In the NYT this morning, Tyler Kepner speculates that the injury-riddled Indians are likely to deal C.C. Sabathia, and the Yanks are the top candidate for partner. What kind of deal will Cleveland be looking for? They picked the Expos’ pockets when they dealt Barrtolo Colon to Montreal in 2002. The Yanks have prospect depth in the minors, at least with pitchers, though it’s hard to imagine Phil Hughes going. Would anyone, besides Melky, be sorry to see Robi Cano dealt at this point (a Kepner suggestion)?
Meanwhile, nice win for the boys in Oaktown last night. Big slam for Matsui on his birthday. Solid pitching from Pettitte. The usual dominant close-out from Mo. Can the Yanks spend more than one day over .500??? Take a look at the standings. Boston may be a tough catch, but the A’s aren’t quite the formidable machine of years past, and Tampa is still Tampa. A decent second half and our boys are playoff bound. You gotta figure a big lefty rotation rock would be a major help in that direction. Bet that Cash’ll be thinking about that added playoff revenue when he gets on the horn with Shapiro. You hear a lot of talk about this being a rebuilding year, and maybe it is, but it’s not hard to imagine the boys sliding into October as a “surprise” contender. Once the playoffs start, all bets are off.