Brendan Ryan

Didi Gregorius

Yankees plan to platoon Didi Gregorius and Brendan Ryan


OK, so it turns out new acquisition Didi Gregorius won’t be Derek Jeter’s replacement. He’ll only be Derek Jeter’s replacement about two-thirds of the time.

General manager Brian Cashman said on WFAN radio in New York that the plan is to platoon the left-handed-hitting Gregorius, sitting him versus left-handed pitching in favor of the right-handed-hitting Brendan Ryan.

Gregorius has definitely struggled versus lefties, hitting just .184 off them, but it’s only 180 total plate appearances and he’s only 24 years old. Plus, while Ryan does hit from the right side of the plate he doesn’t really “hit” from the right side of the plate, batting just .208 with a .556 OPS off lefties from 2012-2014.

Thought experiment: How many MLB teams would wipe the slate clean?

CC Sabathia AP

Baseball news is slowing down for Thanksgiving and for some reason this idea randomly popped into my head while on Twitter, so I figured I’d ask it here: How many MLB teams, if given the option, would say yes to being taken off the hook for all guaranteed contracts currently on their books?

In other words, all or nothing. Wipe the slate clean. Every player signed for guaranteed money is no longer on your team and you’re no longer responsible for their contract. You get to keep all players not signed to specific, non-minimum salaried contracts, which means pre-arbitration eligible players basically.

For instance, my beloved Twins would wipe six players off their books: Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki, and Mike Pelfrey. Hughes would hurt a lot, since he was great in 2014 and is reasonably priced, but Mauer, Nolasco, and Pelfrey would be easy calls to jettison. Overall the Twins would probably be better off with a clean slate.

Another example is the Yankees, who’d be wiping these players off their books: Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Martin Prado, Brendan Ryan, Chris Young. Obviously some of those would hurt, but as a whole the Yankees would seemingly jump at that chance to wipe the slate clean.

Which other teams would do the same?

Derek Jeter is getting the night off and the Yankees’ lineup is really weird

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Last night after ending his Yankee Stadium career with a walk-off single Derek Jeter said he wouldn’t be playing shortstop again, but indicated that he would play in some capacity during the Yankees’ season-ending series in Boston.

For tonight at least he’s not in the starting lineup at all, as the Yankees have Brendan Ryan at shortstop. Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner are also sitting, so it’s a lineup devoid of regulars.

2B – Jose Pirela
CF – Eury Perez
1B – Francisco Cervelli
LF – Chris Young
C – John Ryan Murphy
DH – Austin Romine
SS – Brendan Ryan
3B – Zelous Wheeler
RF – Antoan Richardson


Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Jeter asked for the night off, so presumably pinch-hitting or even pinch-running is unlikely.