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The Yankees Do Not Need Gerrit Cole, or Any Other Starter…

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There are constant rumors flying around that the Yankees are working on a possible trade with the Pirates to get Gerrit Cole. The issue is, the Yankees already have a solid 5 man rotation.

The starting rotation that the Yankees have now is the same exact starting rotation that took them within 1 game of the World Series last season, and was good enough to win it all. The reason they did not get past game 7 of the ALCS is because the offense was shut down (no thanks to Verlander). The Yankees were projected by many to not even make the playoffs last year, but the offense clicked and the pitching did the job. The starting staff took it to a new level in the post season, and I’m sure they are even hungrier after that experience.

If the Yankees were to get Cole it will most likely affect Jordan Montgomery since a 6 man rotation is probably not going to happen. Montgomery was solid for a rookie and deserves the chance to grow with this young team. For a rookie he even had a better 2017 season than Cole did. Another thing that is worrisome about Cole is that the AL East is a much tougher division that the NL Central. Then you add in the big city spotlight and it may not work out that well.

Cole – FIP = 4.08, WHIP = 1.251
Montgomery – FIP = 4.08, WHIP = 1.230

Rumors are also swirling about Yu Darvish, who does make more sense than Cole, but also not really needed. The Yankees also have some young guys in the minors that are ready to go in the majors. The 3 that look the most ready are Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, and Albert Abreu. Then the talent playing A ball runs even deeper with guys like Acevedo, German, and Tate.

Of course I have no say, but in my eyes all they need to round everything out in pitching department is a lefty reliever. That is the only weak spot in the pen, who will once again be one of the best bullpens in the league in 2018.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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