The New York Yankees are hoping to break their six-game losing streak in Tropicana Field, the dome that the first-place Tampa Bay Rays call home.
Currently the Yankees are tied for second place with the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, but with another loss they could drop to fourth in the AL East standings.
The Yankees did some minor tweaking in the last 24 hours; nothing mountainous but worth noting:
MLB Trade Rumors reports that Flores just opted out of his minor league deal with the San Diego Padres this past Sunday and that four teams displayed interest in the 35-year-old. Cashman inked him to a minor-league deal with an opt-out prior to the All-Star break.
Boone Logan being the sole lefty in the bullpen with Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte on the DL does leave a hole whether Flores can actually help is doubtful. To be honest I forgot about Feliciano, who’s arm would have been a great addition, but Yankees might not even have in till 2012.
This deal doesn’t enthrall me what so ever and River Ave Blues posted A Quick Look At Randy Flores, which will give you a good idea why.
I don’t understand why we can’t dip into our farm system, bring up Manny Banuelos, who is a lefty, and throw him in the bullpen for a game or two. Why the heck not?
Other teams do this all the time and I have no idea what the Yankees plan on doing with all these prospects, as we hear about them enough. Cashman needs to take a chance, as odds are most washed up, older arms will not produce like a Bartolo Colon.
- Rafael Soriano placed on 15-day DL.
Not really sure why Soriano is moving to the DL, as his MRI came back clear according to ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews.
Soriano has complained of elbow soreness, but if the MRI showed nothing you have to wonder about a player with a reputation of having a poor attitude, like Soriano. This guy seems to do what he wants, when he wants and the Yankees have enough to deal with already.
Soriano can opt-out at the end of the season and so far there is no reason for him not too. Could things change? Yes, but the is up to Soriano and whether he wants to part of this team or not.
- Yankees recall Chris Dickerson from AAA Scranton.
Dickerson came to the Yankees via trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Sergio Mitre this past March.
Skipper Joe Girardi said the 28-year-old Dickerson would start in rightfield and bat ninth, in place of an ill Nick Swisher.
Swisher has been in a funk since the playoffs last season, but Yankee fans are hoping he gets out of it soon. Everyone wants Swisher’s in pinstripes in 2012, but his contract is up this season unless the Yankees sign the one-year extension. Swisher is making him a very hard sell right now.
- Yanks Ink Randy Flores to Minor League Deal (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Posada returns to lineup batting as the DH, Soriano on DL (tsn.ca)
- Soriano’s elbow tightness persists (mlb.mlb.com)
- Elbow Stiffness Still Bothering Yankees’ Rafael Soriano (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York Yankees: Let The Media Manslaughter Begin (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees Breaking News: Is Jorge Posada Calling It Quits? Or Throwing A Fit? (ladylovespinstripes.com)