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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….

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“Hot” Stove League?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Hot Stove League has been anything but, and we are only a month away from pitchers and catchers. Many top players are still available. The biggest move recently has been Jay Bruce back to the Mets. Nice for Yankees fans, since Bruce was a thorn in the Yanks’ side during that ALDS series with the Indians.

Because of the inaction, I haven’t written much. Hey, nothing to write about.

The Cold Stove is probably so because a lot of previous big-spenders like the Yankees are trying to get under the cap and are out of the market. They want to get under the cap to reset themselves for next year’s killer free agent class.

The Gerrit Cole rumors have apparently died down regarding the Yankees, but have heated up with the Astros to the point a false rumor came out yesterday stating the Astros traded for him. If the Yanks get Cole, they want to do so without giving up Gleyber Torres or Estevan Florial, and apparently the Pirates want one or both. If the Yanks get Cole, they would want the deal focused on Clint Frazier, who is blocked in NY, and other prospects, like Chance Adams and/or Miguel Andujar. But if I’m the Yanks, and I am including Andujar in the deal, then I need an infielder back, and that would be Josh Harrison.

One infielder that would have fit the Yanks well was ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter with pop who could play 2B and 3B. He could have been nice insurance for Torres and/or Andujar, but Solarte was dealt from SD to Toronto.

One baseball passing, Bob “Beetle” Bailey at the age of 75. Bailey played for the Pirates (1962-1966), Dodgers (1967-1968) Expos (an original Expo, too, 1969-1975), Reds (1976-1977), and Red Sox (1977-1978). His last MLB appearance was as a PH in the “Bucky Dent” game. He PH for 3B Jack Brohamer in the seventh inning against Rich “Goose” Gossage and struck out. He never played in a postseason game, not even with those 1976 Reds.

Bailey hit .257 with 189 HR and an OPS+ of 111 in his career. His 162 g. average was .257-16-65. Primarily a 3B, he also played some LF and 1B. He had his best seasons from 1970-1974 with Montreal, and of course had that great nickname.

Lastly, from the NY Post. The Yanks will finally extend the netting in order to protect fans.

The Yankees announced details about the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium in time for Opening Day and will extend far down both the first- and third-base lines.

The netting will be 9 feet high on both dugouts and 8 feet as the net extends toward the foul poles, from Section 011 on the first-base side to Section 029 on the third-base side — essentially to where the stands jut out to parallel the foul lines.

Above the dugout, the netting will be partially retractable to allow for interaction between fans and players during batting practice.

The old netting ended near the on-deck circles, short of the dugouts.

The netting will be in place by the Yankees’ home opener against the Rays on April 2. There also will be protective netting installed at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa by the start of spring training next month.

 

Minor League Report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (80-49) got swept. They lost the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game 5-4 and then lost the regularly scheduled game 1-0. on a walkoff HR in the bottom of the seventh.

Susp. game: Solo HRs LF Mark Payton & C Jonathan Diaz. 2 hits for Diaz. 3 hits for CF Jake Cave. 2B Starlin Castro 2 for 5. 1B Greg Bird 0 for 1, SF for RBI.

Lail 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.24
Mitchell 3 2/3 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.22
Gallegos (L, 4–2, 1.70) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Reg. scheduled game:   1B Greg Bird 0 for 3, 2 strikeouts. 3B Donovan Solano 3 for 3.

Cortes 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. 1.23
Heller (L, 5-4, 3.08) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.

AA: Trenton (85-43) won 5-1. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits, triple shy of cycle, HR, 3 RBI.

Tate (W, 1-2, 3.66) 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carroll (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.93

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston split a DH.

Reg. scheduled game: Lost 7-0, got only two hits.

Vargas (L, 1-3, 3.53) 5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cedeno 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64

Makeup of 8/22 rainout: Won 3-0 on a two-hitter. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits.

Morris (W, 5-2, 2.77) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Wivinis (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K, 0.00

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention last night’s Dodgers/Pirates game. Dodger pitcher Rich Hill took a perfect game into the ninth and lost that when his 3b made an error. Then he lost the no-hitter and the game when he gave up a HR to the first Pirates’ batter, Josh Harrison, in the bottom of the tenth. 1-0 Pirates. Ouch.

From MLB.com:

Harrison is the first player in Major League history to break up a no-hitter with an extra-inning, walk-off homer.

Hill is the second pitcher to lose a no-hitter on a walk-off hit — and should’ve been the second to lose such a game on a walk-off homer, instead of the first. In 1959, the Pirates’ Harvey Haddix carried a perfect game into the 13th inning against the Braves in Milwaukee. After Felix Mantilla reached on an error to end the perfecto in the bottom of the 13th, Hank Aaron was walked intentionally. Joe Adcock slugged what should have been a walk-off homer, but Aaron, after touching second and seeing that Mantilla had crossed the plate, left the basepaths. Adcock passed Aaron and was called out. National League president Warren Giles ruled that Mantilla’s run counted, Adcock was awarded a double, and the game was over, a 1-0 Braves victory.

If only he could be 39 forever…

Pete Abraham has a nice post today regarding a birthday boy who is 39..

Jack Benny

No, not him….but

The Greatest of All Time

HIM.

Now if only he could be like Jack Benny’s Radio and TV character and stay 39 forever (or go back and be 29 forever!)

It’s funny how at meetings of the LV Yankee Fan Club, our president asks new members who their favorite current and past Yankees are. Usually current are position players—Jeter, A-Rod, Posada—how come nobody ever says Mo?

BTW, Jesus Montero turned 19 yesterday.

Seven years ago today, this Beatle fan was saddened when one of the Fab Four passed away. Later tonight, I’ll pay George tribute by listening to his 1970 masterpiece.

All Things Must Pass

I might throw on Cloud Nine or Brainwashed over this weekend as well.

I know he caught the winning pass in last year’s Super Bowl, but today reminds me why I am happy Plaxico Burress is no longer a Steeler. Accidentally shot himself in the leg. In a nightclub. What in blue blazes was he doing taking a loaded gun into a nightclub?

Rivalry weekend continues in college football. Time to kick back and watch some of it.