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Minor League Report. Clint Frazier forcing tough Yanks’ decision.

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You can’t carry 30 players on a 25-man roster. Even though the Yankees are off today and Thursday (with two games in Washington in between), they have a difficult decision to make soon.

AAA: CF Clint Frazier will be forcing the Yanks to make a difficult decision soon (not to mention the same goes for Jacoby Ellsbury and Brandon Drury whenever they may be ready for MLB play again). Frazier went 3 for 5 with a solo HR in SWB’s (16-19) 3-1 loss on Sunday. Since coming off the DL for his concussion, Frazier is hitting .323 in 16 games. 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 5 RBI. 20 for 62. Meanwhile, at the MLB level, you have no room for him right now. Also in this game, SS Tyler Wade 1 for 4. 3B Drury 1 for 4. 1B Adam Lind 1 for 3.

It’s worth noting that Frazier 1) has been playing CF and 2) has been leading off for SWB. Brett Gardner has been hot lately, but Gardner 1) has just one HR, and that was hit on Opening Day and 2) despite 2 hits yesterday, is still hitting just .227. As for Aaron Hicks, he had two RBI yesterday, but he is still hitting just .215. It’s fair to say that both could be looking over their shoulders at Frazier. But how to make room for him?

Camarena (L, 2-2, 4.72) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.89
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.00
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.16

AA:  Trenton (22-13) won 3-2. 1B Chris Gittens 2-run HR. RF Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, RBI.

Keller (W, 3-2, 4.18) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Tarpley (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.40
Foley (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.65

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (17-19) won 12-9. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Dom Thompson-Williams 4 hits, double, 2 HR, 5 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera HR, 2 RBI. RF Steven Sensley 3 hits. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits.

R. Garcia (W, 1-2, 4.50) 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER,  5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Weissert 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Cedeno 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.90
Martin (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

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Thoughts and observations.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery on the 10-day DL, and if only a few weeks is all he needs to recover from an elbow strain, it is conceivable that he could return on May 22, three weeks after he went down. Domingo German would start May 6 and 12, but the Yanks do have off days on May 7,  14 and 17 and Montgomery, if he is able to come back on May 22, may only miss two starts.

UPDATE: Montgomery out 6-8 weeks.

Clint Frazier off the concussion DL and optioned to AAA. There really isn’t any room for him (or, for that matter, Ellsbury if Ellsbury was healthy) unless the Yanks dropped from carrying 13 pitchers to carrying 12. Ellsbury by the way was put on the 60 day DL to free up a 40 man roster spot for David Hale, who pitched one game for the Yanks, was DFA’d went to the Twins and pitched a game there, was DFA’d and picked back up by the Yanks, and is now back up because of Montgomery’s injury.

No word on when Greg Bird comes back or starts his rehab, but you have to think that with Neil Walker surprisingly struggling so badly, that the Yanks would cut the cord on Walker once Bird can come back. It was a 1-yr, $4.5 MM deal with Walker. When one person says that Walker makes you long for the days of Chris Carter…. ouch. But the Yanks, even though they have won 10 of 11, do miss a healthy and productive Bird. How so? Take a look at last night’s lineup vs. Verlander, one of the top righty pitchers in the league. Taking nothing away from Verlander’s outstanding performance, he faced a lineup with six right-handed bats in it. The only lefties (and the Yanks have historically been built on lefty pitching and lefty hitting) in the lineup were Gardner, who has been struggling and who has just the one HR (hit on Opening Day), Gregorius, and the switch-hitting Hicks, and Hicks is something like 0 for 12 lifetime vs. Verlander. Righty hitting Tyler Austin played 1B (coming back from the four game suspension) instead of the switch-hitting Walker. Now Bird may gotten the golden sombrero had he played against Verlander, but his presence in the lineup is needed for more balance. We saw that last night. If he comes back healthy and productive and Gardner and Stanton snap out of their funks, how dangerous could this lineup become? After all, even with some guys slumping, the Yanks are still 19-10, albeit 2 1/2 back of Boston as I write this, and are first in runs scored, second in doubles, first in HR, first in walks, first in OBP, first in slugging, first in OPS (OPS+ 112), second in total bases and second in sac flies in the AL. Whew.

Sanchez may only be hitting .214, but he does have 8 HR (I believe with his 3 HR today, Mookie Betts leads the majors with 11) and 27 RBI, and those 27 RBI are just three behind Didi, who went into today leading the majors with 30. Sanchez started the season 2 for 36 (.056).

A look at this past offseason’s top free agent pitchers shows that other than Jake Arrietta, not many are doing very well, and a lot have been flat out awful.

Arrietta 3-1, 3.49 for Phils
Darvish 0-2, 5.26 for the Cubs
Lynn 0-3, 8.37 for the Twins
Cobb 0-3, 9.68 for the Orioles
Cashner 1-4, 4.76 for the Orioles
Chatwood 2-3, 2.83 for the Cubs
Jaime Garcia 2-2, 5.40 for the Blue Jays.
Chris Tillman 1-4, 7.03 for the Orioles.
Vargas 0-1, 22.09 in one game for the Mets.

Missed this…. last week Melky Cabrera finally signed as a free agent with Cleveland.

Game 18. “Gray” Cloudy skies. Sonny bad in 8-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After four starts, Masahiro Tanaka has an ERA of 6.45. Sonny Gray’s is worse at 8.27. That, as well as the fact that several key Yankees aren’t hitting, is why the Yanks are 9-9 after Friday night’s 8-5 loss to Toronto.

Should they be 9-9? Well, after 18 games, they have scored 99 runs and have given up 98. If that isn’t saying 9-9, what is?

Meanwhile, Boston keeps making like the 1984 Detroit Tigers who started out 35-5 and who ran away with the season. The Red Sox are now 17-2.

The Yanks are digging themselves a hole, and early. Yes, you can make the excuse that they haven’t played in good weather yet (except for the opening series in Toronto’s dome). You can say that pitchers are having trouble with the grip in the cold for their curveballs or sliders and that hitters are uncomfortable in the cold, too. You can wonder why Boston’s schedule has them in Anaheim and Miami while the Yanks have seemingly been stuck in the Arctic. But these wins for Boston and losses for the Yanks still count. 18 games into the season, the Yanks are 9-9, which is 7 1/2 games behind Boston already, and 3 1/2 behind Toronto.

Despite the struggles of Stanton (.205), Sanchez (.182), Walker (.179), Wade (.086), etc. the team OPS+ after Friday night’s game was a 115. 15% above league average, thanks to Didi and Judge. So even with some guys doing subpar or awful offensively, you can see how good the offense could be once some guys get going, especially if it is a 115 now.

But as for the pitching, coaches Rothschild and Harkey have a lot of work to do. Going into Friday night’s game, the ERA+ was 93. 7% below league average, and that doesn’t count unearned runs, because the Yanks’ defense was the worst in the league. Last night didn’t help. You can’t have two supposed aces in Tanaka and Gray both have ERAs over 6. (not to mention Betances and Kahnle (currently on the DL) in the bullpen).

In half of their 18 games this season, Yankees’ pitching has given up six or more runs. No wonder then, that their record is 9-9. They have done so in eight of their last eleven games. That won’t do. Pitching is the key to the kingdom. Boston has two starters with ERAs under 1.50(!) and another at 2.25. Now they’ll regress to the mean, but you can see why they are 17-2.

Even if the Yanks’ offense was clicking, you can’t be giving up six or more runs a game.

The Yanks have to do a lot of things better, and starting pitching is right up there, unless you want to burn out your bullpen early.

Tyler Austin hit a two-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-0 in the second. Gray gave up a 2-run HR right away to blow the lead in the top of the third. Stanton hit a 2-run HR (4) in the bottom of the third to put the Yanks up 4-2 but Gray gave three back immediately in the top of the fourth to put Toronto up 5-4. He was behind hitters, walked too many, and got pounded.

Miguel Andujar tied the game up with his second HR of the season in the bottom of the fourth, but that was it for Yankees’ scoring last night.

Toronto got two runs off Domingo German in the fifth, and Adam Warren gave up a solo HR in the sixth. 8-5 Toronto.

Ronald Torreyes had three hits, Tyler Austin two.

Gray 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 4 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.27
German (L, 0-1, 6.14) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 3 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.24
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   0.00

The Yankees will have some decisions to make soon. When Torres comes up, Tyler Wade will probably be going down. Drury most likely will replace Andujar. But what of Bird? Tyler Austin is doing ok. Could Neil Walker then be on his way out? Torreyes (.438!) isn’t going anywhere. Jacoby Ellsbury (if he EVER gets healthy) could replace Jace Peterson. But the Walker thing, wow. And there still wouldn’t be room for say, Adam Lind or Clint Frazier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 15. Yanks maul Marlins, 12-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You kind of wish this didn’t happen against two Yankees’ legends, CEO (Yankees #2) Derek Jeter and manager (Yankees #23) Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The best way, it seems, for teams to get healthy right now is to play one of the Florida teams, the Rays or Marlins, because both stink.

Still, you have to win the game. The Yanks, playing after two days of rain outs, pounded the Marlins 12-1 to go to 8-7 on the season.

Going into the game, the Yanks were the perfect .500 team at 7-7. What do I mean by perfect? They scored 77 runs, and gave up 77 runs. The offense was 10% above league average, the pitching 10% below league average. If that isn’t a perfect .500 team, what is?

Before the game, some news. Jacoby Ellsbury is morphing into Carl Pavano. First a rib cage injury, then a hip injury, now it is his plantar fascitis. He hasn’t played a game for the Yanks yet, hasn’t played since how many weeks ago in spring training, is the #5 OF, is owed $68 million over this year and the next two…. Sheesh.

As for Brandon Drury, he is taking meds to calm down the migraines, but still has blurry vision. Blurry vision he says he has had over the last several years, and he admits to stepping in the batter’s box with the blurry vision! Which makes what he has done in the majors so far that much more impressive and scary. Blurry vision while facing a 100 MPH fastball? No thanks. Get that vision and migraines taken care of and hopefully, the situation isn’t major.

If he was a good player with blurry vision, what could he become with clear vision?

Now to the game. A mauling which you wish didn’t happen against Donnie and Derek, but what can you do?

Ex-Yankee Caleb Smith (there with the Yanks briefly last year) started for the Marlins and got mauled.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings.

In the first, Gardner singled,  Judge walked. Stanton walked to load the bases. After Didi popped up (He would make up for it later), Sanchez’ IF single brought home a run. After Hicks popped up, Austin walked to make it 2-0.

In the second, Judge homered (4) to make it 3-0. Judge became the fastest player ever to 60 career HR.

In the third, two more runs. Didi walked, Sanchez singled. Hicks doubled both home. 5-0.

In the fourth, with two out, Stanton was HBP. Didi hit a HR, his first of two on the night, to make it 7-0.

To the fifth, and the Yanks put up four more to make it 11-0. Austin led off with a double and Andujar doubled to make it 8-0. Torreyes singled Andujar to third. Gardner walked. Judge singled in a run. After two outs, Sanchez singled in two to make it 11-0.

In the seventh, Didi hit his second HR of the game (5) to make it 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino was dealing. 6 IP, no runs, one hit. Miami got its only run of the game in the eighth, after Seve was out of the game.

15 hits, 8 walks, 1 HBP.

Didn’t realize. Jace Peterson back with the team…

Gardner 2 hits, walk, 2 runs scored.
Judge 2 hits, HR, 2 runs scored, 1 walk.
Didi 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI, scored 3 runs. Walked. How he has developed.
Sanchez 3 hits, scored one run, drove in 3. Starting to heat up. Walk.
Hicks 2 RBI, walk
Austin 2 hits, rbi, walk.
Andujar 2 hits, scored one, drove one in. Walk. He’s starting to get hot.

Some guys, notably Andujar and Sanchez, seem to be picking it up. A good sign. Getting Hicks back helps, too.

Severino (W 3-1, 2.63) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.04

Sad NBA note. #15 for the Philadelphia 76ers, G Hal Greer, passed away on April 14 at the age of 81. A great guard for the 76ers in the 1960s, and on their 1967 NBA title team.

From Wikipedia:

He played for the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1958 through 1973. A guard, Greer was a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team seven times. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and he had his uniform number retired by the 76ers.

Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and fellow West Virginia native Jerry West.

 

 

 

Game 12. The Kraken wakes up in 10-7 Yanks’ win. Benches clear.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez was 2 for 36 before Wednesday night’s game. But he did have 4 career HR off of David Price. That’s a lot considering Sanchez’ short MLB career so far.

Price was the remedy Sanchez needed to right himself. Make that 5 career HR now.

Sanchez went 3 for 5, scored 3 runs and drove in 4 as he hit two two-run HR in the Yanks’ 10-7 win over the Red Sox in a game that featured two bench clearing incidents.  The win evened the Yanks’ record at 6-6.

Not only did Sanchez have a good game, but so did Giancarlo Stanton. Maybe he has righted himself too.

You wonder if the weather has had a factor. Now that it is finally started to get warmer and the Yanks (except for that opening series in Toronto’s dome) can finally play games in temps over say, 45, will they heat up along with the weather? Some players just have trouble playing in the cold…

One disturbing trend that continued is that for the fourth time this year—in only 12 games—is that a Yankees’ pitcher gave up a grand slam. I wonder if that is a record. Four grand slams given up in just 12 games at the start of a season? Sheesh.

The Yanks got four in the first and knocked out Price, who left because of a sensation he felt in his pitching hand. Gardner singled, Judge walked, Stanton tripled home two, and after Didi popped up, Sanchez hit his second HR of the year, a two-run shot, to make it 4-0.

Tanaka gave up a HR to Hanley Ramirez in the bottom of the first. He really has to concentrate on not hanging his splitter and on throwing his fastballs off the plate. His fastballs, if left over the plate, aren’t overpowering batters and get crushed.

In the third, Sanchez doubled, Walker singled, and Austin singled in Sanchez. Tyler Wade bunted into a force, and the Red Sox took offense at Austin’s slide (I remember when a takeout slide was normal. The game has really changed. See the 1977 ALCS and McRae taking out Randolph for example) and the benches cleared.

In the fourth, Gardner and Judge singled and Gardner moved to third on a flyball by Stanton. Didi got in Gardner with a SF and Sanchez hit his third HR of the season, and second two-run HR of the game, to make it 8-1.

Smooth sailing, right? Wrong.

Tanaka fell apart in the fifth, giving up five runs, including a grand slam to J.D. Martinez.

The Yanks got two back in the sixth to make it 10-6. Gardner walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. After Judge struck out, Stanton singled in a run. Two wild pitches moved Stanton to third and he scored on a Didi SF.

In the seventh, Austin, whose hard slide began that benches clearing incident earlier, was drilled by Boston pitcher Joe Kelly, and charged the mound. He, Kelly, Tommy Kahnle, and Yankees’ 3B coach Phil Nevin were all ejected.

Aroldis Chapman had a shaky ninth inning, giving up a run before nailing down the win.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks, scored 3x.
Judge 2 hits, walk. Scored 2x
Stanton 3 hits, 3 RBI. Scored 2x.
Didi 2 RBI on 2 SF.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Scored 3x.

Tanaka (W, 2-1, 5.19) 5 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR, one a grand slam.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.70
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.00

No word on when Hicks, Ellsbury, Clint Frazier or Drury may return. I’d expect Hicks Friday in Detroit.

Also, with Tyler Wade hitting .111 and Miguel Andujar .107, we may be seeing Gleyber Torres replacing one of them soon. Keep an eye on that if Wade and Andujar don’t heat up soon.

Update: Hicks will be activated for Thursday night’s game vs. Boston.

Game 9. Yanks make DL moves, win 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After last night’s game, not everyone escaped unharmed. The Yanks had to make some moves before today’s game.

CC: 10 day DL, sore hip.
Drury: 10 day DL, migraines. So Miguel Andujar will have the chance over the next few days to show what he can do.
Holder: back to minors because of workload Friday and ineffectiveness.

Cessa: brought up b/c bullpen burned out in 14 inning game Fri. night. Pitched sat.
German: brought up
Jace Peterson: Brought up to replace Drury. Made great catch (see below) on Sat. Started Saturday’s game in LF.

Aaron Hicks is expected off the DL on Tuesday.

Jacoby Ellsbury saw a specialist about the hip.

Now for Saturday’s game, which the Yanks won 8-3 to put their record at 5-4 (now for Boston to start losing, and what better time than this coming week when the Yanks visit Fenway?)

The Yanks got two in the second. Andujar singled and with two out, Torreyes doubled. Gardner singled in two.

Baltimore tied it in the third on a two-run double by Manny Machado. They went up 3-2 in the fourth.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Torreyes (3 hits) singled, Gardner walked, both moved up on a WP and Judge got an rbi groundout.

Jace Peterson made a great play in the top of the sixth to save a couple of runs.

The Yanks got two in the sixth on a walk to Didi, single by Austin and SF by Andujar that put the Yanks up 4-3. A single by Peterson and WP put runners on second and third, then Romine’s bloop single off of Chris Davis’ glove made it 5-3, Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, David Robertson came in with men on second and third with one out and Houdini got two strikeouts to get out of it.

The Yanks put the game away in the bottom of the seventh. Gardner walked and Judge doubled in a run. Stanton flied out, moving Judge to third. Didi was walked but stole second, and Tyler Austin singled in two runs.

After a long, 14-inning loss Friday night, the Yanks needed some depth from the starter and they got it.

Gray (W, 1-0, 3.60) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 w, 4 K.
Warren (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38
Robertson (H, 2), 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 6.35
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 walks.
Judge 2 RBI
Austin 2 hits, 2 RBI
Torreyes 3 hits.

 

 

 

Game 5. 2 HR, 8 RBI for Didi in 11-4 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It is hard to follow a legend, but Didi Gregorius is doing a good job of doing so.

Last season, Didi hit 25 HR to set a new Yankees’ record for HR by a SS, breaking Derek Jeter’s record.

Today, in the Yanks’ home opener, he set a record for RBI by a Yankees’ SS in a game with eight.

He picked up Giancarlo Stanton, who in his first home game as a Yankee, went 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts. If 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts is known as the golden sombrero, is what Stanton did called the platinum sombrero?

But hey, it takes a team. When Didi cools off, that is when you hope Stanton and Sanchez (now 1 for 19) take off.

With the 11-4 win over the Rays on a miserable, cold, rainy day, the Yanks go to 3-2 on the season.

The Yanks struck first. In the bottom of the second, Didi, who was 4 for 4, scored 3 runs and drove in eight, hit a double. With one out, Neil Walker walked, and with two out, Tyler Wade singled in Didi. Wade would be robbed of his first MLB HR later in the game.

A single, walk and error by Drury enabled the Rays to tie the game in the top of the third. It would have been more, but Gardner, after catching a fly out, nailed ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder at the plate as Refsnyder was trying to tag up and score.

Didi hit the first of his two three-run HRs in the bottom of the third to put the Yanks up 4-1.

Jordan Montgomery only gave up one run in five innings. The first time through the rotation, the starters have given up 0, 1, 2 (1 earned), 1 and 1 run. Good. Now to go deeper into the games, as they have lasted 5 2/3, 6, 5, 4+ and 5 innings. Need a little more length.

The bullpen was supposed to be a strength, but it has been shaky so far and was again today. Jonathan Holder replaced Montgomery in the sixth and after a strikeout, gave up a double, single, single to make it 4-2, and single to load the bases. Out he went and in came Kahnle. Kahnle got a big strikeout but then gave up a double that tied the game up before a ground out ended the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Austin doubled and Brett Gardner put down a sac bunt. An error on the bunt enabled Austin to score and Gardner to reach second. Aaron Judge singled Gardner to third and after Stanton struck out, Didi hit his second three-run HR of the game to make it 8-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, with one out, Tyler Wade and Tyler Austin walked. Brett Gardner beat out an infield hit to load the bases and Aaron Judge walked to force in a run. After Stanton struck out yet again, Didi blooped a 2-run single to make it 11-4 and complete his 4 for 4, 8 RBI, 2 HR day.

Gardner 2 hits. Scored 3 runs.
Judge 2 hits, scored twice. Walked twice. RBI.
Stanton 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts.
Didi 4 for 4, 2 HR, double, scored 3 runs, Drove in 8.
Sanchez 0 for 5, 1 for 19 for the season. Slow start.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder (H) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Silly hold rule
Kahnle (BS, Win) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I won’t post stats until we are further along into the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury, trying to get over an oblique strain and expected back later this week, has apparently turned into Carl Pavano. Now, while rehabbing the oblique strain, he has hurt his hip. No timetable for him to be back.

With all the outfield injuries, the Yanks picked up Trayce Thompson off the Dodgers on waivers. Thompson’s dad, Mychal, played for the Lakers with Magic and Kareem in the late 1980s, and his brother Klay is with the Golden State Warriors.

Trayce is 27 and can play all three OF positions. A righty bat, he only got in 27 games for the NL Champion Dodgers last year, going 6 for 49, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

He spent 2015 with the White Sox and 2016 and 2017 with the Dodgers. In 151 MLB games, 407 AB (about the equivalent of one full season), he has just a .233 batting average but does have 19 HR and 50 RBI. OPS+ 103. He didn’t play in the postseason with the Dodgers.