Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GRANDERSON'S STILL GOT IT!

I love Curtis Granderson

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I loved him in the Bronx.  I liked him before the Yankees.  He carries himself very well.  That's why I've always called him 'the Gentleman'.  Just a class act.  When he left the Mets for the Dodgers, I was happy for him.  Now though, he's out of LA too.  On to Toronto.
I swear.

New York Daily News has this one...

Lon Horwedel / Associated Press
"Curtis Granderson isn’t ready to hang it up just yet – and he’ll be returning to the AL East in 2018.

The former Met and Yankee reached an agreement with the Blue Jays on a one-year, $5 million deal, according to multiple reports. Granderson, who turns 37 in March, hit .212/.323/.452 in 147 games between the Mets and Dodgers with 26 homers and 64 RBIs last season."

Good for him. I hope he has a great season and sticks around the AL longer. A great baseball ambassador.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

McCUTCHEN GOES WEST!

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I didn't see this one coming... did you? First Gerrit Cole goes to the Astros, now Andrew McCutchen heads to the San Francisco Giants.  Nice snag by SF!

MLB.com writes:


"The Giants' aggressive offseason objective of bolstering a power-starved lineup took another significant step on Monday, as the club has acquired longtime Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, along with cash considerations.


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Pittsburgh received two of the Giants' Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline -- outfielder Bryan Reynolds (No. 4) and right-hander Kyle Crick (No. 16) -- and $500,000 in international bonus pool space."

And there you have it.  Pittsburgh fans might be angry about this one.  I've always heard that McCutchen was Pittsburgh fans first and no doubt this one will sting those fans similarly to the way Miami fans are disappointed that Giancarlo Stanton is gone from Miami.

That's it! McCutchen is a Giant. Wow!


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WHAT THE YANKS ARE WILLING TO DO TO GET RID OF ELLSBURY

The Yankees are still determined to try and get rid of Jacoby Ellsbury, but are they desperate enough to do what it takes?

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According to Jon Heyman HERE the Yankees are willing to eat at least half of contract. Keyword here appears to be "at least" and even if that is just a starting point for negotiations it's not enough. The Yankees are having a hard time finding anyone that is interested and the clock is ticking....

The slow moving market is making a tough challenge even harder. There are still a lot of free agents out there, namely some big name outfielders like J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain who are younger and don't have the declining track record that Ellsbury does. It's not hard to see why the Yankees can't find that obvious trade partner.


Ellsbury has $68.5 millon left on his contract that ends in 2020, even if a team does bite and take him for half that is still $11.5 million a year he is owed. If I am any other major league team I can see the current talent in the free agent market, recognize it is better than Ellsbury, not much more expensive and I get more for my money. Jay Bruce just signed for three years and $39 million. I'd rather sign and pay him, the younger and better player.

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The Yankees are fighting an uphill battle in a slow moving market. There are other "Ellsbury like" players out there like Heyman said. Other free agent outfielders Carlos Gomez, Jon Jay and Jarrod Dyson offer teams the same speed element and they are still waiting for a job. Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 4 weeks and until the market starts to move, Ellsbury will sit stale on the roster.


If I am the Yankees and a team does come around willing to make a deal I may sure to have the right game plan. The Yankees should go in and say they will pay half, but be ready to pay more. It would be nice if half got the trade done but it isn't likely. If the Yankees want to move Ellsbury the price tag will likely be more than they want to pay. At this point, the Yankees need to decide if they pay a little more and get him off the bench....or do they pay for him to be a seat warmer?

I know it's not my money so it's easy to say I'd pay more to get rid of him but I hate the idea of paying him a bunch of money to sit in the dugout. It's a bad contract that the Yankees and fans need to move on from. His roster spot is too valuable to just waste away.



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Sunday, January 14, 2018

COLE, DONALDSON & MACHADO, OH MY!

Source: Pirates Prospects

So this weekend we got some closure to some open-ended questions we have been discussing over the last several months.  And these answers may or may not be ones you want to hear, but none-the-less they are answers.


According to CBS Sports, "The Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to an arbitration-record contract of $23 million for the 2018 season."  Like many have said to me over the last few weeks, we don't need that expensive, perhaps overrated third baseman.  We have plenty of guys who can fill that spot, for a much lower price.  Gleyber Torres is someone who could fill our void at third should we not sign fan favorite Todd Frazier.  Many are hopeful that the Yankees and Frazier come to an agreement because the New Jersey native adds more than just powerful defensive on the left corner of the infield.


"Manny Machado agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday to avoid a salary arbitration hearing in February, a source told ESPN."  This solidifies our need to either make a move or make a statement about who is in contention for third base for the 2018 Yankees.  As Brandon Kuty of NJ.com says, "Do your best to get Frazier. He wants a multi-year deal, which isn't ideal, but he's the best option for the price, he wants to be a Yankee and has shown he can handle playing here."  Kuty also suggests that Frazier could also play first base, adding even more value to his signing.  Stay tuned as we keep an eye on the Yankees next move with Frazier.

Source: NY Daily News

Finally, the biggest news of this trio of deals is that Gerrit Cole heads to Houston instead of the Yankees.  Many thought the wait and see strategy would bode well for the Yankees in signing Cole for what they were willing to give.  But, that strategy failed Saturday as Cole makes his way into the Astros rotation next season.

Source: NY Daily News

"Before sending Cole to Houston, the Pirates had held extensive trade talks with the New York Yankees this winter. But sources familiar with the discussions told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that New York held the line on including prospects Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Estevan Florial or Miguel Andujar in any trade, so the Pirates quickly had to shift their attention to other potential targets. One source said New York expressed a willingness to include outfielder Clint Frazier or pitcher Chance Adams in a package deal for Cole, but not both," reported ESPN.

Source: Sporting News

Sure, we lost Cole but what we gained is our pride.  We did not want to give up the farm for a player who may not be able to make it here in New York.  Quite frankly, his numbers are not worth giving up the incredible possibility that the group of prospects at stake could provide for the growing Yankee team.  And I for one is happy that we passed on Cole.  As Brian Cashman suggested earlier this fall, we have to be prepared to go with who we have.  And maybe that is exactly what will happen.



Cole, Donaldson and Machado are right where they are supposed to be and we are where we are supposed to be: still on track, still focused on winning with a team of young players with a winning attitude.  Spring training is officially 30 days away.  And who knows what will happen between now and then.




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ADRIAN GONZALEZ SIGNS... WITH THE METS?


I didn't see this one coming, but then again, I'm not sure the Mets did either.

Adrian Gonzalez has left the Dodgers... and signed with Mets!

ESPN writes:

"Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and multiple reports... Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly played for them last season. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just .198."

Hey, good for the Mets, although you gotta wonder what Gonzalez can really offer at this point.  He is definitely ending the end of his career. You gotta wonder what Mets fans this about this.

Good luck on this one.


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TYLER AUSTIN GOES FOR IT!

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Quick note about New York Yankee, Tyler Austin and someone that we love and want to succeed here at Bleeding Yankee Blue.  Austin is taking the plunge. Yup... he's engaged!

Tyler put this out on his Twitter yesterday:

We here at the BYB family want to wish he and Stephanie the very best as they take on this amazing and wonderful new journey.  Love it!

Happy Sunday everyone!


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