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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Yankees fail to make qualifying offer to Gregorius

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees failed to make a $17.8 million qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius and will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent shortstop signs with another team.

Gregorius, who turns 30 in February, came back from Tommy John surgery in early June and hit .238 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 82 games.

If New York doesn’t re-sign Gregorius, it could move Gleyber Torres from second to shortstop, make DJ LeMahieu the regular second baseman and allocate more payroll to starting pitching.

Tyler Lyons, who earned a spot on the Yankees’ postseason roster as a left-handed reliever, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and elected to become a free agent.

Mind you, would you make such an offer if you were in a position to do so?

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: didi gregorius, qualifying offers, yankees

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: November 05, 2019 at 06:23 AM (#5898682)
"failed" seems kind of judgmental.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: November 05, 2019 at 08:15 AM (#5898687)
It sounds like they intended to make the offer, but fell short in their efforts. Maybe they had an issue with the fax machine, or an executive assistant called in sick. Ink or toner problems. These things happen in the business world, unfortunately.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: November 05, 2019 at 08:42 AM (#5898691)
Their assistant to the traveling secretary was supposed to deliver the paperwork but got distracted by a frisbee golf game.
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: November 05, 2019 at 08:55 AM (#5898697)
The Yankees failed to make a $17.8 million qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius and will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent shortstop signs with another team.
This should read, "The Yankees failed to make a $17.8 million qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius and so will not be paying Didi Gregorius $17.8 million in 2020."
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:08 AM (#5898702)
Mind you, would you make such an offer if you were in a position to do so?

When your best player is also a SS, and you need an ace starter, no, no I wouldn't.
   6. Blastin Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:16 AM (#5898707)
I really like Didi. He's such a fun player. But no, let Gleyber do a job he's better at than 2B, let DJ be an excellent 2B as he is, sign some pitching, etc.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:34 AM (#5898715)
I really like Didi. He's such a fun player. But no, let Gleyber do a job he's better at than 2B, let DJ be an excellent 2B as he is, sign some pitching, etc.

That's a real nice defensive IF with Urshela, Torres, and LeMahieu, even if Torres is only average.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5898727)
Maybe they had an issue with the fax machine


You laugh, but it's been known to happen.
   9. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5898735)
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5898822)
I really like Didi. He's such a fun player. But no, let Gleyber do a job he's better at than 2B, let DJ be an excellent 2B as he is, sign some pitching, etc.
That should work, but the Yankees are giving up some of the versatility that served them so well in 2019. With LeMahieu able to play 1st, 2nd & 3rd, and Torres 2nd & SS, the Yankees withstood a slew of injuries while still fielding a stellar infield. They still have a lot of depth at 1st & 3rd, and another injury plagued season is unlikely, but Didi’s departure does leave them vulnerable if anything happens (God forbid!) to Torres.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5898825)
That should work, but the Yankees are giving up some of the versatility that served then so well in 2019. With LeMahieu able to play 1st, 2nd & 3rd, and Torres 2nd & SS, the Yankees withstood a slew of injuries while still fielding a stellar infield. They still have a lot of depth at 1st & 3rd, and another injury plagued season is unlikely, but Didi’s departure does leave them vulnerable if anything happens (God forbid!) to Torres.

You can't pay $18M for IF depth. And Didi wasn't even active when the injuries were at their worst.

They're certainly going to acquire a backup SS, but it will be a guy making $2-4M.
   12. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:29 PM (#5898828)
DJ LeMahieu has to be the luckiest player ever to play in MLB. First he gets to hit at Coors, and now, NYS. That's some good luck!
   13. Blastin Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:35 PM (#5898830)
DJ LeMahieu has to be the luckiest player ever to play in MLB. First he gets to hit at Coors, and now, NYS. That's some good luck!


NYS does not play as an extreme hitters' park at all, if you look at the park factors and not just your image thereof. Also, he's right handed. He was legitimately great this year, though surely not near Trout or Bregman.
   14. Blastin Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5898831)
They're certainly going to acquire a backup SS, but it will be a guy making $2-4M.


I genuinely like Estrada.
   15. snowles Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:39 PM (#5898833)
They're certainly going to acquire a backup SS, but it will be a guy making $2-4M.


Can I interest you in an inexplicably worse version of Brandon Drury?
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5898835)
Can I interest you in an inexplicably worse version of Brandon Drury?

Didn't the Yanks try that already?
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5898841)
NYS does not play as an extreme hitters' park at all, if you look at the park factors and not just your image thereof. Also, he's right handed.


LeMahieu hit .338 with 18 homers at NYS this year, .318 with 7 homers on the road. But overall, NYS played as a pitcher's park this year, for the first time in a while. I expect it to revert to being a hitter's park next year.
   18. jmurph Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5898843)
NYS does not play as an extreme hitters' park at all, if you look at the park factors and not just your image thereof. Also, he's right handed.

10-10-14-6-29 (last 5 years, in order from least to most recent)

That's super weird, what explains that?
   19. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5898844)
That seems weird, that in the year of the juiced ball, the most bandbox-y of bandbox parks would have played as a pitcher's park. What's an upper deck shot to right at NYS? 340 feet?
   20. jmurph Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5898845)
HRs:
4-1-2-6-25

   21. SoSH U at work Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:25 PM (#5898848)
That's super weird, what explains that?


My guess is pitchers happened to have better games in Yankee Stadium (worse games on the road) in 2019 than they did in the past.

Honestly, I doubt the park played any differently this previous year, absent some weather/climate condition I'm unaware of. Just the distribution of performances was unusual.

The only game I ever saw at Coors Field was a fabulous 83-pitch shutout from Aaron Cook that finished in a tidy 1:58 (probably still the shortest game in the history of the ballpark). I doubt Coors was playing differently that night. Cook was just outstanding.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5898851)
It sounds like they intended to make the offer, but fell short in their efforts. Maybe they had an issue with the fax machine, or an executive assistant called in sick. Ink or toner problems. These things happen in the business world, unfortunately.
Yes, in 1993.
   23. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:36 PM (#5898852)
DJ LeMahieu career

Home OPS 854
Road OPS 696
   24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:51 PM (#5898861)
DJ LeMahieu career

Home OPS 854
Road OPS 696


Hitters do as a whole tend to hit better at home, though. It's not a huge effect, but it's real.
   25. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 05, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5898868)
Thus ends the Age of Gregorius
   26. Blastin Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:11 PM (#5898878)
the most bandbox-y of bandbox parks


Yes there wasn't a single other park featured prominently in the ALCS and WS that has dumb area that's shorter than anywhere else.
   27. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:33 PM (#5898887)
Yes that area of Minute Maid is short, but it's easier to pitch away from one area of park then it is to have to worry about both RF and LF. And CF.



   28. Blastin Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:41 PM (#5898890)
And CF.


Look, this is absurd. RF is very short out to RCF. Dead left is short. LCF and CF are not short.

   29. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:48 PM (#5898893)
Fair enough. I'd say the short 8 foot fences make it easier to hit a HR there, but whatever.

It's hard to get hitters to hit to CF, rather than flick a ball to the opposite field.
   30. Greg Pope Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:52 PM (#5898895)
If New York doesn’t re-sign Gregorius


I can't keep everything with the QO straight. Can the Yankees re-sign Gregorius? I thought there was something that the team couldn't sign the player until May if they rejected the QO.
   31. Rally Posted: November 05, 2019 at 03:57 PM (#5898898)
They're certainly going to acquire a backup SS, but it will be a guy making $2-4M.


Knowing the Yankee recent track record, they'll sign someone like Adeiny Hechavaria and get an .850 OPS out of him.
   32. Walt Davis Posted: November 05, 2019 at 07:00 PM (#5898940)
I can't keep everything with the QO straight. Can the Yankees re-sign Gregorius? I thought there was something that the team couldn't sign the player until May if they rejected the QO.

Yes, he's just an FA like any other.

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