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Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

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Jordan Montgomery hopes to build on a surprisingly successful 2017 season, but will there be enough innings for him to do so?

The Yankees continue to look to add a starter to their rotation - already five strong - meaning Montgomery would seem to be the odd man out should all parties be healthy. His potential fate may not seem to be completely fair considering his performance in 2017.

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.

New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.

The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."

This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if." 

The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees reportedly have interest in free agent RHP Yu Darvish, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the Dodgers have interest in retaining Darvish -- who they obtained from the Rangers last summer.

The Cubs met with Darvish earlier this week, while the Rangers and Astros are also interested in signing him, according to reports. Darvish, 31, had a 3.86 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers and Dodgers.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: One has to wonder the extent of the Yankees' interest here. Is it merely to throw a wrench into others' plans, a way to suggest to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, who the Yanks have discussed trades with, that they are moving away from those discussions? Or is it legitimate in that they will submit a bid?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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(Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees' clear intention this offseason was to head into the 2018 season with six MLB starting pitchers. They have almost reached the goal.

The Yankees have all five of their starters that finished the 2017 season under contract after inking CC Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million contract on Saturday. Despite internal depth behind the current five arms, the Yankees remain active in the trade market for a front end starter...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have solidified an already stacked offense with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, so they'll likely turn their attention to bolstering the starting rotation next.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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(Koji Sasahara/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees entered the 2017 season with question marks up and down the rotation. Some of the issues came to fruition, however there were exciting developments and the group gelled down the stretch.

Let's review the performance of the Yankees' 2017 starters with innings pitched used to sort through the players...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Chase Headley discusses the difficulty of playing a Wild Card game.

The New York Yankees lost their regular-season finale 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Without Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius or Brett Gardner in the starting lineup, the Yankees scored just once on Matt Holliday's solo home run off Danny Barnes in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1.

In the top of the eighth inning, Domingo German (0-1) allowed the go-ahead run to score on Ryan Goins' RBI groundout. Rob Refsnyder reached on a strikeout via wild pitch, advanced to second on Ezequiel Carrera's walk and advanced to third on a sac bunt before scoring on Goins' groundout.

Tags: Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Matt Holliday, Toronto Blue Jays
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees took advantage of sloppy pitching on Tuesday night, drawing two bases-loaded walks and scoring on a wild pitch in a four-run fourth inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to secure home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
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(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees hit three home runs and Jordan Montgomery tossed six scoreless innings en route to a 9-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. >> Box score

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.

Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Chad Green has 15 strikeouts and has allowed just two hits in 7 1/3 innings over his last four outings, as he has turned into one of manager Joe Girardi's more reliable relievers.

"His control has been outstanding, and his fastball plays up out of the bullpen, and his slider has been good out of the bullpen," Girardi said, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff, after Green retired all seven batters he faced in Monday's 7-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.. "Similar to Dellin [Betances], it's been simplifying. He doesn't need to be a three- or four-pitch pitcher anymore. He's just been a two-pitch guy, and it's been successful for him."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge high fives second baseman Starlin Castro after beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge high fives second baseman Starlin Castro after beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Didi Gregorius also homered and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score


Castro recorded three hits for the second straight game, including a go-ahead two-run home run off Dylan Bundy in the top of the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead. He added an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning off Miguel Castro that made it 7-3.

The Yankees trailed 3-0 after Jordan Montgomery allowed home runs to Tim Beckham and Chris Davis, but tied the game in the fourth inning when Gregorius hit a two-run home run and Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single.

Aaron Judge reached base five times on an infield single and four walks, while Todd Frazier hit a double and walked twice.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at 2:05 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees Orioles
Brett Gardner, LF Tim Beckham, SS
Chase Headley, DH Manny Machado, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Adam Jones, CF
Aaron Judge, RF Trey Mancini, LF
Greg Bird, 1B Mark Trumo, DH
Todd Frazier, 3B Chris Davis, 1B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Wellington Castillo, C
Austin Romine, C Joey Rickard, RF
Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Baltimore Orioles
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May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) follows through on a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) follows through on a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have announced DH Matt Holliday will activated off the 10-day DL and be available to play this weekend.

Holliday has been out with a back injury since August 4. He has played in three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he went 2-for-10 with three runs scored. 

The 37-year-old owns a .229 batting average with 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 88 games this season. 

MORE ROSTER MOVES BELOW

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Matt Holliday
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced that they sent LHP Jordan Montgomery back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after spending Wednesday as the team's 26th man in a doubleheader against the Indians. 

In another move, the Yankees optioned reliever Caleb Smith back to Triple-A. 

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 (Kathy Willens)
(Kathy Willens)

The Yankees optioned LHP Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre on Saturday and activated LHP CC Sabathia from the 10-day disabled list.

Manager Joe Girardi said Montgomery was sent down to prevent him from pitching too many innings, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The young left-hander will have a shorter start when he takes the hill for Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.

Montgomery is 7-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 23 starts for the Yankees this season. 

 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery
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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

The New York Yankees (26-16) play Game 2 of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (18-26) on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Royals Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Aaron Hicks, LF
Lorenzo Cain, CF Matt Holliday, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Salvador Perez, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Jorge Bonifacio, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Whit Merrifield, 2B Austin Romine, C
Drew Butera, C Chris Carter, 1B
Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Kansas City Royals
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