Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ARCHER TO THE YANKEES?

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Since losing Gerrit Cole to the Astros last week, the Yankees are re-examining their pitching prospects.  Although they have been linked to multiple teams, they have their eye on Chris Archer and the Rays may just be willing to give him up.

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"After dealing away Evan Longoria, the Rays look to be in serious sell mode and far away from competing in a realistic way in 2018. That could lead to Archer's outster as the game of musical pitching chairs continues," reported NJ.com.

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As I said to an Orioles fan at the bagel shop in Philly last week, dealing within your division can be harsh particularly when you watch how Daniel Murphy has hurt the Mets from his new home at the Washington Nationals.  Although the context was between the Yankees and Manny Machado, the issue remains the same: it is a no-no to deal within your division.

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But as Joe Giglio points out in his piece on NJ.com, "with prospects such as Clint Frazier and Chance Adams still in tow, could the Yankees and Rays make a swap? After all, we're talking about a pitcher that was rumored to be headed to the Yankees years ago."

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I like Archer.  I like his confidence.  I like his persistence.  I like his numbers.  He is only 29 and he throws just over 10 strikeouts in 9 innings.  He has a career 3.63 ERA despite one slightly higher last season.  Archer could add a lot of value to the rotation and quite frankly, I like him much better than Cole any day.  His experience pitching to some of the most lethal batters in the American League also helps his case and an impression on Brian Cashman and company.

So, on this snowy Wednesday in the Northeast, things are heating up with purpose as the Yankees seek the final component for their run for championship #28.



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof







JETER'S HARD-ON TO REMOVE THAT MIAMI HOME RUN SCULPTURE

I know what you're thinking... it's ugly.


Well, it is, but it's a major piece of Marlins Park.  And Derek Jeter wanted it gone... and he's gonna find a way.  Why? Because the mayor of Miami hates that Home Run Sculpture too.  And you know how that goes. When you have the support of people with similar opinions, you band together and make things happen.  Enter Mayor Carlos Gimenez...

The Miami Herald has been all over this story since the moment Derek Jeter became part owner of the Marlins.  Here's the latest from them...

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"Derek Jeter may get an assist from Miami-Dade in ridding Marlins Park of its kitschy home run sculpture, which the new owner and the county’s mayor both want removed. “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said after meeting with Jeter...


'Homer,' a $2.5 million sculpture commissioned for the stadium’s 2012 opening. The Marlins paid for the sculpture as part of the team’s roughly $155 million contribution to the stadium’s cost... Festooned with a carnival’s color spectrum, the work by pop artist Red Grooms comes to life when the Marlins hit a home run, as marlins emerge from the sculpture’s base and fountains spray skyward....

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...in August, the county’s cultural chief, Michael Spring, said 'Homer' was 'not moveable' and was 'permanently installed' after being designed 'specifically' for Marlins Park.

Spring had a different message Tuesday when he accompanied Gimenez to Marlins Park with the mayor’s chief of staff, Alex Ferro.

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'Anything is possible,' said Spring, one of Gimenez’s top deputies and an admirer of the sculpture. 'But it is pretty complicated. And I wanted the mayor and the Marlins to understand how complicated it really was. We got a good look at it today, and they saw how big it was. There’s hydraulics, there’s plumbing, there’s electricity....

But anything is possible. We built it,' Spring said. 'We can move it.'" 

Politics makes things happen, huh?


Now none of this is my business.  The only thing I can offer is that I've been to Marlins Park, I really enjoyed it and loved the Marlins fans.  But ever since DJ walked in as part owner, the drastic dismantling of the whole Marlins team has really been a headache.  I feel bad.  I wonder if Mattingly's freaking out about the whole mess?

Look, the bottom line is the Marlins team is in rebuild mode, and you gotta respect that.  But you will definitely lose a fan base the way this is rapidly changing.  It's just the truth!


Hopefully it gets better for the Marlins fan base.  I can only imagine the frustration by the fans...in losing Stanton and Ozuna... and now maybe even "Homer", that symbolic home run sculpture.

Crazy.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WE'RE GOOD! WE GOT WADE LEBLANC!

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I like this. I like what the Yankees are doing.  We just signed a lefty pitcher to a minor league deal. I dig it.

Nothing major here, but you know how much I love lefty pitchers, and no question this guy might be able to help out this season.

The Yanks signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal.

Yahoo Sports writes:

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"...the Yankees have signed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can opt out of his deal at the end of spring training and if he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $1 million salary.

LeBlanc, 33, spent last season with the Pirates, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 54/17 K/BB ratio across 68 innings spanning 50 relief appearances. It was the first season in which he was used exclusively out of the bullpen."

Let's see what happens next. I can't wait.

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GRANDERSON'S STILL GOT IT!

I love Curtis Granderson

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I loved him in the Bronx.  I liked him before the Yankees.  He carries himself very well.  That's why I've always called him 'the Gentleman'.  Just a class act.  When he left the Mets for the Dodgers, I was happy for him.  Now though, he's out of LA too.  On to Toronto.
I swear.

New York Daily News has this one...

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"Curtis Granderson isn’t ready to hang it up just yet – and he’ll be returning to the AL East in 2018.

The former Met and Yankee reached an agreement with the Blue Jays on a one-year, $5 million deal, according to multiple reports. Granderson, who turns 37 in March, hit .212/.323/.452 in 147 games between the Mets and Dodgers with 26 homers and 64 RBIs last season."

Good for him. I hope he has a great season and sticks around the AL longer. A great baseball ambassador.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

McCUTCHEN GOES WEST!

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I didn't see this one coming... did you? First Gerrit Cole goes to the Astros, now Andrew McCutchen heads to the San Francisco Giants.  Nice snag by SF!

MLB.com writes:


"The Giants' aggressive offseason objective of bolstering a power-starved lineup took another significant step on Monday, as the club has acquired longtime Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, along with cash considerations.


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Pittsburgh received two of the Giants' Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline -- outfielder Bryan Reynolds (No. 4) and right-hander Kyle Crick (No. 16) -- and $500,000 in international bonus pool space."

And there you have it.  Pittsburgh fans might be angry about this one.  I've always heard that McCutchen was Pittsburgh fans first and no doubt this one will sting those fans similarly to the way Miami fans are disappointed that Giancarlo Stanton is gone from Miami.

That's it! McCutchen is a Giant. Wow!


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WHAT THE YANKS ARE WILLING TO DO TO GET RID OF ELLSBURY

The Yankees are still determined to try and get rid of Jacoby Ellsbury, but are they desperate enough to do what it takes?

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According to Jon Heyman HERE the Yankees are willing to eat at least half of contract. Keyword here appears to be "at least" and even if that is just a starting point for negotiations it's not enough. The Yankees are having a hard time finding anyone that is interested and the clock is ticking....

The slow moving market is making a tough challenge even harder. There are still a lot of free agents out there, namely some big name outfielders like J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain who are younger and don't have the declining track record that Ellsbury does. It's not hard to see why the Yankees can't find that obvious trade partner.


Ellsbury has $68.5 millon left on his contract that ends in 2020, even if a team does bite and take him for half that is still $11.5 million a year he is owed. If I am any other major league team I can see the current talent in the free agent market, recognize it is better than Ellsbury, not much more expensive and I get more for my money. Jay Bruce just signed for three years and $39 million. I'd rather sign and pay him, the younger and better player.

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The Yankees are fighting an uphill battle in a slow moving market. There are other "Ellsbury like" players out there like Heyman said. Other free agent outfielders Carlos Gomez, Jon Jay and Jarrod Dyson offer teams the same speed element and they are still waiting for a job. Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 4 weeks and until the market starts to move, Ellsbury will sit stale on the roster.


If I am the Yankees and a team does come around willing to make a deal I may sure to have the right game plan. The Yankees should go in and say they will pay half, but be ready to pay more. It would be nice if half got the trade done but it isn't likely. If the Yankees want to move Ellsbury the price tag will likely be more than they want to pay. At this point, the Yankees need to decide if they pay a little more and get him off the bench....or do they pay for him to be a seat warmer?

I know it's not my money so it's easy to say I'd pay more to get rid of him but I hate the idea of paying him a bunch of money to sit in the dugout. It's a bad contract that the Yankees and fans need to move on from. His roster spot is too valuable to just waste away.



--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj