Hall-of-Fame Reaction: Mike Mussina

Hall-of-Fame Reaction: Mike Mussina

Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the process through which players gain entry into this elite fraternity has garnered significant scrutiny in recent years due to a flawed voting process that has provoked some head-scratching results, both in favor of some seemingly undeserving players while leaving out players who deserved to be first-ballot Hall-of-Famers.  With the selection of Mike “Moose” Mussina, one such error has been rectified.

Moose has steadily picked up votes during each of his 6 years on the ballot.  It seems that many voters did not view Mussina as an “inner-circle” Hall of Fame player.  While the voters have now voted Moose in, I think that both statistics and the eye test indicate that voters waited 6 years to give Mussina the honor of enshrinement in Cooperstown.

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Yankees Sign RHP's Danny Farquhar and David Hale to Minor League Deals

Yankees Sign RHP's Danny Farquhar and David Hale to Minor League Deals

After the news broke about the Yankees trading away one RHP to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, Brian Cashman and Co. quickly turned around and signed two others on minor league deals with expected invitations for each to join the club for Spring Training.

The two right-handed pitchers are Danny Farquhar, who most recently pitched for the Chicago White Sox, and David Hale, who most recently pitched for the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League in South Korea.

Both pitchers have had very short stints with playing in the Yankees organization, for Farquhar, he pitched in 7 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and Trenton Thunder for a combined 17.0 innings back in 2012, before being traded with RHP D.J. Mitchell to the Seattle Mariners for Ichiro Suzuki.

And for David Hale, he has pitched a total 14 games over two stints with the Yankees- with a trip and single game pitched for the Minnesota Twins in-between- and the Railriders, all during the 2018 season, before signing with the Hanwha Eagles for the remainder of the 2018 season.

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The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

Moments ago, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted that the Yankees and the Reds have officially traded Sonny Gray to play in Cincinnati.

Currently, the total return for the Yankees is unknown, yet many reports before the deal became official listed that 2B prospect Shed Long will be in the deal, which Jeff Passan had confirmed would be heading to New York, for a moment.

However, Passan now reports that the Mariners will be getting Long, and the Yankees are getting back OF prospect Josh Stowers from the Mariners. Ken Rosenthal has confirmed this reporting.

In addition, it was reported that the Reds were talking to Sonny Gray about an extension by both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman over this past weekend (check out our coverage from this past weekend, here).

Now, Ken Rosenthal is tweeting that a Gray extension has been announced for 3-Years (2020-2022), $30.5 Million (with a 2023 club option, plus bonus incentives). Keep in mind, Gray is already under contract for 2019 at a salary of $7.5 Million from arbitration.

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Guest Post - Stop Worrying About Machado, Harper (by John Rizzo)

Guest Post - Stop Worrying About Machado, Harper (by John Rizzo)

We thank John Rizzo for this guest post today.

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With the recent acquisition of DJ Lemahieu, it is all but certain that Yankees have given up on trying to land Manny Machado, and likely Bryce Harper as well.  People all over Yankee nation are up in arms about management's seemingly half-hearted attempt to land the All-Stars proclaiming that The Boss would have never let such players slip from his grasp. But I think we need to take a step back, take off our super fan hat, and put on our manager/CEO hat. 

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(Updated) Weather Forecast: Gray Skies Soon Clearing in NYC; Sonny Days for Cincinnati Inbound

(Updated) Weather Forecast: Gray Skies Soon Clearing in NYC; Sonny Days for Cincinnati Inbound

Throughout this offseason, there have been many moves that have had just about daily coverage involving where certain players will be signing or where certain players will be traded. Of these players- Harper, Machado, Kimbrel, etc- one Yankee pitcher has been linked in trade talks to just about every team in baseball.

Within the last week, Jon Heyman tweeted that at least 7 teams (Reds, Padres, Brewers, A’s, Padres, Mariners, and Braves) were interested in trading for the Yankees pitcher, and two other teams (Marlins and Mets) were linked to him much earlier in the offseason by Max Wildstein.

However, it now appears that the Cincinnati Reds have emerged as the one team to finally end this wild ride of rumors involving Sonny Gray.

Per Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees and Reds are finalizing a deal to send RHP Sonny Gray to Cincinnati for a package of two prospects- most notably 2B Shed Long- and a 2019 draft pick. All that is left is for some 40-Man Roster crunching and the passing of physicals.

As this deal becomes finalized, reports will be updated.

UPDATE #1: Both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman have tweeted this morning about a potential hold-up in the finalization of this trade, see inside for details.

UPDATE #2: Rosenthal now reports that the deal is not expected to be completed tonight, and the Reds negotiating window could be closing tomorrow after 72-hours in talking with Sonny Gray. Other options may be taken if deal is not completed by then.

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The Offseason of My Discontent

The Offseason of My Discontent

The larger problem picture problem with the LeMahieu signing is that it increases the changes that the Yankees will come away from this offseason without Harper or Machado and somehow trying to catch up with Boston by adding a backup infielder and a good starting pitcher. Additionally, it suggests an ownership that is reluctant to spend what is necessary to win, while still worshipping at the false altar of the “proven veteran.” That is a pretty toxic combination. It is probably necessary to overpay for top free agent talents like Machado or Bryce Harper, but overpaying for players who are not likely to make an impact is the mark of a mediocre front office, or one that is not really trying anymore. 

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Yankees and Ottavino Agree to Deal, Solidify Top Bullpen in Baseball Yet Again

Yankees and Ottavino Agree to Deal, Solidify Top Bullpen in Baseball Yet Again

First reported by Robert Murray of The Athletic, the news has now officially been released (and corrected) that the Yankees have agreed to a deal with former of the Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Murray first reported that the deal was expected to be for 3-Years and $25 Million; but corrections from ESPN’s Jeff Passan have correctly labelled the deal as 3-Years and $27 Million.

This is the 2nd major free agent bullpen move the Yankees have made this winter, in addition with bringing back free agent Zach Britton earlier this month.

The Yankees have now truly recreated yet another powerful bullpen, as has been their biggest strength since the original moves to acquire Aroldis Chapman to join Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances before the 2016 season.

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Link: "Yankees Will Regret Passing on Manny Machado"

Yankees will regret passing on Manny Machado and going cheap in the 2018-19 free agent market

Some paraphrased highlights from the article by Steve Politi (nj.com)

*They won’t get Machado, a generational talent in his prime. They won’t get Bryce Harper, a slugger on a Hall of Fame track… They didn’t even try to get Harper.

*The Yankees… used to stop at no expense to put the best team on the field…

*For the most part, spending gobs of money on the very best players was -- surprise! -- a (very) good strategy.

*Yankees fans were told, again and again, that staying under the luxury-tax threshold for 2018 was a priority to save money for this offseason. Now it’s here, and they’re cheaping out.

*The much-anticipated 2018-19 offseason is nearing an end without the Yankees making that splash everyone had anticipated for years.