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Open Thread

There really isn’t much going on in the Yankee Universe today, other than Joe Girardi’s press conference. Therefore, I’ll just recap some of the “Hot Stove” events of the day.

— Now former Red Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon has signed with the Phillies. It is a 4 year / $50MM deal, with a vesting option for a fifth year. It really tells you how desperate the Phillies were for a closer. 4+ years, and 50 million – yikes. Have fun with that contract, Philly!

— Speaking of the Red Sox, they are not overly committed to having Daniel Bard as their full-time closer. They are expected to pursue Ryan Madson and Heath Bell.

— The Miami Marlins so said “ability” to spend has been continued. They are rumored to have made offers to Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Mark Buehrle.

Talk about whatever you’d like on this thread. Have a great night.

Trade Deadline Thread

We’ll be updating this throughout the day. Now that both Kuroda and Jimenez are off the market, there doesn’t appear to be any difference maker left. Within 6 hours, Yankee fans will figure out if Cashman does have something in the cards. Hopefully, he does…

UPDATE, 2:34pm: Check that, Heath Bell is still available. Rosenthal says its Adams the Rangers acquired, not Bell.

UPDATE, 2:28pm: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Padres have agreed to a deal for Heath Bell. So much for that route.

UPDATE, 12:21pm: Jon Morosi reports the Yankees and Astros discussed Wandy as early as this morning.

UPDATE, 12:11pm: Jon Heyman says the Yankees don’t like Rodriguez’s contract or even his pitching, necessarily, but “they know they need to do something.” Buster Olney says the Astros would have to eat a huge chunk of Wandy’s contract in order for them to strike a deal.

UPDATE, 11:56am: Marc Carig says the Yankees wouldn’t have to include top end prospects for Wandy, if they “kick in enough money”.

UPDATE, 11:39am: Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees are trying for Astros’ pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.

UPDATE, 11:15am: Joel Sherman says the Yankees like Mike Adams more than Bell, because he is much stronger against lefties (.194 BAA compared to .273 BAA). However, Adams is not as cheap, as he is under control through next year. Bell is a Type A free agent after this year, so he could bring good draft pick compensation, notes Sherman. He also says that both Bell and Adams have success on the road, so their great numbers aren’t just a result of being in huge Petco Park.

UPDATE, 11:06am: Could be nothing, but Austin Romine is not in the Trenton lineup today. Could be a normal day off, or not. We’ll see.

UPDATE, 10:37am: As of this morning, there wasn’t much common ground for a Heath Bell trade between the Padres and Yankees, Joel Sherman says.

 — Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are in on Padres’ closer, Heath Bell. Andrew Marchand speculates that Soriano would pitch the 6th, Robertson the 7th, Bell the 8th, and Mariano in the 9th. Sounds a bit farfetched, but it could be a last resort if they can’t trade for a solid starting pitcher by 4pm. Danny Knobler adds that when the Yankees couldn’t get a starter in the winter, they “threw $$$ at Soriano instead.” Now that they might not be able to get a starter, it may be Heath Bell.

Rumor Roundup Thread

Here I will recap any rumors that have occured throughout today, and I will update it as more come. Remember, this is all starting to boil up, as the deadline is tomorrow at 4PM EST. Any updates will be made at the top of the current list of rumors.

 — UPDATE, 7:50PM: And now Ubaldo is off the market. Troy Renck reports that a deal in which Jimenez would be traded to the Indians is just about done. Jimenez has been scratched from tonight’s start. Indians’ prospects, Pomeranz, Matt McBride, and Alex White have all been scratched. Joel Sherman says the Yankees took all their top prospects off the table and offered Phil Hughes, plus, and the Rockies were infuriated.

 — UPDATE, 6:57PM: Well you can cross off 2 more pitchers from the remaining trade market. Hiroki Kuroda reportedly told the Dodgers he will not waive his no-trade clause and will remain in Los Angeles. Also, Jason Marquis has been traded by Washington to the D-Backs. Not that Marquis would be the answer to the Yankees pitching needs anyway.

 — UPDATE, 6:30PM: Jon Heyman says the Yankees have called the Twins about Francisco Liriano, but were old he is not going to be traded.

Joel Sherman believes that the White Sox have really fallen “out of love with (Matt) Thornton”. They would “love” to move the $13MM owed to Thornton from ’12-’13. Reportedly, the Yankees have been watching the left-hander closely.

 — According to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, the Yanks have inquired upon Twins outfielder Denard Span, who the Nationals have strong interest in. He says that it “could be part of something bigger.” Meanwhile, Joel Sherman says the Yanks could potentially have the intention to trade for Span, and then flip him over to Washington for reliever Tyler Clippard. Sherman adds that Clippard is very good against left-handed batters (.181 BAA).

 — ESPN’s Jim Bowden lists the teams involved in the Heath Bell sweepstakes, and says the Yankees are one team who is kicking the tires. I doubt they have much interest in trading for Bell though, as the price would presumably be pretty high. However, Joel Sherman notes that one of New York’s most trusted scouts, Bill Livesey is scouting the Padres’ relievers.

 — Tim Kurkjian of ESPN says “Source said ‘someone who should know told me that the Yankees are all over Ubaldo Jimenez.'” This only validates the Yankees interest in Jimenez as a pitcher. However, they are not interested in paying the Rockies’ high price for Jimenez.

 —’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies asking price has indeed dropped a tad today. Instead of the Rockies asking for Nova, Betances, Banuelos, and Montero, they are “only” asking for Nova, Betances, and Montero. (note quotation marks) To me, that is still high, for what the Yankees don’t know is a “sure thing”.

 — The Rockies will have a scout watching Ivan Nova make his start versus the Orioles tonight.

 — Heyman also reports that 2 teams involved with  Ubaldo have “enhanced offers for him.”

 — Well the Yanks won’t have to worry about facing Baltimore’s relief pitcher, Uehara tonight. Heyman confirms that he has been traded to Texas for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter.

 — Buster Olney says that “Other teams believe that the Rockies’ best chance, for making a Ubaldo Jimenez deal, is with the Cleveland Indians.”

 — Hiroki Kuroda has finally indicated that he may be open to a deal with the Rangers, the Red Sox, or the Yankees. Gordon Edes says Texas has been pushing hard for Kuroda.