2023 Yankees Spring Training News & Notes

jon abbey

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That doesn’t really help get Volpe on the team, they still have Gleyber/DJ/Donaldson all at 2B/3B.
 

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Their catcher depth is really compromised right now, Nick Ciuffo is next man up (after Higgy obv).
 

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Seriously though, that works for me, and saves them a 40 man spot. It’s been years since he’s done it, but he has a few weeks to learn.
 

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Seriously though, that works for me, and saves them a 40 man spot. It’s been years since he’s done it, but he has a few weeks to learn.
Are you crazy? Catcher is the most demanding position on the diamond. That would be like taking an outfielder and starting him at SS! Wait...
 

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Are you crazy? Catcher is the most demanding position on the diamond. That would be like taking an outfielder and starting him at SS! Wait...
Heh, I get the joke, but to be clear, he has spent time doing it before. He caught 37 games for TEX in 2019 and asked after the season to be moved to the infield full-time.

"The only player in the modern era to spend more than 50 games at shortstop and catcher at the major-league level is Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the 27-year-old Hawaiian who was recently acquired by the New York Yankees."

https://theathletic.com/3208924/2022/03/25/how-isiah-kiner-falefas-unique-player-development-path-has-prepared-him-to-be-yankees-shortstop-hes-a-real-grinder/
 

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"Fellow Phillie Brandon Marsh, the team’s hirsute center fielder, just shook his head sadly. “That sucks,” he said. “And they have to shave their face.”"
 

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Man there is a lot of funny stuff in that article:

"Reliever Lou Trivino, who was traded at last year’s deadline from the famously frugal A’s, was surprised to learn that his old team had one up on his new one. (He added, though, that although the Wi-Fi was free in Oakland, it often didn’t work.)"
 

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“A person familiar with the prices of such things said an in-flight Wi-Fi plan for one team for one year costs approximately $40,000—or about the price of four Cole pitches.”
 

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I would guess that that article will shame NY into changing their policy, but I guess we'll see.
 

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The WBC final is March 21, Opening Day is March 30. I am predicting now that Gleyber is traded in between those two dates (possibly wishful thinking) and Volpe starts the season as NY's everyday leadoff hitter and 2B, DJ at 3B and hitting lower in the lineup, maybe 5th.

Gleyber is not cheap, a FA after 2024, and IMO Volpe is maybe better right now (defense, SBs) and will only get better with MLB ABs. I can see holding off on Dominguez a few months, even if with Bader down, he is maybe their best CF option already at 20, but pull the bandaid off already with Gleyber and let's get the Volpe era rolling.

#volpeningday
 

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Austin Romine released from his minor league deal with CIN, NY should grab him if he’ll go to Scranton.
 

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Anyone else having trouble following spring training right now? Between the WBC, March Madness, and really good NHL and NBA years for Knicks and Rangers...I almost don't care about the Yankees right now.
 

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Anyone else having trouble following spring training right now? Between the WBC, March Madness, and really good NHL and NBA years for Knicks and Rangers...I almost don't care about the Yankees right now.
There’s definitely a lot going on, I don’t think there’s ever a need to pay much attention to spring training.
 

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Also NY is really thin at C after the top 2 (Trevino was back today), 3rd string C makes more sense for him than OF although I still think he’s gone before Opening Day.
 

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Volpe with a 426-foot homer to CF today off Twins’ starter Pablo Lopez. Third of spring. OPS of .967. He should be the starter at SS on Opening Day.
 
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Volpe stayed in Tampa with the regulars today. Peraza traveled for night game.

https://www.mlb.com/news/anthony-volpe-hits-homer-off-twins-starter-pablo-lopez
Boone said that was to give him a few extra hours because it was his third straight day playing, Volpe's second.

I keep saying it but the obvious answer is trading Gleyber and starting Peraza at SS and Volpe at 2B. Stanton can hopefully play a lot of OF until Bader is back but still they have too many infielders, trade 1-2 and don't send Peraza or Volpe down.

And get Florial on the team as the 4th OF, again at least while Bader is out. If Ortega has an opt-out and can make another team, good luck, one less person between Dominguez and a starting spot.
 

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Boone said that was to give him a few extra hours because it was his third straight day playing, Volpe's second.

I keep saying it but the obvious answer is trading Gleyber and starting Peraza at SS and Volpe at 2B. Stanton can hopefully play a lot of OF until Bader is back but still they have too many infielders, trade 1-2 and don't send Peraza or Volpe down.

And get Florial on the team as the 4th OF, again at least while Bader is out. If Ortega has an opt-out and can make another team, good luck, one less person between Dominguez and a starting spot.
Sounds like a good plan. Pitchers would love seeing the two rookies behind them.

Not sure if trades are made much in final days of ST. Or even in April.
 

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Sounds like a good plan. Pitchers would love seeing the two rookies behind them.

Not sure if trades are made much in final days of ST. Or even in April.
Neither was as big as a Gleyber deal would be and it was the lockout season but NY got Jose Trevino for Albert Abreu last April 2 and then traded Joely Rodriguez to the Mets for Miguel Castro on April 3. Guys are out of options and not making rosters so need to be moved, Keston Hiura in this situation as of today.
 

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Neither was as big as a Gleyber deal would be and it was the lockout season but NY got Jose Trevino for Albert Abreu last April 2 and then traded Joely Rodriguez to the Mets for Miguel Castro on April 3. Guys are out of options and not making rosters so need to be moved, Keston Hiura in this situation as of today.
The infamous Kuenn-Colavito trade came on April 19, 1960. Batting champ for HR champ. Kind of kills my point.
 

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Here is the team I hope to see by midseason at the latest:

Volpe 2B
Judge RF
Rizzo 1B
Stanton DH
LeMahieu 3B
Dominguez LF
Bader CF
Trevino C
Peraza SS

Cabrera as the super utility man.

I don't know how NY transitions from where they are now (Gleyber, Donaldson, Hicks, IKF) to that but the sooner the better IMO.
 

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Here is the team I hope to see by midseason at the latest:

Volpe 2B
Judge RF
Rizzo 1B
Stanton DH
LeMahieu 3B
Dominguez LF
Bader CF
Trevino C
Peraza SS

Cabrera as the super utility man.

I don't know how NY transitions from where they are now (Gleyber, Donaldson, Hicks, IKF) to that but the sooner the better IMO.
Volpe is the perfect leadoff hitter for this team. Great eye. Tons of speed. Legit pop. Get productive seasons from the 3-4-5 in that lineup and you guys should be dreaming big.
 

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Here is the team I hope to see by midseason at the latest:

Volpe 2B
Judge RF
Rizzo 1B
Stanton DH
LeMahieu 3B
Dominguez LF
Bader CF
Trevino C
Peraza SS

Cabrera as the super utility man.

I don't know how NY transitions from where they are now (Gleyber, Donaldson, Hicks, IKF) to that but the sooner the better IMO.
That lineup, when it happens, will be the best blend of youth and experience the Yankees have fielded since the late 1990s squad built around the Core Four. Three rookies in the field and one as super sub. They can all run and field above average. Very exciting times ahead.
 

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That 'two month' thing from last year is quite misleading, Severino was probably ready to come back 2-3 weeks into it, but NY put him on the 60 day IL to keep his innings down and to save a 40 man spot.
 

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I bet they don't want to have Volpe feeling like Peraza is staring over his shoulder.

This way, Volpe can have 2 or 3 clear weeks to get his feet under him as the every day guy.
Maybe, but also they just don't have another spot with so many infielders and Peraza should be playing every day wherever he is.

This spot was Peraza's coming into the spring, but he is traditionally a slow starter each season and he had a bad offensive spring training (.616 OPS in 42 ABs) while Volpe looked completely ready. This gives Cashman more time to trade IKF or Gleyber or both, unless injuries make it a moot point anyway.
 

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I haven’t seen any reporting about whether NY can option the three non 40 man players here or not, Weissert has options and Florial does not.

“The Yankees still have to make two more moves. They have to choose between Ian Hamilton and Greg Weissert for the final bullpen spot, and settle on a backup outfielder from Estevan Florial, Rafael Ortega and Willie Calhoun.”
 

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I haven’t seen any reporting about whether NY can option the three non 40 man players here or not, Weissert has options and Florial does not.

“The Yankees still have to make two more moves. They have to choose between Ian Hamilton and Greg Weissert for the final bullpen spot, and settle on a backup outfielder from Estevan Florial, Rafael Ortega and Willie Calhoun.”
How much flexibility do they have on their 40 man? They have to add Volpe I can't imagine that they can add the NRI's too.
 

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How much flexibility do they have on their 40 man? They have to add Volpe I can't imagine that they can add the NRI's too.
They actually have a bunch, they are at 40 now, but have Effross, Montas, Gil, and Rortvedt in order of how long they are expected to be out.

Also if Florial doesn't make the team, they have to send him through waivers which means he wouldn't be on the 40 man anymore even if he is unclaimed and comes back to NY (no idea here, but he is so tooled up, I'd think someone would roll the dice).