The New York Yankees and veteran LHP CC Sabathia have agreed to a one-year deal, worth $10 million, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical.
Sabathia, 37, will return to the Bronx for his 10th season with the Yankees, and his 18th season in the big leagues. Sabathia will return the Yankees' dominant pitching rotation, that features Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka. The southpaw adds great depth to the Yankees' rotation, and even though Sabathia will be returning to the rotation, the Yankees will still look to add another top-tier pitcher.
Sabathia put together a nice 2017 campaign with the Yankees. In 27 starts, Sabathia went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA. In 148.2 innings pitched, the veteran winner struck out 120 batters. Sabathia will look to build off of his dominant season in 2018.
In his 18 year career, Sabathia has been selected to play in six all-star games. Sabathia has also finished in the top-5 for the CY Young award five times, including when he won the prestigious award in 2006 with the Cleveland Indians.
Sabathia will likely look to continue his hall-of-fame worthy career after the 2018 season.
As the whole entire baseball world knows - Giancarlo Stanton is now officially a member of the New York Yankees, after being traded from the Miami Marlins.
Many people critiqued the Marlins' organization for trading their generational star, including the team's CEO, Derek Jeter. Jeter, the former Yankees' superstar, is now receiving backlash by fans and members of the media for trading the team's star to the Yankees. Many believe this trade is considered to be "collusion", but what many critics are not aware of is that Jeter and Marlins had previously agreed to trade Stanton to the San Fransisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, was not fond of going those two organizations and vetoed the trade.
You can say whatever you want about this trade, but there is some negatives and positives from the Yankees' side of things.
From the Yankees' stand point, they are gaining even more power to their lineup filled with superstars such as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorious, and Greg Bird. Many are comparing Judge and Stanton to Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of today's era. Not only does Stanton add power to the Yankees' lineup, he has been nominated as a gold glove outfielder multiple times. If manager Aaron Boone decides to put Stanton in the outfield, instead as a designated hitter, Stanton's athleticism and distant throwing range.
Even though the addition of Stanton is huge for the Yankees' organization, there is some negatives about this deal. Stanton has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season. If he does not opt out of this deal with the Yankees, he will be owed at least $208 million until after the 2027 season, when he will be 38-years-old. If you take a look at some long-term deals with players who are 35 years old or later, it did not work out with the player's organization. Take a look at Alex Rodriguez for an example:
Rodriguez was earning $27.5 million a year until after the 2017 season. He played with injuries during the 2011-2013 seasons, where he played like an average player during this time. He did not even play the 2014 due to his third PED suspension. He was able to rebound in 2015, but he was such a disaster in 2016, that he was released mid-season. Even though he was not on the roster for most of 2016 and all of 2017, the Yankees still had to pay him as if he played.
Now back to Stanton, if he plays like A-rod did in his later years, the Yankees will have a huge mess on their hands. Do not forget that Stanton has a no-trade clause, so he can basically hold the Yankees' hostage.
The Marlins should be very happy a decade from now if the Yankees are dealing A-rod 2.0. Also, regarding their return, the Marlins are getting back RHP Jorge Guzman, who has reached 103 mph with his fastball, SS Jose Devers, who has the potential to be like his cousin Rafael who is a young superstar, and 2B Starlin Castro, who is an all-star and is easy to flip for prospects.
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send all-star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Bronx in exchange for OF's Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and pitcher James Kaprielian, per Yes' Jack Curry and Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
The Yankees have been trying to acquire Sonny Gray for the past two weeks and they have finally landed their guy. GM Billy Beane of the Athletics wanted the sensational Estevan Florial and Mateo in exchange for Gray but it appears the two sides reached an agreement with Fowler and Mateo instead.
Gray, 27, has pitched stellar all season. He is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this year. Gray has three more seasons of control left on his contract before he is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. With Pineda and maybe Tanaka hitting the free agent market after the season, the Yankees will look up to Gray to lead their rotaton.
Mateo, 22, made the conversion to center field after playing shortstop for most of his pro career. In High-A and AA this year, Mateo has slashed a line of .258/.318/.438 with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. Entering the season, MLB.com had him ranked as #47 on their prospect ranking list.
Fowler, 22, has appeared in only one major league game in his career and it came this season. Before he can bat for the first time in his career, he dove into a wall to make a catch in right field and ruptured his right patella tendon. He will not be playing again this year, as he recovers from surgery. While he spent some time in AAA this year, he batted .293 with 13 HRs and 47 RBIs. Fowler has the capability to play all three outfield positions.
Kaprielian, 23, is recovering from tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready before spring training next season. The righty pitcher has only reached High-A.
The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a trade that will send Jaime Garcia to the Bronx and minor leaguers, Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns will head to the Twins, according to Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
Garcia, was acquired by the Twins last week from the Atlanta Braves. After the Twins' downfall this past week, instead of being deadline buyers, they are sellers. The Twins seemingly will make a profit out of Garcia. They traded minor leaguer Huascar Ynoa last week to Atlanta, who is an unranked prospect. This week they will acquire the Yankees' #22 prospect and a major league ready starter.
Garcia, 31, is 5-7 this season with a 4.29 ERA in 119.2 innings with Atlanta and Minnesota. The southpaw has given a lot of free passes this season. He is averaging 3.3 walks per nine innings, which is the second highest BB/9 ratio of his career. As long as he provides the Yankees with at least six solid innings a start, he should be fine in the Bronx. Garcia is considered to be a rental and will hit free agency after the season.
Switching organizations with Garcia, is Zack Littell. The 21-year-old right handed starter has pitched in High-A and AA this year. He has a record of 14-1 and a 1.87 ERA this season. Littell was originally in the Seattle Mariners' organization until he traded to the Yankees this past offseason. Littell moved up the ladder quickly this season and he has a chance to impact the Twins' rotation as early as next year.
The Twins will also acquire Dietrich Enns. The 26-year-old lefty has pitched all season in AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He has pitched well in seven starts with a 1-1 record and 2.29 ERA. Enns will most likely head to AAA with the Twins, but he may have a chance to prove he is major league material at some point during the season.
The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox are close to agreeing to a blockbuster trade that will send infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Big Apple. The White Sox will add veteran reliever Tyler Clippard, prospects Blake Rutherford and Ian Clarkin. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score was first to report the deal was close.
Todd Frazier, 31, will most likely start over Chase Headley at the third base position for the Yankees. The two-time all-star is not having his best season this year. He is batting .207 with 16 HRs and 44 RBIs. Frazier is most likely a rental for the Yankees, as he will be a free agent at the season's end.
Robertson, 32, is a former Yankee. He will join a dominant bullpen featuring flame throwers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances. It is unclear what Robertson's role will be, but it is safe to assume he will have a late inning position. This year Robertson has a 2.70 ERA and 13 saves.
Kahnle, 27, is having his best season of his four year career. He owns an ERA of 2.50 this season. Multiple teams were interested in him because of his dominant numbers out of the bullpen and the fact that he will not be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
Rutherford, 20, is currently playing low-A baseball. Many scouts and reporters claim the young outfielder is "prized" and could be a superstar in the future with the White Sox. In 274 at-bats in Low-A Charleston, Rutherford has a batting average of .281, with 2 HRs, 30 RBIs, and 20 doubles.
Clarkin, 22, is currently pitching for the High-A Tampa Yankees. In 13 starts this year, Clarkin has 2.69 ERA and a 4-4 win-loss record.
Clippard, 32, is not having a pretty season with the Yankees this year. The veteran reliever has posted a 4.95 ERA, with a 1-5 record in 40 relief appearances. The White Sox will probably use Clippard as their closer or set up man, now that Robertson and Kahnle are swapping sides with him.
Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki - two major league stars, who have won the Rookie of the Year award and Most Valuable Player award in the same season. Can New York Yankees' right fielder, Aaron Judge join that small list in 2017?
Judge, 25, has a real shot in winning the MVP award this season. He is having a monster season with the Yankees. At the moment, if the season ended today, Judge would win the rare Triple Crown Award, which is given to the player, who leads their respective league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. Judge leads all American League hitters with a batting average of .344, 21 home runs, and 47 runs driven in.
Judge earned a call-up last season. His slow start to his promising career, caused many to question his abilities at the major league level. In 84 at-bats, Judge, then 24, struck out half of the time and had four home runs. Not only was his plate discipline not the best, he batted .179 in his short time in the majors.
At the time, many believed his swing needed development, and he worked on it during the offseason. In spring training, their was a significant improvement in his swing. His positioning at the plate was more wide open, leading to his power surge this season. Another reason why Aaron Judge has had a power surge this season, is because he is a giant. The former top prospect stands at 6'7" and weighs nearly 285 pounds. Baseball fans have seen giants crush baseballs in the past, especially watching Giancarlo Stanton swing the bat.
Many consider Judge to be the front-runner for AL MVP because of his great season, and how he compares to last season's MVP, Mike Trout. On June 11, 2016, Trout, then 24, had slugged 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. Trout also had a slash line of .306/.406/.541. Currently, Judge is having a mammoth season compared to Trout's 2016 MVP year.
At the end of the year, it does not matter which player had a better season on June 11, but it matters upon the player's stats after the closing day game is complete. Also, it factors upon, how each player affects their team's performance.
On June 11, 2016, the Los Angeles Angels, the team Trout plays for, was 27-35. The Angels did not earn a postseason berth last year, as they finished the season with a record of 74-88.
Today, June 11, 2017, the Yankees are having an incredible season, led by Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Hicks, as they have a solid record of 37-23, and they are leading the American League East by 3.5 games. The lead could expand to as much as four games later this evening, depending upon if the Red Sox lose this tonight.
Mike Trout, once again, is competing for the MVP award against Judge this season. Trout was having a terrific season until his major injury. He was slugging a slash line of .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs and 36 RBIs.
Trout has been on the disabled list for two weeks because he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and the dorsal capsule in his left thumb. He opted to have surgery, which will cause him to sit out of baseball activities for at least six weeks.
Trout's injury is a major plus for Judge, because Trout was challenging Judge for leading the league in average and home runs,
Not only is Judge a fan-favorite for MVP, he is no-doubt the leader for AL rookie of the year.