New York Yankees aren’t willing to trade these two players

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees need starting pitching support badly, and teams willing to deal know that. The Bombers have little leverage in the realm of the rumor mill, but several valuable players are on the trading block ahead of the July 31 deadline.

With Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman off the table, it leaves the Yanks with one less option. Indians ace Trevor Bauer and Giants’ Madison Bumgarner are two quality pitchers general manager Brian Cashman could be eyeing.

However, both teams will want significant value in a potential deal — starting level players and prospects would likely be included. The Yankees are only willing to deal-specific players, though. Reports of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar being available have plastered the headlines lately.

The Yankees have to be willing to give up young players going into their prime if they want to bring in starting-caliber pitchers that can help the team reach the World Series. Overpaying is the issue, considering teams have inquired about second baseman Gleyber Torres, one of the off-limits players for the Yanks.

Frazier and Andujar should provide plenty of sway for teams looking to bolster their offensive production. Both are above average hitters with questionable gloves in the field. With Torres unavailable, the Bombers will have to settle for whoever they can get with only two days left to strike a deal.

The other player that is off-limits is minor-league pitcher Deivi Garcia. The 21-year-old phenom has been lighting it up in the minors and could make a big-league appearance later on in the season. His presence at the top minor league team and an impressive array of pitches make him too valuable to trade at this point.

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Sacrificing the future in an attempt to benefit the presence is not always the best idea. Keeping both Torres and Garcia is the ideal scenario while also picking up a quality pitcher. We can assume the Yanks are shopping Frazier behind the scenes, a player that has fallen below Mike Tauchman this season due to his inability to play the outfield at an average level.

 

The New York Knicks could have one of the deeper benches in the NBA

New York Knicks, Ignas Brazdeikis

The New York Knicks added a lot of depth this off-season. While fans may not agree with many of the additions, their bench runs deep.

One of the newest Knicks, Bobby Portis, believes the Knicks bench can be one of the best in the league.

Portis was quoted saying, “I think we’ll be a top bench after the Clippers…with our bench we have really good weapons in me, Marcus (Morris), Taj (Gibson), Alonzo Trier, Wayne Ellington. The list goes on.”

Portis is bringing a very positive attitude and energy to this squad. He was already on record saying he loves being the underdog and the Knicks are big-time underdogs this season. On paper, the Knicks do have a solid bench. But, one of the best in the league is a little stretch.

What will the New York Knicks bench look like?

The bench will most likely consist of Morris or Kevin Knox, Gibson, Portis, Elfrid Payton, Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Ellington, Kadeem Allen, Damyean Dotson, and Ignas Brazdeikis.

They cover almost every position with young quality backups. With all players showing potential to start, playing time will be an issue. Coach Fizdale will have his hand’s full distributing playing time.

To start the season, he could swap Knox and Morris, starting Morris, to add some rebounding and defense over an unproven second-year lottery pick.

The bench will need to let their play do the talking. All of this optimistic hype Portis is bringing to the Knicks is great, but let’s see how that translates to the court. Everyone is counting the Knicks out already, so proving they do, in fact, have one of the deeper benches in the league, should be their goal.

New York Knicks: What will Allonzo Triers Role be In 2019?

New York Kicks, Allonzo Trier

The 2019-2020 NBA season will soon be upon us and the New York Knicks, fortunately, have a few young bright spots from last season. One of them went undrafted, Seattle native, 23-year-old, Allonzo Brian Trier.

This 6’5″ 200lbs fierce and competitive combo guard’s role is quite clear.  Trier’s purpose, of course, is to provide extra offensive torque, lift and power off the bench for the Knicks, similar to what Lou Williams provides for the clippers, also identical to what JR Smith’s role was with the New York Knicks during seasons 2012-2015. 

Last season, Trier proved he’s a legit NBA scoring machine. His deadly offensive repertoire had Knick fans at the edge of their seats drooling and waiting for the next trick he had in his secret bag in the middle of a lost season. This former Arizona Wildcat earned respect from those who didn’t know of him before he entered the league undrafted although coming out of high school, Trier was a projected mid-first-round talent. 

Trier went undrafted due to controversy, injury, and what some scouts would describe as a selfish style of play. He calls himself “Iso ZO” for a reason. However, the kid gets buckets like there won’t be a tomorrow.

How did the New York Knicks fair this offseason?

The New York Knicks led by Scott Perry and Steve mills had an extremely underrated 2019 offseason after coming up short in the Durant and Kyrie sweepstakes.

Perry went on to give out reasonable and tradeable contracts to veterans in order to provide scoring, depth, and relief for the young core in Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr. Ignas Brazdeikis, Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina. 

Allonzo will benefit from guys like Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington, and even Reggie Bullock due to their experience, professionalism, and knowledge, which can have a positive effect on Trier’s basketball IQ. “Keep What You Kill” will be in full effect in training camp. 

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That kind of competitive nature Fizdale preaches to the young studs will bring out the best in everybody. No Handouts. Coach Fizdale will be seeking wins this season, and Allonzo Trier will be comfortable knowing he will be the primary and first scoring option of the bench for the Knicks.

New York Giants: Can CJ Conrad steal the starting tight end job in 2019?

New York Giants, CJ Conrad

The New York Giants might have a surplus of talent at the tight end position, but none of the options available are capable of being an every down player.

Evan Engram is a pass-catching specialist with elite speed, Rhett Ellison is a primary blocker, and Scott Simonson can manage both roles in an average way but is a favored blocker. The Giants are lacking a true dual-threat tight end that can execute on all levels.

However, they just might have found one in undrafted Kentucky star, CJ Conrad. For those who aren’t familiar with the rookie, he’s a talented player that was dropped from the NFL Combine due to a heart issue. The concern proved to be non-life-threatening, which allowed him to continue forward toward his dream to reach the NFL.

CJ Conrad has made the most of his opportunity with the New York Giants:

Prior to the NFL Draft, Conrad was thought to be a top-7 tight end and a solid prospect in the top five rounds. Unfortunately, the heart issue ruined those projections and forced him to take another route — one that ultimately landed him on the Giants.

So far, he’s been nothing but eye-popping.

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With starting TE Evan Engram sitting out due to a hamstring injury, Conrad was able to sneak in some work with the first team, catching a pass from Eli Manning.

His big moment came with the second-string group, snagging a deep ball from Alex Tanney that dropped a few jaws in the audience.

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“He’s done a good job. He’s kind of caught our eye as a rookie. He’s a tough, kind of gritty guy,” Shurmur said. “I think the one thing about him, and you can say this about a lot of rookies, is he gets better with more reps. So he’ll benefit [from that]. And he’s a tough guy. He loves the reps. He benefits from it.”

The first-team reps are extremely beneficial towards CJ’s development, and he realizes the impact of that experience.

“It means they’re seeing progress in me, which is good. I’m just trying to take every day and take advantage of all the reps I can get,” Conrad said. “If it’s ones, it’s two’s, it’s three’s, I don’t care. Whenever I’m out there I don’t worry about that, I just say hey it’s an opportunity to show a reason to keep me around.”

One of the more exciting aspects of Conrad is his focus on the team. He’s willing to take himself out of the offense or act as a decoy to succeed. He won’t complain or throw a fit if the ball isn’t thrown his way. Having a tough guy blocking on the inline and a receiving option to go with it is something the Giants will treasure down the road.

I anticipate he will be the starting tight end by 2020.

 

 

New York Knicks: Is the culture finally in the right place?

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks had one of the more underwhelming free agency periods this offseason; however, they did bring in multiple veterans to help solidify the starting unit and bench. They will also play a part in establishing a culture of experience and discipline.

Players such as Marcus Morris and Julius Randle, who have both been on winning teams, know what it takes to build a roster and have success as a cohesive unit. That will be extremely beneficial for a team stacked with youth.

The New York Knicks are ready to make the next jump:

In 2018, the Knicks only recorded 17 total wins, which admittedly took a toll on the minds of the younger players. The veteran leadership they now have will change their mentality. Head coach David Fizdale will also be a factor in establishing the culture and atmosphere.

Fizdale is a very likable coach and meshes well with players. The turnover on the team this offseason, though, will present a challenge for the coach, and signing players on two-year deals with a team option after the first doesn’t necessarily scream chemistry.

The idea is for the free-agent signings to perform so well that they eventually prove they deserve a second contract/extension. This is the ideal/best-case scenario, and it’s possible for Morris and Randle. The latter especially, who is the team’s most dynamic scorer and will be an instant starter.

Losing out on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant surely didn’t send a positive message towards the Knicks’ culture.

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Veteran center, DeAndre Jordan stated:

“Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating, but we like what Kenny’s doing, and Sean’s been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great,” Jordan stated regarding Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and GM Sean Marks. “So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something.”

 

 

New York Yankees could target Trevor Bauer before trade deadline

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

One former New York Yankees player believes Trevor Bauer is an attractive trade target:

If it was up to former New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez would be all in on Cleveland Indians ace, Trevor Bauer. The Yankees trade target had a mental meltdown against the Kansas City Royals after allowing eight runs, seven earned.

Before Bauer was taken out of the game by manager Terry Francona, he launched a ball from the pitching mound over the wall in center field. It was certainly a testament to his arm strength, but the passion and anger could be viewed in two different perspectives.

On one side, Bauer could have been viewed as aggressive and radical, on the other, a passionate player that was simply disappointed with his performance.

Given his 3.79 ERA after giving up seven runs, there’s little doubt that he was not pleased with his execution. Rodriguez comments on his anger, which he spins into a positive:

“Here’s the bottom line,” Rodriguez said. “Curt Schilling was one of the best pitchers I’ve ever faced and [he] won multiple championships. Whether you like Curt Schilling or not, he was a tremendous big-game pitcher. So was David Wells. So was [Orlando] ‘El Duque’ Hernandez. Do you want Barry Bonds in your lineup? I like him. Other teams don’t like him. Do you like him?

“At 7:05, when that game starts, you win with great players. You want nice people? Go pick your friends off the field.”

After chucking the ball about 350 feet, A-Rod expressed his desire for the Yankees or any given team to pursue him even further.

“If he was on my radar before he chucked the ball over the center-field wall, he’s going to continue to be,” said Rodriguez, who noted it was a “heck of a throw.”

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With the Bombers in dire need of starting pitchers, Bauer could be a perfect fit. The bright lights of New York and expectation would allow him to thrive in a competitive nature. With CC Sabathia going down with right knee inflammation, the July 31 trade deadline is becoming more important by the minute.

New York Giants: Peter King Predicts Tate Won’t Escape Suspension

New York Giants, Golden Tate

After sending away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns and losing Sterling Shepard for now due to a thumb injury which should put him out of action for the entirety of training camp, as well as Corey Coleman to a very early ACL tear, it looks like the New York Giants might also lose one of the newest additions to their receiving corps.

Golden Tate joined the team this offseason but not long after starting with the Giants, it was revealed that Tate may be facing a four game suspension for violating the league’s substance policies. While it looks like the reason for the suspension is an accident, it doesn’t change the fact that the league’s policies have a precedent for being enforced regardless.

That’s the reason why Peter King predicts in his Football Morning in America column that Tate is going to lose the ongoing appeal, which will determine whether Tate is able to play for the Giants during the start of the season or not.

And a note about Golden Tate, who is facing a four-game ban for a PED that he claims was an innocent fertility drug—taken in a family-planning mode to help he and wife have a child. Then he found out the drug contained a substance banned by the NFL. Here’s the problem: If the NFL lets Tate slide on this, and agrees that he and his wife are innocent parties here, what does the league do about the point it’s made in scores of team meetings and scores of public statements about performance-enhancing drugs: All players are responsible for what they put in their body, and if it’s on a banned list, there are no exceptions. Does the league roll back that stricture? I doubt it.

The Giants may have Sterling Shepard back in week one if the recovery from his hand injury is a quick one, but they’ll still be quite thin at the position for the first four games unless Tate is in the lineup. They are, after all, in their first season figuring things out at the position without the presence of a star like Odell Beckham.

With the Giants also losing Corey Coleman to an ACL tear, it looks like the number two receiver spot for the start of the season will come down to players such as Russell Shepard and Cody Latimer – neither of whom have had this much pressure on them before. It’s not ideal… And the situation will leave Giants fans anxiously waiting for the result of Tate’s appeal.

Just don’t count on the NFL overturning years of precedent to allow Tate to start the season with no suspension. It’s not completely out of the list of possibilities, but unless the NFL wants to make a big shift, it just doesn’t look like something that will happen.