(Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a transformation in how they build their roster. The club still spends plenty of money - they will open the season with a payroll approaching $220 million - but they have begun to preach and follow through on getting younger and more athletic throughout the roster. This was abundantly clear in the offseason when they did not sign a single player to an MLB free-agent contract. The Yankees did however take on more salary by adding three quality players, and considering the returning players, the club has improved on paper and has a chance to return to the postseason in 2016.

Rotation

Nathan Eovaldi took the first step to becoming a dominant starter in 2015. After a slow start, Eovaldi went through a stretch during the summer in which he went 10-2, with a 2.93 ERA across 12 starts (73 2/3 innings). Eovaldi worked hard at mastering a split-finger fastball, while honing in on the location of his fastball. Eovaldi's season came to an abrupt end when sidelined with an elbow injury, but it seems a non-issue as he pitched well this spring.

Michael Pineda is an enigma. He owns fantastic stuff, but fails to deliver it on a regular basis. He looks like a Cy Young contender at times and a run-of-the-mill pitcher on others. The Yankees need Pineda to work deeper into games in 2016 and reach the 30-start mark; something he has never done. If he can do both, there is a chance Pineda rises to the top of the rotation.

Luis Severino enters his first full season in the big leagues and it is difficult to tamper expectations for his sophomore season after a fabulous freshman campaign (62 1/3 IP, 2.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 22 BB, 56 K). Severino will be working without an innings limit and if he is able to continue on the path he started last season, he could lift his name near the top of the list of the young up-and-coming pitchers in baseball.

Masahiro Tanaka's chance to show he is the best starter on the club is dwindling. Tanaka made 24 starts in 2015 and in all pitched well (24 GS, 154 IP, 12-7, 3.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 27 BB, 139 K). Tanaka has great stuff, but he is not entirely consistent and still allows too many home runs (25 in 2015). Tanaka pitches with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, but if he can manage 30-plus starts this season, it will provide a boost to the rotation.

The competition for the fifth starter in the rotation remains unsettled with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova awaiting word from the club at press time. Sabathia was not especially good early in spring, but his last two outings (four earned runs in nine combined innings) might be enough to make the club believe he can keep the team in games he starts. Nova finished the spring with a six-inning scoreless start, but that followed two disastrous outings.

In my opinion, the option of putting Sabathia in the bullpen seems to be a risky prospect for someone who has NEVER worked out in relief in his 15 major league seasons and might not fully embrace the role from a mental perspective. Nova has just over 17 innings of relief pitching in his MLB career, but his repertoire seems like a better bet to succeed out of the bullpen compared to Sabathia's offerings. When it comes down to it, I believe the Yankees will peg Sabathia as the fifth starter, but with an incredibly short leash.

Bullpen

The relief crew might look like nothing like we expected Monday. With Aroldis Chapman out until May 9 due to his domestic violence suspension, the Yankees got a big scare when a line drive drilled Andrew Miller on Tuesday, resulting in a chip fracture to his right wrist. Miller wants to pitch through the injury, but if he is unable to be ready for Opening Day, Dellin Betances takes over the closer role until one of the southpaws return.

Betances is a dominant pitcher, one who has soared to the top-tier of the relief pitcher rankings in all of baseball. The Yankees were hoping to throttle back on Betances' usage in 2016, but that desire might take a back seat due to the injury problems.

As for Chapman, he will have to work with minor leaguers for the next several weeks. He is not allowed to participate in game action while suspended, so the team will have to replicate that as much as possible to keep Chapman's arm fresh and ready to step right in May 9.

Behind the Big Three, Chasen Shreve seems to be the next in line to receive significant high-impact innings. Shreve was fantastic for much of 2015, and has been great this spring. With one more season under his belt, Shreve is an important reliever, especially with the potential loss of Miller.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa, both newcomers to the roster, will join the loser of the fifth starter competition. That leaves one spot (or two depending on Miller's availability). Barbato is hard-throwing righty with a good curveball. Cessa impressed the Yankees from the start of spring and should be one of the swingmen in the bullpen. Both pitchers might find themselves getting some important innings early on with news that the Yankees will be without Bryan Mitchell for at least three months due to a broken big toe and turf toe.

The remaining slot looks to be going to another fresh face in Kirby Yates as he's the last reliever left in camp, although the club could opt to sign someone left off another club's roster. Branden Pinder, James Pazos or Nick Rumbelow -- all of whom were recently sent down to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre -- could get a shot if Miller hits the disabled list. Again, going outside the organization is always an option to sub for Miller as well.

What to expect from Yankees' pitching

In my view, everything revolves around the starting rotation, even more so because of the bullpen injuries. Yankees' starters absolutely have to pitch deeper into games in an effort to not overuse their best relievers and so that the younger relievers are not overly exposed.

The Yankees might not have a true ace, but I see Eovaldi and Severino taking the next steps in their careers, and one or the other of Tanaka and Pineda finally having a full season of starts. Finally, I expect Sabathia and Nova to trade off and on with the fifth starter role throughout the season, with the team going with the hot hand.

As for the bullpen, if Miller can pitch through the injury and not make things worse, the club will have avoided a big issue. Once Chapman comes back from the suspension, the Yanks will be tough to beat when they have a lead after six innings. However, the squad cannot rely on those three names alone; Shreve will need to continue his assent and at least one more reliever will need to step up his game so the backend of the pen remains strong in September.

Catcher

Brian McCann set career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (94) in 2015, regaining much of the offensive prowess he displayed while with the Atlanta Braves. Behind the plate, McCann suffered a downturn in framing skills according to StatCorner, but threw out 36 percent of potential base stealers, which surpassed the league average of 32 percent. Similar offensive stats and a return to elite level pitch framing that McCann had been know will be a certain advantage the Yankees have over other teams.

First Base

The Yankees are virtually relying on a repeat performance from Mark Teixeira after the 35-year-old smashed 31 home runs in just 462 plate appearances in 2015. Teixeira faltered as the calendar changed to August after reviving his career over the first four months of the season. Worse for Teixeira, he suffered a season-ending injury after fouling a ball off his shin causing a fracture. Teixeira was able to sustain health until the freak injury, but has not played more than 123 games in a season since 2011. Teixeira looked agile at first base and saved plenty of errors around the diamond, something I expect to continue again this season.

Second Base

One of the major trades the Yankees made this offseason was for 26-year-old Starlin Castro. Castro has enjoyed a very good spring, which is a continuation from his superb offensive finish to the 2015 season. In my opinion, Castro has the most upside of this group from an offensive standpoint and remains young enough to flourish. Castro is still learning the position, but he has shown good range and his powerful arm will aid him make up the difference if he finds himself out of position at times.

Third Base

Chase Headley is coming off what has become an average season from him from an offensive standpoint, and as such, expecting much more is likely a mistake. Headley had an impressive two-month summer stretch in 2015, so the ability is still there, but he slumped offensively along with almost everyone else as the season wound down. Hitting toward the bottom of the lineup, Headley's bat is not as important as the necessity of his fielding efforts bouncing back to form after making an uncharacteristic 23 errors in 2015.

Shortstop

Didi Gregorius grew as a hitter in 2015, and since he is just 26 years old, there is still a chance he can grow further at the plate. Gregorius, who was expected to provide above-average fielding, failed to do so from the onset. He seemed to be pressing and it was affecting much of his defensive game. Once Gregorius felt comfortable in pinstripes, he showed the slick fielding and strong arm many proclaimed he possessed. Once the fielding came back to form, Gregorius began to hit.

Left field

Brett Gardner was the consummate top of the order hitter for the first half of the 2015 season, helping him earn his first All-Star appearance. Unfortunately, Gardner's production fell off the map over the season's final three months. Worse, it was the second straight season in which Gardner suffered a second-half slump. The Yankees absolutely need Gardner to utilize his speed on the bases and in the outfield this season. Gardner has professed to want to steal more bases and it is imperative that he does so when he finds himself in a good running situation. In the field, Gardner defense is diminishing according to advanced metrics, something that must improve in spacious Yankee Stadium.

Center field

The Yankees desperately need Jacoby Ellsbury, along with Gardner, to have banner and complete seasons in 2016. Ellsbury got off to a great start in 2015, helping to catapult the Yankees into first place after the first month-plus of the season. Unfortunately, Ellsbury was hobbled with a knee injury in May of which he never fully recuperated. The Yankees hope Ellsbury's offensive decline was due to the balky knee, because if it was simply about age the team will be dreading the moment they signed him to a seven-year, $153 million before the 2014 season. Provided he is healthy, Ellsbury is still a decent fielder who can cover enough ground in center field, albeit with a weak arm.

Right field

Carlos Beltran looked old and overmatched during the first month of the 2015 season. His bat was slow, and his feet were like cement in the field. The work in the outfield never really improved for the 39-year-old, but his bat was the most consistent on the roster from May 1 on. Beltran was an incredibly productive hitter, and I have no reason to believe he cannot duplicate that this season. I do think Beltran will be given more rest in 2016 and might be removed for defense in tight games, but his swan-song season in the Bronx could be one to remember.

Designated Hitter

No one knew what to expect from Alex Rodriguez when he returned to the field after a full season off; certainly 33 home runs and 86 RBIs was seemingly out of the picture. Rodriguez's late-season doldrums likely stemmed from extensive playing time after missing the entire 2014 season. Like Teixeira, A-Rod will require some extra rest this season and the club has a host of players who can grab a half-day off when the 40-year-old veteran sits.

Bench

The Yankees will likely rest Teixeira more often in 2016, using Dustin Ackley as the primary backup at first base. Ackley, a left-handed hitter who can also play the corner outfield positions, has some pop in his bat so there will not be too much of a drop in offensive production when he is in the lineup. The Yankees might give away some defense when Ackley is covering first, but he is athletic enough to be a fair defender.

Aaron Hicks is expected to play at least three or four days per week in an effort to keep the starting outfielders strong. Hicks can play each of the outfield positions quite well, and he may have yet to reach his offensive potential. Hicks feasts on left-handed pitching so it would make sense to see him face as many southpaws as possible this season. If Hicks can pick it up from the left side of the plate, he could be a special addition to the club.

Austin Romine deserves a lot of credit for making it back to the major league club as the backup catcher. While he might be passed by Gary Sanchez at some point this season, Romine showed a good deal of perseverance by improving his hitting skills and sticking to learning the craft behind the plate. Romine will be perfectly fine as McCann's backup for as long as the club feels Sanchez needs in Triple-A.

Ronald Torreyes was a member of five clubs during the last two seasons (including two stays with the Yankees) and finds himself as the club's utility infielder. Torreyes beat out Rob Refsnyder and Pete Kozma in the process. Torreyes is a strong defender, who can play second base, shortstop and third base. Torreyes' ability to spell Gregorius at shortstop, along with his solid on-base skills, it helped push him to the role.

What to expect from the Yankees' offense

The Yankees offense seeks to remain one of the top run-scoring units in the league and I believe they can approach their numbers from last season as a group.

When Ellsbury and Gardner are at their best, it allows for the Yankees middle of the lineup batters to reach their max potential. When Ellsbury and Gardner struggle to get on base, it forces the run-producing bats to press and leads to the complete downfall of the offense.

Expecting both Teixeira and Rodriguez to reach the offensive metrics they achieved in 2015 might be a stretch, but they certainly have the ability to come close provided they receive ample rest. With McCann and Beltran, the Yanks can withstand occasional slumps from Teixeira and Rodriguez.

The bottom third of the Yankees lineup will generally consist of Headley, Gregorius and Castro in what will probably be a fluctuating order. Expect Hicks to get his fair share of plate appearances, and prosper in his role.

What to expect from the Yankees' defense

I believe the Yankees defense is solid. I am not sure if they will be spectacular, but I also do not see defense dragging the team down. A lot depends on how Castro grows in his position, and if Headley can return to the dependable fielder, he was when he arrived in New York in 2014. The Yankees will benefit from having Hicks on the bench to spell any of the outfielders, especially on days in which he plays in right field for Beltran.

Manager

Joe Girardi continues to find it difficult to command respect from Yankees fans. Some of this he brings on himself, but it is also part of the fans desire to win - all the time.

Girardi owns a reputation as a manager with his binder full of statistical information and being unable to remove himself from what the numbers suggest. At the same time, many claim Girardi sticks with veterans too often and fails to develop young players.

A lot of that remained the same in 2015, but Girardi has shown some signs of change. He benched Ellsbury for last season's wild card game. He allowed Severino to prosper in the rotation versus sending him down when the other starters were healthy. He named Mitchell a part of this season's bullpen instead of relegating him to the Triple-A squad. Barbato and Cessa will get a chance to show their abilities.

The list of "unconventional for Girardi" moves continues to grow; maybe he finally sees the need for some balance. This season will once again test his abilities to get the most out of an aging roster and a group of talented and inspired young players.

Front Office

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust deserve some credit for the offseason they put together. Without damaging their farm system, and in dealing two relievers, the club upgraded in spots of need, and put a stamp on the backend of the bullpen.

The Yankees turned a 28-year-old lefty with control problems into two young promising pitchers, with one (Cessa) already making the club. They lost an important piece in swingman Adam Warren, but gained a boost at second base with Castro. This was especially important, as the keystone has been a black hole since Robinson Cano left for Seattle. Finally, the Yankees jumped on a bargain basement price for the hardest throwing closer in the game in Chapman.

Expect the Yankees to continue to hone their system by moving pieces from one aspect of the club for another. The Yankees will have some decisions to make with young players this season such as Sanchez, Refsnyder and Aaron Judge. When is it the right time to bring them up and let them stick? Alternatively, will a player from another team, one that is young and cost-controlled become available?

What does it all mean?

The Yankees have the benefit of going through this transformation phase with plenty of talented players filling the roster. Are they the favorites to win the American League East among the national baseball media? Hardly. Should the teams in their division take them seriously? Absolutely.

The Yankees, as all clubs, need to stay healthy. It is hard to quantify how a team will perform without believing each of the players charged with the task of winning is on the field 90-100 percent of the time. In my view, if they avoid major injuries along the way, the club has enough to succeed to reach the postseason in 2016.

Part of the reason the Yankees have a chance to win the AL East is because they play in a division without a superior team. Each club has its flaws, and its strengths. Teams with a potent offense have a suspect rotation (Toronto, Boston and Baltimore), and another team possesses a collection of good arms, but fails to scare opponents in the batter's box (Tampa Bay).

The Yankees on the other hand seem to be the most balanced team in the division. Yes, they are older in spots. It is true that they are more susceptible to injuries because of past issues. Nevertheless, if the rotation has three members rise to their abilities, the backend of the bullpen pitches to the back of their baseball card, and if the Yankees can manage to be in the top-5 offenses in the league, (they scored the second most runs in the AL in 2015) they can certainly be a force in the division.

I believe that the Yankees will finish with a record of 88-74, which might be enough to win the division considering I fully expect a good deal of cannibalism among the AL East teams. I feel 88 wins gets the Yankees back into the postseason, and if they can, they will have as good of a chance of reaching the World

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Christopher Carelli

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees, who have maintained an above-average offense for years now, have been unable to secure such production from its first basemen since 2015.

Mark Teixeira skidded out the door in 2016, Greg Bird has underwhelmed overall since his call-up, and we won't get into Chris Carter et al. circa 2017 fiasco. Luke Voit put on an amazing show over the final month-plus of 2018, but he's pretty much all bat.

As the Yankees seek to bolster their roster for the 2019 season, who should man first base for the Bombers?

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Coming off an inaugural campaign that could net a Rookie of the Year Award, Miguel Andujar would seemingly fit as part of the cornerstone for the Yankees' future. However, in the business of baseball, no stone is left unturned. And if the right deal is offered to the Yankees, they might consider dealing their third baseman.

Let's take a look at both sides of the equation...

Keep him

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Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

The Yankees like pending free agent LHP Patrick Corbin, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they pursue him, they could be joined by the Dodgers, Giants, and Braves -- who are expected to "show a lot of interest" -- according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe

Corbin, who grew up a Yankees fan and has spoken glowingly on numerous occasions about his desire to don pinstripes, could get a five or six-year deal worth more than $100 million, notes Martino. 

The 29-year-old Corbin had a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with a career-high 246 strikeouts (while striking out a career-high 11.1 per 9) in a career-high 200 innings (33 starts) this season for the Diamondbacks.

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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar reacts after driving in the winning run with a single to right field against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar reacts after driving in the winning run with a single to right field against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

Red Sox infielder and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez says the Yankees have a special player in Miguel Andujar.

"I think he can be a superstar, and not later, soon," Nunez told the New York Post Monday ahead of Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers Tuesday at Fenway Park. "That's because of his hitting. He can play in the big time."

During the "big time" this postseason, however, the AL Rookie of the Year candidate often found himself on the bench. After going 1-for-8 in the first three games of the ALDS against the Red Sox, Andujar was left off the Yankee lineup for the season-ending Game 4. Aaron Boone also pulled him for defensive purposes in the middle of Game 2 as well in as the Wild Card Game.

Tags: Miguel Andujar, Boston Red Sox
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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With Red Sox in World Series, here are 3 things Yankees fans can look forward to for next season

Yankees fans are feeling pretty down again after watching the Red Sox disperse the Astros in five games to win the American League pennant. After all, this was supposed to be the year the Yankees would be back on top and their rivals in Beantown continue to twist the knife into the 2018 season.

While the Red Sox will be competing for a World Series title and the Yankees are stuck golfing in October, it may be hard to find any optimism. While next season seems distant at the moment, there is reason to look forward to 2019 despite Boston's recent run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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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)

Former Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is best known for his success as one of the Yankees' top pitchers in the mid-2000s, but it was also what happened next that has him in the spotlight of an upcoming documentary set to be released in New York on Oct. 26.

Wang, who enjoyed two spectacular 19-win seasons with the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, posting a 3.63 and 3.70 ERA, respectively, was plagued by injuries later in his career. With years off in between appearances on the mound, he managed to string together stints with the Nationals and Royals before retiring. 

 

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says teams have called to inquire about trading for catcher Gary Sanchez. Despite the interest and the fact that Sanchez had an awful year in 2018, Cashman says he is unavailable.

"He will be our starting catcher next year," Cashman told Michael Kay on Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio. 

"I think some bad luck early led to trying too hard ... and then his confidence wavered," Cashman said. "I think toward the end of the regular season, and in the second season, you saw he started to get his mojo back."

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Now that he's played in both the American and National Leagues, Giancarlo Stanton wants neither 2018 pennant winner to win the World Series.

The Yankees slugger joked to TMZ Sports that he's "rooting for a draw" in this year's Fall Classic, no matter who's in it.

After downing the Bombers in the ALDS, the Red Sox sent the reigning champion Astros packing in the ALCS Thursday night. Boston will now face either the Brewers or Dodgers (who lead 3-2 in the NLCS) in the World Series.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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The Yankees will hold their annual pro scouting meetings next week, during which Brian Cashman and his staff will determine an offseason strategy, including which players to pursue, and which of their own free agents to retain.

Cashman, along with top lieutenants Michael Fishman, Tim Naehring, Jean Afterman and others on the staff will huddle, as they do annually, and hash through the many issues facing the roster. Hal Steinbrenner is also expected to participate to some degree.

According to major league sources, and basic common sense, here are some of the key topics...

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, the team announced.

The surgery, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. David Altchek. 

It was announced last week that Gregorius needed the surgery after injuring his elbow during the ALDS, but manager Aaron Boone was hopeful Gregorius will be with the team for most of the 2019 season.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: As the Yankees have seemingly reset their luxury tax penalty, fans hope the organization has one thing in mind -- go big in free agency this offseason. Luckily for the Yankees, two megastars will be on the open market, both of whom are consistently linked to the bright lights of New York -- Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

While the Yankees will have the money to try to bring in both players, which one do they need more considering the club's immediate and long-term roster configuration?

The case for Harper

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Aaron Boone became a Yankees legend on today's date in 2003, when his walk-off homer against Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the ALCS sent New York to the World Series.

Boone's homer came three innings after the Yankees' stirring eighth inning comeback that happened after Sox manager Grady Little left an exhausted Pedro Martinez in one inning too long.

The Yanks went on to lose the World Series to the Marlins in six games, but Boone's homer was etched in the Yankees' lexicon. Click below to see...

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Count Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner among those who think Miguel Andujar should win the American League Rookie of the Year award over Shohei Ohtani of the Angels.

"Second year in a row we've got a homegrown kid that's a candidate for Rookie of the Year," Steinbrenner told Don La Greca during an appearance on ESPN radio. "And in my opinion, he should get it."

Andujar, 23, hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and a Yankees-rookie record 47 doubles in 149 games. He was a major liability at third base, though, where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) in 1,1691 innings. Andujar's likely competition for the award is Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who became baseball's first true two-way player since Babe Ruth...

Tags: Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, is primed for a busy offseason.

After staying under the luxury tax this season, the Yankees reset their threshold for next season, which means Steinbrenner has a little more wiggle room to work with. But in a recent interview on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show," it sounded like Steinbrenner doesn't mind living up to his family name and spending big if the player is worth it.

"Look, my family has always been willing to take money that comes off the payroll and put it back in," Steinbrenner said Friday. "We're going to do our best to field a championship-caliber team every single year. This coming year is going to be no different than last."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, 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)

Former Yankees SS Derek Jeter has made many iconic plays throughout his career. But, on this date in 2001, the most bizarre one of them all came in Oakland against the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS. 

The Yankees were down 0-2 in the series, but held a one-run lead when Terrence Long came to the plate with Jeremy Giambi on first base and Mike Mussina on the mound. Long laced a pitch down the right field line, and Giambi got on his horse around the bases as the ball made its way to the corner. 

By the time Shane Spencer got to the ball in right, Giambi was headed for third and had no intentions of stopping there. As Giambi touched the bag, Spencer's throw came into the infield, but it went over the head of cut-off man Tino Martinez

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Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez sits in the stands before the start of a baseball game, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Miami. The Marlins announced the signings of their first three draft picks on Friday — No. 13 overall selection Trevor Rogers, No. 36 overall pick Brian Miller and No. 51 Joe Dunand, a Miami native and Rodriguez's nephew. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez sits in the stands before the start of a baseball game, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Miami. The Marlins announced the signings of their first three draft picks on Friday — No. 13 overall selection Trevor Rogers, No. 36 overall pick Brian Miller and No. 51 Joe Dunand, a Miami native and Rodriguez's nephew. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

As if this week could not get any worse for Yankees fans. 

After being eliminated by the Red Sox in four games in the ALDS and having their AL East rival celebrate in their stadium, former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had to appear in a Boston uniform during FS1's NLCS postgame show.

Rodriguez, who played for the Yankees from 2004-16, lost a bet with fellow postgame analyst and Red Sox great David Ortiz and was forced to not only don the Red Sox uniform but also receive a champagne shower from Big Papi himself. 

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Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees' offseason is off to a rocky start.

As if the Yankees weren't dealing with enough disappointment being eliminated from the postseason Tuesday, the club announced Friday that star shortstop, Didi Gregorius, was set to undergo Tommy John surgery. Gregorius reportedly suffered the injury during the American League Division Series, and an MRI after the loss revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

Luke Voit had such a hot start to his time with the Yankees that manager Aaron Boone believes the 27-year-old has a "leg up" on the first base job heading into next season, according to the New York Post.

Voit, who hit .333 with 14 homers in just 39 games with the Yankees this season, made his big league debut with the Cardinals last season. He struggled in St. Louis, compiling a .246 batting average in 62 games last season before hitting .182 in his first eight games this season. 

But once he was traded to the Yankees, he wound up thriving at first base and even went on to contribute during the postseason when he hit a two-run triple in the AL Wild Card game. 

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The first blush of reaction, after Yankees PR man Jason Zillo dropped the stunning news on reporters assembled for the team's post-mortem news conference that Didi Gregorius needed Tommy John surgery, was the most obvious: The team needed to pursue Manny Machado in free agency.

But it wasn't Gregorius' injury that made Machado an important item for the Yankees. The 26-year-old superstar was already a target, and rightfully so. The Yankees tried to trade for Machado twice -- last offseason and this July...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman look back on the key moments that went wrong in the ALDS, and talk about what comes next.

Aaron Boone admits he made a mistake. 

The Yankees manager reflected on the 2018 season in a press conference on Friday and acknowledged that he got "greedy" by bringing Luis Severino back out to pitch the fourth inning of Game 3 in the ALDS. 

"Sevy, I didn't feel like he was on top of his game," Boone said. "That's the one I look back and say, alright, I probably got greedy with Sevy in the fourth and he came out and struggled and it snowballed."

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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi will reportedly interview with the Texas Rangers for their managerial vacancy, according to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.

Girardi didn't coach last season but spent time as an MLB Network analyst after the Yankees didn't renew his expiring contract following a 2017 season in which New York came within one game of making the World Series.

The 53-year-old Girardi, who said he would leave open the possibility of returning to managing after he was ousted, was reportedly in consideration for the St. Louis Cardinals' managerial opening in the summer as well, however he did not comment in July. He also interviewed for the Cincinnati Reds' vacancy, according to Grant.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone reacts against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone reacts against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees may have fell short of their ultimate goal, but do not expect any drastic changes to the coaching staff. 

All of the coaches on manager Aaron Boone's staff are expected to return next season, according to George King of the New York Post. 

First base coach Reggie Willits, third base coach Phil Nevin, bench coach Josh Bard, infield coach Carlos Mendoza and assistant hitting coach P.J. Pillittere will all be back after their first season coaching in pinstripes. 

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Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is still under fire for his strategy following the ALDS loss to the Red Sox that ended his inaugural season as the skipper. But former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera doesn't understand the scrutiny. 

In fact, Rivera thinks Boone did a "tremendous" job with the Yankees, per Newsday's Laura Albanese

Rivera, who was at a fire house in Harlem on Thursday to teach elementary school kids about fire safety, said Boone was the motivator the Yankees hoped him to be in his first season. And with the right offseason moves, this team could certainly make a deeper run into the postseason than they did this year. 

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | There are plenty of reasons to worry about and criticize the Yankees, not least of which is that they just dropped an ALDS to a Boston team that they could easily have beaten. Their manager and star offseason acquisition failed in the clutch. They need more pitching than is probably available this winter.

But one criticism that is neither fair nor rational is that the Yankees took a step backwards this year, because they did not reach the American League Championship Series. Last season, of course, they came within one game of the World Series.

A front office's goal is to create a team that can win enough in the regular season to reach the postseason. Then, you see where the randomness of October takes you. This season, Brian Cashman constructed a club that won 100 games, and Aaron Boone led it capably until the final two games. From the standpoint of roster building and management, the season was a success...

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees are 'absolutely convinced' RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in Monday's 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman said on WFAN Thursday morning.

Severino, who allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, surrendered seven batted balls that had exit velocities of at least 100 mph.

Severino's arm slot did not change based on the pitch, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, but there is a video of Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. mouthing the word "fastball" during a second-inning at-bat against Brock Holt...

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Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

After Game 4 of the ALDS ended in a loss, the Yankees 2018 season was officially closed. For CC Sabathia, it may have also been the end to an era in pinstripes.

Sabathia is set to be a free agent this offseason, and he has already made it known that he wants to return in 2019. Whether or not the Yankees want that to happen is still up in the air.

But fellow starter Masahiro Tanaka thinks New York should bring back the big lefty for another season...

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Right after being eliminated in the ALDS, questions stirred regarding the slew of free agents that are on the Yankees' roster. Who should stay and who should go?

Zach Britton

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees are now two seasons into a new era defined by Aaron Judge and a young core. In each of those seasons, they have made the playoffs, but stalled before reaching the World Series. And while they might still be a team on the ascent, GM Brian Cashman faces a tricky offseason, at a time when American League powerhouses like Houston and Boston are ahead of the Yanks.

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Teixeira says Aaron Judge made a costly error when he blasted "New York, New York" through the halls of Fenway Park following the Yankees' lone ALDS win over the Red Sox in Game 2.

"You woke a sleeping giant," Teixeira said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up!" "Aaron Judge has no rings. And I have a ton of respect for Aaron Judge, I think he will have rings. But when you boast -- when you wake a sleeping giant in Boston -- on your way out back to Yankee Stadium and then get your butts kicked two games in a row, I just think that you might want to let your bat do the talking. Because Aaron Judge's bat will talk."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

Click below to see...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In the end, Giancarlo Stanton was far from the only reason the Yankees failed miserably in this ALDS against the Red Sox, but he is the only one making a zillion dollars, coming off an MVP, 59-home run season, and acquired theoretically as something of a final piece to a championship puzzle.

So he is going to have to wear it all winter and into next season, as the most obvious target for fan frustration. And rightly so.

In some ways Stanton is the new Alex Rodriguez from those Yankees-Red Sox wars of the past, the hired-gun superstar who came up small when it counted most -- unable to get a clutch hit throughout this series, despite his many opportunities...

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Steve Pearce (25) reaches for the ball to get the last out on New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Steve Pearce (25) reaches for the ball to get the last out on New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees' season came to a close in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium when they were unable to complete a pulsating ninth-inning comeback.

Click below to see how the New York papers reacted... 

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Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.

Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez talk about the Yankees loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS.

It was too little, too late for the Yankees. A ninth inning rally gave the Yankees a chance to win the game but Craig Kimbrel righted the ship and got Gleyber Torres to ground out with two runners on to end the game and the Yankees' season. >> Box score


1) The Red Sox bullpen shut down the Yankees until Kimbrel came in and struggled with the strike zone. He allowed two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman but ultimately settled down to finish the job. The final out was decided after a replay review, putting the Red Sox celebration at a momentary halt.

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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It is uncertain if CC Sabathia will pitch again in the majors, but what is certain is his disdain for umpire Angel Hernandez. 

Sabathia, who took the loss in Tuesday's season-ending 4-3 defeat in the ALDS to the Red Sox, ripped the home plate umpire following the game. 

"I have something to say: Angel Hernandez should not be behind the plate for playoff games," he told reporters. 

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If they can make it here, they can make it anywhere. 

The Red Sox champagne celebration following their 4-3 win over the Yankees included the clubhouse speakers blaring Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" after they eliminated the Bombers from the postseason. 

The song, played after every Yankees game, was played by Aaron Judge as he was leaving Fenway Park following a 6-2 Game 2 win by the Yankees. 

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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Taking the mound in the a win-or-go-home Game 4 against the Red Sox, Yankees LHP CC Sabathia may have toed the rubber for the last time in pinstripes. And, if that's the case, this definitely isn't the way he wanted to go out. 

It was an eventful first inning for the big lefty, as he saw a bases-loaded scenario with two outs and Ian Kinsler at the plate. He avoided a first-inning surge, though, as Kinsler flew out to Brett Gardner in left field. 

After a quiet second inning, the Red Sox offense turned it up a notch, and Sabathia couldn't handle it. Andrew Benintendi was hit by Sabathia's first pitch of the inning, and Steve Pearce moved him over to third with a single. Then, the regular-season RBI king in J.D. Martinez hit a long sacrifice fly to center field to score the first run of the ballgame. 

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are on the brink of elimination after an embarrassing 16-1 Red Sox rout in ALDS Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, the most lopsided defeat in their postseason history.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees have their backs against the wall after Boston made Aaron Boone regret sending a struggling (and possibly tardyLuis Severino back on the mound for the fourth inning. The Sox also pummeled reliever Lance Lynn in that seven-run frame, as former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi went on to shut down his former team, while Brock Holt became the first player ever to hit for the cycle in the postseason...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Boston Red Sox
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: For the second straight year, the Yankees' season is on the brink after their manager failed to make the correct decision. First it was Joe Girardi, then it was Aaron Boone. Can this year's club turn the page as quickly and forcefully as last year's?

In Game 3 of the ALDS Monday night, Boone not only allowed Luis Severino to pitch the remainder of the third inning, he inexplicably pushed his starter out there for the fourth inning. Seven runs later, the rout and ultimate embarrassment was on.

Severino's first pitch of the game was launched 400-plus feet and it didn't get any better from there. His inability to command his fastball led to diminished effectiveness of his slider, allowing the Red Sox to sit dead red. And as a consequence, Boston was incredibly successful when he actually got one over the plate.

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Ron Darling (AP)

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A day later, despite denials from all involved on the Yankees' side, Ron Darling is standing by his comments that Luis Severino appeared to be late for his warm-up before Monday night's ALDS Game 3 loss to the Red Sox. 

"It seemed unusual to me," Darling told SNY by phone on Tuesday. "That's why I brought it up. A lot of people can disagree, but, really, I don't know how they could."

Darling, the former Met who does analysis on Mets' games for SNY, told a national audience during TBS' broadcast that he saw Severino begin throwing off the bullpen mound at 7:32 p.m., eight minutes before the game was scheduled to start. 

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First base umpire Angel Hernandez was almost impossibly bad at his job on Monday night during Game 3 of the ALDS, with three of his safe/out calls at first base overturned after replay review.

Hernandez, who was savaged by the fans at Yankee Stadium while making awful calls against both the Yankees and Red Sox, told Luke Voit at one point during the game that he'll "get the next one right." And Voit wasn't a fan of that attempt at humor.

"These guys are human," Voit said. "They are going to make mistakes. It's tough though, the delays while the play gets reviewed. It kind of breaks up the game."

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees' worst nightmare came true. 

Luis Severino reverted back to the pitcher who struggled much of the second half in Monday's Game 3 against the Red Sox and Aaron Boone left him in a few batters too long as he was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning and the Yankees fell behind, 7-0. 

Severino finished with six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings pitched. Three more runs were charged to him when Lance Lynn was unable to hold the runners he inherited in the fourth inning after Boone chose to send Severino back out to start the inning.

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Kevin R. Wexler)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Kevin R. Wexler)

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Boston was a tougher matchup for Luis Severino than Oakland

The Yankees chose Severino to start the wild card game over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka in part because his specific stuff played best against the Oakland lineup. As strong an offense as the A's had this year, they were the worst team in baseball in wOBA (weighted on-base average, a metric valued by many front offices) against fastballs 97 mph and above.

The Red Sox were 10th in MLB in that metric, far more suited to handle Severino's heat. And handle it they did, from the first pitch. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

BRONX, N.Y. -- This was a moment when analytics couldn't really help Aaron Boone. Nor could his ability to connect with players, a skill Brian Cashman cited as a primary reason for changing managers last year.

This was, in fact, exactly the type of moment that has become all too under-valued in this era of Ivy League-educated GMs who have taken to hiring cookie-cutter managers mostly to implement data and carry out orders from the baseball ops guys.

In short, watching the game still matters. Making decisions on the fly in the dugout isn't always as easy as it looks from a luxury suite, especially in the cauldron of post-season baseball.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains what went wrong for Luis Severino and the Bombers as they got crushed by Boston, 16-1 in ALDS Game 3.

Luis Severino allowed six runs in three-plus innings, including three in a seven-run fourth inning, as the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) After throwing four scoreless innings in last Wednesday's wild-card game, Severino (0-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and two walks on Monday, getting pulled after he loaded the bases in the fourth. Lance Lynn surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Mookie Betts and a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi that gave the Red Sox a 7-0 lead.

2) Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead.

Tags: Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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David Price (24) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

David Price got a different kind of "Bronx cheer."

During introductions before Monday's ALDS Game 3, Yankees fans heavily booed every Red Sox player, coach and trainer that was announced, with the exception of Price. 

The Red Sox southpaw was immune from the vitriol and instead received a healthy dose of cheers from the fans at Yankee Stadium.

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The ALDS shifts gears as the Yankees return home with the series tied, 1-1, and a chance to take the lead against the Red Sox. 

Yankees Notes

The Yankees jumped all over Red Sox starter David Price, tagging him for three runs and knocking him out of the game after 1.2 innings en route to a 6-2 victory. The Yankees are 2-1 in ALDS Game 3 with the series tied a 1-1 and are 13-6 all-time in ALDS Game 3's. ...Gary Sanchez recorded his first multi-home run postseason game with a pair of blasts in Game 2. Aaron Judge homered in Game 2 and joined Hank Bauer and Johnny Mize as the only MLB players to homer in their first three postseason games. ...Andrew McCutchen knocked in his first career postseason run with a RBI single in Game 2. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Nobody is quite sure if Luke Voit is the real deal or a flash in the pan, but whatever he may be, the Yankees first baseman is loving every minute of it. 

The 27-year-old slugger wrote about his pinstripe experience for The Players' Tribune ahead of Monday's ALDS Game 3 against the Red Sox and Voit could not be more appreciative of how he has managed to find himself in the thick of the sport's greatest rivalry. 

"This is just so much frickin' fun," he said. 

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