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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

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The theme of this Yankees' offseason is finding ways to close the gap on the Red Sox, and there's no denying the rivals to the north established a clear level of superiority last season.

Yet it's plausible to make the case that, at least for the moment, the Yankees have opened an important gap of their own over the Sox. Right now, in fact, they own a Patriots vs. Jets-like advantage in the bullpen, if I can extend the New York-Boston angle to make a point.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, John Harper
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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SNY baseball insider Andy Martino believes the New York Yankees will target this reliever now that David Robertson signed with Philadelphia

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The market for relievers is beginning to move, and the Yankees appear poised to make a move.

Earlier on Thursday, agents began to say that they were getting close to accepting deals, even if the offers were for shorter terms than expected...

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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

David Robertson's second stint with the Yankees is officially over. 

The free agent reliever agreed to a deal with the Phillies on Thursday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

Robertson, 33, agreed to a two-year deal guaranteed at least $23 million, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. He will earn $10 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020 with a $12 million club option (with a $2 million buyout) for 2021. 

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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

David Robertson's second stint with the Yankees is officially over. 

The free agent reliever agreed to a deal with the Phillies on Thursday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

Robertson, 33, agreed to a two-year deal guaranteed at least $23 million, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. He will earn $10 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020 with a $12 million club option (with a $2 million buyout) for 2021. 

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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

David Robertson's second stint with the Yankees is officially over. 

The free agent reliever agreed to a deal with the Phillies on Thursday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

Robertson, 33, agreed to a two-year deal guaranteed at least $23 million, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. He will earn $10 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020 with a $12 million club option (with a $2 million buyout) for 2021. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out…

Yankees working on bullpen market

As the Yankees await a decision from Manny Machado, the club is reportedly working on revamping its bullpen according to a tweet from Jon Heyman.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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For all of the promise their starting rotation offers in 2019, the Mets badly need to add depth there as insurance against the inevitable injuries that will occur. 

My solution? Sign David Robertson

Let me explain.

Tags: David Robertson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out…

Machado tells friends he prefers New York, but decision to come after New Year

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Manny Machado has told friends that he would prefer to play with the Yankees. Later Thursday, Fancred's Jon Heyman tweeted that Machado would not be making a Mecision until after New Year's.

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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title.

Machado visits Phillies

The Manny Machado tour continued in Philadelphia on Thursday, with the 26-year-old prized infielder spending over four hours at Citizens Bank Park.

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

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray
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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In 2018, the Yankees possessed one of the best -- if not the best -- bullpen in all of baseball. With flamethrowers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances in the back end, they still touted relievers like David Robertson, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, and even Zach Britton when he came over at the trade deadline. 

However, that was then, and this is now. This offseason, GM Brian Cashman has to reload his bullpen following the losses of Robertson and Britton to free agency. He can obviously re-sign them, but could there be more intriguing options out on the market? Perhaps Adam Ottavino?

The Baseball Night in New York crew give their takes on whether or not the Yankees need to reload their bullpen with a top-tier guy, and if so, who should it be?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's a list of Yankees who have been rumored in deals, where they rank them from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. RHP Sonny Gray

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, John Harper
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Happ signing doesn't preclude trade

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Mets signing Jeurys Familia, and whether or not more bullpen help is on the way.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterAfter their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.

With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."

Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next...

Tags: David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

As Yankees-Mets talks stall, Andujar's availability comes to fruition

Tags: David Robertson, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Chris Carelli
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Free agent reliever Adam Ottavino drew headlines on Monday when he said on MLB's Statcast podcast that he would "strike out Babe Ruth every time."

Now there is a chance he could be wearing the same pinstripes as the Great Bambino.  

Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Ottavino's reps on Tuesday, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who reports the hard-throwing right-hander is high on the Yankees' wish list. 

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on SNY Tuesday night that he wants as many relief pitchers as possible, so it should come as no surprise that they are also in on Adam Ottavino. 

Per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Mets and Red Sox have shown continued interest in the hard-throwing free agent right-hander.

Ottavino is also high on the Yankees' wish list, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, David Robertson
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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson looks back at the dugout after giving up a solo home run to Cleveland Indians’ Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson looks back at the dugout after giving up a solo home run to Cleveland Indians’ Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

If Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is serious about signing former Yankees reliever David Robertson, he may find himself in a bidding war with the World Series champs.

With closer Craig Kimbrel seeking a mega-deal and reliever Joe Kelly also a free agent, the Red Sox are strongly considering adding Robertson to their bullpen, according to the New York Post.

"They are heavy on him," a source with knowledge of Boston's free-agent plans said of Robertson, the Post reported.

Tags: David Robertson, Boston Red Sox
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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are reportedly among several teams who are interested in signing free-agent reliever David Robertson, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The former Yankees reliever, who recorded a 3.23 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings last season, is also garnering interest from the Red Sox and Dodgers, according to Feinsand.

The Mets are looking to add to their bullpen after they acquired All-Star closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in the blockbuster Robinson Cano trade earlier this offseason.

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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brodie Van Wagenen promised the first move wouldn't be the Mets' last one this off-season. 

So what's the new GM's next move? 

Maybe we'll find out during baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas, also known as Bryce Harper's hometown. The game's annual gathering is a prime opportunity for futher roster reshaping, beyond the Mets acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Viva, Las Vegas!

The Yankees struck quickly this offseason, acquiring James Paxton in a trade with the Mariners, but failed to lock down their perceived No. 1 free agent starting pitcher target in Patrick Corbin. However, a splash in Sin City could punctuate the team's offseason and indicate long-term direction of the organization.

Here are three things that should be on the Yankees' Winter Meetings checklist.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) pitches in the twelfth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) pitches in the twelfth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees' free agent and trade pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Cashman says Sanchez for Realmuto rumors are "completely false"

Fancred's Jon Heyman reported last Thursday that the Yankees, among several clubs, had expressed some level of interest in All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sanchez is not available. Cashman believes Sanchez is not only going to be the Yankees catcher for a long time, but going to be a superstar in the role.

Tags: Andrew Miller, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the New York Yankees had their postseason in 2018 ended in four games at the hands of their AL East rival Boston Red Sox, it seems the Bronx Bombers could be playing catch-up on the hot stove market as well.

Following the premature exit in the playoffs, one of the top priorities is solving the team's bullpen situation in the offseason. Two names atop that list, free-agent relievers David Robertson and Zach Britton, have apparently drawn some interest from the chief rivals of the Bronx Bombers -- the Boston Red Sox. 

That's the reporting coming courtesy of the New York Post's George A. King III, who spoke with a source familiar with Boston's interest in the two former Yankee relievers.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Reliever David Robertson said he has a "good relationship" with Yankees GM Brian Cashman and the front office, and Cashman reiterated the same to the New York Post's George A. King III.

But Robertson's role in determining the Yankees' postseason shares for coaches and trainers, according to King, could impact whether Robertson returns to New York again as he enters free agency.

Robertson, according to King, led a players-only meeting that determined assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere would receive half a postseason share, coaching analyst Zac Fieroh would not receive a postseason share and several other support staffers would not receive any shares.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees typically traverse the offseason like a wild cat laying in the weeds, readying to pounce on the move that fits into the organization's methodological game plan. With the GM Meetings set to begin Monday, what might be areas where the Yankees concentrate their efforts?

This offseason likely won't be any different than the past, although the cat might take some early morsels before devouring the bulk of its prey. The Yankees established their priorities immediately after their ouster from the playoffs -- again a consistent part of the overall strategy.

Make space

Tags: David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

The burden of heavy league taxes has been removed and a robust free-agent market is before them. The Yankees worked for years to diminish payroll expenditures with an eye toward the 2019 season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees invested heavily in creating a "super bullpen" for the 2018 season and the results were mixed. With two elite relievers -- David Robertson and Zach Britton -- heading to the free agent market, how will the Yankees seek to create a lockdown endgame relief crew for 2019?

Foundation remains

The Yankees will return three of their five high-leverage relievers from 2018 to 2019, with Dellin Betances and Chad Green set to once again bridge the gap to closer Aroldis Chapman...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Here are the key 2018 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

Outfielder Bryce Harper and shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado headline the free agent class, and the Yanks are expected to have interest in at least Machado. But the Yankees' main need will be starting pitching help, and Patrick CorbinDallas Keuchel and old friend Nathan Eovaldi will be among the best arms available. When it comes to relievers, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, and Jeurys Familia will be among the headliners as the Yankees could look to recreate their "super bullpen."

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Neil Walker, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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The Yankees will hold their annual pro scouting meetings next week, during which Brian Cashman and his staff will determine an offseason strategy, including which players to pursue, and which of their own free agents to retain.

Cashman, along with top lieutenants Michael Fishman, Tim Naehring, Jean Afterman and others on the staff will huddle, as they do annually, and hash through the many issues facing the roster. Hal Steinbrenner is also expected to participate to some degree.

According to major league sources, and basic common sense, here are some of the key topics...

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Andy Martino
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Right after being eliminated in the ALDS, questions stirred regarding the slew of free agents that are on the Yankees' roster. Who should stay and who should go?

Zach Britton

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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees are now two seasons into a new era defined by Aaron Judge and a young core. In each of those seasons, they have made the playoffs, but stalled before reaching the World Series. And while they might still be a team on the ascent, GM Brian Cashman faces a tricky offseason, at a time when American League powerhouses like Houston and Boston are ahead of the Yanks.

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Luis Severino got the Yankees to the fifth inning during the Wild Card game against the Athletics on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, and the bullpen took it from there.

Here's how they fared...

  • Dellin Betances entered with runners on first and second and none out with the Yankees up, 2-0, in the fifth inning and got Matt Chapman to line out, Jed Lowrie to fly out, and Khris Davis to strike out to escape the jam. Betances came back out for the sixth, tossing a perfect frame with two strikeouts. 
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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees have not settled on their Wild Card Game starter, but it appears they will not utilize a reliever to open the game. As such, this leaves two distinct scenarios in which the Yankees might deploy its vaunted relief crew.

Bullpenning: The undesirable method

In the 2017 Wild Card game against the Twins, the Yankees had one of the game's best starters on the hill, but it was then that Luis Severino endured his worst start of the year. With Severino pulled after recording just one out, the Yankees were forced into a bullpenning situation and it amazingly worked.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

Four different Yankees batters collected an RBI and eight pitchers combined to throw nine innings of one-run ball to lead New York to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Andrew McCutchen went deep in the third inning for his 20th home run of the season, putting the Yankees in front, 1-0. Brett Gardner, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks, drove in Aaron Judge for the Yankees' second run to begin a two-run fifth inning, which was capped off by Giancarlo Stanton's RBI double. In the seventh, Aaron Judge knocked in McCutchen with a line drive double to center field.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances
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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be activated from the disabled list on either Wednesday or Thursday, manager Aaron Boone said prior to Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox.

Chapman, who has been out since Aug. 21, pitched in a simulated game Monday after throwing a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

The 30-year-old has a 2.11 ERA (1.90 FIP) and 1.04 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 47 innings (50 appearances) this season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances
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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after getting the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after getting the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Lance Lynn allowed two runs in six innings, Andrew McCutchen and Austin Romine homered and Dellin Betances worked a hair-raising ninth as the Yankees held off the Mariners, 4-2, on Saturday night in Seattle. >> Box score


What you need to know about Saturday's game

1) Lynn was solid, earning the win after allowing just two runs on three hits and walking no one in six innings. The veteran right-hander struck out two.

2) McCutchen's homer led off the ballgame. It was his second home run as a Yankee and his second in as many days.

3) Romine went deep in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. With his career-high 10th home run, the catcher become the 10th Yankee to reach double-digit homers this season.

Tags: Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres
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Would you consider starting Dellin Betances in the wild card game?

It was a vaguely ridiculous question, but Aaron Boone stopped in a hallway outside the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday morning to think about it.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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(Adam Hunger)

After Ronald Acuna Jr. connected on a 1-2 slider, Yankees RHP David Robertson thought he had an out. Instead, he gave the lead back to the Braves in the top of the 11th inning. 

Yankees C Austin Romine signaled for the slider to be down to get the 20-year-old Acuna chasing. However, he lifted it out to right field, an area no pitcher wants to see a high fly ball go at Yankee Stadium. 

The infamous short porch did the trick. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, David Robertson, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone praises the start and debut by Jonathan Loaisiga where he struck out six over five shutout innings.

Making his Major League debut, Jonathan Loaisiga led a stellar day on the mound for the Yanks as they shutout the Rays, 5-0, in the Bronx. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Domingo German was impressive for a second consecutive start, striking out 10 batters en route to his first win of the season, after giving up a home run on the first pitch of the game. His final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 10 K, 2 BB. German has struck out 19 batters over his last two starts (12 innings). 

Tags: Adam Warren, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jonathan Holder
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray
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