LADY AT THE BAT

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. 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. 
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. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Yankees To Pick New Manager From List Of Six

The interviews are over. We will soon know who the new manager of the New York Yankees is.

Writer Ken Davidoff tweeted this morning that GM Brian Cashman will make his recommendation to the Steinbrenner family based on the six candidates he and his staff have interviewed this month:

Rob Thomson, most recently the Yankees' bench coach

Eric Wedge, former Indians and Mariners manager

Hensley Meulens, former elite Yankee prospect and current SF Giants coach

Aaron Boone, former Yankee and current ESPN analyst

Chris Woodward, former Met and current Dodgers coach

Carlos Beltran, former Yankee and current World Series Champion

Based on how all of this has gone down, it would appear to me (and many others) that Beltran is your man. The interviews were stopped after his. They waited until after Thanksgiving to interview him, which makes it look as if they were waiting for him to talk to his family.

Of course, there's the lack of experience, but there is so much more he has going for him: The respect he has from everyone currently on the Yankees roster; his mentoring of young Latino players; his mentoring of non-Latino players (Aaron Judge being the most prominent); and, his solid relationship with Cashman.

Then again, another strong candidate on the list (in my opinion) is Hensley Meulens.  He speaks five languages, including Spanish and Japanese, and with Cashman announcing the Yankees will be all in on Shohei Ohtani, I don't think Meulens will be eliminated from consideration anytime soon.

Wedge and Woodward don't stand a chance, and Rob Thomson would have been given the job the day after Girardi was ousted if they really wanted him. (Thomson probably sees the writing on the wall; he is set to interview for the bench coach job with the Phillies.)

Then there is Aaron Boone. I don't like this candidacy at all. It reeks of Old Boy Network or, maybe even a certain kind of privilege, if you know what I mean. Beltran has built relationships with the team that can help him do his job. What has Boone done, except hit that home run?

My choice would be Beltran, with Meulens second. Good luck, guys.