Christopher Carelli

Besides providing coverage of the New York Yankees for SNY.tv, Christopher Carelli's baseball commentary has also been published by Yahoo! Sports and The Cauldron. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli.

 

Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)
Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)

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How does a team go about improving an offense that scored the second-most runs in baseball in 2017? Trade for Giancarlo Stanton, of course.

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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Amazing! Awe-inspiring! Historic!

Those words - among many - were used to describe Aaron Judge's 2017 Rookie of the Year season. Somewhat surprisingly, we can add "room to grow." Judge understands this and has succeeded in this fashion already.

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(Tim Bradbury)

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The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode.

They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition of Giancarlo Stanton earlier in the offseason, the Yankees are a real threat now. If New York manages to land free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, they will be putting an exclamation point on this offseason, demonstrating they view themselves as a bonafide World Series contender.

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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks at bat during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks at bat during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)

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As Jacoby Ellsbury mulls over his depleted role in New York, Aaron Hicks will be roaming center field for the Yankees.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesFor once, Brett Gardner may be in the midst of a truly relaxing offseason.

There is something different about this winter for the Yankees' left fielder; Gardner's name is not mentioned in virtually every trade the club is rumored to be interested in making. In fact, Gardner trade rumors - an annual offseason tradition - are near non-existent besides intermittent Twitter chatter. The interesting aspect of this change of pace is that Gardner's economically sound contract is tied to a player coming off a solid all-around 2017 season.

At the outset of the 2017 season, Gardner was tasked by former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to be the catalyst for the club, and push aside a rough 2016 season. Girardi told Gardner he had to work to score 100 runs, and if he was able to do so, the Yankees would be a tough team to beat. Gardner narrowly missed the milestone, but Girardi pegged the premise correctly in that Gardner was the spark-plug the Yankees needed at the top of the order.

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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. Brett Gardner scored on the play. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. Brett Gardner scored on the play. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Didi Gregorius, who will play 2018 in his age-28 season, has improved his performance year after year since coming to New York from Arizona. Not only is Gregorius demonstrating All-Star ability on the field, he has become one of the key members in the clubhouse.

In 2017, Gregorius set career highs with a .287 batting average, .478 slugging percentage, .796 OPS, 106 OPS+, 25 home runs, and 87 RBI. The impressive part to the improving counting stats is that Gregorius reached the measures in 17 fewer games and 27 fewer plate appearances than 2016. Due in part to extenuating circumstances with the rest of the lineup, Gregorius often hit cleanup in 2017.

In the field, Gregorius improved in the area of advanced defensive metrics, posting a +1 in defensive runs saved, which was much improved from his -9 mark in 2016. He has decent enough range, but whether of his own choosing or his coaches, he was often placed out of position, which prevented him from getting to some ground balls hit in his vicinity. Regardless, Gregorius continues to possess one of the stronger arms in the game from the shortstop position...

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential?

Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his right ankle just before camp broke. The injury seemed minor at the time, except the pain lingered. By the time doctors finally figured out Bird should have the os trigonum removed from his ankle, he had suffered through four and a half months of pain, three and a half of which was spent on the disabled list.

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(Robert Deutsch)

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At 25 years old, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is a bonafide hitting star, and if he is able to take the next step behind the dish, he could be on his way to be becoming the best all-around catcher in the game.

Sanchez entered the 2017 season riding an amazing two-month stint in 2016 in which he hit 20 homes runs in 53 games. With the tools of ignorance on in 2016, Sanchez turned in highlight-reel throws to the bases to nail baserunners (41 percent caught stealing rate), and as a whole, we could see he had the potential to be an above-average defensive catcher. The question surrounding Sanchez was what we could truly expect as an encore...

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(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: 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 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

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( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Aaron Boone's first major test as manager may be figuring out how to juggle five outfielders with four full-time positions available.

With Jacoby Ellsbury seemingly steadfast in staying a Yankee -- courtesy of a no-trade clause he does not want to waive -- Boone will have to determine how the 34-year-old slots into the plans for the 2018 season.

Ellsbury is not as terrible as many make him out to be, but he has failed to live up to his astronomical $153 million price tag. And the annual cost certainly doesn't fit the role of bench player. That's the Yankees' fault and it's now haunting them beyond simple performance on the field. There are no two ways about it -- Ellsbury's presence on the roster is going to cause headaches for Boone...

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(Geoff Burke)

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As the Yankees continue discussions to bolster their rotation, they will not lose sight of their second and third base "vacancies."

The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, while Todd Frazier remains a free agent. This leaves the club with a quartet of internal options - Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade - to fill the two infield positions. It can be argued that the Yankees could surive with rookie/inexperienced players, the club has been linked to players via trade (Brandon Drury) and the free agent market (Frazier and Eduardo Nunez).

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(Troy Taormina)

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

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

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(Kim Klement)

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The Yankees made two trades in the last week which leave them with openings at second and third base. The team has reportedly checked in on Brandon Drury, Todd Frazier, and Eduardo Nunez to fill the spots, and have even submitted a bid for Orioles' superstar Manny Machado, who was recently put on the trade block.

A Machado deal seems far-fetched simply because the Yankees can obtain him (if they desire) for straight cash next offseason, and the prospects it would require might be better suited to fill a rotation spot for this season. The others would come with control of varying lengths - Drury (four years of team control), Frazier (looking for multiyear deal) and Nunez (could net a two-year deal).

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Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

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

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Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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During Aaron Boone's introductory press conference Wednesday, he recognized that he would have a learning curve as the Yankees manager. As such, Boone intimated that he would be able to lean on his coaching staff in an effort to get him up to speed as quickly as possible.

While Boone and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believe that experience in the bench coach role would be beneficial, neither was willing to say it was a necessity...

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees were surely disappointed to learn they would not receive a sitdown with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Besides the obvious impact of his decision to shy away from New York, it has opened the door for several potential scenarios for the Yankees at designated hitter.

Part of Ohtani's allure to the Yankees was the ability to slot him into the lineup as a DH a few days a week, which would allow for easy dispersement of the rest of the at-bats to the remaining position players. New York would have been able to provide half-day rest to the starting outfield -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge -- as well as starting catcher Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees may still utilize this angle, but will have more days to fill in. If they are unable to trade Jacoby Ellsbury, he could take some time as DH, just as he did at points last summer. Perhaps they would use Chase Headley as a DH if top prospect Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar makes the club as the starting third baseman. The Yankees may also utilize Clint Frazier at times in an effort to accumulate plate appearances as a bench player with occasional DH action.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Just trade him.

That seems to be the easy suggestion for many fans when it comes to Jacoby Ellsbury's future with the New York Yankees. The reality of course, is that trading Ellsbury will not be a simple transaction for a number of reasons.

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The DNL panel discusses Carlos Beltran's upcoming interview for the Yankees' open managerial position and compares the pros and cons.

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The Yankees' search for a new manager went into a lengthy hiatus, which prompted thought that the club might be deciding on the five candidates they interviewed well before Thanksgiving. However, news broke Tuesday morning that former Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran was a candidate -- and he interviewed on Wednesday. The process continues.

Beltran announced his retirement just 12 days after walking off the Dodger Stadium grass with his Astros teammates, celebrating his first World Series title. Beltran, who played for parts of 20 seasons with seven clubs, is the owner of a .279/.350/.487 slash line with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases. While discussing his future, Beltran stated he would be interested in managing at some point, but that time seemed to be further down the road.

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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesIn the first stage of what will be an intriguing process to try and sign Shohei Ohtani, MLB clubs were asked to provide a written response to a slew of questions regarding the overall fit of the two-way Japanese star into their organization. Here is what the Yankees' introductory pitch -- to what would certainly be an incredibly detailed presentation -- might resemble...

Dear Mr. Ohtani,

We are pleased to lay out the groundwork to our plans to partner with you in your quest to translate your success in Nippon Professional Baseball and further elevate your development in Major League Baseball as a member of the New York Yankees organization.

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Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees continued the interview process for their open managerial position Saturday, sitting down with Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. The 41-year-old is the fifth candidate to be interviewed.

The Yankees have sat mostly outside of the box with their candidate selections in that just one has MLB managerial experience (Eric Wedge) while others (Rob Thomson and Hensley Meulens) have lengthy stints as coaches and another has zero coaching experience (Aaron Boone). Woodward is another surprise candidate to convene with the Yankees.

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No experience, no problem? Aaron Boone, who interviewed on Friday, better hope so if he wants to become the Yankees' next manager.

As the Yankees seek to replace long-time manager Joe Girardi, the club has interviewed a 28-year organizational man Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, who possesses 10 years of MLB managerial experience, and Hensley Meulens, who has been coaching for over a decade. Boone, a former Yankees third baseman, who has zero coaching experience, let alone time as a manager, might seem to be at a disadvantage when compared to his competition.

Lucky for Boone, his inexperience doesn't seem to be an issue for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Most of the New York Yankees' eight prospects who played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League produced fine results. The Scorpions finished last in their division with a 12-17-1 record and four games back. Here is how each player performed:

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) put to rest any doubt that he was fully recuperated from an oblique injury that took away a significant number of innings away from his regular season. Sheffield started five games (20 1/3 innings), posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Sheffield struck out 23 batters and walked just three, which helped him earn a spot in the Fall Stars Game. Sheffield could start the 2018 season in Triple-A, and if all goes extremely well, there is a chance he could receive a cup of coffee as a September call-up.

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 (H. Darr Beiser)
(H. Darr Beiser)

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Hensley Meulens was unable to make a significant impact with the Yankees as a player, but maybe he can lead them to 28th World Series championship as their manager.

"Bam Bam" Meulens often destroyed minor league baseballs as a young 20-something outfielder in the late 80s and early 90s in the Yankees organization, hitting 129 home runs across seven seasons in the organization's system. The nickname carried over to the major leagues, but the home run prowess never did, as Meulens hit 12 home runs in 159 career games as a Yankee. He had success in three seasons in Japan, and then continued to latch on in various locations within MLB (and minor leagues), Mexico, the KBO, and in the Independent Atlantic League before retiring after the 2002 season.

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(Koji Sasahara/AP)

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

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

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

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(Steven Bisig)

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Friday, we learned former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge was the second person to be interviewed for the Yankees' managerial position.

Up until this revelation, the Yankees had been connected to both in-house and out of the box candidates not in the organization. Wedge's advantage is that his 10 years of managerial experience at the major league level is 10 years more than any of them combined.

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May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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On Wednesday, the Yankees conducted their first interview (at least that we know of) for the team's open managerial position. The interviewee was Rob Thomson, who has been with the Yankees in some capacity for 28 years.

Thomson recently served as Joe Girardi's bench coach in 2008 and for the last three seasons. He has been the Yankees' third base coach (2009-14) and held multiple front office positions surrounding the organization's farm system. Thomson is also credited with completely controlling Yankees spring training arrangements from top to bottom.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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

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

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(Kyle Terada)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman held a lengthy conference call Monday, and stated that he did not have a list of candidates for the club's managerial opening. However, a bevy of names have been tossed around since the moment Joe Girardi was said to be departing, with one of the most mentioned internal options being Jay Bell.

Bell, an 18-year MLB veteran, was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops in 1993. Bell hit .265 in his career with 195 home runs and a 101 OPS+. He was also a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Yankees sent eight prospects to the Arizona Fall League, and almost all are playing well with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions (10-9-1) are in second place, 1 1/2 games behind Mesa. Let's see how the individual players are performing as the league gets set for Saturday's Fall Stars Game.

Note: Statistics are through games played Nov. 2. Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) has been dazzling in his AFL stint. In 19 innings, Sheffield holds a 2.37 ERA, has held batters to a .191 batting average and owns a spectacular 21:2 strikeout to walk ratio. Sheffield, another prize from the Andrew Miller deal from 2016, missed part of the regular season with a right oblique strain and logged just 93 1/3 innings at Double-A Trenton. Sheffield, 21, figures to begin the 2018 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre considering his outstanding effort thus far. Sheffield will join Estrada and McKinney at the Fall Stars Game.

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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees are in need of a manger and it is expected they will follow a recent trend; hiring a young, analytically sound baseball mind that can also connect with players on a personal level.

Some in the baseball industry scratched their heads when the Houston Astros hired A.J. Hinch, who was 40 years old, and the Los Angeles Dodgers tabbed Dave Roberts, then 42, to be the clubs' respective managers. Wednesday night, Hinch delivered Houston's first World Series title with Roberts sitting in the opposing dugout.

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 After 20 years acting as the steering wheel ultimately under ownership's grip, Brian Cashman is now fully in control of the accelerator, the brakes, and direction of the Yankees' organization.

We began to see Cashman's power strengthen in the summer of 2016 when the mighty, cash-swelled Yankees, did the unthinkable and traded significant assets in order to boost an already improving farm system. The Yankees' sell-off required convincing of ownership, as did the recent decision to move away from the club's manager Joe Girardi after 10 seasons.

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(Adam Hunger)

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

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

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Chris Carelli
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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 After 20 years acting as the steering wheel ultimately under ownership's grip, Brian Cashman is now fully in control of the accelerator, the brakes, and direction of the Yankees' organization.

We began to see Cashman's power strengthen in the summer of 2016 when the mighty, cash-swelled Yankees, did the unthinkable and traded significant assets in order to boost an already improving farm system. The Yankees' sell-off required convincing of ownership, as did the recent decision to move away from the club's manager Joe Girardi after 10 seasons.

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(Noah K. Murray)

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

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Kevin Long, a proven big league hitting coach, wants to be a manager. The Yankees, his former employer, are suddenly in the need of a new skipper and the Mets, on whose payroll he currently sits, selected someone else for their opening.

Long, who has been the Mets hitting coach since 2015 -- directly following his eight-year stint with the Yankees in the same role -- recently interviewed for the managerial vacancy left when Terry Collins was told he would not return to Citi Field in 2018. The Mets decided on Mickey Callaway and have since given Long permission to speak with the Washington Nationals about their managerial opening, though his contract ends on Oct. 31.

Long's name has popped up in many speculative reports as an option for the Yankees' surprising opening. Is the Long on the Yankees' short list?

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Who will replace Girardi? 00:04:19
The Daily News Live panel reviews some of the possible under-the-radar candidates to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees manager.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Yankees GM Brian Cashman decided it was time to part ways with Joe Girardi after the skipper guided the club for 10 seasons, which included a World Series title in 2009.

Cashman will likely want a manager that he knows well, is able to be molded to fit his vision of the squad going forward, and has a relationship with the club, either now or in the past.

Here are some of the candidates with varying chances of garnering an interview, taken in alphabetical order...

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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAny day now, the Yankees will make an announcement about the fates of their general manager and manager. One decision is crystal clear, while the other may be more about weighing the pros and cons.

Brian Cashman deserves chance to see transition through

Cashman has reinvented the Yankees' roster model after years of being coerced (or outdone by ownership) to focus on finding star-ladened components to bring a championship to New York. It worked in 2009, but an ever-aging roster began to weigh down the organization. Over time, the Yankees began to realize that something had to change. And the 2016 season gave them the chance...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Yankees and their fans are aching for a repeat of a young core to propel the club to a slew of World Series titles. It will be difficult for any team to win four World Series in five seasons, but there are some similarities to the 1990s core of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, to that of the current group of young players who have climbed the Yankees' farm system.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series in advance of many projections, and despite being sent home after a tough seven-game series, the key players should benefit immensely from the reps...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)

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Maybe this is where playoff experience before 2017 - even just a handful of games - would have paid off?

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CC Sabathia talks about his approach as he's been tasked to pitch for the Yankees in a pivotal Game 7 in Houston against the Astros.

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Pitching wins championships. In Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, the champion may rise in spite of the overall pitching performance.

The Yankees and Astros have battled to a 3-3 tie in the ALCS amid some incredible pitching displays. However, as middle of the rotation starters take the mound, combined with either depleted and/or underperforming bullpens, Game 7 could turn into a battle of attrition.

The Yankees - with good reason - are happy with CC Sabathia starting Game 7. Sabathia has been tremendous when pitching after a Yankees' loss this season, including the playoffs, going 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in such starts. Sabathia also started the Yankees last winner-take-all affair against the Indians in the ALDS, hurling 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball, while striking out nine. The Yankees finished off that game using David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman for eight outs and six outs respectively.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

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Luis Severino's breakout season is a microcosm of the 2017 Yankees.

At the outset of the season, Severino's ability to be a starter was in question, and experts picked the Yankees to languish toward the bottom of the standings. In Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have a chance to reach their 41st World Series, and Severino is the man they want on the mound to get it done.

"Beginning of the season, nobody was expecting us to be anything,'' Severino told reporters Thursday. "And right now, we have a chance to be in the World Series.''

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Mystique and Aura returned to the Bronx, but they won't be a factor in Houston.

Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.

This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees ventured back to New York, found their bats, and displayed the resilience demonstrated often throughout the regular season and several times during the playoffs. Kickstarting the offense has been important to the Yankees ability to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, but the key to the team's play in this series has been the pitching staff.

The Yankees have benefitted from extremely solid starting pitching, and the bullpen continues to dominate hitters. Much of this may have been unexpected considering the Yankees are playing against the best offense in the majors this season, and Houston came into the ALCS extremely hot at the plate.

In the four games, Yankees pitching has held the Astros to nine runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (.153 batting average against). That's impressive against a club that averaged 5.5 runs per game, and put together a collective 121 wRC+, by far an MLB-best. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have consistently provided the Astros with solid at-bats (.310 combined average and half of the club's total hits), while the rest of the lineup is hitting just .101...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Postseason games are typically long, grinding nail-biters where the bullpen's performance can make the difference for a club. After his Game 3 performance, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has officially become an alarming negative factor, which is causing a detrimental trickle-down effect for the remaining bullpen arms.

"He's out of whack," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said referring to Betances after Game 3. "He's [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we've seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times and we're still trying to do that because I still think he is really important to us."

"We need him, so we'll continue to try to fix it," Girardi said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a few things going for them as they enter Game 3 of the American League Championship Series down 0-2 to the Astros. Maybe at the top of the list is the fact that Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will be on the bench.

The Yankees have a miserable history against Keuchel, while Verlander has performed superbly against them as well, with no better success than his Game 2 start. Astros' Game 3 starter Charlie Morton is no slouch, as he pitched to a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings in the regular season.

The Yankees have been striking out at a disturbing clip, so a matchup against another pitcher that generates plenty of swing and misses may not seem like a great matchup...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

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Baseball is a game of inches and the Yankees have been literally giving them away.

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