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JRSportBrief: Get Sonny Gray! 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Yankees should trade for Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray.

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The Yankees are in heavy pursuit of starting pitching help - currently the weakest link on the roster - with Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray at the top of their wish list. The issues are the prospect cost and reports that there are as many as six other teams scouting the 27-year-old.

They could land the hurler (or a fallback option), and still have some significant problems to deal with as they try to maintain grip on a playoff spot...

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score


Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.

Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:05:13
Sal Licata and Anthony McCarron join Doug Williams to discuss the rumor that the Yankees will trade for Sonny Gray.

The Yankees will not be trading Dellin Betances before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network Radio.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said Wednesday that looking to trade Betances in order to acquire a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season was something the Yankees should consider.

"Betances is under control for the same amount of time that Andrew Miller was a year ago - this season, plus two more. And actually, he's more affordable than Miller was," Rosenthal writes. "Maybe it's all talk, but the Yankees are adamant that they do not want to trade their top prospects, the ones who are closest to the majors or already on their club. Robertson could replace Betances as the setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman. And with Kahnle, the Yankees' bullpen still would be deeper than before."

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Yankees are making moves 00:01:18
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the Yankees trade for David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated the club would be "cautious buyers" during the trade deadline period. If a seven-player deal -- bringing in three major leaguers for one of the game's top prospects -- is cautious, this could be an interesting 13 days ahead.

The Yankees clearly filled two of their biggest holes by adding former organization relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to a tired and inconsistent bullpen, while adding Todd Frazier should stabilize the revolving door at first base for the remainder of the season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees are reportedly showing interest in re-acquiring Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson to bolster their bullpen in the second half, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Robertson, who pitched from the Yankees from 2008 to 2014, has 13 saves and a 2.70 ERA in 31 appearances for the White Sox this season. 

The Yankees, according to Heyman, sent personnel to Chicago to scout Robertson and infielder Todd Frazier, however Heyman reports New York's interest focuses on the 32-year-old Robertson.

Entering Sunday, the Yankees bullpen had the 11th highest ERA (4.62) among all 30 teams over the past 30 days. Its seven losses were the second most and two saves the second fewest in that span.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Loud Mouths: Judge's stardom 00:05:33
Loud Mouths talks the significance of Aaron Judge in the grand scheme of things.

None of the four players representing the Yankees made much of an impact in the American League's 2-1 win over the National League in the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night in Miami.

Aaron Judge had three at-bats but went hitless with a strikeout and Gary Sanchez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Dellin Betances pitched an inning, allowing one hit and two walks but no runs. Luis Severino did not make it into the game.

Starlin Castro also earned a trip to the All-Star game for the Yankees, but missed it because he has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a hamstring injury.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:32
Justine Ward talks to Marc Malusis, Sal Licata and John Harper about Dellin Betances' continues struggles and asks if it's time to panic.

New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances is working to correct his pitching delivery after his ERA has risen from 0.40 to 3.29 in a two-week span.

"I am too inconsistent with my delivery. With a runner on first, I am trying to go quick,'' Betances said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "The timing of my delivery is not there. The stuff is there.''

Betances is 0-3 with a 17.36 ERA and a blown save over his last seven outings, giving up nine runs, five hits and 12 walks over 4 2/3 innings. In his most recent outing Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, he walked four of the five batters he faced.

"It's frustrating, obviously," Betances told reporters after Wednesday's loss.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) reacts after walking four batters to force in the go-ahead run during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) reacts after walking four batters to force in the go-ahead run during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dellin Betances took the loss in Wednesday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on four walks in just 1/3 of an inning of relief in the eighth. 

In his three appearances in July, the reliever has taken two losses, allowing five runs with one home run and five walks in two innings pitched. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV: 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:01:36
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Yankees' second consecutive loss to the Blue Jays as Dellin Betances' control problems continue.

The Yankees erased an early 5-0 deficit and had a 6-5 lead entering the seventh inning, but Dellin Betances walked four batters in the eighth inning to force in the eventual winning run >> Box score


Michael Pineda was hit hard, allowing five runs (including three home runs) on nine hits while walking one and striking out one in 3.0 innings.

Aaron Judge's two-run homer -- his 29th of the season -- in the fourth inning drew the Yankees within 5-2, and a solo homer by Ji-Man Choi and two-run double by Didi Gregorius in the fifth gave them a 6-5 lead.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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2017 All-Star Game rosters 00:02:14
Five Yankees were named All-Stars and Michael Conforto will be the Mets lone representative in the Midsummer Classic.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will start the All-Star Game on July 11 at Marlins Park after he was the leading vote-getter in the American League.

A 25-year-old rookie, Judge leads the American League in batting average (.327), home runs (27) and RBIs (62). He received 4.5 million votes, more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer, the other two American League outfield starters.

"I'm looking forward to it ... go out there and enjoy the moment," Judge, who has still not decided if he will compete in the Home Run Derby, said on ESPN during the All-Star Selection Show.

Catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Starlin Castro were selected as reserve players, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances are on the American League's pitching staff.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

Clint Frazier hit a double and a home run in his big-league debut to help the Yankees jump out to a 6-3 lead after seven innings, but the bullpen collapsed and the Yankees lost to the Astros 7-6, on Saturday. >> Click here for a full box score

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters after the trade deadline prior to a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters after the trade deadline prior to a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Life without Aroldis Chapman has had its rough moments for the Yankees.

None of the issues have revolved around Dellin Betances, Chapman's replacement while the left-hander has been on the shelf. However, the efforts of others during the stretch, namely Tyler Clippard, who was bumped to Betances' eighth-inning role, exemplifies a glaring need for a team with a legitimate postseason run ahead of them.

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees fill-in closer Dellin Betances recorded his fifth straight save on Saturday against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium.

"It's crazy how good Dellin's throwing the ball," Matt Holliday said to Erik Boland of Newsday on Saturday. "It's pretty much over when he comes in." 

Betances has five saves since taking over for Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder inflammation) on May 14. He owns a 0.52 ERA and 0.98 WHIP so far this season. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is expected to begin throwing next week after he went on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury, according to YES Network.

Chapman hasn't pitched since May 12 and went on the disabled list two days later due to rotator cuff inflammation. He had been feeling shoulder discomfort for weeks before the Yankees placed him on the DL.

Chapman was scheduled to meet with a team physician before Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals, but manager Joe Girardi did not have a definitive update when talking to the media.

"Originally we said (Chapman) would not be throwing for two weeks," Girardi said, according to NJ.com's Randy Miller. "It's only been a week. But he does feel better, so that would be my update."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Dellin Betances continued his impressive season on Sunday, recording the final four outs of the game to pick up his second save of the season.

Betances needed only 16 pitches to retire the final four batters, racking up three strikeouts on the way to a 3-2 New York victory.

The 29-year old, who recently took over as the Yankees' closer with Aroldis Chapman on the DL, has not surrendered an earned run since April 8.

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Aug 31, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Dillin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Kansas City Royals in thirteen inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 31, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Dillin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Kansas City Royals in thirteen inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

President Randy Levine expressed the utmost confidence in new Yankees closer Dellin Betances on Tuesday, via a report from FanRag's Jon Heyman.

Betances has taken over the closer role in New York after Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff.

"He's going to do great," Levine said. "He's ready. I have full confidence he'll do a great job. 

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The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees, who many believed would not be in contention for the World Series this year, have surprised the league by beginning the season 21-11, and are currently sitting only 0.5 games behind Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.

After talking with several MLB insiders and coaches from around the league, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post lists six reasons why the Yankees are legitimate contenders this season.

The first reason is the blooming of some of New York's young players. Guys such as Aaron JudgeAaron HicksLuis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have developed faster than many scouts believed they would, finding great success thus far.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score


Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.

Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.

Where the Yankees stand

Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances entered to start the eighth inning of Thursday night's game against the Rays with the Yankees up 3-2, and proceeded to issue a walk and allow a single -- putting runners on the corners with none out.

He then struck out Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria before getting Brad Miller to ground out to end the threat.

It was Betances' first appearance since this past Sunday.

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Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Jonathan Dyer)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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(Logan Bowles)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned about the potential toll the World Baseball Classic could have on pitchers, and has an idea regarding how that can be addressed.

Girardi suggested Tuesday that the first two rounds of the WBC should be pushed back a week, and that the semifinals and championship should be played in the days before the All-Star Game (with the entire league getting those days off).

"You hope that guys don't necessarily have to throw two days in a row this early," Girardi said, according to Dave Lennon of Newsday. "But you get an extra-inning game, and then you can only use so many guys, and it becomes tough."

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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...

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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

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Yankees RHP Dellin Betacnes said he's ready to move on from the critical comments Yankees president Randy Levine made about him after his arbitration ruling.

"Once I said everything I had to say, I left it behind me,'' Betances told the NY Post. "Being here with my teammates, I was quickly able to focus on baseball. Being here with the guys you go to battle with, that helps everything.''

Levine recently called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his agents, who he said "used" Betances.

Betances, who didn't want to speak to Levine at the time and hasn't spoken to him since, had filed at $5 million while the Yankees filed (and won) at $3 million,..

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

The head of the baseball players' union says "that page has been turned" in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances' agents.

Levine had called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18. The Yankees beat Betances in the case, and he will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.

"Dellin is focused in on the season, we're focused in on the season and look forward to have him continue to do what he's always done, which has been a tremendous contributor to his club and winning on the field," union chief Tony Clark said Sunday.

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Levine vs. Betances 00:04:06
The Yankees have an awkward situation on their hands after team president Randy Levine publicly criticized reliever Dellin Betances.

Dellin Betances doesn't feel he needs to talk with Randy Levine after the New York Yankees president called the reliever a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing Friday won by the team.

The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.

Levine, on Saturday after the decision was announced, said he felt bad that Betances "was used that way by his agents."

"I don't feel like I need to speak to him," Betances said Sunday. "I don't know how they feel on their part. I'm just going to try to get ready, prepare for the season. Try to help my teammates as much as I can win ballgames and perform the best I can."

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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances' agent and a top players union executive took exception to Yankees president Randy Levine's comments about the reliever's arbitration case, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. 

Earlier in the day, Levine held a conference where he lashed out at Betances' agent, Jim Murray, over the $5 million he asked for in the hearing. An arbitrator sided with the Yankees' $3 million figure. 

Union executive Rick Shapiro was displeased at what Levine had to say about the case, especially after the Yankees won. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Betances 00:02:59
Dellin Betances and Yankees president Randy Levine sparred through the media following a heated arbitration hearing.

The Yankees defeated reliever Dellin Betances during the reliever's arbitration hearing, but Yankees president Randy Levine was not happy with the situation and said the case happened in part because of Betances' agent's overzealousness.

Betances filed at $5 million while the Yankees had a figure of $3 million, which an arbitrator agreed with. Levine said the $5 million that agent Jim Murray pushed for was just not an ideal or realistic number for Betances, who is not a true closer. 

"What his agent did was make him a victim of an attempt to change a marketplace in baseball that has been well established for 30 or 40 years," Levine said Saturday. "And I feel bad for Dellin that he was used in that way by his agent, because anyone who knows about this process that the history is very much established that $5 million goes to elite closers."

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees news 00:01:32
Sweney Murti reports on all the latest news from Yankees camp and general manager Brian Cashman speaks to the media.

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, 2017 Expectations, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke with the media on Wednesday in Tampa. Here's what we learned...

  • Expectations are high, like always, even though there will be lots of young players added to the mix who have to prove themselves.
  • The Yankees will always field a championship-caliber team, making sure they have a good mix of marquee veterans and young players.
  • The Yankees love Joe Girardi but won't deal with a potential contract extension until after the season.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV

The Yankees have been trying long and hard to convert the roster from a glut of aging veterans to a mix of youth and veterans...

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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?

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 (Brad Penner)
(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, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Neville E. Guard)
(Neville E. Guard)

The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romoreports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.

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(AP)

LHP Aroldis Chapman is the second-best reliever in baseball, while RHP Dellin Betances is the ninth-best, according to a Top 10 list released by the MLB Network.

LHP Andrew Miller, who the Yankees traded to the Indians last July, was ranked as the best reliever in baseball.

The list is compiled after taking into account "player performance over several seasons with an emphasis on 2016," as well as "projected perforrmance for the upcoming season."

The 28-year-old Chapman, who signed a five-year deal with the Yankees this offseason after being traded to the Cubs in July, had a 2.01 ERA (1.93 FIP) and 0.89 WHIP while striking out 44 batters in 31 1/3 innings (31 appearances) and saving 20 games for the Yankees last season before the trade.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

In an effort to improve his defense, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances worked out in Florida last month to better that portion of his game, he told the New York Post

Betances made three errors on 13 chances a season ago and said he has worked with pitching coach Larry Rothschild to make sure something like that doesn't happen again, especially on plays where he has to make a throw to a base. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Feb. 5)

The Yankees and relief pitcher Dellin Betances will go to an arbitration hearing on Feb. 17 to decide his 2017 contract, reports George A King III of the New York Post.

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(GAIL BURTON/AP)

The Yankees will avoid arbitration with RHP Michael Pineda, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. 

The deal is worth worth $7.4 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.

Pineda, 27, had a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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(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?

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The BNNY panel discuss the Aroldis Chapman signing with the Yankees and his comments on his use in the World Series for the Chicago Cubs.

Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization.

"The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call.

Chapman added that the Marlins' history of roster changes was what made them the less-stable option.

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Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' reported five-year, $86 million deal with closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yankees have DFA'd RHP Nick Goody to make room on the 40-man roster for re-signed LHP Aroldis Chapman, the team announced.

The Yankees and Chapman recently agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal.

"I love the (Yankees) organization," Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "They welcomed me with open arms and that's why I decided to go back. I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened."

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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.

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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.

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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees do not seem to have any difficult decisions to make. After releasing Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley last week, the remaining arbitration eligible players each have reasonable cases to receive contracts from the Yankees.

Note: Player's estimated arbitration figure in parenthesis provided by MLB Trade Rumors.

Dellin Betances ($3.4 million)

The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing an elite free agent closer, with Aroldis Chapman on the winter wish list, but tendering Betances a contract is a no-brainer. Betances has become one of the top relievers in the game himself, enough so that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated the club would be content with Betances controlling the ninth inning if they do not sign Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. In a monetary sense, Betances making one-fifth the salary of his potential bullpen mate for virtually the same production is a major value to the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March.

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