LADY AT THE BAT

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trade Breakdown: Chase Headley To The Padres

Well, I guess if you can't deal Jacoby Ellsbury, you deal Chase Headley.

In case you missed it, Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell were traded to the San Diego Padres, for OF Jabari Blash (who will never play a single game in Yankee pinstripes). The Padres will pick up the remainder of Headley's salary ($13.5 million), and Mitchell will get a fresh start.

Will a fresh start do Mitchell any good? If you believe what Michael Kay said yesterday, it won't. Kay claims he has been told by pitchers in-the-know that Mitchell's problems stem from the fact that he is not athletic. When you are not athletic you can't repeat your delivery, apparently.

As for Headley, aside from the terrible slumps he subjected us to, there were also some good times, including the walk-off single he got in his very first game as a Yankee. But I will always remember the game, just this past season, when he lost his temper.

Click the link in the tweet below to view the VIDEO:


That blowup came shortly after the Players Tribune poll, in which fans were encouraged to choose walk-up music for their favorite players. The song chosen for Headley: White and Nerdy. He definitely wasn't acting white and nerdy that night!

So who's Headley's replacement? I would be fine with Todd Frazier getting a one-year deal. However, I doubt he'd settle for just one year. So, that leaves Miguel Andujar, and maybe Gleyber Torres or Ronald Torreyes.

No, I didn't forget Manny Machado. It's not happening, at least not this year. I can't believe the Orioles would be willing to trade Machado within the division! And it would cost too much. They're not getting away with offering low-level prospects like the ones they threw at the Marlins.

Watch. I'll be proven wrong, and Machado will be a Yankee by the end of the day today. Meh.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton's Yankees Tenure Expected To Begin Today

According to reports, Giancarlo Stanton is expected to be introduced as the newest Yankee today at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

Upon first hearing about the deal, I was dead-set against it. Now, I am just against it. (I can live with it, though.) As I see it now, here are the pros and cons:

Pros
  • While the luxury tax is still an issue, the Yankees were able to finagle things to the point that they will be under it for the 2018 season. (Unless they make a deal before Opening Day that nixes it.)
  • The Yankees gave up next-to-nothing for Stanton. Also, Starlin Castro's departure opens the door for the team's top prospect, Gleyber Torres. If he has an out-of-this-world spring training, he'll be the Opening Day 2B.
  • All those home runs. Judge and Stanton in the same lineup. Mic drop.
  • Derek Jeter's mistake is the Yankees' windfall. Jeter is experiencing major growing pains in his role with the Marlins. Though I doubt he had a hand in every miss-step that has taken place since he came on board, it's on him nonetheless, since he is part owner and is running their baseball operations. About time The Captain received some bad karma.
Cons
  • Stanton's ten-year-deal! He is already 28 years old. Did the Yankees learn nothing from the A-Rod extension? They had better pray like the dickens that the guy opts out after 2020.
  • Stanton has been injury-prone throughout his career. Yes the injuries have been freak ones, but it's a con all the same.
  • With the acquisition, the Yankees outfield is now at least six-deep: Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier. Someone's got to go.
  • Good pitching always neutralizes power. Don't think other teams aren't already trying to come up with strategies to stop Judge and Stanton, although, I'm pretty sure one of those strategies is NOT this:
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Ellsbury, Don't Boy
Jon Heyman has tweeted that Jacoby Ellsbury, who holds a full no-trade clause, wants to remain with the team. He wants to win his CF job back, which has been given to Aaron Hicks. It's not happening. Things could get very contentious between Ellsbury and the team in the coming months, especially with Scott Boras' involvement. Stay tuned, Yankees Universe!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ohtani Says No To Yankees As Boone Announcement Looms

So, Shohei Ohtani doesn't want to sign with the Yankees. The rumors as to why vary:

  • He doesn't want to play for a big market team.
  • He wants to play on the West Coast.
  • He doesn't want to play on a team that already has a Japanese star.
  • He's chicken.
  • He's stupid.
  • He doesn't want to win.
Whichever reason you pick can be psychoanalyzed until kingdom come. Have at it, if you will. Just don't act like a jilted lover. You don't even know the guy. And he doesn't know you.

I don't mean to be so harsh, but the things I've seen on social media since GM Brian Cashman confirmed Ohtani's decision have made me embarrassed to be a Yankees fan. I won't go into them here. I'll just concentrate on what should be done moving forward.

Kevin Maitan, the former Braves prospect is likely high on the Yankees' list. However, it's more important to focus on the 2018 25-man roster, than to figure out how to spend international bonus pool money. That brings us to CC Sabathia. 

Sabathia should be more in play than he was before. But, anything more than a one-year deal is ridiculous. After that, there's the DH. Though Todd Frazier is great in the clubhouse, he's a decent hitter at best. I would rather the Yankees rotate the DH spot between players they already have on the roster. 

Brian Cashman has spoken to Scot Boras twice since the season ended, but on neither of those occasions was client Jacoby Ellsbury discussed. Please be lying Cash. Please.  Perhaps he's waiting for Ellsbury to make a move, like providing a list of landing spots. We'll see.

Aaron "Bleeping" Boone
Bleeping is right. This is my first chance to comment on this since the reports came out. What a crock! Well, as Richard Neer of WFAN said recently, you don't need experience to do important jobs these days; just look who's running the country.

Aaron's brother Bret's moronic comments about sexual harassment remind us all too well of the _____Grabber-In-Chief. While we can be sure he won't act like Trump, let's hope the new manager of the Yankees won't turn out to be like his older brother.