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Over the Monster

Offseason Headlines We Want To See

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ The Over The Monster Podcast It’s podcast time! This week, Bryan and Dan draft the headlines they want to read this offseason. Bryan goes nuts with the puns, while Dan decides to be an agent of chaos and engineer a trade for Fernando Tatis Jr. There’s also some brief discussion of both the Yankees and the Nazis, though, incredibly, the two are not connected. Thanks for listening.

Pinstripe Alley

Revisiting the Yankees’ trade deadline

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Exploring the opportunity cost of one Frankie Montas. Y’know, I quite like Lou Trivino. Since coming to the Yankees, he’s shaved five runs off his ERA, now a sterling 1.74. Although his strikeouts are down and his walk rate up, that shocking home run rate has normalized and he’s worked his way into the circle of trust within the Yankee bullpen. Scott Effross, when he’s been on the field, has been very effective, albeit only in 10 innings since being acquired. Andrew Benintendi got off to a rough start in the Bronx, but was turning a corner...

Pinstripe Alley

How Frankie Montas can find success in the bullpen

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The former Oakland pitcher had a disappointing start to his Yankees career, but he may be able to turn himself into a bullpen weapon for October. When the Yankees acquired Frankie Montas from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline, the general consensus throughout baseball was that they had added a top-of-the-rotation starter to slot behind Gerrit Cole in the postseason rotation. With Nestor Cortes reaching a career high in innings pitched, Luis Severino out with a lat strain, and Jameson Taillon struggling at the time, the move was seen as an...

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees: Was Aaron Judge sending a message?

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge could be one of the biggest free agents available this coming offseason. However, as he chases the American League home run record established by former Yankees slugger Roger Maris, did Judge send a message to the Yankees […] New York Yankees: Was Aaron Judge sending a message? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Harrison Bader has generational talent in center field

Photo by Jamie Squire/ In his first week as a Yankee, Bader has put on a defensive clinic. It’s not too often that I get this excited about watching a Yankee play defense. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a privilege watching Aaron Judge patrol right field for the last six seasons in pinstripes, but this is another level that not even Judge can rival. Harrison Bader may be the best outfield defender I’ve seen in my two decades of watching Yankees baseball. There was much talk about Bader’s defense upon the trade being announced. The numbers and eye test matched...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Andújar designated for assignment amid moves

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Andújar DFA’d; Britton returns as Peralta heads to IL; Benintendi seeking a postseason return; Volpe named organization’s Minor League Player of the Year MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees have designated Miguel Andújar for assignment. The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up hasn’t found consistency since that season and after his shoulder injury, and his OPS+ sat at just 72 since the start of 2020. His Yankees tenure is all but over, but this will ultimately benefit Miggy. There will be a team out...

Over the Monster

Game 149: Red Sox at Yankees

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Don’t make history The Red Sox are playing the first of four games in New York against the Yankees. Aaron Judge is looking to sweep every available award. He’s hitting .317 with decimal points carry him just above Xander Bogaerts. He’s got 60 home runs. Needing just two more for his own record. He’ll be a free agent after the Yankees low-balled their best player. Will he sign with the Red Sox (personally stay far, far away Mr. Bloom) or the Yankees or maybe the Angels try to add to their core of Trout and Ohtani?

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees activate Zack Britton, send Wandy Peralta to IL

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports As one injured southpaw returns, another hits the shelf. Yankees fans already knew that the team was about to get a bullpen boost in the form of trade deadline acquisition Scott Effross for the opener of a four-game set against the Red Sox on Thursday night. The former Cubs right-hander isn’t the only reliever returning from injury, though. About half an hour ago, reports began to emerge on Twitter of Zack Britton’s pending activation. The two-time All-Star closer was a terrific setup man for the Yankees as recently as 2020, but a...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 14, Pirates 2: Cabrera, Torres run roughshod in sweep

Photo by Al Bello/ Aaron Judge was denied history for one day, but it didn’t matter in the Bronx. Alright, if you missed the game, Aaron Judge did not hit his 61st home run. Instead, the likely AL MVP merely went 2-4 with a pair of ringing doubles, was walked in the eighth, and he scored two runs as well. He now leads the AL batting title race by 0.004 points. Yes, I’m disappointed too, but we still have a Yankee win to recap! It appears as though the Yankees won the Jameson Taillon trade. Roasny Contreras and Miguel Yajure gave up ten combined runs of the 14 New...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees should use Harrison Bader in left field, not center

Photo by Scott Kane/ As long as Oswaldo Cabrera is in the outfield, the Yankees shouldn’t risk changing his position this late in the season. Later today, the last of the Yankees’ trade deadline acquisitions, Harrison Bader, is expected to make his pinstriped debut. A native of Bronxville, New York, Bader was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 draft; he made his MLB debut just two years later, and has until this point spent the entirety of his six-year career in St. Louis. In that time, he has established himself as one of the premier gloves in...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees activate Bader, place Montas on IL

Photo by New York Yankees/ New York’s return from the Jordan Montgomery trade will finally see action tonight. In a transaction that has been a long time coming at this point, the Yankees are getting center fielder Harrison Bader back from the 60-day injured list. The elite defender had been out since June 26th with plantar fasciitis in his right foot and spent the past week rehabbing with the Double-A Somerset Patriots. Bader has been activated, with starter Frankie Montas heading to the IL himself with shoulder inflammation. The somewhat-false word in that first...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Montas needs MRI on shoulder

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Concern for Yankees’ deadline day headliner; Comparing Judge and Ohtani in MVP race; Rizzo, Bader nearing returns; Looking back on Joey Gallo trade New York Post | Dan Martin and Jon Heyman: A day after squandering a five-run first inning lead, Frankie Montas is set to undergo an MRI on his shoulder. The Yankees’ trade deadline acquisition lasted only 3.1 innings on Friday, with his fastball velocity one mph down from his season average. It’s the same shoulder that he strained earlier in the season, causing him to miss 17 days. Neither the...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Yankees fans upset with Harrison Bader trade

As Jordan Montgomery dominates for the St. Louis Cardinals, Yankees fans are upset with the trade that netted them Harrison Bader. The trade that sent St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader to the New York Yankees in exchange for left-hander Jordan Montgomery sent shockwaves throughout baseball. There were no signs that Bader was on the […] St. Louis Cardinals: Yankees fans upset with Harrison Bader trade - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 6, Brewers 7: Five-run lead not enough for Montas

Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via The 5-0 lead quickly given to Frankie Montas didn’t last, as the trade deadline addition struggled again before Milwaukee walked it off. The Yankees traveled to Milwaukee to face a Brewers team that projects a nice parallel with them on a few levels. Coming off an NL Central win in 2021, the Brew Crew held a comfortable grip on a postseason berth and possible repeat crown in the first half, but recent scuffles have changed things a bit. They are only close in the postseason race due to the Padres’ own slump as the lowest...

NESN.com

Red Sox DFA Kevin Plawecki, Add Frank German To 40-Man Roster

The Red Sox appear to be in 2023 mode. Boston on Saturday announced it designated Kevin Plawecki for assignment. To replace him on the roster, the Red Sox added pitcher Frank German to the 40-man. German was acquired by the Red Sox from the New York Yankees as part of the Adam Ottavino trade in […] The post Red Sox DFA Kevin Plawecki, Add Frank German To 40-Man Roster appeared first on NESN.com.

Redbird Rants

Cardinals: Yankees manager responds to Jordan Montgomery’s criticism

Yankees manager Aaron Boone responded to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Montgomery’s criticism of his time in New York. At this point, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Montgomery’s criticism of his former team, the New York Yankees, is well documented. He revealed that the organization didn’t have much faith in his fastball while adamantly stating […] Cardinals: Yankees manager responds to Jordan Montgomery’s criticism - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Jeter isn’t going to replace Cashman

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Jeter not out for Cash’s job; Hispanic Heritage Month and the Yanks; Judge on the Triple Crown; Bader blocking out noise from trade reaction NY Post | Jon Heyman: Although Derek Jeter was celebrated at Yankee Stadium last week, he mentioned that he hopes to see a lot more of the fans. That quote circulated and caused a lot of people to wonder what he meant by that. Here’s what it doesn’t mean: he won’t be the next Yankees’ GM, so Brian Cashman doesn’t have to worry about that. MLB.com: The Yankees are celebrating Hispanic...

Pinstripe Alley

The cautionary tale of Jordan Montgomery

Photo by Joe Puetz/ Monty’s move to St. Louis highlighted the importance of infield defense. When the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader on deadline day, Yankees Universe collectively raised its eyebrows. Not only were they depleting their already-ailing starting rotation of a capable arm, but the player they were getting back was in a walking boot with a best-case scenario return date of mid-September. It was difficult to conceptualize an angle from which this trade made sense, and that’s even more the case six weeks later....

Redbird Rants

Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery shades Yankees on podcast

Jordan Montgomery has been a great addition to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, and recently threw shade at the New York Yankees for their usage of him. Jordan Montgomery has been a fantastic addition for the St. Louis Cardinals since the trade deadline, and is now throwing shade at his former team: the New York […] Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery shades Yankees on podcast - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

NESN.com

Is Aaron Judge Already Using Red Sox As Leverage Against Yankees?

If anyone in baseball history has ever had a better season ahead of free agency than Aaron Judge in 2022, it’s a very short list. The New York Yankees slugger is in the process of rewriting the record books with a career season, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Judge will be a […] The post Is Aaron Judge Already Using Red Sox As Leverage Against Yankees? appeared first on NESN.com.

NESN.com

Reese McGuire Blasts First Red Sox Home Run, Gives Boston Lead Vs. Yankees

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are playing home run derby at Fenway Park, and Reese McGuire decided to get in on the action. After seeing teammate Triston Casas and Yankees utility man Marwin González trade two-run bombs, McGuire decided it was time to belt his first home run as a member of […] The post Reese McGuire Blasts First Red Sox Home Run, Gives Boston Lead Vs. Yankees appeared first on NESN.com.

Redbird Rants

Cardinals: Yankees pitching coach fires back at Jordan Montgomery

After less than flattering comments, New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake fires back at St. Louis Cardinals starter Jordan Montgomery. Last week, new St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Montgomery credited the organization for trusting him to throw his fastball more … and at the same time, took a shot at his former team, the […] Cardinals: Yankees pitching coach fires back at Jordan Montgomery - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Outside The Confines: Here comes the Judge

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Aaron Judge is closing in on Roger Maris’ AL home run record. The Dodgers clinch another title. A look at the rules changes and other news from baseball. It was another big night in baseball for its biggest slugger. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit home runs number 56 and 57 last night in Boston. He is now only five home runs away from breaking Roger Maris’ American League home run record of 61. Ladies and gentleman, he’s also a free agent after this year. Tom Verducci has a behind-the-scenes look at Judge’s historic season in the...

Brew Crew Ball

Brewers win 8-4 over Cardinals behind early offense

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Crew looks for two-game sweep Wednesday after taking game one behind bullpen Box Score The Brewers got an 8-4 win in a high-scoring affair in St. Louis to start a two-game set and a tough eight-game gauntlet that includes games against the Cardinals, Yankees and Mets. Milwaukee sent reliever Matt Bush to the mound as an opener while St. Louis countered with Jordan Montgomery, who has been lights out since being traded to the Cardinals at the trade deadline. The game got off to a quick offensive start, with eight runs scored in the first two...

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees: Clock is ticking for Harrison Bader’s return

Exactly what will the New York Yankees get from Harrison Bader in 2022 and what kind of impact can he have on their postseason run? That question will likely begin to be answered next week. Can Harrison Bader make a big splash with the New York Yankees? Acquired at the trade deadline from the St. […] New York Yankees: Clock is ticking for Harrison Bader’s return - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Injury updates by the score

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Injury updates for Rizzo, Bader, Castro, Chapman, and Britton; LeMahieu looks to be at “full strength” when he returns; Yankee Stadium ranked among the league’s best bullpens MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: The injury bug has been hitting the Yankees fairly hard of late, as they currently have 15 players on the injured list. Not surprisingly, the injury report at this time is fairly long. Anthony Rizzo, who has missed time with a back problem and then headaches that may have resulted from the epidural given to treat the back problem,...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees place Jose Trevino on paternity list, call up Ben Rortvedt

Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports One of the Yankees’ primary offseason additions from last winter finally joins the team. The Yankees announced ahead of tonight’s game against the Rays that they had placed Jose Trevino on the paternity list. In a corresponding move, they called up catcher Ben Rortvedt to take Trevino’s place, and to possibly make his Yankees debut. Rortvedt was an important piece of the trade that sent Gio Urshela and Gary Sánchez to Minnesota and Josh Donaldson (also currently on the paternity list) to New York, but has yet to reach the majors as a...

DodgerBlue.com

Depth In Dodgers Lineup Taking Pressure Off Joey Gallo

When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees at the trade...

Stephen A. goes off on Yankees for failing to acquire a starting pitcher | Stephen A. Smith Show

Stephen A. Smith goes off on Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, saying he doesn't see them winning the 2019 World Series after failing to pick up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. ✔

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer? | FOX MLB

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are both interested in starting pitching. #FOXSports #MLB #TrevorBauer #Yankees #RedSox