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This week was one that Yankee fans have been waiting for since October, as pitchers and catchers finally reported to Spring Training. From that, to Severino’s extension, to the news on Ellsbury, here’s this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.
Check out last week’s roundup in case you missed it.
NEWS OF THE WEEK – SEVERINO SIGNS EXTENSION
There was a lot of Yankees news this week, but perhaps the most important was that Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed on a contract extension on Friday. The 4-year, $40 million dollar deal secures that Severino is in pinstripes through 2022 with a club option for 2023. This deal is great for a lot of reasons, but especially because now Severino will avoid arbitration entirely.
Starter Luis Severino and the New York Yankees are in agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract extension that includes a fifth-year club option, a league source tells ESPN. The deal will buy out four years of arbitration and potentially one free agent season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 15, 2019
YANKEES TWITTER REACTS TO SEVY’S EXTENSION
The next time you complain about the Yankees not signing a FA to a 10yr deal, remember how happy you feel when the Yankees sign/extend our own core guys.
VERY happy they locked up Sevy! pic.twitter.com/SfE5nDr7bu
— Scott Reinen (@ScottReinen) February 15, 2019
How many millions of dollars did Luis Severino just make? pic.twitter.com/R56VX8f22w
— Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) February 15, 2019
Yankees lock down Luis Severino with a bargain contract – Major League Baseball News – https://t.co/eCz3TMNPIe pic.twitter.com/Dq0DYDiwaU
— NY Sports News (@NYSportsNews365) February 15, 2019
Luis Severino number on his jersey sound familiar ….40 …40 million !
— Joe Santangelo (@JoeSantangelo09) February 15, 2019
Luis Severino is the 4th best SP in baseball, behind only deGrom/Sale/Scherzer. Recency bias and terrible environmental context hurts his reputation, but pitchers don't get more elite than Sev. https://t.co/mGWieuSvlT
— Derek Carty (@DerekCarty) February 15, 2019
Good news! The Yankees and Severino agree to multi year deal! pic.twitter.com/72XSl5sjE9
— The BP Show (@YankeesPodcast) February 15, 2019
YANKEES REPORT TO SPRING TRAINING
The wait is over! On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers reported to spring training 127 days removed from their ALDS loss to the Red Sox. While this was the official starting date for pitchers and catchers, most players reported to Tampa last week.
Here’s how Yankees Twitter reacted to the Yanks reporting to Tampa (Spoiler: they were excited).
Need a little Spring in your step this morning?
Pitchers & Catchers report TODAY!!! pic.twitter.com/7BLEAG2V9h
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 13, 2019
PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TODAAAYYY
BASEBALL IS IN THE AIRRRR
— Danny Rivera (@dee__riv) February 13, 2019
Pitchers and catchers report today 🤪 #Yankees pic.twitter.com/5BBAEY2aEZ
— JB (@jbf222) February 13, 2019
#Yankees pitcher's and catcher's report today! The chase for 28 begins! pic.twitter.com/g3jv6r9YRJ
— Gaven Wuthrich (@Wuthrich24) February 13, 2019
Goodddd morning its first day of #Yankees spring training with pitchers and catchers reporting.. whos on yankee twitter today! And what are you excited about? Yankee twitter attendance for 2/13/19 ! Yankee fans REPORT! pic.twitter.com/t5GWHEo4Z6
— JoezMcfly🇩🇴 (@JoezMcfLy) February 13, 2019
To celebrate, enjoy my two-part 2019 Yankees Hype Video that @RE2PECT2JETER and others urged me to make even though Manny hasn't signed with us (yet?)
— William Gardner (@Wonkabar3000) February 13, 2019
#Yankees Pitchers and Catchers report today!
WE MADE IT 🙌 pic.twitter.com/MrpnQjyBXP
— Bronx Pinstripes (@BronxPinstripes) February 13, 2019
ELLSBURY TO MISS START OF TRAINING CAMP
Aaron Boone notified us that Jacoby Ellsbury would not be reporting to camp with the other positional players due to a plantar fasciitis issue. However, Boone said he expects him back in March.
Ellsbury has become one of the more hated Yankee players, as his massive contract has not nearly matched his output. Ellsbury is entering his 6th year with the Yankees, and he’s played just over three seasons worth of games… and the Yanks have been paying him more than $20 million a year.
Jacoby Ellsbury will not be in camp when position players report, Aaron Boone says. Ellsbury had some more issues with his plantar fasciitis while rehabbing from hip surgery. Boone expects him to join the club in March.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) February 13, 2019
Does Jacoby Ellsbury really exist? I think the Yankees are playing a joke on us…
— Killswitch – Super Snow Moon Edition (@IamKillswitch) February 15, 2019
Water is wet, the sky is blue, and #Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is injured. (via @MannyGo3) https://t.co/ySFTt0nKIW
— Call to the Pen (@CalltothePen) February 15, 2019
You forgot a Jacoby Ellsbury in a wheelchair valentine. It could have had the caption "Rolling into your heart!" https://t.co/NmEA63oV0e
— Wally, Not Wally (@NotWallyGM) February 15, 2019
jacoby ellsbury should really just be indicted on theft charges
— bell (@_dannyb2) February 14, 2019
WORST TAKE OF THE WEEK
Too bad the Yankees haven't improved this offseason, thanks to the low IQ owner who refuses to spend money. Get used to a losing culture, because with Hal's dumbass ideology, Yankees will never win a championship again.
— ComeOnHalStopBeingCheap (@come_hal) February 8, 2019
These types of tweets have been a common theme for this section of the column. It boggles my mind that there are people out there who actually believe the Yankees had a bad offseason and that they are being cheap. What stands out in this particular tweet for me is the “get used to a losing culture.” That statement comes a season after the Yanks reached 100 wins, never mind the fact that they have 27 titles. I could go on about how bad this tweet is because it sounds too stupid to be real, but it is undoubtedly the worst take of the week.
I’ll just leave this here:
Yankees named AL's 'Most Improved' team of the offseason in league-wide poll: https://t.co/ZGLeX12gUz pic.twitter.com/d0y5BqIMdH
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 14, 2019
BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK
Don’t think Luis Severino is an ace? Go cry about it. He hit a wall during the second half last year. It happens. He’s still one of the better starting pitchers throughout all of baseball. #Yankees https://t.co/CThuucpOja
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) February 15, 2019
You can say what you want about Severino, but you can’t argue the fact that he is a top tier starter in baseball. So many people were on his case for his poor second half, but as Max says, it happens. Keeping Severino in the Bronx for just $10 million a year is a bargain, especially if we see the first half version of Luis Severino again.
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK
In 2020 Luis Severino and Lance Lynn will both make $10 million LOL
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) February 15, 2019
Worst deals in history:
1) jacoby ellsbury’s yankee contract
2) treaty of Versailles
— George Feeny (@therealGFeeny) February 15, 2019
Jacoby Ellsbury’s Valentine: I love you so much it hurts.
— Nathaniel Grant (@MIZNGB) February 15, 2019
The thought of encountering a mountain lion with his bare hands just landed Jacoby Ellsbury on the 60 day DL https://t.co/iJGFUHCyje
— Greg (@GregS0115) February 15, 2019
Jacoby Ellsbury when he successfully walks two feet without breaking a bone pic.twitter.com/u42NbFSZBd
— Audra (@audruhhhh) February 14, 2019
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