Monday, July 9, 2018


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Only not. In fact, he's not the answer at all. He would be the exact opposite. He's not just the wrong fit but the "IT" guy in all of the Yankee trade rumors for the fast few days. Could the Yankees really be so desperate?

According to multiple sources like HERE, several teams are interested in Mike Moustakas as a potential first baseman. Yes, you read that right.....first base. The Royals are expected to deal him before the July 31st trade deadline and with a small $6.5 million salary this year a lot of teams are interested. Strangely, the Yankees are in the mix for a potential trade partner. Okay, fine but....first base?

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I am sure some team who needs third base is on the phone calling the Royals but why the Yankees? It makes no sense. Now I am no fan of Greg Bird, at all. I've given him a lot of tough love lately but I can't say I love the idea of throwing Moustakas a third baseman across the infield to play first either. He doesn't have the experience and he is not an upgrade over Bird.

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When you compare Moustakas and Bird they have a lot of similarities. They both get injured a lot. Bird has been an injury concern for years now and Moustakas hasn't hit much since Mid-May due to back spasms. Both of them aren't hitting. Moustakas has a .258 BA while Bird has a .198 BA. Their on base percentage is virtually identical. Bird does have better power numbers, and he walks more. He also strikes out more while Moustakas is more prone to getting hit by pitches.

The Moustakas for Bird rumor just doesn't make sense. So maybe THIS piece from the NY Daily News is correct. The Yankees need pitching....badly.

Sonny Gray is awful and now Jonathan Loaisiga has shoulder inflammation. We have been in need of an experienced, front line starter for awhile now and that's not going to change even when Masahiro Tanaka returns soon. If the Yankees are going to take the division and beat the Red Sox they need to focus on adding another starter. A good one at that.

I don't think I have been this anxious in a long time. The Yankees could be unstoppable with the right upgrades. Moustakas is not that upgrade. We all know that Bird is sucking right now. He has for awhile, but pitching wins ballgames and Gray sucks more than Bird does. Even I can admit that one.

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
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1 comment:

  1. Very true Moustakas may be the bigger name but they can do a lot better and if Bird doesn't pick it up bring back Tyler Austin he may have that fiery spark the Yankees need


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