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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Re-Examining the Nerlens Noel Trade

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Nerlens Noel and Justin Anderson faced off for the first time since being traded for each other last week.
The NBA Trade Deadline was just days away, and the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to trade a center. With Joel Embiid the center of the future and Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Richaun Holmes also on the roster, it made sense for the Sixers to trade at least one of their big men.

As we touched on back at deadline day, it seemed to make the most sense for the Sixers to either stand pat or cut their losses and trade Okafor, while re-signing Noel and letting Holmes grow as a center/power forward swingman. Of course, the Sixers did neither, dealing fan favorite Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for little-known forward Justin Anderson and a conditional draft pick, which would either become a single first rounder or two second rounders.

The trade was panned by critics all over social media before even giving the Sixers a chance to show their thought process. And as time has passed, it has become clear that even if what the Sixers did wasn’t the ideal move to make, it may turn out better than some people thought.

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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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Solving the Sixers’ Big Man Problem

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The future of the 76ers depends heavily on how they decide to solve their big man logjam.

It is often said that you can never have too much of a good thing. In practice though, even an excess of a perceived strength can ultimately lead to weakness. This philosophy seems to be occurring for the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Sixers feature three stellar centers, plus rising Richaun Holmes as a fourth option, many pundits are seemingly eager for the Sixers to give up at least one of their players in a trade.

But is trading away a fine young player the best for the Sixers’ future? It may in end up being best for the Sixers to hold on to their bigs as a sort of insurance policy for the time being, and then making a move when the time is right.

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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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Breaking Down the Andrew Miller Trade

Andrew Miller was traded to the Cleveland Indians early this morning.

In a trade that shocked the baseball world, elite southpaw closer Andrew Miller was traded by the New York Yankees to the Cleveland Indians for a package of prospects including OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ben Heller, and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.

This trade was not preceded by any legitimate rumors, which made for a surprising bit of news at breakfast time. Let’s look through all the hubbub and analyze this blockbuster MLB trade.

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Analyzing the Vincent Lecavalier/Luke Schenn Trade

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Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier are Philadelphia Flyers no more.

This is not a drill: the Philadelphia Flyers have traded Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for young forward Jordan Weal and a 3rd Round Pick. In the process, the Flyers also saved $4 million against the cap. Rejoice, Flyers Nation! Not only did GM Ron Hextall manage to trade these two away, but he was able to acquire some real value in return! Let’s analyze what exactly the Flyers gave away, what they got in return, and the impact this trade will have on both the Flyers and the Kings in the future.

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Breaking Down the Aroldis Chapman Trade

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Aroldis Chapman is now a New York Yankee after he was traded to the Bronx for a package of 4 mid-range prospects.

In what was one of the offseason’s most unexpected and most exciting trades, the New York Yankees acquired All-Star Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in exchange for 4 non-top-10 prospects in Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda, and Caleb Cotham. Initial reaction? Pure shock. While Chapman was on the block all winter long, the Yankees never seemed all that connected to him. But after Chapman was accused of domestic violence, his asking price dropped and the Yankees swooped in while other teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers turned away. Here’s Overtime’s reaction and breakdown of the Aroldis Chapman trade.

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