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Yankees News. Winter Meetings ends tomorrow.

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Quick rundown:

Shohei Ohtani apparently has an elbow issue, much like the Yankees’ Tanaka has. So the Angels will have to be careful with him.

Michael Pineda signed a 2-yr. $10MM deal with the Twins. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery, went down in mid-year for the Yanks and won’t be ready for the Twins until 2019. With the Yanks he was mediocre, 31-31, 4.16, ERA+ 101. Average. He should have been much more.

Gary Sanchez has lost weight. This is to increase flexibility behind the plate to avoid all those wild pitches and passed balls.

The price of pitching is higher than expected. MLBTR.com estimated where pitchers would go and for how much. They are wrong in their predictions of where pitchers would go, but are WAY under in their estimations of how much $$$ those pitchers would get.

As for Todd Frazier returning to the Yankees…..he probably wants a multi-year deal and the Yanks won’t give him that…..Number 1, Manny Machado is a free agent after 2018, and number 2, why give him a multi-year deal when you have a minor league prospect, Miguel Andujar, almost ready?

The Yanks are working on another deal. They have discussed Michael Fulmer of the Tigers (who beat out Sanchez for ROY in 2016), Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, and are talking to the Diamondbacks about both LHP Patrick Corbin and also infielder Brandon Drury.

As my friend Josh (the Yankee Truth) states, if the Yanks make the deal with AZ, can they now promote Judge and Drury?

The Yanks have a lot of top-notch prospects that are blocked by players like Judge and Stanton, etc. If they are top prospects, but blocked for what seems like years to come, best to spin them off to fulfill needs.

I smell something big coming up. We’ll see what it is.

The Rule 5 draft ends the Winter meetings tomorrow. Expect the Yanks to lose a couple of prospects.

Bob Costas has been elected to the HOF for his broadcasting.

Chase Headley may not be long for the Padres after the Yanks just dealt him there. He could be turned right around to the Angels.

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Things not as easy for Jeter now that he’s in the front office.

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In his short time as a Marlins’ executive, Derek Jeter has made, and may yet make, some unpopular, controversial decisions, and the public relations, which always were so good when he was Yankees’ SS and captain, have been pretty bad.

First off, he let some popular Marlins figures go, including “Mr. Marlin”, Jeff Conine. Some people were offered positions back, but at significant pay cuts.

Jeter knew coming into this job that he inherited a mess. Lots of cost-cutting and decisions would have to be made that will make Jeter look like the bad guy. This was the first of those types of moves.

Some moves may be necessary, but Jeter will and has come across as heartless, cold and calculating.

Secondly, the problem with Giancarlo Stanton and his huge contract. 10 more years, $295MM. Stanton most likely will be traded this offseason, and it most likely won’t resonate well with Marlins’ fans who will hate to see the 2017 NL MVP go. Stanton won’t be alone, either. Other Marlins players will go as the Marlins seek to gut the team to get to a very low payroll.

Now, another move that is just bad P.R. and may be the icing on the cake so far. A Marlins scout was just let go. The problem is, this scout just had surgery for colon cancer, and needs a kidney transplant. The scout was informed of his layoff while he was, yup, in the hospital, and Jeter did not inform the scout personally but some underling did the dirty deed instead.

Jeter is finding out being a front office exec of the Marlins is a little different than being the beloved captain of the Yankees.

Teams must ace Ohtani “test”. 6-man rotation?

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From the NY Post:

An industry source confirmed that on Friday, all 30 clubs received a memo from the representative for Shohei Ohtani — authorized and distributed by the commissioner’s office — asking interested clubs to answer a flurry of questions that will help determine which MLB team Ohtani, the pitcher-outfielder for the Nippon Ham Fighters, will join.

The memo, released in the name of Nez Balelo, co-head of CAA Baseball and Ohtani’s lead agent, asks each suitor to evaluate Ohtani’s talent as a pitcher and as a hitter; to explain its player development, medical training and player-performance philosophies and facilities; to describe its minor league and spring training facilities; to detail resources for Ohtani’s cultural assimilation into the team’s city; to demonstrate a vision for how Ohtani could integrate into the team’s organization; and to tell Ohtani why the team is a desirable place to play.

The deadline? As soon as possible, as per the memo.

Let’s hope the Yankees ace the test.

Also, I’ve posted this in some different places before, but if the Yankees sign Ohtani, could they go to a six-man rotation? This would enable Ohtani greater opportunity to DH on the days he doesn’t start, and Ohtani, a lefty bat, would be a plus at Yankee Stadium.

In the article, found here,

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankees-land-shohei-otani-6-man-rotation-cards-article-1.3656690

The NY Daily News suggests that it could not only help Ohtani DH, but also keep him on what has been his regular Japanese schedule of pitching once a week.

But what about the others?

First off, could it keep them fresher in September and later?

Could it help Masahiro Tanaka, whose slight UCL tear has been a ticking time bomb for a couple of years?

Could it help Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery, both youngsters who aren’t used to pitching, say, 200 innings a year?

How about Sonny Gray, who missed a significant portion of 2016 and who has battled some arm problems?

What if CC is brought back even with Ohtani there? CC turns 38 next July and has had that knee issue…

There are rumors that the Yanks could go after 30 year old Alex Cobb, who missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 with TJ surgery. Could he benefit?

How much of a benefit would it be, and how much of a detriment in throwing off a pitcher’s rhythm?

Note Cobb is older than all of the above except for CC, and Cobb is only 30.

and as the Daily News states, In any case, adding another starter would also allow the Yankees to leave Chad Green in relief and keep their loaded bullpen intact.

So, a six-man rotation could be

Ohtani
Severino
Tanaka
Gray
Montgomery
CC or Cobb

Sonny Gray as your #4? Wow.

Of course, injuries happen. If someone gets hurt, you have Chance Adams, Albert Abreu, Justus Sheffield, Domingo German, Domingo Acevedo in the minors. Some aren’t on the 40-man.

As the saying goes, you never have enough pitching.

Now combine that with

Green
Warren
Kahnle
Robertson
Betances
Chapman
Shreve

Nice bullpen, nice rotation. And you still have guys like German, Heller, Holder, Cody Carroll (not on 40 man), Cessa, Gallegos, Mitchell, in case someone gets hurt.

Of course, if the Yankees land Ohtani, someone has to go from that 40-man roster.

13 pitchers, one of whom hits well enough to DH (and who, it is said, has more power than say Headley or Ellsbury….and as I mentioned above, Ohtani is a lefty bat, nice for Yankee Stadium).

The 12 position players? Sanchez, Romine, Bird, Castro, Torreyes, Didi, Headley, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, Ellsbury, and … the last one? Clint Frazier? Gleyber Torres?

and in the minors Tyler Wade, Tyler Austin, Jake Cave, Miguel Andujar, Billy McKinney, Thairo Estrada ….

A lot of things could change between now and the start of spring training. Trades, free agent signings (Ohtani? Cobb? an Alex Avila for a backup C upgrade from Romine?), a freak offseason injury (remember Aaron Boone and the pickup basketball game?)

It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out.

It’s been quiet over the Thanksgiving holiday, but between what I wrote above, not to mention the new manager search, things could get very interesting between now and Christmas.

Could the Yanks leave some very nice presents under our (the fans) tree?

Update: Times have obviously changed, with more emphasis on the bullpen than ever before, but here is a look at the 1939 Yankees, who some contend is the greatest team of all-time, even greater than the 1927, 1961 and 1998 Yankees, or for that matter, the Big Red Machine of 1976….

Just the rotation:

Red Ruffing 28 starts (and 22 complete games!)
Lefty Gomez 26 starts (and 14 CG!)
Bump Hadley 18 starts (and 8 relief appearances, 7 CG)
Atley Donald 20 starts (4 relief appearance, and 11 CG!)
Monte Pearson 20 starts (2 relief appearance, 8 CG)
Oral Hildebrand 15 starts (6 relief, 7 CG)
Steve Sundra 11 starts (13 relief, 8 CG)
Marius Russo 11 starts (10 relief, 9 CG)

8 guys, lots of CG, and for some, most of their starts were complete games.

Johnny Murphy, Marv Breuer (one game) and Spud Chandler were used only in relief. Wes Ferrell pitched in three games, all starts, one a complete game.

 

 

 

First impressions, and an endorsement from an unexpected source?

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We can’t read the minds of the Yankees’ front office, but mlbtr.com through Jon Heyman reports that

The Yankees’ first round of interviews seemingly went well, Heyman writes. Boone and Meulens, in particular, “aced” their initial interviews, according to Heyman.

Meanwhile, Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens got support from what may be an unlikely source, an AL East manager he would have to be going up against if he gets the Yankees’ manager job—-Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Check out the story on the link below.

https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/hensley-meulens-has-all-the-intangibles-buck-showalter/

Yanks interview Woodward, make minor trade.

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The Yanks interviewed Dodger coach Chris Woodward today for the managerial position. Woodward becomes the fifth candidate to interview for the job.

They also made a minor trade. From MLB.com:

The Yankees and Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send Minor League pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then to New York in exchange for Minor League right-hander Nick Rumbelow, the clubs announced Saturday.

Sears, a left-hander, went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings combined between Class A Short-Season Everett and Class A Clinton in 2017. The 21-year-old was selected in the 11th round in ’17 by Seattle.

Then, 17, was signed by the Mariners as a free agent in 2017. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 61 1/3 frames while making 13 starts for the Dominican Summer League Mariners.

Rumbelow was a seventh-round selection in 2013 by the Yankees. The 26-year-old is 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 175 innings throughout his five seasons in the Minors. He went 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 frames for the big league club in 2015.

Sheffield avoids injury in AFL; Also, links to articles on Boone, Otani.

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Yankees’ prospect Justus Sheffield avoided more serious injury when a comebacker struck him in the leg on Saturday.

The lefty pitcher was removed in the second inning of Scottsdale’s 12-7 loss.

Yankees’ prospects in the game:

1B BIlly McKinney 1 for 2, scored two runs, 1 RBI. Single and walk. .298
3B Kyle Holder 2 for 4, double, RBI. .350

Sheffield (L, 2-2; 3.10) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R,  1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Andrew Schwaab 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cody Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Jim Bowden, Reds’ GM from 1992-2003 has interesting things to say about Aaron Boone possibly becoming a manager. You can access the link here (copy and paste into browser):

http://nypost.com/2017/11/11/why-no-experience-is-not-a-problem-for-aaron-boone/

MLB.com has some more information on Shohei Otani here:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/261421270/shohei-ohtani-says-he-will-do-what-teams-ask/

 

 

 

Yanks interview Thomson; CC endorses A-Rod, Cone & Flaherty interested.

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The Yanks’ search for a new manager really began today.  Interviews have begun.

The first person interviewed was bench coach Rob Thomson.

Meanwhile, two YES broadcasters expressed their interest in the job opening, and they are David Cone and John Flaherty.

CC, meanwhile, said that he thinks A-Rod would be a good manager, but A-Rod isn’t interested as of yet, because of too many outside happenings (J-Lo being one, LOL).

No Arizona Fall League action tonight.

A top Red Sox prospect died of complications from cancer surgery. Only 17. Sad.

The Players Choice Awards were announced on MLB network tonight.

Either league

Player of the Year: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Marvin Miller Man of the Year: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
Majestic Athletic Always Game Award: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)

American League

Outstanding Player: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Outstanding Pitcher: Corey Kluber (Indians)
Outstanding Rookie: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Comeback Player: Mike Moustakas (Royals)

National League

Outstanding Player: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outstanding Pitcher: Max Scherzer (Nationals)
Outstanding Rookie: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)
Comeback Player: Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)