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Tanaka stays, now what?

Masahiro Tanaka will not opt out of his contract or sign an extension. He’s a Yankee for the next three years at $22 million/year. Now what happens? Starting Rotation Implications The 2018 Yankee starting rotation is currently: Luis Severino Masahiro Tanaka Sonny Gray Jordan Montgomery Open CC Sabathia is the obvious candidate for the open […]

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All This Velocity Talk

There’s a good chance if you’ve found your way to a niche Baseball Prospectus site covering the New York Yankees, you’re in the loop with the more prominent stories over the first week of the season. One thing that’s been the subject of much discussion is velocity. Major League Baseball has switched from PITCHf/x to Trackman for in-stadium […]

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Game 47 Recap: Tanaka to the rescue

In a battle to avoid falling to the cellar of the AL East, the Yankees opened a three-game set with the host Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night and won the opener by a final score of 4-1. Masahiro Tanaka continued to be lights out for the Yankees, allowing just two hits while cruising through seven […]

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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Finding the Yankees a Young Starting Pitcher

So far this offseason, the Yankees have focused on bolstering their batting order through trades for outfielder Aaron Hicks and infielder Starlin Castro. But now, with the team’s position-player alignment pretty much set (barring a trade of Brett Gardner) it is time to talk about pitching. If the season started tomorrow, the Yankees’ starting rotation […]

MLB: New York Mets at New York Yankees

Lady Luck could help soften the loss of Masahiro Tanaka

Losing Masahiro Tanaka to a forearm strain was scary for the New York Yankees for two reasons. Firstly, any injury to Tanaka’s arm is a scary one, even if it is considered a mild one. Reports of the Japanese ace’s arm hanging by a thread may be slightly exaggerated, but his health issues do warrant […]