New York Jets trade No. 48 pick to Seattle Seahawks

Right before they went on the clock for the first time on Friday, the New York Jets dealt the 48th pick of the 2020 draft to Seattle.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New York Jets traded the 48th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks. New York will get back the 59th and 101st selections.

Seattle would use the pick on Tennessee defensive Darrell Taylor. The Knoxville alum and Hopewell, Virginia native had 19.5 sacks over the past three seasons, including a career-best 8.5 last year. He notably put up six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Volunteers’ narrow victory over Indiana in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl in January.

The Jets now own four picks during Friday’s proceedings. They will choose in the 59th, 68th, 78th, and 101st. The most latter pick was a compensatory pick for the Seahawks after safety Earl Thomas left in free agency.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

The New York Giants Should Trade For Vikings Safety Anthony Harris

New York Giants, Anthony Harris

The New York Giants spent much money in free agency this offseason. They made a couple of splash signings on defense with linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback James Bradberry. But New York’s defense still has room for improvement.

The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in sixteen days. Rumors indicate that the Giants are going to prioritize upgrading the defense in the draft. New York has invested a sizeable amount of draft capital into their secondary over the past two seasons. But there are some talented safeties in this year’s class that the Giants could plug into the rotation along with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love.

Outside of the NFL Draft, there is still a way for New York to acquire an uber-talented safety. Prior to the New League Year, the Giants reportedly did have an interest in signing Anthony Harris. Unfortunately, the Vikings placed the franchise tag on Harris, keeping him off the open market. But the elite Vikings safety is still available if the Giants are still interested. According to Ian Rapoport, the Vikings “acknowledged to teams that Harris could be had for a mid-to-late round draft pick.” The highest-graded safety in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, could be acquired via trade for a mid-to-late round pick. This is something the Giants should be all over- and apparently, they are.

Anthony Harris Back On The Trade Block

According to new reports, an Anthony Harris trade possibility is “back on the table.” Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV reports that the contract negotiations between the Minnesota Vikings and Anthony Harris are “not quite going so well.” Later in the report, “Wolfson mentions the New York Giants as a potential suitor.” The rumors seem to indicate that the Giants are attempting to trade for Harris, though the Vikings might have their price set a little too high.

With the NFL Draft just sixteen days away, the Vikings and Giants would have to come to terms on a trade pretty soon if it is going to happen. The deal would involve moving draft capital and could shift each team’s respective draft plans.

Why The Giants Should Make This Trade

The price of trading for Anthony Harris is unknown. However, the initial asking price at the start of free agency, according to Ian Rapoport, was a “mid-to-late round draft pick.” If the price has gone up marginally, it still is likely a bargain deal for one of the best safeties in the NFL.

Anthony Harris is a ball-hawking coverage safety. In 2019, the Vikings safety led the NFL in interceptions with 6 picks, one of which was a pick-six. He also added 11 passes defended and 60 combined tackles (with only 3 missed tackles), both of which were a career-high. Quarterbacks struggle to throw into Anthony’s coverage. Harris had a 44.2 passer rating allowed when targeted. His coverage was targeted 23 times, and he allowed 15 completions for only 151 yards, 0 touchdowns, and those 6 interceptions.

Trading for Anthony Harris would instantly upgrade the Giants’ secondary. A move like this would not push any talent to the bottom of the depth chart, either. Jabrill Peppers will still start at strong safety. Julian Love will be able to move back to his original position, slot cornerback. A secondary featuring Harris, Peppers, Love, Baker, and Bradberry could be a quarterback’s worst nightmare.

New York Jets: Three Trade Proposals for Trent Williams

Landing the veteran blocker would situate the New York Jets’ offense in an enviable spot. How can they pull it off?

The New York Jets have gotten a lot done this NFL offseason. But their work isn’t over yet.

Floating rumors continue to propose that the Jets may seek a trade with the Washington Redskins to acquire offensive tackle Trent Williams. Improvements have been made on the offensive line to the tune of adding Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant. But adding someone like Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, could be a move that truly revolutionizes a Jets offense seeking traction for backfield saviors Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell.

How can they bring Williams in? ESM explores three possibilities…

Proposal 1: 3rd round pick (79th overall) for OT Trent Williams 

Washington is in need of a second day two draft pick, having traded their second-round choice in a pick swap with Indianapolis last year. The Jets are blessed with a miniature surplus, earning extra draft capital from the New York Giants at the 2019 trade deadline (from the Leonard Williams deal). There’s still plenty to work on when it comes to the Jets’ roster, but the solidification of the offensive line ensures that they don’t technically need as many draft picks as first envisioned. Essentially “drafting” Trent Williams in the third round with a pick obtained from the Redskins’ NFC East rival would a surprise to be sure, but one the Jets would hardly argue about.

Proposal 2: LB Avery Williamson, 6th round pick (211th overall) for OT Trent Williams

The Jets still have several names that could be let go in the name of cap savings. Brian Winters’ ousting would save them just over $7.2 million, but his starting experience and potential for depth might sway the team to let him stick around. More tenuous is the situation of linebacker Avery Williamson, who would add $6.5 million to the cap if bid farewell by June 1.

Matching savings would come to the Jets if they deal Williamson (entering the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract) in a trade. The Jets have done a decent job in bolstering their linebacker depth this offseason. They convinced Jordan Jenkins (career-high 8 sacks) to come back on a one-year deal (worth an astonishingly affordable $5 million), brought in C.J. Mosley’s Baltimore teammate Patrick Onwuasor, and welcomed back solid depth men Neville Hewitt and James Burgess. Thus, Williamson is a bit more expendable than he was a week or two ago. If that caveat helps the Jets give up a less valuable draft pick for Williams (the 191st was acquired from Kansas City for Darron Lee), that could play into their favor.

Proposal 3: 3rd round pick (79th overall), and/or 6th round pick (179th overall)/a player for OT Trent Williams and WR Trey Quinn

With the offensive line relatively bolstered, or at least in a far better position than it ever was in the Mike Maccagnan era, the Jets have other areas of their offensive to worry about. They’re in desperate need of receivers now that Robby Anderson has left for Charlotte. Le’Veon Bell may need depth behind him with both Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery up for free agency. The Jets can perhaps use a trade with the Redskins, provided they’re willing to give up a little more, to bolster these spots.

Quinn would be an intriguing developmental prospect that could flourish in an expanded role. 2018’s Mr. Irrelevant has dealt with injuries, but has shown potential in his brief time (35 receptions, 273 yards, 2 touchdowns). The Jets previously took on Washington system receivers Josh Doctson and Jehu Chesson. Further veteran secondary help on the Redskins’ depth chart includes cornerback Fabian Moreau.

As for who the Jets would give up in such a trade, it’s possible they could part ways with a veteran blocker (i.e. Jonotthan Harrison) or defender (John Franklin-Myers?). If it saves them valuable draft capital, that might be the way to go.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

How the Yankees Could Move JA Happ’s $17 Million Contract

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The biggest contract on the payroll for the New York Yankees in 2020 isn’t Gerrit Cole belongs to JA Happ. Happ was pedestrian last year, but he still has one more year worth $17 million, with a $17 million 2021 worked into the contract if he hits certain benchmarks in 2020. Not many people are jumping at the chance to pick up a near 40-year-old lefty, who was quite bad last season. But an opportunity still exists for the Yankees to move Happ. If they want to get creative.

Look to the Mets

When the Seattle Mariners traded Cano to the Mets last season, it was to dump the $24 million season to season Cano is scheduled to get through 2023. So how did Seattle sweeten the deal, making it an easier pill for the Mets to swallow? Throwing in Edwin Diaz. Diaz is still working under a contract where he’ll be controlled through arbitration until 2023. The Yankees could sweeten the deal by attaching a young, controllable pitcher to JA Happ.

Who Could the Yankees Attach?

Deivi Garcia needs an opportunity to show his worth in the Bronx, first and foremost. Jonathan Loaisiga could sweeten the deal just enough, as he’s controlled through 2025. I’ve made the case that Albert Abreu has a more promising future as a reliever in the bigs than as a starter, and Abreu’s arbitration clock hasn’t even begun yet. Eventually, some of these men will have to be moved due to Rule 5 draft stipulations. And wouldn’t you rather try to get something out of losing these guys rather than losing them due to MLB regulations?

But, hanging onto Happ has its advantages currently. He could rebound to be a serviceable pitcher to fill in for Domingo German as he serves his suspension. But, unless Happ proves himself by the trade deadline, that’s the Yankees most realistic chance to dump Happ’s contract.

What the Yankees Should Learn from the Mets About Josh Hader

New York Yankees, Josha Hader

The Yankees offseason is now squarely rooted in relief pitcher, Josh Hader, of the Milwaukee Brewers. Hader is going to come with a hefty price tag, and, no, it’s not the generic “Yankee tax.” It’s “The Brewers know what they have, and they know everyone wants him. Why wouldn’t they ask for a king’s ransom for a guy who’s trade value is at ITS HIGHEST?!”

The Mets Went for Hader. Here’s What The Brewers Wanted

The Mets reportedly made a play for Josh Hader. The Brewers wanted first baseman Dominic Smith (.282/.355/.525 with 11 home runs in 89 games last season), Steven Matz (who plays a crucial part in the Mets rotation moving forward), and two “highly regarded prospects.” Could have been Ronny Mauricio, could have been Brett Baty, could have been Fransisco Alvarez, it could have been anyone. But with that kind of offer on the table, the Mets (understandably) went with Dellin Betances. 

Yankees Fans Should Take Note of This

The Brewers weren’t interested in Edwin Diaz, whom the Mets would probably like to unload after his abysmal 2019. They didn’t go for mediocre players who are, at best, average or over the hill. They didn’t go for guys who could be on the big club but aren’t because there isn’t room. They went for guys who are both A) Highly regarded, and B) Major League Ready.

That merely means offering Miguel Andujar, or Gio Urshela won’t cut it. And they won’t take Clint Frazier either because, with an outfield of Yelich, Cain, and former Yankee Ben Gamel, Frazier would downgrade their outfield. JA Happ wouldn’t interest them; they’d want Devi Garcia to go with the third baseman of their choice. They’d also want Johnathan Loaisiga, or Albert Abreu, as well as Estevan Florial, or Clarke Shmidt. 

The Brewers want a haul for one relief pitcher. We’re stocked to the gils with talent, and trading for a player shouldn’t require giving it all up. The Yankees realistically don’t need Hader. His effectiveness may plummet due to the fact he’s a National League pitcher, and his capabilities won’t fool American League hitters as much. 

If the Yankees need Hader, wait until mid-March to pull this trade. Striking when the value of a player is low makes more sense than giving up the farm for a relief arm that’s not a necessity. This only portrays the desperation of oner, Hal Steinbrenner.

Analyzing the Yankees Best, Worst, and Meh Trade Options

New York Yankees, Yankees, Brian Cashman

Rather than ad more payroll to the team, Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees are exploring bolstering the team via trade. If you want to get the big-name player, it’s gonna need to be a top-flight talent you’re trading. So let’s look at the Yankees best, worst, and meh trade options in threes (because everything good comes in threes).

The Best Trade Options

These are the three players with the highest possible trade value the Yankees can offer.

Gio Urshela

Many are reporting (and begging) that the Yankees trade Miguel Andujar to make room for Gio. Except Gio has a helluva lot more going for him now than Miggy does. Urshela is coming off of a banner 2019, posting career bests in all offensive categories. The fact that he also struck out less than 100 times in a league where you’re either striking out or hitting home runs will only add to his value. Many teams are probably willing to look past the fact that Gio’s defense took a major slide last season if only he continues to swing a hot bat.

Tyler Wade

Utility men are in vogue right now in baseball. Tyler Wade is the Yankees’ answer to Ben Zobrist. Wade has logged time at 2nd, 3rd, shortstop, and all three outfield positions, making him valuable to just about any organization. With his biggest bugaboo being hitting, Wade turned it on last September, finishing 2019 with a .245 batting average, .692 OPS, 7 stolen bases (no caught stealing), as well as 2 home runs. Continuously bouncing between AAA and the Bronx, Wade might finally be able to blossom on a different team, while giving the Yankees the parting gift of a needed piece to the 2020 World Series championship.

Devi Garcia

I believe that the Yankees should have Garcia be in the pen as a long reliever/spot starter/opener. But he is our biggest touted prospect. While he’s a below .500 pitcher in the minors, he has an ERA of 3.37, with over 400 strikeouts across 293.2 innings pitched in the minors (these are his career minor league stats). He’s also only 20 years old. Teams are salivating for young, strikeout pitchers. Garcia could be the lynchpin in a blockbuster deal that deals with the Yankees’ next dynasty.

The Worst Trade Options for the Yankees

These are the Yankees with possibly the lowest trade value for the team.

Miguel Andujar

I’ve written about how the Yankees would benefit from having Andujar and Urshela in the big club. And it’s largely since Andujar has to prove he’s back to form. Remember the last time a Yankee made a big splash in his first year with the club, the missed the season due to surgically repairing a torn labrum in his shoulder? I do. And his name was Greg Bird. Andujar has to show that he doesn’t repeat what Bird went through, that he can still hit big-league pitching, and if he can show his defense improved, then his trade value will be where it was at after finishing second to Shohei Ohtani in the ROY voting. If you trade him, it’s gotta be by the trade deadline in July.

Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier’s time in New York has been mired by both injury and mediocrity. The kid is a 25-year-old DH, limiting who you can trade him too. His defense is so shaky in the outfield, he’s making Andujar’s defense during 2018 Gold Glove-caliber. Think about it, Frazier’s career WAR is -0.4, career oWAR is 0.9, and career dWAR is -1.7. His career TZ is -18, and he’s about a full point behind league average for range as an outfielder. This kid needs a lot of fine-tuning in the minors. So much so, I doubt he’ll ever be a full-time MLB player.

Luis Severino/Gleyber Torres

Short of trading for some of the other top prospects/vets we have, these two would be the absolute worst we could trade. Why? Well… they’re just too good to give up! But to land someone like a Fransisco Lindor, we have to trade someone of the caliber of Severino or Torres.

Our Best Meh Options

Meh is based on the ideology of “They may land us someone good, but they’ll equally get us no one of value that we need.” The players aren’t too spectacular, or they have enough baggage that we’ll not be able to get someone off too special.

JA Happ

Happ had a lackluster year to say the very least. But, he’s a middle of the road pitcher who had, at best, a small handful of All-Star caliber years in-between. So There’s some value in having someone who had the success Happ had in his past, on top of his veteran status, it’s a 50/50 split on who, or what we’d be able to get for Happ’s $17 million contracts.

Any number of our top prospect pitchers

Devi Garcia is one of our best pitching options BECAUSE he’s a young, controllable, strike-throwing pitcher. But So was Justice Sheffield. And Justice Sheffield is, by this point in his young career, is an absolute dud in Seattle. Every single minor league prospect has the chance of being a future Hall of Famer, but most end up being a middling ballplayer. While Clint Frazier’s offensive capabilities can be viewed as above average, his completely lackluster defense makes him middling as an overall ballplayer.

DJ LeMahieu

DJ is a fantastic player, but he’s above the age of 30. All statistical analysis is saying “You can’t have a middle infielder playing who’s older than 30 because he can’t get to the ball as quickly.”

DJ happens to be 31 and will turn 32 during the season. While he’s a spectacular ballplayer, it’s a matter of time before he’s going to slow down even more like a ballplayer defensively. And it’s a matter of time before his bat loses its speed, making him such a great hitter.

If we get a shortstop that ISN’T Gleyber Torres, and Gio Urshela and Miguel Andujar are healthy, AND Luke Voit and Mike Ford are healthy, what room do we truly have for DJ LeMaihieu on the club?

The Yankees have a $34 million dollar question, and his name is JA Happ

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

JA Happ was an enigma for the New York Yankees this season. By and large, the 2020 season for Happ was an exercise in mediocrity. 34 home runs, over 161.1 innings pitched, 140 strikeouts, and an ERA of 4.91. Sure, he “figured it out” down the stretch, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that he was demoted to bullpen work in the playoffs.

But, the Yankees have a question that needs answering. The starting rotation is in shambles. You have Tanaka, Severino, and Paxton as your obvious front 3 based off last season. Sabathia retired, and no one is sure about Domingo German. Paxton is still under contract for the next 2 seasons, with a guaranteed option kicking in for 2021 if he makes 27 starts and pitches 165 innings. So what do you do with Happ? (mlb.com)

Do you start him?

The New York Yankees need to sign one, if not two, front line pitchers. During a free agency with Cole, Strasburg, Bumgartner, and Ryu on the market, you have to sign one of them. Yes, you can’t have 5 pitchers with all-star seasons, but could you imagine 4 straight starts with Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and one of those 4 I listed in a row? How can you NOT salivate?

The problem in retaining Happ is that a bad season this late in his career will ultimately lead to more bad seasons. The guy is 39 years old, scheduled to pitch till he’s 41, He’s averaged a 14-10 record over the length of his career with an ERA just under 4.00. And if the Domingo German situation resolves in such a way that he comes back to start, German is UNQUESTIONABLY the 5th guy on the totem pole. He had 153 strikeouts, 39 walks, gave up 69 runs on 125 hits over 143 innings. Oh, yea, and an 18-4 record. He’s a number 3 or number 4 starter. Happ is truly expendable, but who will take him for $34 million?

Trade options.

Mike Fires is probably one of the better trade options the Yankees could get. Should the A’s agree to pick up most of the rest of Happ’s contract, Fires is owed a meager $8.1 million for 2020. That’ll be the end of his contract. He’ll be 35 years old, and has been averaging a 14-6 record, 175 innings pitched, a 3.75 ERA, 130 K’s, and 40 walks over the last two seasons. He’s also averaging about 30 home runs a season over that span, but Happ also gave up 35 home runs over last year. So… you’re upgrading with Fires, as well as saving about half of what you’d pay Happ next year.

It’s unquestionable that Happ is the odd man out in the Yankees rotation next season. Trading him makes the most sense. If we don’t nab one of the big-name free agents, we can package Happ for the young prospective pitcher, by packaging Happ with someone like Nestor Cortes Jr., Luis Cesa, or even Jordan Montgomery. Other trade options exist, but Fires is the one I think makes the most sense.

This was just another prime example of the Yankees paying lip service. “Oh, we want to stay under the luxury tax, but we’re going to field a championships quality team.” You don’t field a championships caliber team by giving $50 million dollars to a 38-year-old with a career ERA of 3.99, a 121-90 record, and averaging 3.2 K’s per 9 innings.

Yankees Exclusive: Interview with Brian Cashman that never actually happened.

New York Yankees, Yankees, Brian Cashman

Here’s is my interview that never actually happened with Brian Cashman about the trade deadline. All opinions about fans are mine and probably his as well.

Me: Hey Brian I appreciate you taking the time to chat. I know your a busy guy since, according to Yankee fans, you’re alternating between actively trying to ruin the season or swimming in piles of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck with your time.

Brian Cashman: Anytime, and you forgot the part where I am actively poisoning our players to try and get them all on the IL.

M: laughter whoops, that’s my bad. Well does it bother you your team is neck and neck with Houston for the best record in the American League considering how hard you have tried to ruin the season?

BC: I’d be lying if I said it didn’t…wouldnt you be frustrated? I mean, I hire the most incompetent training staff I can, misdiagnose injuries to our best starter,  a key bullpen guy, and keep Stanton out all year and nothing seems to work.

M: I can see that, so was your plan to always ruin the team or did it happen organically as the season progressed?

BC:  It’s a little bit of both. I can’t say with a straight face I wanted the team to be this good when I planned on having Greg Bird and Jacoby Ellsbury be involved at the outset. Jacoby was never really going to play, but I thought Greg could make it to July at least. He would have helped keep Voit out of the line-up while we talked about his “perfect swing” and great defense. Unfortunately he can only stay true to his nature and spiked himself early on AND that was it. Maybe next year…I still think he has a ton of potential at this point Cashman bursts out laughing

M: Speaking of potential, what’s the situation with Clint Frazier now with Aaron Hicks injury?

BC:  I have to thank the media for their help with this one. Clint clearly is ready to be an everyday left fielder for this team, and he was really an impact bat for us…I wasnt sure how I was going to get him out of the line-up. Then he had that rough night in Boston and while he was out of position and leading the team and league in assists he somehow was labeled a liability on defense. Then when he voiced frustration at my jerking him around, the media stepped in and Yankee fans bought their narrative and wanted nothing to do with him. So I think I’ll let him waste away one more season in AAA while our sheep like fans get excited about guys with no future like Maybin and Tauchman. My goal is for Gardy to be our starter in left until he’s 50….he can be our Tom Brady.

M: I’m impressed with the way your manipulating the fans and the media with those moves, but then you went and turned the fans against you by not getting a starter at the trade deadline. Explain that to me.

BC:  Well I want to keep my job, I couldnt torture the fans if I got fired right? So I mean who was I getting? Stroman, Ray, Boyd….Sonny Gray was better than any of those guys. All the fans would have killed me if we had a repeat of that. The only reason I got away with it is the players we sent Oakland were part of our core of porcealin prospects, guaranteed to break if you use them.

M: You’ve mentioned fan reactions a few times, how does that play into the moves you make?

BC: Well obviously I hate them and want the team to be good enough to keep their interest but always fall short in the end. I mean you look at Dave Dombrowski..he got Boston one title on a team that had two players have career years, survived the beginning of Chris Sales decline, and thought Nathan Eovaldi could stay healthy. He gave up almost all their depth for one title run and right now that’s fine. Now he’s gotta resign Betts and Martinez, while still having a ton of cash wrapped up in Sale and Eovaldi who are both not ever gonna be the same. He’ll be gone in a few years. What I’m creating is sustained success with no title. That’s much harder to do.

M: Clearly you have given this alot of thought and I know your a busy guy so I’ll let you go,  is there anything else youd like to share with Bombers fans?

BC: I just want them to know that I get to pocket all the money from concessions personally and they are 100% right that those pennies are what drives me. I didnt make a deal at the deadline not because nothing reasonable was available but because I hate them and my players. As my bonus this year I’m getting the money the club gets from Ellsbury’s contract insurance. Just remember, I’ve built the worst best team in baseball and I’m gonna keep doing it.

M: Thanks Brian.

BC: Anytime, I’m always here for ESM.

The Knicks Have 5 Power Forwards And That Never Works

New York Knicks sign Marcus Morris.

I’m not sure how many of you remember old school NES games, but one of my favorites was Ice Hockey. It was pretty primitive,  and had no real goalie control, but was still playable. You could choose between three archetypes for your players, with each one having a specific skill set. The trick was to not have four of the same on the ice. Apparently nobody in the Knicks front office has played NES Ice Hockey.

The Knicks just snaked Marcus Morris away from the Spurs, and I am honestly baffled by the move. They totally have too many of the same guys, and are forgetting the Ice Hockey corollary. Unless they plan on running the first ever 4 power forward offense, I’m not really sure what they’re trying to accomplish. Let’s review.

First they signed Julius Randle. A young, improving player with upside,  same timeline as the rest of the roster… totally made sense. Then they signed Taj Gibson, veteran leader who won’t need big minutes…I get it. Next was Bobby Portis and it at this point we had to start to wonder why the Knicks needed to sign three power forwards. Portis is youngish,  and put up decent numbers for the Wizards so fine he can be the backup, and cut Taj down to like six minutes a game. Then this week happened.

Marcus Morris is an ok player. He can shoot a little, score a little and be a net positive on the floor. He also can have a hugely inflated sense of self and be a problem in the locker room. For a playoff team looking to add depth he would be a good signing. For a team headed for the lottery trying to develop several young wings and big men he is an unnecessary headache. For a team that just spent $100 million on three other power forwards it’s time for psychological exams.

Morris minutes can only come at the expense of the development of the Knicks young players. Between Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, R.J. Barrett and Bobby Portis there are only so many minutes to go round. With a crowded backcourt (Dennis Smith, Elfrid Payton, Alonzo Trier, Frank Ntikilina ) there isn’t a ton of flexibility for extra minutes at shooting guard for Barett or Knox. I havent even mentioned Taj Gibson or Wayne Ellington. So who sits so Marcus Morris can play?

Some Knicks fans have talked about Morris adding toughness, and the team competing for a playoff spot, but that also makes no sense. The Knicks are not one or two players away from contention right now. They own their own pick and would best be served by adding another piece with a high draft pick this year and giving their young players all the development time they can.   Letting Marcus Morris lead them to an 8th seed doesent benefit anyone in the long-term.

Theres another team that also seems to have forgotten the Ice Hockey rule. Orlando drafted Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac,  Mo Bamba and added them to a roster that already had Nikola Vucevic( all power forwards and centers).They partnered them with veterans D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross and now the team competes for the eighth seed in the playoffs and gets a mediocre pick each season. They also just threw a bunch of money at their own Marcus Morris, Al Farouq Aminu.

If the Knicks intent is to shoot for the no-mans land of fighting Orlando and Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the conference for the next few years they are on the right track. If they are trying to become a championship contender they need to figure out what they have with their young players and keep some cap space open for the next great player available via trade or free agency to build around. I think it’s clear what path the Knicks have chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

Clint Frazier sent down and New York Yankees fans are the worst

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

What if I told you the New York Yankees could pick up a 24-year-old outfielder with a .280 ba, on a pace to hit 25-30 home runs and one of the highest batting averages in MLB with runners in scoring position and all they would have to give up is J.A. Happ? It’s a no brainer right? Well, apparently Yankee fans are the scarecrows of MLB fandom because that’s the exact deal they are clamoring to offer other teams.

Clint Frazier is being sent down to AAA to make room for a 36-year-old DH with a bad back who has hit some homers this year and has also struck out a ton. Sweet!!! The best part is the reactions from most fans has been euphoria. They want Frazier traded for the mediocre (Marcus Stroman), the aging out of usefulness (Madison Bumgarner), the injured (Noah Syndergaard) or the pipedream (Max Scherzer).

If you’re ever feeling down and need a laugh to go to any Yankees messageboard and check out the deals people are proposing for Scherzer. ” Stanton, J.A. Happ, Frazier, and a prospect for Scherzer”. The Nationals will be all over Stanton and his huge contract that comes with annual injuries and an aging .500 pitcher in Happ. Anyway, I digress…

So let’s briefly discuss the fanbase’s big issue with Frazier…his defense. Hey, Yankee fans were you aware that Frazier is 3rd in MLB baseball with 5 outfield assists?

Were you aware he is a left fielder and has a perfect fielding percentage there this year? Or that he has made a total of 5 errors his entire career, with 3 of them in RF this year and 2 of them in one rough game? He has always been an ok defender at best, with his bat being his best tool. Finally, do Yankee fans realize that instead of Frazier we are now going to get to watch Giancarlo Stanton stumble around LF like Frankenstein? Someone start polishing the gold glove for him immediately.

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Another awesome aspect of this is that either Voit or Stanton are going to be benched and/or out of the line up more often. Also were now counting on Aaron Boone to know when to send in defensive replacements and not end up having Cameron Maybin up with 2 out and the bases loaded in Stanton’s spot. We all feel like we’re in good hands when Boone is making the calls that decide games right? Right.

The Yankees may trade Frazier for some eh starting pitcher and the masses will be happy. Every single starting outfielder for the Yankees has missed huge chunks of this season,  and all 3 were hurt last season. So when the next injury comes and Mike Tauchman is killing rally after rally, while Frazier puts up all-star caliber numbers for someone else I hope Yankee fans are as happy with trading him as they seem to be now.

After all, we all wanted Sanchez gone for J.T Realmuto this offseason, and signing D.J Lemahieu was such a dumb move when we could have had Manny Machado. You stay classy Yankee fans.