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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa was stellar once again while Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez lead the Yankees to another Spring Training win in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. >> Box Score

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) The Yankees decided to experiment with an opener against the team that lived by them all last season. Chad Green did allow one run on two hits while striking out one before handing the ball over. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run triple during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run triple during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

So now we know Mike Trout, baseball's first $400 million man, almost certainly won't ever be bringing his talents to the Bronx, and in a sort-of-related matter, Aaron Judge is currently sporting a rather insane 1.061 slugging percentage in the Grapefruit League, hitting extra-base rockets all over Florida. 

How is it related? Well, with Trout agreeing to a 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Angels, it's only natural to ask: when do the Yankees lock up Judge?

I'd say the sooner the better, before he wins the AL MVP award in 2019 and his price begins to climb toward Trout territory.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw five solid innings and Luke Voit hit his fourth home run of the spring as the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Monday in a Grapefruit League game at Champion Stadium.

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tanaka struck out seven batters and allowed one run, two hits and two walks in five innings, lowering his spring training ERA to 3.00. The lone run he allowed came on a Nick Markakis solo homer.

2) Voit hit a solo homer in the second inning off Braves RHP Bryse Wilson that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and Ryan Lavarnway added a two-run single later in the inning that made it 3-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees head to Disney to take on the Braves at 6:05 p.m. on Monday.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka makes his penultimate Spring Training start before taking the hill on Opening Day. ... The Yanks are rolling out a strong top-four Monday with Brett GardnerAaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit, who continues his bid to win the first-base job.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Brett Gardner, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Toronto Blue Jays tried to get creative to slow down Aaron Judge on Saturday by using four outfielders in their defensive alignment. 

It turns out it does not really matter how many outfielders you use when the Yankees' slugger is at the plate. 

Judge responded by hitting a towering shot over the wall that left the premise of George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees displayed their power for the second straight day, bursting for 17 runs in a 17-7 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Aaron Judge is absolutely locked in at the plate. The Yankees' slugger crushed his sixth home run of the spring -- which leads the majors in Spring Training - and did it while the Blue Jays aligned their outfield with four outfielders. He finished 1-for-2. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees' bats exploded on Friday in a 14-1 win over the Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Aaron Judge seems ready for Opening Day. The Yankees slugger smashed his fifth home run of Spring Training, a three-run shot to right-center field, and finished the day 2-for-2 with a double. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees holds up the trophy after winning the 2017 Home Run Derby at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees holds up the trophy after winning the 2017 Home Run Derby at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will earn $684,300 this season.

The Home Run Derby champion, based on the new deal the MLB and MLB Players Association reached, will receive $1 million.

Yet Judge, the 2017 champion who didn't want to defend his crown in 2018, doesn't think the money means he'll compete in it again.

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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees had a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth, but instead their spring game against the Phillies ended in a 5-5 tie on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Giancarlo Stanton enjoyed another solid night at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer for an RBI and run scored. His slugging partner in Aaron Judge didn't though, as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Entering Spring Training last season, all eyes were peered on Giancarlo Stanton -- the reigning National League MVP -- to see if he could handle the pressure of wearing the pinstripes. The year was full of ups and downs, with Stanton most notably struggling to hit well at Yankee Stadium.

But, with a full Yankees season under his belt, this Spring Training vibe for Stanton is different. It's more calm. Tranquil. And it's because Stanton now realizes what it takes to play on the Big Apple.

"I have a better idea of how to play left field with half a year playing there under my belt," Stanton told The Post's Dan Martin. "Everything is much more comfortable after a season in New York. It helps me, for sure."

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Mar 12, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs around the bases on his two run home run during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Mar 12, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs around the bases on his two run home run during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees rallied to top the Orioles 8-7 at George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1. Aaron Judge continued his torrid spring with his fourth home run of Spring Training, ripping a two-run shot into right-center field in the first inning. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

In all likelihood, bigger paydays will one day occur for both Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez

But for now, they'll have to settle for the modest raises they each received from the Yankees heading into the 2019 season, which will be the final year before they both become eligible for arbitration and stand in line to earn much more. 

The Yankees bumped Judge's salary by $62,000, according to the Associated Press, meaning the 26-year-old will make $684,300 this year. Sanchez received a slightly smaller raise of $49,400. The backstop will take home $669,800 in 2019. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

One half of the Yankees' split squad (7-6) host the Pirates (7-8) on Sunday at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

Greg Bird gets the start at first base as the battle with Luke Voit continues. ... Troy Tulowitzki gets the start at shortstop. ... J.A. Happ is on the mound. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, Danny Abriano
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When both Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner recently predicted this year's Yankees would break the big-league mark for team home runs set by last year's Yanks, it got us thinking:

Where do these record homer-bashing clubs end up in October? Does owning that prestigious standard all but guarantee a parade that season?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees are in Tampa Friday night to host the Tigers at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka makes his second start of the spring. The Yankees' lineup consists of many regulars who figure to be in the Opening Day lineup, including Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel AndujarGleyber Torres and Brett Gardner. Stanton is still in search of his first RBI of Spring Training. 

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New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)

As Clint Frazier competes for a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, manager Aaron Boone said he believes the one thing Frazier needs is consistent playing time.

"He needs to play every day,'' Boone said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "That doesn't necessarily mean they don't come here. We expect him to impact our club this year."

Though Frazier, who is 3-for-18 with one RBI through eight Grapefruit League games this spring, said he is healthy from his concussion recovery, a spot on New York's 25-man roster in three weeks is not guaranteed.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games.

Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight Grapefruit League games as well.

Yet manager Aaron Boone isn't ready to declare a favorite in the Yankees' first base competition, for which there is likely only one spot on the 25-man roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are three weeks away from Opening Day in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster at Spring Training are in full swing. Everything hasn't been smooth sailing, though, as Luis Severino's rotator cuff inflammation has left a big question revolving around the Opening Day starter. 

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees couldn't match the Cardinals' offense Wednesday afternoon, falling on their home field, 9-5, in Tampa.

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The only offense produced until a last-minute attempt at a comeback in the ninth came from an Austin Romine three-run jack in the bottom of the second. That was the only time the Yankees collected a hit with runners in scoring position, finishing 1-for-10 on the day.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird
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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees play in Tampa for the second straight day Wednesday as they host the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Now that Luis Severino is "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day as he's shut down for two weeks with rotator cuff inflammationJonathan Loaisiga's Spring Training outings become more significant. Aaron Boone mentioned Loaisiga, who starts Wednesday, and Domingo German as options who could replace Severino in the Yankees' rotation to open the season. Aaron Judge will try to make it three consecutive games with a home run.

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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees got some good pitching and timely hitting Tuesday afternoon in a 5-1 win over the Braves in Tampa. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game

1. Aaron Judge is in midseason form. He followed up Sunday's two-homer performance by launching another homer, this one a three-run shot in the fifth inning to give the Yanks a three-run lead. Judge is hitting .462 this spring with three homers and six RBI.

Tags: Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Estevan Florial, Luis Severino
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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

After a day without a game Monday, the Yankees return to action Tuesday as they host the Braves in Tampa at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Luis Severino will make his Spring Training debut, his first start since signing a four-year, $40 million contract last month. The Yanks are also rolling out many of their regulars including Aaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Gary SanchezTroy Tulowitzki and Luke Voit will try to continue their hot springs as each have two home runs, as does Judge.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Aaron Judge has already cemented himself as the current face of the Yankees through his first two seasons in the majors and it has only raised the level of expectations for the slugger. 

So much so, that former Yankees slugger and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson sets the bar for Judge alongside some of the most legendary players in the game. 

"His competition, for me, is in the monuments...is the history of the Yankees," Jackson said on Sunday, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. "If you look at some of the things he has done, he compares to [Babe] Ruth and [Lou] Gehrig. He's put up crazy numbers."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The split-squad Yankees defeated the Tigers, 7-1, on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Brett Gardner was all about powering up, leading off the game with a homer and doing the same the next inning. As his competition with Clint Frazier heats up for the starting job in left field, Gardner's performance proved there's still pop in the 35-year-old's bat. It also was a nice way for Gardner to break the 0-for-3 start to spring training. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Despite missing 45 games after getting hit in the right wrist resulting in a fracture, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge made good on avoiding the sophomore slump last season. Judge's performance in his second full season proved his rookie campaign was no fluke.

Now, Judge, who turns 27 in late April, is primed for an MVP-caliber season. Here is why:

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone called center fielder Aaron Hicks "the most underrated player in the game" over the weekend.

Now he and the Yankees hope he can be one of the franchise's cornerstone players into the next decade.

"This is where I want to be," Hicks said on WFAN to Mike Francesa on Monday afternoon, hours after he signed a seven-year, $70 million contract extension that will keep him in pinstripes until at least 2025.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Eisenberg
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Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Troy Tulowitzki wasted no time in introducing himself as a Yankee with a second-pitch home run to lead off the game. LHP James Paxton tossed two scoreless innings and the Yankees pitchers combined to allow just one hit in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays. 

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Tulowitzki made one heck of a first impression. The 34-year-old shortstop lined a fastball from former teammate Marcus Stroman into right field just left of the foul pole to put the Yankees up 1-0. Tulowitzki, who was released by the Blue Jays this offseason after missing all of last year, was giddy running around around the bases, pumping his fist and shouting. 

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)

The Yankees (1-1) host their first home game this spring against the Blue Jays (0-2) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. 

Yankees Notes...

A few new faces will be making their debuts with the Bronx Bombers on Monday while many of the regulars will also play in their first game of the spring. LHP James Paxton will get the start while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will bat leadoff in their first games as Yankees. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will also make their Spring Training debuts while Greg Bird gets the nod at first base. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, debuted in 2008 and won a World Series in 2009. 

Though he and the Yankees haven't won a World Series since, he's optimistic in their chances in 2019.

"I think we're better this year than we were (in 2018)," Gardner told reporters on Thursday morning. "Obviously the season hasn't started. But at this point, I think we've got a better group of guys in place than we've had -- maybe than I've ever seen."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Eisenberg
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA - The Manny Machado news broke on Tuesday just as the Yankees were taking the field for their first full-squad workout of spring training, and it turns out they weren't lying in the weeds on the Johnny Hustle guy any more than they are going to make a last-minute bid to sign Bryce Harper

It also wasn't so much a surprise at this point as a statement of belief in the team they've built, as well as further proof of how times have changed for this storied franchise. 

Indeed, the Yankees may have won 100 games last season but they were no match for the Red Sox in the post-season, leaving them to watch helplessly as their famed rivals won still another World Series - their fourth since breaking the Curse of the Bambino in 2004.  

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Aaron Judge addressed the media and talked everything from health, expectations and batting leadoff in 2019.

Manny Machado is finally off the free-agent market, and with Bryce Harper not on the Yankees' radar, it appears their roster is set for the season barring any out-of-the-blue signings.

And Aaron Judge is perfectly fine with that. 

The Yankees made a few moves this offseason to add to their 100-win team of last year, but there was no big splash like the Giancarlo Stanton trade in 2018. GM Brian Cashman, instead, adding players like James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, and Troy Tulowitzki while re-signing Zack Britton and J.A. Happ as well...

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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton's stats in 2018 were all down from his MVP season in 2017.

But Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames is confident the four-time All-Star will rebound in his second season in pinstripes in 2019.

"I know he's been working on some things," Thames said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a day of transition for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday, with glimpses of both the past and future -- and questions about whether the Yankees can hold their new core together.

The marquee event was an afternoon news conference in which CC Sabathia announced his plans to retire at the end of the season. Sabathia was a key member of the Yankees' most recent championship team, and a link between the Derek Jeter/Andy Pettitte/Jorge Posada era and the Aaron Judge/Gary Sanchez/Luis Severino group...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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With Spring Training upon us, MLB Network released it's "Top 20 Players Right Now!" and a couple Yankees made the cut. 

Aaron Judge came in at No. 12 on the list, while fellow outfielder and baseball masher Giancarlo Stanton was placed at No. 19. 

Judge has only two full seasons in the bigs under his belt, but he has already made his mark as one of the game's best young stars. He didn't have the same year in 2018 as he did in his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2017, where he hammered 52 homers with 114 RBI and a .284 batting average. 

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After a 100-win regular season, the Yankees had World Series aspirations on their minds entering the postseason. However, they fell short in the ALDS to the Red Sox, their most-hated rival that hoisted the World Series trophy at the end of the year. 

This year, though, Vegas believes the roles will be reversed.

BetOnline gave the Yankees the best odds to win the World Series at 6/1, with the Red Sox behind them at 7/1. These two AL East powerhouses are stacked up virtually even as the season begins, but BetOnline could have the Yankees' bullpen being a deciding factor once the postseason rolls around...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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As the Yankees descend on George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for spring training, who will be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north? There are some intriguing battles and here's how we see things shaking out.

Starting Rotation (5)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball Prospectus' 2019 PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections are out. For the Yankees, they see a big year on the horizon.. 

PECOTA is a system that "takes a player's past performance and tries to project the most likely outcome for the following season. It looks at all of the numbers, and all the numbers that make up the numbers, to see which players are more likely to repeat their success and which ones benefited from good fortune."

When it comes to how Luis Severino will rebound from the putrid second half he had in 2018 and James Paxton potentially becoming an ace during his first season in pinstripes, PECOTA -- a projection system that is notoriously conservative -- sees things shaking out like this...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

Aaron Judge may be willing to move out of right field in order to make room for Bryce Harper, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone does not think he will have to worry about that. 

"Well, I don't think that scenario is a realistic one for us at this point," Boone said on Tuesday at the Thurman Munson Dinner at the Grand Hyatt, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.   

Harper, 26, remains unsigned just one week before pitchers and catchers report around the league. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts to a fan in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts to a fan in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge wants free agent Bryce Harper to "make the right choice" in selecting a team. But he's willing to make that choice easier by voluntarily opting to change positions for the outfielder. 

With one week to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Harper is still shopping the market for the right team. The Yankees are not totally out of the running for the MVP, but they're not showing signs of landing him either.

So Judge, the implied spokesperson of the Yankees, took matters in his own hands during an interview with TMZ...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

After a season where he was one of the most valuable outfielders in baseball, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has been recognized among the elite.

Nimmo checked in at No. 6 on MLB Network's top right fielders in baseball rankings, behind only Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Mitch Haniger, and Bryce Harper.

The 25-year-old Nimmo had a breakout campaign in 2018, hitting .263/.404/.483 with 17 homers, 28 doubles, and eight triples in 140 games while getting time in right field (62 games), center (44), and left (32).

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the second-straight year, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has been ranked as MLB Network's top right fielder in baseball. And this time, he topped the reigning MVP.

Judge took the honors over Mookie Betts of the Red Sox even though Betts tore up the sport in 2018, hitting .346/.438/.640 with 32 homers, 47 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 136 games, while continuing to be one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.

Like Betts, Judge was limited by injury in 2018. He played in just 112 games due to a broken wrist, hitting .278/.392/.528 with 27 homers and 22 doubles, and six steals.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesManny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.

If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.

Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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All along, attached speculation to the Yankees potential signing of Manny Machado has come with Miguel Andujar enduring the largest impact of the move - a trade out of New York.

However, there is a distinct chance that the Yankees hold onto Andujar - at least in the short term - should they sign Machado and consequently unavoidable fallout to the rest of the roster. The Yankees will not trade Andujar for just anyone. The starting pitchers worth Andujar's talent might not necessarily be available in trade and certain clubs may not be willing to deal with New York.

Keeping Andujar presents some issues (not all necessarily bad) for the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2019 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an indi-vidual basis. The list is taken alphabetically.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar
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SNY Holiday GIF Guide 00:00:43
With the holiday season upon us, SNY would like to give a GIF for a few of the NY sports teams during the season of giving.

As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Yankees are looking to see if their Christmas list will be fulfilled as the MLB offseason is in full swing. But we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these whether the Yanks make a signing, miss out on your favorite free agent, or save for the season.

Check them out below!

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees would be better with Manny Machado on the roster and it's a move that the team should make. However, the extent to which Machado improves the club is unknown and the notion that the offseason will be a failure if the Yanks cannot sign the 26-year-old is not entirely true.

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray
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"Laying in the weeds" just doesn't cut it when describing the Yankees and any pursuit of the offseason's top free agent prizes.

Instead, this Yankees team -- the Evil Empire -- is positioned in a galaxy far, far away, potentially readying the Death Star to blast into hyper-speed where it concerns the top free agents this winter.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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James Paxton is a terrific addition to the Yankees rotation and whatever relief pieces GM Brian Cashman lures to the Bronx likely will be key bullpen figures in 2019, too. Cashman also wants another starting pitcher. 
 
Whoever those hurlers are, though, they won't make the kind of splash that signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would. Heck, or both. This is the Yankees we're talking about, after all. 
 
Nor will the new pitchers impact the Yankee payroll in quite the same way as the 26-year-old mega-stars, who are projected by some this winter to stomp Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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To the astonishment of just about everybody in Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani proved he was worthy of all the "Japanese Babe Ruth" hype, so it's hard to argue that he is not a deserving winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award, as announced on Monday night.

But that shouldn't diminish Miguel Andujar's accomplishments in 2018. If anything, the historic nature of Ohtani's hitter/pitcher feats should only enhance appreciation for Andujar's rookie season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Bryce Harper is worth big money 00:02:52
Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras believes that whichever franchise inks the prized free agent will see a major boost in revenue and success.

Scott Boras sure knows how to sell his top free agent in OF Bryce Harper

Boras, MLB's top agent, took some time at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA to speak to reporters about a variety of subjects from the state of the MLB to his very intriguing 25-year-old All-Star. 

Harper is in the prime of his career, and is expected to see a megadeal with a new team before the season begins. Boras explained why Harper's situation is so rare due to his status as a "generational player."

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