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1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 10:44AM #1
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IN 2020

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New York Post | Mollie Walker: Following an incredible 2019 season, Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia will be added to the 40-man roster this winter. Doing so will protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Could he be more than just a member of the Scranton shuttle in 2020? Brian Cashman seems to think so, calling Garcia’s performance “amazing” and citing Jordan Montgomery’s 2017 as evidence for a young starting pitcher forcing his way into the rotation during spring training.

MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: Veteran pitcher David Hale, whom the Yankees outrighted to Triple-A on October 19, has elected free agency. He had a strong season, with a 3.11 ERA, 5.5 K/9 ratio, and 50% groundball rate over 20 appearances, before an injury ended his season. It remains to be seen whether or not this the end of Hale in pinstripes, however, as he has been designated for assignment and brought back on multiple occasions the past two seasons. | Mike Rosenstein: The Phillies have been known to look to the Bronx to fill many vacancies in their staff this offseason, with former Yankees managers Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter among the finalists for the team’s open managerial position. They have done the same in their front office, however, hiring former Yankees scout Brian Barber as their new director of amateur scouting. Barber had been with the organization for 18 seasons and has served as the national cross-checker since 2010. We wish him luck with his newest opportunity.

Yankees: 5 players who could be traded this offseason


1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 10:47AM #3
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A very special day for Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury just passed

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hasn't played a game in two years.

Happy anniversary?

Two years have officially passed since injured Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, making $21 million a season, last stepped on the field.

The two-year mark came Thursday, when the Yankees lost to the Astros, 8-3, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

In the same game, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia literally threw until he couldn’t anymore, his left shoulder separating while he was on the mound in the eighth inning. Sabathia officially retired Monday.

The Yankees have said Ellsbury, 36, has been working out, mostly indoors, and receiving treatment at the team’s training complex in Tampa and near his home in Phoenix as he tries to recover from torn left hip labrum surgery he had in August of 2018.

He’s suffered a variety of setbacks since then, including plantar fasciitis.

Ellsbury last played Oct. 17, 2017, when he served as the pinch runner for Chase Headley in the eighth inning of an ALCS Game 4 win over the Astros.

Ellsbury entered after Brett Gardner’s ground out scored Todd Frazier from third base and moved Headley to third base. Ellsbury came home on Aaron Judge’s double to left field. He sat the rest of the series, which went seven games.

Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153-million deal with a full no-trade clause before the 2014 season. The team can buy him out of his $21 million option for the 2021 season for $5 million.

He showed up at the end of spring training this year but didn’t get in a game.

Here’s what Yankees manager Aaron Boone said about Ellsbury on Aug. 11:

“Ells is rehabbing,” Boone said. “Coming back from a lot different ailments that have slowed him in the rehab process. Kind of getting through this hip situation now, obviously had the plantar fascia.

“Not baseball activities, but moving toward full workouts in the weight room and stuff like that. So I think there’s a chance he gets back to some baseball activities at some point in the final month of the season.”

Ellsbury has played 520 games for the Yankees, hitting .264 with 39 home runs and 198 RBI while stealing 102 bases.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 10:50AM #4
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No, the Yankees shouldn’t move on from Gary Sanchez

For all his inconsistencies, you’d be hard-pressed to find many catchers better than Sanchez.

A .129/.250/.226 postseason triple-slash and the most strikeouts (12) in Yankees ALCS history, these are the unfortunate final impressions of Gary Sanchez’s 2019 season. To call his playoff performance anything other than a disappointment would be flat-out wrong.

These numbers, however, do not define Sanchez’s Yankees tenure, nor his future. While trade buzz around the backstop has been rampantly speculated upon by outsiders, moving on from him would be one of the worst moves the Yankees could make this offseason.

Despite his maddening inconsistency, there aren’t many catchers in the league more well-rounded than Sanchez. His hitting prowess is unmatched; in just 446 plate appearances, he ranks first in home runs (34) and second in RBI (77). Sanchez had the best OPS among catchers in the American League, and a rock-solid 116 wRC+. He’s the most elite hitting catcher in the junior circuit, even with his frustrating prolonged slumps.

As for defense, Sanchez made strides this season. After leading the league in passed balls in 2017 and 2018, Sanchez only allowed seven this year, which was right around league-average. We already know he has an elite throwing arm, and his pitch framing isn’t bad either— StatCorner has Sanchez right around league average, while Baseball Savant has him slightly below, but not damagingly so.

Having said this, why are there fans and pundits suggesting the Yankees move on from Sanchez? Who can the Yankees get that can do what he does? Austin Romine is a great backup, but if you think he can produce offensively close to Sanchez over a full season, you’ve got another thing coming. While his defense is better than Sanchez’s, it’s also not as elite as it’s perceived to be. Furthermore, Romine is entering his age-31 season and is a free agent. Honestly, he’s probably earned a starting role on another team given how weak the state of catching is league-wide. Even if Romine sticks around, he’s not a viable replacement for Sanchez.

Young catchers that can hit like Sanchez don’t grow on trees, and there’s a reason why they aren’t available on the market. They’re rare and therefore precious. Although Sanchez does have a good chunk of trade value in a vacuum, the massive downgrade that would come at the catcher position would not make the move worth it. I’m totally spitballing, but while Sanchez and another valuable piece might be able to fetch a controllable starter, the Yankees would be losing a unicorn of sorts, a catcher who can hit at an elite level who is improving on defense. They’d never get another catcher like him.

Sanchez’s postseason was abysmal. However, a bad few weeks following a hasty comeback from a groin strain are not indicative of the value he provides the Yankees. Instead of focusing on what he doesn’t do, Yankees fans need to appreciate more of what Sanchez does do.

Early-career expectations around Sanchez were astronomical, which is partially why he feels disappointing at times. Although he hasn’t matured into the transcendent, franchise cornerstone that he was projected to be at one point, Sanchez has still developed into an All-Star catcher who still has room to grow at age-27. Yankees fans should be thankful for that, not ready to push him out the door.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 10:53AM #5
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Five questions we want to ask New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone


NEW YORK – Organizational meetings begin soon, and the Yankees will start the business of 2020, examining the potential free agent and trade markets.

And they’ll be digging into their own depth, evaluating which players they’d part with in certain deals, and which of their own potential free agents will be offered contracts.

Ahead of the final analysis of the 2019 season and the look-ahead to next year, here’s a handful of questions that are bound to come up when general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone next address the media on Thursday at Yankee Stadium:

How much of a priority is upgrading the rotation?

This was the biggest area of concern at this time last year, and the Yankees re-signed J.A. Happ and traded for James Paxton.

They also targeted a premier free agent in lefty Patrick Corbin, but the Yanks weren’t willing to meet his price. He’s now pitching in the World Series with the Washington Nationals.

Houston’s Gerrit Cole will be the big free agent prize this winter, but how close to $300 million would the Yankees go to secure him?

Beyond the other possible free-agent interests such as Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler and Dallas Keuchel, Cashman could be busier than ever seeking a trade and marketing his blue-chip prospects.

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman looks on during batting practice prior to game four of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Mike Stobe, Getty Images)

Which of your free agents would you like to retain?

Shortstop Didi Gregorius and closer Aroldis Chapman could make for interesting theater.

Gregorius is due for a big payday and Chapman could ask to negotiate an extension, with the leverage of his opt-out clause.

Outfielder Brett Gardner might get done quickly again. He signed a one-year contract early last offseason, avoiding free agency, and had a fine year at age 36.

Backup catcher Austin Romine could be replaced by Kyle Higashioka. Cameron Maybin might be one-and-done. Edwin Encarnacion has a club option that won’t be picked up.

How do you view the first base position?

Last year, it was the battle between the talented but perennially injured Greg Bird and “Is He a One-Year Fluke?’’ Luke Voit.

Voit won the job, Bird (foot) got hurt again and now the lefty hitter is a candidate to be non-tendered.

But even with a strong year on balance, Voit’s status came into question again after a sports hernia led to a sharp offensive decline – eventually making him a non-factor in October.

If the Yankees retain Gregorius (or find another shortstop), D.J. LeMahieu could float around the infield spots as a regular, subbing for Gleyber Torres at second base, Gio Urshela at third and Voit or lefty-hitting Mike Ford at first base.

Will there be a shakeup on the medical staff?

A “Next Man Up’’ theme was forged by a Yankees club that won 103 regular-season games while putting a record 30 players on the injured list.

Certainly, players that are hit by pitches or over-extend themselves reaching for a base or by slamming into a wall have certain unavoidable consequences.

But when the muscle strains pile up and players – such as Luis Severino and Dellin Betances – come up with new injuries on rehab assignments, there is inevitably a deeper dive into a club’s medical practices.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches during the fourth inning in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. (Photo: Matt Slocum, AP)

How do you evaluate what you did in October?

This one is for Aaron Boone. With the gift of hindsight, is there anything the manager would have done differently in the AL Championship Series loss to the Houston Astros?

The in-game stuff – such as calling for a bunt instead of letting Gardner swing away in the first inning of Game 3 – might not be as relevant as the roster and lineup questions.

How much did Giancarlo Stanton’s strained quad handcuff the decision-making, with a short bench and a badly slumping designated hitter in Encarnacion, who batted in the Nos. 4 and 5 spots?

Was Mike Tauchman a considered option as a replacement, after his September calf injury?

And is the best organizational scenario now to try and avoid bullpen-ing a future postseason game?

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 11:07AM #6
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Great thread ... thanks for doing this again NYY ... I'm sure our moderator will pin it ... it's the best thread of the off-season.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 11:20AM #7
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Ellsbury, a signing I knew would be terrible but got called lots of nasty things for saying so.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 12:55PM #8
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Oct 23, 2019 -- 11:20AM, JudgeandYankees wrote:

Ellsbury, a signing I knew would be terrible but got called lots of nasty things for saying so.

so what name were you posting under when the Yankees signed Ellsbury?

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 1:00PM #9
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Oct 23, 2019 -- 10:44AM, NY23 wrote:




IN 2020

Thanks for starting this off season thread.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 23, 2019 - 1:02PM #10
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Oct 23, 2019 -- 10:50AM, NY23 wrote:

No, the Yankees shouldn’t move on from Gary Sanchez

Should the Yankees trade Sanchez? Well, like with all players it depends who they get in return. Watching him not make any adjustments so that he doesn't swing at pitches 2 feet off the plate is annoying. But if they do trade him, in my opinion Romine isn't good enough to be the starting catcher, Romine I believe is also on the other side of 30.

The Yankees 2 top catching prospects (Anthony Seigler),(Josh Breaux) are still 2-3 years away from joining the Yankees. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not against the idea of the Yankees trading Sanchez, if they can up grade from Romine.

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