Weekly Mailbag: Market Inefficiencies, Backup Catcher, and Didi!

Weekly Mailbag: Market Inefficiencies, Backup Catcher, and Didi!

I admit it: I’m going through baseball withdrawal.  There’s something about the first week of November and seeing the first snow flurries (I’m in the Northeast for my day job) that make baseball seem very far away.  Luckily, we’ve all got our SSTN community right here to help ease the pain.

This week, we’ll talk about market inefficiencies, the backup catcher situation, and Didi!  Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Stanton's Roster Spot, Aaron Hicks, CC's Injury, Yankees' Chances, and CC's Replacement

Weekly Mailbag: Stanton's Roster Spot, Aaron Hicks, CC's Injury, Yankees' Chances, and CC's Replacement

Well, that was deflating, wasn’t it?  I thought Tanaka looked great – 1 mistake makes his start look a lot worse than it was.  Green then, of course, compounded that mistake with one of his own.  I sat there, thinking about the multiplier effect that mistakes have in baseball as Sanchez whacked a homer over the wall for what would have been the game-tying homer had Green not missed with a fastball.  That’s baseball, I guess.  All I can say is that I don’t envy the people that work with me today – I may be a bit cranky.

This week, we’ll talk about Stanton’s inclusion on the ALCS roster, Aaron Hicks, CC’s shoulder injury, the Yankees’ chances, and CC’s replacement on the ALCS roster.  Let’s get at it:

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Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

The Yankees are quite simply playing fantastic baseball over the last couple of weeks, winning 7 of their last 9. The Yankees beat up on the Rockies on Saturday, winning by a score of 11-5 while extending their winning streak to 5 games. The offense did all of their damage without the benefit of a home run, Tanaka was efficient until a disastrous 6th inning, and Luke Voit avoided serious injury after a scary moment in the 4th inning. Add it all up, and the Yankees are one game from a sweep.

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

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Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

The SSTN inaugural mailbag features some great questions this week - thanks, and keep them coming! Below, you can find out what I think about a fascinating trade proposal, Jacoby Ellsbury, Gary Sanchez, and the cast of thousands that has been needed to cover for all of the Yankees’ extensive body count this season. Without further ado, click “Read More” to see the mailbag!

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Quick Hits: Yankees Win 7-6 in Walk-Off Fashion in 10 Innings!

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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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Resigning Brett Gardner Makes the 2019 Yankees Better

Resigning Brett Gardner Makes the 2019 Yankees Better

What do the following players from Yankee history, Bob Meusel, Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller, Gene Woodling, Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson and Paul O’Neill have in common? All were outfielders who, except for Jackson, were very good Yankee players, but not quite of Hall of Fame caliber. Reggie was a truly great player, but spent only five years in pinstripes. However, they have something else in common as well; they all played fewer games in the outfield for the Yankees than Brett Garnder has. Currently, Garnder has played the eighth most games in the outfield in Yankee history. If he plays 50 next years, he will pass Hank Bauer an move into 7th place on that list, one hundred more games patrolling left or center field will push him past Hall of Famer Earle Combs into sixth place. The next question is a little easier. What do Rickey Henderson and Derek Jeter have in common? They are the only two players who have stolen more bases with the Yankees than Gardner. 

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