2:30– 90 minutes until the trade deadline and here is my favorite stat of the day. Only four teams have not pulled off a trade this month- Rays, Twins, Angels and Yankees. Pretty amazing isn’t it? And consider this, the Pirates are buyers. Will the Yankees stay quiet or will the “silent assassin” strike again?
2:45Ken Rosenthal reporting lots of interest in Wandy Rodriguez. Meanwhile, it’s 4-1 Yankees and Francisco Cervelli is playing second because Jeter is hurt after getting hit on the hand. Yankees will have a problem if Jeter broke a bone because Pena is hurt and they don’t have anyone besides Nunez who can play short on the 40-man.
2:48 Richard Justice reporting Wandy Rodriguez is headed to Cleveland! Wow, they are really going for it this year.
2:54 Joel Sherman reporting the Yankees are “not close to anything”
3:00Jon Morosi reporting Blue Jays are after Wandy Rodriguez while Jack Curry says he would need to “fall into their laps” adding that the Astros would have to pick up part of his contract and take back “little”. Jon Heyman adds that the Yankees asked Houston to pay 1/2 of the remaining $39-million he is owed and the Astros said no. Meanwhile, Hector Noesi is warming up which is a pretty strong indicator that he is not going to be traded.
3:07 X-rays negative on Jeter. He is “day-to-day” which means he will play tomorrow.
3:13 Ken Rosenthal points out that Wandy Rodriguez will easily pass through waivers, so no pressure to do the deal by 4pm today.
3:18 Erick Aybar just broke up Verlander’s bid for a no-no with a bunt in the 8th inning! Wow. Meanwhile Jon Heyman reports the Yankees are not in on Heath Bell. I can’t really justify the Yankees adding to the bullpen unless it is a move that doesn’t cost them a prospect.
3:24 4-2 Yankees in the 7th. Noesi is pitching, so scratch him off the possible trade list. Cano has moved from DH to second, meaning the Yankees have lost the DH, but they have 7 spots to get through before the pitcher would come up to hit. As for the deadline, Jon Morosi reports the Pirates are on the verge of getting Ryan Ludwick.
3:28 Hmmmm….Hector Noesi just got pulled with a 1-0 count, 2 outs and a runner on first. Could Noesi be headed somewhere?
3:43Very, very quiet right now. Nothing much seems to be going on and only 17 minutes to go.
3:48 Ken Rosenthal reporting that Wandy Rodriguez is staying in Houston for now. Joel Sherman says the are “portraying” that nothing is going on
3:58 Buster Olney is already declaring the winners of the deadline. Makes you think that nothing much more will happen, but we shall see. Meanwhile, the Yankees lineup has the pitcher’s spot up next. They are going to use Andruw Jones, but why not just send Robertson up to swing? Using Jones leaves only Posada on the bench and he is also the backup catcher now with Cervelli out. Ahhh, the joys of carrying 13 pitchers.
4:01Joel Sherman looking to confirm from another source, but he is reporting the Yankees didn’t make a deal. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman says Erik Bedard has been traded.
4:04 Jack Curry and Bob Klapisch reporting the Yankees didn’t make a deal as well.
4:10 Bedard is headed to Boston according to Heyman.
4:30 Sounds like that is it for the deadline. Red Sox ended up getting Bedard and Josh Fields for two AA players, Federowicz and Chih Hisen Chiang. Yankees did nothing, but they are promoting Banuelos to AAA which should put him in line to help the big club later this year if the transition goes well. Now I wonder if they will do something with Montero other than leaving him in the minors?