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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)

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Miguel Andujar swung a bat on Friday for the first time since doctors diagnosed him with a torn labrum earlier this month, and declared himself a fully healthy hitter. The problem with his injured shoulder is that it prevents him from making the throw from third to first base.

Here's a suggestion for the terribly depleted Yankees: Throw a band-aid on this makeshift lineup, and use Andujar as a DH or first baseman in the short term in order to get his bat back.

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New York Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar both on the IL. Sweeny Murti explains how they can replace those power bats.

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar could need season-ending shoulder surgery after he suffered a partially torn right labrum, manager Aaron Boone said after Monday's game.

The Yankees placed Andujar on the 10-day injured list on Monday afternoon, hours after the team announced outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would be shut down for at least 10 days with a biceps injury.

Andujar, 24, injured his shoulder diving back into third base. New York recalled Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place on the 25-man roster.

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New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier looks on prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier looks on prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)

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Here's how Clint Frazier can make a difference during this absurd spate of Yankee injuries, a bleak streak that claimed both Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar on Monday: 

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees officially placed outfielder Aaron Hicks, starting pitcher Luis Severino and several others on the injured list to start the season.

New York placed six players on the IL, including Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement), Jacoby Ellsbury (left hip surgery recovery), shortstop Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery recovery) and RHP Ben Heller (Tommy John surgery recovery).

Hicks suffered a lower back injury and has not yet started baseball activities. He has been out since March 2, and manager Aaron Boone said he does not have a definitive timetable for Hicks' return.

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The question surrounding Jacoby Ellsbury for some time now has been will he ever play for the Yankees again? 

But with Ellsbury finally healthy enough for some baseball activities and reporting to Yankees camp, the question has actually become when will he play for the Yankees again?

"As far as a timeline of when I'll be playing, we're not sure yet," Ellsbury told reporters on Monday. "But definitely headed in the right direction."

The 35-year-old missed the entire 2018 season because of injuries. He initially suffered an oblique strain in spring training last year and while rehabbing suffered a hip injury. After undergoing hip surgery in August, an old plantar fasciitis issue resurfaced and delayed his 2019 return.

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New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)

As Clint Frazier competes for a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, manager Aaron Boone said he believes the one thing Frazier needs is consistent playing time.

"He needs to play every day,'' Boone said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "That doesn't necessarily mean they don't come here. We expect him to impact our club this year."

Though Frazier, who is 3-for-18 with one RBI through eight Grapefruit League games this spring, said he is healthy from his concussion recovery, a spot on New York's 25-man roster in three weeks is not guaranteed.

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games.

Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight Grapefruit League games as well.

Yet manager Aaron Boone isn't ready to declare a favorite in the Yankees' first base competition, for which there is likely only one spot on the 25-man roster.

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Believe it or not, there might actually be a Jacoby Ellsbury sighting soon at Yankees Spring Training.

Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that the oft-injured outfielder is slated to join the club in Tampa on either March 16 or 17. Ellsbury has been battling plantar fasciitis and remained in Arizona rather than reporting to the team at the start of camp.

Ellsbury didn't play at all in 2018 and underwent surgery on Aug. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He started experiencing plantar fasciitis while rehabbing from the surgery.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, debuted in 2008 and won a World Series in 2009. 

Though he and the Yankees haven't won a World Series since, he's optimistic in their chances in 2019.

"I think we're better this year than we were (in 2018)," Gardner told reporters on Thursday morning. "Obviously the season hasn't started. But at this point, I think we've got a better group of guys in place than we've had -- maybe than I've ever seen."

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Jacoby Ellsbury is already missing the beginning of Spring Training and it is likely that will mean he will start the 2019 season on the injured list. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Saturday that the oft-injured outfielder, who is battling plantar fasciitis, is not running on flat ground and that he will not arrive to Spring Training until mid-to-late March. 

"At the earliest he could be here is mid-to-late March, so we're probably looking at a start on the DL," Cashman told reporters. "That doesn't mean we are (looking at the IL to start) yet, but just in terms of timing it could be."

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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The curious case of Jacoby Ellsbury took another turn on Wednesday. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed at his Spring Training opening press conference that the oft-injured outfielder will not be with the team at the onset of camp. 

Boone said Ellsbury is battling issues with his plantar fascia as he recovers from the hip surgery he underwent late last season and has not begun baseball activities.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

It might seem as if the Yankees should do anything to remove Jacoby Ellsbury from the roster, so when another club poses even the least bit of interest in his services, strong consideration must be given by New York.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have held internal discussions about Ellsbury and the club's potential opening in center field. Olney suggests the old "bad contract for bad contract" swap, which is sometimes effective for both clubs. Olney goes on to list several Giants players that at least match up closely in the salary department with Ellsbury's remaining $47-plus million.

What are the pros and cons to the Yankees waving the white flag and pulling the trigger in a deal for Ellsbury?

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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees may have an opportunity to rid themselves of Jacoby Ellsbury

Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the San Francisco Giants are looking for outfield help and have discussed Ellsbury as a potential option by acquiring him through a bad contract swap. 

Whether or not they have discussed details with the Yankees is unconfirmed, but regardless of how the Giants may present a deal, the money would have to even out. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a loaded outfield. Overloaded, in fact.

New York's 25-man roster will consist of five outfielders, all of whom have been above-average to elite players at varying points during their careers. Two of those outfielders are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner - both 35 years old and on the wrong side of their production curves. And they are potentially blocking 24-year-old Clint Frazier, who some believe can become an above-average outfielder himself.

The Yankees' plans for Frazier appear hazy from the outside at this point. Frazier has plenty of potential and we have seen the electricity he can bring to the lineup. However, his 2018 season was wrought with the after-effects of a concussion that he simply could not shake. Frazier has been deemed healthy and according to his social media remarks, he is ready to fight for the starting job in left field.

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

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

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

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

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With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's a list of Yankees who have been rumored in deals, where they rank them from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. RHP Sonny Gray

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"Laying in the weeds" just doesn't cut it when describing the Yankees and any pursuit of the offseason's top free agent prizes.

Instead, this Yankees team -- the Evil Empire -- is positioned in a galaxy far, far away, potentially readying the Death Star to blast into hyper-speed where it concerns the top free agents this winter.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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

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The Yankees want to get out from under Jacoby Ellsbury's remaining contract, so of course it makes sense to trade him if the opportunity arose. However, if the swap brings Robinson Cano, the result might be a longer and potentially more damaging agreement on the books.

Ellsbury is owed just over $42 million over the next two seasons with a $21 million option for the 2021 season ($5 million buyout), while Cano has the Mariners on the hook for five more seasons at $120 million. So, in terms of straight money alone, the Yankees would be adding a hefty contract that spans three years beyond Ellsbury's commitment. This doesn't seem to align with the Yankees' current methodology...

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

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

Make space

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The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

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

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | As the Yankees wrapped their pro scouting meetings last week and determined a preliminary offseason strategy, a pursuit of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper was not part of the plan, according to major league sources.

As with Manny Machado, who the Yankees will monitor but not likely pursue aggressively, ownership could step in and mandate a Harper signing. The Steinbrenner family just watched the Boston Red Sox win yet another World Series, and might be in the mood to load up on superstars.

But the Yankees' early feeling is that Harper simply doesn't fit. While they could use the lefthanded bat in a righty-heavy lineup, they feel that their outfield and DH spots are spoken for...

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Andrew McCutchen (26) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees OF Andrew McCutchen has been playing in New York City for about a month now, and he is already picturing himself in pinstripes next season. 

At least, that's what he hopes can happen once he hits the free agent market. McCutchen, who earned $14.75 million this season, sees life with the Yankees in 2019 -- that is if they want to make it happen.

"This is the first year being out of PIttsburgh, so being in San Francisco, I had to tell myself that was a place where I could be beyond this year and I'm thinking the same thing about New York," McCutchen told NJ.com's Randy Miller. "This is the place I could be beyond this year. I'm not sure if it will be. It's a possibility.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Jacob Ellsbury is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced Tuesday. 

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, has an expected recovery time of six months.

Ellsbury hasn't suited up for the Yankees all season as he has been dealing with numerous injuries. He first hit the DL at the start of the season with a right oblique strain that would eventually turn into his hip issue, plantar fasciitis, and a problem with the sacroilias joint in his back. 

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Miami Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have missed out on one of their outfield trade targets, as the Mariners traded for OF Cameron Maybin a couple hours before the trade deadline. 

With Aaron Judge out for another two and a half weeks and several other outfielders injured, the Yankees were among teams interested in Maybin, according to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman.

Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson was also a potential name for to land back in New York, and that may be the route the Yankees have to go with Maybin off the block. He is hitting .223 with 10 homers and 31 RBI over 86 games with Toronto.

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Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In addition to Aaron Judge's fractured right wrist, the Yankees provided updates on several other players who are dealing with injuries.

Outfielder Clint Frazier, who is dealing with migraines and concussion-like symptoms, is traveling to Tampa, Florida, to "get to a point where he's symptom free," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. The team doesn't have a timetable for his return.

Frazier, who was hitting .265 with one RBI in 15 MLB games but .311 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs in 48 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, left a RailRiders game on July 19 after feeling lightheaded. He said he has been feeling better, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, but the Yankees don't want to take any chances.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Remember Jacoby Ellsbury? It's hard for some fans to fathom Ellsbury still being on the Yankees given the outfielder log jam that currently exists. 

But the 34-year-old has been constantly working to make a comeback this season. He was on the DL at the start of the year with a right oblique strain, but subsequent injuries would follow including a hip issue, plantar fasciitis, and an issue with the sacroilias joint in his back. 

In no stretch of the imagination has it been easy for the veteran Ellsbury, but he is sticking to the goal of returning to the Yankees. 

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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury stretches at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury stretches at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has yet to play this season with a hip injury and plantar fasciitis, said he believes he will play in the majors this season.

Speaking at the team's minor league complex after getting treatment on Friday, Ellsbury told reporters he's feeling better and hopes he can play in rehab games soon, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Manager Aaron Boone said last weekend that Ellsbury, 34, could soon "ramp up" baseball activities as he looks to make his season debut.

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he hopes outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury can resume baseball activities soon as he looks to make his season debut.

Boone said Ellsbury, who has yet to play this season with a hip injury and plantar fasciitis. was examined by Ellsbury last week and could soon get ready to "ramp up" baseball activities, according to Newsday's David Lennon.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier homered in a rehab game with High-A Tampa as he looks to return from a concussion.

Frazier, one of several Yankees on the disabled list, went 2-for-4 with the Tampa Tarpons and is now 3-for-15 since playing his first minor league game this week.

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Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, already on the disabled list with an oblique/hip injury, suffered a setback when he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Monday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Ellsbury suffered the injury at some point last week and does not believe it to be serious, however he did not provide a timetable for when he would make his season debut.

"We're just trying to get him back to a point where he can start in on baseball activities and we'll go from there,'' Boone said before Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "Hopefully he's moving in the right direction."

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury received a cortisone shot in his hip and will try to resume baseball activities in three days, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't envision needing Monday's off-day to recuperate his squad this early in the season. But it was certainly needed with key players continuing to battle injury. 

The most notable has been CF Aaron Hicks (intercostal muscle strain), who is close to returning to the team. Cashman told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo that he hopes to see him return "some time probably during the Tigers series," which is this coming weekend. He is hoping to see Hicks suit up for a minor-league game as early as Tuesday.

Catcher Gary Sanchez also caught the injury bug over the weekend, as he was experiencing right hamstring soreness and cramping which kept him out the past two games. Cashman says the team will evaluate him on Tuesday to see if he is game ready. 

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Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team will shut down OF Jacoby Ellsbury with a "little hip thing," he said Tuesday.

Ellsbury hasn't been with the team since March 1 of Spring Training, and he was placed on the 10-day DL with a right oblique strain. Now, with his hip bothering him according to Boone, the Yankees won't see his return on Thursday. 

The 34-year-old has been working to get back to New York, participating in simulated at-bats as well as soft toss and tee work.

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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday.

Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing soft toss and hitting off a tee last week, but did not take simulated at-bats on Monday as he was originally scheduled to do due to flu-like symptoms.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is close to returning to Grapefruit League play soon but left open the possibility that the veteran outfielder could miss Opening Day.

"We're probably getting into that range where we're butting up against it," Boone said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

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When the Yankees made the knee-jerk reaction to sign Jacoby Ellsbury following the departure of Robinson Cano, there were plenty in the industry that suggested the contract wouldn't age well. They were right, except even they might not have believed it would happen well before the midpoint of the pact.

Baseball organizations make long-term deals with the understanding that they should be rewarded with upfront production, maximizing value early in the contract, all the while being ready to concede that the final year or two of the deal will result in below-average production. The Yankees never believed Ellsbury would have one solid season in New York before completely falling apart, but should they have?

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(Kim Klement)

It may have been a great catch, but Clint Frazier's leap and fall at the wall on Saturday gave the Yankees' outfielder a concussion, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Manager Aaron Boone said that though the concussion will see Frazier riding the bench for a few days, he is "pretty optimistic" he will be back in the lineup soon. 

Frazier is battling to be on the 25-man roster this Spring Training, as there is an overhaul of outfielders in the running. Among centerfielders, Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury look to be ahead of him on the depth chart. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are also expected to see time in right for when Brett Gardner needs a break. 

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Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury saw diminished playing time and suffered injuries last season, but he is determined to make the most of his opportunities in spring training.

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Yu Darvish isn't giving up on the Yankees landing him just yet. 

The righty hurler is reportedly waiting for the Yankees or Dodgers to clear enough cap space to sign him out of free agency, per MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal. Darvish may be waiting, but Rosenthal says the Yankees would likely have to get Jacoby Ellsbury off their books, which has been hard to achieve so far this offseason. 

"(The Yankees) would need to trade a big salary, probably Ellsbury to get this done," Rosenthal said. "What are the odds of the Yankees or Dodgers doing such a thing? Probably somewhat slim, but that's why this thing isn't over just yet."

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The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode.

They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition of Giancarlo Stanton earlier in the offseason, the Yankees are a real threat now. If New York manages to land free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, they will be putting an exclamation point on this offseason, demonstrating they view themselves as a bonafide World Series contender.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Aaron Boone's first major test as manager may be figuring out how to juggle five outfielders with four full-time positions available.

With Jacoby Ellsbury seemingly steadfast in staying a Yankee -- courtesy of a no-trade clause he does not want to waive -- Boone will have to determine how the 34-year-old slots into the plans for the 2018 season.

Ellsbury is not as terrible as many make him out to be, but he has failed to live up to his astronomical $153 million price tag. And the annual cost certainly doesn't fit the role of bench player. That's the Yankees' fault and it's now haunting them beyond simple performance on the field. There are no two ways about it -- Ellsbury's presence on the roster is going to cause headaches for Boone...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees have talked to the Diamondbacks about potentially trading for Jacoby Ellsbury, though the Diamondbacks weren't much interested, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. 

Ellsbury, 34, is owed $63 million over the final three years of his contract and the Yankees are looking to shed that if possible. Ellsbury also has a no-trade clause, though he has a home in Arizona. The Diamondbacks "weren't thrilled" with the $63 million owed to Ellsbury, Kuty reports.

The outfielder already appeared to be on the outside looking in for playing time in 2018 even before the Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton, which could push Ellsbury to fifth on the outfield depth chart. 

NY Post's Joel Sherman had reported that the Yankees and Diamondbacks were in trade talks centering around starter LHP Patrick Corbin and middle infielder Brandon Drury. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees have been in contact with the Marlins about OF Giancarlo Stanton, who Miami is hoping to trade this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag. Heyman notes that the Yankees -- who have been on the fringes of the Stanton market -- are intent on getting under the luxury tax threshold for next season, and suggests that any deal for Stanton would "have to include some combination of Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, and maybe Brett Gardner" to make that goal attainable.

Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, has reportedly prioritized going to the west coast. And it was reported Wednesday by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that the Marlins would likely be willing to trade Stanton to the Giants for INF Joe Panik, RHP Tyler Beede, and OF Chris Shaw if the Giants were willing to absorb at least $250 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: As incredible as it would be to see Stanton and Aaron Judge combining to hit 100+ home runs in a season, the surrounding circumstances and the number of necessary moving parts may be too difficult to overcome...

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Yankees' GM Brian Cashman and Mets' assistant GM John Ricco discuss what their teams may look like for the start of the 2018 season.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters at the GM Meetins Tuesday that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be the fourth outfielder next season, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Ellsbury, who is due $68.4 million over the next three seasons, has a no-trade clause in his contract if the Yankees decided to shop him. Cashman said that he plans to meet with Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, before leaving the GM Meetings on Wednesday. The Yankees may want to get rid of his contract via trade in the future. But, for now, he will remain a projected asset in 2018. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesTake Cashman's words on November 14 with a grain of salt. There will be a bevy of moving parts this offseason, so each of his comments today should be viewed merely as preliminary thoughts centered on what his current roster looks like...

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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