MLB Trade Rumors | Mark Polishuk: Well, it finally happened. Years after Brian Cashman balked when Pittsburgh demanded a package that included Miguel Andújar in exchange for Gerrit Cole, the starting pitcher is on the Yankees and the third baseman/outfielder is on the Pirates. After the Yankees nominated Andújar for an assignment to free up a 40-man berth for Zack Britton, the Pirates claimed him off waivers, adding to their small army of former Yankees (Ben Gamel, Diego Castillo, Greg Allen, Roansy Contreras, Manny Bañuelos and Miguel Yajure).
CBS Sports | RJ Anderson: Speaking of players designated for assignment, reports indicate that the Yankees have long considered moving closer to Aroldis Chapman. The southpaw lost his closest job in May, has struggled with mechanical issues and injuries all season, will be a free agent this winter and is not in the Yankees’ future plans. With all that in mind, if the Yankees don’t believe he can’t be counted on in October, then releasing him now if they need the roster spot is pretty painless.
Athletics | Ken Rosenthal (sub req’d): While our focus here at Pinstripe Alley has mostly been on chasing Aaron Judge’s home run, he wasn’t the only one chasing a milestone this week. On Friday night, Cardinals DH Albert Pujols became the fourth player to hit 700 home runs in his career. Obviously, this step would have been important no matter what uniform the legendary hitter wore, but the fact that he came in a Cardinals uniform, after a ten-year breakup, made it all the sweeter. .
And that’s a lesson for the Yankees, who face their own “Albert Pujols” situation this offseason. While Rosenthal acknowledges that there are many reasons Judge and the Yankees could part ways after the season, all of which are valid, at the end of the day, “The value for him to stay pinstriped is incalculable. For Judge. And for the Yankees.
New York Times | Gerald Eskenazi: For as much attention as we pay to statistics and numbers, baseball at its heart is a story. Although Ron Blomberg is best known for being the first designated hitter in Major League history, New York Times a writer, he is forever and ever linked to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. This year, Gerald Eskenazi thinks back to a moment more than four days ago when Bloomberg drove the winning race just before the holy day began at sunset.
I encourage you, regardless of your religious affiliation, to take a few minutes and read this one.
MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: Yankees legend and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly announced yesterday that he will not be returning to Miami for the 2023 season. As part of a joint press release with the organization stating that he was a mutual decision, Mattingly said “all parties agreed it was time for a new voice” after seven seasons. Reportedly, although he won’t retire, he will take a break from management for at least next season.