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Postby davis2 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:32 pm

T15D23 wrote:New York Yankees: Josh Hader Update
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The New York Yankees have been talking with the Milwaukee Brewers for weeks on a trade for star reliever Josh Hader. I recently spoke with some sources close to the situation in Milwaukee, and they seem to believe that Hader is going to be traded this offseason.

So why are the Yankees so interested in Hader? The simple answer is control. Josh Hader would come with four years of team control, which would give the Yankees a ton of flexibility. Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, and Tommy Kahnle would all hit free agency before Josh Hader. The Yankees are looking at this as an opportunity to secure arguably the best reliever in baseball who would also give them coverage if they were to lose any of those arms in free agency. The Yankees are also looking at this as a way to secure the most dominant paper roster in recent memory. If the Yankees would acquire Hader from the Brewers, they would arguably have the best lineup, starting rotation, and bullpen in all of baseball.

The Yankees Really Want Josh Hader

The Yankees do not need Josh Hader. The Yankees want Josh Hader. Sources told Empire Sports Media yesterday that the Yankees were aggressive in their push for Josh Hader. The same sources also believe that Milwaukee will deal him before Spring Training. Dan Federico reported of another “Informed” opinion that believes Josh Hader will end up in New York.

According to Jon Heyman, The Yankees have reportedly floated the idea of making Miguel Andujar the centerpiece of this deal. Andujar is coming off a lost season due to injury, but in his first full season back in 2018, he should have won the Rookie of the Year award in the American League when he set the Yankees franchise rookie record for doubles in a season at 47 (Baseball-Reference). The ole saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.” Well, I can tell you in this circumstance, there is a lot of smoke around Josh Hader and the New York Yankees. Time will tell if Josh Hader does get dealt, but if the news breaks that the star lefty is leaving Milwaukee, don’t be shocked if he’s heading to a barbershop close to Times Square.
Do not trade Andujar for this guy! Maybe Frazier, Happ, and a couple prospects, but not Clarke!
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Postby T15D23 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:24 pm

New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton: Boom or Bust in 2020?
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New York Yankees‘ Giancarlo Stanton was the longtime brute of the MLB who held the crown for the biggest and baddest slugger on the block — until Aaron Judge showed up. Now, two years into being teammates, both have struggled to stay on the field consistently. Stanton’s 2017 season that saw him demolish 59 HR’s, 17 in the month of August alone, en route to the NL MVP award, is now a thing of the past. For Stanton, 2020 is going to be arguably the most important year of his entire career.

Stanton’s time with the Yankees so far

In 2018, his first season with the Yankees, Stanton regressed from that monstrous 2017 season, but that came as no surprise to anyone that watched or knew the slightest bit about baseball. For any player to repeat a historic 59 HR season, they’d have to be Alex Rodriguez reincarnate. However, Giancarlo’s 2018 season was honestly fantastic, across the board. His OPS of .852 was — of the 10 Yankees to record at least 300 AB’s — third on the team, just .03 behind that of Miguel Andujar. His WRC+ of 129 was also third on the team, and his 38 HR led the team & was good for sixth in the entire league (tied with Nolan Arenado & Francisco Lindor). His 4.3 fWAR was also the third-highest of his — at the time — eight-year career. While he certainly didn’t reach the incredibly high bar he had set for himself the season prior, Stanton was still one of the best players in baseball.

2019 however, he only ended up playing in 18 games and missed the majority of his time with a lingering hamstring issue that kept him out of workouts and baseball-related activities. In an article recently posted by my colleague, Alexander Wilson, when discussing the “top four hitters projected in the 2020 LU”, he mentioned that the Yankees didn’t sign Stanton to stare at pitches that are in the strike zone, and instead to swing often, and to take those risks on pitches outside the zone — in hopes of him connecting with one for a devastating Home Run. I couldn’t agree more with that statement, as while I am personally a huge fan of players with great plate discipline (I feel as if it’s one of the hardest things to master), for Giancarlo Stanton, it wasn’t as if his plate discipline improved, it was as if he was being timid with the bat in his hands. Below is a table comparing a few of the numbers behind Stanton’s 2017 and 2018 seasons (info via Baseball Savant & Fangraphs):

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As you can see by the stats above, aside from the HH%, Stanton was better in 2017 than he was in 2018, with the largest difference being the xSLG. The other thing that stands out to me was that Stanton was swinging at 5% more pitches out of the zone, and fewer pitches in the zone (even by a smidgen). What that says to me is that Stanton wasn’t as comfortable in the box in his first run-through in the Bronx under the bright lights. With that being said, he still put together — as previously mentioned — an All-Star caliber season. While 2019 was a forgettable season, I am not personally worried about Stanton’s production coming into 2020. Look for Stanton to swing at better pitches, and to be more patient in the coming years.

Giancarlo was distraught about not being able to be on the field with his teammates in 2019. One can only imagine just how badly he wanted to get out there and help his team win, as ultimately for Stanton that’s the main reason for playing baseball. Similar to Judge, in that he’s not one to bask in the spotlight, he plays to win and plays to bring a Championship back to the Bronx. When asked about whether or not there are concerns over Stanton’s future and health going forward, Brian Cashman had this to say: “I don’t know if [these injuries] are predictive of the future. None of the injuries were his fault and when healthy, he’s one of the best hitters in the game. I expect that to be the case next year.” For the General Manager of one of the premier organizations in all of sports to have — seemingly — no worries about Stanton’s future speaks bounds to me. While Stanton is slated to make $26,000,000 this upcoming season, there’s also an opt-out clause at the end of this upcoming season. While I don’t believe Giancarlo will opt-out, especially if he cannot put together a healthy season, there is still definitely something to play for.

I firmly believe that Giancarlo Stanton will come into 2020 with a massive weight on his shoulders, and that is the only thing that worries me. Whenever there are lofty expectations or unreasonably high bars set for players, it can only hurt their own confidence. While Stanton is one that — I think — can thrive under the bright lights, he hasn’t had that “Yankee Moment” that all fans are clawing at the air for. I expect that to change this upcoming season, and I am looking for Gian to re-establish himself as one of baseball’s premier players.

As John Sterling called on the first of Stanton’s many Yankee home runs: “Giancarlo, non si può stoparlo!” which means: “Giancarlo, you can’t be stopped!” — I don’t think that anyone will be able to slow down Stanton next year. Look for him to tear the cover off the baseball this upcoming season, and help contribute to what should be an onslaught of excellent offensive performances.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:25 pm

The Yankees have a forgotten man in their starting pitching rotation
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With Gerrit Cole plastering the headlines for the New York Yankees, other players have slipped through the cracks regarding media attention. Rightfully so, when you acquire the best pitcher in baseball for $324 million, however, the Yankees only added to an already steady starting pitching rotation.

Cole will join a group led by Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. The Bombers are now in a position to completely dominate all of baseball, starting with their pitching, a factor that has been tumultuous at times in recent years. As we saw last season, one injury can be catastrophic to the team, but manager Aaron Boone supplemented his losses with ease, utilizing his strong bullpen to smooth over wins.

The New York Yankees have a lowkey weapon waiting for reinstatement:

One of the Yankees’ more consistent pitchers in 2019 was Domingo German, who’s now facing domestic abuse allegations that will inevitably result in a lengthy suspension. I suspect German will be forced to sit out at least 40 games next season, but his return will be just another positive addition to the rotation. He will likely slot in as the 5th starter, behind Cole, Severino, Paxton, and Tanaka.

It’s also possible German is used in a bullpen role, especially if Jordan Montgomery is pitching well. Monty pitched two consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 ERA baseball before succumbing to Tommy John surgery.

German finished last season with an 18-4 record, logging a 4.03 ERA and 153 strikeouts. There’s little evidence to suggest German can’t re-enter the starting rotation and continue his development.

Going into just his third full season, Domingo is on track to become a potential ace or No. 2 man in the MLB, and while his suspension might hinder his progression a bit, he has all of the physical tools to be a premium arm. Having so much talent in the pitching rotation that German might not even crack the 5th spot is quite impressive.
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Postby T15D23 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:27 pm

MLB rumors: Yankees should consider signing this underrated lefty slugger
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Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames could be a fit for the Yankees.

The Yankees don’t need much help to win over 100 games and run away with a postseason spot in 2020.

But if general manager Brian Cashman is interested in adding one more bat, one slugger stands out: Eric Thames

Here’s why the former Mariners, Blue Jays and Brewers slugger could make sense on a one-year deal for the Yankees.

Left-handed stick: If there’s one thing a loaded Yankees team lacks, it’s left-handed bats. Outside of Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman, the Yankees lean very right-handed. In a league that will have a new three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, handedness matters. It will impact how managers write out lineups and go through games.

Thames can help solve the issue, and give the Yankees a backup option to Luke Voit at first base.

Real power: Since returning from a stint in Korea prior to the 2017 season, Thames has hit 72 home runs with a .504 slugging percentage. That includes a 118 OPS+. If you put Thames’ swing in Yankee Stadium, a 25-plus homer season could emerge.

Versatility: Thames, a first baseman by trade, has experience playing corner outfield. For a Yankees team with great depth, the more versatility, the better. Thames could take down DH at-bats, platoon at first base or be depth in the outfield.

If the Yankees go the trade route for a left-handed bat, keep an eye on Giants veteran first baseman Brandon Belt.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:29 pm

Montgomery in rotation leaves German and Happ with no job
The Yankees rotation has one spot open. The job appears to be Jordan Montgomery's to lose, meaning Domingo German and J.A. Happ have no place to call home.

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It was former Yankees manager Joe Girardi who first noticed the 6’6″ lefty who looked like he owned the pitcher’s mound during Spring Training in 2017.

The 24-year-old’s poise and self-confidence enamored Girardi. Again and again that spring, Jordan Montgomery manufactured quality appearances.

So that when the Yankees needed a fifth starter in mid-May, Girardi, with no hesitation, handed the ball to Montgomery.

Montgomery went on to make 29 starts for the Yankees that season, allowing fewer hits than innings pitched, finishing with a 9-7 record. Good enough for Montgomery to finish sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

As Yankees fans know, disaster struck the following year, when after making only six starts, Jordan Montgomery succumbed to Tommy John surgery in June.

Following the typical rehab program to recovery, Montgomery was limited to two appearances at the very end of the 2019 season. All indications point to a full-bore “Go” in 2020.

Montgomery helps to balance the Yankees rotation as a lefty complementing the “Big Maple,” James Paxton. Masahiro Tanaka, Gerrit Cole, and Luis Severino are all righties.

Now, we are well aware of the ole baseball adage that says you can never have enough pitching, but having seven starters on the team at the same time is a bit much.

Eighteen-game winner Domingo German is in limbo at the moment awaiting MLB’s adjudication of his domestic violence case. But at some point this season, he will rejoin the Yankees.

J.A. Happ was traded at least ten times since the offseason began, but he’s still here. After a rough beginning to the 2019 season, Happ came on strong during the second half.

Good for him, bad for the Yankees is the $17 million Happ is due for 2020, plus another $17 million if he reaches 165 innings or 27 starts, usually a walk in the park for Happ.

Yankees: Montgomery changes everything

In any case, Montgomery’s existence means neither Happ or German have a role on the Yankees this season.

That is unless it’s in an already crowded and talented bullpen that is about to get more populated if Brian Cashman has his way in adding Josh Hader.

Of the two, German is more adaptable to a role in the bullpen with his assortment of pitches, including a live fastball.

But Happ, over thirteen big league seasons, is a pitcher who knows his craft, not the thrower German is at this stage of his career.

Unless the Yankees are willing to blow the luxury tax threshold wide open, it seems imperative they unload Happ and his salary baggage.

Takers for the full load do not exist, so Cashman may need to back-pedal into assuming some portion of Happ’s contract to enact a trade.

How much insurance should the Yankees buy

The wild card in the mix, of course, is injuries. A team takes them as they come as the Yankees did last season, but it is worthy to note that except for Severino, their rotation remained sufficiently intact.

As we all know, however, insurance of any kind is costly.

In a pleasantly surprisingly bit of news, though, Brian Cashman confirmed to Brendan Kuty that righty Domingo German has a fourth minor-league option.

That means the Yankees will be able to send him to Triple-A this coming season without exposing him to waivers.

The main focus of the Yankees is where it should be – on Jordan Montgomery.

He’s the real deal, and he is eerily similar to Andy Pettitte when he’s on the mound.

Naturally, Montgomery has a ways to go before the comparison is complete. Still, the stage is his and his alone as the fifth starter on what has suddenly become one of the best rotations in baseball…
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Postby T15D23 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:31 pm

Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh
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On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.

In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna Carter Holy Grail, JAY-Z dropped two lines that perfectly fit the ethos of rap where bragging and boasting forever remains standard operating procedure.

Scott Boras, you over baby
Robinson Cano, you coming with me


Six years later, would you like to take that one back, Hov?

If you haven’t been paying close attention to baseball’s hot stove this winter, then you might not know that the 67-year-old Boras, for years considered the most powerful and influential agent in baseball, is the furthest thing from over. In fact, he’s thriving and on his way to consummating a staggering amount of free agent contracts just this off-season that JAY-Z and company dreamed would be theirs instead of Boras's earlier this decade.

Remembering back to the days when Roc Nation Sports launched in 2013, in a partnership with CAA, it signaled a new way of doing business in the world of player representation. Roc Nation Sports was an exclusive club for the ultra cool kids and Hova couldn’t pass up the opportunity to flex on a track (and later perform it live) how his fledgling company convinced the 30-year-old superstar second baseman from the Yankees to be its first client. To do that, Cano had to sever ties with Boras—the guy that always got his clients the biggest deals.

Cano’s mega-pact with the Mariners for 10 years and $240 million announced that December was staggering and served as a Bat Signal to the baseball world that the stodgy white guy, known for presenting binders filled with exhaustive statistical analysis and other pertinent information on his players to prospective teams, wasn’t the only one out there that could get guys God-level money.

Others like Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and hyped Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo (look him up if unfamiliar) soon signed with the Roc. It was just the beginning for them while Boras continued to do his thing. He’s lost his fair share of prominent clients over the years (like Alex Rodriguez and Nolan Arenado, to name a few) and he wasn’t the agent responsible for Mike Trout’s record-breaking $426 million extension with the Angels this past spring or Manny Machado’s $300 million free agent deal with Padres last off-season.

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But six years after JAY forecast his demise, it’s Boras who is laughing all the way to the bank. An off-season after he got Bryce Harper $330 million from the Phillies, six of Boras’s top seven free agents this winter have collectively signed deals totaling over $1 billion. Yeah, you read that right. One. Billion. And with a 5 percent commission on all negotiated deals, Boras stands to make over $50 million on the six deals he’s cemented already with a seventh coming soon.

For those keeping score at home, Boras negotiated the deals for Gerrit Cole: 9 years, $324 million with the Yankees; Stephen Strasburg: 7 years, $245 million with the Nationals; Anthony Rendon: 7 years, $245 million with the Angels; Hyun-Jin Ryu: 4 years, $80 million with the Blue Jays; Dallas Keuchel: 3 years, $55 million with the White Sox; and Mike Moustakas: 4 years, $64 million with the Reds. Those six contracts equal $1.0135 billion in guaranteed money. He still has to find a landing place for slugger Nicholas Castellanos.

Our attempts to reach Boras for comment were unsuccessful.

So Scott Boras ain’t over, baby. He owned free agency. And we point all of this out not to add insult to injury and pile on Roc Nation Sports because we have zero reason to do that. But it’s funny to look back on a “take” that’s aged terribly. While Roc Nation Sports doesn’t have the baseball roster Boras does (Cano and his Mets teammate Yoenis Cespedes remain its two most high profile baseball players), the agency reps stars like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley, Juju Smith-Schuster, Melvin Ingram, and others from the world of soccer, boxing, and sports media.

Those guys have and will continue to rep Roc Nation Sports with pride, sign lucrative deals, and attract plenty of others to join them. The agency and JAY-Z, of course, will be just fine. But when Cole signed his gargantuan deal with the Yankees (thank you, Hal Steinbrenner) we were reminded of Hov’s boast. And when one of the GOATs—ballin’ repeatedly, highlights on SportsCenter—misses a shot like that we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t call it out.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:16 pm

T15D23 wrote:The Yankees have a forgotten man in their starting pitching rotation
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With Gerrit Cole plastering the headlines for the New York Yankees, other players have slipped through the cracks regarding media attention. Rightfully so, when you acquire the best pitcher in baseball for $324 million, however, the Yankees only added to an already steady starting pitching rotation.

Cole will join a group led by Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. The Bombers are now in a position to completely dominate all of baseball, starting with their pitching, a factor that has been tumultuous at times in recent years. As we saw last season, one injury can be catastrophic to the team, but manager Aaron Boone supplemented his losses with ease, utilizing his strong bullpen to smooth over wins.

The New York Yankees have a lowkey weapon waiting for reinstatement:

One of the Yankees’ more consistent pitchers in 2019 was Domingo German, who’s now facing domestic abuse allegations that will inevitably result in a lengthy suspension. I suspect German will be forced to sit out at least 40 games next season, but his return will be just another positive addition to the rotation. He will likely slot in as the 5th starter, behind Cole, Severino, Paxton, and Tanaka.

It’s also possible German is used in a bullpen role, especially if Jordan Montgomery is pitching well. Monty pitched two consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 ERA baseball before succumbing to Tommy John surgery.

German finished last season with an 18-4 record, logging a 4.03 ERA and 153 strikeouts. There’s little evidence to suggest German can’t re-enter the starting rotation and continue his development.

Going into just his third full season, Domingo is on track to become a potential ace or No. 2 man in the MLB, and while his suspension might hinder his progression a bit, he has all of the physical tools to be a premium arm. Having so much talent in the pitching rotation that German might not even crack the 5th spot is quite impressive.
MLB needs to shit or get off the fucking pot regarding German. They fuck around too long!
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:19 pm

T15D23 wrote:MLB rumors: Yankees should consider signing this underrated lefty slugger
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Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames could be a fit for the Yankees.

The Yankees don’t need much help to win over 100 games and run away with a postseason spot in 2020.

But if general manager Brian Cashman is interested in adding one more bat, one slugger stands out: Eric Thames

Here’s why the former Mariners, Blue Jays and Brewers slugger could make sense on a one-year deal for the Yankees.

Left-handed stick: If there’s one thing a loaded Yankees team lacks, it’s left-handed bats. Outside of Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman, the Yankees lean very right-handed. In a league that will have a new three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, handedness matters. It will impact how managers write out lineups and go through games.

Thames can help solve the issue, and give the Yankees a backup option to Luke Voit at first base.

Real power: Since returning from a stint in Korea prior to the 2017 season, Thames has hit 72 home runs with a .504 slugging percentage. That includes a 118 OPS+. If you put Thames’ swing in Yankee Stadium, a 25-plus homer season could emerge.

Versatility: Thames, a first baseman by trade, has experience playing corner outfield. For a Yankees team with great depth, the more versatility, the better. Thames could take down DH at-bats, platoon at first base or be depth in the outfield.

If the Yankees go the trade route for a left-handed bat, keep an eye on Giants veteran first baseman Brandon Belt.
We already have Mike Ford to fill what Thames or Belt could provide. I'm not sure of their defense though...
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby hampfan » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:57 am

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:MLB rumors: Yankees should consider signing this underrated lefty slugger
Joe Giglio


If the Yankees go the trade route for a left-handed bat, keep an eye on Giants veteran first baseman Brandon Belt.
We already have Mike Ford to fill what Thames or Belt could provide. I'm not sure of their defense though...


Happy New Year, davis and T!

Ford's no Teixeira on 1B defense, of course, but he's adequate, having played that position for how many years in our minor-league system. He can hold his own there, and is better than Voit or Andujar (if management goes in that direction). Ford's also a smart hitter.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:04 pm

hampfan wrote:
davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:MLB rumors: Yankees should consider signing this underrated lefty slugger
Joe Giglio


If the Yankees go the trade route for a left-handed bat, keep an eye on Giants veteran first baseman Brandon Belt.
We already have Mike Ford to fill what Thames or Belt could provide. I'm not sure of their defense though...


Happy New Year, davis and T!

Ford's no Teixeira on 1B defense, of course, but he's adequate, having played that position for how many years in our minor-league system. He can hold his own there, and is better than Voit or Andujar (if management goes in that direction). Ford's also a smart hitter.


We agree. I don't know who could do better than Ford for the salary?
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