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Sheffield avoids injury in AFL; Also, links to articles on Boone, Otani.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yankees’ prospect Justus Sheffield avoided more serious injury when a comebacker struck him in the leg on Saturday.

The lefty pitcher was removed in the second inning of Scottsdale’s 12-7 loss.

Yankees’ prospects in the game:

1B BIlly McKinney 1 for 2, scored two runs, 1 RBI. Single and walk. .298
3B Kyle Holder 2 for 4, double, RBI. .350

Sheffield (L, 2-2; 3.10) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R,  1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Andrew Schwaab 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cody Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Jim Bowden, Reds’ GM from 1992-2003 has interesting things to say about Aaron Boone possibly becoming a manager. You can access the link here (copy and paste into browser):

http://nypost.com/2017/11/11/why-no-experience-is-not-a-problem-for-aaron-boone/

MLB.com has some more information on Shohei Otani here:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/261421270/shohei-ohtani-says-he-will-do-what-teams-ask/

 

 

 

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Wedge, Otani, April start times, AFL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Add another surprise name to the Yankees’ managerial search. The second person to be interviewed was Eric Wedge.

Wedge will be 50 in January. He managed Cleveland from 2003-2009, and was Cleveland’s manager when the Indians beat the Yankees in the 2007 ALDS, the series known for the midges.

He also managed Seattle from 2011-2013. In his ten years as manager, his teams averaged 77-85. He won 90 or more games twice and the only team he took to the playoffs was that 2007 Indians team (which featured CC Sabathia) that blew a 3 games to 1 lead to Boston in the ALCS.

Nevertheless, Wedge was named Manager of the Year for 2007.

As a player, Wedge, a catcher, only got 86 at bats, hitting .233-5-12, OPS+ 107.

Shohei Otani has been posted by his Japanese team and is someone the Yankees are very interested in. Not only that, the Japanese “Babe Ruth” (because he pitches and hits well) would very much like to come to the Yankees. If you haven’t heard of him, he is just 23, bats left, throws right and not only pitches well (can hit 100 MPH) but also hits well also.

The Yanks are expected to be quiet on the free agent front….except for this guy and possibly bringing back CC and Todd Frazier. (I don’t think Frazier returns, because of Headley, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, and if the Yanks do sign Otani, then CC may not be signed).

Otani has played in 403 games in Japan as a hitter, and if you take 403/3 that is 134 or about 3 seasons worth, so doing that, he has averaged .286-16-55 as a hitter.

As a pitcher, in 85 games, 82 starts, (85/3 is 28, so once again about 3 seasons worth), he has averaged 14-5, 2.52.

Brian Cashman flew to Japan in August to check on Otani personally. The Yankees have heavily scouted him.

Other teams obviously are interested also. We’ll see who gets him.

The Yanks are changing the start times of their home games (seven) in April, 2018 to a 6:35 start. This only affects the Mon-Thurs. games.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 3-1, getting only 3 hits. Rough night for Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts. .353
LF Billy McKinney 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts. .291
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 3 with a walk. .254.

The Marlins have held preliminarty talks with four clubs about dealing Giancarlo Stanton. One team should worry the Yankees. It’s Boston. The others are the Giants, Cardinals and Phillies.

According to MLB.com,

The Marlins, under new ownership, are prepared to make “unpopular decisions” — as chief executive officer Derek Jeter put it — in order to rebuild their farm system and increase payroll flexibility. A Stanton trade could help them to do both.

Stanton, the reigning Major League home run champion, has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, albeit with an opt-out following the 2020 season. He also possesses a full no-trade clause.

The Cardinals are considered the favorite to land Stanton. It would take a boatload of prospects (which the Yankees have) and the willingness to take on a lot of money (the Yankees could take on the $$$, but don’t have the willingness to gut their farm system or take on a contract like that, especially since Hal wants to get under that salary cap), so even though it would be intriguing to see Stanton and his 59 HR in 2017 in a lineup with Judge and Sanchez, keep dreaming. I don’t see it happening.

But if Hal can get under that cap this year, there is a huge and better free agent class after the 2018 season (Harper? Machado?) and if you still have the prospects, and now got under the cap, a big splurge could be made. That is one dream that could become reality.

Yankees and Baseball news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Free agency starts, and the Yankees didn’t offer qualifying offers ($17.4MM) to any of its free agents, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. Since Todd Frazier and Jaime Garcia were traded mid-season, they didn’t qualify for the offers.

Personally, outside of maybe re-signing CC for only a 1-yr. deal (and if they get the Japanese “Babe Ruth”, Shohei Otani, a 23 yr. old who not only pitches but hits well, CC wouldn’t be necessary), I would go after Alex Avila and see if he would back up Gary Sanchez. Avila is a lefty bat with a little pop. If he could catch 80 games, and hit .240 with 10 HR, I’d be happy. Austin Romine is a nice defensive catcher, but Romine can’t hit a lick (.218-2-21 in 80 games this year, OPS+ only 49).

As for Todd Frazier, it’s hard to see the Yanks bringing him back on a multi-year deal when they have not only Headley signed for next year, but also have prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar so close to being major league ready.

The Yanks did add Jake Cave and Nick Rumbelow to the 40-man roster. Cave, a soon to be 25 year old OF, is a lefty bat who hit .305-20-56 in 103 games between AA/AAA this year. Rumbelow, 26. a righty reliever, was briefly with the Yanks in 2015, going 1-1, 4.02. He missed all of 2016 recovering from TJ surgery, and was 5-1, 1.12 with six saves between AA and AAA this year.

Finalists for the top baseball awards were announced. Finalist means that person finished in the top three. Winners will be announced next week.

AL ROY: Benintendi, Judge, Mancini
NL ROY: Bell, Bellinger, DeJong
AL Mgr. of the Year: Molitor, Hinch, Francona
NL Mgr. of the Year: Roberts, Bud Black, Torey Luvullo.
NL CYA: Kershaw, Scherzer, Strasburg. Two teammates may cancel each other out.
AL CYA: Kluber, Sale and Severino. I expect Seve to finish 3rd.
AL MVP: Altuve, Judge, Jose Ramirez
NL MVP: Stanton, Goldschmidt, Votto

Ten candidates have been selected for Modern Era Hall of Fame consideration. 75% of the vote of a panel is necessary to enshrine these people not selected by the writers. Formerly known as the Veterans’ Committee, this year they concentrate on overlooked candidates who mostly had their impact from 1970-1987.  They are Marvin Miller (advocate for the players and the players union), Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Luis Tiant. You can make a case for all of them. (Bold are players who, even briefly, played for the Yankees).

Brian Cashman came out today and said the reason Joe Girardi wasn’t brought back as manager was because of a disconnect and lack of communication with the players. Girardi stated that he would like to manage again somewhere.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 5-2. Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 3 for 4, .377
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 4, .278

SP Albert Abreu (Loss, 0-2, 3.18) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
RP Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.91

Game 145. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi has turned into Captain Hook, whether his starters like it or not. He has “flipped the page”. Whereas earlier this year, he may have stuck with a starter, now with a playoff spot on the line, he’ll go to his bullpen much quicker, the starter’s feelings be damned for the sake of the team and getting that W.

We saw it earlier this week when he pulled CC in the middle of the fifth up 5-1 when he brought in David Robertson.

Today we saw it with two outs in the fifth when he yanked Jaime Garcia for Chad Green.

They are moves worthy of Casey and Billy. Aggressive, bold and gutsy, the starter’s feelings be damned. It doesn’t matter what pitcher gets the W, as long as it’s a W and not an L. Garcia didn’t like being pulled one out away from qualifying for a win, but it is what it is. Don’t like it? Garcia is a free agent at the end of the year. Don’t like buying into TEAM right now? Leave.  It’s not like he’s been Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw since he was traded for. Besides, right now, Chad Green is such an unhittable weapon.

Girardi couldn’t do this earlier in the year, or he would burn out the bullpen. Now? No holds barred.

Besides Garcia, Betances got a quick hook when he ran into trouble and got pulled for Chapman.

Simple concept. Does well, leave him in. Struggles? Pull him.

The Yanks beat the Rays, 3-2 today, scoring all three runs in the top of the second.

Castro and Ellsbury singled. Todd Frazier singled in a run. After an out and a walk that loaded the bases, Gardner singled in two.

The Rays got a HR in the third off Garcia and scored another in the eighth. With Boston losing tonight, the 79-66 Yanks are three back of the division lead (and to avoid the sudden death wild card game) with 17 games left.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits.
Castro 2 hits.
Ellsbury 2 hits.

Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Green (W, 5-0, 1.96) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62
Betances (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.09
Chapman (S, 18) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.71

Otani, the Japanese hitter/pitcher will be posted at the end of the year. The Yanks have interest.

Magic numbers for the Yanks making a wild card spot and for top wild card are less than 20.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (84-50) won 5-3. CF Jake Cave 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. (.342). LF Mason Williams 2 hits, solo HR. SS Cito Culver HR, 2 RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits. This win clinched the division for SWB.

Mitchell (W, 3-3, 3.25) 5 Ip, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Feyereisen (H, 6) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.57
Rumbelow (S, 5) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.64

AA: Trenton won 3-2 in 13 innings. 1B Ryan McBroom 3 hits, RBI. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.  3B Abiatal Avelino made an error that allowed Bowie to tie the game in the 12th but he doubled and scored the winning run in the 13th.

Tate 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. 3.24
Schwaab 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.24
Coshow 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.81
Brewer (W, 3-1, 1.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Reeves (S, 2) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Both of Tampa’s games, one of which was a makeup from July 10, were ppd. Tampa manager Jay Bell named Mgr. of Year for FSL,

Low A: No game scheduled in Charleston’s League.

GM Brian Cashman in Japan scouting Otani, the Japanese player who is called “Japan’s Babe Ruth” because he pitches and hits well.