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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/16/23

Saturday’s open thread.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

We’re still waiting on the next big domino to drop, that of Yoshinobu Yamamoto, though while the rest of the market hasn’t gone supernova, we continue to have steady stream of news. Yesterday, we saw the Dodgers consummate their trade for Tyler Glasnow by signing the talented right-hander to a five-year, $135-million deal. There was also some bad news on the pitching front, as it was announced that Max Scherzer had to undergo back surgery that will keep him out until next summer. That’s a tough blow for the defending champs, who will be hoping that Scherzer and Jacob deGrom can return in time to help them back to glory.

On the site, Casey argues that the Juan Soto acquisition wrenches open the Yankees’ championship window, but for now, it means that 2024 could be their best shot at winning it all for some time. Also, Kevin writes up Herb Pennock as we’re now within the top 50 of our Top 100 series, Noah looks at a few lower-end pitching prospects that could move through the ranks next year, and Estevão profiles Jesús Luzardo, as a potential backup plan if the Yamamoto pursuit falls through.

Questions/Prompts:

1. Who will be the starting second baseman on the 2025 Yankees?

2. Will Gerrit Cole’s contract with the Yankees still be the largest ever for a pitcher after Yoshinobu Yamamoto signs?