Gerrit Cole (Thomas B. Shea)
Gerrit Cole (Thomas B. Shea)

The Yankees are in pursuit of free agent Gerrit Cole. Here's the latest...


Dec. 10, 11:20 PM:

Wednesday could be the day of reckoning in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes.

According to reports from both Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cole could make his decision as soon as Wednesday. 

While "mystery teams" are said to be in on Cole, it now sounds as if the three finalists to land the right-hander are the Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers. Verducci has reported that the Dodgers are "heavily in the mix," while the Astros -- who were thought to be one of the mystery teams -- likely won't have an impact on Cole's choice.

Verducci also reiterated that Cole's eventual contract will likely be in the neighborhood of $300 million over eight years.

Dec. 10, 9:05 PM:

It appears that another west coast team may be in the running for Cole's services. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has reported that the Giants may be the second 'mystery team' Scott Boras was refering to when he spoke to the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

Feinsand also alluded to the Astros being the other 'mystery team' in pursuit of Cole, which The Post's Joel Sherman reported earlier in the day on Tuesday.

Dec. 10, 5:40 PM:

Boras said near the end of his press conference that there were two 'mystery teams' vying for Cole's services, it appears that the Houston Astros are, in fact, one of those teams, a source reportedly told The Post's Joel Sherman after the presser.

It appears that the threat of the Yankees signing Cole -- plus concerns about their own rotation -- has given the Astros some second thoughts on potentially letting him go. 

Video: Murti: "Yankees have made this their #1 target."

Dec. 10, 3:30 PM:

Scott Boras held his annual presser at the Winter Meetings Tuesday and spoke on Cole's free agency.

"The Cole negotiations with all clubs are very positive. The Yankees and a lot of the other teams involved in this did a great job," Boras said.

Boras added that Cole's free agency could be resolved "in the short term," and that "it's logical" that Cole will secure a larger contract than Stephen Strasburg considering his age and being a high strikeout pitcher.

Dec. 10, 1:00 PM:

It was just a matter of time, and that time has now arrived. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network has heard there's a "mystery team" in the mix for Cole.

"No idea the identity of said team, but that's why it's a mystery," Heyman tweeted.

The Yankees and Angels are currently viewed as the main suitors for Cole, and the Dodgers have also been mentioned.

Dec. 10, 10:36 AM:

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Yankees officially made their first offer to Cole on Monday night. The numbers of that deal are unknown, but Heyman believes there "seems to be negotiating to do."

After Stephen Strasburg's record-setting deal, Cole's market could truly be north of $280 million, closer to the $300 million threshold. The competition for Cashman & Co. continues to be the Angels followed by the wild card in the Dodgers. 

Dec. 9, 8:49 PM:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is set to show the money on Monday, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman

The Yankees are reportedly going to submit an offer to Cole during opening day of the MLB Winter Meetings. The report also indicates that the Angels are "highly motivated" while the Dodgers are also described as a "threat" in the Cole sweepstakes. However, the Dodgers could be more interested in Nationals slugger Anthony Rendon.

Dec. 9, 6:27 PM:

Gerrit Cole's contract is likely to be well over the $300-million mark, The Post's Joel Sherman reports. Sherman estimates that the offer could be around nine years worth $324 million. 

It appears the record Stephen Strasburg set earlier on Monday for largest contract signed by a starting pitcher won't be lasting very long.

Dec. 9, 3:56 PM:

The Angels are being "very aggressive" when it comes to Cole, reports SNY's Andy Martino

With Stephen Strasburg signing a seven-year deal worth $245 million on Monday to return to the Nationals, the Cole market could start to move quickly. And his price just went up.

The Yankeees have back-burnered other business while they pursue Cole and seek to close out negotiations, Martino reported over the weekend.

Dec. 9, 3:08 PM:

Stephen Strasburg signing a record deal to return to the Nationals will have its effect on Cole's market now. 

According to MLB's Jon Morosi, Cole's market is "developing quickly," and there's a large chance he will sign during the Winter Meetings. 

If there wasn't pressure on Brian Cashman before, it has increased tremendously now. Strasburg signed a seven-year deal worth $245 million, which is now the largest contract dished out to a starting pitcher. That probably won't last long because of Cole's pedigree, and it'll be up to Cashman to truly break out the big bucks to sign Cole. 

But, of course, it's the pitcher's decision in the end. The Post's Joel Sherman is hearing the Yankees' plan on Monday was to submit a formal bid offer for Cole, and that offer may have to be reconfigured a bit after the Strasburg announcement.

Dec. 9, 12:51 PM:

With Cole's camp insisting that he doesn't have a "west coast bias," SNY's Andy Martino reported Monday that as of today, the Yankees' main competition for Cole appears to be the Angels -- not the Dodgers. 

Bob Klapisch of the New York Times reported on Sunday that the Yanks have a seven-year, $245 million deal on the table for Cole.

Dec. 8, 8:27 PM:

The Athletic's Jayson Stark found out the price that it may take to land Cole, with one MLB executive saying that it could be between $250 and $280 million. But in his piece, another executive told him something a little more glaring. 

"An executive of one team said this weekend he originally expected these discussions to linger into late January or February but now wouldn't be surprised if they get resolved in the next couple of weeks," Stark wrote. 

The market has already moved for starters, with Zack Wheeler signing a five-year, $118 million deal with the Phillies. So teams may be getting more aggressive, and Cole, as Stark says, is "aggressively involved in setting the timing" of contract talks. He may want to make a deal sooner rather than later, and Scott Boras' usual long negotiating timetable may not be the case with MLB's top free agent.

Dec. 8, 2:17 PM:

According to New York Times' Bob Klapisch, the Yankees have a seven-year, $245 million deal on the table for Cole. That deal would be the richest contract ever given to a starting pitcher at $35 million per season, which would surpass Zack Greinke's $34.4 million. 

But that's just the first deal we're hearing about. That could definitely change if the Yankees' competitors for Cole ends up going higher, or making it more years. Still, the Yankees gave GM Brian Cashman the ok to open the check book, and that's certainly a good start.

Dec. 7, 2:21 PM:

The Yankees have "backburnered" all other business while they try to finish off negotiations with Gerrit Cole, according to SNY's Andy Martino

Earlier in the week, Ken Rosenthal said that negotiations with Cole were expected to last through January, but it appears the Yankees mean business and have accelerated that timeline.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that teams will be making initial offers to Cole in the coming days, and that the Yankees are favorites along with both the Dodgers and Angels.

Dec. 7, 12:28 PM:

The Yankees have their "total focus" on landing Cole, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Heyman also mentions that the Phillies, Rangers, Dodgers and Angels are also interested in the right-hander, but as SNY's Andy Martino noted earlier in the week, Cole is the Yankees' primary offseason target. 

Dec. 6, 9:24 AM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman updated the team's pursuits of Cole and Stephen Strasburg on Friday.

"Like all players in free agency, they want to really gage the clear landscape and all the opportunities that really exist," Cashman said, according to the YES Network. "They're gonna give whatever weight to location, league, team, teammates, what they want to give. Whether it's west, midwest, east, there's so many factors that are gonna go into their decision-making." 

There has been a thought that Cole prefers to sign with a team on the west coast, such as the Dodgers or Angels (who have both met with him), but he reportedly "assured" the Yankees during their meeting that he had no "west coast bias."

As far as Strasburg, there has been a belief that he is likely to return to the Nationals, though owner Mark Lerner said on Thursday that the team can't afford to retain both Strasburg and fellow free agent Anthony Rendon. That could potentially throw a wrench into things.

"It creates an amazing opportunity but it's also -- I'm sure it's stressful times for them and their families too, because obviously the better you are, the more choices you really have," Cashman continued about Cole and Strasburg. You can kind of go anywhere at times. So I think they're I'm sure gonna be very thorough with their process."

Dec. 5, 8:17 PM:

ESPN's Jeff Passan has reported that not only have the Yankees made signing Cole their top priority, which SNY's Andy Martino has previously noted, but that the team now has "ownership-level approval to offer him a record deal."

The current record deal for a pitcher is held by David Price, who signed a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Red Sox in December 2015. 

Martino reported on Thursday that Cole is the Yankees 'primary target,' and that the team has squared their focus on signing him, and, to a lesser degree, Stephen Strasburg.

Cole met with the Yankees on Tuesday.

Dec. 5, 9:18 AM:

Cole has "assured" the Yankees he does not have a "West Coast bias," Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday night.

There have been some -- including the Yankees, as SNY's Andy Martino has reported -- who believe Cole might prefer to sign with a team in California, where he grew up.

As the Yankees continue their pursuit of Cole, they are also interested in Stephen Strasburg, but Martino reported on Wednesday that Cole is their primary target.

Dec. 4, 2:18 PM:

In addition to the Yankees, the Angels and Dodgers have met face-to-face with Cole, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Dec. 4, 8:36 AM:

The Yankees had a "very nice" first meeting with Cole on Tuesday, reports Jon Heyman, who adds that money was not specifically discussed.

Heyman added that when it comes to the Yankees' pursuit of Cole, "the dollars will be there."

Cole is the Yankees' top target, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that the Yankees want Cole more than they've wanted a top free agent in years, adding that New York is trying to balance their pursuit of Cole with potential pursuits of at least two other starting pitchers -- Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner.

Dec. 3, 1:34 PM:

The Yankees are meeting with Cole on Tuesday in Southern California, reports Jon Heyman.

Dec. 2, 11:50 PM:

The Yankees plan on sitting down with Cole (and Stephen Strasburg) over the next couple days, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Sources also tell Rosenthal that the Yankees are making Cole "a priority." Even though the Winter Meetings begin next week, Rosenthal says negotiations for Cole are likely to extend into January.

Nov. 26, 12:07 PM:

There is a "general industry perception" that Cole prefers to sign with a team on the west coast, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who adds that the Yankees don't have any "specific information" that indicates Cole would choose a team in California over them.

However, while the Yankees are still in on Cole, Martino adds that there is also a perception that the Angels are prepared to "go bonkers" in pursuit of Cole and "spend whatever it takes" to land him.

Nov. 26, 9:18 AM:

Jon Heyman said Monday on MLB Tonight that he thinks Cole will "probably" wind up on the west coast or east coast, and that while the Yankees are a "possibility," they're not counting on Cole winding up there.

"The Yankees believe that he's probably going to go to the Angels," Heyman said. "But either of them would not shock me."

Nov. 25, 8:18 AM:

The Dodgers have interest in signing Cole (and Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon), but there's a caveat, reports Jon Heyman.

According to Heyman, the Dodgers have set "valuations" for what they feel the three biggest names on the market are worth and "intend to remain disciplined" when it comes to their pursuits.

Cole, who is thought to prefer the west coast, could be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, who could lose Hyun-jin Ryu in free agency and are experiencing what appears to be the downside of Clayton Kershaw's career.

As far as the Yankees, the latest -- per SNY's Andy Martino -- has them "initially lukewarm" on Zack Wheeler (who could sign quickly) when compared to the potential of landing Cole.

Nov. 18, 9:08 AM:

There have been whispers that the California native Cole's preference is to sign with a team on the west coast, but one of those teams might not be in pursuit.

The Giants might not "feel it's time" to go after the biggest free agents such as Cole or Anthony Rendon, Kerry Crowley of The Mercury News noted on Monday.

While the Giants might not be a threat to land Cole, they could make a play for Zack Wheeler, writes Crowley. 

Nov, 15, 9:01 AM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman updated where things stand with Cole and fellow free agent Stephen Strasburg.

"Everything we're getting right now is information, we're either providing (or) expressing interest," Cashman said. "You get some definition of -- depending on the agent -- of what might be."

Nov. 13, 7:40 PM:

Super-agent Scott Boras, who represents Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon, spoke about how his clients might view the Yankees.

"Each franchise has windows of opportunity," Boras said. "I think everybody, when they talk about the Yankees, I think everyone views them as a now team. They view them as a club that is very capable of being really, really successful over a four-year or so period.

"And certainly, they're in a great place to take advantage of that. To the levels they want to take advantage of it, to the probabilities they want to, I can say this: I certainly have some ideas that might increase their probabilities."

Nov. 12, 11:47 AM:

Cole is unlikely to sign until January at the earliest, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

While Cole could be on the market for a long time, the markets for Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon should move faster than expected.

Nov. 11, 10:23 PM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed the team plans to pursue Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

"We're going to talk to Strasburg. We're going to talk to Cole," Cashman said, while adding that he does not have a directive to get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold. "We're going to talk to the higher-end guys and talk to some surprise guys I'm sure. It's hard to predict, but obviously anybody would have interest in players like that."

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The Yankees were supposed to hand the ball to new ace Gerrit Cole to face the Orioles on the road Thursday, kicking off the 2020 season on Opening Day. But Cole is going to have to wait for that start now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How long? Well there's no telling for sure. 

However, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out earlier this week, MLB's current thinking is to salvage some sort of season this year. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday, where he said he wants to start ramping things up in May if he can...

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Many Yankees staff members (including manager Aaron Boone) and players have left Tampa for home to wait out the coronavirus pause, but some players (including DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton) remain.

On Wednesday, Boone -- who said he has been checking in regularly with GM Brian Cashman -- spoke to Yankees beat reporters to provide updates on what's been going on in Tampa and elsewhere...

An update on Aaron Judge

Judge, who is recovering from multiple related injuries, is still in "the healing phase" when it comes to his cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Like Giancarlo Stanton, the expectation is that Judge will be ready to go when the regular season starts no earlier than May 10.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who was slowed by a calf injury during spring training, has progressed to the point where he'd likely be able to return to games if spring training was still going on.

"If we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go," manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network on Monday.

Stanton, who has continued to prepare for the season at the club's spring training facility in Tampa (though things could change for him and other players soon), was among a group of Yankees who were hitting last week under the watchful eye of hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Aaron Judge/Blake Snell
Aaron Judge/Blake Snell

Rays ace Blake Snell is a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the American League. His stuff on the mound is dangerous when it's on, and the Yankees have to see him more than other teams being in the AL East. 

But, during a live stream on SportsCenter's Instagram, Snell began talking about hitters he actually hates to face. And one of them is Aaron Judge

Snell explained to former NBA star Richard Jefferson why he hates facing Judge, and his answer isn't just because the 6-foot-7 slugger can hit a mistake pitch from him a country mile. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With new directives potentially coming from the state of Florida in their efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, the situation at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa could be up in the air.

It's possible that fitness centers will be closed soon in the state, with there also potentially being a shelter-in-place order from Hillsborough County, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who reports that some of the players still working out at the facility are concerned about it shutting down.

"I don't know. That's something I am going to have to think about. Maybe Arizona," Tyler Wade told Ackert about where he might go if the facility closes. "I think a lot of guys are going out there. Hopefully, maybe since our numbers are small, I mean there's three of us, four of us in there not counting the rehab guys. They are doing their thing in the training room... so we're never this close to each other. So hopefully it's beneficial to us."

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There has been no update from MLB since they released their latest mandate of banning organized workouts at spring camps, as social distancing and even self-quarantining has been the norm for not just players but everyone in the country. 

But when things do return to normal and MLB is allowed to kick off their 2020 season -- whatever that may look like -- the Yankees will have a few roster decisions to make before baseball resumes. 

So while his players are working in any way they can during these tough times, manager Aaron Boone will have to think about issues with his roster and lineup such as...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While we don't know when baseball will be back -- or how long the season will be when it returns -- one Yankees legend doesn't think a team winning a World Series title during a super abbreviated season should carry much weight.

"I don't think you can play a 60-game season and you call yourself a champion," Mariano Rivera said while appearing on ESPN New York's The Michael Kay Show on Friday.

The five-time World Series champion added: "Anything can happen in 60 games. I don't think it's enough. People don't play on all cylinders, the whole teams are different. I don't know. It's a great question, because I don't know what's going to happen if the season is starting in June or July."

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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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While giving an update on his injury status, Yankees OF Aaron Judge surprised reporters with yet another ailment he was dealing with. 

Judge's condition initially began as a "minor right shoulder problem," but turned into a stress fracture in his rib as well as shoulder pain. Now he told multiple reporters on Friday that he had, what MLB.com's Bryan Hoch called, pneumothorax. That's better known as a collapsed lung. 

It was undisclosed, but it doesn't matter now because it is "completely gone," said the All-Star. He is now allowed to fly if he so chooses. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Though MLB players and coaches are allowed to return to their home cities if they so choose, many have found it easier to stay at their spring training facilities, including a few Yankees. 

Tyler Wade is one of those who has stayed in Tampa to participate in the very limited activities teams are allowed to do under MLB's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And he spoke to reporters on Friday about how that adjustment has been going.

Wade told The Post's George A. King III that he believes Tampa is "the safest place to be." The Yankees still have access to the gym and training facilities, but they're not allowed to have any organized group workouts, whether it is formal or informal. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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SNY contributor John Jastremski channels his inner Frank Costanza as he fields some Yankees questions and more in the latest edition of "Out of Office Replies."

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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was at the team's complex at Steinbrenner field again on Thursday -- a day after hitting at the facility along with Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade.

And LeMahieu said Thursday that his plan is to stay in Tampa for the foreseeable future.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, LeMahieu said being able to work out at Steinbrenner Field is keeping him "sane" admist the coronavirus shutdown, adding that the gyms are closed in Michigan (where he lives) and the weather is better in Florida.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While Yankees manager Aaron Boone, much of his staff, and a bunch of players left spring training in Tampa on Tuesday to head home, there are still coaches and players who continue to prepare for the season at Steinbrenner Field.

The four players who were there hitting on Wednesday were Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade, according to hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Stanton, who had resumed baseball activities on March 7 as he worked his way back from a calf strain, will almost certainly be ready for Opening Day now that the season has been pushed back to the second week of May at the earliest.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole
Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We don't know for certain when the 2020 MLB season will get underway, as everyone's main priority is stopping the coronavirus spread throughout the country. 

But when it eventually does, the Yankees have a few players who need to step up big time. Or it could be a lost season. 

And it isn't as dramatic as it sounds. A lost season for the Yankees means not reaching the World Series because, well, that's what this stacked roster is more than capable of achieving. These catalysts, x-factors, pivot players -- whatever you want to call them -- are present on the Yankees depsite so much talent on the roster. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports  (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

While nothing is officially set in stone, all indications are that Jets' long-time enemy Tom Brady is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, officially ending one of the most successful two-decade runs in the history of professional sports.

And it sounds like maybe Jets fans should be thanking... Derek Jeter?

With Tampa expected to land Brady on a deal reportedly worth roughly $30 million a year, it sounds as if the former Yankees captain may have been part of Brady's decision-making. 

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Amidst the MLB shutdown due to coronavirus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone, part of his coaching staff, and several players departed the team's spring training complex in Tampa on Tuesday to head home.

Saying "stay safe, y'all" as he pulled away, Boone had said Monday that he was preparing to depart spring training to head back north.

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the majority of the Yankees' coaching staff was leaving to head home on Tuesday in addition to Boone.

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that all 30 teams are donating $1 million each to assist ballpark employees affected by the delayed start to the 2020 season. 

"Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Motivated by a desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities.

"The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love."

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

A second Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, the team confirmed on Tuesday evening.

"We can confirm that a second minor league player from our Player Development complex has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," the Yankees said in a team statement. "While under self-quarantine, the player reported fatigue and an elevated body temperature to Yankees medical personnel. The test was administered on Sunday, and the player returned to self-quarantine following the positive results. We can also report that within the past 48 hours his symptoms have dissipated.  

"We will continue to follow all protocols and recommendations established by local and federal public health experts and Major League Baseball."

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Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)
Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)

MLB is making is very hard for teams to continue their preparation for the upcoming 2020 regular season -- whenever that may be -- due to coronavirus precautions. And because of that, Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn't really see a point in staying at the team's Tampa facility. 

Speaking on MLB Network radio on Monday, Boone said it "is becoming harder and harder" for teams to have workouts due to MLB's latest mandate that strongly recommends no group workouts. The team's gym and training facility is still open to players, but those informal workouts that they were participating in have since been banned. 

So Boone said he plans on returning to New York on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and do what the rest of us are doing: waiting. 

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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After bagging Gerrit Cole on the free agent market over the winter, the expectations are sky-high for the Yankees in 2020. They've got their October lion to front a playoff rotation and the big bats to back him for what could be a deep postseason run, maybe even all the way to a ticker-tape parade.

What key statistics could fuel the ride? Or derail it? We've spent much of the spring hand-wringing over Yankee injuries (again) and while the club's roster seems deep enough for another season of subsisting on subs, who knows what will happen? 

Just like last year, Injured List numbers will impact the Yankees' season. While we wait for baseball to resume, and it could be a while, let's chew on that and three other numbers that could make or break a pinstriped season:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

MLB announced Monday afternoon that Opening Day will be pushed back even further, following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The earliest the season could kick off would now be mid-May, but MLB's statement added that the clubs remain "committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins." 

The season had already been delayed at least two weeks, with "social distancing" recommended over the weekend by MLB for spring training workouts for players who remain at team sites. 

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Brian Cashman
Brian Cashman

Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with several reporters on Sunday to discuss a few topics, with the minor leaguer that tested postive for coronavirus at the forefront. 

It was revealed on Sunday that a Yankees minor leaguer that hasn't been named yet tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Cashman said the player was immediately quarantined, and that's where he remains. After learning of the positive test, the Yankees' minor league facility was shut down at 11 a.m., per The New York Times' James Wagner.

In turn, Cashman added that the minor league facility has been shut down through March 25, and players will be getting food sent to their rooms. Also, minor league players and staff are self-quarantining themselves, while Cashman said just one coronavirus test was administered. 

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Like every other team around the league, the Yankees will be affected by the latest memo MLB released regarding player and staff safety due to the coronavirus. 

The new protocols are banning group workouts at any facility, as the league wants teams to practice "social distancing" as best they can. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu were among Yankees that got together on Saturday to put in work during an informal workout. 

But soon players on the 40-man roster may be told to leave the facility, just as minor leaguers have been instructed to do league-wide. The Yankees also have the first known coronavirus case in MLB in their system, as multiple reports say a minor leaguer tested positive and was quarantined on Friday. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

A Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The case is the first known positive test of any player in the majors or minors.

According to Passan, the Yankees player who tested positive was only on the minor league side at the team's spring training facility, and was quarantined on Friday after reporting that he had a fever.

Mets front office executive Donovan Mitchell Sr. was tested for coronavirus last week after his son, Donovan, tested positive. Mitchell Sr.'s test came back negative.

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