Yankees’ Pitching Coach Matt Blake Focused on Distancing Himself from Trade SpeculationDecember 5, 2023
The Yankees seem not to have a clear view about trading King and Schmidt, as Matt Blake values his role as a coach and doesn’t want to blur the lines between the front office and the field. Both pitchers had their ups and downs during the 2023 season, with Clarke Schmidt improving after a rough start while Michael King transitioned from reliever to starter and impressed in his limited opportunities. Trade rumors indicate that the Yankees might be hesitant to part with King, but it remains to be seen how things will unfold. Blake is wary of the impact that trade speculation could have on the players and is focused on helping them stay mentally prepared. Time will tell how this situation will resolve.