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Astros get Cole. Do Yanks counteract?

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Forget about Gerrit Cole.

The Houston Astros traded four players to the Pirates for Cole last night. Do the Yanks now counteract, and how?

The addition of Cole gives the Astros a formidable rotation headed by Keuchel, Verlander and Cole.

Keuchel does become a free agent after 2018 and could be a Yankees target then (of course, he’d have to shave off that hideous beard of his).

But how do the Yanks counteract that now? Can they?

For the time being, Clint Frazier, Chance Adams, Miguel Andujar and anyone else who may have been discussed as trade bait for Cole are still Yankees. That may prove to be a good thing.

There isn’t much space left under the cap that the Yanks have adamantly said they want to stay under. Depending on what numbers you want to go by, probably $16-$20MM.

Do the Yanks want to spend that on one guy or two? How close to that cap do they want to go?

Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still on the free agent market, but what is their price and will it drop?

Can the Yanks still make a deal for Michael Fulmer, Patrick Corbin (just agreed to $7.5MM in arbitration), or can they entice the Rays to trade Chris Archer ($6.416MM) within the division? If the Rays are trading Archer within the division, you can imagine what they might want back.

If the Yanks are able to get someone like Corbin at $7.5MM, do they then go after infield insurance in a Jed Lowrie or Eduardo Nunez at $7MM? Do the math and those two additions, a pitcher at $7.5 and the infielder at $7MM and you are so close to that cap with barely any wiggle room.

Some move by Houston. Your move, Yanks. Meanwhile, Boston hasn’t done anything of significance yet. You know they will.

There is still talk of the Yanks waiting for Darvish’s price to drop. Even so, they probably would have to make a deal to shed salary. Ideally, it would be Ellsbury, and the Yanks would accept paying 1/2 his salary, but as has been mentioned before, Ellsbury has a full no-trade and no desire to go anywhere. Shedding 1/2 of Ellsbury’s salary may enable the Yanks to sign Darvish, but no one else.

The postseason chess games continue.

Now that Cole has been dealt, don’t be surprised if Josh Harrison and/or Andrew McCutchen are the next Pirates to go.

This, the Cole deal, could be the domino that warms up a “hot” stove league that has been very cold so far.

I am rooting for my Steelers today, but once again, it looks like the road to any Super Bowl trophy goes through New England. Whether it’s the Steelers or Jaguars up in New England next week, or the NFC team beating New England in the Super Bowl if the Steelers or Jags can’t take out New England in the AFC title game, to be the best, you’d have to beat the best and as of now, the best is still the Patriots.

This will be the seventh consecutive year that the Patriots are in the AFC title game.

As for the rest of the NFL who aren’t Patriots fans (like me), we are all waiting for Brady to finally show his age. Until then….

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Yu in or out? And Yanks settle with several.

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From MLB Trade Rumors:

After musing recently on a mystery team, Darvish again took to the airwaves today to address the interest of the Yankees. After first suggesting the team had not made him an offer, the veteran righty then tweeted he had received one — but that “the numbers are not correct.” That said, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports (via Twitter) that New York has not, in fact, put together a contract proposal for Darvish. The Yanks have long seemed a lurking but less-than-perfect potential suitor, given the team’s interest in staying below the luxury tax line this year.

 

Also,

The Yankees have knocked out some of their biggest arb cases, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitterlinks). Shortstop Didi Gregorius receives $8.25MM and righty Sonny Gray checks in at $6.5MM. The former had projected to earn $9.0MM while the algorithm was just $100K high on the latter.Backstop Austin Romine will earn $1.1MM, Heyman also tweets, which is also $100K below the projection. Righty Adam Warren and the Yankees have a $3.315MM deal, per Murray (Twitter link). This is Warren’s final season of eligibility before hitting the open market next winter. He’d been projected at $3.1MM. Meanwhile, fellow right-hander Dellin Betances has agreed to a $5.1MM deal, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). That’s just $100K more than Betances had sought last year, when he took his case to a hearing that he ultimately lost. But it’s quite a bit more than the $4.4MM he projected to receive after a subpar season in which he played at a $3MM salary.

Meanwhile a couple of guys on other teams settled. Both are free agents after 2018 and if you want an idea of what they may be asking (think higher) in next year’s free agency, here you go. Manny Machado $16MM, and Josh Donaldson $23MM.

Update: The Yanks settled with Chasen Shreve for $805,000. Good to settle and not have to go through acrimonious arbitration.

And…. if you’re still thinking Gerrit Cole trade, Cole settled with Pittsburgh for $6.25 MM.

“Hot” Stove League?

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The Hot Stove League has been anything but, and we are only a month away from pitchers and catchers. Many top players are still available. The biggest move recently has been Jay Bruce back to the Mets. Nice for Yankees fans, since Bruce was a thorn in the Yanks’ side during that ALDS series with the Indians.

Because of the inaction, I haven’t written much. Hey, nothing to write about.

The Cold Stove is probably so because a lot of previous big-spenders like the Yankees are trying to get under the cap and are out of the market. They want to get under the cap to reset themselves for next year’s killer free agent class.

The Gerrit Cole rumors have apparently died down regarding the Yankees, but have heated up with the Astros to the point a false rumor came out yesterday stating the Astros traded for him. If the Yanks get Cole, they want to do so without giving up Gleyber Torres or Estevan Florial, and apparently the Pirates want one or both. If the Yanks get Cole, they would want the deal focused on Clint Frazier, who is blocked in NY, and other prospects, like Chance Adams and/or Miguel Andujar. But if I’m the Yanks, and I am including Andujar in the deal, then I need an infielder back, and that would be Josh Harrison.

One infielder that would have fit the Yanks well was ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter with pop who could play 2B and 3B. He could have been nice insurance for Torres and/or Andujar, but Solarte was dealt from SD to Toronto.

One baseball passing, Bob “Beetle” Bailey at the age of 75. Bailey played for the Pirates (1962-1966), Dodgers (1967-1968) Expos (an original Expo, too, 1969-1975), Reds (1976-1977), and Red Sox (1977-1978). His last MLB appearance was as a PH in the “Bucky Dent” game. He PH for 3B Jack Brohamer in the seventh inning against Rich “Goose” Gossage and struck out. He never played in a postseason game, not even with those 1976 Reds.

Bailey hit .257 with 189 HR and an OPS+ of 111 in his career. His 162 g. average was .257-16-65. Primarily a 3B, he also played some LF and 1B. He had his best seasons from 1970-1974 with Montreal, and of course had that great nickname.

Lastly, from the NY Post. The Yanks will finally extend the netting in order to protect fans.

The Yankees announced details about the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium in time for Opening Day and will extend far down both the first- and third-base lines.

The netting will be 9 feet high on both dugouts and 8 feet as the net extends toward the foul poles, from Section 011 on the first-base side to Section 029 on the third-base side — essentially to where the stands jut out to parallel the foul lines.

Above the dugout, the netting will be partially retractable to allow for interaction between fans and players during batting practice.

The old netting ended near the on-deck circles, short of the dugouts.

The netting will be in place by the Yankees’ home opener against the Rays on April 2. There also will be protective netting installed at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa by the start of spring training next month.

 

$alary Cap limiting Yanks moves, now.

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Brrrr. There was a game at Yankees Stadium today but it was a college football game and not a baseball game.

You think of college football games being played in the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl—warm weather sites.

But the Pinstripe Bowl is in Yankee Stadium, and Boston College and Iowa played in bitterly cold temps today. Iowa winning, 27-20.

The field was frozen, and instead of cleats, players had to resort to sneakers on a field that was like a hockey rink. Icy.

As for the Yankees themselves, the free agent and trade market is as icy as Yankee Stadium was today. But then, the whole free agent market has been like that so far.

With the Yanks, the problem is that Hal wants to get under the $alary cap, which is $197MM. Right now, depending on what source you are looking at, the Yanks are somewhere around $178-182MM, leaving little for arbitration raises or moves made mid-season 2018 at the trade deadline.

Of course, freeing themselves of some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract would help, but how much can they free for a fifth OF making $21MM?

As far as possible deals to give more depth to the starting rotation, the Yanks apparently have offered Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and/or Tyler Wade/ Thairo Estrada for Chris Archer or Mike Fulmer and a little lesser package for Gerrit Cole.

Gleyber Torres, Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield are off the table.

So the Yanks, for now, have their hands tied.

That includes trying to re-sign Todd Frazier, who probably wants a multi-year deal. He made $12MM last year, and even re-signing him for 1 yr at the same price puts the Yanks perilously close to the limit they want to stay under.

Why stay under? It would reset the Yanks luxury tax penalty which is currently 50 cents to the dollar.

Then they could actively go after free agents after 2018 with no penalty and next years class is a monster class which includes Kershaw, Machado, Harper and Donaldson for starters.

“Cole” in the stocking? Nothing imminent.

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For a few days now, we have been hearing hot and cold rumors of the Yanks possibly trading for Gerrit Cole (or others, like Michael Fulmer, Patrick Corbin or maybe Chris Archer).

Of course, all rumors start with Clint Frazier, who is blocked on the OF depth chart by Stanton, Judge, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury.

Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial are off the table.

Yes/No, Yin/Yang, Hot/Cold. After a while you just want to say s**t or get off the pot. Make a deal or decide not to already.

But the Yanks can be patient. No need to rush into a bad deal. The same thing with whether they bring back Todd Frazier or not.

The market has been slow so far. There have been a couple of big moves, Stanton, Ozuna and Longoria to name a few.

But there hasn’t been like, say, a signing a day. A lot of names are still out there, and maybe the Yanks are willing to wait for the price to drop, be it a free agent or a trade target.

And until the Yanks can free up space by maybe moving Jacoby Ellsbury (who doesn’t want to go anywhere, well, maybe SF, and who has a full no-trade clause), their hands are kind of tied.

So it appears like no “Cole” in the Yanks stockings as we approach Christmas, but we did get that early Christmas present in Stanton.

Have a Merry Christmas!

CC Nemesis Longoria traded to SF

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Outside of rumors, nothing much going on in Yankeeland.

Despite a rumor on Todd Frazier, nothing has happened.

Things are cooling on the Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for Clint Frazier and others front.

The Yanks had to pay $15.7MM for being over the cap. The Dodgers were #1 at some $36MM +. Others paying the fine are the Nationals, Giants and Tigers. Not good for the Giants and Tigers, who both stunk last year.

Without moving Jacoby Ellsbury and his salary, the Yanks can’t do too much, and Ellsbury has a no-trade clause. $21MM for a 5th OF (behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner).

CC Sabathia got a Christmas present. Tampa Bay traded Evan Longoria to SF for Denard Span and 3 prospects. Longoria has owned CC.

Orioles’ closer Zach Britton tore his achilles while running and will miss the first half of the 2018 season.

Yankees News. Winter Meetings ends tomorrow.

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Quick rundown:

Shohei Ohtani apparently has an elbow issue, much like the Yankees’ Tanaka has. So the Angels will have to be careful with him.

Michael Pineda signed a 2-yr. $10MM deal with the Twins. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery, went down in mid-year for the Yanks and won’t be ready for the Twins until 2019. With the Yanks he was mediocre, 31-31, 4.16, ERA+ 101. Average. He should have been much more.

Gary Sanchez has lost weight. This is to increase flexibility behind the plate to avoid all those wild pitches and passed balls.

The price of pitching is higher than expected. MLBTR.com estimated where pitchers would go and for how much. They are wrong in their predictions of where pitchers would go, but are WAY under in their estimations of how much $$$ those pitchers would get.

As for Todd Frazier returning to the Yankees…..he probably wants a multi-year deal and the Yanks won’t give him that…..Number 1, Manny Machado is a free agent after 2018, and number 2, why give him a multi-year deal when you have a minor league prospect, Miguel Andujar, almost ready?

The Yanks are working on another deal. They have discussed Michael Fulmer of the Tigers (who beat out Sanchez for ROY in 2016), Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, and are talking to the Diamondbacks about both LHP Patrick Corbin and also infielder Brandon Drury.

As my friend Josh (the Yankee Truth) states, if the Yanks make the deal with AZ, can they now promote Judge and Drury?

The Yanks have a lot of top-notch prospects that are blocked by players like Judge and Stanton, etc. If they are top prospects, but blocked for what seems like years to come, best to spin them off to fulfill needs.

I smell something big coming up. We’ll see what it is.

The Rule 5 draft ends the Winter meetings tomorrow. Expect the Yanks to lose a couple of prospects.

Bob Costas has been elected to the HOF for his broadcasting.

Chase Headley may not be long for the Padres after the Yanks just dealt him there. He could be turned right around to the Angels.