Monday, January 18, 2021

WE'RE NOT DONE YANKEE FANS! GET READY FOR MORE!


Okay, so I feel a little bit better about our roster now then I did before the holiday weekend. We got DJ LeMahieu back, and we added needed depth with Corey Kluber but we can't be done yet. Luxury tax aside, if the Yankees want the best chance to get back to the World Series we still have more work to do.

Now that we have DJ back we can all breathe a sigh of relief but now we need to more pitching depth. Kluber was just the start. The Yankees can't call it an offseason without adding more starting pitching. Once the season opens we already know Kluber and Gerrit Cole are penciled into the rotation and then we have some combination of Jordan Montgomery, Deivi Garcia and Domingo German who we haven't seen since 2019. It seems unlikely that the Yankees rotation will feature all of those names for Opening Day, and I'm not sure it should. 

I said the Yankees weren't done yet, because I think they will add another starter for some insurance especially since Luis Severino won't be back until summer. They could look at trades, but I think they will look at a free agent instead. There aren't a lot of attractive names out there but the Yankees should consider Jake Odorizzi.

It may sound a little crazy but I wonder what it would take to convince Odorizzi to sign a short term deal. I don't think he is going to get the kind of multi-year deal he wants. Maybe it is an opportunity to prove he's healthy and he can rebuild his value. At 30 I would give him a chance. I don't know what it would take to convince him, maybe $8-10 million a year? It's worth a look.


I just don't see the Yankees being done yet. I think the Yankees need another starter and still some bullpen help. If the Yankees aren't going to consider James Paxton or Masahiro Tanaka, it's worth a call. It definitely can't hurt.



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


Sunday, January 17, 2021

GOT DJ, NOW WHAT?



I was as relieved as you when word came through that the Yankees finally signed DJ LeMahieu on Friday.  Text messages came in as early as 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning and they all lauded the much needed move by the Yankees. But now what? How will signing LeMahieu and now Corey Kluber set up the Yankees for the success? What else do they need to do to position them to not only win the AL East but the World Series in 2021?

Source: The New York Times

According to CBS Sports, "Hypothetically, the Yankees could spend around $25 million and avoid that additional surtax. If they wanted to save around $10 million, for in-season additions and as a general rainy-day fund, then that number is closer to $15 million. The Yankees, then, could fit another Kluber-like deal into their budget with room to spare."

Who is that Kluber-like pitcher for the Yankees? Well it's not Masahiro Tanaka unless he is going to take pay cut which is not likely. It could be James Paxton but I know I am a little sick of his lackluster performance, but maybe the Yankees take another chance on him.

Source: Pittsburgh Gazette

"On the trade front, the most realistic option is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove. The Yankees have reportedly also had past interest in Musgrove's teammate Jameson Taillon. Beyond them, the Yankees may have to gamble on someone without a great track record, like Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vincent Velasquez," reported CBS Sports. Who do Bombers give up for one of these pitchers? Depends. Could be some built around Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and even Mike Tauchman

Source: Corey Sipkin

As far as other free agents whose salary would be inline with the Yankees' budget, you could go with "Adam Wainwright, Jake Odorizzi, Taijuan Walker, Jose Quintana or Trevor Cahill," reports CBS Sports. I am in alignment with Joel Sherman that if the Yankees are going to stay under the luxury tax, they will have to get creative. And I will give Brian Cashman credit for being creative in his role as GM. 

So we got DJ, we got Kluber, what's next for the Yankees? We will soon see and hopefully whoever else the team adds, it will be more than enough to get over the World Series drought and then some. 




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

SOMETIMES WE ALL JUST NEED A MOMENT TO FEEL GOOD!

 Love these kids!


Look, this has nothing to do with baseball of the Yankees. It has to do with humanity, human decency and mentors. And... if there's time, and believe me there always is... KINDNESS, LOVE AND CREATIVITY! 

We need more of it. 2020 sucked. Pandemic, death, losing jobs, division. Sooner or later someone has to stand up. Not to yell, but to say hey... enough is enough. I like you. I like a lot of people. I respect you!!!


Enter the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, also known as BCAM. A school and community that just came together to make me smile. I couldn't resist. I had to post this here on Bleeding Yankee Blue!

You see, every year at BCAM, the 8th graders are given an opportunity to go to the high school fairs and open house tours to show off their school community. But because of COVID, the students couldn't be face to face. Understandable. But they didn't cancel it. In fact, they did something better. Like many of us this year they got creative... and man did they ever! I want you all to take a moment and watch this video below. 




Smile while you're watching it, and take your mind back to a place and time where people were friendly with each other.  Where smiles existed and where happiness once reigned... EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THE OTHER PERSON MAKING YOU SMILE! Let's not forget what happiness is... what kindness is! Give this a moment and smile. WATCH IT THROUGH. SHARE IT!



Just a few pieces of information... Mr. O’Brien, the bushy haired dude is their principal. Ms. Jones helped put this all together. And of course the kids? They CRUSHED IT! 


What's my point? With solid mentors come future leaders. This is what I see here. I am proud of this group!

So what can I do to return that smile? Well, I'm not Dave Portnoy... I am not Barstool. I can't raise 28 million for small businesses. (love what they are doing by the way). But instead, to pay it forward, I will be donating a ton of Bleeding Yankee Blue gear to their school for these great kids!  It's something to return the favor of happiness.


And what can all of you do? Watch their video, share it, get them views. Also... Follow them! Their Twitter is @bcamhs. The schools website is http://bcamhs.org! Give this some community some respect!

Anyway... This is my Sunday inspiration! Of course, be sure to read BYB's lead story today, GOT DJ, NOW WHAT? by Suzie Pinstripe... but after that, be sure to give BCAM their proper respect!

Love these kids!

Friday, January 15, 2021

COREY KLUBER IS COMING TO THE BRONX!


He was once great. He's still pretty good and he's the guy we need to give us some stability in the Yankee starting rotation. Corey Kluber is coming to the Yankees.

The New York Post writes:

"The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner agreed on an $11 million deal that brings him to The Bronx, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed on Friday, pending a physical.

Kluber held a showcase on Wednesday after two injury-filled seasons placed question marks around him... Sources told The Post that Kluber threw 89-91 mph while throwing 30 pitches in front of roughly 25 teams, including the Mets."



Could Kluber lay an egg? He could, but here's the good news, the Yankees feel like $11 million is worth it if this guy can give us 15 wins. Yup, I'm dreaming but hey, we'd never know unless we tried.

Welcome to New York Corey... we're happy to have you.

LEMAHIEU RUMORED TO BE BACK WITH THE YANKEES!!!


If this tweet from Jon Morosi is true, it's the best damn news to ever get on a Friday... cruising into the weekend!

The bottom line is this... I firmly believe the New York Yankees have no shot of winning a championship WITHOUT DJ LeMahieu on the Yankees. With him... our chances are very, very good in 2021. He's got a baseball energy, he's a hitter, a table setter, he gets on base, he knocks in runs. I would suggest he's one of the best hitters in the league.  I'm not the only one.

Luke Voit has been very vocal. The New York Post writes:

"'We need him,' Voit told Bruce Beck of NBC on Tuesday, echoing comments he and teammate Clint Frazier made in December. “I think he’s the best hitter in baseball. I’m literally sitting next to a printer right now and it makes me think of DJ because he’s a freaking machine. We need him!”"

Kind of a corny quote... but you get the idea.  

And so now... we wait.  When news comes down, and I hope it does within the realm of Morosi's tweet... I will bring it all to you here at Bleeding Yankee Blue.

ARE THE YANKEES LOOKING FOR PITCHING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES?


I have been concerned with pitching for months now. I've harped on it a few times. I've been saying that the Yankees can't ignore the need for more reliable arms. We don't just need ANY arms, we need the right arms so the latest Yankee rumor isn't exciting me.

In case you missed it, the New York Post is reporting HERE that the Yankees and the Mets are both scouting Corey Kluber. The Mets are after everyone this winter so I guess I should not be surprised but
Kluber is trying to rebound from two injury plagued seasons. He's a gamble even if the Yankees can get him at a cheaper deal, I guess the Yankees are embracing the "low risk, possible high reward" mentality here. I know that Hal Steinbrenner is working on a self imposed tight budget this season but....what about other options?

The Yankees must be interested in the connection between pitching coach Matt Blake and Kluber who was with Kluber his last four seasons in Cleveland. Maybe Blake thinks he could rehab him and get him back to his old form. If he is healthy like the scouts say, that would definitely get the Yankees attention.

The Yankees have had more then their fair share of injuries over the years, so Kluber's injury history does concern me. After Gerrit Cole we have a lot of question marks right now unless we do re-sign Masahiro Tanaka which I am not counting on. I'm not sure if putting another question mark in the rotation is the best move.

It's been a while since the Yankees and Mets had a good competition on or off the field. This winter the Mets are in on everyone but honestly I wouldn't be extremely disappointed if the Mets signed Kluber instead of us.

Hit me with some more pitching rumors though, please. Come on Yankees....we NEED it!




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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

FORCING THE YANKEES OVER THE LUXURY TAX


While many believe that DJ LeMahieu could be the person or entity that puts the Yankees over the luxury tax, it might not be him or his agent after all. The recent moves that the cross town rivals have made to acquire not only Francisco Lindor but Carlos Carrasco may have forced the Yankees hand to go bigger. And the New York Mets may not be done yet. 

Source: The New York Times

"The Yankees will be faced with increasing pressure to compete for New York City supremacy with new Mets owner Steve Cohen, while also trying to avoid the MLB Luxury Tax. Without question, the abilities of Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman are being challenged and tested this offseason," reported Forbes.

Source: The New York Times

The Yankees need starting pitching. Well that's a familiar tune. Luis Severino won't be 100% this season and it is not clear what kind of impact Jordan Montgomery will have. Masahiro Tanaka will likely go elsewhere and Trevor Bauer may be more expensive than originally anticipated. The Mets could easily go for either of those two candidates, again adding more fuel to the Yankee fire.

"The Yankees may turn to prospect Clarke Schmidt or other pitchers currently in development to complete their starting rotation. That path would be the least expensive, but it brings risk," reported Forbes. The risk also increases the heat on the Yankees Hot Stove.  Sure, the New York Mets could also go after LeMahieu, which will break a lot of hearts in the Bronx. "According to Yahoo Sports, LeMahieu has also drawn interest from the Braves, Cardinals and Red Sox and expects to have virtual meetings with some teams in the coming week. The Mets have also been a potential match, but with the addition of Lindor, that now seems less likely," report the New York Post

Everyday that goes by makes it easier for LeMahieu to cut ties with the Yankees. If Michael Kay can't rile up the Yankees maybe Cohen and the Mets can. 



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

Monday, January 11, 2021

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT GERRIT COLE'S STICKY SITUATION?

It's been a while since we've had a good "juiced ball" controversy and now it's back. I don't want these to grab my attention, but when our ace is attached to the story I can't help but pay attention. Question is....should we pay more attention or just laugh it off?

Last March, the Los Angeles Angeles fired then visiting clubhouse manager Brian "Bubba" Harkins who now claims he was unfairly made to be the scapegoat for giving players juiced balls. Now, he's talking about it and dropping names, The Los Angeles Times broke the story HERE and named other pitchers involved, but this text exchange with Gerrit Cole was submitted as part of Harkins case that was heard by the Orange County Superior Court:

"Hey Bubba, it’s Gerrit Cole, I was wondering if you could help me out with this sticky situation,” the pitcher wrote, adding a wink emoji. “We  don’t see you until May, but we have some road games in April that are in cold weather places. The stuff I had last year seizes up when it gets cold.”

The text sounds bad especially without digging deeper, but how bad? Should this be a big deal? It may not make Cole look good but Harkins isn't exactly innocent here. Harkins was fired after the Angels found out he was giving pitchers balls that had an illegal blend of rosin and pine tar, which is a violation of a rule that had never been strictly enforced. It had to be bad enough that the Angels felt it justified firing a nearly 40 year employee. So I guess it's no surprise that the courts dismissed the case in light of whatever documentation the Angels had on him. It just sucks that this guy got away with it for however long he did and then tried to tarnish the names of other players after he was terminated.

I wish Cole's name wasn't attached to this and I hate that Harkins is trying to portray himself as a victim here. If these balls were doctored in any way hitters would have complained if it as affecting the pitches in any shape or form. Umpires also exam these balls throughout the game so if a substance was coming off of these balls it's hard to imagine that they wouldn't notice it.

Nothing to see here, just a bitter employee with an accusation that doesn't stick. Get it?



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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

I LOVE WHEN MICHAEL KAY GETS ANGRY!

Source: Twitter

The NY Post headline "Francisco Lindor trade makes Michael Kay finally lose patience with Yankees" had me hooked. I mean, I miss baseball terribly and with the loss of another baseball icon in Tommy Lasorda, this void is even deeper. But Michael Kay getting impatient about the Yankees feet dragging is something I can get behind.

Source: NY Post

"I’ve always been very, very honest when people were saying, ‘Why aren’t they signing LeMahieu?’ I said, ‘Well, what’s the rush? The great (free agent) players are still out there. Trevor Bauer hasn’t signed. George Springer hasn’t signed. J.T. Realmuto hasn’t signed. And DJ hasn’t signed.’ Very slow-moving market. But if this slow-moving game of chicken that the Yankees and LeMahieu are playing with each other cost them the chance at Lindor, that’s a bad job,” said Kay on his radio show on Thursday via the New York Post

He's absolutely right. Francisco Lindor was Plan B for the Yankees and now that this plan is no longer relevant thanks to cross-town rivals the New York Mets, the Yankees have to move quickly before, well you know. 

“You can’t sit here until February and allow DJ LeMahieu to make a decision,” said Kay, who started his Thursday show an hour early to discuss the breaking Lindor news. “And if you’re DJ LeMahieu, you can’t sit there and let the Yankees play their game. They both have to come together: ‘What’s your best offer for me right now?’ reported the New York Post

Source: Corey Sipkin

The Yankees and LeMahieu are about 25 million dollars apart as Joel Sherman of the Post shared back in mid-December. He went further to say, "If LeMahieu wants to go, teams like the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Giants and so many more will line up. He can play three positions well, hit like a batting champion and provide zero headaches in a clubhouse. Add that all up and why in the hell would the Yankees let go a player who has finished fourth and third in the AL MVP voting in his two years with the team? Money," Yep, drop the mike! 

Bottom line, does Kay getting fired up do anything for us as fans? Yes. What about the Yankee front office? Maybe. And LeMahieu? Eh. This game of you want and we want needs to end. The Yankees need to sign LeMahieu. Them's the facts. Let's see if they can get this done by mid-week. 




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof


Friday, January 8, 2021

TOMMY LASORDA IS DEAD


There are good baseball people... and then there are great ones. Tommy Lasorda was better than both. He was the ultimately legend, godfather of baseball... especially in my life, and now he is gone. He died today at the age of 93.

ESPN writes:

"He suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home Thursday night and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Lasorda was hospitalized on Nov. 8 with heart issues and didn't return home until Tuesday.



He managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, winning two World Series titles, four National League pennants and eight division crowns. He was named NL Manager of the Year twice and won 1,599 career games."

For everyone who knew him, they loved him. And for me, while not a Dodger fan, I respected the hell out of him. He loved the game... that's what you want out of a player and manager.

Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.