Yankees News: DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, MLB realignment
By Joel Wagler
Recent New York Yankees news this week focused on the possibility of finding a way to get back on the field for 2020.
While MLB is trying to come up with a plan for the rest of 2020, which has been a big part of Yankees news of late, it is also a time for analysis into our favorite pinstripers.
Analyzing and speculating about the future of the Yankees puts everyone in the mood for baseball, and there has been quite a bit of it over the past few days.
Players who might have missed the first month or two of the season might be healthy if the season can somehow start by June 1. The Yankees, as well as all other teams, are also trying to evaluate their rosters beyond this season if play doesn’t resume at some point.
Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMathieu, Gerrit Cole , and Gio Urshela were all topics of discussion this week.
Yankees News from around the FanSided network
MLB, MLBPA discussing plans to play all games in Arizona – Yanks Go Yard, Aaron Somers
"The plan would have all 30 teams play games at stadiums in the Phoenix area. This would include the Diamondbacks Chase Field as well as a number of spring training facilities."
Giancarlo Stanton will be hard-pressed to earn his full salary – Yanks Go Yard, Joel Wagler
"…Giancarlo Stanton’s Flyball Rate has gone down every season since 2015. Over his last 178 games, his Home Run to Flyball Ratio is just 25 percent, down from a career-high 34.3 percent in 2017. Fewer flyballs and fewer home runs on those flyballs aren’t a great trend for a slugger."
The series that ended Billy Martin’s career – Call to the Pen, Manny Gomez
A look back at the series that brought Billy Martin‘s tumultuous career with the Yankees to an end.
Gio Urshela should be the favorite at third – Yanks Go Yard, Stefen Rosner
Gio Urshela should be the favorite at third base going into the season. His defense could set him apart.
Yankees have several big-name free agents next offseason – Empire Writes Back, Evan Desai
Between contract options and free agents, the Yankees could look much different in 2021.
Gerrit Cole is a regression candidate – Yanks Go Yard, Joel Wagler
"Cole gave up only 66 total runs last year. He also gave up 29 home runs. An 83.3% left on-base percentage hardly seems sustainable, even when he can pitch his way out of trouble with strikeouts much of the time"
Yankees News from around the internet
MLB projections with realigned divisions – CBS Sports, R.J. Anderson
Anderson breaks down the temporary divisions if MLB realigns for this year and projects where the Yankees finish the season.
MLB teams gain value in 2020 – Forbes, Mike Ozanian, Kurt Badenhausen
"The New York Yankees take the No. 1 spot—which they have held since our first ranking in 1998—with a valuation of $5 billion, a 9% rise from a year ago."
Yankees fans want DJ LeMahieu back – Pinstripe Alley, Kyle Thele and Tyler Norton
"DJ LeMahieu, 31, won over the fans and his teammates with his quiet, laser-focused approach at the plate."
The Yankees news has been diverse and interesting recently. Hopefully, if MLB can figure things out, that news will become exciting as well.