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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….

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.



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.

Did Yanks make Darvish an offer?

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Yahoo sports is reporting, through Yanks’ broadcaster Michael Kay, that the Yanks did make a 7 yr./$160MM offer to Yu Darvish with a 48 hour window that Darvish walked away from.

What they DON’T say, is WHEN that offer was made.

I can’t see it happening after the Stanton acquisition.

What I would think happened, is that the Yanks had Stanton on the back burner, didn’t know if they would get him (whether Stanton would waive his no-trade to St. Louis or SF or if another team was hot for him and was agreeable to Stanton where Stanton could have gone there) and would get back to Stanton if Darvish turned them down. Which Darvish did.

Now that Darvish turned them down, they then refocused on Stanton, knowing they had to strike while the iron was hot for Stanton, thus the 48-hour window they gave to Darvish.

But knowing now that Darvish turned them down, the Yanks could now refocus on CC too, hoping to get CC back on a hometown discount with incentives.

In order to do that, to get CC back on that discount, the Yanks needed the Marlins to pick up some of Stanton’s salary, which they are. About $30MM of the $295MM left on it.

So now the Yanks go after & get Stanton, and shortly after, get CC back on a 1-yr., $10MM deal with some incentives.

Do I have any proof of that? No, of course not. But if the Yanks DID make that offer to Darvish, they couldn’t have done it in the past week and still stay under the cap that they are hard-pressed to stay under unless they dump some salary (Ellsbury, Gardner, Robertson, Betances).

I, for one, don’t want them to touch or break up what could be the best bullpen in baseball. Just about everyone in that ‘pen has a better than 10k/9 ratio. Some are in the 13-15K/9 ratio. Ridiculous.

So is this scenario what I described above what happened? Only Cashman and the front office know, and you can think for yourselves whether it may or may not have happened and even if it is plausible.

The Yanks did sign two players yesterday and avoided the arbitration process with them. Hicks for $2.8MM, Kahnle for $1.3 and both came in around what was predicted.

That is good. A couple more to come. You hope everything gets settled amicably and we don’t have the drama that occurred last year between Betances and the front office.

Thomson to Phils? Ohtani better than Darvish?

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Apparently Rob Thomson has a backup plan in case he is not selected as the new Yankees manager. He interviewed with the Phillies to possibly be their new bench coach to new Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler. Thomson was the bench coach to Joe Girardi last year and yes, would feel that if he were passed over as Yankees’ manager that the new manager would want his own bench coach and would feel awkward with Thomson as bench coach.

Better than Darvish? One scout who saw Yu Darvish when he was in his early 20’s and who has seen Ohtani recently says that Ohtani is further along at his age than Darvish was at the same age.

WS Game 7, Houston wins 1st WS Title. , AFL, Tanaka, Minor Leagues…

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The WS is over. Masahiro Tanaka has 3 days now to decide if he wants to opt out of his Yankees’ contract or not. We’ll know by Saturday.

The Houston Astros are WS champs for the first time in their history with a 5-1 win, because just as in Game 3, Yu Darvish stunk. In both games, Darvish was knocked out in the second inning, Games 3 and 7.

In the first inning, a double by George Springer, a 2-base error by Cody Bellinger (who set a WS record for striking out) and a groundout led to 2 runs.

In the second, after one run had already scored, Springer hit a 2-run HR to make it 5-0.

But why, down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, and needing to get back in the game, after a leadoff double, don’t the Dodgers bunt the guy over?

Springer’s HR was his fifth of the WS, tying a WS record set by Reggie Jackson (1977) and by Chase Utley (2009).

Deservedly so, Springer is the Willie Mays’ WS MVP.

For Houston, some joy after the hurricane damage.

The only thing with Utley is that his team (Phillies) lost to the Yankees, four games to two, in that WS.

Clayton Kershaw did come into Game 7 and pitch 4 scoreless innings of relief for LA, but where was that when he blew a 4-0 lead in Game 5?

In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada, 1 for 5, 2 RBI. .340
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 3, walk, .310

Reliever Cody Carroll, 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w,  K. 0.00. 4th save.

Scottsdale won 7-5.

Good news for the future for the Yankees:

MILB.com listed the Yankees as having the best farm system. Add these guys to youngsters they have now, and the future looks bright.

Kevin Reese was promoted in Yankees’ front office to take over for Gary Denbo, who left to join Jeter in FL.

Keep an eye on the Marlins this offseason. Fire sale coming which could involve big names.

Could the Yanks be interested in some of those names? At what price?


Yanks’ mgr. search, WS Game 3, AFL and Clemente award.

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Tim Naehring, front office exec, says he isn’t interested in managing the Yanks, so rule him out.

A couple other names to think about. One is Raul Ibanez, who has been talked about for a few years now as managerial material.

I wonder about Matt Holliday, who is at the end of the line. Would he retire to become manager? He has the respect of the clubhouse and is a leader, but would Cashman and Hal go with someone with no managerial experience?

John Farrell, recently canned by the Red Sox,  has interviewed with Washington.

Houston won WS Game 3, 5-3, knocking out Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish with four runs in the second inning. Houston now has a two games to one lead in the Series. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Dodger’s 1B who set the NL rookie record for HR in a season with 39, took the Golden Sombrero. So Judge isn’t the only rookie striking out a lot this postseason.

Ex-Yankees’ C Brian McCann of Houston had 3 hits and an RBI. 1B Yuri Gurriel homered for them. Brad Peacock threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the save.

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Brett Gardner of the Yankees was up for it.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 6-5.

Yankees’ prospects:

RF Estevan Florial, 1 for 3, doubled, scored a run, walked. .343.
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 3, rbi, walk. .290
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3 , scored a run, RBI, walk. .390

Cody Carroll got the save (3). 1 scoreless inning, 0 hits or walks, 2 K. 0.00.




Game 97. Didi goes deep twice in Yanks’ 6-4 win. Clint Frazier with the big hit.

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Brett Gardner matched his career high in HR and Didi Gregorius homered twice in the Yanks’ 6-4 win over Seattle on Sunday. It was the first time the Yanks took a series in about six weeks.

Despite their heroics, the big blow came off the bat of Clint Frazier, whose 2-run double provided the winning runs.

There are two things I hate about modern baseball. One, you have read about recently on this blog. That is managers who pull pitchers for no good reason (and Girardi did it again today) because the next inning is “not their inning”, never mind that they threw few pitches the inning before and blew people away.

The second thing I hate pertains to Frazier. When Aaron Hicks comes off the DL, the Yanks will have too many outfielders. You would have Judge (who obviously isn’t going anywhere since he’s a legit MVP candidate), Gardner, Hicks, Ellsbury and Frazier. Only a few have options. And $$$$$$$$ speaks. So even though Ellsbury is the worst of the five, and has been benched for Frazier lately, he makes $21MM a year and has that $$$$$ through 2020 with a buyout of $5MM for 2021. Ellsbury also has a no-trade clause in his contract. So guess who would have to be sent down? Frazier. Even though he has been a spark plug for this team and has been great.

How great? Only one other Yankees rookie has had as many extra base hits in his first 15 games than Frazier. It’s some guy that was once married to Marilyn Monroe. Some guy that had his #5 retired. Some Hall of Famer.

So the money talks, at the expense of the team. 

With outfielders like Frazier, and Dustin Fowler (hopefully he recovers from that gruesome injury), Billy McKinney, Jake Cave, and even Estevan Florial at Low A, and even after trading Blake Rutherford, there are a lot of OF options between now and 2020. But between now and 2020, the Yanks owe Ellsbury over $65MM.

This is a big problem. How do make room for the improving Hicks & for Clint Frazier? The Red Sox just ate $90MM of Pablo Sandoval’s salary just to get rid of him (he signed a minor league deal to go back to the Giants). What do the Yanks do with a bad contract in Ellsbury’s, when they have better kids like Frazier about to take over? How much $$ can they eat? Can they even trade Ellsbury or do they have to release him and eat $$ as they are doing with A-Rod?

A big problem. Now to the game. The win puts the Yanks at 51-46, 2 1/2 back of Boston and all alone in 2nd place in the AL East with the #1 wild card spot.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR. #17 ties his career high for most HR in a season. They made it 2-0 in the second on HR #13 by Didi Gregorius.

It became 3-0 in the fourth when Didi hit his second HR of the game. #14.

Luis Cessa was scratched for Caleb Smith. Smith was pitching in his second MLB game and it was his first MLB start. He pitched three scoreless innings but the wheels came off in the fourth when he gave up four runs and was knocked out.

Sonny Gray? Yu Darvish? We’ll see if the Yanks can make a deal. It won’t come cheap but the Yanks do need to add another starting pitcher. We’ll see if they do so and at what cost.

The Yanks got 3 in the sixth to win the game 6-4. With one out, Headley and Todd Frazier walked. Ronald Torreyes singled to load the bases and Gardner singled to tie the game at four.

Clint Frazier then doubled in two runs to put the Yanks up 6-4, the final score.

Once again, Joe Girardi drove me nuts by doing his by the book game. He pulled Betances after one good inning and did the same for Robertson. Meanwhile, Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth.

Here is a novel concept, Girardi, (and I hope you can read this). If someone is doing well,


Take that book/binder and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

Sanchez is struggling, down to .265. Same w/Holliday, down to .238.

Gardner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Frazier 2 RBI.
Didi 2 HR, 2 RBI.

Smith 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 8.10
Green (W, 1-0, 1.56) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.62
Robertson (H,1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.72
Chapman (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.51.

As I mentioned, I didn’t like pulling Betances or Robertson for no good reason other than they pitched “their inning”. Leave them in if they are doing well. Meanwhile, Chapman struggled in the ninth.

BTW, isn’t it time to give a big shout out to Chad Green for a tremendous job he’s done this year? If the Yanks CANNOT get Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish, how about stretching Green out and starting him?

Game 17. Darvish outduels Kuroda, 2-0

This was the Hiroki Kuroda I wanted to see with blog reader Dennis last Wednesday. For Kuroda was good.

But sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other team and its pitcher. For Yu Darvish was better.

Darvish, the Japanese sensation whom the Rangers bid 51.7 million on (just to talk to him) and then gave a 60 million, five-year contract to, was fabulous. There were some who thought he was overrated, but he impressed me tonight, throwing a variety of pitches, mixing them well, and showing why he had some six years in a row of sub 2.00 ERAs over in Japan.

I only saw him pitch in the World Baseball Classic a few years ago, and was hoping the Yanks might get him. But the Yanks’ payroll was stretched too far for them to make a serious bid. They did bid, but at about half the bid that Texas did. Damn you, Irabu and Igawa.

Dice-K came highly recommended, and I was hoping the Yanks might get him, but the Yanks’ bid was blown away by Boston’s. While Matsuzaka went 15-12, 4.40 and then 18-3, 2.90 for his first two years with Boston, He’s only gone 16-15, 5.03 since in three years due to injury.

From what I saw of Darvish tonight, I’d grade Dice K at maybe a 6 out of 10, but Darvish at an 8 or a 9. He was that good.

In four starts, Darvish went to 3-0, 2.42. He went 8 1/3, 0 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 10 K.

Kuroda, as I mentioned above, was good. If Kuroda pitches like this all year long for the Yanks, I’ll be happy. This is the Kuroda Dennis and I were hoping for last week when we were at the Stadium. 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He gave up a leadoff HR to Kinsler in the first. His big mistake came in the third. With two outs and the count 0-2 on Andrus, he lost him and walked him. SB, single by Hamilton.

Actually, all Darvish needed was that HR by Kinsler.

The Yanks blew their big chance of the night. Even at the time, I felt that that was going to be the only chance they would get. 3d inning. Down 1-0. Bases loaded, no one out. Granderson struck out. A-Rod hit a tapper down the third base line. Step on third, throw to first, DP.

A leadoff double by Cano in the 4th. Nothing.

Kuroda falls to 1-3, 4.38.

Rapada 1/3, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 0 K.

Wade 2/3, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 0 k.

Logan 1/3, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 1 k.

Jeter got 2 hits. 3120 now. Average .416. Cano 2 hits.

A tough luck loss, and the four game winning streak is stopped.

Rangers ink Darvish for 6 years, $60 million; Former ump Springstead dies

The Rangers inked Yu Darvish today (the deadline day) for six-years and $60 million. On top of the $51.7 million posting fee, that’s $111. 7 million (I erred before) dished out…. or roughly what the Yanks are paying A.J. Burnett. Texas hopes the Japanese ace is an ace and not an A.J.

Former A.L. umpire Marty Springstead has died at the age of 74.

Colts can Caldwell

Just a few years ago, Jim Caldwell started his NFL coaching career by going 14-0, then ran into controversy when he rested players instead of striving for the perfect season. The Colts then went on to lose the Super Bowl (2009 season).

He went 10-6 last year, and after the Peyton-less Colts went 2-14 this year, he got the boot.

Tough blow for the Tigers today. Victor Martinez is out for 2012 after tearing an ACL. The DH line starts here….

Speaking of that line, now that the Yanks traded Montero, there is word that they have talked to Damon and Matsui, while agents for Vlad, Ibanez and Jack Cust want to talk to the Yankees.

The Yanks settled with Joba and D-Rob. No arbitration. Joba $1.675 Million, D-Rob $1.6. Meanwhile, Gardner submitted $3.2 mil, Yanks $2.4, Russ Martin wants $8.2, Yanks offering 7, and Boone Logan wants 2.1, Yanks offering $1.7 million (Jon Heyman, CBS).

Craig Counsell, who scored the winning run in the 1997 WS for the Marlins, retired. He also was on the 2001 WS winning Diamondbacks.

Big Bucks: Phils and Cole Hamels agree on a $15 million/1 yr. deal. Hamels is a FA after 2012, and there was interesting talk on Twitter about how the Dodgers and Hamels could be a fit then.

Tim Lincecum submitted an arbitration figure of $21.5 million (previous arb winner? Jeter at $18.9 mil). The Giants countered with $17 million (Heyman).

The deadline is approaching for Texas to sign Yu Darvish (tomorrow).

Carl Crawford had wrist surgery. He may or may not be ready for Boston on Opening Day.

Ryan Ludwick signs with the Reds.

Lastly, today was Muhammad Ali’s 70th b/day.