Julian Love: The New York Giants’ Other Option At Cornerback

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

The New York Giants have a cornerback problem that likely won’t go away until the offseason, when they have a chance to put some more focus into the area and evaluate whether or not the pair of Janoris Jenkins and DeAndre Baker is good enough to send out for the next season. It doesn’t look like they’re going to go into 2020 with the same lineup unless Jenkins improves and Baker shows a more dramatic jump from his first season’s play, which has gained him criticism both from the fans and from former Giants.

The team already has one lesser known option on the current roster, however, who has flown under the radar due to not getting much playing time during his opening season. That player is Notre Dame rookie Julian Love, who has found himself behind both Baker and Corey Ballentine in the rotation of rookie defensive backs. It’s also unclear just where Love is going to end up playing, either at cornerback or safety, but that versatility may help Love in the end as it makes it easier for the coaching staff to fit him into the lineup.

But starting this week, Love has seen action with the first team in practice, which might signal that something is going to change with his playing time on the actual field.

“I just want to hit the ground running as soon as I get my opportunity. I want to be the dependable guy the team needs. Selfishly, I think all of us want to be that guy who helps turn this thing around for us,” Love said to the New York Post when speaking about the subject of his playing time.

Love, however, acknowledged that watching from the sidelines may be a benefit. “It’s a blessing in disguise in a way. I’m very locked in on the sidelines. I can learn off that so I don’t go in and make the same mistake. Teams always are going to throw something new at you. How you handle situations is what I’m observing.”

DeAndre Baker hasn’t had the advantage of spending time learning on the bench and has suffered as a result, clearly not being ready to be a starting NFL corner – at least not on a roster like the ones the Giant have, where support from the rest of the secondary is a luxury and not something that can be depended upon.

Could Love benefit from his rival being thrown into a starting position and performing poorly because of it? It looks like it. Love has spent a longer time waiting to get in the game, but he may have avoided a pitfall by losing out to Baker early on.

“Since I was repping at so many positions, my base knowledge was set. Right now you are not seeing me take a lot of reps on defense. For the future, I have a good foundation,” Love added.

So don’t be surprised to see Love stepping in for Baker at cornerback, or stepping into the game at safety – it’s what he’s been training to do all season, even if the public hasn’t seen much of the results of that thanks to Love’s absence from games.

What If The New York Giants Traded Back In The 2018 NFL Draft?

New York Giants. Dave Gettleman, Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants are in the second year of their rebuild. In 2019, New York is once again on pace to finish with a top-ten draft pick. The 2-8 Giants currently hold the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Giants picked 6th overall in 2019 and 2nd overall in 2018. 2020 will be the Giants’ third straight year with a top-ten pick if they continue to lose the way they have. But a recent rumor from Benjamin Allbright suggests that in 2018, the Giants had the opportunity to trade back with the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

In this article, I will be exploring a hypothetical scenario that might have taken place if the New York Giants accepted the Denver Broncos’ offer in 2018. Of course, this is not definite. Everything has a cause and effect and there is no guarantee that any of these hypotheticals would have happened. But this is one scenario that could’ve happened if the Giants traded back in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The 2018 NFL Draft

If the rumor is true, then the Denver Broncos offered the New York Giants the 2018 5th overall pick, the 2018 40th overall pick, and what became the 2019 20th overall pick. Had the Giants made that deal, they would have likely missed out on Saquon Barkley. But they would have been able to fortify their offensive line with already All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson.

Nelson was drafted sixth overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, so it is fair to assume that he would have been available for the Giants to draft with the fifth overall pick. So the Giants would have missed out on Saquon Barkley for Nelson, but they would have gotten a nice consolation prize at running back in the second round.

Nick Chubb would have been available for the Giants with the 34th overall pick since he was actually drafted 35th overall by the Browns in 2018. The Giants would then be picking again with Denver’s second-round pick, 40th overall. The Broncos drafted Courtland Sutton with this pick. Sutton would have been a solid option for the Giants.

Courtland Sutton, Harold Landry, Josh Jackson, Jessie Bates, and D.J. Chark were some of the top prospects available at this pick. Assume the Giants drafted based on need, Jessie Bates would have been a home run selection as the top safety available.

So, had the Giants made this trade, they would have ended up with an All-Pro left guard in Quenton Nelson, a thousand-yard-rusher as a rookie in Nick Chubb, and a rookie safety who totaled 111 tackles with 3 interceptions and 7 passes broken up in Jessie Bates.

The 2019 Offseason

I will be going through this hypothetical scenario under the concept of “ceteris paribus,” meaning “other things being equal or held constant.” So, Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon still get traded, and the Giants still draft Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence.

The Giants drafted Dexter Lawrence with the 17th overall pick. Some controversy arose with this selection because the draft class still had a top-tier offensive tackle available. With the 20th overall pick, the Denver Broncos selected tight end, Noah Fant.

The Giants had and still have Evan Engram, so it is hard to believe they would have gone the same route as Denver did with Fant at pick 20. Instead, the Giants would get that offensive tackle prospect that they desperately needed then and even more desperately need now.

Andre Dillard was drafted by the division-rival Eagles with the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Dillard was the top offensive tackle prospect available and was though to be a premier pass-protector. Dillard has only started three games for the Eagles this season as they are grooming him to take over on the left side when Jason Peters retires, but he would have been a day-one starter on the right side of the Giants’ offensive line.

And this article was not written to be a Debbie Downer or Negative Nancy. I am not trying to criticize Dave Gettleman and the work he has done in the NFL Draft these last two years because I think he has done a superb job. This article was written for fun, as a hypothetical “What If?” situation, the same as “What if Eli Manning remained a San Diego Charger?” so, please, do not attack me on Twitter. This article was also written to point out that trading down in the NFL Draft can reap huge benefits, even if a team is trading only a few picks back.

New York Mets: Adeiny Hechavarria Year in Review

It feels like a long time since Adeiny Hechavarria was in a New York Mets uniform, but he actually spent about two thirds of the season in Queens. The Mets parted ways with Hechavarria in a controversial way and it led to him signing with the rival Braves.

Hechavarria was brought in prior to the season to add some much needed depth to the Mets infield. He is known for his defensive ability and would not have any pressure to produce with the bat. Hechavarria’s deal included an opt-out which could be used if he was not on the major league roster by May 1.

Hechavarria or Smith?

On May 1, the organization decided to call-up Hechavarria and send down Dominic Smith in a move that drew a lot of criticism. He was used mainly to pinch hit and as a defensive upgrade, but was plugged into an everyday role once Robinson Cano got injured.

He filled the role adequately and even flipped out three home runs along with 12 RBIs during Cano’s stint on the IL. When Cano returned, Hechavarria was relegated back to bench duty. For the rest of his time as a Met, he only .179 with a .286 slugging percentage.

The Cheapness Never Ends

Hechavarria was due $1 million if he was on the major league roster for 100 days and the Mets designated him for assignment on August 7, less than a week before he would reach the century mark. He moved on to the Atlanta Braves and made the Mets regret their decision to cut him. Hechavarria hit over .300, supplied big hits against his former team and was happy to move to a winning team.

Grades:

Hitting for Average: D-, His primary job was not to hit, but it was not to hit this poorly either

Hitting for Power: D, Five home runs is actually a good mark, but then again…juiced balls

Defense: C, Solid job all around. He was able to play three of the four infield spots

Speed/Baserunning: C, Not a base stealer but did swipe three bags and has above average speed

Intangibles: B, nothing special in the clubhouse, but was not bad either

Overall: D, expectations very low for him, but they were only met on defense. Exceeded expectations as a Brave

Former New York Giant Fells is Doing Well

New York Giants, Oshane Ximines

From Atlanta to New York Daniel Fells had a long, but worthy journey in the NFL.  Born in Anaheim, California, Fells attended UC Davis in California. Here, he won many awards including the team’s T. Palmer Moody Award in his sophomore year for his athletic excellence.  He began his professional career in 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent. From there, he went to St. Louis and spent 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons with the Rams. In 2011, he spent one season with the Denver Broncos and the following year with the New England Patriots.  Three years later, Fells signed with the New York Giants. 

Daniel is truly a hard worker.  He always gives it his all no matter what stage he is at in his life. During training camp and practice despite fatigue and intense heat, Fells always went out there and fought.  And when it came time to play the real games, Fells took every opportunity thrown his way. It certainly is no wonder why he was named standout player of numerous practices and was labeled the “one to watch”  various times.  His character is also evident in his personal life.

After an MRSA infection that left him sidetracked, he retired from the NFL in 2016.  Despite his illness, Fells fought every day to recover and get back to normalcy with the help and support of his family.   He truly was grateful and appreciative for his teammates being there for him through it all.  Fells has always been a great teammate himself.  Just weeks after numerous surgeries to fight the infection, Fells showed up at the game and rooted for his team on the sidelines cheering them on every step of the way.

Fells is a loving husband to Nahal, a wonderful blogger, author and writer, and caring father to Lennon and Layla. When looking at any of Fells’ social media accounts, what you see is a true, genuine, family-oriented guy.  Football may have been his job, but it is clear to see family comes first. His family is his support system and has been with him every step of the way.  His brother Darren Fells, a tight end, plays for the Houston Texans.  Together, the Fells brothers, participate in the Fullerton Football Youth Camp during the summer, which helps children ages seven to thirteen improve their overall skills and attitudes both athletically and personally.  Fells has also done numerous fundraisers during his time as a Giant and visited schools to enlighten kids on the importance of working hard.    

Fells is truly an amazing man and is one of the classiest people.  His smile is infectious and underneath it lies an overall wonderful player, husband, father, philanthropist, and person. With his mindset and outlook, he not only succeeded in football but will continue to do great things.

Yankees’ Brian Cashman is certainly preparing to lowball Gerrit Cole in free agency

The New York Yankees could pursue Gerrit Cole this offseason.

When speaking about the potential of signing a big-name free agent pitcher, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman favored the word “culture.” The idea of culture is always the Yankees’ way of lowballing free agent prospects, attempting to sell them on the perennial success of the organization and not the zero’s at the end of the contract.

However, there will be plenty of competition, which will drive up the price for Cole and Strasburg. Cashman will have to be comfortable pushing past the luxury tax if he wishes to grab a top arm to bolster the starting pitching rotation, something he’s been cautious about in recent years.

The Yankees are making early moves:

“It’s so early in the process in my conversations with the personnel,’’ Cashman said. “Clearly, the bigger the name — and they’ve earned the right — the bigger the contract, the bigger the expectation, the bigger the money. There’s gonna be opportunities for some people to take advantage of great performances in this marketplace. They’ve earned that right.”

The Yankees have already talked with Cole and Strasburg’s agent, Scott Boras, in an attempt to gauge their price-tags. It’s expected that Cole will land over $200 million in a multi-year deal while Strasburg lands a bit lower.

“We’re just gonna put our best foot forward, making sure we can share who we are and what we represent,’’ Cashman said Thursday. “Not just with the contract and the offer. We’ll try to make sure they understand what our culture is — along with a winning contract offer to make sure to try to win the day. Even that doesn’t guarantee anything.”

Investing that much money into a starter requires guaranteed success. High-end outings, multiple innings, the ability to bounce back, rack up strikeouts, and perform during the postseason are all traits the Yankees need to add to their rotation. The return of Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery should assist in this facet, but Cashman is reportedly interested in strengthening the bullpen, which could be a deterrent to helping the starters.

The Yankees already have Severino, Montgomery, Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Domingo Geman, and other youth options to utilize in 2020, but adding a top gun would undoubtedly make a difference. It all boils down to how much Cashman is willing to spend.

New York Giants: Red Flags Surrounding DeAndre Baker leading up to the Draft

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The general rule-of-thumb for NFL executives is a 3-year window to judge a draft pick. This is understandable since rookies aren’t usually ready for the field. However, rookies don’t often look entirely as lost as New York Giants‘ rookie DeAndre Baker.

He’s allowed a 70.4% completion percentage. He’s also allowed 38 of 54 targets to be completed for four touchdowns with a 130 quarterback rating allowed as well. It’s too early to call him a bust, but the arrow isn’t pointing up for DeAndre Baker at the moment.

Here are a few reasons the New York Giants shouldn’t be surprised:

Red Flag #1 – Supply and Demand

When DeAndre Baker lasted up to 30th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, many were surprised the first cornerback came off the board so late. In the last five years, the longest we’ve waited for a cornerback to come off the board was pick 11.

There are always teams in pressing need of cornerback help. Knowing the chances only get harder to find quality players as the draft goes on, plenty of teams were willing to count themselves out at the cornerback position in favor of other players.

Usually, when such a premium position like cornerback starts sliding to this extent, it’s because teams don’t find the first cornerback available to be worthy of their pick.

Red Flag #2 – Attitude

DeAndre Baker didn’t do much to help himself at the combine, or the end of his career as a BullDog.

Here’s one reaction:

“In speaking to team sources, they feel that Baker’s tape and talent level should have him going in the No. 10-15 range of the 1st round, but they believe he will slide some because he has off-the-field issues and has not interviewed well with teams during the lead up to the 2019 NFL Draft.” A quote coming from Walterfootball.com.

This next report came from The Athens Banner-Herald, a newspaper that was based out of Georgia: 

He said if he falls in the draft, it may be partly because of “some frustration from the coaching staff,” and not because he sat out of the Sugar Bowl, “but being around and not being the best influence” leading up to the game. This was written by Marc Weiszer, who covers the Georgia Bulldogs.

Baker always seemed to have a different demeanor and attitude than most of Dave Gettleman’s investments. He doesn’t radiate that level of “culture” or compassion most of Gettleman’s players have.

Red Flag #3 – Player Profile

After DeAndre Baker ran his 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, USA Today’s Doug Farrar said Baker wasn’t “quite as prepared” for the event.

At 5’11 and 190 lbs, running a 4.52 isn’t ideal on the perimeter. However, he gave headline wide receivers Jerry Jeudy, Deebo Samuel, and plenty of other wide receivers issues on the outside.

Based on covering those players well, Baker probably can run a little faster than what was represented at the combine. He also didn’t give up a touchdown for two straight seasons. This makes the possibility of dogging the 40-yard dash sound more and more likely, as Doug Farrar suggested. 

DeAndre Baker also didn’t participate in any of the agility/acceleration drills at the combine (shuttle workouts and 3-cone).

With James Bettcher running off-man schemes for the majority of the time ( man-coverage with 5-10 yards of cushion), it would’ve been a prudent measure to make sure DeAndre Baker can play that way, which requires top-end acceleration and agility.

“Tough, scrappy” were just a couple of strengths that came to Dan Quinn’s mind when asked about DeAndre Baker.

Does that sound like an off-man cornerback or someone who presses off the line of scrimmage? Either Dan Quinn or James Bettcher is wrong about this. They can’t both be right about his strengths while Baker is currently being used sometimes 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. 

To top it all off, Baker referred to not maximizing his studies as a rookie last week. When asked about his struggles, this was his response: “The playbook — just knowing the plays. Knowing what I need to do. Knowing my assignment.”

Final Thoughts

The expectations should’ve always been low for a rookie cornerback, but it sounds like DeAndre Baker knows how to get in the way of his progression. Specific signs of this possibility were always evident. Whether Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants took these Red Flags seriously or not is a different story. 

Former New York Giant Bromley a Champ

Former New York Giant defensive tackle, Jay Bromley, has worked hard all of his life to get to where he is today and it shows.  Perseverance is in his veins and nothing will or can stop him from achieving his dreams.  His love for the game of football is admirable and his dedication goes far beyond training.

When on the field, Bromley is an indomitable player, whose vigorous and robust plays make him a truly adept and adroit player.

Bromley jumps at any chance to help others succeed.  With his alma mater Syracuse University, Bromley has held youth football camps to teach student-athletes the essential skills needed to dominate the game of football and flourish in life.

No matter what team he may be on, Bromley never forgets his roots and always supports his current and former teammates no matter what stage in their career they may be at.

Bromley is a devoted and committed father to his adorable sons.   He is a role model and paragon of what it means to be a true fighter in every sense of the word and someone his sons can look up to.  His outlook and mindset is one that makes him an inspiration to all.

A smile always adorns Bromley’s face and the way he chooses to see the good in things and live life to the fullest makes him a pillar of positivity.

Although Bromley may currently be a free agent, this most certainly is not the last you will see of him in the game of football and beyond.  Bromley is one of the nicest guys you will find and someone you want to support!

New York Jets Opponent Preview: Washington Redskins

Could the New York Giants draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick?

The terrible New York Jets are set to face off against an even worse Washington Redskins team in a Week 11 matchup.

It’s been four years since the Jets last played the Redskins. In 2015, the Jets trounced the Redskins 34-20 in a game that saw Ryan Fitzpatrick throw two TDs and run for another one.

The Redskins are 8-3 all-time against the Jets, however, the Jets have won the last two matchups between the teams. The Jets are 2-1 this season against the NFC East, while the Redskins are 1-2 against the AFC East.

Injuries

The Redskins are dealing with a few injuries this week. The Redskins will be without starting WR Paul Richardson, starting TE Vernon Davis, RB Chris Thompson, and DL Tim Settle.

Two other Redskins are questionable for the game. Starting SS Montae Nicholson, and S/CB Deshazor Everett are both game-time decisions. Both were limited in practice on Friday.

The Redskins are also going to miss a number of key starters who have ended up on injured reserve at some point this season. TE Jordan Reed, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, ILB Reuben Foster, and QB Alex Smith will all be absent from this game.

Offense

The Redskins offense starts with the QB position. Alex Smith broke his leg in horrific fashion last season, and won’t play this season. That has limited what the Redskins offense has been able to do.

They began the year with Case Keenum at QB, and he was able to find a quick connection with rookie WR Terry McLaurin. McLaurin is on pace for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 TDs this season. Despite not winning many games the Redskins offense was at least serviceable with Keenum and Adrian Peterson leading the charge.

That hasn’t been the case in recent weeks. Since the Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden the offense has sputtered. In the four weeks since the move, the Redskins have scored just two TDs, and are averaging just 8.75 points per game.

The Redskins are hoping that rookie QB Dwayne Haskins is going to be able to help them right the ship. He made his first career start last week and threw for 144 yards, 0 TDs, and 0 INTs.  He did complete 68.8% of his passes, though the offense only mustered nine points.

The Redskins offense has relied upon their running game. Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice are likely to feature heavily against the Jets. Peterson ran for 108 yards against the Bill last week and Guice will be playing in his first game this season.

Overall the Redskins offense is 29th in DVOA, 27th in passing DVOA, and 30th in rush offense DVOA.

Defense

The Redskins defense has stood out this year. Despite poor statistical rankings they have performed well.

The Redskins are 24th in total defense DVOA, 25th in passing defense DVOA, and 19th in run defense DVOA. They are also 21st in scoring defense. However, those numbers are skewed. The Redskins have the lowest time of possession in the NFL. Meaning their defense is out on the field more than any other defense in the league.

That kind of workload makes it incredibly difficult for them to succeed late in games. That’s why the Redskins are 21st in the NFL in fourth-quarter scoring defense.

The Redskins have failed to get to the QB much this year. With only 21 sacks on the year. However, they do have some scary talent on their defensive line. Jonathan Allen has developed into an above-average DT, and Montez Sweat is a first-round rookie edge rusher who has yet to break out.

Sweat, in particular, could wreck the Jets this week. Sweat set the NFL combine record for a 40-yard dash for an edge rusher. The Jets lack athleticism along their offensive line. That could be a disaster for the Jets if they aren’t careful.

However, the biggest name to know on the Redskins defense is Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar is the Redskins number one CB, not Josh Norman. Dunbar has three INTs, five PD, an 84.2 passer rating against (12th in the NFL), and has an 88 PFF grade. If the Jets aren’t careful Dunbar could ruin their passing offense.

This isn’t a scary Redskins defense. It’s more potential than production, but that’s why the Jets need to be careful. If they haven’t done their homework, or don’t have the right game plan this Redskins defense has the potential to ruin their day.

The New York Knicks should start to look at trades around the NBA

New York Knicks, Scott Perry, Steve Mills

NEW YORK KNICKS – The dire need for a point guard to lead this team is at an all-time high. Frank Ntilikina has been exceptional since being put into the starting rotation but there is still a lack of quality point guards on the team.

Before his injury, Elfrid Payton was playing good basketball and pushing the tempo of the team on the offensive side of the court, but he is not the point guard the Knicks need. Dennis Smith Jr. still has a lot of promise but has had a rocky start to the season. Only time will tell if he will shine in New York City.

Sitting on 2-9 on the season and with the front office seemingly on thin ice, it is still too early to throw this season away. There are tradable assets on the team that can provide greater value to other teams looking to contend in the near future.

For example, Knicks’ big free-agent signing Julius Randle has not turned out to be the focal point on the offense that the Knicks had hoped he would be. With the lack of guards on the team right now, Randle (24) has been asked to bring up the ball and run the offense himself. He is being put into a new role he was never asked to be in before, thus his poor play so far this season. Randle is averaging 15.6 PPG while shooting a career-low 42.4 FG% and a career-low 63.2 FT%.

It is obvious Julius Randle is not a good fit for this team so far, and with 2 years beyond this one left on his contract, he can still bring tons of value to another team. A team like the Golden State Warriors would improve by adding a player with Randle’s ability to their rotation. With star players Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out for the year, Warriors will look forward to bring another valuable asset through the draft. Next year, a healthy Curry and Thompson back along with Draymond Green, Julius Randle, and top first-round pick could make a very well rounded team.

In return, the Knicks can look to add D’Angelo Russell. By now everyone knows the Warriors do not need more help in their backcourt but more in their frontcourt. D’Angelo brings a swagger that the Knicks can use at this point in the season. Russell (23) has proven to be an all-star caliber player in the east and succeeded in New York last year (in Brooklyn). Bringing someone like D’Angelo Russell who can provide more efficient scoring in the Knicks backcourt and will be their starting point guard of the future will improve their struggle to close out games in the 4th quarter.

Certainly, there are other players around the league that can fill this role instead but the Knicks must look at a change in the roster rather than the coaching staff. Bringing in a player with the swagger and confidence that D’Angelo Russell posses is something this struggling Knicks team needs. By adding in players that mesh better together and we will see better play in NYC and hopefully bring back the fun to New York Knicks basketball.

A 10 Part Breakdown of the New York Yankees Depth. Part 1: Catcher’s

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. If the next season is ANYTHING like the previous season, the Yankees are going to need a LOT of help in regards to their overall depth.

The position that will need some substantial help is a catcher.

So who do they have?

I’ve made a pretty good argument in a previous article about the Hall of Fame-caliber career Gary Sanchez is currently projected on. Yes, both offensively and defensively, Gary Sanchez is a future Hall of Fame catcher. His biggest bugaboo though is his injury history. He played under 130 games in 2017, a total of 89 games in 2018, and less than 110 games last season. So it’s not out of the question making the argument that Gary Sanchez should have a backup catcher who could catch closer to 60 games per season.

Austin Romine is the obvious backup for Sanchez. He’s played between 60 and 80 games per season from 2016 to 2019. He calls a great game, has caught 23% of all base stealers (comparable to Mike Piazza’s career caught stealing percentage), and gets massive timely hits. But he’s a free agent. And with Cashman and Steinbrenner still determined to stay below the luxury tax, it’s unlikely that Romine will come back for another season for the Bombers.

Which leaves at this point, Kyle Higashioka as the Yankees 2020 backup at catcher.

So What’s Wrong with Kyle?

Higashioka is a soon to be a 30-year-old catcher who has yet to play more than 80 games at the MINOR LEAGUE level. His caught stealing percentage is at 29%, which is an above-average number. He’s got a career fielding percentage of .990. I’ll take that. He does have more passed balls for his career than Gary Sanchez, something that Sanchez detractors hold against him ALL THE TIME! But he has a career batting average in the bigs of .164. Even with the all too likely scenario that results in Sanchez being a career .230 hitter, he’s going to average 30 home runs and close to (if not over) 100 RBI’s per season, we need Sanchez in the lineup more than Higashioka. (baseball-reference.com)

Unless the Yankees resign Austin Romine, the Yankees will need to sign a new backup catcher. Higashioka doesn’t have it in him to be a major league backup. Some just aren’t destined to reach the bigs. And that’s okay. But why force it for a career minor leaguer who hasn’t found big league success, when the current trend is to force out players 30 years and older?