Thursday, August 3, 2017


I wonder who it will be?

The Yankees have some tough decisions to make very soon. Aaron Hicks started a rehab assignment with Triple A last night and will be back in the Bronx soon....thank goodness. When he comes back someone is going to demoted and the Yankees have a tougher decision to make. I didn't think it would be THIS tough to make several weeks ago.

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I'm excited to get Hicks back. He could be back as soon as the next home stand if all goes well, read more HERE. I just hope he gets back into the swing of things sooner rather than later and puts up some good numbers for us like he did before he got injured. We really need another bat right now. As nice as it will be to have him back, someone else has got to go. So who could it be? There are a few options:

1) Send down a pitcher

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But who? The Yankees currently have six starters and seven relievers on the roster. The easy answer here is to send down the extra pitcher and get back to a normal four man bench. It's tough to say who goes here. The Yankees could send down Chasen Shreve to get rid of that extra reliever. Or, the Yankees could decide to send Jordan Montgomery back down until rosters expand in September.

2) Send down Clint Frazier

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Bad idea. Actually, horrible idea but it is an option. Brian Cashman was hinting to sending Frazier back down to Triple-A recently, but sounded like he may have had a change of heart in an interview with WFAN HERE. To say that fans would be upset with sending Frazier back down would be an understatement. He has done everything the Yankees have asked him to do since being called up. He's been productive and had some big hits. No one expected him to be THIS good. He's turned Jacoby Ellsbury into an expensive bench warmer. He's earned a place on this team going forward.

3) Mix and match all outfielders

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Once Hicks returns Joe Girardi would have four outfielders who deserve regular playing time. He could platoon them letting Brett Gardner sit against lefties and Aaron Judge or Clint Frazier sit against righties. Hicks could get some time off too but as a switch hitter he can fill in whenever needed. Girardi could also give Matt Holliday a day off at DH and plug in one of these guys as a fill-in which may be a good idea if Holliday continues his terrible slump.

4) Just dump Ellsbury already!

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Sounds good, but not practical. Until the Yankees can find a team that actually wants him even if they eat most of that salary it's not likely during the season. If it happens, it would be in the off season when they can pull off a salary dump trade. Once Hicks returns, he is likely a bench warmer with occasional pinch running appearances or spot starts.

Things always have a way of working themselves out so we will see what happens.....but please Cashman, don't send Frazier down!

--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor 
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