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If Gio Urshela and Miguel Andujar are both hitting to start the season, I mean really hitting, how do you keep both on the field? ~ @MJTorres1230
Back when the world was normal, the Yankees planned to name Gio Urshela their starting third baseman and either make Miguel Andujar an OF/3B/maybe 1B or option him to Triple-A with the expectation that he'd be back soon.
If there's a season, we presume that the plan would remain the same. If Andujar ends up hitting enough to force his way into the everyday lineup -- and that's not hard to imagine, given how good he is -- then the situation will work itself out in the standard ways.
These things tend to settle organically. Is Urshela slumping? Then Andujar plays third. Is Luke Voit struggling? Try Andujar at first (though early returns on that weren't good in spring training). Is Brett Gardner hurt? You get the idea. They'll figure it out.
Am I the only one who thinks Gary Cooper looks more like Lou Gehrig than Lou Gehrig looks like Lou Gehrig? ~ @CompetielloBob
I don't understand. I mean, I know the movie, but your question is weird.
Is it likely the Mets and Yankees make a trade? ~ @RobbieA91
I see what you're doing there, smart guy, but maybe you shouldn't be such a smart guy. The factual answer is that the Yankees and Mets are more likely to make a trade now than at any point in at least a decade.
How do I know this? Because they actually did agree on a trade last July. Zack Wheeler was going to the Bronx. I wish I had the entire deal for you but can say confidently that the teams had a tentative agreement in place before concerns about the medicals of another player squashed it.
That came after other intensive discussions between Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen about other players, too. At one point they were talking about Jeurys Familia.
It's fair to be skeptical that the teams will make a deal until you actually see it happen, but this time it got awfully close.
When it's all said and done, Aaron Boone O/U 1.5 WS rings as Yankees manager? ~ @nrosenberg94
Boy, that's a good one. Aaron Boone is on the short list of great contemporary managers. He has that essential balance of a player-friendly interpersonal style and ability to implement analytics-based game plans.
Last October, he took a major leap forward. In the 2018 division series against Boston, he let the game get away from him, leaving Luis Severino in for too long in Game 3 and CC Sabathia in too long in Game 4. He knew the game plan and couldn't activate his hunches to diverge from it.
In the 2019 postseason, he was in far better command of the games. He even admits this. He could easily have been a World Series-winning manager, had a few things broken differently (whistle whistle). Despite all that, it's really tough to predict that any manager will win two championships. The 1996-2000 Yankees were such an anomaly in the wild card era.
It's wise to take the under on that one, but you know what? Factoring in the likelihood that Boone will be on the job for many years, and given the Yankees' resources and smarts -- sure, yes. Take the over.
How long will extended spring training be now that the season starts late? ~ @BurnieW51
Great question. When I spoke to the Mets' Steven Matz last week, he mentioned that after trying to stay in late-spring training form for a bit, he was forced to ramp down due to the length of the layoff.
Pitchers were almost ready for the season, and now they're not anymore. Spring training is long because pitchers need the time to stretch out. In a perfect world, they'd probably get another month.
But here in the real world, MLB is not likely to waste a month on exhibition games, when they are already so far behind.
It's more likely that a second spring training would be as short as possible, and the regular season would begin with dramatically expanded rosters, allowing managers to use starting pitchers for shorter stints while they stretch out. Yes, everything will be weird.