5:29 AM EST, Mon January 21, 2019
15 hours ago
Sunday open thread

Sunday open thread

Here’s your open thread for the day! Sonny Gray appears to be on his way to the Reds, and today we find out which teams are going to the Super Bowl. I haven’t really followed football this season since I didn’t have a fantasy football team for the first time in seven or so years. I do know that I’m rooting for anyone but the Patriots, though. Fun Questions Do you have a pet? Tell us about them. Yankees are supposedly looking to add another starting pitcher. Who do you think they should go after?
16 hours ago
Where the Yankees’ payroll stands now

Where the Yankees’ payroll stands now

With much of their offseason shopping already done, where do the Yankees stand in terms of the payroll and the luxury tax? In contrast to the snail-like pace of the overall MLB offseason, the Yankees have kept quite busy in recent weeks. The team has crossed off nearly every item on their winter checklist. They re-signed the veterans they intended to keep around, added a premier starter in James Paxton, and imported a bucketful of former Rockies in DJ LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, and Adam Ottavino. With Sonny Gray reportedly on his way to the Reds, the Yankees are essentially set. Whether...
18 hours ago
The diversity of the Yankees bullpen

The diversity of the Yankees bullpen

A group called upon to do so much has to present unique looks. I love bullpens. There’s a lot of angst over the decline of the starting pitcher that I’ve never been able to empathize with. I love armchair strategizing about who a manager should tell to get loose and when to make a pitching change. I love the opener and the “filler,” the Josh Hader types that can come in and record six or seven outs without breaking a sweat. It’s lucky then that I’m a Yankees fan. For the better part of my lifetime, the Yankees have made it a point of pride to have a shutdown bullpen, and 2019...
20 hours ago
Rockies fans have thoughts on the Yankees signing all their players

Rockies fans have thoughts on the Yankees signing all their players

Our friends at Purple Row have thoughts on the new-look Yankees. The Yankees adopted an interesting offseason strategy in 2019. In many ways, it appears their game plan revolved around acquiring as many former Rockies as possible. In a little less than three weeks, the Bombers brought Troy Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu, and Adam Ottavino into the fold. To get a better sense of perspective on these moves, we asked our friends at Purple Row to talk about them. Eric Garcia McKinley was kind enough to join us for some banter, and most importantly, to share their Rockies insights with our Yankees...
22 hours ago
NYY news: It’s always Sonny in Cincinnati?

NYY news: It’s always Sonny in Cincinnati?

Yankees finalizing Gray trade with Reds; Betances and Ottavino teammates again; Rivera probably won’t receive unanimous Hall of Fame induction CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Yankees are on the verge of trading Sonny Gray to the Reds. In return, the Bombers are expected to receive a package fronted by infield prospect Shed Long. Here’s hoping they finalize the deal soon. In the meantime, take a look at what Kento had to say about the proposed return. SNY | Anthony McCarron: Here’s a fun story. Dellin Betances and Adam Ottavino will share the late innings coming out of the Yankees...
Jan 19, 2019
Yankees get legitimate prospect for Sonny Gray

Yankees get legitimate prospect for Sonny Gray

Shed Long for Sonny Gray was a better return than expected, and Yankee fans should be more than content. It finally happened; Sonny Gray has been traded. His new home will be the Cincinnati Reds, who will send over their number seven prospect Shed Long, a lesser prospect, and a Draft pick in exchange for Gray’s services, per MLB Network Insider’s Jon Heyman. My first impression of this deal is that it’s a very good one for the Yankees. Sonny Gray struggled mightily in his time in the Bronx, and while his peripherals suggested that he was deserving of somewhat less worse results, they...
Jan 19, 2019
Yankees to trade Sonny Gray to Reds

Yankees to trade Sonny Gray to Reds

The Yankees are finally trading Sonny Gray. After months of rumors, it sounds like the Yankees are finally trading Sonny Gray. Jon Heyman reports that the the Bombers are finalizing a trade that would send the embattled right-hander to the Cincinnati Reds. In exchange, the Bombers will receive infield prospect Shed Long, a Competitive Balance Round A draft pick, and possibly a lesser prospect. Ken Rosenthal first had that the Reds were making progress yesterday. Gray, 29, had a disastrous season in 2018. He pitched to a 4.90 ERA (4.17 FIP) across 130.1 innings. The nadir of his season...
Jan 19, 2019
Pinstripe Alley open thread - 1/19/19

Pinstripe Alley open thread - 1/19/19

A Saturday night open thread. The offseason has continued at its glacial pace in terms of the rest of MLB, but the Yankees have worked steadily. Their streak of importing former Rockies likely concluded this week, with Adam Ottavino joining the uber-bullpen from Colorado. Hopefully the Sonny Gray melodrama wraps up soon, to put a bow on one of the final Yankees offseason story-lines. Tonight, the Knicks and Nets are off on what’s an otherwise loaded NBA slate. If you’re in the mood for some New York/Boston spice, tune into the NHL, as the Rangers take on the Bruins. Question to...
Jan 19, 2019
The Yankees might have another team record in their sights in 2019

The Yankees might have another team record in their sights in 2019

The Yankees pitching staff has the talent to set a record in 2019. Last year, the Yankees set the single-season record for home runs as a team with 267. In reality, the record and the Yankees’ chase of it wasn’t much more than a fun thing to follow as the season went along. They still ended up losing in the playoffs to the team they broke the record against. However, it was a nice moment when it was finally broken. It will be a fun thing to look back on as we get further away from the disappointment of the way last season ended. Between the way baseball is currently played and the...
Jan 19, 2019
Yankees linked to Nolan Arenado, not out on Manny Machado

Yankees linked to Nolan Arenado, not out on Manny Machado

The Yankees are reportedly keeping tabs on the third base market. It stands to reason that the Yankees finished their offseason heavy lifting. The team traded James Paxton, signed two elite relievers, and added a bunch of infield depth. Once Sonny Gray gets traded — and that could happen at any minute — the Bombers should be able to call it a winter. That said, it feels like the Yankees may have missed a chance to make a move that shifts the balance of the power in the American League. The team has yet to sign any of the top free agents on the market, game-changing players available...
Jan 19, 2019
Will the Yankees extend their young stars?

Will the Yankees extend their young stars?

The Yankees’ recent reluctance to make long-term commitments may mean that they will let the Baby Bombers go. Mea culpa: at this point, I hesitate to brand the Yankees as cheap, as I have implied in past articles. Instead, I will say the Yankees have been meticulous about how they spend their money. They have shown a reluctance to hand out lucrative long-term contracts to free agents, but they haven’t been shy about granting short-term contracts to “Tier two" free agents, even if it means going over the luxury tax. Judging from such behavior, the Yankees seem to be committed to...
Jan 19, 2019
Adam Ottavino gives the Yankees another strikeout artist

Adam Ottavino gives the Yankees another strikeout artist

Ottavino’s whiff-inducing stuff could make him easily worth his new three-year deal with the Yankees. The New York Yankees have been assembling a super-bullpen over the past few years, from the development of Dellin Betances and Chad Green to the additions of Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton, and the since-departed David Robertson. Thursday afternoon, the Yankees signed another top bullpen arm, Adam Ottavino, to join the relief corps in the Bronx. Most New York-area fans probably aren’t too familiar with Ottavino and what he brings to the table, given his exclusively National League...
Jan 19, 2019
Let’s remember Sonny Gray’s best starts with the Yankees

Let’s remember Sonny Gray’s best starts with the Yankees

Let’s remember the good times we had with Gray. With each passing day, the Sonny Gray era in the Bronx draws nearer to a conclusion. Since arriving at the trade deadline in 2017, the right-hander has had a rocky tenure in pinstripes. He had his share of shaky moments, but he also pitched fairly well at times. You can’t write him totally off! To give Gray a proper farewell, I’m going to rank his best starts with the Yankees. I used Game Score as my guiding criteria. For a quick primer on the metric, here’s a handy explanation. It’s not a perfect tool, but it does a pretty fine...
Jan 19, 2019
NYY News: The Mo You Know

NYY News: The Mo You Know

Rivera could achieve unanimous induction; What’s left for the Yankee offseason; Machado could get creative; Red Sox lying in wait FiveThirtyEight | Nathaniel Rakich: On Tuesday, the latest class of baseball’s immortals will be announced as the Hall of Fame releases their inductees. Mariano Rivera will be among them, and FiveThirtyEight is predicting that Mo will be the first ever unanimous induction. Public and private ballots often differ, but the lack of any dissent so far makes the site’s algorithm very happy. SNY | Chris Carelli: After signing Adam Ottavino, the main boxes on the...
Jan 18, 2019
Friday night open thread

Friday night open thread

Here’s your open thread for the evening! So, Adam Ottavino is a Yankee. The super-bullpen has been restored, and I have to say...if the Yankees are done for the offseason (other than a Sonny Gray trade), I’m pretty satisfied. Sure, I wish the infield was a little bit better, but I do think they’ve overall improved relative to last year. Fun Questions What is your favorite kind of sandwich? Do you think the current 2019 squad is better than the 2018 Yankees?