Wednesday, January 23, 2019

MLB Hall of Fame Class

What an amazing hall of fame class we have this year. We have been blessed with a great class of 4 deserving greats. We have Mariano Rivera who received 100% of the vote the first player to ever do that. We also have Edgar Martinez, the late great Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. Rivera and Mussina join the great list of Yankees to make the Hall of Fame. 

We also had Harold Baines and Lee Smith go in on the Veterans Committee Ballot. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton “Disappointed” to Some but Still was Really Good, How does A-Rod’s history Help Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton had a really good first year with the Yankees but not the great season he had in 2017 that won him an MVP Award. 

Stanton is constantly comped to former Yankee great Alex Rodriguez. He makes a massive amount of money. He changed positions for Aaron Judge like A-Rod did for Jeter and the Yankees traded for him the year after winning the MVP. He is perceived as not clutch by most just like A-Rod was until 2009 when he put the Yankees on his back in route to a Word Series. Let’s get one thing out of the way A-Rod is a better and a different baseball player than Giancarlo Stanton however Stanton is a great player. They are different players but the comp is fair because of the background. I’d be optimistic for a big Stanton season in 2019. 

2003 AL MVP with Rangers- 298 avg, 47 HR, 118 RBI, 124 Runs, 17 SB, 396 OBP, 600 SLG, 995 OPS, 147 OPS plus 
2004 “down year” with Yankees - 286 avg, 36 HR, 106 RBI, 112 R, 28 SB, 375 OBP, 512 SLG, 888 OPS, 131 OPS Plus 
2005 AL MVP with Yankees - 321 avg, 48 HR, 130 RBI, 124 R, 21 SB, 421 OBP, 610 SLG, 1031 OPS, 176 OPS Plus, 

2017 NL MVP with Marlins- 281 avg, 59 HR, 132 RBI, 123 R, 2 SB, 376 OBP, 631 SLG, 1,007 OPS, 169 OPS plus 
2018 “down year with Yankees”- 266 avg, 38 HR, 100 RBI, 102 R, 5 SB, 343 OBP, 509 SLG, 852 OPS, 126 OPS Plus 

Stanton and Rodriguez are different players but their stories on how they became Yankees and the expectations they were given are eerily similar. Expect a even better 2019 Stanton season. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Yankees miss on Corbin so what’s next ?

The Yankees were the favorite to land lefty free agent Patrick Corbin but we’re outbid by the Nationals. The 29 year old signed a 6 year $140 million dollar deal declining 5 year offers from the Yankees and the Phillies.

Here’s where the Yankees can turn to acquire another starting pitcher...

The likely options 
The most likely options for the Yankees now is turning back to JA Happ who pitched so well for them last year or turning back to former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. Happ went 7-0 with a 2.68 era in the regular season with the Yankees. Eovaldi had a 3.81 era regular season era after his comeback from another Tommy John Surgery but he really shined in the postseason. Eovaldi pitched to a 1.13 era in the playoffs. 

The other options 

Is it possible the Yankees circle back and look to trade for one of the Indians pitchers? Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have all been talked about in trades. It depends how much the Yankees would have to give up. Personally I don’t see the Yankees giving up Miguel Andujar for either 3 but could they get it done with their top prospects ? If they can then perhaps the Yankees land one of these aces. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Constructing an All Time Great Yankee Lineup

It’s possible the Yankees sign Manny Machado but for the purposes of this article I’ll go with who my gut tells me they sign and that’s Bryce Harper. 

The Yankee have an extremely deep lineup already but adding Bryce Harper could take them to historic rates especially if Gary Sanchez rebounds. 2018 was regarded as a down year for Bryce Harper but we are not sure that it will hurt his wallet. Harper is just 26 years old and still shows he is an elite offensive player with even more upside. Harpers counting stats were solid despite his batting average as he hit 249, 34 home runs and had 100 RBI. His OBP was 393 which is solid but not the elite 460 he showed in the past. In 2017 Harper had a 595 slugging, 413 OBP and a 1,008 OPS. He was on his way to potentially his second MVP season before the injury. Despite playing just 111 games he still crushed 29 homers for 89 RBI. 

Despite a down year Harper walked a career high 130 times. His batting average has been unpredictable for his career. Every season he’s played he’s either hit in the 270’s, 240’s or the 315’s. Harper has been inconsistent with his average for the old school fans and his OBP, OPS, and OPS+ has been inconsistent for the new school fans however even when inconsistent he’s always been productive. 

If the Yankees could add Harper they would be adding a premier slugger who has shown he is getting even more patient at the plate as he ages. He is a big lefty the Yankees need. History shows the Yankees win championships with big lefty pitchers and big lefty sluggers. Last year he had some trouble because of how frequently teams shifted on him which is something he can work on or forget about as he peppers the short porch in Yankee stadium. Harper also wouldn’t have to worry about constantly being pitched around in the Yankee lineup because he’d be sandwiched in between two of baseball’s best in Aaron Judge and 2017 MVP Giancarlo Stanton. As far as how would it all work, Judge would have right field and Hicks center. Harper and Stanton could both spend time at left field and DH. On days Judge needs to DH one of them can shift to right. As he ages it’s possible Harper can move over to first base. It’s a move the Yankees should make. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Yankees get Paxton in Swap with Mariners

The New York Yankees have started the offseason with a bang as they acquired Mariners ace LHP James Paxton. The Yankees dealt their top prospect in LHP Justus Sheffield along with RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams. The Yankees now have bolstered their rotation in their quest for their 28th World Series Championship.

Paxton is also known as "The Big Maple" and is coming off an impressive 2018 campaign. Paxton threw a no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 8th and also threw a 16 strikeout game vs the Oakland Athletics on May 2nd. Paxton finished the year 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA or a 108 ERA+, 208 strikeouts, and 42 walks in 160.1 innings pitched. Paxton is the big time pitcher the Yankees needed but there are some caution flags.

James Paxton has dealt with injury problems throughout his career. He has had forearm, shoulder, and back injuries but has still been able to pitch to be the ace of the Seattle Mariners. Paxton will enter his age 30 season and will not be a free agent until 2021. Paxton slots into the 1 or 2 slot in the Yankees rotation and the Yankees have now filled one of their biggest holes.

Brian Cashman and the Yankees added a pitcher who can help them neutralize some of their biggest competition in the American League. Paxton has pitched to a 3.63 against Boston and 2.92 against Houston over the last three seasons. Adding Paxton is the first big move of the offseason and the Yankees will continue to add pieces to their 2019 Yankees puzzle.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Who will the Yankees Target this Winter ?

What will the Yankees do this Hot Stove Season ? 

Harper ? Machado ? Madbum ? Goldy ? Murphy ? The Yankees will be linked to so many big names this winter and will look to make some big moves. Expect them to try to retain some players already on the team now who will be free agents. Some earlier reports have indicated the Yankees may not be in on the Bryce Harper sweepstakes and the Manny Machado interest may be getting smaller. It’s possible they pass on both but despite some early reports I think they will at least give the duo a look. Let’s take a look at 10 players who could be options in trade or free agency for the Yankees. 

Bryce Harper - OF  (Free Agent)

Harper is probably the biggest name on the free agent market and he is a generational talent. Harper is a former MVP and has 184 career home runs despite being only 26 years old. He has a career 27.4 WAR. Harper could play all three outfield positions for the Yankees. He would be the huge lefty bat the Yankees have missed. 

Manny Machado - 3B/SS  (Free Agent) 

Manny Machado is another generational talent. Machado can play both third base and shortstop. Machado profiles as a better third basemen despite preferring to play shortstop. Machado could fill in at short with Didi injured. He could also provide better defense at third then rookie slugger Miguel Andujar did. If the Yankees made this move they could move Andujar to DH or to another position. Machado tied a career high in home runs with 37 in 2018.

Paul Goldschmidt - 1B  (Trade) 

Paul Goldschmidt is arguably the best first  basemen in all of baseball. Goldy is a power hitter however he is a high batting average, high contact hitter who can hit to all fields. He is also a great base runner and an excellent defender. Goldschmidt would fit in perfectly with the Yankees. He has one year left on his contract with the Diamondbacks and will be a very affordable $14 million in 2019. The Yankees have Luke Voit and Greg Bird. Bird has been injury plagued and played poorly with the Yankees. Voit was great for the Yankees after spending time between the majors and Triple A with the Cardinals. 

Patrick Corbin - SP  (Free Agent)

Corbin is the top pitcher on the Free Agent market. Corbin is a young lefty starting pitcher who grew up a Yankee fan and has expressed interest in pitching with the Yankees. Corbin threw 200 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2018. He pitched to a 3.15 era and had 246 strikeouts. Corbin could be an ace or he could be more of a number 3 starter but that remains to be seen. 

JA Happ - SP (Free Agent)

Happ split time between the Yankees and the Blue Jays. Happ was traded to the Yankees in the July trade deadline and went 7-0 with the Yankees. Happ was just what the Yankees needed however he had a bad postseason start in Boston. The Yankees should not let that one bad outing be the deciding factor in letting him walk. Happ should be a top priority for the Yankees to resign this winter. 

Corey Kluber/ Carlos Carrasco - SP (Trade) 

The Indians have discussed the possibility of trading either Kluber or Carrasco. Both could be the ace the Yankees are looking for that is not available in free agency. It would seem to take a lot to acquire either of the Indians aces. Kluber had 20 wins a 2.89 era and had 222 strikeouts in 215 innings in 2018. Carrasco had 231 strikeouts, 3.38 era and 17 wins in 2018. It remains to be seen if the Indians would actually deal one of the two. 

Marwin Gonzalez - Utility (Free Agent) 

Gonzalez has been has played all over the field for the Astros and was a huge part of the 2017 World Series championship team. Gonzalez can play pretty much every position besides catcher for the Yankees. Gonzalez had a down year compared to his 2017 season but had a strong second half and playoffs in 2018.

Daniel Murphy - 1B/2B/DH (Free Agent) 

Murphy continues to age and battle injuries but still continues to be one of the more productive hitters in all of baseball. Murphy has averaged a 317 batting average and a 367 on base percentage over the past 3 seasons. Murphy would provide a nice lefty bat and a nice contact hitter to the Yankees lineup. 

David Robertson - RP ( Free Agent)

Robertson has been such an important part of the Yankees the last two season after spending some time with the White Sox. Robertson has shifted from closer to a reliever who can pitch in any situation since his return to the Yankees. He has decided to represent himself this winter in free agency and some believe that means he will certainly return to the Yankees this winter. 

Some other Options 

Madison Bumgarner - SP (Trade) 

Michael Brantley - LF (Free Agent )

Zach Britton- RP (Free Agent)

Adam Ottavino - RP (Free Agent) 

Andrew Miller- RP (Free Agent)

Nathan Eovaldi - SP (Free Agent)

Andrew McCutchen- OF (Free Agent)  

Charlie Morton- SP (Free Agent)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Heartbreak in the Bronx but the Best is Yet to Come

There are no words to make it all better for Yankees fans. After a brutal series loss to the hated rival Boston Red Sox, the offseason came way too early in the Bronx. The Yankees and their fans expected to play a game 5 on Thursday but instead they will have to wait 169 days until their next meaningful game. It seems like the sky is falling right now but in reality, this team is just taking off.

In 2018 we all saw the development of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. The two rookies both had incredible seasons but were exposed come October. This devastation should help them in the future as they continue to develop.

The Yankees biggest flaw was exposed by the Red Sox and that was starting pitching. Besides Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees starting staff was underwhelming to say the least. CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, and J.A. Happ all struggled in the Division Series which was somewhat to be expected against a vaunted Red Sox lineup. The offseason should bring change in the rotation as it is their missing piece in their chase for their 28th championship.

The historically prolific Yankee offense disappeared in the two home games in the Bronx. Pitching was a problem but when you do not score runs you cannot win games. Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Torres, Andujar, Andrew McCutchen, and Brett Gardner all slumped through the series. Baseball is a game of ups and downs and the offense went through a down at the worst possible time in the 2018 campaign.

So what's next for the Yankees? None of us really know what will happen but we all know that the front office will do all that they can in order to improve their roster. I expect for the team to add at least one starting pitcher, whether that is via free agency or by trade. Names like Corbin, Bumgarner, Kershaw, Keuchel, and deGrom have been thrown around and all would fit but will the price be right? I doubt that they will trade Giancarlo Stanton after 1 year in Pinstripes but I do think that they will add Manny Machado via free agency. Adding Machado would give the Yankees another amazing bat in the lineup but it would improve a poor defense. This would make Miguel Andujar expendable or he could move to first base or the outfield. The Yankees have a lot to think about this offseason but before we all know it Yankee baseball will be back in the Bronx and the chase for 28 will restart.

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