Wednesday, December 13, 2017

YANKEES ARE ATTRACTING EVEN MORE TALENT TO BRONX!

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This week has already been a world wind and it's only Wednesday.  After conferring with longtime Yankee fan and uncle from Staten Island on Tuesday evening, it is clear that the Yankees surely have options in the outfield as Giancarlo Stanton is certainly not what one would call as a typical designated hitter.  He has too much to give athletically.  But what if I told you that the Yankees are attracting similar duplicative third base talent to the Bronx and this talent could come directly from our rivals in the AL East.

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According to CBS Sports, despite the likelihood that Todd Frazier will sign with the Yankees because of his passion for being a Yankee, nothing is a guarantee and the Yankees could want more from the corner infield position. That something more could in fact be Josh Donaldson.

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"The 32-year-old former MVP missed 49 games last season, but still posted his usual monstrous offensive numbers. He's no longer a Gold Glove-quality third baseman, but still profiles as a plus defender who would also make New York's lineup even more terrifying," reported CBS Sports.

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There is another worthy third baseman who could trade his fins for pinstripes this spring.  Evan "Longoria rated as a top-five defender at his position in 2017 and could see his numbers perk up considerably away from Tropicana Field, a ballpark that absolutely squashes right-handed power hitters," reported CBS Sports.  Could Longoria and some of his teammates leave Tampa for something more? Sure anything could happen, but much like the deal that brought former NY Mets Daniel Murphy to division rival Washington Nationals, these deals could prove to be bite Toronto and Tampa Bay respectively in the butt.

Source: Newsday 

Anyway you look at it, the Yankees are attracting more talent to the Bronx in 2018 and that's alright with me.  We are only in the pre-heat mode of hot stove season with plenty more moves to come, perhaps even later today.  Stay tuned - we certainly are.



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

HEADLEY & MITCHELL... GONZO


And just like that, Chase Headley is headed back to the Padres where he used to play.  Bryan Mitchell is gone too.  That is brought to us by multiple sources, but we'll give the coverage to the New York Post here:


"The Yankees have dealt Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, The Post’s Joel Sherman reports.

The trade of Headley opens third base for perhaps a Todd Frazier reunion or for top prospect Gleyber Torres, who missed most of last season following Tommy John surgery, and helps the Yankees’ pursuit of getting underneath the luxury-tax threshold. Headley had $13 million left on his contract...

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Mitchell, a 26-year-old starter and reliever, has shuffled between the majors and minors the last few seasons. In four years, mostly out of the bullpen, he has a 4.94 ERA in 98 1/3 innings."


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Yanks get Blash.  You can review his stats if you click on his name.  Not much there, but the big reason for this trade was unloading Headley.  Blash could develop over time.

Nice move again, Brian Cashman.

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CC SABATHIA GETTING BIG INTEREST

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CC Sabathia is a free agent.  And I hate that, because it means teams are looking at him and while that's great for him, I love him in pinstripes and I really hope Brian Cashman and the Yankees can see the value in a reinvented Sabathia and re-sign the guy. Seems like a no brainer to me.

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George King III has tweeted this about our big lug:

Now don't forget, they have Shohei Ohtani now too, plus Mike Trout, plus Albert Pujols and they won 80 games last season, second place in their division with room to move up easily.  CC could be a nice piece for them.

We shall see what happens.  But I hope not.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

STANTON LOOKS GREAT IN PINSTRIPES!

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It was a big deal to see Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes today.  None of us really thought this would happen.  I mean, it was mapped out.  Stanton had a 'framework' in place with either the Giants or the Cardinals. And then... suddenly, he didn't and the next thing we knew the Marlins and the Yankees were making a deal.

First things first. I loved Starlin Castro on the Yankees.  He was a lot of fun to watch, it looked like he really liked being a Yankee and it was great when he was in the Bronx.  But after the Marlins traded Dee Gordon, it was the right move and helped us too.  They got Castro, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and we got Stanton.  I was hoping for Martin Prado too, but hey, you can't always get what you want.


Stanton passed his physical and was introduced to the media today. He spoke fondly of the team that he can now call his own.  Here's some of that brought to you by the New York Post:

“'Watching them from afar, their young, dynamic group and the way they flow together,' Stanton said. 'The atmosphere, storied franchise. There’s not much reason why I wouldn’t want to be there.'

Stanton and Aaron Judge both play right field, and new manager Aaron Boone will have to come up with an outfield rotation that right now also would include Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks, with Clint Frazier on the outskirts.

Stanton said he and the team have not discussed what the plan will be, but he is open to whatever would help the team. Stanton said he did speak with Judge over the weekend after it became clear Stanton to the Yankees was happening.

'We respect each other’s game and had fun at the Home Run Derby,' Stanton said. 'We spoke a couple of days ago, excited to work together, learn from each other and make each other better.' "


It's exciting guys, it really is.

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JOSH BARD IS A YANKEE NOW APPARENTY

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We have a bench coach boys and girls, and his name is Josh Bard. Aaron Boone wants his friend by his side... kind of like Torre and Zimmer...

New York Daily News writes:

"Josh Bard, a former catcher and teammate of Aaron Boone’s, will be the Yankees bench coach, The News has confirmed. Bard, 39, will presumably be charged with trying to improve Gary Sanchez's defense."

(Aug. 12, 2011 - Source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)
Above is Bard is action in 2011. Nice!

Now I like this, and I'll tell you why.  Sanchez and his defense is horrendous!  Ha!

Anyway, let's welcome Bard. I kind of like the move. Anything to make newcomer Aaron Boone comfortable.

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