AL East Notes: Yankees, Hanley, Orioles

Alex Rodriguez broke his hand last night, when he was hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez in Seattle. The injury is expected to sideline Rodriguez for six to eight weeks, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). Not surprisingly, the news will affect the Yankees' summer shopping list. Here are the latest notes from the AL East…

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he’ll engage the market for a third baseman, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.  The Yankees will consider all third base options, including Chase Headley of the Padres, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). It seems unlikely that the Yankees would meet the Padres' asking price for Headley, Heyman writes (on Twitter).
  • The Red Sox asked the Marlins about Hanley Ramirez before last night’s trade, but Boston’s interest was in acquiring the infielder and flipping him to a third team, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. It sounds as though the Red Sox were going to flip Ramirez to either the A’s or the Dodgers, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter).
  • The Orioles announced that they signed 25-year-old Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract. The Orioles will assign the 6’5”, 195-pound switch-hitter to Double-A Bowie. Urrutia did not play in 2011 following an unsuccessful attempt at defection, according to the Orioles. He established residency in Haiti after successfully defecting from Cuba.


36 Responses to AL East Notes: Yankees, Hanley, Orioles Leave a Reply

  1. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Trade for Hanley, and then take on his salary in a trade to another team, so you upgrade on your prospects maybe? Unless that was the plan I don’t see the point in trading for Hanley just to turn around and trade him to someone else.

    • They must have wanted someone specific on either the A’s or Dodgers and needed Hanley to get them.

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        True, I guess they could have been trying to get pitching help from the Dodgers or As.

        • LazerTown 3 years ago

          Heard rumblings of them sending an outfielder and prospects to miami, which would mean that bonifacio would probably take over 2B fulltime.

    • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

      Probably just to shed Crawford’s contract, as rumored. Even if they had to eat Hanley’s contract, they get out from under Crawford’s horrifying contract.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Given the actually return for Hanley, I feel like this plan wouldn’t have really worked anyway.

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        Probably would have meant the Red Sox taking on some of the salary to get a better player; the only reason the Dodgers got him so cheap is because they took on all of his salary.

  2. withpower 3 years ago

    Switch hitter [not much platoon split], very good patience, already pushing his career high for homers in the worst hitters park in the majors.

    Has a large sample size of work already.. you know he’s going to hit around .260+, but the past two years he’s really been more selective at the plate. He can handle 3B nicely and he doesn’t turn 29 until next May.

    I know Alex has that big contract, Cash. I know Chase probably doesn’t want to play a lot of OF. I know you want to keep that DH slot open to rest guys.

    But.. get it done.

    • sdsuphilip 3 years ago

      You are killing Headley’s value if you don’t play him at third, he is one of the best defensive 3B in the game and when he did play OF couple years back he was well below average, if the yanks trade for him what makes the most sense is playing him everyday at 3B and giving Arod when he comes back the DH. But it will take a lot of talent to get Headley. Probably take Mason Williams+

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        Wow…no thanks. Mason Williams straight up would be too much imo to pay from a Yanks perspective. Let me clear though, he is probably WORTH that price but just not something the Yanks should do just to fill in for Arod. We have productive DH’s too so even if they moved Arod to DH he’s taking away AB for other productive hitters.

        • sdsuphilip 3 years ago

          Agree, Yankees should be fun short term with Chavez

        • LazerTown 3 years ago

          I would like to keep Mason around, along with the other top hitters. I wouldn’t be surprise to see if Milwaukee wants to dump Aram’s salary. Otherwise they may call philly and see if wiggington or polanco are available, both are free agents at the end of the season, and aren’t really needed now that howard and utley are back.

      • withpower 3 years ago

        Well, I agree. I want him at 3B, I’m just speculating on any shifts that might happen — maybe Swisher leaves, I don’t know, or Swish DHs a day and Alex plays 3B and Chase spots a day in RF.

        He’s definitely a more comfortable player at 3B and he’s hitting pretty nicely over there this year.

        EDIT: Just adding.. Mason Williams+? How much plus? Mason Williams is already one of our top guys with the stick. I like Austin a little better, so I’m not opposed to it, but let’s stop acting like the Padres have money and have a place to play Headley when Gyorko comes up.

  3. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    Too bad this happened last night and not before the Rays snagged Ryan Roberts, he would have been a good filler. I still think the Yankees will be okay though, A-Rod is good but nowhere near as important to the lineup as he used to be. They still have cano and granderson.

  4. daveineg 3 years ago

    Wouldn’t Aramis Ramirez make a lot of sense for the Yankees? It wouldn’t take much to get him from Brewers who wouldn’t mind getting out from under the $34 million they still owe him for 2013 and 2014 and Ramirez is still productive enough to be a viable DH option for the Yankees going forward.

    • GoAwayNow 3 years ago

      “Viable DH option for the Yankees”

      They have 50 million already tied up in viable DH options.

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      I don’t think the Yanks want to be saddled with his salary when they’ve been able to get such great production from guys like ibanez, jones and chavez for very little the last two years.

    • Mike1L 3 years ago

      Yankees don’t want the 2014 obligation when they are looking to get under 189M

      • Douglas Rau 3 years ago

        What if the Brewers ate some of his contract and in exchange, the Yankees sent slightly-better-yet-still-not-their-best prospects Milwaukee’s way?

  5. XxMadDogxX 3 years ago

    The Yankees can have Aramis Ramirez for Bichette jr. and Campos…

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      Those days are hopefully over. That’s a definite “Boss in the 80’s” move.

    • Douglas Rau 3 years ago

      I agree, no way.

    • NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

      LOL, if Aramis Ramiez is worth that much than the Phillies could have gotten the world for Cole Hamels.

  6. Ryman5000 3 years ago

    Congrats, King Felix! You just became a hero to both non-Yankee fans AND baseball purists!

  7. Jarrod Mitchell 3 years ago

    Dodgers will get almost two good years out of Hanley then they will trade him to the A’s for a nice package of prospects.

  8. withpower 3 years ago

    You can never have enough offense. He’s a perfect fit for the style of hitter the Yankees like. I can literally see no downside to acquiring him.

  9. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Arod hasn’t been at an elite level but he still is 2nd in OBP and 3rd or 4th in hrs and rbi. Not easy to replace.

  10. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    He used to be a 5 tool!

  11. Guest 3 years ago

    I agree, how the hell doesn’t this make sense. It is a perfect fit!

  12. Guest 3 years ago

    nice lol

  13. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I watched that replay YFS.. he really didn’t try and move out of the way. he’s like ortiz, dives over the plate initially and it’s almost impossible to get out of the way if a pitcher throws inside. lucky it wasn’t someone throwing a FB, or anyone for that matter throwing BB’s.

    Ya know? The way people like those 2 and some others (almost all veterans that do it) take for granted they can dive over the plate is unheard of.. Years ago, 1st time they did it to almost anyone, 1st time, the next pitch would have been right at their chin.

    Sure, it would now have been called brutal, but guys then were not hit as often as now. Players crowd the plate (something else that would get u knocked down) it has changed in ways where they expose themselves to much nearer the plate as they swing and put themselves into danger.

  14. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Felix was all over the place. He hit 3 Yankees. My guess is someone will retaliate today. Regardless of whether or not it was intentional, you have to answer that.

  15. lefty177 3 years ago

    I totally agree with everything you said, I just feel like umpires protect batters way more now than they did in the past

  16. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I saw part of the game.. had the ‘2 screen thing” going with Boston and saw Ichiro get hit in the foot, didn’t know anyone else bought it also though.

    Ur right, 3 gets it and maybe even a warning pre game, or someone may, but on that Mariner team.. Who the heck do you target? LOL

  17. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Yeah he hit Ichiro, Arod and Jeter. Wouldn’t it be something if they threw at Montero? I doubt it though..haha.

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