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Rays Acquire Mike Ford From Yankees
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 12:57PM #1
NY23
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Rays Acquire Mike Ford From Yankees


The Rays have acquired first baseman Mike Ford from the Yankees for cash considerations and a player to be named later, both clubs announced. Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reported the news shortly before the official announcement. Ford will be optioned to Triple-A Durham, relays Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). To clear 40-man roster space for Ford’s acquisition, Tampa Bay transferred righty Tyler Glasnow from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.


Ford has appeared in the majors in each of the past three seasons. The left-handed hitter showed plenty of offensive promise as a rookie, when he raked at a .259/.350/.559 clip with twelve home runs over his first 163 MLB plate appearances. Ford, whom the Mariners had selected in the Rule 5 draft the previous year but returned in Spring Training, looked like a potential long-term contributor in the Bronx after that strong debut. He hasn’t been able to follow up on that over the past two years, though.


In 156 plate appearances since the start of 2020, Ford has mustered just a .134/.250/.276 line with five homers. With Luke Voit tearing the cover off the ball last year en route to an MLB-best 22 homers, Ford didn’t have much of an opportunity for regular playing time. Voit’s injury issues this season opened up some recent run for Ford, but the 28-year-old didn’t take advantage. He’s hit just .133/.278/.283 in 72 plate appearances with a fairly significant bump in his strikeouts and dip in his contact rate from that 2019 season. That led the Yankees to designate him for assignment last weekend.


Ford’s MLB career is still a collection of fairly small samples. He’s tallied just 319 total plate appearances at the highest level, with a resulting .199/.301/.422 line. Ford has a much bigger body of work at Triple-A, where’s hit a robust .268/.359/.501 in parts of four seasons. With a quality minor league track record, a pair of minor league option years remaining and a low acquisition cost, the Rays felt Ford was a worthwhile pick-up.

4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:08PM #2
NY23
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Yankees trade Mike Ford to perfect place for him to get revenge


by: Adam Weinrib Fansided: Yanks Go Yard


The New York Yankees did it to themselves again, picking the absolute worst possible trade partner when faced with a conundrum.


First, it was Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox. Surely his sweeping breaking balls wouldn’t come back to haunt the Yankees’ righty-heavy lineup! Dumb, dumb, dumb. They also opened the door to a Garrett Whitlock departure for good measure.


Then, as if on cue, New York DFA’d Mike Ford and found the one spot for him that makes us suspicious about whether he has more in the tank.


On Thursday, Brian Cashman sent Ford, a patient lefty with power (though he rarely showed it this year) to the Tampa Bay Rays, where he will surely kill them down the stretch and beyond.


Right now, Ford’s at Triple-A Durham huddling up with Mike Brosseau on how exactly to enact vengeance on Bombers who’ve wronged him.


Want to bet Ford starts getting balls and strikes called properly on him now that he’s shed his Yankee pinstripes?


Why did the Yankees have to trade Mike Ford to the Rays?


First, it was the guy who said he could strike out Babe Ruth. Now it’s the guy ESPN compared to Babe Ruth. Just wonderful.


Do not allow us to mince words: since 2019, Ford has been awful in the Bronx, posting dueling OPS+ marks of 38 and 59. He’s batted both .135 and .133 with very few instances of his trademark light-tower power mixed in.


Rest assured, though, the literal only scenario where I’d be scared of him involves Rays Devil Magic (or Red Sox Video Room Access), and lo and behold, Cashman let it happen again.


Would we rather have Chris Gittens on the MLB roster than Ford? Yes. Would I rather Ford be anywhere but Tampa? HARD yes. Hardest yes.


Ford’s 2019, spent as a fill-in with the Bombers, was quite special; he was truly a “Next Man Up” to be reckoned with, slashing .259/.350/.559 in 143 at-bats, rocking 12 homers. We’ll never forget those contributions.


After that season, though, things began to get stranger. The strike zone seemed to expand for umpires behind the plate, robbing him of his legendary patience. The swing looked longer; he made less and less hard contact. His personal trainer started yelling at the Yankees’ front office. Without the walks and the pop, Ford provided very little other than a semi-natural first baseman after Jay Bruce’s retirement.


That said, he’s going to rake in Tampa Bay at least 18 times a year. Ji-Man Choi redux.


4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:25PM #3
CHL59
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Relax, Cashman has a plan. See Mike is a spy for the Yankees. He is there with the Rays trying to find out how they don't spend any money, have a team basically of minimum wage players that they transform into super stars or at least above average hitters that actually get better as time goes on. So Mike is "miked up" and this will go down as the best "spygate" in baseball history. Talk about hard up for Cash, Cashman. Need more money for the next dumpster dive I suppose. Anywhere but to an American League East team but nope, he wants to prove what a Knucklehead he can be while in panic mode.

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:30PM #4
1955nyyfan
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Probably more about freeing up a 40 man roster spot.
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:32PM #5
CHL59
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Jun 17, 2021 -- 1:30PM, 1955nyyfan wrote:

Probably more about freeing up a 40 man roster spot.



C'mon 55 that is not the problem, actually it is a good move, you are right but why the Rays? That is Not a good idea really. 

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:36PM #6
1955nyyfan
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Probably because there wasn't much of a market for him and if they would have just released him they would have gotten nothing andthe Rays may have been able to sign him anyway. Rays have a deep farm system so a PTBNL might end up being a lottery ticket. People aren't really gonna start ****ing because we let Mike Ford get away. Really?
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:46PM #7
CHL59
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Jun 17, 2021 -- 1:36PM, 1955nyyfan wrote:

Probably because there wasn't much of a market for him and if they would have just released him they would have gotten nothing andthe Rays may have been able to sign him anyway. Rays have a deep farm system so a PTBNL might end up being a lottery ticket. People aren't really gonna start ****ing because we let Mike Ford get away. Really?


 


Probably not, until he hits. The problem is it is the Rays and he will play in Yankee stadium against us whether or not he is hitting prior to that and why take the chance. Everyone so far in the Media doesn't like the trade to the Rays because he is a lefty power hitter and they have obviously got great coaches. You could be right about the PTBNL may working out, but anyone we get may be better than Mike was this year and last for us so it is not who we lost it is who we lost him to IMO. We shall see what they do with him. Gee Man is in no danger of losing his job I don't think. 

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 1:53PM #8
Carp
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Here's the player to be named later...


Kevin Costner | Kevin costner, Bull durham, Kevin

4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 2:36PM #9
Lola
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Jun 17, 2021 -- 1:53PM, Carp wrote:


Here's the player to be named later...





Well that just made my day!


Thanks CarpKiss

4 months ago  ::  Jun 17, 2021 - 2:36PM #10
CHL59
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Jun 17, 2021 -- 1:53PM, Carp wrote:


Here's the player to be named later...





That'll work.Wink

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
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