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For the second straight year, the Yankees' season is on the brink after their manager failed to make the correct decision. First it was Joe Girardi, then it was Aaron Boone. Can this year's club turn the page as quickly and forcefully as last year's?

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

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

The Yankees seemed to ignore the command issues and the hard contact until it was entirely too late. Boone had his first shot to make a change in the third inning when Severino was feeling heat for the second-straight inning. But the manager decided to stick with Severino to get through the messes of the second and third inning, which took 49 total pitches to navigate. That alone should have been a clear indication that the right-hander was not going to find the missing link during the outing.

Instead, Boone stuck with an incomprehensible philosophy that did him in at various points during the regular season -- trying to steal outs from a visibly washed pitcher, with the intention of bringing in a fresh arm the next inning. At odds with this line of thinking is that the Yankees might have been better off treating Game 3 as they did Game 1, when J.A. Happ was getting beat badly, by shifting to the bullpen early.

With a deficit growing in the third inning, Boone should have been willing to go to one of his premier relief arms to put out the fire or minimally to start the fourth inning with a clean slate. More confusing was Boone's admission that they were going to utilize Lance Lynn as the first line of defense either way when nothing about his repertoire speaks to shutting down potent offenses like Boston's.

In the end, Boone's maneuvers were misaligned in both philosophy and action and they have put the Yankees in a hole.

Should you believe in "deja vu all over again" like Yogi Berra, you know what has to happen next. The Yankees have to bail out their manager in order to stave off elimination and send the series back on the road.

In last season's ALDS against the Indians, Girardi, a renowned tactician, made the one of the worst non-calls of his managerial career when he failed to challenge a called hit-by-pitch of Lonnie Chisenhall that was actually a tipped strike three for what would have been the third out of the sixth inning. Francisco Lindor came up with the bases loaded and blasted a grand slam and the Indians went on to win.

Those Yankees had their manager's back, as they played out of their minds through the rest of that 2017 ALDS and picked up Girardi on the way to play the Astros in the ALCS. In order for a rematch with the defending world champions, Boone will need his players to pick him up and more than Girardi needed, and carry him to the next series.

Girardi's indiscretion was different from Boone's as the former manager had already shown a willingness to leave nothing to chance with handling the bullpen in the postseason when he hooked Severino after a poor first inning in last season's Wild Card Game. Boone worrying about how Game 4 was going to fall out from a reliever standpoint should have been his furthest worry when the game in front of him could have been kept at a three-run deficit.

This was not some random game in July where the bullpen had been overworked with no off-days in sight. The bullpen has been lightly used to this point and the built in days off allows relievers time to regenerate from extended use. One could argue that keeping the elite relievers in game action would benefit their effectiveness. Boone shifting to the bullpen would have signaled to the Red Sox -- and more importantly his own club -- that they were not going to let this game get away without a fight. Lynn in a bases-loaded, no one out situation, only signaled a white flag.

Admittedly, the Yankees didn't do much to help Boone in Game 3, collecting just five hits and one run against former Yank Nathan Eovaldi, but the entirety of Game 4 and Game 5 (if lucky enough to force it) rests firmly on the performance of the players. The Yankees are in a situation where they cannot rely on their manager to make the right moves more often than not.

From Game 4 starter CC Sabathia, to the "super bullpen" to Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the offense, the Yankees have to take control because their manager has had a difficult time doing so all season. And it potentially derailed their playoff run Monday night.


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Brian Cashman was just messing with everybody, especially Scott Boras, with his "Death Star" quote, right? 

Then again, if the White Sox are the only team in hot pursuit of Bryce Harper, as some baseball people seem to think, maybe anything really is still possible as it pertains to his free agency. 

Who knows? Cashman seemingly had done everything but submit to a lie-detector test to convince the world he has no interest in signing Harper, and then suddenly he was making a Star Wars reference that plays into the Yankees' Evil Empire image. 

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The Yankees have been laying in the weeds when it comes to free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Here are the latest rumors... 


Dec. 13, 1:55 PM: 

Neither the Angels or Giants are expected to be a mystery team for Machado due to the fact that they're not willing to give him a 10-year deal, reports The Athletic's Jim Bowden, citing multiple sources...

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Yankees targeting Bumgarner? 00:01:01
The New York Yankees have expressed that they want to add another power arm. Here's why Madison Bumgarner is a perfect fit.

The Yankees have their five-man rotation set, but could GM Brian Cashman find room to squeeze in Madison Bumgarner?

Cashman's "pivot" comment at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday served as a reminder that you can never totally count the Yankees out of making a surprise splash. Though Bryce Harper and Manny Machado immediately came to mind with Cashman's remarks, a blockbuster trade for Bumgarner remains a possibility even after the signing of J.A. Happ.

The 29-year-old ace and Giants playoff hero has one year and $12 million left on his contract. San Francisco is likely seeking "at least one high-end pitching prospect" in any deal for him, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

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Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Yankees saw a few players come and go during the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the Las Vegas Winter Meetings.

New York selected RHP Adonis De la Cruz from the Mariners, and OF Tyler Hill was traded to the Yankees from the Tigers

De la Cruz, 23, posted a 4.71 ERA with the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners A-ball team) over 57.1 innings in 34 games. A converted outfielder in 2014, De la Cruz has found a niche in the bullpen. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-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...

Happ signing doesn't preclude trade

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Beware of Yankee Stadium food 00:00:41
The New York Yankees were recently outed to have to most major food violations in MLB, according to a recent ESPN report. Eaters, beware.

Yankee Stadium reportedly ranks the worst in food sanitation among all MLB parks, according to ESPN and Outside the Lines.

OTL collected more than 16,000 food-safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor all 111 North American facilities among the four major sports. It found that Yankee Stadium had a 79.07 percent violation rate, which ranked the worst among all MLB stadiums and 102nd out of 107 applicable venues. (There was not enough data for four venues.)

Of the 43 outlets inspected at Yankee Stadium, 34 of them contained high-level violations. OTL notes that six locations contained "raw, cooked or prepared food is aduleterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated or not discarded," according to ESPN.

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After re-signing with the Yankees, J.A. Happ will be a perfectly fine No. 4 starter in the Bronx. And such a deal makes more sense than giving Patrick Corbin six years at something approaching the $140 million he received from the Nationals.

It probably just doesn't sound quite as appealing to Yankee fans after all the buzz about a potential trade for Noah Syndergaard the last couple of days.

Same goes for the weeks of speculation about trading for Corey Kluber that apparently goes by the wayside now...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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Happ and what's next 00:02:10
With the Yankees close to a deal with J.A. Happ, SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reveals if they are still looking for more starting pitching.

The Yankees and free agent LHP J.A. Happ have struck a two-year deal with a third year vesting option, SNY's Andy Martino reports. 

The deal is reportedly worth $34 million with a $17 million option for 2021 based on innings pitched or games started, per Joel Sherman of The Post. 

While signing Happ sures up a solid five-man rotation for the Yankees in 2019, Martino adds that GM Brian Cashman isn't entirely out on the starting pitcher trade market. However, he is more comfortable with focusing on the team's other needs with Happ secured.

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You can now refer to GM Brian Cashman as Darth Vader after his latest comments at the Las Vegas Winter Meetings on Wednesday.

Cashman was asked once again about top free agent Bryce Harper, who he said Monday he was "surprised you are still asking" about. The prodding for a different answer stems from Harper's agent, Scott Boras, telling the media he "never heard the Yankees say that" on Wednesday.

Well, Cashman didn't necessarily change his stance about signing Harper. However, he did compare his organization to a certain Star Wars battleship...

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees are still in play to bring free agent reliever Zach Britton back to the Bronx, according to Marc Carig of The Athletic.

As the Yankees continue to move towards a deal with free agent starter J.A. Happ, GM Brian Cashman is considering inking Britton to a new contract after acquiring the lefty from the Orioles before the 2018 trade deadline.

The 30-year-old Britton had a 2.88 ERA (4.08 FIP) with a 1.160 WHIP in 25 regular season appearances out of the Yankee bullpen.

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Boras talks Yankees and Harper 00:01:16
Agent Scott Boras talks about Bryce Harper's free agency, and whether or not the Yankees are interested in signing him.

Scott Boras is either deaf or doesn't want to hear what Yankees GM Brian Cashman has to say. 

On Monday at the Winter Meetings, Cashman all but shut the door on the Yankees landing free agent OF Bryce Harper.

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

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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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Noah Syndergaard and J.A. Happ (SNY Illustration)
Noah Syndergaard and J.A. Happ (SNY Illustration)

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LAS VEGAS - In their search for rotation help, the Yankees continue to pursue both J.A. Happ and Mets pitchers, according to major league sources.

The team has what they consider a strong offer out to Happ, and hope he accepts it. So far, Happ has held strong on his desire for three guaranteed years. The Yankees have been reluctant to go there for a 36-year-old pitcher. Still, there is strong mutual interest.

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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...

As Yankees-Mets talks stall, Andujar's availability comes to fruition

Tags: David Robertson, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Chris Carelli
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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 shortstop -- 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...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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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. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, David Robertson
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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. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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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?

Tags: Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

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

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard
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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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Could Yankees land Kluber? 00:01:01
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.

Tags: Didi Gregorius
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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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