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MLB Rumors: Yankees ‘Refused’ to Commerce Spencer Jones for Dylan Stop or Corbin Burnes

Adam Wells March 16, 2024 Rich Storry/Getty Images Considering all of the questions about the New York Yankees’ pitching staff right now, it says a lot about how highly they value Spencer Jones that he wasn’t traded for a frontline starter during the offseason. Per ESPN’s Jorge Castillo, the Yankees “refused” to include Jones in

MLB Rumors: Yankees ‘Refused’ to Commerce Spencer Jones for Dylan Stop or Corbin Burnes

Adam WellsMarch 16, 2024

JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 04: Spencer Jones #78 of the New York Yankees looks on prior to a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on March 04, 2024 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

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Contemplating all the questions concerning the New York Yankees’ pitching employees proper now, it says rather a lot about how extremely they worth Spencer Jones that he wasn’t traded for a frontline starter through the offseason.

Per ESPN’s Jorge Castillo, the Yankees “refused” to incorporate Jones of their commerce presents to the Chicago White Sox for Dylan Stop.

This comes after Jon Heyman of the New York Put up and MLB Community beforehand reported Jones was believed to be the “key prospect” in talks between the Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers about Corbin Burnes.

Burnes wound up being traded to the Baltimore Orioles for DL Corridor, Joey Ortiz and the No. 34 total decide within the 2024 MLB draft. Stop was dealt to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday for Drew Thorpe, Samuel Zavala, Jairo Irarte and Steven Wilson.

The Yankees did get some excellent news concerning Gerrit Cole’s elbow harm. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported on Friday the reigning AL Cy Younger winner does not want Tommy John surgical procedure at this level, however he’ll seemingly miss 10 to 12 weeks.

Shedding Cole for doubtlessly as much as three months leaves New York with a rotation of Nestor Cortes Jr., Marcus Stroman, Carlos Rodón, Clarke Schmidt and Clayton Beeter to start out the common season.

Whereas there’s optimism about Jones’ potential, he isn’t thought-about a famous person prospect at this level. B/R’s Joel Reuter has him among the many 50 honorable mentions outdoors of the top-100 prospects going into the 2024 season.

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By comparability, Thorpe, Zavala and Irarte are all ranked within the prime 100 proper now. They’re within the backside 20 of that group, however the White Sox nonetheless managed to get three top-100 prospects for Stop.

It is not exhausting to take a look at Jones’ bodily profile and draw a comparability to Aaron Decide. He is listed at 6’6″ and 235 kilos. His body and lengthy limbs result in quite a lot of strikeouts (155 in 480 at-bats within the minors final season).

Jones hasn’t proven the prodigious energy in his minor-league profession that Decide possessed. The 22-year-old has a .459 slugging proportion in 142 video games within the minors over the previous two seasons.

One factor Jones’ dimension does assist him do is run. He isn’t a blazer out of the field or on the bases, however his lengthy strides enable him to cowl quite a lot of floor. He stole 43 bases through the 2023 season and has the power to play centerfield within the massive leagues.

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