New York Post | John Heyman: Until 2022 MLB Trading DeadlineThere were a lot of rumors circulating about Yankees And Marlins right-hand Pablo Lopez – especially in the last hour. The holdup appears to have been that the Yankees refused to include any of Gleyber Torres, Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza in Lopez’s deal.
Torres had had a massive year bouncing back for New York as their fourth-best baseball reference WAR (2.7), and Volpi seemed like a talented enough prospect to discuss if only the comeback included a true star. Peraza is a top 100 player and ball smasher in Triple-A at the moment, but – to edit for a moment – if this report were accurate, then I would have had a hard time refusing to have a quality pitcher with two and a half years of team control like Lopez if The inclusion of Peraza was the reason. What could have been involved in such a package? Who knows, but it will be interesting to think about.
Newsday | Brian Heyman: From Heyman to another, this Newsday report delves into GM Brian Cashman’s comments in an interview with WFAN after yesterday’s deadline. He said the Yankees weren’t close to Juan Soto because the citizens didn’t seem interested enough in what the Yankees had to offer (which seems to be in line with Previous Reports That nats weren’t high in Volpi). The specific quote was that the heart and eye of GM Mike Rizzo “were placed in a few certain locations more than others.”
Cashman also talked about the most surprising addition to Deadline: outside player Harrison Bader. Although he’s currently in IL with plantar fasciitis, the Yankees’ GM sees Defensive Whirl as an “everyday player when he’s healthy,” though the team’s 2022 edition could certainly be used in a number of different ways upon his planned return in September. Heymann’s other article in the post (Linked above) pointed out that the Yankees had been shopping for a while at Cardinal Jordan Montgomery’s now Cardinal and that he probably wouldn’t have made the supplement list, so they obviously considered him a consumer *even to gamble like Bader.
* Are they right in this? I’m not 100 per cent sure if Montgomery will rotate in the playoff either, but that still seems like an odd risk to me with suspect Domingo Germain filling in Monty’s old place at the moment. we will see.
New York Daily News | Kristi AckertLouis: Speaking of St. Louis, Matt Carpenter spent 14 seasons with the Cardinals, growing from a 13th round selection of TCU in 2009 to a three-time All-Star and a pivotal figure on the 2013 NL banner winners. But by 2021, his game had fallen so far that he didn’t even play in the Cardinals’ Wild Card loss to Dodgers St. Louis has refused to offer him any kind of contracts for 2022.
However, Carpenter has no ill will towards his old team. He wishes he could have found that last stroke over the last two seasons, but is glad he was able to extend his MLB career anyway. He really thought the 2021 season might have been the end of his days on The Show.
MLB Trade Rumors | McDonald’s cyclist: On a similar note, a beloved former Yankee could be nearing the end of his MLB days. The Phyllis Diddy Gregory was released on Thursday afternoon, cementing his last two-year contract with Philly as a disappointment. The 32-year-old has only reached 210/.267/.345 in 166 games with 64 wRC+ and -1.3 rWAR since the start of 2021 – worse numbers than Kyle Higashioka. Sir Diddy isn’t much of a defender either, so unless a struggling team picks him up or someone offers him a minor league contract, who knows if he’ll play in the big leagues again?