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Pinstripe Alley 5 hours ago
Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: AJ Pollock

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: AJ Pollock

Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Why not a cheap outfield fallback option in case everything else goes wrong? Hear me out. This is far from ideal, but there’s a world in which there’s some sense to be found in considering AJ Pollock as a fallback option for their left field hole. It might be a bottom-10th percentile outcome in terms of how this offseason would ideally be scripted, but it’s always good to have a contingency plan! Let’s say the Yankees do what it takes to retain Aaron Judge and give him the contract he deserves. There are a still a few ways this...
Pinstripe Alley 11 hours ago
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/5/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/5/22

Photo by William Perlman/Newsday RM via The Winter Meetings roll on as the week starts anew. We’re in Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, and business is sure to be picking up. We already had an explosive deal right out of the gate just before the meetings when Jacob DeGrom chose to sign with Texas, and now rumors are starting to accumulate on some of the other top pitchers. Aaron Judge’s market continues to seemingly be a staredown between the Yankees and the Giants, and it appears almost certain that it’ll take a nine-year deal to win him over. That brings us to...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 4, 2022
NYY News: Nine years for Judge?

NYY News: Nine years for Judge?

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Judge “increasingly likely” to get nine years; Reynolds asks to be dealt from Bucs; Orioles add Kyle Gibson; What can the Yankees do to get rid of Donaldson? MLB Trade Rumors | Mark Polishuk: Lots of teams have checked in, but three organizations have made their concrete interest in Aaron Judge public: the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since LA may only be interested in the event that Judge is up for a short-term, high AAV deal, the Yanks and Giants seem to be the favorites. New York...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 2, 2022
Yankees History: Whitey Ford’s inconspicuous debut

Yankees History: Whitey Ford’s inconspicuous debut

Photo by Adam Hunger/ For someone who went on to such acclaim, Ford’s career began in a less than stellar way. Major league debuts are memorable for every player that gets one. However, they also aren’t any sort of long term predictor of success. Plenty of players that went on to have short and less than stellar MLB careers had solid first games, and plenty of great players have had bad ones. As far as memorable Yankees’ debuts, it’s hard to look past Aaron Judge’s where he hit a towering homer in his first ever MLB at-bat. On the other end of that spectrum is...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 2, 2022
The Yankees and contract-year decisions (part two)

The Yankees and contract-year decisions (part two)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Looking back on the last 10 seasons of Yankees walk years. Another Friday is here, and we’re still waiting to hear whether the Yankees have chosen between giving Aaron Judge a Scrooge McDuck vault of money or effectively closing the Baby Bombers era with a shocking pivot elsewhere. There’s not much precedent for this anywhere, so yesterday, I took a look at some of the first notable walk-year performances and decisions that the Yankees have faced since Brian Cashman asserted more control in 2006. Here’s the last bunch, beginning with...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 2, 2022
NYY News: Judge has fate of MLB offseason in his hands

NYY News: Judge has fate of MLB offseason in his hands

Photo by Paul Bereswill/ Judge looms over Winter Meetings; Cortes on joining Team USA; Pope meets Steinbrenner; A Hall of Famer and brief Yankee passes away NorthJersey.com | Pete Caldera: It’s probably not surprising that folks expect superstar Aaron Judge to dictate much of what happens with the MLB offseason and the upcoming Winter Meetings. Despite lower-profile moves happening here and there (like the Rays signing Zach Eflin to a three-year deal last night), so much revolves around where Judge will land. If the Yankees get their man, then that’s one domino and...
Call to the Pen Dec 1, 2022

New York Yankees going to need to increase Aaron Judge offer

The New York Yankees have been clear that they want to keep Aaron Judge around. They are going to need to improve their offer to do so. According to Jeff Passan at ESPN, the Yankees have made a new offer to Judge. This deal would be for eight years and worth approximately $300 million, although […] New York Yankees going to need to increase Aaron Judge offer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pinstripe Alley Dec 1, 2022
The Yankees and contract-year decisions

The Yankees and contract-year decisions

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports Looking back on the notable players Brian Cashman had to bring back or let walk. Aaron Judge’s 2022 would have been incredible under any circumstance, but there’s no denying that the intrigue was multiplied by the fact that it also doubled as one of the greatest “walk” seasons (in contract terms) in sports history. It’s not just a monumental season on its own terms — it’s forced the Yankees to make a decision that will shape the direction of the team, and the league as a whole, for years to come. It’s not necessarily the...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 1, 2022
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/1/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/1/22

Photo by Dylan Buell/ We roll on to December. We continue to edge toward MLB’s winter meetings, and what should be a thaw of what’s been a cold free agent market thus far. ESPN’s Jeff Passan laid out yesterday why many within the game feel that the pace of the offseason is about to quicken, with the next week or so likely to bring a flurry activity. Aaron Judge could have chosen his long-term home by this time next week, along with many other dominoes that are poised to fall. On the site today, Sam gives the grade for Giancarlo Stanton’s iffy 2022 season, and...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 1, 2022
NYY news: Judge offered record-breaking deal

NYY news: Judge offered record-breaking deal

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Yankees reportedly offered Judge record-breaking contract; What to look out for at the Winter Meetings; Bogaerts apparently “severed ties” with the Red Sox; Taillon’s market is heating up NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: We have our first report about an Aaron Judge offer by the Yankees. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Yankees “have an offer on the table in the neighborhood of eight years and $300 million and could increase it.” Hal Steinbrenner and company would up their offer depending on how far the San Francisco Giants take it. $37.5...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 30, 2022
Rookie Ron Marinaccio has a promising future in the Yankees bullpen

Rookie Ron Marinaccio has a promising future in the Yankees bullpen

Photo by Sarah Stier/ One of the most effective pieces of the bullpen since coming to the majors should be even more impactful next season. Everyone — Yankees fan or not — knows just how impactful hitters like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are to any lineup, let alone one that hits for power. And while their importance (plus others like Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, and even a player like Harrison Bader) speaks volumes, the Yankees wouldn’t continue to win the American League East without the help of their very strong bullpen. Michael King and Wandy Peralta are...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 30, 2022
Yankees rumors: Judge receives offer in $300MM range

Yankees rumors: Judge receives offer in $300MM range

Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via After Hal Steinbrenner’s comments on how for the Yankees would be willing to go to retain Judge, we now have some idea on what that means. The biggest question surrounding the Yankees’ offseason right now is obviously about Aaron Judge and whether or not they will retain the star for 2023 and beyond. Owner Hal Steinbrenner has said that the team will try to do “everything they can” to retain him, and we now have some insight into what that entails. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees’ latest...
SFGate Nov 30, 2022

Bad news for SF Giants: Yankees are not messing around with Aaron Judge

It may have taken the Giants' interest to drive Judge's contract into the stratosphere.
NESN.com Nov 29, 2022

Should Aaron Judge Join Red Sox? MLB Writer Evaluates Fit

The Red Sox have the money to sign Aaron Judge, and the superstar slugger could address a few needs in Boston. But the question is: Should Judge leave New York and latch on with the Yankees’ fiercest rival? ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle on Monday power ranked all 30 Major League Baseball teams in terms of best […] The post Should Aaron Judge Join Red Sox? MLB Writer Evaluates Fit appeared first on NESN.com.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 28, 2022
The case for Aaron Judge optimism

The case for Aaron Judge optimism

Set Number: X164211 TK1 The Yankees appear to be in pole position for the AL MVP. There are two styles the Yankees employ when they’re interested in a real, impact free agent. They’ll sit down with the player and his reps and present a contract they think is fair, and if the player finds a better option somewhere else, he takes it. This was the approach way back when for Robinson Canó, and also the entire 2019 free agent class. Or, the team targets a particular FA, and makes it clear that player is their priority and that they won’t be beaten on price. Think...

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