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With the MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Yankees mailbag...
@muscigerard1: If Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan walked into a bar together who buys the first drink?
Ruth would buy the drink and then Jordan would commission a documentary about what a great drinking buddy he was. In that documentary, he would go out of his way to call the hardworking bartender short and ugly.
@DocBooch:Any truth to the rumor of the season starting July 1st and spring training 2 on June 10?
Those are not exact dates, but that is the range that MLB is shooting for. It's important to note that the league and Players Association have not met to formally discuss plans for the season since an initial meeting on April 6. Many folks are hard at work on plans but no one plan has emerged as the final one.
@know_way_jose_: Tauchman or Frazier in center, while Hicks gets healthy?
Brett Gardner. Although Aaron Hicks might not be that far behind by the time the season starts. Remember, Didi Gregorius returned from fall 2018 Tommy John last June 7.
Tauchman saw limited action (14 games) in center last year, but is more of a corner guy. Frazier has yet to demonstrate that he can play an acceptable outfield.
@yanks_jets_life: Will the Yankees extend DJ LeMahieu? And if not do you think they go after Lindor?
Glad you mentioned Francisco Lindor here. He's someone to watch for the Yankees, and in theory an offseason trade for him could block LeMahieu, because it would push Gleyber Torres back to second base. But there are so many variables here.
LeMahieu is such a good player and a fit in New York that the Yankees might just try to lock him up and worry about a positional fit later. After all, that was the mentality when they brought him in in the first place. We don't know if Luke Voit will stick, and LeMahieu played a crisp first base during the postseason last year.
Also, as much as the Yankees like Lindor -- who wouldn't? -- it's not Brian Cashman's style to trade young players with years of control for a star in his walk year. For example, he wouldn't have traded six years of Miguel Andujar for two years of Nolan Arenado, back when that possibility was floating around. Ultimately, the guess here is that the Yankees and DJLM will seriously explore adding a few years to his time in the Bronx.
The Yankees can always sign Lindor when he becomes a free agent after the 2021 season. As great as DJLM is, he probably wouldn't prevent the team from moving forward with a generational star, if they decided to go in that direction.
@lulman13: Which Yankee arm do you see having an impact more if and when this season resumes? Mike King, Clarke Schmidt or Deivi Garcia?
When the season resumes, probably King. He is the most polished, though scouts see his ceiling as the lowest of the three (that's not a knock on King, just a compliment to the other two). Long term, evaluators are split between Schmidt and Garcia. Some see durability concerns with the diminutive Garcia. Both have good stuff. Schmidt will likely be the last of the three to arrive in the big leagues.