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Let’s build the best lineup

[Edit: This article was originally written after the second game of the season. Since then, Gary Sanchez has gotten injured, and Joe Girardi has deployed more lineup variations. Still, this article is more about building the optimal lineup with everyone healthy rather than an analysis of today or tomorrow’s lineup in particular.] Through the first two games […]

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Chris Carter has no place on this roster

Chris Carter is probably wondering what he did wrong. His job is to hit home runs, and hit home runs he did, tying for the league lead with 41 round-trippers last season. He’s not too old by any measure, coming off of his age-29 season. Yet he could barely find a major-league offer for much of this offseason, contemplating […]

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Does Starlin Castro deserve to start?

In 2016, Starlin Castro experienced the much-anticipated leap in power that many scouts had predicted for so many years, perhaps coinciding with Castro’s first season in cozy Yankee Stadium. Starlin posted career-highs in home runs with 21 (previous career-high: 14) and isolated slugging with .163 (.147). However, that surge in power didn’t correlate to a corresponding uptick […]

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Trade target: Alex Wood

There have been rumors circulating in recent weeks that the Yankees are inquiring on Jose Quintana, and with good reason. The Yankees need a starting pitcher, and the free agent market looks less than barren. Of course, the downside with going the trade route is the obvious — giving up non-money assets in return. And […]