Saturday, December 16, 2017

CHECKING IN ON JAY BELL & THE TAMPA YANKEES

(Mark LoMoglio)
For my next installment through the Yankee farm system, I head down to Tampa, Florida where we find the High-A Tampa Yankees led by Manager Jay Bell. Though they fell in the championship to the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Tampa Yankees had one a hell of a season finishing with a league-best 85-50.  This piece discusses the final game and just how great things went:

Domingo Acevedo ©Mark LoMoglio/Yankees
"Despite falling short of repeating as North Division Champions, the T-Yanks enjoyed a historic 2017 season. The Yankees tallied a franchise-record 85 wins and Tampa pitchers collected 1,215 strikeouts to break the FSL single-season record. The T-Yanks look forward to returning to action in 2018."

Because of their season, Jay Bell was named the FSL Manager of the Year. You gotta love that.

"Jay Bell earns 'Manager of the Year' after guiding the T-Yanks to a first-half North Division Title, with a record of 39-31.

Tampa has also clinched the second-half of the North Division, with a record of 40-18 as of August 28th. It is the first time the Tampa Yankees have ever won both halves of the FSL North Division."

Though there was no championship this was a well-deserved honor for Jay as he works his way up the ladder.  To be honest, I really thought he might have had a chance at being the next Yankee manager after Joe Girardi left. I know it sounds nuts, but Bell has the experience. Regardless, congratulations to Jay and the rest of the crew in Tampa.

Stephen Tarpley  ( Rick Ferry)
By the way, this is the last piece I'll ever write on the Tampa Yankees, as they no longer exist. They seem to have had a name change in Tampa, and starting in 2018 they will now be known a the Tampa Tarpons. You can read that HERE. Here's some info on that...


"When the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees takes the field for the 2018 season, it will mark the return of Tarpons baseball to the Florida State League after a 30-year absence.  The Tampa Tarpons played in the league from 1957 through 1987, winning titles in 1957, 1959 and 1961."

I love tradition of old team names are finding their way back.  It just shows how rich in history baseball truly is.



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-Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer
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DUSTIN FOWLER JUST FILED A LAWSUIT

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Everyone is sue happy.  I'm not saying lawsuit's aren't warranted.  I'm saying that there are creative ways to do it, and you can pretty much sue a ham sandwich if you want to.  Some lawsuits are thrown out... some run their course.  I actually think Dustin Fowler has a case.

Remember when Dustin Fowler made his debut with the Yankees and literally got hurt after being on the field a few minutes?  Well, he's suing because of that.

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The New York Post has the story:

"Fowler, who ruptured his patellar tendon when crashing into the wall to make a catch in foul territory at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on June 29, is suing the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

(Photo: AP)
The outfielder, since traded to the Athletics in the Sonny Gray deal, filed the lawsuit Friday, claiming negligence “in not securing the unpadded electrical box he collided with.” Fowler attempted to get up on the warning track after the collision, but his right leg collapsed.

The 22-year-old was supposed to record his first major league at-bat the next half-inning but underwent emergency surgery that night instead. "

You gotta wonder what happens to Fowler's career.  Hopefully he can come around and be a productive player.  Let's not forget us Yankee fans were excited for him. After that night, everything changed.  Sad... but I will continue to root for him however.

We'll keep you posted on this lawsuit.


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Friday, December 15, 2017

COLE FOR FRAZIER? COME ON, MAN!

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I love Red Thunder, but there has been sprinklings and rumblings of talk involving he in trades.  Even when the Stanton stuff was going on, there was a brief time that Clint Frazier's name was attached to those trade talks.  Nothing happened then, and many of us were relieved, but now his name is popping up again, from a very reliable writer... George King III of the New York Post.

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"According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Yankees and Pirates are discussing a deal that would bring right-hander Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh and possibly would include outfielder Clint Frazier leaving The Bronx."

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Now Cole is good, but I would hate to give up Frazier.  Here's the thing though, and I've expressed this before. While we love Frazier, much like we loved Rob Refsnyder, he may not have a role on this team... at least right now. We have Stanton, Judge, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury.  You see what I mean?

We shall see what comes out of this trade rumor. It is quite interesting.








Thursday, December 14, 2017

WINTER MEETING MADNESS & SCOTT BORAS MIGHT BE CRAZY!


FINALLY winter is interesting, huh? Oh how I have loved the Winter Meetings so far and with one day left I hope it stays this fast paced and filled with rumors. The Hot Stove is officially fired up and I've been glued to social media all day. Here's the latest:

1. YES, Scott Boras might be crazy


Photo: NBC Sports
He just never goes away does he? We all know he has a lot of big name clients and he has spent a lot of time on pitching Jake Arrieta to all 30 major league teams (no pun intended). In case you missed it, on Monday Boras sent every one a 75 page promotional binder essentially selling his client to anyone who will listen, read more HERE. One owner said he got the impression that he is trying to get Arrieta a 200 million dollar deal but Boras "isn't putting values" on anything. Riiiight. I wonder what Hal Steinbrenner did with his. Has Boras reached a  new level of CRAZY?

2. Yankees and Diamondbacks have talked about several players


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Right now the Dbacks and Yankees match well on paper. Both mlbtraderumors.com and the New York Post both have rumors on multiple players. Apparently the Yankees have at least inquired about the availability of Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin who is just one year away from free agency. It never hurts to ask, but does this mean that all of CC Sabathia's interest of late means the Yankees are moving on?

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Now that the Yankees have traded away infielders and have potential holes at second and third base they also checked in on Brandon Drury who can play both infield positions and is still under team control for four years. He won't be arbitration eligible until next year so he would fit the Yankees plan to get under the luxury tax.

3. Another pitching possibility


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The Yankees are looking at multiple pitchers and Danny Duffy is now on their radar. The Cubs are also interested but it doesn't sound like he is interested in any other team because he tweeted "bury me a royal" so who knows if this goes anywhere.

4. Todd Frazier still in play


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Multiple teams, as many as 10 are reportedly interested in Frazier. The Yankees have checked in with his agent but it sounds like conversations are still lukewarm. He makes sense, we may need to fill third base. Other teams are looking at him for first base too.

5. Is a reunion with Eduardo Nunez in the works?


(Sept. 29, 2017 - Source: Omar Rawlings/Getty Images North America)
There's chatter out there that the Yankees "may" be interested in bringing Nunez back, read HERE and the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Giants are looking at him too. That is a little scary.

6. Headley headed elsewhere again?


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On Tuesday the Yankees sent Chase Headley back to the Padres and now he may be heading north to the LA Angels? Read more on that HERE. The Padres are still in rebuilding mode and the Angels look like serious contenders in the AL West so he makes more sense for them and the Angels have a hole at third. I wonder where Headley's final stop will be...

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And of course the Manny Machado rumors are still out there. I will just leave it at that.

I can't wait to see what happens the last day of the winter meetings! Cashman has a lot of leads right
now.  I just can't wait to see what happens next.




--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj 




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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

JETER'S MARLINS TRADE ANOTHER

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And it's not Christian Yelich, but I gotta tell ya, if I'm him, I ask them to ship me out of Miami A.S.A.P.

The Marlins are stripping the franchise down to the studs, and when I say "studs", it's not the baseball term you're thinking of.  I mean they are stripping this team down to nothing, and then start building back up. 
(July 20, 2017 - Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
And again, If I'm Yelich... if I'm Bour, I'm asking to be next, because you don't wanna be on that Marlins team right now... it's a loser.

Marcell Ozuna was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals today.  Another major piece gone, and Miami fans can be up in arms about it, and they should be.  ESPN writes:

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"The disbandment of the Miami Marlins roster continues, as the team has traded All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

(Photo courtesy of Baseball America) 
The deal, first reported by SiriusXM, is pending a physical. It is unclear what the Marlins are getting in return, but right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara will be included in the deal, according to multiple reports."

Jeter and the rest of that Marlins team have a plan, and they don't care if they're hated.  Can they turn it around? I'm gonna say no.  Or, better yet... I'm gonna say not for a long, long time.  You need star power to build around, and they just don't have that anymore.

More soon... according to Jim Leyritz...

Nice Jim.

We will stay tuned.


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YANKEES ARE ATTRACTING EVEN MORE TALENT TO BRONX!

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This week has already been a world wind and it's only Wednesday.  After conferring with longtime Yankee fan and uncle from Staten Island on Tuesday evening, it is clear that the Yankees surely have options in the outfield as Giancarlo Stanton is certainly not what one would call as a typical designated hitter.  He has too much to give athletically.  But what if I told you that the Yankees are attracting similar duplicative third base talent to the Bronx and this talent could come directly from our rivals in the AL East.

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According to CBS Sports, despite the likelihood that Todd Frazier will sign with the Yankees because of his passion for being a Yankee, nothing is a guarantee and the Yankees could want more from the corner infield position. That something more could in fact be Josh Donaldson.

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"The 32-year-old former MVP missed 49 games last season, but still posted his usual monstrous offensive numbers. He's no longer a Gold Glove-quality third baseman, but still profiles as a plus defender who would also make New York's lineup even more terrifying," reported CBS Sports.

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There is another worthy third baseman who could trade his fins for pinstripes this spring.  Evan "Longoria rated as a top-five defender at his position in 2017 and could see his numbers perk up considerably away from Tropicana Field, a ballpark that absolutely squashes right-handed power hitters," reported CBS Sports.  Could Longoria and some of his teammates leave Tampa for something more? Sure anything could happen, but much like the deal that brought former NY Mets Daniel Murphy to division rival Washington Nationals, these deals could prove to be bite Toronto and Tampa Bay respectively in the butt.

Source: Newsday 

Anyway you look at it, the Yankees are attracting more talent to the Bronx in 2018 and that's alright with me.  We are only in the pre-heat mode of hot stove season with plenty more moves to come, perhaps even later today.  Stay tuned - we certainly are.



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof




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