Masahiro Tanaka looked good today as the Yanks beat the Braves 7-4 to improve their spring training record to 14-6-4.
Tanaka gave up just 1 run on 2 hits in 5 IP in preparing for his Opening Day assignment.
Aaron Judge continued his hot spring with a 2-run triple. He has 11 hits this spring, and ALL are extra base hits. 4 doubles, 1 triple and 6 HR.
Luke Voit is continuing to make you think he isn’t last year’s flash in the pan. He hit a solo HR, his fourth of spring training.
Austin Romine had 3 hits and 2 RBI.
Ryan Lavarnway had 2 hits and 2 RBI.
Tanaka 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. Free agent signing struggling a bit.
Tarpley (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Don’t sleep on this kid.
Diehl (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Alvarez (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Yanks pitchers combined for 15K.
It’s just spring training, but some encouraging things, esp. from Tanaka, Voit, Judge, and Tarpley. And tonight, Romine.
The Yanks made a low-risk, high-reward signing tonight by signing Gio Gonzalez to a minor league deal. He has an April 20 opt-out. He gets $3MM if he makes the major league roster, with incentives.
It is an insurance move in case of a worst-case scenario regarding Severino and CC.
A lefty, but I don’t mind having a lot of lefties (Happ, Gio, CC, Paxton).
UPDATE: And Jordan Montgomery when he gets healthy.
I remember that the 1980 Dick Howser led Yankees, who went 103-59 before getting swept in the ALCS by KC, had four lefty starters in Guidry, John, Rudy May and Tommy Underwood.
Remember that lefties, hitters and pitchers, are what has made Yankee Stadium and the Yankees over the years.
Gio was predicted by MLBTR to get a 2-yr., $24MM deal. Quite a come-down from that prediction, and along with Tulowitzki, a possible steal.
Gonzalez, 33, was 10-11, 4.21 (ERA+ 100, right on league average) between Washington and Milwaukee last year. In 2017, he won 15 games, had an ERA of 2.96 and finished 6th in CYA voting.
A 2x All-Star (2011 and 2012) he led the majors in wins with 21 in 2012, when he finished 3rd in CYA voting and 20th in MVP voting.
Since 2010, he’s pitched 170 or more innings in every year except one. So he eats innings. His career mark is 127-97, 3.69, mostly in the NL. ERA+ 111.
From 2008-2011 he was with the A’s. 2012-2018 Nationals, end of 2018 Brewers.
In 8 postseason starts, 0-0, 4.91.
Average 162 g. season 14-11, 3.69 (ERA+ 111). Average last six years, 11-10, 3.72.
I’d expect a decent back of the rotation starter, 11-10, ERA around 4 or low 4’s (taking into account AL vs. his recent no-DH NL years) if he is there all year long.
He is a low cost insurance policy, esp. against injury (Severino and CC now, maybe injury prone Paxton/Tanaka later) and youth/inexperience (Cessa, German, Loaisiga).
But a surprise in that he fell to such a low cost, minor league deal after earning some $12MM/year or close to it the last four seasons.