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Game 9: Odor debuts as Yankees look to salvage series


After two ugly losses to the Rays, the Yankees will try to avoid this sweep this afternoon at the Trop. It also marks the debut of the team’s newest acquisition, second baseman Rougned Odor.

Aaron Boone has penciled in the second baseman sixth in today’s lineup. DJ LeMahieu slides over to first, and the struggling Jay Bruce sits. Here are the rest of today’s starters:

New York Yankees (3-5)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

LHP Jordan Montgomery

Tampa Bay Rays (4-4)

  1. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  2. Randy Arozarena, RF
  3. Austin Meadows, DH
  4. Manuel Margot, CF
  5. Mike Brosseau, 2B
  6. Brandon Lowe, LF
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Kevin Padlo, 3B

RHP Brent Honeywell Jr.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees recalled Albert Abreu, who was on the taxi squad for this series. He replaces Domingo Germán on the roster.
  • This is Honeywell’s major league debut. The one time top prospect has been besieged with injuries and hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since September 2017 in Triple-A. Good for him. From the sounds of it, he’s serving as today’s opener for Michael Wacha.
  • Clarke Schmidt still hasn’t begun throwing after an initial 3-4 week rest prognosis back at the start of spring training. He’s now seeking a second opinion on his common extensor strain. (Bryan Hoch)
  • The Yankees traded infielder Thairo Estrada to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations. Estrada was designated for assignment earlier this week.

It’s a gloomy Sunday afternoon here in New York, which makes for a perfect day to plop on the couch and watch some baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm on YES and WFAN. Have a good day everyone.

What to expect from Rougned Odor, the newest Yankee

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In typical Ninja Cashman Style, the Yankees acquired my fellow countryman Rougned Odor (even from the same city!). The 27-year-old former Texas Rangers second baseman arrived to MLB in 2014, having three pretty solid seasons in 15′ and 16′ and 18′, with WAR values of 2.1, 2.7 and 2.5 respectively.

However, from 2019 to present, the ride has been quite ugly: -1 WAR in 729 plate appearances ugly. Just to be clear, that means the Rangers would have been 1 win better if they had used a replacement level player (i.e. a random guy from Triple-A) instead of Odor. To quote a former manager: “That’s not what you want”.

So, let’s take an in-depth look at what the Yankees can expect from Rougned Odor after the jump.

Game 5: Cole goes again

“Did you see what I did this thing yesterday?” (@Yankees)

Oh right, there’s a game tonight. It’s been a couple of hours since the Yankees officially acquired Rougned Odor, which understandably has dominated the news cycle. But now, it’s about time to shift our focus back to tonight’s affair against Baltimore. Tonight, we’re in for a treat: Gerrit Cole takes the mound. Thanks to last Friday’s day off, Cole starts for the second time in the team’s first five games. You love to see it.

Before we get to the lineups, the Yankees made a couple of corresponding roster moves following the Odor trade. The team designated infielder Thairo Estrada for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Michael King was optioned to the Alternate site as well, which leaves an open spot on the 26-man roster. Odor needs some time to clear COVID-19 protocols, so the Yankees may play with 25 players for a day or two unless someone else comes up.

Now, the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles (3-1)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. Trey Mancini, 1B
  3. Anthony Santander, RF
  4. Ryan Mountcastle, LF
  5. Rio Ruiz, 2B
  6. Maikel Franco, 3B
  7. Freddy Galvis, SS
  8. Pedro Severino, C
  9. Chance Cisco, DH

RHP Dean Kremer

New York Yankees (2-2)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Clint Frazier, LF
  7. Jay Bruce, 1B
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Kyle Higashioka, C

RHP Gerrit Cole

News & Notes

  • It’s just a day off for Aaron Hicks. He will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
  • Don’t make too much of Higgy catching Cole tonight. Gary Sánchez has started all five games behind the plate thus far, so a day off was coming sooner or later.

It’s another beautiful night for a ballgame. WFAN and YES have the broadcasts with first pitch set for 6:35pm eastern. Enjoy the game.

Report: Yankees Finalizing Trade for Rougned Odor

Here is a surprising one: according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees are finalizing a trade with the Texas Rangers to acquire Rougned Odor. I can’t say I saw this one coming (Randy, on the other hand, can say that). Odor, a 27-year-old second baseman, owns a .237/.289/.439 (86 wRC+) career line in just over 3,400 plate appearances. He is most famous for laying a very satisfying punch on Toronto’s Jose Bautista several years ago, though he was pretty good in 2015 and 2016. He”s been on a downward trend since.

Odor definitely has some lefty pop, hitting 30+ home runs three times in his career, in 2016 (33), 2017 (30), and 2019 (30), and he typically logs pretty solid exit velocities on average. He is also viewed as a plus defender in the infield by Baseball Savant, which may be worth something.

Hilariously, Odor also owns this distinction:

As the tweet above indicates, Odor did not make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster, so it was to be expected that a trade was coming. How he fits onto the Yankees is a different question. He could either be a Tyler Wade replacement or a Jay Bruce replacement. The latter feels more likely to me, though who knows. I will say that a young infielder with pop from the left side and high exit velocity who has not quite been a great hitter is the sort of profile that the Yankees can unlock. That wouldn’t surprise me at all.

No word on the package or where he’ll play. We’ll keep updating this post throughout the day as we learn more.

Update (4:05 pm): The Yankees announced their end of the trade, which involved giving up Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. Those are both familiar names to followers of the Yankee farm. Here’s a refresher on both:

  • Antonio Cabello: The 20-year-old outfielder was signed as an IFA in 2017 by New York. He was a stud in the GCL in 2018, hitting .321/.426/.555 in 150 plate appearances, but has been on somewhat of a downward trajectory since, largely due to injury. Overall, he’s a .251/.344/.409 MiLB hitter ~420 professional plate appearances. He was ranked the #20 prospect in the Yankees system in 2021 by Baseball America, whose scouts say his tools impress even if his performance did not in 2019. He was slated to start the season in low Class A.
  • Josh Stowers: The 24-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft and traded to the Yankees in the Shed Long deal. He topped out with Single-A Charleston in 2019 and is a career .268/.384/.403 hitter in about 700 MiLB plate appearances. He was not included in the 2021 organizational top 30 by Baseball America, though he was #12 and #30 on those lists in 2019 and 2020, respectively. BA reports that he has a plus bat with average power (15-20 HR potential) and mediocre defense.

So that’s who the Yankees gave up. Cabello is the headliner of this deal. It was not a huge package, but it is more than I expected it to be given the fact that Odor was DFA’d by the Rangers. We’ll keep tabs on these guys moving forward, of course. Still no word on the 40-man move needed to add Odor, as neither Stowers nor Cabello were on that roster. That is still to come.

Aaron Boone predictably likes the move, saying the Yankees will “unlock” him. Here’s the full quote:

I’m not betting on it, per se, but we’ll see. They’ve certainly done it time and time again. Finally, here is the last word from Ken Rosenthal:

This was obviously not the big factor in the trade, but it certainly played a role. Optimistically, this allows for more flexibility at the July trade deadline. Realistically, it does not matter at all. Another move could also be in the works. Folks, only time will tell. Jaime will have more in-depth thoughts on the deal later on, so stay tuned for that.

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