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Quintana, Gardner and Headley

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Jose Quintana spent 4 years in #Yankees farm system, released after going 10-2 with 2.91 ERA for Class A Tampa in 2011. @MLB @MLBNetwork

6 Years Later they  wake up

Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi  
#Yankees interested in Jose Quintana, source says, and they have the sort of prospects #WhiteSox are looking for. @MLB @MLBNetwork

So  the word is Chicago  wants a similar package to  the one they  got for Sale?

Does that mean they  want a Hot Shot prospect who can’t hit a a breaking ball  at the MLB level, and a 20 yr old pitcher who’s been busted on PED’s, and punched out a teammate?

On Moncada

“He’s getting pitched to,” Farrell said. “He’s seeing some things here for the first time — 3-2 breaking balls for strikes, backdoor breaking balls from left-handers — that I’m sure in Portland and in the Eastern League he’s not going to see all that often. Not uncommon that some of these firsts are going to be challenges for him. These are growing opportunities for him.”

Moncada played in 12 games, went 4 for 19, and was punched out his last 9 AB’s

On Kopech

Red Sox sold high on both  young players, Kopech  with  a PED and a clubhouse altercation already under his belt, was starting to  wow the scouts by hitting triple digits

That’s all  well and good but how many starters throw triple digits for 7 innings?

Anyway the Yanks would probably start  with offering Jorge Mateo and pitcher James Kaprielian for Quintana.. They’d  need to  throw in a Jake Cave, Dustin Fowler or Mason Williams also if they  want to match  what Boston gave to  the White Sox

Kaprielian is coming off an injury so  I’m wondering if Domingo Acevedo would be Chicago’s asking price…? Kaprielian is much  closer to  the Varsity, and I’d hate to  see him traded

I’d hate t give up any young pitching for Quintana, but I guess if any of these kids got to Quintana’s level it would be what  the Yanks were hoping for in the long run..

Quintana’s contract is very team friendly, as he’s controllable for four seasons at $6 million in 2017 and $8.35M in 2018 with club options for $10.5 million in 2019 and 2020.

Yanks Top  30 Prospects

Will Sanchez get Framed?

With McCann gone the Yanks are now counting on Gary Sanchez to guide this pitching staff.. There is a question Re: Sanchez’s defense, one particular bug-a-boo is his pitch framing

Pitch framing is one of the new fangled Saber-metric stats that modern day  catchers are now graded on.. I’ve read Umps can  get pissed off if the catcher’s pitch framing tries to  show up his call..

In this link you can  see the difference between McCann’s catch  and frame  and Sanchez’s..Although the pitch used to  show the difference looks a bit more difficult to  frame  then the pitch McCann got a call on

Keep in mind while pitch framing is being touted by all analytics evaluators, it’s like UZR, an unproven science with some holes in the concept

Also in Sanchez’s future are the adjustments he’ll need to make as a hitter in an effort to keep  the SanBino moniker

Brett Gardner Isn’t Going Anywhere

Cashman apparently is playing hard to get when it comes to  trading Brett Gardner, rumor has it the price tag is steep?

Not sure what  that means 1)The Yanks will  eat money for a better prospect?

2) The Yanks won’t eat any of the $25M and still  want a top prospect?

As long as that’s the case, the idea of New York simply dumping Gardner in order to free up money doesn’t seem to have merit. Gardner, 33, posted a .351 OBP in 2016 and won a Gold Glove award for his stellar defensive play.

Teams will take the 33 yr old Punch and Judy hitter but want the Yanks to  eat salary and the prospects coming back to NY are similar to  the McCann deal

The Yankees will pay $11 million of the remaining salary down, reports Buster Olney of 

As for the return for the Yankees, Abreu is a 21-year-old right-hander. He was 2-8 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 90 innings in Class A last season. He was promoted to high Class-A late in the season for three outings. He threw well in three scoreless relief innings before making two starts, in which he was tuned up for seven runs in 8 2/3 innings. Abreu was ranked as the Astros’ seventh-best prospect before this deal by 

Guzman is a 20-year-old right-hander. He was 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 40 innings last season in Rookie ball. That’s a long way from the bigs, but there’s upside in the swing-and-miss department.

The optimum words here are “a long way  from the Bigs”

Good reasons to  flip  both  Gardner and Headley

1) It’ll make the DonB very happy!

2) The Yanks just paid out  $27.4M in Luxury Tax penalties.. That means the 2016 payroll counting all the extra service costs for luxury tax purposes was $243.8M this summer.

Good chance the Yanks might make a move at  the deadline when teams are more desperate, plus Gardner and Headley are insurance incase Judge, Austin, and Hicks stink, and Frazier remains one yr away from even  considering him as an alternative on the varsity


Written by Sal

December 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

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  1. I don’t understand what the big deal is with Russia, what’s not to like


    December 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

  2. Think of all those rally-killing double plays we won’t get if gardy and lamarr go away.
    Those weak strike 3s with men on 1st & 3rd,, 🙂
    Rag arm in left, limited range at 3rd.
    Leave, please,, just Leave !
    (quoting norman clancy, there Sal) 😆😆


    December 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    • I can’t think of anything but these Russian dancers, at least until the dudes stated to interrupt


      December 21, 2016 at 7:12 am

  3. Wow Buchholz got traded

    Joel Sherman
    1h1 hour ago
    Joel Sherman ‏@Joelsherman1
    #Yankees traded rlvr Nick Goody (DFAd when Chapman was signed) to #Indians for player to be named or cash considerations



    Joel Sherman
    3h3 hours ago
    Joel Sherman ‏@Joelsherman1
    Dombrowski told me in text that moving Buchholz’s $13.5M wasn’t about clearing $ to go after another big bat. Thus, no Encarnacion #Redsox


    December 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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