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S.T. Game 18. Yanks, Tigers, tie 2-2. Gleyber sent down.

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This is one reason why I don’t care too much about the final score of spring training games.

Not until say, the last 10 games or so. Maybe less than that.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a run in the top of the ninth to blow the save as the Yanks tied the Tigers 2-2 on Tuesday.

Come the regular season, Gallegos isn’t pitching the ninth, no offense to him. It’s gonna be Chapman, Betances or Robertson, and the latter two only if Chapman needs a day off.

CC started and pitched well, giving up just one run on a HR by Leonys Martin in 4 IP.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi tied it with a HR, then Hicks singled, and with one out, Lind walked. Torres walked and Shane Robinson hit into a forceout which put the Yanks up 2-1.

A single, WP and single off Gallegos tied the game for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks had a chance to win it. Jeff Hendrix walked, stole second and went to third on an error but the Yanks could not get him in. (Message to Aaron Boone, squeeze, unlike Girardi, who never did). Jace Peterson and Kyle Higashioka both struck out. Tyler Wade walked and went to second on defensive indifference (Wade being the winning run, the other team isn’t doing THAT in the regular season) but Estevan Florial grounded out.

Gleyber Torres and Kyle Higashioka were reassigned to minor league camp.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game. They struck out 11x.

CC 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I feel sorry for the Mets’ David Wright, who had another setback. Troubled with back problems the past few years, the great Mets’ 3B should just retire. I admire him trying but really, it’s time to retire.





Did Yanks make Darvish an offer?

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Yahoo sports is reporting, through Yanks’ broadcaster Michael Kay, that the Yanks did make a 7 yr./$160MM offer to Yu Darvish with a 48 hour window that Darvish walked away from.

What they DON’T say, is WHEN that offer was made.

I can’t see it happening after the Stanton acquisition.

What I would think happened, is that the Yanks had Stanton on the back burner, didn’t know if they would get him (whether Stanton would waive his no-trade to St. Louis or SF or if another team was hot for him and was agreeable to Stanton where Stanton could have gone there) and would get back to Stanton if Darvish turned them down. Which Darvish did.

Now that Darvish turned them down, they then refocused on Stanton, knowing they had to strike while the iron was hot for Stanton, thus the 48-hour window they gave to Darvish.

But knowing now that Darvish turned them down, the Yanks could now refocus on CC too, hoping to get CC back on a hometown discount with incentives.

In order to do that, to get CC back on that discount, the Yanks needed the Marlins to pick up some of Stanton’s salary, which they are. About $30MM of the $295MM left on it.

So now the Yanks go after & get Stanton, and shortly after, get CC back on a 1-yr., $10MM deal with some incentives.

Do I have any proof of that? No, of course not. But if the Yanks DID make that offer to Darvish, they couldn’t have done it in the past week and still stay under the cap that they are hard-pressed to stay under unless they dump some salary (Ellsbury, Gardner, Robertson, Betances).

I, for one, don’t want them to touch or break up what could be the best bullpen in baseball. Just about everyone in that ‘pen has a better than 10k/9 ratio. Some are in the 13-15K/9 ratio. Ridiculous.

So is this scenario what I described above what happened? Only Cashman and the front office know, and you can think for yourselves whether it may or may not have happened and even if it is plausible.

The Yanks did sign two players yesterday and avoided the arbitration process with them. Hicks for $2.8MM, Kahnle for $1.3 and both came in around what was predicted.

That is good. A couple more to come. You hope everything gets settled amicably and we don’t have the drama that occurred last year between Betances and the front office.

CC Nemesis Longoria traded to SF

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Outside of rumors, nothing much going on in Yankeeland.

Despite a rumor on Todd Frazier, nothing has happened.

Things are cooling on the Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for Clint Frazier and others front.

The Yanks had to pay $15.7MM for being over the cap. The Dodgers were #1 at some $36MM +. Others paying the fine are the Nationals, Giants and Tigers. Not good for the Giants and Tigers, who both stunk last year.

Without moving Jacoby Ellsbury and his salary, the Yanks can’t do too much, and Ellsbury has a no-trade clause. $21MM for a 5th OF (behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner).

CC Sabathia got a Christmas present. Tampa Bay traded Evan Longoria to SF for Denard Span and 3 prospects. Longoria has owned CC.

Orioles’ closer Zach Britton tore his achilles while running and will miss the first half of the 2018 season.

Yanks re-sign CC. 1 Yr, $10MM.

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CC Sabathia is coming back for at least 1 yr. The lefty signed a 1-yr. , $10MM deal with the Yanks.

Besides helping to stabliize the rotation (Severino, Tanaka, Gray, Montgomery & CC for now), it helps minimize the need to get a Gerrit Cole type by trading Clint Frazier and Chance Adams for him (or Fulmer, Corbin, etc.), and also pushes back the need for a Chance Adams or Justus Sheffield for now and lets them develop a bit more (also Domingo Acevedo, Albert Abreu and/or Domingo German) . Of course, with injuries, you never know.

Good deal. I didn’t want to give CC and that troublesome knee more than a 1 yr. deal, and he does turn 38 next July. Affordable, too.

CC needed to reinvent himself. After a strong 2012 when he went 15-6, 3.38 but missed a couple of starts, it appeared from 2013 to 2015 that CC was done. In those years, he was a combined 23-27, 4.81 ERA and had to leave the team before the 2015 WC game to battle his problem w/alcohol.

But in the last two years, he is 23-17, 3.81. Maybe not an ace anymore, but serviceable.

With the signing, the Yanks are still some $15-20MM under the cap. We’ll see if they use it on another pitcher or if they use it on someone like a Howie Kendrick (the only position player I can see the Yanks squeezing in. Kendrick could be a one-year stop gap at 2B while Torres and Andujar battle it out for 3B. Maybe the Yanks don’t want to go with rookies at two positions. )

But a move, and a good one. Not much $$$ left unless they can dump some of Ellsbury’s salary.

He was 14-5, 3.69, ERA+ 122 last year and we’ll gladly take that again.

$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.


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.