Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Yankees Interested in David Phelps, AJ Ramos

The New York Yankees are said to be interested in adding to their bullpen during this year’s July 31st trading deadline and the team’s search for bullpen relief may lead them to the Miami Marlins and a familiar face. According to reports the New York Yankees are said to be interested in both David Phelps and AJ Ramos of the Miami Marlins.

According to that guy that blocked us over at the New York Post because we broke a story before him and then requested that he at least mention us or credit us in his article the Yankees have been in connection with Miami regarding Justin Bour, which we knew and have reported here on the blog, but the Yankees have also been poking around asking about both Phelps and Ramos as well. Both Phelps and Ramos are under team control through the 2018 season.

Phelps should be familiar with New York and the atmosphere here as the righty pitched in the Bronx for three seasons before being traded to the Miami Marlins in the Martin Prado deal back in December of 2014.

Heading into the break here are the stat lines for both Phelps and Ramos from Baseball Reference:

There’s no speculation or reports on what it would take to land either of these arms, Bour or Martin Prado who the Yankees have also been linked to and I don’t pretend to know much about the status of the Miami Marlins farm system. It seems like Miami is destined towards another rebuild though and fire sale this July so that opens the door to a plethora of prospects options, something the Yankees have plenty of finally. Stay tuned as this develops, we’ll have it here. 

My MLB Midseason Awards

The Home Run Derby is over and the All-Star Game is in the books so what in the world do we talk about here on the blog until Friday when play resumes? Well how about we take advantage of the lull and bring you my midseason awards for all the major awards around Major League Baseball.


MVP: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Cy Young Award: Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Manager of the Year Award: Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins

Rookie of the Year Award: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

All rise for the Judge. You may be seated. Really these picks are no-brainers in my opinion. Aaron Judge is dominating the world right now in every offensive category it feels like making him not only the obvious choice for the Rookie of the Year but for the MVP as well. Also, who is going to argue against Chris Sale for the AL Cy Young right now? That guy has been fantastic for Boston as much as I hate to admit and acknowledge that outloud. Then you have the Minnesota Twins who no one expected to compete in 2017 hanging around the top of the American League Central Division race and that is due in large part to the Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor. I wanted to go with AJ Hinch in this spot but he has much more talent and many more established players than Minnesota giving Molitor the slight edge in my book.


MVP: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Cy Young Award: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Manager of the Year Award: Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Rookie of the Year Award: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Trust me guys, I wanted to go with Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League MVP Award. I did. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Harper has comparable or better stats in my opinion and is on a better team. It’s really a 1 and 1A type situation at this point for me and it was a hard decision. I also wanted to go with Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers for manager of the year but I doubted whether his team was that good or if his team just benefited from down seasons and slow starts from the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s why I gave the nod to Lovullo. 

The Very Complicated Deal That Comes With a Very Complicated Thread Title That Could Lead the Yankees to the World Series in 2017

The New York Yankees are said to be approaching the 2017 July 31st trading deadline as “cautious buyers” according to many reports over the break. What that means is anyone’s guess and is totally open to interpretation thus making any trade rumor, proposal or idea technically not out of the realm of possibilities which brings me to an extremely complicated trade proposal with the Philadelphia Phillies that could not only propel the Yankees back to the top of the American League East Division but maybe to the top of the American League in general as well.

It’s no secret that the Yankees need and are looking for bullpen help at the trade deadline as well as some first base help which leads me to the Phillies RHP Pat Neshek and power-hitting first baseman Tommy Joseph. The Phillies are in the midst of a rebuild so presumably their GM Matt Klentak would ask for prospects in return for the duo and that is something that the Yankees have plenty of.

Every rebuilding teams needs prospects and honestly it doesn’t look like the Phillies will be competing any time soon. With this in mind the Yankees could likely get away with sending players with higher upside but that are farther away from the Major Leagues in the deal. The first four names that really came to mind for me were RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Jose Guzman and third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Andujar is essentially blocked at third base due to Gleyber Torres being blocked by Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius as second base and shortstop so moving Andujar now while his stock is high may make the most sense for the Yankees and the 22-year old. Adding in power arms that the team received from the Houston Astros in the Brian McCann trade like Guzman and Abreu would sweeten the pot although I would likely only include one of them AND Dillon Tate. The Phillies aren’t getting all three, even if the stock is pretty low on Tate right now and the stock for Joseph and Neshek are pretty high.

I don’t claim to be a prospects expert and I don’t claim to even know all that much about the state of the Phillies system but I do know one thing, when you are rebuilding you take upside and talent and worry about finding a place to play them all later. That’s my line of thinking in this trade, would that package be enough to get it done? I’m not sure but certainly that would be a great starting point. Make the call, Cash. 

So it Seems Today is Going to Be a GOOD Day… A Much Needed Day

Yes, it’s a normal and boring Wednesday for most but for me today is going to be a good day. I am going to start it off with some breakfast and some much needed rest and relaxation. Then I am going to follow it up with some rest, relaxation and the best cardio possible and finish it with some rest and relaxation. Today is going to be a good day and I absolutely cannot wait for it to begin. HEY YOU!

This Day In New York Yankees History 7/12: Denny Neagle

The New York Yankees had an absolutely loaded pitching staff in the late 90's and early 2000's but it was the off the radar type deals that really put New York over the edge and into the World Series in 2000 against the New York Mets. Deals like the Yankees made on this day in 2000 where Denny Neagle (8-2, 3.52 ERA) and outfielder Mike Frank were to sent to the Yankees and Drew Henson, Jackson Melian, Brian Reith, and Ed Yarnall (basically nobody) was sent to Cincinnati in return.

Also on this day in 1989 Major League Baseball lost another great arm as Louisiana Lightning Ron Guidry called it a career. Guidry finishes with a 170-91 record and a 3.29 ERA during his 14 year career, all with the Yankees. Guidry won the 1978 American League Cy Young Award unanimously after posting a 25-3 record with a 1.74 ERA. Incredible.