Yankees trade rumors: Braves, Giants interested in Joba and other rumors


It’s July which means that trade rumors are going to be running rampant over the next month which has always been fun as everyone speculates what the team could look like. I’m going to try to stay on top of all the trade rumors individually, but there were quite a lot over the weekend and so far this week so I thought I would start by getting everyone up to date.

• The Braves and Giants both have interest in Joba Chamberlain, according to George King and Dan Martin of the NY Post. Both teams have had scouts following the Yankees “exclusively to watch Chamberlain.”

Joba has obviously struggled big time since coming off the DL, but his stuff has still looked great. A move to the NL where he would get out of the spotlight and into some bigger NL parks could be great for him. I’m not sure how much the Yankees will get for the impending free agent though.

• Even with Alex Rodriguez coming back, the Yankees are still looking to acquire a third baseman, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It makes sense considering the uncertainty surrounding A-Rod.

• The Yankees are talking with third baseman Ian Stewart about a minor league deal, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Stewart isn’t very good and was recently suspended by the Cubs for 10 games for complaining about being demoted to the minors.

• The Yankees have “kicked around” the idea of going after Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz in a trade, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

• The Yankees have interest in Michael Young of the Phillies, per King. Maybe they could find a way to get both Young and Ruiz from the Phils and solve a couple of problems at once.

• Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that the Astros are looking for the right package for first baseman Chris Carter and speculates that the Yankees would be a good fit.

• The Yankees aren’t involved in discussions for Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Previous reports had the Yankees interested in him, but with so many holes in the lineup it makes sense that they aren’t players for him.

• It probably doesn’t matter anyway, but the Yankees are one of the teams on Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo‘s no-trade list, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com.


Tuesday is the day that teams can begin signing 16-year-old international free agents that come mostly from the Dominican Republic. In the past this was where the Yankees made up for getting such low draft picks, but this year they are limited to about $1.88 million to spend (though they have been trying to trade for more cap space).

• The Yankees are expected to sign Dominican shortstop Yonauris Rodriguez to a mid six figure deal, according to Ben Badler.

• The Yankees are also interested in Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers and Leonardo Molina as well, according to King.

• One player the Yankees are supposedly not interested in is Cuban righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, per King.

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18 Responses to Yankees trade rumors: Braves, Giants interested in Joba and other rumors

  1. jfs says:

    who on atlanta or san fran would the yankees even want? i would think scutaro or schafer but that would take more than joba and im not sure they'd even have them on the block

    any chance the yankees go after danny espinosa of the nats? he could play short, cant be much worse than adams (move nix to 3rd) and even though he has had a really bad year there is a good deal of power in that bat (especially in yankee stadium).

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Always liked Chamberlain, but he's not coming back for 2014 so might as well trade him now. It's not even necessary to get a player back. a prospect or a draft pick would be fine. With Pineda coming back they'll need the roster spot more than anything they could get in a trade.
    I wouldn't surprised if Hughes is involved in a SF deal, they need starting pitching.

    • You can't trade draft picks and they wouldn't get much of a prospect. Like I always say, pretend you are the other team. You want Joba, but he's been mediocre at best and never came even slightly close to living up to the hype. What would you give up to get him? Remember, you'll only have him for 2 months.

      Or think of it this way, how much do you think you would be comfortable with the Yankees giving up for a reliever with an ERA near 6? A reliever who will be a free agent.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    You mean a club can't trade it's 5th round draft pick in 2014, for example, for a player? Did that change with the new CBA?
    So they take back very little, fine. They need the roster spot for Pineda, period.
    As for who'd want him, some team will. Otherwise they wouldn't be scouting him. The ideal scenario is to find a team with a surplus corner INF signed only through this year that needs a relief pitcher. It's either trade him, DFA him, demote a more effective pitcher, or trade Hughes. One way or the other they need the roster spot for Pineda.

    • I don't know of a time MLB teams could ever trade draft picks. So no, it did not change with the new CBA.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        Rob, that has got to be incorrect. "Last July, a pair of notable second basemen exchanged hands in trades. Omar Infante was acquired by the Tigers (along with Anibal Sanchez) for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn and a swap of competitive balance draft picks." from MLB rumors.
        In any case, if it's true that teams can no longer trade away their draft spots, then they're getting a AA prospect back for Joba.

  4. Mike Baker says:

    Hughes,Joba,Adams and Ramirez for Young,Ruiz and Rollins

    • You only listed one player the Phillies would want — Ramirez. They have no use for soon to be free agents Joba and Hughes. They also are not likely to want Adams. Nobody wants Adams. He cleared waivers in March when any team could have taken him for nothing.

      • Mike Sommer says:

        With Cody Asche, the Phils (should they get rid of Young) would rather take a look at him than pursue Adams.

  5. Mike Baker says:

    yeah i know Adams sucks…….through in Heathcott instead of Adams

  6. pisano says:

    They better stay away from Michael Young, this guy will make more errors than Nunez, horrible with a glove, let Boston have him.

  7. tommy cassella says:

    good riddance joba,you really deserve to go to the national league. they are a fastball hitting league,and your so called fastball has no movement. they will chew you up and then spit you out.

  8. Bill Vigue says:

    I'm ready to let Chamberlin go, but only for a price. If he goes to another team with a bigger park, no DH and most importantly in my mind, a liberty to be brass as he was when first coming up, he will grow in confidence and be more successful than with the Yanks. I understand the Yanks spirit of excellence and appreciate it. But people are people and their character should not be suppressed and then expected to be great. The team that gets Chamberlin for unequal quality wins this trade scenario. I hope the Yanks are wise enough to point out Chamberlin's need to be his expressive self to those they will trade with. That said? Time to get him out of this growing, stale organization.

  9. mikefoxtrot says:

    the Yankees have little need to trade Hughes or Chamberlain or anyone else unless someone is offering a shortstop who can replace Jeter or someone named Giancarlo.

    they certainly have no need of any more mediocre infielders unless they KNOW that Jeter ARod and nunez aren't coming back

  10. raymond vega says:

    players don't worry be happy…

  11. pisano says:

    Please, somebody take this bum. (Joba)

  12. tommy cassella says:

    if any team is crazy enough enough to take joba, I just hope they have a trampoline.

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