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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits an RBI double during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits an RBI double during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

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"Laying in the weeds" just doesn't cut it when describing the Yankees and any pursuit of the offseason's top free agent prizes.

Instead, this Yankees team -- the Evil Empire -- is positioned in a galaxy far, far away, potentially readying the Death Star to blast into hyper-speed where it concerns the top free agents this winter.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett turns a double play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett turns a double play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Yankees have been looking at Manny Machado as an infielder to take over while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, they could also be in the trade market for Reds infielder Scooter Gennett.

The Yankees and Reds had "a little talk" regarding Gennett, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman, although it is unclear how significant of a talk it was.

The 28-year-old Gennett, who recorded a .310/.357/.490 batting line with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs in 154 games with Cincinnati last season, has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can become a free agent.

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SNY MLB insider Sweeny Murti discusses Cashman's latest with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper but floats a way Corey Kluber could land in NY.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has spoken with Manny Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, multiple times this offseason but none yet in Las Vegas during the MLB Winter Meetings.

"I'm not going to deny we've had a conversation or two," Cashman said, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees aren't "all-in" on signing Machado, SNY.tv's Andy Martino reported, and they are reportedly unwilling to get in a bidding war and pay him a $300 million contract.

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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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James Paxton is a terrific addition to the Yankees rotation and whatever relief pieces GM Brian Cashman lures to the Bronx likely will be key bullpen figures in 2019, too. Cashman also wants another starting pitcher. 
 
Whoever those hurlers are, though, they won't make the kind of splash that signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would. Heck, or both. This is the Yankees we're talking about, after all. 
 
Nor will the new pitchers impact the Yankee payroll in quite the same way as the 26-year-old mega-stars, who are projected by some this winter to stomp Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits a single in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits a single in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will reportedly meet with free agent Manny Machado during the Winer Meetings but are unwilling to pay him a $300 million contract, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.

New York is among several teams, including the Phillies and White Sox, who are heavily interested in the 26-year-old infielder.

Many rivals, according to SNY.tv's Andy Martino, believe the Yankees will be contenders to land Machado despite the idea that they are "lukewarm" on signing him following his "Johnny Hustle" comments.

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Didi Gregorius is a gamer.

It's hard to argue otherwise after the Yankees' shortstop said he knew he'd need surgery the second his right elbow popped in ALDS Game 2 at Fenway Park, according to New York Post's Ken Davidoff.

Ian Kinsler drove a deep double that ricocheted off the Green Monster in the seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen, new to the American League and the pesky towering wall, misplayed the ball. In an attempt to prevent Mitch Moreland from crossing home plate, Gregorius quickly hurled the ball toward home before Miguel Andujar cut off the throw from the infield. Despite the immediate pain, Gregorius kept playing. 

"I already knew [surgery would be needed] as soon as it happened on that play in Boston," Gregorius told New York Post on Saturday. "I already knew it was going to happen. I told them I'm playing; I don't care what they say."

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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)

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The Yankees passed on Patrick Corbin, smartly so at the price the Nationals paid, and now Nathan Eovaldi is heading back to the Red Sox. So where does Brian Cashman turn for starting pitching?

The obvious move is J.A. Happ, but if Cashman wants to gamble a bit on the potential for greater October dominance, as he did in trading for James Paxton, Trevor Bauer can be had at a bargain price.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees passed on Patrick Corbin, smartly so at the price the Nationals paid, and now Nathan Eovaldi is heading back to the Red Sox. So where does Brian Cashman turn for starting pitching?

The obvious move is J.A. Happ, but if Cashman wants to gamble a bit on the potential for greater October dominance, as he did in trading for James Paxton, Trevor Bauer can be had at a bargain price.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, John Harper
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the non-tender deadline at 8 p.m., the Yankees wasted no time tendering contracts to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the team announced Friday.

The list of players includes Luis SeverinoAaron HicksDellin BetancesGreg BirdAustin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Tommy Kahnle, Sonny Gray and newly-acquired starter James Paxton

If there was a surprise out of any of these players, it is certainly Kahnle, who is expected to earn $1.5 million in arbitration. The Yankees couldn't trust Kahnle last season, as he struggled with velocity and location issues. He had to take a stint in Triple-A to work through his issues, and eventually made his way back in pinstripes toward the end of the season...

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Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Friday is non-tender deadline day, and like the Mets, the Yankees have nine players who are eligible for salary arbitration.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman will surely offer arbitration to the majority of the list, there is one who could be looking at free agency: Tommy Kahnle.

The righty reliever is projected to earn $1.5 million after making $1.3 million this past season, according to MLBTradeRumors

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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

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Black Friday marks the biggest retail-shopping day of the holiday season because of the heavy discounts taken off many goods. Who are some middle infielders on the free agent market that could represent bargains for the Yankees?

The Yankees may eventually jump headfirst into the Manny Machado sweepstakes, but if they don't, each of the players we'll review (taken alphabetically below) might represent credible alternatives to the roster, and in some cases could be added even if they sign Machado.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: He might not be "Johnny Hustle," but free Manny Machado is an exceptional, just-hitting-his-prime baseball player that the Yankees have minimally conducted due diligence discussions around.

Here are the pros and cons of the Yanks signing Machado, what he might cost, and what the team should ultimately do…

What makes Machado a better fit than others?

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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To the astonishment of just about everybody in Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani proved he was worthy of all the "Japanese Babe Ruth" hype, so it's hard to argue that he is not a deserving winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award, as announced on Monday night.

But that shouldn't diminish Miguel Andujar's accomplishments in 2018. If anything, the historic nature of Ohtani's hitter/pitcher feats should only enhance appreciation for Andujar's rookie season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Yankees have been seeking background information on free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

New York has been monitoring the Machado situation, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a pursuit of Machado is more likely than a pursuit of free agent OF Bryce Harper

According to Martino, while the Yankees are not currently prepared to be overly aggressive when it comes to Machado, they're "ready to pounce" if his market doesn't get out of hand...

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws the ball to first base for an out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws the ball to first base for an out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will need to find a replacement at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery through at least the first half of the 2019 season.

Gleyber Torres may be the player to fill the void, but the second baseman's agent says Torres would be ready to take over full-time at shortstop if necessary.

"I think he would, wouldn't you?" Alan Nero said at the GM Meetings in California on Tuesday, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. "He just wants to play."

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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
		 (Eric Christian Smith/AP)
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner is still reeling over his team's loss to the Red Sox in this year's divisonal series. 

I mean, how could he not? The Red Sox are not only the Yankees' most hated rival, but it was in their own ballpark to make matters worse. It is why Steinbrenner told The Post's Joel Sherman the 3-1 series loss "certainly pisses me off. I never want a divsion rival to outdo us."

"I have no love for the Red Sox on the field or in the division," Steinbrenner added. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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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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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, the team announced.

The surgery, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. David Altchek. 

It was announced last week that Gregorius needed the surgery after injuring his elbow during the ALDS, but manager Aaron Boone was hopeful Gregorius will be with the team for most of the 2019 season.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, is primed for a busy offseason.

After staying under the luxury tax this season, the Yankees reset their threshold for next season, which means Steinbrenner has a little more wiggle room to work with. But in a recent interview on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show," it sounded like Steinbrenner doesn't mind living up to his family name and spending big if the player is worth it.

"Look, my family has always been willing to take money that comes off the payroll and put it back in," Steinbrenner said Friday. "We're going to do our best to field a championship-caliber team every single year. This coming year is going to be no different than last."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees' offseason is off to a rocky start.

As if the Yankees weren't dealing with enough disappointment being eliminated from the postseason Tuesday, the club announced Friday that star shortstop, Didi Gregorius, was set to undergo Tommy John surgery. Gregorius reportedly suffered the injury during the American League Division Series, and an MRI after the loss revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

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The first blush of reaction, after Yankees PR man Jason Zillo dropped the stunning news on reporters assembled for the team's post-mortem news conference that Didi Gregorius needed Tommy John surgery, was the most obvious: The team needed to pursue Manny Machado in free agency.

But it wasn't Gregorius' injury that made Machado an important item for the Yankees. The 26-year-old superstar was already a target, and rightfully so. The Yankees tried to trade for Machado twice -- last offseason and this July...

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will undergo Tommy John surgery after he injured his elbow during the ALDS, but manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Gregorius will be with the team for most of the 2019 season.

Gregorius, according to manager Aaron Boone, felt pain in his throwing elbow on a throw at Fenway Park, and an MRI revealed he had a torn right UCL.

"We're optimistic that he'll be back at some point during the season," Boone said Friday. "I don't want to speculate too much on when. It's obviously different than a pitcher ... so we think there's a real chance he plays the bulk of the season."

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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?

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Aaron Boone, J.A. Happ, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton explain what went wrong in the Yankees Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

The Yankees were knocking on the door, but the Red Sox shut them out in a 5-4 thriller in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park >> Box score


1) J.A. Happ was entrusted to take care of the Sox to kick off this series, but his stuff just wasn't there. After allowing a single to Andre Benintendi and walking Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez got the best of a 2-0 fastball and sent it over the Green Monster for a three-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the third, Happ was pulled after allowing runners on the corners to start. Chad Green didn't help allowing both runners across. Overall, Happ allowed five runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one over just two innings and 44 pitches. 

2) The Yankees began chipping away at the Red Sox' bullpen in the sixth inning after Chris Sale came out with two runners on. Luke Voit singled home Brett Gardner, while Didi Gregorius avoided a double play to bring home Giancarlo Stanton. But they missed a huge opportunity with bases loaded when Gleyber Torres struck out to end the inning. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: On Wednesday night, the Yankees will host the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game with a trip to the ALDS against Boston on the line. The winner-moves-on affair will be hotly contested between two extremely talented, yet different clubs.

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

The Yankees come at opposing pitchers with a strong right-handed leaning lineup. They pounded 267 home runs this season, but not a single player hit over 40 alone, and Aaron Judge played in just 111 games. Instead, the Yankees distributed their homers across 19 players, with 12 players reaching double digits (an MLB record). Each of their presumed starting nine managed at least 14 homers. And despite a much higher payroll than the A's, the Yanks maintain a young offensive core, with eight players no older than 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius is back in the lineup on Friday night just in time for the team's final regular season series before their Wild Card Game next week. Gregorius will bat sixth and play shortstop at Fenway Park.

Gregorius, who suffered ligament damage in his wrist after sliding into home plate, was cleared for baseball activities on Wednesday. He received an injection in his wrist, and said that he "would not want to sit out and watch that [Wild Card Game]," per MLB.com.

The veteran infielder will remain cautious as the Yankees need him for the postseason more than a regular season game that is essentially meaningless with the Red Sox already winning the division. 

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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | On Wednesday afternoon, I asked Brian Cashman if the Yankees were open to bullpenning the wild card game against Oakland next Wednesday by using a reliever as a starting pitcher. Here was his interesting answer:

Q: "Will you consider using a reliever as an opener for the wild card game, or are you 100% committed to a starting pitcher?"

Cashman: "We are open to all options at this point since we haven't concluded that process. Still trying to win home field."

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New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been cleared for baseball activities, Michael Kay of the YES Network reported Wednesday.

Gregorius, who recently received an injection in his injured wrist, said on Monday that he believes he will return this season after suffering ligament damage during the final play of the team's playoff-clinching victory on Saturday.

Gregorius said on Sunday that he "would not want to sit out and watch that [Wild Card Game]," per MLB.com.

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New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said on Monday that he believes he will return this season after suffering ligament damage during the final play of the team's playoff-clinching victory on Saturday.

Gregorius said on Sunday that he "would not want to sit out and watch that [Wild Card Game]," per MLB.com.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius is "significantly better," but warned that it is important to remain cautious until he is re-evaluated.

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The Orioles didn't make it easy, but the Yankees managed to hang on to defeat their division rival 10-8 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees jumped out to a quick start in the bottom of the first thanks to Didi Gregorius' 27th homer of the year -- a two-run moonshot to right field. Then, in the fourth, they would pile on four more runs, with Aaron Hicks' two-run homer the biggest blast. 

2) As stated before, the Orioles began to rack up runs as well, but the Yankees always answered. When the score got to 6-4 in the seventh, Andrew McCutchen and Luke Voit added RBI hits to push the lead to 9-4. The O's would eventually make it a one-run game after a four-run eighth inning, but Aaron Judge's RBI double gave them the insurance they needed to close it.

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield has waited his entire baseball life to finally live what happened on Wednesday night in the Bronx. And he left his Major League debut how any rookie would want: smiling.

Sheffield was called out of the bullpen in the top of the ninth to close out a 10-1 rout of the Red Sox. Being the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, he wanted to make a good first impression in his first game donning the pinstripes, and that included his run in between innings to warm up on the mound. 

"My legs felt like jello," he told YES Network after the game. "The first thing I was thinking was, you know, don't trip running to the mound. Just don't trip. Once I got out there, I felt like when I got on the mound everything was just going to settle down a little bit. But the nerves and adrenaline was pumping. I'm glad I got to go out there and get my first one in."

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Sep 11, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Sep 11, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Twins scored 10 runs in a span of three innings against the Yankees on Tuesday night and held on for a 10-5 win. >> Box score


1) Happ (16-6) remained undefeated as a Yankee by striking out three batters and shutting down the Twins. In eight starts since being traded from the Blue Jays, Happ is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA with New York.

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius each hit run-scoring doubles in a six-run seventh inning as the Yankees moved within eight games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

J.A. Happ threw six scoreless innings and the Yankees scored six runs in the seventh inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-0 on Monday at Target Field. >> Box score


1) Happ (16-6) remained undefeated as a Yankee by striking out three batters and shutting down the Twins. In eight starts since being traded from the Blue Jays, Happ is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA with New York.

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius each hit run-scoring doubles in a six-run seventh inning as the Yankees moved within eight games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

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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.

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius didn't make the start on Friday night in Seattle, but manager Aaron Boone still got him to make his return against the Mariners. 

Gregorius took over at shortstop in the bottom of the sixth inning, and will hit in Miguel Andujar's slot. Adeiny Hechavarria, who started the game at short, shifted over to third.

He already tested out the heel as he attempted to make a bare-handed play to get Jean Segura at first. However, Luke Voit couldn't make the scoop to end the inning. Gregorius didn't look to be in any pain, though, as he sprinted in to get the grounder. 

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

The Yankees activated shortstop Didi Gregorius off the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners, the team announced.

The 28-year-old Gregorius missed 16 games dating back to mid-August after he suffered a bruised heel on a collision while running to first base on Aug. 19 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees went 9-7 in Gregorius' absence, having Gleyber Torres fill in occasionally at shortstop and acquiring Adeiny Hechavarria to play shortstop as well. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius has treated his nagging left heel injury, and is expected to return to the team on Friday for their series opener against the Mariners, reports The Post's George A. King III.

Gregorius worked out before Wednesday's series finale against the A's in Oakland, and it was enough to convince manager Aaron Boone that he was ready for game action. 

"He had a good day and we are looking at probably activating him Friday," Boone said. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius looked good field grounders and taking batting practice before Sunday's game against the Tigers. And he agreed, saying he felt "good, really good" after the session. 

The veteran infielder has been sidelined for a couple weeks now after suffering a bruised left heel on Aug. 20. Though he may feel good, manager Aaron Boone said it isn't time to get Gregorius back just yet. 

However, Boone admitted he is close to his return...

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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has yet to start running but has hit in the batting cages and played catch as he looks to return from a heel injury, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

Gregorius is scheduled to see a doctor later Monday and said he still feels a little pain in his heel, although he added his bruise has improved.

The 28-year-old Gregorius suffered a heal contusion last weekend at a collision at first base, but manager Aaron Boone said on Sunday he believes Gregorius could be back in New York's lineup for next week's series against the Oakland A's.

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The Yankees have gained some ground in the AL East race, but they are still without three of their regular starters in Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez

But some good news came on Sunday when Gregorius said he felt good swinging a bat for the first time since his heel injury. 

"It went good, wait and see what happens, he told The Post's George A. King III. Whatever they tell me to do, I do. It's one step at a time."

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" the team will have shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Gary Sanchez by the time the team begins a pivotal road trip next week, he told reporters prior to Sunday's game against the Orioles.

Gregorius, who has been out since last Sunday, and Sanchez, who has played just thrice since June 24, would provide massive boosts to a Yankees lineup that has been without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge for a month.

Boone believes they could both return on or by Sept. 3, which is when the Yankees begin a crucial three-game series against the AL West-contending Oakland A's. That series marks the beginning of a nine-game road trip that includes games against the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins.

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Aug 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is checked out by first base coach Reggie Willits (50) and manager Aaron Boone (right) after his collision at first base against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is checked out by first base coach Reggie Willits (50) and manager Aaron Boone (right) after his collision at first base against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius said he is planning to begin swinging a bat on Monday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the New York Yankees' struggles at the plate in the team's 9-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees had the early lead, but the Marlins' bats got red hot late in the game to split the two-game series in a 9-3 loss for the Bombers. >> Box score 


1) The sixth inning is where everything went south for the Yanks. Lance Lynn was rolling through the Marlins' lineup through the first five innings, and the Yankees had managed to put two runs across the board. However, Lynn gave up back-to-back singles to start the sixth, and it would lead to one run coming across on an infield single by Austin Dean. The big blow was Miguel Rojas, though, who belted a three-run homer to take a 4-2 lead. Tommy Kahnle, then, let up a double to score another run. 

2) Chance Adams, who was recalled from Triple-A in place of Aroldis Chapman, had an outing he probably would like to forget. He allowed four runs, three earned on four hits and three walks over 1.2 innings. He also allowed a homer to JT Riddle as well. He isn't making a good first impression in the Bigs with a 8.10 ERA. 

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Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees have won four games in a row after an extra-inning win against the Marlins on Tuesday night. And though they have been slicing off a couple games in the AL East race with the Red Sox losing three straight, some don't see that competitive fire from the Bombers. 

In particular, former MLB pitcher and current MLB Network analyst, Pedro Martinez, doesn't see any real hustle or drive from the Yankees. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have endured their share of injuries to key players this season, but the latest to Didi Gregorius could throw the team over the edge in terms of testing depth and the impact it will have on the club's ability to maintain their position as the league's top wild card team.

Gregorius was diagnosed with a deep bruise on his left heel after a collision at first base Sunday, with the team placing him on the 10-day DL on Tuesday. With Gregorius out, Gleyber Torres will likely take over shortstop responsibilities while Neil Walker heads back to a much more familiar spot at second base.

Removing Gregorius, who is hitting .270 with a .333 OBP and .482 slugging percentage along with 22 home runs and 74 RBI, from the lineup will have an adverse affect on a squad already missing Aaron Judge (with Giancarlo Stanton hobbled enough to keep him from playing right field) and Gary Sanchez. Gregorius is also the glue that keeps this team together in the infield, and his absence from the game will have as much of an impact as Judge's in terms of cohesiveness of the group...

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could be placed on the disabled list following a collision with Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales, manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game.

Gregorius suffered "a pretty bad bruise on his heel" after colliding with Morales while beating out a grounder for an infield single. He left the game following the second inning and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes.

"Not great there, but we'll just kind of see where we are tomorrow," Boone said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty, of Gregorius, who was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for tests.

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Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius hit another home run on Saturday against the Blue Jays and he's been consistent in where those dingers land.

Gregorius has pulled each of his 89 career home runs, never sending a shot to the opposite field. Check it out.

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia spent six seasons as Derek Jeter's teammate and the last four as Didi Gregorius'.

For as much of an icon Jeter was in New York, he commended Gregorius' ability to take on the role of being the franchise shortstop.

"If he wouldn't have come in and did what he did the last three or four years," Sabathia said of Gregorius, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty, "we'd still be talking about Jeet and how we need leadership and all that stuff. ... But he's erased it. You've got to give him credit for that."

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The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Lance Lynn's first start as a Yankee, dealing 7 1/3 scoreless innings and securing the win.

Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker both homered while Lance Lynn took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-0 win against the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score


1) Torres and Walker both had two htis and two RBIs. Torres hit a solo homer off Thyago Vieira in the eighth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead, and Walker added a two-run homer later in the inning. 

2) Making his first start with the Yankees after pitching 4 1/3 innings of relief last Wednesday, Lynn (8-8) allowed two hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring 19 batters in a row between Daniel Palka's first-inning infield single and Nicky Delmonico's single to right field in the eighth.

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