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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the past few seasons, the Yankees have been building themselves back into legitimate World Series contenders. A "rebuild," if you even want to call it that because it lasted about a season and a half, involved players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino trying to find themselves in the league. 

But it wasn't long before Judge became the AL Rookie of the Year, Sanchez burst onto the scene smashing balls over the wall, Torres became one of the best players in the league at 22 years old, and Severino -- before his Tommy John surgery -- showed dominance on the rubber.

That's why for the past two seasons the Yankees have played late into the postseason, and they just missed competing for a World Series last season when they lost in the ALCS to the Astros. Still, in 2020, they made even more improvements to be the team to beat -- if/when the season starts. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

@re2pectjeta: When will baseball resume?

They still don't know. But we can tell you that agents and clubs all seem optimistic that there will be a season. 

Keeping in mind that the coronavirus -- and not humans -- will decide this, one way forward could involve an agreement between the league and players in May, a few weeks of spring training in June, and regular season games in July.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract this offseason, in hopes that he will be the team's ace on the mound for the majority of the next decade.

But could a position change to catcher be in his future?

Probably not, but Cole and and his wife Amy posted a video of them having a catch, with Amy on the would-be mound while Gerrit is crouched down in a catcher's stance. 

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Marc Malusis explains why he thinks the best is yet to come for Edwin Diaz in a Mets uniform, why Gary Sanchez is the Yankees' x-factor, and who his favorite moose of all time is ...

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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole
Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We don't know for certain when the 2020 MLB season will get underway, as everyone's main priority is stopping the coronavirus spread throughout the country. 

But when it eventually does, the Yankees have a few players who need to step up big time. Or it could be a lost season. 

And it isn't as dramatic as it sounds. A lost season for the Yankees means not reaching the World Series because, well, that's what this stacked roster is more than capable of achieving. These catalysts, x-factors, pivot players -- whatever you want to call them -- are present on the Yankees depsite so much talent on the roster. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After bagging Gerrit Cole on the free agent market over the winter, the expectations are sky-high for the Yankees in 2020. They've got their October lion to front a playoff rotation and the big bats to back him for what could be a deep postseason run, maybe even all the way to a ticker-tape parade.

What key statistics could fuel the ride? Or derail it? We've spent much of the spring hand-wringing over Yankee injuries (again) and while the club's roster seems deep enough for another season of subsisting on subs, who knows what will happen? 

Just like last year, Injured List numbers will impact the Yankees' season. While we wait for baseball to resume, and it could be a while, let's chew on that and three other numbers that could make or break a pinstriped season:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Yankees LHP Zack Britton was diagnosed with a bruised right wrist Wednesday, after getting hit by a line drive during his live BP session. 

X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the team said. The injury occurred after Eric Kratz laced a pitch right back at him.

The Yankees can breathe a sign of relief now that one of their key back-end bullpen pieces didn't suffer a severe injury. Britton is normally the Yankees' set-up man to Aroldis Chapman, and he played well in that role last season with a 1.91 ERA over 66 appearances. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez was expected to participate in on-field BP Tuesday, but wasn't there for his session. Sanchez has been dealing with a tight back, but that isn't the reason for his absence. 

According to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Sanchez tested positive for the flu, and was not tested for the coronavirus.

Sanchez didn't play in Sunday's spring training game after saying he was "little tight, a little uncomfortable" in his middle and lower back.

Manager Aaron Boone said on Monday that Sanchez won't be back in the lineup until Friday, and said the veteran will be doing "catching stuff" in the meantime. 

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Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Seven Yankees were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Yankees who made the list:

Giancarlo Stanton, No. 82
Gary Sanchez, No. 63
Aroldis Chapman, No. 58
DJ LeMahieu, No. 57
Gleyber Torres, No. 32
Aaron Judge, No. 15
Gerrit Cole, No. 2

Cole, who was behind only Angels outfielder Mike Trout on the list, was ranked one spot ahead of Mets ace Jacob deGrom, who has won back-to-back Cy Young awards in the National League.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said Monday that Gary Sanchez won't get back into the lineup until Friday, as he continues to deal with back issues.

Sanchez said he was feeling a "little tight, a little uncomfortable" in the lower and middle parts of his back on Sunday, as he sat out both split squad matchups the Yankees had. The catcher also missed Monday's game against the Phillies.

Instead of suiting up, Boone says Sanchez will do "catching stuff" and work in the bullpen while the Yankees are on the road.

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Mar 8, 2020; Sarasota, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 8, 2020; Sarasota, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Yankees went up two runs in the fourth inning, but allowed a late score in the eighth inning and tied 5-5 with the Baltimore Orioles during a split-squad game Sunday. >> Box score

5 things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Yankees' 2017 first-round pick Clarke Schmidt got the start, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out two batters over 2.0 innings of work. The Orioles scored three runs in the first inning, as Chris Davis drove in Austin Hays on a line-drive single to center field. Hays struck out swinging to start the game, but reached first base after a passed ball by Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Estevan Florial, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit
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Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (left) walks to the dugout with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (left) walks to the dugout with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has soreness in his back and didn't travel with the team to Sarasota, Fla. to play against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. He will also not play against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday as the Yanks have a split-squad game.

Sanchez isn't scheduled to travel with the team to Clearwater, Fla. on Monday when the Yankees take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

After catching back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, the 27-year-old didn't participate in batting practice on Saturday and was unsure of his status for Sunday's games.

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone met with the media in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday and provided updates on a litany of banged-up players.

Giancarlo Stanton (right calf strain), who appeared in just 18 games last season, will resume baseball activities Saturday. Boone said Stanton will be throwing along with doing some tee-and-toss work. General manager Brian Cashman has said that he is "unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day.

Gary Sanchez has played in the last two games and has a sore back, according to Boone. The catcher did not take batting practice Saturday, but is expected to be back in the lineup for the Yankees on Monday.

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Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Bombers fell into an early 2-0 hole, and they were never able to dig out, falling 5-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. >> Box score

5 things to know from Friday's game...

1) Deivi Garcia, who could still be in the mix for the Yankees' fifth starter job, had an up-and-down start. In 2.0 innings of work, Garcia allowed two runs on two hits, all of which came in the first inning. After the Orioles went single-double to start the game, Garcia struck out two batters before uncorking a wild pitch to allow the first run to score, followed by a Gary Sanchez passed ball to allow the second run. Garcia's spring ERA is now 6.75.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez
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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gerrit Cole struggled in a short outing on Thursday, as the Yankees would give up nine home runs in a 15-10 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score

5 things to know from Thursday's game...

1) Cole got off to a rough start against the Tigers, giving up three-straight hits and allowing two home runs in the first inning as Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. Cole struck out Christin Stewart, got Jeimer Candelario to ground out, and struck out Jordy Mercer to end the first after 28 pitches.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar
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Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres
Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Welp. 

That's exactly how Yankee fans feel when hearing GM Brian Cashman say that two of the team's best hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both "unlikely" for Opening Day. Judge's situation began as a "minor right shoulder problem," and now Cashman is saying it's two separate injuries in his shoulder and pec. 

Cashman said he's "responding well" to his multitude of tests, but there still isn't a timeline for his return, making his status for Opening Day the way it is.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher David Hale (76) pitching during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher David Hale (76) pitching during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The Yankees took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning, but gave up six runs in the seventh and lost to the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday. >> Box score 

5 things to know from Sunday's game...

1) David Hale struggled against the Tigers, allowing two earned runs on two hits in just 1.2 IP. With a runner on second base, LHP James Reeves came in for relief and struck out Daz Cameron to end the second inning.

Tags: Brett Gardner, David Hale, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 12, 2018; San Diego, CA, U.S.A; East team shortstop Anthony Volpe (2) bats during the sixth inning of the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
Aug 12, 2018; San Diego, CA, U.S.A; East team shortstop Anthony Volpe (2) bats during the sixth inning of the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

The Yankees are inviting their first-round pick from the 2019 MLB Draft to major league spring training.

Anthony Volpe was taken with the 30th overall pick out of Delbarton High School, and is making the trip to Lakeland, Fla. to face the Detroit Tigers. Other notables making the trip for Sunday's game include Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Tyler Wade.

Baseball America ranks the 18-year old infielder as the Yankees' sixth-best prospect, while MLB Pipeline lists him as the organization's ninth-best.

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The Yankees split-squad took care of business with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. >> Box score 

5 things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Jordan Montgomery got the start for the Yankees in Fort Myers. The lefty, who the Yankees may be depending much more on now that the rotation has suffered injuries to Luis Severino and James Paxton, had a very strong showing, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out four hitters and allowing just one hit.

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Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees got another strong start from Gerrit Cole, and the offense came alive in an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score 

5 things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Gerrit Cole continued gearing up for his first regular season in pinstripes. The ace pitched 2.2 innings against the Tigers, and while he allowed two hits, he kept the Tigers off the board and struck out two batters. 

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Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitching against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitching against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Rainy weather in Tampa caused the game to be called in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Yankees an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka got the start for the Yankees on Wednesday, and he pitched to mixed results. After a relatively clean first inning, the second frame was a different story for Tanaka. After striking out Yadiel Hernandez, Tanaka hit Carter Kieboom with a pitch, and then allowed a two-run home run to Raudy Read, putting the Nationals up 2-0. All in all, Tanaka allowed two earned runs on two hits, while also striking out a pair in two innings of work.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 24, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 24, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gerrit Cole started on the mound for the Yankees on Monday, and though he threw just one inning, he showcased exactly why the Yankees are confident he'll be their ace for years to come.

Cole opened up his outing getting Adam Frazier pop out to shortstop, then struck out Bryan Reynolds for the second out of the inning. He walked Cole Tucker, but recovered to strike out Josh Bell to end the inning.

All told, Cole threw 20 pitches (12 strikes), and according to those in Tampa, hit 98 mph on the stadium radar gun

 

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Yankees spring training is in full swing down in Tampa, as players gear up for the start of games at the end of the week. It is during these games that position battles will start to heat up, and players on the bubble will fight for roster spots.

We made a couple of tweaks to our Opening Day roster from our original prediction to the 2.0 version, and after a few developments already at camp, the same can be said for this one.

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Another day, another Yankee spitting fire at the Astros in the wake of the electronic sign-stealing scandal.

On Wednesday, it was Giancarlo Stanton, holding nothing back while taking Houston to task for selective remorse while adding that he's lost respect for them and that they should be stripped of the 2017 World Series title. 

"You're only really sorry because you got caught," Stanton said, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

MLB Network has released its Top 100 Right Now list, and of the eight Yankees who make an appearance, it's their newest, high-priced acquisition leading the way.

Gerrit Cole signed the richest contract of any starting pitcher in the history of baseball when he signed with the Yankeesin the offseason, and with good reason. He ranks No. 7 on MLB Network's list, the highest of any pitcher and one spot ahead of Mets' ace Jacob deGrom. Cole was the runner-up to then-Astros teammate Justin Verlander in AL Cy Young voting, despite leading the league with a 2.50 ERA and all of baseball with 326 strikeouts. 

Aaron Judge has missed 50-plus games in each of the last two seasons, but still earns the No. 16 spot on the list. Judge missed 60 games and had just 447 plate appearances in 2019, but still hit 27 homers and slashed .272/.381/.540. He'll enter his fourth full season in the big leagues hoping that it's more like his rookie year than the previous two. All Judge did in his first season was mash 52 homers, win AL Rookie of the Year and finish second in AL MVP voting.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino
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Count Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres among the many MLB players who don't believe that the Astros' sign-stealing scheme ended before 2019.

Asked Monday at spring training if he thinks the Astros were cheating in 2019, Torres said "yeah, for sure."

Reminded about the denials of Astros players that their scheme extended that far, Torres was clear.

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Gerrit Cole faced his first batters as a member of the Yankees on Sunday morning -- albeit they were his teammates -- and got a stand ovation from the crowd of fans in attendance after his final pitch of the day.

With the Yankees among the favorites to win the World Series this upcoming season, Cole is sure to play an integral part in that chase, and that all starts with spring training.

Cole said after the day that he's been communicating well with catcher Gary Sanchez and is learning from his new teammates.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke at spring training in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday to discuss Chad Green's role this season along with how Gary Sanchez looks and the depth of the team's catchers behind him.

On Chad Green's role in 2020

"I don't know if I envision [his role] as being different. With Greeny, he brings a lot to the table being a multi-inning reliever. We've used him in the opener scenarios. We've even toyed with him as a starter. But he can be one of our high-leverage set-up guys, as well. I feel like his versatility to gives us an edge to our blend down there. He's kind of our Swiss Army knife. He can fill a lot of roles down there and that's really how I see him."

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke at spring training in Tampa, Fla. on Friday afternoon about this season's high expectations, Gary Sanchez's health, his impressions of pitching prospect Deivi Garcia and more.

On what makes him think J.A. Happ can have a bounce-back season

"One, track record. Two, I think when we do a little bit of digging, and this is something we try and communicate with J.A., that the results weren't as good as we feel like he threw the ball last year. And I think if you look at a lot of his outings last year, it felt like there were a number of times that he was pitching really well and then maybe a long ball got him and kind of wrecked the outing a little bit for him. We obviously feel like he threw the ball well down the stretch for us, and even in the playoffs."

"Feel like the work he's done this winter has put him in a good position and comes in at a really good place that I fully expect him to be the J.A. Happ we've seen most of his career."

Happ struggled in his first full season in New York, finishing 2019 12-8 with a 4.91 ERA and 34 home runs allowed in 161.1 innings pitched.

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Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (Danielle Parhizkaran)

MLB Network counted down their top 100 players in baseball right now, and the Yankees' new ace cracked the top 10.

Gerrit Cole, who signed to a massive nine-year, $324 million deal with the Bronx Bombers this offseason, came in at number 7 on the list, the highest rated pitcher, coming in exactly one spot ahead of back-to-back Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.

The right-hander's lucrative contract was warranted, though, as he's been one of the most dominating pitchers in the game over the past two years, while also winning 19 games and making the All-Star Game as a Pirate in 2015.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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The hot topic as Yankees pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Tampa, Fla. continues to be the team's reaction to the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and the fallout that's come with it. 

Everyone on the Yankees from Aaron Boone to Gary Sanchez to Aroldis Chapman has weighed in on the issue, and now the real question becomes: how long will these questions continue to linger?

SNY's Andy Martino and Sweeny Murti discussed that very question on Thursday in Tampa, with Murti saying it makes sense that pitchers and catchers have been so frustrated by the scandal.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez
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Back in front of the media for the first press conference since the 2019 season ended, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was an open book Wednesday morning. As the Yankees started to arrive at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, for pitchers' and catchers' report date, Spring Training is underway with Thursday's first workout.

The Yankees get back on the diamond after an eventful offseason, one that saw New York sign ace right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to a historic $324 million deal for nine years, while the Houston Astros' electronic sign-stealing scandal lingers. Boone addressed both Cole and the Astros at multiple points during the start-of-spring availability.

Elsewhere in the session, Boone brought the media up to speed on an abundance of team-related questions that loomed from the offseason. Along those lines, below are six takeaways from Boone's presser delving into the statuses of several key players.

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar
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Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws during a bullpen session as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws during a bullpen session as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees pitchers and catchers had their first workout down in Tampa on Wednesday, but all eyes were focused on one pitcher in particular: Gerrit Cole

Wearing his No. 45 jersey and new Yankees cap, Cole threw a light, 25-pitch bullpen session to Gary Sanchez. And though it wasn't anything special, the fact that Cole was wearing the pinstripes is still a sight to see. 

"The kind of work that he has done the last couple of years has been unreal," Sanchez told reporters. "So to have that opportunity to add someone like him, one of the best in the game, to our team makes us much stronger.

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Gary Sanchez was ready to catch the slider Aroldis Chapman threw to Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the ALCS down in Houston. Instead, it went over the wall and ended the Yankees' hopes to reach the World Series last season. 

But, of course, with the sign-stealing scandal shocking the baseball world and heavily affecting the Yankees, Sanchez fielded questions about his reactions to the situation at the team's spring training facility in Tampa on Wednesday.

A former teammate in CC Sabathia voiced his frustrations about feeling cheated out of a potential World Series title, and Sanchez holds that same sentiment. 

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Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone

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It's been said for the past two seasons, but third time's the charm: Yankees manager Aaron Boone has some high expectations this season. 

"World Series or bust" has been the mantra for this loaded Yankees roster, and though they've made the postseason in both of them, they couldn't make it to their desired destination to compete for the franchise's 28th title. 

There were holes on each of those rosters entering spring training, of course, but it's hard to find one this season unless you want to be nitpicky. Gerrit Cole is the expected answer to the starting pitching question that had lingered over GM Brian Cashman's roster. And if they can stay away from the injury bug -- that didn't even faze them last season anyway -- the Yankees would definitely have what it takes to win it all this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On Friday, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez joined The Michael Kay Show to talk about the upcoming 2020 season.

Sanchez was asked if he's excited to play with three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole, who joins an already strong Yankees pitching rotation.

"Super excited," Sanchez said. "I thought we already had a pretty good pitching rotation, and Gerrit just makes it that much better."

 

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In 2019, Yankees' infielder Gleyber Torres elevated his game to superstar level.

At just 23 years old, Torres has been an All-Star selection in each of his first two major-league seasons, slashing .275/.338/.511. On a team loaded with All-Star talent, from Aaron Judge to Gary Sanchez to Giancarlo Stanton, among others, Torres proves to be perhaps the most valuable player in the Yankees' lineup, smashing 38 home runs with 90 RBI in 2020.

He was also very versatile defensively, playing primarily at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovered from Tommy John surgery, but then moving to second base after Gregorius' return.

Torres appeared in 77 games at shortstop last season, compared to 65 games at second, but he's looking forward to moving back to his natural position with Gregorius now in Philadelphia.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

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Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa next week to officially kick off the 2020 season, and there hasn't been much change to our earlier 26-man roster prediction 1.0. 

The Bombers are still very much poised to make a World Series run and capture their 28th title. There are, however, a couple of tweaks that we can still make with the Yankees making some things more clear heading into spring training. 

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole, and Luis Severino
Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole, and Luis Severino

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The Yankees look like a sure bet to win 100-plus games for a third straight season and, especially as the Red Sox seem to be moving closer to trading Mookie Betts, are likely a shoo-in to win a the AL East for a second straight year as well.

But they didn't spend $324 million on Gerrit Cole to hang a division title banner in the Bronx, now that their championship drought is at 10 years and counting.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the Yankees entering the 2020 season as the heavy favorites to win the World Series, the ZiPS projections certainly make that seem possible.

The annual projections from Dan Szymborski/FanGraphs see Gleyber Torres hitting more home runs than Aaron Judge, another dominant season from Gerrit Cole and a bounceback season from Giancarlo Stanton.

However, their projections for Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman see the duo taking a step back from their breakout seasons last year.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres
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May 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (22) rounds the bases on a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
May 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (22) rounds the bases on a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Yankees may have found their answer at backup catcher, as MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports the team has agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Chris Iannetta on Thursday. WFAN's Sweeny Murti had the Yankees close to a deal.

Iannetta brings 14 years of MLB experience to the Yankees, having spent time with the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Diamondbacks over his career. However, being on that minor league deal, he isn't being guaranteed that backup role behind Gary Sanchez

Kyle Higashioka and Eric Kratz are also on the roster, and will vie with Iannetta for that spot on the 26-man roster. Iannetta, though, does have the upper hand given his experience and better numbers. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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The Yankees were the most injury-riddled team in baseball during the 2019 season, and now the team is making huge changes to its training staff.

According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, the Yankees are making a number of drastic changes to their training and performance staff. Steve Donohue, who has been with the organization since 1979 and with the major league staff since 1986, will be transitioned to "a status akin to trainer emeritus, though it's expected he'll remain involved with the club."

Additionally, the Yankees are hiring Eric Cressey, who runs Cressey Sports Performance and hosts an Elite Baseball Development podcast, to oversee their training and strength and conditioning staff. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees couldn't return to the World Series for the first time since 2009, falling to the Astros in the ALCS once again to end their 2019 season. And it's even more disappointing than 2017 because this was supposed to be the year the Bronx Bombers took that leap forward into a new age of championships. 

Instead, GM Brian Cashman found himself heading into an offseason needing to upgrade his roster once again to ensure a World Series would be in his team's future in 2020. He delivered. 

Cashman & Co. landed the league's top free agent in Gerrit Cole with a massive nine-year, $324 million deal to give the Yankees an ace, and potentially the missing piece they needed to capture their 28th world title. And he may not even be done. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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May 21, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Erik Kratz (6) looks on during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 21, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Erik Kratz (6) looks on during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have brought back Erik Kratz and signed him to a minor-league deal, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday morning.

Kratz, a 39-year-old catcher who previously had stints with the Yankees and their Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre between 2017 and 2019, returns to a team that is in need of potential catching down the line.

With Austin Romine signing with the Detroit Tigers this offseason, that left Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka as the only two catchers left on their roster. 

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Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)
Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)

It looks like Austin Romine is going to have to make peace with Miguel Cabrera, as the catcher has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers, per The Post's Joel Sherman. The deal is worth $4.15 million.

Romine infamously fought Cabrera while the Yankees were in Detroit last season, but they'll likely put that aside when they both make it to Lakeland, Fla. for Spring Training. 

As for New York, they will be without the man that held the backup catcher role for the past four seasons. Romine also had his best year at the plate in 2019, slashing .281/.310/.439 with eight homers and 35 RBI over 72 games. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (12) talks with starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) on the mound during the first inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (12) talks with starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) on the mound during the first inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees are reportedly showing interest in free agent C Martin Maldonado, per MLB's Mark Feinsand.

As you can see from the picture above, you may know why that's the case. Maldonado joined the Astros toward the end of the regular season, playing 27 games before his five games in the postseason. And during those games, Gerrit Cole was on the mound for 10 of them, and saw some of his best numbers of the season. 

Feinsand has Cole owning a 1.57 ERA over those starts with a .471 opponent OPS, which he says are Cole's lowest numbers among any catcher he threw to in 2019. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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Gerrit Cole (Thomas B. Shea)
Gerrit Cole (Thomas B. Shea)

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Here's the ideal Winter Meetings headline for Yankees fans:

"Happy Holidays! Yanks Get Cole in their Stocking." 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have tendered contracts to all 12 arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with James Paxton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Yankees' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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