6:48 PM EST, Fri December 15, 2017
3 hours ago

Just how good is the Yankees lineup projected to be?

Adding Giancarlo Stanton is great for the Yankees. I don’t need to use any sort of analytics to tell you that. It was already a lineup that did not have shortage in power and production. Now, thanks to some stealthy reinforcement, the offense figures to be hypothetically deadly to the opposing pitchers. That begged the […] The post Just how good is the Yankees lineup projected to be? appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
4 hours ago

RAB Live Chat

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6 hours ago

The Erstwhile Manager [2017 Season Review]

Joe Girardi‘s tenth season as manager of the Yankees turned out to be his final season as manager of the Yankees. And, weirdly enough, he was dismissed after the club exceeded all expectations and made it to within one game of the World Series. Just consider the preseason projections real quick: FanGraphs: 79-83 Baseball Prospectus: […] The post The Erstwhile Manager [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
7 hours ago

Friday chat reminder

Lots has happened since the last chat. The Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton! And they salary dumped Chase Headley too. There’s also a lot of talk about trading for a young pitcher as well. Let’s chat about all that this afternoon. See y’all at 2:30pm ET. The post Friday chat reminder appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
9 hours ago

Mailbag: Ohtani, Stanton, Pettitte, Lowrie, Greinke, Harrison

We’ve got 13 questions in the mailbag this week, the first post-Winter Meetings mailbag of the winter. Send your questions to RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get to as many as I can each week. Many asked: Would you rather the Yankees have signed Shohei Ohtani or made the Giancarlo Stanton trade? Ohtani, […] The post Mailbag: Ohtani, Stanton, Pettitte, Lowrie, Greinke, Harrison appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 14, 2017

Scouting the Trade Market: Patrick Corbin

The Yankees have been linked to the Diamondbacks and Patrick Corbin several times over the last couple of days, and it has become clear that adding a starting pitcher is their top priority. Mike wrote about a bit about Corbin as a potential trade target last off-season, but another season of data post-Tommy John Surgery […] The post Scouting the Trade Market: Patrick Corbin appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 14, 2017

Looking at potential landing spots for Jacoby Ellsbury

For the very first time, I went into this offseason believing the Yankees would make a serious effort to move Jacoby Ellsbury. They’re going to have to eat money to do it, but that money is a sunk cost anyway. Either the Yankees pay Ellsbury and keep him on the roster, or they pay him […] The post Looking at potential landing spots for Jacoby Ellsbury appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 14, 2017

Yankees lose Mike Ford, five others in 2017 Rule 5 Draft

The Winter Meetings came to a close this morning with the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, baseball’s mechanism for helping players stuck in the minors get a chance at the big leagues. As expected, the Yankees lost several players in the Rule 5 Draft. That’s usually what happens when you have a deep farm system. There […] The post Yankees lose Mike Ford, five others in 2017 Rule 5 Draft appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 14, 2017

2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Thursday

The Winter Meetings come to an end today and, really, they’ll be over before lunchtime. The Rule 5 Draft is this morning and everyone heads home after that. The Yankees will undoubtedly lose some players in the Rule 5 Draft. That tends to happen when you have a strong farm system. There’s a good chance […] The post 2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Thursday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 13, 2017

Buying at the trade deadline [2017 Season Review]

In 2016, the Yankees sold at the trade deadline, signaling time for a rebuild. A year later? The tables had turned with the Yankees as buyers looking to bolster a club already in playoff contention. Through two big deals and a few smaller ones, Brian Cashman was able to give the Bombers an extra boost […] The post Buying at the trade deadline [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 13, 2017

Scouting the Free Agent Market: Neil Walker

The Yankees have (for the best of reasons) unexpectedly found themselves in need of a second baseman and/or a third baseman. That is, unless you expect them to go into 2018 with a rookie at one of those positions, and Ronald Torreyes at the other; suffice it to say that I don’t. Barring a trade […] The post Scouting the Free Agent Market: Neil Walker appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 13, 2017

Scouting the Trade Market: Michael Fulmer

Within the last week the Yankees have added the reigning NL MVP, traded away their starting second and third basemen, and freed up some payroll space under the $197M luxury tax threshold. It’s been a busy few days. And the Yankees aren’t done either. Yesterday’s Chase Headley salary dump was so very clearly a precursor […] The post Scouting the Trade Market: Michael Fulmer appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 13, 2017

2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Wednesday

The first two days of the Winter Meetings have been pretty eventful for the Yankees. On Monday they introduced Giancarlo Stanton with a press conference in Orlando. Then yesterday they salary dumped Chase Headley (and Bryan Mitchell) on the Padres. What will today bring? I’m not sure. All I know is the Yankees have been […] The post 2017 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Wednesday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 13, 2017

Yankees re-sign Erik Kratz to a minor league deal, probably

The Kratz Attack is back. The Yankees have re-signed journeyman catcher Erik Kratz to what I assume is a minor league contract, his representatives at JMG Baseball announced. He was on the roster as the third catcher in September after coming over in a cash trade with the Indians. The Yankees outrighted him and he […] The post Yankees re-sign Erik Kratz to a minor league deal, probably appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Dec 12, 2017

The back of the bench [2017 Season Review]

We’ve gone through just about every player who made an appearance for the Yankees this year. The good ones. The bad ones. Now let’s get to some of the players in between, the players who are easy to forget. These are the players that you miss on the 2017 New York Yankees Sporcle quiz. First, […] The post The back of the bench [2017 Season Review] appeared first on River Avenue Blues.