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    by Published on 07-17-12 01:34 PM

    Even before the latest round of bad news about Brett Gardner yesterday, the new rumor from the mill was that the Yankees were suddenly checking in on the trade market for outfielders, a sudden reversal from Brian Cashman’s continued statements that the Yankees weren’t looking to make a trade to replace the injured Gardner. Though there was the obligatory mention of Justin Upton, most of the day’s focus was on Phillies’ outfielder Shane Victorino. I said yesterday that I didn’t see a ton of value in Victorino right now, but with the possibility that Gardner might not be coming back at all this year it makes a lot more sense to add pretty much any help to the outfield at the right price. So let’s break down Victorino:

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    by Published on 07-17-12 09:57 AM

    Yesterday, Josh Norris tweeted that the White Sox have had scouts at Dellin Betances‘ last three starts for Trenton. He then stated that a source told him that Chicago has “zeroed in” on the big hurler. Betances has been one of the Yankees’ top prospects the last few years, but he has always struggled with his consistency. After going 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA and 5.88 FIP in 16 starts with Empire State, the Yankees finally sent Betances back to Trenton, where he is looking a lot more confident. In Triple-A, Betances was averaging 8.32 BB/9 while picking up 8.56 K/9. In his first three games back in Double-A he has cut his walks way down (3.38 BB/9) while continuing to strike out batters (9.64 K/9).

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