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.

Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

It’s been a busy day for the Yankees, not only because of the 1PM Arbitration settlement deadline, but also because they have officially announced one MLB signing, finalized a deal for another MLB player, and had two players claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

So far, they have settled with 3 of their 9 arbitration-eligible players, but have had 1 player file for a hearing (which will probably occur in February). As news comes out about the remaining 5 players, we will update this quick list.

However, let’s get to quickly unpacking everything that happened today:

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Yankees Sign 2B/3B DJ LeMahieu for 2-Years; $24 Million

Yankees Sign 2B/3B DJ LeMahieu for 2-Years; $24 Million

Yankees Insider Jack Curry posted on Twitter this morning that the New York Yankees were finalizing a two-year deal with 2B/3B D.J. LeMahieu, who has entered free agency for the first time in his career and was most recently on the Colorado Rockies.

It was just by MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal that the deal has been announced between the Yankees and LeMaheiu to be on a 2-Year, $24 Million deal. Obviously, before becoming official, the deal is pending on a physical.

Obviously, this news comes before the biggest infielder on the free agent market, Manny Machado, has officially signed a deal with any team. However, it has been appearing recently that the two other teams- The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies- who have been more connected with signing Machado have been making more moves to try and convince him to sign with them.

Signs are now pointing that the chances of Machado signing with the Yankees to be falling quickly with the Yankees two latest additions to the team in SS Troy Tulowitzki and now 2B/3B D.J. LeMahieu.

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