Two people previously considered as candidates for the Yankees’ managerial position have inked deals with the Angels. Former Tiger manager Brad Ausmus, who said he wanted to take time away from managing, signed on to help in the Angels’ front office.
Josh Paul, catching coordinator, signed on to be Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Angels.
Throwing some numbers at you.
You have two 37 year olds.
A pitcher went 14-5, 3.69 in 27 starts. (Sabathia)
A DH hit .231-19-64 in 105 games. (Holliday)
Depending on how flexible you are with your thinking, you have a 23 year old (Ohtani) who as a starter, could match what the 37 year old CC did, if not better it. He is considered one of the five best pitchers in the world, and one scout compared him to a Verlander. (If only…. I’m starting to dream…)
On the days he doesn’t pitch, he could DH and give you the power production Holliday gave you and possibly hit at least 30 points higher.
105 + 27 is 132 games, he rests for 30.
Even 27 starts and say DH in 60 games gives you nice flexibility. Since he can do both, you can squeeze another player on the roster. Maybe platoon Ohtani with someone else (righty hitter) at DH or use Ohtani and platoon him with another regular who needs the 1/2 day off, like Sanchez when he isn’t catching, or Gardner or Judge, etc. when they need a day away from the field.
For example, could getting Ohtani be the only way Clint Frazier breaks camp with the Yankees? You have Gardner, Hicks, Judge and the most expensive fourth OF in the world in Ellsbury.
But will a team take the chance of having Ohtani DH on days he doesn’t pitch? Do you take that risk?
You may have to…. or else Ohtani may not sign with you.
Is he a risk worth taking? Well, instead of bringing back two older guys in the twilight of their careers, and paying one $12MM for a year and probably around the same for the other, both going against the cap, you have the signing bonus and posting fee for the young guy, neither going against the cap. The young guy who has a ton of potential who salary-wise would come cheap.
A young guy who can team with other young guys like Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Severino, Torres (more on him in a moment), Montgomery, Clint Frazier, Adams, Sheffield, and don’t forget, guys like Didi, Castro, Tanaka, and Gray aren’t 30 yet either.
The future isn’t only now, it’s coming.
Going after Ohtani is a no-brainer.
As for other deals, like for a starter (or bringing CC back) or DH or …. that is all on the back burner for now.
Priority #1 is making sure the Yanks get this guy. If that means Tanaka and Matsui make recruiting pitches to their Japanese countryman, so be it.
Yes, there were busts like Igawa and Irabu.
There also have been successes like Tanaka and Matsui. …. and although his success came elsewhere, Ichiro, who was briefly with the Yanks as his career was winding down.
Make it happen, Yankees.
As for Gleyber Torres, don’t be surprised if he starts the year at AAA and comes up in early May. As NJ.com reports, with 20 more service days at AAA, his arbitration and free agent schedule gets pushed back one year. The Yanks may just have him open up at AAA, get just a bit more experience, push back that timetable a year and bring him up in early May. We’ll see. If there are any injuries, he may HAVE to start the year in the bigs.
Of course, he may just play his way into the bigs in spring training, and have the type of camp where there is no way you send him down.