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718area has new update 4 hours ago Yankees fans are leaning toward Anthony Volpe in the battle for the shortstop job
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images The fans have spoken: they have a slight preference for Volpe over Oswald Peraza, and they think the Blue Jays are the Yankees’ biggest threat in the AL East. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across Major League Baseball. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in New York Yankees fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The 2023 regular season will start in just a few days, and it’s time to see what fans think about two burning questions regarding the New York Yankees. With Anthony Volpe virtually forcing the team’s hand, a very interesting battle for the shortstop position has been taking place in spring training. His main competitor? Fellow top prospect Oswald Peraza. Who will come out on top? Who is the preferred option? Also, fans were asked about the Yanks’ biggest threat in the AL East, a division full of talent and teams going for it. Here’s what Yankees fans think about the two questions: Kyle Thele The battle for the Yankees’ shortstop gig went well beyond spring training performance. If it was just that, Anthony Volpe would have been named the starter a while ago. As of Friday night, the Yankees’ top prospect was hitting .277/.393/.574 with three home runs, five stolen bases and a .967 OPS. Oswaldo Peraza, on the other hand, was at a .205/.311/.333 line with a .644 OPS. However, spring performance is not the only factor to consider. Peraza has aced Triple-A and had a successful cameo in MLB last year (146 wRC+ in 57 plate appearances), not to mention better defense and a nice power-speed combo in his own right. Between Scranton and the majors, he homered 20 times and stole 35 bases in 2022. Volpe is setting the world on fire in exhibition games, as he did in Double-A (122 wRC+, 18 homers, 44 steals) last year. He still hasn’t mastered Triple-A yet, as he had a .718 OPS there in 99 trips to the plate. Fans, however, apparently prefer Volpe at this point. The vote was close, though, so Peraza still has his boosters. What we do know is that Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Oswaldo Cabrera aren’t exactly popular options to start at shortstop for the Yanks, for different reasons. Kyle Thele The AL East is, perhaps now more than ever, one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. The Yanks won the division title last year, the Red Sox advanced to the AL Championship Series in 2021 and won it all in 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays went to the 2020 World Series, and the Baltimore Orioles are starting to blossom. The people have spoken, though, and they have identified the Yankees’ biggest intra-divisional threat. A whopping 81 percent of the voters think the Blue Jays are the most dangerous foe in the AL East. The theory indicates they are right. Any lineup with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, George Springer, Matt Chapman, Alejandro Kirk and Daulton Varsho should command respect, and their rotation has the potential to be a nasty unit with Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman at the top, the reliable Chris Bassitt in the middle, some bounceback potential in Yusei Kikuchi, and a future ace in Ricky Tiedemann who can be a factor in the second half. 14 percent of the voters believe the Rays, with a healthy Wander Franco and the eventual return of Tyler Glasnow, pose more of a threat than the Jays. If their pitchers remain healthy and Kyle Manzardo forces his way up eventually, Tampa has some serious potential. The Orioles and Red Sox, at three and two percent respectively, complete the voting process. To vote in the Reacts surveys and have your voice heard each week, sign up here.
718area has new update 5 hours ago Today on Pinstripe Alley - 3/25/23
Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports It’s your Saturday program. The countdown to Opening Day is down to five. With so little time left, there’s still a decent amount left to be decided, with the matter of the Yankees’ starting shortstop of course front of mind. Anthony Volpe impressed again yesterday, and we’ll see if his name is at the top of the card again today as he tries to burnish his case all the way to the end. On the site, we’ve have another suite of content ahead of today’s matinee. Andrés has the latest SB Nation Reacts, regarding who should start at shortstop for the Yankees on Opening Day, as well as Alex’s preview of the Orioles season. Plus, Peter goes over what to expect from Gleyber Torres’ 2023 campaign, Marcus analyzes Double-A Somerset’s roster, and Estevão looks ahead to Opening Day by profiling the opposing starter, Giants ace Logan Webb. Today’s Matchups: New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies Time: 1:05 p.m. EST TV: NBCSP+, MLB Network Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM Venue: BayCare Ballpark, Clearwater, FL Questions/Prompts: 1. With five days to go, what percent chance do you give to Anthony Volpe making the Opening Day roster? 2. If Volpe doesn’t break camp with the big-league team, when will he be up?
718area has new update 5 hours ago Former Baltimore Ravens DT Calais Campbell to visit New York Jets
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports The initial flurry of free agents may have passed, but some of the best work happens later in the process. The Jets are still looking at all avenues to improve their team, and there is no question that defensive tackle is a priority need with the Jets having lost Nathan Shepherd and Sheldon Rankins through free agency. They have re-signed Solomon Thomas, and while he is a decent rotation piece, you need someone to start next to Quinnen Williams. Enter Calais Campbell who has over 800 career tackles and 99 sacks to his name. Campbell is set to visit the Jets this week (along with the Bills) having visited the Atlanta Falcons last week according to NFL reporter Tiffany Blackmon. “A source told me that Calais Campbell’s visit with the Falcons on Wednesday went really well… also met with the Jags last week and has visits set up with the Jets and Bills this coming week” Campbell would bring a lot of versatility on the line, with the capability to play inside and out. He’s still highly productive having recorded 5.5 sacks for Baltimore last year with 36 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Cambell also happens to be one of the historically better run-stuffing defensive tackles in football and would add some quality and experience next to Quinnen. Having someone like Calais would also help Quinnen in his own game. I’m hoping this one gets done.
718area has new update 18 hours ago Reviewing the trade charts: How much did the Jets get for Elijah Moore?
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Coming off a controversial 2nd season, the New York Jets traded wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns. This punctuated the steep fall from grace Moore has had since last offseason when he seemed to have a clear inside track to be a featured part of the team’s offense and long-term plans. While many have focused on the 42nd overall pick the Jets acquired for Moore, this ignores the additional value of the 74th overall pick the Jets also sent to Cleveland. Importantly, the value difference between the 42nd and 74th pick is not necessarily consist, as demonstrated by 247sports writer Jack Duffin: What did Elijah Moore cost the #Browns?Using the Fitzgerald-Spielberger Trade Chart (Analytics)42 - 110674 - 819So effectively given up pick 211 for MooreUsing Jimmy Johnson Trade Chart (Old School42 - 48074 - 220So effectively given up pick 66Great value by AB— Jack Duffin (@JackDuffin) March 22, 2023 While either value is less than the Jets would likely have traded Moore for a year ago, it can be argued they still received a day 2 pick’s worth of value for Moore. For those that opt to follow the Jimmy Johnson trade chart, this is potentially fair value for a receiver coming off what can be kindly described as an “underwhelming” second year. For those who prefer the Fitzgerald-Spielberger draft values, the return on Moore is likely underwhelming. But what do you think? Did the Jets get fair value for Moore?

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