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Thoughts Following Giancarlo Stanton’s Introductory Press Conference

Giancarlo Stanton is officially a Yankee, and put on the pinstripes for the first time in front of the media at a press conference from the Winter Meetings in Florida. It’s crazy, and completely unexpected, to have a player with the pedigree of Stanton in pinstripes. A lot was said, and I have some thoughts following up on the introduction of the Yankees’ newest slugger.

  1. I did not realize how unhappy Giancarlo was in Miami. From his Instagram post before the press conference to comments made at the conference, this “breakup” between Stanton and the Marlins was long overdue. Stanton cited the lack of direction in the Marlins organization while at the lectern. He said he was “very excited to be a part of the Yankees, and this winning environment and culture.” Stanton really did not hold back in his criticisms of his former team. He also did not seem to have much of a filter in speaking with the media. It will be important for him to be honest with reporters, but hopefully he will steer clear of trashing or insulting other teams or players.
  2. In a breakout session after the formal press conference, Stanton’s agent Joel Wolfe said the 28-year-old has “no desire to opt-out” of his contract after the 2020 season. This seems to be a case of putting the cart before the horse. As written, Stanton is under contract until 2027 at the earliest, with a $25 million team option ($10 million buyout) for the 2028 season. Stanton would be 37 years old by 2027, and in a perfect world, would still be a productive designated hitter for the Yankees. But, as was the case with Alex Rodriguez, players will decay over time. I think it’s premature to talk about Stanton opting out when he hasn’t even gotten in a full Yankee uniform. Should we reevaluate the opt-out next season? Probably. Now? Not necessary.
  3. I still have some questions about how Stanton, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner all fit into the same starting lineup. Luckily, Stanton expressed today that he was willing to move around in the field in order to help the team. He told a panel on the YES Network that he would be willing to play left field, where he has not played since five starts there in 2010 with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. Stanton certainly has the athleticism to tackle left field, and will likely get looks there along with Judge during Spring Training.
  4. Starlin Castro might just be the unluckiest player in baseball. He gets traded out of Chicago right before they win the World Series, and then gets shipped out of New York as part of the transaction that turns them into a huge juggernaut. Castro likely never dons a Miami Marlins uniform, but rather will be flipped to another team that needs a quality middle infielder. Castro was an All-Star in 2017, and has experience at both shortstop and second base.
  5. Hal Steinbrenner said that the Yankees are not done making moves this offseason. But, I don’t expect them to make any moves near the magnitude of this trade. They are looking to shed a little bit more payroll by trading veterans Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley. Headley is an easier sell, given that he is a free agent after the season and owed just $13 million. The Yankees would have to eat substantial money to trade Ellsbury and his albatross contract. Plus, Ellsbury has a full no-trade clause in his deal, just like Stanton. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Ellsbury is “unlikely” to waive that no-trade clause. There are also rumors that the Yankees are seeing what returns they could get for trading promising young outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier was the Yankees No. 2 prospect until he graduated by breaking the 130 at-bat plateau.
  6. Brian Cashman would not name a starting second baseman at this point in time. The Yankees will either try to sign a veteran for cheap, or allow one of their Younger players to win the position out of Spring Training. I think some combination of Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade will man the keystone to start the season. Cashman also mentioned Gleyber Torres and Thairo Estrada. Torres is obviously the more attractive choice, but he managed only 96 plate appearances at Triple-A before injuring his elbow. I predict he’ll start the season in Scranton so that the Yankees are sure he’s fully recovered. Plus, the Yankees can gain an extra year of control over Torres if they wait to start his service clock like the Cubs did with Kris Bryant. If Torres debuts like Bryant did, the Yankees will be absolutely ecstatic.

 

Yankees to Acquire Giancarlo Stanton From Marlins

The reigning 2017 National League Most Valuable Player will almost certainly be suiting up in the Bronx in 2018. The New York Yankees have acquired OF Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for 2B Starlin Castro, RHP Jorge Guzman and IF José Devers. The deal is currently pending since all players involved must pass physicals.

Neither club has confirmed the deal. The Yankees will take on $265 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s contract. He can use a player option to opt out of his deal after the 2020 season.

The team plans to rotate Stanton with Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner in between the two corner outfield positions and designated hitter role. Stanton hit 59 home runs in 2017 en route to being named NL MVP and Hank Aaron Award winner. His slashline was .281/.376/.631, and also tallied an MLB-leading 132 RBIs.

The Yankees bought low on Castro, trading RHP Adam Warren and UTIL Brendan Ryan to the Chicago Cubs to acquire the young infielder. In his Yankees tenure, Castro hit .283/.317/.442 with 37 home runs and 133 RBIs. He was limited to just 112 games in 2017 because of a recurring hamstring issue. The Yankees will have Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres and Thairo Estrada in camp to compete for the starting job at second base.

Guzman was the Yankees No. 9 prospect, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 11.9 K/9 for Short Season-A Staten Island. Guzman came to the Yankees alongside Albert Abreu in the trade that sent Brian McCann to the Houston Astros. Devers got his first taste of minor league action at age-17 this year with the Dominican Summer League Yankees and Gulf Coast League Yankees East club. He hit .245/.336/.342 with one home run and 16 RBIs combined in Rookie ball. He is the cousin of Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers.

Though they were not actively pursuing Stanton at first, the Yankees were one of four teams that he would waive his no-trade clause to join. The other teams were the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Stanton vetoed trades to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week. It appeared that general manager Brian Cashman had the opportunity to acquire Stanton for cheap, and took advantage.


Recent reports indicate that the Marlins are already taking calls on Starlin Castro, and will look to flip him to another contending team. The New York Mets have reportedly shown interest in Castro already. The 27-year-old is owed $22.71 million guaranteed through 2019, with a $16 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2020.

Report: Yankees Interested in Rangers INF Jurickson Profar

As the GM Meetings come to a close in Orlando, Fla., there is an interesting rumbling regarding the Yankees and Texas Rangers. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are intrigued by Rangers’ utility man Jurickson Profar.

Profar has been a disappointment since being billed as the No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season. He has posted a .229/.309/.329 line through 206 games at the big league level. He has yet to play more than 90 games in a season, and missed the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to a shoulder injury.

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But, he does have some redeeming qualities. He has pedigree, and could come into his upside later on in his career. At age-24, he still could “find it” and be a productive player. He has experience at every infield position, and 30 games in left field. That kind of defensive versatility is valuable. Where he would fit in a Yankee organization that has Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade remains to be seen.

Trading for someone like Profar would only make sense if the Yankees can unload a few of their excess 40-man roster pitchers. Guys like Luis Cessa, Giovanny Gallegos, Bryan Mitchell, Caleb Smith and more may be shipped off in a package to open up more 40-man spots for names like Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada and Gleyber Torres.

If the Yankees can open up two or three 40-man roster spots while only taking on Profar (projected to make $1.1 million in arbitration per MLBTradeRumors), that would be a fantastic opportunity to buy low on a player with plenty of pedigree. They did it with Didi Gregorius, and also look to do so with Billy McKinney (Aroldis Chapman trade) and Dillon Tate (Carlos Beltrán trade).

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Aaron Hicks Placed on 10-Day DL With Oblique Injury

After departing last night’s game early, outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Hicks exited after running down a ball hit by Hanley Ramírez in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game. He was replaced in center field in the following inning by Jacoby Ellsbury. Hicks missed 39 games with a right oblique strain earlier this season.

To fill his roster spot, the Yankees pulled a bit of a head-scratcher. They recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees will play at least Sunday’s game with a fourth outfielder named Ronald Torreyes or Matt Holliday. The Yankees have both Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade, each with some corner outfield experience, on the 40-man roster. They could be summoned to the big leagues without the 10-day rule applying because of injury.

Presumably, Ellsbury will start in center field while Hicks is absent.

Aaron Hicks Injury Forces Yankees’ Hand on Cave/McKinney

With Aaron Hicks going down with yet another oblique injury, the Yankees could find themselves in a tough situation that greatly affects their future.

There are still doubts regarding the effectiveness of Jacoby Ellsbury‘s bat. Clint Frazier begins his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Monday. The next top Yankee outfield prospect, Estevan Florial, has yet to crack Double-A with Trenton.

With 40-man rosters, the Yankees could do nothing. But, they need another outfielder to back up Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge. Sure, they could recall Tyler Austin or Tyler Wade, who have experience in the outfield corners. Sure, they could ask Matt Holliday to don an outfield glove and pray nothing bad happens.

Or, they could look to their Nos. 19 and 24 prospects: Jake Cave and Billy McKinney, respectively. Cave, 24, leads the RailRiders in batting average with his .328 clip for the 2017 season. Plus, he is tied with Ji-Man Choi for the team lead in home runs with 15. He has started 28 games in center field for Scranton, as well as 24 in right field and 12 in left field. He has just one error in the outfield this season. At his age, Cave is eligible for the Rule-5 draft. He knows all about that process, having spent 2017 Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds. Cave was returned to the Yankees on April 5, 2016. Cave is also eligible for Minor League free agency after the season.

Billy McKinney, though he profiles as a corner outfielder, could still help the Yankees down the stretch. His .312 average puts him behind just Cave and Miguel Andújar for the best mark on the RailRiders. He, too, has shown a power stroke by clobbering 10 home runs in the International League. He has played both outfield corners regularly. At age 23, the former first round pick is Rule-5 eligible.

Both players have impressed at the highest levels of the minor leagues. A rebuilding team could be willing to take a chance on either player through the Rule-5 Draft since both have shown quality outfield defense and a talented left-handed bat. The Hicks injury essentially forces the Yankees to look at both Cave and McKinney as outfield options down the stretch. They may not trust Ellsbury, and certainly do not want to rush their No. 2 prospect, Clint Frazier, back from injury.

Protecting either Jake Cave or Billy McKinney allows them to keep a valuable future asset in the system while filling a current need on the MLB roster.

Yankees Call Up Five Players as Rosters Expand

September 1 has arrived, and the Yankees have made widely expected roster moves to take advantage of expanded rosters.

With suspensions to Gary Sánchez and Austin Romine looming, the Yankees selected the contract of Erik Kratz from Triple-A. The Yankees traded for him from the Cleveland organization Thursday as depth. The 37-year-old veteran was slashing .270/.359/.472 with 13 home runs for Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate. In 225 MLB games, he carries a .200/.248/.362 line. Luis Cessa moves to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Kratz.

Matt Holliday returns from the disabled list now that rosters have expanded. The veteran went .229/.349/.257 combined on his rehab assignment at Class-A Advanced Tampa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It becomes hard to figure where he will get at-bats, given the return of Greg Bird and resurgence of Chase Headley.

The Yankees reinforce the bullpen by adding Ben Heller and Bryan Mitchell. Heller has been fantastic for Triple-A, with a 2.88 ERA and a 13.1 K/9 rate. Mitchell worked as a starter in Scranton, but has pitched mostly in long relief with the big league club. Jordan Montgomery also rejoins the Yankees.

Notable names to stay in the minors are Miguel Andújar, Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade. Both Austin and Wade were optioned to Scranton less than 10 days ago, and cannot come back unless there is an injury. There is no word on whether they will be promoted once 10 days have passed. Andújar, who has been on an offensive tear (currently on a 15-game hitting streak, .333/.379/.531 at Triple-A) remains in the Minors presumably to get full-time at-bats, continue working on his third base defense and help the RailRiders win a championship.

Tyler Wade’s Curious Situation

No one has ever questioned the potential of Tyler Wade. Currently ranked as the No. 6 prospect for the Yankees, Wade is proficient everywhere around the diamond. At 22, he has already played 14 games in the big leagues.

Brian Cashman gave Wade a vote of confidence earlier in the season when he said that Wade would be the first name called if the Yankees needed infield reinforcements. With a system that just acquired Gleyber Torres, a top-five prospect in all of baseball, Cashman’s choice of Wade shows just how high the Yankees are on him.

His defense has sparkled, but his bat has yet to show the ability that allowed him to slash .313/.389/.453 for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In his 14 games at the MLB level, Wade has a .136/.224/.227 line that includes 15 strikeouts in 49 plate appearances.

If this was last year, and the Yankees sold at the deadline, Wade would be starting at second base every day until Starlin Castro‘s return. The team’s lack of playoff aspirations in 2016 gave them the opportunity to test the skills of players like Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez in the MLB. They found their catcher and right fielder of the future in part because of that experiment.

However, this is a different year, and a different team. The Yankees need Wade to provide quality defense, some base-hits and stolen bases down the stretch. Castro still needs time to heal after his second hamstring injury of the season. But, if Wade continues to struggle at the plate, the second base job will go to Ronald Torreyes. The Yankees only have one other infielder on the 40-man roster: Miguel Andújar. The Yankees want to get his defense at third base serviceable, so there is no way they’d throw him into the second base fire. Wade is the guy to “replace” Castro on the roster.

The Yankees find themselves between a rock and a hard place with Wade. As much as they want him to develop with everyday at-bats, he cannot do so at the expense of the team’s performance. It looks like Torreyes will get the bulk of second base playing time until Castro returns. When Castro returns, Wade will go back to the RailRiders. He has been the target of Yankee fans’ ire because of his inability to instantly contribute at the MLB level. But, Wade has the talent to be a valuable piece down the stretch and into the future.

Starlin Castro Injured Again, Tyler Wade Recalled

Erik Boland of Newsday reports on Twitter that Starlin Castro is headed back to the disabled list with hamstring issues.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported earlier in the day that Tyler Wade was being recalled to the team, but did not mention a counter-move.

Wade was optioned back to Triple-A July 15, and went 7-for-23 (.304) with a home run in that time. His defensive versatility will also be an asset to the big league club.

Castro was 5-for-22 (.227) since his return from a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He attended the All-Star Game, but did not participate. He missed 13 games with the injury before.

CONFIRMED: Clint Frazier Will Join Yankees Saturday

UPDATE (12:45 a.m. EDT – July 1):


The Baby Bomber invasion continues as the Yankees reportedly will select the contract of No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Brendan McGair, a beat reporter for the Pawtucket Red Sox, tweeted a picture of Frazier on the phone, and said in a subsequent tweet that he heard Frazier say, “I’m going to Houston tomorrow.”

Multiple prospects have made their debuts this week for the Yankees. No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade joined the team earlier this week, then No. 9 Miguel Andújar and finally Dustin Fowler (who suffered a devastating knee injury just one inning into his debut).

The promotion of Frazier makes sense since the Yankees need another outfielder. They were not counting on Fowler’s injury, and decided to recall Andújar for the opener in Houston because the latter was already in Chicago. The RailRiders made it four innings into their game with the PawSox before it was suspended due to rain.

Frazier is slashing .257/.345/.474 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs for the RailRiders. He also appeared in 22 Spring Training games, slashing .273/.267/.432 with one home run and eight RBIs. The Yankees acquired Frazier from the Cleveland Indians along with Justus SheffieldBen Heller and J.P. Feyereisen for Andrew Miller.

Game 78: Hanging On For Dear Life

With players dropping like flies and the team dropping into second place in the American League East, the New York Yankees open a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

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Last night’s game was delayed close to three hours, and delivered heartbreak when 22-year-old Dustin Fowler tore his right patellar tendon in pursuit of a foul ball. He had successful surgery, and hopes to be ready for Spring Training in 2018. Per reports, the team gathered to chat with Fowler via FaceTime prior to Friday’s game.

Michael Pineda hopes to avenge his May 11 loss to the Astros tonight. In that game, he allowed three runs through 6⅔ innings. He fared much worse his last time out against the other Texas ballclub. Pineda lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs June 25.

His counterpart is probable All-Star Lance McCullers Jr. The righty is 7-1 on the year, and beat the Yankees behind six shutout innings and seven strikeouts May 12. He hasn’t lost since late April, and the Astros have only lost two games when he starts.

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Aaron Judge is the designated hitter for the second day, and Tyler Wade shifts into right field. Austin Romine catches tonight instead of first base, giving Chris Carter his first start since being called up. Ronald Torreyes gets yet another start, this time at second base.


The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell, and demoted fellow righty Ronald Herrera to AAA. The team will also be without Tyler Clippard for one game because his grandmother passed away. The team has not officially announced it, but it looks as though Miguel Andújar has been recalled to replace Fowler on the active roster.


Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – DH
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Austin Romine – C
  7. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  8. Tyler Wade – RF
  9. Chris Carter – 1B
Houston Astros
  1. George Springer – CF
  2. Josh Reddick – RF
  3. José Altuve – 2B
  4. Carlos Correa – SS
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Carlos Beltrán – DH
  7. Marwin González – 1B
  8. Yuli Gurriel – LF
  9. Alex Bregman – 3B