Thursday, December 1, 2022

SHOULD THE YANKEES TAKE A CHANCE WITH JACOB DEGROM?


The winter meetings are almost here! That means the market is going to start heating up, and the Yankees are now tied to two of the biggest names in the free agent market. That makes my little hot stove rumor loving heart extra happy. 

The Yankees have made Aaron Judge their top priority, and also add more pitching depth. So while we all sit back and wait on Judge, why not take a flyer out on Jacob deGrom? The Yankees have requested medical records and while that's commonplace in baseball, it will give the Yankees a lot more information so they can decide if the Yankees want to take a gamble on deGrom.


Other teams are doing the same thing and if deGrom is healthy then he could be a dynamite addition to any pitching staff which is why the Braves, Rangers and the Rays are all interested. There is some risk with deGrom, he has an extensive injury history throughout his career. His most recent injury forced him to miss the end of the 2021 season and most of this past season but when he is healthy he is one of the best pitchers in the game. If he is healthy, he's worth a long look.

The Mets know everything there is to know about deGrom, and they are very interested in keeping him in the rotation. The Mets feel confident because they believe they will have the most competitive offer. Other teams will look at deGrom as a real risk, and the Mets are rumored to be "comfortable" offering him a max three year deal, where as other teams are looking at two years. If the Mets have all of the intel on his medicals and are willing to go three years then it makes sense for the Yankees to engage.


I admit, deGrom does come with some risk and the idea of a multi year deal can be a little frightening. It gives me some Corey Kluber flashbacks but if healthy....can't you just imagine a rotation of Gerrit Cole, deGrom, and Nestor Cortes? That trio makes me salivate. THAT should excite every single Yankees fan.

Is this risky? Sure, but it's deGrom....how do you just say NO and walk away to that kind of talent?


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





Wednesday, November 30, 2022

BLUE JAYS GET OUR MAN


It's finalized. Don Mattingly is a Blue Jay and will be their bench coach.  The Blue Jays announced it on Twitter:

And there you have it. Damn that moved quickly.

IT'S NOT EVERY WINTER THAT A PLAYER LIKE AARON JUDGE BECOMES A FREE AGENT!

Source: LM Otero

You can't skim the social sites without seeing an Aaron Judge headline every fifth post. Local newspapers and national ones alike, plus the hundreds of sports beat reporters and blogs have a mention of Judge somewhere in their articles and posts 10 hours ago, three hours ago, 15 minutes ago, The Daily News said, ESPN posted, Bryan Hoch stated that...and with good reason. It's not every winter a player the caliber of Aaron Judge is available on the open market. The question is, who will be lucky enough to land him?

Source: CBS Sports

"The Dodgers are one of the few teams who have shown a willingness to hand out the kind of contracts required to shop at the top of the market on a consistent basis. They absolutely have the financial flexibility to do so this offseason, too, after allowing Trea Turner to enter free agency without an extension and declining Justin Turner's option," reported CBS Sports. Certainly not necessarily new to the conversation, the Los Angeles Dodgers are always looking to add more to their arsenal. Last season they picked up superstar Freddie Freeman. The year before they picked up ace pitcher Max Scherzer and before that they exploded with a contract for then free agent Mookie Betts. The Dodgers are not afraid of digging into their deep pockets to pick up the right players for their evolving team. And this year will be no different.

Source: LM Otero

"It's not easy to clock what the Dodgers starting nine might look like because of their versatility, and because they have some other pressing questions to address this offseason -- like, who plays shortstop, and what about third base? Predictably, the Dodgers have been linked to the top free-agent shortstops, including Carlos Correa, and have even been rumored to have interest in Willy Adames of the Milwaukee Brewers," reported CBS Sports. So maybe the Judge addition is not as essential as these key infield positions. That leaves their in state rival the San Francisco Giants who have been linked to Judge since before he officially announced his free agency.

                                                                           Source: LM Otero

Recall the Aaron Judge was wooed by the San Francisco Giants and visited with the team and the higher management over several days last week. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, “I believe that once Aaron Judge knows where at least the initial Giants offer comes in, and I do believe one is forthcoming, that there will be a fairly robust conversation to where we could see Aaron Judge signing with a team within the next two weeks, by the end of the Winter Meetings." The Winter Meetings kick off on Sunday and end Wednesday, December 7th. With an offer coming perhaps as early this week, the Yankees and maybe even the Dodgers will have opportunities to outbid and woe the slugger accordingly. 

Source: Tony Gutierrez

Judge was a Giants fan growing up. He met a number of iconic Californian sports figures while in San Francisco. But he has already tasted what it is like to be a part of one of the most winningest sports franchises in history. He has felt the nostalgia. He has been a part of history himself in breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 home runs. He has the opportunity to be the next Yankee captain. You can't top that, even if you are Steph Curry, one of the frontliners in the Giants wooing sessions for Judge.  

I am glad Judge is being lauded, celebrated, wooed after. He deserves it. But after all the fanfare subsides, I hope he can quietly reflect on the player he is and the one he wants to become. It's not every winter we get to witness this kind of lovefest over a player. But this year, is Judge's year and let's hope he chooses well. 



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Senior Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof







MATTINGLY HAS OTHER PLANS AND YES NETWORK ISN'T IT... YET!


We just wrote about Mattingly the other day. The report was that maybe he and Derek Jeter could be part of the Yankees future, but in the booth. Now comes word that it's probably not a thing. Read IF TRUE, HUGE NEWS ABOUT JETER & MATTINGLY COULD BE COMING TO US YANKEE FANS! if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Larry Brown Sports writes:

"Mattingly and the Toronto Blue Jays are deep in discussions on a job. He adds that an announcement could come this weekend.

Mattingly joined “The Show with Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman” for an interview and said talks with one team went really well.

“One team in particular really talked to me and talked to really my soul of what I like to do and see a value and it’s been very interesting to me,” Mattingly said on the show.

The report about Mattingly and the Blue Jays comes a day after a report said Mattingly was being pursued for a broadcasting job."


And now we wait and see.



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

WOULD THE YANKEES CONSIDER BRINGING TOMMY KAHNLE BACK?


When Tommy Kahnle was on the Yankees, I was a big fan. When he was in New York, Tommy's numbers were respectable. 4 years, 4.01 ERA, 157 strikeouts and under 50 walks.  He did the job and he did it well.   You gotta wonder if a few years later he still has it. I say yeah, and guess what, he's available.

Empire Sports NY writes:

"Kahnle came to the Yankees in a trade with the White Sox in 2017 and quickly became a bullpen staple. His high-90s fastball paired with a deadly changeup. He posted 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) as a Yankee before Tommy John surgery knocked him out of the shortened 2020 season. Even better, Kahnle was well-loved in the clubhouse thanks to his endless optimistic energy.

It’s been a long road back but Kahnle made the most of his month with the Dodgers in 2022. Kahnle’s fastball was still in the 92nd percentile and his average velocity sat at 95.7 mph."

Jon Heyman Tweets:
Look, the Yanks have alot of bigger things to worry about, like Judge, but this is something they should definitely consider.

We shall see.



Monday, November 28, 2022

IF TRUE, HUGE NEWS ABOUT JETER & MATTINGLY COULD BE COMING TO US YANKEE FANS!

If you love Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter as much as I do, you are going to love this scoop from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Put it this way, when the Yankees lost in the post season, I was calling for Aaron Boone's head, and many wanted Cashman gone too.  Of course, the timing was right because it was announced around the same time that Mattingly wouldn't be back in Miami and Jeter, of course, had already left that franchise. So... it appeared that things could really happen when it came to replacing those dudes.  But we all knew in the back of our minds that it wouldn't happen, and it didn't.  But this news is great and if true, would really be spectacular to spicing up the Yankee franchise after another season of losing.

Marchand writes:

"As YES begins constructing its broadcast lineup for next year, it has discussed the possibility of making an attempt for two of the greatest and most popular Yankees in the team’s history – Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly.

“You don’t say no to Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly, if there is a place for them in your universe, you find a way to make it work,” YES president of programming and production John Filippelli told The Post when asked about the potential plans. “We haven’t had any in-depth discussion with either. If they are A) available and B) interested, you probably at least have to have a conversation.”


Now I am a gigantic fan of Filippelli as well. What he built over there at the YES Network is amazing.  Of course, I am also huge fans of Bob Lorenz and Jack Curry too so if there is a way to add Donnie and Derek, I will be overwhelmingly thrilled.

Well, we shall see. It's always fun to dream. This would juice this brand 1000% for us Yankee fans. I hope things happen.





RUMOR: BENINTENDI MIGHT NOT WANT TO RETURN TO THE YANKEES


While the entire baseball world waits to see if Aaron Judge returns to the Yankees or not, I am following another interesting headline. Yes, I'd like Judge to come back.... but I am also hoping for another reunion this winter.

I was a big fan of the Andrew Benintendi pickup at the trade deadline. It sucks he got injured but I think he is the contact hitter that this team needs. He adds something to the lineup that is essential, he is consistent. The numbers prove it, the Yankees know it and thankfully they are rumored to want him back. Sounds like good news to me.


But, maybe the interest isn't mutual? I hope it's just an unfounded rumor but Jon Heyman says an unnamed source questions if Benintendi wants to stay with the Yankees. That's literally all we have. SOMEONE says Benintendi might want to play elsewhere. No other context here. That's why I hate these one blurb stories with no substance to them.

I really hope there isn't any context. Honestly, Benintendi is an asset to this team and would be to any other team and those other teams know it. Winter Meetings will kick off on Sunday, and soon we could see some bigger names sign some deals. Seattle is hoping they might be a team that could snag Benintendi and have already reached out to him, read more HERE.

Some people may not be as anxious to hold on to Benintendi as I am, and I won't try to change anyone's mind. We all know the Yankees can afford Judge and Benintendi so he doesn't have to be a backup option. He adds so much to a lineup, and I hope he will continue to add to ours.

There are so many reasons to bring Benintendi back...and hopefully he wants to come back. Hopefully, Heyman's got this rumor all wrong. 


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





Sunday, November 27, 2022

MLB WINTER MEETINGS MAKE THE JUDGE CONVERSATION EVEN HOTTER!


Last year there was this sense of urgency around signings during Thanksgiving week because of the impending strike looming MLB. This year, the off-season signings have been at a calmer pace, unless of course you are us—Yankee fans waiting for notification that Aaron Judge will return to pinstripes. With the Winter Meetings ready to kick off next Sunday, we will likely see some big deals get done. It is the week before the storm, my friends, as the Winter Meetings make the Judge conversation even hotter.

“A lot of stuff doesn’t kick in until the winter meetings in December,” Aaron Judge said earlier this month after winning the AL MVP Award," reported the New York Post. Now, all eyes are focused on the meetings which will be San Diego beginning December 4th.


Source: NJ.com

According to the New York Post, "Judge’s free agency did receive some juice this past week, when he took a two-day visit with his hometown Giants, though it remains to be seen whether he will take meetings with other teams before he makes his decision. The Dodgers are expected to be another suitor for Judge while Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently said the team has an offer on the table for the star outfielder." The pacific coast time zone will provide news on signings to New Yorkers at different, perhaps weird times. But reporters will be hot to post as soon as Judge and even Jacob deGrom camps make their move.

Source: FanSided

"The two-time Cy Young award winner is looking to become MLB’s highest-paid pitcher. Max Scherzer and the Mets reset the standard last year with a record $43.3 million average annual value (three years, $130 million). The Mets believe deGrom wants to stay in Queens as long as there isn’t a significant discrepancy in offers elsewhere, The Post’s Mike Puma reported last week."

Besides the Mets and the Yankees, this trip to San Diego is going to quite expensive for clubs seeking to furnish their clubhouse with key signature players. There is a long list of players on the market, that with a new team, could make them more likely to go far in the playoffs next fall.

Source: NJ.com

As much as I want to just hold my tongue and not jinx our chances of getting Judge, the Yankees need more than AL MVP in their clubhouse to go deeper in the playoffs. Consistent pitching, hitting and staying healthy are keys to winning. Yet signing Judge may also be the catalyst for the Yankees to build around him, with resources that can put the Bombers over the edge and into the World Series. It will be an interesting two weeks, fans. Let's hope it bows well for the Yankees. 



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Senior Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof






Saturday, November 26, 2022

FOUR TARGETS THE YANKEES ARE LOOKING TO SIGN!


Aaron Judge is the big fish, but he's not the only one out there. Remember, the Yankees didn't get very far in the post season for a few reasons. Judge wasn't the only reason. Their offense stunk and pitching was a little shaky. I had said it all year; I said the Yankees looked great for most of the season, but it's in those short series that you truly find what kind of team you have. The Yanks didn't have it, and so, we really need to think about what to do to improve.

There are some names attached to the Yankees this offseason. I wanted to share four of them with you. Do with it what you want. The rumor season is always a weird one built up with clicks and ideas. So, in the end, who knows what will really happen. But I wanted to share the names anyway... because it's fun.

Pablo Lopez:


The Yankees liked this guy back in August. But nothing ever happened.  Now, his name is back in the fold and this time he's connected to Gleyber Torres to make it a reality. Jon Heyman tweets this:

Yanks go Yard says this:

"The Marlins need hitters and they have a plethora of starting pitchers, with Lopez slowly becoming expendable because he’s a free agent after 2024 who likely won’t be re-signed due to the other emerging arms in the organization. He’s expected to make $6.3 million in arbitration in 2023, which would be a cost-effective price for a pitcher of his caliber as well as the Yankees’ needs (a No. 4 and 5 behind Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino)."



My take? I think Lopez will turn into another Frankie Montas. Looks decent when not in a big market like New York... nerves get the best of him IN New York.  While I do see Gleyber Torres getting moved this off season, I don't want it to be for Lopez.




Why Conforto you ask? I ask that too... why the hell do we want Michael Conforto?  Heyman writes "Conforto, said to be healthy now, would fit Yankee Stadium..."  But why Jon, because he's available and a lefty hitter? Conforto batted .232 in 2021. And he did not play a single inning in 2022. Hardly a powerhouse and definitely not better than what we already have in the outfield. You wanna dump Hicks for him? Sure, then maybe it's an upgrade. But just getting Conforto for the sake of getting him is ridiculous. Heyman doesn't seem to get that missing a year can be a severe blow to a player's ability. Conforto may be fine, but he also could be a bust. Hard sell. 




No brainer. The Yankees had Andrew this year and are interested in retaining him in 2023. Benny wants to come back, and so now it's just a matter of time to get that done. Bleacher Report writes:

"Benintendi was supposed to be their answer after they acquired him from the Kansas City Royals, but his season ended Sept. 2 when a pitch broke his wrist. The 28-year-old hit .304/.373/.399 in 126 games with the Royals and Yankees last season."

It's respectable, and definitely a hell of a lot better than taking a chance on Conforto.




David Cone says this of Rodon:

"Carlos Rodon is in a class by himself. Upper-90s fastball. Left-handed. Power pitcher. Coming off a great year. He’s a cut above. He’s going to command a big deal wherever he goes, as long as you can get past his medicals. He does have a little bit of an injury history. But he certainly had a great year last year once again with the Giants.”

He is not wrong. Yahoo Sports writes:

"Rodon proved the last two seasons that when he’s right physically, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball.

The southpaw pitched to a 2.37 ERA over 24 starts for the White Sox in 2021, posting a 0.957 WHIP and an eye-popping 185 ERA-plus.

Then last season, after signing a short-term deal (due to his injury history) with the Giants, he went 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA over 31 starts. He racked up 237 strikeouts over 278 innings, and his K rate of 12 per nine innings was the best in the majors for a starting pitcher."

While it appears to be a smart move, it comes down to money, and how this guy will perform in a place like Yankee stadium.  Plus, you always have to factor in injury, which, is an issue with this guy.

Yes. the Yankees are connected to a lot of other guys as well, including Justin Verlander and Cody Bellinger, but I just don't see those names as guys with a big upside. We definitely do not need Bellinger, and while Verlander has been dominant in 2022, I just don't see this guy wanting to come to New York. I mean, I'd love it, but I don't think the marriage is possible.

More names soon.  Stay tuned.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

I LIKED THE NEW YORK CHRIS MULLIN... NOT THE CALIFORNIA ONE

I feel like the San Francisco Giants are trying way too hard and it's going to backfire. Am I wrong? Maybe, but I doubt it.  

So far, they had a "productive meeting" with Aaron Judge, Joc Pederson goes on Twitter and looks like a fan boy photoshopping a Giants uniform on the guy, Steph Curry is kissing the guy's ass and now Chris Mullin comes out of the woodwork and tries to convince Aaron Judge that he needs to play in San Francisco. What's next, Gavin Newsom and Willie Mays take a Trolley Bus tour with the guy, eat crab with him at the pier and swim to Alcatraz together? It's beginning to get annoying.

Back in the day Chris Mullion was one of my favorite college basketball players. The competition between Mullin and Patrick Ewing at Georgetown was awesome.   Mullin went on to play for the Golden State Warriors and I would catch some games when he'd play the Knicks.  Never a huge basketball fan, but I did like the way Mullin played.

Now I read this guy is all over Aaron Judge and it makes me change my view of this guy.  I guess when you go West Coast, you drop the East Coast all together.  Mullin wants no part of New York anymore and is trying to entice Judge to come to San Francisco. Come on, man!

Giants Baseball Insider on Fan Nation writes:

"Listen it's time to come to the Bay Area Aaron Judge. All rise! Let's go," Mullin said. "Oracle Park is a beautiful place to play. You're going to win championships here. Just look at what Steph Curry's doing here. The Bay Area is a forgiving place. You put up a career year. You hit 62 home runs, and they're giving you the Bronx cheer in the playoffs. Time to go man. Come back home."

Mullin was born and raised in New York. 


I just vomited in my mouth. 

I hope Judge is smart enough to see that this is all a little overwhelming now. Try hards.  It's like going to a car dealership and trying to find the right car. You like what you see, and the salesmen are nice and not too annoying, but you wanna go to the big dealership across the street just because you're curious.

So you go, and you like their cars too, but you don't want to be oversold.  And then you are... and the salesmen are annoying, and they are asking you "What do I have to do to get you in this vehicle!"  And they tell you that they'll throw in this, and they will throw in that. Sooner or later you feel like you're being played. You look at them and realize they are overwhelming, handsy car salesmen.  You say, "Screw this" and you go back to the first dealership, find the right car, feel comfy there and get exactly what you want with no BS.  

Let's hope Judge goes back to that first dealership across the street... you know the one... the Yankees.



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