Thoughts After London

Thoughts After London

This past weekend was one of the most unique set of regular season games that I’ve ever witnessed the Yankees play. Prior to the London series, I viewed the series with little more than my typical interest in Yankees vs. Red Sox outings, but I think that the series said a lot about the state of both the Yankees and baseball as a whole.

Overall, I think that the London series was a little off, but overall a fun event. I wouldn’t put the viewing experience on plane with a playoff series, but despite some issues, I think that the on-field product was exciting. I’ve got some thoughts about London and other hot topics in the Yankee Universe here:

(Photo Credit: Frank Augstein/AP)

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Cut the Nonsense and Sign Dallas Keuchel

Cut the Nonsense and Sign Dallas Keuchel

During the offseason, the Yankees did not pursue Keuchel because his price was legitimately too high. Five years of Dallas Keuchel in his 30s was not an exciting prospect for the Yankees, but that has now changed. Keuchel’s price has dropped while the Yankees season has already been altered by injuries. Signing him, like any baseball decision would not guarantee a championship, but failing to sign him would be more evidence that the Yankees are more interested in saving money and keeping salaries down than in winning a championship.

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The Real Yankee Financial Advantage

The Real Yankee Financial Advantage

The ability to sign two young stars, with several bigger stars, like Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres likely looking for much bigger contract extensions in the next few years, is a less obvious way the Yankees can leverage their financial resources. Few teams in baseball can develop a core of young talent, or in the case of Hicks, fleece another team out of young talent, knowing that if that talent develops, they will be able to retain all of their key players. The Yankees can, and in the last few weeks took the initial steps towards doing just that. 

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Free Agent Signing Reaction: Troy Tulowitzki

Free Agent Signing Reaction: Troy Tulowitzki

As most of the Yankee Universe is aware by now, the Yankees have signed former National League MVP, Troy Tulowitzki, to a 1 year contract at the league minimum salary following his release from the Toronto Blue Jays.  Interestingly, there were some very strong opinions regarding this signing on multiple media sources, particularly in light of the fact that this signing is for the league minimum salaries.  I discussed some of my thoughts last week on the Bronx Beat Podcast Episode #175, but I thought that I would expand on my thoughts here.

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Yankees Should Not Be So Anxious to Trade Miguel Andujar

Yankees Should Not Be So Anxious to Trade Miguel Andujar

No player should be untouchable, particularly one who has only one big league season under his belt and who has yet to prove himself with the leather. However, rushing to judge Andujar based on his weaknesses and swapping him for a middle of the rotation pitcher or a couple of pitching prospects would be a mistake. A wiser course would be to recognize what Andujar can do and use him accordingly. He may become their starting third baseman for years to come or perhaps the kind of player who between first base, third base and DH gets 500 or more plate appearances a year. Championship teams need those kinds of players and Andujar could be very good in that role.

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Free Agent Signing Reaction: Zach Britton

Free Agent Signing Reaction: Zach Britton

As it has been widely reported, Zach Britton has been re-signed by the New York Yankees, returning on an interesting deal that is for 3 years, $39 million, with a $14 million team option for a 4th year and provides Britton the opportunity to opt-out of the deal after 2 years. For the purposes of calculating the luxury tax, Britton’s cap hit will be $13 million. Re-signing Britton gives the Yankees another arm with a premium reputation in the bullpen. Does this move make sense for the Yankees?

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If I Were The GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Whole Series

The following is the entire “If I Were The GM; Looking Ahead to 2019” series. This is how I would build the 2019 Yankees…

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Manager

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Left Field

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Third Base

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Shortstop & Second Base

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Starting Pitching

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Catcher

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Bullpen

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Rest of the Roster

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MGR - Aaron Boone

SP - James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Patrick Corbin, C.C. Sabathia

RP - Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Yusei Kikuchi, Jonathan Loaisiga, a free-agent left hander to be determined, and a host of pitchers on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Shuttle

C - Gary Sanchez

1B - Luke Voit

2B - Scooter Gennett

SS - Gleyber Torres

3B - Miguel Andujar

LF - Bryce Harper

CF - Aaron Hicks

RF - Aaron Judge

DH - Giancarlo Stanton

BENCH - Brett Gardner, Tyler Wade, Brian McCann (Update - It looks like McCann will sign with the Braves. My next choice here would be Robinson Chirinos as I think he can be acquired at a reasonable price. This could allow David Robertson to be brought in to solidify the bullpen even further.)