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Gift Baskets, Cano, Whitley and Gardner

Robinson Cano Mariners

Yeah, it’s silly season. There’s Cap and Joe Buck talking about swag gift baskets, crazy (or is it?) talk about the Yankees moving Andrew Miller, and more. Here’s the latest buzz:
Pinstripe Alley | Matt Provenzano nicely rounds up possibilities in the arms market : What could an Andrew Miller trade look like?
New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand writes: The Cubs are shopping Starlin Castro around the league this winter, and while the Yankees are a possible landing spot for the infielder, it won’t be for Brett Gardner.

New York Post | George King III writes: With the Braves and Dodgers looking at Darren O’Day as a closer, the free-agent market for that key bullpen spot could be shrinking — which would be a plus for the Yankees. Article Here.
Rant Sports | Andrew Frosceno writes: Brett Gardner‘s name has come up a lot in trade talks already in this young offseason. He’s been the topic of trade rumors for a few seasons, and now is the perfect time for the New York Yankees to finally turn Gardner into other assets. See New York Yankees Must Trade Brett Gardner For Pitching.

Ouch! Ex-coach annihilates Robinson Cano

“Robinson Cano, you’re the worst”. The New York Post’s Joseph Staszewski reports on former Mariners first-base coach Andy Van Slyke blasting the former Yankee during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio in St. Louis on Thursday.

Yankees add three players to Major League roster; Whitley claimed by Tampa Bay

Press Release | The New York Yankees today announced that they have added RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Rookie Davis and OF Ben Gamel to the Major League roster. The Yankees also announced that RHP Chase Whitley has been claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Barbato, 23, split the 2015 season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, combining to go 6-2 with three saves and a 2.67 ERA (67.1IP, 55H, 20ER, 25BB, 70K) in 40 relief appearances. In 14 games for the RailRiders, he posted a 4-0 record, three saves and a 0.36 ERA (25.0IP, 13H, 1ER, 11BB, 26K). Barbato (pronounced “bahr-BAY-toh”) was acquired by the Yankees from San Diego in exchange for RHP Shawn Kelley on December 29, 2014. He was originally selected by the Padres in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Davis, 22, combined with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton to go 8-7 with a 3.86 ERA (130.2IP, 132H, 67R/56ER, 26BB, 129K) in 25 games (24 starts) in 2015, finishing second among Yankees minor league pitchers in strikeouts. Davis was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Gamel, 23, spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .300 (150-for-500) with 77R, 28 doubles, 14 triples, 10HR, 64RBI, 46BB and 13SB in 129 games. He was named the 2015 International League “Rookie of the Year” after leading the league in triples and ranking second in slugging percentage (.472). The left-handed hitter was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Whitley, 26, was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He went 5-5 with a 5.02 ERA (95.0IP, 114H, 53ER, 23BB, 76K) in 28 games (16 starts) for the Yankees from 2014-15. Whitley underwent “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow on May 19, 2015.

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1978, the Yankees signed Tommy John as a free agent …
On November 21, 1934, the Yankees sent Doc Farrell, Floyd Newkirk along with minor leaguers Jimmy Densmore and Ted Norbert and $5,000 cash to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League for Joe DiMaggio. Doc Farrell refused to report to his new team in 1935 …
(h/t:, Today in Baseball History)

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