In a special Tuesday edition of The Bronx Pinstripes Show, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti joined the show to talk about the MLB off-season and Yankees topics.
Murti works as the Yankees beat reporter for both WFAN and SNY, and also hosts the pregame and postgame shows for Yankees radio broadcasts. Sweeny has been covering the Yankees since 2001 and has joined the podcast in the past.
Murti had some positive things to say about the Yankees, noting that he believes their roster has improved since the start of last season, especially the starting pitching.
“I think they’ve made improvements… They still have a really good bullpen, obviously. I think people are failing to put this in the proper perspective, but Happ and Paxton to start the season in the regular rotation is a lot different than what the Yankees had last year. So I think that you have to count that as a rotation upgrade,” said Murti.
However, he also voiced his concern about the question marks surrounding the infield.
“I don’t know what to expect yet from the infield, I don’t know that picture is complete yet. That’s the part that is still really kind of fuzzy to me.”
Additionally, Murti discussed the Machado and Harper saga and the reasons why they aren’t signed yet. For Harper, Murti believes that he could be asking for a too much considering his inconsistencies over the past few years.
“I’m a fan of what Bryce Harper can still be over the course of the next 10 years. I think he’s a phenomenal talent. But if you’re building statistical models based on what he’s already done and what he’s going to do, then maybe it doesn’t equate to what the emotional side of you says he is going to do or might be, and that’s why you’re sitting here thinking where the numbers are gonna go.”
You’ll have to go listen to hear what he said about Machado!
In the conversation, Murti also addressed:
The “out of control” offseason baseball news reporting and how he goes about breaking news
The lack of big spending in free agency and why Harper and Machado have not yet signed
The notion that Hal Steinbrenner and the Yankees are being “cheap” this winter
Mariano Rivera being the first player in history to receive 100% vote for the Hall of Fame
The never-ending debate of players attached to steroids, namely Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens
With a lack of Yankees news the past few days, make sure to listen to the full episode of The Bronx Pinstripes Show for your mid-week Yankees fix.