New York Yankees: Analyzing The Encarnacion Trade

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees turned some heads and made a trade for power-hitting first baseman and DH Edwin Encarnacion, previously of the Seattle Mariners. But what does this trade mean for the Yankees?

A future trade

A possibility is that the team is building up it’s roster to make a trade for a pitcher at the deadline. By getting Encarnacion, you can deals guys like Kendrys Morales, Thairo Estrada, and Clint Frazier for a starting pitcher like Marcus Stroman or even Max Scherzer.

Or, because the Yankees gave up so little to the Mariners, maybe they have a plan to involved Encarnacion in another trade. But, with him leading the AL in home runs, I doubt that the Yankees would trade him unless a perfect deal comes about.

Where does he play?

We believe that Encarnacion will be the designated hitter, and will play first on occasion. If possible, the Yankees want to keep DJ LeMahieu at second and third.

But, adding Encarnacion may restrict everyone’s playing time a bit. Gio Urshela is cooling down, so maybe LeMahieu has to end up playing third more often.

Overall, I think that this is a good trade for the Yankees. It sets up a bigger trade and adds power to the current lineup.

BREAKING: New York Yankees trade for Mariners star Edwin Encarnacion

New York Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnacion.

If it wasn’t the starting pitching rotation that needed more reinforcements, why not go out and grab another big bat to add to the lineup. At this point, it seems as if run support is the supplement for bad pitching, which has proven to work in the past. The New York Yankees have traded for Seattle Mariners star, Edwin Encarnacion.

Leading the American League with 21 home runs, Encarnacion will be a lethal addition to the lineup and likely slot in at the first base position while Luke Voit drops into the designated hitter and rotational role.

Edwin was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Mariners in a three-team swap last offseason. Clearly, the Mariners are trying to rebuild and got a rather sweet deal from the Yanks. I imagine it includes plenty of youth.

Among Active players, Encarnacion has a total of 401 homers behind Albert Pujols (644) and Miguel Cabrera (468). Pairing him with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez will make the Yankees’ lineup one of the most daunting in baseball.

In addition to his stellar bat, the Mariner brings an elite glove to the first base position as well. Joining a group consisting of Gio Urshela, Didi Gregorius, and Gleyber Torres, Encarnacion is essentially the final piece to the puzzle.

Which New York Giants rookie has looked the best this summer?

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

While New York Giants rookie passer Daniel Jones has progressed well this offseason, there are several other new faces that have shined equally as bright.

Tight end CJ Conrad has been fantastic, WR Darius Slayton has ramped up his production, and outside linebacker, Oshane Ximines has provided optimism to the coaching staff. However, cornerback DeAndre Baker has been the most impressive thus far in camp.

What does DeAndre Baker bring to the New York Giants:

His aggressiveness at the point of attack and elite speed has shown that he can compete as the No. 2 corner opposite veteran, Janoris Jenkins. Baker’s over-confidence was on display as he adapted to the NFL process, but he has backed it up with impressive play since his inception.

His competition with second-year player Sam Beal, but essentially a rookie due to his should injury that kept him out for the entire season, was building heat early on -  since then Baker has taken the No. 2 spot and hasn’t looked back. Beal missed several practices due to personal reasons which set him back significantly in the position battle.

With Beal being a theoretical rookie, missing crucial practice time to leave his mark hurt his stock. There’s still plenty of time to climb back into the race, but at the moment it’s a daunting task.

Baker, though, has great tangible skills in coverage. While he hasn’t been able to engage in press-coverage off the line of scrimmage, he has man-marked receivers to perfection. Having a top corner in the No. 2 spot opposite Jenkins will fill a much-needed hole the Giants have struggled with in recent years.

Last season, they had B.W. Webb filling the second-spot, and while he held his ground, it was clear opposing team were picking on him. If Baker can reach his potential, we could see the secondary turn into one of the team’s better units.

 

New York Giants: DeAndre Baker Has Potential To Be A Shutdown Cornerback

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants completely rebuilt their defense in the 2019 offseason. Their secondary received a complete retooling in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants selected three cornerbacks in this year’s draft (four if you include Sam Beal), including one talented corner in the 1st-round.

New York traded up into the back end of the draft to select the draft class’s first cornerback. The Giants traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the 30th overall pick and draft Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker.

DeAndre Baker is a talented defensive back with advanced playmaking abilities. Combined with Janoris Jenkins, Baker and Jack Rabbit could be an elite duo. Janoris Jenkins is a proven veteran, but Baker is an unproven rookie that has star potential.

Elite Ball Skills

DeAndre Baker is a true playmaker. According to NFL Analyst Lance Zierleine, Baker has good timing on jump balls and aggressive and accurate swipes at the catch point. These skills allow DeAndre to make plays on the ball that lead to pass breakups and interceptions.

In three seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs, DeAndre Baker totaled 7 interceptions. He also added a whopping 23 passes defended. Here is a clip of Baker perfectly timing and breaking up a clutch jump ball versus Louisiana State University:

Giants fans who watched the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine should be well aware of Baker’s playmaking ability. During defensive back drills, DeAndre showed off his reflexes and strong hands while running the gauntlet. He cleanly caught every pass that came his way without using his body.

Physicality That More Than Makes Up For His Smaller Stature

Some scouts might have considered DeAndre Baker to be undersized, causing him to fall to the end of the 1st-round. He stands in at 5 feet 11 inches while weighing only 193 pounds. His thing frame might cause him to be a mismatch against larger receivers (like Julio Jones or Michael Thomas), but his physical playstyle truly makes up for this.

Baker was an exceptional tackler in college. He posted 30 or more solo tackles in both his junior and senior season. Altogether, DeAndre had a total of 116 combined tackles in his collegiate career.

Check out this clip of DeAndre Baker being physical at the point of attack and knocking the ball loose to save a touchdown:

A Lockdown, Coverage Cornerback

Practically no one was able to score on DeAndre Baker during his college career. In his four-year career, Baker allowed just one TD on 1,019 coverage snaps. In fact, receivers were not only unable to score on Baker, but they could not even move the chains on Baker.

DeAndre Baker allowed all of 10 first downs all season. He topped all cornerbacks in this year’s draft, allowing only 0.46 yards per coverage snap in 2018.

According to Pro Football Focus, Baker played almost exclusively outside in 2018, with 657 of his 711 defensive snaps in 2018 coming at either left or right cornerback, and only 18 snaps in the slot and 36 in the box. But this is exactly what the Giants need. A true, shutdown cornerback on the outside.

DeAndre ranked in the top-five in terms of fewest yards allowed (175), fewest touchdowns allowed (0) and lowest NFL passer rating allowed (40.2) among cornerbacks who saw at least 300 coverage snaps in this draft class in 2018.

DeAndre Baker is a dominant cornerback in coverage. He has the instincts and ball-skills to shut receivers down at the NFL level. The New York Giants were in need of a shutdown cornerback and it looks like they have finally found one in DeAndre Baker.

New York Knicks are running out of superstar options in free agency

Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving

With the 2018 NBA season coming to a close on the backs of the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leanard, the New York Knicks will now begin meddling in free agency.

With Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles and expected to miss all of 2019, the premium players are dropping like flies. Add in Klay Thompson’s knee injury, Kyrie Irving’s desire to join the Brooklyn Nets, and Kemba Walker being loyal to the Hornets stating he would take less than a max deal, and the Knicks are in big trouble.

It’s possible they still pursue Durant despite his injury, but it would require them to unload a massive amount of money for essentially no value. However, his return in 2020 would put the organization in a good position to win immediately, especially if they collect another top pick and provide RJ Barrett with a year’s worth of experience.

The New York Knicks could be forced into making a difficult decision:

The scenario where the Knicks save some of their money and stick to their youth guns isn’t a bad one, in fact, it could be the only one after the smoke clears. It’s expected that general manager Scott Perry will pursue Kawhi Leonard in free agency — he believes a meeting is more than possible.

The likeliness of convincing a player like Leonard to come to the bright lights of New York is, well…unlikely. It’s not impossible, though.

Sticking with Durant and allowing him to fully heal for a year while the Knicks continue to develop their youth isn’t a bad idea. They should stay far away from a potential Anthony Davis trade and begin to think about how they can utilize their ample cap-space to build a competent team capable of winning in the NBA.

It’s getting to a point where the organization could be deemed stagnant if they don’t make any moves this offseason.

New York Giants: Can RJ McIntosh make an impact in second year?

New York Giants, RJ McIntosh

The New York Giants have begun rebuilding their defensive front with fresh, young talent. Adding first-round talent Dexter Lawrence to the interior of the line should not only help in the run defense but also rushing the passer. The Giants are keen on bringing out the best in Lawrence, especially in regards to his ability to rush the passer.

However, I want to take a look at RJ McIntosh, a player that sat his entire rookie season with a thyroid issue. Last season was essentially a red-shirt year for the defensive lineman, but he’s finally prepared to make an impact.

The former fifth-round pick has earned first-team reps this offseason during OTAs, and coaches have been impressed with his abilities thus far. It will be difficult for him to break into the starting unit with BJ Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, and now Dexter all vying for starting roles.

Racking up 5.5 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss in his final year of college does show he’s a capable player that can be influential in the trenches. I can see the Giants utilizing him in a rotational role to minimize the fatigue of the starters.

Shurmur says: “He is caught up. He is doing well. With defensive linemen, we will see more once we can get in more hitting situations. He is moving around well and has gotten much stronger since he has gotten here. He fits well in the defense and looks like he is getting himself right for training camp.”(NJ.com)

Getting back into football shape will be the biggest challenge for McIntosh, as missing an entire season surely stunted his growth. He’s feeling healthy, though, and is ready to take on the challenge.

“I feel great. I feel healthy. I feel like I’m ready,” McIntosh said after the Giants’ mandatory minicamp, via NJ Advance Media. “It was a great day, a lot of competing, a lot of reps.”

New York Yankees should consider pursuing a Noah Sydergaard trade

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

With the New York Yankees starting pitching rotation struggling to maintain the success they enjoyed earlier in the season, it’s coming to a point where general manager Brian Cashman might have to consider making a trade.

With Domingo German hitting the injured list and James Paxton/CC Sabathia dealing with inflammation, the rotation has been supplemented by injured pitchers and reserve options. Rumors of the Yankees considering a potential trade for Madison Bumgarner and Max Scherzer have bubbled to the surface, but the better option might be Mets’ Noah Syndergaard.

The man they call “Thor” would provide immediate quality to the team and help them get out of their current funk. The reason this deal would be so enticing is that Syndergaard has been struggling as of late.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentioned a few interesting names when he appeared on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight podcast.

“If Zack Wheeler were to become available,” Sherman said. “If the Mets fell out of this. Or if (Noah) Syndergaard—who they tried to get in the offseason in a three-way trade when the Mets were trying to get (J.T.) Realmuto—became available, I almost wonder if the stuff and what happens with the stuff as far as ground balls, strikeouts, I almost wonder if they do it.”

Sitting on a 4.45 ERA with a 4-4 record puts the Yankees in a good position to offer a deal that wouldn’t break the bank. Including infielder Thairo Estrada or outfield, Clint Frazier and a few younger prospects might get a potential deal done, but of course, it’s impossible to tell.

Syndergaard, however, is the ideal pitcher for the Bombers, as he brings high velocity, with the ability to force strikes and generate ground balls.

Bringing in a proven and capable pitcher to help balance out the unit would be significant to the success of the Yankees – but Cashman could elect to stick with his current group and weather the storm as he’s done this season. Utilizing his farm system and plugging in players has seemed to work to a degree, given their current record.

 

 

New York Giants Sign Two Top Defensive Rookies To Deals

New York Giants defensive lineman, Dexter Lawrence.

The New York Giants defense is going to look very different next year, and DeAndre Baker and Dexter Lawrence are both going to be a part of that. Both players were drafted by the Giants this year and fill a position of need, with Baker coming in to help a secondary that was thin on talent entering the offseason and Lawrence helping to replace Damon Harrison on the defensive line, which may be the Giants’ biggest need on defense after the improvements made to the secondary.

Both of those players are now officially part of the team, after signing their rookie contracts on Friday. Both players are on four year contracts and as the higher drafted player, Lawrence will make slightly more with $13M compared to Baker’s $10.5M deal. But despite the difference in salary, both players are expected to be immediate impact players and Baker just might be the more important of the two, because of the team’s need at cornerback going into this season.

Baker, though, has more competition than Lawrence, with Julian Love and Sam Beal also vying for playing time along with fellow rookie Corey Ballentine.

Lawrence will also have a chance to get playing time in his first season, on a defensive line that lost its anchor, nose tackle Damon Harrison, in a trade with the Lions last season. The move puts pressure on Lawrence, as the most obvious replacement for the star defensive tackle, who was one of the finest in the entire league against the run.

While Lawrence probably won’t reach that level in his rookie season, his impact should help a Giants team that is already expecting to get more production from second year DT B.J. Hill, who performed quite well for a rookie after Harrison’s departure. One thing is clear right now, however, which is that the Giants’ defense next year is going to be a lot younger, and possibly better, than it was before.

New York Giants News, 6/15 – Ranking the top 3 rookies so far

New York Giants, Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The Giants might have replicated the success they had in the 2018 NFL draft this year, but practicing in shorts with no pads can be deceiving. So far, we’ve seen some good things from the rookies, though, enough to provide optimism moving forward.

The progression of Darius Slayton and CJ Conrad has been impressive, Daniel Jonas has had his fair share of successes, and cornerback DeAndre Baker has been excellent. But who’s really played at the top of their game?

Here are the top 3 rookies so far:

1.) TE – CJ Conrad

The Giants snagged undrafted tight end CJ Conrad in the hopes of him providing value. Speaking of value, he’s one of just two players that earned first-team reps this summer. He’s been a great addition for a UDFA, and hopefully, he can make an impact during the regular season.

2.) CB – DeAndre Baker

The Giants’ expected No. 2 corner has played well enough to fit the part. His tenacity in coverage and speed will provide quality alongside Janoris Jenkins, I’m looking forward to seeing more from the young defender.

3.) WR – Darius Slayton

After starting off with multiple drops, Slayton picked up the slack as training camp progressed. He was the other player to earn first-team reps. His chemistry with Jones has been growing steadily and his speed makes him a threat everywhere on the field. His progression will be exciting to watch.

Nonetheless–

Your Giants top news of the day!

Dan Salomone (Giants.com) – Who stood out in Giants offseason program?

Jordan Raanan (ESPN) – Giants QBs this offseason: Daniel Jones impresses, Eli still No. 1

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Which player was the Giants’ most important acquisition of the 2019 offseason?

Ryan Dunleavy (NJ.com) – Giants roster breakdown: Locks, long shots, on the bubble for all 90 players

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants looking to bring the best out of Jabrill Peppers

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