As we wrap up this All-Star break, here are a few notes and links heading into tomorrow’s start of the second half.
• Always a unique voice on the Yankees beat, Dan Barbarisi comes through again with a must-read clubhouse survey. Similar to a story he did a few years ago, Barbarisi asked the Yankees which teammate struggles to tie a tie, which is best suited to be a son-in-law, and which would be most helpful in a fight. It’s predictably great. And having been in the clubhouse while Dan was asking some of these questions, it was fun to see the way some of the players reacted and got into the whole thing. It’s a great and quirky look at the personalities on this team.
• Yankees closer Dave Robertson told Anthony McCarron that there has been no dialogue with the Yankees about a possible contract extension. All signs point to Robertson becoming a free agent at the end of the season. “There’s just been zero talks,” Robertson said. “When the offseason comes, it comes and we’ll hear what other teams and everybody else wants to say.” I still like the idea of the Yankees re-signing Robertson, but the emergence of Dellin Betances could give them reason to let Robertson walk.
• Based on run differential, the Yankees should have a losing record and head into the second half significantly farther out of the division race. The fact they’re a .500 team and still in the hunt, Joe Giradri said, is because their bullpen has let them win a lot of close, low-scoring games. Ken Davidoff, though, writes that this season and last season have each made Girardi himself look pretty good. “Through this chaos, however, Girardi keeps enhancing his status,” Davidoff wrote, “both within the organization and among other teams.”
• According to Forbes, the Yankees are the fourth-most valuable sports team on the planet behind three soccer teams. Forbes put the Yankees value at $2.5 billion.
• Ratings for Tuesday’s All-Star Game went up a little bit, and that’s just might be because of all the FOX focus on Derek Jeter’s finale.
• The Yankees have signed veteran lefty Rich Hill to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A. They might have done the same with Chien-Ming Wang, who opted out of his contract with the Reds this weekend. Instead, Wang found a minor league deal with the White Sox.
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