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Gray deal to Reds finalized.

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The Yanks trade of Sonny Gray to the Reds is now finalized after Gray agreed to an extension with Cincinnati.

Gray and relief pitcher Reiver Sanmartin go to the Reds. The Yanks get the Reds #7 prospect, 2B/C Shed Long, and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 draft, someone between rounds 1 and 2.

Long won’t be Long with the Yankees, however. The NY Post states that the Yanks are flipping Long to the Mariners for minor league CF Josh Stowers, who was the Mariners’ 2nd round pick in 2018.

While Long would have had to be added to the 40-man roster, such is not the case with Stowers. (per MLB.com).

The trade(s) haven’t been confirmed as of yet, per MLB.com, but various sources now say it’s a done deal.

The Reds get Gray for $7.5MM this year (what he agreed to with the Yankees) and got a 3-yr. extension 2020-2022 for him for $30.5MM. There is a club option for 2023 for $12 MM.

Nice to get raises for a job not well done, right?

The trade reunites Gray with his pitching coach at Vanderbilt, Derek Johnson.

Ok, the particulars:

Gray, 29, RHP, was 11-9, 4.90 (ERA+ 89) for the Yanks in 2018. The problem was (30 games, 23 starts) he was 3.17 on the road, 6.98 at home. So there is hope for the Reds of a rebound. Maybe it was an “I cannot handle NY” kind of thing.

Gray was 4-7, 3.72 in 2017 after the Yanks acquired him in midseason. So his total time with the Yanks came out to 15-16, 4.51 (ERA+ 98, 100 being average).

He is 59-52, 3.66 (ERA+ 110) in his MLB career, which gives a 162 g. average of 13-12, 3.66. Going to a small market and to the NL could really help him. Gray was an All-Star and finished 3rd in the CYA voting in 2015.

Sanmartin 22, is a LHP who pitched in 4 levels in 2018, from Staten Island summer league right up to AA Trenton. His combined record was 5-7, 2.81 in 10 starts and 3 relief appearances. With Texas in 2017, in A ball, he was 7-2, 2.45 in 11 starts and 3 relief appearances.

Long is a lefty hitter, a 2B who has also caught some in the minors. He is 23 and in AA last year, hit .261-12-56 with 19 SB. In 2017, between High A and AA, he hit .281-16-50. Has a little pop for a 5’8″ 184 lb. guy.

Stowers turns 22 in February. A righty bat (I know, another RIGHTY bat, Yankees?) he played 58 games in low A in 2018, hitting .260-5-28 with 20 SB.



Yanks close to trading Gray to Reds

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It is not official yet, but it appears like the Yanks are close to trading Sonny Gray to the Reds for minor league 2B/C Shed Long (a LEFTY hitter btw) a draft pick and a lesser prospect.

I’ll have more, especially some info on Long when the deal does become official.


Yankees news today.

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Still waiting on Tanaka. What he does influences the Yankees’ offseason from day one.

Cross some other people off the list of who may be the Yankees’ next mgr.

Raul Ibanez is flattered but wants to stay in LA in the Dodgers’ front office.

Billy McKinney, OF/1B, has been added to the AFL All-Star team.

I don’t know how they can do this before free agency and which free agents sign with what team, but the Yanks are 11-1 odds to win the 2018 WS. Not bad.

By contrast, other teams in my area: Mets 22/1 and Phillies 75-1.

In the AFL, Scottsdale lost, 4-2. Yankees’ prospects:

RF Estevan Florial. 1 for 4, 2 strikeouts. .289.
2B Kyle Holder. 1 for 4, double. One strikeout. .375

Andrew Schwaab pitched two innings of relief. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
ERA 5.68.

Earlier today, you could cross Joe Espada off the list of  replacements for Joe Girardi. He signed on as bench coach for Houston.

Now cross off not only Ibanez, but someone else.

Kevin Long, former hitting coach for the Yanks and recently, the Mets, has signed on to be the hitting coach for the Nationals.



Yankees let Girardi go. Who replaces him?

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So Joe Girardi’s contract has expired, and the Yankees are going in a different direction. They decided not to retain him.

So which direction do they go in?

Girardi in 10 years averaged 91-71. In ten years, he took the Yanks to the postseason six times.

He ranks sixth as far as tenure and games won in Yankees’ history.

He won a WS. Three times he took the team to the ALCS but lost. He lost one series in the ALDS and lost another year in the WC game.

He oversaw the fading out of Pettitte, Jeter, Mo, Posada and A-Rod, not to mention Teixeira.

So I break it down, the manager search, into categories.

A lot may depend on someone who may be a long-term solution with the young guys.


Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly. Both Yankees’ legends. Willie hasn’t managed since the Mets. No second offers. Donnie is still under contract with Florida. Will they let him go?

Experienced, and available.

Brad Ausmus. Just canned by the Tigers.
Dusty Baker.Just canned by Washington. I am not a fan of his.
Pete Mackanin. Just canned by the Phillies, bumped into their front office.
Terry Collins. just canned by the Mets.
John Farrell, just canned by Boston.

I don’t think they’ll go with that list above.

Other candidates include:

In the organization:
Josh Paul, in the organization.
Tim Naehring, in the organization, former MLB player.
Tony Pena, coach, Managed KC for a few years, but older than they may want. Did win a mgr. of the year w/KC, but too old for a young team?

Guys in the minors now, like

Al Pedrique: current SWB mgr. Guys had to go through him to get to the majors. Since he knew these youngsters at AAA, does he follow them to the majors?

Jay Bell. Former MLB SS managed at Tampa (A+) this year.

An ex-MLB Mgr. associated w/the Yankees:
Trey Hillman, two full years and part of a third w/kc. Currently managing a Korean club.

Guys in the majors, like:

Kevin Long: Mets hitting coach, formerly NYY hitting coach.

Current Yankees coaches like:

Joe Espada, 3B Coach
Robbie Thomson Bench Coach


So where do they go from here?

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are finalists for Gold Glove awards.

As for the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale tied 4-4.

2B Yankees’ Prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4 and scored a run. .417.

WS Game 3 is tonight.





The Minors.

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AAA: SWB beat LV 7-2. Kyle Haines (6) and Chris Martin (2) combined for eight shutout innings. 1B Kyle Roller with a triple, HR, 2 RBI. C Austin Romine 3 hits, 2 rbi. C Gary Sanchez on the DL with a hamstring injury. RF/3B Jose Pirela 3 hits,RBI. Rehabbing LF Dustin Ackley 2 hits. Two others with two hits each.

AA:   Trenton lost 3-2. Jaron Long the hard-luck losing pitcher. 3B Cito Culver two hits.

High A: Tampa won 9-3. Jordan Montgomery six no-hit shutout innings, 8 K. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) single,double, HR, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 for 2, solo HR, 2 walks. INF Abital Avelino 2 hits, 35th SB. CF Dustin Fowler 4 rbi.

A: Charleston lost 5-4. SS Angel Aguilar 2 h, double, Hr, 2 Rbi. 2h, rbi for 1B Isaias Tejeda. Two others with two hits each.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB won 4-2. Kyle Haines 1 R, 3 H, 7 IP. 1B Austin Romine  3 RBI. CF Ben Gamel 2 doubles, rbi.  C Gary Sanchez 4 for 4, 2 doubles.

You wonder with guys like Bird, Sanchez and Judge, and with guys like Teixeira, McCann, Beltran and A-Rod signed in 2016, if Bird, Sanchez and Judge will have to start 2016 in AAA. If so, …. SWB will be very interesting in 2016.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2. RF Tyler Austin and 1B Rob Segedin each with 2 hits, rbi. 2 Hits for DH Dante Bichette,  Jr. Jaron Long 3 R in 8 IP.

High A: 8-5 loss for Tampa. Five players with 2 hits each.

A: Charleston won 7-3. SS Angel Aguilar 3 h, rbi. 1B Bo Thompson 2 hits, 2 rbi. RF Austin Aune 2 rbi.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB lost 3-1 to Lehigh Valley, getting only four hits in the process, two by CF Ben Gamel.

AA: Trenton gave up two in the bottom of the ninth and lost 4-3. It spoiled an excellent effort by Jaron Long. 8 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 6 H, 0 walks and 5K. Mark Montgomery the losing pitcher.

High A: Tampa ppd.

A: Charleston ppd.