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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Luis Severino Agrees to 4-Year Deal as Yankees Try to Lock Up Young Core

Severino forfeited what would have been his first season of free agency, in 2023: The deal includes a team option for $15 million that year or a $2.75 million buyout.

The contract also holds hints of players’ fears amid tense labor relations in the majors. Severino’s deal is front-loaded: He will earn $6 million in 2019 and $10 million in 2020, and then is to receive only modest raises to $10.25 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. In other words, he will earn $26.25 million of the $40 million guaranteed by the 2021 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Yankees Open Spring Training as World Series Favorites

So, is it that the bookies know more than we do, or is this something designed largely to get some action?

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, odds, world series, yankees

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Name game: Britton says wife, Yanks led to spelling change

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name.

Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old New York Yankees reliever said last week that going forward his name should be spelled Zack.

“I was born with a ‘ch’, sorry, excuse me, the ‘ck,‘” Britton said Monday after his first pre-spring training workout at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

The sort of loopiness that one wishes were more prevalent this off-season.

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: name change, yankees, zack britton

Friday, February 08, 2019

Steinbrenner: ‘I Get Hammered Every Year About Something’

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hal Steinbrenner had heard the constant criticism in New York: Why haven’t the Yankees tried to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?

“I get hammered every year about something,” the New York owner said Thursday. “If you don’t win the World Series, that’s perfectly justifiable.”

Speaking at the owners’ meetings, Steinbrenner would not rule out more moves before opening day but sounded as if a deal for a high-priced free agent is unlikely.

Not the best of photos to run when the word “hammered” is in the title….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hal steinbrenner, yankees

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Aaron Judge would switch positions for Harper, but should he?

Spring training is right around the corner and Bryce Harper still doesn’t have a team to play for. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is hoping his pitch to Harper works.

The New York Yankees have yet to make that splash free agency signing that fans are accustomed to around this time of year. It’s looking less and less likely that they’ll sign Manny Machado even though the third baseman is holding out hope that the Yankees get back into the race.

Just because they won’t be signing Machado doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t sign free agent outfielder Bryce Harper. Just imagine the kind of lineup the Yankees could put together by adding a player like Harper.

Is there a reason why they couldn’t trade positions every inning, just to keep the opposition on their toes?

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, yankees

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Former White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar dreaming of making big league return and pitching on South Side

Unthinkable. Unimaginable.

Ask anyone nine months ago if Danny Farquhar would not only be back on a pitcher’s mound today, but would sign a minor league deal this season with the New York Yankees, that’s likely how they would have responded.

It’s a comeback story straight out of Hollywood. Farquhar’s life continues to write a script we haven’t seen before.

Here’s hoping that he accomplishes this dream.

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar, yankees

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Yankees most recent offseason signing is ... an environmental scientist?!?

The New York Yankees, never a team to be behind the curve, just made a hire that is the first of its kind in professional sports. And no, it’s not Bryce Harper to a $400 million contract.

The Yankees announced Tuesday that they’ve brought on an environmental scientist whose appointment, according to a team statement, “represents a defining moment in the team’s decades-long commitment to sustainability, and serves to deepen an existing dedication to environmentally-friendly practices and community-wide awareness.”

Mind you, you could hire hundreds of environmental scientists for the likely annual salary that Harper will receive….

 

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: science, signings, yankees

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mariano Rivera’s Unanimous Induction Shows An Evolving Cooperstown | FiveThirtyEight

Is anyone else non-plussed about all the hubbub about Hall of Fame voting percentage discussions? To me, it’s whether the player gets elected to the Hall of Fame or not. The percentages don’t really say much about the players. They say more about the electorate and the Hall of Fame’s greatly flawed system for selecting players.

The only question about Mariano Rivera’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame was whether he would be the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which serves as the primary gatekeeper for entry to the Hall. On Tuesday, the great New York Yankees pitcher became the first player to appear on 100 percent of writers’ ballots, with all 425 voters finally agreeing on something: that Rivera should be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: mariano rivera, yankees

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Danny Farquhar reportedly signs minor league deal with Yankees

Best wishes for him in his comeback attempt.

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar, yankees

Apr 24, 1934 - New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Athletics, NYC (real sound)

Around 18 minutes of pregame festivities and game footage from Yankee Stadium- rather fascinating to watch in various regards.

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, film, vintage baseball, yankee stadium, yankees

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sonny Gray Reds-Yankees trade | MLB.com

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman said that he was “open-minded to a relocation” involving Gray, a match has been found. The Yankees announced on Monday that they have traded Gray to the Reds, along with left-hander Reiver Sanmartin, for second-base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 Draft.

The Yankees then sent Long to the Mariners for Minor League outfielder Josh Stowers, sources told MLB.com’s Greg Johns, following up reports by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network insider Rosenthal. Neither team has yet to confirm that trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 05:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, reds, sonny gray, trade, yankees

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

They also are trying to figure out if the Rockies management will just hand him over like the Marlins would, or will actually want something of value.

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, yankees

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Yankees sign Ottavino for 3 years

The New York Yankees have agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with free-agent relief pitcher Adam Ottavino,

reech Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mel Stottlemyre, New York baseball icon, dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, whose work as both a Major League pitcher and pitching coach made him one of the most respected men in the game, died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

Stottlemyre was a five-time All-Star, winning 20 games on three separate occasions during an 11-year career. Stottlemyre pitched his entire career (1964-74) with the Yankees, appearing in only one World Series—the seven-game 1964 Fall Classic won by the Cardinals, only two months after making his big league debut.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 14, 2019 at 07:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Social media helps Hal Steinbrenner on decision-making for Yankees

How many big contracts can the Yankees absorb? I see analysts suggesting that it’s outrageous if the Yankees don’t sign Manny. It’s not though. Big contracts can’t be signed without considering your future salary commitments.The checks also can’t be written without factoring in the economic limits of the current CBA (Luxury Tex, etc.), which were **collectively bargained**. You also can’t ignore the players you already have on your 40-Man and in your pipeline.(Your players impact Machado’s marginal value.)

Judge, Severino, and Sanchez are all going to get expensive pretty quick. Right behind them the Yankees have Andujar and Torres. Machado is reported looking for an 8+ year contract at an AAV of $35 million plus. That’s a contract which impacts the team finances and overlaps the free agent years of all these players.

Could the Yankees make it work? Possibly. Is it outrageous they might not think it’s a good deal for them? Absolutely not.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 08:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, yankees

Friday, January 11, 2019

Yankees add infielder DJ LeMahieu | MLB.com

A little protection/preparation for Didi Gregorius’ pending free agency?

New York agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu on Friday afternoon, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The agreement is pending a physical, and the club has not confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. lemahieu, yankees

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fangraphs: James Paxton Is Not The “Next Sonny Gray”

Many Yankees fans are cynical about any pitcher on their way to New York. Some of this is because only a handful of pitchers in the world are “sure things.” Some of this is because the Yankees have a recent history of acquiring high-upside pitchers who ultimately disappointed in the Bronx. After that conversation, I thought it would be interesting to consider whether James Paxton is likely to implode in New York.

villageidiom Posted: January 10, 2019 at 09:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, james paxton, new york, new york yankees, sonny gray, yankees

Monday, January 07, 2019

Tulowitzki to play shortstop for Yanks until Didi returns

NEW YORK (AP)—The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.

Still, general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market.

And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from his heart.

I remember like it was only last season when it was thought that Gregorius had turned a corner, and when a shortstop who had missed the entirety of the preceding season wasn’t considered a better option…..

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Zach Britton agrees to deal with Yankees | MLB.com

Britton’s new pact with the Bombers is a three-year deal that will average $13 million each season, with an opt-out clause after 2020 if the team does not exercise its option for the 2022 campaign. If Britton departs after two years, he would have earned $26 million; completing the full four years would net him $53 million. The signing has not been announced by the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 06:35 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, zach britton

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Yankees to sign shortstop Troy Tulowitzki | MLB.com

Over/under on games he will actually play?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki, yankees

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Report: Machado won’t choose team before 2019

Free agent infielder Manny Machado has told teams interested in his services that he won’t be making a decision until after the New Year, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The three teams known to have hosted Machado for a visit are the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

Machado, 26, is believed to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range.

And the antics continue for another week and a half….

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gaming the system, manny machado, phillies, white sox, yankees

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Carlos Beltran reportedly joining Yankees’ front office as special advisor to GM

On the eve of their meeting with free agent Manny Machado, the New York Yankees have hired nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman, according to multiple reports.

Beltran, who spent three seasons with the Yankees (2014-16), shared the same agent (Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group) as Machado.

So, what do the Yankees do if Machado doesn’t sign?

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, carlos beltran, special advisor, yankees

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

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