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jeff
Dec 24, 2023

There is a silver lining with the Yankees losing out on Yamamoto. NOW, the money that they WOULD have spend on ONE player can now be spent on MULTIPLE players who can help them! They can either get TWO very good starting pitchers, Jordan Montgomery AND Blake Snell. OR one of those two pitchers plus Cody Bellinger. OR one of those two pitchers plus a MUCH NEEDED 9th inning CLOSER, Josh Hader, with Clay Holmes moving to a setup reliever role. So the financial flexibility that the "loss" of Yamamoto now gives the Yankees can now result in MULTIPLE much needed pieces.

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Brad Scheller
Brad Scheller
Dec 24, 2023
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Good morning and Season's Greetings Paul!

There is nothing that I would love more than to see Bellinger, Hader, Hicks, and Montgomery wrapped (does anyone EVER remember the air holes?!) under the team tree, and Jennifer Lawrence under my sheets…but my point is to not expect these things. (Jennifer—if you are reading this, I do believe, I do believe.)

I think that since “he who shall not be named” went to play for “them who shall not be named,” Hal will not be willing to spend freely. “He who” was a generational talent, but the remaining players are not. Hal will not want to spend top prospects in any trade, invest in longer term contracts for pitchers over 30 like…

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jeff
Dec 24, 2023

A couple of points. Yes, the Yankees offer was approximately $300 Million and the Dodgers offer was $325 Million. BUT. The Yankees $300 Million was for 10 years. The Dodgers $325 Million was for 12 years. This makes the Yankees offer MORE PER YEAR than the Dodgers offer. ANOTHER THING: When Yamamoto met with the Dodgers, the Dodgers were able to bring in multiple Dodger players IN PERSON to be part of that meeting....INCLUDING......Yamamoto's good friend who he famously hugged after Japan won the WBC, Shohei Ohtani. I think the opportunity to have Ohtani as a teammate again, just like he was his teammate playing for Japan in the WBC was too strong a temptation to pass up.…



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jeff
Dec 25, 2023
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I believe that you can never have "too much talent". In a perfect world, every player stays healthy and there will be no need to add any of those other players. But unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world, and also unfortunately, injuries to key players are inevitable. And when key players end up on the injured list, that is when adding a surplus of talent becomes the difference between a successful season, or a disappointing season of depending on players like Billy McKinney, Jake Bauers, Willie Calhoun, and Franchy Cordero to fill those holes when players get hurt. So stockpiling great talent can save the season for the Yankees, and be the difference between making the playoff…

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Brad Scheller
Brad Scheller
Dec 24, 2023

Some random thoughts on the loss of "he who shall not be named" to the "they who shall not be named" in LA, and where the New York Yankees should proceed IMHO. I've been following them religiously since 1966 (and regularly attend the church of his holiness St. Horace Clarke of the Second Base).


The loss of “he who shall not be named” to the “they who shall not be named” hurt. And it hurt doubly since Roki Sasaki has declared that he wants to be posted in the winter of 2024. Sasaki said he would only consider LAD or NYY, and that he wanted to play with his friend "he who shall not be named". Guess what that means.…


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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
Dec 23, 2023

The bottom line here is that we, as fans, will never know the real reason or reasons Yamamoto signed with LA...did he want to play with Ohtani? did he want to play on the West Coast? Did he want to play for $325 million for 12 years, not a penny or a day less? Did he want to play for the Bums above and beyond those first three reasons? Did the Yankees think that fewer years, more bucks per year and earlier opt-out possibilities might be enticing to him and his agent because it would allow him an earlier 2nd free agency? We'll never know...and, what's more, the Yankees MAY never know either...did his agent say to the Yanks "if…

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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
Dec 24, 2023
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Again, as I said above, we'll never know for sure, but it now is said to be true that the Mets were first to 12/325, the Dodgers were given the opportunity to match the Mets' offer, they did and he chose LA...were the Yankees given that opportunity? We don't know.

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fuster
Dec 23, 2023

not securing Ohtani's services was a major disappointment

but the Yankees quickly arranged the acquisition of a hitter roughly as valuable as Ohtani.


that was an acquisition that required surrendering pitchers rather than merely a fortune

but the acquisition of Soto blunted some of the pangs the disappointment.


we can certainly agree that it is necessary for the team augment the pitching staff.


their are several good starters to be had ....even though none of them appear to be as shiny and new as Yamamoto.


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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Dec 23, 2023
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Agree

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