Saturday, August 6, 2016
On Sunday, the Yankees and Indians completed a trade that reflected their respective directions. Seeking another arm to fortify its bullpen for a playoff run, Cleveland sent the rebuilding Yankees a package of high-profile prospects for left-hander Andrew Miller.
Since acquiring Miller, though, the Indians have floundered, losing three of four to the Twins in part because of inconsistent starting pitching. Right-hander Josh Tomlin couldn’t buck the trend Friday night at Yankee Stadium, as the Bombers recorded 16 hits en route a 13-7 victory. Starlin Castro provided the big blow in the third, a grand slam to right-center field that gave the Yankees a six-run lead. The Indians fought back with three runs in the top of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.
“I think that that’s the team that we are,” Castro said. “If we can work together like that, we can score a lot of runs. Not every time is going to be good, but I think that we’ve got a really good team to kind of do that.”
“The position players are fighting back so hard, you want to give them a chance,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Yankees were buoyed in part by Mark Teixeira, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season in an emotional pregame news conference. The 14-year veteran went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in, too, with his first four-hit game since May 3, 2015. Right-hander Michael Pineda tossed six-plus innings and overcame some hiccups to pick up his sixth win of the season.
Sure, Starlin, this is definitely the team that the Yankees are. No doubt about it.
CC/Kluber - yikes, that’s a tough matchup.
Friday, August 5, 2016
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.245/.343/.482, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.285/.342/.489, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.306/.358/.456, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.253/.338/.513, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.296/.354/.423, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.303/.350/.467, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.330/.397/.626, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Abraham Almonte (S) LF (.271/.294/.458, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Gimenez (R) C (.198/.234/.267, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.281/.346/.477, 14.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.348/.365, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.323/.369, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.287/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.236/.333/.421, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.325/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) SS (.255/.292/.389, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.250/.250/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.248/.319/.316, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.190/.251/.290, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.312/.367, 6.1 bWAR
One of the most productive switch-hitters in recent baseball history is calling it career.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.
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Mark Teixeira expected to announce his retirement later today, at 36, effective at the end of the season.
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The Yankees have called a 3 p.m. ET press conference with Teixeira at Yankee Stadium, though a reason was not given.
Wow. That’s huge. The latest injury must have really shook him up and made him realize he just wasn’t long for the game anymore and you might as well get out when you could do it on your own volition.
Good for him. He achieved most things any player could hope to achieve. He’s been a fine Yankee when healthy. Congrats, Teix!
Given how many of their players are either on the disabled list, lost for the season or simply underperforming, consider this a minor miracle: After beating the Yankees, 4-1, on Thursday to split a four-game Subway Series, the Mets found themselves one game out of a playoff berth.
“We’re very lucky to be where we are,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”
Thursday’s formula was simple, and one the Mets will need to repeat often if they hope to keep pace with the Marlins, Cardinals and others down the stretch. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer for his first hit with his new team, Bartolo Colon delivered 6 2/3 solid innings and the visiting Mets never faced much danger at Yankee Stadium, splitting each half of this year’s home-and-home Subway Series.
Come on, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin! I need something to watch on this team other than Severino’s starts.
Gary Sanchez looks good. I’d like to see him catch in a game. Brian McCann has got to be tradeable, right? Don’t other teams care about playing baseball the right way?
Thursday, August 4, 2016
1. Curtis Granderson (L) LF (.235/.332/.437, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.211/.300/.323, -0.2 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.263/.327/.444, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.259/.311/.548, 0.3 bWAR)
5. James Loney (L) 1B (.289/.339/.443, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) DH (.225/.305/.422, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.292/.343, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B (.243/.303/.356, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.283/.490, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.316/.437, 2.2 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.266/.321/.367, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.326/.386, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.334/.424, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.292/.390, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.455, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.125/.125/.125, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.257/.328/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.188/.250/.289, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.317/.384, 8.4 bWAR
Just as the Mets made their intentions clear in loading up for a playoff run, the crosstown Yankees’ Trade Deadline mantra was always transparent. The Yankees have made no secret of their desire to play their brightest, youngest players over this season’s final two months, with an eye toward rapidly developing the Bronx’s next consistent winner.
There will be some rough evenings along the way. But Wednesday provided the Yankees a glimpse of what’s possible, when Luis Severino pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief of Chad Green, Gary Sanchez recorded his first career hit and the Yankees rolled to a 9-5 win over a Mets club still struggling to find its offensive rhythm.
It was hardly youth alone that buoyed the Yankees; 36-year-old Mark Teixeira broke the game open with a three-run homer in the second inning off Steven Matz, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances. But the kids did their part—particularly Severino, who allowed his only hit on a bunt single, also striking out new Mets acquisition Jay Bruce with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh to help seal the victory.
FINALLY they gave us something legitimate to give a hoot about - Luis Severino returned and looked so good (and Chad Green continued his audition to be a long man by keeping up his seemingly AAAA quality starting pitching) that he has to get a rotation spot the next time this rotation spot comes around and while the Mets are bad offensively, he was good enough that he might allow us to get excited about him again. That would go a long ways to giving us something to watch for these last couple of months. Plus more Gary Sanchez, of course.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Lest they endure a second night of indignity following their Trade Deadline shopping spree, the Mets bludgeoned the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday in one of their finest overall team performances of the season.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning and the Mets piled on with a four-run rally in the seventh, splitting two games with the Yankees at Citi Field. The series will move to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for the first of two additional games.
“We all experienced last year, coming back and taking over,” said Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who also homered. “We’ve all just got to believe.”
The offensive outburst proved significant for a Mets team that geared its Trade Deadline machinations around an impact bat, Jay Bruce, who arrived earlier in the day from Cincinnati. It was also a boon for starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who has ranked among the league’s least-supported starting pitchers all season. Given plenty of wiggle room on this night, deGrom blanked the Yankees over seven innings.
Man, Tanaka has been awful lately. That sucks.
This team isn’t just bad, it’s also kind of boring to watch them suck. Hopefully they call up Tyler Austin soon and, when he’s healthy, Aaron Judge. I could be interested in watching a team with a McCann/Sanchez platoon at designated hitter/catcher, Austin at right field and then first base when they cut Teix and call up Judge to play right field.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.354/.373, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.371, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.271/.321, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.335/.426, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.291/.319/.447, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.254/.291/.392, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.328/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.185/.249/.284, -0.8 bWAR)
9. Masahiro Tanaka (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.313/.381, 8.1 bWAR)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.208/.299/.300, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.255/.321/.429, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.265/.316/.559, 0.6 bWAR)
4. James Loney (L) 1B (.285/.338/.446, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.258/.317/.459, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF (.223/.303/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.293/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.286/.511, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P (.097/.176/.129, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.311/.440, 2.2 bWAR)
I thought the Mets were supposed to be good?
Please tell me this is the last interleague series where there is no DH.
Once Monday afternoon’s non-waiver Trade Deadline chaos settled into quiet, after the Mets acquired Jay Bruce from the Reds and the Yankees dealt Carlos Beltran to Texas, a sold-out crowd piled into Citi Field for what was theoretically still the day’s main event.
The New York rivals did not disappoint with an extra-inning Subway Series affair that the Yankees won, 6-5, on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly in the 10th.
Trailing for most of the later innings, the Yankees tied things on Didi Gregorius’ bloop two-run single against Addison Reed, who had strung together 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings before that hit. The Yankees then loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Seth Lugo, the last man available out of the Mets’ bullpen, before Castro’s sacrifice fly put them ahead.
Anchoring a patchwork lineup with multiple regulars injured and Bruce not yet on the ground in Queens, Matt Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a solo shot to highlight a five-run assault on Yankees starter CC Sabathia. But the Yankees managed three runs off Sabathia’s counterpart, Logan Verrett, before rallying late against a shorthanded bullpen.
With Aroldis Chapman off to Chicago and Andrew Miller in Cleveland, Dellin Betances locked down the ninth for his first save as the Yankees’ new closer. The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs, but Betances struck out Curtis Granderson swinging.
Would anyone really be shocked if Clippard and Warren suddenly became decent set-up guys? The craziest thing about these deals is that besides the loss of Carlos Beltran, the losses of Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Ivan Nova really don’t dramatically change the face of this team. Miller and Chapman are awesome, of course, but a mediocre team with a lights out back of the bullpen is still pretty much a mediocre team, especially since they picked up two okay back of the bullpen guys in Clippard and Warren, The drop-off from Miller and Chapman to Clippard and Warren is a significant one, but mostly for a good team, because of the extra leverage. For a mediocre team like the Yankees, it’s not really all that big of a deal. Beltran hurts, but who knows, we might see a Sanchez/McCann DH platoon starting Wednesday and that might not suck. In other words, while the Yankees got worse, they were already bad, so they might not even be that much worse going forwards. They might hang around .500. Since the Yankees likely are not signing anyone this offseason (the only guy I could see them even conceivably signing is Chapman, who can’t get a Qualifying Offer), having a protected pick is not a big deal and the difference between picking #10 and #13-14 is very slight. So if they win some more games, it really doesn’t hurt them that much.
Cashman had himself quite a fire sale.He did a wonderful job.
Monday, August 1, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.363, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.320/.366, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.269/.322, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.336/.429, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.292/.321/.450, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.256/.292/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.260/.332/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.252/.320/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. CC Sabathia (L) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.319/.387, 8.8 bWAR
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF (.234/.326/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
2. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF (.250/.250/.375, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.259/.325/.435, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.254/.311/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.239/.290/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
6. James Loney (L) 1B (.282/.337/.441, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.233/.267/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF (.213/.296/.307, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Logan Verrett (R) P (.059/.059/.118, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.314/.410, 1.5 bWAR
Compared to the Mets, the Yankees should be buyers, not sellers…
The New York Yankees traded outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitching prospect Dillon Tate and others.
Beltran, 39, is batting .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs this season for the Yankees. He is in the final year of a three-year, $45 million contract and will be a free agent after this season.
Tate, 22, was the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) with the Hickory Crawdads, the Rangers’ Class A team in the South Atlantic League.
In addition to Tate, the Yankees will also receive minor league right-handed pitchers Erik Swanson and Nick Green from the Rangers.
At first glance, the return here seems unimpressive, but you never know. Tate obviously had enough talent a year ago to be a very high draft pick.
The Yankees went from having one of the weakest farm systems in all the land, to having one of the top ones within a week. At the buzzer of the MLB trade deadline Monday, the final domino fell as Brian Cashman shipped starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pirates. Jon Heyman was the first to report the move.
Nova was traded for a player to be named later. Since Nova was gone at the end of the year anyway, it probably doesn’t really matter who it ends up being. As long as his name is not Ivan Nova.
Despite spending $901.6 million on big league payroll from 2012-15, more than any club except for the Dodgers and nearly double what the average team paid, the Yankees have a grand total of two postseason appearances and zero playoff victories to show for it. New York’s Opening Day payroll of $227.9 million this year again trailed only Los Angeles, but has translated into just the fourth-best record in the American League East and the ninth-best overall in the Junior Circuit.
The Yankees have learned the hard way that their financial might alone can’t carry them to October glory. With one of the oldest teams in baseball, their 2017 and ‘18 outlooks didn’t seem any brighter. So they’ve changed course this summer, trading coveted relievers for blue-chip prospects as they look more toward the future and present.
After shipping Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list), and then spinning Andrew Miller to the Indians for a four-prospect package headed by outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 24) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 95), the Yanks have arguably the best and deepest farm system in the game. (We’ll update our system rankings after the Trade Deadline arrives on Monday.)
I’m sorry I doubted you.
I was hoping for a few more moves but it’s not looking very likely at this point. But I applaud the Yankees for being aggressive and realizing this probably wasn’t going to be their year, and being proactive about it.
Some or all of these prospects may bust, but that’s the chance you take in these types of deals.
Although I have to say, I thought committing $9M this year and next for the tattered remains of Tyler Clippard was dumb. He’s not very good anymore, and he makes it harder to get under the luxury tax. Was that worth a potentially useful piece like Vicente (formerly Jose) Campos?
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Yankees agreed to part with their second high-profile reliever heading into Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, completing a deal on Sunday morning to send left-hander Andrew Miller to Cleveland for four prospects.
The Indians sent outfielder Clint Frazier and left-hander Justus Sheffield, the No. 1 and No. 5 prospects on Cleveland’s Top 30 list, as well as right-handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen to the Yankees, for Miller.
In another development, the Yankees acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the D-backs for Minor League right-hander Vicente Campos. Clippard played for New York in 2007, when he went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts.
Miller, an elite left-handed closer, is 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings for the Yankees this season. The 2016 American League All-Star served primarily as the Yanks’ setup man this season, but has recorded nine saves after recording 36 in 2015. He is signed through ‘18 and is set to earn $9 million in each of the next two seasons.
Frazier obviously had to be the guy that the Yankees got back in the trade. He’s a stud, no doubt about it. So it is an okay trade. Sheffield has serious upside, as well. So it’s probably a trade that they had to make, but after getting such a great prospect for a worse asset in Chapman, this solid trade is a bit disappointing.
Still, Frazier is a great prospect. And if the Yankees can re-sign Chapman, their bullpen will likely still be excellent next year. I’ll certainly miss Miller, though. He was excellent and he likely will continue to be excellent for many more years.