SiriusXM host and former Mets GM Jim Duquette talks with The Post’s Justin Terranova about the Yankees’ injury glut, Clint Frazier’s rise and the difference between Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel.
Q: As a general manager, what is it like to deal with a team with this many injuries?
A: It’s the worst time of the year to have injuries because there isn’t much available that you could do via trade. The amount of players available just isn’t there and they’re going to hold you over the barrel for a marginal upgrade if there is such a player. So, you try and hold it together the best you can. [Gary] Sanchez is back and [Giancarlo] Stanton is not far behind. If it had played out differently and they were really struggling, you’d be inclined to overpay.
Q: Who has best taken advantage of this situation?
A: [Clint] Frazier (who is now out 10-14 days with an ankle injury) is the guy who stands out the most after last year. Now, he comes out and plays at such a high level that you have to get him reps as long as the ankle isn’t a big deal. He turned himself into an even better trade chip or an impactful player for the Yankees. It’s completely changed the way you view him. The power is what stands out now.
Q: Is it too soon to panic over Noah Syndergaard?
A: Everyone wants to compare Syndergaard to [Jacob] deGrom, but he has like 50 less starts than deGrom. He clearly has the stuff, just let him come at his own pace and he’ll make the adjustments. We saw him pitch really well a few years ago, then the injuries, but I still look at what he did last September going deep into games and the mixing and the quality of the pitches. That’s the next step for him.
Q: Are we anywhere near a Kimbrel or Keuchel signing?
A: With Kimbrel, the asking price was just too high. I understand the expectation level to compare to where he was, but the marketplace the last two seasons has changed dramatically and you have to be able to adjust quickly. I don’t think the agent has done that; subsequently he’s sitting there on the sidelines after overplaying his hand. Teams really haven’t paid closers that high money except for [Kenley] Jansen and [Aroldis] Chapman.
Q: Is it a similar situation with Keuchel?
A: Something doesn’t add up to me with Keuchel. This is a good pitcher sitting there. I know he’s on the other side of 30, but still a quality pitcher. Especially in the National League that’s a quality arm. I am surprised he’s still out there, but teams may be waiting so they don’t have to give up the compensatory draft pick.