Yankees Links: Awards, Pitching, and Some More

Yankees Links: Awards, Pitching, and Some More

The offseason is fresh and new again for many baseball fans, as we enter into the first portion of these long winter months.

These next few weeks will revolve around many a speculation, rumor, and a whole bunch of awards and nominations for different players.

In this week’s Yankees Links, we look at the 2019 Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and Defensive Player of the Year awards, as well as some pitching news, and a look at some Hall of Fame candidates.

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Looking Back on the Gerrit Cole Trade

Looking  Back on the Gerrit Cole Trade

I thought that it might be interesting to look at the aftermath of the infamous Pirates/Astros trade for Gerrit Cole to see if the Pirates made the right decision by taking the Astros package of prospects rather than the Yankees’ back in 2018 and then to determine what I would have done if I was in Brian Cashman’s shoes at the time. 

(After all, if everyone else in Yankeedom is writing about Cole, I would be remiss if I did not jump on the bandwagon.)

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Weekly Mailbag: Clint Frazier, An Interesting Pitching Coach Idea, and the Luxury Tax!

Weekly Mailbag: Clint Frazier, An Interesting Pitching Coach Idea, and the Luxury Tax!

I don’t know about all of you, but I feel a lot better about the season now that the Nationals finished as winners.  I realize that has nothing to do with the Yankees, but I really don’t think that I would have happily stomached an Astros’ World Series win.  When the Yankees lost in the ALCS, I told a few friends that I thought the Nationals’ starting pitching would be enough to neutralize the Astros, so I got a small consolation prize to finish the year.

Now, we get to the hard part: team building.  The Yankees already have made some waves by firing Larry Rothschild and declining Edwin Encarnacion’s option.  I liked both Rothschild and Eddy, but I understand the moves from the Yankees’ perspective, although I do wonder whether Eddy’s parrot is available on the Free Agent market…could be a package deal situation.

Anyway, this week, we’ll talk about Clint Frazier, weigh the merits of an off-the-wall candidate for pitching coach, and the luxury tax!  Let’s get at it:

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Guest Post: "Yankees Pitching Options for the 2020 Season" by: Derek McAdam

With the retirement of CC Sabathia at the conclusion of the 2019 season, the Yankees will be faced with a decision on who will replace the 39-year-old southpaw. With a free agent market with several interesting names available, the Yankees have several options on routes to take.

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