Hey, guys. Doesn’t really matter who I am, but I’m a Yankee fan and that’s all that matters here. For too long, this wonderful website has very clearly lacked the respect and knowledge of Bronx baseball and I’m here to fill that void. Let’s get into it:
Get it, Cash!
There are big questions in the starting rotation and legitimate health is one of them. CC, Masahiro, Pineda, and Nova could not stay healthy last year. Starting pitchers going down has always been a Yankees mainstay and it is honestly something I’ve come to expect. But, as is, the rotation is set at CC, Tanaka, Pineda, Greene, and Phelps. Sorry, Ivan. You’ll get your shot when everyone else needs Tommy John. Kuroda is still being mulled over but he’ll likely head back to Japan and throw there for a year and then retire. On the real, this rotation is going to be solid this year. Greene and Phelps were as good as you can get in last year’s debacle. The truth is though that one of them, or maybe both of them, will not be in the rotation come opening day.
The Yankees are signing starters this off-season. Cashman is on record saying that he is open to signing more than one starter, too. I can almost guarantee (hope) that McCarthy, his fire twitter game and his hot wife re-sign at some point.
He likes the Bronx and he has pitched VERY well here. Who’s next? There is a ton of talk out there surrounding Scherzer and Lester, arguably the top two guys on the market. An NL Executive has called the Yanks “[a] sleeping giant” to sign Scherzer. Scherzer is the better pitcher here. A huge upside for Lester is that the Yanks will not have to give up a first round pick if they sign Lester like they will have to with Scherzer. Scherzer and Lester are also both 30. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue but it’s been speculated that the Yankees are trying as hard as they can to refrain from extending any long-term, nine figure deals to players in their 30’s. I don’t know how that translates to two of the best pitchers in baseball, but we’ll see. Also, there has been some speculation around possibly signing Jason Hammel if all else fails. Step off, speculation. Go big or go home though, right? Personally, I believe the opening day rotation will be CC, Tanaka, Scherzer, McCarthy and Pineda. Love it. Last thing, Phil Hughes was on five different Cy Young ballots? What the fuck? Next thing you’ll tell me, Ian Kennedy is good now and the Yankees almost traded for him at the deadline… Moving on.
David Robertson. What a guy. Going on after the best closer in baseball history is tough, but Robertson thrived. First he declines the Yankees’ qualifying offer and then he asks for “Papelbon money.” Get out of town, man (but seriously, don’t). I love Robertson. He has been exactly the follow-up we needed after Mo and I think we should lock this guy down long-term. Bankroll it, Hal. Although, the Yankees do get a draft pick if they lose him. But really, there aren’t too many other options out there. I guess Andrew Miller would be a good sign but he’s never closed and he’s just another Betances set-up type guy except not the best player in baseball, obviously. Dellin could slip into the role of closer but that’s definitely at least a year away. Plus, he’s sooo good in the set-up spot. Besides, Robertson is already a manageable sign and one of the best closers in baseball.
The bullpen has already been bolstered in a few ways. Jose De Paula was signed. No major league experience, but he’s highly anticipated and he’s already reaching 95 on the gun, which is good. Another key addition has come but for a price. The price is Francisco Cervelli (Goodbye, sweet prince) and the addition is Justin Wilson. This was a good trade. The Yankees are so deep at catcher (John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez) that giving up Cervelli for a solid bullpen piece makes a ton of sense considering a lot of Yankees people liked Murphy more than Cervelli anyway. Also, the Yankees had been trying to make a move for Wilson for up to three years now, according to Cashman. He’s a good lefty reliever with some control issues but he can get guys out. He’s been compared to Boone Logan. Last year in Pittsburgh, Wilson went 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances (60 IP) tallying 30 BB and 61 K.
The whole left side of the infield has HUGE question marks. Right now, the Yankees starting third baseman and shortstop are Alex Rodriguez and Brendan Ryan (who sold my cousin a program at a game, pretty cool, I know), respectively. No one knows how A-Rod can play. He’s a year removed from baseball and god knows what that guy has been up to in his spare time. Also, Brendan Ryan is not a starting shortstop, anywhere. Names have been thrown out as Jeter’s replacement: Alexei Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, Elvis Andrus, Troy Tulowitzki, Jimmy Rollins, and Stephen Drew. One of those things is not like the other things! Tulo! The only reason the Yankees and Tulo keep coming up in talks is because the Yankees always manage to go after every big name out there. Honestly, trading for Tulo is too tall of a task. He’s owed $114 mill through 2020 and the Yanks would undoubetdly have to give up some combination of Dellin Betances, Ian Clarkin, AFL MVP Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino. Those are the Yanks future all-stars and giving up too many long-term pieces like that could backfire. As is, Tulo has had some health issues and that’s the last thing we need. Then again, he does wear Jeet’s cologne, “Driven”. Hmmm, I don’t know. I’m split. But, hey man, keep coming out to the games.
Alexei would be good. He’s relatively young (33) and last year his average of .273 would’ve led all Yankee starters. He also has speed, he took 33 bags last year. I don’t have much interest in either Asdrubal or Rollins but all signs point to one of those two. Elvis Andrus is also available but the asking price of a few top prospects is too high. The two-time all-star is also owed $120 million through 2023. I’m putting my foot down. I don’t want Elvis Andrus. Stephen Drew also better not be on this team. I guess I can live with Jimmy Rollins for a year?
Not much to say at third base. Yankees don’t seem to be in on Pablo Sandoval and Cashman and I both seem to think Headley is the best option here. He’s a reliable fielder and a pretty good hitter. He’s also not the most expensive option out there. Cashman has said before that whoever they pick up at third will be the starter over Alex. Sorry, Alex.
A few closing remarks here. The Yankees currently have 10 of the top 30 international prospects. Not too shabby. They are also the front runner for top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncado, who has been called the best Cuban prospect since Jorge Soler. He is also 19 years old. In other news, the Yankees signed Chris Young to a one-year deal. He played well for them down the stretch last year (71 AB .282 Avg 3 HR 10 RBI). Sadly, that means that Ichiro is done in the Bronx. Coming off a solid year, he’ll find a short term home. A one year deal would be more than generous for a sure fire future hall-of-famer. That’s it. That’s all I got. Starting now, I’ll be the site’s Yankees guy so expect more once there is news to report (Scherzer).