Monday, December 17, 2018


In case you missed it, Manny Machado is on his way to the Bronx for his interview on Wednesday, read more HERE. Yeah, I am calling it an interview. He's got a lot of explaining to do with  his "Johnny Hustle" comment and he's going to have to convince the Yankees that he isn't the dirty player some perceive him to be.

I'm glad the Yankees aren't blindsided by their intrigue with Machado. He's a shiny new toy many teams would like to have, but they have to have more than just a "Plan A" on board. The Yankees shouldn't be caught with their pants down if Machado doesn't sign with us. I'm glad there is talk of a "Plan B" even if it isn't as flashy and that plan could be Freddy Galvis, maybe.

According to the New York Post HERE, the Yankees could make a run for Galvis but they aren't the only interested suitors. He has a lot of attributes that the Yankees could benefit from while they wait for Didi Gregorius to return sometime between June and August. He is versatile, he can play second, shortstop or third base but the Yankees are likely drawn to his 655 games played at shortstop. He's a good defensive infielder and he's also a switch hitter with some pop in his bat. He's got some nice positives there....but there is one area of concern to consider...

Galvis doesn't fit the Yankees ideal mold for a hitter with his career on base percentage of .290. No player is perfect, right? But is that enough of a concern that the Yankees decide to look at other "Plan B" alternatives? Maybe not. There are other candidates out there, namely Alcides Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria but they finish first and second respectively for worst OPS amongst active players.

Adding Galvis to play shortstop until Didi comes back would strengthen the infield. This should continue to be an important element for the Yankees until Didi returns, especially with the defensive concerns they have with Miguel Andujar at third base. Considering the alternatives to Machado, Galvis may be the best option.

Some of Yankeeland is "all-in" for Machado and let's face other free agent comes close to his appeal. Whether you are in on Machado or Galvis or neither, the Yankees should continue to be smart and look at this from all possible angles. I guess we will know more about any Machado plans or "Plan B's" after Wednesday.

Stay tuned.

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

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Sunday, December 16, 2018


Source: MLB Trade Rumors

The Manny Machado tour has begun as the All Star infielder interviews in Philadelphia next week.  According to The New York Daily News, "The superstar shortstop is scheduled to meet with the Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love this coming week, reports, so it would only make sense for the 26-year-old to hop on the busy road and make his way to the Stadium afterward."

Brian Cashman has stated that he continues to have interest in Machado and will not hold his unprofessional performance against him should he interview with the Yankee general manager.  "I’m sure it wasn’t his best moment, but that doesn’t mean that’s the moment that should define him either,” general manager Brian Cashman told YES Network earlier this week as reported by The New York Daily News.

Source: Yahoo Sports

Yankee manager, Aaron Boone, has also weighed in on Machado, respecting him for his talent and minimizing the so-called hype with regards to his lack of hustle.  “There is an expectation that we have and hopefully as a professional that there is a certain way you go about things, and running balls out can certainly play into that,” Boone said. “Frankly, it is a little bit down the list as far as what I define what makes a player. My definition of a player who plays hard, who plays through adversity and is tough and brings things behind the scenes and has the ability to post when it is not easy. Those are things that define playing hard a little more to me," reported the News.

Source: Yahoo Sports

So we know a few things about the potential interview with Machado.  He will meet with the Philadelphia Phillies this week.  It would make logistical sense for him to head up the NJ Turnpike to the Bronx shortly after and then hop a plan to Chicago, where the White Sox have some interest in him and a chip to play as they just traded for his brother-in-law Yonder Alonso.  Where will Machado play in 2019?  It's anyone's guess right now.  I am hoping somewhere other than the Yankees.  It's more than just hustle, it's attitude, and we don't need his kind of attitude in New York.  Been there done that over and over again.  Have a nice trip to Bronx, Manny but don't let the door hit you on the way out.

--Suzie Pinstripe
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Saturday, December 15, 2018


Quick note because the bottom line it, it's still puzzling to me that now that Major League baseball has the drug policy in place, players are still using and still getting in trouble.  If you are minor leaguer Alex Mauricio, you really have some explaining to do. You aren't even a major leaguer yet. Plus, you gotta wonder if this suspension hurts his chances in that. I'm sure it will.

Anyway, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier simply writes:

"OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL — Suspended Boston minor league RHP Francisco Lopez-Soto (Lowell-NYP), New York Yankees minor league RHP Alex Mauricio (Staten Island-NYP) and St. Louis minor league RHP Griffin Roberts (Palm Beach-FSL) 50 games each, following second violations for a drug of abuse. Suspended Cincinnati minor league C Hunter Oliver (Greenville-Appalachian) and Oakland minor league P Dallas Woolfolk (Arizona Athletics) 50 games each after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program."

Come on man... really?

And no pay.  Oh boy.

Friday, December 14, 2018


We ended up with JA Happ.  No Machado. No Harper. No Syndergaard. No nothing.  The Twitter experts don't know anything as we stated here on BYB. Just a lot of hot air.  Do we want a few big names? Sure we do. I for one would like to secure David Robertson and Ottavino. I stated that yesterday on Twitter.

That being said, I have no knowledge they will... and that's the thing. It's all speculation and guesses. And in the end, the Yankees' Brian Cashman spent a week in Vegas and walked away with a familiar face... JA Happ.  And we all look like fools.  Many of your "sourced" stories were stupid. Face it... many of you know absolutely nothing. As my kids will tell me when I fill in for their mom on lunches or drop-offs at school... "You're doing it wrong."

On a side note, my favorite tweet was Andrew McCutchen, who quietly signed a 3 year deal with the Phillies.  It may have been the funniest video Tweet I've seen in a long time.

That moment you reportedly sign a new $50 Million deal with the Phillies 😂😂😂

Love that dude. I wish him well.

And yes, Lance Lynn is on his way to the Rangers... but who cares. He was the Jaime Garcia of 2018. No one wanted the guy... we just needed him "in case".

Now look, there's no question Cashman laid the groundwork.  There's no question that moves will happen eventually. But what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... until it's revealed at a later date.
We are seeing this now with Cash... the stealth genius.

Yankees need a few things. I personally love the Happ deal. But I do wonder if he'll pitter out at some point.  Did I want a more successful starter? I did, but I'm a fan, not an owner. I root for the uniform. It is what it is.

With the securing of Happ, the Yankees have now pivoted and rumors are flying that now they want to secure their pen.  No more starters... it's about relievers now... keep up. That's why I liked the idea of Robertson and Ottavino.

Bolster that pen. Make it unstoppable and more importantly, do NOT let DRob go to the Red Sox or the Mets.

If I had to predict, which I hate to do, I feel like a big fish is coming, but I don't know who that is.  The Yankees still have Sonny Gray I'm pretty sure he won't be there on opening day.

Will the Yankees get Machado? I doubt it.  But will the Yankees get Tulowitzki?  Makes better sense believe it or not.  That's usually how the Yankees operate. Plus, with Didi coming back, it makes better financial sense.  The downside? Troy gets hurt like...all the time... so I'm not sure it's smart. But there is no question that the Yankees are thinking about it.

But what else will happen? Let's be honest... NO IDEA.

And you know what? When it happens, we at Bleeding Yankee Blue will tell you.  We're not going to make up stories or get crazy. We will give it to you straight.

Enjoy your Friday. Don't get crazy. You've getting yourself all worked up for nothing.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018


MisHAPP....get it?

Photo: New York Daily News
Happ likes it. In this picture he's smiling at me.

Anyway... last night Ken Rosenthal took a rare swing and a miss with J.A. Happ. It was reported that Happ signed a three-year deal to return to the Bronx, but later he retracted his statement. It happens, even Rosenthal is human. No biggie.

I've seen multiple reports out there that Happ is holding out for a third year, and is willing to sign with the first team to offer it to him. It is rumored that he has a few two-year offers on the table from other contending teams.

Photo: Yahoo Sports
Happ did pitch well last season, especially against the AL East so him holding out for a third year isn't hard to understand from his point of view. The real question is, should the Yankees feel comfortable giving him that third year he's looking for or are the Yankees just being cheap?

Some sources believe a Happ deal can still happen even without that third year.

I am not eager to give Happ a third year, but then again I am not eager to miss out on another starting pitcher either. The Yankees already missed out on deals with two of the top two starters this season due to ONE year. It's odd to see the Yankees get outbid on a guy, especially over one extra year, but it has already happened twice in this young offseason.

Photo: NBC Sports
The Yankees maxed out their offer on Patrick Corbin at five years but he signed for six. The Yankees didn't want to go beyond three years on Nathan Eovaldi, but Boston gave him four. It's only December, but one year has been a deal breaker for the Yankees so far....will it continue? The Phillies are also in on Happ, too. Will they give Happ the third year? They also lost out on Corbin, so maybe they are feeling extra aggressive.

Photo: New York Post
I guess we will have to wait and see what happens with Happ, and if Joel Sherman is right. One thing we know definitely won't be happening is a reunion with Lance Lynn. He just signed a three-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

I'm surprised Lynn got a three-year deal....and that he got $30 million after his struggles last season. I was thinking Lynn might get to years at $15-16 million. Lynn struggles (a lot) and gets three years, but Happ hasn't yet. Did the Rangers out-bid themselves or is a three-year deal just going to be the minimal going rate?

Photo: USA Today Sports
Oh and in case you liked Charlie Morton, he's no longer an option either. He just signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, so we'll be seeing a lot of him.

So if the Yankees do miss out on Happ, who is next? Dallas Keuchel? We already know THE BRAVES WANT KEUCHEL. DO THE YANKEES? It's a good question. The big names are disappearing, and after Happ the list gets shorter. It would be nice to not have to bat against him anymore. He's willing, he's able and he's proven in the postseason. I think more teams should have shown more interest in him by now.

Can't forget the bullpen either. There have been a lot of rumors out there, and if there is any merit to some of these a reunion with Zach Britton or David Robertson could be bleak.

The Yankees did meet with Adam Ottavino's agent last night. He's a local boy that would be dynamite to help strengthen the bullpen. Oh and he says he would strike Babe Ruth out "every time," read more HERE. Hey, at least he doesn't lack confidence.

It's definitely early, but if the Yankees want to make the necessary improvements to win a championship we NEED the pitching. It sucks losing a guy, especially over one-year. I don't think it becomes a pattern though, at least I hope not. If it does the list gets way too short and names like Gio Gonzalez rise to the top, and that scares me.

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
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Twitter: @nyprincessj 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


He's annoying. Scott Boras is a pain in the ass annoying.

I just want to make this statement and then I'll move on.  Bryce Harper was NEVER on the Yankees radar. We have plenty of outfielders.  Bryce Harper is not a first baseman.  The Yankees would rather not try that $300 million experiment and look like morons.  Plus... let's be honest... Bryce Harper is too expensive nd 6 years from now he's going to slow down and that contract is going to suck.  And so, the Yankees didn't... I repeat DID NOT EVER WANT HIM BECAUSE THERE WASN'T EVER A FIT FOR HIM.

The ONLY reason why this rumor crap came to a head was because Bryce Harper was a free agent this off season and he expressed at one time in his career that he wanted to be a New York Yankee. But Brian Cashman told you all plenty of times that the Yankees weren't interested. And while I know you all want him in your stocking for Christmas... I am also 100% sure it will never happen. SO STOP IT... ALL OF YOU.

Enter Scott Boras, the biggest dunce of them all. The New York Daily News writes:

Photo: Sports Illustrated
"...Scott Boras hinted Wednesday that Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s expressed disinterest in free agent slugger Bryce Harper may be overstated. Recalling the Yankees’ swooping in in the process to sign Mark Teixeira ten years ago, Boras indicated we should all stay tuned. 

'When the nurse walks in with the thermometer, the issue isn’t what (the temperature reads) that’s the health of the patient when they’re ready to leave the hospital,' Boras said about the on-going Harper market."

It's madness and this jack ass gets paid to do this.  Guess what... at this point, even if Cashman was interested in Harper... Boras just turned him off.

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Noah Syndergaard would be that type of piece for the Yankees...yes, key to the castle, the missing link to the chain and according to Mets Skipper Mickey Callaway, MLB Network should not go to sleep while Mets new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen is shopping at the Winter Meetings.  According to Callaway as he appeared on MLB Network's coverage of the Meetings, something could happen that would involve Noah Syndergaard being traded to a contending team.  This team is hopefully the Yankees.

As we reported yesterday by way of our skipper, Robert Casey in THIS SYNDERGAARD BLOCKBUSTER HINGES ON ANDUJAR, "This rumor has been going on for nearly 18 hours now and there hasn't been movement other than to say that the Mets like JT Realmuto, the Yankees apparently want Noah Syndergaard and the Yanks are willing to supply someone for one of those 2 teams... not to mention there will be other moving parts as well."  

Source: ESPN

Another interesting nugget here is if we do consider trading Miggy, we would have a hole at third which could easily be filled by newly released Toronto Blue Jay infielder Troy Tulowitzki"Tulowitzki, 34, has two years and $38 million remaining on his contract -- $20 million for next year, $14 million for 2020 and a $4 million buyout of the 2021 team option -- but has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons," reported ESPN yesterday. Not the first time Tulowitzki has been knocking on the Yankees' door and if we could trade for elite pitcher by dealing Andujar, okay then.

Source: New York Post

What an early Christmas present Syndergaard could fill for Yankees fans across the globe.  According to the Post, "When the Yankees heard he could be available, Brian Cashman reached out to Van Wagenen to inquire. If nothing else, the positive pre-existing relationship between the two GMs dating to Van Wagenen’s time as an agent has made the tenor between the teams better. The Yankees have been left with the impression that Van Wagenen is authorized to do what he believes is right for the Mets — even deal significantly with the Yankees."  

Source: Twitter

Callaway seemed unfazed by the prospect of losing Syndergaard stating that his team will continue to find a way to win.  That and the fact that Callaway suggested that the guys stay in their suits overnight makes me feel like we have something really going here. Syndergaard in Yankees pinstripes before Christmas?  Yep, he'd be that type of piece for the Yankees- the victory parade type.  Go get 'em Cash!

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Twitter: @suzieprof

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


This rumor has been going on for nearly 18 hours now and there hasn't been movement other than to say that the Mets like JT Realmuto, the Yankees apparently want Noah Syndergaard and the Yanks are willing to supply someone for one of those 2 teams... not to mention there will be other moving parts as well.

I've even put in a call to my bud with the Yankees and he indicated that the idea of a Starlin Castro reunion with the Yanks was even thrown out there at one point.  But now comes word of another name... Miguel Andujar. And let me tell you all something very important about this... if this is the name to get a blockbuster deal like this done and it's a win, win, win for everyone... you trade Miggy away and that sweetens the deal. It sweetens the deal in what you get in return, and it makes your trade partner very, very happy... especially if it improves each team.

Hardball Talk writes:

"Into that mix comes something interesting: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are open to moving third baseman Miguel Andujar and that he’s “a name to watch.” Coming as it does after that Yankees-Mets-Marlins chatter might mean that Andujar could be involved in all of that and, if he is, that could make for a monster deal. Such a blockbuster would certainly be a good enough reason to part with Andujar despite a strong rookie season in which he hit.297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and 92 RBI. 

Worth noting that moving him could also open up third base for a big acquisition like Manny Machado, but that’s separate speculation, I suppose."

Photo: USA Today Sports
And yes, you read that right.  Manny is another name on the Yankees radar, but because Brian Cashman is so genius, it really comes down to a game of dominoes. If he makes this blockbuster with the Mets and Marlins, he will then pounce on Manny as it's being indicated to me.  Do I have inside knowledge of this? Nope. Absolutely none, but it just makes sense, as much as I'd hate to see Manny in pinstripes.

A lot of hurry up and wait, but I suspect ones this move happens, IF it happens... the rest will follow very quickly. Don't blink, you might miss it.


I'll believe it when I actually see it.

You have madness on Twitter. I actually hate it. I've actually been thinking about getting off Twitter all together.  The rumor mill and made up stories become fact to many because no one actually reads, they just read headlines and tweet and retweet and like.  It's stupid.  Before you know it there are made up stories out there and no one knows what the true story is.  That's why I follow the legit folks, Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record leads my pack.

Anyway... there is some legitimacy to this "Syndergaard to the Yankees" story, but I'm cautious. I'll say it again… I'll believe it when I actually see it.

Mike Puma put out this...

Now that's legit enough... a nugget.  But this is where is gets hairy. Andy Martino put this out, and his wording got people all riled up...

I don't know what to believe... just being honest. If you know anything about Martino, he's an SNY guy, clearly looking for clicks that that's cool. And to be honest, his "Real Possibility" line, while it could be legit, also... just may not be. And that's why I bring up Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record... a class act.  Not one mention of this Syndergaard nonsense... which makes me skeptical.

And that's where we stand.   We're back at square one...

I'll believe it when I actually see it.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Photo: Newsday
We've talked about the fact that the Reds like Sonny Gray and that's good.  After all, the Yankees want to get rid of him.  But that rumor happened a few weeks ago and then it was quiet.  Well, the New York Post has this nugget on who the Yankees would like in exchange of Gray. I just wonder if the Reds will make that deal. From the looks of it... nope!

The Post writes:

Photo: Red Reporter
"The Yankees asked the Reds for outfielder Taylor Trammell, whom has ranked as the 17th-best prospect in the majors. As you would expect, Cincinnati was not interested in that conversation."

Trammel is a stud. But clearly talks have broken down and I'm sure the conversation was something like...

Nick Krall: "Are you kidding me Brian? Do you think I'm stupid?"

Brian Cashman: "No... I think that Gray is good for you guys."

Nick Krall: "Buh-Bye A-hole"

Brian Cashman: "Oh come on..."

So now we wait.  The reports are there are 11 teams interested in Gray. The question is, how hard is Cashman going to push to try to get a top prospect for the guy? Hey, he has to try, but sooner or later a bag of balls would make more sense.

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Quick note about JA Happ.

Teams like him. Teams know he's valuable and will be a helpful starter.  A week ago, the Yankees could have gotten him at a nice price.  Now his price is about to rise, and so now we see what happens next as Yankee fans.

Sporting News has this:

"The Phillies still appear to be interested in signing J.A. Happ. Philadelphia and the 36-year-old free agent starter continue to have “ongoing dialogue” about a potential deal, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Happ is seeking a three-year contract, the report says."

If I'm a team like the Phillies, I make that deal.  Clearly the Yanks aren't too interested and that's fair.  Pete Caldera tweeted this. Notice the nugget about Happ:

That says a lot about where Cashman's head is at.

We shall see.

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And in it, I'm sure a few things will come up as the Yankees shake hands with Manny Machado. In fact, I'm sure Cashman is going to say these things to Mr. Machado...

Are you really that lazy?

Are you really that immature?

Are you insane thinking we're going to pay you $300 million?

A lot needs to change if we were ever make you an offer. You better think long and hard about this.

I hate everything about Manny Machado possibly coming to the Yankees, but the main reason is we need a solid starting pitcher first.

Pete Caldera had this great piece about this upcoming meeting and possible marriage between the team and Manny...

" are the Yankees, essentially telling Machado that if he so desperately wants to be in pinstripes, he’ll be handsomely paid – but not in a record-breaking way. 

Levine’s comments last week about the Yankees’ long-awaited reset under the luxury tax came just hours before a report that the Washington Nationals had outbid the Yankees – by one year and $40 million – for the services of lefty starter Patrick Corbin. 

Levine essentially said he wasn’t concerned about what other clubs, like the ready-to-spend-lavishly Philadelphia Phillies were prepared to do this winter. And anyway, if general manager Brian Cashman and his baseball operations staff recommended a big-ticket signing, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner wouldn’t hesitate to write the check. 

These are still the Yankees, who made the surprise push for Giancarlo Stanton last year and absorbed $265 million of his contract. 

Now, they’ve got Machado somewhat on the defensive, wanting him to account for his comments in The Athletic to Ken Rosenthal about his ideas on selective hustle, not to mention his questionable sportsmanship."

Look, it's a dumb signing, that's the bottom line. Sure, if the Yankees nail it down it will fun for the moment... seeing Machado in pinstripes, but long term, this contract will suck.  Plus... again... WE NEED A SOLID STARTING PITCHER... and that should be the priority.

We just have to wait and see what happens.... but I hate this... I'm stating it for the record.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018


Source: NY Times

The forever gentleman, team leader, and optimist, Didi Gregorius had his first appearance since his Tommy John surgery in October.  According to the the NY Post, Gregorius was in good spirits and shook hands with fans at the T-Mobile Flagship store in mid-town Manhattan yesterday.  He says he will be back better than ever and hopes he will be back at short during the first half of the season.

Source: Jeff Zelevansky

"Really confident,” the Yankees’ shortstop said when asked of his convictions that Tommy John surgery on his right elbow would not sidetrack his progress. “I don’t think much is going to change. It’s just surgery and that’s it," reported the Post.

Source: AP/Jeff Roberson

With all this banter about Manny Machado and needing to replace Gregorius both in the field and in the batter's  box, Gregorius seemed unfazed by the discussions, but did not answer any questions about the speculations of picking up a hefty short stop to fill the void the team will feel with him on the disabled list at the start of the 2019 season.

Source: The Runner Sports

Early last month Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman opened up about his confidence for Gregorius and his commitment to him for years to come.  "I’m a big fan of the player. I don’t think Tommy John will be a career-ending issue for him, like it typically isn’t. It’s a problem that we all have to deal with. “How we deal with it remains to be seen. But he’s wired the right way. So he’s the type of person you like to surround yourself with, not run from,” reported the NY Post in early November.


He's also a dugout favorite of Yankee Skipper Aaron Boone.  "He’s just kind of a blue-collar, lunch pail type of player,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s tough, he’s able to play through things, and there’s an ‘I want the ball hit to me’ feeling about him,” reported the NY Times in August.

Source: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Gregorius' commitment to this game has always been at the forefront of his actions and words both on and off the field.  His Tweets after Yankee wins have become contagious as has his personality and generosity to fans and the New York city communities.  Between his contributions to charities and giving out subway tokens to fans, Gregorius has been a face of the franchise and when he says he will be back good as new, he will.

“I think since he got here, taking over for who he took over for, and being able to have three 20-home run seasons in a row, it’s just incredible,” Sabathia said. “I think what he’s done to turn around this team in the rebuilding process, he’s been the number one key,” according to NY Times.

Source: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Gregorius is hear that Cashman.  We don't need Machado, we need to build an infield that can support the Yankees until Gregorius comes back.  We owe it to him.  We owe it to the Yankees.  Gregorius will be back and the fans will be waiting with welcoming arms.

--Suzie Pinstripe
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Twitter: @suzieprof

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