Posada to work for Marlins and Jeter. Yanks’ pitchers and catchers report today.

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Jorge Posada will be working for Derek Jeter and the Marlins. The former Yankees’ great will work as a special adviser to CEO Jeter. Just like with Jeter last year, it’ll feel funny to see a Yankees’ great working for another team.

Pitchers and catchers report today for the Yanks.

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Pitchers and catchers to report this week. Minor news.

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You can’t report what isn’t there to report. A lot of top free agents are still out there (Harper, Machado, Keuchel, Kimbrel, Gonzalez and more).

Former top Yankees prospect (traded to Oakland in the Gray deal) James Kaprelian still has problems. He hasn’t pitched since 2016 and now more shoulder problems have arisen.

At least pitchers and catchers report Wednesday for the Yanks. The start of spring training.

Now maybe, just maybe, some movement on the free agent front is forthcoming.

HOF Frank Robinson dies at 83; Britton adds a “K”, and more.

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2943 hits. 586 HR. The only player to win the MVP in both leagues (1961 Reds, 1966 Orioles), winner of the triple crown in 1966, ROY 1956, baseball’s first black manager. A record of 38 HR for a rookie that stood for a long time.

Those are some of the achievements of HOF OF Frank Robinson, who passed away today at the age of 83.

Robinson was a 14x All Star who was on two WS Champs (1966 and 1970 Orioles) and three other pennant winners (1961 Reds, 1969 and 1971 Orioles). He won the 1966 WS MVP, was an All-Star game MVP, Manager of the Year.

What a resume.

He led the league in runs scored 3x. Doubles once. HR once. RBI once. Batting average once. OBP 2x. Slugging 4x. OPS 4X. OPS+ 4x. Total bases once. He crowded the plate and led the league in getting HBP 7x. He led the league in SF 2x, intentional walks 4x.

He played for the Reds (1956-1965), Orioles (1966-1971), Dodgers (1972), Angels (1973-1974) and Indians (1974-1976). His 162 game average was .294-34-105, 12 SB and an OPS+ of 154.

10x he finished top 10 for MVP voting.

In 35 postseason games, he hit .238-10-19.

He was elected to the HOF his first year eligible in 1982. He should have received more than 89.2% of the vote.  He is considered (by JAWS on baseballreference.com) the 5th greatest RF of all-time.

As a manager (Indians 1975-1977; Giants 1981-1984; Orioles 1988-1991 and Expos/Nationals 2002-2006) he went 1065-1176, winning pct. .475. Average year 77-85. His best teams were the 1982 Giants and 1989 Orioles (when he won Manager of the Year). He never managed a team to the postseason.

He was one of the greatest players ever.

Elsewhere…

Every pitcher wants a “K” but the Yanks’ Zach Britton is now Zack Britton. At least he gets a k.

The Marlins traded C J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, minor league prospect Will Stewart and international bonus money.

Earlier this offseason, it was rumored that the Marlins were involved in a possible 3-way deal for Realmuto with the Yanks and Mets. The names have come out. The Marlins would have sent Realmuto to the Yanks for BOTH Sanchez and Andujar, with the Yanks flipping Realmuto to the Mets for Syndergaard. Um, who would then be starting C for the Yanks then? Romine? And what about 3B? Need to then get Machado? And with Didi still out, you still need a SS. You can see why the Yanks nixed that possible deal.

 

Ex-Pirate and one-time Yankee Bob Friend dies at 88.

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Bob Friend, who pitched fifteen years with the Pirates (1951-1965) before ending his career in 1966 by pitching for both the Yankees and Mets, died Sunday at the age of 88.

Friend was a 4x All Star who won the ERA title in 1955 and who was a member of the 1960 Pirates team that upset the Yankees in the World Series. He was 18-12, 3.00 in that 1960 season.

He led the majors in wins with 22 in 1958. Twice he led the league in losses.

He led the majors in games started 3x, innings pitched 2x. ERA+ once. In his best season of 1958, he finished 3rd for CYA (only 1 given out, and the Yanks’ Bob Turley won), and 6th for MVP.

He was 197-230, 3.58 in his career, ERA 3.58. His 162 g. average was 12-14, 3.58, ERA+ 107. As a hitter he hit .121 with 2 HR and 60 RBI.

Against the Yanks in the 1960 WS, he didn’t fare well, going 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in 2 starts and 1 relief appearance.

He started 1966 with the Yanks (the Yanks having dealt Pete Mikkelsen for Friend), going 1-4, 4.84, ERA+69 in 8 starts and 4 relief appearances before the Yanks sold him to the Mets, for whom he finished his career.

From MLB.com: Friend pitched in 568 games for the Pirates over 15 seasons and remains the franchise’s all-time leader in games started (477), innings pitched (3,480 1/3) and strikeouts (1,682).

When will free agents sign?

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We are about two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, and there are still a lot of free agents still unsigned, including four major ones in Harper, Machado, Kimbrel,  and Keuchel. There are others.

When will they finally sign?

Freddy Galvis signed a 1 yr, $4MM deal with Toronto.

Ex-Yankee Neil Walker went to the Marlins, 1 yr, $2MM.

The Red Sox signed Jennry Mejia to a minor league deal, even though he has been suspended 3x for PEDs. He last pitched in the majors in 2015.

Shawn Kelley to Texas 1 yr, $2.5 MM, option for a 2nd yr.

 

 

Yanks place two prospects in top 100 list.

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With the Yanks having had players like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar making the jump to the majors, and having traded away some other prospects, there are only two prospects in the top 100.

#57. Estevan Florial. 21, OF. Lefty bat. Hit .255-3-27 with 11 SB at High A Tampa in 2018, 75 games. Missed a lot of 2018 with an injury.

#66. Jonathan Loaisiga. RHP. 24. Got in 9 games with the Yanks in 2018, 4 starts. 2-0, 5.11 (ERA+ 86). Was 6-1, 2.89 between High A and AA last season in 14 starts. Hasn’t even pitched in AAA yet.

 

No logo for Mussina; Umpire McKean dies.

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As what could be expected for someone who spent his HOF career almost even split between two franchises (10 years with Baltimore, 8 with the Yankees), Mike Mussina has decided to not have a logo on his cap on his HOF plaque.

The late Roy Halladay won’t either. In a somewhat surprising decision, his family decided no logo either. It was expected that Halladay may have a Blue Jay logo on his cap since he spent 12 years in Toronto, and 4 with the Phillies.

Mariano Rivera and Edgar Martinez only played for the Yankees and Mariners, respectively.

It was mentioned that Rivera will be the eighth HOF whose playing career was solely with the Yankees (Derek Jeter will be #9 next year). The others are Whitey Ford, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Phil Rizzuto, Earle Combs, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Veterans’ Committee choices Harold Baines and Lee Smith, both of whom played for various teams, will both be representing Chicago: Baines the White Sox, Smith the Cubs.

Former MLB umpire Jim McKean passed away at the age of 73. He umpired in 3 WS, 1979, 1985 and 1995.