Friday, December 15, 2017
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brian Cashman entered the Winter Meetings searching for rotation help and exited without it.
Yet just because baseball’s meat market has closed doesn’t mean the Yankees general manager won’t land a starting pitcher or two.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Yankees and Pirates are discussing a deal that would bring right-hander Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh and possibly would include outfielder Clint Frazier leaving The Bronx.
I’m not sure I’d trade Frazier for Cole. I’d trade him as part of a package for Michael Fulmer, who has out-pitched Cole the last two years in a better league and has an additional two seasons of team control. Would something like Frazier, Chance Adams, Thairo Estrada and a decent relief prospect get it done?
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Major League phase
7. Braves: RHP Anyelo Gomez (Yankees)
9. Orioles: LHP Nestor Cortes (Yankees)
11. Mariners: IF Mike Ford (Yankees)
18. Orioles: RHP Jose Mesa (Yankees)
18. Twins: RHP Yancarlos Baez (Yankees)
20. Yankees: OF Junior Soto (Indians)
32. Marlins: C Sharif Othman (Yankees)
The Yankees lose some minor league depth. Ford is a 1B that probably won’t be missed, but Gomez, Cortes and Mesa are all interesting arms who have a decent chance to stick with their new teams.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
NY Post: Yankees trade Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres
Woah, I imagine that this is a prelude to them making another deal, as they have now cleared out Chase Headley’s salary.
Could it be that they want to bring Todd Frazier back? Andujar could work as a third base replacement, but that’s a pretty bold gambit. They better be making another move, because I worry that it’s sort of like, “Well, we added Stanton’s salary, so we have to cut more salary, even if it means making the team worse next year.”
TGS NY: How Yankees pulled off empire-building Giancarlo Stanton trade
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—If not for the Babe Ruth of Japan, the New York Yankees’ new version of Mantle and Maris likely never would have been formed. It was 23-year-old Japanese wunderkind Shohei Ohtani, not Giancarlo Stanton, who had been the Yankees’ obsession for years, and it was Ohtani whom they hoped to woo to the Bronx this winter.
The team had a presentation planned in which Ohtani would have been told he could pitch and DH for the Yankees. But Ohtani never even let the perceived favorites make a pitch in person. He ruled them out before they could even really come to bat.
And because of Ohtani’s decision, now Stanton and Aaron Judge, two outfield behemoths, are teammates, putting together potentially the most devastating home-run-hitting combination in baseball history. The transaction to make Stanton a Yankee mostly transpired in a 48-hour whirlwind on Thursday and Friday of last week, but it actually was years in the making.
I’ve forgotten all about that Ohtani fellow.
The Yankees are probably not quite done yet this offseason. I’m sure they’ll be trying to pawn off Ellsbury somewhere and getting a pitcher. I suppose they may look to get someone for 2B if only to delay Gleyber Torres’s service time clock.
As it stands now, CAIRO has them projected at around 93-94 wins if they do nothing else this offseason. Adding a starter might bump them up to 95 wins or so. That’s pretty good considering we aren’t even in 2018 yet.
Monday, December 11, 2017
The Yankees will name Josh Bard as bench coach and Phil Nevin as third base coach Monday, according to a pair of sources with knowledge of the team’s personnel decisions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the news hadn’t been announced publicly.
Bard, 38, spent the last two years as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach and the previous three years as a scout and a special assistant. He was teammates with manager Aaron Boone with the Indians in 2005.
Since his retirement, Nevin, 46, has managed in independent ball, Double-A, Triple-A and was the Giants’ third-base coach in 2017.
The Yankees were also expected to retain Mike Harkey as the club’s bullpen coach.
The trio will join pitching coach Larry Rothschild on the Yankees’ staff, supporting Boone, who has no coaching experience.
It’s unclear who will be the Yankees’ first base coach. They also haven’t named hitting coaches. Tony Pena, who also handled the catching coordinator duties, was the first base coach. Alan Cockrell (primary) and Marcus Thames (assistant) were the hitting coaches.
Not quite the major news that we saw on Friday night and Saturday morning, is it?
Saturday, December 9, 2017
It was too good to pass up.
The Yankees have taken advantage of a desperate Derek Jeter-led Marlins franchise, acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
The two teams have a deal in place, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweeted Saturday.
The deal bolsters an already formidable lineup, with Stanton set to join Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in the heart of the Yankees’ batting order. The trio hit a combined 144 home runs in 2017.
It’s a serious coup for the Yankees, who reportedly weren’t that interested until Stanton used his no-trade clause to limit the Marlins’ trade options, effectively backing a cash-strapped ownership group into a proverbial corner.
We’ll have to see the particulars of who was traded and how the $$$ shake out but this is a F—-ing A trade.
SATURDAY, 12:35am: “Serious” talks between the Yankees and Marlins have been underway for “at least a few days,” Heyman tweets. Indeed, the presence of a more desirable potential landing spot (from Stanton’s perspective) may even have dissuaded the slugger somewhat from accepting a move to the Giants or Cardinals, Heyman suggests.
FRIDAY, 11:41pm: A deal to send Stanton to New York is “close if not done,” a source tells Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
Let’s add even more fuel to this fire:
Source: Stanton from #Marlins to #Yankees is “virtually done.” Close to finish line. Hear #Marlins will get at least Starlin Castro plus good but not top prospects if completed. Again physical review can still be part of this so nothing final, but close.
Uhm, yes please?
Obviously it depends on the terms, but how can you not like the idea of Stanton, Judge and TPBG™ in the same outfield. It would be the most powerful outfield ever, no?
Thursday, December 7, 2017
“We already have Larry Rothschild so that is all kind of experience [43 years as a player, coach and manager],’’ Boone said. “Experience is certainly a factor and something that should be of value, but it’s not the end-all for me and not a prerequisite.
“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. I want smart guys capable of connecting and impacting players. Whether that is guys with all kinds of experience or little experience, I am not concerned about that.’’
Rothschild, the Yankees’ pitching coach for the past seven years, is the only coach officially announced. It appears bullpen coach Mike Harkey will return. And Carlos Mendoza and Reggie Willits, minor league coordinators, are being considered for spots on Boone’s staff. The status of hitting coaches Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames and first-base coach Tony Pena hasn’t been revealed.
I do think it would benefit Boone to have a bench coach with MLB managerial experience, although I suppose it’s true that Rothschild could fill that role.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
With Aaron Boone officially named on Monday as the new manager, confirming the Daily News report on Friday, and Shohei Otani no longer a consideration, the Yankees can move forward now in planning for next season, which mostly means looking at ways to add pitching.
On Monday Brian Cashman said he has talked to CC Sabathia’s agent about the possibility of the big lefthander returning next season, and that makes sense on a short-term contract.
But the GM also indicated the Yankees have the financial flexibility to venture more deeply into the free-agent market and still meet their objective of getting the payroll under the million luxury-tax threshold.
When I asked if that meant someone like Alex Cobb was a possibility, Cashman didn’t object, at least in a general sense.
“We’re open-minded on anything as long as it hits our pressure points,’’ was the way he put it. “We’re looking to do more. You can never have enough pitching.”
By “pressure points,” Cashman was again making it clear the Yankees won’t be swayed from getting under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold. But he acknowledged that with some $70 million coming off the payroll in expired contracts, the Yankees should have room to absorb significant salary.
And while there is no indication they’d be willing to pay at the top of this free-agent class for someone like Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish, there has been speculation in the industry that the Yanks have interest in Cobb, the 30-year old righthander who made an impressive comeback from Tommy John surgery last season with the Rays.
Whether they seriously pursue him could depend at least partly on the price if multiple teams bid on Cobb. He’s likely to get $16-17 million a year, but term would be more important to the Yankees, and it’s hard to see them going beyond four years in such a deal.
Chances are, in fact, Cashman would be relatively disciplined in any pursuit of a free agent, knowing he still has a strong rotation core in Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, and Jordan Montgomery, and also has a lot of promising young pitching in the farm system.
I can’t see the Yankees going for more than a year or two for Cobb. I’m not certain he’s appreciably better than CC Sabathia. Maybe he is a better bet to stay healthy, but is that going to be worth the significant difference in financial commitment?
This offseason is shaping up to be rather dull now that the Shohei Ohtani pursuit has fizzled out and the drive to save Hal’s pocketbook has shifted into high gear.
Wake me up in March.