- UPDATE, 4:15PM: A few deals have trickled in, but nothing bigger than Zack Greinke (today’s starter against the Yankees) going to Houston. Great, just great. (Ken Rosenthal)
- UPDATE, 4:06PM: OK, the Yankees did do something. But it was nothing more than a 40-man clearance move for an A-ball prospect:
The Yankees have acquired LHP Alfredo Garcia from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for RHP Joseph Harvey.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 31, 2019
- UPDATE, 4:05PM: Andy Martino says the Yankees did not make a trade. So that’s that.
- UPDATE, 4:00PM: Ding ding ding. The trade deadline has struck. Keep in mind things can still be reported and announced after as long as they were completed before 4.
- UPDATE, 3:55PM: Rob Longley reports that the Astros have acquired Joe Biagini from Toronto.
- UPDATE, 3:49PM: Jon Heyman says the Yankees are in on Jays’ starter Aaron Sanchez, though it would be as a reliever.
- UPDATE, 3:42PM: The Braves are close to adding Mark Melancon to their bullpen from the Giants (Jeff Passan).
- UPDATE, 3:30PM: With a half hour to go, Jon Heyman says the Yankees are talking about five different relievers now. Strengthening the ‘pen might be the way they go.
- UPDATE, 3:28PM: Old friend alert: John Ryan Murphy goes from the Diamondbacks to the Braves, per Robert Murray.
- UPDATE, 3:13PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have acquired Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals. Rosenthal also notes that the Tigers and Braves are close to a deal that would send Shane Greene to the Braves. Check another one off the Yankees’ target list.
- UPDATE, 2:54PM: Corey Dickerson goes to the Phillies, per Jeff Passan.
- UPDATE, 2:46PM: Jon Morosi tweets that the Rays have made an offer to the Mets for Zack Wheeler. Trying to undermine the Yankees, huh?
- UPDATE, 2:35PM: The Nationals continue to work on their bullpen: they’ve added Hunter Strickland and Roenis Elias today. (Mark Feinsand once and again)
- UPDATE, 2:33PM: Jon Heyman follows up on Nightengale’s earlier tweet: Arizona wants Clint Frazier and three prospects for Robbie Ray.
- UPDATE, 2:26PM: Two trades to note: one, the Giants dealt Drew Pomeranz to the Brewers for prospect Mauricio Dubon (Jeff Passan). More notably from the Yankees’ perspective, the Reds traded Tanner Roark to the Athletics (Ken Rosenthal).
- UPDATE, 2:11PM: Toronto has dealt Daniel Hudson to Washington, per Scott Mitchell. Hudson could have been a ‘pen target for the Yankees.
- UPDATE, 2:04PM: This one slipped through the cracks. Ken Rosenthal tweeted about an hour ago that the Yankees and Astros are in on Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler.
- UPDATE, 1:56PM: Let me preface this by saying that Bob Nightengale has a history of sharing incorrect rumors. With that in mind, he says the Yankees and Diamondbacks talks about Robbie Ray are dead.
- UPDATE, 1:55PM: Jon Heyman checks in with a Yankees-related update: the team is considering Ken Giles. Well, of course they are.
- UPDATE, 1:29PM: Detroit’s asking price for Shane Greene is high. Per Jon Morosi, the Yankees are interested.
- UPDATE, 1:14PM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Yankees have inquired on Toronto closer Ken Giles. He’d be a great add to the bullpen – but his elbow health is in question.
- UPDATE, 12:56PM: Passan has another one: Backstop Martín Maldonado goes from the Cubs to the Astros.
- UPDATE, 12:30PM: The Rays have struck first today. According to Jeff Passan, they snagged first baseman Jesús Aguilar from Milwaukee in exchange for right-hander Jacob Faria.
ORIGINAL POST: Baseball’s version of last call is this afternoon. But this year, it’s literally last call. At 4pm eastern today, teams can no longer make trades. The August 31st waiver trade deadline is no more.
This year, it seems that this has caused teams to wait as long as possible in order to decide to buy or sell. Only two significant trades have occurred; Marcus Stroman to the Mets and the three-team deal between Cincinnati, Cleveland, and San Diego, which sent potential Yankees’ target Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Cleveland seems to have done pretty well with that one, nabbing Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes to help their outfield. Let’s get to the first batch of rumors and news:
- Noah Syndergaard won’t be traded to the Yankees. Nor will he be dealt anywhere else; the Mets pulled him off the market last night according to Joel Sherman.
- The Yankees “like” but “don’t love” Madison Bumgarner and will not overpay for him, per Andy Martino.
- One more from Martino: the Yankees never had serious dialogue with Cleveland about Trevor Bauer.
As the time passes by, I’ll update this post as Yankees-related rumors and actual transactions come about. In the meantime, enjoy this afternoon’s game. Here are the lineups:
- Jarrod Dyson, CF
- Wilmer Flores, 2B
- Eduardo Escobar, 3B
- David Peralta, LF
- Christian Walker, DH
- Jake Lamb, 1B
- Nick Ahmed, SS
- Alex Avila, C
- Tim Locastro, RF
RHP Zack Greinke
- Aaron Hicks, CF
- Aaron Judge, DH
- Edwin Encarnación, 1B
- Didi Gregorius, SS
- Gleyber Torres, 2B
- Gio Urshela, 3B
- Cameron Maybin, RF
- Mike Tauchman, LF
- Austin Romine, C
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
Before the game, the Yankees placed Luke Voit and David Hale on the injured list and recalled Jonathan Holder and Breyvic Valera. Additionally, DJ LeMahieu is out of the lineup again.
In between watching today’s game and constantly refreshing your Twitter feed for trades, here are some links to read:
- Fangraphs took a look at how certain teams, including the Yankees, face intriguing 40-man roster situations that could affect their activity today.
- Also at Fangraphs: Craig Edwards examined Robbie Ray’s skills. As you may have heard, Peter Gammons linked Ray to the Yankees yesterday morning.
- Baseball Prospectus’s Zach Crizer pictured a new version of Madison Bumgarner (subs. required), another pitcher the Yankees are interested in.
- And of course, you can go reread any of Bobby’s trade target posts, his thoughts from this morning, or my overview of potential sellers.