New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Yankees 3B Chase Headley has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees in 2014, and knows he can play better than he has over the last two and a half years.

"I know there's more in there," Headley told Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I know that I can produce more than I have."

Following the 2014 season, the Yankees gave the switch-hitting third baseman a four-year, $52 million contract. The next year, Headley hit .259 with only 11 HRs and 62 RBIs while committing 23 errors in 156 games.

The third baseman also got off to a miserable start in 2016, which helped contribute to New York's horrid start in the standings. The former Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winner was hitting just .147 on May 3 as the Yankees were 8-16.

"No, I haven't lived up to my own expectations as a Yankee," said Headley. "The first year I was atrocious defensively. And that was probably the most frustrating part of my career, because you expect some variation offensively. But defensively, I've always been pretty steady and take pride in not bringing my hitting to the field, so that was frustrating. And then obviously last year my start was so bad that it really contributed to digging us a big hole.

The veteran infielder was able to bounce back and hit .268 the rest of the way, finishing the season with a .251 batting average to go along with 14 HRs and 51 RBIs in 140 games.

"I got a couple of things to fall into place, I started taking good swings and I began to relax," said Headley. "I got into a good place mechanically and with my confidence."

After two and a half seasons in New York, Headley is fully aware of the fans' expectations for both him and the rest of the team. While some may be intimidated playing in one of the largest markets in the country, Headley welcomes the passionate fanbase.

"If I perform the way I'm capable of, that won't be an issue," said Headley. "They're passionate fans, and I appreciate that. It's not always fun to hear it when you're not playing well, but it's New York, so the fans care. They cheer you when you're playing well, so you accept the criticism and the noise that comes when you're not performing."

The Yankees currently have one of the top farm systems in baseball, headlined by 20-year old Gleyber Torres. While he understands that Torres, along with several other quality infield prospects, are knocking on the door, Headley is not worrying about anyone besides himself.

"I have a high standard for myself. I know what my goals are and my expectations are as a player," said the veteran. "There's always somebody coming. That's the nature of the game, so I don't think it's worthwhile for anybody to worry about that."

 

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It is good to know that Headley understands the importance his performance means to the club, but it is the actual production on the field that will dictate fans' response. Regrettably for Headley, he will not get the benefit of the doubt because he consistently gets off to slow starts at the plate and the catch-up process he brings in the summer doesn't carry enough weight for fans.

Unfortunately, Headley's spring training has been more or less uninspiring with a couple of clutch hits mixed in. With just under two weeks to go in the preseason, it is essential that Headley begin to show positive signs at the plate with hopes he can carry it into the regular season.

For the Yankees, another issue with poor performance from Headley becomes a ready replacement for him. The system's top third base prospect, Miguel Andujar, has never played above Double-A, and the utility infielders do not project to everyday third basemen. Headley is not expected to be the star of this team, but he has to perform well for the entire season with little chance of infusion coming elsewhere.

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Feb 21, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tyler Jones (53) poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Feb 21, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tyler Jones (53) poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Yankees added a familiar face to their pitching reserves by acquiring RHP Tyler Jones from the Diamondbacks. The team announced the move on Friday evening, adding that Jones was acquired via a Rule 5 Draft return. 

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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed nine hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday afternoon >> Box score


  • Sabathia walked one and struck out one during his 5 1/3 innings. His ERA for the spring is now 6.75.
  • Luis Severino struck out five batters in three perfect innings.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino
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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left foot, will soon enter the next phase of his rehab, which will entail having the foot in a walking boot.

He expects to return to playing in games at some point in May, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Austin was diagnosed with the fracture on Feb. 17 and was expected to be out for at least six weeks. He suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter could be in danger of not making the Opening Day roster, surmises Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

Carter, who the team signed to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million this offseason, is hitting .122 with 22 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this spring.

He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts during Thursday's game against the Rays.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have optioned Luis Cessa, who was in the running for one of the final spots in the rotation, to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced Friday morning.

In addition, New York has re-assigned INF Ji-Man Choi, OF Dustin Fowler, OF Clint Frazier, LHP Jason Gurka, and OF Billy McKinney to minor league camp.

Cessa appeared in five games this spring for the Yankees, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 9.2 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Luis Cessa
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Reggie Jackson runs along the warning track before the spring training baseball game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)
Reggie Jackson runs along the warning track before the spring training baseball game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres has impressed one of the franchise's all-time greats in Reggie Jackson, and the two have already formed a strong baseball bond.

"He's a very mature athlete,'' Jackson told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "He's confident, yet he asks questions that you would get from a 20-year-old. Well acclimated. Very coachable. Under control physically. A lot of good attributes. A lot of good character stuff. He's a player.''

In 29 ABs this spring, Torres hit .448 with two HRs, nine RBIs, six doubles and a triple before being re-assigned to Minor League camp. 

Jackson would not shy away from giving the 20-year old significant praise for his performance in spring training.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Greg Bird will enter the season as the Yankees' starting first baseman, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bird has been absolutely crushing the ball during spring training, batting .439 with six HRs, 11 RBIs, and six doubles in only 41 ABs.

 "I don't see anything changing that," Joe Girardi told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post when asked if Bird would be the starting first baseman. "He's been really good, maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guy's timing. It hasn't seemed to affect him.''

Tags: Greg Bird, Tyler Austin
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
Tags: Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.

Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.

While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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Feb 17, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (90) tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 17, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (90) tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery has emerged as a candidate for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, Newsday reports.

The 24-year-old has a 3.48 ERA in four Grapefruit League outinjgs, all in relief. He went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

"We're looking at him," Joe Girardi said of Montgomery "I like him a lot. I think he's got really good downward angle. I think he's got deception. I'm very curious."

Luis Severino (5.06 ERA) and Luis Cessa (6.52 ERA) have struggled this spring, leaving Girardi to consider Montgomery.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees announced that shortstop Gleyber Torres has been assigned to minor league camp for the remainder of Spring Training and that he will start the year playing for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday (Yankees, March 21).  

Torres, 20, is considered one of the franchises top prospects.

In 28 at-bats this spring, Torres hit .464 with two home runs and nine RBI. 

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Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  (Butch Dill (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))

The Yankees lost to the Red Sox on Tuesday in Tampa, 4-2. >> Box score


  • In 4 1/3 innings pitched, Bryan Mitchell struck out seven and allowed two runs.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a scoreless inning of work.
  • Starlin Castro went 1-for-2 with a double.
  • Matt Holliday hit a home run off Chris Sale, his fourth of Spring Training.
  • Gary Sanchez picked up a base hit.

Next game: The Yankees take on the Phillies on Wednesday in a road matchup at 1:05 p.m.

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LM on Yankees' options at short 00:01:54
Jon and Sal debate which young player is best suited to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius at shortstop in 2017.

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day and could be out for all of April due to a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Tuesday.

GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees were told Gregorius would likely miss six weeks, adding that Tyler WadePete KozmaRonald TorreyesRuben Tejada, and Starlin Castro -- but not SS prospect Gleyber Torres -- are all options to play shortstop in Gregorius' absence.

Gregorius, who had been playing for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, had an MRI Monday, and was expected to undergo more tests on Tuesday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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Yankees 1B Greg Bird's cat is a descendant of Mr. Bigglesworth, the cat owned by Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" films.

The Sphynx cat is named Mr. Delicious, who Bird refers to as Lish for short, according to the NY Post.

Click below for a picture of Bird and Mr. Delicious...

Tags: Greg Bird
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The baseball adage goes, spring stats don't mean anything. For the most part I believe this to be true, except in matters when there are trends that underlie the performance. At the moment there are a few players in Yankees camp off to fairly slow starts. What does it mean for them and for the club?

Chris Carter

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

With Yankees SS Didi Gregorius dealing with a shoulder injury, could it pave the way for SS prospect Gleyber Torres to begin the season in the majors?

Gregorius, who had been playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, has a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder. He had an MRI on Monday and will undergo more tests on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Torres, who MLB.com has ranked as the third-best prospect in all of baseball, is hitting .464 with a 1.448 OPS with two HR and nine RBI in 28 at-bats this spring.

Tags: Didi Gregorius
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The Yankees beat the Nationals, 9-3, on Monday afternoon. >> Box score


  • Michael Pineda allowed three runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres 1-for-1 with two RBI.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Greg Bird, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is mulling over Luis Severino and Adam Warren for a possible spot in the rotation as Opening Day nears.

The two pitchers have had vastly different springs, and Sunday's game -- a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros -- was a huge example of it.

Warren gave up one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings as the starter, while Severino, pitching in relief, gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Tags: Adam Warren, Luis Severino
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Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth inning and beat the Astros, 6-4, in Palm Beach. >> Box score


  • Adam Warren pitched 3.2 innings for the Yankees, giving up one run on four hits. 
  • Luis Severino pitched three innings in relief and gave up two runs on two hits.
  • Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

What's Next:

The Yankees will face the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m in Palm Beach. RHP Michael Pineda (10 IP, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Yankees.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Yankees lost to the Orioles, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


  • Jacoby Ellsbury got the Yankees started with an RBI single in the third inning. 
  • Gary Sanchez kept the third-inning rally going with a two-run double.
  • CC Sabathia was not his sharpest, allowing three earned runs in four innings. However, he did strike out five. 
  • Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless frame and finished with a strikeout.

What's Next:

The Yankees head to Palm Beach to play the Astros on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Adam Warren is set to pitch the Yankees. 


The Yankees reassigned Jorge Mateo to Class A Tampa, where he played last season. (Kim Klement)
The Yankees reassigned Jorge Mateo to Class A Tampa, where he played last season. (Kim Klement)

Middle infielder Jorge Mateo, considered one of the Yankees' top prospects, was sent to Class A Tampa Friday.

Mateo was 3-for-22 with the Yankees this spring. Last year, he hit .247 with eight homers, 47 RBI and 36 stolen bases for Class A Tampa. He also was suspended for two weeks for violating unspecified team rules.

It had been speculated that Mateo, a 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, might begin the season at Double-A Trenton.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes
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Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird? 00:02:06
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees prospect James Kaprielian was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, hours after making his Grapefruit League debut.

The 23-year-old struck out three and walked one in two scoreless innings Thursday afternoon in the Yankees' 11-5 win over the Blue Jays. 

New York kept Kaprielian out of game action due to caution surrounding his right elbow. Although the right-hander pitched in the Arizona Fall League, he was limited to just 18 innings in the minors in 2016 after he suffered a flexor strain in his right elbow last April.

 

Tags: James Kaprielian, Mason Williams
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

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.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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 (Marilyn Indahl)
(Marilyn Indahl)

The Yankees have signed RH reliever Ernesto Frieri to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

Frieri, 31, last pitched in the majors in 2015, when he had a 4.63 ERA (6.39 FIP) and 1.32 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings for the Rays...

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.

I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.

The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Dustin Fowler (95) rounds second base for a triple during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees center fielder Dustin Fowler (95) rounds second base for a triple during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner has been very impressed with the talent and work ethic of outfield prospects Billy McKinney and Dustin Fowler this spring.

"I think they're both 22," Gardner told Dan Martin of the New York Post, accurately, on Wednesday. "They're both better players than I was when I was that age, I'll tell you that."

While Gardner has noticed the potential both prospects have to suceed in the majors, the veteran is also aware of the reality of playing in the MLB.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dustin Fowler
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The Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-1, on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box score


  • Michael Pineda was dominant for five hitless innings, striking out eight hitters while walking none. 
  • Greg Bird hit his fourth homer of the spring, a solo shot in the second inning. He finished the day 2-for-3.
  • Gary Sanchez drove in a run an inning later with a single, which was one of his two hits on the day. 
  • Coming out of the bullpen, Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless frame and struck out two. 
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Mar 3, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Johnny Barbato (64) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Johnny Barbato (64) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees have sent RHP Johnny Barbato, LHP Dietrich Enns, RHP Giovanny Gallegos, third baseman Miguel Andujar and RHP Chance Adams to minor league camp, the team announced

Barbato, Enns and Gallegos will all head to Triple-A, while Andujar will join the team's Double-A affiliate. 

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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Top prospect Gleyber Torres is wowing the Yankees and making it very difficult for club officials to send him to minor league camp.

The 20-year-old told reporters that this is the first time he's faced Major League pitchers and he's "surprised" and "happy" with the results. Torres is hitting .455 with seven extra-base hits, including two homers, in 22 Grapefruit League at-bats. 

Torres has received more playing time he normally would have thanks to the absence of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is playing with the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

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 (Logan Bowles)
(Logan Bowles)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned about the potential toll the World Baseball Classic could have on pitchers, and has an idea regarding how that can be addressed.

Girardi suggested Tuesday that the first two rounds of the WBC should be pushed back a week, and that the semifinals and championship should be played in the days before the All-Star Game (with the entire league getting those days off).

"You hope that guys don't necessarily have to throw two days in a row this early," Girardi said, according to Dave Lennon of Newsday. "But you get an extra-inning game, and then you can only use so many guys, and it becomes tough."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bryce Harper signs with the Yankees in 2019! Manny Machado in pinstripes in 2019! ALL the free agents to the 2019 Yankees!

Fans and media alike succumb to visions of grandeur where it concerns the winter following the 2018 season. It seems tweets or articles placing Harper, Machado or other elite players on the Yankees in 2019 are posted daily. Unfortunately, the front office of a major league baseball club simply won't work in a dream state. It is time to reel the chatter in.

Of course, the Yankees front office looks ahead when making immediate decisions, but if you believe the club is considering roster choices in 2017 and 2018 based on when Harper, Machado and others become free agents, you couldn't be more wrong.

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New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (76) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (76) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have optioned RHPs Domingo GermanRonald Herrera, and Yefry Ramirez to Double-A Trenton and re-assigned them to minor league camp, the team announced Monday morning.

German had not allowed a run in three innings this spring, surrendering two hits and a walk while striking out four. 

Herrera did not appear in a spring training game this year.

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 (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia found a big positive during a rocky spring training outing - no issues with his troublesome right knee.

The New York Yankees left-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning Sunday, allowing six runs and six hits in a 10-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

"The body feels good," Sabathia said. "I was letting some (pitches) go, and I had no problems. As far as the knee, you want to get that out of the way. Make sure you can push off as hard as you can, land and be good. I wanted to accomplish that in the game and I did."

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Mar 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) comes to the mound to take out starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) comes to the mound to take out starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees lost to the Atlanta Braves, 10-2, at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday. >> Box score


  • C.C. Sabathia could not even last an inning, giving up four earned runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning.
  • Austine Romine and Jorge Mateo homered for the Yankees.
  • The Yankees combined to commit five errors in the game. Ronald Torreyes had three, while Starlin Castro and Miguel Andujar had one apiece.

Next Up:

The Yankees will travel to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 1:05 p.m.

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Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) reaches on error and scores a run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) reaches on error and scores a run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees beat the Tigers, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon. 


  • Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and threw four scoreless frames and struck out seven hitters. 
  • Catcher Gary Sanchez hit his third home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the first inning. Sanchez finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
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Yankees third baseman Chase Headley follows through on his three-run home run during the first inning against the Phillies.(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees third baseman Chase Headley follows through on his three-run home run during the first inning against the Phillies.(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Chase Headley hit a three-run homer in the first and six Yankees pitchers led by starter Chad Green held the Phillies scoreless in a 5-0 victory in Clearwater.


  • Headley hit his homer off former Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. Headley is 4-for-12 with two doubles and one home run in his regular-season career against Buchholz.
  • Buchholz allowed four hits, three runs, one walk and struck out six in 3 1/3 innings. He has allowed seven runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring
  • Aaron Judge hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who had six hits to the Phillies' nine.
  • Greg Bird was 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Green allowed two hits and three walks in two innings.
  • Chance Adams struck out the side in his one inning of work.
  • The Phillies loaded the bases three times, but were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring positio
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 (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF prospect Clint Frazier had a barber cut his infamous red hair on Friday morning in the team's clubhouse.

The team has a policy that prohibits facial hair aside from mustaches and/or long hair.

The official policy states the following:

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Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees scored six times in the sixth inning and held on to defeat the Braves, 8-7, Thursday afternoon at Champion Stadium.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases while Miguel Tejada added two hits and an RBI.
  • Brett Gardner led off the game with his first home run of the spring.
  • Prospect Tyler Wade went 2-for-3 and his hitting .471 (8-for-19) this spring.
  • Michael Pineda got the start and allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.
  • Seven different Yankees drove in runs, led by Francisco Diaz's two RBIs.

Next Up:

The Yankees travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies at Bright House Field on Friday at 1:05 p.m. Luis Cessa will make his second start of the spring. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda, Ruben Tejada
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gary SanchezMatt HollidayAaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka all went deep for the Yankees, who defeated Team Canada, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Holliday and Hicks drove in two runs apiece. Hicks also singled and scored twice, finsihing 2-for-3.
  • Prospect Jorge Mateo went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Chase Headley tripled and scored while Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored a run.
  • Luis Severino allowed a two-run homer in the first but kept Canada off the board over his next three frames. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his only inning of work. 

Next Up:

The Yankees hit the road to face the Braves at Champion Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will toe the rubber in his second Grapefruit League start.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Ruben Tejada
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) watches batting practice during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) watches batting practice during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't worried as he enters the final year of his contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Team owner Hal Steinbrenner has already said that potential contract extensions for Girardi and GM Brian Cashman (whose deal also expires this year) will be addressed after the season.

"I don't think about how long I'm ever going to be someplace," Girardi said. "That's never my mentality. My mentality is, worry about this year. That has always been my mentality."

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