Yankees news: David Cone and Michael Kay join ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
New York Post | AndrÃ© Marchand: ESPN appears to have set its plans for Sunday night baseball for 2022, and some current Yankees announcers will be involved. Matt Vasgergian left production in October and Alex Rodriguez will no longer be on the regular airing. Instead, there are plans to do a âManningcastâ style secondary edition with YES play-by-play frontman Michael Kay that will air 10-12 times per season (as opposed to SNB’s standard record of around 25 ).
As for the regular stand? Popular former pitcher David Cone will take part alongside color commentator Eduardo PÃ©rez and gamer Karl Ravech. This should actually be a pretty solid watch, especially considering how good Cone is in the YES booth. Cone and Kay would apparently continue to make a lot of games against the Yankees.
New York Post | Mike Puma: Just when it looked like Eric Chavez would be joining the Yankees as an assistant hitting coach, the Food rushed over to him and offered him his position as top hitter coach, which he would have accepted. Chavez is a friend of rivals Crosstown’s new GM Billy Eppler, having known each other from their days in the Yankees and Angels organizations. This will be Chavez’s first experience as a big-league batting coach, where he spent 17 seasons as a player and completed 260 homers and 113 wRC +.
Athletics | Jim Bowden: MLB insider and former GM Jim Bowden wrote an article (subscription required) on the 25 best free agents out there, along with their best potential fits. He says shortstop Carlos Correa “might be willing to sign a shorter deal with a higher average annual value if it includes an option to opt out after a few years” and that he would cherish a meeting with the Astros, but “don’t be surprised if the Yankees rush in at the last minute and land him.”
Bowden also noted that in addition to the shortstop, the Yankees need a first baseman and they are interested in Freddie Freeman. If they fail to land him, however, he sees them pivot towards Anthony Rizzo.
NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: The international signing period kicks off on January 15 and the Yankees appear to be the favorites to land one of the best talent available: 17-year-old shortstop Roderick Arias.
The team will have $ 5,179,700 in international bonus funds available, and most of it should be gifted to Arias, “an extraordinary talent” according to the August MLB Pipeline scouting report. Here is the report :
âTop prospect in the class, Arias has more arm potential. His throws are precise and effortless, and he is always able to make them. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above average reach (â¦) At home, he demonstrates above average batting skills and strike zone awareness. . He shows good discipline at home and does not swing often. It shows power on both sides of the board, especially the right side. There is good power from the opposite field on the left side, and the set could turn into a plus-plus hitter. The Yankees are the favorites to sign him.
SI.com | Pat ragazzo: The Yankees need an offensive reshuffle after finishing 19th last year in runs scored with 711. It has already started, with new batting coach Dillon Lawson expected to give the league team a new look major.
But Ragazzo suggests the team should think long and hard about signing Kyle Schwarber. the Red Sox acquiring the deadline would fit well into the lineup with his powerful left-handed bat (which yielded a .928 OPS in 2021), and while it’s not an ideal fit on the pitch, Ragazzo suggests a timeshare between left field and the DH spot with Giancarlo Stanton.