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Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki

Yankees Acquire Ichiro Suzuki

According to Jack Curry, the Yankees and Mariners have agreed on a trade to send Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees in exchange for D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Also, Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees will pay just more than $2 million of what is left on Ichiro’s salary.  Ichiro is batting .261 on the season, with 4 HR’s, 28 RBI, and a .642 OPS. The general consensus seems to be that the Yankees got Ichiro for next to nothing.

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Yankees call up D.J. Mitchell

Yankees call up D.J. Mitchell

By Delia E.

Update #1: According to Andrew Marchand, this could potentially mean that David Phelps is now in the rotation.

Original Post:

David Phelps’s old friend from Triple-AAA will join the Yankees. D.J Mitchell was called up today just a day after Freddy Garcia blew his last start. There was no counter move at the moment but it looks like Girardi really did sleep on his decision. Mitchell is to make his Major League Baseball debut in today’s game. More on who’s off the roster as this story develops.

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Nova struggles as Mets win 7-6 on walk-off HR

This was Ivan Nova‘s final Spring Training start of the season and although you would like to say “it’s just Spring Training,” Nova was knocked around as the Mets were able to defeat the Yankees 7-6 in a walk-off fashion.

Ivan Nova lasted 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. His stuff just wasn’t there. David Phelps helped the Yankees, pitching 1.1 and only allowing a hit, D.J Mitchell  pitched 3 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, Pat Venditte pitched 2/3 of an inning getting both batters he faced, Branden Pinder also faced 2 batters and retired them both and Mark Montgomery only threw 4 pitches before he allowed the game winning HR.

THE GOOD: Yankees were able to rally back to get the lead for the moment. Nick Swisher was the main hitter for the Yankees going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. David Phelps continues to have a good Spring and did a great job cleaning up Ivan Nova’s little mess. If Phelps is fighting for a job in the bullpen then he certainly is doing a good job at it.

THE BAD: Aside from David Phelps, Pat Venditte & Branden Pinder, the remaining pitchers gave up runs. Ivan Nova was the main culprit, letting the Mets get to him since the first inning. Another bad move was made by manager Joe Girardi. Instead of leaving Pinder for the final 2 outs of the game, he changed pitchers and allowed the Mets to win the game on a walk-off HR. If he was trying to manage from the binder then he needs to stop. He is the manager. The binder is just a bunch of papers with numbers on it.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees (and Mets) will all head to Tampa one last time to face one another, this time on the Yankees home turf. Andy Pettitte will pitch in an inning (he won’t start the game though) and the Yankees will have their A-List lineup out for the Mets. After the game, the Mets will head to New York to face the Braves on Thursday while the Yankees will take a bus trip to Tropicana Field where they will face the Rays on Friday

Ibanez shows power, but Yankees fall to Orioles 4-3

For Raul Ibanez, the end of Spring Training has become a serious matter. After having an abysmal beginning to the Spring, Ibanez knew that he had to pick up the pace, or he just might lose his DH role.

Tonight Ibanez played left field while Curtis Granderson was eased back into the lineup as the DH, a move that won’t happen as much during the regular season. But in his left field Spring Training debut for the Yankees, Raul Ibanez had a good day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a HR, his second of the Spring.

David Phelps had the start for the Yankees tonight and did well vs. the Orioles going 5 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits without walking a batter. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 6th inning, Boone Logan pitched to 2 batters (he got them both) and D.J. Mitchell made a relief appearance tonight going 2 and a third innings all while giving up 1 run.

THE GOOD: Raul Ibanez had a good evening at the plate going 2 for 3 with 1 HR. Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez & Eduardo Nunez all had 1 hit apiece. Of course we have to mention Mariano Rivera here, who has went 28 straight innings without giving up a run (this dates all the way back to 2008).

THE BAD: Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 while Francisco Cervelli went 0 for 2. Defense was also an issue today as Alex Rodriguez had an E-5 and Derek Jeter had an E-6. Rodriguez’s error allowed a run to score.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Philadelphia Phillies will take the 20 minute ride to Tampa to face Michael Pineda & the New York Yankees. The game will start at 7:05pm on YES Network. Pineda will take on a pitcher fighting for a spot in the Phillies rotation, Michael Stutes.

Kuroda looks sharp as Yankees and Braves tie at 5

By the way that Hiroki Kuroda was pitching, it almost had the atmosphere that the Yankees were playing a regular season game rather than a Spring Training game. Kuroda’s slider was perfect, he had good fastball command and looked like a true #2 starter.

Hiroki Kuroda went 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6. He did give up 1 HR but he was able to compose himself  and didn’t let the homer faze him. Cory Wade pitched an inning but gave up a run while George Kontos pitched the 9th and gave up 2 runs.

THE GOOD: Eric Chavez was the star offensively for the Yankees as he whacked in 3 RBI’s during the game. Eduardo Nunez had 2 hits while Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez & Robinson Cano each had 1 hit apiece.

THE BAD: Francisco Cervelli was 0 for 4 with a strikeout, Chris Dickerson was 0 for 3, Dewayne Wise was 0 for 3 and Justin Maxwell was 0 for 2.

Swisher Injury Update: Nick Swisher didn’t feel anything in his groin today while getting at bats at the minor league complex. He was 4 for 8 with a double, two walks and a homer. If he comes out good from it tomorrow then we can expect to see him in a game on Friday. Now that news is positively Swishalicious.

Granderson Injury Update: Curtis Granderson had an MRI today and the results came back negative. Girardi has listed Granderson as “day-to-day.”

Signing Update: The New York Yankees announced two signings during the game today. Yankees sign DH Jack Cust to a minor league deal and C Craig Tatum. Yankees believe that Jack Cust will be good insurance for AAA while the Yankees claimed Tatum off of waivers from the Diamondbacks for catching depth.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees head back to Tampa where they will play the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow. D.J Mitchell will get the start while Ivan Nova will pitch in a minor league game. Expect a decision about the Yankees rotation in the coming days.

Garcia shuts down Tigers as Yankees beat Tigers 4-2 in 10 innings

In game 1 of this 2 game set, the Yankees traveled to visit the Detroit Tigers in a 2011 ALDS rematch. Freddy Garcia & Max Scherzer turned the game into a pitchers duel with the Yankees & Tigers getting to the 7th inning in an hour and 35 minutes since the first pitch until the game got interesting.

Freddy Garcia made it through 4.1 IP with 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 BB & 4 K’s,Kevin Whelan took over for Garcia and pitched a perfect inning, Boone Logan went through 0.2 IP with 1 K , D.J Mitchell went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 3 BB & 1 K. Cesar Cabral came in the 10th and pitched a perfect inning to get the save.

Raul Ibanez who did not have a good Spring, had a 2 run homer in the 7th inning off Max Scherzer who had a no hitter going until Colin Curtis broke it with a single. Mark Teixeira singled before the homer. The Tigers were able to tie the game in the 9th but the Yankees rallied and won the game on a RBI double by Dewayne Wise that scored Justin Maxwell & Bill Hall.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees will play Game 2 vs. the Tigers but this time at Steinbrenner Field. Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin & Curtis Granderson are slated to be in the lineup. Michael Pineda will get the start.

Nova struggles as Yanks lose 6-3 to Orioles

If Joe Girardi’s competition for the rotation spots started already, then Ivan Nova certainly didn’t make his case tonight as the Yanks were defeated 6-3 vs. the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. Nova went 4 innings but gave up 5 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts.

David Phelps pitched 2/3 of a inning without giving up a run, Clay Rapada faced 1 batter and retired him, D.J Mitchell gave up 1 run on 2 base hits and George Kontos who was in his first outing since coming off an injury had a perfect scoreless inning.

Brett Gardner was the star defensively for the Yankees, getting a double play at 1st base from center field. He also went 1 for 3 and swiped his 4th bag of the spring, tying himself with Russell Martin for the most Yankees stolen bases in Spring Training. Eduardo Nunez went 1 for 3 as well as Mark Teixeira.

Robinson Cano left the game in the 6th inning after being hit by a pitch. He had x-rays done which came back negative. We’ll see how Cano’s hand is doing tomorrow.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, their first of 2 this Spring. Yankees will be back in action on Tuesday as they face the Pirates at GMS Field. The game will be televised on YES at 7:05pm.

Yankees pitching stifles Braves in 3-0 Win

After coming off a rough start in his last outing, Freddy Garcia was able to blank the Braves in his 3 innings of work as the Yankees were able to shut out the Braves 3-0. Garcia who is in competition for the 5th spot with Phil Hughes was able to spot his pitches and got a lot of hitters on lazy fly balls. Rafael Soriano, Manny Banuelos, D.J Mitchell, Juan Cedeno & Kevin Whelan were also able to blank the split squad Braves. The other half of the Braves lost to the New York Mets today at Disney.

Derek Jeter had an infield single in the first and scored on a Nick Swisher opposite field double. Jeter then walked again in the 5th and scored on a Sacrifice Fly by Robinson Cano. The final run came on a Melky Mesa RBI which scored Doug Bernier.

A lot of the news was surrounded by David Robertson who hurt his foot after tripping over a step in his Tampa residence on Wednesday. Tests came back during the game and revealed that Robertson had a bone bruise, which eased concern among the Yankees. David Robertson will take off the walking boot on Monday & start getting ready to get back to baseball form next week.

WHAT’S NEXT: Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez are going to Disney World! Okay…they aren’t really going to Disney World but they will lead the Yankees to Disney Park where the Yankees will play the Atlanta Braves for the second day in a row. Michael Pineda is slated to pitch.

More on tonight’s Spring Training report.

Afternoon Notes: Wilson, Garza, Gonzalez, Danks, 40-Man Roster

The Yanks have expressed particular interest in White Sox hurler John Danks. Chicago on the other hand is a big fan of NYY Triple-A catcher, Austin Romine.

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

— Brian Cashman would like to do something this offseason, before Christmas, but he won’t unless the prices drop from where they are now. (Sherman)

— Symbolic of the Yankees’ current lack of enthusiasm, when C.J. Wilson’s agent requested a meeting in New York, he was told “we’ll get back to you.”

— The Yanks have looked into a possible trade for Cubs’ starter, Matt Garza. However, a Chicago official said trading Garza would be “very, very unlikely”.

— Among their particular likings is left-hander Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics. Billy Beane, talking about the availability of Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, said, “In our situation, we are open to anything.” However, Oakland is looking for an ace return for either Gio or Cahill. This probably implies a package centered around Jesus Montero or Manny Baneulos.

— They also favor ChiSox lefty, John Danks, who will be a free agent after this 2012 season. Sherman notes that Danks is “very” available, with the sudden Chicago rebuilding process. The asking price for Danks appears to be similar to that of Billy Beane’s in Oakland. The Yanks don’t view Danks as worth that kind of price, especially considering they’d only be getting one year of him. However, don’t shut the door on this trade possibility. Sherman adds the White Sox are very keen on a number of Yankee prospects, including a “particular fondness” for Austin Romine.

Via Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:

— On a different note, the Yankees added infielders David Adams and Corban Joseph, outfielder Zoilo Almonte, and right-handed pitchers, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps to their 40-Man Roster. It seems likely that the latter two will see at least some time in the majors next season.

A little about each of them.

Almonte batted .276/.345/.459 with 15 homers and 18 steals between High- and Double-A this season. He’s an unexciting talent but one the Yankees felt they couldn’t lose in the Rule 5 draft.

Joseph, 23, hit .277/.353/.415 with five homers and 58 RBI over 499 at-bats for Trenton this season. The former fourth-round pick is below average defensively and hasn’t progressed much with the bat, but the Yankees are still holding out hope that he’ll be a useful piece of the roster eventually.

Adams batted .370/.421/.509 over 29 games in an injury-shortened 2011 season. The former third-round pick has little in the way of tools but profiles as a solid backup at the major league level.

A former outfielder from his college days, Mitchell doesn’t have much upside but has a nice minor league track record, having held a 3.28 ERA over three seasons, including a 3.18 mark at Triple-A in 2011. He probably has a better shot to eventually earn a roster spot for the Yankees as a middle reliever, though.

Phelps is now off-limits for the Rule 5 draft. A former 14th-round pick, Phelps posted a nice 3.19 ERA and 90/26 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. Though his ceiling isn’t high, Phelps boasts a 2.61 ERA in his minor league career and has a good shot of being a useful back-end starter or middle reliever for the Yanks one day.

Morning Bits: Garcia, Special Guest, D.J. Mitchell

Yankees won yesterday thanks to two bombs from Montero and grandslam from Cano.  Boston lost yesterday and Beckett left with an injury during the game so that could be an interesting turning point.  Yanks play the birds again tonight.  Hughes will be on the mound.

The Yankees Magic number now to make the playoffs is 21.

and here are your morning links…

* Garcia’s outing throws the Yankee rotation into further dismay.

* Yankees had a special guest yesterday before the game paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand.

* D.J. Mitchell was brilliant as he got SWB Yankees the win yesterday.

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 86 53 .619 - 45-26 41-27 765 559 +206 Won 5 8-2 99.8
Boston 84 56 .600 2.5 42-29 42-27 747 598 +149 Lost 2 4-6 98.3
Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 9.5 38-32 39-31 598 526 +72 Won 3 6-4 1.6
Toronto 70 71 .496 17 34-34 36-37 658 647 +11 Won 1 4-6 0.1
Baltimore 55 84 .396 31 32-39 23-45 590 741 -151 Lost 3 3-7 0.0
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