Dallas Keuchel Taking Interest in Pinstripes

An American Professional Baseball pitcher who has given seven years to Houston Astros is nowadays waiting to be recruited as a free agent.  The left-handed starting pitcher has shown some interest in coming to New York to play in the Yankees Stadium.

The Yankees after being eliminated from the 2018 championship matches need to game up their pitching department anyway. And they have been considering Keuchel as a nice prospect.

Yankees have already signed CC Sabathia who goes pretty well with the Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka pair. Just two more and their pitching will be perfect. Among the rumored targets of Yankees are Patrick Corbin whose record is 56-54 with 3.91 ERA and Nathan Eovaldi who has a record of 44-53 with 636 strikeouts and 4.18 ERA. Other than these two Corey Kluber (96-55, 3.09 ERA), Carlos Carrasco (79-62, 3.71 ERA) and James Paxton (41-26, 3.42 ERA) are also being considered.

Among all of the prospects, Keuchel stands apart with a record of 76-63 and 3.66 ERA. The 30-year-old player is quite keen on playing for Yankees as it would seem from one of his recent interviews with FOX where he deliberately admitted that The Yankees has a certain pull.

“Everyone’s in play right now,” he said, “The lure of the city would be really cool. I like pitching in Yankee Stadium.”

Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA this season and he is all about winning as it is apparent from his following comment.

“It’s all about winning and I’ve made that very clear from Day 1 of my career starting to this position right now,” said Keuchel.

Seeing how Keuchel has named two All-Star games to himself, it is to be expected that he is in a lot of demand right now with no exceptions from his formal team Astros. Astros have put a good offer in front of the player but it is expected that he will decline. And if any other team ends up signing him it will just be a great loss on the Yankees part.

However, the player himself seems to be interested in wearing pinstripes so you never know what’s going to happen next.

The New York Yankees: Hopeful for the Aaron Judges Return

The New York Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge is practicing his wits to recovery after the blow he received to his wrist in July while playing against the Kansas City Royal. He was hit by a ball thrown at 94 mph, a fastball by Jakob Junis.

He has had a little swing at practice on Tuesday and is feeling a lot better but the pain he says persists. After the New York Yankees match against Minnesota Twins the manager, Aaron Bone hopeful for his ace player’s return said that he was feeling better and soon will join the team in battles.

The Yankees have suffered a lot lately, going from 65-36 (.644) to 25-18 (.581) and we can say that judge’s absence has been felt immensely. In fact, the missing is so much that Aaron Boone sometimes writes down his name in the lineup card to mess around at nights. Boone said, “I talk to him and sometimes at night I’ll add his name in the lineup when I’m screwing messing around, for fun.” He added, “Clearly, he is a great player and so important to our team, the length he adds to our lineup. When you saw us at our best this year we could crush you down below, too.’’

Judge’s been continuing his practice and has shown a lot of progress in throwing strong through his right arm. He even launched several home runs while his batting practices.

Judge’s return isn’t fixed yet, as Boone has not made a firm timetable for him, as for the slugger himself he says, “When I’m out there, I’m out there” about his return.

The Yankees have entered a three-game series against the AL Leading Red Sox at Yankees Stadium. Even though the talks of Judge’s return are surfacing the Red Sox are still be too soon for him. Up next are The Orioles for another three-game series, possibly Judge would be able to return by that time or the regular season games. There are four games against Rays are waiting for Yankees in ST. Petersburg. Fla., and then there are three in Boston.

“I think he will be back. I don’t want to race out. Yes, I am positive he will be back but I don’t want to get too far ahead,’’ Boone said before Tuesday night’s game against the Twins at Target Field. “I just want to get through these days and continue to build. But he is on a good track hopefully to be back sooner than later.’’

He’ll continue with a batting line of .285/.398/.548 along with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances.  The right fielder continues to make strides in his recovery While Yankees fight their worst enemy The Red Sox for wild card entry. Yankees lack 8 games as compared to Red Sox and gradually are trying to make their way up. What remains unclear is will they be able to make it let’s hope for the best and we’ll do our best to keep you updated.

Severino and Sanchez’s Horrible Performance Resulted in Lose 8-2 to the A’s

What could be worse than having a slogging start to the season? The Yankees faced their second loss of the season while playing against A’s. A’s made 4 runs in the initial innings that Yankees couldn’t overcome in the meantime to turn the tables and had to lose the game and the series.

“I want to get rolling, no question about it,” Aaron Boone said. “I think we’re doing some things well, but we’re not certainly rolling like we’re capable of … If we want to get to where we want to go, we’ve got to play better, period.”

How the Yankees are progressing this season is a bit threatening they didn’t do much with bases loaded as well. On the other hand, they did load the bases at the start of the first inning with one out. It was a good sign but was not that great.

Even after loading the bases in the First innings top the ending was not a pleasing situation with Yankees already down 4-0. The crown of the bad pitching of the days goes to both Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez.

The game did not turn out fine even after this and when it finally ended, it ended with Yankees loss of game and series in an 8-2 win for the Athletics.

By the end of the first, from the side of the A’s Ramon Laureano was leading the game with a double. Afterward, Severino made a quick turn back and made a groundout. That is when the things starting going bad between the time of the first and the second out Severino recorded, he allowed two doubles, one single and even threw two wild pitches. And through all of this Sanchez also made his part by giving up two passing balls.

“There were a couple of cross-ups, but at the end of the day they were near the zone and I feel I have the ability to stop them and I didn’t,’’ Sanchez said of the passed balls and wild pitches that aided the A’s victory over Yankees. When the inning was over and done for Yankees were already peeking through the rabbit’s hole.

When the A’s starter Mike Fires settled down a little after allowing the Yankees to load the bases in the first inning, Severino decided somehow to ruin things even more. Moving to the third inning he walked Matt Chapman and then allowed a single to Jed Lowrie before striking out a few at the end of the inning. Severino was done for the day when Stephen Piscotty singles both runners home. Severino went through 2.2 innings in which he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk.

Then Jonathan Holder took his place on the mound to put the end to the third inning and came back in the fourth. He started being careless in the inning and Oakland eventually made an additional run on a Chapman RBI groundout.

The only thing noticeable the Yankees displayed was the impressive defensive play from Adeiny Hechacarria in the fifth.  In the Sixth there was another run from Athletics. The homerun made in the seventh inning was the only great offense by the Yankees the luck was otherwise not on the Yankees’ side on that day with only five hits in the whole day.

Yankees have an off tomorrow before heading up to Seattle for a late night baseball game.

 

 

Neil Walker’s Walk-off Home run earns Yankees 5-4 win over White Sox: things are certainly looking up for Yankees

If you can throw homers back to back, you can never lose a game. Yankees proved this statement when they won 5-4 over White Sox Tuesday night owing to the walk-off homer by Neil Walkers. Out of their last eleven games, they have won nine and sixteen out of 22 last games. Yankees are topping the season tying up 36 games over .500 at 84-48.

The White Sox were leading 4-0 to the sixth inning but Yankees turns the ball in their court with two two-run homers. They were successful in tying the game in the eighth inning. Miguel Andujar’s home run gave the head start to the homers streak and Yankees went 0 to 2 runs. After that Aaron Hicks join in the part and gave a splendid hit, a two-run home run to right and tied the game.

After that Walker took the bat and made a contribution to the Yankees Walk-off homer wins. This was his second walk-off homer in his big league career, the other one was with the Pirates way back in 2014 though he did hit a walk-off single in a game against athletics a few weeks ago.

This win was the 7th in line of walk-off wins for the Yankees during this season and the fourth walk-off home run the other three belong to Stanton from Mariners, Gleyber Torres from Indians, and Gary Sanchez from Twins.

Though this win donates a lot in uplifting Yankees considering the sluggish play they have been throwing our way from last a few games there are other things that are to play a major role in their elevation as well. It seems that the Yankees players have had enough of the DL and now are getting ready to get back to action.

All-start slugger Aaron Judge has partaken base running and few fielding drills at the Yankees Stadium on Monday for about half hour with the team staff keeping a constant eye on him all the while.

“Just gradually starting to introduce some baseball-type activities,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge. “It feels like, hopefully, he’s improving a little bit.”

Judge has not swung a single bat since the 26thj of July when he received a hard hit on the right wrist causing a fracture by Jakob Junis of Kansas City Royals. He is hitting .285 next to 26 home runs and 61 RBIs.

“We just haven’t gone to the next level of really starting to swing the bat yet,” Boone said. “That’s been trending in the right direction but has been something that’s moved kind of slow.”

The Yankees were anticipating for the All-Star to return within the three week time after his injury but the prediction fell to actually being fulfilled. Even though he has hit some field balls on Monday he still has not let his right arm loose on any of the throws.

“He’s not throwing the ball (at) full intensity because I think that’s along the lines of really starting to hit,” Boone said. “When you’re cutting it loose there, that’s the motion of that, you’re going to feel that.”

In addition to this happy news, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius are also showing the signs of the recovery. Sanchez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday night and homered in his first at-bat. He has a .188 batting average with 14 homers that’s not much to be a big deal but it is hoped that his recovery will result in his improvement at bat as well.

“I just feel like his conditioning is at a really, really good level,” Boone said. “To me, it’s the best it’s been all year.”

Suffering from a left heel contusion for a week now, Didi left heel contusion, hit a tee on Monday. He is hitting .270 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs.

“He’s doing well,” Boone said. “We’ve seen significant improvement with him every day.”

What Would Become of Yankees’ Roster When They Enter Into a New Season in September!

The Yankees (78-46) are facing a lot of mishaps recently, with a few of losses their way lately they have been losing their edge and have fallen back in AL East with Red Sox in lead. Then there is a month in season-ending and a new beginning is on its way.

Let us see what becomes of Yankees in coming season when August rolls into September. As far as the Batting is concerned the Yankees roster is in a desperate need to add in some players. Injuries happen when you play sports but the consequences of these injuries that the teams have to face are where the concern lies. With Didi Gregorius suffering from a noteworthy left heel bruise it is obvious he is not in a position to play for the team for a few days or even weeks there is no say in this regard. The loss of Gregorius leaves Yankees in another pitfall as Aaron Judge’s chip fracture in his right wrist is already taken a toll on them, he seemed to not recover in the time Yankees were hoping for. Then there is Gary Sanchez also on DL with a strain in his groin granting he is expected to play some rehab games in Tampa this week. Also, there is Giancarlo Stanton who has a tight left hamstring.

“I do not [feel pressure to make a deal],” Cashman said. “Injuries are part of the game and you have to rely on your entire roster. Not operating at full capacity is not unusual. … We are never not open-minded to alternatives. We are constantly looking at the waiver wire and weighing it against what we have internally.”

With all of these in DL and no significant date as to when they’ll return would it be possible to add in a player before the 31st of August? Which is the last date to add any player in the postseason roster?

Brian Cashman said, “We have claimed a lot of guys, but we have not been eligible on anybody.”

The Yankees have been making some claims here and there but as far as the award of these claims is concerned there have been none. The reason is their second rank in League as said so by General Manager Brian Cashman himself, “Because of our record, it’s unrealistic to think we would add a substantial player,” Cashman said.

Also, the possible players to land are not so much of a good deal.

As for the pitching roster, there are chances of many pitchers making their return to the team for gameplay over the end of this reason like starting pitchers including Chance Adams who has struggled against Boston in his five innings and three-run debut, Domingo German who has been on DL since July 26th due to a bicep tightness is expected to be back on mound soon and Jonathan Loaisiga who has been pitching recently and getting better at handling things he has thrown 11/3 innings for Double-A Trenton on Friday and Luis Cessa will also be making a return.

Domingo Acevedo who has been on DL since July 28th from arm soreness after his promotion on July 21st will begin rehab soon. George Kontos and Ryan Bollinger also might get called.

Let see as the new season begins where it leaves the Yankees stand.

Aaron Judge’s Wrist Injury Went Way Past the Yankee’s Anticipated Recovery Time

Aaron Judge, Yankees Slugger had suffered from a chip fracture in his right wrist in one of Yankees games against Kansas City Royals when Jake Junis, Royals’ pitcher struck him. At first, Yankees announced three week period that was expected time slot for Judge’s recovery but now the time has run way past that anticipated time as he is been on DL since 26th of July this season.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman expressed his views on this while talking to Mike Francesa from “WFAN 101.9 FM”:

“We thought maybe three weeks would cover it, but it’s going to be longer than that,” Cashman told in an interview. “So, we missed in the time frame.”

“We repeated an MRI the other to get a status. It’s taking longer. Normally, we under promise/over perform where we give an extended round. We thought maybe three weeks would cover it. But it’s going to be longer than that. So, we missed the timeframe. We’ve repeated the MRI just to be certain that there’s nothing new or nothing missed. Everything is as expected. They gave him a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain. So, he was down yesterday. Today, depending on how he feels, he could start potentially progressing.”

According to Marc Carig from “The Athletic Tweets”, it is expected that Judge would return by this season but when this season is still uncertain.

Judge has played approx. 99 games this season and has hit .285/.398/.548 with more than 152 OPS and 26 home runs. According to these rates, Judge is probably the most dynamic hitters of the Major League Baseball so, there is little doubt on whether he is missed or not.

Also, Clint Frazier is still one to be the dismissed with post-concussion symptoms there is hardly a good outfielder in the Yankees right now. Shane Robinson still present on the roster much to coach’s dismay is not enough for a fulfilling job.

And all of this when they are already in a tough spot with the Red Sox leading the AL East. Right now they need only 3.5 games to top Athletics and make the best wild-card spot. And there are three head-to-head road games remaining against the A’s. The Yankees are in a sound danger to become the second best and land on the second spot on wild-card this would mean they would have to play the AL Wild Card Game on the West Coast.

It’ll be best to get Judge back in time for the Oakland series that will be starting from 3rd of September this season but what is more important is his presence at the postseason in his best form if possible. Under any circumstances, the Yankees are faced with a big risk.

“I doubt he hits the ground running,” Cashman said. “I’m sure at times with a check swing here and there, he might have a little issue to deal with and back off and give it a little more time.”

Let’s hope that Aaron Judge will be back in time and everything will take a good turn for the Yankees but what really is about to happen? Only time can tell.

Yankees 7-3 win over White Sox Brought By Giancarlo Stanton’s Grand Slam

The Yankees game against White Sox this Wednesday, the final one of the series began with a start from Luis Severino and as it has been happening in all the recent starts from him he struggled a little in the start and unintentionally allowed the White Sox to take on the lead but he soon got settled. After that, he allowed only one run from a solo hit. Still, that wasn’t like Severino at all, he fought against 11 batters back to back nonetheless. The good news is Yankees won the game and name the series to Yankees.

Severino struck out Yoan Moncada in the start but afterward, he allowed series of three hits that won the 2-0 lead for Chicago White Sox. However, the lead was not lasting as the Yankees bombarded Lucas Giolito in the second inning. Gleyber Torres started off with leading walks then the other players including Neil Walker, Austin Romine, and Shane Robinson gave Lucas Giolito a hard time hitting one after another single that eventually tied the game. After Brett Gardner’s one run and one walk, Giancarlo Stanton took the mound and made a grand slam over the right-field wall earning four-run lead for Yankees.

This home run was his career’s 6th, the 27th in this season and 1st since the homer he hit against Mariners in the middle of April.

“He’s been such a pro through all this; he’s gained momentum, it seems, like all season long, and now we’re seeing the consistency and the quality of at-bats,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s really good at coming up with a plan for the guys he’s facing, and committing to it, and it’s netted him a lot of results and another big one tonight.

“What’s been cool is to see him really change nothing, and no matter the circumstances, I think that’s what’s been impressive. No matter what’s going on with him, he’s really stayed on that even keel and really focused on what he needs to do.”

After the four-run lead earned by Stanton, Severino also got back in shape, taking the mound he pitched three scoreless innings. The White Sox, fortunately, made another run brought by the homer by Tim Anderson. But that was the last run Chicago was allowed to make in the Wednesday’s game. In the seventh inning, Severino was back to the mound giving a leadoff double and struck out Adam Engel by swinging a 98 MPH fastball ending the inning. That encouraged the whole team. He resigned with eight strikeouts and not a single walk delivered. He loses the focus sometimes but the pitching this time was a fine turning point for him.

Then another run to Yankees earned by the home run hit by Aaron Hicks in the start of the fifth inning and that was the end. After that Chad Green and Jonathan Holder, both pitched scoreless innings which closed the game to the Yankees 7-3 win.

The loss faced against Red Sox still hurts a lot but the Yankees made a fine point in their games against White Sox in Chicago. We are hoping to see the same spirits in their future games especially against Texas tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. The Pitching will start with J.A Happ going against Ariel Jurado on 7:05 ET.

Yankees Newly Acquired J.A. Happ Down With Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

The New York Yankees newest pitcher addition J.A. Happ reported Tuesday to Yankees stadium and told trainer Steve Donahue of blisters on his hands who then told Brian Cashman about Happ’s concern. He was then sent to a local hospital in the afternoon and was later diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. According to general manager Brian Cashman, the disease is mild.

This disease is generally diagnosed in kids younger than five and it is not clear how did Happ contract that. The only logical guess made by Yankees was that he might have gotten it while traveling from Toronto to New York.

“He doesn’t have any idea and there’s a lot of speculation, but I don’t think you guys are going to get any answers,” Cashman said. “He flew commercially from the Midwest to here, so I don’t know if it’s possible that something on the way happened. No one is going to really have an answer to it other than just guessing.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand, foot and mouth disease spreads when people come in contact with an infected person’s blister fluid or when the person who has it coughs or sneeze. The symptoms of the hand, foot and mouth disease include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash.

“I can only convey to you what our internist who evaluated Happ conveyed to me,” Cashman told reporters. “He feels currently this is a mild case, but he’ll stay connected.

“We’ll be in a better position [Wednesday] to evaluate whether this is towards the tail end of this thing or if it’s ramping up.”

It is not confirmed that he will be sent to the disabled list or not yet, but the Yankees will monitor his recovery in coming days. He is scheduled to start against Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, but in case the disease gets severe the Yankees have a back up in shape of Lance Lynn, who was traded last Monday from Minnesota Twins.

 

 

 

“If everything is as it is now, he probably would be able to go on Saturday. But it’s to be determined,” Cashman said. “So, we’re taking all the necessary precautions.”

One on the New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard also recently contracted the hand, foot and mouth disease, who has been on DL since July 22nd and is expected to return on Wednesday. Syndergaard was working at a kid’s camp during his All-Star break and Mets believe that he must have contracted the hand, foot and mouth disease from there. The day after the camp Syndergaard pitched five innings against Yankees in Yankees Stadium. His pitching velocity went noticeably down later in the game and he reported of feeling blisters on his hands and then was diagnosed with the hand, foot and mouth disease.

To keep the other Yankees from getting the same disease the team has added more hand sanitizers all around the clubhouse.

Happ has debuted with Yankees in their Sunday’s game against Kansas City Royals. Where Happ threw six innings of three-hit ball in a win over the opponent.

 

Gary Sanchez & Luis Severino Sluggish Performances Cost Yankees A Loss Against The Rays

Monday night game loss against Rays was a fruit of Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino’s lack of participation in the game. Both players admit they could have done better and are ashamed of what came forth due to their sluggish performances.

Gary Sanchez let slip one of the key players of the Rays. Jake Bauers who made a three-run homer and scored enough to make the win with some of his best baserunning, resulting in the loss 7-6 Yankees had to face on Monday Night.

On seeing his inactive performance Manager Aaron Boone is looking to replay the game’s video and Sanchez might be in for a serious talk with him.

“We always address our players. I want him running at that smooth clip. Part of that is getting out of the box.”

He also said the following talking about his lack of participation in the game:

“He’s got to find his gait quickly. And he should be able to do that now,”

The Yankees were doing great in the ninth inning loading it with bases against Jose Alvarado then Brett Gardner singled, Aaron Judge walked then came Giancarlo Stanton who intentionally walked. After Aaron Hicks forceful hits, Alvarado got his first save when Sanchez walked off slow on the ground. The player knows he is been lacking and admits that he could have done better:

“I should have run harder,” Sanchez said.

“I could have done a better job there for sure running,” he said “I hit the ball well. When the play developed, and I saw the runner safe at second base, I tried to beat the play, but I couldn’t.”

The player is also hopeful for the future and looks to get better and perform better in upcoming games:

“You learn a lot in this game,” Sanchez said through a translator. “This is one of those instances where you learn from it. You put it behind and look forward to tomorrow.”

Tampa Bay Rays took an easy 1-0 lead due to Bauers aggressive scoring and his two-out double in the first inning all while, Sanchez was jogging on the grounds. Sanchez slowly chased the ball allowing Bauers to score as the ball bounced away in the foul territory.

“That’s another instance there, if I would have done a better job being quicker, getting that ball, maybe we have a chance to get him out at home,” Sanchez said. “That’s my fault.”

At least he knows it’s his fault.

Bauers easily made 4-1 with his sixth homer in the fifth inning.

Luis Severino who has struck out eight reaching 504 in his career joining Al Downing (644) and Lefty Gomez (511), the only Yankees who have stricken out more than 500 before turning 25, also played a major role on Monday Night’s lose. He allowed seven runs in 11 hits during five and more innings.

“I thought I saw three fingers,” Severino said, believing Sanchez was asking him to throw a slider. “He told me, ‘No, I called one.'”

“I think the story of the game is we scored seven runs on a Luis Severino start,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

New York has gone 13-13 and Yankees have fell six games behind in AL East.

Manny Machado Trade-off signs Slimming Down To Almost Zero: The Player On A Lookout For A better Suitor

Looks Like Manny Machado will not be wearing pinstripes anytime soon, the young All-star player prefers to be placed on his current position as a shortstop or at least third baseman. According to Orioles, the Yankees do not have the need of Machado as the other teams do.

The Brewers, Dodgers, and Phillies have better chances at Landing Machado as they have his desired place as a third baseman open for him while on the other hand Yankees don’t need third basemen but better pitchers. Not only did the Yankees haven’t increased their offers like other team but they also didn’t show much interest in taking Justus Sheffield or Clint Frazier in a deal along with Manny Machado.

Nevertheless, Yankees are still trying their best to nail this trade-off if possible. In a recent tweet, the All-Star Aroldis Chapman along with his fellow All-stars Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino also added Manny Machado into the picture giving in to the trading rumors. Aside from that Aaron judge has also mentioned to Machado that he will look good in pinstripes. He told the reporters:

“Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special. I told him he’d look good in pinstripes.”

 

Major League Baseball even issued a statement warning, “We have been in contact with the Yankees. They communicated to us that Mr. Judge’s off-the-cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club. They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again.”

Then there is this phone call between Aaron judge and Brian Cashman who tried his best to tell Judge that his comment to Machado might not be happening anytime soon.

“[Cashman] gave me a refresher that MLB’s sensitive to that kind of stuff,” Judge said at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “That’s about it.”

“I reached out to Aaron to make sure he got the full perspective, obviously clearly from Baltimore’s perspective as well,” Cashman said. “There’s certainly no intentions on creating any difficulties for everybody. I made sure Aaron understood the commissioner’s perspective on it. He does.”

 

Besides dodger have a better chance of acquiring their interest because they have a better offer, by all means, Yusniel Diaz.

“That would be a good get for the Orioles. I can’t see any of the other teams offering a better prospect than [Diaz]. He has huge tools, is young and has had great performance this year. His walk-to-strikeout ratio is really impressive.”

Diaz, 21, was hitting .314 with a .905 OPS at Double-A with 41 walks and 39 strikeouts.

Despite that the Machado’s Nephew also wants to see him play for Yankees, mentioned in a recent report, the chances of that actually happening is sliming down to almost none. Also, more than third baseman Yankees need more ace pitchers, potentially available starters are Michael Fulmer, Cole Hamles and J.A. Happ.

Here the Manager Aaron Boone’s take on trade and upgrading his team before the deadline:

“Honestly, I don’t have an expectation,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, “I know Cash and the guys are turning over every leaf, kicking tires on everything and I’m sure making proposals and counters and all that.

“So, I know we’re going to try,” Boone said. “It comes down to, does it make the most sense for us … in the short term and long term? As I’ve said before it takes two to tango and if the right deal comes about, I think we’ll make it. But I don’t think anything’s certain.”