"I don’t know if it’s the best split-fingered fastball in the world, but it’s certainly among the top five right now."

-David Cone on Masahiro Tanaka's split-finger fastball
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(Kim Klement)

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The Yankees made two trades in the last week which leave them with openings at second and third base. The team has reportedly checked in on Brandon Drury, Todd Frazier, and Eduardo Nunez to fill the spots, and have even submitted a bid for Orioles' superstar Manny Machado, who was recently put on the trade block.

A Machado deal seems far-fetched simply because the Yankees can obtain him (if they desire) for straight cash next offseason, and the prospects it would require might be better suited to fill a rotation spot for this season. The others would come with control of varying lengths - Drury (four years of team control), Frazier (looking for multiyear deal) and Nunez (could net a two-year deal).

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees lost RHP Anyelo Gomez (Braves), LHP Nestor Cortez (Orioles), IF Mike Ford (Mariners), and RHP Jose Mesa Jr. (Orioles) in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. 

Gomez, 24, was taken with the eighth overall pick in the draft. He worked his way up the ranks in 2017, eventually pitching in one game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Overall, he owned a 1.92 ERA in 70.1 innings as a reliever last season. 

Torres, 23, also worked his way up to Triple-A last season. He appeared in 11 games with the RailRiders, including six starts where he posted a 1.49 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 11 walks in 48.1 innings pitched. Overall, he owned a 2.06 ERA with 104.2 innings last year...

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(Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees could be a team interested in a reunion with 3B Eduardo Nunez, per FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Last season, Nunez split time with the Red Sox and Giants where he had his best overall season statistically. He hit a combined .313 with 12 homers and 58 RBI. He saw spikes in production when he was sent to the Red Sox, as he hit .321 with a .539 slugging percentage and .892 OPS (.417, .751 with Giants). Nunez is also known for his speed as he totaled 40 stolen bases in 2016, and 24 last season. 

A scare faced Nunez in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros when he aggravated a previous knee injury. However, MRI results showed no further damage to the knee, and he is expected to be ready for Spring Training. 

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(Peter Aiken)

The Yankees have inquired with the Diamondbacks about middle infielder Brandon Drury, per The Post's Joel Sherman. 

On Tuesday, the Yankees reportedly were in trade talks for D-Backs' starter LHP Patrick Corbin. But with holes in their infield to fill, Cashman's team is looking at the 25-year-old infielder as well. 

Drury has played two full MLB seasons, beginning in 2016 where he hit .282 with 16 homers and 53 RBI in 134 games. Last season, he saw a drop in his average at .267 and homers with 13. However, he did notch 63 RBI.

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kirby Lee)

The Minnesota Twins announced they signed former Yankees RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract. 

Pineda had a roller coaster run over four years with the Yankees, and it reached its peak last season when he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm. He started 17 games last season, owning a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 96.1 innings pitched. 

Over his four seasons with the Yankees, Pineda had a 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 514 strikeouts over 89 starts. 

The 28-year-old will make $2 million in his first season with the Twins followed by $8 million in 2019. 

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Yankees continue to make moves 00:03:08
The DNL panel shares their thoughts on what the Yankees should focus on next after signing Giancarlo Stanton and trading Chase Headley.

The Yankees have expressed interest in Orioles 3B Manny Machado, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

With both teams being in the AL East, Olney isn't sure if a deal could actually get done. However, the Orioles are listening to what the Yankees have to offer. The White Sox are also interested in Machado.

The Yankees still have a lot of top prospects they could potentially deal if they want to get a player like Machado, who is one of the best infielders in the MLB. Over the past three seasons with the Orioles, Machado has hit over 30 home runs in each season. Last year, he hit .259 with 33 homers and 95 RBI. 

The 25-year-old is arbitration eligible this season, where is he is expected to make around $17 million. Next winter, he will become an unrestricted free agent. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Aaron Boone 00:01:20
Aaron Boone had his first Winter Meetings media session as the Yankees manager and showed great interest in the younger members of the team.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are "working real hard" to acquire a starting pitcher this offseason, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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(Ron Chenoy)

LATEST UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.

Tigers GM Al Avila said multiple teams have expressed interest in Michael Fulmer, adding that the Tigers are just listening at this point.

The Yankees' interest in Fulmer is high, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.  Murti lists a number of prospects that could be sent in a deal, including Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, Albert Abreu, and Thairo Estrada. He also says that top pitching prospects Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield could be in the mix.

If a trade is to be struck with the Tigers, Avila reportedly wants offense in return for Fulmer, who is one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

PREVIOUS UPDATE, Dec. 12

The Yankees are reportedly looking to add a starter to their rotation, and Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin have emerged as potential candidates, reported earlier Tuesday USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

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(Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees have reportedly shown interest in Royals starter LHP Danny Duffy, reports The Post's Joel Sherman. 

Duffy, 29, has been with the Royals since 2011 where he has served as both a starter and reliever. Last season, he started in all of his 24 apperances, posting a 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 146.1 innings. 

The Royals gave a five-year, $65 million contract extension to Duffy last season. He will be owed $14 million next season, $15.25 million in 2019 and 2020, and finally, $15.5 million in 2021 before hitting free agency. 

Having not re-signed CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking around for a left arm to join Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and Sonny Gray in the starting rotation. The only other potential other in the rotation would be Jordan Montgomery, who had a great rookie season. 

Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have announced they traded INF Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for OF Jabari Blash, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Headley, 33, hit .273 with 12 homers and 61 RBI last season. Rosenthal adds the Padres will absorb all of his $13 million he is owed next season. In turn, the Yankees have sent $500,000 to the Padres as part of the trade, per MLB.com's Marc Feinsand.

Mitchell, 26, was under team control until 2021. He pitched in only 48 career games with the Yankees since 2014, where he posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over that span. 

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley
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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees have continued filling their coaching voids as they added Josh Bard (bench coach), Phil Nevin (third base coach), and Reggie Willits (first base coach) to their staff. 

They have also hired Carlos Mendoza as their infield and quality control coach. He will be in uniform and in the dugout during games.

Bard, who has been the Dodgers bullpen coach for the past two seasons, was a former catcher and teammate of manager Aaron Boone's back with the Indians. 

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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees new addition, OF Giancarlo Stanton, warned everyone that there is a 'new Animal' in the 'Concrete Jungle' on Instagram Monday. 

There's a new Animal in the Concrete Jungle!

A post shared by Giancarlo Stanton (@giancarlo818) on

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Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have solidified an already stacked offense with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, so they'll likely turn their attention to bolstering the starting rotation next.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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How will Stanton adjust to NY? 00:03:39
The Daily News Live crew wonders how the newest Yankee, Giancarlo Stanton, will adjust to playing in New York and dealing with the media.

Stanton on becoming a Yankee 00:00:57
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton expresses his excitement on becoming the newest member of the Yankees.

Yankees newest addition, OF Giancarlo Stanton, is ready to begin his new chapter in New York as he addressed the media for the first time in pinstripes Monday. 

Stanton is now officially a part of GM Brian Cashman's "band of merry men," as he put it, and he couldn't be more excited. 

"I'm very excited to be here and to be a part of the Yankees, and I'm just looking forward to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture," Stanton said. "So I'm happy to be here."...

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(Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees have interest in Pirates starter RHP Gerrit Cole, according to FanRag Sports Jon Heyman. 

New York may have interest, but Heyman is reporting the Pirates are not willing to deal him. The Yankees have been high on Cole, who they looked at during the trade deadline this past season. 

Cole, 27, didn't have the best of campaigns in 2017 as he owned a mediocre 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA. However, he did put up 203 innings, which is good considering he battled injury in 2016. In 2015, Cole was one of the best pitchers in the National League, daunting a 19-8 record and 2.60 ERA with 202 strikeouts. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting that season as well. 

Cole was formally a Yankees prospect as they drafted him out of high school in 2008. They would like to add one more, highly talented starting pitcher to their rotation, but the Pirates may want to keep Cole considering he still has two years until his contract is up. 

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(Jasen Vinlove)

Marlins' co-owner Derek Jeter said the deal to move OF Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees was simply "the best deal," per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. 

The Stanton trade became official today as the Yankees received the 2017 National League MVP and cash considerations for 2B Starlin Castro, and prospects RHP Jorge Guzman and INF Jose Devers. The Marlins will also bite $30 million of the $295 million he is owed over the next 10 years.

News broke over the weekend that the trade was in the works after Stanton declined a trade to the Giants or Cardinals. The Yankees were the only other team to make an official offer, and Jeter jumped on the opportunity as it was all but done by Monday. 

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Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees have acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro, minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and cash considerations, the team announced Monday.

Stanton's introductory press conference will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday.

The Yankees will take on $265 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard in dugout before start of game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard in dugout before start of game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will reportedly name former Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard as their bench coach under manager Aaron Boone, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Bard, a former MLB catcher, had been a member of the Dodgers coaching staff for the past two seasons. He played with Boone in 2005 when the two of them were on the Cleveland Indians.

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New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Free-agent LHP CC Sabathia is reportedly in discussions about possibly signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

Sabathia, who has been with the Yankees since 2009, also reportedly met with New York last week, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

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Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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(Jasen Vinlove)

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A friend phoned Bobby Richardson Saturday morning to tell him about the Giancarlo Stanton-to-the-Yankees reports, and Richardson couldn't help but think of the parallels to his own Yankee days.

Two epic sluggers in the same lineup? Sounds like the early 1960s Yankees to Richardson, who was the second baseman on those championship clubs. We'll see if Stanton and Aaron Judge can become the modern-day Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, but Richardson calls it "a good analogy."

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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(Kevin R. Wexler)

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ORLANDO, FLA. -- "How about my Yankees?"

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius
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Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees have reportedly traded for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to pair with Aaron Judge and company. Many across the baseball world are impressed, but Astros' Alex Bregman took the moment to ostensibly make a joke about it on Twitter. 

Bregman and the Astros eliminated the Yankees en route to winning the 2017 World Series, and the reigning champ was sure to remind the world that the Astros aren't going anywhere. 

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Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) round the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Players on the Yankees and around the AL East have started to react to the news that the Marlins have agreed to trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees.

Tags: Starlin Castro
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Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Just for future reference, the Yankees' club record for home runs in a season is 245, set in 2012. With what the Yanks have just done, that mark - and perhaps multiple other longball standards - is in serious jeopardy.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Anthony McCarron
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(Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees and Marlins have reportedly began talking about a potential trade for Miami's star OF Giancarlo Stanton, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. 

Both sides have only begun talks, and multiple reports have stated they are "not close" to making anything happen soon. However, they have discussed ramifications to possibly send Stanton to New York. 

Stanton, who just told the Giants and Cardinals that he won't be heading to their clubs this offseason, has named the Yankees as one of the four teams he would waive his no-trade clause for. 

Tags: Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses the media during a press conference announcing the retirement of designated hitter Alex Rodriguez prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses the media during a press conference announcing the retirement of designated hitter Alex Rodriguez prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are reportedly finalizing a five-year, $25 million extension with GM Brian Cashman, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Cashman, 50, has been the franchise's general manager since 1998, winning four World Series titles in that span. Though his three-year, $9 million contract expired at the end of the 2017 season, Cashman's new contract would make him the highest paid general manager in baseball.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Daily News Live: Stanton suitors 00:03:01
The Daily News Live crew discusses Giancarlo Stanton's decision to name the Yankees as one of four teams he would like to be traded to.

The Yankees are among four teams that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would approve a trade to, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.

The other three teams include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, according to Mish, who also notes Stanton's "desire to win has been greatly understated."

Stanton, the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Marlins reportedly look to cut $65 million from their payroll next season, has a no-trade clause in his 13-year, $325 million contract, and has not approved a trade to the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, two teams who have heavily pursued acquiring the 28-year-old MVP.

The Marlins have already reportedly agreed on the "general framework" in a deal with the Cardinals and Giants, and Stanton had met with both clubs, according to Mish, however it is unclear where they stand.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
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During Aaron Boone's introductory press conference Wednesday, he recognized that he would have a learning curve as the Yankees manager. As such, Boone intimated that he would be able to lean on his coaching staff in an effort to get him up to speed as quickly as possible.

While Boone and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believe that experience in the bench coach role would be beneficial, neither was willing to say it was a necessity...

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Sean Casey has heard the grousing about Aaron Boone's lack of managerial experience and knows that some wonder why the Yankees would hire someone who's never been in the dugout cauldron. Especially for a job at the very pinnacle of the baseball industry.

But Casey, who was Boone's teammate on the Cincinnati Reds from 1998-2003 and was one of his best friends there, has what he considers the perfect rejoinder: Boone may not have been a manager, but he's got the kind of perspective few others have enjoyed. And Casey is not just referring to Boone's lifetime in baseball, thanks to his grandfather, Ray, and father Bob, both playing in the Majors.

"Boonie's been an All-Star. He's been a hero. He's been a backup and he's been in camp where he's trying to make a club," Casey, now an analyst for the MLB Network, said in a telephone interview. "So when a guy says to him, 'Hey, why am I not starting tonight?' he knows what to say...

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BNNY: In Retrospect on Boone 00:02:16
The BNNY crew discusses what might have changed if Aaron Boone didn't get injured in a pick-up basketball game in early 2004.

The BNNY crew discusses what might have changed if Aaron Boone didn't get injured in a pick-up basketball game in early 2004.

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GEICO SportsNite: Aaron Boone 00:02:13
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium and discusses how Aaron Boone is aware of the expectations that come with managing the Yankees.

Carlos Beltran may have lost out to Aaron Boone in the Yankees' managerial search, but the newly-retired outfielder believes his former club is in good hands.

"He's going to do a good job for them, definitely," Beltran said on Tuesday. "I personally know him and I wish him the best. ... There is a high standard about being the Yankee manager. After being able to miss the World Series by one game [last season], fans are expecting a lot of positive things, which is great. It's a good challenge for a manager."

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BNNY: Aaron Boone presser 00:06:18
The BNNY crew discusses how Aaron Boone was able to successfully communicate with the media during his first press conference as a manager.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | It won't show up on any stat sheet. But maybe Aaron Boone got the first managerial win of his career Wednesday -- on a chilly December day, no less -- simply by not downplaying the "no experience" element of his hiring as the 33rd Yankee manager.

Even if you're one of those Boone skeptics, wringing your hands over the fact that he's never managed or coached in the Majors, you must give the man this:

He understands there are questions about him. He gets that he does not walk into the Yankee clubhouse with a free pass just because the front office gave him the gig. He knows he's got a few things to learn on the job...

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Harper on Boone's introduction 00:04:41
John Harper reports from Yankee Stadium to review the Yankees' introduction of Aaron Boone as their 33rd manager on Wednesday.

The Yankees introduced new manager Aaron Boone during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

GM Brian Cashman, who said Boone would be a "great asset" to the franchise, said that when he was weighing whether to recommend someone without experience for the job, he reflected back to 1998, when George Steinbrenner picked him as GM even though he didn't have experience.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Before the press conference even began, Boone flashed the peace sign and a bit later gave Cashman a playful nudge, and it was crystal clear he's the antithesis to Joe Girardi in terms of demeanor. That's not to say that Boone will not be as prepared as Girardi always was...

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(Shizuo Kambayashi)

Yankees president Randy Levine said it was "kind of surprising" to see Shohei Ohtani turn down the Yankees after Brian Cashman compiled what he described as "an incredible presentation" for the two-way star's CAA representatives, reports Christian Red of the New York Daily News.

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Schwarber to the Yankees? 00:04:20
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses a hypothetical trade scenario for the Yankees and Cubs that would bring Kyle Schwarber to the Bronx.

Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees were surely disappointed to learn they would not receive a sitdown with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Besides the obvious impact of his decision to shy away from New York, it has opened the door for several potential scenarios for the Yankees at designated hitter.

Part of Ohtani's allure to the Yankees was the ability to slot him into the lineup as a DH a few days a week, which would allow for easy dispersement of the rest of the at-bats to the remaining position players. New York would have been able to provide half-day rest to the starting outfield -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge -- as well as starting catcher Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees may still utilize this angle, but will have more days to fill in. If they are unable to trade Jacoby Ellsbury, he could take some time as DH, just as he did at points last summer. Perhaps they would use Chase Headley as a DH if top prospect Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar makes the club as the starting third baseman. The Yankees may also utilize Clint Frazier at times in an effort to accumulate plate appearances as a bench player with occasional DH action.

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A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager, Al Pedrique, has left the team to join the Athletics as their new first base coach, per NY Post's Dan Martin. 

Pedrique, who has coached the RailRiders for the past two seasons, has been in the organization since 2013. He started off in Class-A Charleston and worked his way up to SWB, playing a key role in developing players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier

He was thought to be a candidate for GM Brian Cashman as he searched for a new manager. However, Pedrique didn't interview for the position. Instead, Aaron Boone won the job as the team announced him the 33rd manager of the ballclub on Monday. 

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder Gleyber Torres and outfielder Estevan Florial are ranked the Yankees' top two prospects heading into the 2018 season, according to Baseball America.

Torres, who was ranked Baseball America's No. 3 overall prospect in its midseason top-100 list, was limited to 55 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last spring.

A 20-year-old shortstop with 15 games at third base and 18 games at second base, Torres hit .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs last year. He entered last season having been ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect, Baseball America's No. 5 prospect and Baseball Prospectus' No. 15 prospect.

Tags: Chance Adams, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield
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Harper on Aaron Boone's hiring 00:05:09
John Harper weighs in on the Yankees' decision to hire Aaron Boone as their next manager.

The Yankees officially announced Monday that Aaron Boone will be the 33rd manager of the franchise. 

Boone, 44, has never held a managerial role in baseball before as he has served as an analyst for ESPN since retiring in 2009. He hasn't worn pinstripes since 2003, so he is more than happy to put them back on this upcoming season.

"Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees," said Boone. "I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for entrusting me with this tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe we are entering into a special time in New York Yankees history, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to get to work - and that work starts now."

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP
Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP

Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the New York Yankees, GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Ohtani, a 23-year-old star pitcher and outfielder, was posted on Friday by his Japanese club, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and must sign with an MLB team within 21 days of the posting. He is expected to meet with MLB teams this week.

The Yankees had among the most money ($3.25 million) to offer Ohtani based on their international bonus pool, however Ohtani has reportedly preferred to play for a smaller-market team or on the West Coast, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Cashman said he got the feeling Ohtani was never seriously considering signing with the Yankees despite their presentation, according to Kuty.

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Aaron Boone has emerged from a mostly uninspiring collection of candidates to be the next manager of the New York Yankees. In Boone, the Yankees have the man they believe will fulfill the vision set forth by general manager Brian Cashman and the front office staff. This is not to say Boone does not have his own ideas, but the notion that this team is run by the manager is now long gone.

Selecting a manager with zero coaching experience is a risky proposition, which puts a large target on Cashman's back should the experiment backfire...

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Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Just trade him.

That seems to be the easy suggestion for many fans when it comes to Jacoby Ellsbury's future with the New York Yankees. The reality of course, is that trading Ellsbury will not be a simple transaction for a number of reasons.

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Aaron Boone has reportedly been named the New York Yankees next manager, according to the NY Daily News' Bill Madden.

After Rob Thomson and Carlos Beltran were informed that they were out of the running for the position, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Yankees chose between Boone and Hensley Meulens.

However, according to San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman and The Post's Joel Sherman, Meulens isn't leaving the Giants as their bench coach to be the next manager. That means Boone will enter his first season managing in the MLB next season. 

 

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(Kim Klement)

Former Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson and former Yankees OF Carlos Beltran have both been informed they are out of the running for the team's manager position. 

Thomson, who has spent 28 years in the Yankees, doesn't have any bad feelings toward the organization after the decision. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THOMSON'S REACTION

 

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP
Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP

The Yankees are willing to let Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit and pitch if he comes to New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Friday, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

"We have been preparing for this and thinking through this for quite some time," Cashman added, according to Ken Davidoff of the NY Post. "And we're trying to leave no stone unturned in doing so."

Ohtani, a 23-year-old star pitcher and outfielder, is expected to meet with MLB teams as early as next week, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Ohtani was posted on Friday and must sign within the next 21 days.

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine in action during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine in action during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have tendered contracts to all eligible players on their 40-man roster, the team announced Friday. 

Catcher Austin Romine, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Sonny Gray, shortstop Didi Gregorius, outfielder Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP Adam Warren were among the eligible players.

Had any of the players been non-tendered, they would have become free agents.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius
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