(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.

Law wrote Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Aroldis Chapman trade, is "the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor because of his feel for hitting.

"To get this kind of player for two months of a one-inning reliever has to make Yankee fans' hearts sing," Law added.

Offensively, Law describes Torres, who was named Arizona Fall League MVP after hitting .403 with a .513 on-base percentage and .645 slugging percentage in 18 games, as an "advanced hitter ... with a great approach that has him going the other way well with pitches on the outer half, and he makes adjustments from one at-bat to the next like a much older player."

Torres trails only Mets SS Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi in Law's rankings. He is more likely to stay at shortstop as opposed to moving to third base, according to Law, given his "70-grade arm and great hands," paired with his lateral range.

Torres, 20, is likely to start 2017 with Double-A Trenton after he had a .270/.354/.421 batting line with 11 home runs, 66 RBIs and 21 stolen bases playing for High-A Tampa and High-A Myrtle Beach last season. In the field, he made 23 errors at shortstop in 114 games.

MLB.com ranked Torres as the No. 1 shortstop prospect, and Baseball Prospectus wrote in November that Torres was the organization's top prospect. Last year, Torres was ranked the No. 28 prospect by MLB.com and No. 41 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

Five other Yankees prospects cracked Law's top 100. Law ranked outfielder Blake Rutherford the 22nd best prospect in baseball, outfielder Clint Frazier No. 27, RHP James Kaprielian No. 28, outfielder Aaron Judge No. 44 and LHP Justus Sheffield No. 88. Law ranked the Yankees as the No. 2 farm system in baseball.

Law ranked the Yankees as having the 13th best farm system in baseball last year, ranking Judge the No. 26 prospect, Jorge Mateo No. 55, Gary Sanchez No. 57 and Kaprielian No. 87. Torres was the No. 15 prospect a year ago.

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When the Yankees traded for Torres last summer, fans understood that he had a chance to be a star in this game. That said, his performance after the trade and his historic run in the Arizona Fall League absolutely solidified those views and pushed up the timetable.

One of the more telling comments in Law's write up on Torres was that the 20-year-old has a "high floor." That tells me he feels there is little reason to believe that Torres will fail to become an impact player in the big leagues.

The accolades are all well and good, but they also put a massive spotlight on Torres. If Torres can tame Double-A pitching this season and continue to display solid fielding skills -- without succumbing to the pressures of being the organization's top prospect -- then his path to the big leagues could be fulfilled by the end of the 2018 season.

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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Most of the New York Yankees' eight prospects who played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League produced fine results. The Scorpions finished last in their division with a 12-17-1 record and four games back. Here is how each player performed:

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) put to rest any doubt that he was fully recuperated from an oblique injury that took away a significant number of innings away from his regular season. Sheffield started five games (20 1/3 innings), posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Sheffield struck out 23 batters and walked just three, which helped him earn a spot in the Fall Stars Game. Sheffield could start the 2018 season in Triple-A, and if all goes extremely well, there is a chance he could receive a cup of coffee as a September call-up.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge has finished second in MVP voting behind Houston Astros' star Jose Altuve, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. 

Judge, who has already brought home a Silver Slugger award and AL Rookie of the Year, hit .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs in his rookie campaign. His 52 homers marked the most by a rookie in a single season. 

The star helped guide the Yankees to a surprise trip to the ALCS where Judge hit .188 with four home runs and 11 RBIs

Altuve received 405 voting points while Judge received 279. Altuve also had 27 first-place votes to Judge's 2....

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Jul 7, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar (19) (Raymond Carlin III)
Jul 7, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar (19) (Raymond Carlin III)

The Yankees are interested in trading for Rangers INF/OF Jurickson Profar, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who says the team is trying to make "a trade or two" before Monday's 40-man roster freeze in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

Sherman notes that the Yankees would be willing to deal multiple players from the 40-man roster in order to get a high-upside player such as Profar, with the Rangers interested in pitching in return.

Profar, 24, was rated as the top prospect in baseball in 2013, but his career has since been derailed since by injuries and ineffectiveness.

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Hensley Meulens was unable to make a significant impact with the Yankees as a player, but maybe he can lead them to 28th World Series championship as their manager.

"Bam Bam" Meulens often destroyed minor league baseballs as a young 20-something outfielder in the late 80s and early 90s in the Yankees organization, hitting 129 home runs across seven seasons in the organization's system. The nickname carried over to the major leagues, but the home run prowess never did, as Meulens hit 12 home runs in 159 career games as a Yankee. He had success in three seasons in Japan, and then continued to latch on in various locations within MLB (and minor leagues), Mexico, the KBO, and in the Independent Atlantic League before retiring after the 2002 season.

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Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees are one of eight teams who have talked to the Marlins to express an interest in trading for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, FanRag Sports Jon Heyman reports.

The meeting was reportedly initiated by the Marlins, who are shopping the 28-year-old and the $290-million left on his contract. 

Heyman cautions that the Yankees are not seen as a likely landing spot for Stanton, who has been most-often linked to the Red Sox, Giants and Cardinals so far this offseason.

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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman wasn't the only member of the club's hierarchy who felt Joe Girardi's time as manager in the Bronx was up.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner said that he fully agreed with Cashman's assessment that a change was needed, and that this was not a decision that was made in haste.

"As I told Cash, I wasn't following his recommendation. I agreed with it," Steinbrenner said. "He and I have had these discussions for a considerable length of time over and over again...This isn't something we just decided we wanted to sit down and do at the end of the season. We've had a lot of discussions through the years."

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Friday, we learned former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge was the second person to be interviewed for the Yankees' managerial position.

Up until this revelation, the Yankees had been connected to both in-house and out of the box candidates not in the organization. Wedge's advantage is that his 10 years of managerial experience at the major league level is 10 years more than any of them combined.

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Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward has emerged as a candidate for the Yankees' managerial vacancy, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

While the Yankees have already interviewed Rob Thomson and Eric Wedge and have an interview with Hensley Meulens scheduled for Friday, they have not yet scheduled an interview with Woodward, according to Feinsand.

Woodward, 41, spent the past two seasons as the Dodgers' third base coach. He previously served as the Seattle Mariners' infield coach and minor league infield coordinator. Woodward also managed the New Zealand team in the 2016 World Baseball Classic.

A 12-year MLB veteran, Woodward hit .239 with 33 home runs and 191 RBIs in 659 career games with five teams. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran discussed the franchise's managerial opening with GM Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, however he likely won't be a serious contender for the position, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo and Christian Red.

Beltran told Cashman, according to Sherman, "I'm committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position."

While Cashman didn't rule out the possibility that Beltran could become the next Yankees manager, telling reporters on Monday, "I am aware of his interest in managing in the future. I'll leave it at that for right now," the Yankees are likely to move forward with interviews with bench coach Rob Thomson, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and former Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone, according to the New York Daily News.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as New York Yankees manager.

"I was a little shocked," he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of Major League Baseball's competition committee.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision Oct. 26, and then explained last week he made the move because of "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel."

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San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will interview San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for their managerial opening on Friday, according to the USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Meulens is one of several people, including Aaron BooneRob Thomson and Eric Wedge, the organization is considering to replace Joe Girardi as manager.

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Yankees' GM Brian Cashman and Mets' assistant GM John Ricco discuss what their teams may look like for the start of the 2018 season.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters at the GM Meetins Tuesday that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be the fourth outfielder next season, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Ellsbury, who is due $68.4 million over the next three seasons, has a no-trade clause in his contract if the Yankees decided to shop him. Cashman said that he plans to meet with Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, before leaving the GM Meetings on Wednesday. The Yankees may want to get rid of his contract via trade in the future. But, for now, he will remain a projected asset in 2018. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesTake Cashman's words on November 14 with a grain of salt. There will be a bevy of moving parts this offseason, so each of his comments today should be viewed merely as preliminary thoughts centered on what his current roster looks like...

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Aug 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Aug 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

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Orlando, Fla. -- When Carlos Beltran announced his retirement as a player on Monday, he instantly became the best known option to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees' manager.

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Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild will return to the team for the 2018 season, per the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Rothschild is the only coach on Joe Girardi's staff last season to be retained so far. Bench coach Rob Thomson was interviewed for the vacant manager position. 

Rothschild has been the Yankees' pitching coach since the 2011 season. He has been vital in figuring out the team's young pitching like Luis Severino, who had a breakout season in 2017 after imploding the season prior. 

As a whole, the Yankees' pitching staff finished fifth in the league with a 3.72 ERA.

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Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is the recipient of the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Judge hit .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs for the Yankees in his rookie campaign. His 52 homers marked the most by a rookie in a single season. 

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

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

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Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone will be the Yankees' next interviewees for the manager position, per The Post's Joel Sherman.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he was suspending interviews for the vacant spot while he was at the GM Meetings in Orlando. He has kept his agenda to fill the vacancy under wraps as it isn't known how many candidates he has on his list. 

Boone has been a name rumored to be on that list. He played for the Yankees in 2003 where he famously vaulted the team into the World Series with his walk-off homer in Game 7 of the ALCS. After retiring in 2009, Boone has been serving as an MLB analyst for ESPN. 

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(Brad Penner)

While attending the annual general manager meeting, Yankees GM Brian Cashman will suspended all interviews for the vacant manager position. 

Cashman has a unique process for his manager interviews that requires various departments within the Yankees organization to participate. Since he can't do that from Orlando, he will resume his search when he returns to New York. 

"I can't simulate what I do in New York and have the best kind of interview down here," Cashman told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "I want to keep it the same playing ground for each candidate so I can get the maximum exposure to who they really are." 

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Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo
Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo

23-year-old two-way Japanese superstar Shohei Otani on Saturday confirmed his intent to play in the major leagues and said he hopes to improve in the process, according to the Associated Press.

"The other day I met with team officials and stated my intentions," said Otani. "My request was met with warm words of support, so I hope to do my best in America from next year on."  

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Friday that he would be posted, paving the way for him to be signed by a major league team.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP prospect Justus Sheffield left an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday after a line drive hit him in the left leg.

 

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

The Red Sox have growing interest in Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The Herald says that talk between the Red Sox and Marlins "may be heating up" in advance of next week's GM meetings in Orlando. Other teams are interested in Stanton, including the Phillies, Cardinals and Giants.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

The GM Meetings begin next week in Orlando and Joel Sherman of The Post believes the Yankees will make a trade

Sherman offers up a trade scenario that consists of 2B Starlin Castro and Giants middle infielder Joe Panik.

In Sherman's proposed deal, the Yankees would send Castro, 1B Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Cessa to the Giants for Panik. San Francisco is searching for right-handed power while the Yankees could use Panik's lefty stroke for the short porch at Yankee Stadium.

Panik grew up a Derek Jeter fan and played his college baseball at St. John's in Queens. He lives in New York in the offseason and is just entering arbitration -- which will help the Yankees' plan to get under the luxury tax.

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Friday, we learned former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge was the second person to be interviewed for the Yankees' managerial position.

Up until this revelation, the Yankees had been connected to both in-house and out of the box candidates not in the organization. Wedge's advantage is that his 10 years of managerial experience at the major league level is 10 years more than any of them combined.

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Oct 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge (David Richard)
Oct 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge (David Richard)

The Yankees interviewed Eric Wedge for their managerial opening on Friday, the team announced.

Wedge, 49, is currently a player development advisor for the Blue Jays. He managed the Indians from 2003 to 2009 and the Mariners from 2011 to 2013, posting a combined record of 774-846.

He was not retained as manager of the Indians after the 2009 season, and declined the Mariners' one-year contract offer after the 2013 season.

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Boone's chances to be manager 00:03:05
The Daily News Live crew talks about Aaron Boone's chances to be the Yankees' next manager and debates whether he'd be a good choice.

Aaron Boone has reportedly emerged as another candidate to fill the Yankees' managerial vacancy, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

The former Yankee is most famous in pinstripes for his walkoff home run against the Red Sox in the 11th inning of game 7 to send the Yankees to the 2003 World Series. That was his only season in the Bronx amid a 15 year Major League career. 

Boone is currently a studio anylst for ESPN. 

Yankees' bench coach Rob Thomson has already interviewed for the job....

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have each won their first Silver Slugger award, joining other elite hitters from the 2017 season.

Judge was the runaway choice for right fielders, with a far superior statline than the other choices. The 25-year-old hit .284/.442/.627 with 52 home runs with 114 RBIs and had the second highest WAR in the majors with 8.1. Judge hit more than double the home runs of any other AL right fielder besides Steven Souza, who was far behind the rookie phenom with 30 homers.

Sanchez led all AL catchers in both homers, 33, and RBIs, 90. His respectable .278 batting average trailed only Wellington Castillo for the category, who hit .282. Sanchez also led all catchers who had more than 300 at-bats in OBP, with .345...

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After the Yankees interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson for their managerial vacancy, Thomson said that the Yankees are his home even if he doesn't get the managerial job, via Meredith Marakovits of YES.

Thomson also said that the interview was "very thorough" and lasted more than five hours. He also said that his experience with the organization could benefit him in the Yankees' search, but recognized that that'd be one of many factors. 

From working with Joe Girardi for the former manager's entire tenure with the team, Thomson reiterated his "utmost respect" for his former boss and admits he was "a little bit surprised" Girardi wasn't retained...

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May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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On Wednesday, the Yankees conducted their first interview (at least that we know of) for the team's open managerial position. The interviewee was Rob Thomson, who has been with the Yankees in some capacity for 28 years.

Thomson recently served as Joe Girardi's bench coach in 2008 and for the last three seasons. He has been the Yankees' third base coach (2009-14) and held multiple front office positions surrounding the organization's farm system. Thomson is also credited with completely controlling Yankees spring training arrangements from top to bottom.

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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Yankees are not open to extending Masahiro Tanaka's contract, even if doing so could lower his average annual value as the team attempts to get under the luxury tax threshold, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tanaka, who is owed $67 million over the next three seasons, chose earlier this month to not opt out of his deal.

Heyman cites major league sources who were "shocked" Tanaka didn't opt out of the deal, surmising that he must have chosen to stay with the Yankees instead of hitting the open market because his medicals don't look good.

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Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and players Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez reflect on the life of Roy Halladay who passed away on Tuesday.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and former players Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez reflect on the life of two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay, who passed away in a plane crash on Tuesday.

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Torre on Yankees manager opening 00:01:27
At the 15th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Celebrity Gala, Torre gives his thoughts on the Yankees managerial opening.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was earned a Players Choice Award on Monday night, taking home American League Outstanding Rookie honors.

In his first full season in the majors, the 25-year-old hit .284/.442/.627 with an American League-leading 52 home runs and 114 RBIs, which ranked second in the AL. Judge's 52 homers were the most ever hit by a rookie while his 8.1 WAR ranked second in the majors. 

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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)

Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters John Flaherty and David Cone have expressed interest in becoming the Yankees next manager.

Flaherty, who played for the Yankees from 2002-2005, confirmed that his agent has contacted GM Brian Cashman about the opening, although he has not received a response.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

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A-Rod as next Yankees manager? 00:03:25
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the possibility of Alex Rodriguez becoming the next manager of the New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez sat down with The Players' Tribune's "R2C2" podcast with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco to discuss the Yankees' managerial search. 

The 42-year-old Rodriguez has carved out a niche as a baseball commentator for FOX, but has also served as a special advisor to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. When asked about the managerial position, he related it to being the President of the United States.

"I will say that, you know, being a manager for the New York Yankees is almost like POTUS, you know," Rodriguez said. "It's like one of those jobs that everybody and anybody should or would pay attention to because the New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, not only America, but the entire globe. And whether you're in China or Dubai or Australia, everybody knows that logo...So, I do wish them luck."

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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Aaron Judge on Tuesday opened up about the departure of manager Joe Girardi, calling it a "tough situation."

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GEICO SportsNite reflects on the passing of former All-Star starting pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in Florida on Tuesday.

Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay died when his private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the Pasco County, Florida sheriff confirmed.

Halladay was 40 years old. He was an avid pilot who retired from baseball after the 2013 season.

"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Philadelphia Phillies said in a statement. "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

After coming within one game of reaching the World Series, the Yankees opened at 8-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Their odds were the fifth-best in baseball, behind the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), and Nationals (7-1).

Among the Yankees' AL East counterparts, the Red Sox have 8-1 odds, with the Blue Jays and Rays at 30-1, and the Orioles at 60-1.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman held a lengthy conference call Monday, and stated that he did not have a list of candidates for the club's managerial opening. However, a bevy of names have been tossed around since the moment Joe Girardi was said to be departing, with one of the most mentioned internal options being Jay Bell.

Bell, an 18-year MLB veteran, was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops in 1993. Bell hit .265 in his career with 195 home runs and a 101 OPS+. He was also a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

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Yankees legend Mariano Rivera takes some time at the MoMa Design Store to discuss the Yankees' decision to part ways with Joe Girardi.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was officially named a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards on Monday and has been named the cover athlete for "MLB The Show 18."

In his first full season in the majors, the 25-year-old Judge hit .284/.442/.627 with an American League-leading 52 home runs and 114 RBIs, which ranked second in the AL.

Judge ranked second in the majors with a WAR of 8.1, trailing only Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (8.3), another finalist for the AL MVP award. The third finalist is Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez.

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New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award on Monday.

Severino rebounded from a 2016 season in which he was demoted to the minors and sent to the bullpen by going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts en route to his first All-Star appearance.

Severino's 2.98 ERA ranked third in the AL, behind fellow Cy Young Award finalists Corey Kluber and Chris Sale. His 230 strikeouts ranked fourth in the league.

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly looks on prior to the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly looks on prior to the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees first baseman and current Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly is among 10 people who are on the 2018 Modern Baseball era ballot for possible enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Mattingly joins Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell whose candidacy will be reviewed and voted upon at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

The Modern Baseball Committee consists of 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, executives and veteran media members. The committee votes on candidates twice every five years at the MLB Winter Meetings.

 

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The Daily News Live guys debate the validity of Brian Cashman's reasoning behind his decision to let Joe Girardi go as Yankees manager.

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thought he would be back with the team in 2018 in his first public comments after his dimissal. 

Girardi, who has been spending tons of time with his family, was "disappointed" in the decision not to extend his contract after 10 seasons. However, he understood GM Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner's reasons to look elsewhere. 

"Unfortunately, I'm not back but that's part of the business," Girardi told Mike Francesca on WFAN Monday. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

In his first public comments since recommending the dismissal of manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there were "issues and concerns" with Girardi's ability to communicate with the players.

That failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," according to Cashman.

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While Cashman has always been tight-lipped about his dealings, he flat out suggested the process has not begun. He apparently has no list, no front-runners and is seemingly wide-open in his search. Truthfully, I'm surprised we're reacting to a conference call about the managerial opening and not an introductory press conference introducing the new skipper...

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sanchez, Danny Abriano
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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees have added OF Jake Cave and RHP Nick Rumbelow to their 40-man roster, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. 

Cave spent time with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. In 72 games in Triple-A, he hit .324 with 15 homers and 38 RBI. The 24-year-old has yet to see time in the big leagues. 

Rumbelow made his major league debut back in 2015 with the Yankees. He owned a 4.02 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. 

Last season with Triple-A Scranton, he posted a 0.62 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29 innings. 

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Despite no managerial experience, former Yankee Jerry Hairston Jr. is a name being thrown around as a potential candidate for the team's new manager. 

After retiring in 2013, Hairston joined SportsNet LA to join the Dodgers pre and post game crew. He may not have experience in a coaching role, but he was always thinking like a manager while playing. 

"I was a coach when I was a player," Hairston told CBS New York's Sweeny Murti.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)

Free agency kicked off on Monday morning, with teams having until 5 p.m. ET to extend $17.4 million qualifying offers to their eligible players.

LHP CC Sabathia, 3B Todd Frazier, DH Matt Holliday, RHP Michael Pineda, and LHP Jaime Garcia are all free agents.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees are in a fortunate position as free agency begins. They are not desperate for new pieces, but rather project to be looking for complementary parts...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda
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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi struggled to "connect" with younger player like Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

 

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