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It’s Not Gleyber Time… Yet

There are few times when a fanbase feels excitement after the injury bug bites a player who posted 20 home runs and a .276 average in the prior year, but with the news trickling out of Steinbrenner field on Tuesday afternoon that shortstop Didi Gregorius will miss the month of April with a shoulder hematoma, […]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees

How the Yankees can remain contenders through their rebuild

Last week on this site, Ben Diamond wrote that the Yankees might be approaching a brief drop in the standings as they prepare for the massive off-season in 2018 that could feature Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and eleventy-seven other All-Stars. A year ago I would have wholeheartedly agreed with Ben’s […]

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Building a Bridge to the Elite Relievers

Following Monday’s trade for fireballer Aroldis Chapman, it’s quite clear that the Yankees have the best 1-2-3 ‘pen punch in the game, if not the best ever. Obviously, this absurd combination of high-strikeout and low-ERA relievers—Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Chapman—has the Yankees’ relieving corps receiving some high praise. There’s one thing to keep in […]

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Aroldis Chapman and the Cost of an Improved Seventh Inning

The Yankees might have the best bullpen of all-time in 2016. Between Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and now Aroldis Chapman, manager Joe Girardi will have at his disposal a three-headed monster of fire-balling relievers to guide him through innings seven through nine. Having an incredible bullpen will obviously help the Yankees. Besides thwarting comeback attempts […]

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Wrestling with the Ethics of the Aroldis Chapman Trade

Sports fandom, as you’ve read so incredibly often, is inherently illogical. We root for an organization and their players wearing a certain uniform to beat the guys wearing the other team’s uniforms, especially those guys who play in that city. Why we especially dislike those guys from that city is beyond us, but you know, that’s just how it is, so damn […]

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Yankees Acquire Aroldis Chapman from Reds

After dealing away two relief pitchers to start the month, the Yankees acquired one of the best in the game towards the end of it. New York traded four prospects to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for left-handed relief ace Aroldis Chapman on Monday, continuing what’s been a stealthily sound offseason. He joins incumbent closer Andrew […]