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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:17 am

Yankees’ trade options to bolster a bullpen they’ll need stacked

By Ken Davidoff June 13, 2019 | 8:01am

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Pop quiz, hot shots: Name the last team to win the World Series while posting an inferior starting pitchers’ ERA to the losing team.

That would be the 2014 Giants, who outlasted the Royals in seven games while tallying a 5.29 starters’ ERA to the Royals’ 4.54. Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong pitched so poorly, getting shelled for a combined 18 runs in 17 ¹/₃ innings, that those Giants needed every last inch of Madison Bumgarner’s greatness to edge Kansas City by a run in Game 7, giving the franchise its third championship in five years.

Hence we’ve found the solution for these 2019 Yankees, right? They should just acquire the very available Bumgarner from the Giants and ride him all the way to a parade.

Alas, the pinstriped road map probably needs to be more intricate than that. With their starting rotation currently creating more headaches than a New Orleans bachelor party, the Yankees must use these next six weeks to strengthen their strengths as well as address their obvious weakness.

Their most probable path to a title sounds like this: Brief, effective starts and brilliant bullpen work, with an aggressive manager marrying those two components, and clutch hitting.

That means that, in addition to acquiring another starter before the July 31 trade deadline, the Yankees should get some relief for their relief in the form of another bullpen stud. And their offense, well … that, they should treat as one does a sleeping baby. Don’t disturb a good thing.

Maybe the Yankees would have lost the American League Division Series to the Red Sox last October no matter what Aaron Boone did. Nevertheless, the Yankees’ then-rookie manager clearly waited too long before lifting his starters, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia, in Games 3 and 4, respectively. The Yankees should emulate what the Brewers did last October: Milwaukee capitalized freely on its quantity and quality in the bullpen and just missed the World Series.

In order to do that, yes, they’ll have to add a starting pitcher, be it Bumgarner, the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez or — if their teams fall off the postseason bubble — the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, the Rangers’ Mike Minor or the Mets’ Zack Wheeler. And they’ll need to reinforce their relief corps, the stalwarts of which have worked hard thanks to the starters’ steadily short outings. Old pal Shane Greene of the Tigers, Toronto’s Ken Giles, currently on the IL, and Will Smith of the Giants — and maybe the Indians’ Brad Hand — can be had. How they’ll pull this off with a drained farm system that excels most at its bottom, further away from the big leagues, well … the Yankees have proven pretty industrious at this stuff.

The most exciting development of this Yankees season has to be the offense, which has shed its all-or-nothing results to deliver impressively with runners in scoring position. The team’s slash line in those scenarios stands at .286/.362/.475, a nice step up from last year’s .253/.342/.442. With two outs and runners in scoring position, the Yankees’ slash line is .276/.361/.466, compared to last year’s .239/.348/.417. An amazing four regulars or semi-regulars — Clint Frazier (1.287), Luke Voit (1.075), DJ LeMahieu (1.071) and Gary Sanchez (1.020) — have OPSes over 1.000 in these situations, and Aaron Judge stood at 1.316 before injuring his oblique.

Yankees fans clearly worry that the seemingly imminent returns of Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom strike out plenty, from the injured list will disrupt this offense’s flow. Both men historically have performed well in these spots, so the only key would appear to be for them to not be rusty or overanxious. For if this team can maintain this skill, personified by the new guy, LeMahieu, it can go a long way toward covering up the starting-pitching concerns.

Those starting-pitching concerns recently have defined these Yankees, who have repeatedly lost out (or just passed) on frontline arms. Their ownership and front office will face more questions if they can’t figure out a way, again, around that shortcoming. Their mission couldn’t be more clear. The solution, unfortunately for them, never is quite as clear.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:17 am

Yankees’ trade options to bolster a bullpen they’ll need stacked

By Ken Davidoff June 13, 2019 | 8:01am

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Pop quiz, hot shots: Name the last team to win the World Series while posting an inferior starting pitchers’ ERA to the losing team.

That would be the 2014 Giants, who outlasted the Royals in seven games while tallying a 5.29 starters’ ERA to the Royals’ 4.54. Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong pitched so poorly, getting shelled for a combined 18 runs in 17 ¹/₃ innings, that those Giants needed every last inch of Madison Bumgarner’s greatness to edge Kansas City by a run in Game 7, giving the franchise its third championship in five years.

Hence we’ve found the solution for these 2019 Yankees, right? They should just acquire the very available Bumgarner from the Giants and ride him all the way to a parade.

Alas, the pinstriped road map probably needs to be more intricate than that. With their starting rotation currently creating more headaches than a New Orleans bachelor party, the Yankees must use these next six weeks to strengthen their strengths as well as address their obvious weakness.

Their most probable path to a title sounds like this: Brief, effective starts and brilliant bullpen work, with an aggressive manager marrying those two components, and clutch hitting.

That means that, in addition to acquiring another starter before the July 31 trade deadline, the Yankees should get some relief for their relief in the form of another bullpen stud. And their offense, well … that, they should treat as one does a sleeping baby. Don’t disturb a good thing.

Maybe the Yankees would have lost the American League Division Series to the Red Sox last October no matter what Aaron Boone did. Nevertheless, the Yankees’ then-rookie manager clearly waited too long before lifting his starters, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia, in Games 3 and 4, respectively. The Yankees should emulate what the Brewers did last October: Milwaukee capitalized freely on its quantity and quality in the bullpen and just missed the World Series.

In order to do that, yes, they’ll have to add a starting pitcher, be it Bumgarner, the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez or — if their teams fall off the postseason bubble — the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, the Rangers’ Mike Minor or the Mets’ Zack Wheeler. And they’ll need to reinforce their relief corps, the stalwarts of which have worked hard thanks to the starters’ steadily short outings. Old pal Shane Greene of the Tigers, Toronto’s Ken Giles, currently on the IL, and Will Smith of the Giants — and maybe the Indians’ Brad Hand — can be had. How they’ll pull this off with a drained farm system that excels most at its bottom, further away from the big leagues, well … the Yankees have proven pretty industrious at this stuff.

The most exciting development of this Yankees season has to be the offense, which has shed its all-or-nothing results to deliver impressively with runners in scoring position. The team’s slash line in those scenarios stands at .286/.362/.475, a nice step up from last year’s .253/.342/.442. With two outs and runners in scoring position, the Yankees’ slash line is .276/.361/.466, compared to last year’s .239/.348/.417. An amazing four regulars or semi-regulars — Clint Frazier (1.287), Luke Voit (1.075), DJ LeMahieu (1.071) and Gary Sanchez (1.020) — have OPSes over 1.000 in these situations, and Aaron Judge stood at 1.316 before injuring his oblique.

Yankees fans clearly worry that the seemingly imminent returns of Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom strike out plenty, from the injured list will disrupt this offense’s flow. Both men historically have performed well in these spots, so the only key would appear to be for them to not be rusty or overanxious. For if this team can maintain this skill, personified by the new guy, LeMahieu, it can go a long way toward covering up the starting-pitching concerns.

Those starting-pitching concerns recently have defined these Yankees, who have repeatedly lost out (or just passed) on frontline arms. Their ownership and front office will face more questions if they can’t figure out a way, again, around that shortcoming. Their mission couldn’t be more clear. The solution, unfortunately for them, never is quite as clear.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:20 am

Report: Yankees May Have Both Stanton, Judge Back During Next Homestand, Still ‘Lukewarm’ On Bumgarner

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The offensive reinforcements are coming. The help on the mound? It’s hard to say.

According to a report in the New York Post, the Yankees are expected to get slugger Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup on Monday and Aaron Judge at some point during that same 10-game homestand, which will feature key series against AL East rival Tampa Bay and AL West-leading Houston, currently the owner of the best record in the majors.

Stanton, who has played in just three games this season due to shoulder and calf injuries, has looked like his superstar self during his rehab assignment, going 4-for-7 with three home runs for Class A Advanced Tampa. He is expected to play for Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre this weekend before making his way to the Bronx.

“I felt good, my timing’s getting there,” Stanton said. “I think I’ll play through the weekend in the minors, and then hopefully get back [to the majors] next week.”

Judge, who is batting .288 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 20 games this season, is working his way back from an oblique strain and could join Stanton at Scranton-Wilkes Barre this weekend.

“He’s potentially game-ready somewhere this weekend,” Boone said of Judge. “He’s doing really well. It’s a decision we’ll make over the next few days.”

The first-place Yankees (41-25) have picked up the slack offensively while their two top power hitters have been out, but their starting pitching hasn’t been great. Masahiro Tanaka allowed four earned run in six-plus innings in the Bombers’ 12-5 win over the Mets in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader and James Paxton got lit up to the tune of six earned runs of 2 2/3 frames in a 10-4 loss in the nightcap.

New York, which has been without ace right-hander Luis Severino all season due to injury and was forced to put his replacement, Domingo German, on the IL recently, has a 3.99 Team ERA, enough for seventh overall in MLB. However, its starters have pitched to just a 4.02 ERA and are ranked 12th with a 31.8 quality start percentage, getting just 21 in 66 games. In other words, the starters aren’t going deep in games and the relievers are getting too much work.

Yet general manager Brian Cashman was outbid by the Atlanta Braves for rare in-season free agent Dallas Keuchel and so far has not shown too much urgency in finding anyone else. The Post reported Thursday the Yankees are only “lukewarm” on the idea of trading for San Francisco Giants postseason legend Madison Bumgarner, even though he has pitched much better of late. Bumgarner, who has a 3.83 ERA in 14 starts this season, reportedly has the Bombers on his eight-team no-trade list, but insiders believe he’d approve a trade in exchange for more security. The 29-year-old left-hander is scheduled to be a free agent at season’s end.

The Yankees reportedly have interest in Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, and have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for other starters expected to be dealt by the July 31 trade deadline.

New York will send veteran left-hander J.A. Happ to the mound on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the White Sox in Chicago.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:23 am

MLB trade rumors: 4 biggest impact players Yankees’ Brian Cashman could land

Updated 7:07 AM; Today 7:00 AM

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By Joe Giglio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Get ready for some fun rumors over the next month.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman knows what he has, and is ready to take the steps necessary to make a great team special. Much like the 2016 Chicago Cubs (in which Cashman ironically helped win a title with the Aroldis Chapman deal), the Yankees aren’t a slight upgrade away from something big.

It’s going to take more to move the needle on a team already poised to win 95-100 games.

Cashman, during a recent appearance on WFAN, talked about bringing in a ‘big impact’ player.

“I’ve seen people speculate because it’s going to be a buyer’s market because there are going to be a number of teams that aren’t that good but you can’t count on that stuff,” Cashman said. “I just know to navigate it the best you can. Make sure you bring something in that’s going to have a big impact on us. We were able to do that last summer. We need to do that again this summer. Obviously, the teams we have to go through to get to where we want to go, we’ve been knocked out by the eventual world champs the last two years."

With that in mind, here are the four biggest impact stars the Yankees could acquire over the next month-plus.

Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals: This generation’s Randy Johnson. Age (34) doesn’t matter. We’re watching a future Hall of Famer continue to pitch at an insanely high level (2.83 ERA, 6.63 SO/BB, 2.04 FIP) this season. Could be this year’s version of what Cole Hamels was for the Cubs or Justin Verlander was for the Astros.

Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals: New York’s offense is good now, but the idea of an Aaron Judge-Anthony Rendon-Gary Sanchez trio is great. Even the mighty Astros pitching would be sweating before facing that group.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants: Fits the Yankees in every way—left-handed, big-game pitcher, track record of success. While there’s reason to worry about cost and Bumgarner’s lack of major swing-and-miss stuff, he’s worth the risk.

Brad Hand, RP, Indians: A relief pitcher? You bet. With Dellin Betances suffering a setback, a special Yankees bullpen could always use another arm. If the starting pitching market isn’t as fruitful as Cashman hopes, adding Hand (0.91 ERA, 1.8 WAR) could shorten games even more for manager Aaron Boone. It would be like last year’s Zack Britton deal, but with an even more impactful arm.
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:20 am

Right now, the Yankees don't have a single starting pitcher I would trust with game 1 of a playoff series or a WC game. It's really important that Paxton gets back to where he was before the knee and I'm sure the Yankees have to be concerned. Severino needs to pitch some in the second half to get his arm built up and so we can see what he might give us. A few weeks ago I was thinking we needed one more top of the rotation arm to make us a legitimate world series threat. I'm now thinking we may need to add a couple starters to get to the playoffs. I sure don't want to go through the WC game again, but if we don't get this figured out soon that's going to be our best scenario.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:49 am

1955Yanksfan wrote:Right now, the Yankees don't have a single starting pitcher I would trust with game 1 of a playoff series or a WC game. It's really important that Paxton gets back to where he was before the knee and I'm sure the Yankees have to be concerned. Severino needs to pitch some in the second half to get his arm built up and so we can see what he might give us. A few weeks ago I was thinking we needed one more top of the rotation arm to make us a legitimate world series threat. I'm now thinking we may need to add a couple starters to get to the playoffs. I sure don't want to go through the WC game again, but if we don't get this figured out soon that's going to be our best scenario.

Yep, I agree. I wouldn't hold out hope for Severino either. We need an ace since Paxton is pitching like a slug. Cashman needs to make the move. You win now, screw the prospects. It's gotten ugly fast and could get even uglier. With this lousy starting pitching, we need both Stanton and Judge back and in mid seaI son form - fast.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:51 am

Yankees mailbag: Whiffing on Dallas Keuchel, Clint Frazier and Cameron Maybin’s future

This answers to this week’s mailbag are in!

By Tyler Norton Jun 14, 2019, 10:00am EDT

Hey, everyone, happy Friday! We have four questions this week, but they have somewhat lengthy answers. If I didn’t get to yours, don’t feel bad. Keep submitting and I’ll try to get around to them next week.

Drn20 asks: Are the Yankees frugal or dumb for not getting Dallas Keuchel?

It’s too early to determine if the Yankees made a wise decision to pass on Keuchel. He has yet to pitch for the Braves, and only then will we have an idea of how he looks in 2019. Maybe he goes all Roy Oswalt circa 2012 because of the long layoff. Then the Yankees were prudent to pass. Or he could be a groundball machine and stabilize Atlanta’s rotation while the Yankees run out an endless chain of bullpen games. In that case the team made a grievous mistake and will pay for it in prospects at the trade deadline.

We’ll need more information to see if it worked out for the best. It is clear, however, that the Yankees passed on the left-hander for financial reasons. In Brian Cashman’s words:

We were interested. We made an offer that we were comfortable with and that was it. Atlanta made a higher one. It wasn’t like a back-and-forth. We had two that we ultimately made and we stopped and we waited to hear if it was a yes or a no. We were very transparent about where we’re at. There’s a financial limitation until we go into the next luxury tax level and that was obviously conveyed and that pushes next year’s No. 1 (top draft choice) pick back. There’s a number of different penalties associated with that. So we’re trying to stay under the second luxury tax penalty that crushes next year’s pick. All that stuff was communicated. Our highest offer was at the rate of the qualifying offer and Atlanta apparently went higher.

This marks the latest installment in a lengthy series of the Yankees passing on starting pitchers out of fear of the luxury tax. Front office apologists will go on about how the team has specific prices for players and won’t exceed them, and that’s fine. Just don’t expect any substantial upgrades beyond players in the Adam Ottavino or DJ LeMahieu financial comfort zone.

jjpf asks: Can you come up with a scenario that would allow both Clint Frazier and Cameron Maybin to remain on the 25-man roster after Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return?

I’ve been kicking around this question for weeks, so I’m glad you asked. I originally thought it would be easy enough because I didn’t expect Judge to return so soon. Aaron Boone confirmed last night that the right fielder would begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton this weekend. I thought that between the trade deadline and a late-summer return from Judge, the team could hide Maybin until rosters expand. I’m not sure that’s an option anymore.

If the Yankees wanted to keep both on the 25-man roster after Judge and Stanton come back, they likely have to trim the bullpen. Right now the Yankees carry nine relievers, and while it sounds simple enough to drop one, the team employs a bullpen game every fifth day. Having both Luis Cessa and David Hale looks redundant, but the team needs innings. When Domingo German or another starter returns, then that extra bullpen arm will get designated. So that roster spot won’t go towards a fifth outfielder.

With everyone healthy, the Yankees’ best defensive outfield features Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Judge. Giancarlo Stanton would likely take over as the designated hitter. That leaves Maybin and Frazier in a competition for the fourth outfielder role, and I’d say Maybin has the edge. He has more experience as a part-time player, and he can’t be optioned. That’s important for the Yankees. Meanwhile, Frazier should play every day. In that case, he will head to Triple-A Scranton, or possibly a new organization all together.

The Yankees have tough decisions ahead, and who knows, maybe they’ll sort themselves out. In this case, though, it helps to remember that whatever move they make, the team will be getting better.

Kyle Ren asks: What is the realistic chance, on a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being the highest, that we see either Luis Severino or Dellin Betances this season?

Earlier this week we learned that Betances suffered another setback, this time a lat strain. That certainly is concerning, especially this far into the season. He’s a reliever though, and shouldn’t take that long to get up to speed once healthy. I think there is a solid chance—let’s say five on your scale—that he makes a few appearances, most likely in August and September.

I’m more optimistic about Severino. He’s been throwing from approximately 60 feet for a while now and hasn’t reported any pain. If all goes well, he could make it back after the All-Star break. For a confidence ranking on seeing him this season, I’ll go with an eight.

Doug asks: Why don’t the Yankees just scrap trying to trade for a number five starter and go with the opener strategy that the Rays use so well? Hasn’t it worked well for them when they’ve employed it? Does anyone really want to see a good prospect(s) traded for Madison Bumgarner, or pay the price it would take to get Marcus Stroman? If they feel a need to make a trade, I’d rather they trade for a stud reliever and then use the bullpen even more.

The Yankees have used an opener four times this season, and they’ve won all four. The lineup put up some crooked numbers in those games, though, so it makes sense to look strictly at the pitching.

2019 Bullpen Games: 37 IP, 16 R, 3.89 ERA (4.19 FIP)

Those are serviceable numbers in a vacuum, but one must remember the Yankees’ strategy. They want to shorten games with the Bullpen of Doom. In order for those ace relievers to be effective, however, they can’t be thrust into a quasi-starting role. In reality, the relief staff will need reinforcements as well. Ken Davidoff wrote about this at length in the New York Post recently.

The opener has worked, but it’s done so mainly out of necessity. It’s in the team’s best interest to go out and get a starter and a bullpen arm.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:56 am

Yankees: Who are the odd men out when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return?

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At some point during next week’s homestand, there’s a good chance both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton make their returns from the IL. Finally getting them back is huge for the Yankees but it also means they’re going to have some difficult decisions to make room for them on the 25-man roster.

During his pregame media session on Thursday Yankees manager, Aaron Boone announced that Stanton could be activated as early as Tuesday if all goes well with Triple-A Scranton this weekend. Stanton has gotten off to great start during his rehab stint hitting three home runs in just two games with the Tampa Tarpons. On Friday he’ll join Scranton in Durham before hopefully rejoining the Yankees in New York next week.

As for Judge, he’s expected to join Stanton and the Railriders but his rehab assignment is probably going to be a little longer since he hasn’t played in any games yet. He’s been out since April 20th with what was described at the time by Boone as a “pretty significant” left oblique strain. It’s taken Stanton more time to return after he went on the IL all the way back on April 1st but in Judge’s case, he hasn’t had any setbacks and seems to be on track to return earlier than expected.

If Stanton comes back on Tuesday the Yankees are going to have to make a roster move to clear a spot for him. Before Kendry Morales went on the IL with a calf strain on Thursday he was probably in danger of being the odd man out and getting designated for assignment to make room. Morales had been getting the bulk of the at-bats at DH since his acquisition on May 14th but he’s really struggled so there’s no reason to keep him around once Stanton comes back. Now that he’s on the IL the move will probably be to send down Mike Tauchman. He was just called up to take Morales’ spot on the roster but his stay figures to be a short one.

The injury to Morales makes the decision to send Tauchman back down for Stanton an easy one but eventually, the Yanks are going to have to clear up another roster spot for Judge. That’s where things get tricky.

Unfortunately, it looks like Brian Cashman and company are going to have to make the very tough decision of choosing between Clint Frazier and Cameron Maybin. Neither one deserves to lose their roster spot at all but it’s hard to imagine the Yankees keeping six outfielders once Judge returns.

Of course, if Frazier was the move the Yanks could just send him back to Triple-A because he still has options. However, in the case of the 32-year-old Maybin, they would have to designate him for assignment.

Now once Judge and Stanton are back regular at-bats are going to be hard to come by for Brett Gardner and whoever they choose to keep between Frazier and Maybin. There’s just not a realistic route for them to play on a daily basis. As good as the Yankees have been without Judge and Stanton in the lineup and with Frazier and Maybin in their absence you know the two All-Stars are going to play just about every day, as they should.

So who will it be? First, let’s look at each player’s numbers up to this point:

Frazier: .287, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 51 H, 11 2B, .871 OPS, .394 BA W/RISP

Maybin: .274 AVG, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 26 H, 2 2B, 5 SB, .730 OPS, .286 BA W/RISP


If I had to guess today I think the move will be to designate Maybin for assignment. It’s really a shame because he’s played such a pivotal role in the Yankees great play since coming to New York but I just don’t see them sending down Frazier after he’s played so well offensively.

Maybin has been solid as well and he’s a much better defender but he doesn’t have the power Frazier does and the ability to change a game with one swing. Frazier is also the guy who potentially has a long term future with the Yanks and optioning him down would send a bad message.

The reason I use potentially is there’s a chance the Yankees include Frazier in a trade package to acquire a front line starting pitcher before the July 31st deadline. However, the odds of that happening before Judge returns is very slim. And even though Maybin is probably a better fit to be the fourth or fifth outfielder off the bench Frazier’s bat is too valuable to have down at Triple-A if they don’t plan on trading him just yet.

As happy as the Yankees will be to get Judge and Stanton back they have to be somewhat dreading the upcoming decision they’re going to have to make. It isn’t going to be an easy one but there’s just not enough room on the roster so it’s likely Maybin’s time in New York is running out.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:58 am

MLB trade rumors: Mets’ Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler to Yankees talk is back

Updated 10:18 AM; Today 10:00 AM

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard could still be a Yankees trade target. (AP Photo | Derik Hamilton)

By Joe Giglio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Put those Madison Bumgarner to the Yankees rumors on hold for a minute.

With the Yankees in desperate need of a big-time starting pitcher for the stretch run, it’s been easy to connect the dots to Bumgarner, one of the great October performers of all time.

But here’s another way to look at how the Yankees will approach the deadline: Stuff over track record.

Right now, Bumgarner’s underlying numbers and stuff (3.83 FIP, 36.9% ground ball rate, 91.8 MPH average fastball velocity) is solid, but far from elite. As a rental with a potentially big cost, moving Bumgarner from pitcher-friendly San Francisco to hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium would be risky.

That’s part of the reason Joel Sherman of the New York Post brought up two New York-centric names to watch as possible Yankees targets during an appearance on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight podcast.

“If Zack Wheeler were to become available,” Sherman said. “If the Mets fell out of this. Or if (Noah) Syndergaard—who they tried to get in the offseason in a three-way trade when the Mets were trying to get (J.T.) Realmuto—became available, I almost wonder if the stuff and what happens with the stuff as far as ground balls, strikeouts, I almost wonder if they do it.”

Now we’re talking.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.87 ERA through 14 starts this season and is slated to be a free agent after the year. But with a sky-high strikeout rate (10.0 SO/9) and history as a ground ball pitcher, perhaps the Yankees could turn him into more down the stretch.

Syndergaard, 26, owns a 4.45 ERA through 14 starts. While recent performance has been up and down, Syndergaard comes with an incredible track record and is just the type of pitcher Sherman described the Yankees coveting: High velocity, with the ability to miss bats and generate ground balls. Plus, Syndergaard is under club control through the 2021 season.

The Yankees head into play on June 14 with a 41-26 record. That’s good for first place in the AL East.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:01 am

MLB trade rumors: Imagining Yankees-Blue Jays Marcus Stroman deal

Updated 9:25 AM; Today 9:01 AM

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As the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman look for ways to upgrade the starting rotation, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman could serve as a potential trade target.

By Chris Ryan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will be looking for ways to upgrade the team’s rotation in the coming months ahead of the MLB trade deadline on July 31, especially after free-agent Dallas Keuchel signed with the Braves earlier in June.

While Madison Bumgarner of the San Fransisco Giants and Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians might be the big-name targets for the Yankees and other teams, those starting pitchers won’t come cheap in a trade.

That’s why it might make sense for the Yankees to explore pitchers in a tier below Bumgarner and Bauer, such as Toronto Blue Jays right hander Marcus Stroman.

The Athletic’s Jim Bowden drew up a deal between the Yankees and Blue Jays for Stroman, where Toronto would get outfield prospect Everson Pereira and infielder Thairo Estrada in return.


“I think Madison Bumgarner or Trevor Bauer would be the best trade targets for the Yankees, but I’m not sure that GM Brian Cashman and the Yankees would be willing to pay the exorbitant prospect cost required for either one. He might, however, be able to pry Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays. Stroman, 28, is controllable through 2020 and has pitched well this year, with a 3.31 ERA, 3.75 FIP and 1.6 WAR. A package centered on minor-league center fielder Everson Pereira and shortstop Thairo Estrada could possibly get it done. Pereira, 18, is several years away from being major-league ready and is behind both Aaron Hicks and Estevan Florial on the Yankees’ center-field depth chart. Pereira played in extended spring training and will soon be sent to a short-season league. Estrada, 23, opened evaluators’ eyes during an impressive cameo for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius was on the IL. Estrada slashed .280/.321/.520 with three home runs, 10 runs, 11 runs batted in and two stolen bases in 50 at-bats for the Bombers.”

The Yankees signed Pereira as a 17-year-old in July of 2017, and he’s been praised as a well-rounded centerfield prospect, though he’s still got several years of development ahead of him.

Packaging Estrada in a trade would allow the Yankees to cash in on the value he built during his major-league call-ups this season. With Didi Gregorius now healthy, plus Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela all on the MLB roster, Estrada will have a tough path back to the Yankees this season, barring another injury.

Estrada is already drawing plenty of interest around the league.
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