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John Harper discusses the trade the Yankees made which landed Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for prospects.

The Yankees acquired RHP Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for minor league INF Jorge Mateo, OF Dustin Fowler and RHP James Kaprielian, the teams announced Monday afternoon.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said outfielder Clint Frazier and infielder Gleyber Torres were among New York's untouchable prospects, Athletics GM Billy Beane instead asked for a package revolving around outfielder Estevan Florial, who played in this year's Futures Game, or Mateo, WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports.

Oakland preferred Florial to Mateo, however the Yankees added Kaprielian, their first-round pick from 2015, to the deal as a concession, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. The Yankees will also receive $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score 


Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.

With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Oakland Athletics
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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Oakland A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that contains $3 million in incentives, according to multiple reports.

This is a lot of money for a 36-year-old right-handed reliever. So, if reports are accurate and the Mets are pinching pennies, then it makes sense to pass on him. That said, Casilla is the type of experienced pitcher the Mets say they have been looking for, and given their window to win and the need for bullpen help, it's disappointing to see them hold back.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in December he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" and has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Matthew Cerrone
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May 29, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports (Kenny Karst)
May 29, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports (Kenny Karst)

The Yankees were amongst the teams scouting Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill last week, according to the San Francisco Courier.

Amongst the other teams with scouts who are taking a look at Hill are the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hill is currently posting a 2.31 ERA, a career-best for seasons where he has had five or more starts. In 70 innings pitched he has given up 18 runs, thrown 80 strikeouts and has a WHIP of 1.114. His opponent batting average of .206 would be the best amongst all Yankee starters.

What the Yankees would have to give up to acquire Hill is unclear, but the fact they are interested at all indicates a possibility of them being "buyers" rather than "sellers" at the trade deadline despite being under .500. Yankees management says they have not made a decision about their roster strategy moving forward and will evaluate later in the season.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Rich Hill

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said RHP Michael Pineda made progress with his pitch selection on the mound in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

"I have a lot of belief in what Michael's capable of doing," manager Joe Girardi said, "so we just need him to get going."

Pineda (2-5) hadn't recorded a win since his first start of the season on April 6, but put together his first statistical quality start since May 6 by allowing three runs in six innings.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled his starting pitcher after six strong innings and a low pitch count to go to his bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman for the second straight game as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's, 4-1, Thursday at Oakland Coliseum.

A night after Girardi pulled Nathan Eovaldi after six innings and 85 pitches, he took Ivan Nova out of a 2-1 game despite just 62 pitches and retiring the last five batters in a row in favor of Betances, Miller and Chapman, who have combined for 104 pitches over the past two days.

"There's a reason we put them together down there and it's for games like today and yesterday," Girardi said. "We didn't put them together for games that are 6-1 or 7-1, but when you've got 3-1 and 2-1 and they're close games and you have guys that strike people out, it's much harder to score." 

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nathan Eovaldi, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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