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Salisbury Says Yankees Could Be Fit For Ruiz, Utley

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Interesting report coming from Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly just a short time ago. Salisbury notes that the Yankees had a scout in Philadelphia whose mission was “unknown” but coincided with the return of Chase Utley. Salisbury notes Carlos Ruiz returned earlier that week. But in addition to Salisbury noting the scout’s presence, Salisbury called the following out:

Three of those players –- Utley, Ruiz and (Michael) Young –- could be of serious interest to the Yankees, who are in the market for catching and corner-infield help.
According to a baseball executive, the Yankees have already kicked around Ruiz’s name as a possible upgrade at the catcher position. Ruiz, 34, is in the final year of his contract.

Salisbury goes on to note the importance of the next 18 games, eight on the road, ten in a row at home, and that whether the Phillies buy or sell may be in relation to how they fare in this time period. Time will tell.



  1. DavidE

    June 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Utley would do great with the short porch in right field that they have in Yankee Stadium. I think Utley would probably play 1st base for the Yankees if a deal was made. He is not going to displace Cano at second base. Chooch has to play better in order to get serious consideration from the Yankees.

    • schmenkman

      June 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      “He is not going to displace Cano at second base.”

      No, he’s not. But he should. Utley’s always been the much better fielder, and still is better.

      • steve connolly

        June 27, 2013 at 1:42 am

        Better than Cano ? Now? I’ll have 2 of whatever he’s drinking…..

      • schmenkman

        June 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

        steve, there’s really no debate that Utley is a better fielder than Cano.

        The best advanced metric is UZR:

        Utley: 104 more runs saved than average (this year: 4 above average)
        Cano: 30 runs _below_ average (this year: 2 below)

        There are other advanced metrics, and they agree that Utley is better:

        Total Zone:

        Utley: 68 more runs saved than average (this year: 4 above average)
        Cano: 42 more runs saved than average (this year: 1 below average)

        BIS Defensive Runs Saved:

        Utley: 141 more runs saved than average (this year: 4 above average)
        Cano: 15 more runs saved than average (this year: 1 below average)

        And by the way, Utley has also been a better hitter.
        And a much better base runner.

      • loupossehl

        June 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        Steve, that had to hurt. I feel your pain.

  2. Jay

    June 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    What kind of prospects could we get back for any of those guys? Are you sure they dont want Ryan Howard?

  3. betasigmadeltashag

    June 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Can we stop with trade rumors especially with guys in their last year of their deal. Why make a trade just to make a trade you will get nothing back for a 34 year old catcher, or for Utley with his injury history. Unless you get extreamly lucky no prospect will be traded for any rental player that will even sniff the major leagues. If it does not make the team better whyy make a trade at all, just let them walk next year, because what you will get for them are just a good as nothing.

    • Ken Bland

      June 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      That appears to be plagerized from either Chapter 5 of The John Smoltz story, or Chapter 6 of the Doyle Alexander Experience.

      Hang on a sec….

      Thanks for waiting. Checked on David Cone’s trade history, and as a mercenary, he was dealt to the eventual WC Jays for Jeff Kent, who turned out okay.

      I get your point, but you can’t be defeatist and rule the trade mart out. Gotta explore those diamonds in the rough.

    • schmenkman

      June 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Jean Segura was traded for 2 months of Zach Greinke
      Zack Wheeler was traded for 2 months of Carlos Beltran

      Not every prospect is going to be a success, but it can happen.

  4. Ken Bland

    June 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Just some initial reaction to this possibility.

    Chase would serve multiple purposes. That’s assuming he could take some at bats from Lyle Overbay at first, and Hafner at DH. Plus, he obviously is insurance or Cano if he leaves as a stopgap, and it’s a headline place to wrap his career.

    Mike Young is a credible possibility, but pardon my hunch that there are no trade provisions in the way, and to further hunch, he holds up a deal seeking more money, short term as it is. Those are guesses.

    If it’s just Chase, maybe even Chooch, from their standpoint, you make the deal tomorrow. But regarding the 3B deal, you have to wait to see where ARod and Jeter are in 2 weeks before you rush to resolve IF issues.

    Yanks might get Pinerda back, and that adds to their credibility as a contender with the usual IF proposition, but he seems to be progressing pretty well.

    Who do the Phils try for? This Jose Campos that went in the Pineda deal from Seattle might be a good pitcher to acquire. Can’t see the Yanks parting with any varsity OF help that would be of appeal, so I assume it’d be prospects. They’d probably love to unload Joba, and Rube might be a moron, but he’s no idiot.

    Can’t imagine a Chooch home run call. “The Chase is oin around the bases might be a sterling suggestion though.

    Little do I know, but I kinda think Chase would be pretty receptive to the idea. Tough good bye, for sure, but not a bad next move.

  5. bacardipr

    June 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    With Kratz on the mend that leaves Humberto and Lerud and possibly Rupp as the 3rd stringer….Eeesh!

  6. Bart Shart

    June 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Trade all three to the Yankees. All three are veterans who deserve a chance to play in the postseason. All three would benefit from experience in a pennant race. Of course, the Phillies need to get some EXCELLENT prospects for these three professionals,who could really help the Yankees win it all.

  7. Brooks

    June 27, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I think the only person I would even consider getting from the Yanks (other than Cano) would be Joe Girardi and we know that isn’t going to happen.
    Yanks are older as a team than the Phils.
    Yanks are hitting .240 as a team.
    Perhaps any serious consideration would have to be in their farm system. No deal!

  8. Nick Marmarou

    June 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    If they deal with the Yankees I would be all over Rafael De Paula. He is playing in the futures game and I bet his status as a prospect is going to shoot up fast. I would want him included in any deal with the Yankees (not a centerpiece, but a piece)

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    July 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

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