Rumor Mill Heating Up: Ellsbury (+) to Milwaukee?

Rumor Mill Heating Up: Ellsbury (+) to Milwaukee?

After many speculations from most every Yankee news outlet (and a few on my behalf) of Jacoby Ellsbury be traded, it seems as though the Yankees may have finally been able to find a suitor. The rumor comes from Eric Hubbs from Barstool Sports, who have been gaining a lot of sports reporting credibility as the company has grown.

Check the post to see the many tweets (and credibility) from Eric Hubbs:

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Pirates Trade (OF) McCutchen to Giants; Ruin "Potential" Ellsbury Trade?

Pirates Trade (OF) McCutchen to Giants; Ruin "Potential" Ellsbury Trade?

In the Pittsburgh Pirates second deal in two days they have reached an agreement with the San Francisco Giants to send OF Andrew McCutchen to the Bay Area, pending medical record clearance. The return is LHP Kyle Crick and a middling prospect (OF Brian Reynolds?). The fact that the Giants were able to make this deal while keeping all of their MLB.com top three prospects: Chris Shaw, Tyler Beede, and Heliot Ramos.

However, the trade itself does not matter to us Yankee fans, but instead, this trade poses the questions: What does this spell for the Yankees-Ellsbury trade theories? Will these Pirate moves be the push that finally starts the Hot Stove?

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Yankees Sign Contracts Through Arbitration With All 8 Players

Yankees Sign Contracts Through Arbitration With All 8 Players

Friday, December 12th, at 1PM was the deadline to exchange salary figures between the Yankees and the 8 players who were arbitration eligible for the 2018 season (in order of most to least years): Adam Warren (3), Didi Gregorius (3*), Dellin Betances (2), Sonny Gray (2), Austin Romine (2), Aaron Hicks (2), Tommy Khanle (1), and Chasen Shreve (1*). Both Didi Gregorius and Chasen Shreve are going through the system as a Super Two.

MLB Trade Rumors had projected that the total amount for all eight players would be $29.4 Million. Time to see how they did:

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Looking at the Free Agent Infielders Pt. 3 (N-Z)

Looking at the Free Agent Infielders Pt. 3 (N-Z)

Seeing if there is a possible fit for the Yankees, we are taking a quick look at the remaining free agent infielders as reported by ESPN's Free Agent Tracker as infielders.  This is the third and final part of this series. 

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What About Jordan Montgomery?

What About Jordan Montgomery?

One of the stranger stories of this Yankee offseason is been how little respect Jordan Montgomery seems to have received. Last year, Montgomery finished sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting despite having more WAR than any American League rookie other than Aaron Judge. While not an ace, Montgomery was a more than solid back of the rotation starter going 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA as a 24 year old rookie. Montgomery was in the rotation for essentially the whole season, making 29 starts and no relief appearances while striking out almost three times as many batters as he walked. These are not Cy Young numbers, but pitchers like that have real value, especially when they are 24 year old lefties. Despite this performance during the regular season, Montgomery did not pitch at all in the postseason, while the Yankees have spent much of the offseason trying to bolster their pitching rotation and therefore limit Montgomery’s 2018 role.

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Now Is Not the Time for a Major Trade

Now Is Not the Time for a Major Trade

Sometimes in baseball, and in life, the best moves are the ones you don’t make. The Yankees would be well served to keep this in mind in the coming weeks. As it stands now, the Yankees have a very good team, but the team also has several major question marks. They will go into the season with real strengths at several positions, like catcher, shortstop, designated hitter, the bullpen and the starting outfield. However, they will be starting unproven players at first, second and third base and have a starting rotation that has several question marks.

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