Yankees Mailbag: Addressing protection, handedness and extensions
Good morning everybody, let’s deal with some extra of your questions in regards to the offseason. Bear in mind to ship in your questions for our weekly name by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
Vary Rider asks: Will the Yankees handle the elephant within the room this offseason? Statistically, essentially the most evident crew weak point is protection. Will the Yankees attempt to improve the protection or simply proceed to attempt to outscore their opponents? In that case, what place is most in want of an improve?
I don’t suppose this can be one thing they handle this offseason, at the least by getting completely different starters. The Yankees dedicated to this path once they moved Gleyber Torres to shortstop this season, and it’d be a seismic shift to surrender on that after only one shortened season. Sure, Torres didn’t carry out properly by any stretch of the creativeness this yr, however that’s a hasty transfer to make.
As a substitute, the crew appears prone to depend on inner enchancment from Torres and Gary Sánchez. DJ LeMahieu’s protection — ought to he be re-signed — could be the cornerstone of the infield, and Luke Voit and Gio Urshela are succesful sufficient to remain on the sphere whereas additionally contributing considerably with their bats.
Frank asks: The Yankee lineup is just too right-hand heavy, making it straightforward for opposing managers to arrange their bullpen, significantly in massive video games towards groups with good relievers (see Rays). What strikes can the Yankees make within the offseason to steadiness out the lineup?
Tom has an article on this subject popping out later at the moment, however I’ll preview it by providing my opinion on the matter. There isn’t any transfer the Yankees might do that offseason to steadiness out the lineup, as a result of any transfer they may make would depart them with lesser expertise beginning as an alternative. Whereas it’s not best to be heavy on one kind of batter, be it righties or lefties, if the the gamers you’ve gotten are high quality, you cope with it.
The fool that mentioned, “Harper is coming” asks: Will the Yankees prolong Choose this offseason? They usually gained’t attempt to prolong Gary, proper?
I doubt that they will come to phrases with Choose this offseason. Choose is getting into the second yr of arbitration, with yet one more yr of management left earlier than he might grow to be an unrestricted free agent earlier than the 2023 season. The crew has appeared to make extensions for key gamers previously, with Luis Severino’s extension as an example, however Choose isn’t in a comparable spot. Choose has battled harm considerations previous to extension talks whereas Sevy sadly has developed them after signing.
On high of that, the fallout of the pandemic will doubtless result in the Yankees seeking to tighten the price range, and the crew is already going to should scrape the cash collectively to maintain the present batch of free brokers from leaving. If Choose goes to be a profession Yankee, he’s doubtless going to should get a proposal matched after testing the free agent market two years from now. As for Sánchez, there’s little question that the crew isn’t seeking to prolong him presently. It is a make-or-brake yr for the catcher, and his future on the crew altogether could also be decided not simply by if he can rebound in 2021, however how properly he can rebound.