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Tampa Yankees rebranded as the Tampa Tarpons

As part of MLB’s directive to rename all minor league teams sharing a name with their parent club, the High Class-A Tampa Yankees have been renamed the Tampa Tarpons, the team announced today. The Yankees retain ownership of the Tampa franchise, which plays its games at George M. Steinbrenner Field. It’s a rebranding only. “We […] The post Tampa Yankees rebranded as the Tampa Tarpons appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 14 hours ago

The Prospect Debuts [2017 Season Review]

Even though the Yankees were not considered a slam dunk contender going into the 2017 season, there were plenty of reasons to be excited. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge were two of them. We were also looking forward to seeing some of the team’s top prospects make their MLB debuts at some point. Gleyber Torres […] The post The Prospect Debuts [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 17 hours ago

Thoughts after the Yanks trade for Giancarlo freaking Stanton

It came together so quickly. Less that 24 hours after the Giants and Cardinals publicly declared themselves out on Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees swooped in to grab the reigning NL MVP and MLB home run king over the weekend for the bargain price of Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers. Pretty incredible. The press […] The post Thoughts after the Yanks trade for Giancarlo freaking Stanton appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 18 hours ago

2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Monday

So this offseason went from boring to crazy in a hurry, huh? After weeks of inactivity, Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels and the Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton (!!!) in the span of 48 hours. Just like that, the two most intriguing storylines of the offseason were resolved. Ohtani is an Angel and Stanton […] The post 2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Monday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 20 hours ago

Fan Confidence Poll: December 11th, 2017

2017 Regular Season Record: 91-71 (858 RS, 660 RA, 100-62 pythag. record), second in ALE 2017 Postseason Record: 7-6 (51 RS, 42 RA), won AL WC Game, won ALDS, lost ALCS Top stories from last week: In a stunning move, the Yankees are set to acquire Giancarlo Stanton and cash from the Marlins for Starlin […] The post Fan Confidence Poll: December 11th, 2017 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees will reportedly hire Josh Bard for bench coach job

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees will name former big league catcher Josh Bard their new bench coach. Ken Davidoff said Bard interviewed last week and was impressive. The Yankees have not confirmed anything as of yet, and there’s no word on any of the other coaching staff positions. Bard, 39, was new manager Aaron […] The post Yankees will reportedly hire Josh Bard for bench coach job appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 10, 2017

Two Weeks On The Road

So I have been traveling a lot for work lately and the hot stove really hasn’t been really a priority.  I was in Vegas the week after Thanksgiving when most of the talk around the Yankees was “Who’s the Manager” and “What about Ohtani?”  News was mostly silly chatter about potential candidates and what a […] The post Two Weeks On The Road appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 10, 2017

Sorting Things Out

A year and a half or so ago, the Yankees traded Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Carlos Beltran. A year and a half ago, the Yankees were looking at a rebuilding process that, hopefully, wouldn’t be too painful. A year and a half ago, the present reality of the Yankees seemed completely unfeasible. But here […] The post Sorting Things Out appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Reports: Yankees, Marlins talking Giancarlo Stanton trade

The Yankees and Marlins are discussing a Giancarlo Stanton trade, according to multiple reports. Stanton used his no-trade clause to block deals to the Giants and Cardinals the teams announced earlier today, which apparently prompted the Yankees to get involved. Here’s what we know so far: Stanton will accept a trade to the Yankees. Apparently […] The post Reports: Yankees, Marlins talking Giancarlo Stanton trade appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Now that Shohei Ohtani is no longer an option, the Yankees are circling back to CC Sabathia

The Yankees found out they will not land Japanese ace-slash-slugger Shohei Ohtani last weekend. He prefers the West Coast, and informed the Yankees he will not sign with them. Bummer. Ohtani is a lot of fun. He also has a chance to be insanely good. He’d have fit into the youth movement nicely. Alas. With […] The post Now that Shohei Ohtani is no longer an option, the Yankees are circling back to CC Sabathia appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees, Cashman reportedly finalizing five-year contract

According to Bob Nightengale, the Yankees and Brian Cashman and putting the finishing touches on a new five-year contract worth $25M. The team hasn’t confirmed anything, but that’ll happen soon enough. The contract puts Cashman’s salary at a notch below the Andrew Friedman ($7M annually) and Theo Epstein ($10M annually) pay grade, though he did […] The post Yankees, Cashman reportedly finalizing five-year contract appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

The Miscellaneous Relievers [2017 Season Review]

Every season, without fail, teams cycle through a parade of relievers as injuries and poor performance force roster changes. The average MLB team used 22 different relief pitchers this year. The Mariners led the way with 34. The Yankees used 18, third fewest in baseball, if you can believe that. Only the Nationals and Indians […] The post The Miscellaneous Relievers [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Mailbag: Indians, Giants, Avila, Rule 5 Draft, IFA Money, Ohtani

We’ve got a dozen questions in the mailbag this week, the last mailbag before the Winter Meetings, which kick off Monday. RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com is the mailbag email address. Michael asks: Why would a free agent catcher want to sign with the Yankees? With the limited playing time opportunities. Wouldn’t a trade for […] The post Mailbag: Indians, Giants, Avila, Rule 5 Draft, IFA Money, Ohtani appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 7, 2017

Scouting the Free Agent Market: Back-Up Catchers

The average major league catcher slashed .245/.315/.406 in 2017, good for an 89 wRC+ – and the average back-up catcher was much, much worse than that. And that puts Austin Romine‘s offense in an incredibly unflattering light, as he was the worst hitter among the 49 backstops that amassed 200 PA last season. The baseline […] The post Scouting the Free Agent Market: Back-Up Catchers appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 7, 2017

The litany of below-average first basemen [2017 Season Review]

The Yankees had a lot of first basemen this year. Too many? Too many. In total, 11 different people manned first this year with Greg Bird probably the finest after he overcame his ankle issues. Chase Headley is the runner-up there, filling in admirably there once Todd Frazier took third base from him. But there […] The post The litany of below-average first basemen [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Scouting the Trade Market: Scott Alexander

Now that the Yankees are out of the Shohei Ohtani race, they can move forward with the rest of their offseason plans. The question now is what the heck are they going to do next? They need another starting pitcher, that’s fore sure, and re-signing CC Sabathia seems like the logical outcome there. Otherwise there […] The post Scouting the Trade Market: Scott Alexander appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Coaching Staff Notes: Beltran, Willits, Mendoza, Harkey

The Yankees officially introduced Aaron Boone as their new manager earlier today — that still sounds weird as hell — and if you missed the press conference, you can watch it here. Now that Boone has been hired, the next step is building his coaching staff. Brian Cashman said today that process could take “a […] The post Coaching Staff Notes: Beltran, Willits, Mendoza, Harkey appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 6, 2017

The New Yankee Ace [2017 Season Review]

Luis Severino was a highly-touted prospect coming up to the bigs. He had the stuff, could throw strikes, had youth, etc. However, there always were question marks following him (size, durability concerns and delivery, mostly). His solid 2015 showing was encouraging, but in 2016, Severino put many in doubt by putting up a 5.83 ERA […] The post The New Yankee Ace [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Scouting the Free Agent Market: Alex Cobb

Coming into the offseason it was clear the Yankees need at least one starting pitcher, if not two given the big workloads the staff endured in 2017. In a perfect world one of those two starters would’ve been Shohei Ohtani. That won’t happen though. Re-signing CC Sabathia seems likely, at least I think so, but […] The post Scouting the Free Agent Market: Alex Cobb appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Thoughts after the Yankees name Aaron Boone manager

In a few hours the Yankees will hold an introductory press conference for new manager Aaron Boone, who we learned got the job last Friday. You’ll be able to watch the press conference live on YES and Yankees.com at 12pm ET. Needless to say, this is a significant change. The upstart Yankees are going from […] The post Thoughts after the Yankees name Aaron Boone manager appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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