Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton


August 15, 2:58 PM:

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino continue to progress well in their rehab, as they both threw off the mound again in the Bronx on Thursday. For Severino specifically, YES Network's Jack Curry reported the young starter "was letting it go." 

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch followed it up by saying Severino will face hitters on Sunday to take the next step. After that, a rehab assignment could be in the cards. And that goes for Betances as well, if he continues to progress alongside Severino.

August 14, 9:55 AM:

After last night's win over the Orioles, Aaron Boone told reporters that Giancarlo Stanton is continuing to make good progress from his knee sprain, per The Post's Dan Martin. The slugger is running "75-80 percent" on an anti-gravity treadmill, and once he hits 90 percent, he can begin to run outside. 

It's slow but steady for Stanton, as the Yanks hope he can return in time for the postseason. 

Also, Luke Voit hit in the cage while taking ground balls as well, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. There's a chance that if Voit continues to progress positively, he could head to either Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week to further his workouts.

August 12, 1:40 PM:

After going through a workout before today's doubleheader, Luke Voit was very encouraged by the results he saw. Dealing with a sports hernia, he doesn't believe that he'll need surgery during the season. According to NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera, if surgery is necessary it looks to be during the offseason. 

Until then, Voit is aiming to get back as soon as possible, and he thinks that could be soon. 

"Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be back playing," he said. 

Voit did sprints in the outfield today, something that has brought about the most pain for his injury. 

August 12, 11:00 AM:

Aaron Hicks is going to be re-evaluated by the Yankees' team doctor on Monday, and the hope is that he will be cleared to throw. Hicks told reporters that his pain is stemming from his elbow, and that is the reason he's been held back from baseball activities. 

Also, Dellin Betances threw 20 pitches off the mound before today's doubleheader. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits tweeted out saying he was all smiles when he said the ball felt good coming off his hand. 

August 10: 7:22 PM:

After reinstating Gary Sanchez earlier in the day, the Yankees could be getting even more reinforcements for Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays.

After Saturday's 5-4 loss, Aaron Boone indicated to reporters that Gleyber Torres will be back in the lineup on Sunday, saying he would "probably" be an option for the Bombers in the series finale. The infielder went through a full workout on the field before the game, including batting practice and fielding work. Torres has been out of the lineup since Tuesday, when he was pulled from the lineup with core pain. 

August 10, 10:15 AM:

The Yankees reinstated Gary Sanchez from the 10-day IL before Saturday's game and optioned Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also recalled LHP Stephen Tarpley from Scranton and placed RHP Jonathan Holder on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation. 

Sanchez rejoins the team after being placed on the IL on July 24 with a groin strain. He struggled mightily the weeks leading up to his IL stint and was just 4-for-36 (.111) with no home runs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season. 

August 9, 4:43 PM:

Luis Severino threw 23 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session on Friday and told reporters it was "perfect. Better than I expected." The right-hander threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a couple of sliders and changeups. Severino said he expects to return as a starter this season and will have three or four more bullpen sessions before facing hitters. He expects to be back in a month to a month-and-a-half. 

August 9, 9:30 AM:

Luis Severino is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a game this year after making the All-Star Game each of the past two seasons.

Aaron Boone also said he was hopeful that Gleyber Torres could return sometime this weekend, while Luke Voit is running, but not yet participating in baseball activities.

August 7, 5:11 PM:

There are updates to the status of five injured Yankees players prior to their meeting with the Orioles on Wednesday:

  • Gary Sanchez: According to Sweeny Murti from WFAN and SNY, Sanchez is participating in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanchez has been out since July 24 with a groin strain and is expected to be back with the Yankees on Friday for their weekend series on the road in Toronto against the Blue Jays. 
     
  • Gleyber Torres: Manager Aaron Boone said during his pre-game press conference that tests were negative and Torres does not have a sports hernia or strain. He's listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Toronto. Thairo Estrada was brought up for in case he was needed, but will be heading back down to Scranton.
     
  • CC Sabathia: After an issue with his knee once again, the lefty will throw a bullpen session this weekend, per Boone. 
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton has resumed some baseball activities. He has started to throw and hit off of a tee, according to Boone. Stanton has missed action since late June with a PCL strain in his right knee.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The righty has started to throw, but not yet off a mound. He threw off of flat ground on Wednesday, all fastballs. Betances and Luis Severino were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Tuesday's Yanks-O's game. Both Betances and Severino are dealing with shoulder/ lat issues and haven't played yet this season. 

August 6, 11:54 PM:

Gleyber Torres was pulled from the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in the third inning.

Torres went down swinging for the second out in the top of the third inning, and was then pulled when the Yankees took the field on defense.

Torres was pulled from Sunday's game against Boston in the top of the eighth inning with what Aaron Boone later called 'a core issue.' He then served as the Yankees designated hitter during Monday's game in Baltimore.

The Yankees later called Torres' injury 'core pain.' After the game, Boone didn't give much of an update, but he did tell reporters that Torres would be going back to New York for more tests and that the pain was similar to what Torres felt on Sunday.

August 5, 9:07 PM:

Gary Sanchez (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He will catch Wednesday and Thursday's games and if there are no issues, he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend in Toronto. 

August 5, 10:00 AM: 

Gleyber Torres looked to be another victim of the Yankees injury bug after leaving the game with what Aaron Boone called a "core issue." But Torres' father, Eusebio, went on Twitter to give an update on his son. 

Having the tweet translated, this is what it read: "After the scare tonight, GT is leaving the hospital and everything is fine, the bus waits for him and they go straight to Baltimore."

That's great news to hear as the team has been dropping like flies recently. 

August 4, 11:50 PM:

Gleyber Torres was removed from Sunday's game in the top of the eighth inning, and Aaron Boone said after the game that the infielder has a "core issue." He appeared to be in some discomfort when he grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first.

Boone said Torres was headed to the hospital for further testing. 

Gio Urshela managed to foul pitches off of both his legs in a single at-bat in the sixth, but Boone said x-rays on the third baseman were negative. Urshela came out of the game in the top of the ninth.

August 3, 11:20 PM:

According to manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks was pulled from Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Boone said he believed that Hicks hurt his elbow on a throw from center field in the sixth inning, trying to keep a runner at second base.

Boone said Hicks will go for an MRI on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Boone explained that Edwin Encarnacion has a "hairline fracture" in his right wrist, and the Yankees will have a better idea of his timeline in the next 7-10 days. Encarnacion then said after the second game that he hopes to be back in three weeks, and was told his recovery time could be three-five weeks.

August 3, 6:04 PM:

The Yankees just can't seem to stay healthy.

Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the eighth inning of Saturday's first game against Boston. After having his wrist looked at, he stayed in the game. After the game, Aaron Boone said that x-rays were negative, but it was later announced that Encarnacion was headed to the 10-day IL.

Mike Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

August 3, 9:42 AM:

Speaking with reporters after Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Gary Sanchez is "close to being an option." Though he won't be activated for Saturday's doubleheader-- the first day he'd be eligible to return from the injured list, the catcher is taking part in drills and said through an interpreter that he "feels good."

August 2, 10:57 PM:

After Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Luke Voit had received a cortisone shot for his sports hernia.

Voit also spoke to reporters as well, saying that while he feel's good after the shot, surgery could still be on the table.

"Honestly, I feel really good, so I'm pretty optimistic," Voit said. "Obviously, we'll see how this week goes. I haven't run yet. I rode the bike today and did some other core activation stuff. Hopefully it feels good, but if not, I could always opt for surgery too, but as of right now everything's feeling good, and I guess we'll see how it is after a week of doing stuff.

"I would say (having surgery is) uncertain, but it's a six-week timetable, so that would be right around (the playoffs) … Maybe I could do it in the offseason too."

August 2, 4:23 PM:

The good news for the Yankees came earlier in the day, with Brett Gardner coming off of the IL, but now another name could be replacing him on the list of banged-up Yankees right away.

Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Didi Gregorius has a strain between two of his fingers on his left hand. The Yankees will wait to see if Gregorius needs to head to the IL.

August 2, 2:17 PM:

Brett Gardner has been activated from the IL, with the Yankees sending Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.

July 31, 11:11 AM:

After Luke Voit hit the IL, the Yankees injury woes continue as CC Sabathia is expected to miss a few weeks after receiving a lubricant shot in his right knee, according to manager Aaron Boone. 

Sabathia's right knee inflammation has been a common injury for him in the past few seasons, but it hasn't been this serious to where he needs to miss significant time. With the Yanks' rotation currently trying to find its way in the second half, this is just another piece of bad news. 

July 25, 4:45 PM:

The Yankees officially placed Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The IL designation is retroactive to July 22.

Aaron Boone had said on Sunday that Gardner was "day-to-day" and that an MRI had revealed the inflammation but no structural damage. Gardner told reporters that he "maybe banged it up a little bit and kind of aggravated it," but also said that he didn't think his injury was "too serious."

Gardner did not play in the Yankees' series against the Twins. The Yankees have called up LHP Stephen Tarpley to take Gardner's spot on the 25-man roster.

July 16, 5:12 PM:

Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours. 

"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."

July 14, 9:35 PM:

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.

July 14, 11:06 AM:

Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday. 

July 13, 11:16 AM:

Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week. 

July 12, 4:52 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.

July 12, 12:40 PM:

Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio

According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well. 

July 4, 5:27 PM:

Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't have a definitive timetable for when Severino or Dellin Betances would return, saying Severino was "closer" and could resume throwing "maybe by this time next week," according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Boone said Giancarlo Stanton, out with a sprained right PCL, has "made some progress as far as range of motion" and is showing improvement, while Greg Bird, who is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, is "still going slow" in his mission to return.

July 2, 5:40 PM:

Aaron Boone announced on Tuesday that RHP Domingo German will return from the IL on Wednesday and start against the Mets at Citi Field. 

June 30, 8:39 AM:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday that in "hindsight" he should have had Severino go for an MRI prior to restarting his throwing program. Severino's sore lat is only 90 percent healthy and has been shut down for the next five to seven days. Cashman expressed optimism that Severino will pitch this season. 

"I plan on getting him back, but whenever he does come back, a guy like that, you make room for," he said. "The job is to improve on what we've got regardless. And when he's available we'll certainly easily find a spot for him."

Cashman also said he has no update on Troy Tulowitzki while Jacoby Ellsbury continues to rehab. 

June 29, 10:36 AM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed before Saturday's game that Luis Severino had a setback and was shut down again with soreness in his right lat. Severino underwent an MRI that showed his lat is 90 percent healed and will not throw again until it is 100 percent healed. Boone estimated that it would be another five to seven days before that could happen. 

Boone also provided an update on Dellin Betances, who has also not resumed throwing but will likely do so when the Yankees return home from London. 

June 26, 5:09 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton just can't catch a break. Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' walk-off win on Wednesday that he is going back on the IL with a PCL strain. 

Boone initially said before the game that the tests came back good. However, Stanton will return to the IL after just coming off it last week. He only played in the opening series of the season before spending more than two months on the list.

June 25, 10:22 PM:

Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays that Domingo German (hip) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Scranto/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team after its London trip. 

June 25, 11:52 AM:

After activating Kendrys Morales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, the Yankees desingated him for assignment.

June 21, 3:49 PM:

Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Friday for the second straight game and he revealed he has been playing through a right shoulder injury the last week and a half. He said he is on day two of a cortisone shot and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

 

June 21, 12:01 PM:

The Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Judge off the injured list after he had missed the past two months due to an oblique strain.

Judge, 27, had been out since April 20, slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBIs before going on the IL.

In five rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge went 2-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs.

June 18, 8:43 PM:

Aaron Judge said earlier in the day that he felt 100 percent, and he put his words into action on Tuesday night.

Judge blasted a home run to right center field in the fifth inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, it appears that Judge isn't too far behind. 

June 18, 6:00 PM:

Aaron Judge was in Scranton on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment and said the plan is for him to play two nine-inning games in the field before he returns to the Yankees. Judge also added that he is "100 percent."

"I wouldn't be in games if I wasn't ready to go," he said. "Just about getting the reps after two months off."

June 18, 3:44 PM:

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.comLuis Severino's throwing program is up to 105 feet and he expects to throw off a mound on June 25 or 26. Domingo German also played catch on flat ground Monday and felt no hip discomfort. He will play catch again on Tuesday and added he is feeling better, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. 

Dellin Betances told reporters that he is still dealing with discomfort from his lat strain and hopes to return to the team in the second half of the season. 

Aaron Boone also said that LHP Jordan Montgomery "walked off" with discomfort after his bullpen session in Tampa on Tuesday.

June 17, 11:11 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton has been given a path to return from the IL as the Yankees optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton. Stanton is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since March 31. 

June 14, 8:03 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton's power display continued on Friday night. Making his debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Stanton hit a monstrous three-run home run.

Aaron Judge was also in the RailRiders' lineup as the DH, but he did not record a hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.

June 14, 12:36 PM:

Aaron Judge is nearing his return. The Yankees slugger will begin his rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joining Judge in Scranton is Giancarlo Stanton, whose rehab assignment is being transferred there from Single-A Tampa, signaling he could soon be on his way back, too. 

June 13, 6:10 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Yankees' lineup early next week. According to Aaron Boone, Stanton will spend the next three days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and if all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Yankees are at home against the Rays.

June 12, 7:26 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Tampa. The outfielder slugged his third and fourth home runs in three games for the Tarpons on Wednesday night.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that there's a chance Stanton could be sent up to Triple-A by this Friday.

June 11, 6:27 PM:

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge could be back in the Yankees' lineup by the team's next homestand, when the Yankees start a 10-game stretch in the Bronx with a Monday matchup against Tampa Bay. 

According to Boone, there's a chance that both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be playing in Triple-A this weekend. On Tuesday night, Stanton went deep with an opposite field home run for the Tampa Tarpons.

June 11, 4:43 PM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Dellin Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."

Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation. 

June 11, 11:39 AM:

Luis Severino, whose return could be around the All-Star break, was throwing at 60 feet on the grass at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Severino is basically re-doing his Spring Training after suffering a setback earlier this season while rehabbing. 

June 9, 5:39 PM:

Aaron Judge, who has been out since mid-April due to a right oblique strain, could appear in some minor-league rehab games as early as this weekend, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Monday's Yankees-Mets game.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who had put his rehab on hold due to left calf tightness, will play rehab games with High-A Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday, then move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

GM Brian Cashman had differing viewpoints on the injuries to Domingo German and Dellin Betances when he spoke on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

Though the Yankees placed German on the IL on Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, Cashman said the MRI looked "good" and that "it doesn't really look like there's anything of concern there."

However, Cashman sounded worried for Betances, who suffered a setback over the weekend when he felt soreness in his right shoulder. "Fingers crossed, we're holding our breath to make sure it's nothing serious," Cashman said of Betances, who is set to visit another team doctor.

June 8, 2:15 PM:

Dellin Betances will head from Tampa to New York to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday. He didn't throw a scheduled side session in Tampa on Friday because of soreness in his shoulder/lat.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton could begin a rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday, Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland.

June 7, 12:37 PM:

Didi Gregorius officially returned to the Yankees' 25-man roster on Friday. To make room for Gregorius, they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also transferred Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

June 6, 3:27 PM:

Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained left oblique on April 20. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Judge could be back with the Yankees for their London series against Boston on June 29-30.

"I'm taking it day to day," Judge told the Associated Press in Tampa. "The minute I start thinking about when I'm going to come back, when I'm going to do that, then my hopes might either go up or down if I get pushed back or some thing like that. So I'm just focused on getting better every day."

Judge is pain-free but isn't going to rush back, especially with the Yankees performing well despite a rash of injuries.

"Now it's just going through the protocols so I can finally get out there," Judge said. "They haven't been needing me the past couple weeks, so I'm going to take my time and make sure I get healthy and get ready so I can help them down the road."

June 5, 5:21 PM:

Aaron Judge could make his return to the Yankees' lineup in time for the Yankees-Red Sox two-game series in London on June 29 and 30, per Aaron Boone.

Also, Boone said that Troy Tulowitzki was given a few days off by the Yankees to go home and rest his calf injury. Boone has said on Sunday that Tulowitzki was 'pretty much over his injury.'

June 4, 3:25 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton had nine plate appearances in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday and also went through running drills as he works his way back from left calf tightness. The slugger took at-bats against Danny Farquhar and Ben Heller before running the arc behind the infield on the grass, a sign rehab games could be next. 

June 2, 4:45 PM: 

Aaron Judge continues to take the next step in his rehab and hit in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He'll head to Tampa as he ramps up his baseball activities and nears participating in rehab games. 

Joining Judge in Tampa will be right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Greg Bird. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Bird is still feeling pain in his injured foot but has running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting off a tee. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Troy Tulowitzki is "pretty much over his injury" and discussions are being held regarding when he will begin a rehab assignment. 

June 1, 4:42 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that there is a "real chance" Didi Gregorius joins the Yankees on their road trip when the team heads to Cleveland later in the week. 

Boone said that Gregorius will play nine innings at shortstop for Scranton on Saturday, DH Sunday, off Monday, and play Tuesday and Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Yankees lineup by Thursday against the Indians. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Brian Cashman takes time away from a busy baseball week to talk about an important cause, the Covenant House.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks about his ninth sleep-out with the Covenant House.

Cashman has been on the Covenant House Board since 2011, mentioning that this is the foundation's largest fundraiser every year.

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Oct 11, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch speaks to the media before the Houston Astros and New York Yankees work out at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
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While Joe Torre says he won't be involved in Major League Baseball's investigation into the Astros, the league's chief baseball officer has no problem offering his strong opinion on the accusations that Houston used technology, including cameras, to steal signs during their 2017 World Series run:

"It's disturbing to me, I don't think there's any secret," Torre said Thursday evening. "Sign stealing has always been a part of our game, but in the legitimate way - you get to second base and if you see something the catcher is doing, you try to let the hitter know."

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Joe Torre reacts to the reports of the Astros stealing signs. He says it's disturbing to him and doesn't belong in the game.

On Thursday night, Joe Torre was in attendance for his Safe At Home annual gala.

The former Yankees and Mets manager, and now Chief Baseball Officer for all of Major League Baseball, was asked to weigh in on the current sign-stealing accusations against the Astros, and while Torre oversees league operations and on-field discipline, he said that this topic doesn't fall under his umbrella. 

"That's the other side of the office, and I'm not copping a plea, but it's disturbing to me," Torre said. "I don't think there's any secret. Sign-stealing has always been a part of our game, but in the legitimate way. If you're at second base and you see something the catcher's doing, you try to let the hitter know." 

"But to use the technology, which you can't get away from, to get a leg up, I always want the ability on the field to determine who the winner is. I just don't think it's a level playing field and it's not good for our game."

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Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) singles against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
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Yankees' DJ LeMahieu has already been awarded a Silver Slugger this offseason, and on Thursday he followed that up by finishing fourth in AL MVP voting.

Angels star Mike Trout took home his third AL MVP award in the past six years, after receiving 17 of the 30 first-place votes and a total of 355 points. He beat out Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who finished second after receiving the other 13 first-place votes and had 335 points. Oakland A's shortstop Marcus Semien finished third with 22 third-place votes and 228 points overall.

LeMahieu ended up with six third-place votes, 10 fourth-place votes, and a total of 178 points.

 

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Didi Gregorius
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Didi Gregorius came to New York nearly five years ago tasked with replacing a pinstriped legend at a high-profile position. He was the shortstop-after-Derek Jeter, but he never seemed to let that looming shadow engulf him and he crafted a strong career as a Yankee.

Now, however, Gregorius is a free agent and it's hard to peg whether his future is in the Bronx. Will the Yankees, who saw the value of depth last season, bring him back even though they have a potential replacement on the roster?

Or is Gregorius, the best free agent shortstop, headed for a nice multi-year deal elsewhere, even after his disappointing return from Tommy John surgery this year? 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

As Yankees GM Brian Cashman assesses his 26-man roster for next season, he'll most likely take a long, hard look at Miguel Andujar

Why? Well, where does he truly fit?

He'll be 25 at the start of the season, and his 2018 campaign that saw him as the runner-up for Rookie of the Year made the Yankees very happy to see him trending in the direction of the other young superstars on their team. 

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

Former Yankees player and exec and new Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a "key role in devising the sign-stealing system" the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career -- was among the other members of the Astros to play a "key role" in the sign-stealing.

Rosenthal added that MLB's investigation into the Astros is "virtually certain" to include interviews with current manager A.J. Hinch, Cora, and Beltran.

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Gleyber Torres (Troy Taormina )
Gleyber Torres (Troy Taormina )

The Yankees have had more continuity at shortstop in the last 25 years than most teams could dream about.

Derek Jeter locked down the spot for a remarkable 20 seasons, putting up a Hall of Fame career in pinstripes. Then, Didi Gregorius was acquired from the Diamonbacks after Jeter retired, and he went on to call the position home for most of five seasons.

But as of now, Gregorius is on the open market as a free agent, and the Yankees have many cards that they could play to fill that role. Perhaps they look at the trade or free agent market, or perhaps they look inward.

Gleyber Torres became the Yankees primary shortstop last season while Gregorius was recovering from Tommy John surgery, and is certainly in play to take over that role on a full-time basis moving forward.

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Boras doesn't like recent trends 00:02:42
Agent Scott Boras is upset with teams not trying to be competitive and remain competitive, they're winning only a few years out of a decade

As the collective baseball world convenes in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the GM Meetings, Wednesday saw super-agent Scott Boras take center stage.

Boras, who represents the biggest names on this year's free agent market, including Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon, met with reporters to discuss the state of the game, from his perspective, and how the free-agent landscape looks heading into hot stove season. 

On Cole, whom the Brian Cashman has publicly declared the Yankees would be in on this offseason, Boras had a creative way of explaining how many teams he expects to be in on the superstar starting pitcher.

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team has interest in free agents Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg -- the cream of the starting pitching crop. And there is no mandate from Hal Steinbrenner to get under the luxury tax. But there are lots of other strong options if Cole and Strasburg land elsewhere.

One of those options is Madison Bumgarner, who -- along with Zack Wheeler and others -- is part of the next tier of starting pitchers down from Cole and Strasburg.

And Cashman said late Tuesday that he plans to speak with Bumgarner's agents.

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Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)
Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)

The Yankees hit the jackpot in the international free agency signing period this year when they landed their top prospect in the Dominican Republic's Jasson Dominguez

The 16-year-old, standing at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds is switch-hitter with uber amounts of talent and upside. But Baseball America, which does extensive research on the many prospects roaming around baseball, just released their grades for him. 

They're outrageous. 

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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees accused the Astros of whistling from the dugout as a means to steal signs during Game 1 of this year's ALCS. Houston Manager A.J. Hinch called those accusations "a joke." A new report, though, suggests those accusations -- first reported by SNY's Andy Martino -- probably weren't "a joke."

In a wide-ranging report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and unnamed sources shed light on an elaborate sign-stealing operation the Astros used during their championship season in 2017.

According to the report, the Astros utilized a camera in center field to relay signs, which is a violation of MLB rules. Once the signs were known, someone would bang on a trash can near the Astros' dugout to relay the kind of pitch that was coming.

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli narrowly beat out Aaron Boone to take home the 2019 AL Manager of the Year Award.

The voting was extremely close, as both Baldelli and Boone finished with the same amount of first-place votes, but Baldelli received four more second-place votes to swing things in his favor.

There's no denying Baldelli had an excellent debut season as the Twins' manager. Taking over for a team that won just 78 games in 2018, Baldelli led the Twins to a 101-win season and a trip to the ALDS.

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What will NYY do at shortstop? 00:00:51
Brian Cashman answers whether New York feel they can fill the shortstop position inhouse, or look at free agents including Didi Gregorius.

While going after the big-name starting pitchers on the free agent market may be the top priority for the Yankees this offseason, the team's situation at shortstop is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that the Yanks are not expected to pursue Didi Gregorius, who's manned the position for them since Derek Jeter retired after the 2014 season, "very aggressively," and at least one other team has already been rumored as a possible destination for the 29-year-old.

Speaking at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Tuesday, Brian Cashman spoke about the future of the position for the team, discussing both internal and external possibilities.

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The Yankees, Strasburg and Cole 00:02:23
Sweeny Murti and Jim Duquette have differing opinions about how serious the Yankees are in their pursuit of Strasburg and Cole.

At the GM Meetings down in Scottsdale, Yankees GM Brian Cashman spent some time talking to reporters on Monday night to discuss a plethora of topics. None, though, were more important than his comments on the luxury tax. 

Whether or not Cashman will be allowed to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020 will determine who he can go after in free agency. And by who, it would be a player like Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg -- the top two pitchers on the market.

At the moment, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has not given Cashman a directive for managing his offseason spending, so passing that luxury tax threshold to sign an elite free agent could be in the cards. 

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Cashman confirmed on Tuesday that the Yankees will engage with free agent starter Gerrit Cole. That pursuit is likely to take months, but early word is that another potential Yankee target might choose his next team sooner than later.

According to industry sources, agent Scott Boras has indicated to teams that Cole is unlikely to sign anywhere before January, but the markets for Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon should move faster than expected.

The Yankees will also pursue Strasburg, at least to some extent. They are almost certainly not interested in Rendon because of their belief in the futures of Gio Urshela and Miguel Andujar.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees decided against extending a qualifying offer to free agent Didi Gregorius, and now it seems they may be content to let him walk to a new team without trying too hard to bring him back.

Industry people do not expect the Yanks to pursue Gregorius "very aggressively," SNY's Andy Martino reported on Monday night.

Martino reported on Nov. 7 that it was a close call regarding whether or not Gregorius would return to the Bronx in 2020, but that Gregorius' side did not think a "pillow contract" -- the term for a one-year deal to restore health or value -- was necessary since he came back from Tommy John surgery in June and has already proven his health.

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Cashman on free agency plans 00:01:56
Brian Cashman addressed some of the Yankees plans for free agency. He specifically touched on Stephen Strasburg, and Gerrit Cole.

Both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg will be on the open market this offseason, and according to Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman, the team will be looking at one or both of the starting pitchers.

Speaking to reporters at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cashman knows the price will be high, but says the team will certainly do their due dilligence when it comes inquiring about the right-handers.

"We're going to talk to Strasburg. We're going to talk to Cole," Cashman said. "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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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen already said he's going to take a look at what can be done to improve the team's bullpen this offseason. 

Could that start with someone in their own backyard? 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are looking at Yankees' free agent Dellin Betances as an option to bolster their bullpen. 

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Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Carlos Mendoza will become the Yankees' new bench coach, replacing Josh Bard, reports WFAN insider and SNY Contributor Sweeny Murti

Mendoza, 39, had been the Yankees' infield and quality control coach since 2018. As quality control coach, he helped to serve as a bridge between the front office and dugout. 

Prior to joining the Yankees' big league staff, Mendoza worked in the minors for New York from 2012 to 2017 in various capacities, including manager of Single-A Charleston in 2012 and infield coordinator from 2013-2017.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
Yankees GM Brian Cashman

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Yankees GM Brian Cashman and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Here are five questions Cashman should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge
Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We'll be talking about Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge for years to come, especially if their careers keep soaring from here. How lucky are we to have dueling sluggers with personality plus tearing up the same baseball town at the same time? 
 
Alonso, who broke Judge's rookie home run record last season, likely will add another connection to Judge on Monday, when the National League Rookie of the Year is announced. The Mets first baseman must be the choice, unless there is a significant tear in the space-time continuum or something similarly seismic. Judge won the AL Award in 2017 when he set the homer record Alonso (53 homers) eventually beat by one. 
 
With all these links between the two, comparisons are natural. Who's better? Where will their careers end up? SNY asked some baseball brains to talk about the similarities and differences between the sluggers and we looked at some numbers from their respective rookie seasons. 

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Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) follows through on a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) follows through on a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees recently elected not to extend a qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius, and now suitors are starting to line up for the shortstop's services.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Cincinnati Reds have interest in the 29-year-old. The Reds signed Gregorius as an amateur free agent back in 2007, and he made his MLB debut for the team in 2012.

SNY's Andy Martino has previously mentioned the Reds and the Brewers among the teams who could be in the mix for the left-handed-hitting shortstop.

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Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The MLB's domestic violence case against Domingo German is entering its final stages and could be resolved within the next few weeks, it was reported by Ken Davidoff and Dan Martin of The New York Post.

German's offenses reportedly aren't as egregious as those of Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension, but are considered worse than those of Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who was suspended for 15 games, per the Post's reporting.

German missed the final nine games of the regular season and the nine games the Yankees played in the playoffs, so it is unclear whether or not those games will be included as time served once the numbers are decided on by the MLB.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have found their new pitching coach.

SNY's Andy Martino has confirmed that the Yankees are hiring Matt Blake as their new pitching coach. Blake was previously a pitching coordinator with the Indians and was also an area scout for the Yankees. 

ESPN's Jeff Passan was the first to report the hiring. 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Thursday, it was announced that Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu has won the AL Silver Slugger Award.

It's the first Silver Slugger of LeMahieu's career, as it comes in his first season in the American League where he batted .327 and set career-highs in three major categories: 26 home runs, 33 doubles, and 102 RBI in 145 games.

LeMahieu can add this accolade to his long list of awards, including three Gold Gloves (2014, 2017, and 2018) and three All-Star appearances (2015, 2017, and 2019).

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

Tags: John Tavares, Kristaps Porzingis, Matt Harvey, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Not long ago, it seemed assured that Didi Gregorius would remain a member of the Yankees' new core, not a homegrown player but one essential to their culture.

He had already effectively replaced an icon in Derek Jeter. Fans liked that he tweeted emojis. The front office liked his personality and production.

After a tough season returning from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius' future is far murkier. There are signs that the player and team are apart on value, and that other clubs are more likely to pursue him in free agency.

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees quickly retained Brett Gardner after the 2018 season and it seems like they could strike quickly on him again.

Gardner, who is an unrestricted free agent, is in talks with the Yankees about a potential return in 2020, Jon Heyman reported on Thursday.

It would not be a surprise if a deal for Gardner got done similarly quickly to the one-year deal the Yanks agreed to with CC Sabathia during last year's GM Meetings, SNY's Andy Martino noted, calling a reunion a "no brainer."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jordy Mercer (7) (not pictured0 during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jordy Mercer (7) (not pictured0 during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Aaron Judge is known for his bat, but he has been just as big for the Yankees in the field.

And on Wednesday, he received recognition from Major League Baseball for his efforts.

MLB announced the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Awards with New York's star right fielder among the nine players honored.

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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia announced his retirement after the ALCS, but he might not be done helping the Yankees.

Sabathia has spoken to fellow California native Gerrit Cole -- the best free agent starting pitcher on the market and a potential Yankees target -- "many times" about what it's like to play for the Yankees.

"If you give that m-----f---er enough money, he's going to want to come here," Sabathia said in a clip from his latest R2C2 podcast. "I am speaking from experience."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Clint Frazier
Clint Frazier

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Clint Frazier, his "legendary bat speed" and all, has been a magnet for attention in his young career. That doesn't figure to change this winter when the Yankees probably have to determine once and for all whether he's a trade chip or a promising cog in their outfield. 

Trouble is, there isn't an easy answer. 

Frazier, who's still only 25, was the headliner in GM Brian Cashman's widely-praised deal that sent ace reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians at the 2016 deadline. He was the fifth pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and most believed he'd morph into an offensive force. 

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankee and current YES Network analyst David Cone interviewed for the team's pitching coach vacancy, per YES Network's Jack Curry

Cone told Curry that the process, which involved GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and other Yankees officials, was "interesting." And while conveying his joy in interviewing for the role in the first place, he said he is unsure "where things will go from here."

The Yankees wanted a change from Larry Rothschild, who was fired after spending nearly a decade in the position for the pinstripes. Cone, though, doesn't have any big league experience, as he went right into the broadcast booth following his first retirement (he tried a comeback with the Mets in '03 but it didn't work out).

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Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

The Yankees fell short of a World Series title in 2019, but it was still a successful campaign.

Manager Aaron Boone was at least acknowledged for that path traveled.

Boone was named an American League Manager of the Year finalist, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Didi Gregorius is officially a free agent after the Yankees didn't extend the qualifying offer to the shortstop.

The Yankees had until 5 p.m. on Monday to extend the $17.8 offer to Gregorius. If they did so and he rejected it, the Yankees would have received a compensatory pick. 

This move isn't too surprising from the Yankees, as it was always a toss-up as to what they would do regarding the veteran shortstop. Gregorius didn't have the best 2019 season to give himself a strong case for a new contract. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius returned in June, but didn't have that good of a year at the plate. 

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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After months of rehabbing, Yankees RHP Dellin Betances finally returned to the mound just to get injured once again. After a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays, it was later revealed that Betances had partially torn his Achilles and would hit the IL to start rehab on that injury. 

But now it looks like he might be ready for Spring Training next season. 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Betances "will be fully recovered" from his injury in December, and will resume the offseason like he normally would heading into the new year...

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Mar 1998; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly during spring training 1998 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 1998; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly during spring training 1998 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot, and three former Yankees have made the cut in Thurman MunsonDon Mattingly, and Tommy John

First, for those that don't know what this particular ballot is, the Hall of Fame has multiple ballots for players that missed out on their chances in the original ballot. There is also the Early Baseball (Prior to 1950), Golden Days (1950-1969), and Today's Game (1988 to present) ballots. 

Munson quickly became a fan favorite with the Yankees when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1970, and he would put together the accolades to be considered for the Hall soon there after. He played all 11 seasons in pinstripes, with a .292/.346/.410 slash line with 113 career homers and 701 RBI. He made seven All-Star teams, six of which came in consecutive seasons from 1973-1978. 

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Gerrit Cole/Clint Frazier
Gerrit Cole/Clint Frazier

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In trying to predict what the Yankees might do this off-season, only one question really matters for a team that is loaded in so many areas:

Are they ready to open the vault for the best pitcher in baseball at the moment? 

I believe they are, even if it's partly as a response to public pressure to win another championship. Other than that, it looms as a fairly quiet winter for a team coming off back-to-back 100-win seasons. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, John Harper
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Aug 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Aroldis Chapman has reached a new deal with the Yankees and will remain with the team through the 2022 season, it was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Chapman added an extra year at $18 million to go with the existing $30 million he was set to receive over the next two seasons, so now the Yanks will give the closer $48 million over the next three years.

Chapman was in talks with the Yankees to try and rework the remaining two years and $30 million left on his contract, it was reported ealier in the night on Saturday by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, and it looks that the two sides came to a quick agreement.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

On the same day he celebrated winning the World Series with a parade in Washington, Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years and $100 million left on his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

Strasburg, who was named the World Series MVP, now officially joins Gerrit Cole at the top of the starting pitcher market, a place the Yankees will do most of their big shopping this offseason.

Despite his opting out, Strasburg isn't immediately expected to leave Washington, as he has grown comfortable with the city and would rather not be in the spotlight of an ace pitcher on a new team, SNY's John Harper said in a column earlier this week.

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Yankees' Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : 

Bang your bat on the dugout ceiling if you want Brett Gardner to return to the Yankees in 2020. 

That thumping you hear? Might be GM Brian Cashman or manager Aaron Boone whaling away with a Louisville Slugger. 

And why not? The Yankees could use Gardner for a 13th season in pinstripes. And not just because Aaron Hicks recently had Tommy John surgery and figures to be out for at least eight months.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Anthony McCarron
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have a lot of decisions to make with their own free agents, including the futures of Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances. But they're already on the clock when it comes to perhaps their hardest call.

New York has until Monday at 5 p.m. to decide whether to extend a qualifying offer to free agent infielder Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Aroldis Chapman "prefers" to remain with the Yankees, reports Jon Heyman. However, Heyman notes that if an extension can't be reached quickly, Chapman will opt out of the final two years of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent.

Chapman, 31, has $30 million remaining ($15 million in both 2020 and 2021) on the five-year, $86 million deal he signed with New York before the 2017 season.

If Chapman opts out, the Yanks will have the option of extending a qualifying offer to him.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Danny Abriano
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Wednesday night, the 2019 MLB season came to an end with the Washington Nationals beating the Houston Astros in seven games in the World Series. Fans already looking forward to next season can now place their bets for the 2020 World Series winner.

According to DraftKings, the Yankees open with +550 odds to win the 2020 World Series.

They are tied with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers for the best odds to win it all next season.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

In a move that was expected, the Yankees have declined the $20 million option on Edwin Encarnacion for the 2020 season, making him a free agent.

The option for 2020 contained a $5 million buyout.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion was acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners in June in exchange for 19-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Juan Then. The Mariners also paid down a significant portion of Encarnacion's remaining salary for 2019.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Gerrit Cole (Erik Williams)
Gerrit Cole (Erik Williams)

The 2019 MLB season is officially over, as the Nationals defeated the Astros in Game 7 to capture their first World Series title. 

And now Gerrit Cole is officially a free agent. 

Cole fully recognized that fact after suffering a loss at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night. The media wanted to talk to Cole after the game, and he was reportedly hesitant to speak after saying this...

Tags: Gerrit Cole, Scott Thompson
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Dellin Betances/Didi Gregorius/Brett Gardner
Dellin Betances/Didi Gregorius/Brett Gardner

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the World Series over (unfortunately without the Yankees starring in it), the hot stove season -- free agency, trades, and all the intrigue -- is officially here.

For the Bombers, they have eight players potentially set to hit free agency. And there's a strong chance that all of them will be playing for new teams in 2020.

The Yankees have a few top players who could hit the market, like Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Brett Gardner. So what should the Yanks do? Who should they bring back? 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (left) and relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (left) and relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Aaron Hicks underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, he posted Wednesday in an Instagram story.

Hicks provided an update on his health and looked ahead to a return for the 2020 season, which he said would be "bigger and better."

"Surgery went well," Hicks said. "Thanks for all the prayers and support."

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Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)
Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)

The Yankees, who fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday, have interviewed "rising star" Chris Fetter to be his potential replacement, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN

According to Passan, Fetter has drawn lots of interest from other major league teams, with the Mets among them. 

Fetter, 33, has been the assistant coach/pitchers for the University of Michigan since 2018.

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