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...
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
Joe Girardi has named Aaron Judge the Yankees' starting right fielder, while Pete Kozma has made the team as a backup infielder.
Judge hit an impressive .345 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats this spring.
The 24-year old struggled in only 84 at-bats with New York last year, finishing the year with a .179 batting average to go along with four home runs and 10 RBIs.
The Yankees have optioned utility man Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Thursday morning.
Refsnyder was hitting .209 with one home run and six RBIs in 43 at-bats this spring.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Rays may have interest in trading for Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping.
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The Rays may have interest in trading for utility man Rob Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.
In 41 ABs this spring, Refsnyder is hitting .195 with one HR and five RBIs.
Against Tampa on Sunday, the Yankees inserted Refsnyder into left field in the fifth inning before moving him to right field an inning later. At the plate, Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk.
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The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score
- Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
- Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 11-5. on Thursday afternoon >> Box score
- RHP prospect James Kaprielian made his first Spring Training appearance, walking one and striking out three in two scoreless innings.
- Luis Cessa got the start and allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
The New York Yankees have put Rob Refsnyder on the trade block and are willing to hear offers for him, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.
Refsnyder, 25, has spent time at second base, third base, first base and right field over the past three seasons after coming up in the minors mostly as a second baseman.
He hit .250 with no home runs and 12 RBIs in 58 games in the majors last year and .316 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Refsnyder is hitting .262 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in his major-league career and .293 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs in 484 career minor-league games since he joined the organization in 2012.
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The Yankees made infielder Starlin Castro available in trade talks this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
"Meanwhile, the Yankees have been unable to deal Brett Gardner, Chase Headley or Starlin Castro, who they let some clubs know was available," wrote Sherman. "To date, that has kept them from pushing for a pricey reliever."
The 26-year-old was acquired by New York last offseason in the deal that sent RHP Adam Warren to the Cubs.
The New York Yankees turned a ho-hum season into one of excitement as they made a run into postseason contention amid roster turnover. While the run came to an official end Thursday night, the final series of the regular season still carries importance to the Yankees.
Last look at some kids
When the New York Yankees began trading away their best players before the non-waiver deadline, a postseason berth seemed years away. That sentiment seemed crystal clear when the Yankees handed starting jobs to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, two of the teams vaunted prospects.
The moves made (and still make) sense. Carlos Beltran was gone and the Yankees were getting limited production from veteran Brian McCann behind the plate. The Yankees also brought up Tyler Austin to split time with a struggling Mark Teixeira at first base and rookie utility man Ronald Torreyes also began to get more playing time.
The Yankees have added six players to their roster, which expanded Thursday to accommodate up to 40 players.
INF Rob Refnsyder, RHP Luis Severino, and RHP Nick Goody were recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
RHP Kirby Yates was recalled from Rookie-level Pulaski.
In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.
It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
Major League Baseball is just days away from allowing teams to expand their rosters to 40 for the September stretch run.
Some of the New York Yankees' affiliates will be participating in the playoffs, so the timing of call-ups might be skewed depending on the big club's needs.
When the rosters expand it allows rebuilding teams to test some of their younger players, but it can also provide a lift for an MLB team in search of a postseason berth. The Yankees find themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot despite an up and down season, making the roster expansion more important to the current situation, but it will also have an impact on the future decisions for the club this offseason.
Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Rob Refsnyder
The Yankees have recalled RHP Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre and have signed RHP Ben Heller to a Major League contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Heller has been selected to the 25-man roster.
To make room on the roster, RHP Nick Goody and INF/OF Rob Refsnyder have been sent to Triple-A.
Cessa is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 77.1 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. In his brief stint with the Yankees earlier in the season, Cessa was 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13.2 innings.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Nick Goody, Rob Refsnyder
Nathan Eovaldi allowed two homers in the fifth, including a three-run blast by Jay Bruce, as the Yankees lost to the Mets 4-1 Thursday as the teams split the four-game home-and-home series >>Read more at SNY. tv. . .
- The Yankees were shut down by Bartolo Colon, who gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
- The Yanks had runners at the corners with one out in the ninth against Jeurys Familia but Rob Refsnyder hit into a 5-3 double play to end it.
- Kelly Johnson homered off Eovaldi to start the fifth to break up a scoreless game. Eovaldi went seven innings, allowing three of his five hits in the fifth.
For Eovaldi, tonight's performance was similar to many others this season, and over his career for that matter. After getting away with pitches that sat too far over the middle of the plate for the first four innings, he was victimized by two meaty home runs balls in the fifth inning. Eovaldi has the talent - and the fastball - to be a dominant pitcher, but after six years in the big leagues he has yet to translate his abilities fully into sustained success.
Tags: Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder
The Yankees hit Steven Matz hard as they beat the Mets, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Mark Teixeira's three-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead.
- After the Mets got within 6-4 in the seventh inning, Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-4, Yankees. Later int he frame, a run-scoring infield single from Starlin Castro and a bases loaded walk extended their lead to 9-4.
- Rene Rivera's RBI single in the second inning tied things, 3-3.
- The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the second inning on the strength of a two-run double from Chase Headley and an RBI double by Didi Gregorius.
- The Mets jumped on Chad Green in the first inning, with Curtis Granderson's leadoff home run and James Loney's RBI single giving them a 2-0 lead.
- Chad Green allowed three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
- Luis Severino relieved Green and allowed just one run on one hit while walking one and striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.
The Yankees showed some life in various ways tonight. After Green was shaky, Severino took over and was once again electric.
Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
The New York Yankees have been the model of inconsistency in 2016, putting them in limbo with regard to how they will handle the trade deadline and adversely affecting their chances of reaching the postseason.
I have described this Yankees team as resembling Jekyll & Hyde and a yo-yo. The second half of the season can change that, but it will require a convincing turnaround within the first few weeks of returning to the diamond. If not, an overhaul of the roster would be in order.
It is hard to say what is more important for the Yankees as the second half begins -- strong starting pitching, improved offense, revamped middle relief or concentrating on the future. In my view, it has to be a combination of the four factors. That's not a cop out or a way to avoid selecting just one, but rather the stark reality.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
The Yankees recorded a season-high 20 hits and Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings as they beat the White Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night in Chicago.
- Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the second inning and the White Sox committed a run-scoring error later in the frame as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
- Chase Headley's two-run homer in the third inning upped the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
- Mark Teixeira's RBI double in the fourth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and Austin Romine's solo homer in the fifth increased their advantage to 6-0.
- Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks had RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead.
The Yankees have been waiting for a stress-free game for a long time. The team received an excellent starting performance supported by more than enough offense and tidy relief pitching. After all the disappointments this season, we cannot infer anything more from tonight's game other than they clicked on all cylinders for a change.
Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran left Tuesday's game against the Rangers in the first inning due to a cramp in his right hamstring.
An MRI taken came back clean and Beltran is day-to-day, manager Joe Girardi said.
After singling to left field, Beltran pulled up while rounding first base. He was replaced by Rob Refsnyder, who remained in the game in right field.
Beltran, 39, is hitting .297 with a .336 OBP and .570 SLG with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs.
Tags: Carlos Beltran, Rob Refsnyder, Danny Abriano
Despite his poor performance before going on the disabled list, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a certain key to the team if they want to have success going forward this season. Teixeira's rehab begins Tuesday and he's set to play three games before returning to New York Saturday. Upon Teixeira's return, the Yankees should consider keeping Ike Davis and Rob Refsnyder with the big league club.
The team has received positive efforts from the Davis/Refsnyder platoon, but if Teixeira comes back and can produce to the level he did in 2015, the Yankees will be better off. In fact, Teixeira's return will strengthen the bench if they follow my suggestion.
The Yankees' infield defense improving with Teixeira back is hardly questionable. In my view, the Yankees' offense will also improve with Teixeira on the roster. I know, this sounds insane considering Teixeira is hitting .180 with a .271 on-base percentage and a .263 slugging percentage through 188 plate appearances this season. Teixeira has just eight extra-base hits on the season (five doubles and three home runs) and he has driven in just 12 runs. Nevertheless, there are reasons for my optimism.
Tags: Ike Davis, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder
- Mark Reynolds' two-run double in the second inning gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
- Colorado extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning when Trevor Story and Ryan Raburn both hit solo homers off Eovaldi.
- In the fifth inning, DJ Lemahieu's RBI single increased the Rockies' lead to 5-0 and Nolan Arenado's solo homer made it 6-0.
- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to draw the Yankees within 6-3.
- Kirby Yates' throwing error in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Rockies to up their advantage to 7-3 and RBI singles later in the frame by Carlos Gonzalez and Story made it 8-3.
- Daniel Descalso hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to put the Rockies up 8-3.
- Ike Davis singled in Rob Refsnyder in the eighth inninng for his first RBI with the Yankees.
- Jacoby Ellsbury singled in Gregorius and Aaron Hicks to put make it 12-6.
- The Yankees added four more runs in the eighth inning to get them back within four, but could not complete the comeback as they fell, 13-10.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV
The Yankees came into the game after a much needed off-day and figured to be ready to take advantage of the thin air at Coors Field. Unfortunately, the Rockies were the ones doing much of the offensive damage until a Yankees seven-run rally in the eighth inning made it a close game.
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
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
- The Yankees struck early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Carlos Beltran and RBI single from Austin Romine.
- Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the second inning made it 4-0 Yankees, and Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning extended their lead to 5-0.
- Gerardo Petit's RBI single and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer in the fifth drew the Angels within 5-3.
- Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the seventh inning made it 6-3 Yankees.
- Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless eighth and Andrew Miller nailed down the save in the ninth.
If the Yankees are going to face bad pitching they have to take advantage of it, and tonight they succeeded. The Yankees are beginning to launch home runs with Castro and Beltran going deep for the second straight night. They've scored five runs in four of their last five games, and while that might not seem like a lot, it is for this dysfunctional crew.
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will opt for a treatment and rehab plan instead of immediately undergoing surgery in hopes of returning to the Yankees' lineup in three weeks.
Teixeira, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday after an MRI revealed an articular cartilage tear in his right knee, may still end up needing surgery, but met with team medical personnel on Monday.
Teixeira said Tuesday that if all goes well, he could begin playing in rehab games in roughly three weeks.
Tags: Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder
New York Yankees fans have been clamoring for Rob Refsnyder to get a real shot in the big leagues since Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew floundered at second base. While he might not have a full-time player role at the moment, it looks like Refsnyder will stick around as long as he can continue to hit when in the lineup
That is an important qualifier. Refsnyder's stay in the big leagues - let alone on the Yankees' major league squad - is completely dependent on his performance with the bat.
Refsnyder, drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft as an outfielder, moved to second base in 2013. He improved at the keystone, but he was still a below average fielder at the position as last season ended.
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The New York Yankees' three middle infielders helped lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.
Rob Refsnyder started at second base and started a four-run seventh-inning rally with a tiebreaking RBI single, then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run triple that gave New York a 5-1 lead.
But it was the defense of Didi Gregorius, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, and Starlin Castro, who started at shortstop but moved to second base once Gregorius entered, that saved the game.
Rob Refsynder is taking ground balls at first base , according to a video from Yankees beat writer Brendan Kuty.
Refsnyder, one of the Yankees most highly-rated prospects, has played 50 major league games in his career where he has hit .300 and has tallied seven RBIs. Up until this point he has played mostly second base and some right field.
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The New York Yankees had few question marks, beyond health, coming into the season. The club's decision-making revolved around the last spots and some roles within the roster -- who would be the fifth starter, the utility infielder, the backup catcher and which relievers would round out the bullpen? Did they make the right decisions as we approach the quarter pole of the season?
Questions around CC Sabathia's physical and mental health were at the forefront of the spring and the uncertainty gave Ivan Nova a puncher's chance of breaking camp in the rotation. Despite performing slightly better than Sabathia in spring training, Nova was relegated to the bullpen. There was little chance that the Yankees were going to ask Sabathia to work out of the bullpen.
Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel wants to play for Yankees, Aroldis Chapman said on Thursday.
Gourriel, a third baseman, recently defected and is waiting for approval from Major League Baseball to sign with a big league team.
"Cuban people, they always want to ask you how's the baseball at this level, what's the organization and all that," Chapman said. "It's typical for Cuban people to ask questions about the Yankees,"
Tags: Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder
As the New York Yankees slowly creep their way toward the .500 mark, each of the organization's minor league affiliates is sitting above the plateau.
Note: Team records and statistics as of May 12, 2016.
Class A - South Atlantic League - Charleston RiverDogs
The New York Yankees signed Chase Headley to anchor third base for four seasons after coming over in a trade deadline move during the 2014 season. Headley, 32, played as if rejuvenated after flailing in San Diego. Unfortunately, the contract has been nothing short of a disaster with Headley coming down with a bad case of the fielding yips last season and putting together one of the worst hitting performances in the game so far this season.
Headley's fielding woes have subsided some, as he has made just three errors this season, and he is not forcing Yankees' first basemen to work hard to grab his throws. Regrettably, the fielding issues have been supplanted by a terrible offensive slump that has dropped Headley to the ninth spot in the batting order; surely not the performance a team wants from their third baseman.
In 102 plate appearances in 2016, Headley has just 15 hits, all singles. Headley's triple-slash line is ugly - .178/.265/.178 and a 28 OPS+. Headley has had his fair share of prolonged slumps, but this one ranks as the worst with this many plate appearances. Sadly, other stretches show Headley suffers through some epic skids:
The New York Yankees are wading through recently uncharted waters; sitting miserably at eight-games under .500 with 138 games left on the calendar. For many fans, changes needed to be made days, if not weeks ago, and general manager Brian Cashman senses it too.
Change for change's sake typically fails and I am not enamored with such moves. The question for the Yankees revolves around whether there are options in the minor leagues that will provide a spark.
First, fans can forget about the Yankees eating contracts, so players like Chase Headley are not going anywhere. If a move is to be made to replace Headley at third base (certainly warranted at this point), it will have to be one which puts the struggling veteran on the bench. Ronald Torreyes has been a nice story and a fine utility replacement this season, but daily at-bats from the light-hitting journeyman does not seem to be the big source of offense the club is looking for.
The New York Yankees kicked their regular season into gear this week, while those who did not make the major league roster headed to their minor league assignments. The minor league system has become quite important to the Yankees in recent seasons as they transform into a club that desires some balance between youth and veterans on the MLB roster. We will look at the top four levels and briefly discuss some of the talent hoping to impress Yankees management in 2016.
Class A - Charleston RiverDogs
Domingo Acevado, 22, is a 6-foot, 7-inch hard-throwing right-hander with an 80-grade fastball according to MLB.com prospect ratings. Acevado has hit 103 mph on the radar and sits 96-100 mph with a good changeup, but his slider is a work in progress. He will continue to work as a starter, though he could profile as a closer down the road.
Ronald Torreyes has won the New York Yankees' backup infielder spot, Joe Girardi said.
Torreyes, 23, beat out veteran Pete Kozma and prospect Rob Refsnyder, among others, to clinch a spot on New York's Opening Day roster.
The Yankees claimed Torreyes off waivers in February. Though he has just six major league at-bats in his career, he recorded a .261/.308/.347 batting line with four home runs and 36 RBIs in 110 games last season in the minors.
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New York Yankees infielder Rob Refsnyder left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after a ground ball hit him in the face, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Refsnyder, who has primarily played second base and right field in his career, has taken reps at third base this spring as he strives to make the major league roster. He was playing third base on Saturday.
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has it easy doesn't he? Girardi operates with a roster littered with high-priced players so a postseason berth should be no problem. It is not that simple.
The Yankees indeed have a swollen payroll, but the roster is also one filled with players who are worth far less than the value associated with their salary. This isn't Girardi's doing, but he has to deal with it.
Girardi hears a good deal of crap from fans - he is overly loyal to veterans, he overuses the top arms in the bullpen and he mismanages the offensive side of the roster. I too jump on Girardi from time to time, but I've never gotten to the point others have who deliriously wait for him to make a "mistake" in order to thumb-out the hashtag #FireGirardi.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
Castro, who played shortstop for the first time this spring, cleared the batter's eye in straightaway center field on his fifth-inning blast. He is batting .417.
Refsnyder paced the Yankees' offense with three RBIs, pushing them ahead after right-hander Masahiro Tanaka gave up four hits and two runs in two innings. He threw just 30 of 50 pitches for strikes.
Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder
Infielder Rob Refsnyder said he felt comfortable after making his spring training debut at third base during Sunday's game.
"I felt good, comfortable," Refsnyder told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch after the game. "My goal was to kind of be aggressive, try to make a lot of plays, do a lot of different things on both sides of the ball. I just want to be aggressive."
He fielded a routine groundout cleanly in Sunday's game. He noted that he had spent the past week working with infield coach Joe Espada at third base after he hadn't played third base since his freshman year at the University of Arizona.
Tags: Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Rob Refsnyder
Yankees IF Rob Refsnyder began taking reps at third base on Thursday (Feb. 25).
Refsnyder said last week that he's "up for anything" as he aims to make the team out of Spring Training (Feb. 17).
With newly acquired Starlin Castro expected to start at second base, Refsnyder said at the time that he wouldn't be opposed to playing third base or anywhere else.
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Yankees third baseman Chase Headley hopes to rebound defensively after he struggled in the field last year.
"I think from just talking to the coaches, talking to the front office, I think they understand that last year was hopefully an outlier," Headley said on Wednesday. "And certainly again, we're not just passing it off, saying it was nothing. But at the same token we don't expect it to happen again and I felt that way even when I was going through it. I felt like they keep confidence in me and they were positive about it."
A midseason acquisition in 2014, the Yankees signed Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract before 2015. But Headley committed a career-high 23 errors at third base last season, recording a .946 fielding percentage. The 23 errors ranked fifth-most in the majors. By comparison, he made just eight errors in 2014 and 11 in 2013.
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder
Yankees 2B Rob Refsnyder said he's "up for anything" as he aims to make the team out of Spring Training (Feb. 17).
With newly acquired Starlin Castro expected to start at second base, Refsnyder said he wouldn't be opposed to playing third base or anywhere else.
"I'm up for anything, to be honest", Refsnyder said. "Just a couple of years ago, I was playing right field, so we'll see how it goes."
Refsnyder, 24, hit .302 with a .348 OBP and .512 SLG in 43 at-bats with the Yankees last season.
Tags: Rob Refsnyder
The New York Yankees have begun to trust some of their younger players and we could see that grow some more in 2016. While the Yankees might not elevate current minor league position players to New York at the outset of the season, it is plausible that some of them could make an impact at the big league level this year.
There is some debate about whether Bird deserves to be on the major league roster or not as the season commences. His performance with the Yankees while Mark Teixeira was injured at the end of last season was eye-opening and surely eases the club's need to worry about the future at first base. Bird proved he could handle the role on a daily basis, but with Teixeira making over $23 million in the final season of his contract it makes more sense to have Bird play regularly at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Tags: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Rob Refsnyder
Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder was ranked the ninth-best minor league second baseman, according to MLB Pipeline.
Refsnyder, who split time between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the majors last year, hit .302 with two home runs and five RBIs in 16 games in the majors, and hit .271 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs in Triple-A last year.
From MLB Pipeline:
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In addition to being the New York Yankees' primary second baseman, Starlin Castro will also be a potential backup third baseman for Chase Headley, according to GM Brian Cashman (Jan. 11).
Castro, whom the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Adam Warren, has not played third base since 2008, when he played for the Cubs' Rookie League team. He spent most of his time as a shortstop or second baseman.
Cashman suggested Castro would be able to fill in at third base if needed instead of Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Yankees left Nashville improved in two areas and depleted in another after making two trades, neither of which involved their most-rumored players Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. The Winter Meetings can be considered a success for the Yankees, yet the team has plenty of business to attend to over the rest of the offseason.
The acquisition of three-time All-Star Starlin Castro stuck to the roster construction plan and put to rest the notion that the Yankees would enter spring training with a platoon at second base. Castro immediately made the infield better, but the deal put a dent in the Yankees pitching staff as they lost versatile right-hander Adam Warren.
The second trade further diminished the Yankees bullpen as they shipped lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for two high-minors starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green. The Yankees were short of depth arms in the minor league system which was mostly solved with a singular trade.
Tags: Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Justin Wilson, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
When Robinson Cano departed for Seattle after the 2013 season he left a massive hole at second base for the New York Yankees. The club heads toward the 2016 season still searching to fill the void.
There has been some talk of bringing in yet another aging veteran player to fill the spot after the likes of Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew failed to solidify the role as the Opening Day starter at the keystone in each of the last two seasons.
There are a number of free agents available on the market the Yankees could turn to that represent upgrades at the position with Howie Kendrick and Ben Zobrist the most notable among them. The Yankees could also veer toward the trade market, which would cost prospects the club may not want to part.