Captain Smith-ing With UConn Athletics
- Oct 7, 2012
Spot on. I wrote that before I learned about Didi so now the Machado pursuit becomes very real. I think they have to offer him market or above market value and even succumb to letting him play short while Didi is out...but only with the understanding that he gets the hell out of short when Didi returns. Not sure how Didi's injury impacts any Andujar trade talk plans. Pre-injury, I thought signing Machado to play 3B and packaging Andujar for a frontline SP was the play.The Did Tommy John surgery is a surprise and a big shake-up as he likely will not be back before the All-Star break. I do also agree that it gives Machado leverage; but, I think he has always had interest in the Yanks.
What I do not see is interest in Bryace Harper as the Yanks do not need another big HR bat in the outfield. Got a pair of them already.
As a FYI, Corbin is actually from the Syracuse area and has stated that is dream has always been to play for the Yanks. So, that could help.
The Yanks just don;t seem to be 100% on Andujar, especially in comparison to Torres. There has been talk in the lcoal paper about moving him to 1st or the OF, too. That said, package him and Gray, who needs a change of scenery, for a top-of-the-line starter, coudl make sense if the Yanks do land Machado. Torreyes and Wade can hold 2nd while Torres covesrs SS while Did is out, who by the way is in a contract year for 2019.
I actually knew that about Corbin. I would love to see him in pinstripes. Very under-rated starter and would be a very nice 2nd/3rd rotation piece. If they don't trade Andujar for pitching, I'd give Corbin a lucrative 4 year deal and a 2 year deal to Happ and that would likely result in CC going elsewhere. They could still sign 1 or both of these guys this offseason, depending on what they do in the Machado pursuit.
I have no interest in Harper. He's way too expensive, way too fragile, way too polarizing, and plays a position that Yanks have depth. I really hope Frazier can stay healthy and claim LF. If he can't, then I think Andujar's long-term position (assuming he's not traded) will become LF.
I'm really interested to see what they plan to do with Sanchez. His trade value couldn't possibly be lower so I think they're stuck. But they really have to address catcher defense. Most important defensive position on the diamond and the Yanks can't continue to run out a subpar catcher behind the dish and expect different results. I think the front office is souring on him - hence the prolonged stay in the minors this year for "conditioning" - but what can they do? Perhaps standing him up at 1B is an option or shifting Stanton to LF/RF with Judge to free up the 'Dan Hurley' for Sanchez. It's alarming when our best pitcher has zero confidence in his catcher (and rightfully so). He's not alone either.