors, the biggest names involved were a pair of starting pitchers.

The deals that were done…

The Tigers traded for Astros closer Jose Veras, who’s significantly improved since his days with the Yankees. He had a 1.00 WHIP with Houston and will slide into more of a setup role in Detroit.

The Braves traded for lefty Scott Downs, who had a 1.84 ERA with the Angles and has held lefties to a sub-.200 batting average. He’ll join another former Angels reliever, Jordan Walden, in Atlanta.

The Rays traded for White Sox all-star Jesse Crain, who’s been on the disabled list all of July but has been a dominant setup man when healthy this season. Tampa Bay will send a player to be named or cash to Chicago.

As for names floating through rumors…

White Sox starter Jake Peavy is clearly on the radar, but the White Sox are reportedly looking for a significant prospect haul as well as a considerable salary dump. The Red Sox are also said to have discussed Cliff Lee, and the Diamondbacks are reportedly shopping Ian Kennedy.

Michael Young’s name is still floating out there a little bit, but there really hasn’t been an obvious market for offensive players.

And Ken Rosenthal’s afternoon tweet surely came as little surprise: “As of yesterday, the #Yankees had not received a single trade offer for RHP Phil Hughes.” It’s just hard to imagine much of a trade market for either Hughes or Joba Chamberlain at this point.

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44 Responses to “Two days before the deadline, relievers on the move”

  1. Ys Guy July 29th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    espn and ap say ‘alex will be suspended under the labor agreement rather than the drug agreement so that he may not play during his appeal’

  2. UpState July 29th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    NY Yankees – 3B News :

    Infielder Brady Steiger has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees.
    Steiger, who was a second team NAIA All-American after leading the Warriors with a 430 batting average that ranked him third in the nation, was playing with the Seattle Studs of the Pacific International League at the time of his signing.

    Looks like Steiger is headed for a change of scenery as he’s headed off to join the GCL Yankees of the Short-Season Gulf Coast League, based in Tampa, Florida.

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

    The move before the ‘decision’ ???

  3. ron July 29th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Perfect time to extend hughes.
    3/30

  4. Ys Guy July 29th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    “espn and the associated press are reporting that major league baseball may try to suspend arod under the labor agreement rather than the drug agreement. what this means is arod would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while appealing”

  5. Jerkface July 29th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I dont see why that would be a thing, since players who are suspended for discipline appeal and play all the time.

  6. Against All Odds July 29th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    does anybody ever see anyone sayin those things about Arod? All he did was take some drugs to hit a baseball better

    —————————————-

    Does anyone say anything like that about steroid users outside of maybe Andy. It’s funny how MLB players have been demonized for taking PEDs but everything else gets a yea but.

    ”I know he was involved in a domestic dispute but I’ve met him and he’s such a great guy. ”

    “Player X used PEDs during his MLB career…ugh he is a lowlife scum”

  7. mick July 29th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Bingo! Schilling was right.
    STFU.

  8. k lynn July 29th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    28 other teams besides the Phils and Red Sox, yet Cliff Lee is going to the Red Sox. No other contending team could possibly want Cliff Lee. As usual, the Red Sox get what they want, for what they want. There will be no depletion of their farm system, their farm system built by guys like Keith Law, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus.

    The Phils should hold the Red Sox over a barrel, since the Red Sox are desperate for pitching, but nope. Wont happen. Same ole, same ole.

    This is why I dont think Ill ever be able to stop hating boston teams. Ive relaxed my opinions on their people, but their teams are the recipients of charity time after time. And then they pretend like they’re the disrespected underdogs with the chip on their shoulders.

  9. Nick in SF July 29th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Reuters is now reporting that MLB will suspend Arod under the Circus Agreement, meaning that Arod would have to wear a red nose and clown shoes during any appeal. :neutral:

  10. blake July 29th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    espn and ap say ‘alex will be suspended under the labor agreement rather than the drug agreement so that he may not play during his appeal’

    Whoa well that’s a change

  11. Ys Guy July 29th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    i think arod’s lawyer’s spot on the michael kay show and tonight’s espn report are just negotiation by media.

  12. blake July 29th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    @TJQuinnESPN: The @AP reports MLB could try to prevent A-Rod from playing while under appeal by punishing under CBA rather than drug agreement.

  13. RMS July 29th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Reuters is now reporting that MLB will suspend Arod under the Circus Agreement, meaning that Arod would have to wear a red nose and clown shoes during any appeal.
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    Well, he is a clown, might as well dress like one.

  14. k lynn July 29th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    And it doesnt matter who the Red Sox Gm is. Different Gm, same story. Red Sox get what Red Sox want, and Red Sox give up what Red Sox want to part with.

  15. Wave Your Hat July 29th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I don’t have a special insight into the rights and wrongs of the ARod imbroglio but I do begin to root for ARod out of basic fairness here. Coming up with some special “ARod can’t play” rule really rubs me the wrong way.

  16. Mike in Harrisburg July 29th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    @Nick I still don’t understand why the Players Association agreed to that.

  17. blake July 29th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    If the Sox get Lee that’s a game changer for them

  18. Wave Your Hat July 29th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t think the Yanks can catch the Sox. What if the Orioles got Lee, that would worry me.

  19. yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    “Pitching seems to be out there a lot, but the bats aren’t.”

    Gee, Cash, why are we not surprised?

  20. Nick in SF July 29th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    @Mike It was either that or sign the agreement in the Mystery Box.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock July 29th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    That’s what I think sets Nova apart… He is a power pitcher, but he has a sinker, therefore he will be able to keep the ball in the park… As I said, he has ace written all over him
    ////

    primo,

    Absolutely. Vato has the perfect complement of the sinker and ability to miss bats. That’s why I so wanted Betances to get brought up as a starter: groundballs and Ks. That’s what he does and that’s the recipe for RHSP in our park.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock July 29th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    “Pitching seems to be out there a lot, but the bats aren’t.”

    Gee, Cash, why are we not surprised?
    ///

    Does he really say these things? I can’t listen to him anymore.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock July 29th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 29th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t think the Yanks can catch the Sox. What if the Orioles got Lee, that would worry me.
    ///

    That would suck :D

  24. fantasygame101 July 29th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    we do not need game changer, just a 1b that is right handed or any 1b that is better than overbay. Is that too much to ask?

  25. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    “Coming up with some special “ARod can’t play” rule really rubs me the wrong way.”

    That rule is the successor to the “1 out of a 100 Alex name leak” rule.

    Brought to you courtesy of MLB and Selena Roberts.

  26. yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Does Alex also have to wear the ignominious “A” emblazoned on his chest?

  27. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    If you want to be serious about the post-season you need a catcher other than Stewart.

  28. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    BTW J ALfred that was a great post on RH pitching that Luis mentioned.

  29. yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    And you can’t rely on Cervy; he’ll get 50 games, the little “cheater.”

  30. Mike in Harrisburg July 29th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    @Nick true, I wouldn’t have wanted to risk a carribean cruise with Bud Selig either

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock July 29th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks, Tar, I realized later I’d forgotten Contreras and Upper-decki Irabu :)

    But you wonder why all of these RHP are ultimately deemed “headcases” who “couldn’t handle” the Bronx. There’s a pattern, but I don’t think that’s what it points to.

  32. Captain Clutch July 29th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    If the Sox get Lee that’s a game changer for them
    ————–

    Yeah and he would be coming back to bite them twice. First being that the Yanks don’t have him and second being the Sox getting him. Every trade deadline the Sox are always the team getting everyone and then nothing happens. So hopefully that is the case here.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock July 29th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    And you can’t rely on Cervy; he’ll get 50 games, the little “cheater.”
    ////

    Let’s just hope no one’s creating a little Cervy voodoo doll and sticking pins in it, or praying for a career-ending injury as appropriate “karma”.

  34. RhapsodyInBlue July 29th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    When the Sox got Gagne a lot of folks thought it was a game changer.

    How did that work out?

  35. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Wasn’t Melky’s named also linked to this mess?

    If so, was this covered under his suspension from last year, or is this strike two?

  36. Captain Clutch July 29th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Cashman and Hal will probably throw a party if Arod is suspended for a long period of time. If he doesn’t play at all this year and misses most of next that is a lot of $ they will be saving. Hopefully Hal puts it back into the team instead of buying a vacation home.

  37. Wave Your Hat July 29th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    The Yanks could use a game changer. It is a little optimistic to rely on Jeter and Soriano hitting home runs every game

  38. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I thought you couldn’t trade a player that was injured or on the DL?

    But obviously that is wrong since the Rays acquired Crain who is on the 15 DL.

  39. blake July 29th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I think Bud is taking his pent up Barry Bonds hate out on Alex

  40. chicken_stanley July 29th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    Wasn’t Melky’s named also linked to this mess?

    If so, was this covered under his suspension from last year, or is this strike two?

    —–

    I heard on ESPN last night (so take with a grain of salt) that Melky and Colon might escape further discipline because their previous infractions occurred during the same time period as the current investigation covers.

  41. Tar July 29th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Chicken

  42. yankeefeminista July 29th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    More fun with PEDS this way :arrow:

  43. chicken_stanley July 29th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Gonna hit the sack. But before I go, thought I would share this bit of hard hitting journalism from Yahoo:

    http://weather.yahoo.com/-real.....14665.html

    Apparently, sharknado is actually possible! :) :)

  44. 4TrainNorth July 29th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Bud Selig himself is Ortiz’s dealer.

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