Andy Martino

Andy Martino is SNY's MLB insider.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the San Francisco Giants riding a six-game winning streak and jumping into the wild card race in manager Bruce Bochy's final season, the team is genuinely undecided about trading ace Madison Bumgarner and reliever Will Smith this month, according to major league sources.

A person with direct knowledge of the team's plans said plainly that Bumgarner and Smith are not available at the moment. The Giants have until July 31 to decide.

Bumgarner allowed one run in nine innings against the Mets on Thursday. While no one can argue with that result, evaluators were not overly impressed by his repertoire.

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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets dispatched Ruben Amaro Jr., special assistant to the general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, to Phoenix to scout the Brewers/Diamondbacks game on Thursday, according to major league sources.

Milwaukee is interested in trading for Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets are far more likely to trade Wheeler, but that will depend on how his shoulder injury impacts his value.

According to a source, Amaro's is "floating" around to various scouting assignments right now, which is standard pre-deadline activity. The Mets are doing legwork on various trade possibilities, including extensive scouting of Yankees prospects.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

Everyone involved insists that Zack Wheeler's shoulder injury is not serious, and that he will be back in no time.

We take that at face value, but there's still a problem. Teams previously interested in trading for Wheeler are now nervous about his health.

Perhaps Wheeler will return from the IL in time to pitch well and assuage those concerns, but the Mets know that the timing of his injury might hurt his value to the point where keeping him and making a qualifying offer at the end of the season is the smarter move.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Yankees have been engaged for weeks in the starting pitching market, and would still prefer to land a Zack Wheeler, Trevor Bauer, or one of the other available arms who could help with the rotation. This remains the surest way to bolster their championship chances.

But given the state of the market, the team has been forced to consider other options. According to multiple general managers in search of pitching, the asking prices for Wheeler, Stroman and the like remain very high, and teams are far apart on value.

That's why, according to sources, the Red Sox and A's settled for less exciting acquisitions in Andrew Cashner and Homer Bailey. Those teams essentially looked at the asks for higher-end help and said, "forget it, we'll go with depth."

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Mets are sending their most trusted evaluator, former GM Omar Minaya, to scout the Triple-A debut of Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia on Monday night, according to major league sources.

The Yankees promoted Garcia, their top pitching prospect, after he started the Futures Game in Cleveland last week. At 20 years old, Garcia is the youngest player in Triple-A.

The Mets and Yankees have had many discussions about Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, stretching back to last winter. The Yankees will not trade Garcia for a rental player like Wheeler, who will be a free agent after this season.

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Mets are sending their most trusted evaluator, former GM Omar Minaya, to scout the Triple-A debut of Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia on Monday night, according to major league sources.

The Yankees promoted Garcia, their top pitching prospect, after he started the Futures Game in Cleveland last week. At 20 years old, Garcia is the youngest player in Triple-A.

The Mets and Yankees have had many discussions about Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, stretching back to last winter. The Yankees will not trade Garcia for a rental player like Wheeler, who will be a free agent after this season.

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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher.

Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left rivals to wonder if that took them out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

That does turn out to be the case: According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher.

Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left rivals to wonder if that took them out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

That does turn out to be the case: According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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It didn't seem like a big deal, a player known for his thoughtfulness sitting at his locker several hours before a game and reading a book. From a distance, the scene could hardly have been more routine.

But when you strolled closer to veteran catcher Chris Stewart that afternoon at Yankee Stadium in 2013, you saw that, whether he knew it or not, he was engaged in an act that would once have been unthinkable: He was a Yankee player openly reading "Ball Four" in the clubhouse.

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Noah Syndergaard trade talks 00:01:09
Andy Martino discusses the latest on Noah Syndergaard trade talks and whether or not he thinks Noah will be moved by the deadline.

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The Mets have been entertaining offers for Noah Syndergaard for long enough that a trade has begun to feel inevitable -- but the team knows that it must proceed cautiously, and be mindful of next season's rotation.

According to teams in touch with the Mets, the asking price for a July trade for Syndergaard is multiple top prospects. Rival executives say that they are skeptical Syndergaard can bring that return, given his middling performance this season.

If a team steps up, Brodie Van Wagenen will consider the offer. But he will also have to get creative about saving next year's team, which will likely be without Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas. Pitching prospect Anthony Kay projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter until he refines his breaking ball.

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; (From left to right) National League outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) of the New York Mets, infielder Kris Bryant (17) of the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Christian Yelich (22) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and outfielder David Dahl (26) of the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; (From left to right) National League outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) of the New York Mets, infielder Kris Bryant (17) of the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Christian Yelich (22) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and outfielder David Dahl (26) of the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND - After the All Star Game on Tuesday, Jeff McNeil expressed his displeasure that the scoreboard at Progressive Field displayed Jacob deGrom's picture when he batted.

"That was tough to see deGrom's picture up there," McNeil said. "I didn't really like that. I want to see my picture up there. I know my family did too. What are you gonna do, I guess. I don't think that should happen."

Now, the Indians are apologizing to McNeil, in addition to Colorado's David Dahl and the Cubs' Willson Contreras, whose names were misspelled.

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League infielder Pete Alonso (20) of the New York Mets prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League infielder Pete Alonso (20) of the New York Mets prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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CLEVELAND -- Of the many Pete Alonso Moments that defined All-Star week this year, perhaps the most representative was the reverse heel turn that the young slugger managed on Monday night. Facing hometown favorite Carlos Santana in the first round of the home run derby, Alonso was surprised to hear boos in an otherwise jolly event.

He responded by activating his clutch gene to recover from a shaky start, and edge Santana by one home run. Indians fans were not pleased.

Fast forward to about two hours later, when Alonso called for time out during the final round. Instead of quietly gathering himself, he waved his arms to the crowd in a gesture that urged them to cheer louder. They did. In the space of a single evening, he had converted disappointed Clevelanders into Pete Alonso fans.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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CLEVELAND -- Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn't a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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CLEVELAND -- Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn't a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

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Girardi to the Mets? 00:00:47
Andy Martino reacts to the Mets looking into former Yankee manager Joe Girardi. Would Girardi work for the Mets?

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The Mets are trying to get Mickey Callaway through the rest of the season, allowing Brodie Van Wagenen to launch a wide-ranging search for his own manager. That way, the GM can request permission to speak to other team's employees, and fully evaluate the big names who are between jobs.

But the team has already begun thinking about candidates, and in some cases proceeding with quiet due diligence. Van Wagenen and others in the organization have, for example, asked around about former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, according to major league sources.

Friends of Girardi's say that he is very eager to manage again. The Mets, in turn, are doing their homework but seem reluctant due to Girardi's reputation.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)

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Interested teams are awaiting word on Toronto starter Marcus Stroman's left shoulder/pectoral injury, but a source close to Stroman said that the All-Star is fine. That means that Toronto should still have a healthy and appealing trade chip.

The Yankees have some interest in Stroman, but are unlikely to trade five years of Clint Frazier for a pitcher who will be a free agent after 2020. They are also interested in Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and the Mets' Zack Wheeler, among other targets.

Stroman left his start on Saturday with what the Jays later called left shoulder and pectoral cramping.

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Wheeler on Yankees short list 00:01:15
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino discusses pitcher Zack Wheeler being on Yankees short list of arms to possibly acquire at the trade deadline.

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Trades between the Mets and Yankees are rare, but if the Yanks make the strongest offer for Zack Wheeler, the Mets would have no issues sending him across town, according to major league sources.

Although the Mets are historically cautious about helping their rivals in the Bronx -- most recently, trades for Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda and Neil Walker fell through -- word around Citi Field is that Brodie Van Wagenen has the go-ahead to accept the best offer. If it comes from the Yankees, so be it.

Relations between the two teams unfroze a bit during the offseason, when Van Wagenen and Brian Cashman discussed a blockbuster Noah Syndergaard trade. Although that deal fizzled, both GMs insisted that they had initiated a new era of Yankees/Mets relations.

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Wheeler on Yankees short list 00:01:15
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino discusses pitcher Zack Wheeler being on Yankees short list of arms to possibly acquire at the trade deadline.

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Trades between the Mets and Yankees are rare, but if the Yanks make the strongest offer for Zack Wheeler, the Mets would have no issues sending him across town, according to major league sources.

Although the Mets are historically cautious about helping their rivals in the Bronx -- most recently, trades for Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda and Neil Walker fell through -- word around Citi Field is that Brodie Van Wagenen has the go-ahead to accept the best offer. If it comes from the Yankees, so be it.

Relations between the two teams unfroze a bit during the offseason, when Van Wagenen and Brian Cashman discussed a blockbuster Noah Syndergaard trade. Although that deal fizzled, both GMs insisted that they had initiated a new era of Yankees/Mets relations.

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Mets effectively out of playoff contention, their next move is to pivot to trade talks about Zack Wheeler, as SNY reported last week.

The team would also love to rid themselves of Jason Vargas because of his lack of contrition about a recent assault threat, and they will see how other clubs value Todd Frazier.

In all likelihood, that will represent the totality of their action in advance of the July 31 trade deadline -- but the Mets know they would be remiss to not at least survey the market for Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz.

Ever since last winter, when the Mets were talking about Syndergaard with the Marlins, Yankees and Padres, it's been clear that they're willing to move on if the right deal presents itself. Unfortunately, rivals confirm the obvious: Syndergaard's 4.56 ERA and injured list stint have left the Mets with a diminished trade chip.

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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Zack Wheeler continued his underrated season on Thursday, allowing one run in six innings in a brutal 6-3 loss to the Phillies. The way this year is shaking out for the Mets, who fell to eight games under .500, it's becoming clear that Wheeler's long career with the team is likely winding down.

For weeks, rival GMs have wondered if the Mets will become sellers. The team's recent play has begun to answer that question for Brodie Van Wagenen.

If the Mets don't turn their season around immediately, they'll have to field inquiries on Wheeler and Todd Frazier, both free agents at the end of the year. Wheeler's performance between now and July 31 will, of course, influence his value.

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Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

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The Yankees are targeting controllable starting pitchers at the trade deadline, and won't move Clint Frazier for a rental.

But one high-end arm that will not be available is Luis Castillo of the Reds, according to major league sources. Rumors surfaced this week linking Castillo to the Yankees.

Asked if Castillo might be traded, one American League executive in touch with the Reds texted: "Do u do stand up comedy in ur spare time ? That's hilarious ! Nfw !"

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Recapping a drama-full day 00:01:19
Andy Martino breaks down the pregame comments relating to the clubhouse incident in Chicago and reacts to Vargas and Callaway's comments.

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PHILADELPHIA -- During a closed-door meeting on Monday afternoon in the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, Jacob deGrom volunteered to address the media on the team's behalf, allowing teammates to focus on preparing for the game.

It was a moment of true leadership, reminiscent of David Wright -- and it was the last time that a person in a Mets uniform showed any maturity in dealing with a mess of their own creation.

On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, manager Mickey Callaway, 44, cursed out Newsday reporter Tim Healey for saying that he would see Callaway tomorrow. Then Jason Vargas, 36, threatened to assault Healey.

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets fired a few coaches on Thursday. Big deal. For the team's rookie general manager, decisions await that are far more consequential.

The reshuffling of pitching coaches -- Dave Eiland and Chuck Hernandez fired, Phil Regan, Ricky Bones and Jeremy Accardo promoted on an interim basis -- was a small and easy move. Eiland and Hernandez were old-school, not as sensitive to analytics or millennial sensitivities as the Mets needed them to be, and won't be particularly missed.

Over the next weeks and months, Brodie Van Wagenen will confront issues far more complex and meaningful. The direction of his team will flow from his response to the following questions:

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are already active in trade talks with other teams, but have not yet been able to agree on a deal for their top priority, a starting pitcher. It's clear to rivals, though, that Brian Cashman will not move Clint Frazier for a free-agent-to-be like Madison Bumgarner or Zack Wheeler.

As SNY has reported, the Yankees like Wheeler, understanding that his season has been better than some of his statistics suggest. The rumor mill has linked the Yanks to Bumgarner, though the club's actual interest in the San Francisco lefty has been lukewarm so far.

The Yanks are also willing to deal Frazier in the right situation, but will be very careful in doing so. He is an above-average major league hitter with five years of team control remaining before free agency. Simply put, the Yankees will not move years of Frazier for a few months of a Wheeler or Bumgarner, according to multiple major league sources.

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Jun 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Jun 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

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The first blush reaction to the Yankees' trade for slugger Edwin Encarnacion was that if felt like the first move in a trade to upgrade the rotation by moving Clint Frazier - but that is not the case, according to major league sources.

With this deal, the Yanks simply saw an opportunity to upgrade their offense, courtesy of Seattle's sell-off. They traded for Encarnacion without having any other deals lined up. It was simply an isolated opportunity that arose, and they seized.

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Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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During the "Shea Anything" podcast taping on Wednesday, colleague Doug Williams reminded me of the most offensive thing that Chase Utley has ever done in public -- and no, it wasn't breaking Ruben Tejada's leg.

Doug noted that, during a WFAN appearance earlier this year, the former Phillies great said "See ya, sweetheart" to caller Cali from Connecticut. This was a truly icky comment, out of step with both contemporary standards and basic decency (Cali was busy telling Utley how "annoying" he was, but you still don't say "sweetheart").

Mets fans do not disparage Utley for the casual misogyny in his vocab, though. They hate him because of one late slide in the playoffs, and a history of aggressive play that they would have loved had Utley been on their side.

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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

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Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees were only ever interested in taking a flier on Dallas Keuchel, and their highest bid was a prorated version of the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer, according to major league sources.

He signed with the Atlanta Braves for more: one year, $13 million - not prorated - per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

Now, the Yankees are pivoting to the trade market, with Clint Frazier as their most marketable piece. Expect the young outfielder to be mentioned in many discussions over the next several weeks.

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Sep 29, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 29, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees continue to talk with free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, but are facing late competition from the St. Louis Cardinals and other teams, according to major league sources.

The Braves and Twins have also been involved, though the exact level of their interest was unclear on Thursday morning.

As SNY reported last week, the Yanks are a frontrunner to sign Keuchel. Sources would not say if New York is willing to go more than one year on the 31-year-old former Cy Young Award-winner, whose performance has declined in recent seasons.

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May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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During the 1951 season, New York Giants coach Herman Franks set up a military field scope in the home clubhouse at the Polo Grounds, which was in center field. From that spot, Franks ran a sign-stealing operation that likely enabled one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.

In a playoff game against Brooklyn on October 3 of that year, Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca threw a fastball to Bobby Thomson.

Thomson took a comfortable hack, lined the pitch over the left field wall, and announcer Russ Hodges made the iconic call, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

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Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)
Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees might sign Dallas Keuchel next week, and that would not preclude them from pivoting toward a trade for a high-end starting pitcher, according to major league sources.

As SNY has reported previously, the Yanks are targeting rotation help at the trade deadline above all other needs. With Domingo German facing possible innings restrictions, Luis Severino out for a long time, and CC Sabathia and James Paxton in various states of knee pain (Paxton returns Wednesday), the rotation is the team's clearest need.

The Yanks are not specifically viewing Keuchel as an alternative to sacrificing trade chips for a Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer or Zack Wheeler, all of whom would likely interest them. Teams are not yet talking in earnest about these trades, and typically wait until after the draft to do so.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In light of what Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen called a "non-baseball" injury in which Yoenis Cespedes fell into a hole on his ranch and fractured an ankle, can the Mets get out of the remainder of his contract?

The answer, according to agents and executives not connected to Cespedes or the Mets, is that it depends on the specifics of how he was injured, and whether they violate certain contract language.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

A little more than a week ago, we heard that Mickey Callaway's job was safe -- and word on Sunday evening, following an embarrassing sweep in Miami, was that nothing had changed yet.

Make no mistake, the subject of Callaway's job security won't go away unless the team starts to win, and quickly. But after Sunday's game, Mets higher-ups had not reached the point of firing their manager.

Having said that, the team believes that its roster is severely underperforming...

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Jim Duquette on Mets' woes 00:03:06
SNY Mets analyst Jim Duquette on what must change for the Mets to turn their season around

Baseball people know a dead team when they see one -- and here's a sampling of words offered via text from several veteran evaluators, executives and former players during Saturday's 2-0 loss to the historically bad Miami Marlins:

"Listless."

"No energy."

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Boone struggled during a Tuesday afternoon news conference to describe Giancarlo Stanton's shoulder injury, but the Yankees remain unconcerned about Stanton's health, and consider him to be progressing.

According to people familiar with the situation, Stanton's shoulder discomfort -- which the team called a shoulder strain shortly after Boone was unable to name the injury -- is not serious enough to prevent him from facing live pitching in Tampa.

If he continues in this vein with no setbacks, he should be in extended spring training games in a week or so, then would begin a rehab assignment.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Major League Baseball's language on pitchers using pine tar to improve their grip could not be more clear. Rule 6.02 (c)(4) states that "a pitcher shall not ... apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball."

In practice, the issue is far more nuanced.

Many pitchers use pine tar, sunscreen and other substances, and most hitters don't mind, because they prefer that pitchers are able to control the potentially deadly sphere in their hands. Pine tar helps them do that, so baseball's unwritten rules view it as acceptable. It is not seen as egregious as scuffing or doctoring a ball.

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Yankees trade deadline strategy 00:01:16
New York Yankees have had bad luck with injuries to starting pitching. SNY's Andy Martino says Yankees will target starters at the deadline

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after giving up five runs against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after giving up five runs against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

There are two ways to look at Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard's seasons, heading into what promise to be a pair of highly scrutinized starts for the Mets against Cincinnati: Analytically, which suggests that improvement is coming, and with your eyes, which inspires more concern, particularly for Syndergaard.

A simple glance at the Fangraphs pages for both makes a clear case that neither pitcher has been quite as bad as we think. Most of deGrom's peripherals are in line with career norms. His strikeout rate is 37 percent, which is better than his lifetime number of 29.2 percent. His xFIP (expected fielding independent pitching) is 2.91, compared to 3.02 for his career.

Additionally, opponents' batting average on balls in play (BABIP) against deGrom is .389, which suggests bad luck that will turn around. Part of that high BABIP could be a result of opponents' hard contact rate of 47.5 percent -- nearly double last year's 26.6 percent. Several analytically-inclined evaluators said this week that it's far too early in the season to draw any conclusions about a number like hard contact; the sample size is too small.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets surprised us with their timing in designating catcher Travis d'Arnaud for assignment on Sunday, but the d'Arnaud era was already essentially over in Queens.

For a while now, the team has seen Tomas Nido as its long-term answer at backup catcher. The Mets wanted to see what d'Arnaud had to offer after returning from Tommy John surgery, but did not expect to keep him beyond this season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Andy Martino
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Gio Gonzalez opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees on Saturday because he is interested in continuing to be a starting pitcher, and the Yanks did not have room for him in their rotation.

On Thursday, he chose the Milwaukee Brewers over the Mets for similar reasons: The Brewers offered him a far better opportunity to start.

After talking with the Mets, Gonzalez agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million deal -- that's $2.3 million over a full season -- with Milwaukee. The contact includes $2 million in additional performance bonuses.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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Wheeler on mentality VS NL East 00:00:37
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler talks about his mentality whenever he goes out to face an NL East rival.

A scout who has watched Zack Wheeler for many years sat in the stands at Citi Field on Tuesday night and offered a blunt assessment.

"This is the best I've ever seen him," said the scout, whose team has tried to trade for Wheeler in years past. "Hands down."

Perhaps even more exciting for the Mets, on a night that Wheeler struck out 11 batters in seven scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over Philadelphia, is that the pitcher himself didn't agree. Though pleased with his performance, Wheeler still doesn't think he has his best stuff.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The market for Gio Gonzalez will be more robust than it was in the winter, with the Milwaukee Brewers now interested in bringing the lefty back, according to major league sources.

The Mets, who were only minimally interested in Gonzalez during the offseason, are more intrigued now. Gonzalez is seen internally as a more likely addition than free agent starter Dallas Keuchel.

The Mets sent a scout to watch Gonzalez's final start for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate on Friday, but the game was rained out. Gonzalez exercised an opt-out clause in his contract the following day.

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Gelbs talks deGrom injury 00:01:14
SNY's Steve Gelbs reports on the elbow discomfort that Jacob deGrom is experiencing and that he will return to NY for an MRI

The following is a statement sent via text from Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. It echoes what we previously reported from other sources -- that the Mets are not particularly concerned about the injury.

"Jacob dealt with sickness over the last week and hasn't been able to conduct his normal routine between starts. As a result, he has been scratched from tomorrow's game. Additionally, Jacob experienced some mild soreness in his throwing arm over the last 24 hours. His arm felt significantly better following treatment with our health and performance staff today. Even so, Jacob will be evaluated by our medical team in New York on Monday in the abundance of caution.

"We will be placing Jacob on the IL retroactively to April 16th enabling him to return on Friday the 26th when we begin our series with the Brewers. We will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow's game."

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gio Gonzalez appears increasingly likely to opt out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on Saturday, according to multiple major league sources. If he does, the Mets could be more of a fit than they were in the offseason.

On Friday, Gonzalez switched agents from Scott Boras to CAA. The move was intended to set him up with representation that he felt more comfortable with, in the event that he would become a free agent again.

If Gonzalez requests his release from the Yankees on Saturday, per a clause in his contract, the team will have 48 hours to add him to the major league roster. With Domingo German pitching capably and CC Sabathia back from the injured list, there is no obvious spot for Gonzalez -- though the Yankees could promote him and either piggyback him with German or put in him their rotation, in order to retain control.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Andy Martino
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Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Ever since he broke in with the Phillies a decade ago, J.A. Happ has relied on rhythm and precision to carve up hitters. During his best seasons, Happ's results have outpaced the quality of his actual repertoire.

In order to achieve this, Happ relies on the subtleties of confidence and controlled aggression. When he's on, he works quickly, pounds the edges of the strike zone, and tricks himself into being unafraid that the ball might drift out over the middle of the strike zone and end up crushed over an outfield wall. He's one of those players who's good because he believes he's good.

So far this season, Happ has not been able to find that mindset. He is overthinking between pitches, and finding the ideal pace elusive. He is tentative and cerebral -- two qualities that undermine him when they emerge too strongly.

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Andy Martino
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Tipping Pitches or Speed Issues? 00:01:37
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss Jacob deGrom's recent struggles, tipping pitches, and speed variances.

Our first order of business on Monday morning was to find out if Jacob deGrom is tipping pitches. In each of his past two starts, opposing hitters have looked oddly comfortable -- and since deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball, this activates our natural curiosity.

On the national telecast during Sunday night's loss in Atlanta, analyst Alex Rodriguez appeared to be hinting that deGrom was tipping, when he said after Josh Donaldson's fifth inning home run that it was "Almost like he knew what was coming -- 109 (exit) velocity on 2-2 fastball in is way too good off a guy like deGrom."

Checking with several veteran evaluators Monday, none saw any signs of tipping -- although one noted that A-Rod, along with Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Alex Cora and Shawn Green, was among the best in his generation at spotting it. It's possible that he noticed something that escaped other scouts, and even the Braves.

But that aside, tipping doesn't appear to be the issue.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Miguel Andujar swung a bat on Friday for the first time since doctors diagnosed him with a torn labrum earlier this month, and declared himself a fully healthy hitter. The problem with his injured shoulder is that it prevents him from making the throw from third to first base.

Here's a suggestion for the terribly depleted Yankees: Throw a band-aid on this makeshift lineup, and use Andujar as a DH or first baseman in the short term in order to get his bat back.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki, Andy Martino
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