News & Notes: Happ, Trade Market, Mariano

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The Yankees and Twins will meet again tonight at 8:10 pm for the rubber match of the three-game series between the two first-place teams. It’s a potential playoff matchup, too. Last night’s game was an instant classic and not one many of us are likely to forget anytime soon.

Before then, though, let’s all take a deep breath, grab another cup of coffee (games that end at 2am suck!), and catch up on some news and notes from around Yankeeland.

J.A. Happ

Here’s something I didn’t know: J.A. Happ has been the Yankees’ best pitcher in July. I repeat: J.A. Happ has been the Yankees’ best starter in July. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. But check it out:

Huh, would you look at that? Happ has a 2.87 ERA (2.91 FIP) with 10+ K/9 in 15.2 innings pitched in July. That, coupled with a finally-declining HR rate (in both HR/9 and HR/FB%), have combined to make him the Yanks’ most valuable starter in terms of fWAR this month despite throwing the fewest innings in the non-opener category.

That’s actually very encouraging and something I’d missed entirely. It’s obviously an extremely, extremely small sample, but hopefully it’s the start of something. Happ did have a 111 ERA+ in the ALE in his last 5 seasons before 2019, so there’s a recent track record here. It would be nice for him to keep this forward momentum rolling and build on it by giving the Yankees some length this evening. Lord knows they need it after last night.

Robbie Ray

According to ESPN’s Jon Morosi, the Yankees have been in contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks about SP Robbie Ray. Check it out:

The 27-year-old Ray is having a nice season in Arizona (3.95 ERA, 31% K rate, etc.) and is an interesting but uninspiring potential trade candidate. I’ll break him down in more depth in the coming days, so not going to go too much into it here, but he’d likely be a solid innings-eater in New York. That’s not nothing. Anyway, just some food for thought.

FanGraphs’ Trade Values

Each season around this time, FanGraphs publishes a series in which they rank some of the top MLB players and establishes their trade value. You can check out the whole series here. It’s a fun exercise, though I don’t know how Trout isn’t #1 on this list every year. I know his contract, but I don’t care. There is Trout and there is everyone else. That’s just how it is.

Anyway, three Yankees made the list on the top 50 most valuable trade chips in baseball, and you can probably guess them: Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sánchez.

Gleyber, unsurprisingly, came in the highest at 12. If I’m being honest, that seems a bit low for the 22-year-old megastar in the making who just keeps getting better and is under team control for 4 more seasons after 2019, but hey–maybe I’m a biased source here. (Ed note: I am a biased source here.) Honestly, as yourselves: for which players would you trade Gleyber? I’m not sure that there are 11.

Judge and Gary came in at 15 and 46, for what it’s worth. Check it out for yourself and get super mad about it. That’s what happened on Twitter, from what I saw, because of course it is.

Baseball America Top 30

Baseball America updated their Top 30 organizational prospects. There aren’t many surprises. That means that Seigler isn’t in the Top 10, which isn’t surprising but remains disappointing. Hopefully he can turn around his season in Staten Island soon enough. It’s behind a paywall, so I won’t give too much away, but here’s the top 10:

  1. Deivi Garcia
  2. Estevan Florial
  3. Everson Pereira
  4. Luis Gil
  5. Oswald Peraza
  6. Antonio Cabello
  7. Albert Abreu
  8. Roansy Contreras
  9. Anthony Volpe
  10. Jonathan Loaisiga

Gil is having himself one hell of a season, and it’s great to see him getting some love in the rankings. Views’ son, Deivi Garcia, also comes in number 1 overall. No surprises here.

Mariano Rivera

We covered the Hall of Fame here at Views, and Steven even was lucky enough to go up to Cooperstown last weekend, but I wanted to pass along a very fun and informative article by ESPN’s Sam Miller about Mariano.

Frankly, you guys should all be reading everything Sam writes, as I think he’s the best baseball writer in the business. I think this Mariano article is a perfect example why: he conducts a fun thought exercise in which he asks if postseason-only Mariano or regular season-only Mariano are Hall of Famers.

In his trademark, thorough way, he proves what we here at Views knew all along: that Mariano is the greatest, and that there will never be another like him. Just don’t ask us about his politics, and we won’t ask you about them either, okay? Deal? Deal.


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  1. RetroRob

    I either read (or heard) that Happ’s velocity (and spin rate) have ticked up in recent starts. That’s probably why his numbers have improved this month. Let’s hope that continues the second half of the year. He was quite good after he came to the Yankees last year. Be great if he can carry that through the remainder of this season. They need good Happ.

  2. RetroRob

    I haven’t read the article, and I had no idea where Mo stood politically. I also don’t care. I do find it strange you ended this piece by writing “Just don’t ask us about his politics, and we won’t ask you about them either, okay? Deal? Deal.”

    Well, you actually broke the “deal” by writing that line, which is why all the comments are about politics.

    • MMP

      It’s almost as if the comment was tongue in cheek.

  3. Wire Fan

    Was disappointed with the FG trade value series. They apparently tried to get significant FO feedback and not just make it highest theoretical surplus value, but there were still some headscratchers. A couple:

    Tatis, Jr at #2 seems way optimistic. He’ll be a fantastic player but you have to wonder how significant a regression is coming for a guy with a 30% K rate and a .429 BABIP. No way does he have similar trade value to Trout or Acuna.

    Gleyber and Buehler similar trade value? Their own projections have Gleyber at least 1WAR/yr higher. Not to mention the inherent risks with pitchers, and with Buehler already having one TJS under his belt (coming back from a 2nd TJS is a lot more of a crapshoot)

  4. lightSABR

    A sensible society treats its actors’, singers’, and athletes’ political views like their bowel movements. You don’t ask about them, and if they tell you about them for some reason, you politely pretend they didn’t.

    If Mo’s political reasoning is as bad as my cut fastball, it’s because he’s spent his life on more valuable things. He’s a good man and a hero, and that’s the end of it.

  5. H.E. PennyPacker

    To learn that Mo is a far-right extremist is one of the most disappointing things I can remember happening in some time. What a gut punch. I knew he was an avid Christian but that alone doesn’t guarantee anything about someones political views (I’m a Christian and most definitely not right wing).

    This sucks.

    • lightSABR

      If you think Mo is a far-right extremist, you have a thing or two to learn about far-right extremists.

      • lightSABR

        I’m sorry, that was snarky. I understand your disappointment. I am also a Christian, and despite being broadly right-wing, can’t stand Trump and would rather not see Rivera associating himself with him.

        Still, if you think anything Rivera’s said or done qualifies as far-right, I think you’re being fooled. Everything I’ve seen in the recent Rivera politics flap is garden-variety Republicanism of the sort tens of millions of Americans naturally fall into without spending much time thinking about politics–which, by all appearances, Rivera hasn’t done either. A big part of this is just that he’s a kind and generous person. I’m confident he said nice things about Obama, too. Of course he would, when his hero’s Jackie Robinson and he wants MLB to retire Roberto Clemente’s number league-wide.

  6. Jason

    There is absolutely no need for that last blurb: “Just don’t ask us about his politics, and we won’t ask you about them either, okay? Deal? Deal.”

  7. Ray Zayas

    He’s an athlete with liberal and conservative fans. I honestly don’t care if he’s interviewed on CNN or Fox News, they’re both terrible and it shouldn’t affect your view of him as the greatest closer of all time.

  8. SM

    So trade high on Happ.

    Obviously, they won’t, but that’s what mediocre players do: have a good month here and there.

  9. The Original Drew

    Saw where Mo was this morning and then he got the instant unfollow on Instagram. So disappointing to learn.

    • SM

      Wait. What?

      • KP

        He was on Fox & Friends this morning and reaffirmed his support for Trump: “‘I respect him (Trump), I respect what he does. I believe that he’s doing the best for the United States of America,”’ Rivera said on the show.” Also this: “In ‘18, the Yankee great raised funds for the Trump-friendly “America First Action” super PAC alongside Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.”

        Pulled those quotes from this Daily News article:

        Super disappointing 🙁

        • Jason

          It is “super disappointing” because he reaffirmed his support for the President of our country? Give me a break.

        • SM

          I agree.

          • SM

            To clarify, I agree it’s disappointing. Policies I disagree with are one thing. Constant lying is another.

        • Yanks317

          That quote is just a person expressing respect for the highest ranking official in this country. If you thought Mariano Rivera was going to do something different than that, then I guess you haven’t watched the way he’s dealt with the media for 25 years! He never uttered a negative remark about anyone.

    • Jason

      He appeared on a Fox News segment, which prompted you to unfollow him? That is so over-the-top ridiculous.

    • He must be so disappointed!

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