New York Yankees: Robinson Chirinos on Cole, Sanchez, and more

Will the New York Mets pursue Robinson Chirinos in free agency?

The New York Yankees have a new catcher in town, Robinson Chirinos. With the hiring, the Yankees have addressed having only two catchers to start the 2021 season. The retirement caused the void at the end of the last season by catcher Erik Kratz. Kratz was the backup catcher that caught Deivi Garcia’s Major League debut. If either Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka were to be injured, the Yankees would have no backup catcher. To resolve that, they signed veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos.

The 20-year veteran catcher adds a new and interesting wrinkle to the Yankee catching situation: he was a personal catcher for Yankee ace Gerrit Cole when the two were with the Houston Astros. In a surprising move by Yankee manager Aaron Boone, he has announced that Kyle Higashioka will not be Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher in 2021. He said in spring training Cole would pitch to Sanchez and Higashioka.

The very nice day, Cole, in an interview, started with a mention of his former Astros teammate  Robinson Chirinos. “Let’s not forget the third catcher that we have in Robinson,” Cole said. The bottom line for the Yankees is that they have picked up an adequate catcher to fill in. How big a role he ends up playing, only the season will tell. However, Gerrit Cole pitched yesterday in the first live batting practice; he pitched to Gary Sanchez.

I fully understand playing around with other catchers in spring training,  but I find it perplexing why Boone would remove Kyle Higashioka as Cole’s personal catcher in the regular season. The simple fact was that Cole was excellent when the game was called by “Higgy,” and not so much when throwing the ball to Sanchez. So much so that Higashioka became Cole’s personal catcher as the season progressed and in the postseason.

When being caught by Gary Sanchez, Cole had an ERA of 3.91 over eight starts last season, and Cole seemed to struggle in those starts. After switching over to Kyle Higashioka, he struggled less. Higashioka caught Cole in seven starts, including the postseason — Cole finished with a 1.79 ERA. Although Cole had a good season with a record of 7-3 in the short season, his combined ERA was 2.84. 3.91 or 1.79, which would you choose? It’s always been my belief that if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But obviously, manager Boone has other ideas.

So now, with Cole having no particular catcher, newly acquired Robinson Chirinos enters the picture. Chirinos was Cole’s personal catcher for 16 games. In those 16 starts two years ago, Cole had a 2.46 ERA. In a recent interview, Chirinos had this to say:“ In 2019, we were able to be on the same page,’’ Chirinos said. “Gerrit is a tough guy to catch. He likes to talk. It was a challenge.” So it’s ERA 3.91 with Sanchez, 2.46 with Chirinos, and 1.79 with Higashioka; why would you fool with success?

Robinson David Chirinos Gonzalez is 36 years old and was born in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as a non drafted free agent in 2000. He is a 20 year veteran of the game. He made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He has also caught for the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and the New York Mets before coming to the New York Yankees.

Although a catching journeyman, Chirinos is not an upgrade from Sanchez as he is not a good hitter, he has a career batting average of .231, and last year between two teams, just .162, just a few batted balls better than Gary Sanchez. Chirinos also lets runners steal bases at will. He is a good defender and calls a good game. Chirinos will start the season at Scranton Wilkes/Barre and will likely only be used if Sanchez or Higashioka gets injured. Could Boone’s plan be to use Sanchez to rebuild his confidence, and if he fails, use a tandem of Higashioka and Chirinos. Only time will tell, but it will be an interesting storyline to follow.

Robinson Chirinos was only given a one-year minor league contract, so it didn’t cost the Yankees anything if it is an experiment. But Chirinos doesn’t see himself playing in the minors. Talking to the media, Chirinos commented on his place with the New York Yankees.

“That’s not where I have my mind right now,’’ Chirinos said. “I know those guys are really good and have been here a long time. I came in this spring to show I’m healthy, let [the Yankees] choose and make a decision.” He also mentioned Gary Sanchez. “He’s working hard,’’ Chirinos said. “That’s the only thing you ask as a teammate. Hopefully he turns around and leaves the bad years in the past. He’s a huge key for this team.”

 

 

 

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Robinson Chirinos, is he a catch?

Will the New York Mets pursue Robinson Chirinos in free agency?

The New York Yankees have addressed the situation of having only two catchers to start the 2021 season. The retirement caused the void at the end of the last season by catcher Erik Kratz. Kratz was the backup catcher that caught Deivi Garcia’s Major League debut. If either Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka were to be injured, the Yankees would have no backup catcher. To resolve that, they signed veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos.

Yankee fans know little about Chirinos, so today, I am introducing Robinson, his career, and his journey to the New York Yankees. Robinson David Chirinos Gonzalez is 36 years old and was born in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as a non drafted free agent in 2000. He is a 20 year veteran of the game. He made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He has also caught for the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and the New York Mets before coming to the New York Yankees.

In his first year in the majors, he hit .218/.283/.309 and only had a caught stealing record of 9%. After a concussion, he did not play in 2012. On April 8, 2013, he was traded to the Texas Rangers. With the Rangers, he was the backup catcher for A. J. Pierzynski, but only played in 13 games. But in 2014, he was the starting catcher for the Rangers; he played a career-high 93games that season, hitting .239/.290/.415, but he made 13 errors, the third-most in the American League.

In 2015 he again started for the Rangers. He batted .232/.325/.438. He came back for the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays and hit 3-for-11 (.273) and one home run in 3 games played in a series loss. Chirinos continued to catch for the Rangers through 2018 with similar results. On June 13, 2018, Chirinos was struck at home plate by Matt Kemp. Robinson felt the collision was intentional and started a bench-clearing brawl.   Both players were ejected from the game.

In 2018 he batted .222/.338/.419. Chirinos allowed 53 stolen bases, fourth-most for a catcher in the AL, as he caught 6 runners for a caught-stealing percentage of 10%. At the end of the season, the Rangers declined his $4.5 million option. On December 6, 2018, Chirinos signed a one-year contract with the Houston Astros. On September 1, 2019, Chirinos caught Justin Verlander’s third career no-hitter. In 2019 he batted .238/.347/.443.

After the season, he started the year with his second stint with the Rangers, but he was traded to the New York Mets in August. For the two teams in 2020, he combined for the worst batting average of his career, hitting only .162 just above Gary Sanchez’s worst season.  Now he is a non-roster catcher for the New York Yankees. After reading this, you realize that Chirinos is a pretty lousy hitter, as demonstrated by his record. There is no reason to believe he will be any better this season if used. He will only be used if Sanchez or Higashioka is injured. He can call a good game, but outside of that, he is a pretty average catcher. He does have a connection to Gerrit Cole as he was his personal catcher with the Astros.

In a surprising move by Yankee manager Aaron Boone, he has announced that Kyle Higashioka will not be Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher in 2021. He said in spring training Cole would pitch to Sanchez and Higashioka. The very nice day, Cole, in an interview, started with a mention of his former Astros teammate  Robinson Chirinos. “Let’s not forget the third catcher that we have in Robinson,” Cole said. The bottom line for the Yankees is that they have picked up an adequate catcher to fill in. How big a role he ends up playing, only the season will tell. The Yankees solved a problem without spending any money.

The photo accompanying this profile is of Chirinos with Gerrit Cole when playing together with the Houston Astros. EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Yankees: Six non-roster invites who can make an impact in 2021

New York Yankees, Adam Warren

On Wednesday, the New York Yankees announced that they signed 20 players to minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training. Six of the 20 have significant MLB experience and could make an impact for the Yankees in 2021.

Kyle Barraclough

Barraclough, a 30-year-old RHP, has the potential to become a middle-reliever with the Yankees. In five MLB seasons, he has an ERA of 3.00 or less in three of them. Over his career, Barraclough has a 3.53 ERA with a 1.359 WHIP in just over 250 innings of action.

Jay Bruce

Bruce, in his prime, was known as one of the most prolific power-hitters in all of baseball. He had his fair share of struggles last season, but at 33-years-old, Bruce could still have a few good years left in the tank. Bruce struggles in the field, but has totaled over 300 home runs in his 13-year career with three all-star nominations.

Jhoulys Chacin

Chacin, 33, has been a starter for seven teams over 13 seasons. He most recently pitched for the Braves in 2020, where he made two appearances. Chacin has a 4.04 ERA in 257 games with a 1.332 WHIP and a 4.22 FIP. In addition to starting, Chacin can be used in long-relief or low-leverage bullpen situations.

Robinson Chirinos

Chirinos could potentially become the Yankees’ back-up catcher if he were to beat out Kyle Higashioka this spring. He has just a .231 career average but is more of a defensive catcher. Chirinos spent the 2019 season in Houston, where he worked well with Gerrit Cole. He’s thrown out 24% of runners attempting to steal over his career and has a 5.8 dWAR.

Derek Dietrich

Dietrich has the potential to become one of the Yankees’ utilitymen in 2021. A left-handed power-bat who can play both infield and outfield, Dietrich has a career .245 average with a 107 OPS+. His OBP has been greater than .325 in each of his last seven seasons and he’s known to frequently get hit by pitches. Dietrich’s only draw-backs are his defensiveive struggles and his lack of speed.

Adam Warren

Warren will be joining the Yankees for the fourth team, re-signing with the team who drafted him. His career ERA sits at 3.53, but has pitched significantly better in New York with a 3.18 ERA in pinstripes. Warren’s career ERA+ sits at 117 with a 1.231 career WHIP in nearly 500 innings. The 33-year-old righty has the potential to find himself in middle-innings once again for the Yankees.

New York Yankees: Pitchers and catchers set up house, Aaron Boone and more

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

For the New York Yankees, today is the day that pitchers and catchers are supposed to arrive at the George M. Steinbrenner Training facility in Tampa, Florida. Some have already arrived and set up house in the area around the Stadium. It marks the first day of baseball in a still infected coronavirus environment. This will be a season like no other, but far from the bizarre season that fans saw last year. Many normal baseball rules will return to 2019 while still dealing with health protocols.

Forget all the rules and that stuff, the major change this season is its length. Last season fans saw only 60 games, this year is planned to be different. Fans and players will see 162 games, almost three times as many games. Although fans and players alike will be happy to see and play that many games, it presents bigger challenges than most realize. The fact is you don’t go from 60 to 162 games seamlessly.

Last year you had spring training that was cut off early, then a two-month gap before the second spring training (summer camp). That was followed by a regular-season of just 60 games. Forget the pitchers that only pitched one inning or even no innings, even pitchers who got ten starts last season are going to be expected to start 30 games. Folks it just isn’t going to happen for most. This will be a season of being careful with everyone, rest, days off, in order to keep players someone fresh for a postseason run. It will be a challenge.

Aaron Boone to address fans today

Team manager Aaron Boone just a day before the pitchers and catchers have their first workout, and five days before all the players report, will address fans and the media today. It’s difficult to know exactly what he will have to say. You can be sure it will be positive about the upcoming season, but he will also address some of the challenges ahead.

He will undoubtedly speak to the challenges ahead for the pitching rotation and how to keep pitchers fresh by limited innings while adjusting to the strain of a 162 games season. It will be a bigger challenge for the Yankees because only Gerrit Cole pitched only 91 innings last season, that’s about a third of what he will be expected to pitch this season. Boone hopes he can hold up as he is one of the most durable pitchers in the game. As far as Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Domingo German are concerned between the three of them they only pitched in a single inning last year. Boone will have to be really careful with them while getting games pitched. Luckily for Boone, the Yankees do have many arms to fill in including a return of Luis Severino mid-season.

He will likely spend some time discussing the bullpen that will also have a far different look than last season. He also isn’t going to want to burn them out before the postseason. With Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino gone from the group. Fans will likely see Adam Warren and Nestor Cortes jr. in the mix with Luis Cessa and Johnathan Loaisiga in relief early. That will be followed by Chad Green, Daren O’Day, and Justin Wilson setting up for Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman. Also, different this season is don’t expect Boone to automatically go to Chapman to close games.

He most certainly will talk about the lineup and the hopes for bounce-back seasons from Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, and others. He will probably address the hope of fewer injuries this season. He may speak about the powerhouse of Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, and Giancarlo Stanton who came on strong in the postseason for the New York Yankees. He might also address how Robinson Chirinos will augment the catching staff. EmpireSportsMedia.com will fully cover the address.

Will Boone be the 2022 Yankee manager?

The quick answer is yes! However, there are questions to his leadership that will undoubtedly be discussed before signing him on for another contract. This is the last season of his four-year contract with the New York Yankees. Boone has stood up to the challenges of unprecedented injures bringing the Yankees into the postseason every year of his tenure. The problem is that his management has failed each year to get into the World Series.

In 2018, his first year as management he beat the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card but then only won one game against the Boston Red Sox losing in the ALDS. In 2019 he did a bit better taking the team to the ALCS but again lost, this time to the Houston Astros. In 2020 he lost the AL East but advanced to the Wild Card with the Cleveland Indians who he made quick work of, sweeping them two games. Then in the ALDS he again fell short losing to the AL East winners, Tampa Bay Rays.

The question for the Yankees will be are they satisfied with the New York Yankees reaching the postseason, but exiting early without a long-awaited 28th World Championship. They will debate if the reason for their losses were because of the pitchers and hitters, the injuries, or was it his lack of leadership that led up to those losses.

 

 

 

 

Yankees sign a catcher to compete with Sanchez, Higashioka

Robinson Chirinos, New York Yankees

If you are familiar with the New York Yankees catching situation, you are also likely familiar with Gary Sanchez’s stats from 2020. The Yankees actually offered him a slight raise this upcoming season, but the 28-year-old catcher only has one opportunity left to prove he can be a long-term solution at the position. He will earn $6.35 million for the 2021 campaign, coming off a season where he struck out 36% of his at-bats and hit just .147.

The Yankees are confident he can bounce back after a tumultuous year, but his regression has been occurring for quite some time, and returning to his 2017 form might be a lost cause. Nonetheless, the Yankees didn’t have an exorbitant amount of cash to play with this off-season, so signing him to a new deal seem to be a monetary move. The Yankees still have Kyle Higashioka as an option, as he overcame Sanchez for a majority of starting reps in the postseason last year. He hit .250 with four homers and 10 RBIs over 48 plate-appearances.

The New York Yankees aren’t done making moves yet:

Despite having two catchers competing for the starting spot, general manager Brian Cashman felt the need to add another on a minor league contract. The Yankees recently went out and signed Robinson Chirinos, who featured with the New York Mets last year and signed a minor-league deal with the Bombers over the weekend. At 36 years old, Chirinos played for the Houston Astros in 2019, where he featured with Gerrit Cole significantly.

It seems as if Cole has had his hands full this off-season, helping the Yankees pick new players, notably Jameson Taillon. Last year with the Mets, he hit .162 and one homer, recording a negative WAR for the first time in six years. He’s not an offensive weapon but rather a defensive maestro who could end up being Cole’s personal catcher given any injuries to Higashioka or deficiencies.

This is a solid cost-efficient move to add defensive depth to the catcher position, one that is still a liability as we head towards spring training on Wednesday.

New York Yankees News: Yankees finally sign a new catcher, is “Higgy’s” job in jeopardy?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was busy yesterday; as I reported late last night, the Yankees signed a bullpen arm in Justin Wilson. I have been writing all offseason that at some point, the Yankees are going to have to address the fact that they only have two catchers, which they can’t live with. I learned during the night, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal, that they have finally addressed that situation signing another former New York Met in catcher Robinson Chirinos.

If the Yankees were to start the season with only two catchers and Gary Sanchez was injured, which history tells us is not out of the question, that would leave only Kyle Higashioka. “Higgy” has a good injury history, but if he were hit in the head by a ball, or the like the Yankees, then would have to use a position player to back him up, then bring up a not ready for a prime catcher from the minor leagues. The Yankees clearly needed another Major League catcher to prevent that situation.

Earlier in the offseason, there was even a question if Gary Sanchez would be the starting catcher after having a horrible season last year on both sides of the plate, or if Kyle Higashioka would be. There was also a question if Sanchez would be traded with the Yankees going into free agency to find a new catcher. That was all answered when the New York Yankee front office tendered Sanchez and gave him a small raise in pay. Since then, Cashman has made it clear that they have faith in Sanchez and that he would be the Yankees starting catcher in 2021.

The singing of Chirinos is an insurance policy for the Yankees. If things go as you might expect, Chirinos, who was signed to a minor league contract, will start the season at Scranton Wilkes/Barre. Meanwhile, Sanchez and Higasioka will fight for playing time at the Stadium. As I stated before, Sanchez was painful to watch last season. He hit only .147 and wasn’t great behind the plate either. As the season progressed, Higashioka became Gerrit Cole’s everyday catcher. “Higgy” played and caught really well last year, so good that as the season was coming to a close, he caught more often while Sanchez was benched. In the postseason, he took over being the everyday catcher. Sanchez only caught in two postseason games.

Now with the signing of Chirinos, a new wrinkle has appeared in the Yankee catching saga. If Higashioka doesn’t perform well in spring training, will Chirinos emerge as the backup catcher for Sanchez? Here is why that could happen. In his nine-year career, Chirinos has caught for the Tampa Bay Rays, the Texas Rangers, and last year with the New York Mets. But the wrinkle appears in the fact that he caught for the Houston Astros during the 2019 season when he became Gerrit Coles’s personal catcher. Therein lies the challenge for Higashioka. Cole will not have two unique catchers; it will probably end up being who shines in spring training.

Here is the record with these two catchers catching for Gerrit Cole: Over 68 ²/₃ innings with Chirinos as the catcher, Cole pitched to a 1.57 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 11 walks. Last season including the postseason Cole’s ERA with Higashioka behind the plate was 1.32, as he had allowed only five earned runs with an outrageous 47 strikeouts and only five walks over 34 innings.

Higashioka in 2020 hit .250 with four home runs in 48 plate appearances. Chirinos with the Mets hit only .162 with one homer in 72 at-bats. Both players are good defenders at the backstop. On the face of those stats, it appears that the backup catchers’ job will be Kyle Higashioka’s to lose. It will be another interesting New York Yankees’ storyline to watch as we approach opening day on April 1.

 

New York Mets Player Evaluations: Catcher Robinson Chirinos

The New York Mets received minimal production from the catcher position all season, and bringing in Robinson Chirinos at the trade deadline did nothing to change that. At 36-years old, the veteran catcher did hit 100 points better with the Mets.

Chirinos struggled mightily as a member of the Texas Rangers. He went 5-for-42 with a .119 batting average in 14 games and was a very questionable acquisition by Brodie Van Wagenen. The Mets had Tomas Nido healthy and ready to return from the COVID injured list, but the Mets opted to go outside the organization for another catcher.

Time in Queens

During his month with the Mets, he received consistent playing time and found some consistency with the bat. Chirinos had seven hits in 32 tries and hit his only home run of the season. His defense behind the plate was anything but consistent, with four wild pitches and failing to throw out a runner in five attempts.

Chirinos hitting struggles likely came from half of his batted balls being on the ground and only an 84.5 average exit velocity. He also only had one ball hit on the barrel all season and showed a much longer swing than he had in the past. The pitch framing also continued to hamper his game as he had a -2 runs extra strikes.

At this point, Chirinos is just a platoon catcher who can do damage against lefties (.259 AVG, .444 SLG). He is heading into his age-37 season and only hit .162 on the season with poor defense. Chirinos has an option year for the 2021 season. The $1 million buy out to decline it seems like pettiness for the Wilpons to leave Steve Cohen to spend money on a player he does not want. There is no future for him with the Mets and likely only receives minor league offers in the offseason.

2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)

Hitting: 20 (20), Only one season over .250 in his career.

Power: 20 (30), Career .431 slugging.

Run: 20 (20), Might be slower than Wilson Ramos (5.01 average home to first time).

Arm: 35 (30), -2 stolen base runs saved in 2020.

Field: 25 (20), -5 defensive runs saved in 2020.

Overall: 20 (20), Hard to believe there is anything left for Chirinos in 2021.

New York Mets: The Peterson/Chirinos Battery Lead Mets To 3-2 Win

New York Mets, David Peterson

Who would have thought the combination of David Peterson and Robinson Chirinos would team up with the 2020 season started? Both guys took different paths to the New York Mets roster but made the difference in their 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. The win kept their small playoff hopes still alive as they sit 2.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the final playoff spot.

While Peterson did not strike out batters at the same rate as his last start, he was still very effective. In his final start of the season, he held the Nationals to one run over seven innings and struck out four. Peterson used his slider to put away the Nats hitters and make the longest start of his career. He will finish the season with a very impressive 3.44 ERA, very deserving of a spot in next year’s rotation.

Rob and Dom Show

While the Mets only pushed across three runs on the night but they made them count. Chirinos drove in all three with a hustle single and a two-run home run. All of his RBI came off Patrick Corbin, and the home run was his first of the season.

Dominic Smith continued his hot hitting with three more hits, including two more double to up his season total to 21. It broke the Mets record for the most doubles through a 60 game stretch, and he still has three more games to add to that total. Robinson Cano also added two hits, including his first bunt single since 2013.

Edwin Diaz picked up his sixth save of the season after allowing one run in the ninth inning. He bent but did not break as he worked around two hits in the ninth to shut the door.

Rick Porcello faces off against former teammate Max Scherzer for the second game of the series on Friday. It is another 6:05 p.m. ET start from Nationals Park.

New York Mets: Peterson’s 10 Strikeouts Highlight 7-2 Win

New York Mets, David Peterson

After getting three straight starters lasted no more than two innings, David Peterson had the tall task of stopping the slump the New York Mets starting rotation are in. Peterson went far and above the call of duty striking out a career-high 10 Atlanta Braves in the Mets 7-2 victory.

Peterson lived up to his top prospect status in this big start. He held the Braves to one run over the six innings he pitched. His slider was one of the major reasons his strikeouts were up, and it was impressive to see him shut down a lineup that scored 15 runs the previous night.

In the seventh and eighth, Miguel Castro, Jeurys Familia, and Justin Wilson combined to keep the lead into the bottom of the eighth. It allowed them to add some insurance runs late in the game.

Patience is Key

Braves starter Ian Anderson held hitters to a .130 average but allowed ten walks over 21 innings. They paid close attention to their scouting report, drawing three straight walks to begin the bottom of the first. Robinson Cano got the Mets on the board with a two-run single to the opposite field to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.

The only other run the Mets got off Anderson was an RBI single from Robinson Chirinos in the fourth inning. Depsite Anderson struggles, Atlanta’s bullpen held the Mets silent until Chris Martin entered in the eighth. He allowed back to back home runs to Dominic Smith and Robinson Cano to being the inning. Brandon Nimmo finished it off with a two-run single to extend the Mets lead to 7-2.

It was a win the Mets needed, as all of the games have become must-win games. The rubber game of the series comes down to Kyle Wright and Rick Porcello. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

New York Mets: Roster Moves Made to Add New Acquisitions

New York Mets general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, decided to make unnecessary trades on August 31 in an attempt to save his job when Steve Cohen purchases the team. He brought in a 36-year old back up catcher hitting .119, reliever Miguel Castro and someone he did not even pursue in free agency in Todd Frazier.

With the trio of Frazier, Castro, and Robinson Chirinos, the Mets had to send three players back to the alternate site to make room. They sent pitchers Ariel Jurado and Franklyn Kilome along with catcher Ali Sanchez. The moves left the Mets with a crowded infield and thinner bullpen.

Peterson to the Bullpen

With two long men leaving the bullpen, David Peterson is available to pitch in Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. Peterson has been the second-best pitcher on the Mets staff, but the Mets opted for the reverse Seth Lugo treatment. The move does not seem to be permanent, but it leaves Robert Gsellman scheduled to start against the New York Yankees.

With Frazier joining the infield, the Mets have eight infielders for four spots, nine if Jeff McNeil is part of the group. Luis Guillorme is still hitting over .400 and Andres Gimenez homering the night before, but the Mets opted to play Frazier and bat him fourth for Wednesday’s game.

The Mets will need another reliever with no off days insight. In all fairness, Frazier should be the odd man out amongst Guillorme and Gimenez. Unfortunately, one of them will take the demotion in the near future. Despite Van Wagenen not giving up on 2020, it certainly is inevitable for them to throw in the towel.