As Yankees manager Aaron Boone brushed off any notion of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado joining his lineup this year, he did touch on the ones the team did add this offseason.
While those big-name free agents have yet to find a new home, GM Brian Cashman has improved the Yankees -- both on the mound and at the plate. Boone is confident that no rock was left unturn this offseason, with the Yankees looking to catch the World Series-champion Red Sox in the AL East.
"As the Yankees, we've explored everything and been involved -- I know Cash has kicked the tires on so many different things, explored so many different options," Boone told SNY's Sweeny Murti at the 39th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner, where he was one of the honorees for the night. "I think as we sit here today in February I think it's hard to deny the fact that we've had a really good winter in shoring up our roster and bringing in some really high-level players and feel like we have a team that's capable of going out there and competing with the best."
Boone also touched on the addition of lefty starter James Paxton, if that gap between New York and Boston is closer, and what it means to be honored tonight...