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Is Andujar being Wally Pipp'd?
Assuming Andujar can shake-off the rust at the plate, he's still going to struggle to find playing time on this team as he defense is atrocious while Urshela has a simply played better than him with the glove at 3rd and at the plate right now (a game-tying 2-run HR to deep center last night only emphasized this). At the the start of the season, I thought if Adujar struggled defensively at the hot corner, he would have a shot playing 1st, especially now with Bird seemingly on his way out of the Bronx (on a stretcher); but, Voit seems to have locked down that slot by proving his numbers (so far) from the end of last season were not a fluke. That really leaves Dan Hurley as the only slot open for Adujar is Dan Hurley and the Yanks tend to use that roll to rest their big guns - Judge, Staton, and Sanchez.

Once everyone (hopefully) is healthy after the All-Star break, this is what I believe the Yank's line-up may look like:

1) LeMahieu 2B
2) Hicks CF
3) Judge RF
4) Stanton D H
5) Sanchez C
6) Voit 1B
7) Urshela 3B
8) Torres SS
9) Fraizer LF

That's a solid line-up with power in the middle and speed at the top and bottom. No easy outs as everyone has proven to be able to hit .260 or better. It's also less HR reliant than last year's team. I bumped Judge down to #3 to break-up the Yanks right dominant line-up with Hick's left (switch) bat.

On the bench, Maybin becomes the primary outfield substitute with Gardner (sadly) reduced to an in-game defensive replacement. Estrada would be the primary infield substitute with Wade as the in-game defensive replacement and/or speed base runner. Romine continues to be the back-up Catcher.

Thus, where does Adujar go? Train him to be a back-up 1st Baseman and fill-in Dan Hurley when one of the Big 3 aren't using it? Or, assuming his shoulder is truly OK, can the Yanks use him as trade bait to land another starter as they will need a big arm, espeically in the playoffs. I am almost tempted to think that Didi could also be traded for the same once he comes off of IR.
 
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Assuming Andujar can shake-off the rust at the plate, he's still going to struggle to find playing time on this team as he defense is atrocious while Urshela has a simply played better than him with the glove at 3rd and at the plate right now (a game-tying 2-run HR to deep center last night only emphasized this). At the the start of the season, I thought if Adujar struggled defensively at the hot corner, he would have a shot playing 1st, especially now with Bird seemingly on his way out of the Bronx (on a stretcher); but, Voit seems to have locked down that slot by proving his numbers (so far) from the end of last season were not a fluke. That really leaves Dan Hurley as the only slot open for Adujar is Dan Hurley and the Yanks tend to use that roll to rest their big guns - Judge, Staton, and Sanchez.

Once everyone (hopefully) is healthy after the All-Star break, this is what I believe the Yank's line-up may look like:

1) LeMahieu 2B
2) Hicks CF
3) Judge RF
4) Stanton D H
5) Sanchez C
6) Voit 1B
7) Urshela 3B
8) Torres SS
9) Fraizer LF

That's a solid line-up with power in the middle and speed at the top and bottom. No easy outs as everyone has proven to be able to hit .260 or better. It's also less HR reliant than last year's team. I bumped Judge down to #3 to break-up the Yanks right dominant line-up with Hick's left (switch) bat.


















On the bench, Maybin becomes the primary outfield substitute with Gardner (sadly) reduced to an in-game defensive replacement. Estrada would be the primary infield substitute with Wade as the in-game defensive replacement and/or speed base runner. Romine continues to be the back-up Catcher.

Thus, where does Adujar go? Train him to be a back-up 1st Baseman and fill-in Dan Hurley when one of the Big 3 aren't using it? Or, assuming his shoulder is truly OK, can the Yanks use him as trade bait to land another starter as they will need a big arm, espeically in the playoffs. I am almost tempted to think that Didi could also be traded for the same once he comes off of IR.
I never liked Judge batting 2nd as a rookie it was fine but not long term. I think with Andujar right now you play it by air, continue to have him Dan Hurley or PH, with no Judge or Stanton for now. On days Urshela needs off you could have Estrada play 3B. DJ can play 1B on days Voit needs off and Estrada could play 2B. Gardner sticks around because he is always healthy (knock on wood), Hicks and Frazier are injury prone. Frazier does need to work on the fundamentals like fielding and base running (thats how he got hurt). Frazier does play reckless I love effort but you do have to be able to stay on the field. Can use the Dan Hurley slot between Andujar, Voit, DJ, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Frazier.
 

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I never liked Judge batting 2nd as a rookie it was fine but not long term. I think with Andujar right now you play it by air, continue to have him Dan Hurley or PH, with no Judge or Stanton for now. On days Urshela needs off you could have Estrada play 3B. DJ can play 1B on days Voit needs off and Estrada could play 2B. Gardner sticks around because he is always healthy (knock on wood), Hicks and Frazier are injury prone. Frazier does need to work on the fundamentals like fielding and base running (thats how he got hurt). Frazier does play reckless I love effort but you do have to be able to stay on the field. Can use the Dan Hurley slot between Andujar, Voit, DJ, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Frazier.
Statistically it’s most efficient to bat your best hitter second.
 
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Not a surprise, my only hope is that Judge, Stanton, and Severino don't follow Andujar down the same path...


Credit to German, Frazier, and Urshela really stepping-up while a lot of guys have been rotating through the trainer's room.

While looking-up German's numbers, I did catch this article, too. This could be why the Yanks don't seem to be in a hurry to trader for rentable starting pitching.

 

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I can’t see trading a healthy Didi. Great fielder and a lefty. I’d prefer LeMahieu being a more or less rotating infielder to rest the others once a week. Andujar is the bigger question mark. I hate to trade a good bat like his at such a young age unless you get a very high quality starting pitcher. Yankees seem to be stacked with designated hitter types. Is Bird part of any future and/or what is his trade value?
 
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Not a surprise, my only hope is that Judge, Stanton, and Severino don't follow Andujar down the same path...


Credit to German, Frazier, and Urshela really stepping-up while a lot of guys have been rotating through the trainer's room.

While looking-up German's numbers, I did catch this article, too. This could be why the Yanks don't seem to be in a hurry to trader for rentable starting pitching.

I hope to see him against the Yardgoats. The Yankees should just sign Dallas Keuchel once the draft is over June 2nd I believe, you wouldnt lose a draft pick, just go with a 6 man rotation you have to be prepared for Severino not to be back this year, guy is an innings eater and is a ground ball pitcher fits right in with the defense of Urshela, Gleyber, Didi and DJ.
 

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I hope to see him against the Yardgoats. The Yankees should just sign Dallas Keuchel once the draft is over June 2nd I believe, you wouldnt lose a draft pick, just go with a 6 man rotation you have to be prepared for Severino not to be back this year, guy is an innings eater and is a ground ball pitcher fits right in with the defense of Urshela, Gleyber, Didi and DJ.
It would take him at least 3ish weeks to really be ready. You’re pushing up against the AS break.

It’s fine, just the reality of it
 
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yankees are absolutely, positively not trading didi.
He's a free agent after this season, so even if they wanted to, there wouldn't be much point to it. You're not getting squat in return for a half season rental of a player coming off a major injury
 

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Bauer would be a terrific add to the rotation...just not sure the Yanks have the pieces to pull it off without subtracting from the MLB club. I'm going to guess that the Indians would want Frazier back and I'm not sure I'd do that given the Yanks twin tower OFs are suspect to injury. I know Frazier hasn't been a beacon of health either, but he's definitely shown himself to be a future All-Star caliber talent during his opportunity this year.

Down on the farm, Florial hasn't really elevated his stock. Deivi Garcia could be a nice piece to a package but they'd have to add a few more high level pieces to make that work. We all know the Yanks have quite a few high end talents in the lower levels and instructs, but they're waaaay too far away to entice Cleveland.

One more thing: the Yanks have 2 picks in the top 38 in the upcoming draft, thanks to the Sonny Gray trade. That bonus comp pick can be used to replenish what it is needed to acquire a SP like Bauer.
 

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