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Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:

Gardner
Judge
Bird
Stanton
Sanchez
Gregorius
Hicks
Headley
Torreyes/Wade/Torres

Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).

 

 

 

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Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (78-45) won 5-4. Rehabbing DH Greg Bird 2 for 4, RBI. CF Jake Cave 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Ji Man Choi 2 hits, 2 RBI.  2 hits, RBI LF Mason Williams. 2 hits 2B Donovan Solano.

Lail (W, 6-4, 5.06) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Gallegos (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.62
Heller (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W,  2 K. 2.70

AA: Trenton (80-42) won 4-3. SS Thairo Estrada 2 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 for 2 with a walk.

Acevedo 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.38
Mesa (W, 2-0, 1.47) 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa’s regularly scheduled game was suspended after an inning and a half because of rain. There was no score. The game of 8/16 that was to be made up on 8/17 was postponed.

Low A: Charleston (68-54) won 7-2. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits–double, HR, 3 RBI. DH Steven Sensley 3 RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, 2 doubles.

Vargas (W, 1-2, 2.35) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Mundell (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.70
Trieglaff 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

 

Minor League Report. SWB loses pitcher’s duel.

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AAA: SWB (75-42) lost 1-0 in 11 innings, getting just 3 hits. DH Tyler Austin, on rehab, 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. RF Jake Cave had the “Golden Sombrero”, 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts. SWB struck out 17X. In return, SWB pitchers K’d 13.

German 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 8 K. 2.89
Feyereisen 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2.52
Mantiply (L, 5-5, 3.27) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton (76-39) lost 4-3. 2B Nick Solak 2 doubles, RBI. LF Zack Zehner 2 hits.

Acevedo 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.30
Espinal (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.00
Carroll (BS, 4; L, 1-4, 2.89) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

High A: Tampa (70-46) won 11-5. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. DH Chris Gittens 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Tim Lynch 2 hits, RBI. 3B Gosuke Katoh HR, 2 RBI. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Between Low and High A this year, Florial, just 19, is .299-11-47, 22 SB. Maybe 3 years away, but the lefty swinging CF may be someone to watch out for.

Hebert 4 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.15
Mendez (W, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Harvey 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.40

Low A: Charleston (63-53) won 7-4. 2B Diego Castillo 4 hits, RBI. CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits, RBI.

Garcia (W, 1-2, 2.20) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Diehl (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66
Sosebee (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.93

Minor League Report. Pitchers K plenty, but walk plenty, too.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (71-41) won 3-1. RF Billy McKinney double, solo HR. DH Aaron Hicks (Rehab) 2 hits, triple, RBI. 1B Tyler Austin (rehab) 0 for 3.  2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, rbi.

German (W, 4-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Feyereisen (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.93
Gallegos (S, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.77

AA: Trenton (74-37) lost 2-1. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits, rbi.  Trenton pitchers: 6 walks, 14 K.

Acevedo (L, 5-1, 2.34) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 W, 7 K.
Gomez 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.11
Coshow 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.80

High A: Tampa (65-46) lost 4-3 in 11. C Sharif Othman 2 hits, solo HR. DH Tim Lynch 3 hits, 2 doubles, rbi. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits.  Tampa pitchers: 9 walks, 15 K.

Hebert 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 4.91
Tarpley 1 1/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 0.00
Pena 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.91
Frawley (L, 1-1, 3.86) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 4 W, 3 K.
Foley 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.84

Low A: Charleston (60-51) won 12-4. LF Steven Sensley 3 hits, 5 RBI. SS Diego Castillo & C Donny Sands 2 RBI each. Charleston pitchers: 10 walks, 13 K.

Vargas 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K. 2.28
Mundell 1 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 4 W, 2 K. 2.82
DeCarr (W, 2-1, 6.41) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Sosebee 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.03

Minor League Report. Cortes dominates. Ex-MLB 1B Lee May dies.

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AAA: SWB (68-39) won 3-2. 2B Cito Culver 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 2 hits, CF Jake Cave (.370).

Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 7 K. 0.95.
Pena 1 1/3 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75
Mantiply (W, 5-4, 3.10) 2 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93

AA: Trenton (72-34) won 3-2 in 11 innings on a bases loaded walk. 2 hits SS Abiatal Avelino. 3 Hits C Jorge Saez.

Acevedo 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR,  2.24
Carter 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.75
Coshow (W, 2-3, 3.97) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.

High A: Tampa (63-43) lost 5-1. 2B Nick Solak (.303) 2 hits, RBI.

Hebert (L, 0-1, 3.86) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR.
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Frare 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.39

Low A: Charleston (57-48) lost 2-0.  They got only 4 hits.

Vargas (L, 0-2, 2.37) 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.20

Ex-MLB star Lee May died at the age of 74. May played for the Reds 1965-1971 and was the 1B for the 1970 NL Champs, playing in the 1970 WS. He was with Houston 1972-1974. He was with the Orioles 1975-1980, playing with the Orioles in the 1979 WS. He finished his career with the Royals in 1981 and 1982.

He hit 354 HR in his MLB career. He was a 3x All-Star who finished in the top 10 of MVP voting in 1972 and 1976. Three times (1969-1971) he hit 30 or more HR in a season, and three times he drove in 100+ runs in a season, leading the AL in 1976.

His 162 g. average was .267-28-97, OPS+ 116. A Solid 1B/DH from 1965-1982.

In 13 postseason games, he hit .263-2-11. He was 7 for 18, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI in five games in the 1970 WS.

His brother Carlos was a major leaguer, spending time in the 1970s with the White Sox and Yankees.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (64-38) got 2 in the top of the 10th to win 5-3 on a 2-run HR by 3B Miguel Andujar who had 3 hits in the game. CF Jake Cave 2 hits. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI DH Mike Ford.  2 hits, C Wilkin Castillo.

Enns 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. 2.29
Gallegos (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.12
Mantiply 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.17
Rumbelow (W, 5-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Holder (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1.80

AA: Trenton (68-33) won 7-1. This was a completion of the suspended game of the day before. Ryan McBroom, 1B, just acquired from Toronto for Refsnyder, 2 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. LF Zack Zehner 3-run HR. 2 hits DH Dante Bichette, Jr.

Littell 4 IP, 1 run, unearned, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Carter (W, 1-0, 3.24) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Gomez 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

REG SCHED GAME: Won 4-0. 2B Vicente Conde a 2-run HR. Trenton only got 3 hits.

Acevedo (W, 5-0, 2.12) 5 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.99

High A: Tampa (59-42) got a run in the bottom of the 12th and won 7-6. 3B Gosuke Katoh, who didn’t start the game, 3 for 3, 2 RBI, GW hit. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. DH Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. LF Alexander Palma 3 hits. C Sharif Othman solo HR. RF Austin Aune 2 hits.

Tate 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.16
Reeves (H, 4) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.48
Harvey (BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR, 1.50
Pena (W, 2-2, 3.20) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (55-46) won 7-4. RF Isiah Gilliam 3-run HR. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Estevan Florial 3 hits, RBI. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

Nick Green (W 7-6, 3.88) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR
DeCarr 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.65
Harris 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.38
Sosebee (S, 8) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.26