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S.T. Game 24. Warren ruins it. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks took a 2-0 lead and a one-hitter into the top of the ninth of their spring training game Monday night vs. the Rays, but Adam Warren gave up 5 hits, two of them homers, and four runs, as the Yanks lost 4-2.

The loss puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 13-10-1.

The Yanks got a run in the second when Didi walked, Austin singled, and after a forceout and strikeout, Ronald Torreyes singled in a run.

In the sixth, Hicks walked and Didi singled. After a ground out that moved both runners up, Austin Romine hit a SF.

Then came the top of the ninth, and Warren gave up a single, single, HR, line out, HR, fly out and single before his night was through.

Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits.

Hale 3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Warren (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

There are rumors that the Yanks and Red Sox could play a two-game set in London in the summer of 2019. I hope not.

No surprise—Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the DL to start the season.


S.T. Game 20. The Kraken gets Cracking. 5 RBI as Yanks win 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After yesterday’s bad game, Chance Adams was sent down.

If the Yanks get an AL MVP this year, don’t be surprised if it isn’t Judge or Stanton. Sanchez has been great this spring and don’t count him out.

Sanchez had a 3-run HR and 2-run double today and that helped the Yanks to a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. It put the Yanks’ spring training record at 12-7-1.

Both Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances were off, both giving up 2-run HRs.

In the top of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a two-run HR to Ex-Yank, Francisco Cervelli.

Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the bottom of the first to cut it to 2-1.

The Pirates got a run in the top of the third to make it 3-1, but in the bottom of that inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, to make it 4-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got four in the fourth to stretch it to 8-3. Bird walked and with one out, Wade walked. Gardner reached on a error to load the bases and Judge walked to force in a run. Stanton grounded out to place a run and then Sanchez doubled in two.

Jose Osuna hit a 2-run HR in the sixth for Pittsburgh to make it 8-5, but in the eighth, Tyler Austin hit a solo HR for the final tally of 9-5.

If I were to guess the 25 man roster on Opening Day right now, it would be:

Sanchez, Romine, Stanton, Bird, Walker, Torreyes, Didi, Wade, Drury, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, and Austin. That is 13.

12  pitchers, which are: Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Warren, Green, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Chapman, and Betances.

I believe that Ellsbury, now with only two weeks until Opening Day, won’t be ready and the Yanks will put him on the DL to start the season. Clint Frazier could be headed to the 60 day DL because he is not coming along from his concussion.

So, I believe:

C: Sanchez and Romine
INF: Bird, Wade, Walker , Didi, Drury, Torreyes, and Austin (as backup to Bird)
OF: Stanton, Gardner, Hicks, Judge

Once Ellsbury is ready, the Yanks have to decide between Wade and Austin. Since Wade is more versatile, and Walker is being groomed to not only play 2B but 3b and 1B,  I think then Austin would be the one sent down.

Wade made a couple good defensive plays today. Even if he is the Opening Day starter at 2B, Torres may be ready in a few months. The Yanks envision Wade as a “Ben Zobrist” type. Capable of filling in at any of five positions based on need. Good speed, great range and as long as he can hit .260, steal 20 bases and flash that defensive speed, valuable.

Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances had tough days today.

Gray (W) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 Walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (H), 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  1 W, 2 K.
Heller (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Judge 2 for 2, scored 2. Drove in 2. Walked 2x.
Sanchez double, HR, 5 RBI
Austin solo HR.

S.T. Game 8. Austin’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for the late report. High winds in the northeast have knocked out power off and on.

As for Friday’s game, there is something about getting someone who may take your job that puts a bug up your butt and makes you work harder, and in the case of a couple of Yankees, better.

We’ve seen what Miguel Andujar has done since the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury.

Yesterday the Yanks signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract to have insurance for Greg Bird. Tyler Austin responded by hitting a 2-run walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 5-4 win and better their record to 7-1 in this exhibition season.

This has been a strange free agent off-season. I mean, Lind is forced to accept a minor league deal? It has an opt-out at the end of spring training, so Lind may not be here long. But if anything happens to Bird or Austin between now and then…. Lind, 34, is a lefty hitter who, in a platoon role with Washington last year, hit .303-14- 59, OPS+ 123. He has hit 20 or more HR in six different seasons, and in 2009 had a .305-35-114, OPS+ 141 season for Toronto, for whom he has spent most of his MLB career. His 162 game average is .272-24-87, OPS+ 112. A professional hitter who has exactly 200 HR in his career. You think someone would have picked him up by now.

The only thing about Lind is his splits, and why he platooned last year. A .288 hitter vs. righties, just .217 against lefties in his career. Primarily a 1B or DH, he can play LF, but it isn’t advised.

Speaking of LF, manager Aaron Boone stated that Jacoby Ellsbury would get some playing time there (a nice decision if Gardner is hurt or needs a day, because you are getting the same type of player there), but Ellsbury then strained an oblique so he’s out for a while.

Clint Frazier is still having problems after getting that concussion a week ago.

As for the game, you don’t know what to make of Masahiro Tanaka. He had a bad outing yesterday, but you don’t know how spring training carries over to the regular season. In 2016, Tanaka had a rough spring training, but a 14-4, 3.07 regular season. Last spring, he only gave up one run all spring training long, but then struggled most of the year to a 13-12, 4.74 year before his great postseason. So who knows? Anyway, he couldn’t make it through two innings and gave up four runs.

Down 4-0 early, the Yanks got two in the fourth on a double by the red-hot Andujar, and another in the fifth on an RBI single by Didi Gregorius, who went 3 for 3.

Austin then hit his two-run walkoff HR in the ninth for the 5-4 win. Tyler Wade got the inning going by beating out a bunt. Nice to see.

Giancarlo Stanton had two doubles.

Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson had a pinch-hit appearance, and struck out. He did take a couple good rips, though.

Jordan Montgomery had a nice outing.

Tanaka 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR to top Atlanta prospect, maybe the best young prospect in the game today.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Montgomery 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.



First full squad workout today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Position players had their physicals yesterday, and the first full squad workout will be held today. The first spring training game is scheduled for this Friday.

Aaron Judge, coming off shoulder surgery, will be taking it slow in the beginning.

A couple of prospects may miss a lot of spring training time as well, and maybe some of the beginning of the season, too.

I mentioned Thairo Estrada, shot in the hip during a botched robbery attempt in Venezuela in late January.

Just a few weeks ago, pitcher Albert Abreu had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. So he is recovering from that.

Gary Sanchez literally knocked the cover off of one ball in batting practice yesterday.

There is still talk and rumors of another deal, which I can’t see happening, especially in regards to 3B Mike Moustakas.

For one thing, Moustakas would put the Yanks over the cap, and the Yanks are adamant about not exceeding it.

For another, signing him would cost the Yanks a 2nd and 5th round pick in the draft, and $1MM in international bonus money.

For another, why sign him when all indications appear that the Yanks are going full bore for Machado next year, and that Machado wants to come to NY (but he also wants to play SS, and the Yanks already have Didi there)?

For another, what of young Miguel Andujar, currently considered untouchable?  Not only for this year, but for the future?

It does appear as if the Yanks will let it ride for now, and adjust later at the trade deadline.

For all the talk about Judge, Stanton, Didi, and Sanchez, don’t forget about Greg Bird. I’m just hoping he can stay healthy. Don’t forget about him and his potential.

As for Ellsbury, at least the Yanks still have him in case anything happens to Hicks. That contract of Ellsbury’s remains an albatross, however.

Waiting for some games to start!


Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.

Astros get Cole. Do Yanks counteract?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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….

$alary Cap limiting Yanks moves, now.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.