2021 NY Spring Training

jon abbey

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Not many roster spots genuinely up for grabs if guys stay healthy, let's take a shot at it as we open camp:

LeMahieu 2B
Judge RF
Hicks CF
Stanton DH
Voit 1B
Torres SS
Frazier LF
Urshela 3B
Sanchez C

Bench:

Higashioka (Chirinos)
Wade (Estrada)
Dietrich (Bruce, Ford)
Gardner (Tauchman, Allen)

Cole
Kluber
Taillon
Montgomery
???? (this is up for grabs, and even more so as it will likely be used as a roster shuttle spot at times early on, German or Garcia or Schmidt or King or even Chacin for a bit, I will say German)

Nelson (Abreu, King, Kriske)
Loaisiga
Cessa (Adam Warren)
Wilson
O'Day
Green
Britton
Chapman

The bottom five relievers are locks, Cessa is out of options as is Abreu, not sure what the deal is with Warren.
 

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need to win the A L hou is down tb is good but without snell and morton not as good tor needs more pitching bos is at least 2 years away minn is good but lack a 3rd sp and their bats freeze in oct cws is the biggest worry but maybe more for 22 if boone fails this year i wouild bring in buck s
 

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Buck Showalter is not a championship level manager candidate in 2021, he wasn’t even a good analyst for YES after the initial novelty wore off. Anyway, Boone’s not going anywhere.
 

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The A's DFA Dustin Fowler, he is out of options so probably not a fit for NY unless he clears waivers and no one wants him on the 40 man. NY's AAA OF depth is pretty weak though, so would be nice if they could somehow snag him back.
 

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Not sure how it is the coaching staff's fault that a young guy showed up at the most important spring of his life and decided to air it out.

This is part of maturing as an athlete and a person.
 

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Yeah, exactly, you can’t make players have common sense and guard against every dumb possibility. Hopefully it ends up being a minor speed bump, he was probably 8th on the SP depth chart (Cole, Kluber, Taillon, Montgomery, German/Garcia, Chacin).
 

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Chacin is a guy a la David Hale in recent seasons who they will try to get one run out of at some point before DFAing him, that could be at the start of the season. I think that innings concerns this year are much more across the board for all SPs, because no one pitched a full 2020, but Deivi specifically is still so young (still 21, born in May 1999) that I would think they would decide on a rough innings limit for him, and if so, starting him off slow might be the way to go.

Chacin has been awful the last two seasons, including a bit with BOS, but he was a playoff stud for MIL in 2018, 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings, and he is still 33. I am sure he has an out if he does not make the team, so that will be one to watch.

Schmidt going out moves King up to 8th, I think, and Medina or maybe Vizcaino (older) to 9th/10th, all of those guys are on the 40 man already. I wonder if they will put Schmidt on the 60 day IL, I guess that will be somewhat telling how serious they think this is (although also practically it might be hard to be ready that quickly if the AAA season is pushed back).
 

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Here is an OK article about some of the guys not on the 40 man most likely to sneak onto the Opening Day roster, the one he forgets is Adam Warren.

 

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Gardner officially added, Severino to the 60 day IL.

Justin Wilson has yet to be officially added, I read somewhere he is stuck in the Texas mess.
 

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I wonder if NY could use the 5th SP spot as a flexible roster spot in the early part of the season, rotating guys up when needed (German and Deivi and King all have options plus whichever veterans agree to stick around as potential depth) and a reliever in between starts, and that way they could keep a 5th bench player, so 2 of Dietrich/Bruce/Tauchman/Chirinos in addition to Gardner, Higashioka, and a middle infielder (Wade/Estrada/maybe Peraza).
 

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Wade and Estrada competing for a bench spot, Bruce/Dietrich/Ford competing for another bench spot.

SS Tyler Wade
C Gary Sanchez
CF Aaron Hicks
LF Jay Bruce
3B Derek Dietrich
1B Mike Ford
DH Kyle Higashioka
RF Ryan Lamarre
2B Thairo Estrada
 

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Curious to see Chacin and Nelson also:

"Gerrit Cole starts for the #Yankees today. Probable relievers are Jameson Taillon, Jhoulys Chacín, Nick Nelson and Tyler Lyons."