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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Weekly Mailbag: Andujar, LeMahieu, Urshela, and German!

Weekly Mailbag: Andujar, LeMahieu, Urshela, and German!

A lot of good stuff in this week’s mailbag. We’ll talk about Andujar’s trade value, LeMahieu’s batted ball profile, and German’s performance. Oh, and I hold back a bit on a response to Urshela’s performance. Read on for the questions and answers in this week’s mailbag!

(Photo Credit: Julie Jacobson, AP)

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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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UPDATED: I'm Not (April) Fooling You: 3B Miguel Andujar to 10-Day Injured List, Potential for Season-Ending Surgery

UPDATED: I'm Not (April) Fooling You: 3B Miguel Andujar to 10-Day Injured List, Potential for Season-Ending Surgery

In a tweet from YES Network analyst Jack Curry from earlier today, the Yankees injuries problems are not over, and another move has already been made, less than 12 hours after Giancarlo Stanton was moved onto the Injured List earlier today.

In this move, 3B Miguel Andujar will also be heading to the 10-Day IL with a right shoulder strain from diving back to third base. There is no current timetable for return.

Miguel Andujar is now the 4th Yankee hitter who would normally be in the starting line-up to move to the IL, joining Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius.

In a follow-up move, the Yankees have recalled up INF Tyler Wade from Triple-A. Wade will continue to wear #14.

The Yankees Official Twitter page has confirmed this news with their own Tweet, seen here.

MAJOR UPDATE: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has reported that Miguel Andujar has suffered a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. He will be treated for it over the next two weeks, but it could lead to a season-ending surgery.

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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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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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Yankees Should Not Be So Anxious to Trade Miguel Andujar

Yankees Should Not Be So Anxious to Trade Miguel Andujar

No player should be untouchable, particularly one who has only one big league season under his belt and who has yet to prove himself with the leather. However, rushing to judge Andujar based on his weaknesses and swapping him for a middle of the rotation pitcher or a couple of pitching prospects would be a mistake. A wiser course would be to recognize what Andujar can do and use him accordingly. He may become their starting third baseman for years to come or perhaps the kind of player who between first base, third base and DH gets 500 or more plate appearances a year. Championship teams need those kinds of players and Andujar could be very good in that role.

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We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

Multiple outlets reported yesterday that the Yankees were the middleman in a rumored three-team trade that would have seen Noah Syndergaard in pinstripes, while JT Realmuto would have landed in Queens. In order to facilitate a trade of that magnitude, a high-end young Yankee, most probably Miguel Andujar, would have been dealt. While a player like Miguel Andujar should be available if the right deal presents itself (if you haven’t read it yet, check out our own Matthew Cohen’s analysis of Andujar’s value), I think it’s fair to say that the threshold for trading Andujar should be very high. Reports today suggest that the aforementioned three-team deal is fizzling, but that does not mean that the Yankees should table discussions that involve the Mets.

I personally feel that a deal centered around Miguel Andujar is a a little rich for a pitcher as volatile from a health perspective as Noah Syndergaard. That said, the fact that these discussions have become so public indicates that Mets’ ownership may finally be willing to swing a deal with the Yankees. If that is the case, I think the Yankees should set their sights on a lower-cost alternative: Zack Wheeler.

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