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1 month ago  ::  Oct 26, 2021 - 10:31AM #2801
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New York Daily News | Kristie AckertThe rotation is also an area where the Yankees have some work to do this offseason. Gerrit Cole (despite the Wild Card Game performance) and Jordan Montgomery are really the only ones with no real questions marks around them going into next year. Beyond that, there are guys dealing with an injury this offseason (Jameson Taillon), guys who missed a lot of time with them last year (Luis Severino, Domingo Germán), and guys that are still mostly unproven at the MLB level (Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt). Beyond that, Corey Kluber is a free agent. There’s some work to do.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 27, 2021 - 10:19AM #2802
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Why the Yankees should target Corey Seager as their primary free-agent acquisition

by: Alexander Wilson Empire Sports Media

The New York Yankees will be active in the free-agent market once again this off-season, with shortstop as their primary target.

The New York Yankees will be active in the free agent market once again this off-season, with shortstop as their primary target. After the Gleyber Torres experiment failed, the Yankees were forced to move Gio Urshela over to SS from 3B, creating a bit of a problem on the hot corner.

Solving the shortstop position with a free agent is likely, but one option that would fit Yankee Stadium the best given his lefty bat is LA Dodgers star infielder Corey Seager. At 27-years-old, Seager is finishing up a one-year, $13.75 million deal, but he could be in line for a decade-long contract from a team looking for a permanent solution at SS.

The Yankees, however, also view prospect Anthony Volpe as a fit down the line, but there is a way they can sign Seager while also fitting Volpe in at shortstop when he reaches the MLB level.

The Dodgers will likely have a tough time retaining Seager, especially if he wants a 10+ your deal.

“It will probably take close to a 10- or 12-year deal for the Dodgers to keep Seager, and if they make that type of commitment, they should plan to play him at third base for the majority of the contract,” states Jim Bowden of The Athletic.

The Yankees are no stranger to paying big money to elite players, a strategy that has bitten them in the butt in the past. However, Seager is relatively a safe bet, having hit over .300 in two consecutive seasons. His lowest average was .267 back in 2018 when he played in 26 games, so the sample size can’t even be considered.

The primary issue with Seager is that he’s played just 307 games out of 546 over the past four seasons, indicating he does have injury issues at times. He played in 95 games this past season, missing a big chunk, limiting his plate appearances to 409.

That could be a deterring factor for the Yankees, but his offensive and defensive capabilities stand out as a rather attractive prospect. Seager hit 16 homers this past season and 57 RBIs, recording a 16.1% strikeout rate and career-high 11.7% walk rate. He is a quality contact hitter that contains a bit of power, and given the Yankees’ short right porch, he could likely boost those long-ball numbers. In addition, Seager has the flexibility to move to 3B in the future when Volpe is ready for the big leagues — so his value wouldn’t go to waste down in the line.

Corey would be a fantastic option for the Bombers considering their stadium and the diversity he adds to the batting order. They need a contact-centric hitter to help balance out their sluggers, but it’s just a matter of how many years he’s looking for on a new deal and if the team feels he can be reliable in the health department.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 27, 2021 - 10:23AM #2803
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Examining the Yankees’ starting pitching depth situation for 2022

by: Andres Chavez SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley

Given that some of the Yankees’ pitching options are young, inexperienced, or injury risks, activity in the free-agent and trade markets is expected.

Pitching at the MLB level is an extremely demanding activity. The goal for starters (and for pitching coaches, really) is throwing harder with more horizontal and vertical break on their pitches rather than building stamina or going deep into the outing. That’s a thing of the past.

Obviously, this approach leads to nastier pitches, but also, to lots of injuries, and teams are required to enter the season with several arms capable of starting an MLB game. In the past, clubs didn’t have too much beyond the five starters in the rotation; maybe there was a Ramiro Mendoza-esque swing man ready to step in, if needed. Now? It’s a different story.

Let’s examine the situation in the AL East. The New York YankeesTampa Bay Rays, and Baltimore Orioles had 15 different pitchers starting at least one game this year. The Boston Red Sox used fewer, at 10, but the Toronto Blue Jays employed even more, at 16.

Now, if we take out Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Nick Nelso — all short relievers who appeared as openers — we get 12 starting pitchers who took the ball at least once: Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Corey Kluber, Domingo Germán, Jameson Taillon, Néstor Cortes Jr., Michael King (later sent to the bullpen), Luis Gil, Deivi García, Asher Wojciechowski, Clarke Schmidt, and Andrew Heaney.

That doesn’t mean the Yankees need to have 12 star pitchers if they want to win the East or make the playoffs, but it’s pretty clear that five, six, or seven won’t suffice. What is the perfect number of starters to have on the roster by the time Opening Day rolls? And how many do the Yankees have at the moment?

Ideally, to avoid the Wojciechowskis of the world as much as possible, a team like the Yankees would employ at least nine or ten quality starters between established veterans (like Cole), MLB-ready prospects (like Schmidt), unproven-but-talented pitchers with potential (like Cortes was to the 2021 team), and other young prospects with things to work on or prove (like Gil and García).

And, ideally, the Gils and Garcías would be last resort options, at the bottom of the MLB depth chart, as they need to work on their game and it’s preferable that they do it in a low-stress environment. Of course, these things are fluid and will largely depend on the progress they show in the minors.

Right now, the following starting pitchers are under contract for 2022: Cole, Montgomery, Taillon, Cortes, Germán, King, Gil, García, Schmidt, and an ideally fully-recovered Luis Severino. King has been a solid pitching prospect, but he seems ticketed to the bullpen, given his strong showing there.

That leaves nine usable options at the moment. García is a particularly frustrating case, given that he struggled mightily in 2021 and unless he shows that he’s turned a corner over a sustained period of time next year, he shouldn’t factor into key plans. We are now at eight hurlers, with the potential of welcoming back Deivi if he rebounds.

Severino and Taillon are injury risks, and after ankle surgery, the latter is a question mark for Opening Day. At the moment, the Yankees appear to have between seven and eight spots covered. To get to our magic nine or ten, they need to add two or three legitimate pitchers to next year’s plans. That seems about right.

The two or three hurlers don’t all have to be All-Stars. They could be a young, controllable players acquired via trade, or perhaps a solid, mid-range free agent. They could even be lottery tickets or depth arms. There are several avenues to fill overall pitching depth. But at least one of them should be an impact pitcher.

There are several potentially enticing options out there who we’ll soon cover in our annual free agent target series, like Robbie Ray, Kevin Gausman, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Rodón, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander, Anthony DeSclafani, Jon Gray, and more. Heck, Corey Kluber might not fill the category of “impact arm” anymore, but bringing him back is not entirely out of the question, either.

One way or another, the Yankees should add two or three quality pitchers during the offseason to complete the puzzle for the 2022 campaign. The foundation is set, but reinforcements are needed.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 27, 2021 - 10:28AM #2804
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MLB Insider Says These Three Free Agents Could Sign With Yankees

From Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to Toronto Blue Jays ace Robbie Ray, one MLB insider says these free agents could sign with the New York Yankees.

Sports Illustrated | Pat Ragazzo

It is no secret that the Yankees have a ton of work to do this winter. And one MLB Insider predicts they will be highly active on the free agent market.

After vice president of baseball operations and general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that shortstop is an area they plan on addressing before the 2022 seasonMLB Network’s Jon Heyman predicted the Yankees to fill this need by making a big splash on the open market.

According to Heyman’s gut, he believes they will wind up with Los Angeles Dodgers pending free agent shortstop Corey Seager.

Seager is seemingly the most ideal fit for the Yankees given they’d be killing two birds with one stone by landing a left-handed bat who plays a position that is currently a glaring hole on this team.

Seager is set to turn 28 next April and is a two-time All Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient. He has also endured success in the postseason, capturing the NLCS MVP before helping the Dodgers win the World Series in 2020.

Although Seager underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 and missed a large portion of the 2021 season after fracturing his hand as a result of a hit by pitch, his injury history shouldn’t be enough to keep the Yankees away.

Especially since Seager was able to return to the Dodgers’ lineup last season, finishing with a 3.7 bWAR, 16 home runs, 57 RBIs and a slash line of .306/.394/.521 with a .915 OPS in 95 games.

Beyond Seager, Heyman says not to rule out shortstop Carlos Correa for either New York team in the Yankees or Mets.

There is no question that Correa is one of, if not the best shortstops in the league, leading baseball with a 7.2 bWAR. However, he is going to be costly and has also been one of the Yankees’ biggest rivals over the last five years due to his role as a villain on the Houston Astros.

Not only have the Astros knocked the Yankees out of the postseason twice in the last five seasons, but they were also caught up in an electronic sign-stealing scandal in 2017, which has led to a vast amount of backlash from opposing fanbases, particularly in the Bronx.

But while it is hard to envision Correa in pinstripes, he’d be a stellar addition to the Yankees’ lineup given his superstar ability.

On the pitching side, the Yankees lacked a true No. 2 starter behind ace Gerrit Cole. Heyman believes this will be the year where New York finally brings in a Robin to their Batman.

Heyman thinks the Yankees will sign pending free agent pitcher Robbie Ray away from their AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-handed starter had a superb season, going 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA and led MLB with 248 strikeouts across 32 starts.

This has jettisoned Ray into the AL Cy Young Award conversation. Regardless of whether he takes home the hardware or not, he will still be highly sought after in free agency.

The Yankees have shown interest in trading for Ray in the past, back when he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But Ray is setup for a substantial payday this winter and if the Yankees are reluctant to dish out a bloated long-term contract to a pitcher who had a career-year in 2021, they could go after a more reliable option in Marcus Stroman.

The Yankees also nearly traded for Stroman at the deadline back in 2019, but the right-hander ultimately went to their crosstown rivals in the Mets.

Stroman went 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA and led the league with 33 starts last season. Although Heyman feels Ray will be a Yankee, Stroman could be a more realistic and safer bet.

Whatever route Cashman and the Yankees decide to go, they must prioritize starting pitching this offseason.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 27, 2021 - 10:33AM #2805
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Twelve Assumptions at this Point in Time

by: Cary Greene Start Spreading the News

Here are 12 big things to think about as we begin to look to the 2022 season.

  1. Should MLB’s initial CBA become the framework for a labor agreement between the Owners and the Player’s Union, and should the Luxury Tax threshold proposal gain approval, we would see the Tax Threshold drop from last year’s $230 million to $180 million - then I highly doubt that Hal Steinbrenner is going to spend the amount of money it would take to allow the Yankees to be a threat to Tampa Bay in the AL East and become a legitimate World Series contender. The proposed tiered penalties for exceeding the tax stiffen quite a bit, with the first tax threshold increasing from 20 percent to 25 percent.  Therefore, it's very likely that we may be looking at significant budgetary restraints being enforced but of course, a lot remains to be seen. With as many glaring needs as the Yankees have, that’s not going to be enough to field a World Series team, is it?

  2. I don’t believe the Yankees should trade Aaron Judge and I never was on board with the notion. He’s the face of the franchise. He’s carried the team this season. He needs to be extended before it’s too late. That’s going to eat payroll, my friends. If you want to see Judge extended, get ready for Steinbrenner’s luxury tax song and dance which will equate to significantly less spending.

  3. I am 100% against extending Gary Sanchez. Let him play for a future contract next season. He’s slid a long way from where he was when he first came up. Higgy is the more valuable player at this point and will probably remain a solid defensive backup catcher. Going forward, the Yankees will need to focus even more on run suppression if they are to be successful next season. Sanchez still has some power but he’s not worth spending a big chunk of payroll on. His days as the Yankees everyday catcher are coming to an end. I’m not a Sanchez hater. But let’s be real. He’ll earn seven or eight million in arbitration this year, I’m guessing the Yankees would probably go that route rather than non-tender him. The Yankees also don’t have a ton of trade chips so the opportunity to acquire a legit, nearly ready catching prospect has passed. It’s now time to tread water and use Higgy a little more, if he is physically up to that task. Paying Sanchez in arbitration takes care of next year’s needs. Sanchez will play for a future contract next year and he may show everyone that he is taking his career seriously and there is a chance he will perform a bit better than he did this season. I think of Sanchez now as a stop gap and not a player to build around. Retaining Sanchez for one last season makes sense, but Gary is not the long term play. 

  4. I’m no longer torn over whether or not the Yankees should lock up a top shortstop long term. I don’t believe they will choose to afford it. I could be wrong on this. The Yankees may pay a huge price to bring in a Trevor Story or a Corey Seager. The team could also simply move Gio Urshela to shortstop and then play DJ LeMahieu at third base and Gleyber Torres at second base. I’m perfectly happy with Andrew Velasquez platooning with Tyler Wade as they back up Urshela. If the Yankees want extra defense, they could bring up Kyle Holder during the season as well, which would have the same net effect as signing Andrelton Simmons while not wasting payroll that could be spent on the team’s true need - pitching. 

  5. It clearly behooves the Yankees to craft a longer term plan that involves Anthony Volpe at shortstop. Oswald Peraza, to me, is a nice backup plan who could be ready around the All-Star break next year, but Volpe is my guy. Volpe won’t likely be in the Bronx until the 2023 season. If Volpe continues his current trajectory, he’ll be bumping Peraza or whichever lesser player the Yankees acquire to second base or into the trade conduit. Volpe’s ascension  is entirely dependent on his continued development or course, but I would love to see a homegrown middle of the infield by 2023. My opinion may be in the minority here, but I believe the Yankees should allocate their resources to other areas of need for this coming offseason.

  6. If you are in the camp of wanting Corey Seager or Trevor Story, know that both will require longer term deals, I don’t necessarily agree with you, but I don’t fault you for wanting a solid shortstop sooner than later. In Seager’s case, he may need to move to third base sooner than later also, so I don’t truly get spending big money on him at this time. My thought is that perhaps the Yankees could find a shorter term solution while they keep developing the jewels of their system. I’m not in favor of adding expensive players who become roster clogging roadblocks who will be in decline by the time the Perazas and Volpes of the world are ready to burst onto center stage. It’s time to abandon this perpetual annual strategy. It’s not producing championships. It’s time to get younger and start building around Volpe’s class of 2023. 

  7. What are the Yankees true priorities this offseason? Is centerfield at or near the top of the positional needs list? If so, Starling Marte is the clear cut best available free agent and he’s looking for at least 4 years and $50 million, likely more. Are you sure you want to go there while also trying to extend Judge and bolster the rotation, while still paying Hicks as well? Count me out on Marte. I think it’s time to give Estevan Florial and Greg Allen a shot at the position. I also think a trade may be in order here for a younger or nearly ready centerfielder. 

  8. Is the team’s main priority to add pitching? If so, you have a boatload of aging star pitchers to look at. Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and Max Scherzer head the list. We can already scratch Scherzer off as he won’t pitch in NY. Are Greinke or Kershaw really going to put the Yankees into the World Series and if so, at what cost? I’m sorry, but I’m not feelin’ it! Again, I feel it’s time to get younger here and start focusing on 2023. That means I’m in favor of bringing back Corey Kluber on a hit or miss deal, while rolling with Cole, Cortes, Montgomery, Taillon and Kluber. Clarke Schmidt or Luis Gil will also be in the mix. I think that’s enough starting pitching. Adding a free agent may be an intriguing story line this offseason. I’m fine however, if the Yankees stand pat here. 

  9. First Base is another issue. There will be those that clamor for the team to sign Freddy Freeman to a huge deal, others will want to extend Anthony Rizzo. I’m completely out on Freeman and Rizzo. I think the right play is to trade for a nearly ready first baseman and in the meantime, use Luke Voit with DJ LeMahieu sprinkled in. Voit is a serious health concern, trading him would produce a lackluster return. Keeping him and working towards the future is the right play here. Rizzo will command a pretty substantial contract. 

  10. Should the Yankees extend Joey Gallo to solidify the outfield for 2023 and beyond? He’s a terrific athlete who plays stupendous defense but he doesn’t exactly hit for average. Rumors abound that the Yankees may look to trade him this season. Personally, I think the Yankees should keep him and also focus on promoting Greg Allen or Estevan Florial permanently. Maybe a trade for a young outfielder could also help the team’s depth. A player I would love for the Yankees to acquire would be Andrew Benintendi, I think he’d be a great fit as a fourth outfielder. 

  11. Brett Gardner should not be brought back. The team needs to get younger in the outfield and there may be internal options who might pan out and give the team some added base stealing and better contact hitting. If not, then perhaps a trade for a young outfielder is in order.

  12. The Yankee focus right now needs to be more 30,000 feet oriented. Like it or not, Aaron Boone is back. I am not thrilled to be candid. Boone can manage position players, he showed us this when he had players capable of baserunning and playing defense. He badly needs to be surrounded by strong baseball people. The Yankees are doing this. I'm oddly optimistic with this. Unfortunately, I'm terrified of Brain Cashman's impact, yet it's fairly clear - barring divine intervention - that he'll be back. Therefore, I pray that he does a better job with the Rule 5 Draft this season. Watching Garrett Whitlock lead the Red Sox into their deep postseason run is really concerning. Cashman has also let a lot of very useful talent escape. Yes, he's made some decent moves as well, but he's let far too much sustainable talent escape. Imagine a Yankee Bullpen this past season that could have included Whitlock, Ottavino, Littell, Feyereisen and perhaps Robertson? Imagine a rotation featuring Eovaldi and perhaps Kaperlian? It's high time to start getting the pitching puzzle figured out. Cashman has really blundered here.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 28, 2021 - 10:17AM #2806
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Once more, Yankees are in full winter mode as the World Series plays on

Times Herald-Record | Pete Caldera

NEW YORK – Another World Series has begun without the Yankees.

To review, seven different American League teams have won the pennant since the Yankees’ last World Series appearance in 2009.

Four of those clubs have made multiple trips to the Series, including the rival Boston Red Sox.

And for the Houston Astros, this year’s World Series against the Atlanta Braves is their third Fall Classic appearance since 2017, and their first since the infamous electronic sign-stealing scandal.

Two years after leaving the Astros and signing a $324 million contract with the intent of winning multiple championships as a Yankee, ace Gerrit Cole is home again while Houston plays on.

So, it’s been 4,374 days (thank you, Siri) since Nov. 4, 2009, when the Yankees played in their last World Series game, winning their Game 6 clincher over the Philadelphia Phillies.

And in all that time, the Yankees have had two field managers and one general manager.

GM Brian Cashman said, “it was my toughest year,’’ trying to figure out a Yankees team that appeared “at times unstoppable and many other times unwatchable.’’

Are the Yankees fixable for 2022? 

1 month ago  ::  Oct 28, 2021 - 10:19AM #2807
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The Yankees reminded us power hitting is more than just home runs

The Yankees’ scarcity of runs this season wasn’t due to a lack of home runs or a lack of base runners — so what was it?

The Yankees struggled to score runs this season, which I’m certain does not come as news to you. In coming up with theories that tried to identify the problem, many fans and writers focused on matters such as quality of contact, hard-hit percentage, launch angle, barrel percentage, etc. The other end of the spectrum opined about the Yankees’ inability to “manufacture” runs, or their disinclination to play “small ball”.

When complex questions arise, I think it’s best to keep things simple. (Yes, I’m aware I left you a hanging curveball there so I’ll thank you in advance for not leaving a comment in the comments section about my preference for simplicity.) So before we talk about anything else, let’s back up and start at square one with what we know about what leads to runs scored.

On-base percentage has had the highest correlation to total runs scored since forever. Every season the teams at or near the top of the league in OBP will be at or near the top of the league in runs scored. The 2021 Yankees, due in no small part to leading the AL in walks, were pretty good at getting on base, ranking fifth in the league in OBP. Yet, they still finished 10th in the AL in runs per game, so there must have been a different issue that might explain the scarcity of runs.

We also know that a team’s ability to hit with power, although not as closely correlated to runs as OBP, is correlated to runs scored. It’s very rare to see a team that scores many runs that doesn’t hit for power. In fact, in 2021, the four teams who led the AL in both total bases and SLG were also the top four in RPG.

Although it may not have seemed like it at times during the season, the 2021 Yankees did hit many home runs, finishing tied for third in the AL in that category. So if the 2021 Yankees were good at both getting on base and finding the seats, what was the problem?

They led the AL in most double plays grounded into, finished third in most runners left on base and their baserunning could generously be described as atrocious. All of those things are factors of course, but as maddening as they were to watch play out in real-time they don’t move the needle that much over 162 games — certainly not enough to explain how a good OBP team that hits a lot of home runs finishes 10th in the AL in RPG.

Here’s something I think gets lost in translation quite often, and therefore is something often overlooked: Hitting for power doesn’t just mean hitting home runs, it refers to all extra-base hits. Teams that are good at advancing runners, hit many doubles and triples in addition to home runs.

As you may have surmised by now, the 2021 Yankees finished dead last in the AL in doubles and second to last in triples. This is why despite hitting many home runs, they finished 11th in the AL in total bases and ninth in SLG.

SLG, when it comes down to it, measures the ability to advance baserunners. If a team isn’t getting a lot of extra-base hits of all types, they’re not going to be very good at advancing baserunners and they’re not going to score a lot of runs regardless of OBP. If you’re curious, the Yankees from 2019-2020 not only led the league in RPG but were first in SLG and fourth in total bases over that stretch.

Furthermore, remember earlier when we mentioned the high number of runners left on base and double plays? Doubles and triples address both of those problems. By definition, doubles and triples advance runners multiple bases at a time leaving fewer on, but they also leave the batter in scoring position with no runner behind him — drastically reducing the possibility of a GIDP.

The cause of the drop-off in doubles and triples is a multi-faceted issue too long to address today. Issues like generating consistently hard contact (from more than just two players), running speed, park dimensions, quality of base running coaches, first step out of the batters’ box, and situational awareness of the defense (or lack thereof) can all affect the number of extra-base hits. Although it may be a complex issue, the lack of total extra-base hits — not just home runs — is something the coaching staff needs to fix, as it certainly was a factor in the team falling short of expectations in 2021.

If you’re curious: Tampa Bay, Houston, Boston, and Toronto were the four teams that were all top four in the AL in RPG, doubles, total bases, and SLG.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 29, 2021 - 10:12AM #2808
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Yankees News: Great injury update for Jameson Taillon, the catalyst in shortstop search

by: Alexander Wilson Empire Sports Media

The New York Yankees dealt with significant injuries last season, a trend that is becoming normal. The starting pitching rotation went through plenty of transitions and changes, as Luis Severino suffered multiple setbacks in his return, Domingo German missed time, Corey Kluber sustained a shoulder injury keeping him out for several months, and Jameson Taillon dealt with multiple injuries as well.

With the exception of Kluber, who’s a free agent, Severino, German, and Taillon will all be healthy for the start of the 2022 regular season.

Taillon suffered an ankle injury late in the season, tearing a ligament that kept him out for the last few games. The starter indicated that the ankle is feeling great, and he’s ready to begin his rehabilitation. General manager Brian Cashman indicated that the injury to Taillon would take about five months to recover from, so enough time for him to return to full health before the start of the new season.

“So excited that this ankle is fixed! Feeling amazed. Ready dominate the rehab/recovery process and come back even stronger (like I’ve done every time).”

The Yankees will likely be active in the free-agent market over the winter, and starting pitching will be another priority for them. However, shortstop remains a major point of emphasis after Gleyber Torres was forced to move back to second base due to poor defensive play.

The catalyst behind their search is young prospect Anthony Volpe, who the team expects to take over in the coming years. So, whatever free agent option they end up signing, must have the capability to move to third base.

Volpe is considered a generational prospect, hitting 27 homers and 86 RBIs over 412 at-bats this past season. He recorded a .294 average and 1.027 OPS.

If Anthony develops into the player the Yankees know he can be, they will have a long-term solution at shortstop and a quality third baseman on a long-term contract to hold down the infield.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 29, 2021 - 10:14AM #2809
Posts: 16,500 | Gary Phillips: Yesterday, a pair of Yankees outfielders were recognized for their defensive prowess. Aaron Judge has been considered among the league’s top right fielders for awhile now, and he was honored by Fielding Bible as the best in baseball — even above four-time winner Mookie Betts. The site noted that his cannon led to 5 Outfield Arm Runs Saved, and that he tied for the MLB lead with a pair of home run robberies, nearly snaring a third as well.

Judge narrowly beat out teammate Joey Gallo for the right field Fielding Bible, but Gallo was among three AL right fielders named as Gold Glove finalists. (Judge was omitted, but, well, that’s the voting bloc’s fault.) Although Gallo primarily played left field in New York, his efforts in Texas led to his standing here. The Gold Glove winner will be either him, Hunter Renfroe of the Red Sox, or Kyle Tucker of the Astros.

1 month ago  ::  Oct 29, 2021 - 10:17AM #2810
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Does Anthony Rizzo Return to the Yankees?

by: Derek McAdam Start Spreading the News

Anthony Rizzo was acquired by the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs on July 29 to fill in for the injured Luke Voit. Not only were the Yankees getting a left-handed batter that is suited for Yankee Stadium, but they also got a four-time Gold Glove Award winner that had an excellent career in the North Side of Chicago.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, Rizzo was in the last year of his contract and is set to become a free agent after the World Series. Does he stay in New York with the Yankees or does he go elsewhere?

Recent reports say that Rizzo is ‘eager’ to re-sign with the Yankees, which is a great first step for Brian Cashman if he wants to keep him. Generally speaking, if players want to stay with a specific team, they will try their hardest to do that.

The downside to the Yankees keeping Rizzo is that he is in search of a nine-figure contract. The Yankees already have two with Gerrit Cole’s $324 million contract and Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million deal. With Aaron Judge potentially looking for his extension from the Yankees, this may cause a problem.

There is also the possibility that the nine-figure contract demands are just a ploy by Rizzo’s agent to get as much money as possible. If Freddie Freeman decides to stay in Atlanta, Rizzo will be the most attractive first baseman on the free-agent market, which is something to take into consideration.

Another situation to consider is if Rizzo is offered similar money by teams such as the Cubs or potentially the Miami Marlins, who play roughly an hour from his hometown in Parkland. Would he be interested in possibly finishing his career there?

It’s possible, but my prediction is that he would stay with the Yankees for the best possibility to win. The Cubs are in the beginning of a rebuild and the Marlins play in a tough division and are still several seasons away from competing.

So the question is if Rizzo returns to the Yankees or if he goes on to play for another team. If the Yankees can convince him to take an offer somewhere in the five-year, $80-85 million range, there is a good possibility that the deal gets done.

Not only does Rizzo get longevity with one team, but he also gets to stay with the team that he is so ‘eager’ to come back to.

My prediction is that Rizzo will return if he is looking for a contract similar to above. I believe the Yankees are willing to give him that money. If he is looking for more, I cannot see him returning to the Bronx.

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