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Trading Pelfrey, Trusting Hughes, Aramis Ramirez, Pittsburgh Yanks

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I talked about the market for Carlos Beltran earlier this morning, but there is another Mets player that I think might be desirable to contenders: Mike Pelfrey. After losing to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon Mike Pelfrey is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA. After making so much progress with his splitter last season it appeared […]

Despite Cashman’s Denial, Yanks Moving Towards Liriano

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported yesterday that either Joba Chamberlain or Ivan Nova could be traded within two weeks for Twins lefty Francisco Liriano. Brian Cashman denied this to Wallace Matthew of ESPN New York later in the day. In speaking to my Tampa source, there are rumblings the Yankees are working towards a […]

Laird Instead of Jones or Damon?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

@NYBD Laird actually hit .330 against portsiders at Trenton last year. #yankeesless than a minute ago via webJed Weisbergerjedleyq Jed has a great point about Brandon Laird. Laird was a much talked about prospect last year as he enjoyed a breakout season in Trenton/Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He finished the year with 25 homers, 102 RBI, and […]

2011 Yankees Prospect Breakout Candidate

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Last year Jed Weisberger of MILB.com predicted that Brandon Laird would be the breakout prospect in the Yankees organization. In 2010 Laird hit 25 homers and drove in 102 runs between Trenton and Scranton Wilkes Barre. On Sunday’s podcast Jed joined me to discuss his 2010 Top 50 Yankees Prospect List, and Joe Delgrippo gave […]

My Thoughts on Yankees Offseason Direction

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The hot stove officially begins in New York today. What kind of changes do the Yankees need to make to stay a playoff team in the competitive American League? Here are some of my thoughts on what the Yankees offseason focus should entail. The Great Mariano and Jeter Debate: There is no doubt that both […]

Winter Baseball Serves Its Purpose for Yanks Prospects

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

As many fans know, baseball doesn’t stop with the playoffs and World Series. Beginning with the Arizona Fall League, Winter Baseball takes center stage. The AFL, Venezuelan League and Mexican Pacific League are in full swing, while the Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues are poised to start. There are a few purposes to Winter Baseball. […]

Would the Yanks Give Kids a Shot in 11′?

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

For as much as the fans love prospects it’s always a long shot they ever see the big leagues. That couldn’t be truer with the Yankees as it’s the worst place for a kid on the 40 man roster to be. You are stuck behind in prime stars and the organization is hesitant to take […]

Could Werth Become Available to Yanks?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Earlier today Joel Sherman talked about the Yankees need for offense in a season where they have received it inconsistently. He discusses possibly bringing up Jesus Montero, not a terrible idea, but not the impact bat they need. For as much potential Montero has his line at Scranton (.251/.318/.417) translates into a pedestrian .622 OPS […]

Is Laird Headed for All Time Eastern League Season?

Friday, June 25th, 2010

We have profiled Brandon Laird before on this website before. As a matter of fact, NYBD contributor Jed Weisberger predicted that he would breakout this season during a December hot stove prospects show. Yesterday, against Erie he had 2 homers, 7 RBI to bring his season totals to 18 homers, 76 RBI, and a .902 […]

A-Rod Contract Looks More Dubious Every Day

Monday, June 14th, 2010

When Alex Rodriguez opted out of his deal after the 2007 season the Yankees, specifically Brian Cashman, were ready to move on. It was ownership that saw the marketing potential with Rodriguez going for 500 homers and spending the rest of his career in the Bronx. A-Rod hitting his 800th homer in pinstripes was not […]