The Playoff Roster

The Playoff Roster

I’ve danced around talking about the playoff roster for a little over a month now, but the time has finally come to discuss the likely playoff roster. At first pass, I think as many as 22 of the 25 roster spots are locked up. In order to predict the most likely roster composition, we’ll need to look at the most likely ratio of position players to pitchers; evaluate possible injury complications; identify the players locked into spots; and then identify the bubble spots and likely candidates to fill those spots. Let’s get at it:

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Thoughts After London

Thoughts After London

This past weekend was one of the most unique set of regular season games that I’ve ever witnessed the Yankees play. Prior to the London series, I viewed the series with little more than my typical interest in Yankees vs. Red Sox outings, but I think that the series said a lot about the state of both the Yankees and baseball as a whole.

Overall, I think that the London series was a little off, but overall a fun event. I wouldn’t put the viewing experience on plane with a playoff series, but despite some issues, I think that the on-field product was exciting. I’ve got some thoughts about London and other hot topics in the Yankee Universe here:

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The Yankees Do Not Need Another Big Bullpen Arm

The Yankees Do Not Need Another Big Bullpen Arm

Besides the looming $300 million elephants in the room, much of the current chatter around the Yankees is regarding the big bullpen arms available on the Free Agent market. It is no secret that the Yankees are interested to varying extents in David Robertson, Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Andrew Miller. Each of these pitchers will cost a minimum of $10 million per year against the luxury tax calculation. Based on current estimates, the Yankees are approximately $7 million (when taking likely arbitration figures into account) shy of the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees will likely clear additional space when they find a taker for Sonny Gray;s projected $9.1 million salary, but it will still leave the Yankees with very little breathing room under the luxury tax threshold to adequately fill the hole left by Didi’s absence. It remains unclear whether the Yankees are willing to exceed the luxury tax threshold for any player that is not Harper or Machado, and if the Yankees lose out on either player, I am not sure that the Yankees will be willing to sign any of the aforementioned big bullpen arms. Much as I disagree with a path forward in which the Yankees do not exceed the luxury tax threshold this year, it is a real possibility. That being said, the Yankees can still form a formidable bullpen even without signing one of big free agent bullpen arms.

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CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

After a tremendous 1st inning for both pitchers (CC needed only 6 pitches; Reid-Foley collected 3 K’s) in what was shaping out to be a mid-afternoon pitching duel, drastically changed starting in the 2nd inning.

The Yankees offense didn’t do much damage until their tremendous 6 run, 7th inning as they looked to come back from 7 down (8-1) to take a ‘W’ out of the hands of the Blue Jays.

Today brings a shortened game summary after an almost 4-hour unfortunate loss as the Yankees home WC chances keep getting slimmer.

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