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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.

 — SI.com’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.

Checking on players recently traded by Yanks

With the trade deadline looming, I thought it would be interesting to check in on some ex-Yankees. I found a lot of the pitchers recently included in deals are performing well.  This bodes well for the team in future trade negotiations as it shows that the Yanks are developing good players and that Cashman gives good value in deals.

There are a lot of ex-Yankee pitchers doing well . Off the top of my head, Ian Kennedy, Tyler Clippard, Micheal Dunn, Daniel McCutcheon, Jose Veras, Mark Melancon & Jeff Karstens are all having very good years.

Karsten surprised me the most….he’s 8-5 with a 2.28 ERA which is 2nd in the NL. However, he seems to be having excellent luck with a 4.41 FIP and only a 4.8 k/9. Then, how does he do it? Well, he limits walks with a 1.49 bb rate which is 2nd in the NL and he’s pitched awesome with runners on base. He has a MLB-leading 86.6% Left on Base % and is 2nd in the NL with a minute .227 BABIP, which means he is due for a serious regression. But good for Jeff and the Pirates. there are a lot of former Yanks on the upstart Pirates.

Here are some numbers for some recent ex-Yanks:

Pitchers

 

W-L

 

ERA

 

FIP

 

K/9

 

BB/9

 

 

Ian Kennedy

 

11-3

 

3.22

 

3.56

 

7.5

 

2.5

 

 

Jeff Karstens

 

8-5

 

2.28

 

4.41

 

4.8

 

1.5

 

 

Tyler Clippard

 

1-0

 

1.73

 

3.32

 

11.3

 

3.1

 

25 Holds

 

Mark Melancon

 

5-3

 

2.91

 

3.34

 

7.4

 

3.3

 

8 saves

 

Jose Veras

 

2-3

 

3.48

 

3.66

 

9.2

 

4.7

 

19 Holds

 

Dan McCutcheon

 

3-1

 

2.13

 

3.86

 

4.6

 

2.5

 

8 Holds

 

Michael Dunn

 

5-5

 

3.49

 

4.39

 

9.9

 

5.1

 

10 Holds

 

Phil Coke

 

1-8

 

4.68

 

3.81

 

4.5

 

3.4

 

3 Holds

 

Hitters

 

AVG

 

HR

 

RBI

 

SB

 

OPS

 

WAR

 

Melky Cabrera

 

.294

 

12

 

57

 

14

 

.785

 

3.2

 

Austin Jackson

 

.243

 

4

 

23

 

16

 

.668

 

0.9

 

Wilson Betemit

 

.278

 

3

 

27

 

3

 

.737

 

0.3

 

Jose Tabata

 

.265

 

3

 

15

 

14

 

.705

 

1.2

 

Yanks Have Interest in Craig Breslow, Tyler Clippard

YANKS HAVE INTEREST IN CRAIG BRESLOW, TYLER CLIPPARD

by Mike D.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Yankees have inquired on Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard. Also, Oakland left-handed reliever Craig Breslow has been drawing interest from the Yankees and Red Sox.

Breslow will be featured in a post examining potential LH relief targets for the trade deadline, that will be posted shortly after the finish of today’s game.

The inquiry on Clippard is probably just due dilligence, but who knows with the crazy swarm of rumors & truths that are flying around in the trade deadline period.

This year Clippard is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA, and a strong 3.6 SO per BB ratio. Clippard is right-handed, and righties hit .207 off him, while lefties hit just .192.