Yankees Looking at Marlins’ Prado, Bour

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that the Yankees have inquired about Miami Marlins’ players Martín Prado and Justin Bour.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that the Yankees have inquired about Miami Marlins’ players Martín Prado and Justin Bour.

The Marlins are looking to rebuild once again, having already traded Adeiny Hechavarría to Tampa Bay. Prado, a former Yankee utility man, and Bour, a lefty-swinging first baseman, would fit well in the Bronx. However, there are some issues.

Prado has been limited to just 21 games so far this year with a hamstring strain suffered in the World Baseball Classic. He is slashing .277/.299/.398 in those games. He also is not cheap. He is signed through 2019, and is still owed $28.5 million after this season. At age 33, he also does not fit into the Yankee future plans. This trade would only work if the Marlins give the Yankees some kind of salary relief on Prado.

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Bour, on the other hand, seems like he would be a perfect fit. Slashing .293/.365/.572 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs, the 29-year-old would be under team control until 2021. Players of that talent level with that kind of control are not cheap, unfortunately. The Yankees would have to put together a strong package to acquire Bour. But, his left-handed power swing would do incredibly well at Yankee Stadium.

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Any discussions between the two teams are preliminary. They have been trade partners before, as the Yankees traded Prado and David Phelps to Miami for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo Germán. It would be interesting to see if the Yankees repurpose young prospects in order to acquire MLB-ready talent. I personally don’t think either player is worth it yet.

Miguel Andújar Promoted to MLB, Holliday to DL, Carter to AAA

After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m. EDT): The team officially announced that Matt Holliday is heading to the disabled list with a viral infection. That clears an active roster spot for Miguel Andújar.

In the same announcement, the team also said that DFA’d first baseman Chris Carter had accepted his outright assignment to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Carter, in effect, replaces Andújar on the RailRiders’ roster.


After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show. There are no reports on a counter-move, but Andújar himself tweeted from an airplane confirming his call-up.

Matt Holliday has not played since June 24 because of a debilitating allergic reaction. The most logical move would be to place him on the disabled list, retroactive to June 24. The Yankees were forced to promote No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade yesterday because of an injury to Starlin Castro.

Andújar’s hitting prowess prompted an invitation to Major League Spring Training, where he slashed .250/.276/.393 in 16 games. He started 2017 with AA Trenton Thunder, where he led the Eastern League with 52 RBIs at the time of his promotion to AAA. He continued to impress upon arrival in the International League, where he slashed .308/.379/.462 in seven games.

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Overall, his minor league slash of .312/.346/.491 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs makes the Yankees hope he can jumpstart their offense. With Chase Headley hitting .353 in his last 10 games, Andújar is not taking over the third base job. Andújar’s glove-work is also a bit shaky, as he has committed 11 errors so far in the minor leagues.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Yankees 3, White Sox 4: Shaky Bullpen Leads to Abreu Walkoff

Luis Severino struck out a career-high 12 batters through seven solid innings, but the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs in the last two frames to give the game to the White Sox.

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José Abreu ripped a two-run single off Dellin Betances in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a walk-off win. For the second consecutive night, the Bombers struggled to find a way to finish the game. Severino didn’t walk a single batter, but Domingo Germán, Tyler Clippard and Betances combined to walk six batters.

Clippard pitched admirably, fighting an inconsistent strike zone from Joe West to only let one inherited runner score. Betances, however, could not find the strike zone and allowed the winning runs to score.

The Yankees put together a three-run rally in the top of the eighth. Tyler Wade walked in his first big league plate appearance, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and then Aaron Judge tied the game with an RBI single. Gary Sánchez followed with a two-RBI double to put the Yankees up 3 to 1.

As the trends continue to show, the bullpen has been unable to get it done. Joe Girardi said after the game that versatile reliever Chad Green and closer Aroldis Chapman were both unavailable due to overuse in recent contests. That forced the Yankees’ usage of Germán and Clippard.

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Game 75: Keep the Momentum Going

As the Yankees struggle with more injury news, they look to build on last night’s win behind Luis Severino.

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The young righty looks to rebound from allowing a season-high six runs June 22 against the Angels. This start marks his second time facing the White Sox this season. He got the loss April 18, when he allowed four runs through eight innings. Through seven starts, Severino has yet to receive a loss on the road.

Tough lefty José Quintana counters for the White Sox. The Colombian has been linked to the Yankees through trade rumors for months on end, but has stayed put to become the White Sox ace. An All-Star last season, Quintana is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in June. He did not pitch when the two teams met in April.

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Brett Gardner gets the night off against the tough lefty. He is 2-for-7 (.286) lifetime against Quintana, but just 7-for-42 (.189) in his last 10 games. Rob Refsnyder starts in his place. With Starlin Castro on the DL, the Yankees promoted No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade. However, he will be on the bench in favor of Ronald Torreyes. Matt Holliday is still inexplicably sick, and Tyler Austin‘s hamstring is sore, so the latter is the designated hitter. Austin Romine starts at first base in his place.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Chase Headley – 3B
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Gary Sánchez – C
  5. Didi Gregorius – SS
  6. Tyler Austin – DH
  7. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  8. Austin Romine – 1B
  9. Rob Refsnyder – LF
Chicago White Sox
  1. Yolmer Sanchez – 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – DH
  7. Tim Anderson – SS
  8. Kevan Smith – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Yanks Avoid Bullpen Collapse, Take Series Opener

What looked like a sure win for the Yankees turned dicey once Jordan Montgomery handed it over to the Yankee bullpen.

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Montgomery turned in one of his best starts of the year, allowing just one run on a Todd Frazier solo home run. He allowed just four other hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. The bullpen had a tough time keeping it together after that.

The Yankee offense scored at least six runs for the second consecutive day. Tyler Austin recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine each hit sacrifice flies too, in the fourth and sixth, respectively. Chase Headley added an RBI single on his 3-for-4 night.

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Jonathan Holder entered in the eighth, and looked to be out of the inning on a double play ball. But, second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who entered when Starlin Castro was injured, pulled Austin off first base with his throw. Joe Girardi then brought Dellin Betances to strike out Frazier and put out the fire.

In the ninth, things unraveled to make the final frame quite uncomfortable. Chasen Shreve allowed consecutive singles, and then Tim Anderson hit a three-run home run to make it a 6 to 4 game. Enter Aroldis Chapman. The closer gave up a single to Melky Cabrera who scored on a double by José Abreu. But, Chapman beared down to get a ground out and fly out to end the threat.


Castro went down in the third inning with what was diagnosed as a strained right hamstring. Reports indicate that he will be headed to the disabled list, and the Yankees will promote utility player Tyler Wade to take his place. Wade, the Yankees No. 11 prospect, has been training at every position except for catcher and first base for the Yankees. The club has not confirmed the move yet.

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The move has caused a ripple effect through the Yankee farm system. No. 4 prospect Jorge Mateo was promoted to AA Trenton to replace Abiatal Avelino, who is headed to AAA Scranton to replace Wade.

Starlin Castro Exits With Right Hamstring Strain, Wade Reportedly to be Promoted

UPDATE (9:48 p.m. EDT): Multiple sources report that minor-league Swiss Army knife Tyler Wade, who Brian Cashman said would be the first man up if the Yankees needed infield help, has been removed from Scranton’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs. The Yankees do have an extra 40-man roster spot since Chris Carter was designated for assignment. This all but indicates that Castro will be placed on the disabled list after the game.


UPDATE (9:27 p.m. EDT): The injury has been announced as a right hamstring strain. Castro will have to undergo further evaluation to determine what grade the strain is. That will then determine how long he is out for. As noted below, Castro missed a lot of time last season with a strained right hamstring.


Starlin Castro was removed from Monday’s game in Chicago after running out a ground ball in the third inning, and pulling up at first base. Rob Refsnyder took over at second base in the following half-inning.

Castro had sat recently because he received a cortisone shot in his wrist, which apparently had been bothering him for weeks. The Yankee second baseman missed time last year with a strained right hamstring. The television shots made it look as though Castro was trying to stretch out his right leg.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2016 season, Castro has been one of the Yankees’ best hitters in 2017. He was slashing .315/.350/.490 heading into today’s game.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Game 74: Scuffling Yankees Head to South Side

Losers of eight out of their last 10, the Yankees take their show on the road to Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago to face the White Sox.

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The South Siders come into the series 7½ games out of first place in the American League Central. They also come in losers of the last three games. The series opener features a matchup of left-handed pictures: Jordan Montgomery for the Yanks and David Holmberg for the White Sox.

Montgomery has been incredible in the month of June. He is 3-0 in four starts with a 2.96 ERA through 24⅓ innings. He battled through 5⅔ innings June 21 against the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits in a game the Yankees won 8 to 4.

Holmberg has bounced around since his debut in 2013. He pitched for Arizona that year, Cincinatti in 2014 and 2015, but was stuck in the White Sox minor league system in 2016. The lefty has pitched well thus far, allowing no more than three earned runs in an outing. As a starter, he is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA.

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The Yankees welcome Jacoby Ellsbury back to the starting lineup, as he bats sixth and patrols center field. Starlin Castro, batting second, is good to go after getting a cortisone shot in a wrist that had been nagging him for weeks. Gary Sánchez is the designated hitter with Matt Holliday still having allergy problems. Didi Gregorius gets the night off against the lefty; he started seven straight games. Ronald Torreyes starts again, this time at shortstop. Austin Romine, who is evolving into Montgomery’s personal catcher, is behind the plate tonight.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Starlin Castro – 2B
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Gary Sánchez – DH
  5. Tyler Austin – 1B
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Austin Romine – C
  9. Ronald Torreyes – SS
Chicago White Sox
  1. Tim Anderson – SS
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – DH
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – 1B
  7. Yolmer Sánchez – 2B
  8. Kevan Smith – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

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