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According to various sources, and first broken by Joel Sherman, Yankee SS/2B prospect Thairo Estrada was injured during a robbery that took place in Venezuela last week. He was a current dark-horse candidate to steal the 2B job from Torres to start the season, but now it seems as though his spring will be focused on rehabilitation.
This is not the first instance of a Venezuelan baseball player being victim to an attack in one way or another- and just last week Pirates catcher Elías Diaz's mother was freed after a kidnapping.
Currently, all that is known is that Thairo Estrada was shot in the right hip during a robbery, but still expected to make a full recovery and play for a majority of the season. As more information comes out we will update you all on this recent discovery. (Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Alley)Read More
It looks like Great Free Agent Staredown of 2018 will result in some very tough negotiations between the players union and the owners as the 2017 - 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement gets closer to its expiration on December 1, 2021. There will be the usual amount of whining, propaganda and outright lying from both sides. I thought that it might be useful to think about the relative fairness of baseball’s compensation scheme by looking at a comparison to the NBA and the NFL.Read More
Good Morning Yankees fans! Spring Training is upon us, yet there remains plenty of free agents on the market as camp gets under way. If we’re talking starting pitchers, then how about Jake Arrieta or Lance Lynn? But the Yankees already have their ace(s), so how about a feel-good comeback story? Enter Tim Lincecum. You heard correctly: the 33-year-old righty wants to pitch again in Major League Baseball. Could "The Freak" be the answer to the fifth rotation spot in the Bronx? Let's investigate.Read More
Lots of news coming from Spring Training including stories on Masahiro Tanaka, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Sonny Gray, Mike Moustakas, Tim Lincecum... Tim Lincecum?... free agents, a possible trade with the Mets, and more!Read More
It is also the case that the season could end differently and bring disappointment to Yankee fans. In addition to the questions marks at second, third and the back of the starting rotation, there are many other possible ways 2018 could go wrong for the Yankees. This is true of every team and is pretty much part of the game, but it is useful to think of what those stumbling blocks might be. Luis Severino or Aaron Judge might regress from their breakthrough years in 2017. Gary Sanchez might prove unable to field hold well enough to hold down the catching job full time. Greg Bird and Giancarlo Stanton, who both have struggled to stay healthy throughout their career could lose significant time to injuries. Additionally, other key contributors like Didi Gregorius or Masahiro Tanaka could suffer serious injuries.Read More
As the official start of Spring Training has begun, it only makes sense for the offseason to continue...right? Normally I wouldn't agree that this is the time for offseason-like discussions, but this offseason has been an exception in every single reasonable way. Top free agent pitcher Yu Darvish finally agreed to a deal within the past week, and star players like J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, and Jake Arrieta (among others) are still on the board.
Now, with all of that out-of-the-way, let's get to talking about Ken Rosenthal's Idea:Read More