Tuesday, December 6, 2016

35 New Free Agents Enter the Fold


As you have already learned the New York Yankees lost future reliever Jacob Lindgren to the Atlanta Braves after the team non-tendered him a contract making him a free agent. Lindgren will likely miss all of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery so I feel it is safe to presume that the Yankees felt like they could sign him to a new minor league deal while getting him off the 40-man roster before the Braves swooped in and gave him a cool million bucks to rehab down in Atlanta. This such scenario, or a similar one at least, happened for 35 players before the deadline adding 35 new free agents into the fold, let’s take a look at them.

Tyson Ross likely headlines the pack of new free agents after becoming an All-Star just two seasons ago with the San Diego Padres. Joining Tyson Ross are other notables including Washington Nationals outfielder Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Cody Asche, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, Baltimore Orioles starter Vance Worley and Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen arm Louis Coleman. Chris Carter, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Jeff Locke, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, were also non-tendered but only after being designated for assignment last week.

Ross is likely the most intriguing for the Yankees followed possibly by Vance Worley only because they are starting pitchers, an obvious need for the Yankees. Ross is still just 29-years old and is coming off a season in which he posted a 13-14 record with a 2.81 ERA in 2014 before slipping a bit to 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 2015. 2016 was a different scenario for Ross though posting just one MLB appearance due to a thoracic outlet syndrome surgery he had in the offseason. Ross earned $9.625 million in 2016 for that one appearance and will look to latch on with a team despite his four-to-six month recovery time for the surgery he had in October. He may or may not be ready for spring training but on a one-year deal with incentives, he isn’t going to take a minor league deal at 29-years old, I don’t see an issue with taking a waiver on him whatsoever. Do it.


Worley would be a fifth starter with the Yankees and an innings eater, nothing more unfortunately. He is AL East trained after pitching with the Baltimore Orioles last season but he should be a clear Plan C or below. I’d take him personally but only after a lot of names and a whole lot of arms came off the board. That’s just me. It’s Ross or bust in my opinion. What say you?

7 comments:

  1. Sale goes to the red sox for moncada, kopech, and 2 other prospects. this haul was nowhere near what people were rumoring. so, the Yankees definitely could have pulled this off. BUT. I'm glad it wasn't us. Chris sale wouldn't make us mlb champs. but next year, we need some of these players to be f-ing fire.

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    1. AGAIN this shows you that no matter what team Dombrowski runs he cleans the elf's clock. He made two big moves today while the elf contemplates which dumpster he will dive into.

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    2. Eh I said I would give Cashman credit if he landed rutherford and how he handled the trade deadline.

      Today, this Eaton from white Sox to Nats for giolito+ (Robles? Not sure who it was), while rumor has it we might sign Sergio fuckin Romo makes me completely hate him. That's pathetic. We could have EASILY exceeded that offer, and I've said gardner would be a good fit for the Nats since past winter. (would offer more than just gardy though).

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    3. Daryl that deal takes balls to make and Cashman has proven he has none. The guy is clearly looking for a dumpster dive move and thats why I have said for sometime on here that Dombrowski blows the elf away. Gardner Pineda Tanaka and Headley all should've been out of here by now. Mark my word we wont get one of the top closers and he will go back to DRob the human 0-2 1-2 count and before you know it he walks the hitter. I couldnt stand it then and I don't want to see a repeat and by the way he should've traded Robertson since he knew he wasn't signing him but that's the elf's ineptness just like he should've traded Cano

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  2. Ross should be a target high on Cashman's list. He would be a nice addition. Not many out their with his upside.

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  3. Come on, Ken H, why do you not get it? "Dumbo" has all the money and authority he needs to make deals. Cashman has to get the ok for money and trades from Hal...and we all know what that means.
    When the owners of a team put the halt to the free hand given to "Dumbo", he quits and signs on with another team. Besides, if one looks at his deals, they are close to even with very few one sided deals...if one looks at each teams needs at the time of the deal.
    Cashman is not one of the best GM's around but, he is not as bad as you make him out to be!

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    1. Reed you're kidding me with your retort right??? How about the Grandson deal. We get the perennial strikeout king and he gets Scherzer in a three way deal. He is able to construct a big deal, the elf can't. I do agree Hal is a hindrance to the money process but if you can't see the obvious then I will send you $2 to by a clue

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