Showing posts from January, 2019

Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina headline 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Earlier today, Major League Baseball announced the results of this year’s Hall of Fame voting, and two former Yankees received the call to Cooperstown: Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. These two pitching greats, along with Edgar Martinez and the late Roy Halladay, will officially be enshrined later this year on Sunday, July 21.

BREAKING: Yankees sign RHP Adam Ottavino

The Yankees have reached an agreement with right-handed free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino, as first reported by Robert Murray of The Athletic and Jeff Passan of ESPN. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the deal is expected to be for three-years, $27 million. Ottavino becomes the third former Rockie to sign with the Yanks in the past few weeks, joining DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki.

Remembering Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre, who spent 11 seasons in the Bronx as a starting pitcher and another ten as pitching coach under Joe Torre, passed away on Monday after battling cancer for nearly two decades. He was 77.

Are the Yankees truly a Death Star? A Yankees’ Corey Kluber trade scenario that reopens the idea of adding Manny Machado

News broke today from Padres’ reporter Dennis Lin of the Athletic that the San Diego Padres are interested in acquiring Indians’ RHP Corey Kluber. This makes sense as the Padres have a plethora of young talent to deal, but also a strong core of players they can build around. However, there is a twist. The report of the Padres’ interest also included that the Padres would be interested in flipping him for a third baseman to anchor their infield. Kluber would instantly help the Friars, but with his window of solid years left closing, the match is not perfect.

Yankees settle with eight players, will head to arbitration hearing with Severino

Major League Baseball’s deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures for the upcoming season was this past Friday, January the 11th. The Yankees had nine eligible players on the roster and were able to come to terms with eight of them – the lone exception being ace RHP Luis Severino.

Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu to a two-year contract

The Yankees have reached an agreement with free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu, according to multiple reports. The reported contract is for two years and $24 million. LeMahieu, who won a batting title in 2016 and Gold Gloves in 2014, 2017 and 2018, has spent the majority of his career with the Colorado Rockies. Source confirms: Free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu heading to #Yankees on two-year deal. Believed to be in $24M range. First reported: @JackCurryYES. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2019
The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a versatile player around the infield. They will use him at second base, first base and third base. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 11, 2019

The Departure of D-Rob: How will the Yankees fill the void?

The Yankees’ recent decision to not re-sign David Robertson, aka D-Rob, aka Houdini, provoked a cross-section of reactions from both my Yankee fan friends, as well as members of Yankees Twitter. He should have stayed, it was right for him to go, D-Rob sucked, D-Rob is the best, and boo Brian Cashman were just a few of the opinions held by fans.

2019 Bronx Bomber Ball mock Hall of Fame voting results

Along with being Yankee enthusiasts, the staff here at BBB is comprised of avid baseball fans across the entirety of the sport. With that being said, we decided to complete a mock Hall of Fame voting using the 2019 candidates. Similar to the official voting, our ballots could only comprise of up to ten candidates, but choosing less than ten candidates was surely an option. Any player with a mark above 75% would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, if the voting rested in our hands. Here are the results of the eleven ballots casted:

Yankees, Zach Britton in agreement on contract extension

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic/MLB Network and Jeff Passan of ESPN last night, the Yankees have come to terms with LHP Zach Britton on a new contract that will keep the lefty in the Bronx for at minimum two season.  The contract has a base of three years, $39 million guaranteed, however, after year two the Yankees have an option in which they can extend the deal to a fourth year.  If the Yankees decline the option, Britton can then opt out and hit free agency after the second year.  If neither team enacts their respective options, the deal will be for three season. Zach Britton's financial details:

Three years, $39 million guaranteed.

If Yankees opt into fourth year, $53 million guaranteed.

If Yankees don't and Britton opts out, he'll have made $26 million over the first two seasons. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2019

2019 Yankees Bounce Back Candidates

For the third consecutive season, I’m going to be taking a stab at who I believe is primed for a bounce back season for the New York Yankees.Many key Yankees underperformed by their own standards in 2018, and some just flat out stunk, whether it be due to injury, general underperformance, or perhaps something else altogether.  With the team's sights set firmly on #28, who is in best position to redeem themselves in 2019?

BREAKING: Yankees sign SS Troy Tulowitzki

Late Tuesday evening, Jeff Passan of ESPN broke news that the New York Yankees were in agreement with free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The one-year contract, which will pay Tulowitzki the league minimum salary, provides the Yankees with a stopgap option at SS while Didi Gregorius recovers from offseason Tommy John Surgery.Passan also notes that this deal does not preclude the team from continuing to pursue Manny Machado. Free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is in agreement on a deal with the New York Yankees pending a physical, league sources tell ESPN. Tulowitzki is expected to join the Yankees on a league-minimum deal, with the Toronto Blue Jays paying the remainder of his $20 million salary. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 2, 2019