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Are We Witnessing The Making Of The New York Yankees New Core Four?

The Yankees are established as one of the greatest franchises in the history of sports. They produced a dynasty in the lates 90s into the early 2000s, including a group of players known as the “Core Four”. This core consisted of captain and shortstop Derek Jeter, left handed hurler Andy Pettitte, catcher Jorge Posada and closer Mariano Rivera. All of these players had one thing in common, they came up through the Yankees farm system as young players and played their entire careers with the Yankees (aside from Pettitte, who played 3 seasons with the Astros before returning to the Yankees in 2007).

The Yankees now have been one of baseballs best teams, being in the playoffs the last 2 years and winning at least 90 games, An integral part of the Yankees newfound success has been their young talent. With the way this team has been playing, its fair to wonder if the Yankees have found a new core four, the four players listed below have the best shot at replicating a new core of players.

#1 Aaron Judge, Right Fielder

Aaron Judge has arguably become the face of baseball, having been drafted in 2013 by the Yankees and tearing it up through their minor league system and was one of their most highly touted prospects. One can’t forget his debut in August of 2016 when he hit a home run in his first major league at bat against the Rays. Despite finishing his rookie season with a .179 batting average and 42 strikeouts in 84 at bats, Judge adjusted his mechanics and came into 2017 hot, arguably spending his true rookie season as the hottest player in baseball, hitting a putrid 52 home runs, 127 walks, and 114 rbis, winning the home run derby, being named an all star, finishing second in the AL MVP voting and taking home the rookie of the year award for 2017 while also setting the record for most walks and home runs by a rookie in history. Judge missed time due to a chip fracture in his wrist, but still had an all star campaign in 2018 smacking 27 home runs and hitting .278 in 112 games. Judge has battled injuries like many players in major league baseball, but theres no doubt he is an incredible asset to the Yankees and has arguably become their face of the franchise, Judges chambers in right field is a prime example of this, to have a section named after you at Yankee Stadium speaks volumes about how valuable you are to the organization.

#2 Gary Sanchez, Catcher

Gary Sanchez is without a doubt a fantastic catcher, his defense has been somewhat questionable in recent years, allowing the most past balls in 2017 and 2018 despite missing significant time due to a groin injury. Nonetheless, Sanchez is still a clutch hitter, it was only a few seasons ago Sanchez hit 20 home runs and drove in 42 runs in 53 games as a rookie, leading to him finishing second in rookie of the year voting only behind Detroit right hander Michael Fulmer. In 2017, Sanchez had arguably his best season to date, hitting 33 home runs and driving in 90 runs in 122 games with a stat line of .278, .345, .531 earning him an all star nod and a silver slugger award. Sanchez’s 2018 struggles both offensively and defensively show he needs improvement, but theres no doubt his outstanding performance helped the Yankees get back to postseason contention, with Josh Bard as the bench coach being a former catcher himself, Sanchez has all the tools necessary to get back to form.

#3 Luis Severino, Starting Pitcher

Luis Severino has been the Yankees ace for quite some time now, his rookie season saw him show glimpses of brilliance, pitching to a 2.86 ERA and winning 5 of the 11 games he started. His 2016 campaign was rocky as he was demoted to triple a in August of that year. Since his sophomore season, Severino has completely turned it around, not only overtaking Masahiro Tanaka as the ace, but winning 14 and 19 games in 2017 and 2018 respectively. He pitched to a 2.98 ERA and struck out 230 batters in 2017 and had a higher but respectable 3.39 ERA and 220 strike outs in 2018. He has finished in the top 10 for Cy Young voting each of the last 2 seasons. Severinos grit and stellar performance, especially in 2018s wild card game against the A’s in which he pitched 4 innings and struck out 7 without giving up a run earned him a 4 year extension worth $40 million. If he can stay consistant and perform as well as he has in recent years, theres no doubt Severino will go down as a core member of the Yankees new dynasty.

#4 Miguel Andujar, 3rd Baseman

Perhaps one of the most underrated Yankees players, Miguel Andujar, a player who wasn’t even supposed to play at the Major League level this past season was called up and instantly made an impact at the hot corner. Andujar often takes heat for his “poor” defense as he ranked 18th in the league for 3rds basemans fielding percentage at .948 which led to him being benched in game 4 of the ALDS due to the contact inducing C.C. Sabathia taking the hill, a game in which the Yankees were eliminated. Despite his struggles on defense, he still is a young player at only 21 years of age, and his offense more then makes up for it. Andujar was clutch to say the least for the Yankees, hitting .297 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIS. Andujars walkoff single against the Indians in May also proves that Andujar can come up big when necessary. With regard to games played, batting average, home run total and WAR , Andujar was the Yankees second best player in 2018, only behind Giancarlo Stanton. Andujar has lots of room to grow, and being homegrown and coming up through the minors with the Yanks, its only a matter of time until he gets even better.

Judge, Sanchez, Severino and Andujar all have something in common that the core four before them did, they all came up through the Yankees system. With Sanchez being signed in 2009, Severino and Andujar being signed in 2011 and Judge being drafted in 2013. With the way these baby bombers are playing, its not unrealistic to think this could be the start of a new core four.

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Britton Reunites With New York, Signs Three Year Deal

The news broke yesterday that veteran lefty, Zach Britton, had an agreement in place with his former team, the New York Yankees, initially worth $40 Million over three years. This deal, of course, was structured in part by super-agent, Scott Boras, so it’s bound to be slightly complex.

The deal is, by itself, a three-year, $40 Million deal. However, it includes an opt-out for Britton after two years, and an opt in for the Yankees after the second year as well, triggering a second two-year option.

Britton was bound to make a splash regardless of where he landed, yet, he is one of the more tentative options on the market. After Andrew Miller, another bounce-back candidate, came off the board, the focus in the left-handed reliever market shifted to Britton, who was rumored to be looking for a four-year deal. His, frankly, terrible BB% and K% numbers make him a relatively risky option, and his FIP isn’t encouraging either, sitting at a meager 4.22 this past season.

However, his legendary 2016 season is what aids him in maintaining value, and is what has teams hopeful that he will, eventually, regain his prior form.

MLB News: Yankees Upgrade Rotation, Bring Back Happ

After some deliberation, multiple sources have reported the Yankees’ acquisition of left-handed pitcher JA Happ.

Happ has proven himself to be one of the most respectable and consistent pitchers in all of baseball. At 36 years old, he doesn’t exactly have the velocity of an ace, but using his deception and excellent baseball knowledge, he’s worked his way to a two year, $35 Million deal with a vesting option for a third year.

Happ had a stellar season to begin with, tossing his way through 177.2 frames with a 3.65 ERA. However, the real magic with Happ came when he was transferred to New York at the deadline. Under his tenure with the Yankees, Happ turned in a 2.69 ERA and did not lose a single one of his starts. This would explain the Bombers extreme interest in the pitcher, and the reunion that eventually ensued.

Corbin Signs Six-Year, $140M Deal With Nationals

After a vicious bidding war, Patrick Corbin, the market’s top pitcher, finally inked a six-year, $140 Million deal with the Washington Nationals.

Corbin is coming off of a career year in which he pitched to a 3.15 ERA over 200 innings with 246 total strikeouts.

The deal came down between the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals, but neither of the former two teams were willing to meet Corbin’s demand for a sixth year.

This deal is due to set the rate for the rest of the pitching market this offseason, and is the first big domino to fall in what is to be a record breaking free agent signing period.

 

MLB News: The Stove is HOT, Paxton Heads to New York

According to multiple reports, the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are working on finalizing a deal that would send ace southpaw James Paxton to New York in exchange for a package headlined by top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, and also includes Yankees #22 prospect in RHP Erik Swanson, as well as OF prospect Dom Thompson.

The deal is in it’s final stages, and should be completed by the end of the night.

Paxton is sure to be a supreme upgrade for the Yankees rotation, and immediately increases their shot at the AL East title. They have their work cut out for them however, seeing as their big competition are the defending World Champions.

Somebody’s turned the stove on…

 

MLB Free Agent Feature: Patrick Corbin

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

This time, we’re deep diving on our first pitcher of the year — the slick, slider-filled Southpaw: Patrick Corbin.

Corbin Cracks the Code…

Patrick Alan Corbin, a long time New York native, was born in Clay, New York on July 19, 1989. He spent his High Schooling days at Cicero — North Syracuse, where he did not begin pitching until his Junior year. He then graduated and moved on to Mohawk Valley Community College, and soon after transferred to Chipola College for his Sophomore season, where he was a bold standout, and drew a good deal of interest. It was this interest that allowed Corbin to go in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels then shipped Corbin to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as a piece of a package for the journeyman Dan Haren, and Corbin then debuted in 2012.

Corbin began his Major League career as well as one could expect. After having struggled in his 17 starts of 2012, he quickly showed the world his potential in 2013, where he was named to the 2013 All-Star team and turned in a 3.41 ERA over 32 starts with a 1.16 WHIP. However, for every up, there is a down, and Corbin’s down was missing the 2014 season due to a torn UCL, which required the infamous Tommy John Surgery to fix. Corbin returned to the rotation in 2015 with noticeably less shimmer and shine, and was removed from his role as a starter mid-2016 — only to be added back at the start of the 2017 season. And then, in 2018, Corbin blossomed. In a year of many, many dominant pitchers, Corbin was right up there with the best of them. His ERA ranked in the top 15 of qualifying starters and third among lefties at 3.15, his strikeout rate improved drastically (246 K’s in 200IP), and, most importantly, he was healthy.

Who Will Bid Higher?

After his excellent 2018, Corbin is ready to receive a massive payday — so who’s buying?

To me, this one seems like an easy lock. Corbin has not been shy about his preference to play with the New York Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers have mirrored that interest. However, that has not stopped other teams from revealing their interest. Said interested clubs include the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and many, many more.

I will be shocked if Corbin ends up with another team that is not named the Yankees, but stranger things have happened…

My Prediction: The New York Yankees, 5 years, $105 Million

 

 

MLB Free Agent Feature: Manny Machado

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

This time, we’re checking in on a major commodity — a power hitting, smack talking shortstop: it’s Manny Machado.

How Did Machado Make the Majors

Manuel Arturo Machado, or Manny, was born in Hialeah, Florida, but raised in Miami, and groomed from an early age for baseball greatness. He was picked third overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2010 MLB Draft, and since then has become one of the most talked about young stars of the modern era. At only 26 years-old, Machado has accumulated countless amounts of praise and multiple gold glove awards for his defense at the hot corner, and has slugged his way to the top percentile of major leaguers, boasting a career slash line of .282/.335/.487 and 175 home runs over 926 games.

Machado debuted in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles at 19 years of age, and hasn’t looked back since. Machado began his career with minimal flare, slugging only 33 home runs throughout his first three major league seasons. However, like his fellow Free Agent Bryce Harper, Machado exploded in his 22 year-old season. Manny came out of nowhere, bombing 35 dingers and slashing .286/.359/.502 with an OPS of .861. Then, he did it again in 2016, dropping 37 home runs and further improving his slash. After that, Manny slumped a bit in 2017, only to return to form completely in 2018, for what would be a career year for the young slugger. He turned in a season of .297/.367/.538 with 37 long balls, and found himself a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization at the trade deadline.

Manny’s cocky, confident nature can sometimes get in his way, (see the entirety of the 2018 Postseason) but that shouldn’t really affect his value all that much. Teams know what they’re getting with him. A consistent bat, a magician of defense, and an oft over-confident presence. This should be interesting…

Who Wants Him?

Machado’s case is an anomaly. Any team would be glad to add his bat to their lineup, but quite a few of them took exception to his remarks and actions during the 2018 Postseason, which could affect the amount of teams that make him an offer. For example, initially, I thought the Milwaukee Brewers would be major players for Machado. They were able to make it to the NLCS, though there were quite a few holes in their roster, shortstop included. Manny would have fit Milwaukee perfectly, had it not been for his actions during said NLCS, which surely have sworn the Brewers away from him. That being said, there will still be plenty of offers on the table, I can assure you of that.

The frontrunners at this moment in time look like the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. Both teams are massive in market size, and both have money in excess to spend on guys like Machado. Other teams of interest are the Saint Louis Cardinals, and the many dark horses in pursuit of a big bat such as the Chicago White Sox, The San Diego Padres, and, most interestingly, the New York Mets.

It will certainly be curious to see how Machado’s actions, as well as his comments are going to affect his market value. Certain teams may be more willing to spend more money over others, which could lead to a major surprise as to where he ends up. However, my prediction, while safe, seems like the most likely outcome.

My Prediction: The New York Yankees, 10 years, $310 Million.