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S.T. Game 14. Sanchez, Gray, good, but Yanks fall 3-1.

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The Yanks only got three hits tonight, two by Gary Sanchez (one a HR) in losing to the Braves, 3-1.

The loss puts the Yanks spring training record at 10-4.

Sonny Gray started and pitched great, giving up just one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Braves got a run in the fifth and Sanchez tied it in the top of the sixth with his HR.

Atlanta got two in the seventh for the game.

Spring training stats mean nothing, for someone hot in spring training could get cold to start the season and vice-versa, but Greg Bird needs to get it together. 0 for 4 tonight, 3 strikeouts, and only .095 so far in spring training.

It looks as if Tyler Wade will win the 2B job. Gleyber Torres, who hasn’t played much above High A, and who missed 1/2 of last year because of an injury, probably needs to go to AAA to shake off some rust. He’s at .150 this spring training.

Gray 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K
Hale (L) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

The Yanks made a couple more cuts. INF Thairo Estrada, recovering from a gunshot wound due to a botched robbery attempt, and didn’t play in any spring training games, was sent to minor league camp, as was RHP Albert Abreu, recovering from having his appendix removed.

Also sent down was RHP Jonathan Loaisiga.


First full squad workout today.

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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!


Yankee prospect Estrada recovering from gunshot wound.

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From ESPN.com:

New York Yankees minor league infielder Thairo Estrada was shot in the right hip in late January during a robbery attempt outside of a restaurant in Bejuma, Venezuela. He’s in big league camp and doing well, although limited to upper-body work at the moment. Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees expect no long-term ramifications from the shooting.

Estrada, Keith Law’s No. 13 prospect in the Yankees’ system after hitting .301 with six home runs at Double-A Trenton in 2017, said …. he was with his wife when two teenagers asked for money or a phone and searched his pockets. When he said he had neither, they shot him in the hip. His wife was not hurt.


Boone said there’s no timetable on when Estrada will resume baseball activities. He will start riding an exercise bike next week and is expected to play the bulk of the season. Law wrote that Estrada “looks like a great utility player who can put the ball in play without any power, handle short or second without much trouble and can’t just be overpowered with velocity.”

Yanks sign lefty to minor league deal.

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From MLBTR.com (edited):

The Yankees have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Wade LeBlanc, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB Spring Training and an opt-out opportunity just before the start of the season, per Crasnick, who notes that the deal comes with a potential $1MM base rate of pay in the Majors. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that LeBlanc also has an opt-out on June 15 and would earn a monthly salary of $32K in the minors. …

LeBlanc, 33, engineered a return to the majors after spending a season in Japan in 2015. …  After spending some time as a swingman for the Mariners in 2016, he landed with the Pirates and threw well enough to earn a major-league contract in the following offseason.

Things didn’t go quite as hoped in 2017, as LeBlanc managed only a 4.50 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in his 68 innings in Pittsburgh. …

As has long been the case, LeBlanc was much more effective last year against righties than when pitching against same-handed batters. It seems he’ll join a camp battle to earn a place as a long man for the Yankees.

The only lefty other than Chapman was Chasen Shreve, so LeBlanc gives Shreve some competition. LeBlanc, 33, was 5-2, 4.50, ERA+ 96 with a save for Pittsburgh last year. For his career, he is 30-35, 4.40, ERA+ 88. He has started 79 games, and relieved in 97.

He actually pitched in one game for the Yanks in 2014. If you remember that, you are better than me.

Also from MLBTR.com:

The Yankees were reportedly willing to part with outfield prospect Clint Frazier in a trade for then-Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole earlier this offseason, but no deal come together between the teams. Although Pittsburgh ended up trading Cole to Houston on Saturday for a four-player package, the Pirates valued Frazier over everyone they got back from the Astros, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. However, the Pirates liked the package they got from the Astros better than the offers the Yankees made, including a final pitch from the Bombers that consisted of three prospects, per Bowden (Twitter link).

Quantity over Quality.

Also, it’s reported that the Yanks offered Frazier or Adams, but not both.

And, it’s also reported that Miguel Andujar was a deal-breaker. No surprise since Frazier is blocked by other outfielders, but Andujar really isn’t blocked by any other 3B right now, and Andujar is off the table.

Also interesting is that Adams may be available in the right deal, but Justus Sheffield is off the table (as are Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial). As for Thairo Estrada, it probably depends on the right deal.



$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.

Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

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From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:


Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).




Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

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The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.