Yankees one of the teams interested in Yoan Lopez

Yoan Lopez was cleared by the United States government. The 21-year old Cuban defected in 2014 to chase his dream of signing a Major League contract. The right handed flame thrower masters a cut fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider, but he is best known for a fastball that has reached 100 mph …

Drew on the brink of signing one year deal with Yankees

Despite having acquired Mariekson "Didi" Gregorius in a trade with the Diamondbacks to play shortstop, the Yankees are nearing a $5 million one year deal with Stephen Drew. The 31-year (32 in March) old shortstop has played a part of the 2014 season with the Yankees after the Yankees acquired him in a trade that …

Yankees and Braves trade relievers

In the very first trade of 2015 the Yankees sent lefthander Manny Banuelos in exchange for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. Banuelos once was regarded one of the Yankees' main prospects but he never lived up to the expectations. He never got a shot in the Majors. The highest level that he reached was AAA …

Yankees acquire prospect Barbato in exchange for Shawn Kelly

According to Twitter and several Yankee blogs, the New York Yankees have sent 30-year old reliever Shawn Kelly to San Diego in exchange for relief prospect Johnny Barbato. My first thoughts were "who?" and "why?" When I googled on Johnny Barbato, I found his stats on baseball-reference.com. Last season Barabato pitched at the AA San …

John Heyman, please cut the crap!!!

In the last 24 hours there is a rumour floating around that the Yankees are weighing their options to acquire Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop of the Colorado Rockies. This story was brought by John Heyman of CBS. I really don't know where he got this information from, but in the meantime at least one source from …

What to do with the hefty contracts, Cashman?

This morning I bumped into this article about the Yankees who would be ready to dump A-Rod in the first months of the season, pending on his performance. I don't know if it is true. It appears highly speculative to me. But it made me think about what the Yankees should do with the hefty …

Martin Prado traded for pitching….

I one of my previous posts I wrote about the option of trading Martin Prado for pitching. Well it appears that Cashman has read my post. But the trade is not quite the way I expected it to be. The Yankees opted Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to Miami in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, …

1955, the season that was next year

                                                                          After the New York Giants won the World Series in the previous year, the Dodgers started the season hopeful as ever. How many World Series had they played without winning one? 1916 and 1920 as the Robins, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. In five of these World Series appearances, the hated Yankees were …

How will the renewed relationship with the US affect Cuban baseball?

Now president Obama has re-established the diplomatic ties with Cuba, you can wonder what the effect on Cuban baseball will be. For decades, Cuban players were not allowed to play in the US, resulting in many players fleeing the country directly or during internationals tournaments abroad (like Aroldis Chapman did in 2009, when a Cuban …

What to think of the Yankees’ off season so far?

The Yankees signed Chris Capuano to a one year deal, yesterday. I know that the Bronx Bombers are in desperate need of a starting pitcher, but I cannot imagine that Capuano is the guy they are waiting for. He is a guy for the number five slot in the rotation, the part of the team …

Why not trade Prado for a pitcher?

Earlier today I made a joke on Twitter about a trading Prado to the Giants in exchange for Bumgarner. But afterall this may be not such a bad idea. If the Yankees bring Rob Refsnyder to play second base and he lives up to the expectations, Prado will be a spare part. Sure he can …

What Yankee fans need to know about Didi Gregorius

Since the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius I have seen a lot of comments on Facebook and at other social media. Positive comments, negative comments and very negative comments. In general the press and baseball analysts were quite positive about him. But the fans..... Sure there were fans who think that we need to give …

Lester to Cubs, Robertson to cross town rivals. What’s next for the Yankees?

Yesterday both Chicago teams caught some big fishes. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed Jon Lester to a six year $155 million contract. Despite efforts of Red Sox owner John Henry to get him back to Beantown, Lester opted for the Cubs. Why? Probably because of a couple of former Red Sox front office guys who …

Why not Jordan Zimmermann mr. Cashman?

Rumours have been swirling around that the Yankees would be interested in Max Scherzer or in Jon Lester. I wouldn't oppose a deal with Lester, but I am not too fond of a deal with Scherzer. I am not saying that he isn't a good pitcher, but he is heavily relying on his fastball. What …

After Gregorius the Yankees get Miller. Does the rebuild start today?

Today was a good day for a Dutch Yankee fan. My day was already made by the news that the Yankees acquired Dutch shortstop Didi Gregorius in a trade. But it did get even better when I read that they signed Andrew Miller to a four year $36 million contract. I won't say that $36 …

The Seattle Pilots. The one-year mishap

Originally, I wrote this article for the Cuban baseball magazine Universo Beisbol. The reason I post it on my blog is that I think it is interesting to see how a team could fail so miserably. The Seattle Pilots: The one-year mishap Seattle always had been one of the cornerstones of the Pacific Coast League …

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