New York Yankees: Is the roster set? Or should there be more changes?

The New York Yankees stole the show of the offseason when they landed Gerrit Cole for $324 million dollars and instilled fear in the rest of Major League Baseball. Ever since then, movement for the Yankees has been dead and fans are wondering if the roster is ready for 2020? Or are the Yankees still analyzing potential trades/signings?

When taking a look at the pitching rotation, I believe that J.A. Happ will be on the move this offseason. I believe that both parties have identified that there wasn’t a fit in New York and he’ll be pitching in different colors next season. This makes sense for the Yankees also because that’ll free up some money after signing Cole.

In regards to the bullpen, I think it’s pretty much set in stone except for maybe a Josh Hader trade. After losing Dellin Betances to the New York Mets, I could see the Yankees going after a high-leverage reliever like Hader. He also has four years of control which is so valuable. Even if the Yankees don’t pick up another bullpen arm, they are already so talented that I know they’ll still find success.

The lineup is set for 2020 I believe. There’s been talk about a trade for Lindor but I think the Yankees have already identified Torres as the shortstop of the future and this is the year that they begin the new era. From top to bottom, even looking at options off the bench, the New York Yankee lineup is terror to any opposing team.

New York Giants news, 12/30 – 3 silver linings from an otherwise terrible 2020

New York Giants, Eli Manning, Daniel Jones

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The New York Giants falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in week 17 only capped what was already a disappointing 2019 season. Finishing 4-12 on the year, head coach Pat Shurmur was unable to curate a disciplined team and manage games with efficiency. His lack of time management skills and personnel decisions hurt the Giants weekly and might have cost them several wins in the process. Nonetheless, there were several silver linings to enjoy among the negatives.

Here are three silver linings the New York Giants experience in 2019:

1.) Saquon Barkley’s late surge

Saquon Barkley started the 2019 season with two consecutive 100-yard performances. After suffering a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of week three, he was unable to return to his peak form. He subsequently went eight games without recording over 100 rushing yards, finally breaking the mark in week 15 against the Miami Dolphins.

While he just barely missed the 100-yard mark in week 17 against the Eagles, which would have marked his third consecutive game, he did manage to break the 1000 yard rushing mark on the season. That is one primary silver lining that should give the Giants hope moving forward. Barkley is an essential part of the Giants’ offense and will hopefully have a more productive 2020 campaign. Getting him more involved in all facets should be a priority moving forward, especially after head coach Pat Shurmur was relieved of his duties on Monday.

2.) Daniel Jones is the future

If there’s one thing general manager Dave Gettleman has done right in his two years with the Giants, it is draft quarterback Daniel Jones.

The rookie passer amassed 3027 yards on the season through the air, 24 touchdown passes, and 12 interceptions. He also fumbled 18 times, making his final turnover mark 30 on the year. While the turnovers are concerning, he showed plenty of promise in the passing game with his accuracy and ability to decipher coverages.

After missing the first two games with Eli Manning remaining under center, Jones started his career against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he recorded his first win.

Finding a franchise quarterback is the most challenging thing for an NFL team, and the fact that Gettleman seems to have chosen correctly on his first attempt is a huge positive when considering his retention.

3.) Young pieces showing promise

When Gettleman initially began the rebuild process, he insisted that they would also win games at the same time. That reality has quickly shown it’s true colors, as the Giants have logged just nine wins over two seasons. However, they do have several young pieces they have shown promise so far in their young careers.

Linebacker Ryan Connelly has looked good in a small sample size, but he will undoubtedly be a starting linebacker for the Giants in 2020. Wide receiver Darius Slayton has also looked like a reliable pass catcher, connecting with Daniel Jones frequently this season. Slayton finished the season with 740 total yards and eight touchdowns. There’s plenty of reason to be hopeful for the future, but this off-season will be essential in the team’s success. The Giants will have approximately $80 million in open cap-space and plenty of draft capital to address positions of weakness.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

Steve Serby – Dump Dave Gettleman with Pat Shurmur? This is Giants owners’ cruel dilemma

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Art Stapleton – NY Giants: What we know on the future of Pat Shurmur and state of the franchise

Dan Salomone – New York Giants 2020 Opponents
John Fennelly – Giants will select 4th in 2020 NFL Draft

New York Yankees: Aaron Judge is not injury prone, just unlucky

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Nobody had more issues with injuries than the New York Yankees did last year with 30 players hitting the injured list last season. Aaron Judge spent time on the IL for about two months with an oblique injury he suffered while swinging. The year before, Judge was hit with a 93mph fastball on the right wrist and was out for significant time with a hip fracture.

There’s been a lot of discussion floating around that Judge is injury prone and he’ll always find himself on the injured list every year. However, Judge has just been victim to bad luck. A swing-related injury isn’t as avoidable as most think. A hit-by-pitch injury is a freak accident that could have happened to anyone, it was clearly just a bad case of luck.

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I understand that because of Judge’s build he’s more prone to suffering an injury than other players, but he’s shown that he’s able to move around the outfield with little struggle especially at his size.

Judge was healthy for the entire year of 2017 when he put on a show during his rookie year, posting a .284 batting average and a league-leading 52 home runs. He missed 50 games the 2018 season and still put up .278 with 27 homers. This season, he missed 60 games and matched his homer total from the season prior.

Regardless of him missing some time during the year, he still puts up great numbers for the team. His offensive production outweighs his time away from the field. I believe that Judge isn’t injury prone, just unlucky. His injuries have been freak accidents and weren’t avoidable.

BREAKING: New York Giants Fire Head Coach Pat Shurmur

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants have officially fired head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants hired Shurmur in 2018 after serving as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. In that same year, Shurmur won the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.

It has been a disappointing two years with Pat Shurmur as the Giants’ head coach. New York finished the 2018 season with a 5-11 record. After promises of improvement heading into the 2019 season, the team disappointed fans further with a 4-12 record.

Pat Shurmur‘s time as head coach of the Giants comes to an end with a 9-23 record; the same record Shurmur finished with after his two seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2011-2012). This lowly two-year span in New York includes a 9-game losing streak, which is tied for the worst in franchise history. Giants fans have officially gotten their wish and can now look ahead to the top head-coaching candidates.

What’s Next?

The New York Giants will now begin the process of searching for a new head coach. There are other head coaching vacancies around the league, including the Washington Redskins, the Carolina Panthers, and the Cleveland Browns. The Giants will be competing with these teams and others for the top coach candidates.

Among these candidates are a couple of retreads and a few first-timers. From experienced winners like Ron Rivera and Mike McCarthy to top offensive and defensive coordinators like Josh McDaniels and Robert Saleh, there are plenty of coaching options within the NFL. But there are also coaching options in the college realm, such as Baylor head coach Matt Rhule and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.

It will be necessary for the Giants to find a candidate that will aid in the development of Daniel Jones. The Giants’ franchise quarterback just finished his rookie season and will need the right coaching staff in place to help him improve in his sophomore season.

The Giants’ record over the last three seasons is a pathetic 12-36. Ownership is feeling the pressure to turn things around and get back to winning. Pat Shurmur is the second head coach to be fired by the Giants in the past three years. Fans can only hope that 2020 is the year that the New York Giants hire the right guy and get themselves back on track.

New York Mets: Justin Wilson Year in Review

New York Yankees, Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson has a great year out of the New York Mets bullpen. Despite missing a chunk of time with an injury, he was a very underrated member of a Mets bullpen that struggled for a majority of the season. Due to the bullpen’s mediocrity, Wilson moved from a middle reliever to someone who could handle a setup role.

The Mets brought in Wilson on a two-year/$10 million deal last offseason. It was a very solid, under the radar move to bring in a much-needed lefty in the bullpen. Wilson was not your typical “lefty specialist,” he always had very similar splits against lefties and righties.

Rough Start

Wilson started slowly through his first month at a Met. He made ten outings and allowed five runs and four walks in 9.1 innings pitched. He landed on the Injured List on April 16 with left elbow soreness and was rushed back too early. Wilson made one outing and allowed two runs in one inning, which landed him back on the IL with the same injury.

Wilson stayed on the IL until July 2, and the Mets slowly worked him into action. He started off staying in his middle relief role but moved into the late innings as the month went on. Wilson only allowed runs in five of his 35 outings he pitched in during his return. He was dominant with a 1.82 ERA and held batters to a .215 batting average.

Can He Repeat Success in 2020?

Wilson will likely have a different role in 2020 with the addition of Dellin Betances and the expectation of Edwin Diaz/Jeurys Familia to return to form. He will probably be in the middle innings once again but should have the upper hand over Familia and Betances in Spring Training. If Familia and Betances show they are back in All-Star form, they will land the late innings.

This should not be seen as a demotion because Wilson is the only lefty in the bullpen. He will see time against the Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman type hitters the NL East has to offer. The Mets will not have to worry about overusing him as well, which was a problem the had in 2019.

Grades:

Pitching Repertoire: B+, Fastball has great life on it and even got up into the high 90s at some points. His cutter and slider are his money pitches. They were his go-to in big spots.

Control: B, 4.4 BB/9 was on par with the rest of his career. For a pitcher with control issues in the past, it did not affect this year.

Composure: A+, Went in there, and never blinked an eye in big spots.

Intangibles: A+, Probably one of the most unknown contributors on the year. Very low-key personality who goes in there and does his job.

Overall: A, Only thing the Mets could have hoped for was to keep him healthy to pitch more often.

 

New York Mets rumors: Cespedes’ comeback, Marte, Alonso and more

New York Mets, Yeonis Cespedes

We are only a couple of days away from 2020, and there is increasing optimism among the New York Mets’ fan base. Next season could be special. In the meantime, you can read all the recent news and rumors swirling around the team in this article.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day:

NY Post: Joel Sherman wrote that there is precedent for players that missed most or all the games in a season that came back to mash the following year. He notes a few famous cases. Despite missing all of 2019 and most of 2018, the Mets are hopeful with Cespedes.

He can make as little as $6 million or as much as $20 million in 2020. Yet, if he’s holding a grudge towards the Mets, he isn’t showing it. He recently said that he can hit 40 homers next season.

MLB.com: David Adler highlighted the achievements of 13 rookies that had excellent debut seasons in 2019. Among them, of course, was the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, who led the Majors with 53 home runs.

Each player comes with a “key stat.” In Alonso’s case, it wasn’t the 53 home runs, but his 66 total barrels. He trailed only Jorge Soler’s 70 in that area and tied with Mike Trout and Ronald Acuna.

Therealdeal.com: The Wilpons are sharing their real estate knowledge. Yes, they are selling the Mets, but they also have a parallel project developing stadiums, complexes, and other real estate, per Bloombers. The Sterling Project Development is its name, and among its known associates are the Green Bay Packers, the New York Islanders, and the MLS.

MetsMerizedonline.com: Starling Marte, a star-level center fielder from the Pittsburgh Pirates, was an option for the Mets. Some experts and journalists say he is still is in play.

However, Rob Piersall argues that the acquisition price will not be worth the trouble at this point. The Mets’ farm system is depleted and giving up Brandon Nimmo may be counterproductive, he explains.

Big news could await the New York Giants on Tuesday

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

As New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was walking out of the locker room following the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in week 17, he quickly barked to patient reporters, “We’ll talk Tuesday.”

Gettleman seems confident that he will remain with the organization beyond what was a tumultuous 2019 season, but head coach Pat Shurmur couldn’t say the same during his press conference. He mentioned that “it’s only going to get better,” and that he wasn’t given the most talented roster to play with this season, but nothing in regards to his future with the Giants.

Tuesday will likely spell the end of at least one coach, and Shurmur is undoubtedly on the hot-seat, especially with Ron Rivera being available as his replacement. Gettleman is close with Rivera, who spend multiple years with him in Carolina, putting together a playoff-caliber team.

Theoretically, the Gettlman/Rivera tandem makes the most sense for owner John Mara. However, for everybody else, it seems like another go around the circle of failure. Being trounced by the Eagles in what was likely Eli Manning’s final game in blue was a disgrace, and co-owner Steve Tisch’s “tear it down” attitude might finally come to fruition, but the “let the Mara’s figure it out” mentality will surely reignite once again.

Is Dave Gettleman’s job safe with the New York Giants?

Gettleman has done plenty wrong to justify his firing, starting with his attempt at piecing together the offensive line. Left tackle Nate Solder has been a huge miss, and he will count $19.5 million in cap next season. On the flip side, Gettleman did draft Daniel Jones who seems to have the tools to become the next franchise quarterback for Big Blue. He also hit on multiple late-round picks, UDFAs (Ryan Connelly, Darius Slayton, Kaden Smith, Nick Gates, etc.), some of which have a limited sample size.

I would say Gettleman is about 50/50 on his hits and misses, maybe a bit more on the negative side, but he’s a voice Mara is intimidated by and won’t be keen to fire in the coming days. That’s the issue with hiring Gettleman in the first place. He’s close with the Mara’s. One day, John will learn not to mix friends with business.

New York Yankees: Is Deivi Garcia just hype?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

For all New York Yankees fans, we are no stranger to being fed information about prospects that makes us all believe they are going to be superstars. Remember when Chance Adams was the next great Yankees pitcher? Yes, the same Chance Adam’s that was DFA’d and traded to Kansas City, was once considered a lock to be the next great Yankees pitcher. Let’s also go back to the next great Yankee lefty Justus Sheffield. Sheffield was once the top Yankees pitching prospect, but when New York needed pitching help, they never called him up for a significant look in 2018. Fast-forward a month after the season was over and he was traded for James Paxton. In his first true look at big league action in 2019, Sheffield posted an abysmal 5.50 ERA in seven starts. So the question becomes, is Deivi Garcia the next great Yankees pitcher, or is he just a product of the New York Yankees Hype Machine?

I reported a couple of days ago that Deivi Garcia was not “Untouchable” in Josh Hader talks according to sources close to the situation in Milwaukee. My Twitter was filled with comments about how there’s no chance the Yankees would move Garcia for Hader. I started wondering to myself, “If he’s as good as the fan base says, why is he on the table in trade talks according to the folks in Milwaukee?” I talked with a couple of scouts over the last couple of days to get a better picture on Deivi Garcia the prospect.

Scouts Take on Deivi Garcia

“In all honesty, I don’t understand the hype. I’ve seen him pitch a few times and the stuff just doesn’t grade out to be a top of the line starter. Maybe with time he can develop since he’s really young, but I just don’t see top arm talent when I see him.”

“With the stuff he currently has, he’s projecting to be a back-end starter. I think he could be good at the MLB level, but nothing special.”

Dan Federico also got another take from a scout who called Deivi Garcia “Overrated”. To me, the New York Yankees are tremendous about hyping up their prospects. So much so, that I believe Brian Cashman himself has fallen victim to buying into the hype of his guys. Deivi Garcia is a good prospect, but there are many around the industry who just do not see him as a top of the line starter. If they can move him now when his stock is high for a piece that can help them win a championship next season, they should do it.

Yankees Plans Moving Forward

The Yankees are going to be faced with a decision next year on who to extend between James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka. They also have Jordan Montgomery coming back off injury to fill in the five spot of the rotation. Let’s say they go with Paxton on the extension and Montgomery has a great bounce-back season, they really only have one rotation spot to fill for the foreseeable future. The Yankees have plenty of internal arms that could fill that last spot of the rotation including: Domingo German, Jonathan Loaisiga, Clarke Schmidt, Albert Abreu, etc. Domingo German is coming off an incredible 2019 where he won 18 games, but his future is cloudy due to his pending suspension. When it comes to the other arms in the minors, one of the scouts I talked to actually likes and prefers Clarke Schmidt to Deivi Garcia.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I believe that if the Yankees can get Josh Hader by including Deivi Garcia in a deal, they should make that deal happen. We are not talking about a Stephen Strasburg or Gerrit Cole type prospect here, as stated above, many scouts only see Garcia as a middle to back of the rotation kind of arm. Josh Hader is arguably the best reliever in all of baseball who the Yankees would have control over for the next four seasons. If the Brewers ask for Miguel Andujar (Who is very expendable) and Deivi Garica for Hader, I think the Yankees should pull the trigger. The time to win is now, it’s time to stop holding onto prospects instead of acquiring impactful MLB talent.

The Yankees have a forgotten man in their starting pitching rotation

New York Yankees, Domingo German

With Gerrit Cole plastering the headlines for the New York Yankees, other players have slipped through the cracks regarding media attention. Rightfully so, when you acquire the best pitcher in baseball for $324 million, however, the Yankees only added to an already steady starting pitching rotation.

Cole will join a group led by Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. The Bombers are now in a position to completely dominate all of baseball, starting with their pitching, a factor that has been tumultuous at times in recent years. As we saw last season, one injury can be catastrophic to the team, but manager Aaron Boone supplemented his losses with ease, utilizing his strong bullpen to smooth over wins.

The New York Yankees have a lowkey weapon waiting for reinstatement:

One of the Yankees’ more consistent pitchers in 2019 was Domingo German, who’s now facing domestic abuse allegations that will inevitably result in a lengthy suspension. I suspect German will be forced to sit out at least 40 games next season, but his return will be just another positive addition to the rotation. He will likely slot in as the 5th starter, behind Cole, Severino, Paxton, and Tanaka.

It’s also possible German is used in a bullpen role, especially if Jordan Montgomery is pitching well. Monty pitched two consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 ERA baseball before succumbing to Tommy John surgery.

German finished last season with an 18-4 record, logging a 4.03 ERA and 153 strikeouts. There’s little evidence to suggest German can’t re-enter the starting rotation and continue his development.

Going into just his third full season, Domingo is on track to become a potential ace or No. 2 man in the MLB, and while his suspension might hinder his progression a bit, he has all of the physical tools to be a premium arm. Having so much talent in the pitching rotation that German might not even crack the 5th spot is quite impressive.