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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CLIFF LEE TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES?

Well, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN... at this very moment... No.


Marchand writes: " Cliff Lee came back Monday and didn't look too good. As of today, the Yankees are not hot and heavy for him, a source told ESPN New York. The Phillies are asking for a lot at this point for Lee, even though he will turn 36 at the end of August and is owed anywhere from $47.5 million to $62.5 million over the next three years. There are questions about his health."

That's a nice little nugget for all you fans out there that are totally nervous about the Yankees looking to sign Cliff Lee.
 

You can now sigh in relief... for now.

Thanks for the info Andrew!

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CLASSY SOLARTE


This is what I'm talking about.  A kid with a dream and then he gets a shot. He shows alittle magic and the fans believe in him, because he believes in himself. The next thing you know, he's shipped off to another club.  But it doesn't end for him, he keeps on going. Yangervis Solarte is on a mission and in San Diego he will keep plugging away. Consider the Yankees his stepping stone. 

He did something classy and I wanted to share it with my BYB audience. Solarte thanked the Yankees, and the fans for the opportunity and the support... it doesn't get any better than that.

Here a portion of Solarte's statement:

"I just want to thank the New York Yankees for the opportunity they gave me; they made my dream to play in the majors come true...I am very thankful for the support the Yankee fans gave me, which was completely unexpected; they gave me inspiration to keep fighting and working hard." 


Hmm. Solarte has the fight in him, doesn't he? It's what we preach here and this statement fits perfectly into what Bleeding Yankee Blue is all about. We love the fight, the determination and that "never give up" mentality.



(In Photo: Jorge Posada)
It's why we root for guys like Jorge Posada, Jim Abbott, Ty Hensley, Aaron Small, and even Yangervis Solarte.  And, if you even wanted to, and I think you should, add in Chase Headley to the mix. A guy who also has had to fight his way back from injury, to suddenly be signed by the New York Yankees... only to win last night's game in a walk-off.

Root for the believer... it's a beautiful thing ladies and gentlemen...

And good luck to Yangervis Solarte.

He'll keep fighting, and I'll keep rooting.

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HEYMAN CONTRADICTS HIS OWN RUMOR ABOUT DANKS TO YANKS

God Bless him.

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees are in the "early stages" of talks to acquire John Danks from the Chicago White Sox.


Heyman writes: "The Yankees, to no one's surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks."

You're all excited right? Then he wrote this in his piece:

"There is no evidence the sides are close to a deal and may be in only the early stages of talks. The White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild."


Oh... so there's not evidence. And wait, they "may" be in talks? So, what's going on?  I wonder what Jerry Orbach would say about that.


Look, this is what's happening now. The Yankees no doubt are looking for a reliable lefty now that CC Sabathia is out. Jeff Francis was a nice idea but he's not the guy the Yankees really want there. Someone like Danks makes sense, but Jon's just throwing it out there. There's "no evidence" that Heyman knows anything either.


That's why we heard about the Yankees "closely monitoring" Cliff Lee earlier in the week.  They want to see the guy pitch, they want to make sure his arm doesn't fall off, and maybe they make the Phillies a deal.  Not sure if that will happen though... Lee just gave up 6 runs, read HERE.


There are alot of irons in the fire.  Maybe the Yanks are looking at Danks, maybe not, but there is no question they want a reliable lefty pitcher and they are definitely searching for one.

Keep an eye out on this rumor. It is interesting.

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THOUGHTS ON CHASE HEADLEY: YANKEE FANS SPEAK

(In Photo: Chase Headley)
I have never spoke negatively about a player in the major leagues when it comes to talent and ability.  I don't care to say a player's "trash" or "no good." Why? Because it's hard to climb the ladder to get to the major leagues and it's harder to stay there.

Making it to the majors is a huge achievement, and what happens next is up to you. Over time, fan's view you in certain ways.  For me personally, I have opinions of players, but I question what they bring to the table, usually because I'm protective of what we have.  I might be different than many of you, because I physically feel for these guys out there on the field.


 I know for instance that Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna were career minor leaguers, but it's the heart and drive they have that won me over.  I understand average or home runs stats... maybe even their OPS, I mean, I'm not a dummy, but for me, it's the grind, the journey and I feel for them.  Sure, many of you will suggest it's the wrong way to be a fan. I simply ask... Why? What do you care how I feel? And by the way, it's not wrong... it's me.


The last time I felt for a bunch of youngsters with a hope and a dream, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada were in the system.  They have won 5 championships since then.  My point is we root for the underdog, and we respect the grind... and that's OK.


I wrote a knee jerk reaction piece about the Chase Headley trade yesterday.  It wasn't about Headley and his ability.  It was about the decision the Yankees made to flip someone like Yangervis Solarte for him. I didn't like it, and while Solarte was an easy move, I still didn't want it.  As Kurt, a BYB reader wrote yesterday on Facebook:


An interesting observation for sure, and that was my point in my post titled: PANIC EXPOSED! SOLARTE TRADED FOR HEADLEY. The move to get Headley to New York was perfectly fine, but I wanted my emotion to run the post, not the stat side. That's what BYB is and that's what some of you don't seem to understand.  We're driven by fan opinion and emotion, and that's why BYB is important, because you can make your statements, and we'll talk about it after.  The dialog and the passion is important for the fans, and raw emotion, a rant, is good.


Mister D wrote brilliantly yesterday, responding to my post:
"Yankees are not pulling in a player without downside with what they have to give up. Will be forever grateful of Solarte's great month, but that's all it was and there is no reason to believe he'll be a valuable piece in the future... Headley is a rental, but immediately upgrades the defense. So long as the money doesn't stop the Yankees from making any moves this is a marginal 2014 upgrade with only a marginal cost in the future."
All good and professional and I think we actually agree.  Here's another; Travis likes to throw stats out there... which is perfectly fine, but Bleeding Yankee Blue doesn't do that... you know that, but here it is anyway:

"God, what an awful article. It's like you didn't take into consideration the facts that Solarte is 27 years old, not 22, has spent over 8 years in the minors, and has been released by two organizations prior to being signed by the Yankees.  

Solarte is not a diamond in the rough. He was a nice story the first month of the season. Month of June? He hit .164. Month of July? He hit .118. The league figured him out, and he was CLEARLY over matched. 


Headley is only 30 years, and has way more experience. He is a true everyday player, and not a utility guy like Solarte. His defense is VASTLY superior, and his offense will likely prove to be also. After a slow start, Headley is hitting .323 in his last 70 ABs. Plus, this is not 'more of the same' as the organization is not tied to a large contract at the end of this season.

Great move from the Yankees all the way around. Gave up nothing for a sure-fire defensive replacement, and a very likely offensive boost. Absolute-worst case scenario Headley somehow winds up hitting .150, and even then they break even with what they were getting from Solarte."


Travis and I spar. His words appear abrasive, but he means nothing by it. Truth be told Headley is good defensively and guess what, he IS more of the same, despite what Travis says.  The truth is saying a player has way more experience than Solarte is fine, but so does the entire Yankee lineup, and they still can't score runs consistently.  And that goes back to my point. While I want the Yankees to win, and from the look of their lineup, they should be able to win mightily. What does it matter is it's Headley, Solarte, Willis or Tommy Musclewitz.  1 player does NOT make or break a team. 


Solarte may have been batting .164, but half the team is batting around .250. Solarte may have batted .118 in July, but he only had 17 at bats.  Truth be told, I root for players, and Headley will be just fine in the Bronx, but we don't know if he'll offer anything. In fact, no one knows... not even Travis or Suzyn Waldman. We're rolling the dice like we would do with any player we acquire. You know that, and I know that.  At the end of the day, was it truly a bad trade? Nope, but I'm disappointed.  Many of you, including Travis, forgot BYB is about emotion, not Sabermetrics.  But don't worry, I ain't mad at ya.


Frank Gentry, a former BYB writer wrote this of the trade:
A really great point and I remember 2012 well.  Headley was great then and that's in the back of my mind. I mean, can Headley prove his worth as a rental in the Bronx? I think it's safe to say we all hope so.

How about Steve's comment:

"This Yankee fan is completely fine with this deal (not even close to angry). There is a reason Solarte has been in the minors for 8 years. Headley won't set the world on fire and ultimately may not even be an upgrade..but they gave up NOTHING. I like your passion..."

Good comment and nothing I disagree with. Again, my original post was written in the heat of the moment... on purpose. I like the players that suit up in pinstripes. I learned to enjoy Solarte and again, I was disappointed in him being traded, much like I was disappointed when Dean Anna was sent down.  I like their passion, them believing in themselves, and sure, you may disagree with it, but that's me... that's BYB.


Right this second, Chase Headley's a Yankee.  And guess what, it's not a bad thing, especially after last night's walk-off.  Did I like the Yankees choice of players to ship out? Nope. But will I get over it? Already did. What's my point to all of this? I appreciate my readers. You make it fun, the dialog is terrific... and I thank you all for keeping us going.  But for all of you that think we're gonna "wow" you with stats and be like the other blogs... Well, we're not and we never will be.

Bleeding Yankee Blue is driven by raw emotion and fandom.  If we wanted to be like the others, you would have never found us.  At least now you know we're alive and well... and different.

That's the key word...DIFFERENT.

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DEAD BALL ERA MAKES A CAMEO & A GUT-WRENCHING WIN


This was a win the Yankees had to have, especially after so many opportunities. In the bottom of the 12th, with the bases loaded and one out and failing to score, and then scoring the tying run but failing to score the winning the run in the 13th, the win finally came in the bottom of the 14th. Fittingly, Chase Headley, in his first game as a Yankee, hit a walk-off base hit to give the Yankees the win.


There is nothing as exciting as watching a 0-0 game go into extra innings. Literally, nothing. For the second consecutive game, the Yankees made starters with ERA’s above 5.00 look like 20-game winners. Nick Martinez and the Rangers bullpen held the Yankees scoreless through 14. If you count last night’s game, the Yankees went 13 consecutive innings without an extra base hit and 17 consecutive innings failing to put a man on third, let alone score a run, before the 13th.


Here are some more statistics. When Derek Jeter hit a double in the ninth inning, it was the first time the Yankees had a man in scoring position in the entire game. The Yankees went 6 for their first 39, that translates into a .125 average. You get the point.


The first honorable mention goes to Chase Whitley, who pitched a gem. He threw six scoreless innings, giving up 7 hits, striking out 6, and no walks. The Yankees really needed a quality start, and they got it tonight. His pitches had movement and batters struggled to put wood on the ball. When the Rangers did get men into scoring position, he maintained his composure and got out of trouble.


The next honorable mention goes to David Robertson. Keeping his pitch count low in the ninth, he was able to give the team two innings of work with three strikeouts. He ended up throwing 32 pitches, so it is unlikely that Robertson will be available in tomorrow’s game. Nevertheless, he kept us alive and went the extra mile to do so.


When you are trying to catch the division leader, you take advantage of as many opportunities to win as you can. When you have a 3-game series at the Stadium against a team that has dropped 24 of their last 28 games, you win those games. Losing the first and needing to go to extras in the second, knowing that their ace is coming up in the third does not fill one with hope that this team is on steady ground. It was a win they needed. One can only hope that they can keep this going.

Final: Yankees 2 - Rangers 1




--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @KingAgamemnon
My blog is: Shots from Murderer's Row



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PANIC EXPOSED! SOLARTE TRADED FOR HEADLEY


I am angry with my New York Yankees right now.  You find a diamond in the rough like Yangervis Solarte... He brings energy and youth to this Yankees organization... and then you trade him for a guy that we've been watching for 4 years now. With that watching comes age. HELLO?  So, more of the same? An aging player with a record of injury. How does this help exactly?


Reports are that Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula are on their way to the San Diego Padres for Chase Headley. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the story and writes:

"The Yankees acquired veteran third baseman Chase Headley for infielder Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula, sources said.


The Padres will send $1 million plus to pay the roughly $4M million left on Headley's $10.53M 2014 salary. He is a free agent after the year.

The Yankees, in need of infield help, have been scouting Headley, who's looked better recently since getting shots to quell a back issue. Headley is still having an atypical season, showing far less power than usual."

This is the key part of Heyman's report though:
"Headley's value has slipped as he's approached free agency."  
Hmm, an aging player who's value has slipped? Don't we have enough of those?


For you Yankee fans, you should be angry.  We have asked for a mix of youth, energy and the building of our kids and farm for years. You mix in alittle veteran help and there is your solution for a perfect team. Now we just have more of the same.


Welcome to the Bronx, Chase.. don't think this post is about you personally. It's about the Yankees, and the decisions they are NOT making to better this club.  I have no doubt you can do the job, but we gave away some decent young talent that shouldn't have been given. Too bad.

Trust me... we'll have more coverage of this tomorrow. We'll keep beating the drum at BYB.

That's what we do.

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THAT AROD #RE2PECT PARODY IS LOW CLASS


Not sure if you happened to see the Funny of Die parody of the Alex Rodriguez #RE2PECT video, but it's absolute trash.


It's titled F13K A-Rod, and to be honest, it don't even get it. Take a look:



Now, say what you will about ARod.  Many call him a selfish player.  He may be.  Many call him overrated, but his numbers don't reflect that.  Still others call him greedy because of the contract his signed. Well, the Yankees were the ones that signed him.


Before the Yankees, it was the Rangers that signed him to a monster deal.  Bottom line, he's asked for a contract and he got it... just like other players in baseball history.


And yup, he's been caught using PEDs and he's serving a full season suspension. But others have been caught and lied in that whole web too. Ryan Braun for instance... where's the Funny or Die video about him? Manny Ramirez failed twice and was laughed out of baseball, just to finally come back now and play for the Iowa Cubs minor league club.


David Ortiz still hasn't admitted to using, even though some sort of foreign substance was listed in his failed test back in 2003, before the substance was "illegal."  But don't worry... he's trying to find out how that happened.

The point is, you can rank on Alex Rodriguez all you want, but a 2 minute tribute video of giving the guy the finger? And for what? A laugh? A laugh that lasted up the the guy below...  


And then the joke was old.

Funny or Die is better than that.  It's low rent, and pathetic and you're clearly desperate for laughs.

Sorry guys, you blew that one.

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THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T SHOWBOAT

(In Photo: Grant Green)
It seems as though Fernando Rodney forgot one of the fundamental rules of baseball on Sunday night; "It ain’t over till it’s over."

The Seattle Mariners reliever was closing in on his 200th save when he entered the game with a 5-4 lead in the eighth against the Angels. Rodney pitched out of the inning and did his signature bow-and-arrow performance—only this time he directed his theatrics at the Angel dugout instead of center field.


Rodney—who had a lackluster stint with the Angels from 2010-11—was apparently upset that the fans had booed him when he entered the game and took his chance to gloat after he got out of the inning stating, “I did that for the fans, because when I came in, they booed me. It's part of the game.’’

But while Rodney was doing his best Katniss Everdeen impression, there was more baseball to be played and the Halos took notice of their former teammates diss and used it as motivation for a little ninth inning revenge.


Mike Trout kicked things off with a lead off walk and scored from first on a double from Albert Pujols. The duo immediately began flinging their own arrows at Rodney and they went on to win after a walk-off base hit from Grant Green (you can watch the gratifying moment below):






Now Rodney is a quality pitcher and All-Star and you can’t blame a player for getting excited when they perform well in a clutch situation (though I can blame him for not wearing his hat properly). But Rodney’s antics weren’t just about excitement—it was cockiness and the Angels used his brash stunt as motivation.


His mistake provides a great lesson—be confident, not cocky. And remember how many outs you have to go before you begin celebrating.




--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
Twitter:  @heylexyg



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