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Yankees need a spark to boost two Triple-A prospects

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Yankees need a spark to boost two Triple-A prospects

Yankees need a spark to boost two Triple-A prospects

On Monday night, after the Yankees went scoreless for the second straight game, ace Gerrit Cole said needed a spark.

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Two days later, the pair drove from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the Bronx.

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Not only did the Yankees bring back outfielder Estevan Florial from Triple-A, but New York is reportedly giving infielder Oswaldo Cabrera his first pinstripe shot to boost the RailRiders’ switch hitter.

NJ Advance Media’s Bob Klapisch was the first to report that Florial is expected to join the Yankees ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Rays. Cabrera is also headed to the Bronx, Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El ExtraBase broke Tuesday night.

Cabrera, 23, was named the No. 14 prospect in New York by MLB Pipeline. Despite missing some time this season with a shoulder injury, he had a solid campaign in the RailRiders uniform.

In 47 triple-A games, the infielder is 0.262/0.340/0.492 with 8 homers, 29 RBIs, 29 runs and 10 steals. He’s a dominant midfielder (at second base and shortstop in most of his games), but Cabrera also has experience at third base. He even extended his defensive versatility to the outfield this year.

Cabrera will join the Yankees on offense. The infielder hit .381 with a 1.009 OPS in August. Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a homer and two 3-pointers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Floriel rejoined the Yankees hoping to play a few more games. The hitter had a career year in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .286 with 14 homers, 39 RBIs, 62 runs and 32 stolen bases /.368/.490.

Floriel has struggled in recent years, making strides in his development following injuries and a lost season during the pandemic. This year, however, he kept flashing his potential.

If he plays on Wednesday night, Floriel will make his 17th appearance in a Yankees uniform, his fifth in 2022. Cabrera will make his Major League Baseball debut.

In both cases, Cabrera and Floriel deserve the opportunity. That means there won’t be much time to celebrate and bask in the moment. The two position players join a team that has faltered recently, a club that desperately needs a frontcourt boost.

New York is 8-17 since the All-Star break and 2-11 after the close. They still lead nine games in their division and make the playoffs, but they’re no longer at the top of the American League. The Astros have a 2.5-game advantage in the AL.

Both prospects will bring fresh faces to a struggling club. They’re quick and versatile on the defensive end, and their shots can throw a punch in the batter’s box, constantly threatening to leave the field, especially in the short porch of Yankee Stadium.

The question now is who won’t be on the active list when the two are recalled on Wednesday. Cabrera could be a drop-in replacement for DJ LeMahieu, who has recently been battling a daily infection in his right big toe.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that New York is close to a decision on whether to put Le Mathieu on the injured list or continue to play on the short bench every night. The infielder has been out for three straight games, meaning Illinois’ tenure stretches back to last weekend.

Another option is to sever ties with utility company Marwin Gonzalez, who has rarely raced or produced recently. After starting Tuesday and going 0-3, Gonzalez has been at 2-30 since July 1.

As for Florial, New York can trace Miguel Andújar or Tim Locastro to Triple-A. Andujar is batting .222 (4/18) as he was called up to replace Matt Carpenter after breaking his foot on a foul ball in Seattle earlier this month. Lostro was 0-9 in August but also provided excellent speed off the bench and a solid glove in the outfield.

New York’s pitching staff is also expected to relocate Wednesday. Clay Holmes, who has been under severe stress in recent weeks, revealed late Tuesday that he has been dealing with a back strain recently.

With Holmes likely to be on the injured list, his top pick would be backup Ron Marinaccio, a right-hander who has played well at the major league level this season. Marinacio has a 2.03 ERA this year, allowing a run in his final 22.2 innings (with 26 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of 0.058 during that period). He was selected as a Triple-A earlier this month to make way for newly acquired starter Frankie Montas.

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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