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Pinstripe Alley Nov 5, 2019
Tuesday open thread

Tuesday open thread

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via A Tuesday open thread. The offseason is truly here, as teams and players across the league are already making important decisions. For one, players like Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg had to decide whether to use their opt-out clauses over the weekend, and yesterday, clubs rendered qualifying offers to some impending free agents. Didi Gregorius wasn’t among those free agents to receive a qualifying offer, meaning the Yankees will let him test free agency. That stands as one of the team’s more impactful decisions so far. Fun Questions Do...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 4, 2019
The Yankees’ number one offseason priority

The Yankees’ number one offseason priority

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. The offseason is officially underway, and the Yankees have already made some moves for the 2020 season. First, they decided to part ways with longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild. They also reached a deal with Aroldis Chapman to prevent him from opting out of his contract. Of course, they’ve yet to do anything major. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: What should be the Yankees’ number one offseason priority? Should they go all-in for...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 4, 2019
NYY news: The biggest questions of the offseason

NYY news: The biggest questions of the offseason

Photo by Elsa/ Have the Yankees seen the last of Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, or Dellin Betances?; Estimating how close the Bombers are to the 2020 luxury tax threshold already; Four bold offseason predictions. NJ.com | Randy Miller: There are a lot of questions for the Yankees to answer over the coming months. One was resolved when they worked out a deal with Aroldis Chapman the other night, but plenty remain. Have we seen the last of Didi Gregorius, Austin Romine, or Dellin Betances? Might the Bombers make a legit run at any of the top free agents? Stay tuned to find out. New York...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 3, 2019
NYY news: Chapman will return to the Yankees in 2020 and beyond

NYY news: Chapman will return to the Yankees in 2020 and beyond

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Chapman won’t opt-out; college coaches interview for pitching coach vacancy; the fall of Domingo Acevedo Aroldis Chapman will be a Yankee in 2020. Nearly an hour after the 12:01 opt-out deadline, Chapman announced on Instagram that he wasn’t opting out, and Jeff Passan broke the contact details on Twitter: Aroldis Chapman will add an extra year at $18 million on top of the two years, $30 million remaining on his deal, sources tell ESPN. The deal will keep Chapman with the Yankees through the 2022 season.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 3, 2019
Yankees reportedly extend Aroldis Chapman through 2022

Yankees reportedly extend Aroldis Chapman through 2022

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The closer will stay in the Bronx for an extra season. The Yankees can cross an item off their winter to-do list, because according to the man himself, the team has agreed to an extension with Aroldis Chapman. According to Jeff Passan, the club added an extra year and $18 million to his contract. Jon Heyman first reported that Chapman preferred to stay with New York. Chapman, 31, posted a 2.21 ERA (2.28 FIP) across 57 innings in 2019. He secured 37 saves, all the while his strikeout rate (13.42 K/9) and velocity declined. While other relievers had stronger...
Newsday Nov 2, 2019

Aroldis Chapman, Yankees face midnight deadline on opt-out

Indications Saturday were the two sides were trying to work out an extension of some kind before the deadline.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 2, 2019
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Aroldis Chapman

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Aroldis Chapman

Photo by Bob Levey/ Chapman’s final pitch shouldn’t define his Yankees season, nor his future. It’s a well-known fact that MLB relievers are volatile year-to-year. Finding a good one who is consistent year in and year out is one of the most elusive tasks for a general manager in baseball. The Yankees have one in Aroldis Chapman. There just haven’t been many closers better or more consistent than Chapman over the last six years or so. That continued for the Yankees in 2019 with an All-Star campaign, even though the final pitch he threw ultimately sunk the Yankees’ season. Now...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 1, 2019
NYY notes: Hal Steinbrenner, Aroldis Chapman, and uniforms

NYY notes: Hal Steinbrenner, Aroldis Chapman, and uniforms

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The offseason has a funny flow to it. Some days you crave Yankees news or rumors, only to find the well dry. Other days you can’t keep up with the flow of information. Today’s the latter of those situations, so here’s an updated news and notes post. Hal Steinbrenner confident in team’s starting pitching It took a little while to hear from Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, but he just opened up to Dan Martin of the New York Post. In the conversation, Steinbrenner described missing the World Series as a failure on a particular...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 30, 2019
Ranking the Yankees’ internal free agent priorities

Ranking the Yankees’ internal free agent priorities

Photo by Jason Miller/ Which current Yankees are the most important to bring back? After a third straight season in the so-called “championship window” without a World Series appearance, there could be significant changes facing the Yankees’ roster this winter. The first order of business? Determining which Yankees are worth bringing back, and which ones aren’t. First, two asterisks. Aroldis Chapman will not be considered for this list, as we do not know yet if he will exercise his opt-out or not. Should he become a free agent, he would take the top spot on this list for me. We...
NorthJersey.com Oct 26, 2019
Yankees' Chapman, named AL Reliever of the Year, not sure if he will opt out of contract

Yankees' Chapman, named AL Reliever of the Year, not sure if he will opt out of contract

Aroldis Chapman, at the World Series on Saturday to receive the AL Reliever of the Year award from Mariano Rivera, said he's unsure of his future.        
Pinstripe Alley Oct 26, 2019
An early look at the Yankees options for closer in 2020

An early look at the Yankees options for closer in 2020

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Yankees can go a few different directions if Aroldis Chapman does not return to the Bronx. Aroldis Chapman was among the best relievers in all of baseball during the 2019 season. The flamethrower recorded 37 saves, which was good for the second-most in the American League. He even struck out 85 batters in 57 innings. However, Chapman does have an opt-out clause in his contract once this season officially ends. If he decides to test free agency, the Yankees may not be able to retain him. So what if he does leave? What will the Yanks do? Let’s start with some...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 25, 2019
Yankees Mailbag: Aroldis Chapman, luxury tax, and sliders

Yankees Mailbag: Aroldis Chapman, luxury tax, and sliders

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The answers to this week’s mailbag are here. Good morning and happy Friday! We have five questions in today’s mailbag. Don’t feel bad if yours didn’t get answered; there were a ton of submissions this week. Just keep sending questions in to our weekly call or by e-mailing them to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Kyle Ren asks: Any particular reason why Chapman decided to throw two straight sliders to Altuve? Wouldn’t he have been better to paint the corners a little with fastballs, especially since he got a strike with the first...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 24, 2019
The Yankees need to take advantage of free agency this offseason

The Yankees need to take advantage of free agency this offseason

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Now is the time to find a good pitcher via free agency. The Yankees have made the postseason in each of the past three seasons and so far have lost twice to the eventual World Series Champions. That tells us two things: the American League has some power house clubs, and the Yankees have been able to put themselves right up there with them. Even though the Bombers have come up short, one thing that can’t be denied is that the Yankees have continued to look better each season. Since 2016 when the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and...

How that shot of Aroldis Chapman’s sad smile came together

The enduring image of the Yankees’ 2019 season — maybe of their entire decade — will be Aroldis Chapman’s stunned grin after surrendering a two-run walkoff homer to Jose Altuve. Fox coordinating baseball director Matt Gangl is the man ultimately responsible for the shot of Chapman ending up in...
The Crawfish Boxes Oct 20, 2019
No, Aroldis Chapman Shouldn’t Have Walked Jose Altuve to Pitch to Jake Marisnick

No, Aroldis Chapman Shouldn’t Have Walked Jose Altuve to Pitch to Jake Marisnick

Photo by Elsa/ With the poor-hitting Jake Marisnick on deck, many are second-guessing New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s decision to have Aroldis Chapman pitch to 3-time batting champion Jose Altuve, instead of walking him. But it was the right call. The Story So Far It is the happy ending chidren’s stories are made of. The undersized Jose Altuve, the little engine who could, who had been told he was too small his entire life, stepping to the plate in a tie game, bottom of the ninth, a runner on, and the pennant on the line. 5 feet 5 inchs of determination stood 60 feet 6...

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