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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki on a one-year minimum deal this offseason once the Toronto Blue Jays released him, and manager Aaron Boone believes the 34-year-old shortstop can recover from double heel surgery to make a significant impact with New York.

"We feel like he's in a good place and over some of the injuries that really plagued him over the last year and a half, two years,'' Boone said during Wednesday's press conference. "We'll try to be vigilant as far as how his schedule goes and obviously communicating with him. We'll develop a plan that kind of evolves a little bit."

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As the Yankees descend on George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for spring training, who will be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north? There are some intriguing battles and here's how we see things shaking out.

Starting Rotation (5)

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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Didi Gregorius has awhile before he can join his teammates again for a game, but he took a big step in the right direction on Monday down in Tampa. 

Gregorius was seen throwing for the first time since he underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17. According to NJ.com's Randy Miller, the veteran had "25 tosses" from "60 feet" at the Yankees' minor-league facility, and was also making light throws to first base fielding grounders at short. 

The best result coming from this small workout was Gregorius feeling no pain in his elbow. However, he realizes how long the road ahead of him is...

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

Didi Gregorius is ready to begin working his way back to the field. 

The Yankees shortstop, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow at the end of the 2018 season, was cleared to begin a throwing program, manager Aaron Boone said at the Thurman Munson Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown on Tuesday. 

"Everything is going well and according to plan," Boone said. 

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Friday is the deadline for teams to exchange numbers with players who are arbitration-eligible. If a deal is not agreed upon they must schedule a hearing next month in front of a panel of arbitrators to determine that player's salary for the 2019 season. 

Teams that do not reach deals could still negotiate up until the hearing date on a one-year contract or multi-year extension. 

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Sep 15, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu (9) looks to throw the ball during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports (Kiel Maddox)
Sep 15, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu (9) looks to throw the ball during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports (Kiel Maddox)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees came to an agreement with a Gold Glove infielder Friday afternoon, but it wasn't Manny Machado.

The Yankees appear to have strayed even further away from Machado, agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with DJ LeMahieu according to reports and confirmed by SNYtv's Andy Martino.

LeMahieu, 30, is contact hitter who owns a career .298 avereage with a .350 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage. LeMahieu does possess home/road splits that favor hitter friendly Coors Field, but his approach at the plate could still translate well in New York.

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Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

All along, attached speculation to the Yankees potential signing of Manny Machado has come with Miguel Andujar enduring the largest impact of the move - a trade out of New York.

However, there is a distinct chance that the Yankees hold onto Andujar - at least in the short term - should they sign Machado and consequently unavoidable fallout to the rest of the roster. The Yankees will not trade Andujar for just anyone. The starting pitchers worth Andujar's talent might not necessarily be available in trade and certain clubs may not be willing to deal with New York.

Keeping Andujar presents some issues (not all necessarily bad) for the Yankees.

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Jul 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws the ball around prior to an MLB game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)
Jul 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws the ball around prior to an MLB game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)

Troy Tulowitzki garnered interest from 16 teams following a workout in front of scouts in December, but the veteran shortstop ultimately chose the Yankees. 

Tulowitzki said it was simple: He wanted to play shortstop and play for a contender. 

The 34-year-old explained his reasoning during a conference call on Monday and said the Yankees offered him both of those opportunities, despite the team's pursuit of free-agent Manny Machado and expection for Didi Gregorius to return the second half of the season from Tommy John surgery. 

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Jul 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws the ball around prior to an MLB game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)
Jul 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws the ball around prior to an MLB game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)

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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...

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Troy Tulowitzki signed with the Yankees to be the starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns, meaning that Manny Machado almost certainly will not be able to play his favorite position in New York.

According to people with direct knowledge of negotiations, Tulowitzki was only talking with teams that were willing to offer him a starting job. That list included the Cubs and Pirates, as SNY reported earlier on Friday.

If the Yankees do sign Machado, it would only be to play third base, where he is an elite defender. But Machado has repeatedly expressed a preference to play short. He will have to compromise if he wants to be a Yankee.

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws out Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws out Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees remain silent about their pursuit of Manny Machado, and the baseball world is left to guess where the star free agent will ultimately sign. But, as we've previously reported, their interest in the player appears lukewarm. They might land him, but they don't exactly seem thrilled about the possibility.

And now, new information about Troy Tulowitzki's decision to sign with the Yanks makes you wonder again if Machado will indeed choose another team.

Consider this:

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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : All through the offseason, the Yankees' stance on Manny Machado has remained the same: They like the player, but won't go crazy for him, especially after a troubling postseason that raised serious questions about his on-field maturity. They believe they can assemble a championship-caliber team with or without him, and they do not expect to be the highest bidder.

By staying consistent in this stance, the team now finds itself in strong position because it's easier to win a negotiation when you are sincerely willing to walk away.

The guess here -- and really, it's just speculation because neither Machado nor his agent, Dan Lozano, has telegraphed his intentions to anyone in the media, as far as we can tell -- is that the Yankees will ultimately land him. Just call it a vibe we're catching.

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SNY Holiday GIF Guide 00:00:43
With the holiday season upon us, SNY would like to give a GIF for a few of the NY sports teams during the season of giving.

As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Yankees are looking to see if their Christmas list will be fulfilled as the MLB offseason is in full swing. But we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these whether the Yanks make a signing, miss out on your favorite free agent, or save for the season.

Check them out below!

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Sep 26, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy (3) singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Sep 26, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy (3) singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Free agent 2B Daniel Murphy is heading to the Rockies, with Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan reporting both sides have agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal. 

The 33-year-old played 56 games with the Nationals before being traded to the Cubs last season. While hitting .300/.341/.442 with six homers and 29 RBI in Washington, Murphy owned a .297/.329/.471 line with six homers and 13 RBI over 35 games. 

So why does Murphy matter to the Yankees? He could have been an option to place at second base if the Yankees decided to shift Gleyber Torres to shortstop in the absence of Didi Gregorius for most of the season. 

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Miguel Andujar
Miguel Andujar

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Many believe if the Yankees sign free-agent infielder Manny Machado, current third baseman Miguel Andujar is good as gone. Whether that occurs before spring training or after Didi Gregorius returns from his injury seems to be a formality to those adhering to the sentiment.

However, there are circumstances that might persuade the Yankees to stick with Andujar beyond the 2019 season

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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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesThe 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 visits Yankee Stadium, dines with club

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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

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Sep 25, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis (13) fields the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 25, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis (13) fields the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

With an injured Didi Gregorius, the Yankees -- in addition to the Mets -- are reportedly interested in acquiring Freddy Galvis to fill a need at shortstop, but they may have some new competition.

The Pirates have a big interest in the 29-year-old switch-hitting infielder, according to George A. King II of the New York Post.Jordy Mercer, who played with Pittsburgh the last seven seasons, signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Tigers on Friday.

A talent evaluator touted Galvis' versatility, telling the New York Post that he "can play short, second and third, and if you needed him he can play the outfield." The evaluator added that Galvis "has some pop" and "is a real good guy." 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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Could Yankees land Kluber? 00:01:01
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. 

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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.

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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)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
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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)

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)

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

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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...

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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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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."

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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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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.

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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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