Category Archives: The Front Office

Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.


Game 24. O’s 4, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I think it’s safe to say that the bottom has dropped out, but how low can the Yanks go? And what will Hal Steinbrenner do about it? We know the old man is probably rolling over in his grave.

With their 14th loss in their last 18 games, the Yanks have fallen to 8-16. This isn’t a slump for this year, either. Going back to last year, the Yanks are 35-45 in their last 80 games.

Mark Trumbo hit 2 HR off of Luis Severino, and Severino made two errors on missed catches last night as the Yanks lost at Baltimore 4-1.

Didi Gregorius singled in a run in the top of the second, but Severino gave it right back on a solo HR by Trumbo.

One thing I failed to mention at the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club Meeting last night was this: how often have you noticed that when the Yanks DO score, the pitcher gives it right back? No shurdown innings. When you score and your pitcher gives it right back, that deflates an offense. It takes the air right out of the balloon. Not only are the Yanks having trouble scoring, but when they do, the pitchers are giving it right back.

One of the two Severino errors led to an Orioles run in the fourth, and Trumbo hit a 2-run HR off of Severino in the fifth.

The struggling Chase Headley is down to .147 and still doesn’t have an extra base hit.

Severino (L, 0-4, 6.31) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up the 2 HR to Trumbo.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.12
Barbato 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 5.25


Major trade may give Yanks best bullpen.

The Yanks pulled off a major deal today, and as long as they keep their bullpen intact, they may have the best end trio in the game.

The Yanks traded four minor leaguers–and NONE of their untouchables (Bird, Severino, Sanchez, Judge or Mateo) to the Cincinnati Reds for Aroldis Chapman, he of the 103 MPH fastball.

If the Yanks don’t deal Miller, they would have an end game of Betances, Miller and Chapman. Talk about shortening the game! Starters would just need go to six.

Since it is late, I’ll link to Lohud’s website below. It gives the stats on Chapman and the four minor leaguers the Yanks gave up, Tony Renda, Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo.

Thank you, Brian Cashman. This was a great birthday present for me!


Yanks deal Wilson for 2 minor league pitchers


The Yankees made another deal today, dealing Justin Wilson to the Tigers for two minor league right-handed pitchers. The Yanks must have faith that James Pazos, Tyler Webb or Jacob Lindgren can fill Wilson’s shoes, or maybe another deal is brewing, because with Warren and Wilson gone, the bullpen can now need some reinforcements.

Wilson was 5-0, 3.10 for the Yanks in 2015. In return for him, the Yanks get two prospects from the Tigers. Both are righty pitchers.

Luis Cessa is 23, and went 8-10, 4.52 between AA and AAA last year. He excelled at AA, and ran into trouble at AAA.

Chad Green, 24, went 5-14, 3.93 at the Tigers’ AA team last year.

They provide minor league depth. Losing Wilson hurts. The Yanks must think the trio I listed above are ready, or another deal is brewing.

Having traded Warren and Wilson in consecutive days, something tells me another deal is brewing.

Yanks get Castro from Cubs for Warren, Ryan


The Yanks have solved their 2B question for 2016, but the question now is, what do the Yanks now do with Rob Refsnyder?

The Yanks traded Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan to the Cubs for Starlin Castro. With the minor league signing of Pete Kozma last week, Ryan was expendable. Kozma is a younger version of Ryan…. good field, no hit.

Castro, who will be 26 next spring, is a 3x All Star SS who was moved to 2B by the Cubs late last year. After a terrible start to the 2015 season, Castro rebounded to hit .265-11-69, OPS+ 83 last year (average OPS+ is 100). So still a down year. He needs to show a little more plate patience. He walked just 21 times last season and averages just 34 a year.

But a 3x All Star before he has turned 26 is too hard to pass up. He is just one year older than Refsnyder and a 3x All-Star while Refsnyder has what, three weeks of MLB experience? The Yanks can keep Ackley who is more versatile than Refsnyder.

Castro provides a righty bat which the Yanks needed. They were very vulnerable to lefties last year.

Now since the Yanks got Castro, will they package Refsnyder in a deal for pitching? We’ll have to see.

Losing Warren hurts. He was 7-7, 3.29 in 17 starts and 26 relief appearances last year. Versatile. But you have to give to get. Maybe this opens a door for Bryan Mitchell in the spot starter/long relief role.

Heck, maybe the Yanks use Ivan Nova in this role if they don’t trade him. As of now, the Yanks have Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, CC, Eovaldi and Nova as starters. That is six guys for five spots. Warren would have been seven, if the Yanks were considering him as a starter. Then you have Mitchell.

We’ll see if the Yanks make another deal for a starter. Hopefully they don’t have to give up Miller to get that. Keep the Wilson/Betances/Miller trio for the endgame, and hope Shreve bounces back to what he was April-August before he collapsed at the end of the year.

But with this deal, the Yanks have a DP combo of Didi and Castro who are both young and have a few years until they hit 30.

Castro’s 162 G average is .281-11-66, 14 SB and an OPS+ of 97.

Now as for Ackley and Refsnyder….

Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Yankees to replace some coaches.

Hitting coach Jeff Pentland will not be returning in 2016, nor will bullpen coach/catching instructor Gary Tuck.

Mike Harkey, who was a bullpen coach for manager Joe Girardi before going to Arizona, is available, and could be returning.