The Loud Mouths discuss the possibility of the Yankees placing Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitchers this season.
The Yankees optioned INF Miguel Andújar to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned OF Estevan Florial to minor league spring training, the team announced on Sunday.
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The Yankees host the Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Luis Severino will be the Yankees' Opening Day starter, manager Aaron Boone announced. The Yankees open the season in Toronto against the Blue Jays on March 29th at 3:30 p.m.
Severino finished third in AL Cy Young voting last year after going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 230 K in 193.1 IP. The young pitcher exceeded all expectations and was one of the reasons the team was ahead of schedule in its rebuild.
"We feel like it's his time for it," Boone said, via Mike Mazzeo of NY Daily News. "With what he was able to do last year, we feel like he's in a really good place now. We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he's ready for it. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow in his role as one of the aces of this staff."
Masahiro Tanaka has started the Yankees' previous three Opening Days.
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The Yankees play the Tigers on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
The Yankees' offense was stymied by Astros pitching as Houston took a 2-0 win at George M. Steinbrenner Field. >> Box score
Things to know about Thursday's game
The Yankees host the Astros at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday at 6:35 p.m.
The Yankees entered spring camp with at least 80 percent of the rotation set in stone with the fifth piece fairly certain. Once Yankees skipper Aaron Boone wasted no time in naming Jordan Montgomery his fifth starter, it became apparent the Yankees knew all along they would begin the season with the same starting five they ended 2017.
The question becomes: Were the Yankees wise to abstain from what became a severely inexpensive pitching market for proven middle of the rotation starters? For example, Lance Lynn signed for just one year at $12 million, while Alex Cobb remains unsigned.
The Yankees have recently been reported to be both not interested and interested in Cobb, so who knows what's going on there? At the beginning of the offseason, I was of the mindset that it was OK to avoid spending big money on either pitcher, but since the market came down to one-year deals, it forces revisiting.
Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down Aaron Judge receiving a warning for tampering for his comments regarding Manny Machado.
New Yankees 2B Neil Walker reportedly turned down a three-year extension from the Mets worth $42 million last offseason, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.
According to Davidoff, Walker's representatives initially rejected the offer before trying to accept it at a later date -- which the Mets did not go for.
"Yeah, but that wasn't on me," Walker said about leaving $42 million on the table. "I accepted that deal and it was not accepted from the other side. Regardless of any situations in the past, I can't let any of this stuff affect me moving forward. This is too good of a team here. This is too good of a situation."
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The Yankees host the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
Even though the 2018 season is still two weeks away, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is already extolling the virtues of playing in the Bronx to AL East rival Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately for the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, Major League Baseball was not quite as amused.
"We have been in contact with the Yankees," MLB told the Daily News. "They communicated to us that Mr. Judge's off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club. They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again."
Judge attempted to woo Machado during the clubs' Spring Training matchup on Wednesday afternoon.
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The Yankees have reportedly expressed interest in free agent RHP Alex Cobb, formerly of the Rays, reports Newsday. With starting pitchers Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn now off the market, the 30-year-old Cobb is the best remaining option who has yet to sign.
Two potential obstacles could get in the way of a deal from the Yankees' perspective. New York is adamant about staying under the luxury-tax threshold, so as in the case of the recently-signed Neil Walker, the price would have to be right. Cobb also rejected the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer, meaning whichever team signs him will forfeit at least one draft pick.
The Yankees' rotation currently includes RHPs Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray and LHPs CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery.
The Yankees have released 1B/OF Adam Lind from his minor league deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Lind had two out-clauses in his contract -- one if he was not on the major league roster by March 22 and another if he was not on the roster by June 1. He would've earned a base salary of $2 million if he was on the major league roster.
He hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 116 games with the Nationals last season -- his fourth team in as many years.
Didi Gregorius belted his third homer of the spring as the Yankees tied the Tigers, 2-2, on Tuesday.>> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
NEW YORK -- AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season. He agreed to a split contract in which his salary would drop to $272,250 in the unlikely event he is sent back to the minors.
New York uses a scale based on service time for its players not eligible for arbitration.
The Yankees host the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.
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Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.
Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.
The Yankees lost to the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in Grapefruit League play on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters and allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. The lone runs he allowed came on a Bobby Wilson two-run home run in the top of the second inning.
2) While Tyler Austin went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, the Yankees' 1-4 starters of Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird and Brandon Drury combined to go 2-for-12.
3) Dellin Betances struck out both batters he faced while Domingo German struck out three batters in three scoreless innings.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is close to returning to Grapefruit League play soon but left open the possibility that the veteran outfielder could miss Opening Day.
"We're probably getting into that range where we're butting up against it," Boone said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
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The Yankees host the Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday at 6:35 p.m.
The Yankees added yet another infielder to their competition at spring training, signing veteran 2B Neil Walker, the team announced Monday night.
Walker will earn $4 million in base salary with $125,000 in incentives for reaching 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
After hitting his first home run of the spring, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said he feels he is still a "work in progress" with Opening Day two and a half weeks away.
"Just glad I felt good in the box,'' Judge said after Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Marlins, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "I was swinging at the right pitches, especially with a guy on the mound who gets it up to probably 100 (mph). Just make sure I stayed disciplined and stay in my zone.''
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Jordan Montgomery allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings and the Yankees lost to the Marlins, 7-5, on Sunday afternoon.
The Marlins host the Yankees at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
The first one is out of the way.
Giancarlo Stanton finally belted his much-anticipated first homerun as a Yankee, and it was a deep blast to right-center field off Mets hurler, Matt Harvey, on Saturday.
SEE STANTON'S FIRST HOMER BELOW!
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Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton broke out in a big way in 2017, hitting 59 home runs with the Marlins, but the slugger's journey to becoming one of the league's most feared hitters came with trial and error.
Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier continues to progress from a concussion he sustained on Feb. 24 but isn't "over the hump" yet.
Frazier, who suffered the injury when he made a catch, ran, threw and hit on Saturday prior to the Yankees' game against the Mets, but he's not 100 percent yet.
"There's a lot of positives that have come, but I'm not over the hump," Frazier said, via Coley Harvey of ESPN. "I want all positives. I want no negatives..."
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The Yankees face the Mets at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
The Yankees have officially named LHP Jordan Montgomery their fifth starter for the season, per Newsday's Erik Boland.
It was an expected move by manager Aaron Boone to keep the 25-year-old in the rotation for his sophomore season.
"We're really excited not only about the year he put together last year but where we think he can continue to go," Boone said on Montgomery. "When I look at him, I look at him as one of our starters."
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Gary Sanchez homered and Sonny Gray pitched a scoreless outing, but the Yankees lost to the Braves, 3-1.
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The Yankees announce that they've sent RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Dillon Tate to minor league camp.
Sheffield, the Yankees' no. 3 prospect, posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. Sheffield, 21, is expected to start 2018 in Triple-A.
"I don't want him to rush the process. He's going to be a good one,'' manager Aaron Boone said of Sheffield.
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The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Braves on Friday at 6:05 p.m.
According to Yankees' journeyman catcher Erik Kratz, there's a difference between being a no. 1 starter and being an ace. Kratz holds the term 'ace' for only the very best.
While Luis Severino isn't a true ace in Kratz's eyes yet, the catcher has no doubt that the 24-year-old is on his way to joining the likes of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
"Obviously everybody sees his stuff," Kratz said...
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After a strong start from Luis Severino, the Yankees surrendered six unanswered runs en route to a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.
Making his 2018 Grapefruit League debut, Severino allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Erik Kratz, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez driving in the Yankees' remaining runs.
After Aroldis Chapman relieved Severino and struck out two of the three batters he faced, Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc each allowed three earned runs to give the Phillies the lead.
When the Yankees made the knee-jerk reaction to sign Jacoby Ellsbury following the departure of Robinson Cano, there were plenty in the industry that suggested the contract wouldn't age well. They were right, except even they might not have believed it would happen well before the midpoint of the pact.
Baseball organizations make long-term deals with the understanding that they should be rewarded with upfront production, maximizing value early in the contract, all the while being ready to concede that the final year or two of the deal will result in below-average production. The Yankees never believed Ellsbury would have one solid season in New York before completely falling apart, but should they have?
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The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Phillies on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
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Aaron Judge doesn't think he wants to defend his Home Run Derby title this season.
"I think I am one and done," Judge said on The Players' Tribune podcast Wednesday.
The AL Rookie of the Year didn't give a specific reason as to why he doesn't want to participate. ..
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ACS Ticket Co., a Maryland-based ticket broker, is suing the Yankees for $1 million after they claimed the club reneged on a sale of nearly $500,000 worth of tickets.
Lawyers who representing ASC claim the Yankees revoked te 52 season tickets because of the broker's intention to resell them. ASC purchased the tickets for $440,885 in November but claim they were told last month via email by the Yankees the tickets were being taken back and their money refunded.
In the email, the club explained that ASC's "buying behavior does not fit [the Yankees] criteria."
In a lineup that boasts a pair of 50-homer hitters who happen to be the reigning National League MVP and the American League Rookie of the Year, CC Sabathia thinks Gary Sanchez might be the best of the bunch.
"I think Sanchy's probably the best hitter in the lineup, you don't talk about him at all," Sabathia said. "He has power to all fields. He reminds me of a young Manny Ramirez. That's enough said right there."
Sanchez, 25, hit .278/.345/.531 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs despite missing virtually the entire month of April and the beginning of May with a strained right biceps.
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Billy McKinney hit a grand slam as the Yankees beat the Mets, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie >> Box score
Three things to know about today's game
1) Domingo German allowed two runs (none earned) on one hit while walking two and striking out five in 2.2 innings.
The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Mets on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.