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Pitchers, 2019 S.T. schedule and 2020 AAA All-Star Game.

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Sorry, was very busy at work with a lot of overtime and have been sick (to the point where I have very little voice left) but catching up…

Nathan Eovaldi won’t be coming back to the Yankees. The free agent re-signed with Boston on a 4-yr., $67MM deal.

Cleveland extended Carlos Carrasco for 4 years, but Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer may be had in a trade. Mike Clevenger is very cost effective for the Indians, so he may not be available.

Hyun-Jin Ryu re-signed with the Dodgers, one yr. $17.9 MM. Pitched well (1.97 ERA for them in 2018) but the lefty missed 1/2 the season.

Arizona may be looking to unload Zack Greinke’s salary in a deal, and the Giants may want to do the same with Madison Bumgarner.

But you wonder what the Yanks would have to give up in a deal. Miguel Andujar?

The Yanks are still looking to trade Sonny Gray and would like another starter to join Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and CC in the rotation. Hopefully a #3 or better.

Some free agents available are Happ, Lynn, Keuchel, Kikuchi,  Charlie Morton, Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley…. so you can see outside of Happ and possibly Keuchel (who is up and down and slipping) a dropoff.

Apparently the Yanks didn’t even make an offer to Corbin. They apparently told him they were comfortable with $17-$20MM per year for 4-5 years and when Corbin said he was looking for Yu Darvish $$$ (and he eventually got 6 yrs at $23.5MM per from Washington), the Yanks basically said good luck.

The AAA All-Star Game will be hosted by the Yanks’ AAA club in Moosic, PA (Scranton/Wilkes Barre, or as is usually abbreviated, SWB).

Good video recently on the YES network showing how Luis Severino was tipping pitches at the end of last year. Apparently Boston picked up on it (hence Sevy’s poor outing in Game 3 of the ALDS) but the A’s didn’t (or else maybe Oakland wins the Wild Card game). It may also explain his pedestrian second half.

The Yanks announced their 2019 spring training schedule. Pitchers report Feb. 13, first workout the next day. Position players report Feb. 18 with the first full-squad workout the following day. The first spring training game will be Feb. 23 vs. you-guessed-it, Boston.

Sad to read about a failed car robbery that resulted in the deaths of two players (one being Luis Valbeuna) in Venezuela. You fear for the players from Venezuela and their safety, like Gleyber Torres. Maybe (hopefully?) Gleyber can just come and stay here in the U.S. instead of being subject to the B.S. going on in Venezuela.

 

 

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Yanks lose out on Corbin to Nationals.

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In the end, it didn’t matter that Patrick Corbin grew up a Yankees fan, or that his family, all Yankees fans, were hoping he’d sign with them (his brother apparently urged Corbin to sign with the Yanks while giving the best man speech at Corbin’s wedding). It didn’t matter that Corbin idolized Andy Pettitte or that maybe Ron Guidry could help Corbin refine his slider during some spring training tutoring.

It all came down to dollars and years. The Yanks offered 5 years and $100MM, and wouldn’t budge. Corbin chose the Nationals and 6 years, $140MM. So much for fulfilling your childhood dream of playing for your favorite team. Corbin chose the extra year and more $$. He joins Scherzer and Strasberg to give the Nats a formidable trio. Corbin also spurned the Phils, instead going to their NL East rival.

The Yanks now look to grab someone else. They could now bring back 36 yr. old J.A. Happ on maybe a two or three year deal (probably have to go three), look to Dallas Keuchel, or maybe Yusei Kikuchi of Japan (although a Japanese lefty still gives me Kei Igawa nightmares). If not a lefty, they could look at bringing back to NY Nathan Eovaldi or Lance Lynn. Or look into a trade with maybe the Indians for Kluber or Carrasco or see what Bumgarner of the Giants would cost. Other options exist, also.

But the #1 target, Corbin, is now off the board. Apparently, to borrow a NY Post headline from today, the Yanks are drawing their line in the sand and aren’t crossing it.

In other Yankees news, there are rumors of the Yanks moving Sonny Gray to the Brewers. No word on what the return could be.

The winter meetings start Sunday in Las Vegas. We’ll see what deals go down then, if not before.

 

 

Yanks trade Torreyes to Cubs, to meet with Corbin today.

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The Yanks on Wednesday traded infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Yanks will meet with free agent prize LHP Patrick Corbin today. Corbin met with the Phillies Tuesday and Washington on Wednesday.

As far as the Robbie Cano rumors, I have nothing to say on that unless it becomes fact…. and right now, even though Seattle may be shopping the ex-Yankee, there is nothing to go by.

 

 

Corbin AND Happ? Six-man rotation?

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Interesting comment.

MLB Network Radio’s Steve Phillips thinks Cashman could sign at least two more pitchers:

“Paxton is somewhat unpredictable with his health. In fact he is predictable, in that he’s never made more than 28 starts in a season. So you have to think he’s gonna have some time that he needs to be backed off. And Sabathia, too. He’s probably in that 25-to-28-start range as well. We saw Severino run out of gas late, right? Some questions about whether he in August was dinged up a bit. Tanaka, another year of wear and tear on that elbow. I could see them getting Happ AND Corbin. That they could get both of those guys and try to make that fit and make it work. And they could manage it like the Dodgers have done, using that 10-day DL to their advantage.”

Signing both would give the Yanks six starters: Severino, Corbin, Tanaka, Paxton, Happ and CC.

Four lefties, never bad at Yankee Stadium.

6 x 27 starts each equals, you guessed it, 162.

I don’t see it happening, but just to think about it,

Severino, 24, 32 starts last year, but seemed to peter out down the stretch.
Corbin, 29, had 33 starts.
Tanaka, 29, 27 starts on the nose, and of course he has been battling that ligament issue for a while now.
Paxton, 30, 28 starts, most of his career, has battled injuries the past few years.
Happ, 36, had 31 starts.
CC 38, 39 next July, had 29 starts last year, and that knee will still be a concern in his final season.

Interesting concept, don’t see it happening, but if the Yanks COULD get both Corbin and Happ…. nice rotation.

Meanwhile, the Yanks won 100 last year with

Domingo German 14 starts (AAA in 2019? MLB as a middle relief/spot starter?)
Sonny Gray 23 starts (Yanks to trade him away soon)
Lance Lynn 9 starts (Free agent who most likely is gone)
Luis Cessa 5 starts (AAA?)
Jordan Montgomery 6 starts (will miss all or most of 2019, TJ surgery)
Jonathan Loaisiga 4 starts (AAA? emergency starter?)
Chance Adams 1 start (AAA?)

Ok, those 7 combined for 62 starts of the 162 games (and another 34 relief appearances). A combined record of 21-22, 374.66 IP, ERA 4.95. That is like the equivalent of two starters each giving you 10-11, 4.95 and 182 innings each. Not good enough.

I like Loiasiga, 23. Others will be gone (Gray, Lynn) or unavailable (Montgomery). But getting more starts out of the established starters, and keeping them healthy, is important.

And by established starters, that means the newly acquired Paxton as well as one or TWO other established starters.

So maybe Phillips is on to something. Who knows? Worth a look.

 

 

 

 

 

Snell wins AL CYA, DeGrom NL. Severino finishes 9th.

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Blake Snell of Tampa Bay won the AL CYA, and Jake DeGrom of the Mets won the NL CYA today.

DeGrom won the CYA despite a 10-9 record. His Mets’ team gave him NO run support despite him posting a 1.70 ERA, striking out 269 in 217 IP, and having an ERA+ of 216. He was ALMOST unanimous, one voter going for Max Scherzer of Washington instead. Aaron Nola of the Phillies finished third.

For Snell, he went 21-5, 1.89. He led MLB in wins, the AL in ERA, 1.89, and struck out 221 in 180+ IP. His adjusted ERA+ of 219 led all of MLB. He barely beat out Justin Verlander of Houston for the honor.

Patrick Corbin, a prime free agent target for the Yankees, finished fifth.

Luis Severino of the Yankees, who went 19-8, 3.39, finished 9th in the CYA voting. Last year, he finished 3rd. He got one fifth place vote.

MVP awards announced tomorrow.

Apparently, from different sources, Manny Machado’s attitude and actions during the postseason are weighing heavily on whether the Yanks will sign him.

 

 

Game 22. Yanks make 4 errors, but 4 HR lead to 4th straight win, 8-3.

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First off, the Yanks need to improve the defense. 4 errors, unacceptable.

But they did hit 4 HR tonight, 2 by Gary Sanchez, and as a result, won their fourth straight game, 8-3, to go to 13-9 on the season.

CC gave up an unearned run in the top of the first because Aaron Judge made an error in RF.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the second when Gary Sanchez hit his first of two HR for the game.

With one out in the third, Gardner walked, Judge doubled and Didi singled in a run. They had a chance for more but nada.

Didi entered the game with 24 RBI, leading the majors, and he got 3 more tonight.

To the fourth. With one out, Walker struck out but reached first on a WP. Andujar reached on an error, moving up Walker. Gleyber Torres singled for his first MLB RBI, 3-1.

To the fifth, and Didi Gregorius hits a 2-run HR (8) to make it 5-1 and give Didi 27 RBI in 22 games.

Dellin Betances gave up an unearned run (Torres error) in the top of the seventh to make it 5-2.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Judge leads off the inning with a HR (7). Didi singles and after a forceout, Sanchez hits his 2nd HR of the night to make it 8-2.

The Twins got one in the eighth, but the Yanks win, 8-3.

Judge 3 hits, scored 2 runs, 1 RBI. Single, double and HR.
Didi 3 hits, RBI, HR.
Sanchez 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Gleyber Torres 2 hits, RBI.

CC (W, 1-0, 1.86) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 6.00
Robertson (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.65
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.93
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 9.53

Interesting. Patrick Corbin, LHP, Doing great for Arizona so far, is from NY state and gushes about the Yanks. He is a free agent after the season.

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….