Could Blake Snell become a New York Yankee?
An interesting fold emerges for the New York Yankees. The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that co-ace Blake Snell may be on the trading block as they will be listening to offers. The Tampa Bay Rays are taking some quirky steps to improve their team, such as when they traded Archer for Tyler Glasnow and others.
Another interesting news is that the Rays reportedly wouldn’t mind trading it within their own division, even against the Boston Red Sox and, yes, the New York Yankees. Snell really isn’t a high quality ace pitcher, but a top notch addition to Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who gives the Yankees a big one-two punch at the start of the Yankee rotation.
As much as this type of trade would close the pitching gap with the Rays, it probably won’t happen, but it is a possibility now. To further reduce the gap between the two teams, the Rays have just lost Charlie Morton, whom the Rays did not take advantage of. He’s now an Atlanta Braves pitcher who picked him up for the $ 15 million on a one-year deal, exactly as much as the Rays refused to spend on him. The unfortunate part of the Morton deal is that he was on the Yankee’s radar to improve the Yankee team. The Yankees have now lost Morton, Stroman and Gausman.
You can be sure that any trade talks for Snell would include Deivi Garcia, who debuted with the Yankees last season, possibly Clarke Schmidt, and even Luke Voit. We know that General Manager Brian Cashman is reluctant to give up the best prospects.
Adam Ottavino’s eye documented the coronavirus season
Who knew? New York Yankee pitcher Adam Ottavino took a unique approach to the historic 2020 coronavirus season. He wanted to make history, so he took his Leica camera and documented much of the weird season. Everything from what they had to go through entering Yankee Stadium, to drained hot tubs, surreal empty stadiums, to lockers for players in the corridors of Fenway Park.
He also photographed Yankee Gerrit Cole, who kept his pitching form and pitched in his own backyard in Westchester. Ottavino wanted to capture for history how strange the 2020 season really was, and in the process became an amateur photojournalist. ESPN interviewed Ottavino about why he did it and showed many of his photos. You can see some of the most interesting photos.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone defends Sanchez, but why?
With all the talk that Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez is no longer the Yankee starting catcher or that the Yankees will hear offers for the young catcher, Aaron Boone hit the radio waves on the YES network to vigorously defend Sanchez.
“I think he was criticized much unjustly,” Boone told the YES Network. “I think sometimes it’s over the top and people are blinded by some of the things he did really well. This year has certainly been a challenging year for him and a struggle for him in many ways, but that’s okay. “
The Yankees are seriously considering replacing their four-year starter after a miserable season. Sanchez was flawed defensively from the start, but those flaws have always been overshadowed by his ability to hit the long ball and, in some seasons, many of them. But with a falling average, which this year was at an all-time low of 0.147, these shortcomings had come to the fore.
Unanswered questions about Luke Voit’s trade rumors
Swirling around the hot stove is the idea that the Yankees might be ready to trade Luke Voit for Francisco Lindor, but those rumors don’t seem to resonate with the Yankees’ front office keeping silent on the matter.
The way the trade would work is that the Yankees would send Luke Voit and other assets to the Indians for one of the best shortstops in the business, Francisco Lindor. That would allow the Yankees to get Cleyber Torres into his natural position on the second base. This in turn would move DJ LeMahieu if they could pull him back to the first base, making Luke Voit dispensable.
Though Luke Voit’s worth is now higher than ever, after most home runs in baseball this season, the Yankees will have to decide if keeping Voit is more important than moving Torres. The Yankees will examine what Voit can do for the team for many years to come. The New York Yankees have not historically traded any assets they consider important to their future.