New York Yankees 11/24: Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, and more

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At the end of the season, the New York Yankees energized fans by saying the purse was open and the Yankees would be spending to improve the team for 2022. As the postseason drags on, and the Yankees have not yet made any splashes, fans are quickly becoming disenfranchised as the Yankees seem to be drawing back on their promise to hire some high profile players.

Gary Sanchez going nowhere

This writer is not sure what all the talk this week about Gary Sanchez is leading. Folks, he is not going anywhere. There are three main reasons. 1. The organization is still standing behind him with their support, even though he doesn’t deserve it. 2. There just aren’t many catchers out there this offseason that would be better than Sanchez. 3. The Yankees have much bigger fish to fry: SS, first base, oh and yeah, a number two type starter for the rotation.

Carlos Correa or Corey Seager won’t be in pinstripes

At the beginning of the postseason, the Yankees seemed primed to go after the best shortstop in the business, Carlos Correa, if not him then Corey Seager of nearly the same quality. But now both seem to be in the Yankees rearview mirror, and it’s not entirely clear why.

Are the Yankees sincere in not wanting to block Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza from making the bigs when they are ready or are the Yankees pulling back because the don’t want to spend the money after all?

Will postseason acquisitions come to a halt?

All the acquisitions, by purchase or trade, may be coming to a screaming halt. We are now one week away from the agreement that allows the owners and players to put on a baseball season. Yes, the expiration of the CBA comes on December 1.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the negotiations for a new contract are going very slow, and the sides are far apart. He also said it seems a lock-out is likely. If that happens, all transactions will also come to a halt. The last time there was an MLB work stoppage was in 1994, starting in August with no World Series and halting the start of the 1995 season.

Max Scherzer to the Dodgers?

It may not be of much interest to Yankee fans that industry sources say that free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer will likely end up with the Dodgers. What is concerning is that general manager Brian Cashman said getting a number two type starting pitcher was one of his priorities.

With Scherzer landing on the west coast, it’s just another Yankee pitching target that will be going off the market and not available to the Yankees. Noah Syndergaard of the Mets has already signed with the Angels, Justin Verlander with the Astros, and Eduardo Rodriguez with the Detroit Tigers.

Is Freddie Freeman the Yankees’ dream first baseman?

I think we can all agree that Yankee first baseman Luke Voit’s days with the Yankees are over. He was never a great defender and has had a great deal of difficulty staying healthy. Although several Yankees have replaced him, the Yankee via trade settled on Anthony Rizzo, who is now a free agent. The question is, Rizzo is not the hitter he once was, even though his defense at first is stellar. Also, will the Yankees want to pay the big bucks he will likely ask for?

The Yankees could stick with DJ LeMahieu, who is a Gold Glove second baseman. He is adequate, but his offense isn’t exactly exciting either. If the Yankees want a power-hitting lefty with the defense of Mark Teixiera, there is a free agent out there. His name is Freddie Freeman of the Braves that is now a free agent. Freeman and the short porch at the Stadium are the perfect match, and unlike Rizzo, his hitting is not in decline, anyone that watched the World Series knows that. In 2021 Freeman hit .300 with 31 home runs.

If the Yankees spend big for a shortstop, Freeman is probably not an option, but if they go with a stop-gap option at short, Freeman would make a perfect Yankee. Another wise addition could have been Belt of the Giants, but he just signed an $18 million one-year deal to stay with the Giants.

Yankees could go after Orioles lefty starting pitcher in potential trade

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The New York Yankees are in search of starting pitching talent, whether it be through free agency or a trade partner. After offering Justin Verlander a one-year, $25 million deal, it is clear general manager Brian Cashman is willing to spend a pretty penny to acquire a solid talent.

While he could look to an option like Robbie Ray to solve a big hole in the starting rotation alongside Gerrit Cole, he could turn his attention to an AL East rival in a potential trade deal.

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly interested in trading left-hander John Means, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Means is preparing to earn $3 million in arbitration this season, coming off an adequate 2021 campaign where he pitched 146.2 innings.

The Yankees would like to add a bit more diversity to the rotation, and Means presents a lefty at 28-years-old. Standing at 6’3″ and 235 pounds, Means earned a 3.62 ERA, 8.22 strikeouts per nine, and 1.60 walk rate per nine this past year. He also posted a 32.9% ground ball rate and 80.5% left on-base percentage.

Means’ ground ball rate might not be attractive to the Yankees, as they look for pitchers that settle in the 40% plus area. He features a fastball, slider, curveball, and change-up. His fastball hovers around 93 mph, which he tossed 47.9% of the time in 2021. He’s using less of his slider more breaking pitches, resulting in a solid first half of the season.

The Baltimore starter had his best game of the season on May 5, when he threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees could look to expand upon his existing talents, given his capacity for great performances. Means is two years removed from an All-Star bid in which he won 12 games and logged a 3.60 ERA.

Based on his success thus far and the need for diversity in the Yankees’ starting rotation, Means makes a ton of sense. However, it all depends on what the Orioles are asking for in a prospective deal.

New York Yankee Legends: Will Andy Pettitte reach the Hall of Fame?

The New York Yankees have had some of the best pitchers to ever play the game of baseball, but no starting pitcher has been more successful in the postseason. Andy Pettitte is the game’s all-time leader in playoff wins (19), innings (276 2/3) and starts (44) and he ranks fourth in strikeouts behind Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and John Smoltz.

Not many of those innings were wasted: Pettitte won at least two postseason starts for the Yankees’ 1996 and 1998-2000 champions. His finest hour might have come in 2009, when, he started a game with only three days rest during the playoffs. He was 37, The Yankees won four of his five starts as he went 4-0 with a 3.52 ERA, a crucial piece of the Yankees’ only championship since 2000.

Now in his third try he is again listed on the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot. If he is judged solely on his performance as a pitcher he will be a shoe in, but if his ties to performance-enhancing drugs, including an admission of unauthorized use of human growth hormone is considered his induction becomes far more complicated. Unlike many in the steroid era, Pettitte admitted that he unknowingly used a growth hormone. He apologized to the Yankees, his teammates and his fans.

Let’s take a look at how one of the Yankee fan favorites got himself onto the ballot.

The early years

The Italian and Cajun Pettitte was born in Louisiana but moved to Texas when in the 3rd grade. In Deer Park, as a teen, he played for his high school where he pitched. The multi-talented Andy also played football while there. In 1990 he was selected by the Yankees in the draft at that age of 18, but decided to play college ball. In 1991 he did sign with the Yankees and the rest is history.

Andy in the minor leagues

From 1991 to 1994, the young Andy played for the New York Yankees in the minor leagues. Andy threw a knuckleball, but when he teamed up with Jorge Posada, in the New York Penn League, Posada couldn’t catch the ball so Andy stopped throwing it. In 1992 Andy and Jorge would first meet up with fellow player Derek Jeter. That year Pettitte would go 10-4 with a 2.20 ERA playing for the Greensboro Hornets. In 1993 he pitched for the Carolina League to a record of 11-9. In 1994 he pitched for the triple-A Columbus Clippers, he went 7-2 with an ERA of 2.98 and was named the minor league pitcher of the year.

Pettitte makes his major league debut

During spring training in 1995, Andy competed with Sterling Hitchcock for a place in the starting rotation, but failed and found himself in the bullpen to start the year. He made his major league debut in April but two weeks later was sent back down to the minors so he could continue starting games. That was short-lived because of injuries at the Stadium, he was called up just ten days later as a starter. He recorded his first win on June 7th. He performed well enough that the Yankee kept him as a starter. In that year he won seven of his last eight games of the season going 12-7 on the season.

At the beginning of the 1996 season, Pettitte really showed his worth going 13-4 before the All-Star break. He was named to the All-Star team but did not play. He finished the season winning 21 games for the best in league record. In the ALCS, Andy would win both of his games against the Orioles. In the World Series that year, he would lose the first game against the Braves but would win game 5 against John Smoltz, and the Yanks would go on to win the World Series their first time in eighteen years.

Andy the pick off artist

Andy looking beneath the brim of his cap, was a pickoff artist. In 1997 he led the league in pickoffs with 14 and induced 36 double plays. The Yankees were defeated by the Indians in the ALCS, and their hope for back to back World Series wins. In 1998 the Yankees would go on to win the World Series again when Andy started in Game Four, defeating Kevin Brown of the Padres in the deciding game of the series. The Yankees again won the World Series in 1999 and three-peated in 2000 when Pettitte went 19-9 with three complete games. It would be the last World Series win during Pettitte’s first stint with the Yankees.

Andy leaves us for the Astros

At the end of the 2003 season, Pettitte cited that he wanted to spend more time at home with his young children before they grew older. He signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Astros. While with the Astros, Andy would help the Astros get to their first-ever World Series in their history. Back then, the Astros were in the National League, they faced the Chicago White Sox in the series but were swept in four games.

Andy makes his Yankee return

After the 2006 season, Andy again signed with the Yankees after refusing the Astros offer. In the season he started the most games in baseball with 34 starts and a record of 15-9. 2008 was the first year in Andy’s career that he didn’t have a winning season going only 14-14.

In 2009 Andy and CC Sabathia led the Yankees to its first World Series since 2000. Andy was 14-8 that year, and in the postseason he became the winningest pitcher in postseason history when he won all four of his postseason starts. He won game 3 of the World Series, and on four days rest won the deciding game 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He drove in his first postseason home run in game 3 at Philadelphia. In 2010 Andy’s record was 11-3, and he reached his lowest ERA since 2005. But at the end of the season, he decided to retire.

Pettitte returns yet again

In 2012 The New York Yankees begged Andy to return to the fold and pitch yet again for the Yankees. He agreed, which was probably a mistake on his part. His pitching was not stellar going 5-4 in 2012 and 11-11 in 2013, showing Andy’s decision to retire in 2010 to be the right decision for him. Andy Pettitte will go down in Yankee history as the winning-est postseason pitcher of the modern era. Andy, with his number 47 already retired, will always be a favorite player for the Yankees, as shown by the huge ovation he got when he returned for his first Old Timer’s Day in 2018.

Andy apologizes to his fans

On Monday, February 18, 2008, the New York Yankees and pitcher Andy Pettitte held a press conference regarding Pettitte’s given testimony on the topics of performance-enhancing drug use, Roger Clemens, Brian McNamee and his use of human growth hormone.  With Yankee brass and other players in attendance, Pettitte apologized for his use of an H.G.H.

He asked for the fans’ forgiveness, the Yankee fans as well as the Astros fans.

“I know in my heart why I did things. I know that God knows that. I know that I’m going to have to stand before him one day. The truth hurts sometimes and you don’t want to share it. The truth will set you free. I’m going to be able to sleep a lot better.”

He also apologized to his fellow New York Yankee players, family, his father, and especially to young children that may have looked up to him as a role model.

Andy’s awards and his life today

The one thing missing in Andy’s career is the Cy Young award although he came close several times. Andy does have many other awards including the Warren Spahn Award and an MVP award. Although Andy is no longer a New York Yankee he remains involved in the game both as a coach and is a special advisor to General Manager Brian Cashman working in the front office.

As a baseball dad, in 2018, he became a pitching coach for the high school team whose head coach is former Astros teammate Lance Berkman. Andy’s sons Jared and Josh are both pitchers too: Jared for the University of Houston and Josh at Rice University. Andy is no stranger as he shows up at Yankee Stadium for most celebrations. Andy lives in Texas with his wife Laura and their four children. Thank you, Andy, you’re the best, we could have used a little of you in this postseason.

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

Yankees News: Bombers officially say farewell to “Red Thunder,” Tyler Wade bids adieu

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Last week, the New York Yankees designated for assignment Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Rougned Odor. Early this week, the Bombers executed a trade that sent Wade to the Los Angeles Angels, but Frazier and Odor passed through waivers unclaimed.

The Yankees had an opportunity to bring back Frazier and designate him for assignment in the minor-league system, but they elected to outright cut him after a disappointing 2021 season.

Frazier posted a measly .186 average, 5 homers, and 15 RBIs over 66 games this past year before missing the majority of the season due to migraines. He recorded a 29.8% strikeout rate, a massive number given his contact-centric approach.

At one point, Clint was thought to be one of the Yankees’ top prospects having been the 5th overall pick back in the 2013 June Amateur Draft. Now, he’s simply trying to find a new job on the free agency market. The Yankees simply can’t afford to continue relying on him just for him to miss time at this point, so giving the roster spot to a young prospect or a rising player is far more valuable.

In addition to Frazier, Wade also paid his farewells via social media.

New York, the last 9 years have been a dream. I can’t thank the fans enough for embracing me and making me feel apart of the city. To All my teammates I’m gonna miss ballin and competing with y’all! New York will always be apart of me! 
Wade will join the Los Angeles Angels after playing in more than 100 games this past season wearing pinstripes. He posted a .268 average with 5 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Wade is a speed demon on the base paths and offers solid utility in the infield and outfield, but the Yankees don’t see a purpose for him any longer. We will see how GM Brian Cashman replaces some of his key depth pieces moving forward.

Yankees could solve hole at first base with monster free agent option

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The New York Yankees need to find a solution at first base with Anthony Rizzo, currently a free agent. While the team has Luke Voit, management doesn’t see him as a long-term solution given his injury history and inconsistencies as a defender. There’s also the possibility they move DJ LeMahieu to first base full-time, but the likelihood is they will either retain Rizzo, trade for Oakland Athletics star Matt Olson, or sign the best option of them all Freddie Freeman.

Freeman would be a splashy acquisition, but the Atlanta Braves are desperately trying to retain him. The star infielder is coming off an incredible season, hitting .300 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs. He’s one of the best hitters in baseball with his unbelievable power, and with a short right porch in Yankee Stadium, he could increase those numbers even further.

MLB insider Ken Rosenthal stated that the Yankees have an opening at first base and Freeman could fit the bill, but that other needs could be prioritized this off-season, notably at shortstop.

 

Three big-market clubs – the DodgersYankees and Red Sox – have at least a theoretical opening at first base. Whether those teams would prioritize Freeman over more pressing needs is an open question. But any club with a possible fit would be negligent if it simply dismissed the idea.

The Yankees need to find at least a stopgap at short and address their pitching. The Dodgers are probably the favorites to sign (Corey) Seager. … And as much as Red Sox president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom talks about building a sustainable contender, it’s difficult to imagine pivoting away from his two youngsters at first.
The Bombers could solve their shortstop issue with a stopgap, especially if the Dodgers retain Corey Seager. They could look to an option like Andrelton Simmons, who hit .223 this past season with the Minnesota Twins. He is a solid defensive player but had a down season at the plate. He is a fantastic contact option though but lacks the slugging power the Yankees desire in their hitters.

If they want to go a bit cheaper at shortstop, they can elevate their spending on a first baseman and starting pitcher. However, with such a strong SS class, passing on the opportunity to get an elite player might be foolish.

Freeman represents an awesome acquisition, but the Yankees can retain Rizzo for much cheaper and grab one of the best shortstops on the market alternatively.

New York Yankees on the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., has unveiled its 2022 ballot. The 2022 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot features 30 former players, including 13 new candidates and 17 returnees. Seven on the ballot are former New York Yankee Players, most notable are Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Andy Pettitte.

Every year the Hall of Fame and the baseball writers put forth a list of eligible players for the annual ballot. Last season the writers did not put threw any new player to the Hall. However in 2019 Derek Jeter was elected to the Hall one short of an unanimous vote. Because of the pandemic he was not installed until last July.

This years list will be voted upon and the results announced on 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 25 on MLB Network. If there are any electees, they will be inducted during the Hall of Fame Weekend on Sunday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Alex Rodriguez:

Even his detractors because of his use of performance enhancing drugs will have to admit the Rodriguez is one of the best baseball players to ever play the game. He started his career with the Seattle Mariners and was already a big star when he became a Texas Ranger. By the time he reached the Yankees he was already a baseball legend.

During his tenure in the Bronx, A-Rod blasted 351 long balls, won two MVPs, three silver slugger awards, and was a six-time All-Star. He ended his career with the Yankees with a .283 batting average over 12 years. He should be a shoe in for a place in the Hall, although some writers will not vote for him due to his short drug involvement.

Mark Teixeira:

The switch-hitting Teixeira launched 206 home runs in the Bronx, earned one silver slugger award, three gold glove awards, and was twice an All-Star. Mark did his best hitting for the three teams he played for before the Yankees. Nevertheless he hit .248 over eight years in the Bronx. He was known for his excellent defense at first base. He had a fielding percentage of .997.

Andy Pettitte:

Known as the best postseason Yankee pitcher, Andy spent 15 years with the Yankees boasting a 3.94 ERA and a record of 219-127. But what he is most known for was how he pitched in important games particularly in the postseason.  In 32 series he was 19-11 with a 3.83 ERA.

Andy Pettitte will go down in Yankee history as the winning-est postseason pitcher of the modern era. Andy, with his number 47 already retired, will always be a favorite player for the Yankees, as shown by the huge ovation he got when he returned for his first Old Timer’s Day in 2018.

Others on the ballot:

Former Yankees’ returning to the ballot are Roger Clemens (tenth and final year), Gary Sheffield (eighth year), Andruw Jones (fifth year), and Bobby Abreu (third year).

Early Baseball Era Committee and Golden Days Era Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2022. These Era Committees will both meet on Dec. 5 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

The Early Baseball Era ballot includes Bill Dahlen, John Donaldson, Bud Fowler, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, Allie Reynolds, and George “Tubby” Scales. All of these candidates are deceased.

The Golden Days Era ballot includes Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce and Maury Wills. Of this group, Kaat, Oliva and Wills are living.

The results of the Early Baseball Era Committee vote and the Golden Days Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Allie Reynolds was 182-107 over 13 years with the Indians and Yankees, with six All-Star team selections. He led his teams to six World Series titles, going 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA. He twice finished in the Top 3 of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award voting.

Jim Kaat had a long coreer, playing his last season with the New York Yankees. When his was finished pitching he bacame a Yankeee announcer. Kaat was named to three All-Star Games and helped the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series.

Roger Maris won back-to-back American League Most Valuable Player Awards in 1960 and 1961, setting a new single-season home run record in the latter season with 61. In 12 big league seasons with the Indians, Athletics, Yankees and Cardinals, Maris earned seven All-Star Game selections and was a part of three World Series title teams.

 

 

 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has some high praise for DFA’d outfielder

The New York Yankees, in an effort to protect some of their most prized prospects from being available in the Rule 5 Draft, had to open up some 40-man roster spots last week. They had to let go of several veterans, like Tyler Wade, and failed projects, like Clint Frazier.

Frazier, designated for assignment last week, was decent for the Yankees in 2018 and 2019 (114 and 108 wRC+, respectively) and seemed to break out in the shortened 2020 campaign, with a .267/.394/.511 line and a 149 wRC+.

Last year, however, was a mess for the former Yankees’ top prospect. He hit .186/.317/.317 with an 83 wRC+, or 17 percent below average. He couldn’t build off the success he experienced in 2020, and experienced a lot of physical issues that included dizziness and vision problems.

The most important thing, for him, is to regain his health. That will have to come first, and once that happens, then he will be able to think about turning his career around. It won’t be with the Yankees, it seems.

He couldn’t establish himself with the Yankees, but his career is far from over

On Friday, the Yankees had a week to remove the contracts of Wade, Frazier and Rougned Odor from the roster via trade or irrevocable waivers. If the DFA’d player clears waivers, he can be outrighted to the minors or released.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone had some words to refer to Frazier. Per Yahoo! Sports:

“Big leagues is hard. Fortunately for him, his story’s not complete from a baseball standpoint. The bottom line for Clint is he’s a guy with a lot of ability and it’s just a matter of – obviously he’s dealt with some different injuries and things that have kept him on and off the field at different times. But I feel like if he gets the right opportunity and the right health, he still has an opportunity to write a really good career story. I certainly wish him well moving forward, but even when you’re really talented, nothing’s a sure thing. … I do feel like he made really good strides on a lot of different areas of his game at different times based on some of the input, whether it be coaching, whatever it may be. Again, I just think some of the [timeliness] because of the different ailments and injuries really was what ultimately kept him from finding a consistent path.”

Do you think Frazier can turn his career around away from the Yankees?

Yankees have a big decision to make with catcher Gary Sanchez

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The New York Yankees have prioritized solving the shortstop position and adding starting pitching talent, but they have a big question at catcher where Gary Sanchez still resides.

Once general manager Brian Cashman solves his most critical vulnerabilities, he may have to shift his attention over to a spot that simply hasn’t been consistent due to Sanchez’s lack of production and efficiency on both sides of the ball.

Sanchez has spent seven seasons wearing pinstripes in the Bronx, with his best campaign coming back in 2017 when he recorded a .278 average with 33 homers and 90 RBIs. During that campaign, Yankee fans saw the potential of Gary, but he hasn’t been able to replicate those numbers by a long shot.

Whether it be a shift in strategy or fundamentals, Sanchez has peaked at .232 with 34 homers and 77 RBI since then, watching his strikeout rate skyrocket in the process.

This past season, Sanchez posted a .204 average with 23 homers and 54 RBIs, logging a 27.5% strike out right and -3.8 offensive WAR. Gary relies heavily on his power to make up for a lack of contact hitting, with a career average 43.2% hard-hit percentage. His exit velocity was the lowest it has ever been this past season at 89.5 mph.

Defensively, Sanchez has been a liability at times, posting a .994 fielding percentage with six errors this past season, showcasing one of his better campaigns behind the plate. However, he produced a measly 17% caught stealing percentage, the worst of his career and 11% fewer than his 2020 statistic.

At this point in time, the Yankees need to be considering alternatives, but they don’t have many options this free agency. They could wait for Austin Wells, one of their young stud prospects, to reach the majors, but he’s likely a few years away from that reality. The available options on the market include Yan Gomes, Martin Maldonado, Roberto Perez, and old friend Austin Romine.

With one year left of arbitration before Sanchez hits free agency in 2023, it seems as if the team will likely roll with him for one final year before making a change. There will be far more options next off-season to consider.

3 free-agent starting pitchers the Yankees could target this off-season

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The New York Yankees have several priorities this off-season, and of course, the top one is finding a solution at shortstop. However, general manager Brian Cashman is willing to spend a pretty penny on the starting pitcher to pair with Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation.

The Yankees had a one-year, $25 million deal on the table for Justin Verlander, who hadn’t pitched in two seasons. Now, they’re left scouring the free-agent market for alternatives, and there are a few decent names to break down.

Three starting pitchers the Yankees could target this off-season:

1.) Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray spent the 2021 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, posting arguably his best campaign yet. He logged a 2.84 ERA, 11.54 strikeouts per nine, and career-low 2.42 walks per nine. He earned a 90.1% left on-base percentage, the largest number of his career by a significant margin. While his ground balls generated sat at 37.2%, a bit lower than the Yankees would like, he pitched in 33 games last year and it was a catalyst behind Toronto season.

Coming off a stellar campaign, Ray could be looking for a long-term contract, and based on his inconsistencies, the Yankees may be hesitant to offer that. If he’s willing to settle on a two-year deal with a third-year club option, Cashman could be intrigued by the lefty. At just 30-years-old, Ray features a fastball, slider, curveball, and change-up. He hovers around 94 mph on average, giving him adequate speed and a solid range of pitches to work with.

2.) Kevin Gausman

Another potential option is Kevin Gausman, who is coming off two years with the San Francisco Giants. Gausman posted a 2.81 ERA this past season with 10.64 strikeouts per nine and a 78.4% left on base rate. He recorded 14 wins and 33 appearances, showcasing how efficient he can be.

Gausman is another starter was had inconsistencies in the past but has also proved he can be a premium starter at 30-years-old. He features a fastball, slider, change-up, and split-finger fastball. Similar to Ray, he hovers around 94–95 mph with his fastball.

Given the Bombers are willing to spend $25 million on a starter, Gausman could be a potential solution, especially given his 42% ground ball right this past season.

3.) Carlos Rodon

If the Yankees wanna get a bit riskier, Carlos Rodon could be in play. At 28-years-old, Rodon is coming off his best season yet, earning a 2.37 ERA with 12.55 strikeouts per nine and an 82.2% left on-base percentage. Over 24 games, Rodon featured a fastball, slider, and change-up, hovering around 95 mph. He saw a massive uptick in velocity and reliance on his fastball compared to recent seasons. With that type of growth at his age, Rodon could be a pitcher on the rise, and one the Yankees can continue to grow.

Rodon has dealt with some injuries in the past, but pitching in 24 games this season suggests he can be a reliable arm behind Cole. It is fair to mention that Carlos would be the riskier of the three, but his upside is likely a bit higher given his age and significant development this past season.

Yankees trade utility man Tyler Wade to Angels, here’s the full deal

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Late last week, the New York Yankees designated Clint Frazier, Rougned Odor, and Tyler wade for assignment, making them waiver wire players.

Teams had an opportunity to scoop up the three options if desired, but instead, the Yankees traded Tyler Wade on Monday to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Per the Yankees’ PR team:

The New York Yankees today announced that they have traded INF/OF Tyler Wade to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Wade played in 103 games last season with the Bombers, recording a .268 average with a 25.5% strikeout rate and 11% walk rate. He failed to hit a home run but did contribute 17 stolen bases and 31 total runs.

The speedy utility player isn’t known for his slugger bat but rather his speed on the base paths and solid defense at multiple positions. Wade earned time at shortstop, third base, second base, centerfield, left field, and right field this past season, filling a variety of roles and wearing many different hats. He spent the majority of his time at SS, enjoying 139 innings without allowing a single error.

Ultimately, he simply doesn’t fit the Yankees’ mold at this point as they look to bring in new talent with better power. At 26-years-old, Tyler will look to expand upon his talents in Los Angeles, a pretty nice place to end up after spending the majority of his career on the East Coast.