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Mailbag: Gallo trade, matching free agent signings, and more

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Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend and an enjoyable Thanksgiving. If you haven’t worked since Wednesday, this is one of the tougher Mondays of the year to get through. If that’s the case for you, at least the MLB hot stove is ablaze with plenty of news to keep you distracted. The Mets made a bunch of signings and may be near a deal for Max Scherzer. The Rangers just inked Marcus Semien. Kevin Gausman is headed to Toronto. And other big names could agree to deals before the CBA expires this week. Whew.

Hopefully, a new CBA can be hammered out in reasonable time. Otherwise, the inevitable lockout will really stink. So for as long as there’s little to no MLB news after this week, we’ll need some of your most creative questions to keep the mailbag fresh week-to-week. Send them to viewsfrom314 at gmail dot com. We’ll pick and answer our favorites each Monday. Here are this week’s:

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Yankees Free Agent Target: Starling Marte

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While shortstop should be the Yankees’ top priority this offseason, center field is an important position to address as well. Aaron Hicks, who the Yankees signed to a long-term extension a few years ago, has been unable to remain on the field due to a myriad of injuries. Yes, he’s currently healthy and headed to winter ball, but the Bombers could use some insurance, or someone who can bump Hicks into a fourth outfielder role. That’s where Starling Marte comes in.

The Yankees have been connected to Marte on multiple occasions over the years. Once again, the team is in on him now that he’s a free agent. Here’s what you need to know about Marte and his potential fit in New York:

Mailbag: 2012 offseason mulligan, speed on 40-man, Gittens

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Good afternoon and apologies for the late in the day mailbag, everyone. A few things came up earlier which pushed this back. Anyway, before getting to this week’s questions, the Yankees traded Tyler Wade this afternoon in case you missed it.

As always, send your questions to viewsfrom314 at gmail dot com. We answer our favorites every Monday. Let’s get to this week’s edition:

Yankees trade Tyler Wade to the Angels

It only took a few days for Tyler Wade to find a new home. The Yankees designated Wade for assignment on Friday as part of the team’s 40-man roster cleanup and Rule 5 protection transactions, and now, he’s headed west. Wade is from California, so this deal to the Angels is a homecoming of sorts. His hometown is about an hour drive away from the team’s ballpark.

Wade, who turns 27 tomorrow, is first time arbitration eligible and has a projected $700,000 salary in 2022. He’ll likely serve in a utility role with the Angels, similar to his time in New York.

The healthy and great Giancarlo Stanton [2021 Season Review]

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As noted in our bold predictions review, if before Opening Day you told me that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge would be (mostly) healthy all year, I’d have expected the Yankees to be an offensive juggernaut. Of course, the Bombers weren’t in spite of two of the team’s biggest stars remaining available all year long. The offensive malaise certainly wasn’t their fault, though.

I thought Stanton might sneak in one or two 10th place MVP award votes thanks to his overall strong batting line (137 wRC+) along with a great second half. He didn’t, but that’s no biggie. More importantly, Stanton reminded us of what it’s like to have him in the lineup regularly again for the first time since 2018. And wow, was he fun to watch.

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