Last season was an abnormality for the Yankees. Nothing was different about a deep postseason run, of course, but the way they were received was unfamiliar: they were beloved.
Led by young stars Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino, as well as likable vets like Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner, the Yankees weren't expected to compete for a title but fell one game away from the World Series. They had the support of more neutrals than normal during for the ride.
But this offseason they returned to a familiar atmosphere when the team traded for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. All of a sudden the Yankees were the Evil Empire yet again, and CC Sabathia wouldn't have it any other way...
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted he is intrigued by the possibility of handing Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar starting jobs this season and confirmed that is currently the plan.
Of course with the Yankees, plans can change and change quickly. But one month away from the team's first official spring training workout, Torres is tipped to start at second base for Opening Day and Andujar at third.
"Intrigued? I mean, it's kind of the plan right now," Cashman said...
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Baseball Night in New York compares the different ways the New York Mets and New York Yankees evaluate their prospects.
Amazing! Awe-inspiring! Historic!
Those words - among many - were used to describe Aaron Judge's 2017 Rookie of the Year season. Somewhat surprisingly, we can add "room to grow." Judge understands this and has succeeded in this fashion already.
With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.
The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants.
The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Yes, I know. My Hall of Fame ballot is wrong.
Heck, the only person on the planet who thinks it's right is the one typing this. And even I acknowledge there are some things I could've changed. More on that in a moment.
My ballot's first imperfection, at least according to some, stems from the fact that I'm a Big Hall guy. I've voted for 10 players -- the maximum allowed -- every year since 2013. Some believe there should be fewer players elected; I say, "What fun is that?"
The Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Wade LeBlanc, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports. The 33-year-old will earn a guaranteed base salary of $1 million in the majors.
LeBlanc amassed a 4.50 ERA across a career-high 50 appearances for the Pirates last season, striking 7.1 batters per nine innings over 68 frames. He'll look to crack a Yankees bullpen that already features a pair of southpaws in Chasen Shreve and Aroldis Chapman.
The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode.
They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition of Giancarlo Stanton earlier in the offseason, the Yankees are a real threat now. If New York manages to land free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, they will be putting an exclamation point on this offseason, demonstrating they view themselves as a bonafide World Series contender.
The Brewers are continuing their pursuit of 3B Mike Moustakas, and if they end up landing him, they might look to trade their current third baseman, Travis Shaw, per The Athletic's Jim Bowden.
One of the teams Bowden mentions is the Yankees, as well as the Mets and Braves as potential trade destinations for Shaw. In his first season with the Brewers, he posted a .273/.349/.513 slash line to go along with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his best season in the MLB thus far.
Shaw is also a stout defender, having only committed nine errors in 255 attempts at third base last season. He was also worth +3 in DRS as well as +10 in 2016 with the Red Sox.
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The Yankees believe they could acquire free agent Yu Darvish at a more "reasonable" $80-90 million for five years, two sources told John Harper of the New York Daily News on Saturday.
After landing NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, the Yankees have been linked with various ace-caliber starting pitchers and GM Brian Cashman confirmed during the week that he has talked the agent of Darvish.
Cashman sat in studio for an hour on Thursday with WFAN's Afternoon Drive and spoke highly of Darvish.
"He's obviously a tremendous pitcher," Cashman said. "Do we recognize Yu Darvish as a unique talent and a premier starting pitcher available in this marketplace? The answer to that question is yes. Would we in the end be one of the last teams standing? I can't answer that. But I have talked to Joel Wolfe, his agent. I can acknowledge that..."
Yankees prospect LHP Justus Sheffield is hoping to play a role on the team's big league squad in 2018 after progressing to double-A Trenton last season.
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The Pirates have traded Gerrit Cole to the Astros in exchange for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, OF Jason Martin, and RHP Michael Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees are on track to stay under the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees have been public with their desire to get their 2018 payroll under $197 million.
After agreeing to deals with eight players on Friday ahead of the arbitration deadline, the Yankees 2018 payroll is currently at $149,927,500. The Associated Press projects that the team's payroll will be about $177 million, leaving the club with some breathing room.
That projected figure includes $10 million for filling out the 40 man roster, $14 million in benefits as well as a further $3 million from trades. (The team owes $5.5 million to Houston as part of the Brian McCann trade, $500,000 to the Padres from the Chase Headley deal and will receive a $3 million credit from the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton...)
The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...
5:53 p.m.: Chasen Shreve settles with a $825,000 deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration, per ESPN. Shreve is arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons before becoming a free agent in 2021.
5:31 p.m.: Austin Romine settles with a $1.1 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration, per FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Romine will be arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020.
The Yankees and Aaron Hicks have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $2.8 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Hicks, known more for his glove, was a pleasant surprise with his bat in 2017. He set careers highs essentially across the board last season. In 301 at-bats, he hit .266/.372/.475 with 15 HR and 52 RBI. More on the 28-year-old's defensive prowess, he had 12 defensive runs saved in center field and 3 DRS in left.
After taking over the center field job, though, he twice hit the DL with separate oblique strains on each side. Durability is a concern for Hicks, who hasn't had more than 352 at-bats in a season yet in his five-year career.
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The Yankees and Tommy Kahnle have reportedly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $1.3 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Kahnle was traded to the Yankees from the White Sox, with Todd Frazier and David Robertson, in July last season.
The RHP enjoyed a breakout season in 2017. Overall, Kahnle enjoyed a 2.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 62 2/3 innings with 96 strikeouts. Just for the Yankees, Kahnle threw 26 2/3 innings with a 2.70 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 36 strikeouts. He had some exceptional moments in the postseason (11 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 K), eventually taking over innings that would have been typically handled by Dellin Betances.
Kahnle, 28, will not be eligible for free agency until 2021. He'll continue to give depth to a tremendous bullpen, alongside Betances, Robertson and Aroldis Chapman.
The Baseball in Night New York panel speculates on how the Yankees should handle their logjam in the outfield in 2018.
The Yankees announced their plans on expanded the protective netting down both foul lines at Yankee Stadium, reports the New York Times.
According to the club, the nets will extend nine feet above the dugout roofs and five and a half feet above the short walls that extend down the foul lines. The nets behind the dugout will be retractable by up to three feet and will then be fastened once the game starts.
The Yankees have shut down talks with the Pirates regarding a trade for RHP Gerrit Cole, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.
A deal sending Cole from the Pirates to the Astros -- which was reported earlier Wednesday -- is not happening as of now, but "talks could pick back up quickly," reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Meanwhile, there is another team (not the Yankees) currently attempting to trade for Cole, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Astros had Cole for about 30 minutes and now that he's back on the market that he never actually left, the Yankees are withdrawing from talks for the righty. The hot stove is officially frozen over...
There is something different about this winter for the Yankees' left fielder; Gardner's name is not mentioned in virtually every trade the club is rumored to be interested in making. In fact, Gardner trade rumors - an annual offseason tradition - are near non-existent besides intermittent Twitter chatter. The interesting aspect of this change of pace is that Gardner's economically sound contract is tied to a player coming off a solid all-around 2017 season.
At the outset of the 2017 season, Gardner was tasked by former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to be the catalyst for the club, and push aside a rough 2016 season. Girardi told Gardner he had to work to score 100 runs, and if he was able to do so, the Yankees would be a tough team to beat. Gardner narrowly missed the milestone, but Girardi pegged the premise correctly in that Gardner was the spark-plug the Yankees needed at the top of the order.
Giancarlo Stanton should thank Shohei Ohtani for his move to the Yankees as GM Brian Cashman explained Ohtani's refusal to New York opened up the opportunity.
Stanton highlighted the MLB Winter Meetings in December as the Yankees struck a blockbuster trade to land the National League MVP from a season ago. What led to the surprise deal, according to Cashman, was the fact that Ohtani made it known he wanted to play for a West Coast team, and the Yankees were off the board.
"The Ohtani circumstance did not declared itself, so clearly we, like almost everybody in the game, were preparing to see if we could be the fortunate team that Ohtani would pick," Cashman told Craig Mish and Jim Bowden on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. "If that was the case, he was going to obviously pitch in the rotation as well as DH for us. So I had to keep that area, that spot in the lineup open for Ohtani possibilities."
Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier confirmed to the New York Post's Kevin Kernan he and his agent have been in contact with both the New York Yankees and Mets.
"I have the options to do what I want to do, which is great," Frazier told Kernan. "I would love a multi-year deal, but I am not closing the door on anything. I'm prepared for anything."
CC Sabathia can earn $2 million in performance bonuses based on innings as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Didi Gregorius, who will play 2018 in his age-28 season, has improved his performance year after year since coming to New York from Arizona. Not only is Gregorius demonstrating All-Star ability on the field, he has become one of the key members in the clubhouse.
In 2017, Gregorius set career highs with a .287 batting average, .478 slugging percentage, .796 OPS, 106 OPS+, 25 home runs, and 87 RBI. The impressive part to the improving counting stats is that Gregorius reached the measures in 17 fewer games and 27 fewer plate appearances than 2016. Due in part to extenuating circumstances with the rest of the lineup, Gregorius often hit cleanup in 2017.
In the field, Gregorius improved in the area of advanced defensive metrics, posting a +1 in defensive runs saved, which was much improved from his -9 mark in 2016. He has decent enough range, but whether of his own choosing or his coaches, he was often placed out of position, which prevented him from getting to some ground balls hit in his vicinity. Regardless, Gregorius continues to possess one of the stronger arms in the game from the shortstop position...
As MLB's free agent period has been uncharacteristically slow this offseason, let's take our minds back to nine years ago on this day: the Yankees sign Mark Teixeira to a mega 8-year $180 million contract.
In Teixeira's tenure wearing pinstripes, he won one World Series, made two all-star games and won three Gold Gloves.
Teixeira hit the ground running in New York as the team won the World Series in his first season, 2009. He led the AL in both home runs (39) and RBI (122) that season as well as winning the Golden Glove and Silver Sluggers awards. He finished second in MVP voting...
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The Yankees are signing INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
Peterson, 27, was non-tendered by the Braves last month.
He hit .215/.318/.317 with two HR in 89 games for the Braves last season while starting games at first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and right field.
Peterson is a career .234/.319/.331 hitter in four major league seasons (one with the Padres, three with the Braves).
The Yankees have checked back in with the Baltimore Orioles regarding third baseman Manny Machado, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
The Orioles, according to Heyman, have not yet been tempted to trade Machado despite several teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox and Cubs, being linked to the three-time All-Star.
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The Baseball Night in New York gang discusses rumors that the Red Sox are pursuing power bats Manny Machado and J.D. Martinez.
The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential?
Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his right ankle just before camp broke. The injury seemed minor at the time, except the pain lingered. By the time doctors finally figured out Bird should have the os trigonum removed from his ankle, he had suffered through four and a half months of pain, three and a half of which was spent on the disabled list.
Despite having top talent lined up to make their debuts in the Yankees' infield, New York could be tempted to reunite with a familiar face in free agent Eduardo Nunez.
Yankees fans may remember the young Nunez, who wasn't always the most trustworthy player in the field or steady bat. However, his play has drastically increased since he was in pinstripes.
Last season, Nunez had a slash line of .321/.353./.539, splitting time with the Giants (76 games) and Red Sox (38 games). He also belted 12 homers and notched 58 RBI as well.
At 25 years old, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is a bonafide hitting star, and if he is able to take the next step behind the dish, he could be on his way to be becoming the best all-around catcher in the game.
Sanchez entered the 2017 season riding an amazing two-month stint in 2016 in which he hit 20 homes runs in 53 games. With the tools of ignorance on in 2016, Sanchez turned in highlight-reel throws to the bases to nail baserunners (41 percent caught stealing rate), and as a whole, we could see he had the potential to be an above-average defensive catcher. The question surrounding Sanchez was what we could truly expect as an encore...
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...
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Bryce Harper does not appear to fit as a free agent for the Yankees "as things stand now," a member of the Yankees' organization told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
The Nationals' outfielder is facing free agency at the end of the 2018 season if he does not get re-signed by the Nationals, but Washington GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that a meeting occurred between Scott Boras, who is Harper's agent, and the Lerner family, according to Eddie Matz of ESPN.
The Mets aren't the only team in New York interested in Pirates' 2B Josh Harrison. The Yankees have also contacted the Pirates about trading for the utilityman, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Harrison, 30, hit .272/.339/.432 with a career-high 16 HR, 26 doubles, 47 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 128 games last season for the Pirates. He was the 11th-most valuable second baseman in baseball, worth 2.6 WAR, according to FanGraphs, slotting in behind Robinson Cano and ahead of Ian Kinsler...
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The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.
New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.
The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.
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The Yankees have kept their eye on free-agent RHP Yu Darvish in their search for another starting pitcher, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Darvish is among several pitchers the Yankees have considered, including Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole, Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer, Rays RHP Chris Archer, Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin and free-agent RHP Alex Cobb.
With Jacoby Ellsbury seemingly steadfast in staying a Yankee -- courtesy of a no-trade clause he does not want to waive -- Boone will have to determine how the 34-year-old slots into the plans for the 2018 season.
Ellsbury is not as terrible as many make him out to be, but he has failed to live up to his astronomical $153 million price tag. And the annual cost certainly doesn't fit the role of bench player. That's the Yankees' fault and it's now haunting them beyond simple performance on the field. There are no two ways about it -- Ellsbury's presence on the roster is going to cause headaches for Boone...
Yankees president Randy Levine said GM Brian Cashman still has work to do as the team seeks to add more players in advance of Spring Training.
"[Cashman] and the baseball people did a great job," Levine told the NY Post about the team's recent acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton. "I know he's upstairs working, not finished. We're hopeful there's more stuff to be done before spring training and Opening Day."
Aside from trading for Stanton (as the team dumped Starlin Castro's salary in the process), the Yankees -- who are trying to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold -- traded Chase Headley and the $13 million he's owed for 2018 to the Padres.
Although mutual interest exists between the Yankees and free agent Todd Frazier, a return to the Bronx is looking less and less likely for the 31-year-old third baseman, reports NJ.com.
Despite the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton and continuing trade discussions with the Pirates for SP Gerrit Cole, the Yankees hope to get below the $197 million payroll luxury tax threshold for 2018. Doing so would reset the team's luxury tax penalty in 2019, which currently hits them at an extra 50 cents on each dollar it spends beyond the threshold.
The Baseball Night in New York crew discuss how starting pitcher Gerrit Cole would fit into the Yankees' rotation if he was acquired.
The Yankees have confirmed that they've re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that it's $10 million with 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.
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The Yankees seem content, and rightly so, to wait for the price to come down on Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the market to come back to them on smaller trades or to pursue the free agent market. While it may not be the Yankees' desire, one has to wonder if going into spring training as currently constituted would be all that bad.
The Yankees lineup is stacked to the point that it can sustain two rookies facing an uphill battle against major league pitching. There is enough firepower with the Yankees seven presumed positional starters to not only to withstand the growing pains of rookies, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, or potential first-time full-timers, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but to balance their own downturns throughout the season...
The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."
This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if."
The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition.
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The Yankees reportedly have interest in free agent RHP Yu Darvish, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the Dodgers have interest in retaining Darvish -- who they obtained from the Rangers last summer.
The Cubs met with Darvish earlier this week, while the Rangers and Astros are also interested in signing him, according to reports. Darvish, 31, had a 3.86 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers and Dodgers.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: One has to wonder the extent of the Yankees' interest here. Is it merely to throw a wrench into others' plans, a way to suggest to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, who the Yanks have discussed trades with, that they are moving away from those discussions? Or is it legitimate in that they will submit a bid?
As the Yankees continue discussions to bolster their rotation, they will not lose sight of their second and third base "vacancies."
The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, while Todd Frazier remains a free agent. This leaves the club with a quartet of internal options - Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade - to fill the two infield positions. It can be argued that the Yankees could surive with rookie/inexperienced players, the club has been linked to players via trade (Brandon Drury) and the free agent market (Frazier and Eduardo Nunez).