Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Marcus Stroman loves NY. So what?

Last night, as if campaigning for the lead in "The Bill de Blasio Story," Marcus Stroman told reporters.


"New York's like the Mecca of the world. I love excitement. I love bright lights. I love competition. I love pressure. I've always loved pitching here, even though I haven't always pitched fairly well here, I've always enjoyed it. Yankee lineups are brutal. They're hard to kind of navigate. But yeah, I love the spotlight. The bigger the moment, that's where I've always wanted to be."
Ass-kisser. I hope they trade him to Milwaukee. Stroman, 28 and having a good year, will be a free agent in 2021. We can sign him then, (except we won't: our owner doesn't do bidding wars.) Or there is the nightmare option: We bequeath our future to Toronto in exchange for him.

Let's understand one thing here: Stroman is not JA Happ. Last year, when the Jays broke with tradition and dealt Happ to their division rivals (for Billy McKinney and that 3B with the migraines), they were trading a 34-year-old, two-month rental at the edge of his sell-by date. Happ came advertised as the guy who beats Boston. He didn't. This season, after inking a 2-year deal, he's been worse. Maybe he'll figure it out; he's got the "crafty veteran" thing. But if Toronto didn't get much for him last July, it's not as if he were the second coming of Verlander. Repeating for slow-learners: Stroman is not Happ.  

To get him, my guess is Clint Frazier would be first to go, with Thairo Estrada in tow. Already, that gives me the hives. But Toronto would be just warming up. 

They would probably demand Deivi "Davey" Garcia, the 20-year-old, RH current Hollywood "IT" girl of the Yankee farm. In his last two starts for Double A Trenton, he a) struck out 15 batters and b) threw five no-hit innings. He's tiny - 5'9", 163 pounds. (Both Pedro and Guidry were 5'11".) For a little guy to throw so hard, he's either a Tommy John surgery-in-waiting or a genuine, storm-born, breaker of wheels and father of dragons. This year, he's thrown 59 innings, clearly on pitch counts. He should soon be promoted to Scranton. If he continues to dominate, well, things get murky. In theory, he could arrive in September, maybe even as a post season unicorn. That's unlikely, though. What's more likely is that he'll go somewhere in a trade, for Stoman or some reasonable facsimile. These days, that's the reality of rooting too hard for the Yankees. If there's a young prospect who gives you hope, don't follow him, don't think about him, don't hug him. He's won't be around for long.

But how can we not want to see Garcia? Since April, the Death Star has been assuring us that Luis Severino will return. It's been three months, and he's still in the hot tub. Now, they say Domingo Jean German will be back before the All-Star break. Either or both could fill the Yankee rotation and salve the need for Stroman. That would mean Frazier in LF next year, and as for Estrada, who has no path to the Yankee infield, at least he could be dealt next winter, when trade partners stand on equal footing. 

Meanwhile, the sad fate of Jonathan Holder has shifted to Wilkes Barre. The Yankees ditched him last night - what choice did they have? - after an abysmal eighth inning, when he couldn't retire a batter. Here's where Dellin Betances was supposed to come to the rescue. That's not going to happen. In Scranton, our best bullpen options are 

a) Joe Harvey, who got walloped last night. 
b) Stephen Tarpley, whose pitched effectively lately. 
c) Chance Adams, because he's always there.
d) JP Feyereisen, a 26-year-old RH, who hasn't given up a run in his six appearances, fanning 15 in 9 innings. Hmm.

There are also a few crusty journeymen - Drew Hutchinson, Rex Brothers, et al - on one-and-done contracts. And Ben Heller, supposedly recovered from TJ surgery, in Single A rehab. He'll need at least a month.  

For the next few weeks, Cashman will be jogging through small markets in musk-scented underwear, hoping to rouse something. The real question is what he's prepared to give up. 

So, Marcus Stroman loves New York, eh? Great. So didn't King Kong. Don't mean a thing. 

8 comments:

JM said...

"jogging through small markets in musk-scented underwear, hoping to rouse something"...I can't even. The brilliance.

With Holder gone, the odds of bringing in a reliever who will be effective just went up bigly. Let's not replace him. Maybe get Frazier back up. I don't know, somebody.

Sevvy isn't coming back. Betances isn't coming back. German isn't coming back. Monty isn't coming back. So we're down two openers, our 8th inning guy, and maybe a halfway decent starter (Monty, that is). That's not so good.

We can always stick with what we have. Seriously. Tanaka, CC, Paxton, and openers. But that's not going to win the World Series. Is it? Probably not. I'd say Happ is definitely an opener only. So maybe we bring up the 26 year old RH and use him as an opener.

What the hell. I'd just hate to give up great, proven kids like Clint and Pharoah for another less-than-ace.

JM said...

Oh, yeah. Cessa. Opener.

HoraceClarke66 said...

It WAS brilliant! And I agree, JM: let's not throw away pearls on swine. Plus Stroman strikes me as a mouthy busher, just the kind of guy the Sox will be laying for in the playoffs.

As you write, we have a bigger, long-term problem with starters, particularly because HAL won't pay money for them. But throwing assorted babies out with that bath water won't help.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Oh, and Holder's gone.

LET THE RIVER FLOW!
LET ALL THE DREAMERS WAKE THE NATION...

Carl J. Weitz said...

They brought up Tarpley (also cut Kendry from their roster).

JP has more upside than Tarpley.
Unless JP figured out the slider and also learned the change up this season (and I bet he at least has done the former) he's a one-pitch thrower in the mid-to-upper 90's who can reach triple digits. This according to scouting reports. A good fastball and decent slider or secondary pitch can be effective for a one inning relief pitcher.

Ken of Brooklyn said...

I'll chime in as well, El Duque> "jogging through small markets in musk-scented underwear, hoping to rouse something" is jaw dropping OMG comedy GOLD!

Rufus T. Firefly said...

"jogging through small markets in musk-scented underwear, hoping to rouse something"

Yes, it is pure El Duque gold.

That needs to be the chyron on the top of the page.

After every reader is issued mind bleach.

Anonymous said...

I WAS AT THE GAME LAST NIGHT WITH 2 FRIENDS.

WHEN HOLDER CAME IN, AND THE SCORE AT 10-2, I HALF-KIDDED AROUND TO THEM AND SAID, "WATCH THE SCORE BE 10-7 IN 5 MINUTES."

IT BECAME 10-7 IN 5 MINS.

WHY DID THEY WAIT TILL TODAY TO SEND HIM DOWN?

SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE GAME.