Saturday, January 21, 2017
Posted by el duque at 7:13 AM
Here's a quick look at the news vacuum across the Yankiverse.
From Mattingly to Mantiply. Brian Cashman heralds the acquisition, loss and re-acquisition of Joe Mantiply, who might just be this year's Billy Traber! Mantiply is the latest in a grand tradition of soft-tossing situational bullpen lefty candidates, taking his place behind Chasen Shreve, Tommy Layne and Richard Blier - names that make Big Papi want to reconsider retirement. Joe Mantiply is 25. Ladies of Scranton, put on your faces.
Hal playing cheapo with Dellin. It doesn't grow on trees, people. Looks like the Yankees will go to arbitration against Betances, trying to wrangle a extra dimes out of the guy. He wants $5 million - a pittance compared to the waste on that roster - and they countered with $3 million. You'd think middle ground is a no-brainer, eh? Nope. But in that 8th inning, it'd be a sharp drop to go from Betances to Mantiply.
Chase Headley has grown an off-season beard. (Talk about crying out for attention.) Is he dreaming about another city, another uniform, another face? We still have him for two seasons and $26 million.
Keith Law names Yankees the second best farm system in baseball. A little disappointed here. We trade our three best players, plus Brian McCann, two years after lavishing $30 million on Latino teenagers... and we're second? (Atlanta is first, Padres third, followed by Pirates and Dodgers.) I shouldn't care. When somebody has nothing to say, they put out rankings. Last year, Law had us in the middle of the pack, at 13th. He says we are "loaded."
NYC now has two El Chapos. One is the notorious, gun-toting drug lord. One is the notorious, gun-toting Yankee closer. And Trump is President. Will Randy Levine get an ambassadorship? If so, I'm rooting for Syria.