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.

 

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Often times with spring training position battles, there is a clear winner and a certain loser, making life easier for the club to move forward. There are also circumstances when each player demonstrates the ability to handle the full time role but only one can make the roster due to lack of space. The Yankees are fortunate that their internal battle for the right field position has produced two of the better springs from all players in camp and that they can figure out a way to get each player a significant number of plate appearances this season.

Aaron Hicks entered camp as the player many have been waiting to see reach his potential. Meanwhile his competitor, Aaron Judge, was considered a part of the organization's future but there was uncertainty to his readiness. Both players have performed quite well this spring, to the point that the "winner" has become too close to call according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The baseball adage goes, spring stats don't mean anything. For the most part I believe this to be true, except in matters when there are trends that underlie the performance. At the moment there are a few players in Yankees camp off to fairly slow starts. What does it mean for them and for the club?

Chris Carter

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(Jonathan Dyer)

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Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.

I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.

The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Top prospect Gleyber Torres is wowing the Yankees and making it very difficult for club officials to send him to minor league camp.

The 20-year-old told reporters that this is the first time he's faced Major League pitchers and he's "surprised" and "happy" with the results. Torres is hitting .455 with seven extra-base hits, including two homers, in 22 Grapefruit League at-bats. 

Torres has received more playing time he normally would have thanks to the absence of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is playing with the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)

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Bryce Harper signs with the Yankees in 2019! Manny Machado in pinstripes in 2019! ALL the free agents to the 2019 Yankees!

Fans and media alike succumb to visions of grandeur where it concerns the winter following the 2018 season. It seems tweets or articles placing Harper, Machado or other elite players on the Yankees in 2019 are posted daily. Unfortunately, the front office of a major league baseball club simply won't work in a dream state. It is time to reel the chatter in.

Of course, the Yankees front office looks ahead when making immediate decisions, but if you believe the club is considering roster choices in 2017 and 2018 based on when Harper, Machado and others become free agents, you couldn't be more wrong.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have five players who are favorites to make the 25-man roster participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins Monday with Round Robin play. What is the potential level of impact for the players and the club?

No impact

Tyler Clippard, who is on the United States club, will likely feel no impact from his participation. The veteran 34-year-old right handed reliever came to camp with a job locked down and nothing in particular to work on other than getting ready for the regular season...

Tags: Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Layne (39) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Layne (39) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpens continue to grow into a major facet of a club's makeup. It's no longer enough to have some decent relievers and a strong closer. Rather, teams focus on building formidable backend combinations, which in some cases stretch five relievers strong.

The known

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jon Niese, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Luis Cessa (85) work out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Luis Cessa (85) work out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

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Battles in spring training are as common as tired arms and late swings. However, when a rotation competition goes two roles deep and has five competitors, some might question the team's reasoning.

Why such an expanded competition?

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(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Sweney Murti reports on all the latest news from Yankees camp and general manager Brian Cashman speaks to the media.

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Dellin Betances has the talent to be a closer. However, the mammoth right-hander seems more at ease as the precursor to close out games. Fortunately for the Yankees, Betances will reassume that role in 2017.

How did Betances fare in 2016?

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, 2017 Expectations, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Aroldis Chapman is the hardest throwing closer in the game and one of the few must-see Yankees. That's all well and good, but will Chapman be able to push the Yankees into playoff contention behind his 100+ mph fastballs?

How did Chapman fare in 2016?

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Michael Pineda is an enigma, and unfortunately for the Yankees that's the only consistency he has offered since being traded to New York before the 2014 season. Will Pineda, who becomes a free agent after this season, continue to bewilder the Yankees or reach his upside potential in 2017?

How did Pineda fare in 2016?

Pineda was good enough in 2016 to rack up 207 strikeouts in just 175 2/3 innings (10.6 K/9, which was best among American League starters) and bad enough to register a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.35 WHIP. Pineda was not nearly as stingy as in recent seasons with his walk rate (2.7 BB/9 as opposed to 0.8 BB/9 in 2014 and 1.2 BB/9 in 2015) and he allowed 27 home runs (1.4 HR/9). The strikeouts marked Pineda's career high, while the ERA, WHIP, walks and home runs were all career-worst measures. Pineda also averaged a career-low 5.5 innings per start and reached the seventh inning in just four starts.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

One can argue the Yankees should have been prepared for CC Sabathia to break down during his seven-year deal, which was advanced by a two-year extension. Unfortunately, Sabathia's troubles developed much sooner than the club hoped and encapsulated three full seasons as he battled injuries and diminished effectiveness. Sabathia finally discovered how to pitch without a power fastball, which led to a comeback season in 2016. Can he finish off his contract with a strong 2017 season?

How did Sabathia fare in 2016?

Sabathia entered the 2016 season with skeptical optimism based on his last handful of starts in 2015. He had been fitted for a knee brace which provided him the ability to pitch while limiting stress on his surgically-repaired right knee. The brace provided Sabathia confidence in the landing of his delivery, which allowed the left-hander to concentrate on his transformation into a finesse pitcher.

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Masahiro Tanaka has a decision to make at the end of the season and his performance on the mound will likely dictate whether he opts out of the final three seasons of his seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees. Will Tanaka finally put to rest the notion of whether he was an ace in 2016, and can he duplicate that effort in 2017?

How did Tanaka fare in 2016?

Tanaka was far and away the Yankees' top starter in 2016 and pushed himself into the American League Cy Young Award discussion in the process, finishing seventh in the voting. Tanaka threw the most innings of his major league career (199 2/3) and finished with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA (142 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP, 165 strikeouts, and 36 walks...

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

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The Yankees' youth movement will be in full effect in right field this season. The club will give long-time prospect Aaron Judge a chance to win the role full time with the initial fallback option being former first-round pick Aaron Hicks. If it gets beyond these two players, the Yankees could be forced to institute a revolving door of right fielders in 2017.

How they fared in 2016

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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Jacoby Ellsbury has four years left on his seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees. He has yet to deliver the performance typically warranting such a deal and time is running out for him to turn the tide. Will 2017 be more of the same, or can Ellsbury channel some of the production he seemingly left in Boston?

How did Ellsbury fare in 2016?

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(AP)

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Brett Gardner's name is constantly bandied about in trade rumors, but once again he seems locked in as the Yankees' Opening Day left fielder. Gardner brings enough to the table to make his contract desirable, but can he reclaim extra-base power and base-stealing prowess in 2017, which would aid the Yankees on the field and boost his value on the trade market?

How did Gardner fare in 2016?

Gardner's overall offensive performance continued to skid in 2016. Gardner posted a .261 batting average, .351 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage. Gardner stroked 22 doubles, six triples and seven home runs, scored 80 runs and drove in 41. Gardner's 92 OPS+ was by far his lowest measure since 2011. Most disappointing was Gardner's work on the base paths in which he swiped just 16 bases in a disturbingly low 20 attempts.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

As an All-Star outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Holliday was a key component to the club's offense for over seven years. Holliday enters a new phase in his career in 2017; as part of a new team and in a new role. Holliday will shed his glove on most days, but his offensive prowess will be integral to the Yankees success this season.

How Holliday fared in 2016

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees third baseman Chase Headley might be the most maligned player on the club's roster who truly doesn't deserve it. There is nothing flashy about Headley's game, but he's been consistent with the Yankees. Maybe, the type of "consistency," is the problem for fans.

Headley has perpetually stunk in one or two months of a season - whether that be at the plate or in the field - and has produced extended stretches of excellent play which elevate his season metrics into "average player" territory. Can Headley, who turns 33 in May, put together a season - one filled with above-average play in all facets - from April through October?

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

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The Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius believing in his upside potential and exhibited patience after a slow start in his first season in pinstripes. The club's relaxed attitude paid off as Gregorius flourished for a better part of 2016. Gregorius' gradual evolution has fans wondering if he can continue to elevate his game. 
 
How Gregorius fared in 2016 
 
In 2016, Gregorius became one of the best players on the club, turning in his finest all-around season. However, like much of the rest of the club, Gregorius got off to a rocky start in the season's opening month, hitting .224 with four extra-base hits, a .254 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. From that point Gregorius slashed .283/.311/.461 with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 66 RBIs. Gregorius finished the 2016 season with career-high marks in batting average (.276), hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and slugging percentage (.447). 

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

After Robinson Cano left the Yankees via free agency, the club went through two seasons of vacant offensive production without spectacular glove work from a slew of players at the keystone. The 2016 season brought stability and an offensive uptick with Starlin Castro, but it can be argued the soon to be 27-year-old infielder has yet to attain his ceiling. Can he reach it in 2017?

How Castro fared in 2016:

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees knew at the outset of the 2016 season that they would be without Mark Teixeira in 2017, but they might not have believed they would conduct a spring training competition to determine his successor. Here's a look at the candidates...

How they fared in 2016:

Tags: Greg Bird, 2017 Expectations, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

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Yankees fans are rightfully excited about catcher Gary Sanchez, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up, but to expect the same level of offensive production in 2017 might be asking too much.

What the Yankees need is a consistent force at and behind the plate. The Yankees require a potent bat in the middle of the batting order and a catcher who can control his pitching staff. Sanchez is that player, but as recently as the beginning of the 2015 season, the club was not certain he was.

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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, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees are in the middle of a transition and there is a good chance RHP Masahiro Tanaka might not be a part of it after 2017.

Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year deal after this season, and if he pitches anything like he did in 2016, he will most certainly test the free agent market. Should the Yankees allow it to get that far?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees have the makings of a top notch back-end of the bullpen with Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman handling late innings, but adding another veteran reliever might go a long way in lengthening the club's relief efforts.

Before delving into the options available, it is important to stress that the Yankees could likely benefit from the excess of starting pitching options who will not secure one or both of the remaining rotation spots. In my view, one of the rotation candidates, Adam Warren, is more likely to work out of the bullpen, but his services should not preclude the Yankees from investigating the addition of one more reliever.

Tags: Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, 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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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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Did Yankees make the right call? 00:04:37
Baseball Night in New York digs into the Yankees' deal with Aroldis Chapman and talks about what it means for the team's future.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Call it what you want. The Yankees want star players in their prime as part of the process, and Aroldis Chapman fits the bill.

Presumably pushed by ownership and relatively consistent with GM Brian Cashman's roster construction blueprint, the Yankees made signing Chapman their priority at the onset of the offseason.

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Happy Hollidays 00:02:29
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Yankees' signing of veteran Matt Holliday and ponders his impact on the team in 2017.

The Yankees have a plan and signing Matt Holliday as their designated hitter signals they are sticking to it.

GM Brian Cashman weighed several long-term and short-term options on the DH market, but the blueprint for the organization screamed one-year deal, to which they settled. The club is not one year from serious World Series contention -- in fact they might be a couple of years away. So long-term deals for a DH made little sense.

I was hoping the Yankees would reunite with switch-hitter Carlos Beltran because I felt his left-handed power was a necessity and he was also looking for a one-year deal. Once Beltran signed with the Astros, I figured that Brandon Moss, a left-handed masher, would be a solid option. The Yankees obviously felt that they had enough left-handed hitters in the lineup and that adding another was not necessary.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Whom should the Yankees pursue? 00:02:47
The BNNY crew discusses whom the Yankees might target this offseason, including Carlos Beltran.

With the Winter Meetings kicking off Monday in Washington, D.C., in what areas can we expect GM Brian Cashman to center his concentration?

First, the methodology

Cashman does not typically use the Winter Meetings to make all his deals for the offseason. He tends to lay groundwork with free agents and their representatives as well as interact with GMs concerning players available on the trade market. Often, Cashman makes minor deals during the Winter Meetings and strikes any major trades or signings after the information collection process. But I would not be surprised if Cashman moved a bit quicker this offseason since he had plenty of time to collect data while he waited for the completion of the CBA.

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Carlos Beltran has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros for $16 million.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause, according to Buster Olney.

The Yankees reportedly kicked tires on Beltran but never made him a formal offer, according to Mark Feinsand.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Chris Carelli
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(Brad Penner)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently claimed that previous collective bargaining agreements (CBA) "hindered" the organization's ability to carry out its business model. As Major League Baseball and the Players Association work to hammer out a new CBA, would rumored changes work to the benefit or detriment of the Yankees?

Plenty of gossip has posited some changes to the next CBA. Among the chief alterations is a new threshold value for the competitive balance tax (or luxury tax as is it commonly coined), adding an international draft, and the elimination of draft pick compensation.

At the heart of the Yankees' restraints is the competitive balance tax. The tax's purpose is to curtail, as best it can, the spending of large market teams like the Yankees. The Yankees have surpassed the competitive balance threshold in every season since it began in 2003, with the 2002 iteration of the CBA. The tax has cost the Yankees just under $300 million overall through the 2015 tax, according to Forbes.com.

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(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is among 19 new candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot. Posada, a four-time World Series champion, was one of the best offensive catchers during his time in the major leagues, but does his overall resume measure up to the status of a Hall of Famer?

Posada, a five-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner, hit .273 with a .374 OBP, .474 SLG, 121 OPS+, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI across 17 major league seasons (his first two seasons amassed just nine games). He caught close to 1,600 games for the Yankees, but his work behind the plate was not much of a strong suit as measured by defensive runs saved (-64 from 2002-2011; DRS was not recorded before the 2002 season via FanGraphs).

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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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The New York Yankees made yet another trade of a high-priced veteran when they shipped Brian McCann to Houston for a pair of right-handed pitching prospects on Thursday. The move infused increased chatter in the industry concerning left fielder Brett Gardner's tenure in the Bronx.

Gardner, 33. has been front and center in trade rumors since he signed his four-year, $52 million contract (contains a team option worth $12.5 million, $2.5 million buyout for 2019) before the 2015 season. Gardner has slowed down in recent seasons, but the $24 million remaining on his deal over the next two seasons is still a team-friendly situation. 

However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been open to trading anyone in the system if it makes sense for the organization's future. This is where a multitude of scenarios arise.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Carelli
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The Arizona Fall League's regular season came to a close Thursday. The Yankees sent nine players to Arizona -- some to get rid of rust and others to demonstrate their readiness for the next level once spring training begins in February. In all, the Yankees that participated enjoyed health and success.

Tags: Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees have some important roster choices to make by today's deadline to make changes to their 40-man roster before December's Rule 5 Draft, with any prospect added to the roster protected from potential selection. 

The Yankees have a slew of players to consider this season, some of whom are considered among their top-30 prospects.

As of Friday, the Yankees' 40-man roster stands at 39, so if they add more than one player, they'll need to determine which players they will let go in order to make room for any more additions. Some of these decisions should be easy for the organization.

Tags: Dustin Ackley, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow, Richard Bleier, Chris Carelli
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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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(Caylor Arnold)

The Yankees have expressed interest in free agent RHP Jason Hammelreports George A. King III of the NY Post

Hammel, 34, had a 3.83 ERA (4.48 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP this past season for the Cubs but was not on the postseason roster for any series during their World Series run.

The Cubs recently declined his $12 million option for the 2017 season, instead buying him out for $2 million.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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Last offseason, the New York Yankees professed to have a quartet of players that were off the table in trade talks. The Yankees engaged in a significant sell-off during the summer, further filling the farm system with some of the game's more highly touted players, making one believe the number of untouchable players might grow. Should that be the case?

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that the answer is no, recently suggesting that catcher Gary Sanchez might be the only player deemed "difficult" to trade. Let's look at a handful of players who might be deemed worthy of various levels of an "untouchable" tag and discuss their merits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo, Chris Carelli
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Gleyber Torres came to the Arizona Fall League to see just where he stood against tougher competition. The overwhelming praise heaped on Torres by scouts and analysts covering the league points to a player ready to rapidly climb the New York Yankees' organizational ladder.

Torres, the Yankees No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, leads the AFL with a .392 average (20-for-51) with six games left on the schedule. Torres, 19, has a .516 OBP, .667 SLG and 1.182 OPS, respectively good for first, second and first in the league. Not only does Torres have a shot at maintaining the batting average lead, he has put himself in position to win the league's most valuable player award. Torres started in the league's Fall Stars Game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flatly stated that Torres would start the season at Double-A Trenton, and in my view, should he succeed in the season's first few months, he is a prime candidate to move to Triple-A. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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(Laurence Kesterson/AP)

The Yankees have reached out to the agents for free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees are not planning on adding a big-ticket outfielder, but wouldn't rule it out.

"I'm open to anything," Cashman said. "But as of right now, we're going to let the kids take a shot. Our current focus is to let the kids try to take the job."

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Sep 8, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City won the game 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports (John Rieger)
Sep 8, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City won the game 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports (John Rieger)

The Yankees were among roughly 18 teams who had a scout on hand in Arizona during RH reliever Greg Holland's showcase on Monday, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Holland, 30, had Tommy John surgery in October of 2015 and was non-tendered by the Royals shortly after.

He had a 3.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 49 strikeouts and 26 walks in 44 2/3 innings (48 appearances) for the Royals in 2016.

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