(Koji Sasahara/AP)
(Koji Sasahara/AP)

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The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

The Yankees embark on the offseason needing to fill one, maybe two, rotation spots. We recently set forth potential plans for New York, which touched on the Yankees having three certain starters lined up for next season - Sonny Gray, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. Jordan Montgomery could be the fourth starter, but the Yankees may look to sign both CC Sabathia and Otani. This adds a strong layer of depth that is always needed for the 162-game regular season.

Otani is a bonafide two-way player. Like any free agent, he comes with caveats, but the notion of playing on both sides of the ball is one that will supersede the others. While Otani is not insisting on being both a pitcher and hitter, he stated in a news conference Saturday that he would like to continue to do so, but understands the difficulties once he begins play with an MLB club.

"I don't know if it will be possible," Otani said. "But I want to hear what teams over there say and what kind of situations might be available. Until that process has started, I can't say how it might work out."

For the Yankees (truly any team), Otani's versatility would be a strong advantage. He could slot into one of the rotation spots and perform as the designated hitter for at least three of the four days in between starts. To believe that Otani will be able to handle the rigors of a longer MLB season, with less recuperation time after a start than he is used to in Japan and DH each of the rest days is highly unlikely.

However, that works out well for the Yankees as they may be playing with a crowded outfield scenario once again in 2018, regardless of whether the team is able to trade one of their "extra" players. With Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge all looking for at-bats, even if one of them is traded, there will be four outfielders needing regular reps.

Surely, the Yankees would be able to use one of the extra outfielders as a DH for at least one of the days Otani is either pitching or resting.

Further, the Yankees will not put catcher Gary Sanchez behind the plate for 130-plus games. Despite any improvement in his catching abilities that might arise during the offseason, keeping Sanchez's energy at its highest will come with as much time as a DH as possible.

Finally, if Otani is to play on both sides of the ball, he ensures the club the ability to play with a four-man bench and eight relievers. To explain, if the Yankees carried 13 pitchers total (five starters and eight relievers, again with Otani included in that mix), that would leave 12 spots for position players. The Yanks would not need to employ a DH, because Otani would handle the role most often, along with the scenario already presented for the other two days of a rotation cycle.

That allows the Yankees four bench spots - one for a utility infielder, one for a backup catcher, one for the fourth outfielder and the final slot can be a revolving player. In that last spot, the club could swap a hitter based on the string of days of handedness of the opposing club's pitching staff.

Theoretically, that final spot could be reserved for yet another pitcher if the Yankees are experiencing a period in the season where some innings are needed. Simply put, Otani's ability to play both sides of the ball would provide the Yankees with a significant roster advantage over other teams.

Of course, there is a chance that Otani is unable to fulfill the role of a two-way player. It is possible that as he acclimates to the game he shows more from area than the other. That would not become an issue as the Yankees' depth would certainly allow them to use Otani in the role that suits him best at the time.

If it is decided Otani works best as a pitcher only, then the Yankees have plenty of choices for a DH and can still rotate outfielders and provide Sanchez rest. If Otani demonstrates he's a better hitter, then the Yankees can dig into Triple-A - we're talking about the Chance Adams' of the organization - (it's also the reason that re-signing Sabathia makes sense).

Otani is believed to have elite potential on both sides of the ball. If he continues to thrive as a two-way player, he provides a directly distinct advantage and he indirectly aids the Yankees in extending the roster. Should Otani evolve into a one-sided player and attain the success he did in Japan, the Yankees will not be complaining as he would fill a need, doing so at an inexpensive price with his prime seasons yet to come.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli

Comparing Mets/Yankees prospects 00:02:31
Baseball Night in New York compares the different ways the New York Mets and New York Yankees evaluate their prospects.

Baseball Night in New York compares the different ways the New York Mets and New York Yankees evaluate their prospects. 


New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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Amazing! Awe-inspiring! Historic!

Those words - among many - were used to describe Aaron Judge's 2017 Rookie of the Year season. Somewhat surprisingly, we can add "room to grow." Judge understands this and has succeeded in this fashion already.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.

The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants. 

The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.

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The 2018 Hall of Fame votes 00:06:14
On Baseball Night in New York, the crew discusses the current state of Hall of Fame voting for 2018.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Yes, I know. My Hall of Fame ballot is wrong.

Heck, the only person on the planet who thinks it's right is the one typing this. And even I acknowledge there are some things I could've changed. More on that in a moment.

My ballot's first imperfection, at least according to some, stems from the fact that I'm a Big Hall guy. I've voted for 10 players -- the maximum allowed -- every year since 2013. Some believe there should be fewer players elected; I say, "What fun is that?"

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Jul 23, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc (38) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)
Jul 23, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc (38) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)

The Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Wade LeBlanc, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports. The 33-year-old will earn a guaranteed base salary of $1 million in the majors. 

LeBlanc amassed a 4.50 ERA across a career-high 50 appearances for the Pirates last season, striking  7.1 batters per nine innings over 68 frames. He'll look to crack a Yankees bullpen that already features a pair of southpaws in Chasen Shreve and Aroldis Chapman.

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(Tim Bradbury)

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The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode.

They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition of Giancarlo Stanton earlier in the offseason, the Yankees are a real threat now. If New York manages to land free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, they will be putting an exclamation point on this offseason, demonstrating they view themselves as a bonafide World Series contender.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

The Brewers are continuing their pursuit of 3B Mike Moustakas, and if they end up landing him, they might look to trade their current third baseman, Travis Shaw, per The Athletic's Jim Bowden

One of the teams Bowden mentions is the Yankees, as well as the Mets and Braves as potential trade destinations for Shaw. In his first season with the Brewers, he posted a .273/.349/.513 slash line to go along with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his best season in the MLB thus far. 

Shaw is also a stout defender, having only committed nine errors in 255 attempts at third base last season. He was also worth +3 in DRS as well as +10 in 2016 with the Red Sox. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Darvish debate 00:03:08
On GEICO SportsNite, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata debate if stating pitcher Yu Darvish would be worth the luxury tax for the Yankees.

The Yankees believe they could acquire free agent Yu Darvish at a more "reasonable" $80-90 million for five years, two sources told John Harper of the New York Daily News on Saturday.

After landing NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, the Yankees have been linked with various ace-caliber starting pitchers and GM Brian Cashman confirmed during the week that he has talked the agent of Darvish. 

Cashman sat in studio for an hour on Thursday with WFAN's Afternoon Drive and spoke highly of Darvish.

"He's obviously a tremendous pitcher," Cashman said. "Do we recognize Yu Darvish as a unique talent and a premier starting pitcher available in this marketplace? The answer to that question is yes. Would we in the end be one of the last teams standing? I can't answer that. But I have talked to Joel Wolfe, his agent. I can acknowledge that..."

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Yankees prospect LHP Justus Sheffield is hoping to play a role on the team's big league squad in 2018 after progressing to double-A Trenton last season.

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Pirates have traded Gerrit Cole to the Astros in exchange for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, OF Jason Martin, and RHP Michael Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)
Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)

For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees are on track to stay under the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees have been public with their desire to get their 2018 payroll under $197 million.

After agreeing to deals with eight players on Friday ahead of the arbitration deadline, the Yankees 2018 payroll is currently at $149,927,500. The Associated Press projects that the team's payroll will be about $177 million, leaving the club with some breathing room. 

That projected figure includes $10 million for filling out the 40 man roster, $14 million in benefits as well as a further $3 million from trades. (The team owes $5.5 million to Houston as part of the Brian McCann trade, $500,000 to the Padres from the Chase Headley deal and will receive a $3 million credit from the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton...)

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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)

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


5:53 p.m.: Chasen Shreve settles with a $825,000 deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration, per ESPN. Shreve is arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons before becoming a free agent in 2021. 

5:31 p.m.: Austin Romine settles with a $1.1 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration, per FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Romine will be arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks at bat during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks at bat during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)

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As Jacoby Ellsbury mulls over his depleted role in New York, Aaron Hicks will be roaming center field for the Yankees.

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Aaron Hicks have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $2.8 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. 

Hicks, known more for his glove, was a pleasant surprise with his bat in 2017. He set careers highs essentially across the board last season. In 301 at-bats, he hit .266/.372/.475 with 15 HR and 52 RBI. More on the 28-year-old's defensive prowess, he had 12 defensive runs saved in center field and 3 DRS in left.

After taking over the center field job, though, he twice hit the DL with separate oblique strains on each side. Durability is a concern for Hicks, who hasn't had more than 352 at-bats in a season yet in his five-year career.

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Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees and Tommy Kahnle have reportedly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $1.3 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Kahnle was traded to the Yankees from the White Sox, with Todd Frazier and David Robertson, in July last season. 

The RHP enjoyed a breakout season in 2017. Overall, Kahnle enjoyed a 2.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 62 2/3 innings with 96 strikeouts. Just for the Yankees, Kahnle threw 26 2/3 innings with a 2.70 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 36 strikeouts. He had some exceptional moments in the postseason (11 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 K), eventually taking over innings that would have been typically handled by Dellin Betances

Kahnle, 28, will not be eligible for free agency until 2021. He'll continue to give depth to a tremendous bullpen, alongside Betances, Robertson and Aroldis Chapman.

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BNNY: Yankees' overflowing OF 00:06:26
The Baseball in Night New York panel speculates on how the Yankees should handle their logjam in the outfield in 2018.

The Baseball in Night New York panel speculates on how the Yankees should handle their logjam in the outfield in 2018.


Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees announced their plans on expanded the protective netting down both foul lines at Yankee Stadium, reports the New York Times.

According to the club, the nets will extend nine feet above the dugout roofs and five and a half feet above the short walls that extend down the foul lines. The nets behind the dugout will be retractable by up to three feet and will then be fastened once the game starts. 

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(Brad Mills)

The Yankees have shut down talks with the Pirates regarding a trade for RHP Gerrit Cole, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.

A deal sending Cole from the Pirates to the Astros -- which was reported earlier Wednesday -- is not happening as of now, but "talks could pick back up quickly," reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Meanwhile, there is another team (not the Yankees) currently attempting to trade for Cole, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesThe Astros had Cole for about 30 minutes and now that he's back on the market that he never actually left, the Yankees are withdrawing from talks for the righty. The hot stove is officially frozen over...

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesFor once, Brett Gardner may be in the midst of a truly relaxing offseason.

There is something different about this winter for the Yankees' left fielder; Gardner's name is not mentioned in virtually every trade the club is rumored to be interested in making. In fact, Gardner trade rumors - an annual offseason tradition - are near non-existent besides intermittent Twitter chatter. The interesting aspect of this change of pace is that Gardner's economically sound contract is tied to a player coming off a solid all-around 2017 season.

At the outset of the 2017 season, Gardner was tasked by former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to be the catalyst for the club, and push aside a rough 2016 season. Girardi told Gardner he had to work to score 100 runs, and if he was able to do so, the Yankees would be a tough team to beat. Gardner narrowly missed the milestone, but Girardi pegged the premise correctly in that Gardner was the spark-plug the Yankees needed at the top of the order.

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have received trade offers for 3B Miguel Andujar and OF Clint Frazier, GM Brian Cashman said on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday.

 

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Giancarlo Stanton should thank Shohei Ohtani for his move to the Yankees as GM Brian Cashman explained Ohtani's refusal to New York opened up the opportunity. 

Stanton highlighted the MLB Winter Meetings in December as the Yankees struck a blockbuster trade to land the National League MVP from a season ago. What led to the surprise deal, according to Cashman, was the fact that Ohtani made it known he wanted to play for a West Coast team, and the Yankees were off the board. 

"The Ohtani circumstance did not declared itself, so clearly we, like almost everybody in the game, were preparing to see if we could be the fortunate team that Ohtani would pick," Cashman told Craig Mish and Jim Bowden on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. "If that was the case, he was going to obviously pitch in the rotation as well as DH for us. So I had to keep that area, that spot in the lineup open for Ohtani possibilities."

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BNNY: Where will Frazier sign? 00:06:21
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the latest on free agent Todd Frazier, who has been in contact with both New York teams.

Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier confirmed to the New York Post's Kevin Kernan he and his agent have been in contact with both the New York Yankees and Mets.

"I have the options to do what I want to do, which is great," Frazier told Kernan. "I would love a multi-year deal, but I am not closing the door on anything. I'm prepared for anything."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (David Dermer/AP)

CC Sabathia can earn $2 million in performance bonuses based on innings as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. Brett Gardner scored on the play. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. Brett Gardner scored on the play. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Didi Gregorius, who will play 2018 in his age-28 season, has improved his performance year after year since coming to New York from Arizona. Not only is Gregorius demonstrating All-Star ability on the field, he has become one of the key members in the clubhouse.

In 2017, Gregorius set career highs with a .287 batting average, .478 slugging percentage, .796 OPS, 106 OPS+, 25 home runs, and 87 RBI. The impressive part to the improving counting stats is that Gregorius reached the measures in 17 fewer games and 27 fewer plate appearances than 2016. Due in part to extenuating circumstances with the rest of the lineup, Gregorius often hit cleanup in 2017.

In the field, Gregorius improved in the area of advanced defensive metrics, posting a +1 in defensive runs saved, which was much improved from his -9 mark in 2016. He has decent enough range, but whether of his own choosing or his coaches, he was often placed out of position, which prevented him from getting to some ground balls hit in his vicinity. Regardless, Gregorius continues to possess one of the stronger arms in the game from the shortstop position...

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

As MLB's free agent period has been uncharacteristically slow this offseason, let's take our minds back to nine years ago on this day: the Yankees sign Mark Teixeira to a mega 8-year $180 million contract.

In Teixeira's tenure wearing pinstripes, he won one World Series, made two all-star games and won three Gold Gloves. 

Teixeira hit the ground running in New York as the team won the World Series in his first season, 2009. He led the AL in both home runs (39) and RBI (122) that season as well as winning the Golden Glove and Silver Sluggers awards. He finished second in MVP voting...

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Sep 30, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Jace Peterson (8) connects for a base hit in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Sep 30, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Jace Peterson (8) connects for a base hit in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Yankees are signing INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

Peterson, 27, was non-tendered by the Braves last month. 

He hit .215/.318/.317 with two HR in 89 games for the Braves last season while starting games at first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and right field.

Peterson is a career .234/.319/.331 hitter in four major league seasons (one with the Padres, three with the Braves).

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have checked back in with the Baltimore Orioles regarding third baseman Manny Machado, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

The Orioles, according to Heyman, have not yet been tempted to trade Machado despite several teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox and Cubs, being linked to the three-time All-Star.

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Sox adding stars, besting Yanks? 00:03:55
The Baseball Night in New York gang discusses rumors that the Red Sox are pursuing power bats Manny Machado and J.D. Martinez.

The Baseball Night in New York gang discusses rumors that the Red Sox are pursuing power bats Manny Machado and J.D. Martinez.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential?

Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his right ankle just before camp broke. The injury seemed minor at the time, except the pain lingered. By the time doctors finally figured out Bird should have the os trigonum removed from his ankle, he had suffered through four and a half months of pain, three and a half of which was spent on the disabled list.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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BNNY: Eduardo Nunez to NY? 00:02:16
The Baseball Night in New York panel wonders whether Eduardo Nunez would be a good fit on either the Yankees or the Mets.

Despite having top talent lined up to make their debuts in the Yankees' infield, New York could be tempted to reunite with a familiar face in free agent Eduardo Nunez. 

Yankees fans may remember the young Nunez, who wasn't always the most trustworthy player in the field or steady bat. However, his play has drastically increased since he was in pinstripes.

Last season, Nunez had a slash line of .321/.353./.539, splitting time with the Giants (76 games) and Red Sox (38 games). He also belted 12 homers and notched 58 RBI as well. 

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Mussina and Cone's cases for HOF 00:06:09
The Baseball Night in NY crew compares Mike Mussina's resume to David Cone's for the HOF, as the latter fell off the ballot in 2009.

 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

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At 25 years old, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is a bonafide hitting star, and if he is able to take the next step behind the dish, he could be on his way to be becoming the best all-around catcher in the game.

Sanchez entered the 2017 season riding an amazing two-month stint in 2016 in which he hit 20 homes runs in 53 games. With the tools of ignorance on in 2016, Sanchez turned in highlight-reel throws to the bases to nail baserunners (41 percent caught stealing rate), and as a whole, we could see he had the potential to be an above-average defensive catcher. The question surrounding Sanchez was what we could truly expect as an encore...

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 (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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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)

Bryce Harper does not appear to fit as a free agent for the Yankees "as things stand now," a member of the Yankees' organization told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Nationals' outfielder is facing free agency at the end of the 2018 season if he does not get re-signed by the Nationals, but Washington GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that a meeting occurred between Scott Boras, who is Harper's agent, and the Lerner family, according to Eddie Matz of ESPN.

 

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets aren't the only team in New York interested in Pirates' 2B Josh Harrison. The Yankees have also contacted the Pirates about trading for the utilityman, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Harrison, 30, hit .272/.339/.432 with a career-high 16 HR, 26 doubles, 47 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 128 games last season for the Pirates. He was the 11th-most valuable second baseman in baseball, worth 2.6 WAR, according to FanGraphs, slotting in behind Robinson Cano and ahead of Ian Kinsler...

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.

New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.

The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Tim Bradbury/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Tim Bradbury/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have kept their eye on free-agent RHP Yu Darvish in their search for another starting pitcher, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Darvish is among several pitchers the Yankees have considered, including Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole, Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer, Rays RHP Chris Archer, Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin and free-agent RHP Alex Cobb.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Aaron Boone's first major test as manager may be figuring out how to juggle five outfielders with four full-time positions available.

With Jacoby Ellsbury seemingly steadfast in staying a Yankee -- courtesy of a no-trade clause he does not want to waive -- Boone will have to determine how the 34-year-old slots into the plans for the 2018 season.

Ellsbury is not as terrible as many make him out to be, but he has failed to live up to his astronomical $153 million price tag. And the annual cost certainly doesn't fit the role of bench player. That's the Yankees' fault and it's now haunting them beyond simple performance on the field. There are no two ways about it -- Ellsbury's presence on the roster is going to cause headaches for Boone...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)

Yankees president Randy Levine said GM Brian Cashman still has work to do as the team seeks to add more players in advance of Spring Training. 

"[Cashman] and the baseball people did a great job," Levine told the NY Post about the team's recent acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton. "I know he's upstairs working, not finished. We're hopeful there's more stuff to be done before spring training and Opening Day."

Aside from trading for Stanton (as the team dumped Starlin Castro's salary in the process), the Yankees -- who are trying to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold -- traded Chase Headley and the $13 million he's owed for 2018 to the Padres.

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BNNY: State of the AL East 00:03:22
The BNNY panel recaps the recent activity within the AL East and discuss where the Yankees lie compared to the rest of the division.

Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (Troy Taormina)
Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (Troy Taormina)

Although mutual interest exists between the Yankees and free agent Todd Frazier, a return to the Bronx is looking less and less likely for the 31-year-old third baseman, reports NJ.com.

Despite the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton and continuing trade discussions with the Pirates for SP Gerrit Cole, the Yankees hope to get below the $197 million payroll luxury tax threshold for 2018. Doing so would reset the team's luxury tax penalty in 2019, which currently hits them at an extra 50 cents on each dollar it spends beyond the threshold. 

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BNNY: Cole's fit with Yankees 00:04:28
The Baseball Night in New York crew discuss how starting pitcher Gerrit Cole would fit into the Yankees' rotation if he was acquired.

The Baseball Night in New York crew discuss how starting pitcher Gerrit Cole would fit into the Yankees' rotation if he was acquired.


New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)

The Yankees have confirmed that they've re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that it's $10 million with performance bonuses for innings pitched.

Sabathia, 37, went 14-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts with the Yankees last year, striking out 120 batters in 148 2/3 innings. In four postseason starts, he went 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

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Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (Mary Altaffer/AP)
Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The Yankees seem content, and rightly so, to wait for the price to come down on Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the market to come back to them on smaller trades or to pursue the free agent market. While it may not be the Yankees' desire, one has to wonder if going into spring training as currently constituted would be all that bad.

The Yankees lineup is stacked to the point that it can sustain two rookies facing an uphill battle against major league pitching. There is enough firepower with the Yankees seven presumed positional starters to not only to withstand the growing pains of rookies, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, or potential first-time full-timers, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but to balance their own downturns throughout the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."

This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if." 

The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees reportedly have interest in free agent RHP Yu Darvish, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the Dodgers have interest in retaining Darvish -- who they obtained from the Rangers last summer.

The Cubs met with Darvish earlier this week, while the Rangers and Astros are also interested in signing him, according to reports. Darvish, 31, had a 3.86 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers and Dodgers.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: One has to wonder the extent of the Yankees' interest here. Is it merely to throw a wrench into others' plans, a way to suggest to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, who the Yanks have discussed trades with, that they are moving away from those discussions? Or is it legitimate in that they will submit a bid?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

As the Yankees continue discussions to bolster their rotation, they will not lose sight of their second and third base "vacancies."

The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, while Todd Frazier remains a free agent. This leaves the club with a quartet of internal options - Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade - to fill the two infield positions. It can be argued that the Yankees could surive with rookie/inexperienced players, the club has been linked to players via trade (Brandon Drury) and the free agent market (Frazier and Eduardo Nunez).

Tags: Chase Headley, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay baseball's highest luxury tax for the fourth straight year and the New York Yankees owe a penalty for a 15th consecutive season, streaks that could end as the sport's biggest spenders slash payroll for 2018.

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DNL: Cole in their stocking? 00:02:55
The crew discusses if it's worth it to trade for Gerrit Cole after signing CC Sabathia and what the Yanks would need to give up to get him.