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$alary dump. Yanks trade Headley and Mitchell to SD.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees created more salary cap space by trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to SD for OF Jabari Blash.

Blash, 28, a righty bat, has played in 99 MLB games, going .200-8-21, OPS+ 79. Don’t expect him in the bigs as he is behind Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury, not to mention Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney.

This was a move to free up $$. Headley hit .273-12-61 with the Yanks in 2017, OPS + 100 (league average). In three full and another part of a fourth year with the Yanks, his OPS+ was 96, a tick below league average. In the last four years, he’s averaged .257-12-56, OPS+ 95, a tick below league average.

Now that the Yanks have dealt Castro and Headley, there are holes at 2B and 3B. Do the Yankees now bring back Todd Frazier?

Or do they take the $$ saved in dealing Castro and Headley and use it all on pitching?

They can go strictly “Minimum Wage” and use Gleyber Torres at 2B and Miguel Andujar at 3B. Two rookies, if they don’t want to go after Todd Frazier.

Rumors are they are kicking the tires on Manny Machado. I don’t see it happening. Machado is a free agent after 2018 and could cost a boatload of prospects. It’s also rumored he wants to leave 3B and go back to SS. That isn’t happening with the Yankees, not with Didi at SS.

But something is brewing. Whether it be 3B, 2B or a starting pitcher. More moves are coming.

The Yanks are said to be interested in the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer (2016 ROY), Partick Corbin of Arizona and Danny Duffy of KC, in addition to the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.

CC, of course could be coming back, too.

As for Bryan Mitchell, I had a gut feeling he would be dealt this offseason and I feel the same way about Luis Cessa. There are just younger players with greater upside who are passing these guys by. In 48 games as a Yankee, Mitchell was 2-6, 4.94.

 

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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).

 

 

 

Yankees and Baseball news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Free agency starts, and the Yankees didn’t offer qualifying offers ($17.4MM) to any of its free agents, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. Since Todd Frazier and Jaime Garcia were traded mid-season, they didn’t qualify for the offers.

Personally, outside of maybe re-signing CC for only a 1-yr. deal (and if they get the Japanese “Babe Ruth”, Shohei Otani, a 23 yr. old who not only pitches but hits well, CC wouldn’t be necessary), I would go after Alex Avila and see if he would back up Gary Sanchez. Avila is a lefty bat with a little pop. If he could catch 80 games, and hit .240 with 10 HR, I’d be happy. Austin Romine is a nice defensive catcher, but Romine can’t hit a lick (.218-2-21 in 80 games this year, OPS+ only 49).

As for Todd Frazier, it’s hard to see the Yanks bringing him back on a multi-year deal when they have not only Headley signed for next year, but also have prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar so close to being major league ready.

The Yanks did add Jake Cave and Nick Rumbelow to the 40-man roster. Cave, a soon to be 25 year old OF, is a lefty bat who hit .305-20-56 in 103 games between AA/AAA this year. Rumbelow, 26. a righty reliever, was briefly with the Yanks in 2015, going 1-1, 4.02. He missed all of 2016 recovering from TJ surgery, and was 5-1, 1.12 with six saves between AA and AAA this year.

Finalists for the top baseball awards were announced. Finalist means that person finished in the top three. Winners will be announced next week.

AL ROY: Benintendi, Judge, Mancini
NL ROY: Bell, Bellinger, DeJong
AL Mgr. of the Year: Molitor, Hinch, Francona
NL Mgr. of the Year: Roberts, Bud Black, Torey Luvullo.
NL CYA: Kershaw, Scherzer, Strasburg. Two teammates may cancel each other out.
AL CYA: Kluber, Sale and Severino. I expect Seve to finish 3rd.
AL MVP: Altuve, Judge, Jose Ramirez
NL MVP: Stanton, Goldschmidt, Votto

Ten candidates have been selected for Modern Era Hall of Fame consideration. 75% of the vote of a panel is necessary to enshrine these people not selected by the writers. Formerly known as the Veterans’ Committee, this year they concentrate on overlooked candidates who mostly had their impact from 1970-1987.  They are Marvin Miller (advocate for the players and the players union), Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Luis Tiant. You can make a case for all of them. (Bold are players who, even briefly, played for the Yankees).

Brian Cashman came out today and said the reason Joe Girardi wasn’t brought back as manager was because of a disconnect and lack of communication with the players. Girardi stated that he would like to manage again somewhere.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 5-2. Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 3 for 4, .377
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 4, .278

SP Albert Abreu (Loss, 0-2, 3.18) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
RP Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.91

Minor League Report. SWB evens Series, Trenton in 0-2 hole. German brilliant.

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AAA: SWB evened up the International League Finals at a game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Domingo German was brilliant. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI. DH Garrett Cooper 3 hits, RBI.

German (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Gomez (Hold) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton is in a bind. Down 0-2 in the Eastern League finals.  RF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI. 1B Billy Fleming 2 hits.

Sheffield (Loss) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Widener 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. AA Trenton throws a no-no.

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AAA: SWB evened up their series with Lehigh Valley at a game apiece with a 4-2 win. Chance Adams wasn’t sharp but got the win. CF Mason Williams 2 hits, scored 3 r. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 H, RBI.

Adams (winner) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Mantiply (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Rumbelow (S) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. Great job

 

AA: Trenton won 2-0 on a combined no-hitter. They are up 2-1 in the best of 5 series.

2 hits, CF Jeff Hendrix.
Rehabbing RF Clint Frazier 1 for 4, RBI. 2 for 12 on rehab so far.
3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits.

Sheffield 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Widener (Winner) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 7 K.

Low A:  Charleston evened up the series at a game apiece, winning 2-1.

SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI.

Garcia 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 R, 5 K.
Cedeno (W) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 w, 2 k.

 

Minor League Report. Cycle for Estrada.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their postseason series, 6-5 to Lehigh Valley, in 12 innings. They had a 5-1 lead after five.

2B Donovan Solano 3 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar solo HR. LF Billy McKinney 2-run HR.

German 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Mantiply (BS) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Feyereisen (L) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Jones 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton evened up their series against Binghamton at a game apiece, winning 9-6.

Cycle for SS Thairo Estrada, 4 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits, solo HR. 3 hits LF Zack Zehner. 2B Nick Solak 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI.

Koerner 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves (Win) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Brewer (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K.

 

 

 

Minor League Report. Off night for Adams.

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AAA: Chance Adams (11-5, 2.89 at AAA, 15-5, 2.45 overall AA/AAA) had a rare off-night as SWB (86-51) lost 5-1. Rehabbing Matt Holliday 0 for 3, walk, scored a run. 3B Miguel Andujar double, rbi.

Adams (L, 11-5, 2.89) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Jones 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.45
Coshow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.69

AA: Trenton (90-46) won 3-2. Solo HR 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. Rehabbing 1B Garrett Cooper 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits for LF Mark Payton.

Koerner (W, 6-3, 4.08) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 W, 1 k.
Gomez (H, 5) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.72
Carroll (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.74

High A: Tampa (83-49) won 6-1. Solo HRs for C Donny Sands and 1B Tim Lynch, who also had a double. CF Estevan Florial double, 2 RBI. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits, RBI.

Abreu (W, 1-3, 4.19) 5 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.32
Frawley 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33

Low A: Charleston (75-60) won 10-5. DH Dermis Garcia HR, 3 RBI. LF Carlos Vidal 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 for 3, RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits.

Perez 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 2.84
Trieglaff 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.08
Cedeno (W, 6-0, 0.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S, 4) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00