New York Yankees News/Rumors: Postseason trade rumors run wild for the Yankees

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The New York Yankees are coming off another disappointing season where they lost again in the ALCS. The Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009.  The Yankee brass and the Yankee fans alike are tired of not winning and waiting for that elusive 28th World Championship. After this short season, when the Tampa Bay Rays beat the pants off the Yankees, the talk about changing up the team so they can win is far more active than ever.

Trade talks suggestions are going on for many New York Yankees players, from scouts to former Yankee players. However, no one is talking at this point about trading Miguel Andujar, a player that they really have no use for and should be traded.  Trade talks include Luke Voit, Gio Urshela, Gary Sanchez, Adam Ottavino, and more. All of this in the shadow of the nine Yankee players who have become free agents.  According to how you look at it, next seasons Yankee team could look very different, or the Yankees will continue to believe that they have a great team, and it will improve in a normal 162 game season that may have fans in the stands.

Luke Voit:

The idea behind trading off Luke Voit is that he is at his highest value ever.  By dumping some of the free-agent pitchers, James Paxton and J.A. Happ, that saving and saving from trading off Voit, would give the Yankees the funds to go out and go out get a premium number two starter like Trevor Bauer.  In his prime, Bauer seems to be willing to take a short one or two year contract for big bucks. The short contract might be something the Yankees would be interested in, as long as Gerrit Cole approves.  Cole and Bauer have had a feud for years.

Gio Urshela:

The Gio Urshela trade rumors are brought about by the idea that getting rid of a great player to save a poor player’s job just doesn’t make sense at all but is gaining interest. The idea is to move the poor playing shortstop, Gleyber Torres, to his natural position. But doing that knocks the baseball batting champion off of second base. By trading off Urshela, whose value is high right now, they can move DJ to third base. For this writer, this is the worst trade the Yankees could make.  The fact is that DJ’s fielding percentage in his eleven games at 3rd base was worse than Torres’s fielding percentage at short.

Adam Ottavino:

The Adam Ottavino trade rumor makes sense for the New York Yankees. Ottavino is a good relief pitcher, but he has failed two years in a row for the Yankees by losing gas when it is most important, at the end of the season. Ottavino might be able to return to the pitcher he was with new scenery. The problem with moving Ottavino is his big salary. To make it happen it is likely that the Yankees would have to absorb part of his salary for the next two years.

Gary Sanchez:

The Gary Sanchez problem is complicated. The New York Yankees have been supporting him and putting him on a pedestal for several years as their catcher of the future.  But this year there was a sign that that support has developed some big cracks in it as he was sat down as the season wanned, and for several games in the postseason, in favor of backup catcher Kyle Higashioka who has become Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher. Cole is going to be around for 9 years, so Higgy might be as well.

But there is a problem with Higashioka taking the main catching role, that would move Sanchez to back up. Sanchez is due a big raise in arbitration this year. He will make somewhere between $6-8M and that’s too much to spend for a backup catcher. The answer is to trade him to some team that sees his home run power as a plus. Sanchez hasn’t been good for the Yankees since 2017, and this year was his worst, hitting .147 with regressing defense.

The Yankees could then go out and get a real catcher like J.T. Realmuto, whose lead leading batting average and excellent defense would make him a perfect fit for the Yankees. But it would cost dollars to get J.T. But the Realmuto, Higashioka catching twosome certainly is interesting.

Among the other trade, rumors include bringing back Didi Gregorius that the Yankees let walk in the last postseason, causing the Gleyber Torres problem. Did had a great season with the Phillies, hitting .284 with 10 home runs. So the Yankees have all these trade opportunities to consider along with what to do with all the free agents. It should be an exciting postseason as the Yankees try to improve the team so they can win another Championship.

 

 

 

Yankees News Wrap Up: 10/17/20: Gio Urshela trade, Moving Torres, Yankees budget and more

New York Yankees, Giovanny Urshela

The New York Yankees Postseason Budget

Going into the postseason, no one knows what the New York Yankees budget will be to solve some of the club’s problems. In a postseason news conference, General Operating Partner Hal Steinbrenner said that the club had lost a monstrous amount of money this season. The Yankees didn’t have a single paying fan in the stands throughout the 60 game season. They also lost all of their concession revenues. Without that revenue coming in, they still had to pay for ground crews, security, and a myriad of other expenses.  They did get a break in paying the players’ full salaries, but that saving pales compared to the losses.

With these huge losses, it is questionable how much money the Yankees will have to pay another ace type starter, building up the bullpen and solving the shortstop problem. Steinbrenner has not tipped his hat as to what the Yankees might do or not do.

Trade-off Gio Urshela

The has been a lot of foolish talk about trading our Gold Glove type 3rd baseman Gio Urshela. Andy Martino of SNY.tv Martino explained that the best path to improve the Yankees’ infield defense would be trading Gio Urshela. Others have also chimed in on the same idea. This writer believes that you don’t solve a problem by getting rid of a player that is a clutch hitter with a .298 batting average and a .992 fielding percentage.

Mark Teixeira says to trade Luke Voit

Mark Teixeira, the former Yankee first baseman, has suggested that the Yankees trade off Luke Voit while his value is highest. He suggests the move will solve the problem of moving Gleyber Torres to his natural position at 2nd base, thus moving DJ LeMahieu to first base. I have a lot of respect for Teixeira, but this is another brainless suggestion. You don’t get rid of a player that is just showing his immense promise. This year he hit .277 with a team and baseball leading 22 home runs and 52 RBI’s. Those stats translate into a regular-season of 60 home runs, just one short of Roger Maris’s Yankee record and 140 RBI’s. The bottom line is that you don’t get rid of your lineup power to save the job of a sub-par player.

Yankees look to solve a pitching problem

There is no question that the New York Yankees have some pitching deficiencies, and they are about to worsen. Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ have all reached free agency. The Yankees need a co-ace to be number two behind last season’s signing of Gerrit Cole. None of these pitchers that are at free agency is that number two starter. The Yankees prospects also can’t fill that position, except possibly Deivi Garcia, but he too is unproven. The answer is that the Yankees first have to get that co-ace. The most likely person available is Trevor Bauer.  After that decision is made, the Yankees can then look at their free agents and decide who to keep.

The Yankees must prioritize extending DJ LeMahieu

Other than signing a premium starting pitcher, the New York Yankees must re-sign DJ LeMahieu. These two moves are a necessity. DJ has been with the Yankees for two years and has been everything the Yankees could have wanted, and much more. Last year he batted .327 with 26 home runs and was the only player with over 100 RBI’s. He also won the coveted Silver Slugger Award while playing excellent defense at 2nd base. This year, he won the baseball batting title, being the first player to win both leagues’ title. This year he also hit .364 at age 32, with no signs of slowing down. The Yankees will have to pay him at least 50% more, or more likely near twice what he earned in his present contract. Because of his age, the new contract will probably be limited to four years. Whatever they do, they must nail LeMahieu down for the next few years.

The Yankees need to solve the shortstop situation

There is no question that Gleyber Torres is not the ideal player to have at short. He, this year, had the second-most errors at the position. The obvious move if the Yankees choose to keep him is to move him to his natural position at 2nd base and replace him with Didi Gregorious, who we know can play at Yankee Stadium or go out and spend big bucks for Franciso Lindor.  This, like any other move, causes additional problems. What to do with DJ LeMahieu.

Under my plan, there are certain issues, but I put it forth anyway. Move Torres to second and make DJ LeMahieu a utility player. He has proven he can play all of the infield positions equally well. This would keep DJ in the lineup most days as he filled in at all four infield positions; he could also be an occasional DH. Should any infielder become injured, there will be an automatic replacement. I know this is not an ideal plan, but there is no easy solution to the Torres problem.

Aroldis Chapman has thrown the losing pitch two years in a row

Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner expressed his support of Aroldis Chapman, even though he has thrown the losing pitch two seasons in a row. He stated that he is “extremely comfortable,” giving him the ball with victory at hand. Aaron Boone also echoed the same support. This writer is never comfortable with the Chapman on the mound when the score is tied or with only a one-run lead. Chapman is not Mariano Rivera. Even in his saves, he often struggles and keeps fans on pins and needles. The previous Baltimore closer, Zack Britton, saved 8 games in a row while Chapman was out with the coronavirus.

New York Yankees need to beef up the bullpen

The two hot arms in the bullpen this year were Chad Green and Zack Britton. Outside of those two, there isn’t much dependability. Jonathan Holder was off and on, and Adam Ottavino faded this season just like he did last year. The only difference is that he became undependable much sooner this year than last.  The other dependable arm is Tommy Kahnle, but he had Tommy John surgery, and likely won’t be back to the team until the All-Star break at the earliest. The Yankees need another good arm to strengthen their bullpen. The Yankees might consider Daren O’Day, who has the lowest ERA of 1.10 of any free agent; he would also be a cheap purchase. There are 18 free agents on the market.

MLB announces the best 2020 umpire of the year

The Yankees fans surely know the names of Angel Hernandez and CB Buckner, both of which have cost the Yankees runs and much drama with managers and coaches being thrown out of games when they became upset by the erroneous calls of these two umpires. They are, without a doubt, the two worst umpires in baseball.

If the worst needs to be named, then so does the best. Pat Hoberg has been named the best and most accurate umpire of the 2020 season.

 

New York Yankees: Reporter proposes idea to improve infield defense, and it involves trading Gio Urshela

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

In recent days, fans and some media circles have been talking about how the New York Yankees need to find a way to improve their infield defense, specifically the shortstop position. It’s true, Gleyber Torres, the starting shortstop, hasn’t been good at the position: this year, he had a -5.0 UZR, a -13.0 UZR/150 and -9 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS.)

DJ LeMahieu, a solid defensive second baseman, is set to enter free agency, and Gio Urshela, someone with a good defensive reputation but divisive statistical profile, is under contract.

SNY’s Andy Martino proposes an idea for the New York Yankees to improve the shortstop situation: re-sign DJ LeMahieu, bringing a defensive-minded shortstop and moving Gleyber to the hot corner. Gio Urshela? Trade him, he says.

“The Yanks could tighten their defense by re-signing LeMahieu to play second base, moving Torres to third base, trading Gio Urshela and bringing in a shortstop like Andrelton Simmons or Brandon Crawford,” he wrote.

He defends his idea, saying that scouts and metrics say that the Torres experiment at short “hasn’t worked out. Torres seems to be lacking in some basic skills and instincts like knowing when to cover the bag — odd for a player who came up in the minor leagues as a shortstop — and doesn’t have the range that is ideal for the position.”

Do the Yankees need to upgrade the shortstop position?

The Yankees’ Torres was in the bottom two percentile in Statcast’s defensive metric outs above average.
“Most evaluators believe that Torres is best suited to play second base. But that’s LeMahieu’s position, and the Yankees need his bat and quiet leadership. A year ago, the Yankees considered trading Luke Voit to create more lefty-right balance in the lineup. Doing so now would achieve a different objective in freeing up first base for LeMahieu. But Voit has emerged as a star, and should probably stay.”

“That leaves Urshela as the odd man out if the team wants to keep both LeMahieu and Torres. Although we’ve grown accustomed to watching Urshela make exceptional plays at third base, the advanced stats tell a different story, ranking him behind 80 percent of MLB third basemen in outs above average,” he said.

What do you think about the idea? Feel free to use the comments section to weigh in.

Yankees trade rumors: Could Luke Voit and Gio Urshela be on the way out?

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

With the rumor mill starting to fire up as we head closer toward the hot stove months, the New York Yankees will once again be a focal point among negotiations and discussions. The Bombers are always involved with some of the biggest names in baseball, but this time they could elect to be sellers and make some significant changes.

While manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman were non-committal toward big off-season moves, the Yankees need to make some changes to bolster their team. Ranging from the starting pitching rotation to their defensive efficiency in the infield, there are a few ways the Yankees can improve their chances of success in 2021.

Now, I would never recommend trading away your best players, but the Yankees have an opportunity to sell high on two of their more efficient ones in 2020.

Personally, I think Gio Urshela is un-tradable at this point, given his rise to stardom and defensive qualities on the hot corner. However, I don’t necessarily hate the idea of selling high on Luke Voit and moving DJ LeMahieu over to first base. That would allow Gleyber Torres to play his more comfortable position at second and open up the idea of signing another shortstop for the time being.

The Yankees need to think long-term dominance, as they continue to fail with their current model:

While it hurts to write the word “trade” and “Voit” in the same sentence, sometimes you have to do what’s best for the team’s long-term appropriation. His breakout season this year re-affirms that he is a solid MLB player and that the St. Louis Cardinals should’ve never parted ways with him.

However, the Yankees have their future at first base with LeMahieu if they want to go that route, and they can’t continue to commit to Torres at shortstop given his inability to make routine throws.

Given the Bombers’ lack of elite pitching prospects, aside from Deivi Garcia, trading Voit for a few notable names could be of value. Buying low and selling high is ultimately how you build a strong team for the future, and Brian Cashman did a fantastic job targeting specific players to fit his mold. Voit is exactly what they want in a slugging first baseman, but their infield issues might force their hand.

One former Yankee, Mark Teixeira, thinks that treating him is a good idea.

“As good as Luke Voit is, and as popular as he is, his value has never been higher,” said Teixeira.

Urshela is another player that was traded for cash considerations (25K) from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018. The Yankees could easily sell him for a sizeable return, and doing so while his value is still high makes sense. Again, I personally don’t think they should give Urshela away, considering the value he’s brought to the team and cementing third base, but nothing is impossible.

Miguel Andujar best serves the New York Yankees as a trade piece

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

Now before the Andujar fans start to attack me, let me be clear, I like Miguel Andujar. I would love for the New York Yankees to figure out a way to get his bat into the lineup every single day. He’s a tremendous hitter with such a natural feel when he’s at the plate.

Disregarding his defense, Miguel Andujar is a great baseball player. The problem is that he doesn’t fit in anywhere with the Yankees. It’s not his talent level, and it’s not his inability to be flexible for the team as you saw this year from him trying to play the outfield.

Andujar has done whatever he could to get back on the field with the Yankees. However, there is just no room for him anywhere. Gio Urshela has turned into a star for the Yankees. He’s just as productive at the plate as Andujar, but he combines that with gold glove caliber defense at third.

Andujar tried out left field this year, but Clint Frazier has claimed that spot moving forward. Frazier’s drastic improvement defensively to go along with his great bat have locked up a corner outfield spot for him. We also all know that Giancarlo Stanton has the DH spot locked up for years to come.

What the Yankees should do?

Believe me, it pains me to say it, but the Yankees should really look to move Andujar in the offseason. About a month ago, I wrote asking fans the question on if the Yankees should deal Andujar. The results were pretty split in the comments mainly because of the love for Miggy.

I get it. Andujar became a fan favorite back in 2018 when he came up and shined for the Yankees. That year, Andujar should have won the rookie of the year award in my opinion. However, that honor was given to Shohei Ohtani.

The Yankees are going to be busy this offseason. Priority number one should be locking up DJ LeMahieu. DJ has been the anchor for the Yankees the last couple of years and he’s going to finish in the top four of the MVP voting for the second consecutive year.

Once the Yankees lock up LeMahieu, the infield and the outfield will be set for the future. All of those spots are locked up without Andujar. The focus should then turn to pitching. The Yankees have Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and James Paxton all hitting free agency.

The Yankees bullpen has also been shaky at times during this season. If I’m Brian Cashman I’m calling up teams ready to deal Andujar for pitching upgrades. Andujar re-established his value with the way he swung the bat towards the end of this season.

Sure, his value still isn’t as high as it was after 2018, but I don’t think it ever will be. No matter how much it hurts to say it from a fans perspective, the right move would be for the Yankees to trade Miguel Andujar and either bolster their starting rotation or get another solid piece for the back of the bullpen.

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Gio Urshela, the real deal becomes a superstar (video)

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

Last year the New York Yankees had a “newfound 3rd baseman” Gio Urshela.  With all the Yankee Injuries last season, many triple-A stars made it to the bigs and had a chance to show off their talents and give the team a reason to keep them in the majors. Gio Urshela is such a player who filled in for Miguel Andujar at third base.

Last night, in Cleveland, Ohio, the excellent defender and timely hitter became a New York Yankee superstar. The game against the Cleveland Indians in the 2020 Wild Card round will most certainly become a Yankee Classic on the YES Network.  In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded, Gio Urshela hit a Grand Slam putting the Yankees ahead in a game they were losing 4-1. In the eight inning, he also had the defensive play of the game, turning a double play while lying on his back. He also propelled the Yankee to win in front of his old team. When all is said and done, DJ LeMahieu, who became the only player to win the batting title in both leagues, and Luke Voit winning the home run title, will take the spotlight away from Urshela.  But, there is no way to deny that Gio is a superstar for the Yankees.

Twenty-eight-year-old Giovanny Urshela is a Columbian baseball player for our Yankees. He has previously played the for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. Urshela signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in July 2008. He made his professional debut in 2009, playing for the Dominican Summer League Indians and the Arizona League Indians. He spent 2010-2013 in single-A. He started the 2014 season with Akron and was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League during the season.

After the 2014 season, the Indians added Urshela to their 40-man roster. He was named the Indians’ fourth-best prospect by MLB.com in 2015. He batted .227 for the Indians before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Urshela batted .233 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games for Toronto before he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on June 26. During his time with the Jays, he was noted for his timely hitting and very capable play on the 3rd. Base.

On August 4, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Urshela to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. The Yankees assigned him to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Urshela was called up by the Yankees to the bigs on April 6, 2019, as a fill-in for Miguel Andujar at third base. Urshela has been an out-making specialist in the big leagues and has certainly shown his worth at the hot corner.

In his brief stay with the Yankees, he has played well at 3rd, even making spectacular plays that many wonders if Andujar could have made, considering that Miguel’s play at third has been questioned. Gio is well-liked in the clubhouse and fits in quite well. Some of this may be his not so young age and experience. So far, although not a home run hitter, he is a timely hitter. He played so well he has received praise from manager Aaron Boone and a tweet of support from the Columbian President.

The New York Yankees expected that he would be able to handle third base. What they didn’t expect was his discipline, timely and powerful hitting behind the plate. It was a win-win situation for the Yankees as they got Glove Glove-like defense at third base and a powerful bat at the plate. When Gio would make near impossible plays at third, he became an immediately loved Yankee player.

As the season progressed, Urshela just got better and better. He ended the season with the second-highest batting average, only second to MVP DJ LeMahieu. Gio’s average was .314 with a .889 OPS and a career-high 21 home runs in just 132 games. With the start of the 2020 season, it appears that Gio hasn’t missed a beat. In just nine games, he has four home runs, a batting average of .300, and an incredible 1.067 OPS. Gio ended the shortened coronavirus season batting .298 second only to DJ LeMahieu for players in 20 games or more.

After the last season and going into this one, many Yankee fans and the Yankee brass were still wondering if Urshela’s 2019 season was just a fluke. The answer, he is no fluke, he’s the real deal a superstar, a man on a mission to help the Yankees to their 28th World Championship.

 

New York Yankees Postseason Recap: Yankees win a war in Cleveland and advance to the ALDS in San Diego

The New York Yankees took to the mound in the first inning of the second game of the Wild Card game, ahead of the Cleveland Indians one game to nothing. But the early lead in the series was smashed as the Indians overwhelmed New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka by scoring four runs in the very first inning. Tanaka remained in the game, hoping along with manager Aaron Boone that the Yankee’s powerful lineup could back him up.

With the Yankees behind 4-1 at the top of the fourth inning, Gio Urshela put the Yankees ahead 5-4, with a Grand Slam, when it was needed most. Then, Carrasco allowed two walks in a row then Carassco’s night on the mound was over. Phil Maton took over for Carrasco with two on and no outs.  Ushela  been nothing but great for the Yankees. In the game he became the first Yankee third baseman ever, to hit a Grand Slam in the postseason for the Yankees. Aaron Judge was the ninth man of the inning to come to the plate for the Yankees, he flew out, but the Yankee damage was done, and the Yankees led the Indians 5-4.

In the same inning, the Yankees put men on the corners, still with no outs. The runners advanced, and it was a man on second and third with no outs. Giancarlo Stanton flew out, but Hicks scored from third for the Yankees 6-4 lead in the game.  Urshela up for the third time singled and they got the lead runner for the force out for the second out of the inning. With Urshela in scoring position, Phil Maton got out of the inning, giving up just the one run, but the Yankees were ahead in an elimination game for the Cleveland Indians.

At the bottom of the fifth inning, Masahiro Tanaka again took the mound for the Yankees with 70 pitches thrown.  Chad Green was ready in the inning if Tanaka faltered. He did, and exited the game with the two-run lead.  Before the game, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit had already made their mark on the season.  LeMahieu already gained the batting title with a .364 batting average and Luke Voit captured the home run title with 22 home runs on the season.

With Chad Green in the bottom of the fifth, the Indians tied up the game, when Lindor scored off of a double by Ramirez. But Green got out of the inning by striking out two Indian batters and leaving the score tied at six apiece, when the Indians Ramirez flew out to Aaron Judge in right field.

At the top of the 6th, Gary Sanchez regained the lead for the Yankees with a two-run home run off of Indians reliever McKenzie. Yankees 8 and the Indians 6. Down 8-6 and their postseason in jeopardy of a quick ending, the Indians tied it in the seventh on pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow’s two-out, two-run double off right-hander  Jonathan Loaisgia. The Indians went ahead again in the eight inning for the 9-8 Indian lead

At the botton of the eighth inning, Gio Urshela turned an amazing double play while laying on the ground, that play saved the Yankees, and kept the Yankees within one. In the top of the ninth with the bases loaded Gary Sanchez popped out on a long fly ball driving in  a run and the score was tied at 9. DJ LeMahieu got a ground ball base hit through the pitchers legs and into center field, Gio Urshela scored for the Yankee’s 10-9 lead. At the bottom of the inning Aroldis Chapman, in his second inning of work, got the save and the win for the Yankees.  Brad Hand took the loss for the Indians.

In an absolute war in Cleveland, the New York Yankees came away with the sweep of the Indians in the Wild Card, in a game that saw a record tying 19 walks, two rain delays, and the lead going back and forth throughout the four hour and 50 minute  game.  But, with the win the Yankees advanced to the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego on Monday. The Yankees are now seven wins away from a 28th World Championship. The Yankees were jubilant but did not celebrate on the field, instead, did their usual line of fist pumps.

After the game Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees had this to say:

“I don’t know how you top that one — the back and forth, the amount of big plays. Tonight just had that feeling that these guys weren’t going to be denied. They weren’t going to lose.”

On Monday, in San Diego, the New York Yankees will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series, in a seven game matchup between two teams, that to say the least, don’t care for each other. The Yankees were 2-8 against the Rays in the regular season. The Yankees will have workout today, and later fly to San Diego.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: This star hasn’t ruled out offseason surgery

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

It is no secret that the New York Yankees have had a very difficult season health-wise, maybe even more than the much-maligned 2019 campaign. Virtually every piece of the lineup has lost time due to injury, not to mention several starters and a couple of key relievers. Among the players that have suffered injuries in 2020 is the starting third baseman Gio Urshela.

Urshela, who took the New York Yankees’ third base job early in 2019 after Miguel Andujar was injured, is nursing a bone spur in his right elbow, the one he uses to throw the baseball.

After the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-1 at Sahlen Field in Buffalo on Tuesday, Urshela said that he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of undergoing surgery in the offseason.

The Yankees are riding the hot streak

He left the door open on a potential surgery in a video conference. “I don’t know yet,” he told the media in the call. “We’re going to have to see how’s the elbow at the end of the season.”

While the Yankees’ infielder is wearing a sleeve, he had “no pain, no soreness. It’s like I’ve got a new arm. It feels really good.”

While it is refreshing for fans to hear that the Yankees’ primary third baseman has no pain, it is something that will likely need to be addressed later down the road.

Urshela is currently on a hot streak, as the Yankees prepare for another postseason full of dreams and hopes. Last night, he had four hits and in his last 11 games, he is 20-for-45 (.444) with 10 RBI.

The Yankees have to be thrilled with Urshela’s success this season. He’s currently at .308 with six home runs, 29 RBI and a .895 OPS. He has matured as a batter this season, hitting the ball with authority to all fields and tapping into his power with frequency.

New York Yankees Recaps: Yankees blow out the Blue Jays 12-1 with small ball

The New York York Yankees last night punished the Blue Jays 12-1, and they did with small ball. The game had the most significant number of runs scored by the Yankees without the aid of a single home run this season. The closest the Yankees came to a home run was at the top of the eighth inning, Kyle Higashioka hit double off the top of the wall in left, then it was changed to a home run, but on review, it was changed back to double.

After a bruising 11-5 loss on Monday night, the Yankees had a change of luck last night. On Monday, the Yankees hit the ball pretty well, but almost every time they hit the ball, it went directly to a Blue Jay. Last night most all of the hits were either over the head or found the gaps at Sahlen field.

Gerrit Cole took the mound for the Yankees and pitched a one-run gem. He allowed a single home run to Cavan Biggio, and that was the end of the scoring for the Blue Jays.  Cole pitched a solid seven innings, striking out seven Blue Jays with 108 pitches before being relieved by Zack Britton in the eighth and Adam Ottavino in the ninth pitched scoreless innings.  Yankee pitching only allowed five hits in the game.

The Yankees offense struck early and often in the game. Before Gerrit Cole got to take the mound, the Yankees had already scored two runs. Tanner Roark took the mound for the Blue Jays. Aaron Judge singled as he is finding his stroke, coming back from the IL. Aaron Hicks had a long single to right, and Judge motored all the way from first base for the first run of the night for the Yankees. It ended up being an RBI triple. Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kick had a passed ball, scoring Hicks from third, and it was Yankee 2-0.

At the top of the fourth inning, Gleyber Torres doubled, and Gio Urshela singled, driving in Torres for the Yankee 3-0 lead. The top of the fifth knocked Blue Jays starter, Tanner Roark, out of the game. With Kyle Higashioka and DJ LeMahieu on, Aaron Judge singled, driving in Higgy, the Jays through to third, but DJ was safe, and Judge trotted to second on the throw. Yankees 4-1. Aaron Hicks doubled, driving the two base runners, and it was 6-1 Yankees. Hicks was 2 for 4 on the night. Gleyber Torres ended the inning by scoring Hicks for the 7-1 lead.

Fast forward to the eighth inning, with Cole out of the game after pitching a gem; the New York Yankees scored another three runs in the inning. Brett Gardner drove in a run. The Yankees added two, with Hicks double off the top of the left-field wall, and it was 10-1 Yankees. At the ninth, the Yankees drove in two more runs for the final score of 12-1. Aaron Judge had 3 for 5 night, Torres 3-5, and Gio Urshela a 4 for 5 night. Luke Voit, who leads all of baseball with home runs (21), was hitless on the night.

Gerrit Cole got the win (7-3) and lowered his ERA to 2.84.  Tanner Roark took the loss. The New York Yankees have two more games against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, before ending their regular season back at Yankee Stadium against the Miami Marlins.

New York Yankees Top 10’s: A history of great 3rd baseman, who were your favorites?

New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez

The New York Yankees, in their glorious history, have many of the best players ever to play at their positions in the history of MLB.  In this installment of Yankee top 10’s, I give my picks for the best Yankee 3rd baseman throughout the Yankees years.  In the very near future, this list may change, as Yankee third baseman Gio Urshela is making his mark at the hot corner with his Gold Glove-like play.

10. Aaron Boone

Aaron Boone was an average player and didn’t play but part of one season with the New York Yankees.  His claim to fame includes playing injury-free for two years of his career while racking up 322 games within the two years, but they weren’t with the Yankees.  The only reason he makes this list at all is that as a 3rd baseman for the Yankees, he had one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.  In 2003 his home run to left field at Fenway Park brought the Yankees to the 2003 World Series.  The walk-off home run in the eleventh inning is generally considered the ninth-best home run in baseball history by Baseball Tonight.

9. Joe Sewell

Sewell played 3rd base for the Yankees from 1931 to 1933.  He would likely be placed higher on the list if he had played longer with the Yankees.  Coming from the Cleveland Indians after the 1930 season, Sewell played excellent defense at third and hit .282 over the span.  The other factor is that the Hall of Famer played most of his career with the Indians at shortstop. He played his Yankee career at third and was an MVP candidate in 1932.

8. Frank “Homerun” Baker

Baker was a well known Yankee getting his nickname from his timely home runs as Phillie.  He got 96 home runs in his career, which is not a lot by today’s standards, but in his period of play from 1908 on, it was a lot.  More specifically, his home runs won a lot of games, including postseason games.  With the Yankees, he was an excellent .942 defender of the hot corner.  He also had a .288 average with the Yankees.

7. Clete Boyer

Clete Boyer as a Yankee fan-favorite between 1959-1966.  Boyer would have been a national star at third except that he played at the same time as Brooks Robinson on of MLB’s greatest third baseman.  He wasn’t as good a hitter as Boggs or Brosius, but his defense was second only to Robinson. He had 25 home runs as a Yankee and batted .243

6. Gil McDougald

Gil would be rated considerably higher in this list if it wasn’t for manager Casey Stengel penchant for platooning players.  McDougald played much of his time at second base while with the Yankees and is in the top 10 in that position as well.  He won an All-Star nod in 1952 at third.  The reason he places lower than Scott Brosius is because of his World Series stats.  McDougald hit .237 in World Series play, and Brosius hit .314.

5. Scott Brosius

Scott Brosius was another New York Yankee fan favorite.  He played during the dynasty years from 1998 to 2001. During his four years with the Yankees, he hit 65 home runs and batted .267.  The Yankees reached the World Series all four years during his stint with the Yankees.  He was stellar at third, but his claim to fame is his postseason stats.  In the 1998 ALDS and ALCS, he hit .350.  But in the World Series that year, he hit .417 and was named most valuable player.  All tolled in postseason play, he hit eight home runs and drove in 30.

4. Red Rolfe

Red Rolfe was a product of the Ivy League Dartmouth College.  He was an All-Star four of his ten years with the New York Yankees. In 1939 he had 213 hits, 46 doubles while scoring 139 runs.  1939 was his best year with the Yankees when he batted .329, one of four seasons above .300.  He ended his career, all ten of which with the Yankees.  His career batting average was .289, with almost 1,000 runs scored.

3. Wade Boggs

Boggs might be at the top of this list, but he is known mostly as a Boston Red Sox.  He played only five of his 18 seasons with the Yankees.  Those five years were impactful not only for his defense at 3rd but for a .313 batting average as a Yankee. In his first four years with the Yankees, he hit over .300 and was an All-Star each of those years.  He also won two Gold Glove awards while he was a Yankee.

In most of his years with the Yankees, he led off due to his hitting and walking abilities. Like the present DJ LeMahieu, he found a way to get on base. To set the stage for the 1996 World Series, the Yankees had lost the first two games at Yankee Stadium, then won three in a row in Atlanta. Back at Yankee Stadium, the Yankee had two chances to win the World Series. They didn’t need it as they won game six against the Braves. Boggs walked in the three-run third inning, and that was all the Yankees needed. During the Championship celebration, Boggs left the dogpile in one of the most iconic moments in Yankee history, jumped on the back of one of the police horses, and rounded the warning track in celebration of the victory.

2. Graig Nettles

Graig Nettles won of the finest defenders at the hot corner. He won two Gold Gloves at the position but was another player overshadowed by Brooks Robinson, often considered the best 3rd baseman in all of baseball history.  Graig played an incredible 22 years, 11 with the New York Yankees.  Although not the best hitter on the club, he did hit 250 home runs as a Yankee.  Nettles’ Game Three defensive performance in the 1978 World Series was as good a post-season game as any fielder ever had.

Nettles sizzled in the 1981 American League Championship Series, going 6-for-12 with 9 RBI in just three games and being named MVP.  His defensive and offensive leadership brought the Yankees two world championships, two more A.L. championships, and a fifth division title from 1976 to 1981.  He is a frequent participant in the Yankee Old Timers Day celebrations.

My number one pick for the best New York Yankee 3rd baseman will be somewhat controversial, but I can deal with that.  Many would exclude Alex Rodriguez as the top player or even exclude him from the list due to his involvement in performance-enhancing drugs.  I am not considering that and only looking at his performance at the hot corner while with the Yankees.

1. Alex Rodriguez

This writer had no trouble having Alex Rodriguez top the list of the best Yankees third baseman.  He is one of the top 20 baseball players to ever play the game of baseball and is number one or two as the best shortstop to play the game.  Rodriguez came from the Texas Rangers, where he had his best three years stat-wise.  They are also the years that he was accused of doping.  In this writer’s opinion, if he had not doped, he still would have had superstar status throughout his career.

Graig Nettles had far more appearances at 3rd than Rodriguez, but he had over 1000 games on 3rd and was by far more productive.  After being an eight-year All-Star at short for the Mariners, and the Rangers, A-Rod came to the Yankees and accepted a switch to 3rd base, as the Yankees already had a star shortstop in Derek Jeter.  To show what a universal talent Alex was, he then became a seven-year All-Star at 3rd while becoming a Yankee MVP twice and a Silver Slugger three times. At the close of his career, he was four runs short of 700 home runs 4th all-time behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).

Many think that the Yankees got back at A-Rod for his suspension and somewhat bad relations by not letting him finish his 2016 season allowing him to reach 700 home runs.  The other punishment he will endure, probably for the rest of his life, is that his involvement in enhancing drugs will prevent one of the best players ever, from having a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nearing the end of his 22-year career and after his suspension in 2014, he came back to the Yankees and made every effort to regain his reputation by becoming a mentor to younger players and being a leader in the clubhouse.  He finished his career with the Yankees with a .283 batting average and 351 home runs.

During the recent coronavirus, Rodriguez has been giving online baseball classes for children via his Instagram account.  He and Jennifer Lopez has partnered with their new meal-delivery company, Tiller & Hatch, and have donated an entire year’s food to the students of Jacksboro Elementary school and to stock their food pantry.

In selecting my top ten, I valued time with the club, performance as per Baseball-Reference.com.  Peak career performance and performance in postseason play was also a factor. Cheating by both A-Rod and Nettles was weighed.  Special situations like changing career positions were also a consideration.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam