New York Giants: Eli Manning Locked In As 2019’s Quarterback

The New York Giants have had to make a decision about Eli Manning ever since last season, and it looks like they’re making that decision not through action but through inaction. The team has decided not to move Manning and because of that, Manning will now receive his roster bonus of $5M as Saturday was the last day that the team could have moved him without paying it out.

Because of that, it’s very obvious to see that the team isn’t going to move Manning, since they would have done so before paying out the roster bonus if they intended on making a trade or even releasing Manning, which mainly would have been a move to save cap space.

Manning is now the highest paid player on the team after Odell Beckham Jr. was moved, and while two of their other top earners were both traded last week to the Cleveland Browns, the cap situation still isn’t the best right now. It was thought that a move to send off Manning and cut down his $23M cap hit was in the realm of options, even if it was an unlikely one, but those thoughts have been put to bed by the Giants paying his roster bonus.

Nobody is surprised by that exactly. It seems that if the Giants do go for a new quarterback in the draft, that player will end up learning under Manning, while Manning retains his spot as the starter for at least the opening part of the season. That rookie could be any number of players, but of course, the signs point to it being Dwayne Haskins Jr.

New York Yankees: Domingo German Is Turning Heads In Spring Training

New York Yankees, Domingo German

While Aaron Judge continues to hit home runs for the New York Yankees in spring training, it’s the less talked about players that deserve recognition at this point in the offseason. We expect players like Judge to perform, but youngsters such as Domingo German are more developmental projects.

German finished 2018 with a 5.57 ERA but has dominated the Grapefruit League with a 2.35 ERA over 7.2 innings. While the sample size is certainly small, he’s been worked in for short spells to gauge his readiness to take his game to the next level.

The Yankees have a true talent to work with:

The 26-year-old is one of the league’s premier strikeout artists, ranking 9th best in the MLB last year in regard to strikeout rate. Both his curveball and changeup are intimidating, generating 20.08% and 18.71% whiff rates against batters.

His impressive skill-set is only valuable when he’s confident and accurate. When his game is off German tends to throw meatballs, which attests to his 40.4% fly-ball rate.

Veering away from those bad tendencies take time and practice, but he’s looked great so far this spring. On Friday, German tossed four shutout innings, allowing two hits. He struck out six batters during his time on the mound – so essentially he struck out two innings worth of batters. That’s what the righty can bring to the table on his better days.

The New York Yankees need support:

With Luis Severino reportedly out until May and CC Sabathia aiming for an April return, German will undoubtedly be slotted into a starting role where he will fill in towards the back of the rotation. He will likely be inserted as the No. 4-5 starter behind Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, and potentially Luis Cessa.

German has all of the tools to come in and act as a stop gap for injured regulars or rotate in for fatigue purposes, but I wouldn’t rule him out when it comes to pitching in meaningful games down the road. He’s developing nicely at this point in his career and he could be in line to handle a consistent starting role in 2020.

 

 

New York Yankees: Can Gleyber Torres Build Upon His Stellar Rookie Season?

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

With the New York Yankees making several offseason moves to bolster their roster, some of their current talents are primed for big years in 2019. One name is Gleyber Torres, the Yankees top prospect a year ago. Despite starting the season in AAA, as well as dealing with a hip injury during the All-Star Break, Torres had a solid rookie season. Expect the now 22-year-old infielder to build off it in 2019.

2018 Stats (New York Yankees):

123 Games, .271/.340/.480/.820, 24 HR, 77 RBI, 42 BB, 122 SO, 54 Runs Scored, 2.9 WAR

Upon making his debut on April 22nd, Torres immediately cemented himself into the lineup at second base. He batted .325/.380/.663/1.043 with nine home runs and 24 RBI in May, helping him make the All-Star team despite a hip injury keeping him out for most of July.

His performance in the first half was enough for him to finish third in AL Rookie of the Year voting, finishing behind Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani and teammate Miguel Andujar.

Coming into 2019, Torres will now have a chance to play his natural position of shortstop. Because Didi Gregorius is out from Tommy John Surgery, Torres will most likely be part of a rotation along with D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki.

The main questions with Torres seem to be minor ones, mainly his plate discipline, defense, and baserunning. Going into his second year in the majors, expect him to improve upon those areas thanks to some experience.

2019 Stat Predictions:

145 Games, .289/.346/.501/.847, 28 HR, 86 RBI, 49 BB, 63 Runs Scored

Awards Predictions:

All-Star, Silver Slugger

New York Giants: Three Potential Quarterback Options For 2019 And Beyond

The New York Giants could draft Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Eli Manning is 38 years old. The 2019 NFL season will be Eli’s 16th season as a quarterback for the New York Giants. Playing his 16th season with the Giants will officially make Eli Manning the highest paid player in NFL history.

It has been widely debated whether or not the Giants should keep Manning in 2019. Whether they keep him or not, the Giants need to secure a future franchise player at the quarterback position. Eli Manning cannot play forever. The Giants need to find their future face of the franchise as soon as possible.

Luckily for them, the 2019 offseason has plenty of options at the quarterback position.

Kyler Muray

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, officially chose football over baseball. The electric dual-threat quarterback is expected to go number one overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. His connection to Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury makes that a real possibility.

However, nothing is set in stone. The Cardinals could be constructing a major smoke-screen in order to trade the number one pick for a major haul of assets. If the Giants are in love with Kyler and believe he can be their next franchise quarterback, they could trade up to the first pick in the draft and take him.

This move would not come cheap. The Giants would likely need to give up at least two first round picks and a second round pick to make it happen. The Giants showed great interest in Murray at his Pro Day, so it is possible they will consider trading up for him.

However, considering Kyler Murray had 4,361 passing yards, 42 passing touchdowns, 1,001 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns, he just might be worth the high price to pay. Kyler Murray is definitely the most talented quarterback in the draft, but he is not a perfect prospect.

Kyler Murray was rumored to have poor Combine interviews. On top of that, he has an unprecedented height from the quarterback position. Standing at 5′ 10″, Kyler Murray will be one of the shortest quarterbacks in NFL history. This is a trait that might cause some teams to take him off of their draft board.

Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State also had an incredible 2018 season. Haskins finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. Dwayne was statistically immaculate in 2018.

In his 2018 season, Haskins broke records. He threw 50 touchdown passes to only 8 interceptions. He also gained 4,831 yards through the air. Unlike Kyler Murray, Haskins is not much of a runner, so his rushing yards are nothing to go crazy about. However, he did have 4 rushing touchdowns, showing he can get the job done on the ground when he needs to.

Dwayne Haskins is a pro-style, pocket passing quarterback. He has the ability to read defenses and make excellent pre-snap adjustments. The Giants have shown interest in him. They scouted him during the collegiate season and interviewed him at the Combine. Haskins is a Giants fan so he would love to play for Big Blue and would also be willing to learn behind Eli Manning for a year.

The Giants might be able to get Haskins with their 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, if they feel like that is too risky, they would likely only need to trade up to the third pick in order to secure Dwayne Haskins.

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen will be entering his second NFL season in 2019. His 2018 rookie campaign was a disaster. Playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Josh Rosen threw only 11 touchdowns in 14 games to a total of 14 interceptions. In his defense, Rosen was playing behind the worst offensive line in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

His rookie season was not all bad, however. Rosen flashed his potential a few times in his rookie season. With a better coaching staff, better offensive weapons, and an offseason of training, Rosen could be a special player for another team.

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Josh Rosen was selected by the Cardinals with the 10th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At the time, it looked as though Arizona had secured their future franchise quarterback. That was until Arizona decided to tear it down. They fired their coaching staff and hired a new head coach, Kliff Kingsbury.

Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray have a strong connection. It is widely believed that Kingsbury has already made up his mind and has plans to select Kyler Murray with the 1st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. If this happens, Josh Rosen will be traded.

The Giants liked Josh Rosen as a prospect last offseason. If Rosen is made available for trade, the Giants reportedly would be interested in trading for him. The reported asking price for Rosen is a third-round pick. If the Giants believe Josh Rosen has franchise quarterback potential, then trading a second or a third-round pick would be a steal.

New York Giants Aren’t Hiding Their Interest In Kyler Murray

The New York Giants have begun to analyze Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray on a more in-depth level since the NFL Combine several weeks ago. Both head coach Pat Shurmur and Chris Mara attended the mobile passer’s Pro Day, watching him sling the ball around the field with pristine accuracy and precision.

One of the more interesting aspects of this offseason has been the Giants’ approach towards breaking down the 2019 class of signal callers. It began with comments from Daniel Jones and Haskins portraying their hope to come to New York and learn behind Eli Manning. Murray’s response wasn’t as confident or professional – but with the national spotlight shining down on him and his decision to declare for the draft, what can you expect?

The New York Giants would be taking a calculated risk with Kyler Murray:

Murray had a stellar 2018 season with the Sooners, racking up 4361 passing yards and 1001 rushing yards. He totaled 54 scores and seven interceptions in his Heisman winning campaign. His abilities are exciting and impactful, but most of all, different. At just 5’10”, Murray is on the shorter side. We’ve seen quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees success before at a less than adequate height, but there are ways to work around it.

The 205-pound passer would be a unique fit in the Giants’ offense, as they have begun changing the ideology of their scheme. With the trading of Odell Beckham Jr. and the acquisition of Kevin Zeitler, it seems as if the team is headed towards a ground-and-pound style.

The New York Giants are building a foundation for the offense:

Signing slot receiver Golden Tate offers Eli Manning a top-end option that has playoff experience and toughness. Short to intermediate routes seem like the future of the offense, but focusing in on the offensive line and preparing the seamless succession of Manning is the priority now.

With the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, the Giants have a real shot at grabbing a player like Murray. I imagine he would sit behind Manning for a year as he develops and learns the ropes from a seasoned veteran. Entering the 2020 season with plenty of knowledge and ability, he would have a good offensive line and plenty of weapons to help him succeed.

While this is hypothetical, it’s important to recognize what general manager Dave Gettleman is doing now to prepare the quarterback of the future.

New York Yankees: Dellin Betances Trying To Regain Form After Tough Spring Start

“Crap” is usually not the word you want to hear when a pitcher is describing how they feel heading into the final weeks of spring training. New York Yankees relief pitcher, Dellin Betances, has struggled in his pitching program this year, failing to make an impact on the mound and even seeing his speed take a dip.

After Sunday’s game, Betances was thrashed in just 0.1 innings with two hits and two earned runs. He was pulled quickly, and the look on his face told the whole story behind his issues.

After performing in a two-inning simulated match, the relief pitcher stated:

“My delivery felt better,’’ Betances said. “That game on Sunday, I was trying to do more and I was out of whack.’’

“I’m still trying to play catch-up a little bit,’’ said Betances, who missed the beginning of camp after the birth of his first child. “I felt like the ball was coming out better [Thursday] and I was pleased with that.’’

It’s possible he was rushed into action and needed a bit more time to strengthen his arm and improve stamina. He clearly hasn’t looked like his normal self, so putting him in a low-stress environment to focus in on his game should help incrementally build his confidence.

Betances has lost between 6-8 MPH off his pitches, which is very concerning, but as pitching coach Rothschild said:

“I don’t think that went away when he fell asleep over the winter.”
It’s likely that Dellin will receive about four more opportunities to impress before Opening Day, but he doesn’t seem too worried about succeeding when the lights go on.

“When the lights come on and the fans are in the stands, I’ll be fine,’’ Betances said. “I’m an adrenaline guy. I like to pitch when it matters more.’’


 

Luis Severino is scheduled to begin playing catch on Wednesday. Working his way back from an inflamed rotator cuff will take a bit of time, and he’s already been ruled out from the first few games of the regular season.

The Yankees will undoubtedly proceed with caution as their ace fights his way back into the rotation. CC Sabathia, on the other hand, will pitch in a simulated game on Saturday. Both starters will need time to sufficiently get through their pitching program, but the expectation is that they will return in April.