Weekly Mailbag: Frazier/Hicks Part III, #21, Who is Mike Ford, and An Under-the-Radar Hitting Prospect

Weekly Mailbag: Frazier/Hicks Part III, #21, Who is Mike Ford, and An Under-the-Radar Hitting Prospect

Wow, you guys really got into the Frazier vs. Hicks conversation! I’ve had fun with the way you guys have challenged me the last few weeks, and we’ve got some really good stuff this week - thanks and keep it coming! You guys have been way more on your games than the Yankees have this week.

Without any further ado, this week’s mailbag will feature round three of the Frazier vs. Hicks discussion, the number 21, digging deeper into Mike Ford’s production, and taking a look at an under-the-radar hitting prospect. Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Frazier vs. Hicks Re-Visited, A Batting Average Quest, and Sanchez's OBP!

Weekly Mailbag: Frazier vs. Hicks Re-Visited, A Batting Average Quest, and Sanchez's OBP!

In this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Frazier vs. Hicks conversation, look at DJ LeMahieu’s ever-ascending batting average, and fret over Gary Sanchez’s OBP. Let’s get at it:

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Start Spreading The News on the Bronx Beat Podcast Episode 204

Start Spreading The News’s own Andy Singer joined EJ Fagan, friend of the blog and host of Baseball Prospectus’s Bronx Beat Podcast, to discuss the Trade Deadline, post-deadline injuries, and the current state of the roster. Enjoy!

The Time for Frazier is Now

The Time for Frazier is Now

As the entire Yankee Universe is aware by now, the Yankees did not go out and supplement the current roster at the trade deadline. No matter what I or anyone else thinks, Brian Cashman as said that true upgrades either were not available to the extent that outside observers thought, or in cases in which upgrades were available, the prices to acquire said upgrades were too expensive to be worthwhile. Cashman has stated that he believes upgrades to the current roster are available within the current organization. While much discussion has focused around the growing cast of thousands that currently reside on the Injured List, very little time has been spent talking about a player who has been conspicuously absent from the roster in recent weeks: Clint Frazier.

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Weekly Mailbag: Tauchman vs. Frazier, a Surprising Trade Proposal, and My Favorite Pitcher on the Trade Market

Weekly Mailbag: Tauchman vs. Frazier, a Surprising Trade Proposal, and My Favorite Pitcher on the Trade Market

Wow, our readers are definitely in trade mode - a bunch of questions about trades this week, and rightfully so, given that the trade deadline is just a few days away. In this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about Tauchman vs. Frazier, a surprising trade proposal, and my favorite pitcher on the trade market. Let’s get at it:

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Clint Frazier's Value to the Yankees

Clint Frazier's Value to the Yankees

As the trade deadline approaches, Clint Frazier’s name will begin to appear mot in rumors as the Yankees seek to secure a frontline starting pitcher to help them play deep into October. While trading Frazier in the right deal would be a reasonable approach, it is important to recognize where Frazier fits into the current Yankee team. Most of the thinking around Frazier and the Yankees is essentially that the young outfielder has demonstrated he can hit very well at the big league level, but with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the corner outfield positions, Brett Gardner playing well and the Yankees likely to exercise their option on Edwin Encarnacion for next year, there is no room for Frazier. This thinking makes some sense at first glance, but it is looking at the Frazier question from the wrong end of the telescope.

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Weekly Mailbag: Maybin, Pitching, Eddy, and Chapman

Weekly Mailbag: Maybin, Pitching, Eddy, and Chapman

We got a bunch of good questions this week - good work, guys and gals! In this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about Cameron Maybin, the pitching staff, Edwin Encarnacion, and Aroldis Chapman. Let’s get at it:

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Final Thoughts on the Edwin Encarnacion Trade

Final Thoughts on the Edwin Encarnacion Trade

The main reason the Yankees were able to land Encarnacion is because they want to win and understand that marginal improvements often lead to pennants. Other teams decided it was more important to save a little money while telling their fans they are out of the race. The Yankees are frequently derided as being bad for baseball because of how they spend money, but teams who pass up the opportunity to pick up a top slugger at a discounted price do much more to damage the competition, and indeed fun, of the game.

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Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

The questions were really great this week, everyone, and I’m sorry that I can’t get to all of them. Know that I’m keeping some of the questions that have not been answered in the hopper for future mailbags, if the questions remain relevant. Without further ado, let’s get at it:

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