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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Yankees To Sign J.A. Happ

The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $34MM deal to bring free agent southpaw J.A. Happ back to the Bronx.  The contract is pending a physical;

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Brian Cashman refers to Yankees as Death Star | MLB.com

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered one of the more memorable quips of this Winter Meetings late on Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, addressing the team’s interest—or lack thereof—in free-agent slugger Bryce Harper.

“If something doesn’t make sense today, it doesn’t mean it won’t make sense tomorrow,” Cashman said. “All I can keep telling you is, you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time we’re a fully operational Death Star.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mets, Yankees, Marlins In Talks On Three-Team Deal - MLB Trade Rumors

11:04pm: The Yankees are “pushing hard” to swing a deal with the Mets, and are interested in Mets pitchers other than only Syndergaard, according to Andy Martino (Twitter links).

10:02pm: The Mets, Yankees, and Marlins have discussed a three-team trade that would see J.T. Realmuto end up on the Mets’ roster, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Making the deal into a true blockbuster, Noah Syndergaard may also be part of the negotiations, according to both the New York Post’s Mike Puma and SNY.tv’s Andy Martino.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets, yankees

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ridiculous not to put George Steinbrenner in Hall of Fame

I would have put him in, after Marvin Miller.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 12:18 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: george steinbrenner, hall of fame, yankees

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Yankees trading for Robinson Cano would be colossally dumb

The reshaping of the Seattle Mariners roster that has started this offseason would reportedly include a trade of star infielder Robinson Cano if general manager Jerry Dipoto gets his way.

While that may not be a surprise to anyone who has already seen the Mariners trade ace James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino, this part may be surprising: According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners have tried to trade Cano back to the New York Yankees, where he played his first nine seasons and was an All-Star five times.

Do it! Do it! Spite this columnist! Do it!

(Ulterior motive? Me?)

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bad trade ideas, robinson cano, trade talk, yankees

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants makes no sense if Yankees will trade him

One year ago, Giants fans were on Giancarlo Stanton watch every day. That won’t be happening again, despite a report the New York Yankees already might be willing to trade the slugger.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are “long-shot rumblings” about the Yankees trying to trade Stanton after only one season in the Bronx. The writer also lists the Giants as a team that could reasonably explore the possibility of adding the former MVP after making such a strong push for him last offseason.

Yes, the idea of the Giants adding Stanton and his 38 home runs from last season—or 22 more than anyone on San Francisco’s roster—always will be intriguing. But there are way too many factors in why this won’t happen, and it all starts with a depressing blast from the past.

Among other things, when Arnold Johnson 2.0 gives you a present, you don’t respond by regifting it.

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, giants, trade talk, yankees

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Yankees Now Have a Second Ace | FanGraphs Baseball

He’s has ace stuff but can a guy who can’t be counted on to throw even 160 innings really be an ace?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, yankees

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mariners trade left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects

As part of Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto’s offseason of change, which isn’t a teardown, but it’s a reimagination of the roster, Seattle has traded talented, but at times enigmatic left-handed pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees in exchange for three prospects — left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.

PepTech, the Legendary Posted: November 19, 2018 at 06:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Manny Machado: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner wants ‘essential’ chat

He is Manny Machado, one of the greatest young players to hit the free agent market.

And this time, after all the years of trying to get below the luxury tax, the Yankees have no financial restrictions on signing the guy who could be the centerpiece of their infield for the next 10 years.

The $300 million question is whether the Yankees have the same interest in Machado as he has in them.

The Yankees have yet to publicly declare their interest in signing Machado, 26, and say they first want to address the void in their starting rotation. But if they decide they want Machado, they need to talk.

“It’s not just important,’’ Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said. “It’s essential.’’

They need to have a heart-to-heart chat with Machado about exactly what he meant when he uttered the infamous words that he didn’t want to be “Johnny Hustle,’’ during a Fox postseason interview.

“If it’s a $300 million guy or a $10 million guy,’’ Steinbrenner said at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings, “clearly those comments are troubling.

“But that’s really [GM Brian Cashman’s] job. If we’re interested in any player, to sit down with them face to face and ask him, ‘Where did this come from? What was the context around the entire interview? Was there a point? How do you justify it?’

“Because that ain’t going to sell where we play baseball.’’

When asked how important it was to determine whether Machado simply misspoke, or actually meant those words, Steinbrenner didn’t blink.

“That conversation will happen,’’ Steinbrenner said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, manny machado, yankees

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Sonny Gray is perfect change of scenery arm | MLB.com

The new Ed Whitson.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sonny gray, yankees

CC Sabathia to return to Yankees in 2019 | MLB.com

I know some Yankees fans might not be happy but he’s a decent 5th starter, especially at that price.

Sabathia and the Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million deal, MLB.com has confirmed. The deal has not yet been officially announced because Sabathia must undergo a physical, which is expected to take place on Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:53 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Yankees sign Brett Gardner to one-year deal

According to a source, Gardner will earn $9.5 million next season—a $7.5 million base salary, plus a $2 million buyout payable as the Yankees did not pick up his $12.5 million option.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, yankees

Monday, October 22, 2018

Yankees mull Manny Machado, free agents, more

Starting pitching
Cashman said that seeking starting pitching will be a “focus point.” There are vacancies to be filled, with J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia eligible for free agency, and the club open-minded toward moving Sonny Gray in a trade. Patrick Corbin is believed to be among the Yankees’ top targets and has made no secret of his desire to wear pinstripes. The left-hander would probably fall behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka as a solid mid-rotation starter, albeit one who could be immensely valuable. Cashman said that he hopes the Yankees are “lucky enough to sign” Happ, and Sabathia would like to return. Lance Lynn is also about to become a free agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, October 12, 2018

Yankees Will Shop Sonny Gray This Offseason

Sonny Gray’s tenure with the Yankees hasn’t panned out nearly as well as the organization had hoped, and general manager Brian Cashman candidly told reporters Friday that he plans to explore trade scenarios this offseason (Twitter link via Newsday’s David Lennon). “We’re entering the winter open-minded to relocation,” Cashman said of Gray. “…It’s probably best to try somewhere else.”

It’s highly atypical to see a baseball executive display that level of candor when discussing a potential trade of a player, but the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now. Gray was dropped from the team’s rotation amid considerable struggles this summer, and the Yankees didn’t carry him on their postseason roster.

Acquired in a high-profile trade that sent Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian to the Athletics in July 2017, Gray gave the Yankees 65 1/3 innings of 3.72 ERA ball down the stretch that season. He was far more homer-prone than he’d been in Oakland — perhaps to be expected given the radical shift in his home park — but the 2018 season was an ugly one for Gray. In 130 1/3 innings this season, he posted a 4.90 ERA with a career-worst 3.94 BB/9 mark and a career-high eight hit batters.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: sonny gray, that was fast, trade rumors, yankees

Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Didi Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Yankees announced on Friday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:21 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, yankees

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton’s first postseason with the Yankees was a disappointing dud

Giancarlo Stanton stood at the plate with a chance to rewrite the narrative of his first year with the New York Yankees. It was the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were on the brink of postseason elimination and he represented the tying run.

A homer here? He could forget about all those boos after strikeouts in April and May, because the people in Yankee Stadium sure would. A homer here? He’d be a Yankees legend already. He’d be the guy who saved their season when it looked like the Boston Red Sox were about to send the Yankees packing in the American League Division Series.

Boston closer Craig Kimbrel had looked erratic thus far. Stanton, who hadn’t had much luck against Kimbrel in his career, had a chance to rewrite that too. The Yankees were down 4-1 and Aaron Judge had started the inning with a walk. Didi Gregorius followed with a single. All of a sudden, the Yankees had a swinging chance. And Stanton was certainly a guy who could hit one out of Yankee Stadium. Stanton hit 38 homers in 2018, 20 of them coming at home. This was possible.

Rationally, I know this is intellectually dubious in nature- as someone who thinks the trade that got him to the Yankees was similarly intellectually dubious, on the other hand…..

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

Yankees manager Aaron Boone regrets slow hook of Severino

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone regrets his slow hook of Luis Severino.

Given a night to reflect on New York’s record-setting 16-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees’ rookie manager said he would not have let his ace take the mound for the fourth inning down 3-0 after allowing five singles and several hard-hit outs.

“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” Boone said before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in hindsight, sure, go in a different way there in that spot.”

On the bright side, at least this isn’t the management that the team had twenty-five years ago, where he’d already have been fired after his loss…..

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, luis severino, yankees

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Ron Darling doesn’t have a Luis Severino regret — but he should

How quickly can Google Maps find a route from a molehill to a mountain?

When Severino failed, Darling did as well, drawing a straight line from his pregame prep to his poor outing, declaring as fact that Severino warmed up late and left early.

“That was a cute line,” Darling said in our interview. “You are going into break. You are trying to find something interesting to say. That’s a going-to-break line. But I understand what you are saying.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, ron darling, yankees

Yankees Endure Their Worst Postseason Loss Ever as Red Sox Win 16-1 in Game 3

Behind a seven-run fourth inning, a cycle from Brock Holt and a slew of questionable decisions by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Red Sox took control of their Division Series against New York with an impressive 16–1 demolition in Game 3. Boston can finish the series on Tuesday night in the Bronx, but before we look ahead to that one, here are three thoughts from a wild rout at Yankee Stadium.

Things looked good for Boston early in Game 1, when the lineup put up five runs in the first three innings. But since that initial outburst, things had gone deadly silent for the Sox, who were shut down the rest of the way in a harrowing win and held in check in the Yankees’ 6–2 Game 2 victory. All told, Boston had managed just two runs in its last 14 innings coming into Game 3, and that lethargic stretch coupled with some poor results from the bottom of the lineup prompted some dramatic changes from manager Alex Cora. For Game 3, he replaced half his starting nine, sitting Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nuñez, Sandy Leon and the injured Mitch Moreland for Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez, and Steve Pearce, respectively.

Those moves paid off in spades. Devers got the scoring started in the second by singling off Yankees starter Luis Severino, stealing second base, moving to third on a flyout, and crossing home on Vazquez’s infield single. Vazquez and Holt ignited the big fourth-inning rally with back-to-back singles off Severino, and it was Holt who put the finishing touches on the frame by tripling in Xander Bogaerts and Pearce, who had himself driven in a run with a single the at-bat before.

Fans of the teams involved: Any comments as for any broader significance of this loss, or just a reminder that even really good teams can have a really bad defeat on any given day?

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, yankees

Saturday, October 06, 2018

ALDS Game 1: Red Sox overcome bullpen woes to beat Yankees

I thought I was beyond Red Sox angst. I was wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, October 04, 2018

ALDS: This isn’t the Yankees-Red Sox of 2004

Does Passan have early onset Maury Chassism?

Baseball in 2018 is a rigid set of facts delivered, interpreted, distilled, tweaked and applied in hopes that the next set will have produced an outcome likelier to succeed. It is a multivariable math problem masquerading as a game. It is, in other words, the homo sapien to baseball in 2004’s homo erectus.

The comparison of those two years is no accident. Those were the days of mystique and aura, the time when it was cool to be a bunch of idiots. A decade and a half in baseball might as well be an eternity. Because as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox prepare to butt heads in the American League playoffs after the Yankees’ 7-2 wild-card victory Wednesday against the Oakland A’s, the 2018 version of the game — of the world — is diametrically opposed to the series that produced the greatest comeback in sports history.

...

Consider the Dave Roberts stolen base. You remember it because, as the story goes, even still to this day, it won the Red Sox the World Series. This, of course, is absurd. Roberts’ stolen base gave Boston an opportunity to beat Mariano Rivera, which allowed for a Game 5, which they won and forced a Game 6, which led to a Game 7 blowout, which gave them a shot at the World Series, where they would have to win four more games to make Roberts’ stolen base more than an afterthought.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Yankees beat A’s in AL Wild Card Game | MLB.com

It’s been a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

‘Cold Hard Cash’: How Brian Cashman played the long game and used analytics to transform the Yankees’ culture – The Athletic

Some great stuff about the Yankees, including a mention of an old Usenet baseball legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian cashman, yankees

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A’s set to play AL wild-card game in New York after Yankees win

ANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.

The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 on Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Before the A’s took on the Angels on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson and GM David Forst were still holding daily conversations in order to determine which pitcher will start the game. Now that they know the game will be played in New York, it should give the team a better indication as to who the starter will be.

Efforts by As management to split the difference in travel and hold the game in Omaha were ultimately to no avail.

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, wild card, yankees

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Yankees have paired the best bullpen ever with cutting-edge tools to optimize its usage. Will it be enough in the playoffs? – The Athletic

A really interesting look at what the Yankees are doing with analytics

In his previous life as a broadcaster, Boone dutifully studied matchups. Before every game he was assigned to call, it became part of his routine to learn which pitchers had the most success against each batter. Past performance was his guide, the same as it had been for many others over the last century. This is the information that allows fans to manage along at home and on Twitter, one of the many charms of the game.

But in in his role as Yankees manager, those numbers have almost become an afterthought.

“There’s pretty strong evidence that it’s nonsense,” Boone said recently.

...

Then there’s the science. For the Yankees, their work in that area is proprietary, so club officials declined to share specifics. But according to people with knowledge of the team’s thinking, they have designed a projection system to identify the best matchups based on stuff and pitch types, thus allowing Boone to use certain arms to attack perceived vulnerable spots in opposing lineups.

The concept itself is not new. There’s no shortage of publicly-available data to expose which hitters might have trouble against cutters buried in on the hands, or two-seamers that nick the corners. But the Yankees have used their blend of data to tailor those projections. With their tools, it’s possible to estimate a hitters’ performance not against just two-seam fastballs in general, but two-seam fastballs thrown by Britton, or curveballs thrown by Robertson, or sliders thrown by Chapman. Specific velocity and spin is taken into account and matched up to a hitters’ bat path, which can also be precisely measured.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, sabermetrics, yankees

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