New York Yankees: Loose odds and ends of interest to Yankee fans (video)

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

There are days that there are no big New York Yankee stories to report on, but there is always news that might be of interest to those same fans. Some involve the Yankees directly, and some others are just interesting stories that show up on the web. Here are a few of those stories.

Mets general manager fired over lued behavior

The New York Mets have recently learned sexual behavior issues with their just hired general manager Jared Porter. He allegedly harassed a young female journalist while Vice President of the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, something was missing in the Met’s vetting of their new GM. According to an ESPN report, the women received over 60 unsolicited text messages from Porter, even a photo of a penis. Porter has admitted to his behavior, and Steve Cohen, the Met’s owner, immediately fired him this morning.

ESPN re-hires ex-Yankee star Alex Rodriquez

ESPN has announced that Yankee star Alex Rodriquez will again announce and provide commentary for the Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN presented by Taco Bell. The press release also had Buster Olney and Matt Vesgersian at his side.  This will be Rodriguez’s 4th year with Sunday night baseball. He is a 14-time MLB All-Star and three-time American League MVP, made his regular-season ESPN broadcast debut on Opening Night in 2018. Half of Yankee fans have no use for Rodriguez and the other half like listening to his vast knowledge of the game.

Yankees could target Kirby Yates, but what about the Jays?

Kirby Yates would be the perfect reliever for the New York Yankees to fill the hole caused by the departing Tommy kahnle, who recently signed a two-year contract with the Dodgers. But the Yankees are not the only team looking at Yates. The Yankees have missed several top relievers while they waited for DJ LeMahieu to sign with the team. They may lose another option. Yates, according to John Heyman, is in Dunedin, Florida today, the Jays training site. Again, looks good for them to get the star reliever. Yates underwent surgery in August to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Will DJ LeMahieu contribute for six years?

The Yankees originally wanted to sign DJ LeMahieu to a three years contract. Still, after two months of negotiations that seemed to be going nowhere, they ended up signing him to a money-saving six-year contract. But the deal worked for both parties, a low annual cost for the Yankees and DJ, security for six years until he will probably retire. The question is can DJ continue to perform as he has for the last two years with the Yankees deep into his contract? The answer to that is probably not. But with LeMahieu’s good injury record his easy play, he sure can repeat several years in and even in his fifth and sixth year compete at a satisfactory level. Even at 32, he not only shows no decline but seems to get only better with age.

These Yankee players are avoiding arbitration.

Several New York Yankee players avoided arbitration last week by accepting small raises and a non-guaranteed one year deal. Included in those that accepted were the Yankee slugger Aaron Judge who will earn $10.175 million this year, Gary Sanchez, $6.35 million, Gleyber Torres, $4 million, Gio Urshela settled for $4.65  million, Luke Voit will get $4.7 million, Jordan Mongomery agreed to $2.5 million, Clint Frazier at $2.1 million, and Chad Green signed a one year $2.15 million contract. Ben Heller and Luis Cessa signed earlier before the deadline.

The Yankees trade for Luis Castillo is pretty well dead

The Cincinnati Reds overstepped in their negotiations to trade Luis Castillo to the Yankees by demanding that Gleyber Torres and a few other prospects would put the star reliever in pinstripes, but the Yankees said flatly NO. No way they will trade away their shortstop. With the Red’s demand for Torres, that pretty much makes any deal for the reliever dead in the water.

Gleyber Torres will be ready for the 2021 season

The New York Yankees have reported that Gleyber Torres was not ready to start the season as the 2020 season started, and it took him half the season to be where he should have been at the beginning of the season. Manager Boone stated that he screwed up his preparation between the spring training cut short and the beginning of summer camp. He also said that Torres is preparing and will be ready for this upcoming season. Torres was recently seen working out with fellow 2019 American League All-Star first baseman and catcher with the Indians Carlos Santana.

 

 

 

 

 

Yankees News/Rumors: With three signings will the Yankee target bullpen help?

New York Yankees, Justin Wilson

The New York Yankees are coming off a day when they dominated the baseball news with three important signings. First, they finally finalized a deal with DJ LeMahieu, which he accepted for a surprising six years at $90 million, which could lead him into retirement at age 38. Then they avoided arbitration by signing Yankee slugger Aaron Judge to a $10.175 million contract for 2021. They ended the day’s transactions by signing two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to an $11 million one year deal.

After an offseason that before yesterday that was stuck in the mud, with these signings, Yankee fans are thinking, what next? Will, the Yankees, go after Luis Costillo to further strengthen the starting rotation, or will they now target the bullpen that also needs help? There is a bevy of relief arms available in free agency. My guess is that the New York Yankees, now knowing what their finances look like, will bounce sooner than later. The Yankees have more flexibility now that they got both LeMahieu and Kluber for what they thought they might have to pay for LeMahieu alone.

Will the Yankees target bullpen help next?

The New York Yankees have questions in the once best in baseball bullpen. With the poor performance of Adam Ottavino in the past two seasons, he enters the final year of his contract, wondering if he can bounce back. Additionally, the Yankees are suffering from the loss of their number three man out of the bullpen, Tommy Kahnle, who signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There is still an abundance of arms to choose from. Brad Hand is one of the best arms out there, but it’s doubtful that the Yankees will spend for him.

Another choice that wouldn’t break the banks is another low-risk, high-reward arm like Corey Kluber. After having a poor season in 2020 due to injury, Kirby Yates surely dragged down his worth on the free-agent market. With incentives, the Yankees could probably land him for about $5 million. During 2019 he pitched 60.2 frames with a tiny ERA of 1.19.

The Yankees could also choose the safest route and bring back Justin Wilson, who dominated the 2015 Yankee bullpen. The Yankees could use a lefty out of the bullpen. In 2015, he posted a 3.10 ERA and a 2.69 FIP in 61.0 innings. In his career, he averages 10 strikeouts per nine and gets both lefties and righties out. Last year with the New York Mets, he was 2-1 with an ERA of 3.65 in 23 games.

Another lefty choice is Aaron Loup, he would give the Yankees a lefty reliever that they have been missing for years. It would provide an entirely different look in the mid-innings bullpen. With Blake Snell and Charlie Morton out of the Tampa Bay picture, why not capitalize by snatching Loup from re-signing with the Rays. After a regressive tenure in Toronto, Loup found his best stuff with the Rays in ’20, posting a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings. He’s yet to allow a postseason run in five appearances. He also wouldn’t break the Yankees bank either. Loup could cost the Yankees less than a million dollars on a one year contract.

There is no question the Yankees will look to improve the bullpen, but it’s a fool’s game to guess who they will choose with so many relief arms available. They have to date, they have added old friends Adam Warren and Nestor Cortes Jr., but they are not equal to the quality of Tommy Kahnle.

 

New York Yankees: Three free agent relievers to pursue

New York Yankees

With reliever Tommy Kahnle expected to miss all of the 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the New York Yankees could use another high leverage pitcher. Here are three relievers that the Yankees could pursue this offseason.

Liam Hendricks

Hendricks, 31, has been arguably one of the best relievers in the league over the past few seasons. He pitched to the tune of a 1.80 ERA in 2019 and a 1.78 ERA in 2020. The Australian born right-hander punched-out 37 batters in 25.1 innings in 2020, picking up 14 saves and three wins.

Kirby Yates

Yates thrived for three years in San Diego before missing most of the 2020 season with an injury. He had a 3.72 ERA in 2017, and got his ERA down to a whopping 1.19 in 2019. Yates was an all-star for the first time in 2019 and even finished in the top-10 in CY Young award voting.

If Yates were to come to New York, it wouldn’t be his first time donning the pinstripes. He pitched 41 games for the Yankees in 2016 with a 5.23 ERA to his name.

Alex Colomé

Colomé has been one of the most consistent relievers in the MLB over the span of his career, but 2020 was undoubtedly his best season. He had a 0.81 ERA over 22.1 innings, punching out 16 and winning two games. In his eight year career, Colomé has only had three seasons with an ERA over three, and hasn’t had a season where his ERA climbed over four.

There are a handful of solid relievers that will hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Yankees could use any of these arms to help bolster their already solid bullpen.