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Gardy back, Romine gone.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Brett Gardner is back, as expected, especially with Aaron Hicks on the 2020 shelf for half the year or more. Gardy signed a deal where he gets a $2 MM signing bonus for 2020 and a contract of $8MM. 2021 has a $10 MM deal but the Yankees have a $2.5 MM buyout. So he is guaranteed at least $12.5 even if bought out for 2021.

The Yanks have to be careful with his time in 2020 however. Even though he set career highs in HR and RBI in 2019, Gardner will turn 37 next August.

Meanwhile, Austin Romine is gone, going to Detroit on a 1 yr, $4.15MM deal. It gives him the chance to be a starting catcher.

The Yanks could go with Kyle Higashioka as a backup, or they could turn to Martin Maldonado, who played for three teams last season. Maldonado got along well with Gerrit Cole. Cole had a 2.82 ERA under other catchers, but with 10 games with Maldonado, had a 1.57 ERA. Maldonado has a poor batting average in his career, but does have some pop, and did win a Gold Glove two years ago.

I don’t know about these rumors about the Yanks being hot on the trail for Josh Hader. Hader would cost PLENTY. He is a lefty, only turns 26 in April, and is 11-9, 2.42, ERA+ 178 in his brief MLB career with 49 saves. In 204.2 IP, he has 349 K. He would cost PLENTY. (Think Andujar, Frazier, Deivi Garcia, and possibly another top pitching prospect). He would be a FABULOUS addition, but at a very high cost.

The winter meetings ended with the Rule 5 draft and here is who the Yanks lost. The player must stay with the big club for the whole year or they go back. Here are 2019 minor league numbers for each.

Rony Garcia P to Detroit.

The first pick.

From MLB.com:

1. Rony Garcia, RHP, Tigers (from Yankees) 22 next week.
Garcia raised his prospect profile by boosting his stuff in 2019. He now operates with a 91-95 mph fastball that touches 97, an improved low-80s slider that shows flashes of becoming a solid pitch, a new cutter and an effective changeup. He throws strikes but must continue to refine his command in order to succeed as a starter.

He was 4-13, 4.01 High A/AA 24 starts, 1 relief, 130 IP, 129 K.

AAA Phase: Different than with Rony Garcia.

Blue Jays: RHP Hobie Harris (Yankees) , 26. High A. 3-4, 4.62. 1 save. 48.2 IP, 59 K.
White Sox: RHP Will Carter (Yankees) 26, AA/AAA 2-3, 5.45
Red Sox: RHP Raynel Espinal (Yankees), 28, AAA 5-7, 4.32.
Braves: 2B Wendell Rijo (Yankees) 24. Righty bat. A+/AA/AAA combined. .258-13-44. 103 g.


Washington stuns Houston to win WS

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In a World Series in which EVERY GAME WAS WON BY THE ROAD TEAM, Washington, the biggest WS underdog since 2007, stunned Houston by winning Game 7 6-2.

It is only the second time Washington, D.C. has the World Series Champ, and it’s the first time since 1924. That team then became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

This team started its existence as the Montreal Expos in 1969, and this is the first title in franchise history. This, the year after Bryce Harper, the face of the franchise the past few years, left to go to the Phillies in free agency.

Stephen Strasburg was named WS MVP.

Washington stunningly won the WS after starting the season 19-31. They didn’t even win their division. Down in the wild card game, they caught a break in the eighth inning against Milwaukee when Milwaukee’s RF overran the ball in trying to gun down a runner at the plate (the tying run) and as a result, the winning run came around to score.

Then in the NLDS, they took down the 106=win Dodgers. Down in the eighth inning of Game 5, they hit two HR off of Clayton Kershaw to tie the game and got a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in extra innings to win the game and series. They then swept the Cardinals in the NLCS.

In the World Series, they dispatched the 107-win Astros in unconventional fashion, winning all four games in Houston while losing all three games at home. Who’d have thought?

The Astros got off to a 2-0 lead. Yuri Gurriel hit a solo HR in the second off Max Scherzer, and Carlos Correa an RBI single in the fifth. Scherzer, who couldn’t start Game 5 because of a sore neck and who received a shot for the pain, started Game 7 and was not sharp, but kept his team in the game, giving up just two runs in five innings despite being in and out of trouble the whole time.

In the seventh, Washington took the lead with three runs. Anthony Rendon homered to cut the lead to 2-1. Juan Soto walked. Houston manager A.J. Hinch then pulled starter Zack Grienke, a move I wondered about at the time. Grienke had only given up the one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Reliever Will Harris replaced Greinke and gave up a two-run HR to Kendrick that hit the foul pole. 3-2 Nats, and they never looked back. Harris took the loss.

Patrick Corbin (who I wanted the Yanks to get last offseason when Corbin was a free agent) wound up with the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Per MLB.com, Kendrick is the first player with multiple go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later in winner-take-all games in a single postseason. He also is just the second player to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later while their team was trailing in a World Series winner-take-all game. The other was Hal Smith in 1960—the Bill Mazeroski game.

A walk to Adam Eaton, SB and RBI single by Juan Soto made it 4-2 Washington in the eighth.

The Nats tacked two more on in the ninth on a bases-loaded, 2 RBI single by Eaton. Washington got eight of their nine hits in the last three innings as Houston’s bullpen imploded.




Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (67-60) lost 7-4. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits, RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 3 hits, RBI. DH Ryan McBroom 2 hits (.323). 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (68-58) gave up 3 in the 8th and 4 in the 9th and lost 7-2. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. 2 hits RF Isiah Gilliam. Starter Rony Garcia five scoreless IP, but the bullpen fell apart.

High A: Tampa (58-66) scored two in the top of the ninth to tie it, then won it in the tenth, 5-4. LF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray 3 hits, RBI.

Medina 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.  1.80
A. Severino 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 5.63
Harris (W, 3-4, 5.00) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Wivinis (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   2.75

Low A: Charleston (66-61) won 5-3. LF Canaan Smith (.312) 2-run HR.

Starter Rony Contreras (W, 10-5, 3.59) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Minor League Report. Loaisiga returns on rehab. King returns to AA also.


AAA: SWB (62-46) won 6-3. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. Ford (.306-23-59) may need to be recalled, depending on the results of Luke Voit’s MRI today. RF Trey Amburgey 2-run HR. C Francisco Arcia 3 for 3, solo HR. Amburgey and Arcia went back-to-back with their HRs.

Adonis Rosa, starter, no-decision 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K.  3.46
Tarpley (BS, 2; W, 5-1, 3.13) 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.92

AA: Trenton (56-50) split a DH.

Reg. Sched. Game:  Won 4-3, getting two runs in the bottom of the seventh (last inning) to win. SS Kyle Holder 2 RBI, 2-run GW double. C Brian Navaretto, just picked up from the Twins’ system, 2 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.   Back on rehab.
Michael King 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.  See below.
D. Alvarez (W, 6-2, 2.76) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

King was rehabbing at Gulf Coast Rookie League West and at Staten Island before getting back to AA.

Completion of 5/30 suspended game: Lost 6-0. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (47-59) lost 5-3. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. All five runs given up were unearned. Tampa made 4 errors, 2 by Yajure, 2 by Cabrera.

Starter Miguel Yajure, no decision, 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 10 K.  2.06
Harris (L, 2-4, 4.62; BS, 5) 2 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Low A: Charleston off.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (46-33) lost to Lehigh Valley 4-3.  SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. Jonathan Holder still having problems.

Rosa 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.84
Holder (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 5.40) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Coulombe 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.80

AA: Trenton (43-32) lost 5-2. C Kellin Deglan 3 hits, 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa (33-43) scored one in the bottom of the ninth to tie, and another in the tenth to win, 6-5. LF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, RBI (GW RBI, too). DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI.  Hobie Harris and Matt Wivinis combined for four scoreless, hitless innings of relief pitching, striking out 7.

Low A: Charleston (41-38) won 12-5.  CF Josh Stowers 3 hits, RBI. C Anthony Seigler 2 for 2 with 3 walks, 3 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits. DH Frederick Cuevas 3 hits, 2 RBI. SS Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI. 3B Sandy Mota 3 hits, 4 RBI.


Minor League Report. Lack of O. Charleston has to deal with Keuchel.


AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton rained out.

High A: Tampa (27-36) got 10 hits, but were shut out, 1-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RF Isaih Gilliam 3 hits.

Rony Garcia (L, 0-2, 2.16) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Harris 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.41
Wivinis 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.50

Low A: Charleston lost 1-0 in 10 innings, getting just one hit. There was a big reason for that. For 7 innings, Charleston was facing Dallas Keuchel. 3B Max Burt got Charleston’s only hit. To the credit of Luis Gil, he matched Keuchel pitch for pitch.

Gil 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10  K.  1.81
C. Espinal 2 1/3 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.78

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (21-19) lost 11-8, committing 4 errors. 3B Breyvic Valera 3 for 3, 2 walks, 2 RBI, made an error, had a 2-run HR. CF Mike Tauchman 2 RBI. 1B Logan Morrison 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 solo HR.  Starter Drew Hutchison 4 IP, 8 R, 5 runs unearned.

AA: Trenton (25-17) lost 9-8. DH Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI (.333). SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI 2B Brandon Wagner. C Jorge Saez 2 RBI.

High A: Giancarlo Stanton scratched. Was supposed to start at DH. Doesn’t appear major. Tampa (19-25) won 3-0.

Miguel Yajure (W, 2-5, 2.98) 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Hobie Harris (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  7.84

Low A: Charleston (24-21) scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie, but gave up a run in the bottom half to lose 3-2. They lost on a squeeze play. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, .343. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits. RF Josh Stowers solo HR.