Showing posts from January, 2021

Three reasons why we'll all miss Masahiro Tanaka

Say it isn't so. Photo credit: DSK

2021 Bronx Bomber Ball Hall of Fame mock vote

  Ahead of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame announcement tomorrow evening, the writers at Bronx Bomber Ball once again held a mock voting in the same format as the BBWAA.   Per BBWAA guidelines, each voter is granted a maximum of 10 votes to cast, but is not obligated to use all 10 (or any at all).   A player who receives 75% or greater of the vote is granted enshrinement into Cooperstown.

BREAKING: Yankees acquire RHP Jameson Taillon in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

  The New York Yankees have seemingly filled out their starting rotation after acquiring Pirates right hander Jameson Taillon in a trade today.   News that the Yankees were first pursuing Taillon broke last night from insider Mark Feinsand .   The Yankees, up against Major League Baseball’s luxury tax line with little room to spare, were looking to add to their starting rotation at a lower AAV than would be available on the free agent market.   Today, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees were able to complete the deal for Taillon, sending minor league prospects Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikel Escotto and Canaan Smith to Pittsburgh to complete the deal.

Yankees avoid arbitration hearings with all 10 eligible players in 2021

Photo credit: Elite Sports NY On a day when DJ LeMahieu rightfully made all of the headlines, there was more good news from the Yankees Front Office: every member of the Yankees who was up for arbitration in 2021 will avoid a hearing.  This season is the fourth season in a row that the Yankees will avoid going to arbitration with any of their eligible players.  As of 5:50PM on January 15, the Yankees had not yet agreed with Gleyber Torres, but that situation didn't last long: Gleyber Torres and Yankees haven’t agreed yet, which means they could be headed to a hearing — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2021 As a refresher from last January, salary arbitration, as defined by MLB , reads as follows: " Players who have three or more years of Major League service but less than six years of Major League service become eligible for salary arbitration if they do not already have a contract for the next season." Among the Yankees aribtration-eligible players are a number of S

Yankees sign 2-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber

After locking in star infielder DJ LeMahieu for the brunt of the decade early in the morning Friday, the Yankees were not finished. Last night, they agreed to terms with right-hander Corey Kluber on a one-year, $11 million deal, pending a physical. Jake Storiale was first to report the news, which was shortly thereafter confirmed by ESPN’s Jeff Passan . Right-hander Corey Kluber and the New York Yankees are finalizing a deal that will bring the two-time AL Cy Young winner to the Bronx, pending a physical, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 16, 2021 Kluber was one of the premier starters of the 2010s, establishing himself as a true workhorse and achieving great success with the Cleveland Indians. From 2014-18, he pitched to a 2.85 ERA/151 ERA+ over 1091.1 innings, striking out 1228 and amassing 83 wins while averaging an incredible 218 innings pitched per season. The 33-year-old is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, taking home the hono

BREAKING: Yankees re-sign DJ LeMahieu to new six year, $90 million deal

Early this morning, MLB Network insider Jon Morosi broke the news that the Yankees were in advanced stages with 2B DJ LeMahieu on a contract to bring the reigning AL Batting Champ back to the Bronx. Pat Ragazzo was the first to report the contract details. Source: DJ LeMahieu is finalizing an agreement to return to the #Yankees . The deal could be completed as soon as today. @MLBNetwork @MLB — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 15, 2021 I’m hearing from a source close to the situation that the DJ LeMahieu deal is expected to be for six-years, $90 million — Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) January 15, 2021 Negotiations with DJ have dragged out longer than most Yankees fans would have liked this Winter, with the Yankees in a firm standoff with their second baseman over number of years as well as total contract value, but it appears the two sides have finally come to an agreement.  Ragazzo later reported that DJ had offers of four years/$60 million from the Dodgers and four years/$78 millio