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NYY News: Free Agency is Coming

NYY News: Free Agency is Coming

Photo by Christian Petersen/ LeMahieu, Tanaka headline Yankees’ free agents; J.T. Realmuto “not keen” on New York; Boston owner John Henry to potentially start transformation in baseball economics Yahoo! Sports | Garrett Stepien: The offseason begins with 147 players being granted free agent status due to their contracts expiring, including four Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, DJ LeMahieu, and Erik Kratz. More may join them on the open market in the upcoming weeks, depending on how Brett Gardner’s, J.A. Happ’s, and and Zack Britton’s options are handled. NBC Sports...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 27, 2020
The Yankees should make Michael King a full-time reliever

The Yankees should make Michael King a full-time reliever

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ As much as the Yankees need starting pitching, King is not the answer. Stop me if I sound like a broken record, but the Yankees’ biggest question mark heading into the winter is once again the starting rotation. They are losing three veteran pitchers to free agency without any guarantees of how to fill their absences. With it looking more and more likely that Yankees ownership will operate under self-imposed austerity measures, the rational belief is that those holes will be filled with low-cost options off the farm. With Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A....
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2020
The Yankees face big qualifying offer decisions in the coming weeks

The Yankees face big qualifying offer decisions in the coming weeks

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees will be making decisions on who to offer qualifying offers to following the World Series. The Yankees enter this offseason with numerous roster decisions to make. One of the first ones that will take place in the days following the World Series is what pending free agents they will extend the qualifying offer to. This year the Yankees will have to make this choice on DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton. The Major League Baseball qualifying offer can be extended to a player one time in his career when they are entering free...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2020
NYY news: Money Masa

NYY news: Money Masa

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Discussing Masahiro Tanaka’s next contract; The offseason will be dreadful to players; Should the Yankees have interest in J.T. Realmuto? NY Post | George A. King III: Masahiro Tanaka has been with the Yankees since 2014. For the first time since signing with New York, he will hit free agency. However, no one really knows what his next contract will look like. NY Daily News | Bill Madden: The Yankees’ top offseason priority is most likely to re-sign DJ LeMahieu. Although, every team in baseball has likely lost money the larger market teams like the...
Call to the Pen Oct 16, 2020

NY Yankees: Has Masahiro Tanaka thrown his last pitch in pinstripes?

Masahiro Tanaka may have thrown his last pitch with the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees have an important decision to make on their long-time Japanese hurler, Masahiro Tanaka, this offseason. Tanaka enters the 2020-21 offseason as a free agent for the first time in his MLB career and to this point, the crafty […] NY Yankees: Has Masahiro Tanaka thrown his last pitch in pinstripes? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pinstripe Alley Oct 12, 2020
This Day in Yankees History: Casey Stengel named manager

This Day in Yankees History: Casey Stengel named manager

On this day in history, the Yankees hire Casey Stengel as manager, fifteen years after homering against them in the World Series; CC Sabathia locks down Orioles; Masahiro Tanaka quiets Astros. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with...
Call to the Pen Oct 10, 2020

New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka reportedly to receive offer from Japan

While New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka may be one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, his best offer could come from Japan. The upcoming free agent class has plenty of talent, especially on the pitching side. Although Trevor Bauer may have positioned himself as the top arm available, that next tier of […] New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka reportedly to receive offer from Japan - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pinstripe Alley Oct 10, 2020
NYY news: The long winter begins

NYY news: The long winter begins

Photo by Christian Petersen/ See you in February; Checking in on Yankee prospects; Whitey Ford dead at 91; CBC | Bernie Wilson: The Yankees took the Rays to the very brink of the ALDS, but in the end, just couldn’t get the one hit they needed. The Rays will advance to the ALCS to face the Astros, and the Yankees will have a long winter to wonder about what could have been, and what needs to happen next, starting with the free agencies of DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka. FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen: No matter what’s happening on the field, player development never stops. Several...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 8, 2020
Yankees Highlights: The pitching finally arrives

Yankees Highlights: The pitching finally arrives

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Yankees needed a big performance from their staff to get the ball back to Gerrit Cole, and they got it. The Yankees stared down the end of their season tonight, and held off elimination for at least one more day. After getting poor pitching from their higher-rated starters in Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ and inconsistent results from the bullpen, it all came together in Game Four. New York won 5-1, and they will force a winner-take-all Game Five. Winners of the Game Raise your hand if you hand Jordan Montgomery as the second-most important starter for...
Newsday Oct 8, 2020

Has Masahiro Tanaka pitched his last game as a Yankee?

Although Tanaka said Wednesday that the possible end of his Yankees career did not cross his mind, his seven-year contract with the team expires after this season.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 8, 2020
Yankees 4, Rays 8: Tanaka bad, umps worse

Yankees 4, Rays 8: Tanaka bad, umps worse

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Masahiro Tanaka fell apart, but bad umpiring hurt the Yankees once again I really struggled with how to recap this game. The Rays beat the Yankees, 8-4, and the Yankees now play with their backs up against the wall, needing to win two days in a row to advance to the ALCS. Masahiro Tanaka was not good, Charlie Morton was, and the Rays beat the Yankees. But boy, this game felt like one decided by the umpires. I hate to be one of those “blame the refs!” types, but between last night and tonight, it’s hard to argue that umpiring hasn’t had an undue effect on...
Newsday Oct 7, 2020

Masahiro Tanaka doomed by two home runs in his potential final start with Yankees

Tanaka has built up a record as a clutch postseason performer in his seven seasons as a Yankee, but that reputation took after he allowed five runs in four-plus innings.
Newsday Oct 7, 2020

Masahiro Tanaka hit hard as Rays put Yankees on brink of playoff elimination

Tanaka was pulled after allowing a leadoff homer to red-hot Randy Arozarena in the fifth inning; Giancarlo Stanton hit his sixth homer in five postseason games.
Yankees on brink of elimination after losing to Rays, 8-4, in Game 3 of ALDS

Yankees on brink of elimination after losing to Rays, 8-4, in Game 3 of ALDS

Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees' usually reliable playoff pitcher, got shelled Wednesday night as the Rays took Game 3 of the American League Division Series, 8-4, at Petco Park.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 7, 2020
Yankees Highlights: Giancarlo Stanton continues streak but Masahiro Tanaka falters

Yankees Highlights: Giancarlo Stanton continues streak but Masahiro Tanaka falters

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Yankees got outslugged again as Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t match his postseason standards. How quickly can things change this October? A mere 36 hours ago, the Yankees were coming off an excellent series-opening victory and were riding a three-game postseason winning streak. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, their season is now on the line. They fell behind early tonight and couldn’t recover, outslugged and outpitched by their rivals to the south. When the dust settled, the Rays had downed the Yankees 8-4 to take a 2-1 series lead. The series is certainly...

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