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World Series is over. So let the hot stove talk begin.

Trade Ellsbury!

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  • Nov. 2: First day of an exclusive five-day negotiation window which all teams have with their free-agent-eligible players.
  • Nov. 6: Final day for teams to extend qualifying offers to free agents. Qualifying offers must be submitted by 5pm ET.
  • Nov. 7: Players become eligible to sign with any team.
  • Nov. 13: Deadline for players to accept or reject qualifying offers. Players must formally make their decision by 5pm ET.
  • Nov. 9-12: GM Meetings are held in Florida. While not as active as December’s Winter Meetings, the groundwork for many trades and free-agent signings will take place here, and a few moves figure to be completed.
  • Dec. 2: Deadline for teams to decide whether or not to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. The free agent market should expand to some degree on this day, albeit with relatively minor names.
  • Dec. 7-10: Winter Meetings in Nashville. These four days are among the most chaotic of the year for those who follow trades and free agency — often even more so than the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. MLBTR will be providing 24-hour, around-the-clock coverage while the Winter Meetings are in effect. It should be noted that the Rule 5 Draft will be held on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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I'm excited to see how the Red Sox go out and bring in guys (and get rid of Hanley) to supplement all of the young talent they have. Also need to rebuild the bullpen, but exciting times in Boston this offseason with Dombroski.

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How do the Sox dump Hanley?  How do the Yanks dump Ellsbury?  (Unless they pay 75% of his contract)

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How do the Sox dump Hanley?  How do the Yanks dump Ellsbury?  (Unless they pay 75% of his contract)

My guess is it's wishful thinking. Ellsbury just never made sense from the get go. Gardner and him are just far to similar. Would be nice if at least one of them were right handed.

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My guess is it's wishful thinking. Ellsbury just never made sense from the get go. Gardner and him are just far to similar. Would be nice if at least one of them were right handed.

Having 2 left handed fast guys who don't run...   what could work better than that?

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Carlos Corporan (32)
Chris Iannetta (33)
Jeff Mathis (33)
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I've been pretty frugal when it comes to the purse the last few seasons, but this year I'd like to see the Yankees pick up one of these starters, and trade Ivan Nova. In no particular order. 


Johnny Cueto (30)
Yovani Gallardo (30)
Zack Greinke (32)
David Price (30)
Jeff Samardzija (31) 

Doug Fister (32)
Jordan Zimmermann (30)

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I've been pretty frugal when it comes to the purse the last few seasons, but this year I'd like to see the Yankees pick up one of these starters, and trade Ivan Nova. In no particular order. 


Johnny Cueto (30)
Yovani Gallardo (30)
Zack Greinke (32)
David Price (30)
Jeff Samardzija (31) 

Doug Fister (32)
Jordan Zimmermann (30)

I bet we go after Iwakuma 

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Iwakum is long in the tooth.

 

In other news Gary Sanchez is absolutely destroying the Arizona Fall League. Our lineup could really use his right handed bat. Have no idea how he gets playing time. With A-Rod, Beltran at DH.. McCann, JR Murphy at C.

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According to George King, the Yankees are planning to promote assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to the primary hitting coach position. Triple-A Scranton hitting coach Marcus Thames will be promoted to serve as Cockrell’s assistant. The Yankees have not yet confirmed or announced the moves.

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Wouldn't bring back any of them. Chris Young's role should be taken over by Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams. Would be an interesting spring training competition.

Edit: Hmm, just dawned on me that both Williams and Heathcott are left handed hitters. Really doesn't work. Because of the way the roster is setup, the 4th outfielder on this team should really be a right handed hitter.

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The Orioles intend to make a one-year, $15.8MM qualifying offer to catcher Matt Wieters, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). Olney further notes (Twitter link) that the Braves, on paper, seem to be a good fit with Wieters, given their protected first-round pick and lack of certainty behind the plate.

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I've been pretty frugal when it comes to the purse the last few seasons, but this year I'd like to see the Yankees pick up one of these starters, and trade Ivan Nova. In no particular order. 


Johnny Cueto (30)
Yovani Gallardo (30)
Zack Greinke (32)
David Price (30)
Jeff Samardzija (31) 

Doug Fister (32)
Jordan Zimmermann (30)

Man, they are all older.   If they want a 4-5 year deal, maybe.  But those guys are going to want between 6 and 150 to 8 and 200.  No way I do that for any of them. 

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Wouldn't bring back any of them. Chris Young's role should be taken over by Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams. Would be an interesting spring training competition.

Edit: Hmm, just dawned on me that both Williams and Heathcott are left handed hitters. Really doesn't work. Because of the way the roster is setup, the 4th outfielder on this team should really be a right handed hitter.

That team is sooo left handed.

Worst part is, the 2 best hitting right handers are TEX and Arod, a DH and a 1B.  Both are old and you'd want to replace.

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According to Jon Heyman, Orioles left-hander and impending free agent Wei-Yin Chen is a possible target for the Yankees this offseason, along with Jeff Samardzija. Although he’s only been in the big leagues for four seasons, Chen’s contract allows him to become a free agent before reaching six years of service time. That’s common for guys who played overseas.

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Whenever we played the Orioles last year I just assumed that was Bruce Chen on the mound, man I'm terrible.

but yeah, I'm all for bringing in a strong LHP. I'm not sue what CC's future with this team is, but other than him all our starters are RHP.

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Man, they are all older.   If they want a 4-5 year deal, maybe.  But those guys are going to want between 6 and 150 to 8 and 200.  No way I do that for any of them. 

Keep in mind, other than CC, we have young starters

Severino (21)

Mitchell (24)

Eovaldi (25)

Pineda (26)

Tanaka (27)

Nova (28)

 

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While the Yankees might not go after the biggest free agent names, the club could be active in the second base market, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. New York has a variety of in-house options to be considered there, of course, but will also look at players such as Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist, and Howie Kendrick, per the report.

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Brendan Ryan has exercised his $1 million player option for 2016, meaning he’ll remain under contract and presumably reprise his role as the right-handed backup shortstop behind Didi Gregorius.

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While the Yankees might not go after the biggest free agent names, the club could be active in the second base market, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. New York has a variety of in-house options to be considered there, of course, but will also look at players such as Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist, and Howie Kendrick, per the report.

Big pass on Daniel Murphy for 2B. Whoever signs him should make him their 3B/DH.

That World Series is a cautionary tale about how important defense is. While the comp isn't perfect, keep that in mind when people pencil in Rob Refsnyder at 2B.

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Brendan Ryan has exercised his $1 million player option for 2016, meaning he’ll remain under contract and presumably reprise his role as the right-handed backup shortstop behind Didi Gregorius.

No problem with this. One the best defenders in the game. Ryan can play every position in the infield if need be. Bye bye Stephen Drew.

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My guess is it's wishful thinking. Ellsbury just never made sense from the get go. Gardner and him are just far to similar. Would be nice if at least one of them were right handed.

It confused me then and it confuses me now.

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No problem with this. One the best defenders in the game. Ryan can play every position in the infield if need be. Bye bye Stephen Drew.

I don't ever want to see Stephen Drew play again for the Yankees.

What they don't need is a 412 year old man hitting 180 for months at a time.

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I don't ever want to see Stephen Drew play again for the Yankees.

What they don't need is a 412 year old man hitting 180 for months at a time.

I think theres a better chance the Yanks bring him back rather than not. Cash gets fascinated with these guys, Cairo for example. 

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I think theres a better chance the Yanks bring him back rather than not. Cash gets fascinated with these guys, Cairo for example. 

Ref is 24.   Bring him up now or do him the favor of  a trade.  I'd rather a rookie hit 240 with average ish defense who has a future than have a 36 year old who has done nothing in years.

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they’ve released right-hander Chris Martin so that he can sign a contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. The Yankees will receive $750K from the Fighters as compensation, while Martin will sign a contract of yet-unknown length and for yet-unknown salary.

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Wouldn't bring back any of them. Chris Young's role should be taken over by Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams. Would be an interesting spring training competition.

Edit: Hmm, just dawned on me that both Williams and Heathcott are left handed hitters. Really doesn't work. Because of the way the roster is setup, the 4th outfielder on this team should really be a right handed hitter.

I've been trying to think of an alternative to CY and the best I could come up with right now is Alex Rios, he just became a free agent. I don't know what his asking price will be though but I wouldn't mind him as our 4th outfielder and inevitable starting outfielder with Ellsbury getting hurt. 

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