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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees are averaging five runs per game, good for second the American League (sixth overall), yet it could be better.

The Yankees (12-7) are winning games in spite of their leadoff hitter Brett Gardner's struggles, while Jacoby Ellsbury, who could be hitting No. 1, is currently swinging in the middle of the lineup.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Brian Cashman said Gary Sanchez will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Scraton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Brian Hoch of MLB.com.

"I'm very happy that day is getting closer," Sanchez said to ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I'm really excited that the day I will come back to the field is getting closer and closer." 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Much of the excitement surrounding the Yankees this season centered on the young players getting a chance to take over roles with an eye toward the future. The first glimpse of a new era heightened last August when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took over behind the plate. Sanchez's historic home run barrage and cannon arm put a charge into the notion of the youth movement creating a new core.

Unfortunately, Sanchez will be out for four weeks with a biceps strain, leaving a huge vacancy in the lineup. The Yankees were already down one of their potent bats with Didi Gregorius out with a shoulder injury until early May, so Sanchez's malady further depletes the team's offensive firepower.

While the Yankees do not need to venture outside the organization for catching help, neither Austin Romine nor Kyle Higashioka will put up statistics resembling Sanchez's potential. As such, the Yankees will need someone in the everyday lineup to step up their game over the next four weeks. I contend this will have to be a collective effort, with four players potentially playing a bigger role.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))
Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))

Gary Sanchez will miss roughly four weeks due to a Grade 1 strain of the muscle behind his right biceps, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Monday's win.

Sanchez, who had an MRI earlier Monday, was placed on the disabled list due to the injury after leaving Saturday's game against the Orioles during the fifth inning.

The 24-year-old catcher has one home run and two RBI in four games for the Yankees this season. He hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in 53 games as a rookie in 2016.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.

After rallying to beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday, the Yankees finished 2-4 on their season-opening road trip. Michael Pineda (0-1) starts Monday for New York against Alex Cobb (1-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

"It's going to be packed," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Fans are going to be excited."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin
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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

It takes patience for a foundation to set. Not until the cement dries can the structure be built, eventually resulting in a finished product.

The Yankees enter the 2017 season with a promising young group of players already at the major league level and a fine collection of minor league players nearly ready to join them. Add the Yankees' ability to make trades with the prospects they don't have room for and their ability to play at the top of the free agent market, it is easy to envision the opportunity for an extended run of highly competitive Yankees squads.

Rewind to the 1996 season when three-fourths of the Core Four (Jorge Posada made his mark later) - plus Bernie Williams - made significant contributions to the Yankees' first World Series title since 1978. The 27-year-old Williams rapped 29 home runs and drove in 102 runs, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award at 22 years old, Andy Pettitte won 21 games at 24 and Mariano Rivera racked up 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at the age of 26.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits as they beat the Phillies, 14-1, on Thursday afternoon in their Grapefruit League finale >> Click here for the full box score


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
  • Gary SanchezRonald Torreyes, and Rashad Crawford all hit home runs.
  • Luis Severino allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings.
  • Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both tossed a scoreless inning in relief...
Tags: Adam Warren, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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(Reinhold Matay)

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

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

Chance Adams

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

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

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird? 00:02:06
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

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(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Versus right-handed pitcher

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gary SanchezMatt HollidayAaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka all went deep for the Yankees, who defeated Team Canada, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Holliday and Hicks drove in two runs apiece. Hicks also singled and scored twice, finsihing 2-for-3.
  • Prospect Jorge Mateo went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Chase Headley tripled and scored while Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored a run.
  • Luis Severino allowed a two-run homer in the first but kept Canada off the board over his next three frames. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his only inning of work. 

Next Up:

The Yankees hit the road to face the Braves at Champion Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will toe the rubber in his second Grapefruit League start.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Ruben Tejada
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Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Matt Holliday, Greg Bird and Billy McKinney homered to lead the Yankees past the Orioles, 8-1, on Thursday night in Tampa.

  • Bird's two-run homer was his third of the spring.
  • Holliday hit a solo shot for his first home run.
  • McKinney went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, homering for the second time.
Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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The Sanchize 00:03:22
Daily News Live on the emergence of Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and expectations for the upcoming season.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez threw out two would-be base-stealers during Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

Sanchez, who threw out 41 percent of the runners trying to steal against him last year (13 of 32), has some of his teammates marveling at his prowess.

"I don't know why they run," Starlin Castro said, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "After the first guy, I didn't think they'd run anymore. It's unbelievable."

Castro added that Sanchez is the best throwing catcher he has ever played with, and compared him to Yadier Molina of the Cardinals...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

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

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge says he feels like an underdog heading into this season.

"I feel like an underdog," Judge said Monday in Tampa, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I'm fitting to go in there and take a job, to be honest."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested last week that the right field Judge is the 24-year-old Judge's to lose.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has changed his mind and decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring, reports WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Sanchez had originally committed to playing for the Dominican Republic team. He will now be with the Yankees for the duration of Spring Training.

The 24-year-old catcher hit .299/.376/.657 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in only 53 games played last season. Sanchez finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. 

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

How they fared in 2016

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres was named the third-best prospect by the MLB Network on its Top 100 prospects show Saturday night.

Previous reports

Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball ESPN's Keith Law.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.

Law wrote Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Aroldis Chapman trade, is "the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor because of his feel for hitting.

"To get this kind of player for two months of a one-inning reliever has to make Yankee fans' hearts sing," Law added.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

How Holliday fared in 2016

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Is there pressure on Sanchez? 00:05:13
Baseball Night in New York talks about whether Gary Sanchez can handle the pressure to perform that he faces heading into the season.

Baseball Night New York debates how Gary Sanchez will handle the pressure of things expected of him this season.


Will Sanchez be able to live up to the expectations? Read more!


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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will receive the Thurman Munson award.

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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

Tags: Gary Sanchez, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Happy Hollidays 00:02:29
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Yankees' signing of veteran Matt Holliday and ponders his impact on the team in 2017.

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

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

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

Tags: Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

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

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

Dellin Betances ($3.4 million)

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.

"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."

Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.

With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to use Brian McCann as the club's full-time designated hitter if it came to it. But a deal came along that the Yankees and McCann did not want to pass up, leaving a fairly large void to fill. Fortunately for Cashman, he can sort through a multitude of options that sit on the open market.

Carlos Beltran

A reunion with the 40-year-old switch-hitter is certainly an option. Beltran was traded to the Texas Rangers for prospects including Dillon Tate, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, before last season's trade deadline.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman discusses his thought process on the trade of catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for two prospects.

The Yankees have traded C Brian McCann and cash considerations to the Houston Astros for RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzmanthe team announced Thursday evening

The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of McCann's $17 million salary each of the next two years, while the Astros will cover the other $11.5 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Tags: Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez finished second for the American League Rookie of the Year award, losing out to Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday.

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird soared once called up to the big leagues in 2015, seemingly easing the then impending loss of veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira considering his contract would expire in 2016. Instead, Bird missed the entire 2016 season after surgery on his right shoulder, calling into question his potential imprint on the Yankees 2017 roster.I felt that Bird was going to be an important piece to the 2016 season. Despite Teixeira's and Alex Rodriguez's comeback seasons in 2015, each had questions marks coming into 2016. Teixeira's season-ending injury in 2015 was just another in a growing line of maladies, and believing a 40-year-old Rodriguez could duplicate his 2015 season was risky.Bird, a top prospect for the club (he was ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline among Yankees' prospects prior to the call-up), made fans forget about Teixeira quickly. The left-handed hitter roped nine doubles, smacked 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in route to a .871 OPS (135 OPS+). Bird also played sound defense at first base, while blending in well with his teammates. The Yankees were in the middle stages of a transition to younger players, making Bird's success something to be excited about with some of his former teammates making noise in the minor leagues.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?False sense of security in Teixeira and RodriguezThe Yankees scored the second-most runs in the American League in 2015, led by surprise production from first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The players combined for 64 home runs and 165 RBIs that season completely surpassing expectations. However, the Yankees made a poor assumption that they would receive similar performances from an injury-plagued Teixeira and an aging Rodriguez.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)

The traditional debates at the end of baseball seasons concerning a team's best offensive player, pitcher, rookie and on and on are fun retrospectives. I'd like to go off the beaten path and discuss the Yankees' Most Important Player of the Year - Gary Sanchez.Sanchez single-handedly made the 2016 season exciting, relevant and potentially saved the organization from reverting to its old ways of conducting business.The Yankees languished around the .500 mark from May 24 well-through the non-waiver trade deadline after a pitiful 9-17 start. There were glimpses of fire, but each was always meet with a "back-to-Earth" bucket of water. Once the Yankees decided to sell assets at the trade deadline, the harsh reality of a lost season set into fans' conscience.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius led the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Red Sox.

Gary Sanchez homered again and the Yankees recovered after blowing a late lead as they beat the Red Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, Tyler Austin's two-run homer gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
  • Tyler Clippard struck out David Ortiz with two on and two out in the ninth inning to seal the win.
  • The Red Sox had tied it at 4 in the seventh when Aaron Hill hit a solo homer and Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single.
  • Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Yankees up 4-2.
  • The Red Sox had drawn within 3-2 in the sixth inning after getting an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia and an RBI groundout from Mookie Betts.
  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer (his 20th of the season) in the first inning.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the fifth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 3-0.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.

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The Yankees youngsters had a big part to play in tonight's victory.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Hicks and Mark Teixeira homered in a five-run ninth inning and the New York Yankees hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-5, Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more

  • Teixeira hit a one-out home run off Jason GrilliDidi Gregorius followed with a single and Hicks homered to right field to break the 3-3 tie.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and Gary Sanchez a sac fly off Danny Barnes that gave the Yankees a 7-3 lead.
  • Dellin Betances walked two batters and made an error in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was pulled without recording an out.
  • Tommy Layne came in and allowed two runs on a bases-loaded walk and Dioner Navarro single, but got Russell Martin to ground into a fielder's choice and Troy Tulowitzki to foul out to end the game.
  • Manager Joe Girardi, starting pitcher Luis Severino, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bench coach Rob Thomson were all ejected by the second inning.
  • Jonathn Holder allowed two runs in the third inning on a Tulowitzki RBI double and Michael Saunders RBI single that gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.
  • Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Sanchez hit an RBI ground out in the first inning.

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The Yankees' performance over the 14 games previous to Monday's seemed to demonstrate the club had no fight left in them, which seemed ridiculous considering they were closing in on a playoff spot after a seven-game win streak. But, J.A. Happ provided a spark by "having his teammate's back," to which Severino added gasoline by retaliating in kind.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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(Kim Klement)

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Individual awards are nice, but postseason appearances and sustained success matter more.

When the New York Yankees called up catching prospect Gary Sanchez, rest assured he was not looking to win individual awards. His goals were to prove he belonged and provide some energy to a team that was sleep-walking through the season.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees opened an early 7-0 lead and beat the Rays, 11-5, on Wednesday night in Tampa.

  • RBI singles from Gary Sanchez, Brian McCann, and Ronald Torreyes in the first inning gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead
  • In the second inning, Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius added a sacrifice fly to extend New York's lead to 7-0.
  • The Rays hit four home runs in the third inning off Masahiro Tanaka -- including back-to-back-to-back shots -- to cut the lead to 7-4.
  • Sanchez hit a solo homer (his 19th of the season) in the sixth inning to make it 8-4, Yankees.
  • Brad Miller's solo homer in the eighth inning cut Tampa's deficit to 8-5.
  • An RBI single from Mason Williams and two-run homer from Donovan Solano in the ninth inning upped New York's lead to 11-5

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As the Yankees try to desperately inch their way back into the playoff race (again), Sanchez continues to elevate his game to meteoric heights.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

With first base open in a 2-2 game, Sanchez homered off Brad Boxberger for his sixth home run in the past 11 games to give the Yankees the lead.

"He's meant a lot," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Associated Press. "Offensively and defensively. It's kind of fitting that he got the big hit."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Michael Pineda allowed two runs and struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings and Gary Sanchez homered again as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-3, on Tuesday night in Tampa.

  • Trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Brett Gardner hit game-tying RBI single and Gary Sanchez launched a three-run homer to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead.
  • A passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning allowed the Rays to draw within 5-3.
  • Brad Miller's two-run triple in the third inning gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.
  • The Yankees drew within 2-1 in the fourth when Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer.
  • Luis Severino tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief, while Tyler Clippard allowed a run in his inning of work.
  • Dellin Betances fired a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

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The Yankees' very faint playoff hopes remain alive. The Rays have been playing spoiler this month, and were set to strike again, having the Yankees down 2-1 at the top of the seventh inning, despite an 11-strikeout performance from Michael Pineda. But with the score tied, the Rays decided to pitch to Gary Sanchez with a base open and he unloaded another 400-plus-foot home run.

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