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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Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

The Yankees offseason strategy seems to have been that the Red Sox won the division by eight games last years, but it is very unlikely so many things will go well again for Boston. There is a possibility they are right about that, but that can hardly be called a strategy in any meaningful sense. When the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALDS last fall, they had some clear weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Their starting pitching was not strong enough; defense at third base was a problem; first base was at best a big question mark; and the injury suffered by shortstop Didi Gregorius created a hole at that position. 

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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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Now is the Time for Tandem Starters

The practice of utilizing an “opener” has become popular throughout baseball as teams search for ways to cover for their lack of starting pitching depth. Prior to Severino’s shoulder injury this past week, the Yankees were not one of the teams that planned to use an opener regularly. However, the Yankees are now faced with opening the season without 2/5 of their starting rotation. While much of the mainstream media has focused on the idea of an opener, I think there is a better path forward. I have long been intrigued by the idea of using the Yankees’ plethora of young arms as tandem starters. To summarize, I think there are multiple pitchers on the Yankees’ 40-man roster that would thrive in 2-4 inning stints due to some combination of inexperience, durability concerns, high-octane stuff, developing command, or the lack of a dependable third pitch. The Yankees could use this strategy to their benefit early in the season.

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Breaking News: Yankees, Severino Avoid Arbitration Hearing with 4/$40M Extension

Breaking News: Yankees, Severino Avoid Arbitration Hearing with 4/$40M Extension

As first reported by Joel Sherman earlier today, the Yankees and Luis Severino avoided going to an arbitration with, and finalized a multi-year extension with their ace pitcher (pending a physical).

Sherman was also the first to report the base details of the extension, stating the 4-Year and $40 Million figure and had mentioned an option.

Jeff Passan followed up later with the detailed agreement between the Yankees and Luis Severino, filling in the detail that the Yankees included a club option at the end of the deal with a $2.75 Million buyout.

With this news, the Yankees have officially avoided going to any arbitration hearings with all of their 9 players who were arbitration-eligible; previously reaching deals with the other 8 players earlier in the offseason.

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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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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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