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Andrew Miller posted a 2.04 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 2015. (AP)
Andrew Miller posted a 2.04 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 2015. (AP)

The New York Yankees pulled off a no-brainer trade Monday when they sent reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. For a two month rental, the Yankees received a four-player package that included the No. 26 MLB prospect, two minor leaguers with considerable upside and a major league pitcher. Imagine what "new" closer Andrew Miller, who has two years left on his reasonably priced contract, would fetch in this market where elite relievers are clearly coveted?

Over the last several weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his staff have debated this question. Before the final series leading into the All-Star break, the Yankees were fighting to stay relevant, but since have put together a nice run, winning 11 out of their last 17 games. The stretch has some believing the Yankees could hold on to Miller versus trading him for what could be top-tier prospects --- yes, plural.

What would it mean to the Yankees if they kept Miller after the non-waiver trade deadline?

First, it eliminates what could be one of their best chances to add top-flight prospects to an improving farm system. Miller's value is estimated to be so high that he could fetch highly touted major league ready prospects in a deal. When a club sits just three games above the .500 mark 101 games into the season, it might be a signal to cash in on such an opportunity. Passing up the chance to do so could create hindsight repercussions for seasons to come.

The immediate result of keeping Miller is that the Yankees maintain a very formidable backend of the bullpen with Miller locked in as the closer. Gone is the three-headed monster and "No Runs DMC" t-shirts are now cleaning rags, but Dellin Betances and Miller were incredible in their roles in 2015 and their production this season has been just as good.

The Yankees received Adam Warren in the trade of Chapman and they brought up Luis Severino to aid the bullpen. It is entirely possible that one or the both of them, or hard-throwing Chad Green, is able to fill the sixth and seventh inning needs going forward meaning a minimal impact on the outcome of close games in which the Yankees have a lead.

From a financial standpoint, the Yankees maintain a relative bargain with Miller set to make $9 million in each of the next two seasons. When speaking of elite closers, this is a bargain and Miller, 31, is young enough to believe that his stellar performance can continue through the end of the deal.

If the Yankees were to trade Miller, it would likely signal a decision to sign Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon to long-term deals, which will certainly be worth more than $9 million annually. By keeping Miller at his sensible rate, the financial investment in the roster can be concentrated in other areas of concern.

Finally, if the Yankees do not trade Miller before the deadline it does not mean the club could not revisit trading him in the next two offseasons or trade deadline periods. Miller should not lose much if any value, so they could always go through the process again in the very near future.

It is hard to suggest there is a right or wrong decision for the Yankees where it concerns how to handle Miller. Those behind the notion of a sell-off believe that Miller's stock has peaked and to take a chance on his future health or performance is too risky. On the other side, if the Yankees become buyers or choose to stand pat, Miller is one of the most important players to any chance of success the Yankees will have.

While, the decision is a big one, the Yankees are in a good position because either choice has positive ramifications for now and the future.

Tags: Andrew Miller , Christopher Carelli

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka ended a seven-game unbeaten streak in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Tanaka (7-3) allowed four runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings, tied for his second-shortest outing of the season, as New York couldn't finish a sweep of the Astros.

"I'm just very disappointed with myself," Tanaka said after the game, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees, who had won three in a row, missed out on an opportunity to gain ground in the AL East and Wild Card races. New York sits 6 1/2 games back in the division and four games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Tanaka gave up an RBI single to Carlos Gomez in the second inning and a two-run home run to Colby Rasmus, who had been in an 0-for-29 slump, in a three-run third inning that gave the Astros a 4-0 lead.

"He left a split up, left a couple pitches up that inning," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had a real easy first inning and then after that, they really made him work. The one inning really did him in." 

Tanaka had been 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA over his last seven games and had only allowed one run over his last two starts.

"It was really flat," Tanaka said of his splitter.

Tags: Houston Astros , Masahiro Tanaka

Houston's Lance McCullers (43) had 10 strikeouts in six innings. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston's Lance McCullers (43) had 10 strikeouts in six innings. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four runs in five innings and the Yankees struck out a season-high 15 times as the Astros beat New York 4-1 Wednesday in Houston.  >> Read more at SNY.tv. . .


  • Tanaka threw 94 pitches in his second-shortest start of the season, giving up seven hits.
  • He allowed three runs in the third, aided by a wild pitch and Colby Rasmus' two-run homer.
  • Houston starter Lance McCullers went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts. He gave up a solo homer to Brian McCann in the fourth.
  • Neither bullpen allowed a run. Adam Warren pitched a scoreless sixth in his return to the Yankees and Luis Severino followed with two scoreless innings.

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Teams want their aces to stop the bleeding during losing streaks and keep the ball rolling during winning streaks. Tanaka was unable to keep the good vibes going Wednesday, while looking quite flat in the process.

The Yankees offense was befuddled by the Astros pitching staff, striking out 15 times, their season high. The Yankees offense remains a weak part of the club, averaging barely more than three runs per game since they returned from the All-Star break. If the Yankees expect to chip away at their deficit in the race for a playoff berth, they will need consistently better production from their offense.

The Yankees did receive some quality work out of the bullpen. Adam Warren, who just returned to the club as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade, and Luis Severino, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, tossed one and two innings of scoreless relief, respectively. If neither pitcher is in the rotation after the trade deadline, they could be big additions to a middle relief corps that has struggled much of the season.


What's Next

The Yankees have an off day Thursday before starting a three-game series at Tampa Bay Friday at 7:10 p.m. Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.65 ERA) faces Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.10).

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka

Changing their stripes 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses whether the Yankees' recent hot streak has made them possible contenders or if they are just going to be sellers.

The DNL panel discusses whether the Yankees' recent hot streak has made them possible contenders or if they are just going to be sellers.


Masahiro Tanaka pitches the Yankees final game before the All-Star break. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)
Masahiro Tanaka pitches the Yankees final game before the All-Star break. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees try to sweep their three-game series with the Astros in Houston on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m.

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Yankees Astros
Brett Gardner, LF George Springer, DH
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Brian McCann, C Carlos Correa, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Colby Rasmus, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Preston Tucker, LF
Starlin Castro, 2B Alex Bregman, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Carlos Gomez, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Jason Castro, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 3.00 ERA) leads the majors with a 1.50 ERA on the road. He is coming off his fourth scoreless start of the season (against the Giants). All the scoreless starts lasted at least six innings, the most by a Yankees pitcher since Hiroki Kuroda had eight in 2013.


Who's Pitching for the Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (5-4, 3.33 ERA) struck out 10 while working a season-high eight innings in his previous start, a victory over the Los Angeles Angels. McCullers will be making his first career appearance against the Yankees, having missed the season-opening series in the Bronx while on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness.

Tags: CC Sabathia

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The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the Yankees recent hot streak and how strange of a position they are in now.

Since begining the season 9-17, the Yankees have gone 43-31. Their record is now 52-48.

Their run differential is -21, but they sit 6.5 games out of the lead for the AL East and 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.

The Yankees organization is currently split on whether to be buyers or sellers according to reports, and is currently thinking about pursuing a creative third option of being a combonation of both as the trade deadline approaches.


 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Before the All-Star break, the New York Yankees had been on a path toward a hard sell-off despite ownership's contention a few weeks back that they would not quit on the season. Monday, the Yankees traded free agent to be Aroldis Chapman because the deal presented them was too hard to ignore.

However, at four games over .500 and four games back of the second wild card slot, previously all but certain trade candidate Carlos Beltran might stay put in the Bronx. What are the ramifications of holding the 39-year-old, who will also be a free agent at season's end?

Primarily, the Yankees would miss the opportunity to retrieve prospects for Beltran. It remains unknown exactly what level prospects Beltran could bring back to the Yankees, but when an organization's mindset is to sell assets because it feels they are out of the playoff picture, deals have to be made. The Yankees are currently straddling that fence.

If Beltran stays, it will make it difficult for the Yankees to get their No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Aaron Judge, up to the Bronx for an extended look. There are other moves available to the Yankees to get some at-bats for Judge (or one of their other minor league outfielders) this season, but moving Beltran is the best path to do it. Providing Judge et al some at-bats at the major league level this season would have certain benefits to determine if they are ready to take over right field next season.

Ah yes, next season. That's another potential dilemma for the Yankees if they decide to keep Beltran for the home stretch.

The Yankees would certainly tag Beltran with a qualifying offer, which will be somewhere in the one-year, $17 million range. We've seen players accept the QO and Beltran loves New York, so it is simple to see the chance he might accept such a deal.

In and of itself, this is not a big problem for the Yankees. Beltran has been the team's best hitter all season; since May 2015 for that matter. Further, there is little evidence that Beltran won't be able to do much of the same at the plate in 2017.

The problem is Judge's progression is delayed because the Yankees have Alex Rodriguez clogging up a roster spot, meaning less time for Beltran to be the designated hitter. In fact, the Yankees might want Brian McCann to get some time at DH next season so catcher-in-waiting Gary Sanchez can get more reps behind the plate. The Yankees would be happy to have Beltran, but likely only as a DH seeing that his time in right field seems to be numbered.

The Yankees could solve this problem by buying out the final season of Rodriguez's contract, but at $21 million, this is no small ask of ownership. The team could leave Rodriguez to rot on the bench as well, but that is an awful baseball decision, which they are currently employing.

There is also a small chance that Beltran does not accept the QO if an American League team takes a two-year chance on him to be their DH for $25 million for example. With baseball contracts guaranteed, Beltran probably would not pass up this windfall. In this circumstance, the Yankees would receive a compensatory pick in the 2017 draft. Having a second first-round pick, might be the equivalent to whomever Beltran might return to the Yankees from the trade market.

The Yankees put themselves in this predicament by going 9-17 early on, and 43-31 since. There was a plenty of good and bad baseball mixed into the first 100 games of the season. One constant was Carlos Beltran's offensive production. He has the ability to carry this club with some help from the rest of the club. That assistance might finally be coming along, as the starting pitching has been fabulous of late, and the end-game bullpen is still strong.

The American League is devoid of a dominant team, so it would be hard to fault the Yankees for keeping Beltran to see what happens over the final 62 games of the season. However, if the recent stretch is a mirage, the Yankees need to be cognizant of the present-day ramifications as well as those of next season.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Brian McCann , Carlos Beltran , Gary Sanchez , Christopher Carelli

New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Nationals missed out on Aroldis Chapman but are still interested in the other Yankees closer, Andrew Miller, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Miller, who made the All-Star team this year, has an ERA of 1.39, WHIP of 0.77 and thrown 77 strikeouts while giving up only 28 hits. Chapman had a higher ERA with 2.01, higher WHIP with 0.89 and worse strikeout-to-hit allowed ratio (44 to 20) and was able to command from the Cubs their No. 1 and 5 prospect, a veteran pitcher in Adam Warren and an additional prospect.

This haul, Miller's comparative statistics, and the fact that Chapman is a rental on an expiring contract whereas Miller's deal runs through the 2018 season at $9 million dollars per year have left many fans and experts wondering what the value for Miller could be.

As of this time, Stark says that Washington is unable to part with any of their top three prospects, pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez or shortstop Trea Turner.

"I would imagine Millier is out of (the Nationals') price range," a source told the Washington Post.

The Nationals have no relievers with a sub-2.00 ERA and at least 30 innings pitched, only one lefty in the bullpen with an ERA of under 4.00 (Sammy Solis), and on July 26 blew a ninth-inning lead against the Cleveland Indians, cutting their division lead against the Miami Marlins and New York Mets to under 5 games.

Tags: Andrew Miller , Washington Nationals

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia ended a six-start winless streak in a 6-3 win against the Houston Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Sabathia (6-8) had been 0-4 with a 7.46 ERA in his previous six starts, but overcame two solo home runs to earn his first win since June 16.

"I've been doing everything I can and trying not to get frustrated," Sabathia said, accordng to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees, who have won three in a row and eight of 10, improved to three games over .500 for the first time this season. New York's pitchers had gone 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA over the previous nine games, and Sabathia joined the trend, giving up two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"Especially the way these guys have been pitching," Sabathia said, "you want to be in there and be able to help out. That felt good tonight."

Sabathia never pitched with a runner in scoring position on Tuesday. He retired the side in order in the second, fourth and sixth innings, throwing 64 of his 103 pitches for strikes. He surrendered a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the first inning and a solo home run to Evan Gattis in the seventh inning.

"We were able to keep them off the bases," Sabathia said. "Two homers don't hurt if they're solos."

Tags: CC Sabathia

Jul 26, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley (12) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jul 26, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley (12) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia was sharp and the bullpen bent but didn't break as the Yankees beat the Astros, 6-3, on Tuesday night in Houston.

  • Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly and Chase Headley's RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
  • Starlin Castro's run-scoring infield single in the third increased the Yankees' advantage to 3-1.
  • In the fifth inning Headley's sacrifice fly and Aaron Hicks' two-run triple gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead.
  • A solo home run from Evan Gattis in the seventh inning and Marwin Gonzalez in the eighth drew the Astros within 6-3.
  • Sabathia allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.
  • Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.

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Yankees starters continue to come up big since the All-Star break as Sabathia pushed aside a six-start skid in which he allowed four earned runs or more in each appearance. The Yankees rotation is now sporting a 1.85 ERA and opponents are batting a measly .208 against them in their last 10 games.

Tonight, the Yankees offense was able to provide enough run support to build a decent cushion for the bullpen to maintain. The Yanks put up some crooked numbers, getting some very good production from the bottom half of the order, with Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Aaron Hicks combining to drive in all six Yankees runs.

It might be too late, but the Yankees are making the run many believed was not possible. With tonight's win, they have taken four of their last five series, with those wins coming against the Indians, Orioles, Giants, and now the Astros -- all very good clubs. That in and of itself might be enough for ownership to refuse to sell more assets.


What's Next

Masahiro Tanaka (3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) faces Lance McCullers (3.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) in the final game of a three-game series Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Tags: Aaron Hicks , Andrew Miller , CC Sabathia , Chase Headley , Dellin Betances , Didi Gregorius , Masahiro Tanaka

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Astros in Houston on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m.

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Yankees Astros
Brett Gardner, LF George Springer, RF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Brian McCann, C Carlos Correa, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Evan Gattis, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Alex Bregman, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Luis Valbuena, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Carlos Gomez, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Jake Marisnick, LF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (4.04 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), who allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two in 6 2/3 innings against the Orioles during his last start. He has allowed four earned runs or more in each of his last six starts.


Who's Pitching for the Astros: RHP Doug Fister (3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), who allowed four hits while walking two and striking out five over seven scoreless innings against the Athletics during his last start. He has struck out just 74 batters in 118 1/2 innings (19 starts) this season.

Tags: CC Sabathia

New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have added newly acquired RHP Adam Warren to the active roster, and have optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the team announced before Tuesday's game.

The team also announced that RHP Anthony Swarzak will now wear #41.

Warren has a 5.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 35.0 innings in 2016, all with the Chicago Cubs. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2009 and spent his first six years with the organization before being traded to the Cubs in the deal that brought Starlin Castro to New York last offseason.

Warren returns to New York as part of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs.

Shreve has appeared in 24 games for the Yankees this season, throwing 23.0 innings for a 4.30 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Shreve racked up 20 strikeouts in his 23 innings. 

 

Tags: Adam Warren , Chasen Shreve

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

So far this season, every roster decision the Yankees have made makes sense. In his two deals with the Cubs this year, Brian Cashman has turned Brendan Ryan and four low-level prospects into Starlin Castro, 20 saves from Aroldis Chapman, a Top-20 prospect in baseball and a Top-5 prospect in one of the most highly regarded farm systems in the MLB. The Aaron Hicks signing hasn't panned out, but made sense in theory. Sending down Luis Severino has helped mature him into hopefully being a force on the mound in pinstripes someday. For a season that on the field has been mostly underwhelming, the off-the-field decisions have given Yankees fans little reason to complain.

But with one week until the trade deadline, the Yankees front office looks to veer sharply from the course it is currently on. Amidst rumors of a split organization between the business people led by Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine who want the Yankees to be "buyers" and go for it this season, and the baseball operations faction led by Brian Cashman who insist on being "sellers", the direction of the franchise is unclear. But a recent quote to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested the two sides might come to some sort of in-between compromise

 "We're not playing in a narrow-minded world," said Cashman. "We want to be open to any and all ideas. Buy, sell, long, short. It's in our best interest to be creative and open-minded."

While compromise might seem like a reasonable course, the reality is that in sports, often the worst path is the one of half-measures. A look at the teams considered to be World Series favorites this season, the Indians, Nationals, Cubs and Giants, is a list of teams who were at some point willing to bottom out and rebuild. Every single one of the above teams had long stretches of multiple seasons of below .500 baseball in the past decade. Smartly rebuilding with an eye the future isn't "quitting" or "waving the white flag", it's just good business.

The Yankees success isn't measured in playoff berths, it's measured in championships. And even if they have an outside shot at making the one-game wildcard for a second consecutive year, this team has no realistic shot at a 2016 World Series ring. Their run differential of -24 puts them more in line with the below .500 Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals than any realistic contender. The pitching is wildly inconsistent. The lineup regularly features batters who are hitting below the Mendoza Line. There is just no reason to look at the Yankees and see them as a championship-level roster. The quickest way to get back to having one is making decisions for the future, not an uncertain present.

The chance to rebuild is here. If a Chapman rental is willing to fetch four quality players, imagine what a cost-controlled Andrew Miller with years left on his deal can bring in? What could a Carlos Beltran, who is currently hitting over .300 and is considered one of the greatest postseason hitters of all-time, be worth to a contender in need for a hitting outfielder or DH? What could an open spot on the roster do for promising young prospects like Aaron Judge if someone is willing to take big contracts such as Brett Gardner?

Compromise would be tantamount of inaction, a pointless pursuit of a worthless goal. Winning one or two postseason games doesn't mean anything to fans in the Bronx. Being meaningful contenders does, and any moves that don't have that focus in mind is an insult to the intelligence of one of the most knowledgeable baseball fanbases, as well as feeding into the cynicism that the front office now cares more about business and bottom lines than wins and rings. The Yankees don't need to get creative. They need to sell, and they need to do it now.

Tags: Aaron Hicks , Alroldis Chapman , Brett Gardner , Carlos Beltran , Starlin Castro

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

After back-to-back losses in which he gave up five runs to the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Pineda is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA since the All-Star break. Monday's game was Pineda's "best performance of the season," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Newsday's Greg Logan.

Pineda gave up one run, a leadoff home run to George Springer, five hits and two walks. He retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced following Springer's 22nd home run of the season.

"I said, 'Big Mike, keep it real, keep it calm,'" catcher Austin Romine said, according to Newsday. "He put up zero after zero."

Pineda pitched into and out of trouble in the sixth inning. He allowed an infield single to Jose Altuve and back-to-back walks to load the bases for Alex Bregman, who made his MLB debut. He got Bregman to fly out to right field to end the threat.

"I'm watching a little bit; he got it good," Pineda said, according to MLB.com. "I'm happy we got the out. [I was] a little worried because a grand slam, that kills my game."

Tags: Austin Romine , Chase Headley , Houston Astros , Michael Pineda , Matt Eisenberg

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

Catcher Austin Romine hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park. >> Read more

  • Romine went 2 for 3 and drove in Chase Headley with an RBI double in the eighth inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
  • Headley also went 2 for 3 and drove in Didi Gregorius with an RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1.
  • Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven innings, giving up one run, five hits and two walks. He settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to Houston's George Springer by retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced.
  • Pineda (5-9) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth inning by getting Alex Bregman, who made his MLB debut, to fly out to right field.
  • Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth inning and Andrew Miller pitched the ninth.
  • Keuchel (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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The formula has only changed by one inning. With Aroldis Chapman heading to the Windy City, if the Yankees can get through seven innings with the lead Betances and Miller are likely to make it stand.

Monday night, Pineda did all the work himself pitching seven strong innings, the final six scoreless. It was Pineda's second straight strong outing after two miserable starts, perhaps boosting his trade value in the process. Starting pitching and lockdown endgame relief has carried the Yankees since the All-Star break, and if there is any chance that the team climbs the standings, it will be because those performances continue.

Even with Adam Warren coming back into the mix and the potential for Luis Severino to contribute some support in relief, the Yankees are unsettled in the sixth and seventh innings of tight ballgames. The collective offense has been an issue all season, so the weight could fall on the starters, Betances and Miller going forward.


What's Next

CC Sabathia (5-8, 4.04 ERA) faces Doug Fister (10-6, 3.42 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Tags: Andrew Miller , Austin Romine , CC Sabathia , Chase Headley , Dellin Betances , Didi Gregorius , Houston Astros , Michael Pineda

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino said he welcomes a bullpen role after the team called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

"I don't think it's going to be difficult. I think it's going to be a little different," Severino told YES Network. "When you're a starter, you have to know five days to prepare yourself. ... Here, you have to be overprepared."

The Yankees recalled Severino, 22, from the minors, and despite him being a starting pither for most of his professional career, will have him available out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Houston Astros.

"I just want to be part of the Yankees," Severino said. "If they're gonna keep me in relief or as a starter, I've got to do my job."

Severino was 0-6 with a 7.71 ERA in seven major-league starts this year before he went on the disabled list with a triceps injury and was subsequently demoted to the minors.

With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Severino worked on his secondary pitches ("My slider wasn't working, my change-up was not very good," he said.) and also focused on not overthrowing his fastball.

"Sometimes I'd just want to throw it too hard and get it out of my hand," Severino said. "Now I'm working on that, and it's better."

In 10 starts in Triple-A, Severino went 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA.

"I knew I had to work on my pitches over there," Severino said. "Now I'm here, I'm here to help the team."

Tags: Luis Severino , Matt Eisenberg

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the organization is not currently considering buying out designated hitter Alex Rodriguez's contract regardless if the team falls out of contention, according to Kenny Ducey.

There had been discussions that the Yankees could cut Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, Jon Heyman reported last week. However, Cashman dismissed those notions on Monday.

"We always have decisions we can choose to make ... but that's something that's not being considered right now," Cashman said of Rodriguez, who is in the penultimate year of his contract.

A source told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand there is "almost no chance" the Yankees release Rodriguez this season.

Rodriguez, 40, and Teixeira, 36, who both have landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break, have combined to hit .196 with 18 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. Cashman said the Yankees were "expecting and hoping for 60 home runs and 200 RBIs" between the two entering the season.

"It hasn't worked out," Cashman said.

"It hasn't played out to exactly what we expected for 2016," Cashman added, "but all I can tell you is they're professionals. They're doing everything in their power to put themselves in position to be successful and we're all hoping that better games and days are ahead. It doesn't guarantee it, and obviously [cutting them] is always something that can be discussed down the line if that's the case, but it's not something we're focused on right now."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees' Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees travel to Houston to begin their three-game series with the Astros Monday night at 8:10 p.m.

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Yankees Astros
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF George Springer, RF
Rob Refsnyder, LF Preston Tucker, LF
Carlos Beltran, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Starlin Castro, 2B Carlos Correa, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Alex Bregman, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Evan Gattis, DH
Austin Romine, C Carlos Gomez, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Jason Castro, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (4-9, 5.25 ERA) was great in his last start, throwing six scoreless innings against the Orioles and allowing only five hits while striking out eight. Pineda had surrendered 10 earned runs total in his previous two outings prior to the start against Baltimore. 


Who's Pitching for the Astros: Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.70 ERA) has pitched well lately, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts. Keuchel has struggled with control though, racking up nine walks in those four starts.

Tags: Houston Astros , Michael Pineda

Aroldis Chapman dealt to Chicago 00:03:17
The panel discusses the Yankees' trading of closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for a bevy of young prospects.

The Yankees have traded Aroldis Chapman, who will soon be on his way to Chicago, ready to use that flame-throwing left arm to try to help propel the Cubs to a World Series title.

In return, the Yankees will receive a quartet of players -- three prospects and Adam Warren. If that announcement also officially indicates whether the Yankees are in buy or sell mode, it will be the least interesting part of this deal.

The Yankees probably will make another trade -- at least they should considering the state of their farm system and their place in the standings. But these are kind of humdrum affairs. The Chapman trade and the bounty the Yankees received have wider-ranging influences.

By getting the Cubs' top prospect, and then two more on top of that, the Yankees' deal once again reiterated the market for elite closers -- which may hold importance to them specifically down the line. And in getting such a haul for only a half season of Chapman, the Yankees also reiterated the more amoral aspect of the sport -- that despite all the bad publicity they received, their willingness to take on the reliever in light of his domestic violence allegations ultimately proved worthwhile to them.

In Gleyber Torres, the Yankees are getting a top talent to put into their farm system. He's still just 19 years old, a shortstop posting a .791 OPS in High-A, and well-regarded by the prospecting gurus (Baseball America has him as the 27th best prospect in baseball). One talent evaluator who saw him play this year was high on him, noting that his bat "is the real deal" and that he could develop into a player who hits near .300 with home run power in the teens.

Torres will join an organization that is already strong on players at his position but that hardly matters. Didi Gregorious may be having the best offensive season of his career at this point but he's also 26, and who knows where he'll be by the time Torres is major-league ready.

Tyler Wade is at Double-A. Jorge Mateo is the Yankees' top prospect but he's only 19 too and there's still a lot of possible variance ahead in his career. There's hardly any certainty for prospects that age, no matter how talented they are (and if they're just coming off a two-week suspension for reported attitude questions).

Position gluts have a way of working themselves out over time. Having prospects athletic enough to play short just means you have a springboard to put them elsewhere. The same evaluator believes Torres isn't a shortstop in the long-term and will move to second or third base.

The other reported pieces coming to the Yankees in the trade are also interesting. Adam Warren, who struggled mightily in Chicago this year, posted a 3.29 ERA for the Yankees last year while he volleyed between the rotation and bullpen. Billy McKinney is a former first-round pick and tabbed as a top-100 prospect, but he has just a .677 OPS this year at Double-A and scouts familiar with him believe he doesn't match that hype. Another scout who saw him thinks he'll get to the majors but won't have much impact. Rashad Crawford is, according to a scout, a "lotto ticket."

And the Yankees got all that from the Cubs for only the guarantee of a half-season of Chapman. He could very well be the dominant closer who helps Chicago break its curse. But there's no assurance, at this point, that he stays beyond that or that he bolts when the Cubs again feel the randomness of October and have nothing but a disappointing postseason run to show for it.

It shows once again the price that teams must now pay to acquire elite end-of-game arms. The Padres received two high-end prospects, along with two other players, for Craig Kimbrel this offseason, and the Astros traded five players -- including a recent No. 1 overall pick -- for Ken Giles.

So if the Yankees commit fully to selling over this last week of July and decide they get more utility from trading Andrew Miller than keeping him, just imagine what they could rightfully ask for and possibly receive.

This, of course, is likely part of the reason why general manager Brian Cashman was willing to take on Chapman in the first place. He and the Yankees earned a heaping of scorn for trading for Chapman just two months after he was in that domestic incident with his girlfriend, allegedly choking her and firing eight shots from a gun in his garage. Major League Baseball then suspended him for 30 games. All of that lowered the price they had to pay for him, as they gave away four minor leaguers.

It was as if the Yankees bought Chapman as a stock that just bottomed out and now they're selling high. It's why teams will continue to take their chances with players who are involved in gnarly or morally-objectionable incidents.

As much as it can make fans and observers queasy to make that type of bargain, to punt on taking a stand, the eventual possible rewards for teams outweigh all that and the executives making those decisions are willing to bear the short-term costs. Regrettable as it may be, it's a lesson we've learned too often by now.

Now, the Yankees move on. They've finished their first major piece of business this month and there are other questions still to answer. But in trading Chapman, Cashman and the organization have already shown off their influence.


Yanks trade Chapman 00:05:43
Anthony McCarron calls into SNY to discuss the New York Yankees trading closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for prospects.

The Yankees have traded LH reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford, the team announced.

The Yankees discussed a potential contract extension with Chapman before trading him, but were rebuffed, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today

Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked the 15th-best prospect in baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law. He was scratched from High-A Myrtle Beach's lineup on Sunday and would be considered the central figure the Yankees would receive in a potential deal for Chapman.

Chapman, 28, has recorded 20 saves and and struck out 44 batters in 31 1/3 innings for the Yankees this season. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

New York acquired Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason for a package of four minor leaguers.

Several other Yankees have been included in trade discussions, according to DiCaro, including Carlos BeltranNathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda, however Chapman is likely to be the only Yankee involved in a trade involving Torres, according to DiCaro.

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The Yankees trading Chapman to the Cubs was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move.

The notion of a three-headed lockdown relief crew at the back-end of games made sense in this new age where elite baseball relievers are coveted. Unfortunately, the rest of the Yankees roster was unable to do their part on a regular basis, rendering "No Runs DMC" to a little-used luxury. >> Read more

Tags: Chicago Cubs

Mar 7, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs infielder Gleyber Torres looks on during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Mar 7, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs infielder Gleyber Torres looks on during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Gleyber Torres, who was acquired by the Yankees from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade, is a 19-year-old shortstop from Venezuela.

According to MLB.com and ESPN's Keith Law, he was the No. 1 prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system. MLB.com has Torres as the No. 24 prospect in all of baseball while Law has him No. 15.

Torres has been playing minor league baseball for three years. In his first season at the minor league level, he hit .297 with a .386 OBP and 33 RBIs. In 2015, he hit .287 with 64 RBIs in 126 games played. This year, he is currently hitting .275 with an OBP of .359 and OPS of .791.

Law characterizes Torres as a "potential superstar" who "looked much older than 18 in terms of plate skills during the 2015 season." MLB.com also lauded Toress' "mature approach" at the plate. Law says Torres has a chance to become a top-five prospect in baseball by next year.

Scouts grade Torres's hitting and arm as a 60, or a "plus" level (one mark above "above average" and one below "All-Star"). His running and fielding is marked at 55 or "above average." His power is his worst grade at 45, which is a "platoon" level.


New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have called up RHP Luis Severino from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Shane Hennigan of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

Severino will be in the bullpen on Monday night, reports Chad Jennings of LoHud.

Severino had been sent down after he posted a 7.46 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 35 innings (seven starts).

He's made 11 starts this season in Triple-A, going 7-1 with a 3.11 ERA. In his last start, which was on July 20, he struck out 11 batters in six innings. 

Severino started 11 games for the Yankees in 2015 with an ERA of 2.89 and 1.20 WHIP. 

 

 

Tags: Luis Severino

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move. 

The notion of a three-headed lockdown relief crew at the back-end of games made sense in this new age where elite baseball relievers are coveted. Unfortunately, the rest of the Yankees roster was unable to do their part on a regular basis, rendering "No Runs DMC" to a little-used luxury.

The cost to get Chapman this offseason was low due to the domestic violence allegations following him along with the potential for a suspension (it turned out to be 30 games).

In the deal were third baseman Eric Jagielo, second baseman Tony Renda, and right-handers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham -- some mid-level talent at best. From a baseball perspective, the deals show the Yankees taking advantage of Chapman's trade value at both extremes.

At worst, the Yankees have turned four non-descript minor leaguers into a legitimate prospect with a bright future, a proven MLB swingman, and two minor leaguers.

Torres, the headliner, has some lofty MLB prospect ranks according to the top publications:

Baseball America - 27

Baseball Prospectus - 34

ESPN - 26

MLBPipeline - 24

These numbers indicate scouts believe Torres not only has a strong chance to reach the major leagues, but has a good shot to succeed. Torres could be ready by the 2019 season, which if he sticks at shortstop (maybe he is moved to 3B where the organization lacks depth), makes him a potential replacement for Didi Gregorius.

In 409 plate appearances this season at High-A Myrtle Beach, Torres owns a .275 average with a .359 OBP and .433 SLG. Torres has nine home runs, 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. He is said to have improved defensively, but has a strong enough arm to move to third base if that's what the Yankees deem best.

The Yankees have their No. 8 prospect Tyler Wade (via MLBPipeline) playing shortstop at Double-A Trenton now and Jorge Mateo, the club's No. 1 prospect, plays second base and shortstop in High-A Tampa. Having such depth at a prominent position gives the Yankees plenty of options (internal and for trading purposes) going forward. There is no such thing as too many "top-flight" prospects.

The fact that the Yankees received Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford in the deal proves that elite relievers like Chapman are considered incredibly valuable to teams eyeing a postseason run.

Warren, who came up through the Yankees' system, was traded in the offseason for Starlin Castro. Warren has had a rough season to date, getting demoted in the process. However, he was a favorite of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, and could slide straight into a seventh inning role with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller moving up to the eighth and ninth innings respectively.

McKinney was listed as the Cubs' No. 5 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, but the offensive stats the outfielder has put up are not exactly eye-popping. He's exhibited little-to-no power and doesn't steal bases. He owns an uninspiring .677 OPS in 349 plate appearances this season at Double-A Tennessee, after putting up a .767 OPS at the same stop last season in 309 plate appearances.

Crawford, a teammate of Torres', is a switch-hitting outfielder. Like McKinney, Crawford does not light up the board with power, but differs in that he offers a solid speed element. Crawford has 18 doubles and eight triples to go along with 22 steals in 28 attempts this season.

As for the remainder of the trade deadline period, the Yankees do not need to rush the process. They would still have a strong back end of the bullpen with Betances and Miller, which would allow the organization this week to see if they can gain more ground in the playoff race.

The one player who makes sense to trade is Carlos Beltran, simply because his contract is also coming to an end this season. However, Beltran is easily the best offensive force on the club, so if they inch closer to a playoff spot by the Aug.1 non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees will have a big decision ahead of them.

Finally, any real sell-off puts Nathan Eovaldi, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda firmly on the block, and leaves open the chance that the Yankees part ways with Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez by buying out the remainder of their contracts or convincing them to waive their no-trade rights.

Tags: Adam Warren , Alex Rodriguez , Carlos Beltran , Didi Gregorius , Mark Teixeira , Starlin Castro

 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have been offering RHP Ivan Nova in trade talks, reports Buster Olney of ESPN, citing rival executives with knowledge of the Yankees' conversations.

The Yankees have been non-committal regarding buying or selling, but are reportedly close to trading LH reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs.

Nova, 29, has posted a 4.65 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 92 innings this season. He has split his time between the rotation (14 starts) and bullpen (six appearances).

Nova, who is making $4.1 million this season, is eligible for free agency after the season. 

Tags: Ivan Nova

Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

Legendary New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and Seattle Mariners center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday.

Piazza spent eight seasons of his 16-year career with the New York Mets, leading them to the 2000 World Series and hitting a memorable home run in the first game in New York following the 9/11 terror attacks.

"To witness the darkest evil of the human heart ... will be forever burned in my soul," Piazza said, according to the Associated Press. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.

"Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21st, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice."

Piazza, who ended his career with 427 home runs, 1,335 RBIs and 2,127 hits, became just the second MLB player to wear a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque (Tom Seaver). He was emotional during his induction speech when he spoke of his father.

"Dad always dreamed of playing in the major leagues," Piazza said. "He could not follow that dream because of the realities of life. My father's faith in me, often greater than my own, is the single most important factor of me being inducted into this Hall of Fame. Thank you dad. We made it, dad. The race is over. Now it's time to smell the roses."

Griffey, a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, hit 630 home runs and 1,836 RBIs, as he was just three votes shy of becoming the first unanimous selection into the Hall. He played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mariners. 

"There are two misconceptions about me -- I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy," Griffey said. "Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out."


GEICO SportsNite: NYY trade talk 00:00:19
Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about tuning out trade talk.

The Yankees topped the Giants 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to come away with the series win.


  • Nathan Eovaldi allowed seven hits, but just two earned run, over 6 2/3 innings. Both runs came after Eovaldi had left the game. He walked two and struck out six.
  • Chad Green allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh, but pitched a shutout eighth and ninth inning to earn the save. He allowed three hits and struck out one.
  • Carlos Beltran got the Yankees started in the first inning with a solo home run.
  • Mark Teixeira followed that up with a solo shot of his own in the second inning.
  • Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorious each drove in runs in the Yankees' three-run sixth inning. 

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The Yankees get another strong performance from their starting pitching to finish 6-4 on the homestand. As I mentioned yesterday, the wins seem to have come as much from fortunate timing as the solid pitching. Neither the Orioles nor Giants were at full strength and the decent record in their last 10 games might not have fooled ownership, evidenced by reports that the Yankees are taking final bids on Aroldis Chapman.

The Yankees would be wise to move Chapman now and see how they fair against the Houston Astros before determining how deep of a sell-off they subscribe to. The next free agent to be with value is Beltran, but he's also their best offensive player. The Yankees might wait until the last minute on Beltran simply because there is no urgency to deal him now.

Imagine the Yankees sneaking within a couple games of playoff position by the end of the month. Would they still pull the trigger on a full blown sell-off? The next week will be interesting for sure.


What's Next

The Yankees travel to Houston to take on the Astros on Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Tags: Carlos Beltran , Didi Gregorius , Mark Teixeira , Nathan Eovaldi , Starlin Castro , Christopher Carelli

 (Lenny Ignelzi)
(Lenny Ignelzi)

The Yankees and Giants finish their three-game series from Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Giants Yankees
Denard Span, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Angel Pagan, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
Buster Posey, DH Brian McCann, C
Brandon Crawford, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Connor Gillaspie, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Mac Williamson, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Ramiro Pena, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Trevor Brown, C Aaron Hicks, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi is 1-4 with a 13.30 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. He last faced San Francisco July 18, 2014 at Miami and allowed eight runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.


Who's Pitching for the Giants: Jeff Samardzija was 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA in his first 11 starts. Since then, he is 2-2 with a 6.02 ERA in his last eight outings.

Tags: San Francisco Giants

Do the Yankees trade Chapman? 00:02:56
The DNL crew discusses if the Yankees are better off trading or keeping Aroldis Chapman as the trade deadline approaches.

The Yankees are reportedly telling other teams that they are close to dealing Aroldis Chapman, according to Ken Rosenthal.



Previous updates from July 19...

2:22 pm: "The Yankees are going full bore in shaping possible deals for Chapman," according a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney, who believes talks started weeks ago with the Nationals, Rangers, Indians and others.

2:58 pm: Yankee scouts will be watching at least two pitching prospects from teams linked to Chapman tonight.

Over the weekend, Yankees sent scouts to watch Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate the Syracuse Chiefs.

However, with pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez making his MLB debut tonight, the Yankees scouts have traveled to Washington D.C. to watch the 22 year-old play.

Washington is one of the teams in on Aroldis Chapman, reported Buster Olney today.

Lopez is ranked as the Nationals second-best pitching prospect behind Lucas Giolito (who is ranked as the top prospect in all of baseball). He has a mid-90s fastball that can hit 100 times. In 87.1 combined innings this season in Double-A and Triple-A, he has 109 strikeouts and given up 78 hits.

The Yankees also are scouting Indians left-handed pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

The Indians have also been reported to be interested in the Yankees bullpen. Sheffield is 20 years old and is sports a 3.53 ERA and 1.34 WHIP this season. In 89.1 innings pitched, he has 87 strikeouts and has given up 83 hits.

Previous Reports and Reaction...

The Yankees are going to trade Chapman before Aug. 1, Yahoo's Jeff Passan wrote July 17.

The Cubs and Rangers have reportedly been scouting Chapman since early July.

In late June, Olney said the Marlins were also having internal discussions about whether to pursue a trade for Chapman.


Chapman leads the Yankees in saves with 19. He has an ERA of 2.22 and WHIP of 0.92. He has 40 strike outs in just 28.1 innings, while giving up only 18 hits and seven earned runs.

He is due roughly $5 million through the rest of this season, after which he can become a free agent.

Tags: Alroldis Chapman

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:01:34
Sweeny Murti breaks down all the action from the Yankees' 12-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants.

After Ivan Nova's strong start, the Yankees fell to the Giants, 2-1, in twelve innings at Yankee Stadium. Mac Williamson, who doubled off Andrew Miller on Friday night, continued to mash against the Yankees, recording both RBI for the Giants. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Nova allowed just one run in seven innings, striking out seven Giants.
  • The Yankees took the lead in the fourth when outfielder Mac Williamson bobbled a Mark Teixeira single, allowing Didi Gregorius to score.
  • Williamson got redemption, however, hitting a solo home run to tie the game in the fifth.
  • The game remained 1-1 through the ninth and entered extra innings. Both teams got runners into scoring position in the 10th, and the Giants again in the 11th, but neither could push across the go-ahead run.
  • Williamson struck again in the 12th, driving in Trevor Brown to put the Giants up 2-1. Hunter Strickland shut down the Yankees in the home half of the inning to seal the win for San Francisco.

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The Yankees simply cannot get three games over the .500 mark, because they embody games like today's. Sorry Hal, this is not a playoff team.

The Yankees have won five of nine games since returning from the All-Star break, each against teams that would make the playoffs if they were to begin today. However, they did most of the damage against teams that were depleted by sickness (Orioles) or injury (Giants), so in my mind there is something hollow about the "run." Today's loss, showed exactly why, as they failed numerous times to put the Giants away.

What's interesting is the Yankees have moved closer to a wild card spot, so if ownership was serious about going for a playoff spot a couple of weeks ago, they might feel the same way right now. That's a scary proposition. It is time to get real.


What's next...

The Yankees and Giants will finish their weekend series with the rubber match Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (8-6, 4.93 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will be opposed by RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 4.05 ERA). 

Tags: Ivan Nova , San Francisco Giants

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)

The Yankees and Giants continue their three-game series from Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

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Giants Yankees
Denard Span, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Angel Pagan, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
Buster Posey, C Brian McCann, C
Brandon Crawford, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Jarrett Parker, DH Didi Gregorius, SS
Conor Gillaspie, 3B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Mac Williamson, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Ramiro Pena, 2B Aaron Hicks, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.92 ERA): allowed one run on four hits over six innings in his last start against the Orioles. Has won two of his three starts in July, pitching to the tune of a 3.24 ERA for the month. In one career start against the Giants in 2013, Nova pitched a six-hit shutout. 


Who's Pitching for the Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (13-2, 2.64 ERA) will start Saturday in place of Jeff Samardzija, who is now scheduled to pitch Sunday. Cueto, who started for the National League in the All-Star Game, lost his one game since the break, allowing four runs and two home runs to the Padres. He is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four career starts versus the Yankees. 

Tags: Ivan Nova , San Francisco Giants

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Madison Bumgarner, but the Yankees needed a late comeback to beat the Giants, winning 3-2 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv...


  • The Yankees, after blowing a lead, came back to regain it in the eighth when shortstop Brandon Crawford made a throwing error, allowing Chase Headley to score.
  • Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He also struck out four. 
  • Aroldis Chapman allowed a lead-off double but worked around the hit for the save. 
  • The Yankees got to Bumgarner quickly, as Starlin Castro drove in Brett Gardner with a double in the first inning.
  • Carlos Beltran drove in another run in the second with a run-scoring single.
  • Falling behind early and stymied by Tanaka, the Giants came back to tie the game in the eighth when Mac Williamson hit an RBI double off Andrew Miller
  • The Giants cut into the lead in the seventh when Dellin Betances threw a wild pitch, allowing Angel Pagan to score.

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Tanaka came up big and on regular rest, maybe silencing those who insist he has to stay on five days rest in order to succeed.

Joe Girardi has done well with Tanaka's pitch count in the last two outings (87 and 83 tosses), which can benefit him as the season rolls on. Normally, a two-run lead with Betances and Miller fully rested means an easy bridge to Chapman. Not tonight.

However, the Yankees have shown resiliency in recent weeks and did not cave completely, scoring a run in the eighth.

That's something that probably doesn't happen earlier this season. The Yankees have their strengths -- tonight two of their strongest relievers faltered, but Chapman did not. The Yankees also have their issues, but fight is not one of them.


What's next...

The Yankees and Giants continue their three-game series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. from Yankee Stadium. RHP Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.92 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Yankees and is set to be opposed by Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 4.05 ERA).

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka , San Francisco Giants

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees open a three-game series against the Giants at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv..


Giants Yankees
Denard Span, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Angel Pagan, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Brandon Belt, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Buster Posey, C Alex Rodriguez, DH
Brandon Crawford, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B Rob Refsnyder, 1B
Jarrett Parker, DH Austin Romine, C
Ramiro Pena, 2B Aaron Hicks, CF
Gregor Blanco, RF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP), who allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out seven against the Red Sox during his last start. He has struck out 100 batters in 123 inings (19 starts) this season.


Who's Pitching for the Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP), who allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out nine in six innings against the Padres during his last start. He has struck out 155 batters in 135 2/3 innings (20 starts) this season. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka

 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees have yet to decide whether they will be buyers or sellers as the non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaches. Meanwhile, their minor league system is in better shape than in years past, but there is always room for improvement.

If the Yankees become sellers, they should look to stock up on close to MLB-ready starting pitching as well as pitchers who might break into the big leagues as relievers no later than next season. Yes, the Yankees have Luis Severino waiting in the wings, but trading for a hurler who has the chance to produce at an elite level would certainly aid the organization.

The Yankees could also use some depth at third base. Miguel Andujar, the Yankees' No. 14 prospect, has enjoyed a fine season (.787 OPS, 11 HR, 65 RBIs in 378 combined PA between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton), but the club has an MLB reject in Donovan Solano handling the hot corner at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Current Yankees' third baseman Chase Headley has two years remaining on his contract, so another power-hitting third baseman in the system could be beneficial.

Finally, while the Yankees have No. 3 prospect Gary Sanchez knocking on the door, the organization covets catchers. As such, it wouldn't be shocking if they were to look for a catcher at the High-A or Double-A level to compete with Luis Torrens, the Yankees' No. 11 prospect, who is currently playing at Low-A Charleston after missing all of 2015 after shoulder surgery.

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Note: Team records and statistics as of July 21, 2016. Prospect rankings via MLBPipeline.com

Dominican Summer League North - DSL Yankees 1

Record: 19-20, T-3rd, 9 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Nelson Alvarez, IF - 136 PA, .336/.424/.504, 24 R, 2 HR, 21 RBIs
  • Pedro Barrios, SP - 38 1/2 IP, 1.16 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 27 K, 5 BB 

Dominican Summer League San Pedro - DSL Yankees 2

Record: 15-25, 8th place, 12 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Dario Unda, OF - 116 PA, .336/.395/.542, 20 R, 3 HR, 18 RBIs
  • Rony Garcia, SP - 30 1/3 IP, 1.78 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 28 K, 8 BB

Rookie - Gulf Coast League Northeast - GSL Yankees East

Record: 7-17, last place, 3 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Brandon Wagner, 3B - 80 PA, .292/.378/.500, 12 R, 3 HR, 9 RBIs
  • Daniel Alvarez, SP - 26 IP, 1.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 20 K, 5 BB

Rookie - Gulf Coast League Northwest - GSL Yankees West

Record: 11-13, last place, 9 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Brian Keller, RP - 11 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 14 K, 1 BB

Rookie - Appalachian League - Pulaski Yankees

Record: 11-15, last place

Notable Player Stats:

  • Blake Rutherford, OF, Yankees' 2016 1st Round Pick (No. 18 overall) - 28 AB, .357/.419/.643, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Class A Short Season - New York-Penn League McNamara - Staten Island Yankees

Record: 20-13, 1st place

Notable Player Stats:

  • Nick Solak, Yankees' 2016 second round pick - 106 PA, .264/.393/.319, 19 R, 8 RBIs, 6 SB
  • Adonis Rosa, SP, - 34 IP, 1.32 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 27 K, 7 BB

Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs

First-half Record: 42-27, first place - First-half Champions

Second-half Record: 12-14, t-2nd place

Notable Player Stats:

  • Chris Gittens, 1B - 315 PA, .269/.382/.509, 15 HR, 56 RBIs
  • Kyle Holder, SS, Yankees' 2015 1st round pick (No. 30 overall) - 264 PA, .264/.293/.307, 27 R, 6 SB
  • Nestor Cortes, SP - 72 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 80 K, 17 BB

Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Yankees

First-half Record: 41-25, first place - First half champions

Second-half Record: 13-15, 4th place, 5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS, Yankees' No. 1 prospect - 342 PA, .263/.320/.399, 23 XBH, 47 R, 36 RBIs, 26 SB
  • Trey Amburgey, OF, Yankees' No. 28 prospect - 59 PA, .204/.279/.222 (.847 OPS at Charleston)
  • Josh Rogers, SP - 75 1/3 IP, 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 50 K, 12 BB

Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder

Record: 60-38, 2nd place, 6 GB

Notable Player Stats:

  • Kyle Higashioka, C - 216 PA, .289/.351/.526, 11 HR, 46 RBIs (5 HR, 1.274 OPS with Scranton in 55 PA)
  • Tyler Wade, SS, Yankees No. 8 prospect - 394 PA, .267/.372/.360, 19 XBH, 65 R, 18 SB
  • Vicente Campos, SP - 56 2/3 IP, 3.02 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 48 K, 14 BB
  • Chance Adams, SP, Yankees' No. 19 prospect - 40 IP, 2.03 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 38 K, 14 BB

Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Record: 61-38, 1st place

Notable Player Stats:

  • Tyler Austin, 1B/OF - 166 PA, .310/.395/.648, 11 HR, 37 RBIs
  • Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees' No. 2 prospect - 360 PA, .261/.357/.469, 16 HR, 54 RBIs
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees' No. 3 prospect - 270 PA, .282/.326/.482, 10 HR, 44 RBIs
  • Luis Severino, SP - 56 2/3 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 57 K, 15 BB
  • Luis Cessa, SP - 63 2/3 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 47 K, 21 BB

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley returned to the team on Thursday after he was scratched from Wednesday's lineup when his 4-year-old son had to be rushed to a local hospital.

Headley told NJ.com's Randy Miller his son underwent a small operation during the All-Star break and had some complications.

"We had to take him to the hospital and he had to have another procedure, but he's doing a lot better," Headley said. "I don't remember a whole lot of days in my life that were worse, but I'm thankful that he's got the care that's needed and he's doing a lot better. He's in great condition."

Headley returned to the team on Thursday and was a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. 

First baseman Mark Teixeira expressed his sympathy toward the Headleys.

"We're definitely praying for Chase and his family," Teixeira said.

 

Tags: Chase Headley

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira congratulate each other as they both score during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira congratulate each other as they both score during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Some people within the New York Yankees organization have discussed cutting designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, according to Jon Heyman.

The Yankees, who are seven games back in the AL East and 5 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot, are reportedly split on whether to become buyers or sellers as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears. 

GM Brian Cashman and the baseball operations staff believes the Yankees should sell and focus on the future, while owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine consider the team a contender.

Should the Yankees cut ties with two veterans, it would indicate a significant rebuild, however nothing has been decided at this time.

Rodriguez, who turns 41 next week and has one year remaining on his contract, is hitting .210 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs exclusively as a designated hitter. 

Teixeira, 36, has hit .185 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in an injury-plagued season, the final in an eight-year deal he signed prior to the 2009 season.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Mark Teixeira

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees fall 00:01:48
Manager Joe Girardi and CC Sabathia, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira discuss the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Orioles.

The Yankees' bats went silent as they lost to the Orioles, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

  • J.J. Hardy's two-run single in the first inning gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
  • Starlin Castro's run-scoring single in the second inning drew the Yankees within 2-1.
  • Jonathan Schoop's two-run double in the seventh inning off CC Sabathia -- who he was facing for the fourth time in the game -- extended Baltimore's lead to 4-1.
  • Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.
  • Chad Green pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and one strikeout, in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A.

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The Yankees had their chance to get to Tillman in the first and second innings, only coming up with one run. Sabathia kept the Yanks close until the seventh, but the offense was stalled by Tillman, who leads MLB with 14 wins.

Still, the Yankees can be pleased with themselves in taking the four-game series from the Orioles. Unfortunately, nothing that happened in the series made too much of a difference in the division (gained two games, 6.5 games back) or the wild card standings (same distance out, 5.5 games), meaning the club might not be any closer to making a decision on how they will handle the trade deadline.

The Yankees next two series do not get easier as the team faces the NL West leading San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium and then the Houston Astros on the road. Once the six games are in the books, it should be clearer to the power that be which way the club will concentrate concerning the roster. In my view, anything short of a 4-2 record should finally convince ownership that selling is the best course of action, especially if they fail to gain any ground in the process.


What's next

Masahiro Tanaka (3.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) will face Madison Bumgarner (2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Giants on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: CC Sabathia , Masahiro Tanaka , Starlin Castro

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a fly ball in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a fly ball in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez, playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is hitting .306 in the month of July with an OBP of .357 while SLG .490.

Since June 24, Sanchez has 23 hits in 74 at-bats (.311) and 14 RBIs. He is sixth in the International League in slugging percentage.

Sanchez was given an opportunity to earn a major league roster spot with the Yankees during Spring Training, but failed to impress and was sent to Triple-A.

He is ranked by MLB.com as the Yankees' No. 3 prospect behind Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge.

The Yankees' current catchers are Brian McCann, who is currently hitting .237 and is signed through 2019 for $66 million over the next four years, and backup Austin Romine, who is currently hitting .264 and will be a free agent at the end of this season.

Tags: Gary Sanchez

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees wrap up their four-game series against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv..


Orioles Yankees
Nolan Reimold, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Manny Machado, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Mark Trumbo, DH Brian McCann, C
Chris Davis, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
J.J. Hardy, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Ryan Flaherty, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Caleb Joseph, C Starlin Castro, 2B
Julio Borbon, CF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (3.94 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), who allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits while walking three and striking out two in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox during his last start. He has allowed 25 earned runs over his last five starts (28 1/3 innings).


Who's Pitching for the Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), who allowed one run on four hits while striking out three and walking three against the Rays during his last start. He has allowed just three runs over his last three starts (21 innings).


 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

RHP Chad Green has been called up by the Yankees, the team announced.

RHP Nick Goody was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster.

Green had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 9 to make room on the roster for Goody.

The 25-year-old Green has a 7.04 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (three starts, one relief appearance) for the Yankees this season.


New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda is congratulated in the dugout after the top of the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda is congratulated in the dugout after the top of the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda pitched six scoreless innings and left seven runners on base in a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda (4-9) threw 113 pitches, including 21 in a 1-2-3 first inning. He escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the second inning; bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth inning; and left runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings.

"When you can get outs with runners in scoring position, those are the most crucial outs of a game," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "That's usually the difference in a game."

New York's starting pitchers are 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA over the team's four-game winning streak. The Yankees improved to two games over .500 for the first time since they were 4-2, and now sit six games back in the AL East and five games back for the second Wild Card spot.

"It starts with your starting pitching," Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "They set the tone."

Pineda, who struck out eight batters and allowed five hits, attributed his success to his slider. He struck out Nolan Reimold and Ryan Flaherty with it to end the fourth inning, and struck out Reimold again with it with a runner on third to end the sixth inning.

"It was pretty good tonight," said Pineda, who had not thrown at least six scoreless innings in a start since July 4, 2015. "Especially in those situations, I didn't want to make a mistake, I didn't want to hang any sliders."

Tags: Michael Pineda , Baltimore Orioles

GEICO SportsNite: Yanks postgame 00:00:49
Interviews with Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira following the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Pineda tossed six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the fourth inning extended the Yankees' advantage to 2-0.
  • Teixeira's bases loaded walk in the sixth inning upped New York's lead to 3-0, and Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning made it 4-0.
  • Beltran's home run in the eighth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 5-0.
  • Pineda allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight during his six scoreless innings.

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That's four straight wins for the Yankees, all aided by solid starting pitching. Yankees starters have allowed just three runs in 23 1/3 innings. What's more impressive is they have done it against the strong offenses of the Boston Red Sox and the homer-happy Orioles -- teams both in playoff position through today's games.

Further, the Yankees' relief crew has not allowed a run during the last four games (12 2/3 IP), getting key contributions from middle relief and the back-end of the bullpen. Finally, the Yankees' offense has shown signs of life in the last couple of games (12 runs total) in which they have tacked on runs late, enabling manager Joe Girardi to give rest to the big arms at the back-end of the bullpen.

When the All-Star break came along, talk of a big sell-off was rampant and warranted, but ownership openly refused to commit to such an endeavor. All of a sudden, the Yankees look like a team that wants to push ownership to hold off even longer, and potentially jump to the other side of the board and become buyers.

In my view, there is a long way to go before they can be considered a serious threat, but the squad is doing its best to force the issue.


What's next

CC Sabathia (3.94 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) will face Chris Tillman (3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: Brett Gardner , Carlos Beltran , Mark Teixeira , Michael Pineda

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 15, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 15, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

The Yankees continue their four-game series against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv..


Orioles Yankees
Joey Rickard, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Adam Jones, CF Carlos Beltran, DH
Mark Trumbo, 1B Brian McCann, C
Pedro Alvarez, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
J.J. Hardy, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Nolan Reimold, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Caleb Joseph, 1B Aaron Hicks, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (5.56 ERA, 3-9) who has given up five earned run in each of his last starts. After an April and June that saw him post a 6.33 and 7.52 ERA respectively, Pineda put up a 2.75 ERA in June, giving up 11 earned runs and striking out 49 batters in six starts. However, in his two starts in July Pineda has given up 10 earned runs in 11 innings pitched.


Who's Pitching for the Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (5.77 ERA, 3-1) has not thrown more than 6.0 innings any start this season. Gallardo has a 7.39 ERA on the road this year, with a .322 opponent batting average. In the past three seasons, he has a 5.60 ERA against the Yankees, his sixth-highest against any opponent.

Tags: Ivan Nova

New York Yankees Carlos Beltran, left, greets the Yankees Starlin Castro at the plate after Castro hit a three-run, home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in New York, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Yankees Carlos Beltran, left, greets the Yankees Starlin Castro at the plate after Castro hit a three-run, home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in New York, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Starlin Castro has been one of the Yankees most productive hitters in the month of July, coming off two consecutive months that saw his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS dip from the start of the season and below his career average.

Castro attributes his recent uptick in offensive production to a tip given to him by veteran teammate Carlos Beltran.

"The last couple of days, I've just been working on something with Carlos and putting it in the game," Castro said. "He told me that he saw something in my hands and I have to be more loose."

Castro is hitting .288 in July with an OBP of .333 and OPS of .774. Of his 17 hits, seven of them have been for extra bases. In his last 12 games dating back to July 5, he is hitting .354 with an on-base percentage of .380.Since the All-Star break, he has hit .353 with six RBIs.

Beltran advised during the Boston series directly after the All-Star break for Castro to take his chin off his shoulder when hitting, loosening up his upper body and giving him more time to react to pitches.

Castro remarked how it's good to have Beltran and he hopes to be able to continue to have him as a teammate.

"Hopefully, we start to play well and he stays here," Castro said. 

Tags: Carlos Beltran , Starlin Castro

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) reacts after allowing a two run home run to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) reacts after allowing a two run home run to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Neither Nathan Eovaldi nor Michael Pineda have been able to completely covert their natural talents into consistently positive performances for the New York Yankees since being traded to the club. Each pitcher has potential - no one denies that - but has their time ended in New York?

With the Yankees considering a sell-off at the non-waiver trade deadline, Eovaldi and Pineda's names have come up in the rumor mill. Both pitchers have one more year of control, becoming free agents before the 2018 season, and if there is a team out there that believes they can aid either pitcher to maximize their potential, they might take a chance.

If the Yankees were to want to trade just one, which one makes the most sense? Alternatively, should the Yankees see what the rest of the summer brings to either allow the players to regain some value, which might have been lost due to their lackluster production this season, or in order to utilize the production for their own purposes?

Financial and roster implications

Eovaldi and Pineda are earning $5.6 million and $4.3 million respectively, so the incoming cost to the receiving club is going to be quite reasonable for the remainder of this season, and while the pitchers will likely receive bumps in their final arbitration years the costs are not prohibitive, even for teams with tighter budgets. Of course, this also plays into the Yankees' reasoning for keeping the players.

The Yankees will likely let Ivan Nova walk at season's end (if he is not traded himself) which leaves the Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia under contract for 2017. The Yankees hope Luis Severino will be ready for a full season in the big leagues by 2017, but beyond him the rest of Triple-A contains "what-if" type pitchers.

So, if the Yankees decide to part with both Eovaldi and Pineda, they will have to fill the void by testing a pitcher long term like Chad Green, trading for someone else now or in the offseason or by signing a free agent this winter. They might not be able to find better performance for the price they would be paying the pitchers they already know.



Upside disrupted by inconsistency

The Yankees have hung their hats on "upside" at the beginning of each season in which Eovaldi and Pineda has been a part of the club. There is enough history from each player to make one believe that they can put it all together for one season and beyond. This also makes them marketable assets.

Despite the immense talent, both Eovaldi and Pineda suffer from the same syndrome - enjoying lengthy stretches of high performance matched with long periods of poor production. There does not seem to be much middle ground with them. Either they are completely on top of their game, or they look as if they just learned how to pitch.

Last season, Eovaldi looked like he had finally figured things out and was on his way to establishing himself as a front-line starter of the future. During a 12-game stretch Eovaldi went 8-0 with a 2.96 ERA (2.93 FIP) in 73 2/3 innings. At 25 years old at the time, the Yankees felt pleased knowing they controlled Eovaldi for two more seasons.

However, Eovaldi was injured in early September, abruptly ending his season and he has not shown the same lockdown ability all that often in 2016 - he had a five-game stretch in which he owned a 5-0 record with a 2.03 ERA, after opening the season with a five-game stretch in which he went 1-2 with a 5.46 ERA. At that time, I opined that the Yankees should not part with Eovaldi.

The positive vibes abruptly dissipated during a six-start period that encompassed all of June and one turn in July. Eovaldi was shelled for a 9.40 ERA in 30 1/3 innings and found himself in the Yankees bullpen for his subsequent three appearances. Eovaldi made his first start since July 1, Tuesday night and pitched well, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Like Eovaldi, Pineda enjoyed one lengthy stretch of success, but his opened the 2015 season. In 11 starts (70 1/3 innings), Pineda went 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA (2.42 FIP), 9.7 K/9 rate and 0.90 BB/9 rate. It looked as if Pineda was healthy and ready to take the step back to the top of a rotation. It wasn't to be the case as Pineda turned in a poor June (5.72 ERA in 28 1/3 innings), followed by a decent July (3.55 ERA in 25 1/3 innings) and he ended the season with an eight-start swoon in which he owned a 5.48 ERA.

This season, Pineda has shown much of the same back and forth in his performance. Pineda has seven starts in which he has allowed at least five earned runs and eight turns in which he allowed two earned runs or less. Pineda has turned in one solid month this season, generating a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings. The rest of the season has been ugly for the 27-year-old right-hander.

Pineda differs somewhat from Eovaldi in that he can completely dominate a lineup as he did against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, 2015 when he struck out 16 batters. Pineda's strikeout rate has jumped considerably this season to what would be a career-high 10.7 K/9. That goes along with a 2.4 BB/9 rate (which is high for him), but the point here is that Pineda gets swings and misses without walking a lot of batters.

Another difference between the two is that Pineda has been hurt early in games and then gets stronger, while Eovaldi tends to be at his best early on and falters once the opposing lineup gets to the plate for the third time. Eovaldi's issue is one that many starters share, but one that is difficult to overcome. Pineda's rough beginnings to some of his starts seem easier to fix, in my opinion.



Stay or go?

I believe Eovaldi and Pineda's trade value is at low now. While the Yankees could tout the player's "upside," they cannot hide behind the fact that neither pitcher has been able to translate talent to results.

If the Yankees had a slew of pitchers ready to make the transition to the majors (they have Severino and maybe Green to consider), I find it hard to believe that the Yankees would trade both. I also feel that if the Yankees were willing to trade one or the other, it would simply be because they have given up on the player and feel they should get at least a bit something in return now.

Further, keeping both players allows the Yankees the rest of this season to evaluate the pitchers. If they falter, they can sell at virtually the same level they are at now, but if either or both of the pitchers excel the rest of the way, their value climbs as well. At that point, the Yankees can decide if Eovaldi and/or Pineda contain more value as trade assets or as members of the 2017 rotation.

Again, future performance dictates their trade value at next season's deadline. The Yankees could be in the same situation as they are today, and if one or both of the pitchers are throwing well, a club needing a starting pitcher for the stretch run might covet them. If the pitchers continue to perform as they have this season, they can simply move on to younger pitchers without a huge loss of money.

At this point, I cannot see the Yankees retrieving much for Eovaldi or Pineda. However, if a deal presents itself, coupled with the notion that the Yanks no longer have the patience for the pitcher(s) to produce consistently positive results, they could be part of a massive sell-off. If the returns on prospective deals were equal, I would keep Pineda, simply because I adhere to the premise that his ability to generate strikeouts and not allow walks makes him a better bet to have success.

In the end, I'm not certain the options within are much better, so I would take a chance that Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild can figure things out with at least one of the hurlers over the remainder of the season. The hope being that even moderate improvement keeps the team in the postseason picture or increases the pitchers' trade value in the offseason or next July.

Tags: Michael Pineda , Nathan Eovaldi , Christopher Carelli

Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Jacoby Ellsbury set the MLB record for catcher's interference calls on June 19, only 93 games into the season.

Ellsbury reached first base on catcher's interference in his first at-bat of the game during the bottom of the first inning. It was his ninth catcher's interference call of the year, breaking the major league record set by Roberto Kelly (also with the Yankees) in 1992.

The 32 year-old center fielder's nine catcher interference calls this season is not only more than any other MLB player this year, but also more than any other MLB team. He accounts for nine of the Yankees league-leading 11 catcher inference calls. The Milwaukee Brewers are second in the MLB with three.

Ellsbury is second all-time in career catcher's interference calls with 23, only six behind the all-time leader Pete Rose. Ellsbury is also one of six players in major league history to have ever drawn a catcher's interference twice in one game, and the only person to have ever drawn two catcher's interferences in one game off of two different catchers.

Ellsbury denies it's something he does on purpose, saying "I'm just trying to hit the ball."

Tags: Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro rounds the bases on his two run home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro rounds the bases on his two run home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius combined to go 4 for 7 with four RBIs, and three New York Yankees pitchers shut down the Baltimore Orioles in a 7-1 win on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Castro hit a two-run home run in the second inning that gave New York a 2-0 lead and hit a two-run double in the sixth inning that made it 5-1, as the Yankees won their third straight game and climbed above .500.

"It's big for us," Castro said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand, on getting above .500. "I think that's the way that we're looking to be at that point. I think we are a great team. We just keep positive and keep fighting, I think that we're going to be good."

The Yankees have not been two games above .500 since they started the season 4-2.

"Other teams in our division have been winning and other teams that we're fighting for spots have been winning," Girardi said. "... We know how good the Orioles are, but we have to come out and play our best game."

The run support gave manager Joe Girardi the ability to not use the trio of Dellin Betances (who was warming up in the bullpen), Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman for the third straight game.

Instead, after Girardi took Nathan Eovaldi out of a 3-1 game with the bases loaded and one out, Anthony Swarzak pitched out of the jam by getting back-to-back foul outs to end the inning. He and Nick Goody retired all 11 batters they combined to face after Eovaldi pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

"It's always fun," Swarzak said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "That's why we play this game."

Tags: Chase Headley , Didi Gregorius , Nathan Eovaldi , Nick Goody , Baltimore Orioles

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SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where Joe Girardi, Brian McCann and Rob Refsnyder discuss the 7-1 win over the Orioles.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his return to the starting rotation as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Starlin Castro's two-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth extended New York's advantage to 3-0.
  • The Orioles drew within 3-1 in the sixth on the strength of Joey Rickard's RBI double.
  • Castro's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth increased the Yankees' lead to 5-1.
  • Chase Headley's two-run homer in the eighth inning made it 7-1, Yankees.
  • Anthony Swarzak tossed 2 2/3 perfect innings in relief of Eovaldi.

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The thorn in the Yankees' side besides their lackluster offense has been the performance of their middle relievers. For at least one night, Anthony Swarzak and Nick Goody let us all forget about that.

Swarzak bailed Eovaldi out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning without allowing a run and then logged another two scoreless innings, throwing just 27 pitches during his effort. Goody tossed the final frame, allowing Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to get a day off and be fresh if needed on Wednesday.

The Yankees scored more than three runs for the first time since returning from the All-Star break, boosted by Castro's big night. Castro has looked better at the plate since the break and the Yankees could certainly use some production from the bottom of the order.

Of the offensive disappointments this season, Castro is the one I feel the Yankees would like to see get going, if only for the fact that they would like to know that he can provide the production they believe they traded for.


What's next

Michael Pineda (5.56 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) will Yovani Gallardo (5.77 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) in the third game of a four-game series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: Chase Headley , Jacoby Ellsbury , Nathan Eovaldi , Starlin Castro

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(David Richard)

The Yankees open a four-game series against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv..


Orioles Yankees
Adam Jones, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Joey Rickard, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Manny Machado, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Mark Trumbo, RF Brian McCann, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Pedro Alvarez, DH Didi Gregorius, SS
J.J. Hardy, SS  Starlin Castro, 2B
Caleb Joseph, C Chase Headley, 3B
Ryan Flaherty, 1B Rob Refsnyder, 1B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5.11 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), who has not pitched more than 4.1 innnings in a game since June 26th. Eovaldi has an ERA of 4.50 in 12.0 innings pitched in the month of July, having given up six earned runs. His last appearance was July 15 against the Red Sox where he pitched 1.1 innings of relief.

Who's Pitching for the Orioles: RHP Vance Worley (2.87 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) who has come exclusively out of the bullpen so far in the month of July. Worley has pitched over 4.2 innings in a game just once this season, on April 15, normally giving two or less innings of relief per game. Worley faced the Yankees once this season, where he gave up three hits and an earned run in less than an inning.

Tags: Ivan Nova

Yasiel Puig scored the game-winning run in Wednesday's extra-inning thriller. The Cuban slugger was 3-for-13 throughout the series, scoring two runs and knocking in one RBI. (AP)
Yasiel Puig scored the game-winning run in Wednesday's extra-inning thriller. The Cuban slugger was 3-for-13 throughout the series, scoring two runs and knocking in one RBI. (AP)

The Yankees could be a potential trade destination for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal speculated the Dodgers have many reasons why it might be in their best interest to trade away Puig. Of how the Yankees could be potential suitor, Rosenthal writes:

"The Dodgers, given their various injury conerns, might not identify which players fit them best until the final days before the non-waiver deadline. But at the moment, their primary needs appear to be A) a hard-throwing left-handed reliever (hello, Yankees) and B) a slugging outfielder (where have you gone, Mr. Puig?)"

The Yankees have two lefty relievers in Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who Buster Olney of ESPN described as "the best players available" at the trade deadline.

Yasiel Puig began his career as an MVP candidate after defecting from Cuba. In 2013, he hit .391 with 19 home runs, 42 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 104 games. He followed that up in 2014 with a .296 batting average, .382 on-base percentage and 69 RBIs. In the two seasons since then, however, he has hit below .260 with a strikeout every 4.4 plate appearances.

Puig is 25 years old and is widely considered to have one of the strongest outfield arms in the MLB. His contract pays him less than $18 million over the next two years.

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