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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.

"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."

The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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The 2016 MLB postseason thrust relief pitching to the forefront of the game.

Teams with dominant relievers who could be used during high-leverage situations regardless of the inning and for more than three outs succeeded. The contention that such usage of bullpen arms would not survive the rigors of the regular season is fair, but how close can teams get to the style?

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Streicher)

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Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.

Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).

Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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 (Patrick Gorski)
(Patrick Gorski)

The New York Yankees received a Cy Young worthy effort from Masahiro Tanaka and a triumphant comeback from CC Sabathia in 2016, but after that the starting rotation was wildly inconsistent. The results will most certainly push the Yankees into investigating the starting pitching market via free agency and through trades, but will they make any significant moves?

The Yankees have options in the organization to round out the rotation -- Michael Pineda, Luis SeverinoLuis CessaBryan Mitchell and Chad Green -- plus a handful of minor leaguers looking to become part of the conversation. The issue here is that there are significant questions about each of those options and to be honest, there are potential problems with Tanaka (elbow) and Sabathia (age) as well. Should the Yankees sit back and hope for the best without approaching the market, the club could miss their second-straight postseason and fourth in five seasons.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, 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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 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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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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(Winslow Townson)

The Yankees open a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.

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Yankees Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, LF Devon Travis, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Gary Sanchez, DH Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Billy Butler, 1B Jose Bautista, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Russell Martin, C
Chase Headley, 3B Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Aaron Hicks, RF Michael Saunders, RF
Austin Romine, C Kevin Pillar, CF
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Ezequiel Carrera, LF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (6.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out three in 4 2/3 innings against the Red Sox during his last start. He has allowed 10 runs in seven innings since tossing five shutout innings in his first start of the season. 


Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (5.08 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out four in six innings against the Angels during his last start. He has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last six starts.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) turns to talk with home plate umpire Bill Welke (52) after being called out on strikes during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) turns to talk with home plate umpire Bill Welke (52) after being called out on strikes during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson)

The Yankees got out to an early three-run lead, but the Red Sox battled back, beating the Yankees for the third game in row, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv...


  • With the game tied a five in the seventh, Adam Warren uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Mookie Betts to score the winning run.
  • Betts had tied the game earlier in the inning with an RBI single. 
  • Brett Gardner put the Yankees up early with an RBI triple, and Gary Sanchez followed with a two-run home run, his 15th of the season. 
  • Starter Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings pitched. 
  • Luis Severino escaped a bases-loaded jam, but did allow a run, two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen. 
  • Austin Romine and Didi Gregorius both had multi-hit games. 
  • Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury both exited the game with apparent injuries. 

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This is not exactly how the Yankees envisioned this series panning out.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees continue their four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. 

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Yankees Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Gary Sanchez, DH David Ortiz, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
Billy Butler, 1B Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Travis Shaw, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Sandy Leon, C
Austin Romine, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Rob Refsnyder, RF Andrew Benintendi, LF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (6.14 ERA, 2.05 WHIP) allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits while walking none and striking out two in 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers during his last start. During his prior start, which was his first start of the year since coming back from a toe injury, he tossed five scoreless innings against the Blue Jays.


Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: LHP David Price (3.81 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) allowed two runs on two hits while walking none and striking out nine against the Orioles during his last start. Has struck out 210 batters in 205 2/3 innings (31 starts) this season.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Boston Red Sox

 (David Butler II)
(David Butler II)

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After a devastating loss to Boston on Thursday night, the Yankees have two rookies toeing the rubber, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell, before CC Sabathia takes the mound in the series finale. The pitching, obviously important, is not where the Yankees have their best chance to return the favor to the Red Sox.

The Yankees entered the series needing to win three out of four to make a statement in the postseason race. Masahiro Tanaka's gritty effort should have resulted in one of the victories, but questionable bullpen management and Dellin Betances' performance created a hard to swallow two-game swing in the standings.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

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Playoff teams are built on starting pitching. Starting pitching wins championships. Someone needs to tell Masahiro Tanaka's New York Yankees rotation mates.

The Yankees improbable run into legitimacy in a crowded American League East and AL Wild Card race has little to do with the starting rotation, beyond the enormous efforts of Tanaka. In order for the Yankees to stick in the race over the final 20 days (19 games) of the regular season, the club needs Tanaka to continue his ace-like efforts, but the team must also receive better efforts from the rest of the starting staff.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge drops a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley in front of New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury allowing two runs to score during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge drops a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley in front of New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury allowing two runs to score during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bryan Mitchell allowed six runs (two earned) and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more

  • Mitchell (1-1) allowed one run in the first inning, three in the second and two in the third.
  • In the second inning, Aaron Judge dropped a Chase Utley line drive that allowed two runs to score, and Utley scored on Corey Seager's RBI single to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
  • Catcher Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to throw out Howie Kendrick at second base that allowed Josh Reddick to score in the third inning.
  • The Yankees' 5-9 hitters combined to go 2 for 17.
  • Judge and Starlin Castro both hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who remained two games back of the second wild card spot in the American League after the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox.
  • Jose De Leon (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the Dodgers.
  • Yasiel Puig homered off James Pazos in the eighth inning, and Justin Turner homered off Ben Heller in the ninth.
  • Richard Bleier pitched four innings of scoreless relief.

Video: Joe Girardi on Bryan Mitchell's tough start on Monday night


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Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Gary Sanchez, James Pazos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Richard Bleier, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees look to bounce back as they begin a three-game series against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m. 

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Dodgers Yankees
Chase Utley, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Corey Seager, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Justin Turner, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Adrian Gonzalez, DH Starlin Castro, 2B
Yasmani Grandal, C Brian McCann, DH
Josh Reddick, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Howie Kendrick, 1B Tyler Austin, 1B
Joc Pederson, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Andrew Toles, LF Ronald Torreyes, SS

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees for only the second time in 2016. Last week against the Blue Jays, Mitchell tossed five scoreless innings, surrendering four hits and two walks while striking out two. 


Who's Pitching for the Dodgers: RHP Jose De Leon (1-0, 4.50 ERA) made his MLB debut against the Padres last week, throwing six innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out nine. In 86.1 innings at Triple-A this season, De Leon was 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 0.938 WHIP.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the New York Yankees' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino twice pitched out of a jam involving a runner in scoring position. He struck out Jose Bautista with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning, and struck out Melvin Upton Jr. with a runner on third base to end the seventh.

Severino, 22, has appeared as a reliever in seven games this season, giving up one unearned run, two hits and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. In nine starts this season, he is 0-8 with an 8.58 ERA.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Clippard
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees play the final game of their series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, LF Devon Travis, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Jose Bautista, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Russell Martin, C
Brian McCann, DH Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Michael Saunders, RF
Tyler Austin, RF Melvin Upton, Jr., LF
Austin Romine, C Kevin Pillar, CF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell, who is making his first start of the season. He had surgery in April due to Grade 3 turf toe. For his career, Mitchell has a 5.31 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.

Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (4.58 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), who allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out three in 6.0 innings against the Rays during his last start. He has allowed more hits (181) than innings pitched (173) this season, while striking out 143 batters.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP James Pazos from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Tuesday afternoon

Mitchell has a 1.00 ERA in 9.0 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016. In 40.2 innings for the Yankees between 2014-2015, Mitchell had a 5.31 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, while striking out 36.

Pazos was 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 27.1 innings in Triple-A this season. The southpaw pitched 5.0 innings for the Yankees in 2015, allowing zero earned runs and only three hits

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(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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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Major League Baseball is just days away from allowing teams to expand their rosters to 40 for the September stretch run.

Some of the New York Yankees' affiliates will be participating in the playoffs, so the timing of call-ups might be skewed depending on the big club's needs.

When the rosters expand it allows rebuilding teams to test some of their younger players, but it can also provide a lift for an MLB team in search of a postseason berth. The Yankees find themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot despite an up and down season, making the roster expansion more important to the current situation, but it will also have an impact on the future decisions for the club this offseason.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Rob Refsnyder
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The New York Yankees have an intimidating trio at the backend of their bullpen coined "No Runs DMC," but the remaining four relievers - whomever they have been - have failed to do their part and it is beginning to cost the club.

This is not exactly how the Yankees drew things up during the offseason and the spring. The club figured to have right-hander Bryan Mitchell and left-hander Chasen Shreve among the relievers, but the former is out for the season, and the latter is recuperating from a shoulder sprain.

The Yankees planned on Ivan Nova filling a long-man role when the season began, but Luis Severino's poor start in the rotation and an injury have him back in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre trying to figure things out. That would have left one space for the traveling relief crew. The shuttle has to carry more members and it is simply not working.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Nick Goody, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell will make the team out of spring training, while CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are still competing for a roster spot.

Manager Joe Girardi said Mitchell, who made 20 appearances (two starts) last season, will be on the 25-man roster, likely in a bullpen role. The 24-year-old Mitchell has recorded a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings (12 appearances) through the spring. 

Last season, Mitchell recorded a 6.37 ERA in 29 2/3 innings in the majors. He made 15 starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, going 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA. The Yankees drafted him in the 16th round in 2009.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has it easy doesn't he? Girardi operates with a roster littered with high-priced players so a postseason berth should be no problem. It is not that simple.

The Yankees indeed have a swollen payroll, but the roster is also one filled with players who are worth far less than the value associated with their salary. This isn't Girardi's doing, but he has to deal with it.

Girardi hears a good deal of crap from fans - he is overly loyal to veterans, he overuses the top arms in the bullpen and he mismanages the offensive side of the roster. I too jump on Girardi from time to time, but I've never gotten to the point others have who deliriously wait for him to make a "mistake" in order to thumb-out the hashtag #FireGirardi.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (14) dives for a ground ball hit by Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (2) during the second inning at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (14) dives for a ground ball hit by Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (2) during the second inning at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill)

Adam Jones hit an opposite-field home run to right-center for the Baltimore Orioles, whose winless streak in spring training reached 11 with a 4-4 tie against a New York Yankees' split squad on Thursday.

Baltimore fell to 0-9-2 and is the only big league team without a spring training win this year.

Starlin Castro had three hits and three RBIs for the Yankees: an RBI double that scored Jacoby Ellsbury and a two-run single.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Baltimore Orioles
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Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)
Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)

Yes, the New York Yankees have compiled one of the best backend of the bullpen combinations in all of baseball. But, in doing so, have the Yankees neglected to pay enough attention to how the club will reach the dominant combination of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman?

We touched on the fact that the starting rotation held some of the responsibility some weeks back, mentioning the importance of each member's ability to pitch deeper into games if they wanted to be considered an ace. Even if this improves across the line, the backend of the bullpen cannot pitch daily.

This makes the relievers charged with providing middle relief innings, as well as aiding the backend of the bullpen when rest is needed, quite important. To that end, the Yankees have decided to take a pretty big chance on relatively inexperienced relievers.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jacob Lindgren, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow
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Mar 4, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (14) hugs Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drake Britton (66) as he runs into him as Britton tags him out during the third inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 4, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (14) hugs Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drake Britton (66) as he runs into him as Britton tags him out during the third inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Miguel Cabrera hits a three-run homer off Vinnie Pestano in his first at-bat of spring training, Justin Verlander pitched two hitless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 3-0 Friday.

Cabrera walked in the first inning and homered in the third. He hit 18 homers last season, his fewest since 2003, and was limited by injuries to 119 games as Detroit finished last in the AL Central after four straight division titles.

Verlander struck out one and walked one in his first outing.

Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell, competing for a rotation spot, pitched two hitless innings and struck out two.

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