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Yanks sign 2B Neil Walker to 1 yr. $4MM deal.

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This free agent market and the bargains out there are ridiculous.

The Yanks signed veteran 2B Neil Walker to a 1-yr., $4MM deal.

Walker, 32, a switch-hitter, made $17.2 MM last year (took the qualifying offer), and 10.5 MM the year before that. MLB trade rumors had him projected to get a two-year, $20MM deal. The Yanks get him for a year at $4MM? (Plus incentives that could make him more $$).


This Yankees’ lineup is getting downright scary.

Walker has battled some injuries the past two years, but his 162 g. average is .272-20-80 with an OPS+ of 113. In this lineup he could be batting 8th or 9th.

20 HR/80 RBI from a guy hitting 8th or 9th? That reminds me of Scott Brosius in 1998 when he hit .300-19-98, OPS+ 121 batting at the bottom of the lineup, and we all know how good that 1998 team was.

Last year, Walker missed some 45 games but between the Mets and Brewers, hit .265-14-49, OPS+ 111.

Can you imagine a lineup something like Gardner/Judge (batting 2nd because of his AL leading 127 walks and an OBP of .422 last year) Stanton (so Judge and Stanton both bat in the first inning, putting that much pressure on the starting pitcher) Didi (to break up the righty bats) Sanchez, Bird, Hicks, Walker and Drury?


OK, you have an OPS+ of 100 that is average. Here is what the OPS+ was last year, with that lineup, in the order I gave you.

104/171/165/106/126/84 (Bird was hurt most of last year, but was 135 when he came up at the end of 2015 let’s hope it’s that)/ 122/111 and 89. Drury, who hit .267-13-63 is the low guy there at the end.

Let’s repeat that, and give Bird the 135.


100 is league average.


Walker has played for the Pirates (2009-2015), Mets (2016-2017) and Brewers (2017). He has that NY experience with the Mets.

Twice he has popped 20 or more HR in a season. He has one Silver Slugger Award.

It’s a one-year deal, so what it means for Gleyber Torres and/or Tyler Wade remains to be seen. For now, it probably sends them both to the minors and buys more time. SWB should have one killer team this year. How it also affects say, a Thairo Estrada or Abiatal Avelino is to be determined also, not to mention Tyler Austin or Adam Lind if Walker is slated to backup at 1B.

I wonder if some prospects could be moved in a blockbuster for a top-notch pitcher.

Primarily a 2B, Walker has a little experience at 3B and 1B also. Hopefully he does better for the Yanks in the postseason than he did for Pittsburgh. In 8 postseason games, he is 2 for 31.

To clear roster space, the Yanks DFA’d OF Jake Cave, released INF Danny Espinosa and sent INF Kyle Holder down to minor league camp.

Yankees’ advisor Reggie Jackson is scheduled for knee surgery after a fall.



Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

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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.

Weekend passings: HOF Umpire Harvey, broadcaster Jackson.

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Hall of Fame Umpire Doug Harvey passed away on Saturday at the age of 87.

The night before, legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away at the age of 89.


WS Game 7, Houston wins 1st WS Title. , AFL, Tanaka, Minor Leagues…

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The WS is over. Masahiro Tanaka has 3 days now to decide if he wants to opt out of his Yankees’ contract or not. We’ll know by Saturday.

The Houston Astros are WS champs for the first time in their history with a 5-1 win, because just as in Game 3, Yu Darvish stunk. In both games, Darvish was knocked out in the second inning, Games 3 and 7.

In the first inning, a double by George Springer, a 2-base error by Cody Bellinger (who set a WS record for striking out) and a groundout led to 2 runs.

In the second, after one run had already scored, Springer hit a 2-run HR to make it 5-0.

But why, down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, and needing to get back in the game, after a leadoff double, don’t the Dodgers bunt the guy over?

Springer’s HR was his fifth of the WS, tying a WS record set by Reggie Jackson (1977) and by Chase Utley (2009).

Deservedly so, Springer is the Willie Mays’ WS MVP.

For Houston, some joy after the hurricane damage.

The only thing with Utley is that his team (Phillies) lost to the Yankees, four games to two, in that WS.

Clayton Kershaw did come into Game 7 and pitch 4 scoreless innings of relief for LA, but where was that when he blew a 4-0 lead in Game 5?

In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada, 1 for 5, 2 RBI. .340
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 3, walk, .310

Reliever Cody Carroll, 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w,  K. 0.00. 4th save.

Scottsdale won 7-5.

Good news for the future for the Yankees:

MILB.com listed the Yankees as having the best farm system. Add these guys to youngsters they have now, and the future looks bright.

Kevin Reese was promoted in Yankees’ front office to take over for Gary Denbo, who left to join Jeter in FL.

Keep an eye on the Marlins this offseason. Fire sale coming which could involve big names.

Could the Yanks be interested in some of those names? At what price?


Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Trenton rained out.

High A: Tampa (84-50) won 6-1. RF Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, solo HR. CF Estevan Florial, 2 hits, triple, RBI. 1B Tim Lynch 2 hits, RBI.

Widener (W, 7-8, 3.39) 5 IP, 0 r, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Harris 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.89
Frawley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.21
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.05

Low A: Charleston (75-62) lost 5-1. LF Carlos Vidal 3 of Charleston’s 5 hits.

Garcia (L, 2-3, 2.24) 5 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 3 k. Gave up 1 HR
Bristo 2 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.97
Mundell 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.64

Minor League/Rehab Report.


AAA: SWB (78-47) lost 8-4. DH Greg Bird 2 for 4. SS Cito Culver solo HR. 2B Starlin Castro 1 for 3, made an error (as did Culver). The game was completed early b/c of rain.

Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.00
Pena 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23
Rumbelow (BS, 1; L, 5-1, 0.76) 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. First runs given up all season.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 2.98

AA: Trenton (81-43) won 6-4. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI, but made 2 errors. RF Jhalian Jackson double, HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits DH Mike Ford.

Camarena (W, 2-1, 3.68) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Gomez (H, 3) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.76
Carroll (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.02

High A: Tampa (75-48) lost 8-3. Matt Holliday played 1B, went 0 for 2 with a walk. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits, solo HR. CF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Tampa made four errors in the game.

Widener (L, 6-8, 3.57) 4 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Foley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.42
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.04

Low A: Charleston (69-55) won 5-0 on a two-hitter. Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI and the same for LF Dalton Blaser. 2 hits each for RF Steven Sensley & CF Dom Thompson-Williams.

Perez (W, 10-3, 2.88) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.   21 years old, 6’8″, 190.
Cedeno (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.69
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Minor League Report. Slam for Mateo.


AAA: SWB (65-38) won 5-4 in 10 innings. DH Mike Ford 2-run HR in the top of the 10th. C Eddy Rodriguez 2 hits, RBI. RF Mason Williams 2 hits. Joe Girardi keeps stating that Chance Adams isn’t ready yet. You wonder how good he’ll be when he is ready. In 20 starts, AA/AAA, Adams is 10-3, 1.96.

Adams 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.39.
Shreve (BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.59
Heller (W, 3-3, 3.29) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (69-33) won 8-4. SS Jorge Mateo grand slam. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Jhalen Jackson 3 hits. LF Devyn Bolasky 2 RBI.

Koerner (W, 3-2, 3.56) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.70
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.32
Coshow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.35

High A:   Tampa (60-42) won 5-2. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits and 2 RBI for SS Kyle Holder. 2 Hits, RBI for LF Alexander Palma.

Mesa 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2.72
Lane (W, 1-0, 4.76) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Frare (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.17
Foley (S, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00

Low A: Charleston off.