Monday, August 1, 2016

Brian Cashman's Legacy Is Built On 2016 Trade Deadline Moves

The Yankees moves this past week have helped set up the playoff picture in the AL and NL. The Yankees shipped off free agents to be Aroldis Chapman and Carlos Beltran also surprisingly they dealt Andrew Miller who has two years left on his deal. The Yankees ended up making five total trades which are recapped below

Aroldis Chapman to Chicago Cubs for Glebyer Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren and Rashad Crawford
Andrew Miller to Cleveland Indians for Clint Fraizer, Justus Sheffield, J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller
Vincente Campos to Arizona Diamondbacks for Tyler Clippard
Carlos Beltran to Texas Rangers for Dillon Tate, Nick Green, and Erik Swanson
Ivan Nova to Pittsburgh Pirates for Two PTBNL

Of the 14 players the Yankees acquired only Adam Warren, and Tyler Clippard will be joining the Major League roster. These moves were made with the future in mind. Clint Fraizer and Gleyber Torres now stand atop the Yankees prospect watch at one and two respectively. Justus Sheffield slots in at number seven and Dillon Tate comes in at number 11.

Many fans and Yankees reporters have been heaping praise on Brian Cashman, and rightfully so. Cashman deserves credit for not only convincing Hal Steinbrenner to sell but also getting top dollar in the trades he made. Cashman is entirely responsible for the flawed roster construction but realized a tear down was needed to compete, throwing around money for free agents is not the way to win anymore. The trades of Miller and Beltran sting. They were likable and had been awesome this year; both were all-stars. The Miller trade hurts the most to me because Miller was signed for relatively cheaply the next two years, I don't like the idea of rebuilding the next two years to get to the stacked free agency class of 2019. 

Many fans have been salivating over what the Yankees rotation and lineup will look like come this time. With arguably a Top-3 farm system they have positioned themselves as a team that could rely on youth to lead them back to the promised land or flip them in a blockbuster trade (looking at you Chris Sale). Through further trades and just natural attrition, it is highly unlikely all 10 prospects are going to make it the show with the team. 

Cashman has been GM since 1998, but these trade deadline moves are what his legacy will be judged on. The success he experienced with the 1990's Yankees dynasty was built off of the farm system put together by Gene "Stick" Michael. He has continued to throw money at big name free agents but has started to change his way of constructing the team. He has rebuilt the farm system through the draft over the past few years and has now moved on to filling it with other high-end talent. If even half of the ten prospects acquired, develop as expected the Yankees will be well positioned for a sustained run of success. Remember, five players built the 1990's dynasty (Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter). Combined with the Yankees current farm system there are plenty of players who could follow in their footsteps.

Subway Series Game One Game Thread: New York Yankees @ New York Mets 8/1

The August 1st trade deadline is over and now it's time to focus on baseball once again in New York as the New York Yankees travel to Queens to take on the New York Mets inside Citi Field. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound this evening in the opener to square off against the Mets fifth starter Logan Verrett. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Citi Field and can be seen on the YES Network, ESPN and MLB TV.

To see the final game inside Citi Field tomorrow night or either of the two contests inside Yankee Stadium live and in person click the Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog to secure your seats now. Also show your Yankees pride against those vicious Mets fans in the stadium by clicking the TGP T-Shirts link at the top of the blog to get your Yankees gear for the contest.

Follow along on Twitter by following @GreedyStripes or by liking us on Facebook during this game and every game this season, no matter who is left on the roster. Sabathia vs. Verrett in Game One of the annual Subway Series. Go Yankees!

Yankees Trade Ivan Nova, Carlos Beltran

The 2016 August 1st trading deadline has come and gone and the New York Yankees have traded both Ivan Nova and Carlos Beltran before the deadline. This haul, which includes five players, are on top of what the team already added in the Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller trades from earlier last month.

Beltran was traded to the Texas Rangers for three prospects including Dillon Tate who was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft. Nova was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two prospects that were marked as players to be named later.

Here is the write up on the three prospects New York is getting back in the Beltran deal via Lohud:

RHP Dillon Tate -- Fourth overall draft pick in 2015. He missed time this season with a hamstring strain, which might help explain his disappointing 5.12 ERA in Low-A. The upside is significant, but the current results surely made him available. MLB Pipeline has alreadypegged Tate as the 11th-best prospect in the Yankees' suddenly loaded system. He lands in their ranking right behind James Kaprielian and ahead of Wilkerman Garcia.
RHP Erik Swanson -- Eighth-round pick in 2014. Missed the second half of last season with a strained forearm flexor. Moved from the bullpen to the rotation this year and has a 3.43 ERA as a 22-year-old in Low-A.
RHP Nick Green -- Seventh-round pick in 2014. The Yankees drafted him out of high school back in 2013, but he went to a community college and improved his draft stock. Turned 21 in March but has yet to pitch above short-season ball. Has a 4.98 ERA but 11.5 K/9 this season.

Remembering Game One of the 2000 Subway World Series

The 2000 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the New York Mets facing off in the World Series for the first time in their history. This was the first Subway Series since 1956 when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees faced off. Let's take the time to remember Game 1 of the 2000 World Series.

The Yankees sent Andy Pettitte to the mound to face off against the Mets Al Leiter on a very important date in baseball history, October 21st. This was the day that Carlton Fisk hit his home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series and on the same day the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series on this day in 1980. Both starting pitchers had shut outs going into the 6th inning until David Justice knocked a two run double to put the Yankees up 2-0. Andy Pettitte would quickly lose the lead in the 7th after hit after hit off the savvy lefty including an Edgardo Alfonzo hit to give the Mets the 3-2 lead. Chuck Knoblauch would have a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th inning off Mets closer Armando Benitez to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Jose Vizcaino would be the unlikeliest of heroes when he would knock in Tino Martinez with his fourth hit of the game to give the Yankees a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 lead in the Subway World Series. Mike Stanton would get the win and Mets pitcher Turk Wendell would take the loss.

UPDATED: The History of the Subway Series


Dave Milicki throws a complete game shutout to win the very first game but the Yankees would take the next two to win the Subway Series 2-1.


Mike Piazza was added to the Mets to add fuel to the rivalry, also in hopes of the Mets having a playoff push, but the Yankees still won the Subway Series 2-1


Interleague Play was expanded to where both teams hosted a series. The Mets won their series 2-1 at Shea Stadium and the Yankees won their series 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.


On July, 8 2000 the Yankees and Mets played a split doubleheader, one game at Yankee Stadium and one game at Shea Stadium, and the Yankees took both games 4-2. The Yankees would win that season series and these two teams would meet in the World Series with the Yankees taking home the championship in five games.


Yankees win the series 4-2


Yankees win the series 4-2


The Yankees won all six games to sweep the season series for the first time.


The Mets would win their first Subway Series 4-2 after sweeping the Yankees in Shea Stadium.


The Mets won their first series at Yankee Stadium this season and almost swept the Yankees at Yankee Stadium before Jason Giambi had a ninth inning game winning hit to split the season series 3-3.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


The New York Mets would win the Subway Series for only the second time and got their first sweep at Yankee Stadium. Mets win the series 4-2.


The Mets were swept at Citi Field and would lose two of three games at Yankee Stadium to lose the series 5-1.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


Yankees won the series 4-2 just days after Derek Jeter joined the 3,000 hit club.


The Mets could only scamper one win and lose the series 5-1.


The Yankees offense was nonexistent and for the first time the Mets swept all four games against the Yankees.


The Yankees and Mets split the new four game Subway Series while neither made any ground in the overall standings.


The Yankees took 2/3 from the Mets inside Yankee Stadium and then another 2/3 from these same Mets inside Citi Field. Another season series victory. 


To be continued....

Total Yankees Wins: 60
Total Mets Wins: 45

Subway Series Game One Preview: New York Yankees @ New York Mets 8/1

The New York Yankees and the New York Mets begin their four-games in two cities Subway Series tonight with the first two games coming in Queens inside Citi Field before the series shifts to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium for the final two contests. In the opener the New York Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound in a National League park (which I am personally questioning but okay) to square off against the Mets starter Logan Verrett.

Sabathia comes into this start fresh off another strong start against the Houston Astros where he pitched 6.2 innings in a victory. Sabathia has been good against the New York Mets throughout his career as well posting a 4-2 record with a 3.22 ERA in seven career starts.

Verrett has earned the Mets fifth starter position after Matt Harvey went down with season-ending surgery and the left-hander will make his Subway Series debut tonight for the club. Verrett has pitched much better at home this season posting a 3.29 ERA than he has on the road which is evident by his 5.00 road ERA.

The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Citi Field in Queens and can be seen on the YES Network, ESPN and MLB TV. The August 1st trading deadline is now just four hours way, FOUR HOURS, so it's kind of hard to focus on this game with all the potential Yankees players coming and going including Sabathia (however unlikely) but we'll try. Either way, no matter who is left on the roster, Go Yankees!

History of Trades Between the New York Yankees & New York Mets

Two big things are going down tonight inside the state of New York that pertain to Major League Baseball, the August 1st trading deadline and the beginning of yet another Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. We should have plenty on the blog pertaining to the actual on the field product throughout this Subway Series but for this post I wanted to focus on the trade side of things. How many times have the New York Yankees and New York Mets hooked up for a trade in their histories and were any of them significant?

Here's all 16 trades between the two clubs. You be the judge. Leave your thoughts in the comments section of the site or by tweeting us @GreedyStripes. Enjoy and Happy Hunting Cashman!

New York Mets selected Duke Carmel in free agent draft (Rule 5 Draft) on November 30, 1964.
New York Mets purchased Bob Friend from the New York Yankees on June 15, 1966.

New York Mets sold Chris Cannizzaro to the New York Yankees on December 7, 1966.

New York Mets purchased Hal Reniff from the New York Yankees on June 29, 1967.

New York Mets traded Roy Staiger to the New York Yankees for Sergio Ferrer on December 9, 1977.

New York Mets purchased Ray Burris from the New York Yankees on August 20, 1979.

April 1, 1980: New York Yankees purchase infielder Marshall Brandt from the New York Mets.
New York Mets traded Felix Perdomo and Steve Ray to the New York Yankees for Tucker Ashford on April 18, 1983.

New York Mets traded Rafael Santana and Victor Garcia to the New York Yankees for Phil Lombardi, Darren Reed and Steve Frey on December 11, 1987.

July 10, 1989: Outfielder Marcus Lawton is traded from the Mets to the Yankees for pitcher Scott Nielsen. 

New York Mets traded Tim Burke to the New York Yankees for Lee Guetterman on June 9, 1992.

New York Mets traded Frank Tanana to the New York Yankees for Kenny Greer on September 17, 1993.

New York Mets traded Robin Ventura to the New York Yankees for David Justice on December 7, 2001.

New York Mets traded Armando Benitez to the New York Yankees for Jason AndersonAnderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa on July 16, 2003.

New York Mets traded Mike Stanton to the New York Yankees for Felix Heredia on December 3, 2004.

New York Yankees traded cash to the New York Mets for Domingo German.

Weekly Prospects Check In: Ian Clarkin

Another one bites the dust and another hard pill to swallow for one of the Yankees top prospects Ian Clarkin. It was announced over the weekend that the Yankees left-handed starter and Top 10 prospect Ian Clarkin would miss the remainder of the 2016 season following knee surgery. This was after missing the entire 2015 regular season with what still remains to be a mystery elbow injury.

We're hoping for a quick recovery for you Ian and we'll be back to rooting for you once again in 2017. Here is the stat line that Clarkin finishes his 2016 season with.


Quick Hit: T-Minus 11 Hours Till Trade Deadline

Here we go Yankees family. The New York Yankees have just 11 hours before the end of the August 1st trading deadline before we start worrying about the waiver trading deadline on August 31st. First thing is first though as it is much easier to trade with the non-waiver deadline than it is without it so if a move is going to get done it needs to get done now.

T-minus 11 hours.... it's going to be a fun one. Have a great day Yankees family.

This Day in New York Yankees History 8/1: Trade Deadline Special 2016

Happy Trade Deadline Day 2016 Yankees family. Let's see what the team has done in their history on this suddenly big day in Major League Baseball..... And go.

It is no secret that over the years it has come across, maybe just to New York fans, that Bud Selig did not like the Yankees. It seems like every major change to Major League Baseball, international signing caps, draft caps, the luxury tax, etc., has been specifically aimed at the Yankees in an effort to keep the team down. This was no different on this day in 2002 when George Steinbrenner called out MLB on a fishy kind of one sided trade that helped out the rival Boston Red Sox. It all started when the MLB owned Montreal Expos traded away Cliff Floyd (.275 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI) to the Red Sox for two minor league pitchers from Korea Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Obviously everyone involved denied the allegations but at least Selig didn't exactly nix the deal for "baseball reasons."

Also on this day in 1975 the Yankees hired Billy Martin to be their manager for the first of five times. Martin replaced Bill Virdon after he never won a game at Yankee Stadium since New York was playing their home games at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.

Finally on this day in 1941 the Yankees held Ladies Night at Yankee Stadium and were entertained by a Lefty Gomez shutout. This shutout makes today's list because Gomez set a new major league record with 11 walks in the Yankees 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Gomez improved his record to 10-3 and the Yankees won the game.