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Perspectives: Glass Completely Full

By Paul Semendinger

November 10, 2023


I figured...why not? (Again.)

What if every single Yankee replicated his career best season in 2024, what might the team's production look like? (I based this on each position player's highest career WAR on and the lowest ERA for each pitcher.)

I also assumed or wished (and dreamed) that the Yankees made three key acquisitions, all noted below.

You know... if all this happened, this would be amazing!!!


1b - Anthony Rizzo (2015) = .278/31/101 146 OPS+, 6.4 WAR

2b - Gleyber Torres (2022) = .273/25/68 118 OPS+, 4.1 WAR

ss - Anthony Volpe (Minors - Expanded to 150 games) = .294/40/128

3b- DJ LeMahieu (2019) = .327/26/102 136 OPS+, 5.6 WAR

lf - Juan Soto (2021) = .313/29/95 175 OPS+, 7.1 WAR

cf - Cody Bellinger (2019) = .305/47/115 167 OPS+, 8.6 WAR (For the record, I'd sign Jung Hoo Lee, but Bellinger is great for this comparison.)

rf - Aaron Judge (2022) = .311/62/131 210 OPS+, 10.6 WAR

c - Austin Wells (Minors - Expanded to 140 games) = .277/23/75

dh = Giancarlo Stanton (2017) = .281/59/132 169 OPS+, 7.9 WAR

(This team would be so stacked that Jasson Dominguez wouldn't be rushed back.)

SP - Gerrit Cole (2019) = 20-5, 2.50

SP - Yoshinobu Yamamoto (2023) = 17-6, 1.16

SP - Carlos Rodon (2021) = 13-5, 2.37

SP - Nestor Cortes (2022) = 12-4, 2.44

SP - Mike King (2022) = 6-3, 2.29 (granted, this came mostly as a relief pitcher)

Quite simply, this team would be great fun to root for. This team is the type of team I dream of.

This team can hit. This team has balance lefty and righty. There are four .300+ batters. Every starter will hit at least 20 homers. Oh man, would that be fun!

The pitchers would also dominate. The Yanks would even have two lefties in the rotation. I'd prefer three, but with this team, it would be a moot point.

This team would win 100+ games easily. They might never lose.

Aaron Boone would be Manager of the Year. Brian Cashman would be Executive of the Year. Hal Steinbrenner would be Owner of the Year.

And I'd bet World Series flag #28 would be hanging in the Bronx!

It's good to dream!


Coming soon... the empty glass.


Nov 10, 2023

That would be a fun team!


Alan B.
Alan B.
Nov 10, 2023

Trading for Soto & signing Bellinger means that Dominguez isn't back up here until 2025. 👎

Stanton, DJL & Volpe I think are a bit more dreamland than reality. This what I'd like in a full glass:

Stanton: 140 games, .265/38/97

Volpe: .260/19/65/40 SB

DJL: 135 games: .305/15/80

Bellinger: 151 G, .310/35/91/ 100

Nov 11, 2023
Replying to

"and we also know that turned down down a chance to sign a contract that would have paid him a reported $440M"

I'm really tired of hearing this. I've pointed out over and over again what the caveats were about that "offer". Lot's of deferred money, as is the Nats wont. it was an offer designed to be turned down and to cover the Nats management/owners with their fan base. They were always going to trade him. They're trying to sell the franchise. They wanted to tear down the team to lower the payroll to make the franchise more attractive to buyers who are more focused on the bottom line than winning (do we know anyone like that?).


Nov 10, 2023

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Nov 10, 2023
Replying to

It's good to sometimes hope!

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