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It finally feels like baseball season is starting to fully return, as Yankees and baseball news alike comes in bunches every single day. There was plenty of that this week – between Manny Machado‘s deal with the Padres to Tommy Kahnle‘s insane caffeine addiction, here’s this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.
NEWS OF THE WEEK – MACHADO IS TAKING HIS TALENTS TO… SAN DIEGO?
As we all know, All-Star Manny Machado finally signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. This deal was surprising not only because he got the mega-money he was looking for after months of inactivity on the free agent market, but also because he signed with the Padres – a team that wasn’t expected to be in the Machado sweepstakes. Yankees fans were split on whether or not they even wanted Machado, making this a very interesting week in the world of Yankees Twitter.
I would have loved having him for 5-7 years but 10 is waaaay too many. He would be another A-Rod in the final couple years – Paying $30 mill per year for a guy that isn’t even good enough to have in the lineup. Those 10 year deals are never good.
In other (and clearly more important) Yankees news, Lindsey Adler tweeted early Thursday about how Tommy Kahnle dropped his caffeine habit this offseason. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? That is, until you find out what this guy has been drinking. Five Red Bull’s and two coffees a day for 5-6 years? Holy smokes. I have so many questions about this, as did the rest of Yankees Twitter…
This offseason Tommy Kahnle kicked his Red Bull habit. He says he was drinking up to five Red Bull's a day for the last five or six years (plus two coffees). Now it's one coffee a day and that's all.
After posting a combined 1.7 WAR with the White Sox and Yankees in 2017, Kahnle was lost in 2018 and actually spent more time with the RailRiders than the Yankees. Let’s hope the reduced heart rate for Kahnle will be a good thing in 2019.
UPDATES FROM YANKEE CAMP
Now that spring training is in full force, Twitter is a great place to catch up on what’s going on at camp. The best people to follow for these updates are Yanks reporters like Bryan Hoch, Coley Harvey, and Brendan Kuty to name a few. Here are some of the highlights from this week:
Adam Ottavino lit it up on the back field this morning. Four batters, four strikeouts. (Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, Luke Voit, and Tyler Wade again.)
This week on The Bronx Pinstripes Show, Dan Szymborski joined and talked about some of the 2019 ZiPS projections for the Yankees. ZiPS is a player projection system that Szymborski created, and it uses growth and decline curves based on player type to find trends. Here are a couple tweets where you can learn more about some of the 2019 projections for the Yanks.
Yankees: $207 mill payroll in 2005 when they only had revenues of $277 million! 2019 Revenue projected at $700million BUT only $220 mil payroll? Just because top 3 in league that is being cheap itself is no standard! Corbin, Machado & Harper should have been signed. Refunds due.
The most popular cold take of them all – that the Yankees are cheap! While Joe from Brooklyn does bring up some numbers to defend his argument, the most important one is that the Yankees are expected to be top three in the league in 2019 payroll. That fact alone doesn’t deserve the adjective “cheap.” This would all be great if we were playing MLB The Show, but you have to be realistic. A $220 million payroll is a lot for any team, regardless of the revenue. Heck, there are eight teams that are expected to have a payroll of less than $100 million! The notion that the Yankees are cheap just doesn’t make sense, despite the mass amount of revenue they bring in.
BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK
Honestly, not even mad. Yankees couldn’t (wouldn’t) have wanted to give him that much, and he’s going to a place simply for the money. Robinson Cano did the same thing and he hasn’t seen the playoffs since. pic.twitter.com/5nTVvLqEQU
This is probably the best way to sum up the Machado deal. It seemed pretty clear based on all of the reports that the Yankees were not willing to give Machado close to $300 million, let alone 10 years. While I’m sure Machado did actually want to be a Yankee, he did what was best for him – and he chased the money. As Nick points out, Robinson Cano also chased the money and has not been to the playoffs since. Congrats to Manny for getting his money, but it’s clear he didn’t go to the Padres to win. The Yankees now move on to bigger and better things.
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