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Can and will the Yanks bring back Maybin?

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With Aaron Hicks scheduled to miss half or more of the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery, the Yanks made a necessary move in bringing back Brett Gardner for CF.

But Gardner is 36 and turns 37 next August. Giving him cover, and rest, is also necessary.

Which leads us to Cameron Maybin. Yes, Mike Tauchman can fill in for Gardner in CF, and both are lefty hitters, but what about a Gardner/Maybin platoon, with Tauchman filling in at all three positions if necessary (giving the corners, Stanton and Judge, a day off here to DH and also filling in at CF himself sometimes).

Maybin is a free agent and shouldn’t cost much. 33 next April, the righty hitting OF did surprisingly well for the Yanks last year, fitting in nicely after the Yanks picked him up from Cleveland where he started the year in AAA.

In 85 games, he hit .285-11-32, OPS+ 127. He also gave the Yanks an element of speed with 9 SB (although he was caught 6 times). Only Gardner–with 10—stole more bases for the Yankees than Maybin did last year (Tyler Wade, who only played in 43 games, had 7). He has had four seasons where he has stolen 20 or more bases. His 162 game average is .256-10-50, 26 SB.

After the Gerrit Cole signing, we’ll see how much $ the Yanks have in the till. A trade of J.A. Happ (with the Yanks picking up some, but not all of Happ’s salary) can help free up money. Money they then may use to bring Maybin back for one year at what should be a reasonable, relatively low-cost deal.

Clint Frazier isn’t an option for CF. With his poor defense, you even wonder about him in the corners. His bat is a nice option in case a corner OF gets hurt, but oh, that defense.

And we are talking CF here.

We’ll see what happens next.

Hicks out 8-10 months. Minor surgeries also for Tanaka, Voit. Ex-mgr. Girardi Philly-bound.

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The Yanks may have to sign free agent OF Brett Gardner to a one-year deal. They won’t have Aaron Hicks until next July at the earliest. Hicks is to undergo Tommy John surgery on that throwing elbow of his and will miss 8-10 months.

Even though Gardner had a career year, reaching highs in HR (28) and RBI (74), you do have to wonder if, with Hicks out, the Yanks may also look elsewhere and sign someone else to a one-year deal to platoon with Gardy or if they might just see if Mike Tauchman, who had 13 HR and 47 RBI as a platoon player, or maybe even Cameron Maybin (11 HR, 32 RBI platooning as well) could be a fit.

The problem with Gardner is that he is 36, and turns 37 next August. A good, career Yankee, a leader, but will his age be a problem?

Ex-Oriole OF Adam Jones is a free agent. Maybe on a one-year deal. And only to platoon.

Masahiro Tanaka had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow, and Luke Voit had a procedure done, probably related to that sports hernia he got. Both are expected to be ready for spring training 2020.


D.J. LeMahieu is a finalist for the Gold Glove Award, at 2B. He is the only Yankee to be a finalist (3 are named at each position). I thought maybe Gio Urshela,  Gardner, and Aaron Judge would be considered, but nope.


Ex-Yankee C and later manager Joe Girardi got a 3-year deal with the Phillies to be their next manager, replacing Gabe Kapler. Girardi managed the Yanks 2008-2017, winning the WS in 2009, and had one year managing the Marlins prior to that.

Game 145. Paxton dominating again as Yanks win 5-0.

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Bad news on Mike Tauchman. The calf injury is 6 to 8 weeks. Which means, at this date, out for the season.

The Yanks could sure use Giancarlo Stanton back right now, and to play the OF, not DH. Stanton in LF enables Luke Voit or Edwin Encarnacion to DH and also gives the Yanks their best defensive infield of D.J. LeMahieu at 1B, Gleyber Torres at 2B, Didi Gregorius at SS and Gio Urshela at 3B. If you want to sit Didi, Gleyber goes to SS. If you want to play LaMahieu at 3B and sit Urshela and play Voit or Encarnacion at 1B and the other at DH, Boone could do that. Stanton in LF gives manager Aaron Boone more flexibility elsewhere. So Stanton would need to come back, and also to play LF.

With Tauchman out, Cameron Maybin played LF tonight. You could go with Clint Frazier there, but then Frazier leaves at the end of the game, replaced by Maybin for defensive purposes.

As of now, backups are Tyler Wade and Breyvic Valera, and that isn’t ideal.

James Paxton has been great lately, and that continued tonight with 6 2/3 shutout innings.

With the 5-0 win, the Yanks (95-50) officially eliminated Boston from any chance of winning the AL East (Boston’s only hope and it is very slim one, is the wild card—and they need a miracle for that), and lowered their magic # over Tampa Bay for winning the AL East to 9. They have a 9 game lead with 17 games to go. The magic # to get into the playoffs is down to 7.  They remain tied with Houston (Houston has the tiebreaker) for best record in the majors and both are two games ahead of the Dodgers.

The Yankees took 14 of 19 from Boston this season.

Austin Romine got the scoring started with his 7th HR of the season, a solo shot in the fifth.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela hit his 19th HR of the season leading off the inning to make it 2-0. After an out, Romine doubled, went to third on a WP and scored on a single by LeMahieu. Aaron Judge doubled LeMahieu to third, and D.J. scored on a SF by Torres. 4-0.

In the ninth, Romine walked, and one out later, Judge walked. Gleyber Torres’ single loaded the bases, and after another out, Luke Voit singled to make it 5-0.

Judge 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (19)
Romine 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (7)

Paxton (W, 13-6, 3.96) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.08
Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.01
Lyons 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.71

Game 144. Yanks beat Boston 10-5 behind HRs by Gleyber and Judge. Tauchman also HRs, but gets hurt.

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Before the game, the Yanks activated Gio Urshela off the IL and brought up Thairo Estrada (who was on rehab), Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera.

The Yanks then beat Boston 10-5 behind Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Mike Tauchman, but Tauchman got hurt during the game.

With the win, the 94-50 Yankees maintain an 8 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay with 18 games to go. The magic # to reach the playoffs is 8 and the magic # to clinch the division is 10.

They remain tied with Houston for the best record in baseball but Houston has the tiebreaker. Both teams are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers.

In the second inning, Torres gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 35th HR of the season after Edwin Encarnacion singled in front of him.

In the third, Tauchman singled, and D.J. LeMahieu reached on an infield single. Judge singled in a run, sending LeMahieu to third. After Didi Gregorius popped out, Gary Sanchez’ RBI groundout made it 4-0.

Staked to a four-run lead, Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t go five innings for the win. He gave up a two-run HR to Jackie Bradley in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2.

In the top of the fourth, Torres singled and scored two outs later on a 2-run HR by Tauchman (13) who had to leave the game later with a calf injury. He’ll be getting an MRI. Ugh. 6-2, Yanks.

With two out in the fourth, Tanaka gave up a single and two doubles and that cut the lead to 6-4. Tanaka didn’t come out for the fifth, so couldn’t get the win.

Chad Green was superb in his three innings of scoreless relief and did pick up the W. His ERA of 4.60 doesn’t look good because of those horrendous first three weeks of the season where his ERA was 16.43 and he had to be sent to the minors. Since returning, the ERA is 2.89.

In the fifth, Judge led off the inning with a HR (21) to make it 7-4, then Didi reached on an error. After a walk, Encarnacion singled Didi to third, and Didi scored on an RBI forceout by Torres. 8-4.

Judge’s HR was the Yanks’ 268th of the season, topping the mark set last year when they set a MLB record. They are eight behind the Twins (who set a new record) this season. Could they (or the Twins) hit 300?

Mookie Betts homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 8-5.

The Yanks scored two in the ninth when Didi walked, and Rafael Devers made two errors on the same play (one fielding, one throwing) to put runners on second and third. Devers had three errors in the game and was saved from a couple others. Encarnacion singled in one run, then Torres doubled in another to make it 10-5, the final score.

Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (21)
Encarnacion 3 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (35)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (13). Injured, left game.

Tanaka 4 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.53
Green (W, 3-4, 4.60) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.   1.76
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.63

In the minors, Trenton (AA) will face Bowie for the Eastern League Championship. The best-of-five series begins in Trenton on Tuesday.

OF/1B Chris Duncan, ex-Cardinal and brother of one-time Yankee Shelley Duncan and son of former MLB catcher and pitching coach Dave Duncan, died of brain cancer
September 6 at the age of 38. He hit 22 HR as a part-time player for the 2006 WS Champion Cardinals and 21 the following year. In 389 MLB games, he hit .257 with 55 HR and an OPS+ of 109. He played for the Cardinals 2005-2009.

Tom Phoebus, RHP, died Sept. 5, age 77. Born in Baltimore, he pitched for his hometown Orioles 1966-1970, and was a part of two WS Champs (1966, 1970) and one AL Pennant winner (1969). He won 14, 15 and 14 games from 1967-1969. His only postseason appearance was in one game during the 1970 WS, where he got the win in Game 2. He pitched for the Padres (1971-1972) and Cubs (1972). His career MLB record was 56-52, 3.33, ERA+ 100.

A DYK: Aaron Boone now has 194 wins (and counting) in his first two seasons as Yankees’ manager. The record? Ralph Houk with 205 (1961 and 1962).

Lastly, a tip of the cap to Brian Cashman’s longevity with the Yankees. Not even a year after winning the World Series, the Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski.

 

Game 139. Offense and Bullpen waste a Tanaka gem. Yanks lose, 7-0, and are shutout for first time in 220 games.

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Transaction news, first. From MLBtraderumors.com:

Edwin Encarnacion will be joining the Yanks tomorrow. See the minor league report for how he did today for SWB.

Also, the Yankees have traded minor league right-hander J.P. Feyereisen to the Brewers  in exchange for minor league infielder Brenny Escanio and international bonus pool space, per announcements from both clubs. Both Feyereisen, 26, and Escanio, 16, were eligible to be traded by virtue of the fact that neither has been on a 40-man roster at any point in 2019.

Feyereisen, like Ryan McBroom who was traded yesterday, needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, lest he be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, and this trade likely signifies that the Yankees didn’t feel they had room to do so.

That’s not for any lack of performance on the part of Feyereisen; to the contrary, in fact, he’s had a terrific season with the Yankees’ top affiliate in Scranton. Through 61 1/3 innings, the righty has pitched to a 2.49 ERA with 13.8 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, 0.88 HR/9 and a 36.7 percent ground-ball rate. That’s Feyereisen’s third tour in Triple-A, but he’s yet to receive a call to the bigs despite owning a collective 3.12 ERA and 195-to-76 K/BB ratio in 164 2/3 frames at that level.

The amount of bonus money acquired by the Yankees wasn’t specified, though international allotments must be traded in blocks of at least $250K. The international funds acquired here were the primary get for the Yanks, as Escanio was a relatively low-profile signing just two months ago on July 2 when this year’s international signing period kicked off. The Yankees spent the vast majority of their international pool to sign top outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez, and their lack of additional funds acquired to this point ultimately cost them the opportunity to sign another well-regarded outfield prospect: Jhon Diaz.

While it was reported on July 2 that Diaz had agreed to a roughly $1MM bonus with the Yankees, the organization needed to acquire additional pool allocations in order to make that agreement a reality. Just last week, though, Diaz signed with the Rays for a similar amount. With the Yankees having dedicated roughly $5MM of their $5.398MM pool to Dominguez, today’s deal will help them to further explore the market for remaining talent.

After a rain delay of 2 hours and 45 minutes, the game began and Masahiro Tanaka only gave up two runs in six innings, but a lack of offense and an off performance by Nestor Cortes, Jr. out of the bullpen doomed the Yanks (90-49) to a loss to Texas on Monday, Labor Day, 7-0.

It was the first time the Yanks were shutout in 220 games, second-longest steak all-time. The Yanks from August 1931 to August 1933 had a streak of 308 games.

Tanaka gave up a couple of hits and a SF in the first inning, and a HR in the fifth.

In the eighth, Cortes, who had struck out the side in the seventh, gave up four runs, three on a HR ball. All four runs scored with two out.

Tyler Lyons, a Sept. callup, gave up a HR in the ninth (NYY debut).

Tauchman 2 hits. The Yanks only had six total.

Tanaka (L, 10-8, 4.42) 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes, Jr. 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.    5.03
Lyons 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  10.80.

The magic # remains 15. The AL East lead is now 9. They fell into a tie with Houston (Houston would have the tiebreaker, having gone 4-3 against the Yanks) for best record in the AL.

Game 129. Yanks skid continues, lose 4th straight, 5-3.

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The Yanks (83-46) lost their fourth game in a row, 5-3, as Oakland swept the three game series from the Yanks out in Oakland.

Things don’t get easier for the Yanks as they now head to L.A. to face the Dodgers this weekend. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay is down to 8 games.

Once again, the Yanks fell behind early and could not catch up. Masahiro Tanaka gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the first. It could have been worse. He got a DP to get out of it with only three runs allowed.

He then gave up 2 more in the third. He settled in a bit and did provide six innings to save the bullpen.

The Yanks got a run in the fifth, extending their streak of not being shut out to 211 games. Gleyber Torres doubled and Mike Tauchman singled him home.

Torres hit a HR (30) in the seventh to make it 5-2.

Torres became the second youngest Yankee to get 30 HR in a season. Only Joe DiMaggio, who hit 46 HR in 1937, was younger.

Torres homered again (31) in the ninth for the final run of the game. 5-3 A’s.

Aaron Judge 2 hits
Gio Urshela the “Golden Sombrero”. 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Torres 4 for 4, 2 HR (31), 2 RBI. Scored all 3 runs.

Tanaka (L, 9-7, 4.68) 6 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.23

Game 128. Happ disappointing again, Yanks fall, 6-4.

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J.A. Happ continued to disappoint and frustrate Yankees’ fans last night as the Yanks (83-45) lost their third in a row, this one by a score of 6-4 to Oakland. The loss cut the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay to 9 games. The magic # remains at 26 to clinch the AL East (not counting tiebreakers).

At this rate, there is no way Happ could be on the postseason roster. How bad is it? His ERA is worse than Sonny Gray’s was last year. The Yanks signed Happ for two years with a vesting option for 2021. $17MM a year. Now they have to wonder if they have another Sonny Gray dilemma on their hands.

Gray is now 9-6, 2.92 for the Reds this year after 11-9, 4.90 for the Yanks last year. As Brian Cashman stated, he’d be best out of NY.

Happ was 7-0, 2.69 for the Yanks last year after the Yanks got him from Toronto, so NY didn’t affect him last year. He then lost game 1 of the ALDS to Boston. But this year? 10-8,  5.58.

Is it NY? Or is it that Larry Rothschild just can’t get through to certain pitchers? What? You wonder what the problem is.

You have to wonder about certain guys who are All-Stars elsewhere but who come to NY and don’t succeed but fail miserably.

The problem is, despite the Yanks’ record, the other starters haven’t been dominating. No starter has an ERA under 4.00, and you wonder if Luis Severino makes it back, how effective he can be after missing all season, and how deep he could take you in a game.

It makes you wonder about October. Taking Happ out of the equation, you then have German, Tanaka, Paxton and CC. No sure things, especially CC, who, like Happ, also has an ERA over 5.

I’m concerned and Yankees’ fans should be too, about this starting rotation come October.

The Yanks struck first when the got a run in the top of the second when Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a double and scored one out later on a single by Mike Tauchman.

Happ was plagued by the gopher ball again, giving up a two-run HR in the bottom of the second, then another two-run HR in the bottom of the third. 4-1 A’s.

He left with the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth. Chad Green came in, and got out of it with just one run scoring. 5-1 Oakland.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Gio Urshela singled, Didi walked, and Gleyber Torres singled to load the bases. Tauchman hit a SF to make it 5-2.

Green gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth, 6-2 A’s.

Mike Ford homered (5) in the top of the seventh to make it 6-3. Later that inning, with two out, Gary Sanchez singled, Urshela singled, and Didi doubled in a run to make it 6-4. They had second and third, two out, but Torres grounded out to end the inning.

The Yanks had first and third, one out in the eighth but D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge both struck out.

Urshela 2 hits (.340, now hitting higher than LeMahieu .334)
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI .300
Ford 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (5)

Happ (L, 10-8, 5.58) 4 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Green 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.44   Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.64.

I don’t know what the Yanks will do about Happ. But it’s exasperating.