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MLB Execs Believe Yankees Will Trade Miller, Chapman At Deadline

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Call them stubborn, call them hard headed or simply praise them for their resilient poker face but there is no denying that regardless of the New York Yankees delusional outlook that there is still a chance this season, they will be selling at the deadline.

And rival MLB executives echo that sentiment despite the Yankees publicly stating they are not yet thinking about what is becoming a foregone conclusion. Some rival executives told Buster Olney of ESPN that they fully expect the Yankees to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman before or at the trade deadline.

The Yankees, regardless if it’s just lip service or an example of a false sense of reality, have been telling everyone that they believe they can turn this dreadful season around despite evidence to the contrary.

One member of the Yankees organization, General Manager Brian Cashman, realizes that time is not on their side.

“If it’s something that makes sense for the short and long term, we’ll decipher it, go through it,” Cashman said on a podcast appearance with ESPN’s Buster Olney Tuesday.

“I’ve certainly encouraged all clubs that have any interest in players to … if they want to make some offers they want me to consider and maybe ownership to consider I’ll take it to ownership and it’s my obligation to do so. It doesn’t mean we’re in sell mode, but it certainly means that we’re open to everything and anything just like we were this winter.”

When it comes to the decision making process that will lead them towards being buyer or sellers, Cashman elaborated:

“I think that gets dictated by our play on the field,” Cashman said. “We have not been playing well. We’ve been a .500 team the entire season thus far and I’ve publicly stated this team needs to declare itself one way or another.

“It, unfortunately, hasn’t declared itself in a positive way and the way we had hoped as of yet. So the clock is ticking, and the more we stay in this mode we’re currently in it’s going to force us into some tough decisions.”

Some may label them as “tough decisions” while others say it’s more of an “obvious” decision making process. Either way, when the Yankees sober up from their intoxicating state of unrealistic expectations about the 2016 season they will realize what fans and MLB execs have already; it’s time to sell big at the deadline

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument

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A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.

You can see the video below.

Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”

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