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21 hours ago  ::  Dec 08, 2019 - 10:09PM #411
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Dec 8, 2019 -- 8:01AM, SSBob643 wrote:

Dec 7, 2019 -- 10:27PM, yank0428 wrote:

Dec 7, 2019 -- 5:40PM, SSBob643 wrote:

Dec 7, 2019 -- 1:56PM, Max wrote:

As much as I like Didi, he isn't the player Rizzo is. Torres can take Didi's place, Rizzo would be a huge upgrade from Voit/Ford. The Yankees still have payroll flexibility even if they sign Cole. They will have even more payroll flexibility next season when Els' contract comes off their books.


Nephew (huge Cubs fan) says it's unlikely they move Rizzo, but Bryant could be gone. 

Wonder what they would want for Bryant . Earliest he can be a free agent 2022. 28 yrs old  Had decent numbers except for only 77 RBIs. Played 110 games at 3rd   44 in the OF.  


Cubs may be dealing from a weak position. Bryant has filed a grievance re his service time. If that ruling goes his way, he'll be a FA after the '20 season. There are some hard feelings between Bryant and the Cubs, and the feeling is he's not expected to re-sign with them. 

Would you re-sign with someone who tried to screw you out of money???  Me neither.

8 hours ago  ::  Dec 09, 2019 - 10:56AM #412
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New York Daily News | Bill Madden: It’s Winter Meetings time, and while the Yankees have a lot on their plate this week, so too does the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred. He faces challenges on multiple fronts, regarding the Astros’ sign stealing scandal, minority hires within baseball, and the coming minor league retraction. Hopefully, in all the bustle, he’ll have time to approve a contract to a certain free agent or two.

CBS Sports | RJ Anderson: Speaking of free agents, let’s talk about Gerrit Cole. The Yankees have reportedly opened the bidding with a record-setting 7-year, $245 million contract offer. The Angels and Dodgers are expected to get in on the sweepstakes as well, but the Yankees have set the bar high on their first salvo. Not to be outdone, Bob Nightengale reports that no formal offer has been extended by the Yankees. | Randy Miller: Here’s your regular Clint Frazier trade speculation. The once and future Yankee could be out of a position while balancing potential with no real MLB track record. MLB teams could still value the potential, and there’s a possibility Arizona in particular would be interested in exchange for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray, covered here yesterday.

Free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius appears “likely” to secure a significant, multi-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Heyman hears that Gregorius could land an average annual value of $14MM to $15MM — which is just what we predicted he’d get (over three years) in our top-50 free agent ranking. It’s still unclear where Gregorius will land. Heyman suggests that the bidding may go too high for the Reds, possibly leaving the Phillies and unknown others to pursue the veteran infielder.

The Yankees' "main competition" could reportedly come from the Angels

“Strasburg has a number of teams in there. The Dodgers, the Angels, the Phillies, the Yankees and Washington. So at least five teams in on the Strasburg market.”
8 hours ago  ::  Dec 09, 2019 - 11:00AM #413
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What will Jordan Montgomery’s Role be if the New York Yankees Sign a Top Pitcher?

Jordan Montgomery, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, is expected to be at full strength on the mound next season, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has only appeared in eight games the last couple of years (Baseball-Reference), so it will be interesting to see how Boone and new pitching coach Matt Blake use him.

The tall lefty impressed the organization in his rookie season and still has time to reach his top potential. Montgomery went 9-7, with a 3.88 earned run average in 29 games, and recorded 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings (Baseball-Reference). He is more of an old-fashioned pitcher by the way he mixes pitches to keep batters off balance. Even though his velocity is below average, he makes up for it with his two-seam, changeup, and curveball mix.

Montgomery’s Expected Role to Start the Next Season

In recent news, the New York Yankees are among the top three candidates to land Gerrit Cole this offseason. With Cole in the rotation, the Yankees top options for the rotation would most likely be James Paxton, Luis Severino, Domingo German (assuming he does not receive a suspension), and Masahiro Tanaka, leaving Jordan Montgomery and J.A. Happ out of the rotation. There is also a possibility that Happ will be on the move this offseason, meaning Montgomery. could fill in as a sixth starting pitcher.

Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, will probably have Montgomery in a long-relief role to start the season and monitor his progress as time goes on, especially if Happ stays. He may have a role similar to Nestor Cortes Jr. or Stephen Tarpley as well, who appeared in long relief and sometimes, threw to only one lefty hitter.

Trading Montgomery is not a viable option for the Yankees right now. He does not have much worth and his durability is now in question. However, he still has a lot left in the tank and can contribute to Yankees’ wins in whatever role he is assigned.

8 hours ago  ::  Dec 09, 2019 - 11:02AM #414
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The Yankees could carry three catchers next season

Last month, I gave a rundown of MLB’s rule changes coming in 2020 as they relate to the Yankees. In discussing the new 26-man roster, I wrote this about how the bench will fill out:

Things are a little simpler on the bench. Obviously, there will be a backup catcher (potentially Kyle Higashioka). There’ll be a fourth outfielder, likely Mike Tauchman. Tyler Wade or Thairo Estrada could be the reserve infielder. Who would take the fourth spot isn’t certain. Perhaps Mike Ford is the guy.

Today, I want to focus on that fourth bench spot. I’m assuming that the league will not permit teams to carry more than 13 pitchers, which would force all American League clubs to carry four bench players. Remember, the Yankees have frequently ran with three-man benches for extended periods of the last few years.

A three-man bench requires a backup infielder, backup outfielder, and backup catcher. The extra spot in 2020 provides affords some flexibility. It could be a pinch hit extraordinaire, a speedy designated pinch runner, a third catcher, or simply an extra infielder or outfielder. From the Yankees’ perspective, I think a third catcher could be the best use of this spot next season.

Now, the Yankees certainly don’t need a regular pinch hitter. The lineup is too deep one-through-nine to require one. Mike Ford would be great in such a role, but again, it’s just not necessary. Having him start perhaps once a week while gathering dust the rest of the time seems wasteful.

Additionally, there’s no need for a pinch runner type. Tyler Wade, who presumably would be the team’s reserve infielder anyway, is plenty fast (93rd percentile sprint speed) and was seven-for-seven in stolen bases last season. So strike that need off the list for the fourth bench guy.

As for an extra outfielder (i.e. fifth outfielder) or infielder, I’m not sure that’s necessary. Wade can play multiple infield positions, just like many of the Yankees’ starting infielders. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres can shuffle around the diamond, as you know. Plus, Wade can play the outfield in a pinch if needed. Meanwhile, Mike Tauchman figures to be the fourth outfielder once Brett Gardner presumably re-signs. Tauchman is capable of playing in all three outfield spots.

So by process of elimination, that brings us to the Yankees carrying a third catcher, likely the intriguing Kyle Higashioka. That means the team would need to either bring back Austin Romine or acquire another backstop.

Why carry three catchers? I see a couple of benefits.

One, it affords Gary Sánchez some extra rest. I still want Gary getting the bulk of catching duty, but perhaps 80 to 90 games of catching and another 40 to 50 games as the DH would be better for his health. He’s had a handful of leg muscle injuries that perhaps could be alleviated with less squatting throughout the season. Additionally, it theoretically allows the Yankees to keep his potent bat in the lineup far more often than one’s typical backstop thanks to extra DH opportunities.

Another benefit is late game flexibility for Aaron Boone. Obviously Sánchez is not fleet of foot. With a third catcher, Boone could more comfortably lift him for a pinch runner late in ballgames.

Here’s the rub, though. The Yankees would need to find a catcher they’d be comfortable starting almost half of the time. Romine’s a fine backup, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable handing him a gig like this. Likewise for Higashioka.

Castro. (Keith Allison – CC BY-SA 2.0)

Two free agents that come to mind are Jason Castro and Robinson Chirinos. Now, I suspect either of the two could land a full-time job before winter ends. That said, I think either would be solid fits, particularly the lefty swinging Castro. I’d be very comfortable handing him 70 to 80 starts over the course of 162, especially if it means a healthier Gary.

Of course, this idea isn’t without flaws. Injuries are going to happen and could throw a wrench into this plan. Further, there’s also the mid-season return of Aaron Hicks to account for, which could force the Bombers to carry five outfielders (again, assuming Gardner re-signs). Tauchman is out of options and will need to stay on the roster all season. And with Higashioka out of options as well, the Yankees can’t just send him down once Hicks returns.

In any event, the Yankees could just decide to roster three catchers and still start Sánchez behind the plate 120 times while making Romine/Higashioka/Whoever a true backup. The third guy would be the emergency catcher and hardly play, however. In this situation, is it better to have a rarely used emergency catcher as the 26th-man or someone else who also wouldn’t be used much? Remember, the Yankees don’t have a ton of optionable position players on the 40-man right now, so it’s not as if they can constantly swap guys in-and-out from Scranton throughout the season depending on matchups or to protect a banged up regular who’s day-to-day.

In all likelihood, I don’t anticipate the Yankees bringing three catchers to opening day 2020. It’s a interesting thought, but they have higher priorities this winter than getting a Castro-type backstop to fill my proposed role.

8 hours ago  ::  Dec 09, 2019 - 11:06AM #415
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Rumors/Speculations: (All times in EST)

5:51 AM - Dodgers have made it clear that OF’s A.J. Pollock, Joc Pederson, and INF/OF Enrique Hernandez are available to be traded for the right price. Also, appears that they are out of race for RHP Gerrit Cole, instead favoring 3B Anthony Rendon. [Bob Nightengale]

9:29 AM - Catcher Austin Romine was seen at the Winter Meetings meeting with some teams, but Yankees still have an interest in bringing him back. [Sweeny Murti]

9:39 AM - Shortstop Didi Gregorius’ market is looking to be in the $14-$15 Million/year range. May eliminate the Cincinnati Reds, but opens door more for the Philadelphia Phillies. [Jon Heyman]

9:43 AM - The geography factor in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes may be overblown, Dodgers potentially still in it. [Jon Heyman]

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