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The Views From 314 ft. Podcast Episode 37: A Moral Impasse

Randy and Derek discuss Bob Nightengale’s article in USA Today, reporting that MLB team owners don’t want to start the season until all players and staffers are vaccinated. The duo talks about the financial and moral complications that come along with this impasse. The guys pivot to the latest news regarding the DJ Lemahieu contract negotiations. They also discuss the Yankees desire to meet the $210 million luxury tax threshold and the roster implications of that decision.

The podcast is still being recorded remotely. We are operating over Skype so we apologize in advance for any sound quality issues. We hope you continue to bear with us as internet connections can always be tricky during recording.

The podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now.

Again, we apologize for any sound quality issues. We’re making the most of an inconvenient situation as all of you are. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the pod and spread the word.

The Views from 314ft Podcast Episode 36: Embers from the Hot Stove

Randy and Derek hop on the podcast to dissect the limited hot stove news in Yankeeland. The future of the starting rotation is front and center as we wonder if the Yankees will truly turn over to a young stable of starters. Is the Yankees offseason truly DJLM or bust? Do they have a trade up their sleeve? Will the team really go after depth pieces? There are a lot of question marks with very few answers. We try to find some.

The podcast is still being recorded remotely. We are operating over Skype so we apologize in advance for any sound quality issues. We hope you continue to bear with us as internet connections can always be tricky during recording.

The podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now.

Again, we apologize for any sound quality issues. We’re making the most of an inconvenient situation as all of you are. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the pod and spread the word.

The Views from 314ft Podcast Episode 35: Another mailbag

Randy and Derek fielded your mailbag questions in this week’s edition of the podcast. But before that, the two broke down Atlanta’s signing of Charlie Morton and its impact on the Yankees. They also discussed the not so shocking Blake Snell trade rumors. After, mailbag questions regarding various topics, including Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, and Jasson Dominguez, are addressed.

The podcast is still being recorded remotely. We are operating over Skype so we apologize in advance for any sound quality issues. We hope you continue to bear with us as internet connections can always be tricky during recording.

The podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now.

Again, we apologize for any sound quality issues. We’re making the most of an inconvenient situation as all of you are. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the pod and spread the word.

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 34: Do something, MLB

Randy and Derek get together on this week’s episode bemoan the lack of action thus far in MLB’s offseason. The hot stove is ice cold while other leagues, namely the NBA’s offseason, have taken front and center. Still, there are Yankees-related things to break down, such as Gleyber Torres’s viability at shortstop and how to address middle infield depth (even after bringing in Francisco Lindor or DJ LeMahieu). There’s also the Yankees’ starting pitching depth to analyze and the question of how much of it is actually necessary.

The podcast is still being recorded remotely. We are operating over Skype so we apologize in advance for any sound quality issues. We hope you continue to bear with us as internet connections can always be tricky during recording.

The podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now.

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The VF314 Official 2020-2021 Offseason Plan

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We’re a couple of weeks later than last year, but better late than never. It’s time for us to unveil our Official Offseason Plan for the Yankees. Everyone on staff has discussed and debated various decisions the Yankees have ahead of them this winter and are ready to share our consensus today.

As a preface, this plan is a bit conservative and would get the Yankees under the $210 million luxury tax threshold. It’s not clear whether or not the Yankees will exhibit austerity this winter, though there have been hints in the media. That led to some difficult decisions that you’ll see unfold below. That said, we are planning to share another less-stringent plan soon. It’ll be more fun, we promise.

With that, let’s dive right in.

Option decisions

We wouldn’t do anything differently than what the Yankees actually did. On the option front, Zack Britton stays while Brett Gardner and JA Happ depart.

Team Free Agents & Qualifying Offers

DJ LeMahieu: It’s tough to say goodbye, but something coming later will explain why.

Masahiro Tanaka: Another really tough goodbye here. Tanaka was terrific for seven years in pinstripes, but in trying to fit under the $210 million tax threshold, it just couldn’t be done.

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