Monday, January 4, 2016
NOVA ON THE BLOCK IS NOTHING NEW, YET...
We gotta put it out there and follow the reports. Partly because there is not alot of news coming out of Yankeeland just a few days after New Years.
According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo... Nova is on the trading block. The new news is that maybe the Yankees are not willing to trade away Andrew Miller now, although, I'm still not sure I believe it.
Cafardo writes: " Nova has drawn some interest as a back-end starter, and the Yankees could decide on something with him over the next month. Including Nova, the Yankees have seven starting pitchers (Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, and Michael Pineda) so they could part with one if it brings back a good prospect or a major league-ready outfielder. Miami has had interest.
Andrew Miller, LHP, Yankees — It’s more likely that the Yankees will keep their uber-bullpen intact rather than trade Miller, according to a major league source. Teams like Houston and Toronto have inquired about Miller, but the Yankees want back a young top-of-the-rotation starter, and that doesn’t appear to be available to them."
I've said it once and I'll continue to say it. The idea of the extended bridge to our Yankee closer will change the dynamic of how starters are utilized in the major leagues, or at least the Yankees right now. We will soon enough never see starters complete games. In essence, one could argue you end up babying starters in the hope to bring in fresh arms to bridge to close the game and win more games. Who knows the percentages on whether or not it's a successful idea. I'm more of a man that goes with his gut when it comes to pitching. If a pitcher appears tired, but still hitting his spots, I'd continue to throw him. If he's tired and lost, remove him, especially in a tight game. But if the Yankees go with this longer Bridge idea, it would appear that gone are the days of Nolan Ryan and the like. Or, at least less of them will be in the league. Nothing wrong with it, just a different trend, especially if the combo of Shreve Betances, Miller and Chapman works.
Anyway... I also think if the Yanks can flip Nova in an already crowded starting rotation and now bullpen, they should. He's not a terrible pitcher, he just may not have a job with the Yankees and that stuff happens. It's business.
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