Andrew Heaney is a free agent. It’s safe to say the Yanks will not be going after him. (I sure as heck hope not). Heaney’s time in NY was a complete failure.
In the end, I don’t know if the Yanks will trade for a starter or pursue one on the free agent market, other than maybe re-signing Kluber. The key is having Kluber and Severino healthy all year. Having that enables a nice healthy competition for the #5 and the long man/spot starter roles.
Re-sign Kluber? Or break the bank for Robbie Ray, who is a free agent and possibly the AL CYA winner this year? I wouldn’t break the bank for Ray, who had a great 2021, but who was 49-51, 4.26 before his breakout year. One year wonder? I also don’t see other free agents like Verlander, Greinke, Wacha, Happ (been there), Pineda (been there too), Lester, Kershaw, Scherzer, Bauer (yuk, what a scumbag—toxic), Cueto, Gausman, Wood, Arrietta, Chacin being options. Some big names would be nice, but I don’t think the Yanks are going there nor do I think someone like Scherzer would come to NY.
In the end, I think the key is re-signing Kluber to a decent contract, maybe similar to what he got last year, and hoping he and Severino stay healthy for all of 2022 will be the way the Yanks go.
Update of C/Infield: Apparently the Yanks were after Twins SS Andrelton Simmons at the trade deadline this past season. He could be a short-term free agent option until Peraza or Volpe are ready. He wouldn’t provide much with the bat (88 OPS+) but is a 4x Gold Glove winner.
AA: Somerset (40-25) lost 8-7. Starter Ken Waldichuk has been really good this year, and was for five innings, but he then gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth. Guess he was due for a so-so outing. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Michael Beltre 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (43-23) won 9-4. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. CF Elijah Dunham 3 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI, 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR. C Saul Torres 3 -run HR.
Low A: Tampa (45-20) won 5-4. DH Everson Pereira 2 for 2, 2 RBI. RF Ryder Green 3 hits.
For the first time all season, the Yankees have 10 or more hits in three consecutive games. They got 15 last night—4 of them homers—in a 9-6 win over the Twins.
The game really wasn’t as close as the final score. An ugly ninth inning by pitcher Brooks Kriske turned 9-2 into 9-6.
It’s just the Twins. But hopefully this offensive outburst means the bats are FINALLY waking up. with the win, the Yanks are 33-29, 3rd in the AL East, 5 1/2 games out.
The Yanks struck quickly. Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, hit his 15th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
They made it 2-0 in the second inning. With two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and was doubled home by Brett Gardner.
They made it 5-0 in the third when Judge led off the inning with a double, Gleyber Torres walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR. It was the first of two Stanton home runs on the evening.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-1. Cole went six innings, and gave up two runs, both on solo HR. After the spider tack grip controversy, where Twins’ 3B Josh Donaldson made some accusatory statements regarding Cole, Cole responded by striking Donaldson out the first two times he faced him.
The Yanks made it 8-1 in the fifth inning. Torres walked and Stanton hit a 2-run HR (11) for his second HR of the game. Two outs later, a red-hot Miguel Andujar hit a solo HR (5). It was Andujar’s fifth HR in his last eight games.
Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and it was 8-2.
With one out in the seventh, Gio Urshela singled and Rougned Odor doubled him to third. Andujar got Urshela in with a sac fly. 9-2.
As mentioned above, Brooks Kriske had an ugly ninth inning, giving up 4 runs, including a HR, that made the final score 9-6 and the score seem like the game was closer than it actually was.
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (15) Stanton 3 hits, a double and 2 HR (11) 5 RBI Urshela 2 hits Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (5) Higashioka 2 hits Gardner 3 hits, RBI
Now that is the offensive recap we’ve been waiting for.
Cole (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31 Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84 Kriske 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 11.25
SS Oswald Peraza was promoted from High A Hudson Valley to AA Somerset this week.