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Yanks rained out. Arenado re-ups with Rockies, what it means for Andujar.

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The Yanks game against the Phillies Tuesday was rained out and won’t be rescheduled.

Rockies’ 3B Nolan Arenado signed an extension with Colorado for 8 years and $260 MM so he won’t be hitting the free agent market after this season.

With both Arenado and Machado off the market, Miguel Andujar can breathe easy. Concentrate on hitting like you did last year and impove your defense. You don’t have to worry about Machado or Arenado anymore.

As far as Bryce Harper is concerned, I am starting to have one thought why this is taking so long.

That is this: that the Phillies may be the only team that will offer Harper the years and money he wants, but he really, really, doesn’t want to go to Philadelphia unless he absolutely has to, which is why he is still on the market as I write this.

Just my gut feeling.

Machado signs; Newcombe and Casale pass away.

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Manny Machado has finally signed. A 10 yr., $300MM deal with SD.

The Yanks weren’t going to give the years and money. Instead of putting all their eggs in that basket (and they are only going to miss Didi for 1/2 a season and have Andujar), they decided to take the money spent on one player and instead, fill multiple holes.

With that money, they replaced the lost Robertson with Ottavino, re-signed Britton, signed LeMahieu (an upgrade over Torreyes or Wade as a utility infielder), brought back Happ, traded for Paxton.

You can also say they used the $ to sign Severino to that extension.

And for SS, they only have to pay Tulo the league minimum in order to fill in for Didi until Didi is ready to return. Toronto picks up the rest. If Tulo can stay healthy and be a semblance of what he was…

Dodger legend Don Newcombe passed away at the age of 92. With Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, his Dodger teammates, Newcombe was one of the first great black players in MLB.

Newcombe won the ROY, CYA, AND MVP Awards in his career.

He pitched for the Dodgers 1949-1951, missed two full seasons due to the Korean Conflict and military service during that time, then pitched for the Dodgers 1954-1958. He also pitched for Reds 1958-1960 and the Indians 1960.

He won the ROY Award in 1949, going 17-8, 3.17, ERA+ 130. He finished 8th in MVP voting that year, and lost a classic 1-0 duel to Allie Reynolds in Game 1 of the WS that year when Tommy Henrich homered off him in the bottom of the ninth. Henrich’s HR was only the fifth Yankees’ hit in the game, and Newcombe struck out 11. Reynolds pitched a two-hit shutout.

Newcombe was a 20 game winner in 1951, but is remembered for starting the third playoff game against the Giants and for taking a 4-1 lead into the ninth. He gave up hits to three of the first four batters in the bottom of the ninth, making it 4-2, and was pulled for Ralph Branca, who gave up Bobby Thomson’s 3-run pennant-winning walk-off “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” HR.

Newcombe missed all of 1952 and 1953 due to military service. He was a bit rusty in 1954 after the two-year layoff, but then he won 20 for the 1955 WS winning Dodgers (the only Dodger team to win it all while in Brooklyn). That year marked his 4th and last All-Star appearance, and he finished 7th in MVP voting.

1956 was his best year as he won both the CYA (the first ever, and at that time awarded to only one pitcher) and MVP Awards, going 27-7, and leading the majors in wins.  For the second straight year, he led in winning percentage, since he was 20-5 in 1955.

In 1957, the Dodgers’ last year in Brooklyn, Newcombe slumped from 27-7 to 11-12. He fought (and later conquered) problems with alcohol. Some of those problems developed because of his WS troubles against the Yankees (more on that in a bit). After starting 0-6 for the LA Dodgers in 1958, he was dealt to the Reds, and his combined record in 1958 was just 7-13.

He was decent, 13-8, 3.16 in 1959 for Cincy but 1960 was his last year in the majors.

His 162 game average was 16-10, 3.56, ERA+ 114. He won 149, lost 90.

He was an excellent hitter for a pitcher, hitting .271 with 15 HR and 108 RBI in his career. In 1955, he hit .359 with 7 HR and 23 RBI.

He hit over .300 in four seasons, amazing for a pitcher.

After recovering from alcoholism himself, he helped others with substance abuse.

In five WS starts, all against the Yankees, he was 0-4, 8.59.

Also passing was Jerry Casale at the age of 85, back on Feb. 9. Casale’s best season was for the 1959 Red Sox, when he went 13-8 with an ERA of 4.31. He was 17-24, 5.08 in his MLB career. He was with Boston 1958-1960, the Angels 1961 and the Tigers 1961-1962. Not a bad hitter for a pitcher, he hit .216 with 4 HR.


When will free agents sign?

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We are about two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, and there are still a lot of free agents still unsigned, including four major ones in Harper, Machado, Kimbrel,  and Keuchel. There are others.

When will they finally sign?

Freddy Galvis signed a 1 yr, $4MM deal with Toronto.

Ex-Yankee Neil Walker went to the Marlins, 1 yr, $2MM.

The Red Sox signed Jennry Mejia to a minor league deal, even though he has been suspended 3x for PEDs. He last pitched in the majors in 2015.

Shawn Kelley to Texas 1 yr, $2.5 MM, option for a 2nd yr.



Yanks sign LeMahieu, means probably out on Machado.

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The Yanks most likely are out on Manny Machado after they signed D.J. LeMahieu to a 2 yr., $24MM deal today.

With the acquisition, the Yanks now have Voit, Bird, Torres, LeMahieu, Tulowitzki, Andujar and Wade for the infield, and I would guess that Wade (and perhaps Bird) would be starting the year at AAA.

That is seven infielders, meaning no room for Machado unless someone goes.

LeMahieu is 30, and yet another righty bat on a team needing lefty balance. Oh well, he does go to the opposite field a lot. In 2018, he hit .276-15-62, OPS+ 88. He won the batting title in 2016, when he led the majors with a .348 mark and finished 15th in MVP voting. For his career, his 162 g. average is .298-8-59, OPS+ 92.

His numbers, however, are skewed by playing for Colorado. He is a .330 hitter at Colorado but a .264 hitter on the road.

So I wouldn’t expect his bat to equal what he did for Colorado.

The Yanks, however, didn’t get him for his bat. That would be a bonus.

They got him for his glove. LeMahieu, a 2x All-Star, has won 3 Gold Glove awards. Primarily a second baseman, he can also fill in at the other infield spots.

The Yanks can use him as a utility infielder. Also, if the recently acquired Troy Tulowitzki cannot cut it as the starting SS, the Yanks can slide Gleyber Torres over to SS and start LeMahieu at 2B. Remember that Tulo missed all of 2018 and only played in 66 games in 2017. Tulo, a 5x All-Star, has 2 Gold Gloves of his own.

So an infield that has the defensively challenged Voit and Andujar got defensive stalwarts in Tulowitzki and LeMahieu, even if neither Tulo nor LeMahieu match the offensive numbers they put up in Colorado.

And we don’t know at what point in the season we get Didi and his lefty bat back.

With the firepower the Yanks have offensively, these moves for Tulo and LeMahieu were based on defense first, and anything they give offensively (and it could be a lot) is a bonus.

In making the signing of Zach Britton official today, the Yanks DFA’d Hanser Alberto, and he was immediately claimed by the Orioles.

A.J. Cole, DFA’d just the other day by the Yanks, was claimed by Cleveland.

Aaron Hicks agreed to a $6MM deal for 2019, and Austin Romine to a $1.8MM deal.

For Dellin Betances, $7.25MM.

The Yanks signed a couple of guys to minor league deals. Drew Hutchison and Matt Lipka.

Hutchison, 28, is a RHP who went 2-2, 6.75 for the Phils and Rangers in 2018. For his career, he is 32-23, 5.10, ERA+ 79. His 162 g. average is 12-9, 5.10 (38 games, 30 starts). As a starter for Toronto in 2014 and 2015, he went 11-13 and 13-5 but his ERAs were 4.48 and 5.57. He provides some pitching depth.

Lipka is 26, and an OF/SS who hit .240-4-30 with 21 SB at AA in 2018.



Ex-Yanks’ coach Down dies at 68.

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One-time Yanks’ hitting coach Rick Down passed away Saturday Jan. 5th at the age of 68.

Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson will once again visit and work out with the Yanks in spring training. It’s expected he’ll get an at bat in an exhibition game. It’s more a publicity thing than anything else.

The Phillies hired a former mentor of Manny Machado in an effort to lure the slugger to Philadelphia.

Rumors are that Machado wants Stanton-like money or more. If that is the case, good luck with that, because the Yanks won’t go there. If Machado really wants to come to NY, it’s going to be on the Yankees’ terms.

Update: The Yanks and Greg Bird agreed to a 1 yr., $1.2 MM deal. A raise from $582K, but you can’t really say he deserved it.


Yanks appear out on Machado

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It appears that the Yanks are out on Machado, as they won’t give him the years or money he is asking for.

It appears that they haven’t even made an official offer, either.

It appears that the Phillies and White Sox (and the White Sox just recently added Machado’s brother-in-law as well as one of his good friends to the team) are the two teams he may go to, with the Phillies being the favorite.

This isn’t George’s Yankees anymore, it’s Hal’s. That’s becoming apparent with how they have handled (mishandled as some fans might say?) the Corbin and Machado dealings.

Note the word “appears.” We’ll see. Some rumors have the Yanks wanting to go no more than say 5 years, $130MM or so, not the 7-10 years and $210-$300MM that some say that the Machado camp is looking for.

It is becoming apparent that if Machado wants to go to his allegedly preferred destination, the Yankees, that it will be for less years and probably less money.

Despite the Dodgers having cleared some space by trading both Puig and Kemp to Cincinnati, the rumors are that Bryce Harper, instead of going to L.A., could be headed back to Washington.

Decisions for the two should be coming shortly. After all, we are just over a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting.

Soon, rumors will be facts.

Luxury vs. Necessity and the best solution?

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As the Yanks weigh various options, a take.

Re: Machado. The White sox now signed one of Machado’s friends to be on the team along with Machado’s brother in law.

Sing it with me (Sly and the Family Stone) It’s a Family Affair….. it’s a Family affair…

Family or no family, I wonder, even if the White Sox offer the most $$$ and years, whether Machado wants to go to a team that was 62-100 last year.

So, if Machado decides on the Yanks (and his wife may like the shops in NYC over Chicago), what then? What would be the best plan of attack?

For me, if Tulo proves he can handle SS again, then…

C Sanchez, 1B Voit (unless Bird can win his job back)
2B Torres SS Tulo 3B Machado DH Andujar (great D on left side of the infield)

Move Stanton back to LF, CF Hicks, RF Judge

Gardner and Ellsbury are backup OF, PR and Defensive replacements  (Frazier, who missed almost all of 2018, gets the AAA time he missed last year).

The only problem is that the lineup does not have enough lefty hitters. Yankee Stadium has always been for lefties, hitters and pitchers.

With the lineup they currently have without Machado, adding Machado is more a luxury to me than a necessity.

The greater need, to me, is to add Adam Ottavino to the bullpen. Adding him to Green, Betances, Britton and Chapman really solidifies that bullpen.

Now that CC has been cleared for baseball activities after his stent operation, the road is clear to dump Gray.