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Yankees Agree With J.A. Happ on Two-Year Deal

The 2019 New York Yankees starting rotation is starting to come into focus, as the team has agreed with veteran left-hander J.A. Happ on a two-year, $34-million deal that would bring him back to the Bronx. The deal also contains a vesting option for the 2021 season based on innings pitched.

Happ came to the Yankees in exchange for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney ahead of the 2018 Trade Deadline. He pitched lights-out for 11 starts in pinstripes, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA (4.21 FIP) as the team captured their second consecutive home-field spot in the Wild Card game.

“He was a performer; took the ball every five days,” Cashman said. “He was a competitor, came as advertised, a real pro. He had a veteran presence within that clubhouse, knew exactly what was necessary and brought it every five days in the most competitive division in all of baseball and the world. He checks all the boxes on that side of it.”

The playoffs were a different animal, though. Happ made just one start, lasting two innings and allowing five earned runs in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Boston. The big blow in that game was a three-run home run by J.D. Martinez.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported earlier in the day that the two sides were in agreement on a deal with three guaranteed years, though he walked that report back to say they were simply gaining momentum.

Happ had also been courted by the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies, both teams he has pitched for in the past. The Phillies were hesitant to give Happ more than two guaranteed years, and it appears his recent familiarity with the Bronx plus the prospect of the vesting option prompted his return.


The Yankees may not be done in their pursuit of a starting pitcher, as injuries and ineffectiveness typically rear their ugly heads over the course of a 162-game season. They learned that the hard way when Jordan Montgomery went down for 18 months after just six starts because of Tommy John surgery in 2018.

The team wound up getting 24 starts from Chance Adams, Luis Cessa, Domingo Germán and Jonathan Loáisiga combined, and the team went 12-12 in those games. Sonny Gray, who was acquired to anchor the top of the rotation, started in 12 Yankees losses and was demoted to the bullpen in favor of Lance Lynn after August 1.

“It doesn’t mean we would be out of the market altogether. Obviously the Paxton acquisition gave us the ability to be a lot more disciplined and patient,” Cashman said. “If we pull down another one it will put us in a much stronger position to feel better about the rotation. But that doesn’t preclude us to being open-minded about any options that develop over time.”

With the acquisition of James Paxton and agreement with Happ, the Yankees find their starting rotation in exponentially better shape than last year.

Yankees, Mets, Marlins Discussing 3-Way Realmuto-Syndergaard Trade

Could the Yankees end up with an ace by helping their crosstown rivals?

Just as most on the East Coast were winding down for the night, baseball’s Hot Stove heated up in a huge way from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Yankees, Mets and Marlins had discussed a three-way deal where the Mets would acquire star catcher J.T. Realmuto from Miami, and in turn would send a starting pitcher like Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx.

Nothing was imminent, and SNY’s Andy Martino did report “there are ’10 other scenarios’ Mets are considering” in a trade for Realmuto. The Mets have been especially active on the trade market, and have been looking to upgrade the catcher position for a while now. Should they be unable to land Realmuto, they’re expected to pivot to free-agent Yasmani Grandal.

Jon Heyman of Fancred was the first to suggest that the Yankees, who insisted Gary Sánchez was their catcher for 2019, were connected to Realmuto for the sake of facilitating a three-way trade. The obvious advantage for the Yankees would be the chance to acquire a marquee starter like Syndergaard at a slight discount should they assist with the acquisition of Realmuto.

Martino also noted that the Yankees were “interested in Mets pitching, not necessarily limited to Syndergaard”. Other appealing pitchers include Jacob deGrom (of course, that’s unlikely), Steven Matz (under control for years but often injured) and Zack Wheeler (rental). The only named mentioned by reporters last night was that of Syndergaard, though the Yankees had scouted Wheeler at the 2018 Trade Deadline.

I’d expect the Yankees top chips like Miguel Andújar, Estevan Florial and more to be on the table if someone of Syndergaard’s quality is being discussed. Andújar is only being moved for someone that good. If talks were to pivot to someone like Matz or Wheeler, I’d be taking both Andújar and Florial off the table. Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network mentioned Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Sonny Gray, Mike King and Jonathan Loáisiga as possibilities to be moved.

Martino said the Yankees were “pushing hard” to make a deal, though it’s unclear where the three teams left talks. The push for Realmuto will be intense, and it’s unclear if the Mets (and the three-team scenario with the Yankees) is the package they’ll accept.

 

Baseball America Ranks Yankees Top 10 Prospects

Could be a few future Baby Bombers on this list.

The Yankees are using the off-season to plan for 2019 and beyond as they look to contend for their 28 World Series title (and hopefully more) over the next couple of years. Baseball America (subscription required) has unveiled their list of the top 10 prospects in the Yankee system who will help the team bring some more titles to the Bronx.

Here’s the list:

All scouting grades and arrival projections via MLB.com. Asterisk indicates 40-man roster player.

1. LHP Justus Sheffield*
  • Drafted: 2014, 1st (31) – CLE | Traded to NYY in July 2016
  • 2018 stats: 7-6, 2.48 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 (MiLB) | 0-0, 10.12 ERA, 0.0 K/9, 10.1 BB/9 (MLB)
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2018
2. OF Estevan Florial
  • Signed: March 19, 2015 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .283/.377/.422, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 48 BB, 92 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Arm: 65 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2020
3. RHP Jonathan Loáisiga*
  • Signed: Sept. 13, 2012 – SF | Feb. 2016 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 6-1, 2.89 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 1.3 BB/9 (MiLB) | 2-0, 5.11 ERA, 12.0 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 (MLB)
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2018
4. OF Everson Pereira
  • Signed: July 2, 2017 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .263/.322/.389, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 60 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
5. C Anthony Seigler
  • Drafted: 2018, 1st (23) – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .266/.379/.342, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 12 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
6. RHP Mike King
  • Drafted: 2016, 12th (353) – MIA | Traded to NYY in Nov. 2017
  • 2018 stats: 11-5, 1.79 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 1.6 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2019
7. RHP Deivi García
  • Signed: July 2, 2015 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 5-4, 2.55 ERA, 12.8 K/9, 2.4 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2021
8. RHP Roansy Contreras
  • Signed: July 2, 2016 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 0-2, 2.42 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
9. OF Antonio Cabello
  • Signed: Dec. 22, 2017 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .308/.427/.522, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 27 BB, 40 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
10. RHP Albert Abreu*
  • Signed: Aug. 5, 2013 – HOU | Traded to NYY in Nov. 2016
  • 2018 stats: 4-6, 5.20 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 4.0 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2019

Jonathan Loáisiga Recalled

Johnny Lasagna is back!

September 2 brings a second call-up now that rosters have expanded, as the Yankees recalled right-handed pitcher Jonathan Loáisiga from Double-A Trenton. He had been scheduled to start today for the Thunder.

Loáisiga made his MLB debut June 15, throwing five innings of shutout ball against Tampa Bay. He wound up making four starts before being optioned, and dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. He finished his first MLB stint with a 2-0 record and 3.00 ERA (2.87 FIP).

The 23-year-old returned to action August 11, making one start in the Gulf Coast League and another three for Trenton. He didn’t record a decision, but owned a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings pitched.

The Yankees signed Loáisiga as a minor league free agent February 9, 2016, after he was released by San Francisco. He was added to the 40-man roster in the 2017 offseason.

 

Domingo Acevedo Promoted From Double-A

One Domingo replaces the other Domingo.

The Yankees have recalled No. 7 prospect Domingo Acevedo to be in the bullpen for today’s game with the Mets. Last night, Pinstriped Prospects’ Robert Pimpsner alluded to Acevedo’s promotion and The Athletic’s Robert Murray confirmed it this morning.

Acevedo takes the spot of Domingo Germán, who was optioned Friday night after another disappointing start. The righty is 6’7″, 250-pounds and began the season with Double-A Trenton. He was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason, but did not pitch in MLB Spring Training because he was coming off of a career-high 133.0 innings pitched across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2017.

So far, the results have been solid for Acevedo in the Eastern League. In 11 games (eight starts, 50⅔ innings) he has a 2-2 record and a 2.84 ERA (3.32 FIP) with 40 strikeouts to 18 walks. Batters have hit just .209 against him and he carries a 40.6% ground ball rate so far on the year.

MLB Pipeline’s scouting report is as follows:

Acevedo’s fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, though he usually works from 93-97 mph as a starter, which is even tougher to hit because of the funkiness and angle his 6-foot-7 frame and low three-quarters arm slot create. That slot makes it tough for him to stay on top of his mid-80s slider, which may never be more than an average offering. He compensates with a plus changeup that he locates well and is effective against both left-handers and right-handers.

For an extra-large guy with a lot of velocity, Acevedo throws a surprising amount of strikes. His delivery isn’t smooth and features effort, yet he somehow makes it work and finally proved he could hold up over a full season in 2017. Some scouts aren’t convinced he’ll hold up for a starter, though he’d still have plenty of value as a high-leverage option should he become a reliever.

Acevedo got the call over the other two healthy arms on the Yankees 40-man roster, which are Giovanny Gallegos and Tommy Kahnle. He is the second Yankee to get the call directly from Double-A, as fellow righty Jonathan Loáisiga was promoted to make four starts in June.

Game 88: Let’s Play (and Win) Two!

Well, these games had to be made up at some point. Might as well win two in one day.

CC Sabathia gets the call in game one of today’s doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran lefty continues to anchor the back of the Yankees’ rotation, pitching to a solid 3.02 ERA through 16 starts so far on the season. He has won each of his last two starts, pitching seven and six innings respectively against Boston and Atlanta. The Orioles roughed him up for three runs over four innings in a game the Yanks eventually lost in 14 innings.

The O’s send righty Jimmy Yacabonis to the hill for his second career appearance as a starter. He started June 28 against Seattle, pitching into the fifth inning and allowing two earned runs. Yacabonis was recalled by the team as the “26th Man” for the doubleheader, so it’s likely that he’s headed back down to Norfolk tomorrow.

This lineup embodies all of the craziness of a doubleheader. It seems there’s a B-team and an A-team, and the B-team is starting behind Sabathia. Clint Frazier is starting in left field. Neil Walker is back at first base, while Tyler Wade gets his first start at second since being recalled. That pushes Brandon Drury over to third base, where he makes his third consecutive start. Kyle Higashioka catches Sabathia.

Giovanny Gallegos has been recalled as the Yankees’ “26th Man” for the doubleheader. It’s worth noting that Luis Cessa is still scheduled as the starter for Game 2, so expect a roster move to be made between games.


Some injury updates:

  • Masahiro Tanaka will return from the disabled list to start tomorrow.
  • Jonathan Loáisiga (right shoulder inflammation) received a cortisone shot in that shoulder and will be shut down for a few weeks.
  • Gary Sánchez was seen participating in agility drills in the outfield today, and is scheduled for on-field batting practice tomorrow. Sánchez could be sent on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, per Aaron Boone.

Baltimore Orioles Lineup

  1. Tim Beckham – 3B
  2. Adam Jones – CF
  3. Manny Machado – SS
  4. Mark Trumbo – DH
  5. Jonathan Schoop – 2B
  6. Danny Valencia – RF
  7. Joey Rickard – LF
  8. Trey Mancini – 1B
  9. Caleb Joseph – C

Game 86: Turn the Page, Sevy

The Yankees will look to put last night’s demoralizing loss behind them as they send their ace, Luis Severino, to the hill.

Severino has been fantastic this season no matter how you slice it. Since he took the loss June 10 to the Mets, Sevy is 4-0 with a stingy 0.99 ERA in victories over Tampa Bay, Seattle, Philadelphia and Boston. The three runs he gave up all came in his June 21 outing vs. Seattle. He’s 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his two starts against the Blue Jays. He has struck out 13 batters compared to allowing four hits and five walks. He has a 2.81 ERA in five career starts at Rogers Centre.

Believe it or not, more eyes might be on the Blue Jays’ starter today: lefty J.A. Happ. Happ is arguably the best rental pitcher available on the trade market this summer, and the Yankees have already been mentioned as a “main player” by FanCred’s Jon Heyman for his services. He got badly roughed up his last time out July 1 in Detroit, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5⅔ innings. Scouts and fans alike will see how Happ fares this time around against the Yankees, to whom he took an Opening Day loss March 29. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in 4⅔ innings.

This Yankees lineup is quite violently shaken up from last night. Greg Bird is batting ninth for the first time since he started five games there last season. Brandon Drury gets his first look at second base, where he played 114 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017. Kyle Higashioka catches Severino, so Austin Romine‘s achy hamstring gets a bit more rest. Aaron Hicks, fresh off another home run, bats clean up for the third time this season. He has a .429/.600/1.143 slashline in that spot so let’s hope that continues.


A lot happened before this game so let’s get to some notes:

  • Clint Frazier is back, and David Hale has been designated for assignment. Aaron Boone said Frazier likely starts tomorrow and in one of the doubleheader games in Baltimore on Monday.
  • Jonathan Loáisiga has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with tightness in his right shoulder so he will not pitch in the doubleheader Monday. Loáisiga will see Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday in New York. Boone said Luis Cessa will get the call to pitch in the nightcap Monday.
  • Gary Sánchez, who is traveling with the team currently, caught Masahiro Tanaka‘s most recent bullpen session and took two rounds of batting practice in Toronto. Per Boone, the “best case” scenario shows Sánchez starting minor league rehab games July 15 and rejoining the club post-All Star break. Tanaka will return from the disabled
  • Boone confirmed Sonny Gray will start as scheduled Wednesday in Baltimore, despite his string of awful outings. Gray has been working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hopefully in an attempt to figure out what the hell has gone wrong. “Hopefully they can unlock some things here in the days before the next start. Hopefully we can see those results,” Boone said.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 2 prospect, No. 39 MLB) is “putting himself in a position to potentially at some point be an option” in the second half, Boone told reporters. Sheffield was just selected to represent the Yankees in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game, and owns a 2.61 ERA in 10 games for the RailRiders in the International League.

Blue Jays Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – LF
  2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2B
  3. Yangervis Solarte – 3B
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales – DH
  6. Kevin Pillar – CF
  7. Randal Grichuk – RF
  8. Luke Maile – C
  9. Aledmys Díaz – SS
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