Milestone Watch: Will CC Sabathia Hit 3000 K's vs. Diamondbacks Tonight?

Milestone Watch: Will CC Sabathia Hit 3000 K's vs. Diamondbacks Tonight?

At the end of the 2018 season, CC Sabathia stood at 246 Wins and 2986 Strikeouts. As there were rumors about a potential retirement after the seasons end, Sabathia resigned with the Yankees on a 1-Year/$8 Million deal, with two goals in mind:

250 Wins to be the 48th most pitcher wins in MLB history & 13th for Left-Handed pitchers

3000 Strikeouts for 17th in MLB History* & 3rd All-Time for LHP* (*CC is already 17th Overall and 3rd LHP on the Strikeout list.)

As we head into another Sabathia start this evening against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he is currently sitting at 247 Wins and 2997 strikeouts.

As 250 Wins is literally unobtainable in this game, lets try and predict, inning-by-inning, if/when CC Sabathia hits the 3000 K milestone tonight. (CC has also stated that he wants to also hit a home run tonight, although I can’t predict those odds.)

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Three Up, Three Down: Predictions for the 2019 Season

At long last, the regular season is finally upon us. The Yankees’ final Spring Training game has been played, the 25-man roster is set, and all that’s left to do prior to the season is to make some armchair predictions. Unlike in years prior, in which I had made predictions about each position group on the team, I am going to format this year’s predictions differently. Below, I have assembled a list of 3 players who I think will achieve full season statistics above the value predicted by ZIPS, 3 players who I think will fall short of their ZIPS projections, and some random short-form predictions. Without further ado, here are my predictions:

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A Critical Look At The 2019 Yankees Positional Players As Constructed Today

A Critical Look At The 2019 Yankees Positional Players As Constructed Today

The other night I was having a discussion with some baseball fans and we started looking at the Yankees line-up. As we did this, we started to realize that, while we hope things go well (as fans we always hope for the best) there are many more question marks on the team than we realized.

I figured it might be a worth exercise to go around the line-up, position-by-position excluding pitchers for now (as we did the other night) and see where the Yankees’ strengths lie (or not).

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Brett Gardner and Two Paths Forward

Brett Gardner and Two Paths Forward

As has been widely reported, Brett Gardner is back in the fold for another year with the Yankees on a 1 year, $7.5 million deal. Here is what we know right now:

  1. By exercising Gardner’s $2 million buyout and resigning him to a $7.5 million contract, the Yankees saved $3 million against the luxury tax threshold vs. simply exercising Gardner’s final year $12.5 million club option.

  2. The Yankees now have 6 major league options for the outfield: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, and Jacoby Ellsbury.

  3. River Ave Blues projected that the Yankees had roughly $49.7 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax threshold this winter prior to the Gardner signing. Signing Gardner gives the roughly $42.2 million to spend this winter in the Free Agent market.

Based on those facts, the Yankees can follow one of two paths: keep the current lineup relatively unchanged from last season (except for finding a Didi fill-in) and once again stay under the luxury tax threshold; or use the money saved in future tax savings by staying under the luxury tax threshold this year to make multiple splashes in the free agent market. Here’s what each path might look like this off-season:

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