With first pitch of Yankees vs Dodgers about an hour away, let’s take a look at what’s going on with the New York Yankees as we creep closer to the trade deadline.
No Deal For A-Rod: Yahoo reported earlier tonight that nearly all the players in the Biogenesis scandal will be taking 50+ game suspensions. Those are supposed to come down That will include catcher Francisco Cervelli as well as Yankee farmhand Fernando Martinez. There are also names we don’t quite know about. The only one who appears to not be taking a deal would be, of course, Alex Rodriguez. We are close to coming to a head with this scandal. The next step should be even more interesting.
Rumor Roundup Outfield Style: With the deadline comes of course rumors, so let’s take a look at some of them. First of all, Alex Rios will not be a member of the Yankees. There were reports of that earlier but there is really no fit. With Curtis Granderson close to coming back and with the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano, there isn’t exactly room for Rios. A name that could fit is Mike Morse who is apparently very available, though the Yankees haven’t had any discussions yet with Seattle. Morse can play the outfield a little, play some first and DH. His contract is also expiring.
Rumor Roundup Third Base: With the possibility of no A-Rod and even with the return of Jayson Nix, third base could use an upgrade. One name we’ve all heard is Michael Young, however, his preference seems to be a return to Texas or a trip to the Red Sox rather than the Yankees. One new name is Alberto Callaspo. He’s hitting .253 with 5 HR and 36 RBI this year. He’s also on the books for $4.5 million next year.