Sunday, July 23, 2017

#REDTHUNDER SHOULD PLAY EVERYDAY

Source:  New York Daily News

Time and time again we have written about consistency in the lineup here at BYB.  Last week, we featured a piece on this very point with the spotlight on Brett Gardner (LINEUP CONSISTENCY MATTERS). This morning, it's about Red Thunder aka Clint Frazier and his battle for a place on the Yankee roster beyond Aaron Hicks's return from the DL and despite Jacoby Ellsbury's veteran status.


According to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News, "In their quest to get younger and more athletic, it seems like the Yankees have found something in Clint Frazier. The 22-year-old outfielder, acquired at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Andrew Miller, brings a much-needed dynamic quality to the lineup with his aggressiveness and flair for the dramatic."

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The guy is absolutely aggressive both in left field and the base paths and dynamic in the way he approaches the game.  As the News reports, "Since being called up from Triple-A Scranton, Frazier is slashing .294/.302/.627. He homered in his first career MLB game on July 1 and delivered a walk-off blast exactly a week later."  So, why does he have to give up his roster spot for Jacoby Ellsbury who "used to be" that kind of dynamic, aggressive player?

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Besides the fact that I am not a fan of Ellsbury (he grew up in the Boston Red Sox organization after all), he is just not performing and really has not put up the kind of numbers that keep a player in the lineup.  He is just not consistent.  He goes on these spurts of productivity and then he goes on the DL or just goes silent.  We as fans, "deserve exactly what Frazier is giving them on a daily basis. And maybe Ellsbury could turn it around with a change of scenery," reported the News.  Music to my ears...trade Ellsbury and quite frankly, ask Hicks to "earn" his way back into the lineup.  Why send down Frazier for being productive?  In my eyes, Red Thunder should play everyday.



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YU DARVISH IS A REAL YANKEE IDEA

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Now... will it happen? We will have to see, but the New York Post has this...

"With Yu Darvish starting for the Rangers against the Rays on Friday night, the speculation at Tropicana Field was that with Yankees scout Brandon Duckworth on hand, the Bombers were interested in Darvish....

(July 8, 2017 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
Darvish, 31 next month, makes sense because he will be a free agent after the season and is owed a little over $4 million for the remainder of this one.

With the Rangers concerned they won’t be able to re-sign Darvish, they are looking for prospects and pitchers they can control financially...."

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And so, here we are in Rumor-land.  Will the Yankees go after a guy like this? It actually makes a ton of sense. The only thing crazier is whether the Yankees will actually try to get Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

If I had to put my eggs in a basket, I see Darvish in pinstripes way before this crazy rumor about Stanton from the always nutty, Jon Heyman.

For the record, I trust George King of the NY Post way before I trust Heyman on anything. Just wanted that on the record.

Stay tuned...



Friday, July 21, 2017

WHEN A FAN MAKES BETTER SENSE THAN HEYMAN...


Jon Heyman says the Athletics know what they want for Sonny Gray from the New York Yankees.  But he's not telling anyone... probably because he doesn't know.  That's a 'baseball insider' for you... say something slightly provocative, and then a mic drop.  Silly.

But to be honest, Heyman's tweet is nothing new and nothing that important.

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In fact, BYB and others have hinted about the idea of Sonny Gray to the Yankees for weeks now with the idea that it needs to be for the "right price"... according to the A's.  (Read READY FOR SONNY GRAY? for example.)

And let's be honest, it's what a baseball fan said after Heyman that everyone is really thinking about. I appreciated this much more:
Now look... the Yankees are in the mix, but other teams may be too, and the A's, who are willing to give away Gray want a lot in return. 

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It's very possible the Yankees pass, especially if the A's want top prospects.

And we need some of the very important top prospects on our farm. Otherwise, why did we really collect them anyway?

The Yanks aren't looking to win this year.  I mean, if it happens, it happens, but the truth is, they are building for next year.

Everyone relax...


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A BIG DECISION IS COMING...

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With the trade deadline soon approaching and rumors flying about players the Yankees should acquire, there is yet another issue that's being discussed. What is going to happen to Brian Cashman?

With his current contract about to expire at the end of the year, I believe that he is the biggest free agent the Yankees have to worry about this upcoming offseason. That being said, I came across this nugget from NJ.com... wondering if his days with the Yankees are numbered...


"When the 2017 Yankees season ends, major decisions on impending free agents must be made by general manager Brian Cashman.

That, of course, assumes Cashman is back to be the person making critical decisions with a roster poised for big things in the next few years...

ESPN's Buster Olney speculated that another team -- possibly the Miami Marlins -- could try to poach Cashman with a record-breaking offer in the fall....


'...Theo Epstein set a new bar for front-office pay last year when he and the Cubs negotiated a five-year, $50 million deal, and that standard could help Cashman in his talks in an era in which high-end executive talent is being valued more and more. What is unknown is whether competitive bids begin to develop for him as his contract expires, whether it be from whoever takes control of the Marlins at the end of the bidding process or a team looking for new direction...'"

The Marlins... who would have thought. Wow.

Now look, while it is normal for these issues not to be discussed during the season, this is an issue that will soon have to be addressed when the season ends. After all, it's pretty much necessary to have a GM in place before you can really worry too much about contracts and free agents.

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Brian Cashman has been the only GM, we Yankees fans have known for the past 20 years, taking over the full-time GM role from Bob Watson in 1998. He is also the longest tenured GM since Ed Barrow who was GM from 1921-44. The Yankees have the first chance to sign him to a deal if they want to keep him around and he wants to stay. I'm really not sure if he will sign a deal without seeing what he can get elsewhere. The Yankee brass may also be thinking that it might be time for a change. It's a major decision they need to make, and trust me, they don't want to blow this.


Regardless of what happens, I've really have to give it to Cashman.  He's has been able to do a lot of rebuilding and we are now starting to be a more competitive team.  And cutting salary and stacking the system with talent has been a long time coming and in my eyes, he has done one hell of a job. If he goes, his hand print will be on this team for quite some time. If he stays I hope he can keep up the great work.

Stay tuned...



--Michael Carnesi
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHO CASHMAN'S NEXT TRADE TARGET MAY BE......


The Yankees got their bullpen arms and corner infielder this week....but is there more to come? Brian Cashman said he is going to "stay engaged" in trade talks but the Yankees are still going to be "careful buyers." Don't you just love Cashman talk? It's so vague and intriguing at times. As long as it works though I don't care. He carefully bought our latest additions, so maybe there is a chance he can do it again but with a starter this time.

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I don't know how much truth there is to this latest rumor, but there are at least 12 teams who have called the Atlanta Braves asking if Jamie Garcia is available according to Mark Feinsand. The Yankees could be one of them even though he probably isn't the first pitcher that comes to mind when fans think about adding another starter.

The Braves aren't actively shopping Garcia at this point but he is in the last year of his contract so they may choose to make him available for a decent prospect rather than just letting him walk at the end of the season. The Yankees have prospects now and they will definitely picked over later in the Rule 5 draft (like they were this year) so maybe giving up two kids that the Yankees could end up losing anyway for some pitching makes sense. I think it is safe to assume that Garcia should be considerably cheaper than what the Yankees gave to the White Sox because Garcia has some issues.

On the other hand, the Braves could also decide to keep him. The Braves could decide that they keep him if they don't get a deal that they like. They could argue that he is worth a qualifying offer and when he doesn't accept it they at least get a first round draft pick so he costs a top ranked prospect in return.

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Garcia has a pretty ugly injury history and includes: Tommy John surgery in 2008, rotator cuff surgery in 2013, and surgery to treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in 2014 and that's just a short list. To be fair, he has been healthy since he returned in 2015 and hasn't missed any of his starts and even though he comes with some risk, there are also some positives. Garcia adds another lefty arm, he has five pitches he can use and the best part....he gets a ton of ground balls. That would be a huge plus in Yankee stadium with it's short porch.

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Personally, I never thought about Garcia. He's very inconsistent but he may be one of the best short term rentals available. I admit, I like the idea of a Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish better but either of those seem unlikely. Garcia may only be a back-end of the rotation pitcher but he does fit the Yankees long term plan.

Does Cashman think Garcia is a "careful buy" and more importantly....should he? For now it's a "wait and see" as the trade deadline looms closer.



--Jeana Bellezza
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