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If there is a Plan B, that may need to be changed.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Things have been quiet, and I don’t want to get into rumors, but if the Yankees’ off-season strategy is go after Gerrit Cole, but have a Plan B in case Cole rejects the Yankees offer, Plan B probably needs some alteration.

The top two targets for the Yankees, pitching-wise, are Cole and Stephen Strasburg. The Yanks have met with both, but it is expected that Strasburg will go back to Washington. Cole is a different story.

The Yanks have wanted Cole for a long time. They drafted him out of high school but Cole decided to go to UCLA instead. Then, when the Pirates were shopping him, the Yanks wouldn’t meet the Pirates’ demands (Miguel Andujar for one) and Pittsburgh traded Cole to Houston instead.

Apparently the Yanks told Cole that the money is there. It’s up to Cole, a Southern Californian, to decide if he wants New York.

But if the Yanks can’t get Cole (and it appears, for now, that all their eggs are being placed in that basket), or Strasburg, who is or was the Yankees Plan B?

If it was Zack Wheeler, forget it now. Wheeler signed a 5-yr., $118MM deal with the Phillies yesterday.

Cole Hamels reached a 1-yr., $18MM deal with Atlanta.

There are other Plan B’s out there, like Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Gio Gonzalez, but they aren’t the WOW factor Cole or Strasburg are.

And if these Plan B’s are off the market when Cole decides, and he decides against the Yankees, what then?

Besides the pursuit of Cole, the Yanks also have to see about re-signing or letting go some of their own—Brett Gardner (most likely will be back what with Hicks going to miss most of 2020), Didi Gregorius (most likely gone), Austin Romine and Dellin Betances.

Of course, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner may look to the trade market. If that is the case, Clint Frazier and/or Andujar could be names (among others) dangled.

“Minor” Yankees news.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has signed on with the A’s. Even if just a “novelty act,” Venditte was entertaining.

The Yanks have sold the contract of Zelous Wheeler to a Japanese team.

Game 160. “B Squad” Beats Boston, 3-2.

Using a lineup that looked like something out of one of those spring training games where you recognize no one because they are all minor leaguers wearing numbers in the seventies, the Yanks beat Boston Friday night, 3-2.

No Jeter, McCann, Teix, Beltran, Gardner, Headley, Ellsbury, Ichiro, Prado, etc.

Instead, you had Jose Pirela in his fourth MLB game. Eury Perez. John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine. Zelous Wheeler and Antoan Richardson. Your #3 hitter was Cervelli.

But the Yanks did win, 3-2, to go to 83-77 on the season. With the win, the Yanks stayed one game ahead of Toronto for 2nd place in the AL East with two games to go.

Chris Capuano started and pitched great, although it must be pointed out that Boston’s lineup had some of their main people out as well (Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli).

Capuano (W, 3-4) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 walks, 5 K. Overall ERA 4.35.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.53.
Warren 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.03.
Robertson (39th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.08.

Boston got an unearned run in the second but the Yanks came back with two in the third. A passed ball on a strikeout and another passed ball put Eury Perez on second. Cervelli singled in Perez and after Chris Young singled, Cervelli scored when John Ryan Murphy hit into a force but there was an error on the play.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the sixth on a Zelous Wheeler SF.

Boston cut it to 3-2 in the seventh when Kelley gave up a HR but that was it.

 

The minors.

AAA: SWB scored 5 times in the top of the 9th to win 6-5. 2B Rob Refsnyder 3 hits, 3B Zelous Wheeler 2 rbi. RF Taylor Dugas and DH Corban Joseph 2 hits, rbi each.

AA: Trenton lost 4-3 in 12. 2 Hits, RBI LF Ben Gamel.

High A: Tampa hung on to win 8-7. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Eric Jagielo 4 for 4, rbi. C Trent Garrison 3 h, rbi and 1B Rey Nunez 2 doubles, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. CF Brandon Thomas 2 h, HR, 2 RBI

The minors.

AAA: SWB won 9-4. 2B Rob Refsnyder, RF Taylor Dugas and 3B Zelous Wheeler 3 h, rbi each. SS Carmen Angelini 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. 2 H, RBI for CF Zoilo Almonte, and LF Jose Pirela had 2 hits.

AA: 8-1 loss for Trenton. HR for 1B Greg Bird.

High A: 10-2 loss for Tampa.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-4. 1B Jackson Valera 2 RBI. RF Mike O’Neill 2 for 2, 2 walks.

The minors. Lindgren still smokin’

AAA: SWB won 4-1. Bryan Mitchell 5 scoreless IP. 3B Zelous Wheeler 3 h, double, HR, 2 rbi. SS Carmen Angelini a 2-run HR. 2 hits for 1B Jose Pirela (.303).

AA: Trenton lost 7-4 when they gave up 4 in the bottom of the 9th, but Jacob Lindgren continues to strike out batters at a phenomenal rate. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 5 of his 6 outs via K. Since the Yanks signed him, he has pitched in 15 minor league games, is 2-0, 0.96, has pitched 18 2/3 innings (56 outs) and of those 56 outs, 39 are by strikeout. That is an worldly K/9 ratio of 18.8! Jaron Long gave up 3 r in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave had 2 hits. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits and 2 RBI and RF Tyler Austin had 3 hits, 2 of them doubles.

High A: A 7-2 win for Tampa. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 3 rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-4. 1B Jackson Valera 2 RBI. RF Mike (nephew of Paul) O’Neill 2 for 2, 2 walks.

The Minors.

AAA: SWB lost 8-4. Solo HR for Robert Refsnyder. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI DH Kyle Roller. 3b Zelous Wheeler and C Francisco Arcia 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 3-1 loss. CF Mark Payton 2 of the 4 hits Tampa got, Solo HR.
Game 2: 5-2 win. 3B Eric Jagielo solo HR. RF Aaron Judge 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Jose Rosario 2 h, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 5-2. Chaz Hebert 1 R in 4 1/3 innings of relief. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 Hits, HR, 3 rbi. LF Yeicok Calderon 2 h, rbi.