- As the trade deadline approaches, more and more rumors swirl about the Yankees potential trade targets and the past two days have focused a lot on former Yankee Ian Kennedy. The Padres may be looking to move Kennedy but as recently as this morning there were reports that the Padres are asking for the Yanks’ top two selections in the 2013 draft, Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin. That is TOO much in my and I am pretty sure everyone else’s opinion. Kennedy is a nice pitcher but the fact still remains that he is a fly ball pitcher which is not ideal for Yankee Stadium. I have been well documented stating over the past few weeks that I do not want the Yankees to trade top prospects but instead make a series of modest trades/deals that do not risk our future success at the same time. To that point, I like the Chris Capuano deal and the early returns on Brandon McCarthy have been very promising thus far. The Yanks also need to deepen their bullpen but I have concerns that those issues will not be addressed by July 31st.
- Dave Robertson mentioned this week that he and the Yankees have not had conversations of extending his contract which is set to expire at the conclusion of this season. He indicated that he and the team will resume talks after the season so that he can stay focused on 2014. I am in the camp of individuals that believe the Yanks should resign him and pay him because they cannot afford to lose his services to another team. The most common theme I have heard elsewhere is that Dellin Betances is a future closer so the Yanks can let Dave Robertson walk. I think that is quite silly thinking because all good teams have several elite relievers and both Robertson and Betances are vital to the team’s success regardless of which one is labeled as the closer. If anything, I think the Yankees should take a look at a team like the Oakland Athletics and use that as inspiration on how to stack a bullpen.
- I don’t have unreasonably high expectations from Chase Headley now that they Yankees have finally acquired him. However, I do think that the pairing between Headley and the Yankees is a good situation for both the ballclub and the player. Chase Headley was a second round draft pick that had a lot of individual and team success as a high school and college athlete. As a teenager, Headley played in the Colorado Rockies Senior All-Star Game, the Colorado Rockies Select Scout team and the National Baseball Congress World Series and was also named to the Colorado All-State team. He played on many all star teams and was surrounded by the top young players in the country. He came from a culture of winning and also proved to be a smart individual as he was named valedictorian of his senior class. Now this guy finally makes it to the majors and gets to play for…the Padres…who are not usually championship contenders. There is no doubt that he has been injured for a major portion of his pro career but the motivation to play for Padres, who are not usually in the pennant chase, probably wasn’t a strong motivating factor. Now take this same player and put him on a ballclub like the Yankees and maybe this will bring out a side in him that will show more motivation when he gets the positive attention that comes with contributing to a contending team. I think people that are “winners” excel in environments that strive to win. Let’s hope for the Yankees’ sake we see the All-Star Chase Headley over the next 2 months.
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