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Yankees Acquire Hechavarría From Pirates; Designate Bollinger for Assignment

More infield depth for the Bombers.

The Yanks added infield insurance just before the 11:59 p.m. Eastern deadline for postseason eligibility, acquiring defensive stud Adeiny Hechavarría from the Pittsburgh Pirates (with cash considerations) in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Just about all of Hechavarría’s value comes from his glove, as he owns a meager .254/.287/.342 (69 wRC+) batting line across 76 games with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in 2018. The Pirates acquired him August 6 for a minor-league pitcher after Tampa Bay designated him for assignment August 1.

In 625⅓ innings at shortstop in 2018, Hechavarría has totaled +3 defensive runs saved and owns a +1.5 UZR. He has just three fielding errors this season, and five total at shortstop over the past two years. He also has 70⅔ innings of experience at second base, and 156 innings at third base. However, he has played exclusively shortstop since moving from Toronto to Miami in their mega-deal in November 2012.

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In my opinion, this deal is simply a way to improve infield defense now that rosters have expanded to 40 players. Hechavarría is definitely not the kind of move you make to cover up a setback to Didi Gregorius‘ heel bruise, but it’s a move that allows for plenty of quality infield depth. It also seems to indicate that Gio Urshela will remain with the RailRiders through their playoff push. It’s worth noting that Hechavarría has a .299/.319/.418 (99 wRC+) line in his career at Yankee Stadium, though that just seems to be one of those crazy baseball quirks.

The Yankees will now have a surplus of utility infielders, as Hechavarría will join Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and Neil Walker as options off the bench.


It seems the Yanks are trying to push Ryan Bollinger off the 40-man roster for a second time, having outrighted him May 27 after a one day appearance on the active roster. He was added again July 31, though he was optioned to the minors the next day. I believe he can elect free agency in lieu of another outright assignment, though the Yankees will try to sneak him through waivers after designating him for assignment.

Adler: Giancarlo Stanton Playing Through Left Hamstring Tightness

With Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez sidelined with wrist and groin injuries, respectively, another Yankees slugger is dealing with an ailment of his own. Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported Monday morning that Giancarlo Stanton was limited to being the designated hitter in the final two games in Boston because of tightness in his left hamstring.

From Adler’s piece:

“Stanton is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring and has had it wrapped up with ice after games Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Presumably, with Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez already on the disabled list, Boone has not wanted to take the risk of losing his final power bat as any chance at winning the division to avoid the one-game wild-card berth slips further away.”

An injury to Stanton would explain the seemingly inexplicable use of Shane Robinson in two out of four games in Boston. With Judge injured and Tyler Wade on optional assignment in Triple-A, Robinson is the only available outfielder for the Yankees. Clint Frazier is in Tampa working his way back from post-concussion migraines, and the Yankees traded away options like Tyler Austin and Billy McKinney at the deadline. Another option would be Ronald Torreyes, who has 187 outfield innings (including 90.0 in center in 2014) combined between the minors and majors.

Neil Walker has played three innings of right field basically out of necessity for the Yankees, marking his first time outside of the infield in his professional career. Walker’s bat is clearly superior to Robinson’s, but the Yankees felt it was necessary to have a natural outfielder patrolling right at Fenway. Robinson went 0-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt in his two starts against the Red Sox.

The truth is that the Yankees don’t have much outfield depth left after the trades they made last week. Top prospect Estevan Florial is not MLB-ready, especially after missing seven weeks with a wrist injury. Ryan McBroom and Mark Payton are the other outfielders worth keeping an eye on at Triple-A, while Wade has started three consecutive games in the corner outfield in SWB as well.

Stanton likely will attempt to play through the soreness, especially with the aforementioned lack of power bats. But, it likely means we’ll see a lot more of Robinson in right field until Stanton is 100 percent.

Luis Cessa, Luke Voit Promoted; Happ to DL; Wade Optioned

Not #HugWatch, but some post-July roster intrigue.

UPDATE (August 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT): Luis Cessa and Luke Voit have officially been promoted. J.A. Happ has been placed on the 10-day D.L. (retroactive to July 30) with hand, foot and mouth disease. Tyler Wade has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cessa will wear his usual No. 85 while Voit will take Chasen Shreve’s old No. 45.


The Yankees will have two RailRiders in uniform tomorrow night in the form of righty Luis Cessa and first baseman Luke Voit, according to DJ Eberle of Wilkes-Barre’s Times-Leader.

So far, there’s no hints about a counter-move, but there are some guesses that can be made. There is a pitcher headed to the disabled list because Cessa has not been down for the requisite 10 days before being recalled. It could be J.A. Happ, who recently was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.

But, that’s not necessarily the case since recalling Cessa this early would imply he would pitch before Saturday. Cessa told Eberle he has not been told his role yet, whether it comes as a starter or reliever. That makes me think he’s not Happ insurance, especially since they’re calling him up so early. Sonny Gray might have some “shoulder inflammation” or something they can use to sit him down for an extended period of time in an effort to get him right. Who knows; time will tell.

Luke Voit is going to be a bat off the bench and will likely start at least one game at first base against one of the tough Sox lefties. He was just acquired from the St. Lous Cardinals for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. In his MLB career, he has a .263/.282/.553 line with three homers against lefties in 39 plate appearances.

Voit will be replacing one of Tyler Wade or Shane Robinson, who are the two non-catcher bench players with the Yankees at the moment. I’d imagine Wade stays because of his defensive versatility because Robinson is exclusively an outfielder. Time will tell there as well.

Game 102: Post-Judge Day No. 1

The Yankees will be without Aaron Judge for three weeks, and that timer starts with tonight’s game with Kansas City.

CC Sabathia will make his 19th start of the season, and his second against the Royals. He lasted just five innings May 18, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. He continues to be holding down the back end of the Yankees rotation, however, pitching to a 3.28 ERA in his last eight starts (dating back to June 5). The Yankees are 5-3 in those outings.

The Yankees get their second look at right Brad Keller, who pitched in relief in that May 18 game. He threw an 11-pitch eighth inning and recorded a strikeout of Aaron Hicks. In nine starts (since May 30), he is 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA. He delivered a solid outing against Minnesota on July 22, giving up three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Giancarlo Stanton slides into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, where Judge started 97 games this season. The Yankees will keep Neil Walker‘s hot bat in the lineup, starting him once again at the hot corner. The much maligned veteran is slashing .311/.407/.444 (133 wRC+) since July 1.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • J.A. Happ‘s flight to New York had some weather-related issues, so he has not reported to the team yet. He’s scheduled to start Sunday, and I’m guessing he’s activated tomorrow. He’ll wear No. 34 for the Yankees.
  • Tyler Wade is back, and will be the team’s primary fourth outfielder in Judge’s absence. That doesn’t seem to bode well for Shane Robinson, who was selected to the active roster last night. He could be designated for assignment tomorrow if, in fact, that is when Happ is to be activated.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury has not begun baseball activities. Shocker! He’s not an option to replace Judge. Clint Frazier has been sent to Tampa to continue his rehab from post-concussion migraines. If he can get himself comfortably into playing shape, he could put himself in a position to make an impact.
  • There seems to have been some confusion with Judge’s prognosis. Everyone (myself included) believed the three-week timeline mentioned by the Yankees would be entirely downtime. It turns out that Judge could be back in the lineup in three weeks, and not just beginning rehab games at that point. Aaron Boone said Judge could be taking dry swings in about a week and a half. Encouraging stuff.

Royals Lineup:

  1. Whit Merrifield – CF
  2. Rosell Herrera – RF
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Salvador Pérez – C
  5. Jorge Bonifacio – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – DH
  7. Hunter Dozier – 1B
  8. Alcides Escobar – SS
  9. Adalberto Mondesí – 2B

Tyler Wade Recalled; Aaron Judge to DL

Having broken the bad news last night that Aaron Judge will miss three weeks with a fractured right wrist, the team made a move to replace him on the active roster before Friday night’s contest with the Kansas City Royals. Today, they recalled speedy utility player Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 23-year-old showed signs of his hitting ability in his last stint with the Yanks, going 7-for-18 (.368, 173 wRC+) from July 7 to July 24. More importantly, he brings defensive versatility to a team certainly lacking competent outfielders. Wade has logged 147 innings as an outfielder in AAA this season, with the majority coming in center field.

So far for the major league club, he played one inning of center in a garbage time scenario, and also got 26 innings of outfield under his belt in 2017. He has the talent to be a late game defensive replacement pretty much anywhere on the diamond.

Game 100: Cessa in the Century Game

It’s Game No. 100 on the season, and Luis Cessa is looking to turn in another fantastic performance for the Yankees.

Across his last three starts (one in MLB, two in IL), Luis Cessa has looked like a different pitcher. He has allowed just one run on nine hits with 18 strikeouts to just four walks. He mentioned to a reporter that he began to throw his slider with less velocity, and that has led to more strikeouts. I believe it, and I hope he can sustain it at the major league level.

Starting for the Rays is old friend Nathan Eovaldi. Oh, never mind. Eovaldi was just traded to the Red Sox for their No. 15 prospect LHP Jalen Beeks. Ryne Stanek, another opener, will get the ball instead. He has made 13 starts on the season, with a 1.37 ERA (obscured by sample size, he’s given up three runs in 19⅔ innings). He has four appearances (two starts) against the Yankees and has yet to allow a run (four hits though) in 4⅔ innings.

Gleyber Torres is back! The Yankees activated him off of the disabled list today, and he’ll bat fifth at second base. Tyler Wade was optioned to Triple-A. Neil Walker (who managed a .886 OPS in Torres’ absence) serves as the designated hitter today. Aaron Hicks gets another day off after he banged up his left shoulder Monday night. He is available off the bench, and so is Brandon Drury who was hit on his hand with a pitch last night. Kyle Higashioka will get the start behind the plate in the day game after a night game.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Zach Britton was not listed as available out of the Yankees bullpen today, and that’s completely understandable. The trade was announced at 11:45 PM and the Yankees were scheduled to play in about 12 hours from that time. Multiple Yankees reporters have indicated he will join the team tomorrow in the Bronx. It wouldn’t make sense for him to travel from Baltimore to St. Petersburg, only to then go back to the Bronx a few hours later.
  • None of the minor-league pitchers the Yankees dealt to Baltimore will immediately join their major-league roster. All three will remain at their respective levels (Carroll & Rogers at AAA, Tate at AA). Tate became the O’s No. 4 prospect, and Carroll their No. 15 prospect. Rogers remains unranked.
  • Gary Sánchez may not return from his latest groin strain until late August. Brian Cashman expressed his confidence in Austin Romine and Higashioka in the meantime, and said they’d explore a trade at the position basically if one falls into their laps.

Rays Lineup

  1. CF – Kevin Kiermaier (L)
  2. 3B – Matt Duffy (R)
  3. 1B – Jake Bauers (L)
  4. DH – C.J. Cron (R)
  5. LF – Joey Wendle (L)
  6. 2B – Daniel Robertson (R)
  7. RF – Carlos Gómez (R)
  8. SS – Willy Adames (R)
  9. C – Adam Moore (R)

Yankees 4, Rays 0: Tanaka’s Gem Shuts Out Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Masahiro Tanaka needed 105 pitches to turn in the best start of his 2018 season, as he pitched a complete game shutout of the Rays on Tuesday.

A single and a double to C.J. Cron, a single for Jesús Sucre and a walk to Ji-Man Choi were the only blemishes on Tanaka’s line. Tanaka did not allow a baserunner until the fifth inning, and pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. He struck out nine and recorded 14 groundouts (compared to zero flyouts).

The Yankees got on the board in the first inning when Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge led off the game with singles. They moved to third on Giancarlo Stanton‘s strikeout-wild pitch. Didi Gregorius then scored Gardner on an RBI groundout to shortstop.

In the fifth, Brandon Drury got drilled on the hand by a 2-2 fastball with one out. Neil Walker singled him over to third. Another RBI groundout, this time by Austin Romine, scored Tyler Wade (pinch-running for Drury).

In the seventh, Miguel Andújar singled, Greg Bird doubled and Romine came through again, this time with a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ third run. In the ninth, Andújar doubled and scored on a single by Walker.

Aroldis Chapman threw a few warmup pitches in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately was not needed because of Tanaka’s mastery. More of this would be great from Tanaka, of course.


Trade Alert 🚨

Of course, the Yankees garnered headlines during the game as they closed in on a trade for Orioles lefty Zach Britton. That trade was announced after the game ended in St. Petersburg, as well as in Baltimore. The Orioles acquired minor-league pitchers Cody Carroll, Josh Rogers and Dillon Tate.


What’s Next

Luis Cessa (1-1, 3.00 ERA) comes up from Triple-A to take Domingo Germán‘s rotation spot. He’ll face old friend Nathan Eovaldi (3-4, 4.26 ERA).