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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays could try to deal for New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner if they don't re-sign Jose Bautista, according to Hardball Talk's Ashley Varela.

Bautista and the Blue Jays are far off in contract negotiations, according to the Toronto Star's Richard Griffin. Bautista, 36, rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer and is seeking a four-year deal worth $100 million, according to Griffin.

If the Blue Jays cannot reach a deal with Bautista, who has been with the Blue Jays since 2008 and hit at least 35 home runs in four of the past seven seasons, then Toronto might look to check in on Gardner, for whom Yankees GM Brian Cashman has fielded inquiries.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Blue Jays have serious interest in Gardner, Varela notes, but they would be the second division rival that has reportedly been linked to Gardner. The Baltimore Orioles were linked to him in December.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays
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 (Michael Dwyer/AP)
(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Who should the Yankees pursue? 00:05:02
Baseball Night in New York discusses what the Yankees offseason plan should be and which free agents they should target.

The New York Yankees are continuing to target bigger names in free agency, including Dexter Fowler and Matt Holliday.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to use Brian McCann as the club's full-time designated hitter if it came to it. But a deal came along that the Yankees and McCann did not want to pass up, leaving a fairly large void to fill. Fortunately for Cashman, he can sort through a multitude of options that sit on the open market.

Carlos Beltran

A reunion with the 40-year-old switch-hitter is certainly an option. Beltran was traded to the Texas Rangers for prospects including Dillon Tate, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, before last season's trade deadline.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

With the Yankees trading Brian McCann to the Astros, general manager Brian Cashman said the team could be in the market to add new pieces to their lineup. 

Cashman said the Yankees have already talked with the agents of free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista. Earlier in the offseason, Cashman noted the Yankees' primary targets would be pitchers, but he now believes the team can make a move for a hitter. 

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran
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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a fifth-inning, three-run, home run in a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a fifth-inning, three-run, home run in a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will likely reconvene with the representatives for free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after the team shed payroll by trading catcher Brian McCann on Thursday.

Cashman reached out to Cespedes' agents, as well as Jose Bautista's at the GM Meetings, though he downplayed it by saying he was doing his due diligence.

Tags: Brian McCann, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: McCann trade 00:01:10
Yankees GM Brian Cashman discusses his thought process on the trade of catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for two prospects.

The Yankees have traded C Brian McCann and cash considerations to the Houston Astros for RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzmanthe team announced Thursday evening

The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of McCann's $17 million salary each of the next two years, while the Astros will cover the other $11.5 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Tags: Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with Boomer and Carton on WFAN 660 AM on Thursday morning. Here's what we learned...

On free agent LHP Aroldis Chapman:

"It would be nice to have him back in the pen," Cashman said, adding that the team has not lost faith in Dellin Betances. According to Cashman, if the Yankees don't bring in a high-end reliever, Betances will be the closer in 2017.

Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances
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BNNY: McCann, Yanks/Mets trade 00:04:19
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses if its possible for the Mets and Yankees to agree to a deal involving Brian McCann.

 

Should the Yankees trade C Brian McCann to the Mets?  

By Matthew Cerrone | Nov 11 | 10:09AM

Newsday's David Lennon wants the Yankees to trade C Brian McCann and cash to the Mets for either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, and Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.  

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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)

If the Yankees are to trade catcher Brian McCann, they would like to get a high-level prospect back in the deal, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post

The Yankees were able to acquire top prospects Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres at this year's non-waiver trade deadline, and sources told Kernan the Yankes would like a prospect in the category of those two for McCann. 

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Newsday's David Lennon wants the Yankees to trade C Brian McCann and cash to the Mets for either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, and Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.

"It's not very often that these crosstown rivals are such a good match that they can ignore whatever hang-ups have kept them from doing business with each other more frequently," Lennon concludes. "But, in this case, it makes too much sense not to happen."

Tags: Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Newsday's David Lennon wants the Yankees to trade C Brian McCann and cash to the Mets for either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, and Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.

"It's not very often that these crosstown rivals are such a good match that they can ignore whatever hang-ups have kept them from doing business with each other more frequently," Lennon concludes. "But, in this case, it makes too much sense not to happen."

Tags: Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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The Astros could be a fit as a trade partner for Yankees C Brian McCannwrites Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

An executive told Cashman that McCann still has enough positive qualities that the Yankees should be able to get back something of value if they trade him -- especially if they eat some of the money left on his contract.

The 32-year-old McCann, who has a full no-trade clause, is owed $34 million through 2018, which would become $45 million through 2019 if his option vests.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chris Carelli
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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird soared once called up to the big leagues in 2015, seemingly easing the then impending loss of veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira considering his contract would expire in 2016. Instead, Bird missed the entire 2016 season after surgery on his right shoulder, calling into question his potential imprint on the Yankees 2017 roster.I felt that Bird was going to be an important piece to the 2016 season. Despite Teixeira's and Alex Rodriguez's comeback seasons in 2015, each had questions marks coming into 2016. Teixeira's season-ending injury in 2015 was just another in a growing line of maladies, and believing a 40-year-old Rodriguez could duplicate his 2015 season was risky.Bird, a top prospect for the club (he was ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline among Yankees' prospects prior to the call-up), made fans forget about Teixeira quickly. The left-handed hitter roped nine doubles, smacked 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in route to a .871 OPS (135 OPS+). Bird also played sound defense at first base, while blending in well with his teammates. The Yankees were in the middle stages of a transition to younger players, making Bird's success something to be excited about with some of his former teammates making noise in the minor leagues.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?False sense of security in Teixeira and RodriguezThe Yankees scored the second-most runs in the American League in 2015, led by surprise production from first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The players combined for 64 home runs and 165 RBIs that season completely surpassing expectations. However, the Yankees made a poor assumption that they would receive similar performances from an injury-plagued Teixeira and an aging Rodriguez.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

For years, the New York Yankees preached wanting to change how they operate the franchise, and this season they followed through at each administrative level of the organization.The Yankees did something they had not done since the early 90's -- trade veterans as part of a sell-off before the non-waiver trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman convinced ownership that this was the time to fill the farm system with as many top prospects as they could obtain for three talented players, two of whom are set to become free agents at the end of this season.The Yankees also managed to push Alex Rodriguez out the door one season before his contract was set to expire, and took at-bats away from veterans like Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. The club turned to three prospects to prop up a stagnant offense and it nearly worked well enough to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Mark Teixeira, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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Mark Teixeira reflects on career 00:03:03
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira sits down with SNY's Sweeny Murti to look back on his 14-year career.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to complete the Yankees' comeback from 3-0 down as they beat the Red Sox, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox had clinched the AL East title earlier in the evening due to Toronto's loss.

  • The Yankees loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel and drew within 3-1 on Brian McCann's bases loaded walk. 
  • Teixeira's grand slam to right center field with two outs gave the Yankees the win.
  • In a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Mookie Betts' two-run double gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
  • A passed ball by Gary Sanchez later in the eighth inning increased Boston's advantage to 3-0.
  • The Yankees managed just one hit in six innings against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
  • Bryan Mitchell tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking five, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren was charged with two runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

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Tags: Adam Warren, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees opened an early 7-0 lead and beat the Rays, 11-5, on Wednesday night in Tampa.

  • RBI singles from Gary Sanchez, Brian McCann, and Ronald Torreyes in the first inning gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead
  • In the second inning, Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius added a sacrifice fly to extend New York's lead to 7-0.
  • The Rays hit four home runs in the third inning off Masahiro Tanaka -- including back-to-back-to-back shots -- to cut the lead to 7-4.
  • Sanchez hit a solo homer (his 19th of the season) in the sixth inning to make it 8-4, Yankees.
  • Brad Miller's solo homer in the eighth inning cut Tampa's deficit to 8-5.
  • An RBI single from Mason Williams and two-run homer from Donovan Solano in the ninth inning upped New York's lead to 11-5

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As the Yankees try to desperately inch their way back into the playoff race (again), Sanchez continues to elevate his game to meteoric heights.

Tags: Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks walk off 00:01:32
Sweeny Murti catches up with Joe Girardi, Tyler Austin, and Brian McCann after Thursday's walk-off win at Yankee stadium.

Tyler Austin homered off reliever Tommy Layne in the ninth and the Yankees overcame a poor start by CC Sabathia to defeat the Rays, 5-4, on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. . >>Read more at SNY.tv. . .. 


  • Brian McCann hit two homers for the Yankees, who have won five in a row.
  • Sabathia only went four innings, giving up three homers among seven hits, including two to Kevin Kiermaier.
  • The Yankees used three singles and a throwing error to score two in the first.
  • Both of McCann's homers came off Tampa starter Alex Cobb.
  • The second one, in the fifth, made it 4-3 Yankees. Tampa's Alex Souza tied it in the seventh with a solo homer off Jonathan Holder in the sixth.

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This game seemed on the path to a slugfest, but it settled down some once the bullpens came into play. That is until the final at-bat by Austin. Another game, another rookie answers the call for the Yankees.

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GEICO Sportsnite: Yankees sweep 00:01:38
SNY's Sweeny Murti gets the reaction from the Yankees locker room after the team completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at the Stadium.

Bryan Mitchell tossed five shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 2-0, on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

  • Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Later in the third inning, Brian McCann's RBI single made it 2-0, Yankees.
  • Mitchell was strong in his first start of the season, limiting Toronto to four hits while walking two and striking out two during his five scoreless innings.
  • Luis Severino tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Mitchell.
  • Tyler Clippard struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

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The Yankees answered the call in a big way and it was done by a pitcher in his first MLB appearance of the season and another who has rediscovered his confidence as a reliever.

Tags: Brian McCann, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks hold on 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays and gets the players' reactions from the clubhouse.

The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
  • Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
  • Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
  • Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
  • Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
  • The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
  • Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
  • Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

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In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more

  • Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
  • The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
  • With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
  • Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
  • Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
  • Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
  • Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
  • The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
  • Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.

Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia hopes his strong outing in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field can turn his season around.

Sabathia (8-10) threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters, as he won for the second time in his last three starts. He had been 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA over his previous 11 starts since starting the year 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA. 

"We know what a competitor CC is; it's frustrating for him," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "There's been a lot of games, I've said, where he's pitched a lot better than the line."

Tags: Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Seattle Mariners
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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann (34) runs after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann (34) runs after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo)

The emergence of Gary Sanchez as the New York Yankees' primary catcher has placed additional pressure on the front office to determine the future of veteran backstop Brian McCann.



McCann, who has two years and $34 million left on his five-year, $85 million contract, has performed admirably as the Yankees' primary catcher since 2014. However, as the Yankees shift gears toward their younger players -- and potentially future stars -- McCann's grasp on the main catching load has been relinquished. The question now becomes whether McCann's value comes as a Yankee or as a trade asset.



Should the Yankees decide to maintain McCann's services for next season or beyond and assuming Sanchez carries his weight; McCann will be relegated to backup catcher duties and likely continue to be the primary designated hitter on days he is not giving rest to Sanchez behind the plate.



McCann, 32, has not hit for average since becoming a Yankee, but has maintained much of his power stroke, as he is on pace to surpass 20 home runs for the ninth consecutive season and 10th in the last 11 seasons. Such production can potentially increase with a lighter workload behind the plate. That is especially helpful for a catcher heading out of his prime seasons.



McCann's presence on the roster could certainly be valued as one of the few remaining veterans from what was a healthy purge of older players. McCann was not only considered one of the best hitting catchers in the game, he was also widely respected as one of the premier pitch framers in baseball. McCann's skills have not deteriorated as a hitter or catcher, but rather have diminished, so he can still provide adequate to above-average production when in the lineup and behind the dish.



It has been widely reported that McCann could be traded. McCann cleared waivers, so he can be traded to any of the other 29 teams. The Atlanta Braves have shown interest in bringing back McCann as they are set to open a new stadium in 2017. McCann, a former fan-favorite of his initial MLB club, could aid with ticket sales for a team in a full-blown rebuild process. McCann's leadership abilities could be beneficial to a young Braves team.

Two questions arise when it comes to trading McCann: First, what is he worth in terms of prospects? Secondly, how much of his contract will the Yankees need to take on in order for a deal to be consummated?



The Yankees were able to get sizable packages for relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and outfield rental Carlos Beltran. However, McCann has not performed to the level of any of those players. On the other side, if the Yankees are taking on a sizable sum of McCann's contract, they should be able to procure top-100 talent for him. I suspect the Yankees would have to take on about 40-50 percent of McCann's contract for any team to have a true interest in his services and thus acquire a valuable prospect. That would be especially true if the Braves, a cost-cutting machine the last two seasons, decide they want to reunite with their former backstop.



From my point of view, the Yankees should not act quickly here. There is little to suggest - if anything at all - that the Yanks will get more or less in a deal if they wait until the offseason to pull the trigger on a trade. Further, I am of the volition that keeping McCann into at least the first half of 2017 makes sense.





To begin with, I am not certain the Yankees will get the package they feel is fair for McCann considering the contract costs they will have to continue covering for the next two seasons. Next, despite Sanchez's magnificently hot start, he has all of 72 MLB plate appearances under his belt. Sanchez is sure to suffer through an offensive slump either this season or at some point early in the next.

Tags: Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees' top catcher.

The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees' 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners' meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' success 00:01:43
Sweeny Murti covers the Yankees' recent success, highlighted by Chad Green's gem against the Blue Jays and Aaron Judge's hot start.

New York Yankees RHP Chad Green struck out 11 batters in six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more

  • Green (2-2) gave up two hits and did not walk a batter to earn his second career win. He retired the first 13 batters he faced and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth inning by striking out Justin Smoak and Melvin Upton Jr. with runners on second and third.
  • Tyler ClippardAdam Warren and Dellin Betances each threw one scoreless inning of relief. Betances got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play with runners on the corners.
  • Rookie outfielder Aaron Judge drove in Brian McCann with an RBI double in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Judge became the first Yankee with an extra-base hit and an RBI in each of his first three games since 1920, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
  • New York struggled with runners in scoring position, going 2 for 18 and stranding 14 runners in total. The Yankees stranded two runners on in the first, second and fourth innings, and left the bases loaded in the sixth and eighth innings.

What's next

Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.07 ERA) will face Marco Estrada (7-5, 2.95 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Clippard

 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Luis Severino was hit hard as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.


  • With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the fifth inning, Dustin Pedroia's RBI double and David Ortiz' run-scoring single extended their lead to 5-2. Andrew Benintendi's RBI double earlier in the frame had given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
  • The Yankees drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 5-3 but Mark Teixeira struck out to end the game.
  • Dustin Pedroia's two-run double in the third inning tied things, 2-2.
  • Chase Headley's RBI double in the second inning and Brian McCann's run-scoring single in the third had given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Severino allowed five runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings.

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Luis Severino was not nearly as good as he had been coming out of the bullpen since his call-up, and couldn't make an early 2-0 lead hold up. The Yankees are going to have to deal with the growing pains through the rest of the season where it concerns Severino.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi and several of his players react to Alex Rodriguez's retirement announcement.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez announced he will play his final game in pinstripes on Friday. Rodriguez, 41, has spent 12 of his 22 seasons with the Yankees, and will become a special adviser after he is unconditionally released after Friday's game.

Rodriguez has hit 696 home runs, the fourth-most in MLB history, 3,114 hits and 2,084 RBIs in 2,781 career games. A three-time MVP, Rodriguez has earned nearly $400 million in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.

Several teammates expressed their gratitude toward Rodriguez.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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Brian McCann, a seven-time All-Star, has two years left on his Yankees contract. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brian McCann, a seven-time All-Star, has two years left on his Yankees contract. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded, according to reporter Jon Heyman.

Heyman reported Atlanta showed interest in re-acquiring him before the deadline, but said the Braves and Yankees are not close to a deal. Heyman said the Braves are interested in having McCann, 32, as a veteran leader in a young clubhouse.

McCann has two years left on a five-year, $85 million contract, which likely prevented him from being claimed. He is hitting .233 with 15 homers with 44 RBIs. He also has a no-trade clause.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) celebrates in dugout with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) celebrates in dugout with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

Starlin Castro hit the first grand slam of his career and the Yankees' bats came alive as they beat the Indians, 13-7, on Friday night. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Starter Michael Pineda pitched six innings and allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out six Indians. 
  • Brian McCann got the scoring started with an RBI ground out in the first inning. He followed up that with a run-scoring double in the third. 
  • The Yankees capped off a big third inning with Castro's grand slam off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin, who was charged with seven runs. 
  • Gary Sanchez drove in his first major league RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He added another RBI with a bases-loaded walk an inning later. 
  • Aaron Hicks added a solo homer in the seventh inning, his fourth home run of the year. Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single in the inning. 
  • Ellsbury finished the night 4-for-5, while Castro had two hits and three runs scored. 
  • Cleveland scored three in the eighth inning, but Adam Warren struck out Chris Gimenez with the tying run on deck. 
  • Reliever Nick Goody worked in and out of trouble in the ninth to close out the game. 

What's next...

The Yankees and Indians will play the second game of their series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. from Yankee Stadium. LHP CC Sabathia (6-8, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will be opposed by RHP Corey Kluber (10-8, 3.27 ERA). 

Tags: Brian McCann, Cleveland Indians, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) watches his sacrifice fly against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) watches his sacrifice fly against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have talked to the Braves and possibly the Rangers about their interest in catcher Brian McCann, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman. 


1:51 p.m.: The Braves have had interest in brining back McCann, but the catcher's contract and full no-trade clause could provide some issues, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post


12:33 p.m.: Heyman reports that it is unclear whether or not interest is high in the 32-year-old catcher, but the Yankees would be willing to deal McCann with Austin Romine and prospect Gary Sanchez waiting behind the veteran. 

McCann has hit .235 with a .334 OBP and .430 SLG to go along with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs in 82 games for the Yankees this season. 

McCann has two years left on his current contract and has a vesting option for 2019. 

Tags: Brian McCann

 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Before the All-Star break, the New York Yankees had been on a path toward a hard sell-off despite ownership's contention a few weeks back that they would not quit on the season. Monday, the Yankees traded free agent to be Aroldis Chapman because the deal presented them was too hard to ignore.

However, at four games over .500 and four games back of the second wild card slot, previously all but certain trade candidate Carlos Beltran might stay put in the Bronx. What are the ramifications of holding the 39-year-old, who will also be a free agent at season's end?

Primarily, the Yankees would miss the opportunity to retrieve prospects for Beltran. It remains unknown exactly what level prospects Beltran could bring back to the Yankees, but when an organization's mindset is to sell assets because it feels they are out of the playoff picture, deals have to be made. The Yankees are currently straddling that fence.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Christopher Carelli
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Alex Rodriguez talks about his home run against the Orioles and Carlos Beltran sidesteps trade talk.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since June 18, Ivan Nova pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more

  • Rodriguez went 1 for 3 with a solo home run off Kevin Gausman in the second inning that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • After Jonathan Schoop tied the game in the top of the third inning, Brian McCann drove in Brett Gardner with a sac fly to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
  • Nova (7-5) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first inning by getting Pedro Alvarez to foul out to third base. He gave up four hits and three walks in six innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced and throwing 56 of 97 pitches for strikes.
  • Dellin BetancesAndrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the second straight game.
  • Gausman (1-7) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

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This series is the most important one of the season to date. If the Yankees manage a sweep, they pull within 4 1/2 games of the Orioles and the narrative of selling before the non-waiver trade deadline could surely get swept under the rug by ownership that has little inclination to quit.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Baltimore Orioles
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) can't catch a double hit by Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) can't catch a double hit by Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees fell to the Indians 10-2 on Friday night.


  • The Indians hit five home runs -- including a 462-foot blast from Mike Napoli. Jason Kipnis homered twice while Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall also hit home runs.
  • Corey Kluber allowed one run - Brian McCann's solo homer - in eight innings.
  • Rookie Chad Green allowed all four homers and was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
  • McCann homered in the sixth and had both RBIs for the Yankees, who are 3-5 on a 10-game trip going into the All-Star break.
  • Carlos Beltran, still nursing a sore hamstring, was 1 for 4 as the designated hitter while Alex Rodriguez didn't play for the third straight game.

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Once again the Yankees respond to an exhilarating win one day with a resounding thud the next. Green was pummeled, quite unlike his last outing in which he held the Padres to one run across six innings. As the Indians pounded Yankees' pitching, Kluber quieted their bats.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts rounding the bases after his walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-7 at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts rounding the bases after his walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-7 at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Down four runs in the ninth inning, catcher Brian McCann hit a game-tying three-run home run and shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a walk-off two-run homer to lead the New York Yankees to a six-run rally en route to a 9-7 walk-off win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

"A win we really had to fight for," manager Joe Girardi said, according to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews. "They should be excited in there."

The Yankees had lost three straight and trailed by five runs in the eighth inning, but McCann started the comeback by hitting the first of two home runs in the eighth inning, a solo shot that made it 7-3.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Texas Rangers
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees erased a 4-run deficit in the ninth inning as they beat the Rangers, 9-7, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.


  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run walkoff homer in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 9-7 win.
  • Trailing 7-4 with one out in the ninth, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to tie things, 7-7.
  • With the game tied, 1-1, in the third inning, Nomar Mazara's three-run double gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Prince Fielder's RBI single later in the frame extended Texas' lead to 5-1
  • Rougned Odor's solo homer in the sixth inning upped the Rangers' advantage to 6-1.
  • Chase Headley's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning drew the Yankees within 6-2, but Adrian Beltre's solo homer in the eighth inning restored the Rangers' five-run lead. 
  • Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the top of the second inning gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and Chae Headley tied things with a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out seven in six innings.

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Just when I thought the Yankees were set to convince general manager Brian Cashman that it was time to take some of the sell-off talk seriously, they showed some fight.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman attempts to dry his hand with the rosin bag while discussing a rain delay with home plate umpire John Tumpane and third base umpire Alan Porter during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman attempts to dry his hand with the rosin bag while discussing a rain delay with home plate umpire John Tumpane and third base umpire Alan Porter during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees allowed four runs in the ninth inning after a 3 hour, 35 minute rain delay in a 9-6 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday/Tuesday. >> Read more


  • The Yankees led 6-5 in the ninth inning when umpires stopped the game to have the groundscrew bring the tarp onto the field. Aroldis Chapman walked the only batter he faced before rain stopped the game.
  • Kirby Yates hit three batters and allowed two-run singles to Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus to blow the save.
  • The game, which was delayed 24 minutes at the start of the night due to the threat of rain, did not end until 2:44 a.m. ET.
  • Mark Teixeira went 3 for 5 with a home run while Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius combined to go 6 for 9 with one RBI and two runs scored.
  • Teixeira homered for the second straight day, hitting a solo shot off Luke Jackson in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
  • Brian McCann and Gregorius hit RBI singles in the fifth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead.
  • Ivan Nova (6-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.
  • Andrew Miller allowed a solo home run to Rougned Odor in the eighth inning that made it 6-5.
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings.

What's next

CC Sabathia (5-4, 2.71 ERA) faces Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.79 ERA) in the second game of a four-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius, Texas Rangers

New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi said he felt frustrated after allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings in the Yankees' 13-10 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field.

Since winning five starts in a row in May, Eovaldi is winless in his last three starts in June, going 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and allowing 16 runs and 26 hits in 14 2/3 innings. He has yet to pitch six full innings since May 29.

"We have to get him straightened out," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "We're working at it and we'll get it figured out."

Tags: Brian McCann, Colorado Rockies, Nathan Eovaldi
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Carlos Beltran (left) congratulates Brian McCann for hitting a home run in the fifth inning. The Athletics won, 6-2. (AP)
Carlos Beltran (left) congratulates Brian McCann for hitting a home run in the fifth inning. The Athletics won, 6-2. (AP)

Major League Ball has released their third update for the American League All-Star team, and still Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann are the only Yankees receiving a significant number of votes.

Beltran is currently ninth amongst all outfielders with 463,504 votes. This puts Beltran 683,381 votes behind Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals for the third and final outfielder roster spot that fans get to select.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran
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New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) reacts after hitting a home run during the sixth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)
New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) reacts after hitting a home run during the sixth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)

The second update for MLB All-Star Game voting has begun, and so far only two Yankees are receiving a significant number of votes.

The leading Yankee vote getter is catcher Brian McCann with 376,605 votes. McCann is third amongst catchers, behind Salvador Perez and Matt Wieters. McCann is hitting .222 with 22 RBIs and 8 HRs, but is the fourth best catcher in terms of runs saved according to StatCorner.

Coming in second for the Yankees is Carlos Beltran, who ranks eleventh amongst outfielders, with 298,041 votes. The best stretch of Beltran's season has come from May to June, where he has had 34 hits in 119 at-bats for a .286 batting average and 11.9 at-bats per home run. For most of this time, Beltran has been used as a designated hitter rather than an outfielder while everyday DH Alex Rodriguez nursed a hamstring injury.

Pitchers and closers are not voted on, so this poll discludes Yankees such as Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Masahiro Tanaka.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and second baseman Starlin Castro (14) celebrate after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and second baseman Starlin Castro (14) celebrate after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)

The New York Yankees find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, potentially acting as sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. Many feel that anyone and everyone should be placed on the trading block, meaning no one would be "untouchable" on the current Yankees active roster.

The Yankees could certainly choose to trade off pieces in July in an effort to broaden the depth of their minor league system. However, there are a handful of players that should not be actively shopped, in my opinion. That does not mean the players are untouchable - each player can be had for the right price - but these players are not easily replaceable.

 

Tags: Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran rounds the bases during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran rounds the bases during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV.

  • Beltran hit a three-run home run off Jose Alvarez after consecutive two-out singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro knocked Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker out of the game.
  • Brian McCann and Starlin Castro hit back-to-back home runs off Shoemaker with two outs in the seventh inning to tie the game at 2.
  • Before McCann and Castro hit back-to-back home runs, Shoemaker had retired 15 of 16 Yankees. He had thrown just 59 pitches through the first six innings, but needed 21 pitches to get through the seventh inning.
  • Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings, recording a no-decision but continuing a stretch of four straight starts allowing two or fewer runs. He threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
  • Albert Pujols went 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the first inning. 
  • Kole Calhoun gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a sac fly.
  • Andrew Miller (3-0) struck out the side in the eighth inning, while Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for the save.
  • Shoemaker was charged with four runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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The Yankees continue to baffle their fans. One minute they look dead in the water, and the next they seem resuscitated. This happens in stretches of games and within games themselves. That is the problem with this Yankees club. There is no circumstance when it seems that the team is in complete control. Maybe that will change after tonight's come from behind win.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman blew his first save of the season in the eighth inning of Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, Chapman gave up a two-run single to Matt Wieters, and his failure to back up home plate after Jacoby Ellsbury's throw from center field bounced past Brian McCann allowed Francisco Pena to score from first and give Baltimore a two-run lead.

"I felt there was no chance of getting the guy out," Chapman told reporters about not backing up the plate.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Baltimore Orioles
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New York Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran reacts after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran reacts after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

After getting one-hit (yet coming away with a win) on Sunday, the New York Yankees' offense was shut down for eight innings against Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in a 4-2 loss Monday at Rogers Centre.

Estrada (3-2) limted the Yankees to just three hits over eight scoreless innings.

"Estrada has been tough on us and it's not like he did a whole lot different this time," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "He uses his changeup really effectively and uses his fastball and mixes in a cutter and curveball. He was pretty similar to what he was the other night. We've got to start swinging the bat a little bit better."

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches play against the Toronto Blue Jays wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations by both teams at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches play against the Toronto Blue Jays wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations by both teams at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees had the game-tying run at-bat in the ninth inning after getting shut down through the first eight, but their comeback fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more at SNY.tv


  • Chase Headley, the potential game-tying run, struck out against Drew Storen with Mark Teixeira on second base to end the game.
  • Toronto starter Marco Estrada shut down the Yankees for eight innings, limiting them to three hits and three walks. Estrada (3-2) held the Yankees' 4 through 8 hitters to 0-for-13 hitting through the first eight innings.
  • Brian McCann hit a two-run home run off Aaron Loup in the ninth inning that made it 4-2.
  • Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (3-3) lost his second straight start after he allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, throwing 63 of 101 pitches for strikes.
  • Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 4 and drove in two runs, hitting an RBI double in the first inning and a run-scoring groundout in the third inning. 
  • Ryan Goins hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

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

The Yankees' anemic offense could not be rescued by a singular hit, or a better pitching performance by their starting pitcher as they mustered Sunday afternoon. The big hit (McCann's home run) from the Yankees came in the ninth inning and was simply too little, too late.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Recent update

First baseman Mark Teixeira will be out of the Yankees' lineup until at least Monday, Joe Girardi told reporters before Saturday's game

Previous updates

Teixeira received a cortisone shot for the neck spasms he's dealing with and is expected to be out for three days.

Teixeira was out of the lineup on Wednesday due to the neck spasms. He had been set to play but told the team his neck had locked up.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Dustin Ackley, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed a lot of confidence in LHP CC Sabathia after Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sabathia (3-3) pitched seven innings of two-hit, two-run ball, throwing 83 pitches. Both runs charged to him were unearned after a Didi Gregorius error in the third inning led to a two-run Edwin Encarnacion single in the third inning on Thursday.

After Encarnacion's single, Sabathia retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Toronto Blue Jays
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