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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesManny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.

If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.

Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2019 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an indi-vidual basis. The list is taken alphabetically.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees would be better with Manny Machado on the roster and it's a move that the team should make. However, the extent to which Machado improves the club is unknown and the notion that the offseason will be a failure if the Yanks cannot sign the 26-year-old is not entirely true.

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray
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It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's a list of Yankees who have been rumored in deals, where they rank them from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. RHP Sonny Gray

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, John Harper
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone indulged in a lengthy interview with the media during the Las Vegas Winter Meetings, and he touched on a lot of the hot topics surrounding the team as it gears up for the new season. 

Other than starting pitching, one of the biggest areas the Yankees need to figure out is what they are going to do at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. They have a couple options with winning the Manny Machado sweepstakes, and moving Gleyber Torres to shortstop -- his natural position -- among them. 

Boone didn't divulge on which option he would rather have, but he did give credit to Torres for how his versatility in the infield will help the Yankees either way...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It was reported earlier Tuesday the Yankees may be in on the J.T. Realmuto trade talks, but GM Brian Cashman killed that idea right away during his media availabilty.

According to multiple reports, Cashman isn't pursuing a starting catcher, and is committed to Gary Sanchez staying in the position for the 2019 season. 

The reason some may have believed the Yankees would want a change at the catching position stems from Sanchez' tumultuous season in 2018. He hit a dreadful .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBI over 89 games, as he battled trips to the DL with groin injuries. 

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees will reportedly not in serious trade talks with the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said last week that a report that indicated the Yankees were considering trading Gary Sanchez and replacing him with Realmuto "completely false" and reaffirmed his assertion that Sanchez, despite his struggles at the plate in 2018, was the team's starting catcher.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman dismissed the Gary Sanchez trade rumors, said he didn't know when Patrick Corbin would make a decision on where he would sign and commended the Mets for acquiring Robinson Cano.

Cashman called a report that suggested the Yankees were showing interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto to replace Sanchez "completely false," according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

"I saw that somebody had written that we had offered for Realmuto," he said. "That is completely false.''

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have reportedly been engaged with the Marlins about making a trade for All-Star backstop, J.T. Realmuto, which minimally suggests that New York is getting antsy with its 26-year-old catcher.

Passed ball after passed ball, wild pitch after wild pitch, all that Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had produced with his bat since his call-up in 2016 began to fade away in 2018. As the lethal offense screeched to a virtual halt, the wheels seemingly began to spin for the Yankees' front office in reference to Sanchez's future with the club.

It is understandable for the Yankees to question Sanchez's future, but here is why the organization should not trade him in a deal for Realmuto...

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin pitches against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin pitches against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Another round of GM Meetings is in the books for Brian Cashman, and there were plenty of stories surrounding the Yankees that will continue to take shape before next month's Winter Meetings.

Here are the top storylines from the meetings in Carlsbad, CA..

Tags: Andrew Miller, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman reveals the news that catcher Gary Sanchez will require shoulder surgery that could sideline him until opening day.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez underwent successful shoulder surgery on Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. The surgery was performed by Yankees Head team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that Sanchez has been trouble with his shoulder since 2017. He would receive cortisone shots to play through the injury, but he aggravated it more during training in Tampa this past week.

"We could've continued with the conservative treatment but we're going to go the other route and just stay ahead of it," Cashman said. "Down time is three month -- he'll be ready to go by Opening Day at the latest."

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

There's not a person in Boston who laments the Red Sox acquisition of Chris Sale from the White Sox in 2016.

But if you ask Brian Cashman, the general manager of a Yankees team that could've used Sale in the last two postseasons, he'll tell you he also has no regrets about passing on a trade for the lefty ace.

"Thank God I didn't do that, actually," Cashman said Tuesday at the GM meetings in California, per the New York Post. "You'd be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn't have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then."

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

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

Make space

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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In the event the Mets' new front office decides to trade a top starting pitcher, I'm sad to say Noah Syndergaard should be the one to go...

I'd prefer the Mets do nothing, keep their rotation in tact, and rely on cash -- not trades -- to add position players from the free agent market, such as 26-year-old superstar 3B-SS Manny Machado.

However, if due to budget or ideology they need to swap players, I'd hold my nose and deal Syndergaard because he will bring back the most talent of the guys able to be replaced on the open market...

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: In a matter of three seasons, Gary Sanchez has gone from "Future catcher of the Yankees" to "Catcher for the Yankees" to "Should he be catching for the Yankees?"

Sanchez endured an utterly terrible 2018 season in all respects of the game. He couldn't hit, seemingly got worse at his position and once again had his effort questioned. He will turn 26 years old in December, so this is not about a player that is heading past his prime, but rather a player that has the talent to put it all together and become a superstar.

Sanchez appeared on his way to superstardom behind a booming bat, as he launched 53 home runs in his first two big league seasons (175 games, 754 plate appearances). His offensive display was more than enough for many to tolerate some defensive lapses behind the plate...

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says teams have called to inquire about trading for catcher Gary Sanchez. Despite the interest and the fact that Sanchez had an awful year in 2018, Cashman says he is unavailable.

"He will be our starting catcher next year," Cashman told Michael Kay on Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio. 

"I think some bad luck early led to trying too hard ... and then his confidence wavered," Cashman said. "I think toward the end of the regular season, and in the second season, you saw he started to get his mojo back."

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

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

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.

Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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The ALDS shifts gears as the Yankees return home with the series tied, 1-1, and a chance to take the lead against the Red Sox. 

Yankees Notes

The Yankees jumped all over Red Sox starter David Price, tagging him for three runs and knocking him out of the game after 1.2 innings en route to a 6-2 victory. The Yankees are 2-1 in ALDS Game 3 with the series tied a 1-1 and are 13-6 all-time in ALDS Game 3's. ...Gary Sanchez recorded his first multi-home run postseason game with a pair of blasts in Game 2. Aaron Judge homered in Game 2 and joined Hank Bauer and Johnny Mize as the only MLB players to homer in their first three postseason games. ...Andrew McCutchen knocked in his first career postseason run with a RBI single in Game 2. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
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(USA Today)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez put his 2018 hitting woes behind him on Saturday night when he hit two home runs in the team's win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. 

Sanchez hit a solo home run in the second inning and then turned a one-run ballgame into a then-five-run lead for the Yankees in the sixth inning when he launched a three-run blast.

The 25-year-old Sanchez's second home run of the night traveled 479 feet, which ranks as the second-longest home run hit in the playoffs since homers started being tracked by StatCast in 2015, per MLB.com. Sanchez also became the first Yankees catcher to log a multi-home run game in the playoffs since Yogi Berra achieved the feat in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.

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The Yankees took advantage of a favorable matchup and cashed in with a 6-2 win to tie the ALDS at one apiece in Boston Saturday night...

Gardner the grinder

Aaron Hicks is obviously a much more productive player than Brett Gardner in 2018, but Gardner's entry into the lineup Saturday, courtesy of Hicks' hamstring injury, was at least well-timed. For one, Gardner has better career numbers (.269 to .212 batting average) versus starter David Price. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about how Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka contributed to a win in Game 2 of the ALDS.

David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score


1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season. 

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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. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)

He may not be in the dugout this time, but former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is all-in on the Bombers. 

Girardi spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN Wednesday ahead of the 2018 AL Wild Card Game, and didn't just call the pinstripes the favorite to win tonight. He also thinks they are the team to beat out of the American League. 

"I personally think the Yankees are the team to beat," he explained. "...Imagine a team that won 100 games that there were so many concerns. If they play to their ability, I believe they are the team to beat."

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

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in New York's seven-run third inning as the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Sanchez, who had been in a 1-for-27 slump over his previous eight games, drove in at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 15 as the Yankees' magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card game to 3.

2) The Yankees scored seven runs on four hits in the third inning off three Rays pitchers, which was more than enough run support for Luis Severino (19-8), who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five innings.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that C Gary Sanchez will start behind the plate in the team's upcoming Wild Card playoff game.

Boone is hoping that Sanchez, who has struck out nine times in his last 20 at-bats, is able to get in a groove before the end of the regular season.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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

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

Who is the starting pitcher?

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

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


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

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

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

A former Yankees manager has some suggestions for how the new manager can help fix Gary Sanchez's defensive issues.

Joe Girardi went 910-710 in charge of the Yankees from 2008-17 while leading the Yankees to Game 7 of the ALCS last season before being replaced by Aaron Boone. He has some suggestions for his successor. A former MLB catcher himself, Girardi went on MLB Network's "High Heat" to dissect Sanchez's shortcomings.

"Over the next four weeks, I'd try to fix his base," Girardi said Thursday on MLB network's "High Heat" with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. "It's his base, the left knee collapses and he's not in a position to catch some of these balls and block some of these balls."

Sanchez is tied for a league-worst 13 passed balls this season despite having missed time due to multiple DL stints. Last season, he had the most passed balls in the AL with 16 in 122 games.

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Luis Severino is the obvious choice to start the Wild Card Game for the Yankees. He has the most talent, best stuff, and is the only member of the rotation who can legitimately be labeled an ace.

The only problem? You can't start him in the wild card game -- not after last night.

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Time is running out, but Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez still has a chance to make a miserable overall season disappear.

Fans remember big hits and exhilarating plays. Those moments are especially engrained in our memory banks when they occur down the stretch and more so in the postseason. If Sanchez can abruptly change his overall production over the final three-plus weeks of the regular season and be a major contributor to an extended Yankees' run in the postseason, the glory he gained in 2016 and parts of 2017 may return.

It might seem like a long shot to suggest that any positive finish to Sanchez's season can mask the problems he's encountered behind the plate in 2018. Moreover, it could be considered an egregious thought that Sanchez would turn things around defensively after Wednesday night's two passed balls and two wild pitches in a singular inning.

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Larry Ridley, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' 6-3 loss to A's in what was likely a preview of the Wild Card Game.

CC Sabathia allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees dropped their second straight game with a 6-3 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score


1) Sabathia (7-6) only has one win since July 9 and struggled from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning. He allowed an RBI single to Khris Davis, issued a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson and surrendered another run on a Miguel Andujar error.

2) The Yankees' 2-6 hitters combined to go 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while Gary Sanchez struck out with two runners on to end the eighth inning.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Even after adding Andrew McCutchen and Adeiny Hechavarria, the Yankees aren't done making additions.

Gary Sanchez is about to return from the DL. He initially hit the shelf on June 25 and returned for three games before being placed back on the DL, but feels ready to go.

"I feel good," Sanchez said Friday. "I'm ready to play."

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez is rehabbing in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and his opponents are learning the power he has in his bat. 

Sanchez mashed a solo homer to right field on Wednesday night. It was his second in two straight games. 

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run in his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday as he aims to return from a groin injury later this week.

Sanchez, who played seven innings at catcher, homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, lined out in the third inning, singled in the fifth and then struck out in the seventh.

Sanchez, who has played just three MLB games since June 24, will be the RailRiders' designated hitter on Tuesday and catch a full nine innings on Wednesday. 

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(Wendell Cruz)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez arrived in Scranton/Wilkes-Barres on Monday to begin the final stage of his rehab assignment. 

Playing in three games, Sanchez will catch seven innings tonight followed by a DH stint on Tuesday and catching a full nine innings on Wednesday, according to Times Leader's DJ Eberle.

If everything goes smoothly for Sanchez, manager Aaron Boone said that he wouldn't waste any time getting his power bat back in the lineup as soon as possible. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez served as the DH in his first rehab assignment on Saturday with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees.

Sanchez, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run, played until he was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Sanchez reached base on a throwing error his first time up before he walked in the second inning and popped out in the fifth and seventh innings.

With the GCL League season coming to an end, Sanchez will join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday to continue his rehab assignment, according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com.

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

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

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

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