We heard about the Yankees’ willingness to listen to offers for Curtis Granderson the other day, but Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says that they’re willing to listen to offers for Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova as well.
I can see dealing Nova, but Hughes is, at present anyway, the team’s third or fourth starter. And in a rotation that is depending on Andy Pettitte, depth is going to matter too, so it seems strange that they’d be willing to peddle both of them. And as we mentioned the other day, someone has to play outfield for the Yankees in 2013, so trading Granderson doesn’t make a ton of sense. Unless, that is, the Bombers are willing to punt this season for a rare New York rebuild.
I’m going to assume it’s mere chatter, as all teams listen to almost all offers that come their way.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.