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John Griffin

Building a team out of the Yankees’ ZiPS player comparisons

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How might the player comparisons of the 2020 Yankees look if they played on one team?

Back on Thursday, FanGraphs released its annual ZiPS Projections, which include player comparisons to give fans an idea how the player might perform. It is a useful tool both to make the comparisons more accessible for more average fans and to see how the game has evolved over the years. So of course, that lends the question: just how good would a team consisting of...

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Tom Krosnowski

Why the Yankees should extend DJ LeMahieu

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There should be interest on both sides, but when is the right time to hammer out a deal?

The time right before spring training is peak “extension season” around baseball. It’s the time when teams take stock of their pending free agents and figure out if it’s worth hammering out a contract extension, or letting the season play out in hopes of getting a larger sample size before committing to a big-money contract.

The Yankees are in an interesting spot,...

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Tyler Norton

Did MLB do enough to deal with the Astros?

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Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page.

Last week, Major League Baseball concluded their investigation into the Houston Astros’ illegal use of technology to steal signs during the 2017 season. Both A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow received one-year suspensions, and then were subsequently fired. The organization lost their first and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, plus they got stuck with...

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Tyler Norton

Monday’s open thread

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Wrap up the long weekend with an open thread

Hi, everyone, I hope you all had a nice, long weekend. It’s going to be a busy week here at PSA, complete with Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame reveal tomorrow night. Stay tuned, as we’ll have plenty of posts on The Captain in the coming days.

In the meantime, here’s your open thread for Monday. Enjoy!

Fun Questions

What’s your favorite Derek Jeter moment? What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Ryan Pavich

NYY News: Judging the benefits

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Judge arbitration sets up potential extension discussions; A look back at Jeter’s final moment; Yankees represented in MLB’s top right fielders and first baseman

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Aaron Judge and the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal in the right fielder’s first year of arbitration eligibility last week. The well-deserved pay raise for Judge sets him up to earn big money in the later two arbitration years if he continues to...

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Tyler Norton

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

What’s on your mind this week?

So, baseball had itself quite the week, huh? The sign-stealing scandal boiled over and things got flat-out weird. I wonder what this upcoming week holds. One thing’s for sure: there will be no shortage of mailbag questions.

If you have any lingering questions from the scandal’s fallout, feel free to ask them. You may also wonder about any of the unsigned free agents. Perhaps you have thoughts about the Yankees’ projections. Any and all questions are...

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Ryan Pavich

Diving into Zack Britton’s contract option

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The 32-year-old will have an interesting decision ahead of him if he performs this year.

Zack Britton figures to be an important Yankee to watch in 2020. Not only is he a key member of a super bullpen that is expected to lock down the end of games, but his immediate future with the team could go several ways depending on how he performs this season.

When Britton re-signed with New York ahead of the 2019 season, he signed one of the more interesting contracts...

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Jake Devin

Breaking down the Yankees’ 2020 ZiPS projections

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If you’re of the belief that the Yankees are baseball’s best team on paper, well, you just might be right.

Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month, and we’re about to enter projection season. Over the next several weeks, expect various public-facing projection systems to spit out their forecasts for the coming season. As always, take them with however many grains of salt as you’d like; projections are a good guide, as they take a cold,...

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Jake Devin

Sunday open thread

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An open thread to wrap up your week.

What a wild week it’s been. I’m not sure anyone could have anticipated that a random week in the offseason would turn into one of the craziest stretches modern baseball has seen.

If you can believe it, we’re not actually all that far from live exhibition baseball starting up. If we can pry ourselves away from the salacious details of MLB’s sign-stealing scandal, perhaps we can even start to get excited about actual...

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Matt Ferenchick

NYY news: Definitely, very important news

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Yankees have highest 2020 win total over/under; sportsbook refunds Yankee 2019 bettors; 2020 Yankees on a possible Hall of Fame track.

CBSSports.com | Katherine Acquavella: Every day we get closer to spring training, we’ll start to get more predictions, projections, and odds for the 2020 season. One sports book released their regular season win total over/unders, and the Yankees have the highest of any team at 101.5. That’s three more than the...

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CC Sabathia has great reaction to Jose Altuve’s World Series guarantee

CC Sabathia isn’t doing much to hide his disgust toward the Houston Astros or their response to the cheating scandal that franchise has become embroiled in. Many Astros players made their first public comments since the team was disciplined for electronic sign stealing in 2017 at the team’s fanfest Saturday. Most would not comment on the allegations and refusing to offer any apology. Jose Altuve, however, said the Astros were undeterred and essentially promised another World Series...

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Joshua Diemert

The Yankees’ pitching staff has prioritized strikeouts

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If there is a weakness on the team, it’s infield defense, but 15 K’s a game takes care of that

A week ago I wrote about a potential liability for the 2020 Yankees, their infield defense. If we assume that the starting infield, from left to right, is Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit, based on 2019 fielding data there’s only one clearly above-average fielder in the bunch. As we say so often though, a run scored is the same as a...

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Will Sirbono

A breakdown of the Yankees fringe pitchers: Fifth starter or bullpen?

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The Yankees will have a lot of pitching depth in 2020. Outside of solidified starters and relievers, where do the rest fit in?

After adding another powerful starter to their rotation in Gerrit Cole, the Yankees have not only established their rotation as one of the best in baseball, but they have also established an extremely deep pitching staff. Not only does that include all pitchers on the 25-man roster, but young players and prospects that will most...

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Ryan Chichester

Reflecting on Masahiro Tanaka’s contract with the Yankees

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tanaka is entering the final year of his $155 million deal. How has it panned out?

Almost exactly six years ago to the day (Jan. 22, 2014), the Yankees announced that they had signed coveted ace Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal. The right-handed workhorse from Japan, before ever throwing a pitch in the major leagues, had inked the second-largest free agent contract ever at the time by a pitcher, trailing only teammate CC Sabathia.

Fast...

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Tom Krosnowski

Do the Yankees have enough in their bullpen?

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For the first time in years, the Yankees have actually lost more from their bullpen than they’ve added.

For the better part of this past decade, the most unique aspect of the Yankees wasn’t their starting pitching or even their lineup, but their bullpen. Year after year, the Yankees went out and acquired big-name relievers, from Andrew Miller to Zack Britton to Aroldis Chapman (twice). This strategy was mainly born out of necessity,...

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Ryan Pavich

Saturday’s open thread

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Here’s your open thread for Saturday!

Hello everyone. The baseball world was quiet for the most part after the scorching-hot blaze it endured two days ago. I normally say this around this time of year anyway, but I can’t wait to get to spring training already.

Fun questions

1. Will we get any more bombshells before pitchers and catchers report?

2. How long does the novelty of spring training last for you before you want to fast-forward to Opening Day?

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John Griffin

NYY News: Angry CC is angry

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CC Sabathia remains angry about 2017; only one Yankee cracks Bowden’s top prospect list; David Cone may join Sunday Night Baseball; Cubs inquired about Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Post | Dan Martin: If you thought that CC Sabathia spoke his mind as a player, you should see him in his post-playing days. The recently-retired lefty has been very vocal about the Astros’ sign-stealing crisis, and believes that the Yankees were cheated out of a...

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Sportsbook refunds Yankees futures bets over Astros cheating scandal

A sportsbook is taking advantage of the Houston Astros cheating scandal to get some good PR and build some loyalty with bettors. PointsBet Sportsbook announced Friday that it would be refunding all AL and World Series futures bets placed on the New York Yankees as part of a “good karma refund” after the Bombers lost to the Astros in the 2019 ALCS. PointsBet operates only in Iowa and New Jersey, and MLB’s investigation found that the Astros did not violate MLB rules on technology and...

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Matt Ferenchick

The Yankees’ pitcher who went out dealing

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Charlie Devens did about as much as you can possibly in his final ever game.

If you took a poll of professional athletes, many of them would probably say the perfect way to end their career would be something like John Elway. The Broncos’ quarterback won a Super Bowl and MVP in his final ever game. Another good way would be like Derek Jeter. He famously had a walk-off hit in his final home game after a long and storied career with the Yankees.

The end of...

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Ryan Pavich

Should the Yankees be interested in any prospect extensions?

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Several top prospects have signed big deals before cementing themselves as major leaguers lately, and the Yankees have a couple candidates to consider

Baseball is a game of following trends and adapting to new methods. Managing the future of a team’s prospects is no different from the on-field decision making, as there are several ways to prepare for the next breakout star.

The most recent—and controversial—strategy involving top prospects was the...

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