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Anticipation of the Yankees 2018 Quest for Number 28



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Last year many baseball writers and analysts projected the Yankees to finish 3rd in the AL East with a .500 record. In the spring Cashman even made a comment about how 2017 was a transition year. Then the season started and they came storming out of the gate. The pitching staff was better than expected, and even when they had rough starts the offense still helped propel them to wins.

Aaron Judge was one of the main guys to lead that charge while breaking records and having one of the best rookie seasons in baseball history. Judge won the 2017 homerun derby as a rookie and set the MLB rookie homerun record. He also won the AL Rookie of the Year easily. Judge finished the season with 155 games under his belt and 678 plate appearances (542 at bats). The season ended and he had a .284 batting avg, with 154 hits, 114 RBIs, 52 homeruns, .357 BABIP, .422 OBP, .627 SLG, 1.049 OPS, and a 173 +.

In addition to Judge there were many other young Yankees with the fire in their eyes. Sanchez had a solid season, and of course guys like Didi, Gardner, and Bird (when healthy) were important factors.

Didi has become one of the best, and most underrated shortstops in the game. He also had some added power last season, which we will most likely see again with all of the other bars that will be around him in the lineup. Bird has a swing built for Yankee stadium, and if he stays healthy should be a 30 HR guy. Gardner is a Yankee to the core, and a leader in the clubhouse. He is just a gritty hustler who leaves it all on the field every game.

Aaron Hicks had a solid half season when he was healthy, but his health is still the main concern many fans have. In the 88 games he was healthy for last year he had 361 plate appearances (301 at bats) with a batting avg of .266. He had 80 hits (47 singles, 18 doubles, 15 homeruns), he scored 54 runs with 52 RBIs and 51 walks. His OBP was .372, BABIP was .290, .475 SLG, 127 wRC+, and an .847 OPS.

The Yankees did lose a couple of key guys like Starlin Castro (Marlins) and Chase Headley (Padres), but they have prospects ready to step up with Tyler Wade, top prospect Gleyber Torres  (who many fans are excited about), and then they have Miguel Andujar who is just about ready.

The off season has been a good one for the Yankees as well since they made a huge splash by trading for NL homerun leader and MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

In terms of pitching they are bringing back the same staff, and last year were top 5 in the league with their starting rotation, and they had the best bullpen in baseball. There are also some young arms in the minors that are hungry and major league ready, especially Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield.

There is still the possibility that Cashman will make an additional move or two, including a possible bridge at 3rd if they are still unsure if Andujar is ready. There were talks about bringing Todd Frazier back, but he wants a longer deal than the Yankees are likely to give. The same goes for Moustakas whose name has come up in rumors. Overall they are pretty well rounded, and they have an option for 3rd base on the current roster with Torreyes as well.

This biggest question mark right now is the new coaching staff with Aaron Boone as the skipper. Larry Rothschild is the only member of the coaching staff that will be back,  and he will be a great mentor to help Boone through his first season as a manager since Larry has past management experience.

This team is ready to go on a tear, and in many ways is similar to the mid 90s Yankees where fans knew something special was brewing. The anticipation for the upcoming season is through the roof and fans are anxiously waiting for spring training. Hopefully in the coming years we see multiple championships!

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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights



In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark



Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado



Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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