Yanks trade Castro & prospects to Marlins for Stanton. More to come.

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I will fill in details later, once they become known, but imagine Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez in the same lineup.

Well, the Yankees traded Starlin Castro & prospects to the Marlins today for Stanton.

More to come.

UPDATE: Stanton for Castro, Jorge Guzman (21, 5-3, 2.30 at short Season Staten Island this year, 88K in 66 2/3 IP), and Jose Devers (17, .245-1-16, 16 SB, SS in rookie and Dominican Summer League Play).

The Yanks will be picking up all but $30mm of Stanton’s deal. Kind of like losing A-Rod’s deal after this year but replacing it with Stanton’s.

But a no-brainer. Lost Castro, so it will be determined who plays 2B. But didn’t give up any top prospects like Adams, Sheffield, Torres, Estrada, McKinney, Frazier, Abreu, Acevedo, German….

as for 2B it could be Gleyber Torres right away, or if he needs a little more time (and 20 more days in the minors means his free agency gets pushed back a year) the Yanks could use Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade as a stopgap.

 

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Tracy Stallard, pitcher who served #61 to Maris, dies at 80.

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Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris’ 61st HR on Oct. 1, 1961, died at the age of 80 a few days ago.

Stallard pitched for the Red Sox 1960-1962, the NY Mets 1963-1964, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965-1966.

He was 2-7, 4.88 in 1961 when he gave up that famous HR.

He was 6-17, 4.71 for the 1963 Mets, and 10-20, 3.79 for the Mets in 1964 when he led the majors in losses.

He went 11-8, 3.38 in 1965.

His career record was 30-57, 4.17, ERA+ 89. 162 g. average 43 games (25 starts) 7-14, 4.17.

As a hitter, .110-0-6.

 

 

 

Yanks finalizing Cashman extension; Ohtani chooses Angels.

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The Yanks are finalizing Brian Cashman’s extension as Yankees’ GM. 5 years, $25MM. Cashman has been GM since 1998.

The Angels won the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. One downside to it for the Angels. It means that Albert Pujols, who is really slowing up, will have to play 1B more in order to let Ohtani DH.

Giancarlo Stanton has refused to waive his no-trade clause to the Giants and Cardinals and they have stopped trying to trade for him. Stanton apparently is interested in waiving it for one of last year’s four finalists: the Astros, Dodgers, Yankees or Cubs.

As interesting as it would be to see Stanton in the same lineup with Judge, Bird, Sanchez, Didi, etc., a few questions:

You are just getting out of A-Rod’s deal and would the Yankees really want to jump into something similar? Hal wants to get under that cap so he can actively pursue a great free agent class after the 2018 season. Getting Stanton negates that.

What kind of prospects would you have to give up? Torres? Andujar? Adams? Sheffield? What kind of combination of prospects do you give up and how much would that gut your farm system?

Where does Stanton go, DH?

 

Baseball winter meetings begin tomorrow.

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It’s been a slow offseason so far, but things could heat up as baseball’s winter meetings begin tomorrow.

The price for pitching went up, as the Cubs paid $38MM for 3 years for free agent Tyler Chatwood. MLBtr.com had him estimated at 3 years, $20MM. Big difference.

We’ll see about a lot of things soon. Stanton. Ohtani. Free agent signings. Trades.

The Yanks are trying to get under the cap to reset themselves for a big push next offseason, when the free agent class will be better.

Josh Bard has interviewed for a job on Aaron Boone’s coaching staff and we’ll see if he gets one.

 

Boone has introductory press conference, to wear #17.

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Since Masahiro Tanaka is wearing the #19 that Aaron Boone wore when he won the AL pennant with his 2003 Game 7 ALCS HR, Boone chose #17 for his number next year when he begins managing the Yankees.

Boone had worn 17 as a player in Cincinnati and Cleveland. #17 was worn by Matt Holliday last year, and is most likely another indication that Holliday, who DH’d in 2017, won’t be returning.

Now to finalize the coaching staff and hire a AAA manager.

The NY Post listed some candidates for the coaching staff. You may want to check out

https://nypost.com/2017/12/06/yankees-turn-attention-toward-filling-out-boones-coaching-staff/

 

Yanks formally announce Boone as mgr. Press conference Wed. Now need AAA mgr. as Pedrique goes to A’s.

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The press conference will be Wednesday, but the Yankees made it official today, announcing Aaron Boone as the manager. It’s a 3-yr. deal with an option for 2021.

Now to find a AAA mgr. at SWB. SWB manager Al Pedrique wasn’t even interviewed for the Yankees’ job and he now becomes the first base coach for the A’s. So here is a new managerial position open in the Yankees’ system.

Prayers for Ryan Shazier of my team the Steelers. He was taken off the field and to a hospital and couldn’t move his legs. You hate to see that anytime, anywhere.

Ohtani turns down Yanks.

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Shohei Ohtani has told the Yanks not to bother sending out a contingent to meet with him face to face.

Apparently he wants a small market, West Coast team.

You can presume that eliminates the Dodgers and Angels as well. I am thinking Seattle, here.

Hey, it is a loss, but if someone doesn’t want to play in NY, then don’t pursue him. No more Randy Johnson’s here, OK?

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you feel you can’t handle NY, then best the Yankees NOT sign you.

Granted, he is a talent, but….

So the Yankees move on. No Ohtani. So as far as filling out the rotation goes, there are still options.

Re-sign CC to a 1-yr. deal (he is 38 next summer). NO to a 2-yr. deal.

Sign Alex Cobb.

Sign Lance Lynn.

Sign none of the above and trust that Chance Adams is ready.

I hear about Bryan Mitchell as a #5 starter. I just don’t have faith in that, and think Mitchell will be moved. Just a gut feeling. I also don’t have faith in Luis Cessa there.

But a disappointment. But now to move on and fill out the rotation.

I don’t see Darvish or Arrietta. The Yanks want to get under the cap. Darvish and Arrietta won’t help them do that.