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NFT: Yanks bring back Britton

LarmerTJR : 1/5/2019 9:23 pm
3 years, 4th year option.
Looks like between 13-14 a year. Yanks have to pick up 4th year after the 2nd year or else he can opt out.
Would have preferred Robertson  
Ssanders9816 : 1/5/2019 9:24 pm : link
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Im bigbluehoya  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 9:27 pm : link
And I support this message
RE: Would have preferred Robertson  
section125 : 1/5/2019 9:29 pm : link
In comment 14248909 Ssanders9816 said:
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prefered in addition to Britton.
Still after Ottavino  
shyster : 1/5/2019 9:32 pm : link

Jon Heyman
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Even with Yankees about to add Britton they are continuing to pursue Ottavino
RE: Still after Ottavino  
arcarsenal : 1/5/2019 9:34 pm : link
In comment 14248935 shyster said:
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Jon Heyman
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Even with Yankees about to add Britton they are continuing to pursue Ottavino


Exactly what I said I thought they'd do...

Ottavino + Machado and we're in nice shape.
Like it.  
Dave in Hoboken : 1/5/2019 9:35 pm : link
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Almost makes you think  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 9:35 pm : link
Its smart to use an agent...
Well done  
steviej : 1/5/2019 9:37 pm : link
Cash. Now get Ottavino & lets go Seattle
RE: RE: Still after Ottavino  
Dave in Hoboken : 1/5/2019 9:37 pm : link
In comment 14248938 arcarsenal said:
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Jon Heyman
‏Verified account @JonHeyman

Even with Yankees about to add Britton they are continuing to pursue Ottavino



Exactly what I said I thought they'd do...

Ottavino + Machado and we're in nice shape.


Agree. Sign those two and let the countdown to Tampa begin.
Yes!  
adamg : 1/5/2019 9:40 pm : link
Good news.
RE: Almost makes you think  
section125 : 1/5/2019 9:41 pm : link
In comment 14248943 bigbluehoya said:
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Its smart to use an agent...


Worth the 3%. But I don't think DRob is as valuable as Britton at this point.

See what Ottavino gets. I'm guessing Kelly's #s - 3/$25 mill. Maybe $28 mill.
RE: RE: Almost makes you think  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 9:46 pm : link
In comment 14248957 section125 said:
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Its smart to use an agent...



Worth the 3%. But I don't think DRob is as valuable as Britton at this point.

See what Ottavino gets. I'm guessing Kelly's #s - 3/$25 mill. Maybe $28 mill.


I think a bit more. Well see.
RE: RE: RE: Almost makes you think  
section125 : 1/5/2019 9:48 pm : link
In comment 14248971 bigbluehoya said:
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Its smart to use an agent...



Worth the 3%. But I don't think DRob is as valuable as Britton at this point.

See what Ottavino gets. I'm guessing Kelly's #s - 3/$25 mill. Maybe $28 mill.



I think a bit more. Well see.


I'm guessing less than DRob or they could have had DRob. Unless Cash just didn't want him back??
Needed to be done  
Dave in PA : 1/5/2019 9:50 pm : link
Hopefully he shows more consistency this year
like this move  
MookGiants : 1/5/2019 9:50 pm : link
very much. I wanted him back more than I did Robertson.
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arcarsenal : 1/5/2019 9:54 pm : link
I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.
He's a couple years younger  
RAIN : 1/5/2019 9:57 pm : link
than Robertson. Good get.
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Greg from LI : 1/5/2019 10:00 pm : link
In comment 14248995 arcarsenal said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.


I assume you mean bearish
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section125 : 1/5/2019 10:01 pm : link
In comment 14249008 Greg from LI said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.



I assume you mean bearish


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arcarsenal : 1/5/2019 10:03 pm : link
In comment 14249008 Greg from LI said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.



I assume you mean bearish


Bullish - I think Britton is going to have a really good year as long as he doesn't have any setbacks health-wise.

I'd say I'm midly "bearish" on Robertson, if anything.
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bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 10:07 pm : link
In comment 14248995 arcarsenal said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.


2 off seasons from now, when Chapman is entering his final year and has presumably lost at least a little something, and weve just exercised 2 more years of 33 year old Britton for $25M total, it will all be crystal clear that Cashman had his head screwed in straight.

(Not to mention, further protection from the player options Chapman has in his deal, not to say that hed ever consider exercising them in FA markets as bearish as these).

Ill predict that this team early exercise/opt-out option setup gets used more frequently in the next 1-2 years.

Important move  
dune69 : 1/5/2019 10:15 pm : link
Need more. I was not upset about Robertson but would have been upset if we missed this signing. Keep 'em coming.
Good move for Yankees  
Matt in SGS : 1/5/2019 10:17 pm : link
he should continue to get stronger and the Yankees need that other closer in the pen, especially when Chapman's knee starts balking again.
I like this signing and contract terms  
Eman11 : 1/5/2019 10:22 pm : link
If Britton is healthy and who we think he'll be, we'll know it and be able to pick up the last two years. If he never gets back to the Britton of old, we cut ties after two years.

Personally I think he'll be back to his old self and 100% healthy this year, and the Yanks will be picking up that option.
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rich in DC : 1/5/2019 10:25 pm : link
In comment 14249018 bigbluehoya said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.



2 off seasons from now, when Chapman is entering his final year and has presumably lost at least a little something, and weve just exercised 2 more years of 33 year old Britton for $25M total, it will all be crystal clear that Cashman had his head screwed in straight.

(Not to mention, further protection from the player options Chapman has in his deal, not to say that hed ever consider exercising them in FA markets as bearish as these).

Ill predict that this team early exercise/opt-out option setup gets used more frequently in the next 1-2 years.


Don't forget that Betances is a FA after this season and Chapman has an opt out that he can exercise. This contract is insurance against either or both leaving.
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section125 : 1/5/2019 10:29 pm : link
In comment 14249056 rich in DC said:
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In comment 14249018 bigbluehoya said:



Don't forget that Betances is a FA after this season and Chapman has an opt out that he can exercise. This contract is insurance against either or both leaving.


Yep, said that earlier and maybe another reason for Britton over DRob....
Rich, yup  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 10:31 pm : link
And Cash got what he always wants optionality ultimately sits with him.

Stuff like this is what will ultimately make Hal sign off on spending to the LAD / BOS levels. Ability to pull the ripcords on some stuff is big.
One name that no one talks about is Brad Brach  
Ssanders9816 : 1/5/2019 10:46 pm : link
Hes going to be a solid pickup for someone at a reasonable price
Sounds like Gray may be sticking around  
Ron from Ninerland : 1/5/2019 11:42 pm : link
Cashman sounds lukewarm about making a deal for Gray now that Sabathia's health is an issue. Cashman is saying maybe we don't trade him until spring training or the regular season. Of course if he pitches well in Spring training or the regular season he isn't going anywhere. If he pitches poorly we won't get anything for him.
I have to imagine  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 11:58 pm : link
That Gray stuff was posturing. I dont think there is ant fin guys back at this point. Id rarely say that, but Id rarely expect a GM to say 3 months ago that he has every intention of trading a player.
**any going back**  
bigbluehoya : 1/5/2019 11:59 pm : link
Vodka rules
Great move!  
Stan in LA : 1/6/2019 12:34 am : link
Robby was declining anyway.
What's also important after this season is that  
TheMick7 : 1/6/2019 6:01 am : link
Betances becomes an FA & Chapman could opt out (I don't expect he will but....),so along w/Britton solidifying the BP this season,he is insurance at closer in case the worst case scenario took place. As others have said, I expect to see Britton return to what he was prior to the achilles injury. As far as Ottavino, he'd be a nice addition,but is 33 & has really has had only one outstanding year.I'd rather see them pursue Kelvin Herrara who has pitched as a closer in the AL,has had more success than Ottavino & is only 29.
I think the Britton re-sign  
JPinstripes : 1/6/2019 7:25 am : link
takes NYY out from signing Ottavino or any other higher end RP. The bullpen currently sits like this:

Chapman 9th
Betances 8th
Britton 7th
Green 6th
Holder 5th
Tarpley - Lefty
Kahnle - Injured 2018, but 2017 was very good.
Long man - German, Adams, Acevedo or Cessa (out of options)

I don't see a high leverage spot open for an Ottavino type costing 10 million annually.
RE: I think the Britton re-sign  
section125 : 1/6/2019 7:33 am : link
In comment 14249352 JPinstripes said:
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takes NYY out from signing Ottavino or any other higher end RP. The bullpen currently sits like this:

Chapman 9th
Betances 8th
Britton 7th
Green 6th
Holder 5th
Tarpley - Lefty
Kahnle - Injured 2018, but 2017 was very good.
Long man - German, Adams, Acevedo or Cessa (out of options)

I don't see a high leverage spot open for an Ottavino type costing 10 million annually.


You may be right, but Cash himself said they were getting 2 RPs this offseason. If Kahnle hadn't fallen off the table last year, they'd be done. German and Tarpley could be the final pieces.

The price for Ottavino is probably pretty much set now with Joe Kelly at the bottom end 3/$25 and Miller 2/$25 at the top. I think he will be closer to Kelly.

Interesting that the Sox haven't signed anyone to close. Sort of forces them to re-sign Kimbrell at closer to his price.
imo  
Bill2 : 1/6/2019 7:52 am : link
Adding one more RP is insurance and optionality.

Betances is a FA at the end of the year. Chapman showed troubling signs last year ( certainly speaks to managing his workload).

As for optionality, mid year Trade value of one more RP to a playoff team is enormous.

We dont have Machado or Gray moved yet. We dont have Frazier established as playable or tradeable. We dont have Didi back and in shape. We dont have a rebound year from Sanchez yet. We dont have Severino fixed yet. We dont have a clear great prospect in Florial yet. With CC coming off surgery and his age, we dont have mid year pieces to trade.

When we did, we picked up a Kings Ransom for Chapman and Miller. Pulling that stunt off one more time if the pieces fall out way or not may be vital.

Given two years of optionality and all the other questionmarks, I think another proven reliever makes tons of sense.

If it all works then we have Frazier/Stanton, Andujar, Gray and a Rp singly or in bundles to trade for an ace or 1B.

When the delta between the upside of all those players mentioned above and their unproven downside is that large; optionality is like spending $9m to protect the upside of $200m over the next two years.

imo
Bill2 - agree.  
section125 : 1/6/2019 8:05 am : link
The Yanks major strength was the BP last two years. It allows them to start CC every 5th game and eat the last 3 or 4 innings. (and saves that elbow of Tanaka's). It is also nice to have virtually two complete sets of BP pitchers.
They could go - Green, Betances, Chapman one night and
Holder, XX, Britton the next. They can mix and match Betances, Britton and Chapman to fight fatigue at closer or set up.

One more reputable BP arm just makes it comfortable, allows for rest so that come late August and September the major contributors aren't pushing 80 innings.

Ottavino, Herrera, etc ...finish the job
Good news  
arniefez : 1/6/2019 8:18 am : link
I hope they have space for some of the hard throwers in AA and AAA to break into the bullpen this year. There are more Betances' down there pretending to be starters.
arniefez  
Bill2 : 1/6/2019 9:07 am : link
That's my impression of many of the arms in the minors.

That may be what we trade over the next years until the next wave develops

The problem is with RP. Until they handle MLB pressure in real games they are flawed starters.

May mean its time for one of the guys we think is a mid inning or long reliever to move into the six man (German?)
.  
Bill2 : 1/6/2019 9:09 am : link
"perceived flawed" starters.
Section  
JPinstripes : 1/6/2019 9:33 am : link
It makes more sense in my humble opinion for NYY to add Adam Warren than Ottavino.

Warren is a proven Yankee, well liked by teammates and coaches, plus has tremendous versatility as he can spot start, long man and play in high leverage spots when the pen is tired. Plus he would be only 1/3rd of the cost of the higher end FA guys still available.

The Yankees would probably have to give him a no trade clause after dealing him 2 times already - LOL.
Slight miller here  
Bill2 : 1/6/2019 9:40 am : link
Granted LarmerTJR started the thread to talk about the addition of Britton. Thank you Larmer.

However, one other thing to keep in mind before we go all in on the thesis that Hal is going to hinder the Yankees ability to compete:

One other way to compete if you have a ton of money is to play the long game and outlast Boston and the Astros.

For example:
1) Pouring even more coaching into the minors and international system so you can get guys to MLB faster and put an early shine on every prospect

2) Locking up non pitcher Judge early at an average annual $10M below market. Yes I know thats not recent practice but that idea was prominent when the yankees had league leading FA and payroll practices so injury risk was hedged to the last minute.

3) One more year in 2019 that looks like Judge's rookie year for a total draw and star coming to his peak years and an early lock up is a huge and sound advantage It frees up $10M per year for other things for a long time.

4) Im not sure I would lock up anyone else anytime soon, but that is a smart move the Yankees could make.


5) Many teams over spend and then have to take a lot of money back (Stanton and Tulo are examples) The Yankees are in a position to vulture pirate more bargains from a aggressively conservative position.

A hypothetical: Either or both Machado or Harper will sign with the Yankees or another team. One of them will be on a team where attendance goes down because of injuries to others or to a team with a poor pen or SP or minors and they will swing away on a losing team. Who can take them on (provided a Stanton like funding from the team that ran short)

The only natural built in very big attendance well run organization over the long haul is the Dodgers.

Not advocating they take this approach and I think they have too many question marks right now not to get Machado but it is not an automatic that Hal is being a tight wad. There will be an attendance/economic recession sooner or later and positioning matters

JPinstripes  
Bill2 : 1/6/2019 9:43 am : link
Good add to the discussion. Forgot about Warren. However, I do think they have to be balanced and careful not to clog their pipeline of AAA and AA hard throwers. (as arniefez pointed out)
RE: Slight miller here  
CromartiesKid21 : 1/6/2019 9:47 am : link
In comment 14249462 Bill2 said:
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Granted LarmerTJR started the thread to talk about the addition of Britton. Thank you Larmer.

However, one other thing to keep in mind before we go all in on the thesis that Hal is going to hinder the Yankees ability to compete:

One other way to compete if you have a ton of money is to play the long game and outlast Boston and the Astros.

For example:
1) Pouring even more coaching into the minors and international system so you can get guys to MLB faster and put an early shine on every prospect

2) Locking up non pitcher Judge early at an average annual $10M below market. Yes I know thats not recent practice but that idea was prominent when the yankees had league leading FA and payroll practices so injury risk was hedged to the last minute.

3) One more year in 2019 that looks like Judge's rookie year for a total draw and star coming to his peak years and an early lock up is a huge and sound advantage It frees up $10M per year for other things for a long time.

4) Im not sure I would lock up anyone else anytime soon, but that is a smart move the Yankees could make.


5) Many teams over spend and then have to take a lot of money back (Stanton and Tulo are examples) The Yankees are in a position to vulture pirate more bargains from a aggressively conservative position.

A hypothetical: Either or both Machado or Harper will sign with the Yankees or another team. One of them will be on a team where attendance goes down because of injuries to others or to a team with a poor pen or SP or minors and they will swing away on a losing team. Who can take them on (provided a Stanton like funding from the team that ran short)

The only natural built in very big attendance well run organization over the long haul is the Dodgers.

Not advocating they take this approach and I think they have too many question marks right now not to get Machado but it is not an automatic that Hal is being a tight wad. There will be an attendance/economic recession sooner or later and positioning matters


Indians were able to lock up Carrasco/Kluber/Jose Ramirez for bargain contracts tried doing the same with Lindor. If Yankees did the same with Gleyber/Severino/Gary (after he shows improvement or now is a nice buy-low deal) they would set themselves in a much better position financially in future years.

Remember George never wanted to give extensions during current contracts. This ended up costing the Yankees a ton in the long run when re-upping Jeter/Posada/Mo and even ended up losing Pettitte to FA
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section125 : 1/6/2019 9:47 am : link
In comment 14249449 JPinstripes said:
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It makes more sense in my humble opinion for NYY to add Adam Warren than Ottavino.

Warren is a proven Yankee, well liked by teammates and coaches, plus has tremendous versatility as he can spot start, long man and play in high leverage spots when the pen is tired. Plus he would be only 1/3rd of the cost of the higher end FA guys still available.

The Yankees would probably have to give him a no trade clause after dealing him 2 times already - LOL.


No way JP. With all due respect, Warren was a mere shell of his former self last time. I think German would be a better long man at this point than Warren. He seemed a lot more vulnerable when he returned from the Cubbies.

I think we have differing views on what is needed to finish this BP. I wouldn't mind saving $$ for Manny and I wouldn't be upset if Cashman (or Hal) decides they have enough high end BP arms. I am fixated on multiple competent parts for finishing games. Between CC and Tanaka, they need enough parts to go 3 to 4 innings per in those games without killing the arms by mid-August. If they are looking at long relief, I'd stay with German over signing Warren (didn't know he was FA).
Bill...no worries....  
LarmerTJR : 1/6/2019 9:53 am : link
Any Yanks discussion is great. I also think we may have space to try the hard throwers at the lower end of the bullpen. Cessa is out of options. Cole is gone. Hopefully we try and test them there like they did with Green and Holder. And lets remember our fickle relievers can be. Tommy Tightpants was lights out in 2017, almost useless last year. I am not 100% sold Holder has entirely turned the corner. Another solid arm like Ottavino, maybe a Warren, is important. As someone mentioned, maybe a guy like Bach.
Bill2  
JPinstripes : 1/6/2019 10:24 am : link
Agree on allowing the younger arms space to grow and develop at the MLB level. I suggested Warren because Section stated that Cashman said NYY will look to bring in 2 RPs this off-season.

Realistically I think only Tarpley, German and maybe Adams have the best chances contributing at the big club this year out of the pen.
RE: Bill2  
bigbluehoya : 1/6/2019 10:40 am : link
In comment 14249516 JPinstripes said:
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Agree on allowing the younger arms space to grow and develop at the MLB level. I suggested Warren because Section stated that Cashman said NYY will look to bring in 2 RPs this off-season.

Realistically I think only Tarpley, German and maybe Adams have the best chances contributing at the big club this year out of the pen.


Hopefully Acevedo, too at some point. Hell be 25 by the time the season begins.
RE: RE: Bill2  
JPinstripes : 1/6/2019 10:49 am : link
In comment 14249548 bigbluehoya said:
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Agree on allowing the younger arms space to grow and develop at the MLB level. I suggested Warren because Section stated that Cashman said NYY will look to bring in 2 RPs this off-season.

Realistically I think only Tarpley, German and maybe Adams have the best chances contributing at the big club this year out of the pen.



Hopefully Acevedo, too at some point. Hell be 25 by the time the season begins.


The arm is there no doubt Hoya, but Acevedo has only pitched 12 innings above AA and that was in 2017. I think he will begin the year at AA and move quickly to AAA and probably stay there for a good part of the season as a starter.
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arcarsenal : 1/6/2019 12:48 pm : link
In comment 14249018 bigbluehoya said:
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I've been sort of bullish on Britton - but I'd be willing to bet he has a better year than Robertson and possibly by a semi-fair margin, too.

This will wind up being great value.



2 off seasons from now, when Chapman is entering his final year and has presumably lost at least a little something, and weve just exercised 2 more years of 33 year old Britton for $25M total, it will all be crystal clear that Cashman had his head screwed in straight.

(Not to mention, further protection from the player options Chapman has in his deal, not to say that hed ever consider exercising them in FA markets as bearish as these).

Ill predict that this team early exercise/opt-out option setup gets used more frequently in the next 1-2 years.


Good points - I agree!
In two years  
Jeever : 1/6/2019 1:24 pm : link
we deal Chapman for another haul at the trade deadline and resign him in the off season again. The Evil Empire has been resurrected.

RE: RE: RE: Bill2  
rich in DC : 1/6/2019 2:00 pm : link
In comment 14249563 JPinstripes said:
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Agree on allowing the younger arms space to grow and develop at the MLB level. I suggested Warren because Section stated that Cashman said NYY will look to bring in 2 RPs this off-season.

Realistically I think only Tarpley, German and maybe Adams have the best chances contributing at the big club this year out of the pen.



Hopefully Acevedo, too at some point. Hell be 25 by the time the season begins.



The arm is there no doubt Hoya, but Acevedo has only pitched 12 innings above AA and that was in 2017. I think he will begin the year at AA and move quickly to AAA and probably stay there for a good part of the season as a starter.


All true- but that was as a SP. Acevedo's big problem has been staying healthy. There were a LOT of rumors flying around at the end of the season that the Yanks were going to shift Avecedo to the pen in 2019.

Acevedo really does work in the high 90's as a SP, occasionally hitting 100. He also has a legit change-up, but only a developing slider. As a reliever, he could live with 2 pitches and ditch the slider.

In short- if the Yanks shifted him to the pen, he would probably not need to be in the minors long- he would only need to prove that he can stay healthy because the stuff is already quality.

It should also be noted that Acevedo has long been compared to Betances- and not just because both are large men over 6'7" and throw hard- but because of the contrast between the FB and the off-speed pitches. However, where Betances has always struggled with his command (we have seen numerous games where Betances can't find the strike zone or is hittable), scouts have long noted that Acevedo's command is much better than Betances.

Finally, with Betances being a FA at the end of the season, the Yanks might want to see if they have a ready replacement with Acevedo before the end of the season.
The problem with an Ottavino signing...  
Dunedin81 : 1/6/2019 2:53 pm : link
Is that the Yankees value flexibility with the last couple pen guys. If everyone is out of options they will struggle with short starts (every CC start) and double-headers. Adams, Tarpley and Acevedo all have options.
Include me among those who think Ottavino an unnecessary expense....  
Milton : 1/6/2019 3:00 pm : link
Especially when you consider what it will cost them to sign Harper (likely for $30+M/year or thereabouts).
Chapman  
section125 : 1/6/2019 3:03 pm : link
Betances
Britton
Green
Holder

three more openings, no?
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arcarsenal : 1/6/2019 3:06 pm : link
I think Ottavino is a good fit and I still think we have to add one more reliever. A lot of his success came when he scrapped his 4-seamer and went heavy on his sinker. Walk rate dropped, k rate jumped to 36% - it fits the Yanks approach with their pitchers in terms of focusing more on secondary offerings and being less FB-reliant.
Sign Ottavino and trade Betances...  
blue2 : 1/6/2019 3:33 pm : link
I would rather get something for him now then lose him for nothing after the season. There's no guarantee we get the good Betances this year.
RE: Sign Ottavino and trade Betances...  
section125 : 1/6/2019 3:35 pm : link
In comment 14250213 blue2 said:
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I would rather get something for him now then lose him for nothing after the season. There's no guarantee we get the good Betances this year.


Yeah, there you go. Get rid of Betances on the verge of a World Series run.
Or you could re-sign him.
RE: Sign Ottavino and trade Betances...  
rich in DC : 1/6/2019 3:43 pm : link
In comment 14250213 blue2 said:
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I would rather get something for him now then lose him for nothing after the season. There's no guarantee we get the good Betances this year.


They won't lose him for nothing. The FA market for late inning relievers/closers next winter is almost non-existent. In fact, unless Chapman opts out, Betances will be the only strong reliever on the FA market.

Therefore, the Yanks would almost certainly make him a tender offer, which he would turn down as he would stand to make closer money on a multi-year deal.

However, since the Yanks are likely not only to end up spending over the luxury tax line, they would likely only net a 4th round pick for Betances (much like the Sox will get for Kimbrell and the Nats for Harper).

Its not "nothing," but it also does not give them a ML reayd useful asset.

I would also note that I am sure that Chapman's agent has noted the reliever weakness in next year's market- and if Chapman can stay healthy and effective, he might opt out.

Thus, the Britton deal was important to give the Yanks options in 2020.
Trading Betances now  
blue2 : 1/6/2019 4:24 pm : link
makes sense if the Yankees add Ottavino. How much is a qualifying offer going to be next year after Harper and Machado sign mega deals?

What can trading Betances bring the Yankees now? It has to be substantially more than a 4th round draft pick if he turns down a qualifying offer. Do the Yankees even offer one to him?
Makes no sense to trade him.  
section125 : 1/6/2019 4:34 pm : link
How do you know they aren't planning to re-sign him? Why would you weaken your bullpen before the season? Sometimes you need to take your players, play the games and deal with next year, next year.
I would re-sign Betances  
adamg : 1/6/2019 5:16 pm : link
He's got the nastiest stuff when he's on
Trading Betances makes no sense.  
Ace718 : 1/6/2019 7:56 pm : link
He had a great year after a few hiccups. You need all the help you can get in the pen.
Trading Betances a Fwar 1.8 and  
blue2 : 1/6/2019 8:57 pm : link
signing Ottavino a Fwar 2.0 relief pitcher last year is a bad idea?

RE: Trading Betances a Fwar 1.8 and  
section125 : 1/6/2019 9:01 pm : link
In comment 14251439 blue2 said:
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signing Ottavino a Fwar 2.0 relief pitcher last year is a bad idea?


What is the fWAR lifetime and Betances is 3 years younger?
RE: Trading Betances a Fwar 1.8 and  
arcarsenal : 1/6/2019 9:06 pm : link
In comment 14251439 blue2 said:
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signing Ottavino a Fwar 2.0 relief pitcher last year is a bad idea?


We should be signing Ottavino and keeping Betances. I'm not that skeptical about Ottavino because I understand why he was so much better last year (I posted it earlier) - he made actual changes to his approach, pitch usage, and the way he trains, etc. So I think it's probably mostly sustainable. If there's any regression, it should be marginal.

Betances has a better track record and is a guy we know we can trust in the 8th. 2.36 career ERA and 2.32 career FIP in 381 innings. If we're trying to win a World Series now, Betances helps us get closer.
I don't trust Betances in big situations once  
blue2 : 1/6/2019 9:28 pm : link
men get on base against him.

Many here expect the Yankees to resign Betances and I severely doubt they do that. They won't give him what he'll ask for and like Robertson before he's going to take the best offer elsewhere with the Yankees not extending him a qualifying offer.

I do believe Betances to have great trade value especially to a team he might not want to play for long term. A team that can risk offering a qualifying offer that he will likely turn down. A team that will get better than a 4th round pick.

Right now the Yankees have Britton and Green as established back end relievers under team control for 2020. Betances will be free agent and Chapman with a big year most likely will opt out. Adding Ottavino now and trading Betances give the Yankees pen continuity going forward which is important for team building.

Now the question is what can the Yankees get for 1 year of Betances at maybe 7 million? The Yankees did very well in the past selling both Chapman and Miller. If say the Rockies lose Ottavino would they be interested in Betances? Would they give up Garrett Hampson plus?

I want the Yankees to maximize value instead of giving it away for free if Betances leaves as a free agent. I don't think there is all that much difference if the Yankees swap out Betances for Ottavino this season plus we get some 2020 security for the pen as well.
Betances off a big year...  
Dunedin81 : 1/7/2019 9:20 am : link
will get more than we can or should pay him. He's a fantastic reliever when he's right, but he can lose it for long stretches. Plus we have a lot invested in the pen, and we'll have other spending priorities in the next few years.
RE: Betances off a big year...  
rich in DC : 1/7/2019 9:31 am : link
In comment 14251789 Dunedin81 said:
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will get more than we can or should pay him. He's a fantastic reliever when he's right, but he can lose it for long stretches. Plus we have a lot invested in the pen, and we'll have other spending priorities in the next few years.


Keep in mind that Betances and his agent have butted heads with the Yanks over salary before. When Betances hits FA, he is going highest bidder- and that's not likely to be the Yanks.

Remember, unless Chapman opts out of his deal, Betances is going to be the best reliever on the FA market next winter. That means some closer hungry team is going to pay him like one. The going rate is now between $15-17M, depending on the years. Kimbrel is still on the market because his agent got greedy and was demanding 6 years- and teams appear to be unwilling to go more than 3.
Even if the yankees have no plans to resign Betances  
Strahan91 : 1/7/2019 9:47 am : link
regardless of whether or not Chapman opts out, I still wouldn't trade him now. If the pen is fully healthy, they sign Ottavino who pitches like he did last year and Britton returns to his pre-injury self I might consider it at the deadline but they're legitimate contenders this year and a year of Betances could go a long way towards that goal if he's on his game, especially if Chapman's knee flares up and/or Britton is solid but unspectacular (like last year).
RE: Even if the yankees have no plans to resign Betances  
arcarsenal : 1/7/2019 10:34 am : link
In comment 14251826 Strahan91 said:
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regardless of whether or not Chapman opts out, I still wouldn't trade him now. If the pen is fully healthy, they sign Ottavino who pitches like he did last year and Britton returns to his pre-injury self I might consider it at the deadline but they're legitimate contenders this year and a year of Betances could go a long way towards that goal if he's on his game, especially if Chapman's knee flares up and/or Britton is solid but unspectacular (like last year).


This.

If Betances walks, so be it.

The Yanks are trying to win a World Series now - they shouldn't make any trades that make the MLB team weaker.

Not only that - but it repeats the same issue as there was the last time people were talking about trying to deal him.

If you're looking at dealing Betances at the deadline, the pool of potential suitors will be limited to teams in the postseason hunt.

Since NYY won't want to help any AL teams, they are obviously not going to deal Betances to a team they may need to beat to get to the WS. That limits their potential suitors to NL teams with postseason aspirations.

So, if you want to swing a trade mid-season with him, you're going to be dealing with limited options in terms of teams who will be interested and willing to give up good compensation.

NYY should be looking to keep Dellin and add Ottavino.
I prefer and hope  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 12:48 pm : link
NYY extends Betances. I want him to stay a Yankee.
RE: I prefer and hope  
adamg : 1/7/2019 12:58 pm : link
In comment 14252197 JPinstripes said:
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NYY extends Betances. I want him to stay a Yankee.
Agreed. A New York guy who grew up in the system and is a true Yankee. He's a guy I'd love to keep. Not to mention he's our best reliever when he's on.
Lets talk about Sonny Gray for a minute  
Dave in PA : 1/7/2019 1:56 pm : link
Did Cashman plan out his initial remarks about trading him or did he uncharacteristically say something dumb that maybe he doesnt want to see through right now? Lets just say they cant get the return for Gray that they want in a trade and hes on the Yanks this whole year. Hes a UFA in 2020 and what if, by some minor miracle, he is able to have a really nice bounce back year and ditch whatever mental issues hes had so far in NY and is able to ignore the fact that his organization publicly thinks hes a lousy player? Theres no chance he sticks around in 2020 after these shenanigans. In all likelihood this doesnt play out anywhere near as speculated, but even if theres a slim chance, Cashman has squashed any potential of Gray with this club going forward. What was the point?
Gray -  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 2:20 pm : link
I think he's traded within the next few weeks, if nothing other than to get NYY back under the Hal tax threshold again (unless Machado is signed and they are for sure blowing past it). Cots has the Yankees at 207M after the Britton signing. Gray is projected to count 9M for 2019.

Link below.

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Herrera to White Sox  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 2:49 pm : link
Jeff Passan
‏Verified account @JeffPassan

Reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $18 million deal with a vesting third-year option, sources tell ESPN.
White Sox and Phils most aggressive on Machado  
shyster : 1/7/2019 2:59 pm : link
per Nightengale:

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The #Yankees are either playing it coy, trying to gauge the Andujar trade market, or simply have no intention of offering Manny Machado a $200 million-plus contract. The Chicago #WhiteSox and Philadelphia #Phillies remain the most aggressive teams for the prized infielder.
Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 7, 2019



Nightengale is the hackiest hack who has ever hacked...  
Dunedin81 : 1/7/2019 3:01 pm : link
I don't buy that shit for a second. Doesn't mean they're all in, but little to nothing he says tips the scales.
Nightengale may be getting impatient  
shyster : 1/7/2019 3:11 pm : link
because he was pushing the "Yankees enamored with Manny; he's the perfect fit" theme weeks ago.
If they didn't offer Machado a 200+ million contract, what could they  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 1/7/2019 3:16 pm : link
have possibly offered him? That doesn't make sense.
RE: Nightengale is the hackiest hack who has ever hacked...  
Milton : 1/7/2019 3:18 pm : link
In comment 14252412 Dunedin81 said:
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I don't buy that shit for a second. Doesn't mean they're all in, but little to nothing he says tips the scales.
One of us is guilty of wishful thinking because I think the whole Machado pursuit was a bluff to bring Harper to the table at a more reasonable price. As bluffs go, it doesn't seem to be working. But maybe this is all about me preferring Harper to Machado by a wide margin (and thus assuming the Yankees see it as I do).
RE: If they didn't offer Machado a 200+ million contract, what could they  
Milton : 1/7/2019 3:21 pm : link
In comment 14252463 shockeyisthebest8056 said:
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have possibly offered him? That doesn't make sense.
5 years/$150M, 6 years/$174M, 7 years/$196M
RE: If they didn't offer Machado a 200+ million contract, what could they  
shyster : 1/7/2019 3:28 pm : link
In comment 14252463 shockeyisthebest8056 said:
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have possibly offered him? That doesn't make sense.


It's very possible that the Yankees haven't made a formal offer.

The only seemingly confirmed offer to Machado is from the White Sox as reported a couple of days ago by Nightengale.
I haven't the foggiest idea what they did or didn't offer him...  
Dunedin81 : 1/7/2019 3:31 pm : link
I just don't think Nightengale does/did either. It wouldn't shock me if they did sign him, but it wouldn't shock me if he went somewhere else and it came out that the Yankees never made a serious offer to him.

Harper signing with NYY would shock me. Stanton level of shock. I just can't see them paying what Ted Lerner seems willing to pay for a guy with a fantastic offensive skillset but one that is duplicative of what the Yankees already have on the roster twice over. Yeah handedness, but I can't see the Yanks valuing that at $300 mil plus, especially with a luxury tax bill on top of that.
Also Bob Nightengale  
Greg from LI : 1/7/2019 3:31 pm : link
The #Phillies are making it clear to marquee free-agent starter Patrick Corbin that they won't be out-bid, and teams still in the hunt for Corbin's services realize it, too.
RE: RE: If they didn't offer Machado a 200+ million contract, what could they  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 1/7/2019 3:36 pm : link
In comment 14252480 Milton said:
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5 years/$150M, 6 years/$174M, 7 years/$196M


I could be dead wrong, but I don't see him accepting anything below 7 years (and only that length with the Yankees) or 29 million AAV unless it's 9-10 year deal.

I just assumed the Yanks were willing to go 203-210 million.
More Nightengale :  
Ryan in Albany : 1/7/2019 3:42 pm : link
The #Yankees want to get under $197 million luxury cap so unless #Marlins take on Yankees bad contracts, Giancarlo Stanton is not coming

12:17 AM - 9 Dec 2017
RE: More Nightengale :  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 3:43 pm : link
In comment 14252545 Ryan in Albany said:
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The #Yankees want to get under $197 million luxury cap so unless #Marlins take on Yankees bad contracts, Giancarlo Stanton is not coming

12:17 AM - 9 Dec 2017


Hahahahahahaha. Good one, thanks!
RE: I haven't the foggiest idea what they did or didn't offer him...  
Milton : 1/7/2019 3:45 pm : link
In comment 14252504 Dunedin81 said:
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Harper signing with NYY would shock me. Stanton level of shock. I just can't see them paying what Ted Lerner seems willing to pay for a guy with a fantastic offensive skillset but one that is duplicative of what the Yankees already have on the roster twice over. Yeah handedness, but I can't see the Yanks valuing that at $300 mil plus, especially with a luxury tax bill on top of that.
I think it will come down to how badly Harper wants to be a Yankee. I don't know a lot about him, but he strikes me as a weird dude, given his Mormon affiliation and the fact that he doesn't drink booze but "admits" to drinking coffee. Someone like that with his sense of history is more likely to say to Boros, "your job is to get me a deal with the Yankees for the most amount of money possible....but it has to be with the Yankees." And so the Yankees only need to be in the "ballpark" of what the Senators--excuse me, the Nationals--offer. Of course if the Yankees aren't even close, Harper may consider it an insult and say fuck the Yankees.
p.s.--Don't know if it's meaningful, but in a gameshow style Q&A session, Boros was asked what's the best stadium to visit and he answered, Yankee Stadium. You have to believe that he wants his most valued client playing in the media capital of the solar system (if not the Univese!).
Don't get me wrong, I like Harper...  
Dunedin81 : 1/7/2019 3:48 pm : link
but I can't see them in on a guy with a redundant skillset anywhere near that price. And other than the "fully operational death star" crack, there hasn't been a scintilla of a whisper of a rumor suggesting the Yankees are actually in on him. Could Boras really maintain that level of radio silence?
RE: More Nightengale :  
rich in DC : 1/7/2019 4:29 pm : link
In comment 14252545 Ryan in Albany said:
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The #Yankees want to get under $197 million luxury cap so unless #Marlins take on Yankees bad contracts, Giancarlo Stanton is not coming

12:17 AM - 9 Dec 2017


Ummm- except that is exactly what happened- the Marlins took back Starlin Castro's bad deal to keep the Yanks below the luxury tax line.
Starlin Castro  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 4:31 pm : link
was not and still is not a bad deal. He was a 3.3 WAR player last year.

A bad deal would have been Ellsbury.
Castro  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 4:34 pm : link
10M in 2018 and 11M in 2019 for Castro is a very good contract.
RE: RE: More Nightengale :  
Dunedin81 : 1/7/2019 4:39 pm : link
In comment 14252648 rich in DC said:
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In comment 14252545 Ryan in Albany said:


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The #Yankees want to get under $197 million luxury cap so unless #Marlins take on Yankees bad contracts, Giancarlo Stanton is not coming

12:17 AM - 9 Dec 2017



Ummm- except that is exactly what happened- the Marlins took back Starlin Castro's bad deal to keep the Yanks below the luxury tax line.


Nightengale downplayed the possibility of a deal AS IT WAS HAPPENING because he didn't want to have to re-write a piece that was getting ready to run.
This was interesting I thought  
Strahan91 : 1/7/2019 5:23 pm : link
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In fact, sources within the Yankees organization tell me the expected range for a Machado deal will be between $220 million and $270 million, probably for no more than seven years, and there is no guarantee the Yankees will be in if the numbers wind up in the upper half of that range. And the Yankees signing of Troy Tulowitzki last week seems like an insurance policy in case they decide to bow out on Manny. Yainee could lead Manny Machado to the Yankees. Yainee could lead Manny Machado to the Yankees.

But there is hope, Yankee fans. According to another source, who knows Machado well, there is a wild-card to this negotiation who might tip the balance toward the Bronx: Machados wife, Yainee.

According to the source, Yainee Machado who is the sister of Yonder Alonso, the first baseman recently traded to the Chicago White Sox, one of the teams Machado visited on his sales tour is enamored of New York City and very much would like to live here.

Matthews: Why Manny Machado's wife, Yainee, could lead star to Yankees - ( New Window )
RE: RE: I haven't the foggiest idea what they did or didn't offer him...  
rich in DC : 1/7/2019 5:33 pm : link
In comment 14252552 Milton said:
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In comment 14252504 Dunedin81 said:


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Harper signing with NYY would shock me. Stanton level of shock. I just can't see them paying what Ted Lerner seems willing to pay for a guy with a fantastic offensive skillset but one that is duplicative of what the Yankees already have on the roster twice over. Yeah handedness, but I can't see the Yanks valuing that at $300 mil plus, especially with a luxury tax bill on top of that.

I think it will come down to how badly Harper wants to be a Yankee. I don't know a lot about him, but he strikes me as a weird dude, given his Mormon affiliation and the fact that he doesn't drink booze but "admits" to drinking coffee. Someone like that with his sense of history is more likely to say to Boros, "your job is to get me a deal with the Yankees for the most amount of money possible....but it has to be with the Yankees." And so the Yankees only need to be in the "ballpark" of what the Senators--excuse me, the Nationals--offer. Of course if the Yankees aren't even close, Harper may consider it an insult and say fuck the Yankees.
p.s.--Don't know if it's meaningful, but in a gameshow style Q&A session, Boros was asked what's the best stadium to visit and he answered, Yankee Stadium. You have to believe that he wants his most valued client playing in the media capital of the solar system (if not the Univese!).


We get it- you've been fixated on Harper forever and are REALLY having trouble letting go of it.

He's going back to the Nats- for a LOT more money than the Yanks will offer.
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arcarsenal : 1/7/2019 5:53 pm : link
Milton often has trouble letting go of his "guy" once he's identified him. Bryce Harper is the new Josh Rosen... just a much more accomplished and expensive version playing a different sport. :)
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Milton : 1/7/2019 9:56 pm : link
In comment 14252736 arcarsenal said:
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Milton often has trouble letting go of his "guy" once he's identified him. Bryce Harper is the new Josh Rosen... just a much more accomplished and expensive version playing a different sport. :)
I was also all-in on Gerrit Cole going way back to June 2017 when there was first talk that he might be available at the trading deadline. And then after all the talk last hot stove that a trade was imminent and it was just a matter of when, not if. And then of course the Astros swooped in and got him for what looked like a bargain price to me.
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Mike Axisa at RAB thinks  
section125 : 1/7/2019 10:07 pm : link
Robertson is a better reliever than Britton and will be for the length of the contract. I love Mike, but he is absolutely nuts. Said you need to squint to see decline in Robertson last year. Again, he is nuts. Over the last 1/3 of the season you could see Dave lost a bit of control. I will say if the curve was snapping off, he was good. But sometimes he got hammered. Britton never got hammered. He was sloppy a time or two.
That said I wanted DRob back along with Britton. But I wanted Britton 1st. To me Ottavino is a 33 y/o 1 year wonder.

Thoughts?
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RE: Mike Axisa at RAB thinks  
adamg : 1/7/2019 10:17 pm : link
In comment 14253269 section125 said:
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Robertson is a better reliever than Britton and will be for the length of the contract. I love Mike, but he is absolutely nuts. Said you need to squint to see decline in Robertson last year. Again, he is nuts. Over the last 1/3 of the season you could see Dave lost a bit of control. I will say if the curve was snapping off, he was good. But sometimes he got hammered. Britton never got hammered. He was sloppy a time or two.
That said I wanted DRob back along with Britton. But I wanted Britton 1st. To me Ottavino is a 33 y/o 1 year wonder.

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I agree. Don't get the Ottavino obsession. I'd like the signing probably but I'd rather DRob over Ottavino and I agree with you that DRob look descendent.
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arcarsenal : 1/7/2019 10:28 pm : link
There's reason to believe Ottavino's 2018 wasn't smoke and mirrors. He basically scrapped his 4 seamer. Walk rate dipped, k rate jumped. Has a killer slider now.

He was actually even better @ Coors (2.10 ERA, 0.757 WHIP)

He really worked on his craft and I think what he's doing is fairly sustainable.

BUT...

There's one major issue with Ottavino and it's that he can't control the run game. He's very slow to the plate and the 25% steal rate against him was the highest in baseball.

I'm not concerned with regression as a pitcher - I am concerned with this.
arc, I wouldn't spend  
section125 : 1/7/2019 11:02 pm : link
$25 mill on a guy that at 33 y/o all of a sudden finds nirvana after years of mediocrity. But that is up to Cash and his scouts to believe it and take a chance.

Remember, Kahnle all of a sudden found 98/99 mph and then poof, it was gone and he was 27.
RE: arc, I wouldn't spend  
rich in DC : 1/7/2019 11:08 pm : link
In comment 14253420 section125 said:
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$25 mill on a guy that at 33 y/o all of a sudden finds nirvana after years of mediocrity. But that is up to Cash and his scouts to believe it and take a chance.

Remember, Kahnle all of a sudden found 98/99 mph and then poof, it was gone and he was 27.


Kahnle always threw hard- he was a mid-upper 90's guy when the Yanks drafted him years ago. It was control and command that eluded him for years.

Kahnle put it together under Cooper's tutelage in Chicago- and now he needs to prove that he is effective away from Cooper.
Ottavino was elite last year. Other than 2017 (when he stunk)  
Strahan91 : 1/7/2019 11:09 pm : link
hes been pretty good for the most part and hes spent all of it pitching at Coors no less.
RE: RE: arc, I wouldn't spend  
section125 : 1/7/2019 11:28 pm : link
In comment 14253445 rich in DC said:
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In comment 14253420 section125 said:


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$25 mill on a guy that at 33 y/o all of a sudden finds nirvana after years of mediocrity. But that is up to Cash and his scouts to believe it and take a chance.

Remember, Kahnle all of a sudden found 98/99 mph and then poof, it was gone and he was 27.



Kahnle always threw hard- he was a mid-upper 90's guy when the Yanks drafted him years ago. It was control and command that eluded him for years.

Kahnle put it together under Cooper's tutelage in Chicago- and now he needs to prove that he is effective away from Cooper.


Yes, he threw in the mid/upper mid 90's but was wild, true. But all of a sudden he got to 98/99 and gained his control, yes. And then he lost velocity and control last year (injury?).

My point was Ottavino is not a sure fire certainty to repeat in 2019 after "finding it" in 2018.
Kahnle  
JPinstripes : 1/7/2019 11:32 pm : link
was hurt last year with shoulder issues. He claims to be pain free now, so let's see where he is in ST.
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arcarsenal : 1/8/2019 11:28 am : link
Kahnle isn't a great comp - it's not a velo thing with Ottavino, it's approach. If the only thing that changed was that Ottavino was throwing harder, I'd be skeptical too - but that's not what led to his excellent 2018 season.
RE: .  
JPinstripes : 1/8/2019 11:37 am : link
In comment 14253990 arcarsenal said:
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Kahnle isn't a great comp - it's not a velo thing with Ottavino, it's approach. If the only thing that changed was that Ottavino was throwing harder, I'd be skeptical too - but that's not what led to his excellent 2018 season.


Agree with this 100% on Ottavino.

The thing about Kahnle is he cost only 1.5M this year and if you get the player that averaged 98.5MPH on his FB in 2017 versus the guy that topped out last year at 97.5 it's a big win for NYY. The top FA relievers should all be off the board by Friday, so let's see where Ottavino lands - anywhere but Boston...
Quality lefty relievers are harder to find  
GiantJake : 1/8/2019 11:40 am : link
and Britton is a legit closer. Signing Britton makes sense simply because the Yankees have a group of hard throwing righties to vie for Robertson's innings. Green, Holder, Kahnle and a bunch of young guys should be able to fill Robertson's shoes.
interesting question  
bigbluehoya : 1/8/2019 11:45 am : link
if the Yankees are really pussy-footing the Machado situation or are lukewarm to a level that they're really willing to lose out on him...

sure, in a vacuum, not paying $250M-$300M can be defended.

But putting all of that aside -- do we really think Cashman is prepared to trot out a left-side IF of Andujar and Tulo for what could easily be 100+ games in a season where a WS title is the realistic expectation?

I have to think it's a "no". And that's what makes me think they do what it takes to get Machado or that there is yet another contingency plan for 3B/SS if he doesn't sign.
RE: interesting question  
Strahan91 : 1/8/2019 11:57 am : link
In comment 14254036 bigbluehoya said:
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if the Yankees are really pussy-footing the Machado situation or are lukewarm to a level that they're really willing to lose out on him...

sure, in a vacuum, not paying $250M-$300M can be defended.

But putting all of that aside -- do we really think Cashman is prepared to trot out a left-side IF of Andujar and Tulo for what could easily be 100+ games in a season where a WS title is the realistic expectation?

I have to think it's a "no". And that's what makes me think they do what it takes to get Machado or that there is yet another contingency plan for 3B/SS if he doesn't sign.

I was thinking about this yesterday. We don't even know if Tulo's body can hold up at all, let alone to play short at an average level. Those two combined with Voit's defensive liabilities would make for one porous infield.
Can Tulo hold up physically and be the answer?  
GiantJake : 1/8/2019 12:06 pm : link
Recent history says absolutely not, but Tulo gives the Yanks another option to work with to piece it together until Didi gets back. Tulo along with Tyler Wade, Thairo Estrada and Hanser Alberto gives the Yanks four legit defensive shortstops to work with. If none work out, Cashman will have to swing a deal for a stopgap.
CC cleared to work out and resume baseball activities  
Strahan91 : 1/8/2019 4:49 pm : link
Good news, hopefully a Gray trade is on the horizon now.
Bumping this...  
Dunedin81 : 1/9/2019 8:56 am : link
because no matter how cold the stove is, I need some baseball in my life.
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