Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, and I hope all of those who have returned to school/work have had a smooth transition.  At least we’ve had plenty of good baseball to watch since last weekend, and we’ll have more this weekend with the Yankees up in Boston.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Sonny Gray trade, explore a possible off-season trade, and talk about Stanton and the playoffs.  Let’s get at it:

(Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinnati Enquirer)

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The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

As the last month of the regular season approaches, the weirdness of the Yankees 2019 season remains extraordinary. The Yankees have exceeded most pre-season expectations as they have been in control of the AL East race since before the All-Star break and have a good chance of finishing the season with the best record in the big leagues. They have done this with Luis Severino, Deilin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, and Miguel Andujar being non-factors, with Didi Gregorius and even Aaron Hicks having some value, but hardly being among the most important contributors on the team. Moreover, the team’s best starting pitcher, and only starter with an ERA+ under 100, has been Domingo German who was expected to be vie for playing time this season. Relief pitching is the only part of the team that has performed as expected as Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton have led one of the baseball’s best bullpens.

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Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

The questions were really great this week, everyone, and I’m sorry that I can’t get to all of them. Know that I’m keeping some of the questions that have not been answered in the hopper for future mailbags, if the questions remain relevant. Without further ado, let’s get at it:

(Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

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Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

The Yanks won again on a sunny afternoon in San Francisco, 6-4, taking the first two games of a three game set vs. the Giants, moving the Yanks to 16-11 overall. Do not let the close score fool you: the Yankees were in complete control of this game, even as the wheels nearly came off at the end. In reality, the story of the game can be told in two innings.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot

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Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

The SSTN inaugural mailbag features some great questions this week - thanks, and keep them coming! Below, you can find out what I think about a fascinating trade proposal, Jacoby Ellsbury, Gary Sanchez, and the cast of thousands that has been needed to cover for all of the Yankees’ extensive body count this season. Without further ado, click “Read More” to see the mailbag!

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MLB.com Top 30 Prospects Announced (Part 2)

MLB.com Top 30 Prospects Announced (Part 2)

With today’s 5-3 win over the Red Sox in the books, we dive into part two of the MLB.com Top 30 Yankees prospect lists.

Here we will quickly cover prospects #10-19, which includes today’s winning pitcher: Cody Carroll, among a plethora other RHP prospects sandwiched between an infielder and outfielder.

And, without further ado, let’s dive in:

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Yankee Prospect Thairo Estrada- Now at Camp- Injured in Venezuelan Robbery

Yankee Prospect Thairo Estrada- Now at Camp- Injured in Venezuelan Robbery

According to various sources, and first broken by Joel Sherman, Yankee SS/2B prospect Thairo Estrada was injured during a robbery that took place in Venezuela last week. He was a current dark-horse candidate to steal the 2B job from Torres to start the season, but now it seems as though his spring will be focused on rehabilitation.

This is not the first instance of a Venezuelan baseball player being victim to an attack in one way or another- and just last week Pirates catcher Elías Diaz's mother was freed after a kidnapping.

Currently, all that is known is that Thairo Estrada was shot in the right hip during a robbery, but still expected to make a full recovery and play for a majority of the season. As more information comes out we will update you all on this recent discovery. (Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Alley)

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