Bronx Pinstripes | BronxPinstripes.com http://bronxpinstripes.com Bronx Pinstripes - A New York Yankees Community for the Fans, by the Fans Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:19:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 J.A. Happ agrees to return to Bronx, but Yankees’ itch for more pitching remains http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/j-a-happ-agrees-to-return-to-bronx-but-yankees-itch-for-more-pitching-remains/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/j-a-happ-agrees-to-return-to-bronx-but-yankees-itch-for-more-pitching-remains/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:13:32 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64775   J.A. Happ’s impending return to the Yankees means the club will soon have five starting pitchers qualified to fill five rotation spots.  But nothing will prevent Brian Cashman from searching for a sixth. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the 36-year-old Happ will receive a two-year, $34 million deal that could […]

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J.A. Happ’s impending return to the Yankees means the club will soon have five starting pitchers qualified to fill five rotation spots.  But nothing will prevent Brian Cashman from searching for a sixth.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the 36-year-old Happ will receive a two-year, $34 million deal that could include a $17 million option in 2021 if he meets particular innings benchmarks.  And while this move — along with the November trade acquisition of Mariners’ southpaw James Paxton — allows the Yankees to check off the top needs on their winter wish list, Cashman isn’t opposed to pursuing additional rotation arms in the coming days and weeks. 

“I’m going to be open-minded to everything,” Cashman told the YES Network during Wednesday’s edition of Yankees Hot Stove.  “So, if I do import one more starter, that doesn’t mean I’m not open-minded to still exploring other available players on the marketplace that happen to be starting pitchers.  Doesn’t mean I can’t pivot and not just adjust along the run with my roster.

“Again, we’re going to take all the information we can — whether it’s our scouts, our analysts, or me direct with the opposing GM’s or agents — and like a bee with honey, go back to the hive and then we’ll kick it around and see if we can somehow repackage it.  And it might not make sense initially, but it could make sense some other way.  We need to vet everything at all times to make sure we’re doing the best we can in terms of our decision making.”

If the Yankees remain intrigued by the notion of swapping major-league ready youngsters or top-ranked prospects for another ace-type rotation piece, the Cleveland Indians may be the perfect trade partner.  Last week, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Indians, facing market constraints, are “increasingly motivated” to trade either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer in order to shed more payroll ahead of next season.  According to multiple reports, the Yankees have been in contact with Cleveland, who has set steep asking prices for all interested teams.

In 33 starts this season, Kluber, 32, went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA — fifth-best among qualifying AL starters — and he also led the league in innings (215) and finished third in strikeouts (222).

If those numbers aren’t enticing enough, in four of his last five seasons, Kluber has posted an ERA of 3.14 or less and won at least 18 games.  Plus, he’s proven to be a durable three-time All-Star, as he’s averaged 32 starts per year since winning his first of two Cy Young awards in 2014.

Bauer, who turns 28 in January, finished 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) this year, and he led the AL in fielding independent pitching (2.44) and fewest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.5).  He also received All-Star honors. 

As for the dollars and cents, both right-handers are cost-controlled.  According to Spotrac.com, Kluber is slated to make $17.2 million in 2019, and the final two years of his contract (2020-21) include club options at $17.5 million and $18 million, respectively, with a pair of $1 million buyouts.  Bauer is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, and MLB Trade Rumors projects he will make roughly $11.6 million in 2019.  

The Yankees were also recently linked to Mets’ right-hander Noah Syndergaard in a rumored three-way deal with the Miami Marlins, but that proposal never picked up steam.  Syndergaard, who is arbitration eligible until 2022, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 155 strikeouts in 25 starts (154.1 innings) in 2018. 

Of course, the Yankees can scour the free agent market for another back-end rotation arm.  One possibility is 27-year-old lefty Yusei Kikuchi, who was recently posted by the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball organization.  In 23 starts for Seibu this season, Kikuchi finished 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 153 strikeouts across 163.2 innings.  Back in November, Yankees’ owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters that he watched film of Kikuchi during the club’s pro scouting meetings, and Kyodo News baseball writer Jim Allen reported that the Yankees were one of seven major league teams that sent scouts to watch Kikuchi in September.

In the meantime, the Yankees are pleased with the addition of Happ, who Cashman says gives him “comfort.”  It comes as no surprise, as Happ went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts with the Yankees after coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade this past July.

“All we can do is pace along with what our comfort level is on things and go from there and then react accordingly,” Cashman told YES.  “We have our lines out to various trade partners and various free agents of target and we’re just waiting to get a bite.  A bite that we can actually hopefully reel somebody in and see where it takes us…

“Every day, things can change in this game, and that’s why you have to be able to react to it.”

 

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

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Report: Yankees finalizing deal with J.A. Happ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-finalizing-deal-with-j-a-happ/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-finalizing-deal-with-j-a-happ/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:53:15 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64766 According to multiple reports, the Yankees and free agent lefty J.A. Happ have agreed to the structure on a contract for two years plus an option for a third year. The dollar amount is not yet known. Yankees and Happ are working to finalize deal. Looks like it might be 2 years plus an option […]

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According to multiple reports, the Yankees and free agent lefty J.A. Happ have agreed to the structure on a contract for two years plus an option for a third year. The dollar amount is not yet known.

Reports throughout the Winter Meetings indicated that Happ was seeking a three-year deal and that he’d sign with the first team to offer the third year. It was initially reported on Wednesday morning that the Yankees and Happ had agreed to a three-year deal, but those reports were quickly pulled back, settling on the two sides being “very close” for much of the day.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com is reporting that the option year is based on innings pitched/starts. The deal is still being finalized and will be pending a physical.

Joel Sherman is reporting that the deal may be announced as early as tomorrow.

We will continue to provide updates on Happ as the details continue to develop.

 

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Scott Boras not sold on Yankees’ proclaimed disinterest in Bryce Harper http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/scott-boras-not-sold-on-yankees-proclaimed-disinterest-in-bryce-harper/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/scott-boras-not-sold-on-yankees-proclaimed-disinterest-in-bryce-harper/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:32:15 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64757   If the Yankees have officially ruled themselves out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, that’s news to Scott Boras.  The uber-agent, who held his annual press conference before dozens of media members at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday, hinted that the Yankees’ expressed disinterest in the 26-year-old slugger may be exaggerated. […]

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If the Yankees have officially ruled themselves out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, that’s news to Scott Boras. 

The uber-agent, who held his annual press conference before dozens of media members at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday, hinted that the Yankees’ expressed disinterest in the 26-year-old slugger may be exaggerated.

“I’ve never heard the Yankees say that… It might be that they say things to you.  I wasn’t there,” Boras told reporters.  “As far as the Yankees and what discussions I, Hal [Steinbrenner] and [Brian Cashman] have had, I will leave that to our own…”

Earlier this week, Cashman bluntly dismissed the ongoing rumors of the Yankees pursuing Harper, who is projected to receive a multi-year contract worth $300-plus million. 

“At no point all winter have I said I am looking for an outfielder,’’ Cashman said on Monday.  “The Harper stuff… I am surprised you are still asking… I have [Aaron] Judge, [Giancarlo] Stanton, [Jacoby] Ellsbury, [Brett] Gardner, [Clint] Frazier, [Aaron] Hicks.  Ellsbury will be healthy and Frazier will be healthy… Take [Ellsbury and Frazier] out.  I have Hicks in center and Stanton, who is athletic as hell, as the designated hitter because Judge is in right and I have Gardner in left.”

Cashman also said the Yankees aren’t considering the idea of moving Harper from the outfield to first base. 

“We covered this earlier in the wintertime,” Cashman said.  “People asked about the [Harper playing] first-base stuff.  I am sure it’s potentially a possibility but it is not something we would play on at that level, at that type of money at first base.”

Although Cashman claims the Yankees’ outfield is too crowded, Harper would undoubtedly be an upgrade over several of the team’s current options.  Ellsbury, one of Boras’ clients, missed the entire 2018 season due to a variety of injuries and hip surgery, and Frazier nearly sat out the whole year with complications from a concussion.  

So, that’s why Boras isn’t exactly convinced the Yankees aren’t the least bit intrigued by Harper. 

“The Yankees are very adept.  They’re smart,” Boras said.  “They are going to do something, and I think they can earnestly tell you that right now they’re not doing it and have every intention of doing something else when it’s best for them to do it…

“When the nurse walks in the room with a thermometer, the issue is not what the thermometer says that day.  The issue is, what’s the health of the patient when they’re ready to leave the hospital?  And [the Yankees] are not ready to leave the hospital yet.”

Harper, who happens to be a Las Vegas native, slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, a career-high 100 RBI and 130 walks, and 169 strikeouts in 2018.

 

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Yankees have serious interest in LHP J.A. Happ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/yankees-close-to-signing-lhp-j-a-happ/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/yankees-close-to-signing-lhp-j-a-happ/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:40:10 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64751 With the need for starting pitching, the Yankees have turned their attention to LHP J.A. Happ. And as of Wednesday morning, the Yankees and Happ were reportedly close to a deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Walking this back. Indications are #Yankees are close on Happ, but no agreement in place. https://t.co/FvR5bwUVDw — […]

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With the need for starting pitching, the Yankees have turned their attention to LHP J.A. Happ. And as of Wednesday morning, the Yankees and Happ were reportedly close to a deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

However, Andy Martino of SNY mentioned the Yankees only have serious interest considering Happ has multiple offers. Martino added the Yankees are unsure if Happ will accept their offer, but are hoping he does.

Happ had 11 starts with the Yankees since being acquired at the trade deadline last season, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.052 WHIP in 63.2 innings. He had one start in the postseason against the Boston Red Sox, in which he took the loss.

 

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J.A. Happ seeking three year deal http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/happ-seeking-three-year-deal/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/happ-seeking-three-year-deal/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:41:50 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64744 According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent lefty J.A. Happ has received a number of two year offers from contending teams. While it is safe to assume the Yankees are among those teams, Happ is seeking a third year in his deal. Sources: Where J.A. Happ winds up could come down to the […]

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According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent lefty J.A. Happ has received a number of two year offers from contending teams. While it is safe to assume the Yankees are among those teams, Happ is seeking a third year in his deal.

According to Passan, Happ may be poised to sign with the first team to offer the third year. If none of the teams step up to a third year, he will make his decision among the offers he currently has.

After missing out on top free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, the Yankees have held firm that bringing Happ back to the Bronx remains a realistic, solid option to bolster their rotation.

We will have more updates on Happ as details continue to develop.

 

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Rosenthal: Yankees open to moving Miguel Andujar http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/rosenthal-yankees-open-to-moving-miguel-andujar/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/rosenthal-yankees-open-to-moving-miguel-andujar/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:33:17 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64738 Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are now open to moving American League Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar in a potential trade. Moving Andujar greatly increases the Yankees’ chances of landing a frontline starting pitcher. The Indians, who have made Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber available, have contacted the Yankees about Andujar. The […]

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are now open to moving American League Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar in a potential trade.

Moving Andujar greatly increases the Yankees’ chances of landing a frontline starting pitcher. The Indians, who have made Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber available, have contacted the Yankees about Andujar. The Marlins would also be appealed by a player like Andujar, seeing that they did not get much in return for the bevy of trades they made last offseason.

Trading Andujar would likely make Manny Machado the Yankees’ top priority in terms of free agency. Machado would have to agree to slide back over to third base long term, and Gleyber Torres could move over to shortstop, his natural position, until Didi Gregorius comes back from Tommy John Surgery.

This report opens up a wide array of options for the Yankees in terms of the trade market. More updates will come as more information is available.

 

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Rosenthal: Yankees, Mets, Marlins discussing 3 team deal http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/rosenthal-yankees-mets-marlins-discussing-3-team-deal/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/rosenthal-yankees-mets-marlins-discussing-3-team-deal/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:37:27 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64733 Update: 12 am Source: Yankees “pushing hard” tonight to make deal with Mets — Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 11, 2018 Source: The Yankees are interested in Mets pitching, not necessarily limited to Syndergaard — Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 11, 2018 Original story The Yankees and Mets have largely avoided significant trades with each other, but […]

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Update: 12 am

Original story

The Yankees and Mets have largely avoided significant trades with each other, but could that possibly change?

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees, Mets and Marlins are discussing a three-team deal that would send catcher J.T. Realmuto to Queens.

The Mets have long been attached to Realmuto, and the Yankees, of course, are in need of high-end starting pitching help, especially with Patrick Corbin off the board and J.A. Happ reportedly seeking a three-year deal. This brings into question the involvement of Noah Syndergaard.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post said that a source described the talks between the three clubs as “a lot of smoke, not a lot of fire.” Sherman confirmed Rosenthal’s report that the Mets have multiple scenarios on the table, but the proposal involving the Yankees is “not among the strongest.”

This will likely be a major storyline this week at the Winter Meetings, and such deals take time to come together. Stay tuned for updates.

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Brian Cashman says Bryce Harper isn’t a fit for the Yankees http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/brian-cashman-says-bryce-harper-isnt-a-fit-for-the-yankees/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/brian-cashman-says-bryce-harper-isnt-a-fit-for-the-yankees/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:39:15 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64730 After Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he didn’t expect Harper to return to the ball club next season, it became apparent Harper would have a new home in 2019. But don’t expect Harper’s new home to be with the New York Yankees. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch that Harper wasn’t a […]

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After Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he didn’t expect Harper to return to the ball club next season, it became apparent Harper would have a new home in 2019. But don’t expect Harper’s new home to be with the New York Yankees.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch that Harper wasn’t a fit for the Yankees due to overcrowding in the outfield. Cashman added Harper playing first base for the ball club was an unrealistic scenario.

With Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Giancarlo Stanton as outfield options, Cashman never had Harper in his sights. But while the Yankees are seemingly out on Harper, they have shown interest in free agent third baseman Manny Machado. Hoch reported the Yankees spoke with Machado’s agent Dan Lozano more than once this winter.

In an effort to gauge interest, Scott Boras said Harper had been taking grounders at first base to boost his versatility. While first base is a position the Yankees lack depth in–along with having questionable production from Luke Voit and Greg Bird going into next season–the organization felt Harper wasn’t the solution.

Harper is expected to command a big payday this offseason from one of his potential suitors. But unfortunately the pipe dream of Harper donning pinstripes and playing alongside Judge in an effort to help the Yankees win a World Series will be just that: a dream.

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Corbin signs in DC, Winter Meetings  + ‘ARod: The Deal’ 30 for 30 review – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/corbin-signs-in-dc-winter-meetings-arod-the-deal-30-for-30-review-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/corbin-signs-in-dc-winter-meetings-arod-the-deal-30-for-30-review-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:23:38 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64726 The Bronx Pinstripes Show #288 We have a very busy episode today! First we answer mailbag questions about Patrick Corbin signing in Washington, if the Yankees should have extended to 6 years, what their next step in upgrading the rotation should be, MLB possibly regulating defensive shifts, and CC not caring about the Red Sox […]

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #288

We have a very busy episode today! First we answer mailbag questions about Patrick Corbin signing in Washington, if the Yankees should have extended to 6 years, what their next step in upgrading the rotation should be, MLB possibly regulating defensive shifts, and CC not caring about the Red Sox winning the World Series.

Then we are joined by Brian Stever from the Take Too Podcast to talk about the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary called ‘The Deal’. Synopsis: In the winter of 2003 two cities went after the same man. On one side, New York. On the other, Boston. In the middle, the hired gun: Alex Rodriguez. We discuss our thoughts on the film, endless possibilities had the ARod deal with Boston gone through, our feelings on the trade 14 years later, and more!

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Former Yankees closer Lee Smith elected to Baseball Hall of Fame http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/former-yankees-closer-lee-smith-elected-to-baseball-hall-of-fame/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/former-yankees-closer-lee-smith-elected-to-baseball-hall-of-fame/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:28:47 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64722 At least two former New York Yankees closers will be enshrined in Cooperstown in the summer of 2019. Alright, alright, that’s a bit of a stretch. The Today’s Game Era Committee voted a unanimous 16 votes for Lee Smith and a minimum 12 for Harold Baines, ensuring both a spot in the Baseball Hall of […]

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At least two former New York Yankees closers will be enshrined in Cooperstown in the summer of 2019. Alright, alright, that’s a bit of a stretch. The Today’s Game Era Committee voted a unanimous 16 votes for Lee Smith and a minimum 12 for Harold Baines, ensuring both a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The selections are dubious but if you’re a Don Mattingly or Bernie Williams fan, there’s still hope.

During the days before Mariano Rivera, the Yankees bullpen flanked by the likes of Steve Farr, Bob Wickman, and Steve Howe, was hunting down the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 and acquired Smith from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league pitcher Rich Batchelor, who I probably saw pitch more with the Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees. In eight games in pinstripes, Smith registered eight scoreless frames and recorded three of his 478 career saves.

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Lou Piniella, who won two World Series and four pennants as an outfielder with the Yankees from 1974 to 1984 and managed the club from 1986 to 1988, finished one vote shy of induction. Piniella also skippered the 1990 Cincinnati Reds to a World Series title and the 2001 Seattle Mariners to 116 regular season victories.

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George M. Steinbrenner III, the late legendary principal owner of the Yankees from 1973 to 2010, was among a group receiving fewer than five votes. Steinbrenner brought prestige back to the pinstripes, helping bring seven World Series titles and 11 A.L. pennants to the Bronx. The Yankees reached the postseason 20 seasons in which Steinbrenner owned the club.

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Steinbrenner considered for Hall http://bronxpinstripes.com/across-mlb/steinbrenner-considered-hall/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/across-mlb/steinbrenner-considered-hall/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 14:00:05 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64416 On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Today’s Game Era committee members will vote on 10 individuals for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Among them is the Yankees former long-time principal owner George Steinbrenner. “The Boss” passed away in 2010. To vote on executives, managers, umpires and players retired 15 or more years, Major League […]

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On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Today’s Game Era committee members will vote on 10 individuals for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Among them is the Yankees former long-time principal owner George Steinbrenner. “The Boss” passed away in 2010.

To vote on executives, managers, umpires and players retired 15 or more years, Major League Baseball formed the Today’s Game Era committee. They also takes a look at the individuals who had a significant impact on the game since 1988.

And the Hall of Fame nominees are…

Joining Steinbrenner on the ballot are former Yankees’ star Lou Pinella (nominated as manager), players Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will ClarkOrel HershiserLee Smith, and managerial nominees Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel.

To gain enshrinement, a nominee must receive 75% (12 votes) of the votes cast by members of the 16-member committee.

The committee members are a mix of current Hall members, front office personnel, and members of the media. They are:

Roberto Alomar
Bert Blyleven
Pat Gillick
Tony La Russa
Greg Maddux
Joe Morgan
John Schuerholz
Ozzie Smith
Joe Torre
Al Aliva (Detroit Tigers)
Andy McPhail (Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Reinsdorf (Chicago White Sox)
Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau)
Tim Kurkjian (ESPN, ESPN the Magazine)
Claire Smith (Yankees beat writer ’83-’87’, ESPN News Editor, ’17 Spinks Award recipient)

In the past, Steinbrenner fell short of the required support, including the vote by the prior Today’s Game Era committee two years ago.

Steinbrenner, The Enigmatic Boss

The Boss was a polarizing figure and a bit of an enigma during his time as the Yankees owner (1973 – 2010). On one hand, he was extremely generous, lending his financial support to the families of fallen members of the New York police and fire departments. On the other hand, stories like the rumored firing of a secretary for not bringing him a tuna fish sandwich fast enough did him no favor.

There was a period of time in the 1970s and 1980s where he often paid free agents more money than his own established stars. But, boy did he ever spend money… to the delight of Yankees’ fans and the player’s union.

The money spent by Steinbrenner also made him the target of criticism/jealousy from the small market teams and those who felt he was “buying” the Yankees championships.

He fired general managers, managers, pitching coaches, and other employees left and right. His hirings and firings of Billy Martin were legendary as was the love/hate triangle relationship the two had with Reggie Jackson. No manager that worked for Steinbrenner lasted more than three seasons except for Buck Showalter (four seasons) and Joe Torre (12 seasons).

Returning to the Yankees organization under Steinbrenner was commonplace, though Martin made it an art form. Unless you failed miserably in New York, there was a good chance you would come back. Bobby Murcer, Rich Gossage, Ruben SierraAndy Pettitte, Luis Polonia, and Rick Cerone were among the many who wore the pinstripes multiple times.

As the owner, Steinbrenner helped the Yankees end a pair of pennant misses (1964 – 1976, 1981 – 1996) and World Series (1962 – 1977, 1978 – 1996) droughts.

He also managed to come back from two damaging suspensions. In 1974, Steinbrenner pled guilty to conspiracy to make illegal political campaign contributions, and to making a “false and misleading” explanation of a $25,000 donation to Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and trying to influence and intimidate employees of his shipbuilding company to give that false information to a grand jury.

As a result, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn handed down a two-year suspension from baseball, though Steinbrenner’s ban lasted just 15 months. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan pardoned Steinbrenner of the conviction.

In 1990, Commissioner Fay Vincent handed down a lifetime ban on Steinbrenner for conspiring with a two-bit sleazebag named Howard Spira. Steinbrenner’s goal was to take down Yankees’ outfielder Dave Winfield, who he had accused of running a fraudulent charitable foundation.

Vincent lifted the suspension in 1993, allowing Steinbrenner to join Gene Michael and other advisors to help rebuild the Yankees’ dynasty.

The Vote

It’s incredibly difficult to figure out what is on the minds of the voters. My guesstimate is that Steinbrenner’s chances are 50/50, though it may be more or less than one out of two chances. It’s difficult to get a read on the situation.

Today’s Game Era

“Who are these people?” – Jerry Seinfeld

Beginning in 2016, those considered for the Hall of Fame fell into four categories with four corresponding committees. Today’s Game Era features individuals from 1988 on, and the Modern Baseball committee, which covers the period from 1970 through 1987. The two committees vote in alternating years, with the Today’s Game Era selection coming in even-numbered years.

Additionally, there are the Golden Age (1950 – 1969) and Early Baseball (1871 – 1949) committees, which will begin voting in 2020. When these latter committees are voting, there will be no ballots for consideration by the Today’s Game Era and Modern Baseball committees.

The remaining nominees

Lou Pinella: In 23 years of managing the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays, and Cubs, “Sweet Lou” compiled a 1,835-1,713 record (.517). He led a Reds squad that swept the Oakland A’s to capture the 1990 World Series title. It ended a 14-year championship drought for Cincinnati, and the Reds have not won a title since.

Pinella’s 1,835 wins are 16th all-time. 13 of the 15 managers ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame and Pinella should join them.

Harold Baines: Discovered at an early age by White Sox owner Bill Veeck, Baines recorded 2,866 hits and 1,628 RBI over a 22-year career. The former first overall pick (1977) in baseball’s amateur draft, Baines played for the White Sox, Rangers, A’s, Orioles, and Indians.

Baines played on six All-Star teams and won two DH of the Year Awards (now named after Edgar Martinez). He’s 46th on the all-time hits list, with 35 of those players ahead of him already in the Hall of Fame. Of the other 10, half are either active, not yet eligible, or expected to gain entrance in the near future. The other five players are suspected/proven PED users or gamblers.

Baines’ is 34th on the career RBI list with 23 of the first 33 players already in the Hall. Of the 10 not in the Hall, six are suspected/proven PED users, two are still active, and two are not eligible as of yet.

One item of note: If the Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) elects Edgar Martinez for enshrinement this year, then Baines must gain entrance to the Hall as well. Either way, I would expect that at some point Baines will have his day in Cooperstown.

Albert Belle: The Indians, White Sox, and Orioles slugger had his career shortened to 12 seasons due to a hip injury. Among his accomplishments, Belle became the first player in MLB history to record 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season.

Belle was not the most convivial person, including with the voting members of the media. His attitude most likely cost him the 1995 AL MVP Award despite having led the league in HR, RBI, doubles, Slugging Pct., Total Bases, and runs scored.

Belle’s career numbers are excellent. A .295/.369/.564 split, 100 or more RBI (a stat with much more importance during his playing time) in nine straight seasons (his last nine), and he struck out more than 100 times only twice. However, his 381 career home runs and 1,281 RBI, and his defense are not good enough for the Hall.

Joe Carter: The 16-year veteran played for the Cubs, Indians, Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Giants. He’s best remembered for his game and World Series-ending home run in 1993.

Carter amassed 396 HR and 1,445 RBI but put together an average career batting split of .259/.306/.464. He’s a no vote.

Will Clark: The Mississippi State product hit .303 over a 15-year career with the Giants, Rangers, Orioles, and Cardinals. Though a stellar defender at first base (he won a Gold Glove Award in 1991), Clark doesn’t have the offensive numbers to gain entry to the Hall.

“The Thrill” hit 284 home runs, drove in 1,205 runs, totaled 2,176 hits, and scored 1,186 runs. He’s in the Hall of Very Good.

Orel Hershiser: The 18-year veteran put the LA Dodgers on his back in 1988 and led them to upset wins in the NLCS (vs. Mets) and the World Series (vs. A’s). He ran away with that year’s NL Cy Young Award and finished 6th in the league’s MVP voting.

Among the top pitchers in the game from 1985 – 1989, Hershiser’s performance was outstanding. His 204 wins (.576 pct.), 2,014 strikeouts, and a 3.69 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) are good career numbers, but are not Hall of Fame caliber.

Davey Johnson:  The former second baseman spent parts of 17 seasons as manager of the Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, and Nationals. He compiled 1,372 wins (.562 pct.), captured six division titles and won it all with the 1986 Mets.

Johnson also took home two Manager of the Year Awards (1997, 2012) and though he was every bit the manager that his peers were, he doesn’t have the resume for the Hall of Fame.

Lee Smith: One of the most intimidating closers in the game, Smith recorded 478 career saves in an 18-year career spent with the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds, and Expos.

He led the NL in saves three times and topped the AL once. Smith averaged 35 saves from 1983 through 1995 and was selected to seven All-Star teams. He finished in the top-five in Cy Young voting three times.

Smith’s 1,022 career appearances are tied with Jose Mesa for 12th on the all-time list (he and Mesa are eighth among right-handers). Unfortunately, he played on a number of poor teams and pitched in only two postseasons. But, compared to other closers in the Hall, such as Gossage, Smith matches up quite favorably.

Smith deserves entry into the Hall.

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How the Yankees can fulfill their pitching need via trade… again http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/how-the-yankees-can-fulfill-their-pitching-need-via-trade-again/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/how-the-yankees-can-fulfill-their-pitching-need-via-trade-again/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 23:21:20 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64694   The Yankees are still looking… Here, there, and everywhere.  While the franchise remains intent on landing another starting pitcher before spring training arrives in mid-February, general manager Brian Cashman has been forced to cross a few names off his holiday wish list this week.  On Tuesday, top free agent starter Patrick Corbin spurned his […]

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The Yankees are still looking… Here, there, and everywhere. 

While the franchise remains intent on landing another starting pitcher before spring training arrives in mid-February, general manager Brian Cashman has been forced to cross a few names off his holiday wish list this week. 

On Tuesday, top free agent starter Patrick Corbin spurned his childhood favorite Yankees by signing a lucrative six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals.  And just two days later, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.  Both starters drew considerable interest from the Yankees, but steep price tags ultimately prompted them to balk. 

So, with two viable options now off the market, how can the Yankees still fulfill their firmly established goal?

Perhaps by calling the Cleveland Indians — their phone lines are open.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are “increasingly motivated” to trade either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer when baseball’s annual winter meetings take place in Las Vegas next week.  Although Cleveland inked 31-year-old righty Carlos Carrasco to a contract extension on Thursday, the belief is that the club, facing market constraints, wants to shed more payroll ahead of next season. 

In 33 starts this season, Kluber, 32, went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA — fifth-best among qualifying AL starters — and he also led the league in innings (215) and finished third in strikeouts (222). 

If those numbers aren’t enticing enough, in four of his last five seasons, Kluber has posted an ERA of 3.14 or less and won at least 18 games.  Plus, he’s proven to be a durable three-time All-Star, as he’s averaged 32 starts per year since winning his first of two Cy Young awards in 2014.

Bauer, who turns 28 in January, finished 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) this year, and he led the AL in fielding independent pitching (2.44) and fewest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.5).  He also received All-Star honors. 

As for the dollars and cents, both right-handers are cost-controlled.  According to Spotrac.com, Kluber is slated to make $17.2 million in 2019, and the final two years of his contract (2020-21) include club options at $17.5 million and $18 million, respectively, with a pair of $1 million buyouts.  Bauer is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, and MLB Trade Rumors projects he will make roughly $11.6 million in 2019.  

Although the Indians haven’t revealed their prices, they’re undoubtedly seeking a huge return for either arm.  Consequently, the Yankees would have to yield major league-ready players or a package of prospects.

At the moment, three Yankees prospects are ranked inside MLBPipeline’s Top-100 prospects list.  Their top-hitting prospect, 21-year-old outfielder Estevan Florial, hit .255 in 75 games with High-A Tampa in 2018, and top-pitching prospect Jonathan Loaisiga, who turned 24 in November, appeared in nine games (four starts) for the Yankees this past summer.  

The Yankees’ first big splash of the winter came on November 19, when they acquired Seattle Mariners’ left-hander James Paxton in exchange for a three-player package headlined by 22-year-old Justus Sheffield.

Of the remaining free agent pitchers available, 36-year-old veteran J.A. Happ appears to be the best-fit from a group that includes Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, and Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi.  Happ, who was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to New York in late July, went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts with the Yankees.  

“There’s trade opportunities that exist in the marketplace, as well as free agents,” Cashman told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com on Friday.  “If we can find the right matches, we’re willing to act on it.”

 

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

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Nationals land Patrick Corbin, Yankees looking for alternatives http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/nationals-land-patrick-corbin-yankees-looking-for-alternatives/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/hot-stove/nationals-land-patrick-corbin-yankees-looking-for-alternatives/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 21:30:21 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64668 According to multiple reports, the Washington Nationals have swooped in to sign free agent Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal. Coming into the offseason, the Yankees were viewed as the favorite to land the 29-year-old. Nationals have agreed to terms on a deal with Patrick Corbin, according to a person familiar. Pending physical. […]

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According to multiple reports, the Washington Nationals have swooped in to sign free agent Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal. Coming into the offseason, the Yankees were viewed as the favorite to land the 29-year-old.

Reports earlier on Tuesday indicated that Corbin planned to sign a contract similar to Yu Darvish‘s six-year, $126 million deal last winter. The Yankees were unwilling to offer six years, causing Corbin to go elsewhere.

The focus is still to solidify the rotation, although the Yankees will be looking for cheaper free agent options now that Corbin is off the table. J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi and Lance Lynn are now among the top targets in terms of free agent starting pitchers. If the Yankees are looking to trade, there are still top-level throwers such as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco available among others.

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Corbin? Happ? How about both? http://bronxpinstripes.com/pitching-staff/corbin-happ-how-about-both/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/pitching-staff/corbin-happ-how-about-both/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:09:20 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64653 “I’m interested in adding more than one pitcher. I need to, I think, add multiple. If I can do so, we’ll see.” Brian Cashman made his intentions very clear this off-season. As soon as the Yankees were eliminated, he was banging the pitching drum. Pitching, pitching, pitching. The Yankees, as well as their fans, have […]

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“I’m interested in adding more than one pitcher. I need to, I think, add multiple. If I can do so, we’ll see.”

Brian Cashman made his intentions very clear this off-season. As soon as the Yankees were eliminated, he was banging the pitching drum. Pitching, pitching, pitching. The Yankees, as well as their fans, have long been enamored with free agent Patrick Corbin. A native of upstate New York, Corbin has made no secret of his fondness for the pinstripes. Last April, he opened up to Bob Nightengale with these telling words:

“It would definitely be great to play there,’’ Corbin says. “I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans.”

I actually met Corbin and his parents last summer in Philadelphia at a bar after a Phillies/Diamondbacks game. When I mentioned to Patrick that I was a Yankee fan, he immediately bought me a shot of Patron. Corbin is three years older than me, but we compared stories of watching the Jeter and Mariano teams growing up as kids before going our separate ways.

The feeling around the industry seems to be that the Yankees will sign one of Corbin/ J.A. Happ before moving onto other needs, but I believe the Yankees need to sign both pitchers if they are truly serious about upgrading the rotation to World Series caliber.

Everyone can interpret Cashman’s words differently, but when he said “add multiple starting pitchers,” I’m not counting pitchers that were already on the roster last season. Bringing back the same guys doesn’t equate to “adding” in my mind. Furthermore the inevitable Sonny Gray trade opens up another rotation spot. Bringing returning players like CC and Happ back is simply maintaining from last year, and then Corbin and James Paxton should be the  “multiple starting pitchers” that Cashman adds.

Worried about a six man rotation? CC is going to need at least one DL stint for knee maintenance. Tanaka’s elbow is always a concern, and he missed a month last year. Domingo German had to make 14 starts last year because of all of the injuries, and his 5.57 ERA did not do the Yankees any favors. If the Yankees want to seriously contend for a World Series, they can’t have guys like Luis Cessa (five starts, 5.24 ERA) and German starting 20 games. Giving guys like that starting opportunities is essentially throwing away games, and the Yankees can’t be throwing away games when they play in the most competitive division in professional sports.

Happ and Corbin both offer exceptional value. Happ is playoff and A.L. East battle tested and showed he could handle New York last year. He is a consummate professional and gave the Yankees a chance to win every time he took the ball, pitching to a 2.69 ERA after he came over from Toronto.  He’s 36, but as a guy who doesn’t rely on velocity, the Yankees should be comfortable giving him 50 million dollars over three years to pitch through his age 38 season.

Corbin is the best pitcher on the free agent market. He’s 29 and coming off of a year where he finished 5th in the NL Cy Young race, made the All-star team, and finished with a 3.15 ERA.

Furthermore, Corbin fared very well in many of the advanced analytical/statistical categories. He has a clean track record and as a lefty he is perfectly suited to neutralize the short porch at Yankee Stadium. He doesn’t have the same history of success as Happ, and he has had Tommy John surgery, so there is some risk involved. But Corbin only costs money, not prospects, which the Yankees have plenty of. Locking Corbin in at $135 million over six years is fair for both sides.

A six man rotation would allow extra rest for all of the starters when healthy, and would provide invaluable insurance whenever injury strikes. (Which it will.) The Yankees got under the luxury tax for a reason, and it gives them the flexibility to build a super rotation that smaller market teams simply can’t do.

If Cash and Hal are serious about building a World Series rotation, they will make serious attempts to sign both pitchers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Report: Yankees interested in Joakim Soria http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-interested-in-joakim-soria/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-interested-in-joakim-soria/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:14:00 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64646 Although the Yankees front office has made it clear that adding starting pitching is the main priority, it seems that they are also looking to add depth to the bullpen. Source: The Dbacks, Angels, Yankees, Braves and Reds are among the teams that have shown interest in veteran reliever Joakim Soria. More talks are expected […]

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Although the Yankees front office has made it clear that adding starting pitching is the main priority, it seems that they are also looking to add depth to the bullpen.

Joakim Soria has spent 11 years in the big leagues, compiling an ERA of 2.88 with 220 saves. He was an All-Star in 2018 and 2010 with the Kansas City Royals. The 34-year-old started 2018 with the Chicago White Sox before getting dealt to the Brewers in late July. The right-hander finished last season with a 3.12 ERA featuring 75 strikeouts in 60.2 innings of work.

With David Robertson and Zach Britton currently residing in free agency, Soria could provide a veteran presence in the Yankee bullpen for 2019.

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Yankees Courting Patrick Corbin & Cano is now a Met – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-courting-patrick-corbin-cano-is-now-a-met-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-courting-patrick-corbin-cano-is-now-a-met-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:15:29 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64639 The Bronx Pinstripes Show #287 Patrick Corbin met with the Yankees last week and the hype is out of control. We discuss the Yankees courting Corbin, if we are over-hyping him, Ronald Torreyes leaving, the Mets trading for Robinson Cano and if the Yankees should have pursued Cano harder, if Madison Bumgarner is declining, and […]

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #287

Patrick Corbin met with the Yankees last week and the hype is out of control. We discuss the Yankees courting Corbin, if we are over-hyping him, Ronald Torreyes leaving, the Mets trading for Robinson Cano and if the Yankees should have pursued Cano harder, if Madison Bumgarner is declining, and mailbag questions about starting LF and 1B, Marwin Gonzalez, and signing the young players on the Yankees roster.

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Sherman: Corbin to meet with Yankees on Thursday http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/sherman-corbin-to-meet-with-yankees-on-thursday/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/sherman-corbin-to-meet-with-yankees-on-thursday/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 21:21:41 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64623 After bolstering their starting rotation with James Paxton, the Yankees are primed to add yet another impact lefty in Patrick Corbin, who will reportedly meet with Brian Cashman and other front office officials in New York on Thursday, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Patrick Corbin will be in New York meeting with […]

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After bolstering their starting rotation with James Paxton, the Yankees are primed to add yet another impact lefty in Patrick Corbin, who will reportedly meet with Brian Cashman and other front office officials in New York on Thursday, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Corbin is the most sought after free agent starter on the market this winter, and the Phillies and Yankees are believed to be the favorites to land the 29-year-old. Corbin met with the Phillies earlier this week at Citizens Bank Park. Buster Olney of ESPN also reports that Corbin met with the Washington Nationals.

Corbin, an All-Star in 2018 for Arizona, is coming off perhaps his best season, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 11.1 K/9, and 2.2 BB/9 in 33 starts over 200 innings. Corbin opened eyes as a 23-year-old in 2013 when he made his first All-Star team, going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2014, and came back nicely in 2015. Corbin took a step back in 2016 pitching to a 5.15 ERA, but has rebounded since.

Earlier this year in April, Corbin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “it would definitely be great” to play for the Yankees. Corbin grew up as a Yankee fan in upstate New York, and wears number 46 in honor of his favorite player, Andy Pettitte.

“I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans,” Corbin said.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted earlier this month that Corbin will sign a six-year, $129 million deal with the Yankees.

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Yankees trade Ronald Torreyes to Cubs http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-trade-ronald-torreyes-to-cubs/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-trade-ronald-torreyes-to-cubs/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:53:17 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64619 Two days after being designated for assignment to make room for newly acquired righty Parker Bridwell, Ronald Torreyes will be taking the ToeNight show to the Windy City. The Yankees send Torreyes to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Yankees have traded INF Ronald Torreyes to […]

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Two days after being designated for assignment to make room for newly acquired righty Parker Bridwell, Ronald Torreyes will be taking the ToeNight show to the Windy City. The Yankees send Torreyes to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Toe appeared in 221 games for the Yanks across his three years in the Bronx. He racked up a .281/.308/.374 line with 4 homers, 55 RBI, and a hit late-night talk show.

This will be his second go around with the Cubbies. He was originally acquired by them in 2011 from the Reds in exchange for Sean Marshall before being sent to Houston.

 

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Miguel Andujar wins MLBPA’s AL Outstanding Rookie Award http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/miguel-andujar-wins-mlbpas-al-outstanding-rookie-award/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/miguel-andujar-wins-mlbpas-al-outstanding-rookie-award/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:55:23 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64614 It is no secret that many fans believe Miguel Andujar was robbed of the Rookie of the Year award this year, and it appears that other MLB players and coaches share the same opinion. The MLB Players Association, made up of current and former players, managers, coaches and trainers, voted on their own version of […]

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It is no secret that many fans believe Miguel Andujar was robbed of the Rookie of the Year award this year, and it appears that other MLB players and coaches share the same opinion.

The MLB Players Association, made up of current and former players, managers, coaches and trainers, voted on their own version of end of the year awards and accolades. Among these awards that include Outstanding Player and Comeback Player, Andujar was voted AL Outstanding Rookie.

Andujar provided the Yankees with offensive consistency all year, proving that the bright lights of New York didn’t bother the 23-year old slugger. At Yankee Stadium in 2018, Andujar hit .312 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs. The Dominican native also won two Rookie of the Month awards in June and August.

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Yankees designate Ronald Torreyes for assignment http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-designate-ronald-torreyes-for-assignment/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-designate-ronald-torreyes-for-assignment/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:49:55 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=64609 On Monday afternoon, the New York Yankees claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a corresponding move, the Yankees designated utility-man Ronald Torreyes for assignment. The Yankees have claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. To make room on the 40-man roster, Ronald Torreyes […]

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On Monday afternoon, the New York Yankees claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a corresponding move, the Yankees designated utility-man Ronald Torreyes for assignment.

Torreyes played in 41 games with the Yankees in 2018, hitting .280/.294/.370 with no homers and seven RBI. He stayed with the ball club the entire 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Bridwell made one start and four relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season, but spent time on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Bridwell did show promise as a starter in 2017, finishing the season with a 3.64 ERA. However, the Angels felt it was time to move on from the 27-year-old, and designated him for assignment last week.

The Yankees view Bridwell as rotation depth for CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. In the midst of adding rotation depth, the Yankees are also attempting to trade away Sonny Gray at some point during the offseason.

As for Torreyes, the move came as a shock to most fans. But given how he was handled during the 2018 season–and with the additions of bench players Gio Urshela and Hanser Alberto, it was only a matter of time before the lights went out on the Toe-night show.

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