Yankees reliever Dellin Betances said this season would be a disappointment if the Yankees fail to win the World Series. It turns out new manager Aaron Boone agrees.
“Well, he’s right about the World Series would be a great year,” Boone said Tuesday in a press conference. “We understand the expectations and I think one of the things that’s exciting for me is to hear these comments and to be around these guys, as they’ve trickled in the last few days, as I’ve trickled in.
One of Boone’s first tasks will be managing Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Both play the same defensive position, meaning one will have to be designated hitter.
Judge is also coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, but Boone was just happy to have two of the most dangerous sluggers on his roster.
“He’s doing well,” Boone said of Judge. “We talk about managing individuals and getting individuals ready and we’ll certainly be as cautious as we need to be in the early days. But I think the one thing that’s exciting about both of those guys is we’ve got two — obviously an MVP, a Rookie of the Year — guys that are tremendous players.
“Both guys are really good defenders as well. And both guys, when I answer that last question, talking about quality individuals that you can tell it’s about winning for them. It’s about trying to chase down that championship for them.
Some of this might be nothing more than a product of adjusting to a new and different role, but Devenski also ditched his curveball in 2017, so he was adapting to a new pitch mix as well. He gets good whiff rates on his three other pitches a fastball, changeup, and slider but it’s his changeup that has proven to be the most difficult for batters. Devenski’s offspeed pitch generates a whiff rate of just under 51 percent, and he held hitters to a .150 average against his changeup. For comparison, Kyle Hendricks had a whiff rate of less than half that during his sterling 2016 season.
The stuff is there, and Devenski is well-suited to propel the Astros back to the postseason. And for as well as he did last year, Devenski is poised to make a pronounced mark in 2018.
Cousins’ representation could have structured the deal in such a way to virtually ensure that he saw at least four years of that money, given that top-tier quarterbacks almost always make it to the next-to-last year in their deal.
The Vikings wouldn’t have blinked.