Welcome to the 2018 version of the Hot Stove League Chronicles, where all moves made by the New York Yankees are documented and compiled in one tidy little place. For a sense of how things have changed in a year, give the 2017-18 Hot Stove Chronicles a peek.
Thanks to all for your extended patience over this winter, which was more annoying than usual with the lack of action not only from The Bronx but around the league. We’ll be catching up with everything shortly and looking forward to a very interesting season. The expectations are huge — which is a statement in itself by New York Yankees standards — so every game, every situation, every break of fortune is mission critical to the ultimate goal: number 28. Stay tuned, my brothers and sisters.
Amen To That!
8 December : Check out Christopher Scott’s piece at Yanks Go Yard — “Yankees: Things would be different if George Steinbrenner was still around“. It’s something we’ve thought of often around here.
Toe To The Twins
7 December : Maybe he shouldn’t start looking for a house just yet, but it appears Ronald Torreyes will spend the 2019 season in Minnesota, as the former Yankee bench star was inked by the Twins (along with second baseman Jonathan Schoop).
Winter Meetings Start Sunday; Yanks Expected to Make Noise
Check out Pete Caldera‘s piece on NorthJersey.com: Yankees have a long wish list heading into Winter Meetings.
Red Sox Nab Eovaldi; 4/$67.5M
6 December : It was reported that the Yankees didn’t want to go 4 years for Nasty Nate. They didn’t. He signed with the Red Sox. Boston *had* to make this move. The 28-year old Eovaldi has demonstrated he can be successful in the pressure-packed AL East, and he’s got it in for the Yankees, never a bad thing for a Red Sox player. The goal of winning the American League East just got a bit tougher today.
Winter Meetings Kick Off Dec 9th in Las Vegas
5 December : The 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings™ will be held between December 9th and 13th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this writing the main topic of interest for Yankee fans is the reported meeting scheduled with free agent Bryce Harper.
The Bombers have too many guys in the outfield, Harper doesn’t play first base, the Yankees don’t do 10 year deals anymore, and Harper is looking for a $350M/10-year package. So what’s the point one might ask? If nothing else, you have to hand it to GM Brian Cashman for his due diligence. He’ll kick every tire on the lot, and you never know what could shake out. Giancarlo Stanton would not be in pinstripes right now if Cash had a different approach.
Nasty Nate Probably Not in the Cards Either
5 December : Joel Sherman (New York Post) reports the Yankees will likely pass on Nathan Eovaldi if it takes a 4-year offer to close a deal.
But the Yanks appear hesitant to reunite with Eovaldi if he really is going to get a four-year contract, even if it is from the Red Sox, the team that beat them in the AL East and the Division Series.
If I’m Ca$hMoney, I do 4 years on Nate, assuming the price is reasonable. It was a little surprising the Yankees gave up on him in the first place, with electric stuff that was maddeningly tantalizing. We know he can pitch on the big stages under the brightest lights. That’s an intangible that does not come with every arm, no matter how talented. Let’s get this done, Yanks!
More Patrick Corbin Fallout
5 December : Your humble writer believes not signing Corbin was a good thing. Too many yeas, too much money, too little encouraging things on the resume. Often repeated by more often than not true — the AL East is no division for pitchers who’ve grown comfortable in other divisions, especially in the National League. That said, here’s a few items on the aftermath of the non-signing:
Yankees offer for Corbin was $100M for 5 years. had they been the choice, of course it's possible they might have gone a little bit higher, but not to 6 years.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2018
Corbin’s Younger Brother Bummed
Someone check on Patrick Corbin's brother please pic.twitter.com/Pvnly8ZYtb
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) December 4, 2018
Insanity: Nats Ink Corbin for 6 Years/$140M
Patrick Corbin gets $140 million over 6 years, per @JonHeyman
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 4, 2018
4 December : Barring any issues with a physical, Patrick Corbin is now a member of the Washington Nationals after turning down a 5-year deal from the Yankees, and the Phillies, who said they wouldn’t be out-bid.
Tuesday Morning Rumor Mill
4 December : Ken Davidoff (NY Post) reports “Yankees target Yusei Kikuchi to be posted Tuesday morning“. Described as not a top-tier pitcher in Japanese baseball, the Yankees have indicated interest in the fireballing Kikuchi for some time. The 6′, 220 lb.left-hander is 27 years old and has played all of his professional ball with the Saltama Seibu Lions, compiling a 73-46 records with a 2.77 ERA. He was a 2018 selection to the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) All-Star Game.
Corbin Decision Expected Anytime
Patrick Corbin decision is expected to come soon. yankees, phillies and nats are all serious, in the game with strong bids and have to be considered the favorites, though a couple others have been looking at ways to try to pull an upset.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 3, 2018
With D-Rob’s Return Looking Less Likely, Yankee Eye Soria
Here’s hoping that is not the case, but the Yankees are reported to be looking into Joakim Soria. Check out Mike Calendrillo’s piece over at Yanks Go Yard.
Ca$hMoney: Kracken ‘Not For Sale’
3 December : GM Brian Cashman denied reports that the Yankees had any interest in trading for the Marlins’ standout catcher J.T. Realmuto. Also see: “New York Yankees willing to bet on slugger Gary Sanchez” (NorthJersey.com) and “New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez isn’t going anywhere” (EliteSportsNY.com).
D-Rob and Britton to The Sawx?
1 December : George King III of the New York filed this article today: Yankees could see Robertson and Britton go to Red Sox. How real could this be? Consider this:
Right-hander Adam Ottavino, formerly of the Rockies, is on the Yankees’ radar as is former Yankee Andrew Miller, who pitched for the Indians in the final two months of 2016 and the past two seasons.
Under no circumstances can Robertson (at least!) nor Britton get away. With the offense in place and improvements underway on the rotation, the pen must be kept intact.
Yanks Pushing Hard to Trade Gray
30 November : Ken Davidoff (New York Post) reports “Brian Cashman doing everything to get a Sonny Gray trade done“.
Patrick Corbin Visits The Bronx
29 November : The free agent left-hander, who grew up in Clay, New York idolizing Andy Pettitte — even rocking #46 on his Arizona Diamondback uni, made a visit to Yankee Stadium today. If they club does indeed want to sign Corbin, it’s not clear what they’re waiting for. The Phillies recently jumped in the mix, and they have sick money to blow on this year’s free agent crop.
Heyman: Phils, Yanks Favorites to Ink Harper, Manny
29 November : That’s insane. Check out the full article here.
“These guys may won’t sign until January, maybe February,” one interested exec predicted. Which, if true, will give us plenty of time to speculate. At this point, which still has to be considered the very beginning of the process, the smart money is suggesting the Phillies and Yankees are favorites. And that makes sense.
Toe Traded to Cubbies
28 November : The Yankees now traded 2B Ronald Torreyes to Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. This will be a return to the Cubs organization for Toe, who was first traded there by the Cincinnati Reds (who signed him as an international free agent in 2010), in December of 2011. Torreyes went on to play with the Astros, Blue Jays and Dodgers before being acquired by the Yankees in January of 2016. The Yanks DFA’d him three days later, and he was picked up the Angels who DFA’d him 2 days later. New York reclaimed him on February 1st, and his crazy MLB ride wold settle down for a bit. After a solid Spring Training, Toe made the roster and came north with the club, and was a fan favorite ever since.
Yanks Whack Toe
26 November : The Yankees designated 2B Ronald Torreyes for assignment. This move also cements the untimely end of one of Yankee fans’ favorite television show, the Toe-Night Show!
Club Claims RHP Bridwell Off Waivers
26 November : The Yankees claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from Los Angeles Angels. The 27-year old native of Hereford, Texas sports an 11-3 career win-loss mark with a 4.60 ERA over 131 innings in stints with the Orioles and Angels. Baltimore selected the right-hander in the 9th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft, and made his pro debut on August 21, 2016.
Yanks Acquire CF Locastro From Dodgers
21 November : The Yankees acquired CF Tim Locastro from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash and RHP Drew Finley. A native of upstate New York (Auburn), made his MLB debut for Los Angeles last September after breaking in with the Blue Jays via a 13th round selection in the 2013 Amateur Draft. He was traded from the Jays to the Dodgers to free up some international signing dineros. He didn’t make the Dodgers’ post-season roster and was DFA’d yesterday, November 20th.
Yanks Swap Minor League Hurlers With Rockies; Select Joe Harvey
20 November : The Yankees traded RHP Jordan Foley to Colorado Rockies for RHP Jefry Valdez. The club also selected the contract of RHP Joe Harvey from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Yanks Acquire James Paxton from M’s for Sheffield Plus
19 November : The Yankees made their first big splash of the off-season, completing a deal that sent prized prospect Justus Sheffield along with minor leaguers OF Dom Thompson-Williams and RHP Erik Swanson to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander James Paxton.
Yanks Announce 1-Year Deal for CC
7 November : The Yankees signed free agent LHP CC Sabathia to one year, $8M deal. This, along with re-upping Brett Gardner is huge in terms of clubhouse presence and leadership.
Yanks Ink Catcher Lavarnway to Minor League Deal
7 November : The Yankees signed free agent C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract. Lavarnway, 31, broke into the bigs in August 2011 for the Red Sox, and since spent time in the Blue Jays, Orioles, Athletics, Braves and Pirates organizations before joining New York. A California native, Lavarnway played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Club Claims SS Off Waiver Wire
2 November : The Yankees claimed SS Hanser Alberto off waivers from Texas Rangers.
Yanks Activate Gumby, Ells, Heller and Red Thunder
1 November : The Yankees activated LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP Ben Heller, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, and LF Clint Frazier from the 60-day disabled list.
Yanks Bring Gardy Back for 2019
31 October : The Yankees inked outfielder Brett Gardner to a one-year, $7.5M deal for 2019.
Yanks Ink FA SS Vargas
31 October : Happy Halloween! The Yankees signed free agent SS Sergio Vargas to a minor league contract.
8 Yankees File For Free Agency
29 October : The following New York Yankees have officially filed for free agency: SS Adeiny Hechavarria, 1B Neil Walker, RHP Lance Lynn, LHP CC Sabathia, RHP David Robertson, RF Andrew McCutchen, LHP J.A. Happ, and LHP Zach Britton.