Feb 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In a lineup that boasts a pair of 50-homer hitters who happen to be the reigning National League MVP and the American League Rookie of the Year, CC Sabathia thinks Gary Sanchez might be the best of the bunch.

"I think Sanchy's probably the best hitter in the lineup, you don't talk about him at all," Sabathia said. "He has power to all fields. He reminds me of a young Manny Ramirez. That's enough said right there."

Sanchez, 25, hit .278/.345/.531 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs despite missing virtually the entire month of April and the beginning of May with a strained right biceps. He added three more home runs and eight RBIs in 13 postseason games last fall. His monster season followed a 2016 campaign where the backstop slugged 20 roundtrippers in 53 games down the stretch.

Sanchez was elected to his first All-Star Game and set a club record for most home runs by a catcher in a single season, topping the previous record of 30 set by Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada.

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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)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone indulged in a lengthy interview with the media during the Las Vegas Winter Meetings, and he touched on a lot of the hot topics surrounding the team as it gears up for the new season. 

Other than starting pitching, one of the biggest areas the Yankees need to figure out is what they are going to do at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. They have a couple options with winning the Manny Machado sweepstakes, and moving Gleyber Torres to shorstop -- his natural position -- among them. 

Boone didn't divulge on which option he would rather have, but he did give credit to Torres for how his versatility in the infield will help the Yankees either way...

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Free agent reliever Adam Ottavino drew headlines on Monday when he said on MLB's Statcast podcast that he would "strike out Babe Ruth every time."

Now there is a chance he could be wearing the same pinstripes as the Great Bambino.  

Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Ottavino's reps on Tuesday, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who reports the hard-throwing right-hander is high on the Yankees' wish list. 

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Manny Machado and his agent Dan Lozano will be making four in-person visits with teams in the coming days at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

According to Fancred Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox are among them with three mystery teams -- not just one -- also meeting with the top free-agent. 

But, in his typical fashion regarding these situations, Yankees GM Brian Cashman responded with "I wouldn't say" when asked if he is going to meet with the 26-year-old All-Star. 

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Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It was reported earlier Tuesday the Yankees may be in on the J.T. Realmuto trade talks, but GM Brian Cashman killed that idea right away during his media availabilty.

According to multiple reports, Cashman isn't pursuing a starting catcher, and is committed to Gary Sanchez staying in the position for the 2019 season. 

The reason some may have believed the Yankees would want a change at the catching position stems from Sanchez' tumultuous season in 2018. He hit a dreadful .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBI over 89 games, as he battled trips to the DL with groin injuries. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been interested in a reunion with free-agent LHP J.A. Happ, but he might be out of their grasp soon. 

According to The Post's George A. King III, Happ and the Phillies are "getting closer" to making a deal happen. The deal Happ was looking for was supposedly one for three years, and he hasn't seen that offer yet. SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier the Yankees have been "highly reluctant" to give the 36-year-old more than a two-year deal.

So, if the Phillies show those three years to Happ, he would likely rejoin the team that he played for from 2007-10. Both teams are searching for another starting pitcher after losing out on LHP Patrick Corbin (six-year, $140 million deal with Nationals) and RHP Nathan Eovaldi (four-year, $67.5 million deal with Red Sox)...

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Jul 9, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws to first base to force out Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jul 9, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws to first base to force out Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

In what was a shocking announcement to many, the Blue Jays announced Tuesday they have released All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki, 34, has had many issues staying on the field in the past two seasons. He missed all of last season with bone spurs in both of his heels, and he suffered a brutal right ankle sprain in July 2017 that forced him to only play 66 games. 

However, according to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan, Tulowitzki is currently working out at Long Beach State (his alma mater) and is "said to be in best health in a long time."

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Free agent OF Andrew McCutchen and the Phillies have reportedly agreed to a three-year deal, which was first reported by The Athletic's Matt Gelb

Gelb adds that McCutchen's deal is worth $50 million with a club option.

After striking a trade with the Giants last season, McCutchen played 25 games with the Yankees. He hit .253/.421/.471 with five homers and 10 RBI over that span while filling a big gap with injuries plaguing the Yankees' outfield. 

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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LAS VEGAS - Monday night at the winter meetings brought a frenzied rush for information, and the reader at home was left to sift through multiple reports, adrenaline pumping, trying to piece it all together.

So we thought it would be useful to gather everything we know so far in one place. The major story, as of this moment, is that the Mets and Yankees have been in serious trade talk about Noah Syndergaard and other pitchers. Late Monday we reported that the Yanks were "pushing hard" to get a deal done with the Mets.

From the Mets perspective, they considered a trade with the Yankees a real possibility, but one of several options.

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How Yankees could get Machado 00:01:17
The New York Yankees have been linked to Manny Machado but would it benefit them if they traded rookie Miguel Andujar in order to get him?

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Reports coming out of the winter meetings in Las Vegas on Tuesday have indicated that the Yankees might be willing to include third baseman Miguel Andujar in a potential blockbuster three-way trade with the Mets and Marlins.

The deal, which became the talk of the meetings on Monday night, would have the Mets sending Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees, while getting back catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made it clear he'd love to have Realmuto, but he doesn't seem willing to meet the Marlins' asking price, which would involve some combination of Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) walks off the field during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) walks off the field during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

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The Yankees and Mets ignited the hot stove in Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings Monday night when word broke that the clubs were trying to work a three-team deal with the Marlins that would net the Yanks right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Eventually, the smoke settled, as SNY's Andy Martino reported that the Yankees are interested in the Mets starting pitching as a whole (Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz would seem the logical options), and not just Syndergaard. 

How would each pitcher help the Yankees?

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Yankees interested in Mets pitching

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Syndergaard to the Yankees? 00:01:29
SNY MLB insider Andy Martino discloses the Mets, Yankees and Marlins have been in talks to send J.T. Realmuto, Noah Syndergaard on the move.

The Yankees, Mets and Marlins are discussing a potential three-team deal that could involve RHP Noah Syndergaard going to the Yankees and catcher J.T. Realmuto going to the Mets, according to multiple reports.

There is a "real possibility," SNY.tv's Andy Martino reports, that Syndergaard joins the Yankees in a blockbuster trade, however the Mets are also considering "10 other scenarios," according to Martino.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier this offseason it would take "very special circumstances" to "even consider" trading Syndergaard, the dominant Mets starter who went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts last season.

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Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman seemingly shut the door on a pursuit of free agent Bryce Harper while speaking Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

After talking about the Yankees' loaded outfield situation, saying Harper at first base for them isn't realistic, and noting that he has limited money, Cashman got blunt.

"The Harper stuff, I'm surprised you are still asking," he told reporters...

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SNY MLB insider Sweeny Murti discusses Cashman's latest with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper but floats a way Corey Kluber could land in NY.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has spoken with Manny Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, multiple times this offseason but none yet in Las Vegas during the MLB Winter Meetings.

"I'm not going to deny we've had a conversation or two," Cashman said, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees aren't "all-in" on signing Machado, SNY.tv's Andy Martino reported, and they are reportedly unwilling to get in a bidding war and pay him a $300 million contract.

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett turns a double play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett turns a double play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Yankees have been looking at Manny Machado as an infielder to take over while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, they could also be in the trade market for Reds infielder Scooter Gennett.

The Yankees and Reds had "a little talk" regarding Gennett, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman, although it is unclear how significant of a talk it was.

The 28-year-old Gennett, who recorded a .310/.357/.490 batting line with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs in 154 games with Cincinnati last season, has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can become a free agent.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to offer LHP Patrick Corbin a five-year deal worth around $100 million, but wasn't willing to meet his starting point of six years, $126 million.

Cashman held firm, and he has no regrets.

Despite Cashman believing Corbin was "the best free-agent pitcher in the market" this offseason, he told reporters he was "comfortable" with the Yankees staying put at a max of five years.

"[That was] not the level we were going to play in," Cashman said about Corbin, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Nationals last week.

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The Yankees have scouted Japanese LHP Yusei Kikuchi "extensively," GM Brian Cashman told reporters Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. 

In addition to the Yankees, the Giants, Red Sox, Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers are among the teams who have also scouted Kikuchi.

The Yanks, who remain engaged with free agent J.A. Happ and have interest in trading tor Indians ace Corey Kluber, are looking to add one more starter after striking a trade for James Paxton earlier this offseason. 

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers against the New York Yankees during Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (Phil Long/AP)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers against the New York Yankees during Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (Phil Long/AP)

The Indians are ready to part ways with their two-time Cy Young award winner, and they've made it clear who they want in return.

If the Tribe trade Corey Kluber, they would like to receive a young outfielder in the deal, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Morosi. As trade talks intensify with a number of teams, including the Dodgers, Cleveland is targeting Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial as a potential landing spot for Kluber. 

Florial, 21, is New York's minor league star that broke out in 2018 despite a right hand injury that derailed some of his season. The Dominican Republic native put up a triple-slash line of .255/.354/.361 with six homers, 35 RBIs, 19 doubles, four triples, 16 stolen bases and a .799 OPS across 84 games primarily with Single-A Tampa.

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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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James Paxton is a terrific addition to the Yankees rotation and whatever relief pieces GM Brian Cashman lures to the Bronx likely will be key bullpen figures in 2019, too. Cashman also wants another starting pitcher. 
 
Whoever those hurlers are, though, they won't make the kind of splash that signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would. Heck, or both. This is the Yankees we're talking about, after all. 
 
Nor will the new pitchers impact the Yankee payroll in quite the same way as the 26-year-old mega-stars, who are projected by some this winter to stomp Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees' Sonny Gray reacts as he heads to the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Friday, May 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Sonny Gray reacts as he heads to the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Friday, May 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees may not want Sonny Gray on their team anymore, but they are certainly holding him in high regard for any potential suitors. 

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees asked the Cincinnati Reds for top outfield prospect Taylor Tramell in exchange for the right-hander. 

The Reds declined, of course. 

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Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Giancarlo Stanton experienced plenty of ups and downs in his first season with the Yankees. 

Despite leading the team in home runs (38) and RBI (100), the right-handed slugger also battled through endless criticism and boos as he endured extended slumps and struck out a career-high 211 times. 

Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe, is certain the 2019 season will tell a different story. 

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New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees president Randy Levine is a "top contender" to be Donald Trump's next chief of staff, according to a report from MSNBC on Monday morning.

Levine, 63, has served as the club's president since 2000. Levine is also an American attorney and a member of the New York Bar Association. He earned a Bachelors degree from George Washington University in 1977, and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980.

According to MSNBC, Levine was listed as a potential candidate to take the job of Trump's next chief of staff. Other candidates in the report to be Trump's third chief of staff in the last two years include Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, 2016 Deputy Campaign Manager David Bossie, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title.

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Yankees to meet with Manny Machado

SNY's Andy Martino reported Sunday that while the Yankees will indeed meet with Manny Machado and his agent Dan Lozano, the club will not get into a bidding war for the 26-year-old infielder's services as they once did with CC Sabathia. Fancred's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Yankees will not pay Machado $300 million.

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado grounds into a double play against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the 2018 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado grounds into a double play against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the 2018 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

LAS VEGAS -- Earlier in the offseason, summarizing how the team viewed Manny Machado's free agency, a Yankees person said it was best explained by a comparison to CC Sabathia.

In the winter of 2008, the Yanks had just missed the playoffs in the first season of the post-Joe Torre era, and identified Sabathia as the player they needed to have. They would not be outbid -- whatever the market for Sabathia became, the Yanks would go there. The Yankees eventually nabbed Sabathia with a seven-year, $161 million deal, the richest ever for a pitcher at the time.

The 2018 Yankees also ended their year with disappointment, thought not as severely. The team won 100 games, finished in second place in the AL East and lost to Boston in the ALDS. Watching the Red Sox go on to win a championship made the Yankees antsy, but perhaps not desperate.

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits a single in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits a single in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will reportedly meet with free agent Manny Machado during the Winer Meetings but are unwilling to pay him a $300 million contract, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.

New York is among several teams, including the Phillies and White Sox, who are heavily interested in the 26-year-old infielder.

Many rivals, according to SNY.tv's Andy Martino, believe the Yankees will be contenders to land Machado despite the idea that they are "lukewarm" on signing him following his "Johnny Hustle" comments.

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Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees will reportedly not in serious trade talks with the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said last week that a report that indicated the Yankees were considering trading Gary Sanchez and replacing him with Realmuto "completely false" and reaffirmed his assertion that Sanchez, despite his struggles at the plate in 2018, was the team's starting catcher.

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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)

Didi Gregorius is a gamer.

It's hard to argue otherwise after the Yankees' shortstop said he knew he'd need surgery the second his right elbow popped in ALDS Game 2 at Fenway Park, according to New York Post's Ken Davidoff.

Ian Kinsler drove a deep double that ricocheted off the Green Monster in the seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen, new to the American League and the pesky towering wall, misplayed the ball. In an attempt to prevent Mitch Moreland from crossing home plate, Gregorius quickly hurled the ball toward home before Miguel Andujar cut off the throw from the infield. Despite the immediate pain, Gregorius kept playing. 

"I already knew [surgery would be needed] as soon as it happened on that play in Boston," Gregorius told New York Post on Saturday. "I already knew it was going to happen. I told them I'm playing; I don't care what they say."

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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Heading into the Winter Meetings next week, the Yankees' competition for top free agent INF Manny Machado looked to be the Phillies and White Sox. However, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is hearing that isn't the case. 

Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that "at least three other teams" have every intention to meet with Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, at some point during the meetings. Who those three teams are remain a mystery, but they will soon come to light as the meetings unfold. 

The Yankees have been linked to Machado, but the team itself hasn't made it clear that they will be aggressive toward signing him. However, SNY's Andy Martino reported rival executives thinking Cashman is just being sneaky, and the team will ultimately be in the running for him...

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Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Viva, Las Vegas!

The Yankees struck quickly this offseason, acquiring James Paxton in a trade with the Mariners, but failed to lock down their perceived No. 1 free agent starting pitcher target in Patrick Corbin. However, a splash in Sin City could punctuate the team's offseason and indicate long-term direction of the organization.

Here are three things that should be on the Yankees' Winter Meetings checklist.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Hey, Yankees fans: Can we stop hitting the panic button please?

After the Nationals signed LHP Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal (which is way too much), all hell broke loose on social media with fans spewing out backlash -- some even saying the entire offseason was a "failure" because GM Brian Cashman was outbid for the coveted lefty. And those knee-jerk reactions continued when Nathan Eovaldi re-signed with the division-rival Red Sox. 

For those of you that indulged in these talks, go grab a paper bag, stress ball, or whatever makes you calm down. These two signings doesn't mean it's the end of the world for the Yankees in 2019...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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The Yankees passed on Patrick Corbin, smartly so at the price the Nationals paid, and now Nathan Eovaldi is heading back to the Red Sox. So where does Brian Cashman turn for starting pitching?

The obvious move is J.A. Happ, but if Cashman wants to gamble a bit on the potential for greater October dominance, as he did in trading for James Paxton, Trevor Bauer can be had at a bargain price.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)

For the Nationals, expectations are low when it comes to free agent Bryce Harper donning a curly white 'W' on his cap next season. So low, in fact, that Nationals owner Mark Lerner doesn't "expect [Harper] to come back at this point," he said Friday on 106.7 The Fan FM in Washington.

Back in late September, Lerner reportedly offered Harper $300 million over a 10-year span in an aggressive effort for the 26-year-old to remain Washington. Now, Lerner can imagine Harper's top MLB agent, Scott Boras, pulling strings for a larger deal with a different team.

"Well, when we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, 'This is the best we can do.' . . . If he chooses to go some place else, I totally understand it, but we put one heck of an offer out there . . . If he comes back [to negotiate with Washington], it's a strong possibility that we won't be able to make it work. But I really don't expect him to come back at this point. I think they've decided to move on."

This is as much of a hint as any for the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman, who passed on left-hander Patrick Corbin, to go after the six-time All-Star outfielder just ahead of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Monday.

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Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber and J.T. Realmuto could be on the move to the Mets or Yankees. The BNNY hosts give their trade proposals.

After signing Seattle ace James Paxton and passing on left-hander Patrick Corbin, the Yankees are looking to match their AL East rival Red Sox with a big offseason move. With the Winter Meetings right around the corner, things are about to heat up for New York.

Left-hander J.A. Happ is reportedly next in line for a potential deal as the free agent market intensifies. Who else are the Yankees willing to give up -- AL ROY finalist Miguel Andujar or a handful of minor league prospects -- to amplify their roster?

While throwing out trade scenarios for both the Mets and Yankees during "Baseball Night in New York," SNY's trade analyst Adam Fisher -- a former Senior Director of Baseball Operations for the Mets -- gave his stance on a potential Corey Kluber trade...

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves starting pitcher Luis Severino in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves starting pitcher Luis Severino in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were reportedly "absolutely convinced" RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in 2018, most notably in Game 3 of the ALDS.

There seems to be some video that backs up that claim.

Severino's arm slot did not changed based on the pitches he threw, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, however when he got into the set position, his hands rested higher up on his belt for fastballs than it did on his off-speed pitches, according to YES Network.

Tags: Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees passed on Patrick Corbin, smartly so at the price the Nationals paid, and now Nathan Eovaldi is heading back to the Red Sox. So where does Brian Cashman turn for starting pitching?

The obvious move is J.A. Happ, but if Cashman wants to gamble a bit on the potential for greater October dominance, as he did in trading for James Paxton, Trevor Bauer can be had at a bargain price.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, John Harper
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Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) (Charles LeClaire)
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) (Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees have shown interest in free agent utility player Josh Harrison, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports.

The 31-year-old Harrison mostly played second base this past season, which SNY's Chris Carelli has noted is an area of need if Yankees GM Brian Cashman passes on free agent Manny Machado and instead shifts 2B Gleyber Torres to shortstop in Didi Gregorius' absence. 

Harrison, a two-time All-Star and eight-year Pirates veteran, has been linked to the Yankees in past trade rumors.

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J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees saw the free-agent pitching market get smaller on Thursday, as RHP Nathan Eovaldi re-signed with the Red Sox on a four-year, $67.5 million deal pending a physical. This comes after LHP Patrick Corbin agreed to a lucrative six-year, $140 million deal with the Nationals on Tuesday.

And due to these rotation arms signing back-to-back, another Yankees target in LHP J.A. Happ is seeing his own market intensify, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

The Yankees have had the 36-year-old Happ on their radar after producing stellar outings during the second half with the pinstripes. Happ owned a 7-0 record and 2.69 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP over his 11 starts.

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Jul 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jul 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Yankees lost out on another pitching target they were pursuing.

RHP Nathan Eovaldi, to whom the Yankees turned their attention after missing out on the Patrick Corbin sweepstakes earlier in the week, will re-sign with the Boston Red Sox on a four-year, $67.5 million deal pending a physical, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Eovaldi went 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA last season with the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, but stood out in the playoffs that led to him being one of the more sought-after free agents this offseason.

Tags: Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
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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)

No Patrick Corbin, no problem for Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Boone said Wednesday on ESPN's The Michael Kay Show that he's happy with the current look of the Yankees rotation after the top free agent starter signed a six-year, $140 million megadeal with the Nationals a day prior.

"Absolutely," Boone said. "I feel like we're trying to improve now on the margins. We know we have the players capable of winning the ultimate prize and we can do that now. Now, it's a little more difficult, obviously we need players to emerge, to step up, for things to happen. But absolutely, we have the nucleus already in place to be an elite team again."

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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)

Alex Rodriguez can now add podcast host to his resume. 

The former Yankees third baseman will launch a podcast with Barstool Sports called "The Corp" on Thursday, which was officially announced by Rodriguez and his co-host, Dan "Big Cat" Katz on Barstool's "Pardon My Take" podcast early Wednesday morning. 

It is the latest media venture for Rodriguez, who is also a commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and analyst for Fox Sports

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Sep 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv

The Yankees liked free agent Patrick Corbin, and he liked the Yankees. But in the end, the team wasn't willing to be as aggressive as the Nationals or Phillies in pursing the lefthander, and refused to budge from a five-year offer, according to major league sources.

Corbin received a six-year deal from Washington, as the Washington Post was first to report.

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Sep 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Yankees were actively pursuing free agent starting pitching target Patrick Corbin, but he found a new home in the National League instead. 

Corbin reportedly agreed to a six-year deal, $140 million with the Nationals on Tuesday barring a physical, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Martino noted the Yankees were not willing to go six years in their potential deal for Corbin, which is why they missed out when Washington delivered on that front. However, since the Yankees dealt for James Paxton earlier this offseason, they didn't necessarily view Corbin as an urgent priority.

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterNever, since the beginning of this offseason, have we asserted that the Yankees will not sign Bryce Harper. You learn very early in covering this game that to rule out the Yanks on a major acquisition is a risky stand to take.

But what we did report after the World Series was that the Yankees front office emerged from their pro scouting meetings not planning to pursue Harper. And as of Tuesday, that has not changed one bit, according to major league sources.

That answer came after a Yahoo! Report that the Yankees were "among upward of a dozen teams that have traveled or plan to travel to Nevada to meet with Harper."

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is still working hard to ship Sonny Gray out of the Bronx, and there are reportedly a couple teams interested in a trade.

Milwaukee and San Diego have spoken to the Yankees about acquiring Gray, a source confirmed to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, joining a long list of teams that have inquired about the 29-year-old starter. 

SNY's Andy Martino has noted that Cashman is waiting for "the right deal," as at least 11 teams have reportedly checked in with him. Cashman tendered Gray a contract this past Friday, but the pitcher is expected to be wearing another uniform before the 2019 season.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Sonny Gray
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Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | When it comes to the Yankees and free agent stars, you never say never. But here are the facts about the team and this year's prizes, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado: Nothing much has happened, at least not yet.

At the end of the season, we reported that the Yanks were lukewarm on Machado, in part because of his offseason performance and "Johnny Hustle" comments. Hal Steinbrenner later confirmed that, and the team is weighing what to do. If the Yankees sign Machado, it will be despite the concerns of some of their baseball people.

Meanwhile, many rivals believe that the Yanks will ultimately pursue Machado. "Cash is on him, believe me," says one rival executive.
Our read is actually that a potential Machado pursuit could be more a function of ownership's urgency to eclipse the defending champion Red Sox.

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Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) pitches in the twelfth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) pitches in the twelfth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees' free agent and trade pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Cashman says Sanchez for Realmuto rumors are "completely false"

Fancred's Jon Heyman reported last Thursday that the Yankees, among several clubs, had expressed some level of interest in All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sanchez is not available. Cashman believes Sanchez is not only going to be the Yankees catcher for a long time, but going to be a superstar in the role.

Tags: Andrew Miller, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman dismissed the Gary Sanchez trade rumors, said he didn't know when Patrick Corbin would make a decision on where he would sign and commended the Mets for acquiring Robinson Cano.

Cashman called a report that suggested the Yankees were showing interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto to replace Sanchez "completely false," according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

"I saw that somebody had written that we had offered for Realmuto," he said. "That is completely false.''

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have reportedly been engaged with the Marlins about making a trade for All-Star backstop, J.T. Realmuto, which minimally suggests that New York is getting antsy with its 26-year-old catcher.

Passed ball after passed ball, wild pitch after wild pitch, all that Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had produced with his bat since his call-up in 2016 began to fade away in 2018. As the lethal offense screeched to a virtual halt, the wheels seemingly began to spin for the Yankees' front office in reference to Sanchez's future with the club.

It is understandable for the Yankees to question Sanchez's future, but here is why the organization should not trade him in a deal for Realmuto...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The situation with the Yankees and free agent starting pitching targets Patrick Corbin and J.A Happ appears on track to resolve itself within a week or less. 

The Yankees met with Corbin in New York on Thursday, but the sides were not close to a deal after. There continues to be strong mutual interest between the player and team.

But the Phillies are also aggressively pursuing Corbin, and the Yankees may still like Happ as an alternative, according to major league sources.

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