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Waiting for Lefty No Moreski

So, the Yanks make a splash—giving up their numero Uno pitching prospect and a couple of others for James Paxton, the tantalizing, though physically fragile, left-hander. Like a guy named Paxton, that’s for sure.


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1 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 19, 2018 7:46 pm

That fragility kinda makes me uneasy, actually. Yanks don't need another Eovaldi/American Idle situation (which is likely what drove the price down). Sure would've liked to see Justus evolve in pinstripes, but everything was telling me that would never happen. At least they didn't blow their prospect wad on just one guy (so far).

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Nov 19, 2018 8:21 pm

Whoa, just saw da' news..yeah, I kind of wanted to see Justus S come up to the show but Paxton, IF healthy..is an ox.
(1) American Idle..man, remember those days!

3 thelarmis   ~  Nov 19, 2018 11:46 pm

I love it when you call me Big Maple

4 yankintexas   ~  Nov 20, 2018 1:12 am

Unless they are planning to spend a lot of money on a couple of FAs this move just reeks of penny pinching to me. I would rather have Corbin with Sheffield still in my pocket then 120-160 innings a year Paxton, who btw lead the league in wild pitches in 2017 in just 130 innings. I feel sorry for Sanchez.

5 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 20, 2018 1:34 am

No Justus. No peace? Well, we got something done, but I too was looking forward to seeing Justus come up. He was so excited after his debut. Seemed like a cool kid.

They better be going for Corbin, FFS.

In the meantime, "I Don't Give A Darn" is still playing short.

6 rbj   ~  Nov 20, 2018 8:15 am

Corbin is just $. Carrasco or Kluber are cheaper $ wise, but will cost Miggy Jr. +?. Signing Machado for 3B would take care of that, but he damn well better hustle.

7 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 20, 2018 8:21 am

[3] Good one!

8 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 20, 2018 8:22 am

[6] Then we'd have "I Don't Know" on 3rd base.

9 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 20, 2018 11:36 am

Like the move as a prelim to getting Corbin. But who's on first?

10 rbj   ~  Nov 20, 2018 1:32 pm

[9] I don't know

11 Evil Empire   ~  Nov 20, 2018 2:35 pm

I wanted to keep Justus and get Corbin.

Paxton is pretty good, but I don't like this deal.

Vendors all over the Bronx are pissed about losing "Judge and Justus" T-shirts.

12 RIYank   ~  Nov 20, 2018 2:50 pm

My heart kinda wanted to see Justus in Yankee Stadium, but:

1. Paxton is very very good. When he's actually playing. So, it's a gamble, but it has a very high upside. (Look at his secondary numbers, they're the numbers of an ace.)

2. Sheffield wasn't really proving much yet. Still could, but he's a gamble too.

3. I think Paxton will get better with the Yankees. The Yankees have better pitching strategies than the Mariners.

13 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 21, 2018 11:59 am

Machado's trying to make nice now, FWIW.

14 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 21, 2018 3:24 pm


15 rbj   ~  Nov 22, 2018 8:01 am

[14] I’m not asking who’s on third.

Happy Thanksgiving fellow banterers.

16 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 23, 2018 5:52 am

[15] No, Who's on first.

(This could go on forever. I recently watched one of the clips again. It always makes me laugh.)

Happy Toikey Day Banter Boys & Girls.
Have some for me. I miss turkey. It's hard to find in Japan.

17 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 23, 2018 10:55 am

[16] I was at the Cooperstown HOF last summer, and they were running the A&C routine on a loop. We sat through it 3 or 4 times, laughing harder each time. I recently bought a T shirt with the "names" of the players at their positions. I smile when I put it on.

Hope all had a nice T-Day!

18 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 26, 2018 6:26 pm

Ellsbury and 2 low-level prospects OR three upper-level bubble players for Robbie Cano and cash (at least 50% of ongoing salary). Would you do it?


19 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 26, 2018 7:31 pm

Come to think of it, I would wait. Mariners made a really bad deal outbidding the Yanks back then, Robbie sold his soul for the dollars and the Yanks don't necessarily need him anymore while the M's are fairly desperate to unload his contract. Yanks will probably make them pay down the significant portion like they asked if it does happen and not lose much if anything for the trouble (trouble being what to do with him going forward when his decline kicks in full force and he has a no-trade clause).

That stupid contract (from a team perspective) will interest absolutely nobody unless the Ms pay a good majority of it.

20 Greg G   ~  Nov 26, 2018 7:59 pm

Sorry to see that Torreyez was dropped from the roster today. I hope Toe is back soon or picked up by another team.

I'd pass on Cano. Trading a bad contract for another longer bad contract? No thanks.

21 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 26, 2018 8:58 pm

[20] I've quickly come to that conclusion. Thanks for the memories, Robbie, but you got the money and "respect" you wanted and the Yanks have moved on. M's asked for this, now they can re-imagine that.

Plus, Yanks have only two years left on Ellsbury's b@#$-plug of a contract. Suddenly doesn't seem so bad...

22 rbj   ~  Nov 27, 2018 5:32 pm

Mets appear interested in Robbie

23 thelarmis   ~  Nov 28, 2018 4:50 pm

Toe has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations or a PTBNL

24 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 28, 2018 6:44 pm

[23] Too bad, I liked him. Sure, the Yanks have a bunch of utility guys with more upside now, but he was fun to watch. He must have been a Joey G. favorite; Boone & Co. seemed to act like he was a bag of old clothes for donation. At least where he's going where he would likely continue being in a major league clubhouse and possibly reunite with his favorite manager down the line. Peace, Toe!

25 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 29, 2018 10:47 am

Like Toe also. BTW, WashPost reports that the $$ consideration is ......$2. Not $200, not 2,000, not $20,000. Just 2 bucks. Guess this is a minimal salary dumpy.

26 thelarmis   ~  Nov 29, 2018 5:16 pm

The Cubs just traded Tommy La Stella to the Hatelos, so Toe appears to have the backup infield position down for the major league club. Hopefully, we get a warm body for him...

27 rbj   ~  Nov 30, 2018 4:02 pm

Re: Mets trade for Cano. Anthony Swarzak is slated to make $8.5 million next year?! And he's a righty middle reliever?!

28 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 2, 2018 12:01 pm

[27] It's a done deal. Lots of butthurt by columnists over this. I think it'll be a pretty good deal if they go out and get a decent catcher, a decent starter and an outfielder with some pop. The last several WS winners have proven that you can't simultaneously have a great farm club and a championship-caliber team; at best you can be perennial contenders.

Mets have got to follow this up with some aggressive acquisitions or this is all for naught since they have little-to-no farm depth; if they are not willing to bridge the gap with consistent vets or coaching up underperforming potential from other teams (Billy Hamilton, late of the Reds?) while they rebuild on the sly like the Yanks did in the middle of this decade, they need someone to do a hostile takeover from the Wilpons. Even as a fan of the crosstown rival, it's embarrassing to watch them treat their team like a piggy bank for their damaged portfolio.

29 Greg G   ~  Dec 3, 2018 4:53 pm

Cano could have 2 good years. Hopefully his PED use is a thing of the past. I guess we can assume that with ARod and Cano that they did PED's to be better players. Cano signed his last MLB contract 5 yrs ago. Why else would he risk banishment and also he gave up 1/2 a years pay for his last infraction.

I hope the Yanks pull the trigger soon on another starter. I think I would rather they grab Happ for another 3 years instead of Corbin. He is coming off his best season, but he is leveraging that for a contract that could be 5 years and who knows if he will project to more than a #3?

Keuchel would be cheaper too and that guy gets by on more guile.

I still hope the Yanks pass on Machado, but if they don't get another impact starter, I could see Cash looking to make the Yanks into mashers. Just like when they got more Bullpen arms when they lost out on starters.

30 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 3, 2018 6:27 pm

I have to trust Cashman on this; if he gets Corbin and maybe someone else, it's likely not going to be the old Boss way of doing it (dumping cash on their heads like a game show host) and I'm quite certain by now he's learned a lot from his Ellsbury foolishness. Aaaaaand... if he does get Machado or Harper, he's got to know a lot more than we already know about either of them. Watch out if he doesn't get any of the pitchers he wants; you'll likely see them both. I won't like it, but could live with it.

That said, based on recent moves and spoken word, I don't see them thinking about Keuchel. I think Cashman would rather trade for Kluber/Carrasco than to go in that direction. Even getting MadBum by sacrificing more good prospects would probably be a higher priority unless Keuchel signed a pillow contract or if his market collapsed. The GM meetings will say a lot.

Meanwhile, Seattle continues their Roman Candle-burning by the hour. This is a looking like Marlins 2.0: American League.

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