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Pinstripe Alley Dec 13, 2018
J.A. Happ became a necessity for the Yankees

J.A. Happ became a necessity for the Yankees

The 36-year-old lefty was a fallback option for the Yankees on the pitching market, but turned into a priority The Yankees placed a priority on their starting pitching entering the offseason. They set a goal of acquiring two quality pitchers alongside bringing back veteran starter CC Sabathia, and quickly got ahead of the curve by trading for James Paxton. The field of free agents available almost assured the Yankees would be in on and land one of the best pitchers, and they were constantly attached to the top candidate, Patrick Corbin. Amidst a scenario like this it was unlikely that the...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 10, 2018
The Yankees’ number one priority at the Winter Meetings

The Yankees’ number one priority at the Winter Meetings

Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. The Winter Meetings are officially underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Yankees have a ton of work to do, and Brian Cashman will undoubtedly be busy. So far, they’ve really only made progress in terms of the rotation, after signing CC Sabathia to a one-year deal, and trading for James Paxton. Almost every area of the team needs improving. That brings us to this week’s prompt: What should the Yankees’ number one priority at the Winter Meetings be? Should Cashman go all-in on the...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 9, 2018
Four Yankees questions before the 2018 Winter Meetings

Four Yankees questions before the 2018 Winter Meetings

What can we expect from the Yankees in Las Vegas? The 2018 Winter Meetings are upon us. Teams will start to arrive in Las Vegas today, with the first full day of action scheduled for tomorrow. Expect a flurry of action to unfold this week, as this gathering marks the busiest occasion of the offseason. The Yankees figure to be in the mix of all the major developments. Here are four questions that should clear up in the coming days. 1. Are the Yankees in on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper? The last time the Winter Meetings took place in Las Vegas, the Yankees walked away with CC Sabathia....
Pinstripe Alley Dec 4, 2018
The Yankees got ahead of the offseason, now it needs to catch up

The Yankees got ahead of the offseason, now it needs to catch up

New York has been one of the most active teams since the season ended, and now they have to wait out some key moves before continuing The Yankees have entered one of their first lulls of the offseason, which is something not many other teams can claim. That’s not to say that nothing is happening, far from it, but it is the first point in the offseason where the Yankees are simply forced to wait for a few things to play out. The team entered November firing on all cylinders, re-signing veteran CC Sabathia before negotiating a big trade with the Seattle Mariners for James Paxton. They’ve...
River Ave. Blues Dec 2, 2018

A Question of Two Lefties

The Yankees improved their rotation in the short term recently when they dealt for (former) Seattle lefty James Paxton. This came after re-signing CC Sabathia for a one year contract, joining the two with Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and, uh, Sonny Gray. On its face, that isn’t a bad starting five and if they were […] The post A Question of Two Lefties appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Pinstripe Alley Dec 1, 2018
Surveying the Yankees’ starting pitching depth in 2019

Surveying the Yankees’ starting pitching depth in 2019

Next season will bring a new crop of pitchers to the big leagues, even for just a moment Modern pitching staffs don’t rely on just five starters to get through a season anymore. For the Yankees, it’s essentially a sure thing CC Sabathia will need a 10-day DL stint to rest his balky knee. James Paxton doesn’t exactly have an injury-free history, and there’s the ever-looming threat of Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow giving away. But even without injuries or a Sonny Gray-like implosion, teams are going to need the occasional spot starter. The season is just too long, and hitters are just too...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 29, 2018
The Yankees spent the day wooing Patrick Corbin

The Yankees spent the day wooing Patrick Corbin

The top free agent pitcher took a tour of Yankee Stadium today. The Yankees entered the offseason with a lot of work to do on their starting rotation. They’ve already brought CC Sabathia back on a one-year deal, and traded for James Paxton. That leaves them with one rotation slot to fill, since Brian Cashman has been quite vocal about wanting to get rid of Sonny Gray. Free agent southpaw Patrick Corbin just might be their guy. After meeting with both the Phillies and Nationals earlier in the week, Corbin stopped by the Bronx for a visit at Yankee Stadium today. The lefty has been on the...
River Ave. Blues Nov 29, 2018

The rotation is not the only part of the Yankees’ pitching staff that needs help this offseason

The offseason is a month old now and for the most part we’ve spent these last few weeks focusing on the rotation. The Yankees came into the winter needing three starters — two, really, since a CC Sabathia reunion was inevitable — and they’ve since added James Paxton. They remain in the mix for guys […] The post The rotation is not the only part of the Yankees’ pitching staff that needs help this offseason appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 27, 2018
Why the Yankees should sign Nathan Eovaldi

Why the Yankees should sign Nathan Eovaldi

The Yankees have prioritized upgrading their starting rotation, and Nathan Eovaldi can pitch in the Bronx. The Yankees front office has made clear that the organization’s number one priority this offseason is to upgrade the starting rotation. General Manager Brian Cashman made the first big move on that front last week, when he acquired left-hander James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. Although he previously re-signed veteran CC Sabathia to a team-friendly one-year deal, Sonny Gray is on the trade block, so Cashman is expected to acquire at least one more high-end starting pitcher...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 27, 2018
The Yankees should pair CC Sabathia with his own opener

The Yankees should pair CC Sabathia with his own opener

The lefty isn’t going to change at this point in his career, so put him in the best possible position to succeed. Frequent readers know I’m a staunch advocate of the opener. I loved when the Rays did it, felt it made sense for the Athletics when needed, and campaigned for the Yankees to adopt the strategy in the playoffs. Now, with CC Sabathia all but guaranteed to enter the 2019 season as the Yankees’ fifth starter, it’s time the Yankees entertained the idea of pinning CC with a personal opener. Mostly, I’m on board with a Sabathia’s retention, one that comes with pretty low...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 27, 2018
Hal Steinbrenner talks luxury tax, Manny Machado, and more

Hal Steinbrenner talks luxury tax, Manny Machado, and more

The Yankees owner shares his thoughts before the offseason really heats up On Monday night, the YES Network aired a highly anticipated sit-down interview with Hal Steinbrenner. The Yankees owner addressed a variety of issues including the team’s 2018 campaign, as well as the organization’s offseason plans. Hot topics like the luxury tax threshold, free agent Manny Machado, and the decisions to bring back CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner stand out among the items discussed. It’s worth noting that this interview was filmed before Machado issued a reply to the criticism stemming from his...
River Ave. Blues Nov 26, 2018

Scouting the Free Agent Market: Yusei Kikuchi

The Yankees came into the offseason needing three starting pitchers. They’ve since added two: James Paxton and CC Sabathia. Paxton and Sabathia join incumbents Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. Well, Sabathia is an incumbent himself. You know what I mean. Point is, the Yankees needed three starters, they’ve added two, and that means they still […] The post Scouting the Free Agent Market: Yusei Kikuchi appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 24, 2018
Why the Yankees shouldn’t bring J.A. Happ back

Why the Yankees shouldn’t bring J.A. Happ back

Happ was solid down the stretch, but the Yankees should steer clear of a reunion. About a month ago, I asked Pinstripe Alley readers if they thought that the Yankees should bring J.A. Happ back in 2019. A whopping 92% of readers voted yes. I agreed with the majority at the time. Based on the moves the Bombers have made since that poll, though, there are now several good reasons why the southpaw doesn’t fit. First and foremost, the Yankees already added a veteran lefty to the rotation. Their first pitching decision came in the form of signing CC Sabathia to a one-year deal. There was a...
River Ave. Blues Nov 21, 2018

Hot Stove Notes: Corbin, Kluber, Eovaldi, Ottavino, Segura

The offseason is barely more than three weeks old and already the Yankees have re-signed Brett Gardner, re-signed CC Sabathia, and traded for James Paxton. They still need another starter, a Didi Gregorius replacement, and some bullpen depth. Still lots to do. “I can’t predict what’s going to happen as we move forward, other than […] The post Hot Stove Notes: Corbin, Kluber, Eovaldi, Ottavino, Segura appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 20, 2018
Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: Masahiro Tanaka

Tanaka was solid, if not spectacular, in 2018. Can you believe that Masahiro Tanaka has been with the Yankees for five seasons already? Only Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances and Austin Romine have been on the roster longer than the Yankees’ stud right-hander. Tanaka just completed his age-29 season and has just two years left on his seven-year, $155 million contract. While the Tanaka of today is not the same pitcher that he was when he came over, he still gets by with his deceptive mechanics and smart strategy, an approach that will continue to help him as he enters his...

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