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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Winter Meeting Musings

As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas begin in earnest today, I think it is important to take stock of where an incomplete 2019 Yankee roster stands. The Yankees have not yet found additional infield help to fill-in while Didi recovers from Tommy John surgery, brought in additional arms to fill or compete for the 5th rotation spot, or made final offers to generational talents, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. In no particular order, here are my thoughts on some important Yankee topics:

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Parker Bridwell Might Be...Something

Parker Bridwell Might Be...Something

On the same day that the Yankees designate Ronald Torreyes for assignment, the Yankees acquired Parker Bridwell, a pitcher who had been designated for assignment by the Angels.  At first glance, acquiring Bridwell is nothing more than a case of the Yankees taking a flier on a pitcher who struggled mightily in 2018.  There is simply no way to sugarcoat the fact that Bridwell gave up more than two hits per inning and got hammered in just 6.2 innings of work in 2018.  Even in his breakout 2017 season, Bridwell only struck out 5.4 batters per 9 innings, and while his 3.64 ERA was sparkling, his FIP (a measure of what a pitcher’s ERA would be based on his peripheral statistics with a neutral defense behind him) was just 4.84.  So the question remains: why am I excited?

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Nathan Eovaldi Needs to be a Yankee...Again

Nathan Eovaldi Needs to be a Yankee...Again

Much as I would like to pretend it’s a dream, credit must be given when it’s due: the Red Sox had one of the best seasons any team has had in the modern era, and they deserve congratulations for winning the World Series in decisive fashion. When any team wins the World Series, the media and even some baseball front offices create narratives about why that team won the World Series over every other team, as though the team in question discovered a formula that other teams should follow. These narratives are often not based on any statistical trends, and the truths unearthed about the construction of championship teams in the post-World Series offseason are often debunked over time - case and point, the 2015 Kansas City Royals. Very few teams are constructing rosters with “grit” and an undisciplined, high-contact, but low-power lineup while batting their worst hitter lead-off. Surely, an imagined trend will emerge during the autopsy of this World Series, but one aspect of the Red Sox’s championship season cannot be denied: the Red Sox utilized their financial might to their advantage over the last couple of years, even despite some flops. The Red Sox would have struggled to win this year without JD Martinez, David Price, Eduardo Nunez (in the playoffs, at least), and Mitch Moreland. What is important to note about this list of players is that it isn’t just filled with the players at the top of the free agent market, like Price and Martinez. The Red Sox were also able to use the free agent market to grab solid role players like Moreland and Nunez to fill out the roster. I think that the Yankees need to thread the needle between these two types of players this winter, and use their spending power to grab Nathan Eovaldi o help fill out the pitching staff.

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Gary Sanchez, Passed Balls, and Common Sense

Gary Sanchez, Passed Balls, and Common Sense

Baseball broadcasters, writers, and casual observers alike have focused on the rise of Passed Balls by catchers across Major League Baseball in the 2018 season. The issue has been a major point of discussion throughout the playoffs this year. Most notably, the Red Sox’s defensive darling, Sandy Leon, has struggled with multiple high-profile Passed Balls and Yasmani Grandal, starting catcher for the Dodgers in the regular season, was benched in favor of career backup Austin Barnes due to Grandal’s inability to prevent passed balls. It is impossible to talk about Passed Balls without mentioning Gary Sanchez, who has led or tied for the Major League lead in Passed Balls in each of his two full seasons behind the plate for the Yankees (18 in 2018, 16 in 2017).

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The Forgotten Free Agent

The Forgotten Free Agent

Much of the early Free Agency discussion in the Yankee Universe this offseason has centered on which 2018 Yankees to retain in Free Agency and whether Patrick Corbin or Manny Machado are good fits for the long-term Yankee roster.  Lost in the current conversation is possibly the most fascinating free agent in this year’s class: Bryce Harper.

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Neil Walker Hero Of The Ninth - The Yankees Win

After Monday night's crap show, the New York Yankees needed to get back on track to winning baseball games. Monday night's game featured terrible managing, a horrible lineup, defenders playing out of position, sloppy play and terrible luck for Masahiro Tanaka. Lance Lynn got the start and after a slow start, the game turned out to be a Yankee classic.

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Yankees Beat The Marlins In A Really Weird Game

A ton of story lines play into this latest series as the New York Yankees traveled to Miami to begin a series with the Marlins. Of course, the series meant that Giancarlo Stanton had the chance to go to his home of sorts to face Derek (Jeter) and his Dominoes--blocks that did not include Stanton. Then there is the division and wild card races and the harsh reality that another of the Yanks' sluggers, Didi Gregorius, landed on the disabled list. To add to the mix was a start by Masahiro Tanaka, a pitcher who has lost his last two outings. Who knew the game would go twelve innings and the Yankees got a save from the last man you would expect.

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