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.