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Starting on Monday when the GM Meetings officially open, Brian Cashman’s marching orders  to simultaneously  rebuild a baseball  team, without  destroying the box office at  Hal’s new House That Sanchez Built, will continue!

Wanting  a 2 day  hiatus to better grasp the new CBA rules that were tentatively completed Wednesday, Cashman  told the media and involved agents his office was shutting down for the weekend

TBC in National Harbor, Md. on Monday

“I said, ‘Listen, give me at least 24, 48 more hours to see what sort of information we can get from baseball,’” the Yankees general manager said in Stamford, Conn., between stints rappelling down the Landmark Building as part of the city’s Heights & Lights holiday program. “So hopefully we’ll be able to hit the ground running Monday at the latest, but it’s in our best interest to know what we’re dealing with, first and foremost.”

No Worries

The Yanks missing from a Hot Stove season is like fresh  air missing from a hotel  room..   The MLB Hot Stove process becomes stagnant, the rumors  about as exciting as a stale joke…

Nobody in MLB’s front office, or the media want a Big Elephant in the room to  forget his CheckBook.. the Bombers become an  appealing follow based on need, and the fact they  shed some payroll Teixeira, $22.5M, Beltran $15M, Chapman $11M, Miller $9M, McCann $11M, Eovaldi $5.6M

Aroldis Chapman  1 year / $11.325 (2016) signed by NY Yankees 2/12/16 (avoided arbitration, $13M-$9M)

Suspended for first 30 games of 2016 season, with Chapman losing 30 days’ ML service and pay, or $1,856,557…

Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from NY Yankees 7/25/16 with $4,331,967 remaining on contract 1…

At the moment Free Agent pieces that  could fulfill what Cashman is looking to  do in 2017 are Chapman who will be expensive, and Beltran who  would provide a short term middle of the order bat for 1 year..

There was also rumor Cashman  was very interested in Edwin Encarnacion???

I would think Encarnacion at 33 yr’s old would at least want a Cespedes type contract. The Yanks were said to  be interested if his market dropped, but every team will be in line if that happens, and Toronto  would probably be the favorite

A dynamic bullpen proved enough marquee to  excite the fanbase when No Runs DMC roamed the league from May until  August 1st..

Despite the Yanks being a very long shot to make the playoffs, adding a weapon like Chapman to Betances, Clippard, and Warren, throw in a LHP specialist like a Boone Logan type if he comes cheap, and conceptually you’ve shortened the game to 6 innings

With  a very shaky rotation a 26 man roster would have played very nicely into  the Bombers present game plan, but instead they’ll be 2 starting spots open for 5 pitchers, and most likely a 7 man bull pen.

Green, Cessa, Mitchell, Severino, and Adams will become either part of the Tanaka, Pineda, Sabathia rotation, or added to  the bull pen, shoring up  2 or 3 spots last year’s Gidrools occupied..!


My guess, and conventional wisdom prevailing, whoever doesn’t win the last two  rotation spots will  start  the season at Triple A pitching every 5 days, while their innings are micro managed

Best case scenario is Mitchell  and Severino crack the starting 5, Green, Cessa, and Adams become much needed depth..

If Cashman decides to add a  FA like Rich Hill to  the mix, perhaps a trade that involves Pineda for prospects would come to  fruition… Or Cashman intends to beef up  the bull pen, with a  weapon like Severino, if indeed they feel he still has time to  develop a third pitch, by 2018…

Jacobs Ladder

One of moscone’s favorite Yankees has been released..  Jacob Lindgren the highly touted reliever  out of Mississippi state who the Yanks wasted a 2nd round pick on will be recouping from  an August Tommy John surgery

Lindgren was released opening up  a spot on the 40 man roster..File this under

The Yankees also nontendered righty starter Nathan Eovaldi, who won’t pitch in 2017 due to his second career Tommy John surgery.

We still might see this kid down the road, but man he went from a David Robertson projected savior to a wasted pick..#Good Luck


Written by Sal

December 3, 2016 at 9:39 am

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  1. Sal

    December 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • Yanks need to clear space on the payroll for this kid #2019


      December 3, 2016 at 9:48 am

  2. Marbles Feinsand is all excited about the Yanks saving revenue sharing and deductions from owning their own stadium… But Marbles that has nothing to do with a Luxury tax number

    With the “performance factor” — which was essentially a revenue-sharing multiplier that took a team’s revenues and market size into account — no longer part of the system, the Yankees should wind up paying less than they have been.

    They will also receive a deduction for money they have paid (and continue to pay) toward construction and operation of Yankee Stadium, meaning the Yankees could drop from the No. 1 highest revenue-sharing contributor to No. 3 or 4 in the league.


    December 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

  3. Sal

    December 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

  4. The Don’s Dreams come true

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 9m9 minutes ago

    Source confirms: Beltran in agreement with the #Astros, one year, $16M, full no-trade clause. First on agreement: @Buster_ESPN.

    32 replies 499 retweets 344 likes


    December 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  5. Apparently the Don B got to the NYY owners

    Mark Feinsand ‏@FeinsandNYDN 7m7 minutes ago Robertsville, NJ
    Source: Yankees kicked the tires on Beltran but never made him a formal offer.


    December 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm

  6. Can They really be serious about Encarnacion? Back up first base, full time DH until he’s 37 or 4 years at $25M per?



    December 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  7. The rise & fall of Jacob Lindgren couldn’t be forseen. This kid was on the fast track only to be undone by the TJ Curse!
    But, as Sal said, we could see this kid again down the road.

    Even if the Yanks are able to corral Chappy & a lefty specialist, along with Clippard & Warren, shortening the game to 6 innings, the Yanks face the same dilemma as last year. Unless they can squeeze more innings out of a shaky starting staff, they face the problem of a tired bullpen by August (i.e. Betances).
    Ending up in the same conundrum as last year.
    Obviously, we need starters that can pitch into the 7th fairly consistently.

    As far as Encarnacion is concerned, I can’t see them paying the $ or years it’s going to take to get him at 33 yrs of age. Ultimately, I think that would be a bad move compromising the future.

    I guess we gotta watch the movie & see how it all turns out. Hope for a happy ending where the good guy gets the girl….


    December 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    • hey mB, your concern wearing out the pen is still a piece of the puzzle Cashman hasn’t solved

      Analytics has a big time rub with paying relievers, based on innings pitched being the main deterrent… That said unless you’re eating innings in a blow out, middle relievers are experiencing as many high leverage situations as the starter, not to mention the game is becoming shorter with less innings to catch up if the reliever falters..

      The hypocrisy in analytics’ ideology, it also has data that proves third time around a line-up is heavily in favor of the offense, so pitching changes are practically the norm

      I believe you can partially remedy this problem by carrying, hypothetically, 8 starters.. Let’s use the Yanks as a template

      Tanaka averaged 6.4 innings per start, so he left 7 or 8 outs for the pen..

      Pineda 5.5 innings, he leaves 10 possibly 11 outs for the pen

      Sabathia 6 innings, he leaves 9 outs for the pen

      Green, Cessa, Mitchell, Severino are all 4 inning heroes so they leave 15 outs for the pen

      I’d piggy back Pineda with a kid…. for a #3 starter, then piggy back Mitchell with Severino

      The goal is to hand the remaining bull pen 3 to 6 outs max…

      Unfortunately GM’s will want to stretch out young potential starters in the minors, because innings are more valuable to the big club

      The problem with my concept, how much rest do the kids throwing 6 to 9 outs need between outings?

      So yes it goes back to the optimum being 21 outs from your starter, mix and match until your closer….

      good stuff mB


      December 4, 2016 at 5:51 am

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