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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield has waited his entire baseball life to finally live what happened on Wednesday night in the Bronx. And he left his Major League debut how any rookie would want: smiling.

Sheffield was called out of the bullpen in the top of the ninth to close out a 10-1 rout of the Red Sox. Being the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, he wanted to make a good first impression in his first game donning the pinstripes, and that included his run in between innings to warm up on the mound. 

"My legs felt like jello," he told YES Network after the game. "The first thing I was thinking was, you know, don't trip running to the mound. Just don't trip. Once I got out there, I felt like when I got on the mound everything was just going to settle down a little bit. But the nerves and adrenaline was pumping. I'm glad I got to go out there and get my first one in."

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Yanks blow out Sox 00:00:44
Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's stellar performance and the emergence of Luke Voit as a big bat in the Yankees lineup

The Yankees got to Red Sox LHP David Price once again on their way to a 10-1 beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) Price kept the Yankees' bats at bay last time he faced their lineup, but his normal struggles against the pinstripes came back again. It was Miguel Andujar who tacked on the first run with a solo shot to right in the second. Then, after an error brought home two runs to make it 3-0, Luke Voit hit the first of two homers to right field in the fourth. A two-run shot came later in the sixth that knocked Price out of the game. 

2) Speaking of Voit, he had his first career four-game tonight. Also with multiple-hit games were Aaron Hicks and Andujar. Hicks tied Voit with a team-high three RBI night. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (86) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (86) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees officially announced they have promoted left-handed pitchers Justus Sheffield and Domingo German. Clint Frazier was also transferred to the 60-day DL.

Sheffield last pitched on Sept. 2, when he tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The Yankees moved Sheffield to the bullpen at the tail end of the minor league season and he made four consecutive relief appearances. He also appeared in relief on June 27, pitching six innings.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Talk of Sheffield's potential promotion began in July and the fact that it took this long is either related to the Yankees' belief that the young lefty was not effective enough to be a factor for the big league club or they mismanaged the chances to determine his potential impact...

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With September upon us, the MLB allows all teams to activate anyone on their 40-man roster to join the big club throughout the month. While teams normally don't activate all of those players on the roster, bringing in some reinforcements to give players a break is usually taken advantage of. 

The Yankees will definitely expand their roster, especially being slated for a playoff spot come October. Here are a few players that fans can expect to see in pinstripes this month...

LHP Justus Sheffield

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Sept. 6, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees might make a trade before the August 31 waiver deadline, but a September call-up could provide a boost to the club.

The Yankees recently shifted Justus Sheffield, the team's No. 1 prospect, to the bullpen so that when rosters expand in September, he might make a significant contribution. Sheffield will not come up for a cup of coffee, but rather he'll be relied upon in some fashion to aid the Yankees' push to the postseason.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 23, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB rank, if appli-cable, in parenthesis. Team records, statistics and current club assignments are through games played August 10, 2018.

Top-10 Prospects

No. 1 (No. 27) - Justus Sheffield (LHP) - Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - ETA 2018

Sheffield finally suffered a blip in what has been a fantastic season. In 1 1/2 innings, Sheffield allowed four runs on four hits and a whopping five walks. The Yankees have been reluctant to bring Sheffield up to the majors and his command has likely been one of the issues (21 walks in last 53 1/3 innings, which is 3.5 walks per nine innings).

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 9, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Yankees burned Luis Cessa, who was slated to start Saturday after they placed J.A. Happ on the disabled list, in Thursday's 15-7 loss, there's a chance (no pun intended) that Chance Adams could make his MLB debut this weekend against the Red Sox.

Given Cessa threw 51 pitches and allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, manager Aaron Boone told reporters he didn't think the Yankees' starting pitcher on Saturday was on the current 25-man roster.

And since Justus Sheffield pitched Thursday, that makes Adams, New York's No. 12 prospect who is currently scheduled to pitch this weekend for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a likely option.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jonathan Holder, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa
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Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): As expected, the Mets did not trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline, despite both pitchers being capable of bringing back a collection of top prospects.

The lack of action could mean the Mets did not see an offer worth accepting. Or, after doing their due diligence, they decided to keep their best two pitchers because they can have them through the 2020 season, sign them to long-term extensions, or look to trade them this winter with more teams involved in the bidding.

During the past few weeks, the Dodgers, Yankees, Padres, Phillies, and Braves were all reportedly looking for an elite starting pitcher under team control. More importantly, all five of the above teams had the necessary prospects required by the Mets. None of them landed a top pitcher, but the Pirates came out of nowhere to trade for No. 2 type starter Chris Archer with about 30 minutes to go before the deadline. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aroldis Chapman (54) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Aroldis Chapman (54) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The 2018 non-waiver trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees have been active already. But they may not be done. 

Here are six huge deals that went down on or around past trade deadlines...

July 21, 1988: Jay Buhner traded to Mariners for Ken Phelps

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 26, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is little doubt the Yankees needed to upgrade their rotation, and the addition of J.A. Happ fit the bill. However, is the rest of the Yankees rotation strong enough to make a charge to catch the Red Sox with 61 games left on the schedule?

Happ is a certain upgrade over current No. 4 starter Sonny Gray, as well as the two pitchers -- Luis Cessa and Domingo German -- the Yankees had been interchanging of late in the No. 5 spot. However, Happ had been in a slump before his most recent start (five innings, one run), pitching to a 9.75 ERA over three starts.

Before the skid, Happ had tossed 97 innings to the tune of a 3.62 ERA with 107 strikeouts and just 27 walks. Happ's production was enough to get him named to the American League All-Star team, and the Yankees hope a chance to pitch in the postseason gets Happ back on track.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield is "getting a lot closer" to being promoted to the majors.

The 22-year-old Sheffield, whom the Yankees refused to include in any potential trade for former Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, has a 2.38 ERA in 17 minor-league games (16 starts) with both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Sheffield, ranked among the top 57 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, could have an impact on the Yankees in a similar fashion that Luis Severino did when he was first called up to the majors midway through the 2015 season.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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The Yankees' need for pitching 00:03:27
With Manny Machado traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, what can the Yankees do to improve their already stacked roster before the deadline?

Manny Machado is officially headed to sunny Los Angeles. 

The now-former Orioles' shortstop will play for the Dodgers in the second half of the season, according to multiple reports. FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman says Baltimore will see a five-prospect return of OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Dean Kremer, RHP Zach Pop, 3B Ryan Bannon, and INF Breyvic Valera.

Diaz was the Dodgers' No. 4 overall prospect, while Kremer was the team's No. 28 prospect. 

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Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The reports that the Yankees were unwilling to trade any of their top 10 prospects in a Manny Machado deal have quickly turned false. 

New York is still in the running for Machado, and though The Post reported a top-10 prospects wouldn't be in any deal, they learned otherwise on Sunday. Another source said the Yankees are willing to deal away one of their prized youngsters, with OF Estevan Florial, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and SS/2B Thairo Estrada all on that list.

The Orioles are reportedly looking for young pitching, and the biggest hold up on a Machado-to-Yankees deal is New York's unwillingness to deal their top pitching prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. Because of this, the Dodgers and Phillies are the strongest suitors to land MLB's biggest trade chip by the July 31 deadline. 

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Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The reports that the Yankees were unwilling to trade any of their top 10 prospects in a Manny Machado deal have quickly turned false. 

New York is still in the running for Machado, and though The Post reported a top-10 prospects wouldn't be in any deal, they learned otherwise on Sunday. Another source said the Yankees are willing to deal away one of their prized youngsters, with OF Estevan Florial, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and SS/2B Thairo Estrada all on that list.

The Orioles are reportedly looking for young pitching, and the biggest hold up on a Machado-to-Yankees deal is New York's unwillingness to deal their top pitching prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. Because of this, the Dodgers and Phillies are the strongest suitors to land MLB's biggest trade chip by the July 31 deadline. 

Tags: Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Scott Thompson
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Sheffield talks Futures Game 00:01:31
Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield shares his experience from the Futures Game and talks about dealing with speculation regarding his future.

Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings during the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Sheffield entered the game in the second inning in relief of Pirates prospect Mitch Keller, who started the game. Sheffield immediately allowed the home run to Seuly Matias before retiring the next three batters to face him.

In the third inning, Sheffield was replaced after allowing a one-out single to Dawel Lugo.

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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees remain an aggressive suitor for Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, but their unwillingness to offer pitching prospect Justus Sheffield could leave them behind the Dodgers and Phillies, according to major league sources. The Brewers are also involved, but are less aggressive than the other three teams. Arizona is said to be out for now.

The Orioles want young pitching and, ideally, an infielder. Brandon Drury would likely be part of any Machado deal.

With or without Machado, the Yankees could soon pivot to a pursuit of Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer. So far, contact between the Tigers and Yankees has been minimal, according to sources. That may be because Brian Cashman is holding out hope of acquiring Jacob deGrom. Once he realizes how unlikely the Mets are to send deGrom to the Bronx, he could move quickly on Fulmer.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets had a scout in attendance this past weekend for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

The Yankees and Mets have been in touch, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Yanks checked in on Zack Wheeler but aren't a likely landing spot for him. Regarding the Mets trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard (to anyone), Martino says the chances are slim.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado that doesn't include Sheffield.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets had a scout in attendance this past weekend for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

The Yankees and Mets have been in touch, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Yanks checked in on Zack Wheeler but aren't a likely landing spot for him. Regarding the Mets trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard (to anyone), Martino says the chances are slim.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado that doesn't include Sheffield.

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Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a sacrifice RBI ground ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a sacrifice RBI ground ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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The Yankees have made an offer to the Baltimore Orioles for shortstop Manny Machado, Major League sources confirmed.

Sources told SNY that the O's are pushing for resolution on Machado before the All Star break. Five or six other teams are serious about Machado as well.

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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado

"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said...

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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado

"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said...

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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield will represent the team during the Futures Game in advance of the All-Star Game later this month, reports DJ Eberle of the TLnews.

The 22-year-old left-hander is shining this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 49 strikeouts in 51.2 innings (nine starts, one relief appearance). He has a 3.13 career ERA in five seasons.

Sheffield has a future as a potential mid-rotation starter, whose power fastball/slider mix could make him a good fit for the bullpen if things don't work in the rotation at the big league level, according to Adam McInturff of 2080 baseball

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Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand would be a perfect fit for the Yankees, lengthening a bullpen that is already dominant as well as helping to cover for a thin rotation. And if he were to become a member of the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the Yanks' path to the World Series would be much more difficult.

But despite all that, signs point to the Yankees acquiring a starter like Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ instead.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees right fielder Billy McKinney at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Billy McKinney at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played June 14, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner knows what the rest of us do about the Yankees: They need starting pitching. 

The rotation was a question to begin the year, and it certainly didn't help when the injury bug found its way to it. Jordan Montgomery had to undergo Tommy John surgery last week, and most recently, Masahiro Tanaka was lost to injured hamstrings after tagging up on a fly ball during the series with the Mets this past weekend.

There needs to be more depth in the rotation, and Steinbrenner admitted Wednesday that the team has money to go out and get someone by the trade deadline. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Trade deGrom or Syndergaard? 00:00:47
On Daily News Live, the panel debates whether or not the Mets should be open to trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The 27-32 Mets are not considering a rebuild at this point, though that could change, GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week. However, Alderson called the possibility "remote" -- meaning dealing Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard at this point should also be viewed as remote. 

Still, the narrative that the Mets should trade one or both of them will not die. Nor will the idea that the Yankees are a perfect fit if the Mets do decide to trade one or both of them. And as much as this makes most Mets fans want to vomit, the Yankees really would be a perfect fit.

So, in a world where the Mets end up putting deGrom and/or Syndergaard on the trading block, what would it take to trade one of them to the Yankees? 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The 27-32 Mets are not considering a rebuild at this point, though that could change, GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week. However, Alderson called the possibility "remote" -- meaning dealing Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard at this point should also be viewed as remote. 

Still, the narrative that the Mets should trade one or both of them will not die. Nor will the idea that the Yankees are a perfect fit if the Mets do decide to trade one or both of them. And as much as this makes most Mets fans want to vomit, the Yankees really would be a perfect fit.

So, in a world where the Mets end up putting deGrom and/or Syndergaard on the trading block, what would it take to trade one of them to the Yankees? 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played June 7, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 31, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 24, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 10, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 3, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 26, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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The Yankees entered spring camp with at least 80 percent of the rotation set in stone with the fifth piece fairly certain. Once Yankees skipper Aaron Boone wasted no time in naming Jordan Montgomery his fifth starter, it became apparent the Yankees knew all along they would begin the season with the same starting five they ended 2017.

The question becomes: Were the Yankees wise to abstain from what became a severely inexpensive pitching market for proven middle of the rotation starters? For example, Lance Lynn signed for just one year at $12 million, while Alex Cobb remains unsigned.

The Yankees have recently been reported to be both not interested and interested in Cobb, so who knows what's going on there? At the beginning of the offseason, I was of the mindset that it was OK to avoid spending big money on either pitcher, but since the market came down to one-year deals, it forces revisiting.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees announce that they've sent RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Dillon Tate to minor league camp.

Sheffield, the Yankees' no. 3 prospect, posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. Sheffield, 21, is expected to start 2018 in Triple-A.

"I don't want him to rush the process. He's going to be a good one,'' manager Aaron Boone said of Sheffield.

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

After a strong start from Luis Severino, the Yankees surrendered six unanswered runs en route to a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.

Making his 2018 Grapefruit League debut, Severino allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Erik KratzGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez driving in the Yankees' remaining runs.

After Aroldis Chapman relieved Severino and struck out two of the three batters he faced, Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc each allowed three earned runs to give the Phillies the lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino
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Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Hicks had two hits and Kyle Higashioka went 3-for-3 off the bench to help the Yankees beat the Phillies on Sunday, 8-3. >> To see the full box score, click here!

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Higashioka, Ronald Torreyes
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When the Yankees pulled off Tuesday's trade for infielder Brandon Drury, it did more than solidify the team's current roster construction. It provides the team significant advantages with how it molds the organization's structure going forward.

Drury is to be paid at a pre-arbitration rate for the 2018 season (he made $553,900 in 2017, so a fair guess is $600,000 this season), which leaves the Yankees practically all of the $15 million it has been reported they would be willing to take on before the season begins. That value provides a cushion of approximately $5 million for the club to utilize during the season, and would keep the team under the competitive balance tax threshold.

Tags: Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar
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Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Opening Day may still be six weeks away, but a trio of Yankees hurlers are armed and ready to showcase their talents at the Major League level right now.

RHP Chance AdamsDillon Tate and LHP Justus Sheffield may not be able to find room in the Yankees rotation at the start of the season, but that doesn't mean they aren't ready for what the big leagues has to offer.

"We really do feed off each other," said Sheffield, 22, who posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. "That's going to push us."

Tags: Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield
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