Ken Davidoff's baseball insider

Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

Wrapping up the trade deadline

Veteran readers of the blog might remember that August 1 is a very important day here. It's the day, what with the non-waivers trade deadline behind us, that we start to look forward to the playoffs.

If the season ended today, these would be your playoff teams and seeds:

American League: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4).

National League: Philadelphia (1) vs....

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Mets ownership, Carlos Beltran, the Yankees' lineup and Ivan Nova

Good story this morning by Forbes' website, which reported that Fred Wilpon and Ray Bartoszek planned to meet today regarding the possibility of buying that much-heralded minority share of the club. A person in the loop confirmed that information to me.

So what's up with David Einhorn? There clearly has been some turbulence in the negotiations between Einhorn and the Wilpons. After all, the...

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The Yankees' rainout, the Yankees' All-Star dropouts, another big Mets win and Josh Hamilton

At the rainout of the Yankees' game, I wrote that the Rays were not to blame.

I'm a sucker for minutiae-fueled stories like this one. Here are the basics:

1. Because the Rays already have two split doubleheaders this year - they played one April 28 in Minnesota and they have another one scheduled August 16 in Boston - they had the right to turn down a third split doubleheader. That second...

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Joe Girardi, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes and Sandy Alderson

Sorry, just a brief one this morning, as I'm traveling back home.

--At the Yankees' loss to Cleveland last night, I wrote about Joe Girardi's handling of Derek Jeter. I commended Girardi, as a matter of fact, for heeding Jeter's request to play last night.

Ticket prices for this weekend's series are up, not surprisingly, Neil Best reports.

As for Phil Hughes, making his first start...

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