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Yankees news: Yanks add Holliday, no Hall yet for the Boss.

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There hasn’t been a report for a while because things have been relatively quiet in Yankee land.

With the winter meetings about to start, that may change soon.

The first order of business was that the Yanks signed Matt Holliday to a one-year deal worth #14 MM. Holliday will mostly DH, and will play the occasional 1B to spell Greg Bird and maybe a bit of LF too. He will be 37 next season, and is a .303 career hitter with 295 HR. Last season, in 110 games, he hit .246-20-62 for St. Louis, with an OPS+ of 107. For his career, his OPS+ is 134. A 7x All-Star, Holliday was a close runnerup to Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies for the 2007 NL MVP. Outside of 93 games for the 2009 A’s, he has spent the rest of his career in Colorado and St. Louis. He made it to three World Series, winning it in 2011.

The Yanks had interest in bringing Carlos Beltran back, but he signed with Houston for 1 year and $16MM. There was also talk of them being interested in lefty pitcher Rich Hill, but the 37 year old Hill signed a 3 year $40 MM deal with the Dodgers.

I don’t know how much interest they had in Yoennis Cespedes, who went back to the Mets for 4 years and $110 MM (too much $$ in my opinion).

Edwin Encarnacion is out there, but the Yanks probably didn’t want to go too many years and too much money with someone entering their mid-30s. Hence a one year deal with Holliday.

With the signing of Holliday, it does not appear as if the Yanks will now bring back free agent Billy Butler.

The Yanks made a couple of moves, the most important being that they basically released Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Lindgren. Both won’t pitch in 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. Lindgren was picked up by the Braves. In two seasons with the Yanks,  Eovaldi was 23-11, 4.45, ERA+94. Lindgren, a top draft pick a few years ago, got in seven games, seven innings, for the 2015 Yankees, going 0-0, 5.14.

Executive John Schuerholz and ex-MLB C0mmissioner Bud Selig were selected to the Hall of Fame by a committee yesterday. Among those not getting in were George Steinbrenner and Lou Piniella (for Lou’s managing).

More when things happen. Meanwhile is PSU alum is happy about the Nittany Lions winning the Big 10 Title and going to the Rose Bowl.


The Minors.

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Jacob Lindgren, a top draft pick who had a great 2014 in the minors (48 K in 24 2/3 IP) and who was 0-0, 5.14 in seven games with the Yanks in 2015, will need Tommy John surgery. He had elbow issues last year, and was 1-0, 2.57 in six games this year, just seven innings pitched. Expect him to miss the rest of this year and all of 2017. Don’t expect him back until 2018. Lindgren is 23. By the time he’s back, he’ll be 25 and would have missed 1/2 of 2015, almost all of 2016 and all of 2017. A tough blow for the kid.

AAA: SWB shutout Lehigh Valley 7-0 on a combined 2-hitter. Dietrich Enns 5 IP, 1 H. He is now a combined 12-4, 1.70 between AA/AAA. 25 yr. old LHP. You wonder if he’ll be a September callup. Aaron Judge came off the DL and had two hits. 3 hits, rbi for Tyler Austin. Kyle Higashioka with a 2-run HR. Donovan Solano and Pete Kozma each had 2 hits, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 4-1. J.P. Feyereisen, acquired from Cleveland, threw 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Jose Rosario 2 hits, solo HR. Trenton struck out 12x.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Josh Rogers 7 shutout IP, 3 h, 1 walk, 8 K (7-4, 2.47). Jorge Mateo 3 hits, solo HR. Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 2 hits, Zack Zehner.

A ball: Charleston lost 8-4, giving up 7 first-inning runs. Cody Carroll 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI Chris Gittens. Hoy Jun Park and Nathan Mikolas 2 hits, rbi each.

Yanks trade Miller, get back Clippard.

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I’ll admit, I hate to see Andrew Miller go.

But in the space of a week, the Yanks faced facts—that they were a pretender, not a contender for this year and for the next few years—and decided to look at the future.

And Brian Cashman made it clear that he doesn’t look at the future as a one or two year thing, but wants that future, say, 2020-2034, to be as dominant as say, 1993-2012 was.

The trade with the Cubs brought back the Cubs’ #1 and #7 prospects, Adam Warren, and one other prospect.

The trade of Miller to the Indians brought back their #1 prospect (OF Clint Frazier (YAY! A RIGHTY HITTER to go with Aaron Judge!—they had too many lefties with Williams, Cave, Fowler, Gamel and Rutherford) their #5, and two more.

The Yanks now have one of the best farm systems in the majors. Be patient, this may take a few years, but

Torres, Mateo, Frazier, Sheffield (LHP included in the Miller deal, #5 prospect), Sanchez, Judge, Kaprielian are seven of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

This doesn’t include prospects like:

LHP Dietrich Enns, 11-4 at AA/AAA this year.
RHP Chance Adams, 12-0 between Tampa and Trenton this year.
Pitcher Ian Clarkin, also Jacob Lindgren, Lefty relief pitcher who has had elbow trouble the last two years,
Brian Mitchell, who’s missed this year,
C Luis Torrens ; C Kyle Higashioka (having a great year)
1B Greg Bird; 1B/OF Tyler Austin
INF Tyler Wade
3Bs Miguel Andujar and Mandy Alvarez (Alvarez hit in all of his first 25 minor league games)
OF Blake Rutherford, their 1st round draft pick. .384 in first 24 minor league games.

OF Dustin Fowler. SS Kyle Holder.  SS Wilkerson Garcia.

… and a couple guys they got in the deals, like relief pitcher Ben Heller.

They got Tyler Clippard back for Vincente Campos. Campos was in the Montero for Pineda deal, started out well, but hurt his arm and has been trying to get it back since. Clippard started his MLB career with the Yanks (2007), was traded for Jonathan Albaladejo (bad deal) and became a 2x all-star after the Yanks traded him away. He is 31, was 2-3, 4.30 for Arizona this year, and has a career mark of 44-32, 2.97 with 54 saves. 162 g. average, 6-4, 2.97, 7 saves, ERA+ 135.

And hey, Severino, despite his bad year, is young, just 22.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll give up the next two to three years for 15 years of dominance.

Game 16. Gardner’s walkoff HR wins it.

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Usually my goal for the Yanks in each and every April is to just finish April at .500. If over, great. But just finish at .500.

Joe McCarthy, the great ex-Yankee manager from 1931-1946, stated to never fall below .500 if you can help it , and if you do, get back ASAP.

Brett Gardner’s walk-off HR in the 9th won the game today for the Yanks, and made them 7-9. Now to continue that and get back to .500 ASAP.

Masahiro Tanaka did a great job, going 7 innings but getting a ND.

The Yanks scored first, on a WP in the first. A-Rod just missed a 3-run HR when his drive was caught at the top of the wall.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth to tie the game, and a HR which hit the foul pole in the fifth that put the Rays up.

Before the game winning HR in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh.

Gardner’s HR was his second of the year. He had three hits in the game.

A-Rod continues to struggle, he is at .132. It’s a little early, but come mid- to late May, there may be comparisons to Willie Mays ca. 1973 as far as greats past their peaks. Maybe it is a slump, but when you are almost 41, slumps get magnified.

Headley is at .159. He, like A-Rod, is having a rough go so far.

Some Yankees news: Brandon Pinder was called up recently, as the Yanks have gone from Cessa to Olson to Pinder in the bullpen. Now he has a partially torn UCL and is deciding between rehab or surgery. Nick Goody was brought up to take his place.

Jacob Lindgren at High A had elbow surgery last year, has struggled so far this year, and is having elbow issues again.

Aaron Hicks left Friday’s game with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving catch and will be having an MRI.

Today’s pitching line:

Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K, gave up 1 HR. 2.92.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 0.00.
Miller (w, 1-0, 0.00) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks , 0 K.

The Minors. HR for Swisher.

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The big leaguers were off today.

AAA: SWB lost 9-6. LF Ben Gamel 3 for 3, rbi. 1B Nick Swisher 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Jonathan Diaz 3 hits, triple, rbi. DH Chris Parmalee and 3B Pete Kozma 2 hits each, rbi for Kozma.

AA: Trenton scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to win 7-5. LF Jake Cave single, double, triple, 2 rbi. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, rbi. 1B Tyler Austin 2 RBI. Dan Fiorito 2 h, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. Ian Clarkin 2 R, 1 ER in 5 IP. Jacob Lindgren 2 scoreless innings of relief. 2B Abiatal Avelino 2h, rbi. Same for RF Austin Aune.

Low A: Charleston lost  13-1, giving up 8 in the 8th and making 4 errors. Trey Amburgey, RF, 3 hits, 2 doubles.

S.T. Game 8. Yanks tie Mets, 4-4. Nova solid.


This is going to be brief. It has been a long night for me after a deer hit my car. (I am fine, I don’t know about the deer, the car is drivable, but dent in left front fender and I can’t open the driver’s side car door, which makes getting in and out via the passenger door a pain. Have to get fixed, see what the estimate is, how much insurance covers, etc.)

As I wrote last week, this will be an interesting spring training for Ivan Nova,  who is #6 in a five-man rotation. Does he make the rotation, is used as trade bait, becomes a long man… what?

He had a great day today, pitching three scoreless innings.

The Yanks needed two homers in the ninth to tie the game, and the game was called after ten innings with the Yankees and Mets tied 4-4.

The homers came from Kyle Higashioka and Sebastian Valle.

Dustin Ackley had two hits, but I read where some of his defense today was lacking, and he wasn’t the only one.

The Yanks made three errors in the game, and there were a few more mental errors.

Chris Parmalee had two hits, himself.

The pitching line:

Nova 3 IP, 0 R, 3 h, 1 walk and 1 K.
Kaprielian 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 h, 2 walks and 1 K. He wasn’t helped by the D.
Goody 1 1/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Barbato 1 iP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1K
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.
Montgomery 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Interesting to see the battle among the relievers to make the team.

S.T. Game 6. Pitching good, but Yanks fall, 1-0.


So far this spring, Michael Pineda has been getting lots of raves. Those raves continued today when Pineda threw two scoreless innings in his S.T. debut. Luis Severino followed his rough outing last time out with three scoreless innings and Andrew Miller in his S.T. debut pitched a scoreless inning. Dellin Betances gave up a run, but that run was enough for the Yanks to lose to Houston today, 1-0.

Brian McCann had two hits for the Yanks.

The pitching line.

Pineda 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 3 K.
Severino 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Betances (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pestano 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, o walks and 1 K.
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.