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$alary dump. Yanks trade Headley and Mitchell to SD.

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The Yankees created more salary cap space by trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to SD for OF Jabari Blash.

Blash, 28, a righty bat, has played in 99 MLB games, going .200-8-21, OPS+ 79. Don’t expect him in the bigs as he is behind Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury, not to mention Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney.

This was a move to free up $$. Headley hit .273-12-61 with the Yanks in 2017, OPS + 100 (league average). In three full and another part of a fourth year with the Yanks, his OPS+ was 96, a tick below league average. In the last four years, he’s averaged .257-12-56, OPS+ 95, a tick below league average.

Now that the Yanks have dealt Castro and Headley, there are holes at 2B and 3B. Do the Yankees now bring back Todd Frazier?

Or do they take the $$ saved in dealing Castro and Headley and use it all on pitching?

They can go strictly “Minimum Wage” and use Gleyber Torres at 2B and Miguel Andujar at 3B. Two rookies, if they don’t want to go after Todd Frazier.

Rumors are they are kicking the tires on Manny Machado. I don’t see it happening. Machado is a free agent after 2018 and could cost a boatload of prospects. It’s also rumored he wants to leave 3B and go back to SS. That isn’t happening with the Yankees, not with Didi at SS.

But something is brewing. Whether it be 3B, 2B or a starting pitcher. More moves are coming.

The Yanks are said to be interested in the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer (2016 ROY), Partick Corbin of Arizona and Danny Duffy of KC, in addition to the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.

CC, of course could be coming back, too.

As for Bryan Mitchell, I had a gut feeling he would be dealt this offseason and I feel the same way about Luis Cessa. There are just younger players with greater upside who are passing these guys by. In 48 games as a Yankee, Mitchell was 2-6, 4.94.

 

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Ohtani turns down Yanks.

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Shohei Ohtani has told the Yanks not to bother sending out a contingent to meet with him face to face.

Apparently he wants a small market, West Coast team.

You can presume that eliminates the Dodgers and Angels as well. I am thinking Seattle, here.

Hey, it is a loss, but if someone doesn’t want to play in NY, then don’t pursue him. No more Randy Johnson’s here, OK?

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you feel you can’t handle NY, then best the Yankees NOT sign you.

Granted, he is a talent, but….

So the Yankees move on. No Ohtani. So as far as filling out the rotation goes, there are still options.

Re-sign CC to a 1-yr. deal (he is 38 next summer). NO to a 2-yr. deal.

Sign Alex Cobb.

Sign Lance Lynn.

Sign none of the above and trust that Chance Adams is ready.

I hear about Bryan Mitchell as a #5 starter. I just don’t have faith in that, and think Mitchell will be moved. Just a gut feeling. I also don’t have faith in Luis Cessa there.

But a disappointment. But now to move on and fill out the rotation.

I don’t see Darvish or Arrietta. The Yanks want to get under the cap. Darvish and Arrietta won’t help them do that.

 

 

Angels ink two, one from Yanks. More on Ohtani. Info on Torres.

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Two people previously considered as candidates for the Yankees’ managerial position have inked deals with the Angels. Former Tiger manager Brad Ausmus, who said he wanted to take time away from managing, signed on to help in the Angels’ front office.

Josh Paul, catching coordinator, signed on to be Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Angels.

Throwing some numbers at you.

You have two 37 year olds.

A pitcher went 14-5, 3.69 in 27 starts. (Sabathia)
A DH hit .231-19-64 in 105 games. (Holliday)

Depending on how flexible you are with your thinking, you have a 23 year old (Ohtani) who as a starter, could match what the 37 year old CC did, if not better it. He is considered one of the five best pitchers in the world, and one scout compared him to a Verlander. (If only…. I’m starting to dream…)

On the days he doesn’t pitch, he could DH and give you the power production Holliday gave you and possibly hit at least 30 points higher.

105 + 27 is 132 games, he rests for 30.

Even 27 starts and say DH in 60 games gives you nice flexibility. Since he can do both, you can squeeze another player on the roster. Maybe platoon Ohtani with someone else (righty hitter) at DH or use Ohtani and platoon him with another regular who needs the 1/2 day off, like Sanchez when he isn’t catching, or Gardner or Judge, etc. when they need a day away from the field.

For example, could getting Ohtani be the only way Clint Frazier breaks camp with the Yankees? You have Gardner, Hicks, Judge and the most expensive fourth OF in the world in Ellsbury.

But will a team take the chance of having Ohtani DH on days he doesn’t pitch? Do you take that risk?

You may have to…. or else Ohtani may not sign with you.

Is he a risk worth taking? Well, instead of bringing back two older guys in the twilight of their careers, and paying one $12MM for a year and probably around the same for the other, both going against the cap, you have the signing bonus and posting fee for the young guy, neither going against the cap. The young guy who has a ton of potential who salary-wise would come cheap.

A young guy who can team with other young guys like Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Severino, Torres (more on him in a moment), Montgomery, Clint Frazier, Adams, Sheffield, and don’t forget, guys like Didi, Castro, Tanaka, and Gray aren’t 30 yet either.

The future isn’t only now, it’s coming.

Going after Ohtani is a no-brainer.

As for other deals, like for a starter (or bringing CC back) or DH or …. that is all on the back burner for now.

Priority #1 is making sure the Yanks get this guy. If that means Tanaka and Matsui make recruiting pitches to their Japanese countryman, so be it.

Yes, there were busts like Igawa and Irabu.

There also have been successes like Tanaka and Matsui. …. and although his success came elsewhere, Ichiro, who was briefly with the Yanks as his career was winding down.

Make it happen, Yankees.

As for Gleyber Torres, don’t be surprised if he starts the year at AAA and comes up in early May. As NJ.com reports, with 20 more service days at AAA, his arbitration and free agent schedule gets pushed back one year. The Yanks may just have him open up at AAA, get just a bit more experience, push back that timetable a year and bring him up in early May. We’ll see. If there are any injuries, he may HAVE to start the year in the bigs.

Of course, he may just play his way into the bigs in spring training, and have the type of camp where there is no way you send him down.

We’ll see.

Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

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The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.

 

Yanks interview Thomson; CC endorses A-Rod, Cone & Flaherty interested.

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The Yanks’ search for a new manager really began today.  Interviews have begun.

The first person interviewed was bench coach Rob Thomson.

Meanwhile, two YES broadcasters expressed their interest in the job opening, and they are David Cone and John Flaherty.

CC, meanwhile, said that he thinks A-Rod would be a good manager, but A-Rod isn’t interested as of yet, because of too many outside happenings (J-Lo being one, LOL).

No Arizona Fall League action tonight.

A top Red Sox prospect died of complications from cancer surgery. Only 17. Sad.

The Players Choice Awards were announced on MLB network tonight.

Either league

Player of the Year: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Marvin Miller Man of the Year: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
Majestic Athletic Always Game Award: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)

American League

Outstanding Player: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Outstanding Pitcher: Corey Kluber (Indians)
Outstanding Rookie: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Comeback Player: Mike Moustakas (Royals)

National League

Outstanding Player: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outstanding Pitcher: Max Scherzer (Nationals)
Outstanding Rookie: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)
Comeback Player: Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)

 

 

Yankees and Baseball news.

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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

ALCS Game 7. Home cooking. Houston wins AL Pennant, 4-0.

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The home team won every game of the ALCS, and with a 4-0 win, that means that Houston will be going to the WS to play the Dodgers.

It is the second pennant for the Astros, who got swept in the 2005 WS by the White Sox.

The Yankees were two different teams this year as far as home vs. road. At home, they were 51-30, while they were 40-41 on the road.

In the postseason, they were 6-0 at home, but they were 1-6 on the road, with the only road win coming against the Indians in game 5.

In the four games in Houston, the Yanks scored 1, 1, 1 and 0 runs.

Aaron Judge took a HR away in the second inning, but in the fourth, CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Evan Gattis.

CC was pulled in the fourth after 3 1/3 innings, having given up one run.

Was it too soon? For Tommy Kahnle did get a DP to get out of the fourth, but gave up three runs in the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, the Yanks had a chance. Greg Bird got a leadoff double, and later on, the Yanks had men on first and third with one out. Bird was thrown out at the plate on a ground out, however. You may remember Game 1 when he was thrown out at the plate. One thing Bird doesn’t do well is run.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jose Altuve homered with one out. A couple of singles followed, then out #2, but ex-Yankee Brian McCann, who had a big hit in Game 6, finished off the Yankees with a 2-run double.

The Yanks got only three hits all night, and Didi Gregorius got the dreaded Golden Sombrero—0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

Justin Verlander was named ALCS MVP.

Sabathia (Loss) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Disappointing, but a great year for a team expected to be a few years away. One win short of a WS appearance. Hopefully, for a young team, a learning experience.

We will see what happens now in the offseason.

 

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