New York Yankees: trade deadline

The Yankees made two deadline deals. Whom did they make one of them with? None other than the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees acquired Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson and cash considerations.

The deal marks the first time the rivals have made a trade since 1997 when Mike Stanley came to the Yankees.

The Yankees also acquired Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for home run hitting prospect Pete O'Brien.

What it means: Drew is not going to play shortstop during Derek Jeter's retirement tour, so he most likely will play second base, where Brian Roberts has not been great. It wouldn't surprise me if Roberts is let go.

The Yankees could put Drew at third base some and have Chase Headley play some outfield.

They have been interested in Drew for a couple of years but couldn't get a deal done with Drew's agent Scott Boras.

As for Prado, he is a jack-of-all-trades but likely will see a lot of time in right field.

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Many deals: The Yankees made four midsize deals before the deadline. Prior to Thursday, Brandon McCarthy and Headley were brought in. Both have been good so far.

They also have picked up castoffs Chris Capuano and David Huff. So it is inaccurate to say the Yankees did nothing, but it is fair to say they did nothing big.

Should they have done something bigger? I say no. Did you really want Chris Denorfia? How about Gerardo Parra? Those guys aren't going help anyone win the wild card.

Marlon Byrd would have been an upgrade over Ichiro Suzuki, but the Yankees spent $250 million on outfielders in the past 10 months. Is it really wise to add a guy who is owed $8 million next year and could be owed as much as $16 million over the next two seasons? Alex Rios is not that great either.

Standings: The Yankees are three games back in the wild card and 5½ behind in the American League East. They are a middling team that really shouldn't be wasting chips from their farm system to go for it this season.

Play some kids: Would you rather watch one of these not great but better than Ichiro guys play right than see a guy like Rob Refsnyder get a shot? Refsnyder might give the Yanks a bit of a jolt, and they could get a better read on whether he can hit in the majors. My impression from talking to Yankee people: Refsnyder is not advanced enough at second base for them to feel comfortable bringing him up to play there, but why not try him out in right field? Perhaps that move is coming.

Claimed: The Yankees claimed Esmil Rogers off waivers. Rogers, 28, had a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees released Scott Sizemore.

Cashman: Brian Cashman will speak to the media in a little bit, so come back to hear what he has to say.

By the way: The Yankees already have Jon Lester on their offseason radar.

Also: If the Yanks want to make a deal in August for someone like Cliff Lee, he should get through waivers. The Yankees, though, at least right now, are not in love with how he has looked and all the money he is owed.

Next year: Drew probably becomes the leading candidate to replace Jeter.

Question: How do you feel about the Yankees' deadline moves?

Cashman: No help for Yanks at deadline

July, 31, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Help is not on the way.

The New York Yankees, who have dropped to just four games above .500 and 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, were unable to complete a deal by the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, meaning they are likely to play out the remainder of the 2013 season with the players already on their aging and injury-depleted roster.

"We’ll have to contend with what we have right now unless we find ways to improve it," Cashman said on a conference call with Yankee beat writers Wednesday afternoon. "It wasn’t a deep market at all, and obviously what I was offering wasn’t enough."

Instead, Cashman said, the Yankees would attempt to piece together a competitive roster with the expected return of centerfielder Curtis Granderson, perhaps as early as Friday night, and the possible return of Kevin Youkilis, who is recovering from back surgery but could return in late September. Alex Rodriguez's status is, of course, uncertain.

"Once we get all of these guys back, we certainly will be a team that has a chance to take a run at this thing," Cashman said.

As the 4 p.m. ET deadline approached, there were reports that Philadelphia Phillies infielder Michael Young, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, had agreed to allow a trade to the Yankees and that the two teams were talking.

But it did not come together, and Cashman would not provide specifics about any potential trades.

"We had a lot of conversations with a lot of organizations," Cashman said. "But we didn’t get anything that would lead us to deal."

Cashman did say the Yankees might revisit the possibility of acquiring some of the players they had been interested in throughout August, when players will be required to clear waivers before they can be traded.

In the meantime, Cashman pointed to the Yankees' recent acquisition of Alfonso Soriano as "the big bat we got," and to the expected return of Granderson, who hit 84 home runs in his previous two seasons with the Yankees, to provide a lift to his struggling offense.

As for Rodriguez, he is scheduled for a simulated game in Tampa on Thursday, but after that, his future is decidedly unsettled; he is widely expected to be suspended, and perhaps even facing a lifetime ban, when baseball announces it discipline for players involved with Biogenesis, an announcement that could come at any time.

Cashman refused comment on any question regarding MLB’s pending actions regarding A-Rod, and when asked if he was frustrated by his inability to improve the Yankees through a trade, said, "Not at all. You can’t push for something that isn’t there."

And clearly, the Yankees' GM seemed to be focusing on the possibility that the Yankees could rally to attain the second AL Wild Card berth; they are currently 3 1/2 games out and behind three other teams for that spot.

"I didn’t say we couldn’t win the division, but you have to walk before you can run," Cashman said.

And in addition to his failure to complete a deal, Cashman offered one more nugget of bad news -- Francisco Cervelli, who was expected to be the Yankees’ starting catcher after an excellent spring training, is now unlikely to play again this season due to lingering pain in his broken right thumb, as well as soreness in his throwing elbow.

Cervelli will be examined by Dr. James Andrews for the problem in his elbow, which cropped up during his rehab from the broken finger, suffered on a foul tip back in April.

"None of this information is positive," Cashman said of Cervelli. "We’re running out of time and it’s looking like he’s done for the year."

You might say the same about the Yankees.

Rapid Reaction: No trades for Yankees

July, 31, 2013
7/31/13
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees made no deals on trade deadline day.

WHAT WAS CLOSE: The Yankees had talks with the Phillies about a trade for Michael Young, who could have helped them as a right-handed first baseman/third baseman/DH.

Young informed the Phillies at 1:30 p.m. that he would wave his no-trade clause to come to the Yankees, sources said. The Yankees, despite media reports, did not officially hear this news from the Phillies until about an hour later. The two sides spoke about trade, but could never come to an agreement.

NO ONE WANTED JOBA: The Yankees were willing to trade Joba Chamberlain for just about anything. They couldn't find anyone who would take him. Chamberlain could be traded in waiver deal or he could possibly be released at some point. He is a free agent at the end of the year, but the Yankees are not expected to re-sign him.

HUGHES-FUL? Phil Hughes was not dealt and there did not seem to be much interest in him. Teams that are contenders didn't think they could trust him as a starter, while others will just wait until he is a free agent.

The Yankees could still get something for Hughes this offseason if they make the nearly $14 million qualifying offer to him. If he accepts, he would be back on a one-year deal. If not, he would go on the open market and if he signs with another team, the Yankees would receive a first-round pick.

MORE INFO SOON: Brian Cashman is holding a conference call at 4:30 and Wallace Matthews will be on it.

QUESTION: Do the Yankees have enough to win a wild-card spot?

Trade Deadline: Joba Chamberlain

July, 29, 2013
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It seems a long, long time ago now. Joba Chamberlain was every bit as big as Matt Harvey. When Chamberlain saved the Yankees' season in 2007 as an unhittable setup man, he was everywhere, the toast of the town.

While Harvey is supposed to be the next Dwight Gooden or Tom Seaver, the Yankees had Joba penciled as the heir to Roger Clemens and then Mariano Rivera. Instead, Chamberlain's career has dissolved to the point he is a mop-up man. And he may have played his final game at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes.

With the Yankees in Los Angeles and the trade deadline on Wednesday, Chamberlain being dealt is the most likely move that Brian Cashman will make.

They could trade Phil Hughes, but the Yankees still are keen on making him a qualifying offer for nearly $14 million and seeing if he accepts a one-year deal. If not, then they would receive a first round pick when Hughes leaves as a free agent.

There is no draft booty at the end of Chamberlain rainbow. A guy who was discussed for aces like Roy Halladay and Johan Santana could be gone in the next 48 hours for next to nothing.

"He may not even fetch pennies on the dollar," one baseball official said.

Joba's story will make an interesting "30 for 30" one day, but the ending -- nor the middle -- ever matched the beginning.

QUESTION: What has been the highlight of Joba's career?
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees don't do anything major. They do add a first/third baseman, Casey McGehee from the Pirates. He's a right-handed bat and helps them with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira out.

DEMPSTER IN THE DUMPSTER: The Yankees did have conversations on Ryan Dempster, but he ends up with the Texas Rangers. For the Yankees, it is unclear how much of an upgrade he would be over what they already have. We get into the details here.

WHAT THEY DID: They traded Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh for McGehee. Qualls had no place on the roster with Joba Chamberlain due back real soon. The trade also means Ramiro Pena's days are numbered. In 2010, McGehee hit .285 with 23 homers and drove in 104 with Milwaukee. (Sadly, he was at .230/8/35 so far this year.) He will play first and third in A-Rod's absence.

THEY ALREADY MADE THEIR BIG DEAL: Getting Ichiro Suzuki to play the outfield was the Yankees' big deal before the break. Ichiro's acquisition looks pretty good at the moment; especially with Mark Teixeira's injury. Though Teixiera doesn't appear to be hurt badly, Ichiro presence makes it easier for Joe Girardi to shift Nick Swisher to first base.

WHERE WAS THE NEED? If you wanted to argue the Yankees needed to improve their pitching, I don't think even Brian Cashman would argue. Though that has been a strength, Cashman is always thinking pitching. But the Yankees were out of the Cliff Lee game and there was no obvious upgrade over what they have right now. When Cashman talks, we'll find out how seriously they considered Dempster.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are you satisfied with this Yankee team?

Source: Yankees and Cubs talk Dempster

July, 31, 2012
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UPDATE: Reports out of Los Angeles say the Dodgers are out of the Ryan Dempster talks. Buster Olney says Dempster is going to the Rangers

A source confirmed to ESPN New York that the Yankees and Cubs have had discussions about Ryan Dempster. Dempster, as a 10-5 player, has the ability to block any deal. Dempster told ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine that he would allow a trade to go through to the Yankees.

The same source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking still believes that Dempster will end up with the Dodgers.

"We'll see," the source added.

If the Yankees were to make a trade for Dempster, they'd probably demand money from the Cubs to encourage them to give up a top prospect. Dempster is 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA. Although he has tremendous numbers this season in the NL Central, it is unknown how he would do pitching in the AL East or even if he would be used before Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes in a potential postseason rotation. If the Yankees were to make a trade for Dempster, it might indicate that they are concerned about whether Andy Pettitte will return.

Pettitte had a slight setback last week in his recovery from his fractured fibula, but the Yankees insisted it is not a real issue in his plan to return next month.

ESPN's Jayson Stark has reported that the Yankees have used assistant GM Jim Hendry to recruit Dempster to New York. For this to happen, Yankees GM Brian Cashman would have to receive permission from his Cubs President Theo Epstein to have a Yankee official contact a player on another team. As Cubs GM, Hendry negotiated Dempster's contract, which calls for him to make $14 million in this his final year of the deal.

Cashman could also be doing a favor for his buddy, Epstein. Dempster's first choice is to go to Los Angeles. Cashman could be helping to drive up the price for Epstein.
Jayson Nix can watch the Olympics with a different perspective than any other Yankee.

Derek Jeter may have 3,000 hits. Alex Rodriguez might own 600 homers. And Ichiro Suzuki may be one of the best hitters of all time. However, only one guy in the Yankees clubhouse can look at London right now and say, "Been there, done that."

In 2008 in Beijing, the Colorado Rockies let Nix leave the organization to play for Davey Johnson's U.S. team. Nix helped Johnson win a bronze medal.

Now Nix, 29, is trying to hang onto something even more precious to him than the medal he has tucked away at his home in Dallas.

"It was a different experience for me," said Nix, who enjoyed the Games. "Growing up, my dream was to play in the big leagues, not the Olympics."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is open to adding a right-handed hitting third baseman to the team along with lefty Eric Chavez. The Padres' Chase Headley has been discussed as a guy who may be able to fill in at other spots as well -- like Nick Swisher's in right field -- in the future. Guys like Ty Wigginton have been floated as well. But Cashman will have to ask himself, how much better will they be than Nix?

Chavez, if he stays healthy, will play against righties, while Nix is the man versus lefties. Joe Girardi has been impressed with Nix, who has stepped up lately with his go-ahead bases-clearing, eighth-inning double in Oakland, and a homer on Saturday night against the Red Sox. Nix has fielded at third well enough that the Yankees should be able to survive with him.

"It is not on my radar," Nix said.

Nix is a serious sort of fellow. He is all business, and said he is not completely satisfied with how his career has gone since he was a Rockies first-round pick (No. 44 overall) in 2001. He fits in with the Yankees because he is so focused, and he can move all around to fit Girardi's needs. By 4 p.m. on Tuesday, he will find out if it is enough to play a significant role with the Yankees until Rodriguez comes back.

UP NOW: Ian O'Connor on Bobby Valentine. Andy Pettitte had a setback. Joba Chamberlain takes a step forward. Buster Olney talks with Ichiro Suzuki about his first week. Suzuki needs more than 24 hours in a day. Buster also says that the Yankees will only do something minor, if they do anything at all, at the trade deadline.

ON DECK: Katie Sharp provides a YankeeMetrics at 10:30 a.m. and a What2Watch4 at 11:45 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., Matt Ehalt has a look at the Yankees without A-Rod. Johnette Howard, Matt and I will be in the clubhouse. So keep checking the blog. The clubhouse opens at 3:20 p.m.

IN THE HOLE:The second-place Orioles are in town. Here are your pitching matchups:Freddy Garcia (4-4, 5.16 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.28); Tuesday, Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.08) vs. Chris Tillman (3-1, 1.66); Wednesday, Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.08) vs. Zach Britton (1-0, 5.74)

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Should the Yankees made a deal for a third baseman?

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