Mets RHP Matt Harvey is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. Does that mean he'll be a Yankee come 2019?
Despite having an appendectomy on February 7th, Yankees no. 7 overall prospect RHP Albert Abreu is ready for 2018.
When Abreu began to feel a sharp pain in his stomach, he didn't know why. Then, before he knew it, he was in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery a fortnight ahead of the Yankees' first spring training game.
"It's different because you think it's something you ate that's giving you the pain," Abreu said, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "If you haven't had the experience of something like that, you really don't know what's going on. Eventually, they tell you it's the appendix..."
Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada had a major scare before heading to Tampa for Spring Training, as he was shot in the hip during a robbery attempt in his home Venezuela last week.
Estrada, who is currently recovering at the Yankees' camp, spoke about the moment two teenage boys demanded cash or his cell phone at a restuarant in Venezuela. After saying he didn't have either, the kids searched his pockets.
And that is when the gun went off.
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton showed up to Yankees spring training in Tampa, Florida, early as he looks to get acclimated to a new team.
"I'm out of my comfort zone," Stanton, who was traded from the Marlins to New York in the offseason, said, according to ESPN's David Schoenfield. "I've done it the same way for 10 years."
The reigning National League MVP, who led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs last season, joined a Yankees team that came within one win of the World Series.
"This is all new to me," Stanton said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "It's going to be a fun new ride. I'd say it is a new excitement."
The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.
Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is preparing to go farther than the ALCS this season and hopes to supplant the Astros as AL champions.
As spring training gets underway, a number of big-name players remain unsigned: Jake Arrieta, JD Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and others.
Meanwhile, CC Sabathia could have been in this position if he and the Yankees hadn't agreed to terms early in the offseason. If the 37-year-old was still on the open market, he'd be feeling uneasy right about now.
"I'd be panicking," Sabathia said, via Erik Boland of Newsday...
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When the Yankees failed to sign 3B Todd Frazier, who stayed in New York by inking a deal with the Mets, it was another sign pointing to the trust the Yankees have in rookie 3B Miguel Andujar. It appears that third base is his to lose in spring training.
Andujar's bat appears ready for Major League pitching. Over 227 at-bats in AAA last season, Andujar hit .317/.364/.502 with 9 HR and 30 RBI. But his bat has never been doubted; there are questions about his glove.
"There's no question in my mind that he's going to hit and hit for a long time in this league," said Aaron Boone, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "And there's no question in my mind that defensively he'll be really good at some point..."
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Even fellow big leaguers sound a bit like goggle-eyed fans when talking about Giancarlo Stanton and the next phase of the prolific slugger's career -- calling Yankee Stadium home. And veteran baseball folks barely blink when producing outsized predictions about Stanton's potential in the Bronx, in that Yankee lineup, in that homer-friendly ballpark.
That, plus the intrigue over whether Stanton can avoid injury, learn to navigate the New York fishbowl, and cope with expectations as towering as some of his home runs, makes him a must-watch this season. The best home run hitter added to a team that perhaps surprised by getting within one game of the World Series last year? That'll draw eyeballs.
It all starts when Stanton reports to Yankee camp this weekend and the club has its first full-squad workout on Monday. While folks in Tampa will have an up-close look, the curiosity about Stanton in pinstripes extends to other camps and opposing team's corridors of power...
After rolling his left ankle during practice, CC Sabathia wants everyone to calm down. There is nothing to worry about.
"It was during PFPs [pitchers fielding practice] and I was fielding a ball," he told The Post's George A. King III. "I am good now."
Sabathia was seen with wrap around his rolled ankle, though, which begged the question of whether or not it was really ok. He just said head trainer Steve Donohue loves practicing his work at Spring Training too.
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Sweeny Murti and John Harper discuss Aaron Judge's outlook and potential bounce back seasons for Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances.
Opening Day may still be six weeks away, but a trio of Yankees hurlers are armed and ready to showcase their talents at the Major League level right now.
RHP Chance Adams, Dillon Tate and LHP Justus Sheffield may not be able to find room in the Yankees rotation at the start of the season, but that doesn't mean they aren't ready for what the big leagues has to offer.
"We really do feed off each other," said Sheffield, 22, who posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. "That's going to push us."
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The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.
It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.
Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.
Aaron Judge refuses to use a shoulder injury he suffered last season as an excuse for a subpar second half.
Speaking to reporters at the Yankees' Spring Training facility in Tampa on Wednesday, the 2017 A.L. Rookie of the Year talked about the injury and subsequent surgery he underwent in November.
"I felt it midway through the season last year," Judge said. "But it came down to, 'Can you play?' And I could play. ... If I was able to play, I was going to go out there and be ready for my team."
The 25-year-old hit .284/.422/.627 and set a Major League rookie record with 52 home runs to go along with 114 RBIs and an A.L.-best 127 walks.
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Gary Sanchez knows he needs to improve his defense after last season, and that is all he has been working on this offseason.
"This offseason, I worked really hard on defense because I want to be better than last year," Sanchez told The Post's Dan Martin through his translator. "I want to fix all the little issues I had last year defensively and keep improving."
Sanchez came into Spring Training looking leaner as well, and though he said he didn't lose any weight, his physique could aid in his defensive abilities this season. The Yankees will hope so as his 16 passed balls last season were the most by any catcher.
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Gleyber Torres highlighted the three Yankees who made Jim Bowden's Top 50 Prospects list as the No. 8 prospect this season.
Torres injured his non-throwing elbow last season, and it required Tommy John surgery to repair. But that didn't hinder Bowden's analysis that see the infielder being an important part of the Yankees' long-term plan.
"Torres was the headliner in the Aroldis Chapman trade with the Cubs in July 2016," Bowden wrote. "He's capable of playing second, short or third but most likely profiles to the Yankees long-term solution at second base. He had Tommy John surgery to his non-throwing elbow and the Yankees are hopeful he'll be healthy enough to make their team out of spring training. He is a plus defender with soft hands and an accurate arm. He only an average runner, but all of his other tools are above average. he has really quick hands and wrists at the palte and his power should come as he matures..."
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Yankees new manager Aaron Boone stepped on George M. Steinbrenner Field hungry. And so did his players.
In his first press conference from the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, FL, Boone noted that every player he has spoken to is ready to live up to the high expectations everyone has for them this season. But he knows it is going to take tons of work on and off the field to get to the position they covet.
Seeing that hunger, though, couldn't make Boone any happier.
In their search for an infielder, the Yankees could attempt to trade for the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera, suggests the New York Post's Joel Sherman. Among a host of other infield options available via free agency or trade, Sherman writes that "maybe even the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera could be had via a spring training trade if necessary."
The 32-year-old Cabrera, who is expected to be the Mets' starting second baseman, will earn $8.5 million this season, after which he is eligible for free agency.
Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Unless the Mets are confident in Wilmer Flores as their full-time second baseman, it would seem odd for them to entertain the idea of trading Cabrera to the Yankees. And even if the Mets are comfortable with Flores at second base, putting him there would remove the option of him being the right-handed part of a platoon at first base with either Adrian Gonzalez or Dominic Smith...
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The Yankees will be among the teams to attend the showcase of RHP Tim Lincecum, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Lincecum, 33, will throw in front of several teams, including the Braves, Brewers and Padres, according to Heyman, on Thursday at Driveline Research Lab in Seattle as he looks to make his first MLB appearance since 2016.
Former Yankees pitcher Goose Gossage didn't receive an invitation to the team's spring training this year, and it is safe to say he isn't happy. And he is directed that unhappiness toward one person in particular: GM Brian Cashman.
Gossage has not held back his controversial opinions on current and former players as well as baseball's integration of sabermetrics, which he called a "joke" because he believes "a bunch of f---ing nerds running the game."
This time, he aired out Cashman saying the Yankees' late owner, George Steinbrenner, would have been looking for a new GM years ago if he was still alive.
After an offseason that started off with a bang for the Yankees, the team entered into the long slog the rest of the league is entwined in as clubs wait for free agent prices to drop. For the Yankees, the slowdown has not impeded the construction of the roster - though they could still make additions - nor has it slowed down expectations that began once they were knocked out of the 2017 postseason in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
As pitchers and catchers officially report to camp Tuesday, let's take a look at some of the major storylines - in no particular order - set to develop through the next six-plus weeks...
The Cubs have signed RHP Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth $126 million, that could rise to $150 million with incentives, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Pitching with the Rangers and Dodgers last season, Darvish went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts, recording 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings.
Darvish, 31, was a target for the Yankees if only they could clear enough cap space to sign him and stay under the luxury tax. The Yankees currently have about $15 million to spend to stay under the threshold and couldn't find any takers for Jacoby Ellsbury's contract.
After adding NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees outfield is stocked with talent. While sharing a locker room with Stanton, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks wants to be the team's starting center fielder and believes he can help the team win.
Ahead of spring training, Hicks is penciled in to start the majority of games in center. Last season he won the starting job away from Ellsbury and it's expected that Stanton and Judge will rotate between right field and DH, though one can play in left with Gardner in center.
"I want to be the starting center fielder for the Yankees, of course," Hicks said, via Dan Martin of NY Post. "I feel that's the position I can play every day and be successful and help this team win..."
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As the Yankees get ready to compete down in Tampa, GM Brian Cashman is excited to see how the infield competition shakes out.
Cashman joins the Yankees fan base in being curious about how New York's top prospects will pan out as they fight for Opening Day roster spots. He won't rule out making more moves in free agency to bring in a veteran infielder, but for now, the spotlight will stay on the group the Yankees have now.
"We've got a competition lined up to see where it takes us," Cashman told NY Daily News' Christian Red. "Obviously, if anything changes between now and Opening Day, and makes enough sense, we'll evaluate it."
As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.
Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Chance Adams, Chase Headley, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opened up about why he wanted to join the Yankees, saying he was able to fulfill a promise to his father in doing so.
"The reason this is so special to me," Wilson told The MMQB's Peter King, "is that I used to always tell my dad I always wanted to be a Yankee. I said to him, 'Some day, Dad, I will be a Yankee.' And so now that dream has come true -- a little bit. My main, No. 1 focus is winning Super Bowls and winning football games. But the reality is that baseball has always been a major part of my life, and I couldn't be happier to be keeping that alive with the Yankees."
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Before the Yankees came calling, Aaron Boone had another MLB job lined up. Not in the dugout, but in the front office.
Boone was ready to leave ESPN and Sunday Night Baseball to get back into the game. He interviewed with an unnamed franchise between games 5 and 6 of the World Series.
"I was really planning to make the transition into the game," Boone said, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "Whether that role led to coaching, managing or a significant front-office role. I was just kind of letting it play out."
The first time manager can't wait to get started with the Yankees and is excited by the team's potential...
For Greg Bird, 2017 was supposed to be his breakout year. After a phenomenal spring training it looked like he was even better than advertized.
But he began the season in a slump before going down with an injury that'd keep him out until August. Once he did return and worked off the rust, Bird delivered what many expected of him. Now, ahead of 2018, he's desperate to show everyone what he can do over a full season.
"I think people saw it, but I want to do it for a full season, I've got to do it for a full season," Bird said, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "That's what it's all about. I'm not going to lie, I'm anxious to show it, I want to. It's what I've wanted to do..."
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The Yankees have many tasks to complete down in Tampa before the season starts, and maybe none takes precedent over how to split time with the dynamic duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
The idea to rotate them behind right field and designated hitter isn't a simple solution as the Yankees would like to get them more playing time in the field. That is why new first-base coach and outfield instructor Reggie Willits will work with both players in left field to see if that would be an option new manager Aaron Boone could use.
"It's going to be exciting," Willits told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Everybody asks that question like it's a problem. It's not a problme at all. It's a pretty big blessing."
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez
Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association is scouting sites and making arrangements to hold its own Spring Training for as many as 100 unsigned free agents.
With camps set to open in Arizona and Florida next week, Brown says the MLBPA is investigating whether or not a 31st camp is necessary. Brown also reports that the union is looking into coaches and other personnel to staff the facility.
The possibility of a separate Spring Training camp is the latest in a tumultuous week between the league and the players association. Tony Clark, the head of the MLBPA released a statement on Tuesday criticizing the owners for a lack of free agent activity.
Masahiro Tanaka's decision to return to the Yankees was more about how he feels inside than it was about dollar signs.
The 29-year-old had the option of opting out of the seven-year, $155 million contract he signed with New York in 2014. However, after enjoying a resurgent second half and then taking the eventual World Series champion Astros to Game 7 of the ALCS, Tanaka decided to remain in the Bronx.
"We went into battle with these guys, last year especially," Tanaka said. "My thought was I want to go out and battle with these guys again and try to really get to where we want to get."
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The moment the Yankees were eliminated from the 2017 American League Championship Series, the presumption that the team was ready to once again be perennial and legitimate World Series contenders bloomed. In that sense, expectations for the club's new skipper were established well before Aaron Boone was interviewed - let alone hired - for the Yankees' managerial job.
Typically, when deciphering the methodology of a new manager, we can draw on characteristics and decisions made in the minors, or with another organization. Instead, prognostication of Boone's inaugural season as the Yankees manager is purely based on speculation. We only know what Boone has told us about his qualifications, and how the Yankees have described his ability to lead the club better than his predecessor, Joe Girardi.
The Yankees acquired another star player this offseason, but his claim to fame comes on the gridiron.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who was in the Texas Rangers organization, was traded to the Yankees for future considerations on Wednesday, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Wilson has always wanted to play for the Yankees, and both GMs made that dream possible.
The 29-year-old issued a statement after the announcement was made to express his gratitude to the Rangers for keeping his baseball dream alive.
Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi will bring his managerial prowess to MLB Network this season as a studio analyst, per NY Daily News' Amara Grautski.
"I'm really excited to join MLB Network and to have a chance to talk about the game that I love so much," Girardi said in an official statement.
Girardi has spent the last 10 years managing the Yankees, where he won a World Series title in 2009, and most recently, made it to the American League Championship series in 2017.
Major League Baseball released a statement in response to MLBPA chief Tony Clark's comments about the stagnant free agent market, where he claimed that teams "engaged in a race to the bottom" are threatening the "integrity" of the game.
"Our Clubs are committed to putting a winning product on the field for their fans," MLB said. "Owners own teams for one reason: they want to win. In Baseball, it has always been true that Clubs go through cyclical, multi-year strategies directed at winning.
"It is common at this point in the calendar to have large numbers of free agents unsigned," MLB's statement continued. "What is uncommon is to have some of the best free agents sitting unsigned even though they have substantial offers, some in nine figures. It is the responsibility of players' agents to value their clients in a constantly changing free agent market based on factors such as positional demand, advanced analytics, and the impact of the new Basic Agreement. To lay responsibility on the Clubs for the failure of some agents to accurately assess the market is unfair, unwarranted, and inflammatory."
Former Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier will reportedly sign a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, pending a physical, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
The Mets had been searching for another infielder throughout the offseason to allow them to play Asdrubal Cabrera at second base, and found that player in Frazier, who hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs in 147 games with the Yankees and White Sox last season.
Yankees top infield prospect Gleyber Torres said he is looking forward to competing for a spot on New York's Opening Day roster out of spring training after a season cut short due to Tommy John surgery.
Torres, who has been ranked among the top 10 prospects in baseball my multiple organizations, has spent a majority of his minor league career as a shortstop, however saw some time at third base and second base last season.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone officially named Larry Rothschild the team's pitching coach, Josh Bard bench coach and Marcus Thames hitting coach for the 2018 season.
In order for the Yankees to build on a surprising and inspiring 2017 season, the club will need to receive the dominant efforts many expect from their late-inning relievers.
As we preview expectations for the coming season, we'll take the relievers in the order I believe Yankees skipper Aaron Boone will open the season if he was to utilize a strict inning-by-inning methodology to complete games (he probably won't).
Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
The Yankees have made Super Bowl picks -- and most of the players believe the Patriots will come out on top.
CC Sabathia wouldn't mind if the Yankees signed another starting pitcher for 2018 and is excited to get back to work at spring training, especially after the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
The Yankees failed in their pursuit of Gerrit Cole and rumors have gone quiet on the possibility of signing Yu Darvish, the Yankees look set to start 2018 with Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Sabathia in the rotation.
"It is what it is, (but) you always need more," Sabathia said when asked if the Yankees need more starting pitching. "It's a long season. You never know what's going to happen. The more arms we got, the better..."
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Saturday will mark Brian Cashman's 20th anniversary with the New York Yankees. The BNNY panel reflects on some of his most successful moves.
Prominent player agent Brodie Van Wagenen suggested in a letter on Friday that players could boycott Spring Training due to the stagnant free agent market.
Roughly 125 free agents remain unsigned with just over a week to go until Spring Training begins, including many of the top free agents, such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Yu Darvish, and Jake Arrieta.
After noting that the "players were content with a status quo Collective Bargaining Agreement" in 2017, after they had had enjoyed a 23 percent increase in pay between 2012 and 2017, Van Wagenen said "the behavior of the Owner's in this year's free agent market has changed dramatically."
The backend of the Yankees bullpen is going to get a majority of the press when bullpens are compared team by team. As dominant as those relievers might be, the Yankees middle relievers are just as critical to the team's ability to reach the postseason in 2018.
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Pitching prospects Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams are among 20 non-roster players the Yankees will invite to spring training.
Sheffield, 21, was ranked the No. 16 overall prospect by ESPN's Keith Law and No. 41 prospect by Baseball America entering the season. Last year, he went 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts with Double-A Trenton.
Adams, whom Baseball America ranked No. 81 in its top 100 list, could compete for a spot in New York's rotation after going 15-5 with a 2.45 ERA across two levels last year. He went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in four starts with Trenton before he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 11-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings.
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As the Yankees continue to monitor the second and third base markets, the team have 'discussed' the possibility of signing Mike Moustakas, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.
Heyman also notes that the Yankees would likely have to move contracts if they wish to pursue Moustakas considering that he would cost more than their current budget would allow.
Moustakas hit .272/.314/.521 with a career-high 38 HR and 85 RBI in 148 games last season for the Royals. He was worth -8 DRS at third base after being a positive defender at the position in 2015 and 2016.
All major league ballparks will have extended netting for the 2018 season, with the new safety measure in place by Opening Day, it was announced Thursday.
"Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Major league clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting and I am pleased that they are providing fans an increased inventory of protected seats."
Calls for more teams to add protective netting increased last Sept. 20, when a one-year old girl was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier at Yankee Stadium. The girl suffered fractures of her orbital bone and nose as well as bleeding on her brain. The Mets were one of the first teams to add extended protective netting, installing netting that went beyond both ends of each dugout last July.