Heyman On Ramirez, Yankees, Diamondbacks

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has a new column up this evening.  Let's dive in and see what he has for us..

  • Heyman writes that a deal sending Manny Ramirez to the White Sox would be in the best interests of all parties involved.  Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has lamented the monster deal given to Ramirez ever since he signed off on it, so it wouldn't make sense to hang on to him, particularly when they're not playing him regularly.  Some close to the slugger believe that the Dodgers are simply trying to rankle him enough so that he'll happily leave.  If that is indeed the plan, then it seems to be working.  Earlier today it was reported that Ramirez is telling friends that he can't wait to join the White Sox.
  • Dodgers starter Ted Lilly would be a great get for the Yankees but he likely wouldn't make it down to them.  Even if it were to fall all the way to the Bombers, there's little chance the Dodgers would deal him anyway. With Andy Pettitte sidelined, the Yankees could certainly use a pitcher before the deadline strikes.
  • The Padres' success on the field makes former GM Kevin Towers look good and could boost his candidacy for future openings.  Heyman opines that Yankees' scouting director Damon Oppenheimer would be a fine choice for the job as well.
  • By putting in a claim on Ramirez, the Rays showed that they are serious about winning this season.  Their window may be closing as Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Rafael Soriano can all leave via free agency after this season.

19 Responses to Heyman On Ramirez, Yankees, Diamondbacks Leave a Reply

  1. The Yankees need to add a pitcher before the deadline, but there aren’t any pitchers that are on waivers that would really be better than any pitcher that they have now

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      I really really hate to say this, but maybe the Yankees should give Jarrod Washburn a ring.

      • by the time he’d be ready to pitch it’d be mid-late september…

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          Well if they add him to the 25-Man tomorow or the next day (which I know won’t happen) they could DL him, get him to GMSF, and bring him back for the Rays series.

          • id rather focus more on getting the pitchers in the rotation right.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Well they’ve been trying to do that for quite some time and that hasn’t worked obviously. So they have to look outside.

          • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

            Ivan Nova has made 2 good starts so far for the Yanks, and he could very well pitch his way on to the postseason roster. He’s been good down in Triple A all year.

            And a big hell not to Washburn. He got himself lit up while pitching in Comerica Park. While it surprising does favor hitters according to the park factors, it doesn’t favor hitters nearly as much as Yankee Stadium. Just…no, no thanks.

          • no, they dont have to look outside.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago


          • Guest 5 years ago

            That sounds legal.

          • AZalltheway 5 years ago

            If he is on the DL, would he still be eligible for the Post-Season Roster?

          • AZalltheway 5 years ago

            If he is on the DL, would he still be eligible for the Post-Season Roster?

  2. sdsuphilip 5 years ago

    Rays are totally fine with there farm system

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      not at 1B. Matt Sweeney is nowhere near ready.

  3. Heyman is the Captain Obvious of the “insiders”. Thanks, Jon!

  4. showmejoe 5 years ago

    Why does the title of this post say Diamondbacks? They aren’t mentioned one time…

    • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

      They’ve been mentioned in the news so little lately, that they thought it would be nice to mention them here.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      They were mentioned in the article and Kevin Towers and Oppenheimer were mentioned as possible canidates for the job.

      “The Padres’ incredible year enhances Kevin Towers’ GM candidacy even though he’s no longer there, and some execs can see the D-backs going that way. Interim GM Jerry Di Poto did a nice job at the trade deadline, and Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer would make a fine choice, as well, among the known candidates”.

  5. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    I for one am a little nervous about the Yanks rotation. Both because of it’s unsteadiness behind Sabathia and because our offense isn’t as consistantly strong like it use to be. I think (and hope) that AJ will get himself right. Out of his last 10 games he’s had 6 quality starts. In his last game, despite giving up 8 runs he was as bad as he looked. He didn’t give up any HRS and of his 8 hits (2 dbls and 6 singles) most of them were ground balls that simply found there way thru the infield. What worries me worst if his psyche. Can he bounce back and pitch well enough down the stretch. The offense just can’t afford to be down 5-0 by the 2nd evening.

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