November 25th, 2014 at 12:54 PM
By Doug Rush
When it comes to who will replace Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees shortstop in 2015, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki seems to be the most popular name that comes up; heck, even Tulowitzki himself has gone on record to saying that it's the perfect scenario for his career.
However, it looks like that dream for Tulowitzki will have to stay a dream, at least for the time being, as Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has reported that the Yankees currently are not interested in Tulowitzki's remaining contract because the team doesn't want to add anymore lengthy deals to their payroll.
"The latest example is Troy Tulowitzki, a potentially iconic replacement for Derek Jeter. Although we have always seen Tulo-to-Yanks as a long shot, there are recent, strong indications that it will not happen, period. Tulowitzki’s elite abilities are obvious, but the Yanks are sending clear signals that they have no interest whatsoever in assuming the final six years and $114 million remaining on the shortstop’s contract. Already dealing with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia (and to a lesser extent, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran), the team truly does not want to take on another expensive deal."
Martino also added that the feeling around the league is that despite the reports of the Rockies putting Tulowitzki on the trading block and listening to offers this winter, the Rockies are unlikely to trade their All Star shortstop this winter.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 25th, 2014 at 12:05 PM
By Doug Rush
In years past, the New York Yankees have never been shy about spending or making deals to make their pitching staff better, especially their starting pitching staff, which heading into 2015, is surrounded with question marks.
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova all suffered tough injuries and two of them are recovering from surgery while the possibility that Tanaka could require surgery is still being talked about with his elbow, Hiroki Kuroda and Brandon McCarthy are free agents, which leaves just Michael Pineda and Shane Greene, and Greene's name has come up in possible trade packages if needed for other players.
It's why the Yankees continue to get linked to free agent rumors surrounding Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer, although it will be a while before he makes a decision on his future. One trade idea that has now being floated is for Washington Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez, which Sweeny Murti of WFAN talked about this week.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 25th, 2014 at 11:25 AM
By Doug Rush
Who is the person that is probably the most excited about Pablo Sandoval signing his five-year, $95 million with the Boston Red Sox; Chase Headley of the New York Yankees.
Why? Because with Kung Fu Panda now off the board, he's considered the best third basemen on the market and his value likely goes up. The Yankees are trying hard to bring him back to the Bronx after a successful three-month stint after he was acquired in mid-July and with Alex Rodriguez's physical status up in the air, Headley would be the perfect fit for the Yankees third base position.
However, the San Francisco Giants may have something to say about that since they've lost their former World Series MVP to Boston and will need a third basemen for the 2015 season. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that if the Giants were to lose out on Sandoval, which now they have, they will make a run at Headley.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 24th, 2014 at 3:45 PM
By Doug Rush
When Philadelphia Phillies lefty pitcher Cliff Lee re-injured his elbow back in the summer around the trade deadline and was ruled out for the rest of the 2014 season, most thought it would be the last time fans would hear Lee's name mentioned to trade rumors with the New York Yankees.
And that was true, until Monday. Almost four months since the Yankees considered trading for Lee when they scouted his return from the disabled list and looked rocky coming back from a two-month layoff, Lee is once again mentioned with ties to the Yankees, as the 36-year-old is reportedly on the trading block and since the Yankees will likely need pitching, they're listed as a potential landing spot again, as per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com
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"It's no secret that the Phillies are at bare minimum fielding offers for left-handed ace Cole Hamels and at most actively shopping the 2008 World Series MVP, but fellow southpaw Cliff Lee may about to be on the trading block as well.It is unlikely that Lee would fetch the kind of elite level prospects Cole Hamels could bring the Phillies in a trade, but if the organization is intent on getting younger during the off-season, a move would be beneficial for both sides."
November 24th, 2014 at 8:42 AM
By Doug Rush
First it was Hanley Ramirez. Now it looks like Pablo Sandoval will be joining him in Beantown as well.
In a story that was being trickled down late Sunday night into Monday morning, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has confirmed that the San Francisco Giants starting third basemen will be signing with the Boston Red Sox on a five-year deal worth around $100 million.
The bidding for Sandoval was down to the Red Sox, Giants and the San Diego Padres, who surprisingly put in the highest offer, but on Saturday, it has been heard that Sandoval was leaning towards going to Boston and taking their offer over the other two.
Sandoval is coming off a terrific postseason with the Giants where they won their third World Series in the last five years and each clutch hit he had in the Fall Classic just drove his asking price up.
The Yankees, who don't have a definitive answer at third base, never entered negotiations for the 28-year-old, who will join a lineup that includes David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia.Read more... Join the Conversation...