Breaking Down the Yankees’ Trade Deadline Deals

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Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia are the newest additions to the Yankee roster.

Thanks to a stretch in which the Yankees have won 9 out of their last 11 contests, the Bombers have regained sole possession of first place in the AL East. Still though, the club had some holes to fill entering Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Namely, the club needed a first baseman, some relievers, and most importantly, more starting pitchers.

Two of these holes were patched in a massive trade with the Chicago White Sox, one which netted the Yankees Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, and David Robertson. Still, the gap in the starting rotation still loomed large.

The Yankees addressed their rotation in a big way though, making two separate trades. First, they traded prospect pitchers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns to Minnesota for veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia and cash. Then, in the blockbuster move of the Trade Deadline, the Yankees pulled the trigger and acquired talented young righthander Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three good prospects in Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian.

While these trades saw the Yankees bid goodbye to some high-upside prospects, both trades were undoubtedly wins for the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman, who fleeced opposing GMs once again. Let’s break down what these two trades both mean for the Yankees for both 2017 and beyond.

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Breaking Down the Yankees-White Sox Trade

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Todd Frazier and David Robertson, along with Tommy Kahnle, are the newest additions to the New York Yankees’ roster.

Just one season removed from selling at the trade deadline, Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees reprised their familiar role as deadline buyers by executing a stunning, seven-player trade with the Chicago White Sox last night.

In the massive swap, the Yankees acquired first/third baseman Todd Frazier, former Yankee reliever David Robertson, and reliever Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects: OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, and OF Tito Polo.

Let’s break this trade down team by team and analyze what it means for both the Yankees and White Sox franchises.

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Analyzing the Flyers’ Deadline Day Moves

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On a busy deadline day, the Flyers traded Mark Streit to Tampa Bay for Valtteri Filppula and picks.
The NHL Trade Deadline has passed, and the Philadelphia Flyers made a small flurry of moves. First, the Flyers announced they re-signed center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and goalie Michal Neuvirth to 2-year extensions. The Flyers later traded defenseman and alternate captain Mark Streit to Tampa Bay for center Valtteri Filppula, a 4th-Round Pick and a 7th-Round Pick. For what it’s worth, Streit was later traded from the Lightning to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th Round Pick.

There is a lot to break down here, so let’s get to it.

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Is It Time to Give Up on the Flyers’ Season?

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The Flyers’ season went up in flames on Saturday night against the rival Penguins in the Stadium Series.

The Flyers may have worn black jerseys in last Saturday’s Stadium Series, but they may as well have been waving little white flags.

In what amounted to a highly frustrating 4-2 loss, the Flyers passed up on the chance to gain ground in the playoff picture, remaining 6 points out of the final wild card berth with no games in hand. Two teams are seated ahead of them, and few teams have as difficult a schedule as the Flyers have from here on out, a schedule heavy on road and divisional games.

With the trade deadline just two days away, is it time for the Flyers to give up on this season and move on to next year?

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Breaking Down the Yankees’ Deadline Deals

Brian Cashman was a busy man yesterday, trading both Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova away for a bushel of prospects.

The New York Yankees continued to sell yesterday, trading RF Carlos Beltran and RHP Ivan Nova away to the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively. In return, the Yankees received three prospect pitchers for Beltran and two players to be named later for Nova.

It certainly was a different trade deadline approach than usual for the Yankees, who continued to add to their impressive collection of prospects while sacrificing the 2016 season.

Let’s break down both trades that transpired yesterday.

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Rumor: Yankees Open to Selling

Could the Yankees be trade deadline sellers?

MLB Insiders Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney are reporting that the New York Yankees are open to selling some of their superstar players.

This is the first concrete evidence we have that the Yankees are actually willing to listen on stars such as Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran. While both insiders report that nothing official is in place, if names such as Rosenthal and Olney are discussing it, something must be brewing.

*This article can also be found on MLBMayhem.com *

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NHL Playoff Push Heating Up

The NHL Playoff Push is just getting started.

*Note: Originally published in the Spring edition of Allentown High School’s school newspaper, the Nutshell*.

There are few better times of the year in the National Hockey League than the push for the playoffs. In today’s NHL, many teams are still within striking distance as the postseason approaches. Here’s the latest on the NHL’s race to the Stanley Cup. Continue reading

MLB Trade Deadline Wrap: Analysis of All Major Trades

It sure was a busy deadline week in the MLB this year.
It sure was a busy deadline week in the MLB this year.

This last week in MLB transactions was probably it’s most busy week ever.  The sheer volume of trades and acquisitions of all sorts  was quite overwhelming.  If you were lost in the shuffle of trade deadline week, here’s your primer with analysis and details of all major MLB deadline trades. Get ready, it’ll be a doozy.

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