No Longer an IL Baker's Dozen; Clint Frazier's Back and Updates for the 12 Names on the IL

No Longer an IL Baker's Dozen; Clint Frazier's Back and Updates for the 12 Names on the IL

After last nights rain-shortened win, the Yankees optioned LHP Stephen Tarpley back to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders in preparation for the call earlier today, activating OF Clint Frazier off the 10-Day IL.

In a season that has been plagued by injuries, the list is finally starting to shrink as a lot of players have been recently returning from injury (Andujar, Sabathia, Sanchez), and more seem to be coming back soon.

This past week, we have seen the return of 3B Miguel Andujar, but also saw the Yankees placing LHP James Paxton on the 10-Day IL with left knee inflammation.

But, times (should be) looking up for Yankee fans, as many of the names on the IL are making big and important strides towards returning to the Big Leagues. Let’s take a quick look at them:

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The Jury Is Out: A Quick Update on the 12 Yankees on the Injured List

The Jury Is Out: A Quick Update on the 12 Yankees on the Injured List

If you could’ve predicted that after the Yankees 12th game of the season, they would have been placing their twelfth player on the Major League Injury List, go out and buy a Mega Millions (Jackpot at $157 Million) or PowerBall ($101 Million) ticket, and don’t forget who reminded you to do so.

On a more serious note however, the Yankees have had been affected pretty seriously by the numerous injuries this season, and while it isn’t the greatest excuse for their poor performance so far this season (mainly because they’ve dropped a lot leads late into games), it’s understandable why people gravitate towards saying it.

Out of the 30 teams in the Majors, the Yankees obviously lead the league with the most players on the IL at 12, with the next closest being the Pittsburgh Pirates at 10 players. (The team with the least injuries is the San Francisco Giants, currently with 1 player on the IL.)

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the latest news about all 12 Yankees on the IL:

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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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Add Injury to Insult: Giancarlo Stanton to 10-Day IL

Add Injury to Insult: Giancarlo Stanton to 10-Day IL

Earlier today, the Yankees announced that starting left fielder Giancarlo Stanton was to be moved to the 10-Day Injury List (Remember, it is no longer called the Disabled List) with a left bicep strain.

Stanton is now the third Yankees outfielder to be moved to the IL, joining his cohorts Aaron Hicks (10-Day for lower back stiffness, expected back in April) and Jacoby Ellsbury (10-Day from 2018 left hip surgery, expected date back TBD).

Stanton is now also the third regular position player to land on the IL, joining the aforementioned Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius (10-Day from TJS, potentially back in June).

In a follow-up move, the Yankees recalled OF Clint Frazier from Triple-A. He will continue to wear the number 77.

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Three Up, Three Down: Predictions for the 2019 Season

At long last, the regular season is finally upon us. The Yankees’ final Spring Training game has been played, the 25-man roster is set, and all that’s left to do prior to the season is to make some armchair predictions. Unlike in years prior, in which I had made predictions about each position group on the team, I am going to format this year’s predictions differently. Below, I have assembled a list of 3 players who I think will achieve full season statistics above the value predicted by ZIPS, 3 players who I think will fall short of their ZIPS projections, and some random short-form predictions. Without further ado, here are my predictions:

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Looking Back At: Former Yankees Prospects (2017/2018 Offseason Traded)

Looking Back At: Former Yankees Prospects (2017/2018 Offseason Traded)

The Yankees had set themselves up pretty well for the 2018 season when they went into the offseason after a disappointing exit from the postseason at the hands of the Houston Astros.

They had some extremely amazing seasons from their young developing core, from all the major fixtures of a baseball team with outfielder Aaron Judge (8.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Luis Severino (5.3 bWAR), catcher Gary Sanchez (4.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (2.9 bWAR), and reliever Chad Green (2.7 bWAR).

Veterans like Brett Gardner (4.9), Aaron Hicks (3.9), Didi Gregorius (3.7), and CC Sabathia (2.8) were the remaining players who collected over 2.0 bWAR for the Yankees in 2017…and all these players were coming back!

They had a wonderful young core and powerful veteran presence, yet Brian Cashman and Co. saw opportunities to make trades with the Miami Marlins and a three-team deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks/Tampa Bay Rays to round out both the MLB roster and add to a diminishing farm system.

Let’s take a quick look at how those prospects from those two trades, and how the former Yankees traded away fared in their first season outside of the Yankees organization.

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Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

As the 2019 season approaches, most Yankee fans hope, perhaps even expect, that this year ends not with the team handed a defeat by the Red Sox, but rather with a celebration in the Bronx or at some yet undetermined National League ballpark. The question of whether or not the team is good enough to achieve that goal will be answered over the next nine months, but how we look at that question has a lot to do with what we think happened in 2018…

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River Ave Blues States The Facts In Regard to the Yankees Payroll (And Affording Harper)

River Ave Blues States The Facts In Regard to the Yankees Payroll (And Affording Harper)

From River Ave Blues: “The luxury tax is a convenient excuse not to spend. That’s all the luxury tax is. It has nothing to do with competitive balance… The goal of the luxury tax is to give the owners a higher percentage of revenues and it is working splendidly. “

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A Blockbuster Trade Idea

A Blockbuster Trade Idea

Following a conversation that took place on the blog yesterday, I think it is worth exploring a trade idea that I find really intriguing (hat tip to reader/commenter, Fuster, for the inspiration for this article). The markets for the big free agents are becoming more defined. It seems like it is a three-way race between the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox to pick up Manny Machado, while the Dodgers seem hell-bent on clearing salary and outfield bodies to make signing Bryce Harper a possibility. Obviously, only one team will be able to sign one (or both!) of these players. Teams left holding their giant bags of money will be left to look elsewhere to fill out their rosters. While there is a scenario where some teams sit idly by and fill needs internally, I think the off-season has shown that teams are open for business with regards to making some big moves on the trade market. I am getting really into the idea of the blind player comparison, so let’s check out two players below:

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