Monday, December 5, 2016


(Aug. 28, 2016 - Source: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)
If the Yankees decide they don't want to give a guy like Aroldis Chapman a 5 or 6 year deal hovering around $100 million,  a good idea would be to get Mark Melancon. But they're too late.  Turns out Melancon just signed with the San Francisco Giants... and just like that, the Yankees are down a free agent closer.

(Oct. 13, 2016 - Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Hardball Talk writes of Melancon that the Giants have a deal in place. Buster Olney just tweeted this:

Jesus Buster, we're right in that physical room with Melancon, huh? Your tweet is so dramatic.  I guess that's what baseball insiders do.

(Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune)
But the point is this, The Yanks have money to spend, and if Mark's gone, Aroldis Chapman and the Yanks, really need to try and work things out.  Look, the Cubs want him back, and he won with them, so no doubt they'll aim to snag him. But will any team offer Chapman 5 or 6 years? Seems steep.

MLB Trade Rumors wrote this of the Yankees:

(Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times)
"The club is also talking to Kenley Jansen and looking at trade opportunities, so the Yankees are clearly flexible in their search for back-end relief help if Chapman’s bidding gets too high."

So this is where we're at... to be honest, it's the same as it was yesterday, except that the Giants got Melancon and come to think of it, I don't even know if the Yanks were ever truly "in" on Melancon... it was more like he was an option. File Photo
Don't worry Yankee fans... Hal Steinbrenner put us all at ease last week when he said this: "He said he believes in Dellin Betances as a capable closer, but "that doesn't mean we're not going to strengthen the bullpen in one way or the other." That comes from

Let's see what happens next.

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