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Masahiro Tanaka has a decision to make at the end of the season and his performance on the mound will likely dictate whether he opts out of the final three seasons of his seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees. Will Tanaka finally put to rest the notion of whether he was an ace in 2016, and can he duplicate that effort in 2017?

How did Tanaka fare in 2016?

Tanaka was far and away the Yankees' top starter in 2016 and pushed himself into the American League Cy Young Award discussion in the process, finishing seventh in the voting. Tanaka threw the most innings of his major league career (199 2/3) and finished with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA (142 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP, 165 strikeouts, and 36 walks.

He was stingier with regard to allowing home runs in 2016 (0.99 HR/9), something that had plagued him in 2015 (1.5 HR/9). However, Tanaka's strikeout rate dropped for the second-straight season (7.4 K/9).

Most importantly, Tanaka was a stopper and won big games down the stretch when the Yankees were surprisingly still in the playoff hunt in the second week of September. He pitched like an ace during that span, winning seven of his final nine starts without a loss, giving the club the feeling that they had a chance to win each time he took to the mound. During the period, Tanaka pitched to a 2.28 ERA across 59 1/3 innings, struck out nearly a batter per inning, and held opponents to a .228 batting average and .642 OPS.

How will Tanaka fare in 2017?

Tanaka is essentially in his walk year, and with a season that replicates 2016, he would almost be assured of increasing his guaranteed salary across five or six seasons instead of the three years that will remain if he does not opt out of his current deal.

The "almost" refers to the partial tear in Tanaka's ulnar collateral ligament. Regardless of how well Tanaka has performed since he left Japan, prospective employers -- including the Yankees -- will have to think long and hard about the investment, knowing they could lose the right-hander for 12-1to-8 months if he has to undergo Tommy John surgery.

What does this have to do with Tanaka's potential in 2017? A good deal.

At 28 years old, Tanaka is still in the prime of his career. He did not shown any ill effects from the partial tear in his UCL in 2016. In fact, it can be argued that Tanaka has figured out exactly how to pitch like an ace regardless of the tear.

There is always the chance that the elbow ligament could blow, but there is nothing in Tanaka's performance or in last season's workload that makes me believe he's any more an injury risk than the next pitcher.



Despite popular belief, Tanaka's average four-seam fastball velocity has not diminished, but rather remained relatively flat. Tanaka arrived in 2014 with a four-seam fastball averaging 91.1 mph. It averaged 92.0 mph in 2015 and it sat at 91.6 mph on average in 2016. Tanaka's max velocity reached between 95-96 mph in each season.

The important change in Tanaka's pitching repertoire centers on his reliance on the four-seam fastball less frequently season to season. In my view, this is not because of velocity (again, he hasn't lost velocity at all), but rather because he recognized he was being beat on his four-seamer -- and his off-speed efforts simply produce better results.

Tanaka clearly has more confidence in his off-speed pitches, making the fastball a secondary pitch. In order of use, Tanaka threw the split-finger fastball, a slider, sinker, and cutter more often than the four-seamer in 2016. However, when he needed to dial up the heat, he demonstrated he could still hit 95+ on the radar gun. I would expect the fashion in which Tanaka attacks hitters will remain very similar in 2017.

Considering Tanaka's innings have increased year by year since arriving in the big leagues (despite the partial tear in his UCL) and the consistent production, it stands to reason that he can turn in another above-average to elite season approaching or eclipsing 200 innings. Such efforts will be necessary for the Yankees to remain competitive in the American League East, in light of the questions regarding the remainder of the club's staff.

The Yankees would relish Tanaka's MLB averages in 2017, understanding it would assist the club in the standings and make him a valuable commodity if they decide to try and trade him at the deadline (he has a full no-trade clause).

Bottom line

Tanaka has fully acclimated to pitching in the big leagues and has developed into a top-flight pitcher. His performance last season demonstrated he also thrives when called upon to carry the team. The desire to be the team's ace combined with the chance to substantially increase his guaranteed pay in the coming year makes Tanaka a good bet to be atop the rankings of starting pitchers in the American League at season's-end. In my view, where he pitches in 2018 is the bigger question.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs


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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)

The Yankees and CC Sabathia have reportedly come to terms on a one-year, $10 million deal, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical. Feinsand also reports that there will be performance bonuses for innings pitched.

Sabathia, 37, went 14-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts with the Yankees last year, striking out 120 batters in 148 2/3 innings. In four postseason starts, he went 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

"There were very competitive offers out there that really made CC take his time," Kyle Thousand, Sabathia's agent, told Joel Sherman of NY Post. "In the end, he feels there's unfinished business to attend to. Loves his teammates, clubhouse and the moves the Yankees are making this offseason. Wanted to come back for his 10th season with the New York Yankees."

The LHP has been with the Yankees since 2009. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and the Pirates are reportedly still discussing a trade that would send RHP Gerrit Cole to New York. The Pirates are reportedly asking for Yankees' top prospect Gleyber Torres, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Initially, the details of the trade talks centered around the Yankees sending 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier to Pittsburgh, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. Heyman believes that the Yankees wouldn't part with Torres in any deal for Cole, adding that Frazier is still the more likely centerpiece but it would take another prospect on top of Frazier. Perhaps Miguel Andujar or Chance Adams, Heyman reckons.

New York has reportedly been interested in Cole, who can become a free agent in 2020, since last year's trade deadline despite the Pirates' unwillingness to deal the 27-year-old former first-round pick.

New Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team is looking to acquire another starting pitcher, and Cole is among the pitchers New York has shown interest in. Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin have also been players the Yankees have reportedly inquired about, as well as reportedly resigning LHP CC Sabathia.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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May 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) talks with starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) during the first inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports (Leon Halip)
May 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) talks with starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) during the first inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports (Leon Halip)

The Yankees are reportedly interested in trading for Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer according to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times.

New York is one of four teams reported to be interested in Longoria, who Topkin also reports that the Rays are 'expected' to trade by April. As for Archer, the Yanks are one of nine interested.

In April, a no-trade-clause kicks in for Longoria, which would lessen the team's control of any potential trade.

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The Yankees medical staff tends to Dustin Fowler after the outfielder injured his knee in the first inning of a 6-3 loss Thursday night.  (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
The Yankees medical staff tends to Dustin Fowler after the outfielder injured his knee in the first inning of a 6-3 loss Thursday night. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Former Yankee prospect Dustin Fowler is suing the White Sox over his injury at their Guaranteed Rate Field on his MLB debut, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Fowler smashed into the right-field wall while hunting down a fly ball in foul territory. As a result of the crash, he suffered an open rupture of his right patella tendon. 

The suit claims that the White Sox, and the state agency that manages the park, were "negligent in not securing the unpadded electrical box he collided with along the right-field line." It continues to say the knee-level box created a "hidden and undetectable hazard."

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Moose and Jon discuss CC Sabathia in free agency, the future of Eli Apple and George Clooney's recent gift.

The Yankees have interest in re-signing LHP CC Sabathia, who is also drawing interest from the Angels.

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New York Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames hits a two-run double to right center during the sixth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames hits a two-run double to right center during the sixth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are likely to name Marcus Thames as their full-time hitting coach and might get rid of the assistant hitting coach role in which he served last season, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

Thames served as an assistant hitting coach last season, helping with video during games and working with players at the batting cage before the game.

He has been with the Yankees organization since 2013, when he started working with High-A Tampa. In 2014, he worked with Double-A Trenton, and a year later he worked with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has worked at the major-league level the past two years.

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Oct 20, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) blows a bubble during batting practice before game six of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 20, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) blows a bubble during batting practice before game six of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

For Yankees fans, opening day can't come soon enough. That's when they'll get to watch Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the same uniform in a competitive game for the first time. 

But it's not just fans who are excited. Judge himself is ecstatic about the Stanton trade.

"We're just adding not only great players but quality guys as well," Judge said, via Janie McCauley of Associated Press.

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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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The Yankees made two trades in the last week which leave them with openings at second and third base. The team has reportedly checked in on Brandon Drury, Todd Frazier, and Eduardo Nunez to fill the spots, and have even submitted a bid for Orioles' superstar Manny Machado, who was recently put on the trade block.

A Machado deal seems far-fetched simply because the Yankees can obtain him (if they desire) for straight cash next offseason, and the prospects it would require might be better suited to fill a rotation spot for this season. The others would come with control of varying lengths - Drury (four years of team control), Frazier (looking for multiyear deal) and Nunez (could net a two-year deal).

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees lost RHP Anyelo Gomez (Braves), LHP Nestor Cortez (Orioles), IF Mike Ford (Mariners), and RHP Jose Mesa Jr. (Orioles) in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. 

Gomez, 24, was taken with the eighth overall pick in the draft. He worked his way up the ranks in 2017, eventually pitching in one game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Overall, he owned a 1.92 ERA in 70.1 innings as a reliever last season. 

Torres, 23, also worked his way up to Triple-A last season. He appeared in 11 games with the RailRiders, including six starts where he posted a 1.49 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 11 walks in 48.1 innings pitched. Overall, he owned a 2.06 ERA with 104.2 innings last year...

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(Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees could be a team interested in a reunion with 3B Eduardo Nunez, per FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Last season, Nunez split time with the Red Sox and Giants where he had his best overall season statistically. He hit a combined .313 with 12 homers and 58 RBI. He saw spikes in production when he was sent to the Red Sox, as he hit .321 with a .539 slugging percentage and .892 OPS (.417, .751 with Giants). Nunez is also known for his speed as he totaled 40 stolen bases in 2016, and 24 last season. 

A scare faced Nunez in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros when he aggravated a previous knee injury. However, MRI results showed no further damage to the knee, and he is expected to be ready for Spring Training. 

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(Peter Aiken)

The Yankees have inquired with the Diamondbacks about middle infielder Brandon Drury, per The Post's Joel Sherman. 

On Tuesday, the Yankees reportedly were in trade talks for D-Backs' starter LHP Patrick Corbin. But with holes in their infield to fill, Cashman's team is looking at the 25-year-old infielder as well. 

Drury has played two full MLB seasons, beginning in 2016 where he hit .282 with 16 homers and 53 RBI in 134 games. Last season, he saw a drop in his average at .267 and homers with 13. However, he did notch 63 RBI.

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)

The Minnesota Twins announced they signed former Yankees RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract. 

Pineda had a roller coaster run over four years with the Yankees, and it reached its peak last season when he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm. He started 17 games last season, owning a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 96.1 innings pitched. 

Over his four seasons with the Yankees, Pineda had a 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 514 strikeouts over 89 starts. 

The 28-year-old will make $2 million in his first season with the Twins followed by $8 million in 2019. 

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The DNL panel shares their thoughts on what the Yankees should focus on next after signing Giancarlo Stanton and trading Chase Headley.

The Yankees have expressed interest in Orioles 3B Manny Machado, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

With both teams being in the AL East, Olney isn't sure if a deal could actually get done. However, the Orioles are listening to what the Yankees have to offer. The White Sox are also interested in Machado.

The Yankees still have a lot of top prospects they could potentially deal if they want to get a player like Machado, who is one of the best infielders in the MLB. Over the past three seasons with the Orioles, Machado has hit over 30 home runs in each season. Last year, he hit .259 with 33 homers and 95 RBI. 

The 25-year-old is arbitration eligible this season, where is he is expected to make around $17 million. Next winter, he will become an unrestricted free agent. 

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Aaron Boone had his first Winter Meetings media session as the Yankees manager and showed great interest in the younger members of the team.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are "working real hard" to acquire a starting pitcher this offseason, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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(Ron Chenoy)

LATEST UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.

Tigers GM Al Avila said multiple teams have expressed interest in Michael Fulmer, adding that the Tigers are just listening at this point.

The Yankees' interest in Fulmer is high, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.  Murti lists a number of prospects that could be sent in a deal, including Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, Albert Abreu, and Thairo Estrada. He also says that top pitching prospects Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield could be in the mix.

If a trade is to be struck with the Tigers, Avila reportedly wants offense in return for Fulmer, who is one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

PREVIOUS UPDATE, Dec. 12

The Yankees are reportedly looking to add a starter to their rotation, and Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin have emerged as potential candidates, reported earlier Tuesday USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

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(Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees have reportedly shown interest in Royals starter LHP Danny Duffy, reports The Post's Joel Sherman. 

Duffy, 29, has been with the Royals since 2011 where he has served as both a starter and reliever. Last season, he started in all of his 24 apperances, posting a 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 146.1 innings. 

The Royals gave a five-year, $65 million contract extension to Duffy last season. He will be owed $14 million next season, $15.25 million in 2019 and 2020, and finally, $15.5 million in 2021 before hitting free agency. 

Having not re-signed CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking around for a left arm to join Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and Sonny Gray in the starting rotation. The only other potential other in the rotation would be Jordan Montgomery, who had a great rookie season. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have announced they traded INF Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for OF Jabari Blash, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Headley, 33, hit .273 with 12 homers and 61 RBI last season. Rosenthal adds the Padres will absorb all of his $13 million he is owed next season. In turn, the Yankees have sent $500,000 to the Padres as part of the trade, per MLB.com's Marc Feinsand.

Mitchell, 26, was under team control until 2021. He pitched in only 48 career games with the Yankees since 2014, where he posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over that span. 

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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees have continued filling their coaching voids as they added Josh Bard (bench coach), Phil Nevin (third base coach), and Reggie Willits (first base coach) to their staff. 

They have also hired Carlos Mendoza as their infield and quality control coach. He will be in uniform and in the dugout during games.

Bard, who has been the Dodgers bullpen coach for the past two seasons, was a former catcher and teammate of manager Aaron Boone's back with the Indians. 

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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees new addition, OF Giancarlo Stanton, warned everyone that there is a 'new Animal' in the 'Concrete Jungle' on Instagram Monday. 

There's a new Animal in the Concrete Jungle!

A post shared by Giancarlo Stanton (@giancarlo818) on

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Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have solidified an already stacked offense with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, so they'll likely turn their attention to bolstering the starting rotation next.

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The Daily News Live crew wonders how the newest Yankee, Giancarlo Stanton, will adjust to playing in New York and dealing with the media.

Stanton on becoming a Yankee 00:00:57
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton expresses his excitement on becoming the newest member of the Yankees.

Yankees newest addition, OF Giancarlo Stanton, is ready to begin his new chapter in New York as he addressed the media for the first time in pinstripes Monday. 

Stanton is now officially a part of GM Brian Cashman's "band of merry men," as he put it, and he couldn't be more excited. 

"I'm very excited to be here and to be a part of the Yankees, and I'm just looking forward to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture," Stanton said. "So I'm happy to be here."...

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(Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees have interest in Pirates starter RHP Gerrit Cole, according to FanRag Sports Jon Heyman. 

New York may have interest, but Heyman is reporting the Pirates are not willing to deal him. The Yankees have been high on Cole, who they looked at during the trade deadline this past season. 

Cole, 27, didn't have the best of campaigns in 2017 as he owned a mediocre 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA. However, he did put up 203 innings, which is good considering he battled injury in 2016. In 2015, Cole was one of the best pitchers in the National League, daunting a 19-8 record and 2.60 ERA with 202 strikeouts. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting that season as well. 

Cole was formally a Yankees prospect as they drafted him out of high school in 2008. They would like to add one more, highly talented starting pitcher to their rotation, but the Pirates may want to keep Cole considering he still has two years until his contract is up. 

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Marlins' co-owner Derek Jeter said the deal to move OF Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees was simply "the best deal," per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. 

The Stanton trade became official today as the Yankees received the 2017 National League MVP and cash considerations for 2B Starlin Castro, and prospects RHP Jorge Guzman and INF Jose Devers. The Marlins will also bite $30 million of the $295 million he is owed over the next 10 years.

News broke over the weekend that the trade was in the works after Stanton declined a trade to the Giants or Cardinals. The Yankees were the only other team to make an official offer, and Jeter jumped on the opportunity as it was all but done by Monday. 

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Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees have acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro, minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and cash considerations, the team announced Monday.

Stanton's introductory press conference will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday.

The Yankees will take on $265 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard in dugout before start of game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard in dugout before start of game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will reportedly name former Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard as their bench coach under manager Aaron Boone, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Bard, a former MLB catcher, had been a member of the Dodgers coaching staff for the past two seasons. He played with Boone in 2005 when the two of them were on the Cleveland Indians.

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New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Free-agent LHP CC Sabathia is reportedly in discussions about possibly signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

Sabathia, who has been with the Yankees since 2009, also reportedly met with New York last week, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

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Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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A friend phoned Bobby Richardson Saturday morning to tell him about the Giancarlo Stanton-to-the-Yankees reports, and Richardson couldn't help but think of the parallels to his own Yankee days.

Two epic sluggers in the same lineup? Sounds like the early 1960s Yankees to Richardson, who was the second baseman on those championship clubs. We'll see if Stanton and Aaron Judge can become the modern-day Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, but Richardson calls it "a good analogy."

 

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ORLANDO, FLA. -- "How about my Yankees?"

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Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees have reportedly traded for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to pair with Aaron Judge and company. Many across the baseball world are impressed, but Astros' Alex Bregman took the moment to ostensibly make a joke about it on Twitter. 

Bregman and the Astros eliminated the Yankees en route to winning the 2017 World Series, and the reigning champ was sure to remind the world that the Astros aren't going anywhere. 

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Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Players on the Yankees and around the AL East have started to react to the news that the Marlins have agreed to trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees.

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Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

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Just for future reference, the Yankees' club record for home runs in a season is 245, set in 2012. With what the Yanks have just done, that mark - and perhaps multiple other longball standards - is in serious jeopardy.

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(Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees and Marlins have reportedly began talking about a potential trade for Miami's star OF Giancarlo Stanton, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. 

Both sides have only begun talks, and multiple reports have stated they are "not close" to making anything happen soon. However, they have discussed ramifications to possibly send Stanton to New York. 

Stanton, who just told the Giants and Cardinals that he won't be heading to their clubs this offseason, has named the Yankees as one of the four teams he would waive his no-trade clause for. 

Tags: Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses the media during a press conference announcing the retirement of designated hitter Alex Rodriguez prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses the media during a press conference announcing the retirement of designated hitter Alex Rodriguez prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are reportedly finalizing a five-year, $25 million extension with GM Brian Cashman, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Cashman, 50, has been the franchise's general manager since 1998, winning four World Series titles in that span. Though his three-year, $9 million contract expired at the end of the 2017 season, Cashman's new contract would make him the highest paid general manager in baseball.

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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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Daily News Live: Stanton suitors 00:03:01
The Daily News Live crew discusses Giancarlo Stanton's decision to name the Yankees as one of four teams he would like to be traded to.

The Yankees are among four teams that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would approve a trade to, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.

The other three teams include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, according to Mish, who also notes Stanton's "desire to win has been greatly understated."

Stanton, the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Marlins reportedly look to cut $65 million from their payroll next season, has a no-trade clause in his 13-year, $325 million contract, and has not approved a trade to the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, two teams who have heavily pursued acquiring the 28-year-old MVP.

The Marlins have already reportedly agreed on the "general framework" in a deal with the Cardinals and Giants, and Stanton had met with both clubs, according to Mish, however it is unclear where they stand.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
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During Aaron Boone's introductory press conference Wednesday, he recognized that he would have a learning curve as the Yankees manager. As such, Boone intimated that he would be able to lean on his coaching staff in an effort to get him up to speed as quickly as possible.

While Boone and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believe that experience in the bench coach role would be beneficial, neither was willing to say it was a necessity...

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Sean Casey has heard the grousing about Aaron Boone's lack of managerial experience and knows that some wonder why the Yankees would hire someone who's never been in the dugout cauldron. Especially for a job at the very pinnacle of the baseball industry.

But Casey, who was Boone's teammate on the Cincinnati Reds from 1998-2003 and was one of his best friends there, has what he considers the perfect rejoinder: Boone may not have been a manager, but he's got the kind of perspective few others have enjoyed. And Casey is not just referring to Boone's lifetime in baseball, thanks to his grandfather, Ray, and father Bob, both playing in the Majors.

"Boonie's been an All-Star. He's been a hero. He's been a backup and he's been in camp where he's trying to make a club," Casey, now an analyst for the MLB Network, said in a telephone interview. "So when a guy says to him, 'Hey, why am I not starting tonight?' he knows what to say...

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BNNY: In Retrospect on Boone 00:02:16
The BNNY crew discusses what might have changed if Aaron Boone didn't get injured in a pick-up basketball game in early 2004.

The BNNY crew discusses what might have changed if Aaron Boone didn't get injured in a pick-up basketball game in early 2004.

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GEICO SportsNite: Aaron Boone 00:02:13
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium and discusses how Aaron Boone is aware of the expectations that come with managing the Yankees.

Carlos Beltran may have lost out to Aaron Boone in the Yankees' managerial search, but the newly-retired outfielder believes his former club is in good hands.

"He's going to do a good job for them, definitely," Beltran said on Tuesday. "I personally know him and I wish him the best. ... There is a high standard about being the Yankee manager. After being able to miss the World Series by one game [last season], fans are expecting a lot of positive things, which is great. It's a good challenge for a manager."

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BNNY: Aaron Boone presser 00:06:18
The BNNY crew discusses how Aaron Boone was able to successfully communicate with the media during his first press conference as a manager.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | It won't show up on any stat sheet. But maybe Aaron Boone got the first managerial win of his career Wednesday -- on a chilly December day, no less -- simply by not downplaying the "no experience" element of his hiring as the 33rd Yankee manager.

Even if you're one of those Boone skeptics, wringing your hands over the fact that he's never managed or coached in the Majors, you must give the man this:

He understands there are questions about him. He gets that he does not walk into the Yankee clubhouse with a free pass just because the front office gave him the gig. He knows he's got a few things to learn on the job...

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Harper on Boone's introduction 00:04:41
John Harper reports from Yankee Stadium to review the Yankees' introduction of Aaron Boone as their 33rd manager on Wednesday.

The Yankees introduced new manager Aaron Boone during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

GM Brian Cashman, who said Boone would be a "great asset" to the franchise, said that when he was weighing whether to recommend someone without experience for the job, he reflected back to 1998, when George Steinbrenner picked him as GM even though he didn't have experience.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Before the press conference even began, Boone flashed the peace sign and a bit later gave Cashman a playful nudge, and it was crystal clear he's the antithesis to Joe Girardi in terms of demeanor. That's not to say that Boone will not be as prepared as Girardi always was...

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Yankees president Randy Levine said it was "kind of surprising" to see Shohei Ohtani turn down the Yankees after Brian Cashman compiled what he described as "an incredible presentation" for the two-way star's CAA representatives, reports Christian Red of the New York Daily News.

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Schwarber to the Yankees? 00:04:20
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses a hypothetical trade scenario for the Yankees and Cubs that would bring Kyle Schwarber to the Bronx.

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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees were surely disappointed to learn they would not receive a sitdown with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Besides the obvious impact of his decision to shy away from New York, it has opened the door for several potential scenarios for the Yankees at designated hitter.

Part of Ohtani's allure to the Yankees was the ability to slot him into the lineup as a DH a few days a week, which would allow for easy dispersement of the rest of the at-bats to the remaining position players. New York would have been able to provide half-day rest to the starting outfield -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge -- as well as starting catcher Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees may still utilize this angle, but will have more days to fill in. If they are unable to trade Jacoby Ellsbury, he could take some time as DH, just as he did at points last summer. Perhaps they would use Chase Headley as a DH if top prospect Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar makes the club as the starting third baseman. The Yankees may also utilize Clint Frazier at times in an effort to accumulate plate appearances as a bench player with occasional DH action.

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A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager, Al Pedrique, has left the team to join the Athletics as their new first base coach, per NY Post's Dan Martin. 

Pedrique, who has coached the RailRiders for the past two seasons, has been in the organization since 2013. He started off in Class-A Charleston and worked his way up to SWB, playing a key role in developing players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier

He was thought to be a candidate for GM Brian Cashman as he searched for a new manager. However, Pedrique didn't interview for the position. Instead, Aaron Boone won the job as the team announced him the 33rd manager of the ballclub on Monday. 

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder Gleyber Torres and outfielder Estevan Florial are ranked the Yankees' top two prospects heading into the 2018 season, according to Baseball America.

Torres, who was ranked Baseball America's No. 3 overall prospect in its midseason top-100 list, was limited to 55 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last spring.

A 20-year-old shortstop with 15 games at third base and 18 games at second base, Torres hit .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs last year. He entered last season having been ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect, Baseball America's No. 5 prospect and Baseball Prospectus' No. 15 prospect.

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