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Reviewing the Yankees’ 2022 Projections: Steamer

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Earlier this month, I broke down the Yankees’ 2022 ZiPS projections which are published at FanGraphs. Also on display at FG is Steamer, another projection system that I’ll take a look at today. And once Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA is published, I’ll get to that one as well.

On the whole, Steamer projects the Yankees to accumulate roughly +49 WAR. That’s three more than ZiPS and translates to a high-90s win ballclub as presently constituted. Granted, the process of adding up the WAR is often foolhardy, but it serves as a reminder that the Yankees should still be very good in 2022. Now, to the individual player projections:

Yankees re-sign Joely Rodríguez

While you may have been getting ready for bed, the Yankees announced the team’s first free agent signing of the offseason. The team brought back lefty reliever Joely Rodríguez just a few days after declining his $3 million option for the 2022 season. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. Note that the $500,000 buyout was the Rangers’ responsibility.

Yankees add Donny Sands to 40-man roster; decline Joely Rodríguez’s option

A relatively busy week for the Yankees culminated in a couple of more moves earlier today. The team added catcher Donny Sands to the 40-man roster and declined southpaw Joely Rodríguez’s option for the 2022 season. The 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Game 104: Yanks mount comeback to sweep Marlins

They finally did it! After being 4-10 in potential sweep clinching games and 13-25 in day games, the Yankees pulled off the comeback win fueled by some poor defense by the Marlins to win this one for the sweep. That is their first series sweep since June against the Blue Jays. They are now a season-high 8 games over .500 at 56-48 and just 1 game back in the loss column for a playoff spot. And, they play their next 10 against the lowly Orioles, Mariners, and Royals. To the takeaways:

It’s official: Joey Gallo is a Yankee

Bobby substantially covered this last night as word first broke, but now, it’s official.

The structure of the deal changed from the version reported last night. Instead of lefty John King, the Yankees are receiving southpaw Joely Rodríguez as a secondary piece. Additionally, prospects Everson Pereira and Randy Vasquez are no longer in the deal. Reports also indicate that the Rangers will pay all of the salaries for Gallo and Rodriguez this year, so the Yankees still have room to make deals under the luxury tax.

Aaron Boone said before today’s game that Gallo and Rodríguez should be ready for tomorrow’s series in Miami.

It seems that the Yankees balked at King’s medicals. He’s currently on the injured list with a shoulder injury. So, I’ll provide a quick briefing on Rodriguez. For everyone else involved in the deal, check out Bobby’s work last night.

Jaime is going to dig deeper into Rodríguez in the coming days, so I’ll just provide the nuts and bolts. The lefty reliever has appeared in 31 games for Texas this year (27.1 innings) and owns a 5.93 ERA (3.70 FIP). He was much better last year when he tossed 12.2 innings of 2.13 ERA ball (1.69 FIP).

Rodríguez generates a lot of ground balls (63.9% this season), which tracks with the Yankees’ current bullpen composition (see: Zack Britton, Jonathan Loaisiga, and the newly added Clay Holmes). As Mike Axisa pointed out in this morning’s RAB Patreon post, it may be in response to the sticky stuff enforcement and spin rates dropping.

The Yankees have a $3 million club option ($500k buyout) on Rodríguez for 2022. These next two months will likely be a referendum on that contract decision. The 29 year-old is out of minor league options, so the Yankees will have no choice but to try him out in the major league bullpen.

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