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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is off to a much slower start than anyone expected after an exceptional spring training. Despite Bird going 5-for-37 with a .535 OPS in 42 plate appearances, he should not be benched each time there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

I completely understand that the Yankees brought in Chris Carter's right-handed hitting power bat to complement Bird, but to enact a strict platoon would be a mistake in my opinion.

I bring this up because the writing is on the wall. Bird entered Sunday's game in a 0-20 slump and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and two walks. The following game, Bird was on the bench in favor of Carter, who mind you came in slashing .182/.240/.273, because "lefty killer" Derek Holland was on the mound. Bird has two plate appearances this season against lefties, while Carter has nine. Neither player has a hit against a lefty.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin
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Yankees 1B Greg Bird is considered day-to-day with a bruised ankle after he consulted an Orioles team doctor, the Yankees announced. 

The ankle injury forced Bird out of Saturday's lineup.

Bird said he re-aggravated the ankle he fouled a ball off toward the end of Spring Training.

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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

Positional starters

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Greg Bird will enter the season as the Yankees' starting first baseman, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bird has been absolutely crushing the ball during spring training, batting .439 with six HRs, 11 RBIs, and six doubles in only 41 ABs.

 "I don't see anything changing that," Joe Girardi told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post when asked if Bird would be the starting first baseman. "He's been really good, maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guy's timing. It hasn't seemed to affect him.''

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(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
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Yankees 1B Greg Bird's cat is a descendant of Mr. Bigglesworth, the cat owned by Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" films.

The Sphynx cat is named Mr. Delicious, who Bird refers to as Lish for short, according to the NY Post.

Click below for a picture of Bird and Mr. Delicious...

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The baseball adage goes, spring stats don't mean anything. For the most part I believe this to be true, except in matters when there are trends that underlie the performance. At the moment there are a few players in Yankees camp off to fairly slow starts. What does it mean for them and for the club?

Chris Carter

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees beat the Nationals, 9-3, on Monday afternoon. >> Box score


  • Michael Pineda allowed three runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres 1-for-1 with two RBI.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Greg Bird, Michael Pineda
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Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird? 00:02:06
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

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

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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


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

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Versus right-handed pitcher

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

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

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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

Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

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

  • Bird's two-run homer was his third of the spring.
  • Holliday hit a solo shot for his first home run.
  • McKinney went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, homering for the second time.
Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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GEICO SportsNite: Mark Teixeria 00:00:33
Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Greg Bird served as the designated hitter and went 2-for3.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Chad Green got the start and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings...
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

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

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Mazzeo on Yankees, Austin injury 00:03:26
Mike Mazzeo reports on the Yankees, including Tyler Austin's broken foot from spring training in Tampa.

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin has a small fracture in his left foot and will likely be out for at least six weeks, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.

Austin, whose foot willl be in a boot for three weeks, suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice a few days ago.

The 25-year-old Austin hit .241 with a .300 OBP and .458 SLG with five HR and 12 RBI in 31 games for the Yankees in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

Tags: Greg Bird, Tyler Austin
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Yankees have designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment to make room on the roster for 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter, whose deal was announced Thursday.

Carter agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported.

The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances.

The 30-year-old Carter made $2.5 million last season for the Brewers after making $4.175 million with the Astros in 2015...

Tags: Greg Bird, Richard Bleier, Tyler Austin
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks the team can contend this season, he said during an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Thursday.

"It can be," he said about the team contending. "Obviously, i think we saw a glimpse of the potential last year." Cashman added the run the team went on toward the end of last season -- along with new acquisitions -- gives them "hope" for this season.

Regarding Chris Carter, who the team recently agreed to a one-year deal with, Cashman said the hope remains that Greg Bird will win the full-time job at first base. However, he said the Yankees couldn't pass up an opportunity to sign Carter once his price got so low...

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Yankees sign Chris Carter 00:04:33
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses what the addition of Chris Carter means for the Yankees lineup in 2017.

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has no issue with the club's recent signing of free agent Chris Carter, reports Newsday.

Carter played for the Milwaukee Brewers last season and tied with the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 41 home runs.

With the retirement of Mark Teixeira, Bird was expected to receive a bulk of the playing time at first base.

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Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees signed first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Choi, 25, gives the Yankees depth at first base, as they are likely to enter the 2017 season with either Greg Bird or Tyler Austin as the starter.

Choi hit .170 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. With Triple-A Salt Lake, he had a .346/.434/.527 batting line with five home runs, 31 RBIs and 17 doubles in 53 games.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees knew at the outset of the 2016 season that they would be without Mark Teixeira in 2017, but they might not have believed they would conduct a spring training competition to determine his successor. Here's a look at the candidates...

How they fared in 2016:

Tags: Greg Bird, 2017 Expectations, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird says his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling better and that he's excited for 2017. 

Bird, 24, missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder and subsequent surgery.

"I think there will be work that has to be put in to get used to the swing again and get used to everything ... but I have no doubt in my mind that I can go out and perform this year like I want to perform," Bird said in a video that was posted by the team.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to use Brian McCann as the club's full-time designated hitter if it came to it. But a deal came along that the Yankees and McCann did not want to pass up, leaving a fairly large void to fill. Fortunately for Cashman, he can sort through a multitude of options that sit on the open market.

Carlos Beltran

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

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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The Arizona Fall League's regular season came to a close Thursday. The Yankees sent nine players to Arizona -- some to get rid of rust and others to demonstrate their readiness for the next level once spring training begins in February. In all, the Yankees that participated enjoyed health and success.

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Gleyber Torres came to the Arizona Fall League to see just where he stood against tougher competition. The overwhelming praise heaped on Torres by scouts and analysts covering the league points to a player ready to rapidly climb the New York Yankees' organizational ladder.

Torres, the Yankees No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, leads the AFL with a .392 average (20-for-51) with six games left on the schedule. Torres, 19, has a .516 OBP, .667 SLG and 1.182 OPS, respectively good for first, second and first in the league. Not only does Torres have a shot at maintaining the batting average lead, he has put himself in position to win the league's most valuable player award. Torres started in the league's Fall Stars Game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flatly stated that Torres would start the season at Double-A Trenton, and in my view, should he succeed in the season's first few months, he is a prime candidate to move to Triple-A. 

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Miguel Andujar, the New York Yankees No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, climbed the system rankings with an impressive 2016 season. His efforts have not slowed down with the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, earning him a place in Saturday's Fall Stars Game via the fans' final vote.

Andujar, a 21-year-old third baseman, is hitting .326 with a .429 OBP and.413 SLG in 55 plate appearances. He has shown fine discipline at the plate for Scottsdale, drawing eight walks and striking out just five times. Andujar is in a bit of a funk this week, though, with just two hits in his last 15 at-bats.

The question for me where it concerns Andujar is whether or not he will develop the power typically desired from a corner infielder. Andujar hit just two home runs in 303 plate appearances at Double-A Trenton after knocking 10 homers with High-A Tampa in 248 plate appearances during the regular season. Andujar has not homered in Arizona and has just three extra-base hits among his 15 base knocks.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Gleyber Torres signs autographs prior to a game in the Arizona Fall League. (Mark Rebilas - USA Today)
Gleyber Torres signs autographs prior to a game in the Arizona Fall League. (Mark Rebilas - USA Today)

Top prospects are presumably under some pressure to play to their scouting reports, and when they are on stage in the Arizona Fall League, the performance becomes magnified. Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres isn't fazed and might be tacking onto his already lofty expectations."I don't try to put too much pressure on myself," Torres told MLB.com. "I just want to show everybody my abilities and go out there and have some fun."Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is certainly demonstrating his talent thus far. Torres has dominated at the plate over the first two weeks of the AFL season. Torres owns a .412 batting average, .524 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage in 21 plate appearances. Torres has ripped two doubles, two home runs and driven in four runs.Torres, a shortstop by trade, is getting some reps at second base for Scottsdale as the Yankees continue to demand versatility among their middle infielders. Torres, 19, is at least a couple of years away from the big leagues, but he has two other players in the system to compete with for a chance to succeed Didi Gregorius or Starlin Castro, both of whom are under team control through 2019.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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The New York Yankees have a large contingent of prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in this season's Arizona Fall League (AFL), a few of whom the organization will be watching intently.The league is traditionally meant to provide either an extended look at a prospect or as a means to increase reps missed by players during the regular season.The Yankees sent eight players to Arizona this season, including Greg Bird and James Kaprielian, whose performance and health will be monitored closely with hopes that each can make an impact with the major league club at varying points in 2017. The other six players' production might not mean as much in the scope of next season for the big league club, but the results could sway future player development decisions.

Tags: Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees prospect Greg Bird went 1-for-4 with a double while serving as the DH for Scottsdale as the Arizona Fall League began Tuesday.It was Bird's first game in over a year. He missed the entire 2016 season after having surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees reinstated first baseman Greg Bird off the 60-day disabled list on Monday after he missed the 2016 season with a torn labrum.

Bird, 23, is slated to play in the Arizona Fall League, YES Network's A.J. Hermann writes. He took batting practice for the first time last month since undergoing shoulder surgery in February.

Last season, Bird hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games.

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is "progressing as planned" after he swung in a batting cage on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in February, manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber.

Bird, 23, said he felt good taking batting practice for the first time in several months. He has been swinging a bat for more than a month and will face live batting practice later this month.

"I'm coming along well," Bird said. "I'm right where I need to be," 

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Chris Parmelee left Thursday's game with a strained hamstring. ( Adam Hunger)
Chris Parmelee left Thursday's game with a strained hamstring. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Parmelee left Thursday's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, making him the fourth Yankees first baseman to get hurt this year.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi said he's be shocked if Parmelee avoids the disabled list. Parmelee was injured stretching to catch a throw from Didi Gregorius for the third out in the seventh.

"I would be completely shocked if he's a player for us," Girardi said, according to the Journal News' Chad Jennings. "I don't know if I've ever seen that happen before, so I was a little bit of shock for me when I saw it."

Tags: Dustin Ackley, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees can come up with as many blueprints for a successful draft as they want, but drafting baseball players is not an easy science. And they'll have another chance when the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft kicks off tonight.

In recent seasons, their farm system has climbed the rankings among MLB clubs, according to many publications that concentrate on the minor leagues. The improvement is due in part to some mild success the Yankees have had in recent drafts.

But the Yankees have still failed to draft a difference-maker in the first round since Gerrit Cole in 2008 -- except he did not sign -- so, make that since they grabbed Derek Jeter in 1992. The last Yankees first round pick to get even a smattering of big league time was Slade Heathcott (2009), who was unconditionally released a couple of weeks ago. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jacob Lindgren, John Ryan Murphy, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees first baseman Chris Parmelee doubles to left during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Chris Parmelee doubles to left during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Chris Parmelee went 3-for-5 with two home runs in his first start in Pinstripes in the Yankees' 12-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Parmelee hit a solo home run off Jered Weaver to tie the game at 5 in a four-run sixth inning for the Yankees, and hit a two-run homer off Greg Mahle in the seventh inning to give New York a 10-5 lead.

"As you know, Yankee Stadium is pretty friendly down that [right-field] line," Parmelee said, according to the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron. "Anything can happen if you put the ball in the air here."

Tags: Greg Bird, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

With 22-year-old Luis Severino in the rotation and 26-year-olds Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro starting in the middle infield, the New York Yankees have their youngest Opening Day roster in 24 years, according to the Associated Press.

The average age for a Yankee is currently 29 years, 97 days, the youngest since 1992 (29 years, 52 days). The Yankees had not had an average age under 30 years old since 1996.

The Yankees have the 11th-oldest team in baseball, according to Statista, and the average age of a baseball player is 28.4 years. The Seattle Mariners are the oldest franchise at 30.1 years old, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are the youngest at 26.9 years old.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Matt Eisenberg
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Wednesday afternoon. Here are five things we learned...


1.) Greg Bird's season-ending shoulder injury was "unfortunate and unexpected" and Dustin Ackley will likely be the backup first baseman. The next option to back up first base is Chase Headley, not Brian McCann.

2.) Gary Sanchez is going to have to win the backup catcher job out of Spring Training, but he's "put himself in position" to earn it.

Tags: Chase Headley, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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