Yankeemetrics: Baltimore chopped (Sept. 7-9)

A-Rod's historic 30th homer (mlb.com)
A-Rod‘s historic 30th homer (mlb.com)

Comeback kids
The Yankees earned their 37th comeback win of the season on Monday afternoon against the Orioles, thanks to the heroics of the two youngest guys in the lineup (John Ryan Murphy and Greg Bird) plus some help from the oldest guy in the lineup (Alex Rodriguez).

A-Rod sliced the O’s lead to 4-3 in the fifth inning with a solo homer before Murphy’s two-run shot later in the inning gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Murphy finished the game 2 for 4, raising his batting average against the Orioles this season to .529 (9 for 17), the second-highest by any player (min. 15 at-bats).

After Manny Machado evened the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning, Bird responded in the bottom of the frame with a tie-breaking three-run blast that ended up as the game-winner. Before Bird, the last Yankee first baseman with a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium was Don Mattingly on Aug. 31, 1993.

Dellin Betances is no stranger to doing amazing things on the mound, but his 27-pitch performance was more weird than spectacular. He faced six batters in the eighth inning, walking three and striking out three without giving up a run. Betances is the only Yankee reliever in the Divisional Era (since 1969) to put together an inning with at least three strikeouts, three walks and no runs allowed.

Wasted gem
There are ugly wins and there are ugly losses … and Tuesday’s game definitely qualifies as the latter. Masahiro Tanaka delivered one of his best performances of the season, but the Yankees managed just six hits (five singles) and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, resulting in a rare loss for the Yankees in a game where their starter was so brilliant.

This is the first time the Yankees lost a game in which their starting pitcher went at least eight innings, allowed no more than one run and struck out at least 10 batters since Aug. 24, 1990. Tim Leary was the unlucky guy in that l-0 loss to the Brewers more than 25 years ago.

The offense was brutal aside from the bat of Alex Rodriguez, who reached yet another milestone when he sent a 98 mph fastball over the fences in the sixth inning to tie the game at 1-1. That pitch was the fastest one he’s ever homered against since Pitch F/X tracking began in 2008.

It was also his 30th homer of the season and the 15th time in his career he’s reached that mark, tying Hank Aaron for the most 30-homer seasons in MLB history. And, at the age of 40 years and 43 days, he became the second-oldest player to hit his 30th homer of the season. Only Darrell Evans (40 years and 115 days) was older than A-Rod at the time he hit No. 30 in 1987.

Boo birds
The Yankees certainly gave their fans plenty to boo about on Wednesday night, dropping the rubber game of this series against the sub-.500 Orioles thanks to some sloppy defense and yet another listless performance by the offense.

Carlos Beltran was the only Yankee who could solve the Orioles’ enigmatic starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Beltran was 2 for 3 against Jimenez, driving in all three of the Yankees runs; Jimenez held the rest of the Yankees lineup to just two hits in his seven innings of work. Beltran is now 9 for 23 (.391) against Jimenez, the highest batting average by any player that has faced him at least 25 times.

Beltran’s solo homer in the bottom of the first inning — his 15th of the season — tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning. That blast gave him 10 career seasons with at least 15 home runs and 30 doubles, matching Chipper Jones for the most such seasons all-time among switch hitters.

Thoughts prior to the four-game series with the Blue Jays


The Yankees and Blue Jays start an ultra-important four-game series at Yankee Stadium tonight, assuming the weather cooperates. It rained late last night and it’s supposed to rain the rest of the day. I imagine they’d play a doubleheader this weekend should tonight’s game get postponed. Hopefully it doesn’t. Anyway, I have some thoughts not necessarily related to the Blue Jays series.

1. Workload limits are a hot topic right now because of the Matt Harvey fiasco. We all know innings are too simplistic, right? Not all innings are created equal. Grinding through a 30-pitch inning full of base-runners is not the same as tossing ten pitches in a 1-2-3 frame even though they both go into the record book as one inning pitched. I’d like to see more data-driven workload management. Has the pitcher’s release point changed or become inconsistent? How many high-stress sliders are being thrown? Are more pitches being left up in the zone? Is the pitcher suddenly taking more time between pitches? Pitching in general leads to injuries, especially pitching while fatigued. There are so many better ways to potentially measure fatigue and monitor workloads than simply counting total innings or pitches. Teams are always well ahead of the public with stuff like this. I have to think there is data-driven workload management going around around the league. There’s too much information available for it not to happen.

2. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little concerned about Dellin Betances‘ late-season workload. Not panicking, but a bit concerned. He’s thrown 71.2 innings and made 63 appearances through 138 games this year. Through 138 games last year it was 81 innings and 61 appearances, so the raw numbers are not significantly different. The issue is a) he now has all of last year’s innings on his arm too, and b) his innings this year have been much more stressful. Dellin’s average Leverage Index when entering a game last year was 1.36, which is firmly in medium leverage territory. This year he’s at 1.72 LI when entering the game. That’s astronomical. Ninth highest among 139 qualified relievers. So he’s throwing more intense innings this year. At this point the Yankees can not hold Dellin back though. They need Betances to help nail down wins. But the fact he’s now put 16 of the last 36 batters he’s faced on base (.444 OBP) is a red flag. He doesn’t look quite as sharp as he did even earlier this season. Hopefully it’s just a little slump and not workload related. (Yes, I know he has a long history of being wild. Isn’t it a red flag that he’s turned back into that guy of late?)

3. How great has John Ryan Murphy been? He doesn’t play a whole lot, and when he does he usually has the platoon advantage, but a .282/.326/.427 (105 wRC+) line from the backup catcher? That’s phenomenal. Murphy’s been even better of late, hitting .325/.367/.494 (137 wRC+) with five doubles and three homers over the last three calendar months. He seems to work very well with the pitchers — Joe Girardi praised him for getting Michael Pineda through six innings following his ugly second inning on Monday — and handle the defensive part of the game well. The young call-ups like Luis Severino and Greg Bird are getting all the headlines right now and deservedly so, they’ve been pushed into regular roles and are handling them well, but Murphy’s done very well himself as a part-timer player. He’s somehow managed to become the ultra-rare impressive young Yankees player who gets zero hype. Murphy would be the talked about as baseball’s next great young catcher if he played for the Cardinals or Red Sox.


4. The Yankees aren’t getting enough credit for rebuilding on the fly. Retooling, as they say. They didn’t go to the postseason the last two years but they weren’t awful either — 84 and 85 wins do not constitute disaster seasons, just disappointing ones. The Yankees are back in the race this year and while their veteran players are a major reason why, they’ve dipped into the farm system for help whenever a need arose. It’s not just Bird and Severino, or even Murphy. Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams helped in limited duty. So did Ramon Flores. Chase Whitley made some spot starts. An flock of young relievers have been shepherded back and forth between Scranton and New York. That’s all while other prospects like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Brady Lail reached Triple-A. Eric Jagielo would have as well if not for the fluke knee injury he suffered sliding into home plate back in June. There’s something to be said for not being unwatchably awful. Not every rebuild has to be a total tear down. It’s possible to rebuild and retool while remaining at least somewhat competitive and keeping fans interested, especially when you’re a large market team. The Yankees have done it the last few seasons and don’t get enough credit for it.

5. Boy, there is just no fight in the Nationals, huh? As soon as things started to go wrong against the Mets this week, they let it spiral out of control. They’re easily the most disappointing team in baseball this year — one of the most disappointing in the last 15 years, right? — and manager Matt Williams is probably going to take the fall after the season, but it’s not all on him. Bryce Harper’s the only dude on the roster who deserves zero blame. He’s been a monster and has kept them relevant almost single-handedly this summer. Anyway, I bring this up because the Nationals seem to be the antithesis of the Yankees. The whole Fighting Spirit thing is a fun little joke but there is definitely a lot of truth behind it. The Yankees never let things spiral out of control like the Nats and they constantly prove doubters wrong. (No, losing two games to the O’s does not mean the Yankees never put up a fight.) People have been predicting the collapse of the Yankees for a decade now, and their worst team during that time won 84 games while dealing with a zillion injuries. The front office puts a lot of stock in character and makeup and I think this is the result. They suffer a tough loss or drop a few games in a row, but they bounce right back. The Yankees as a team are mentally tough year after year and it’s not an accident. It’s by design. I’ve really come to appreciate that in recent years.

Defensive miscues doom the Yankees in a 5-3 loss to Orioles

This series, not only the game, could have gone much better for the Yankees but it didn’t turn out that way. New York dropped the series finale against Baltimore tonight for a brutal series loss at home. CC Sabathia looked good for most of the game but errors doomed his night while the lineup – besides Carlos Beltran – couldn’t punch the runs in. New York dropped the battle of the late innings 5-3 with offense coming up empty-handed against Ubaldo Jimenez, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton. The bullpen allowed a couple runs that spelled doom.

(Source: Getty)

Death by defense, the CC Sabathia story

CC didn’t benefit from the defense in the first. With Nolan Reimold on at first, Sabathia induced a grounder to second from Gerardo Parra that should have been an easy double play. But Stephen Drew misplayed the bounce and only had time to throw the runner out at first. Later in inning, with two outs, Chris Davis drove Reimold in with a bloop single to right that Beltran also misread. 1-0 Orioles. Definitely not types of plays you want to see from a team trying for a division title.

From second to fourth innings though, Sabathia looked very good. Remember, he was doing decently before knee injury shelved him in late August. (3.80 ERA in 4 starts in August) In those three innings, Sabathia allowed only three baserunners and struck out three. He’s definitely not the guy he used to be but that will do.

In the fifth, Sabathia got himself into a jam. Dariel Alvarez reached with a walk and Reimold followed it up with a single. After Parra moved both runners up with a sac bunt, Sabathia got a huge strikeout against Manny Machado. I thought, at that point, things would go swimmingly for New York for rest of the game. Unfortunately for CC he drilled Chris Davis to load the bases, which prompted Joe Girardi to bring in Adam Warren to close out the fifth. Sabathia wasn’t happy about it but with pitch count at 85 and a righty hitter (Jonathan Schoop) coming up, Joe didn’t want to take too many chances.

Warren did his job against Schoop – he induced a grounder to Chase Headley that should have ended the inning but his throw tumbled mid-air like changeup and went through Drew’s legs. However, that doesn’t excuse Drew of his error either – it looked definitely catchable for any ML infielder. Baltimore scored two on that miscue and made it a 3-3 tie game.

September Beltran, the step before October Beltran

Beltran made up for misreading the fly ball by hitting an oppo-dinger off of Ubaldo Jimenez. He squared up a fastball on the outer edge of the strik ezone and quite frankly, I was surprised that it carried so much. Old man’s still got it.

One-man army. (Source: Getty)

Beltran drove in two more runs in the third. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Beltran drilled a slider inside to make it 3-1 Yanks. Three RBI for the old man and they turned out to be the only runs for the Yanks tonight.

To remind you how good he’s been – since May 1, Beltran has hit for a .878 OPS (prior to the game). After tonight’s game, he has a 123 wRC+ with an isolated power just below .200 (.199 to be precise) for the whole season. That contract isn’t looking too grim anymore!

Faltering in late innings, again

Warren held on his own pretty well in the sixth and seventh innings. Meanwhile, the Yankee offense came up with almost zilch against Ubaldo Jimenez. Dustin Ackley did hit an oppo-double in the seventh for his first Yankee hit but New York came up empty-handed. In top of eighth, with one out and 2-2 count against Steven Pearce, Warren hung a curve right up the zone. Pearce did not miss any of it and sent the ball to the visitor’s bullpen to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead.

Yankee offense went three-up, three-down against Darren O’Day in the bottom eighth. New York allowed another run in the ninth with Chris Davis’s RBI ground-rule double with two runners on. 5-3 Orioles. In the bottom ninth, Beltran, Brian McCann and A-Rod got completely handcuffed by Zach Britton to finalize a loss – a swift end to a disappointing night.

Box score, standings, highlights and WPA

Here’s tonight’s box score, updated standings, video highlights and WPA.

Source: FanGraphs

Yankees will have the Blue Jays on a four-game series at home. Needless to say… very, very crucial, right? Youngster Luis Severino will take the hill against David Price. Now that’s a matchup.

DotF: Staten Island walks off with Game One win

Got some notes to pass along:

  • OF Tyler Austin has been outrighted to Double-A Trenton, the Yankees announced. He was designated for assignment last week to clear 40-man roster space for September call-ups and apparently no team felt he was worth a waiver claim. I believe Austin can become a minor league free agent after the season.
  • C Gary Sanchez was activated off the Triple-A DL, according to Chad Jennings. He missed a little more than a week with a minor hamstring injury. They got him back just in time for the postseason. I wonder if Sanchez will get called up when the Triple-A season is over.
  • IF Ali Castillo was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week, so congrats to him. He was bumped up from Double-A Trenton and took over as the second baseman after 2B Rob Refsnyder was called up on September 1st.
  • LHP Justin Kamplain, RHP Kolton Mahoney, and RHP Jonathan Padilla were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Low-A South Atlantic League, Short Season NY-Penn League, and Rookie Appalachian League, respectively. Congrats to all of them.
  • No Yankees farmhands were named to Baseball America’s end-of-season All-Star Team. Neither the first nor second team. That’s not surprising. There were no knock your socks off seasons in the system this year. Just a lot of good ones.
  • And finally, SS Jorge Mateo was the third overall pick in the Dominican Winter League draft today, reports Ben Badler. Mateo’s winter ball rights now belong to whichever team selected him. He’s still Yankees property. Doesn’t change anything there.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Indianapolis) they trail the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B — threw a runner out at third … he’s been on fire for a few weeks now
  • 2B Ali Castillo: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — the hamstring is healthy enough to hit but not catch, I guess
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 K — 1B Rob Segedin pinch-hit for him late and struck out
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Cole Figueroa: 1-4 — he hit .292/.355/.359 (108 wRC+) in the regular season, you know
  • SS Gregorio Petit: 1-4
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K — OF Jake Cave pinch-hit late and grounded out
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%) … well that’s no way to start Game One of the postseason
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 28 of 42 pitches were strikes (67%) … great long relief by the guy who’s had three Tommy John surgeries
  • RHP Chris Martin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Andury Acevedo: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (79%)

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Game 138: Sabathia Returns


When we last saw CC Sabathia, he pulled himself from a start due to ongoing trouble with his right knee. At one point it appeared he would not pitch again this season. Joe Girardi admitted that was a possibility. Instead, Sabathia is back on the mound tonight with a new knee brace after spending the minimum 15 days on the DL.

The Yankees have a firm hold on the top wildcard spot, but catching he Blue Jays for the top spot in the AL East will not be easy, even with all those head-to-head games remaining. They need Sabathia to pitch well and pitch often. Soak up some innings each time out. They need as many as they can get these days. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Alex Rodriguez
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. LF Dustin Ackley (!)
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Stephen Drew
    LHP CC Sabathia

It is cloudy and humid in New York, and there is rain in the forecast tonight. It’s not supposed to start until 10pm ET or so, but it’ll then continue through the night. That could be a problem. Hopefully they get the game in before the sky opens up. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Brett Gardner (elbow) is feeling “much better” but has not yet played catch. He is available off the bench and is expected to play tomorrow … Sabathia (knee) has been activated off the DL, obviously. Rosters are expanded, so no other move was required.

Smart workload management has Severino in position to help the Yankees down the stretch


Almost immediately after the trade deadline passed, Brian Cashman announced the Yankees were calling up top pitching prospect Luis Severino to bolster their rotation. He’s been better than I think anyone could have reasonably expected too: 2.04 ERA (3.96 FIP) in six starts and 35.1 innings. That’s pretty awesome, especially by “21-year-old kid thrust into a postseason race” standards.

Severino’s performance has been remarkable for a 21-year-old, but being 21 comes with some caveats, specifically workload limitations. The days of Brien Taylor throwing 161.1 innings one year out of high school are long gone. Teams do not let pitchers as young as Severino throw a lot of lot of innings. That’s just the way it is nowadays. And yet, when Severino was called up, Cashman said he had no restrictions.

“There’s nothing that’s going to hold him back now,” said the GM to Ryan Hatch after announcing Severino was joining the rotation. “We prepared for this, and hopefully we have a chance to have him max out, because that will mean he’s pitching deep into games.”

So far this season Severino has thrown 134.2 innings between the minors and the big leagues. That surprised me. I thought the number would be much higher, closer to 150 or even 160. It’s not though, and that’s because the Yankees did an excellent job rationing Severino’s innings earlier this year. As Cashman said, they prepared for this, meaning a late-season call-up.

Severino started the season with Double-A Trenton — easy to forget that now, huh? — and was bumped up to Triple-A Scranton in late-May. In his eight Double-A starts, he threw more than five innings just once, and that was a six-inning outing in which he threw 97 pitches. Severino averaged 4.75 innings and 75.5 pitches per start with the Thunder earlier this year. That’s it.

After being promoted to Triple-A, Severino threw ten starts before being summoned to MLB, and in those ten starts he averaged 6.11 innings and 97.1 pitches. They turned him loose just a bit — Severino completed six full innings four times in those ten Triple-A starts — because it was time to stretch him out. The Yankees had to let Severino build his pitch count and attempt to go through a lineup three times. That’s part of development.

All told, Severino made 19 minor league starts before being called up this year. He averaged 5.23 innings and 82.9 pitches in those 19 starts. Severino topped 100 pitches once (103 on June 16th) and 95+ pitches four times. I remember wondering why the Yankees were being so conservative with Severino in April and May by cutting his starts off after five innings so regularly, and now we know why. They were preparing him for a call-up.

Severino set a career high with 113 innings this season, which appeared to put him in line to throw 150 or so innings this season. That was speculation, not a hard number. Severino came up with 99.1 innings on his arm, and with the end of the regular season a little less than four weeks away, he’s at 134.2 innings. He’s going to wind up finishing the season at 155-160 innings or so, close enough to that 150-inning mark I and a few others speculated was his limit.

Now, innings are not the best way to measure workload. We all know that by now. A hundred pitches in five innings is not the same as 75 pitches in five innings. Innings is just a umbrella term at this point. The Yankees have a lot of experience managing workloads — the Joba Rules, while not carried out out in the best possible way, were well-intentioned — and I’m certain they’re not just counting innings. The Yankees are too analytical to stop there. They’re going deeper than that.

The Mets just had a messy, public spat with Matt Harvey and agent Scott Boras over Harvey’s workload. The Pirates are skipping Gerrit Cole’s start later this week. The Cardinals skipped Michael Wacha’s start last week. All these contenders are trying to control the workload of their young horses, and yet the Yankees are in position to turn Severino loose because of what they did earlier this season. They did it backwards — they limited his work early in the season and he’s ready to go in September.

Obviously the Yankees had the advantage of starting Severino in the minors. It’s much easy to cap a young pitcher’s starts at five innings down there. Harvey and Cole and Wacha have been in the big leagues since Opening Day. You can’t control someone’s workload as easily at this level. The Yankees were in a fortunate position with Severino and took advantage. Next season they’ll have to figure out how to control his innings at the MLB level, which is tough. There’s no right way to do it.

For now, the Yankees have Severino in their rotation with no restrictions, and that’s good because they really need him. The rotation has been thinned out by injury. Does he truly have no restrictions this year? Of course not. They wouldn’t let him throw 200+ innings or something like that. The Yankees don’t have to worry about that though. They smartly manipulated Severino’s innings while he was in the minors and that has put him in position to help down the stretch.

“That’s why we played with the innings the way we did this season. We all sat down numerous times this winter and then again in Spring Training and mapped out this scenario,” added Cashman. “If he performed up to his capabilities, we felt he would pitch for us from August on at some point. And here we are.”

Cashman indicates Yankees may pass on big free agents this offseason

Jun 16, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I wouldn’t say this is surprising. While speaking to Andrew Marchand, Brian Cashman seemed to indicate the Yankees are unlikely to sign any high-priced free agents this coming offseason. “Our activity usually (ties) to expiring contracts,” said the GM, who also noted the team is “pretty locked-in” on most players, contractually speaking.

The club’s last two huge offseasons (2008-09 and 2013-14) were set up by expiring contracts. The Yankees shed Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, and Mike Mussina, among others, following the 2008 season. After 2013 it was Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes who were sent packing. (Alex Rodriguez was suspended as well.)

The Yankees have very little money coming off the books following this season. One-year contract guys Stephen Drew ($5M), Chris Capuano ($5M), Garrett Jones ($5M), and Chris Young ($2.5M) will all become free agents. That’s it. And just about all of that money will be redirected to arbitration raises for Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Ivan Nova, and Didi Gregorius, most notably.

The big money contracts start expiring following next season. Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran will be off the books following the 2016 season, then A-Rod will be gone after 2017 and maybe Masahiro Tanaka as well, should be opt out of his contract. CC Sabathia‘s deal will be up after either 2016 or 2017 depending on the health of his shoulder. We’re starting to see the light at the end of some of these long-term contract tunnels.

Hal Steinbrenner has said he plans to get under the luxury tax threshold at some point in the future — the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after 2016, and I have to think the threshold will increase then, likely over $200M — and big money free agents aren’t exactly conducive to getting under the luxury tax tax. The Yankees have emphasized youth in a big way this year and I expect that to continue.

Now, that said, that doesn’t mean the Yankees absolutely will not sign big money free agents in the coming years either. They were willing to take on Craig Kimbrel’s contract at the trade deadline, so increasing payroll is not out of the question. I could definitely see them making a play for Jason Heyward this winter simply because he’s still so young and you’re getting so many peak years. (He turned 26 last month.) It’s the big money deals for guys at or over 30 that end up being the albatrosses.

Here are the 2015-16 and 2016-17 free agent classes. That 2016-17 class looks very weak right now. (Obviously a lot can and will change between now and then.) In addition to Heyward, there are two bonafide aces set to hit the market this winter (David Price and Johnny Cueto), plus plenty of quality second tier options. From the looks of things at this moment, this winter is the one to spend, not next winter.

Anyway, Cashman is right about the Yankees being locked in at many positions. They have six starting pitchers under contractual control next year (Pineda, Eovaldi, Nova, Sabathia, Tanaka, Luis Severino) and second base is the only open position. Not a ton of flexibility barring a involving a regular trade, which is always possible. It just seems really unlikely. Some of those players are immovable.

“We do have some square pegs that will fit in some square holes when you look at 2017,” said Cashman. “That’s a long way off. We do have some placeholders that potentially are going to be in place, if that is the direction we choose. That’s a good thing.”

Like last offseason, this offseason seems like it could be focused on improving through trades and clearing more spots for young players. There’s no obvious starting spot for Greg Bird in 2016 because of Beltran, Teixeira, and A-Rod, for example. Let’s worry about this when the time comes though. Right now the postseason race and the AL East title is the priority. We’ll have an entire winter to rosterbate.