Archive for July 26th, 2008

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees could acquire left-handed starter Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners in the next day or two. Olney says New York is willing to take on the $13-$14 million for the rest of this season and next season (I’m shocked) in what will largely amount to a salary dump by the lowly M’s. Seattle may want a top prospect from the Yanks, but ultimately it sounds like New York might not have to give up a whole lot to get Washburn.

Washburn would have to waive his no-trade clause, but it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t do so.

Washburn is 4-9 with a 4.75 ERA this season, but has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. This would be another great pick-up for the Yankees, adding the back-of-the-rotation starter they covet to take the place of the overacheiving Sidney Ponson or disappointing Darrell Rasner. No question the veteran Washburn …

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

All is not well in Red Sox Nation. After missing the final game of the team’s series in Seattle with a “sore knee,” Boston’s enigmatic cleanup hitter Manny Ramirez opted to miss Friday night’s pivotal game (is there any other kind?) against the rival Yankees as well, raising questions as to whether Ramirez is actually injured, or looking to stick it to Sox management for the latest feud involving Manny Being Manny.

But is this really Manny Being Manny, or is this something more? While Manny has publicly stated his desire to remain in Boston – for a change – he has also incited a near-brawl in the dugout with teammate Kevin Youkilis, got in a physical altercation with the team’s 60-year-old traveling secretary, been accused of intentionally striking out against the Yanks’ Mariano Rivera in the teams’ last faceoff, and personally offended the team’s ownership with comments at the All-Star …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night’s deal which sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from Pittsburgh to the Yankees was incorrectly reported. Jose Tabata is still the centerpiece along with Ross Ohlendorf, but Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen have become Pirates as well.
The reports made the rounds before the Yankees announced anything official. Phil Coke, who was originally reported as being part of the deal was pulled from his start last night after one inning. So it made sense that he was included in the deal.
George Kontos was the other double-A pitcher who was supposedly going to Pittsburgh.
This deal is probably better for the Pirates, instead of getting one of the Yankees top prospects and three throw ins they are now getting three pitchers who can contribute in the majors as soon as next year.
Ohlendorf was briefly part of the Yankees bullpen this season and Karstens has appeared in 15 games for the Bombers over the past two years. In seven appearances last season he …

Blake Joins Dodgers As Omar Sits On Hands

Mets Rumors & News

Only a few hours after a published report in the Daily News indicated that the Mets had targeted Casey Blake, Raul Ibanez, and Jason Bay in their search for a corner outfield bat, you can scratch one of those names off the list. The Los Angeles Dodgers have acqired Blake from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for two prospects, catcher Carlos Santana and RHP Jon Meloan.

Blake, a free agent at the end of the year, started off slowly this season, but has rebounded nicely, compiling a .289 average with 11 HR and 58 RBI.

Of all the players on the market, Blake was the one that this blogger most coveted. Sure, an Xavier Nady reunion would have been nice, and it will sting to see the X-Man in pinstripes, but one had to figure that the Pirates would be asking for an arm and a leg for either of Nady or Bay, leaving Blake and Ibanez as two competent and affordable …

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