The Winter Meetings were quite eventful, with the Red Sox acquiring Chris Sale, the Nationals dealing for Adam Eaton, the Cubs trading for Wade Davis and, of course, the Yankees reaching an agreement with Aroldis Chapman.
So what’s left for hot stove season? For starters, Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista and Mike Napoli are among the free agents still on the market, while players such as David Robertson and Jay Bruce are being dangled in potential trades.
The Yankees? Chapman and Matt Holliday likely represent their primary acquisitions this winter, though they could still go shopping for a left-handed reliever in the coming weeks.
What would you like to see Brian Cashman do before spring training? Let’s dip into the mailbag and see what’s on your minds.
Do the Yankees trade Gardner this winter in your opinion? — Bronx Bombers Beat (@bomberbeat2)
This has become an annual event, guessing whether Brett Gardner gets traded. Brian Cashman continues to field offers for the outfielder, but the guess here is that Gardner is in left field for the Yankees on Opening Day.
If the Yankees are able to land a young, controllable starter for Gardner, I think they would deal him for sure, but I don’t know if such an offer exists. It’s more likely that they deal him next winter with one year remaining on his contract, especially if they’re close to being beneath the luxury tax threshold for 2018.
Any specs on a new starting pitcher? — John (@john_tK_)
Cashman told us weeks ago that he didn’t expect to add a starter this winter, and based on what I’ve seen since then, I’m prone to believe him.
The market for starters is as thin as I can ever remember, and based on the trades we’ve seen, it will take a big haul of prospects to land any decent arm. We know Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda will top the rotation, and I expect Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell to compete for the other two spots. You can throw Adam Warren into that mix, too, though I believe he’ll be in the 6th/7th inning mix with Tyler Clippard.
And speaking of Severino….
Do you think the Yankees will keep Severino in the bullpen which is crowded & where he had success last year or let him start again? — Chad (@camatejicka7)
The Yankees have to give Severino another chance to start. He’s 22 years old, only a year or so removed from his impressive 11-start debut of 2015. As bad as his 11 starts in 2016 were — and as good as his 11 relief appearances were — Severino is just too young to give up on as a starter.
If he fails again and has the same issues he had last season, then the Yankees will take a look at him in the bullpen. But for now, he has to be considered a starter as far as I’m concerned.
Isn’t it time they gave Boone Logan another look? ?#seriousquestion — Alison (@alisonfaye)
Will the team look for more lefty bullpen help or settle with Layne/Bleier as their lefty specialists? — Michael (@Rongy_)
Logan, Jerry Blevins and Mike Dunn are all quality free-agent options when it comes to lefty relievers, but based on what I’m hearing, it seems like they might be out of the Yankees’ price range following the signings of Holliday and Chapman.
The Yankees liked what Layne brought to the bullpen last season, so I fully expect he will be a part of the relief corps in 2017. It wouldn’t surprise me if they add one of the aforementioned lefties at some point, though they’re likely waiting for the prices to drop. This could be something that drags into January.
With the announcement of Jeter’s new plaque in Monument Park next year, do you think he may receive a monument in the future? — Michael (@mikecsontos)
There are six monuments out in Monument Park: Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and George Steinbrenner. What do they all have in common? None are still alive.
Monuments are erected posthumously, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Jeter certainly belongs in the conversation with those other six, but so does Yogi Berra, so I’ll be interested to see whether the Yankees put a monument out there for Yogi. We won’t know about a Jeter monument for another 40 or 50 years, so there’s no reason to even speculate on this one.
Thoughts on Greg Bird this year; impact bat or spare piece? — Shane (@ShaneDonovan)
I’m going to say he’ll be somewhere in between your two options, Shane. I don’t know if he’ll be a middle-of-the-lineup impact bat that hits 30 home runs, but I believe he’ll play more games for the Yankees at first base than anybody else.
Bird showed the ability to hit major-league pitching during his two-month debut in 2014, so I think he’ll be a solid contributor. I’ll guess he hits about 20 home runs with an .800 OPS in about 120 games.
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