Welcome to the second week of the 2016 offseason. As I do every offseason, I dedicate every Sunday to quickly recap everything that happened to the Yankees over the last week. This week, Brian Cashman revealed he had no regrets in trading his two main bullpen peices, CC Sabathia had surgery on his knee, 9 Yankees are slated to go to arbitration, Greg Bird has returned to baseball activity and Major League Baseball has changed the qualifying offer from $15.8 Million to a whoppng $17.2 Million. So without further ado, here is your week in review.
October 9, 2016
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated he didn’t have any regrets trading away Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, which was a move that severely depleted the Yankees bullpen. As compensation the Yankees received prospects such as Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier.
“Not at all,” Cashman said prior to Game 1 of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. “You want it to work out that way. I had a player [Chapman] in great need for other clubs. For us to part with him, the Cubs stepped up. You want teams to be rewarded for that. And you want Chapman and Miller to perform. You want the Cubs and Cleveland to benefit for stepping out. That’s the way it works.
“You want other teams to see what they missed.”
October 10, 2016
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke with the media to give his “State of the Yankees” address, and he discussed his stance on not selling the organization.
“I never considered selling three years ago when the future looked tough. Why would I sell now when the future is bright? There is no consideration. I am excited for March to get here. I am excited for the next few years.”
The team also announced they released Donovan Solano from the 40-man roster. They originally tried to send him to Triple-A, but Solano elected free agency.
October 11, 2016
MLB Trade Rumors recently released their projections on what the nine Yankees players heading to arbitration could receive. Some of the players are expected to be non-tendered, but the nine Yankees heading into arbitration this season are as follows:
Michael Pineda (5.099): $7.8MM
Dustin Ackley (5.087): $3.2MM
Nathan Eovaldi (5.013): $7.5MM
Adam Warren (4.031): $2.3MM
Didi Gregorius (3.159): $5.1MM
Dellin Betances (3.078): $3.4MM
Austin Romine (3.045): 900K
Aaron Hicks (3.041): $1.4MM
Tommy Layne (2.139): $1.2MM
October 12, 2016
Greg Bird was activated from the 60-day disabled list and was added to the Yankees 40-man roster. Bird has missed the entire 2016 with a labrum tear in his shoulder. The Yankees subsequently added CC Sabathia underwent surgery to drain his right knee. He’s expected to be ready for Spring Training.
There were rumors going afloat later in the evening that the Yankees were interested in either a reunion with Chapman or Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees hope they could bolster the Yankees bullpen, and if the team added either, it would push Betances, who struggled as the Yankees closer following Miller’s departure, to the eighth inning.
October 13, 2016
James Kaprielian had his first outing in the Arizona Fall League and pitched three scoreless innings. Kaprielian discussed how difficult it was to return to the mound following injury, but for the first time in a while, he felt he was 100% healthy.
“I feel good right now. It’s slowly starting to come back. I just want to take everything pitch to pitch and do what I can to improve every time I get the chance to touch the ball,” Kaprielian said to Baseball America following his start Wednesday night. “Stuff-wise, I felt pretty good. There were a couple of mistakes in there, but sometimes you get away with it and sometimes you don’t.”
October 14, 2016
Major League Baseball announced their qualifying offer was going to be raised from $15.8 Million to $17.2 Million, which immediately would make the qualifying offer an extremely selective process. The qualifying offer system will remain the same but there are new changes in the CBA, notably a player cannot be offered a qualifying offer in back-to-back seasons. Yankees wise, it’s unlikely any of the free agents will receive a qualifying offer.
October 15, 2016
And we close out the week with Greg Bird, who with Kaprielian, is also playing in the Arizona Fall League. Bird admitted the healing process was grueling, but the recovery took more of a toll on him mentally than physically.
“I mean, when was the last time I took a summer off from baseball?’’ he said. “That was hard for me, just not being around it. That was an adjustment. It was kind of hard seeing light at the end of the tunnel sometimes.’’