The Yankees decision to move some big name players before the trade deadline was a great step forward for the team. They have some of the best prospects in baseball and the future is looking bright for them. There is still some fighting for this team to do this season.
Manager Joe Girardi said “I don’t ever wave a white flag” meaning he will not concede that this season is done. This team is ready to jump at the chance to redeem themselves for the way they have started their season. The Yankees do not what to just make their record look respectable, they want to make the playoffs.
The Yankees parted ways with one of their hottest hitters this season in Carlos Beltran. Age was a factor in this decision as the 39 year old outfielder might be nearing the end of his career. That trade means the Yankees need to step it up on offense.
The one bright spot in the batting order right now is Didi Gregorius. He has been on fire with a batting average of .290 and he can be the leader of this offense when they need runs. They Yankees need the beginning of their lineup to be more productive so they can get on base and get runs driven in.
Pitching has also been a problem for the Yankees throughout the first half of the season and has continued in the second half. The problem with the pitching is not the pitching itself, but it is the lack of run support provided by the offense.
Offensive problems cause defensive problems for any team, but this season it has hit the Yankees hard. There is no question that these problems will be fixed with the new prospects they have, as for now the team has to adjust during the remainder of the season. If they want to make a playoff push they will have to start making changes.
The Yankees moved Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman before the trade deadline and that ended the “No Run DMC” era. Moving these pitchers was a must for the Yankees, but now that Dellin Betances is the closer he needs to pick up where his former teammates left off. He will not be throwing every pitch over 100mph, but he can use his different pitches to get out of jams. Betances has power and he is capable of bringing the heat when he needs to.
The Yankees have been teetering on the .500 mark for most of the season. If they want to break this trend they need to start winning. They have found trouble keeping their bats hot and providing run support for their pitchers.
The Yankees will have a new look next year and they desperately need it because of the way they have looked the past few seasons. Winning now is a challenge they are willing to take on because some more familiar faces on the team may be gone come next season. One of those players could be Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees could be looking to part ways early with Rodriguez to make way for their prospects.
Yankees’ Preparing Record-Setting Contract Offer for Gerrit Cole
The New York Yankees are looking to make free agent front-line starter Gerrit Cole an offer he simply cannot refuse.
According to the New York Times’ Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are working on a making a record-setting seven-year, $245 million contract offer to Cole, which would set anew mark for pitchers in terms of overall value as well as average annual value.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, while the Yankees have not officially made the offer to Cole, they are not far from doing so. Cole and his agent Scott Boras have requested interested teams to submit their initial offers.
Cole is expected to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodges and and the Los Angeles Angels, who could throw their hat in the ring of what could be a fevered bidding war to land Cole, who is widely considered to be the cream of the free agent crop this year.
The Yankees have made it their priority to sign Cole this offseason, and appear to be taking a clear, and aggressive approach, to get that deal done as soon as possible.
Rays’ Blake Snell Rips Tommy Pham Trade During Twitch Stream
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace pitcher Blake Snell wasn’t a big fan of the Rays recent trading of Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for veteran outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards, and aired his thoughts during a recent stream on Twitch.
Snell, who is one of many MLB players trying to battle it out as one of the best Twitch channels, was streaming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on one of his Twitch streams when the news initially broke regarding the trade, and offered his raw, unfiltered reaction.
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Snell gripes that “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd–k prospect?”. While Snell went on to talk more on the trade, and even later apologized on the stream and told the the Tampa Bay Times he was just frustrated over losing Pham.
Pham was a big part of the Rays postseason run last season.
“I apologized on [Twitch] just saying I’m sorry I’m just upset we’re losing a guy like Tommy who helped our team in so many ways!” Snell said in a text to the Tampa Bay Times. “Didn’t mean any disrespect to Edwards who I didn’t know who he was until after I said that. I was just sad to lose Tommy. … Pretty much we could’ve got [Nationals rookie Juan] Soto, I was just sad to lose Tommy. It’s tough losing someone you respect so much and enjoy being around.”
“He actually reached out to me earlier today and explained that he was a good friend of Pham’s and he kind of just reacted in that moment and said what he said, but that he didn’t mean any disrespect or any hard feelings,” Edwards said. “I’ve got to take him at his word, and just looking forward to getting after it.”
Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell
While the Chicago Cubs tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season, there was one notable name they decided to non-tender: Addison Russell.
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Russell, 25, will now hit free agency following five years with the Cubs, the last two proving to be rough for the infielder.
The Cubs tendered Russell for 2019 after he was suspended for 40 games near the end of the 2018 season for violating the league’s domestic abuse policies, forcing him to miss the first 28 games of the 2019 season.
Russell, a National League All-Star in 2016, was later demoted to the minors, after he struggled on the field.
“We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “In the year since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth, as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen. We hope and believe that Addison’s work will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including [ex-wife] Melisa [Reidy].
“In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff. We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players’ partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely. We wish Addison and his family well.”
Russel was a key factor in the Cubs winning the World Series after a 108 year drought back in 2016, with a Grand Slam in Game 6 which catapulted the Cubs back from a 3-2 deficit in the series.
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