• Aroldis Chapman

    Posted by on December 28th, 2015 · Comments (16)

    Another high character guy…not.

    Comments on Aroldis Chapman

    1. #15
      December 28th, 2015 | 10:08 pm

      Now, now Johnny Raincloud…. This was an absolute steal. Probably the best bullpen three I can think of… ever. Don’t trade Miller. I’d say the Yankees are 4-6 games better than last year right now, and that’s factoring in another year of age on the old guys.

    2. Evan3457
      December 28th, 2015 | 11:32 pm

      It could backfire, but it’s more likely to work than not.

      If he’s suspended for 45 games or more they get an extra year of control. If not, they get an extra draft pick a year earlier.

    3. KPOcala
      December 29th, 2015 | 1:26 am

      We’ll just have to wait to see what the “facts” are, but give Cashman at least a shaving of respect. It’s a “win-win” situation…..

    4. December 29th, 2015 | 9:01 am

      #15 wrote:

      Now, now Johnny Raincloud…. This was an absolute steal. Probably the best bullpen three I can think of… ever. Don’t trade Miller. I’d say the Yankees are 4-6 games better than last year right now, and that’s factoring in another year of age on the old guys.

      Well, Rivera-Nelson-Stanton worked out. But, Gossage-Lyle-Eastwick was a mess. Plus, you’re going to need a lead to turn over to them to be effective. Severino is a kid. Pineda is a headcase. And, the rest of the rotation has serious health concerns.

      A-Rod will be a dead weight next year. See how he finished in 2015. The Yankees are going to need big years from Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Tex and McCann to be really good. Really, really, big years. Think that’s going to happen with all five?

    5. Raf
      December 29th, 2015 | 9:38 am

      The rotation being shallow was probably one of the reasons Chapman was acquired.

      Chapman-Miller-Betances for the last three, with the lower tier guys (Pazos, Lindgren, Shreve, or the guys on the Scranton Shuttle) filling in as middle relief. Starters can go 5 or less.

    6. LMJ229
      December 29th, 2015 | 12:23 pm

      Can’t argue against this trade at all, it seems like an absolute steal. Hard to root for a gun wielding girlfriend beater though, but I will because it affects my Yanks. Hope he doesn’t become a clubhouse issue though.

    7. #15
      December 29th, 2015 | 1:34 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      With all due respect to Nellie and Stanton… Any two of these three new guns are better. Joe G. has handled pens well. This could set up very nicely. I’m also not giving up on Shreve. Several other guys could contribute. Maybe Nova in long relief works. I think I could be the 6th wheel in that bullpen and we’d still be pretty strong.

      Sure I’d love a stud ace; but at what cost in terms of young players and/or money. An innings eater might be the cost effective move, but which of the starters takes a seat? Right now, I’d actually be more interested in what we could snag to improve 3rd base and dump Headley (admittedly very doubtful). I think A-Rod will likely fade in the second half again, but I doubt he’ll be a boat anchor. We have a good/great deal of upside at 2nd base over last year, Didi has settled in based on his second half performance, our bench is more versatile, Ellsbury just regressing to his mean will be a big improvement, and, and!!! we didn’t flush our future (tip of the hat to JR, though).

      This is a better/much better team than we started the season with last year.

    8. KPOcala
      December 29th, 2015 | 1:50 pm

      @ Steve L.: “The Yankees are going to need big years from Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Tex and McCann to be really good. Really, really, big years. Think that’s going to happen with all five”?

      Steve, isn’t that how “most teams” wind up having great seasons? Especially at the end of the year. Fluke teams, going hot at the right time…..

    9. Greg H.
      December 30th, 2015 | 5:45 pm

      #15 wrote:

      This is a better/much better team than we started the season with last year.

      Yep.

      I like Gardy but I think he should be traded if it helps the club – there’s plenty of outfield depth. There are still a lot of question marks but all teams have those heading into every season.

    10. LMJ229
      December 31st, 2015 | 11:56 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      #15 wrote:
      This is a better/much better team than we started the season with last year.
      Yep.

      In general I would agree; however, this year’s team isn’t really that much different than last year’s team. With the exception of 2B all of our position players remain the same. Our starting rotation is the same as well – although I suppose you can count Severino as a new piece. In the bullpen, we lost Warren and Wilson and gained Chapman. What I’m trying to say is, I think it’s all a matter of expectations. Last year we had so many questions, most of which were answered positively. So this year we feel much better about the overall state of the team but in reality the questions we had last year are still very big questions that need to be answered positively again.

    11. LMJ229
      December 31st, 2015 | 12:06 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      #15 wrote:
      This is a better/much better team than we started the season with last year.
      Yep.
      I like Gardy but I think he should be traded if it helps the club – there’s plenty of outfield depth. There are still a lot of question marks but all teams have those heading into every season.

      I pray to God that Cashman keeps our big bullpen three together and doesn’t trade Miller. With our rotation we totally need a lockdown pen. I totally agree with you with Gardy – he absolutely should be traded – as you said we have plenty of outfield depth. I don’t like how his production regularly drops off after the All Star break plus I think that bad wrist of his may be a nagging problem for him. His real value is that he can play CF so if the Yankees don’t trade him I would assume that is the reason since Ellsbury is always injured.

    12. Evan3457
      December 31st, 2015 | 12:56 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Greg H. wrote:
      #15 wrote:
      This is a better/much better team than we started the season with last year.
      Yep.
      I like Gardy but I think he should be traded if it helps the club – there’s plenty of outfield depth. There are still a lot of question marks but all teams have those heading into every season.
      I pray to God that Cashman keeps our big bullpen three together and doesn’t trade Miller. With our rotation we totally need a lockdown pen. I totally agree with you with Gardy – he absolutely should be traded – as you said we have plenty of outfield depth. I don’t like how his production regularly drops off after the All Star break plus I think that bad wrist of his may be a nagging problem for him. His real value is that he can play CF so if the Yankees don’t trade him I would assume that is the reason since Ellsbury is always injured.

      They do have Hicks now, and he’s a legit centerfielder.

    13. LMJ229
      December 31st, 2015 | 3:47 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Didn’t realize that, that’s good to know, thanks.

    14. Greg H.
      December 31st, 2015 | 7:54 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      So this year we feel much better about the overall state of the team but in reality the questions we had last year are still very big questions that need to be answered positively again.

      Well, that’s true, but I think Didi answered a bunch of questions, and you have to figure Castro is an upgrade. Severino the whole year is big. I’m excited to see Sanchez add to that. True, there are a lot of injury concerns, but the positional depth answered a lot of questions as well. If all the pitchers go down again, that could be tough. But that’s true of any team.

    15. Evan3457
      January 1st, 2016 | 11:27 am

      Off-topic…Happy New Year to all.

    16. KPOcala
      January 2nd, 2016 | 3:40 pm

      @ Evan3457:Back at you, and to all of the guys/gals on this blog. And especially to Steve who keeps the site up. I still love your “style”, and wish you a happy and prosperous Year.

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