New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Miguel Andujar appears to be making some progress in his way back from a small tear in his right labrum. 

During batting practice on Friday, the infielder was throwing from third base for the first time since going on the IL on April 1. 

Andujar, who was also taking batting practice for the second straight day at Yankee Stadium, told YES Network reporter Meredith Marakovits that he was throwing to first base at about 50 perent and had no issues with his shoulder. 

The 24-year-old is hoping to avoid season-ending surgery to repair the small tear in his labrum and the Yankees have been considering ways to use him aside from having him play third base. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Andujar threw on Friday that he is "really encouraged" about what they saw. 

On Thursday, Boone echoed what SNY's Andy Martino suggested about possibly playing Andujar as primarily a DH because hitting is not as much of an issue as the throwing is in the rehab process. 

Boone also suggested playing Andujar at first base, too. 

The Yankees could use Andujar's bat in the lineup as soon as possible. 

The team has struggled early in the season off to an 8-10 start as injuries have continued to take its toll on the team. 

It is still undetermined if Andujar will undergo surgery and therefore, no timetable placed on his return. 


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Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Carlos Mendoza will become the Yankees' new bench coach, replacing Josh Bard, reports WFAN insider and SNY Contributor Sweeny Murti

Mendoza, 39, had been the Yankees' infield and quality control coach since 2018. As quality control coach, he helped to serve as a bridge between the front office and dugout. 

Prior to joining the Yankees' big league staff, Mendoza worked in the minors for New York from 2012 to 2017 in various capacities, including manager of Single-A Charleston in 2012 and infield coordinator from 2013-2017.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
Yankees GM Brian Cashman

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Yankees GM Brian Cashman and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Here are five questions Cashman should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge
Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We'll be talking about Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge for years to come, especially if their careers keep soaring from here. How lucky are we to have dueling sluggers with personality plus tearing up the same baseball town at the same time? 
 
Alonso, who broke Judge's rookie home run record last season, likely will add another connection to Judge on Monday, when the National League Rookie of the Year is announced. The Mets first baseman must be the choice, unless there is a significant tear in the space-time continuum or something similarly seismic. Judge won the AL Award in 2017 when he set the homer record Alonso (53 homers) eventually beat by one. 
 
With all these links between the two, comparisons are natural. Who's better? Where will their careers end up? SNY asked some baseball brains to talk about the similarities and differences between the sluggers and we looked at some numbers from their respective rookie seasons. 

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Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) follows through on a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) follows through on a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees recently elected not to extend a qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius, and now suitors are starting to line up for the shortstop's services.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Cincinnati Reds have interest in the 29-year-old. The Reds signed Gregorius as an amateur free agent back in 2007, and he made his MLB debut for the team in 2012.

SNY's Andy Martino has previously mentioned the Reds and the Brewers among the teams who could be in the mix for the left-handed-hitting shortstop.

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Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The MLB's domestic violence case against Domingo German is entering its final stages and could be resolved within the next few weeks, it was reported by Ken Davidoff and Dan Martin of The New York Post.

German's offenses reportedly aren't as egregious as those of Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension, but are considered worse than those of Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who was suspended for 15 games, per the Post's reporting.

German missed the final nine games of the regular season and the nine games the Yankees played in the playoffs, so it is unclear whether or not those games will be included as time served once the numbers are decided on by the MLB.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have found their new pitching coach.

SNY's Andy Martino has confirmed that the Yankees are hiring Matt Blake as their new pitching coach. Blake was previously a pitching coordinator with the Indians and was also an area scout for the Yankees. 

ESPN's Jeff Passan was the first to report the hiring. 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Thursday, it was announced that Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu has won the AL Silver Slugger Award.

It's the first Silver Slugger of LeMahieu's career, as it comes in his first season in the American League where he batted .327 and set career-highs in three major categories: 26 home runs, 33 doubles, and 102 RBI in 145 games.

LeMahieu can add this accolade to his long list of awards, including three Gold Gloves (2014, 2017, and 2018) and three All-Star appearances (2015, 2017, and 2019).

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Not long ago, it seemed assured that Didi Gregorius would remain a member of the Yankees' new core, not a homegrown player but one essential to their culture.

He had already effectively replaced an icon in Derek Jeter. Fans liked that he tweeted emojis. The front office liked his personality and production.

After a tough season returning from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius' future is far murkier. There are signs that the player and team are apart on value, and that other clubs are more likely to pursue him in free agency.

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees quickly retained Brett Gardner after the 2018 season and it seems like they could strike quickly on him again.

Gardner, who is an unrestricted free agent, is in talks with the Yankees about a potential return in 2020, Jon Heyman reported on Thursday.

It would not be a surprise if a deal for Gardner got done similarly quickly to the one-year deal the Yanks agreed to with CC Sabathia during last year's GM Meetings, SNY's Andy Martino noted, calling a reunion a "no brainer."

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Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jordy Mercer (7) (not pictured0 during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jordy Mercer (7) (not pictured0 during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Aaron Judge is known for his bat, but he has been just as big for the Yankees in the field.

And on Wednesday, he received recognition from Major League Baseball for his efforts.

MLB announced the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Awards with New York's star right fielder among the nine players honored.

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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia announced his retirement after the ALCS, but he might not be done helping the Yankees.

Sabathia has spoken to fellow California native Gerrit Cole -- the best free agent starting pitcher on the market and a potential Yankees target -- "many times" about what it's like to play for the Yankees.

"If you give that m-----f---er enough money, he's going to want to come here," Sabathia said in a clip from his latest R2C2 podcast. "I am speaking from experience."

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Clint Frazier
Clint Frazier

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Clint Frazier, his "legendary bat speed" and all, has been a magnet for attention in his young career. That doesn't figure to change this winter when the Yankees probably have to determine once and for all whether he's a trade chip or a promising cog in their outfield. 

Trouble is, there isn't an easy answer. 

Frazier, who's still only 25, was the headliner in GM Brian Cashman's widely-praised deal that sent ace reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians at the 2016 deadline. He was the fifth pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and most believed he'd morph into an offensive force. 

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankee and current YES Network analyst David Cone interviewed for the team's pitching coach vacancy, per YES Network's Jack Curry

Cone told Curry that the process, which involved GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and other Yankees officials, was "interesting." And while conveying his joy in interviewing for the role in the first place, he said he is unsure "where things will go from here."

The Yankees wanted a change from Larry Rothschild, who was fired after spending nearly a decade in the position for the pinstripes. Cone, though, doesn't have any big league experience, as he went right into the broadcast booth following his first retirement (he tried a comeback with the Mets in '03 but it didn't work out).

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Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

The Yankees fell short of a World Series title in 2019, but it was still a successful campaign.

Manager Aaron Boone was at least acknowledged for that path traveled.

Boone was named an American League Manager of the Year finalist, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Didi Gregorius is officially a free agent after the Yankees didn't extend the qualifying offer to the shortstop.

The Yankees had until 5 p.m. on Monday to extend the $17.8 offer to Gregorius. If they did so and he rejected it, the Yankees would have received a compensatory pick. 

This move isn't too surprising from the Yankees, as it was always a toss-up as to what they would do regarding the veteran shortstop. Gregorius didn't have the best 2019 season to give himself a strong case for a new contract. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius returned in June, but didn't have that good of a year at the plate. 

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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After months of rehabbing, Yankees RHP Dellin Betances finally returned to the mound just to get injured once again. After a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays, it was later revealed that Betances had partially torn his Achilles and would hit the IL to start rehab on that injury. 

But now it looks like he might be ready for Spring Training next season. 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Betances "will be fully recovered" from his injury in December, and will resume the offseason like he normally would heading into the new year...

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Mar 1998; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly during spring training 1998 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 1998; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly during spring training 1998 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY Sports)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot, and three former Yankees have made the cut in Thurman MunsonDon Mattingly, and Tommy John

First, for those that don't know what this particular ballot is, the Hall of Fame has multiple ballots for players that missed out on their chances in the original ballot. There is also the Early Baseball (Prior to 1950), Golden Days (1950-1969), and Today's Game (1988 to present) ballots. 

Munson quickly became a fan favorite with the Yankees when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1970, and he would put together the accolades to be considered for the Hall soon there after. He played all 11 seasons in pinstripes, with a .292/.346/.410 slash line with 113 career homers and 701 RBI. He made seven All-Star teams, six of which came in consecutive seasons from 1973-1978. 

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Gerrit Cole/Clint Frazier
Gerrit Cole/Clint Frazier

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In trying to predict what the Yankees might do this off-season, only one question really matters for a team that is loaded in so many areas:

Are they ready to open the vault for the best pitcher in baseball at the moment? 

I believe they are, even if it's partly as a response to public pressure to win another championship. Other than that, it looms as a fairly quiet winter for a team coming off back-to-back 100-win seasons. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, John Harper
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Aug 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Aroldis Chapman has reached a new deal with the Yankees and will remain with the team through the 2022 season, it was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Chapman added an extra year at $18 million to go with the existing $30 million he was set to receive over the next two seasons, so now the Yanks will give the closer $48 million over the next three years.

Chapman was in talks with the Yankees to try and rework the remaining two years and $30 million left on his contract, it was reported ealier in the night on Saturday by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, and it looks that the two sides came to a quick agreement.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

On the same day he celebrated winning the World Series with a parade in Washington, Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years and $100 million left on his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

Strasburg, who was named the World Series MVP, now officially joins Gerrit Cole at the top of the starting pitcher market, a place the Yankees will do most of their big shopping this offseason.

Despite his opting out, Strasburg isn't immediately expected to leave Washington, as he has grown comfortable with the city and would rather not be in the spotlight of an ace pitcher on a new team, SNY's John Harper said in a column earlier this week.

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Yankees' Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : 

Bang your bat on the dugout ceiling if you want Brett Gardner to return to the Yankees in 2020. 

That thumping you hear? Might be GM Brian Cashman or manager Aaron Boone whaling away with a Louisville Slugger. 

And why not? The Yankees could use Gardner for a 13th season in pinstripes. And not just because Aaron Hicks recently had Tommy John surgery and figures to be out for at least eight months.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have a lot of decisions to make with their own free agents, including the futures of Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances. But they're already on the clock when it comes to perhaps their hardest call.

New York has until Monday at 5 p.m. to decide whether to extend a qualifying offer to free agent infielder Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Aroldis Chapman "prefers" to remain with the Yankees, reports Jon Heyman. However, Heyman notes that if an extension can't be reached quickly, Chapman will opt out of the final two years of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent.

Chapman, 31, has $30 million remaining ($15 million in both 2020 and 2021) on the five-year, $86 million deal he signed with New York before the 2017 season.

If Chapman opts out, the Yanks will have the option of extending a qualifying offer to him.

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Wednesday night, the 2019 MLB season came to an end with the Washington Nationals beating the Houston Astros in seven games in the World Series. Fans already looking forward to next season can now place their bets for the 2020 World Series winner.

According to DraftKings, the Yankees open with +550 odds to win the 2020 World Series.

They are tied with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers for the best odds to win it all next season.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

In a move that was expected, the Yankees have declined the $20 million option on Edwin Encarnacion for the 2020 season, making him a free agent.

The option for 2020 contained a $5 million buyout.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion was acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners in June in exchange for 19-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Juan Then. The Mariners also paid down a significant portion of Encarnacion's remaining salary for 2019.

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Gerrit Cole (Erik Williams)
Gerrit Cole (Erik Williams)

The 2019 MLB season is officially over, as the Nationals defeated the Astros in Game 7 to capture their first World Series title. 

And now Gerrit Cole is officially a free agent. 

Cole fully recognized that fact after suffering a loss at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night. The media wanted to talk to Cole after the game, and he was reportedly hesitant to speak after saying this...

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Dellin Betances/Didi Gregorius/Brett Gardner
Dellin Betances/Didi Gregorius/Brett Gardner

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the World Series over (unfortunately without the Yankees starring in it), the hot stove season -- free agency, trades, and all the intrigue -- is officially here.

For the Bombers, they have eight players potentially set to hit free agency. And there's a strong chance that all of them will be playing for new teams in 2020.

The Yankees have a few top players who could hit the market, like Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Brett Gardner. So what should the Yanks do? Who should they bring back? 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (left) and relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (left) and relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Aaron Hicks underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, he posted Wednesday in an Instagram story.

Hicks provided an update on his health and looked ahead to a return for the 2020 season, which he said would be "bigger and better."

"Surgery went well," Hicks said. "Thanks for all the prayers and support."

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Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)
Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)

The Yankees, who fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday, have interviewed "rising star" Chris Fetter to be his potential replacement, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN

According to Passan, Fetter has drawn lots of interest from other major league teams, with the Mets among them. 

Fetter, 33, has been the assistant coach/pitchers for the University of Michigan since 2018.

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Umpire makes out call
Umpire makes out call

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If the so-called robot umpires are the future for baseball, and certainly the questionable home plate umpiring in the World Series has produced a new outcry toward that end, then Frank Viola figures he'll be remembered for something more than winning a World Series MVP and an American League Cy Young Award. 

"I was the first guy thrown out of a robotic-umpire game," Viola says with a laugh over the phone. "I'm in the history books."

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Stephen Strasburg/Zack Wheeler
Stephen Strasburg/Zack Wheeler

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It's obvious that Gerrit Cole should be far and away the Yankees' top priority this offseason. But what if he really is determined to play in California, as so many people seem to think? 

Or what if Hal Steinbrenner isn't ready to break the budget for an ace? Where would Brian Cashman turn, then, for top-notch starting pitching -- the Yankees' only real need this winter? 

They will be looking for someone who can dominate a postseason start, not a regular season innings-eater, so that narrows the field considerably. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial, James Paxton, John Harper
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Aug 30, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) returns to the dugout after a visit to the mound during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Aug 30, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) returns to the dugout after a visit to the mound during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees will be looking for a new pitching coach as Larry Rothschild was fired on Monday, the team announced.

Rothschild has held the position since 2011, and has helped the pitching staff stay at the top of the league each season. However, with one year left on his contract, the Yankees decided to move on and try someone else in the role. 

"I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization," Cashman said in an official release. "Larry cares deeply about his craft and the pitchers under his tutelage, and he played a significant role in our successes over the past nine seasons. There's a reason why Larry has had the type of distinguished baseball career he's had, and it starts with experience and dedication that is difficult to emulate."

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year. He'll be presented with the award prior to Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

Chapman was named to the All-Star team for the sixth time in his career in 2019 and finished the season with 37 saves (one shy of his career high), a 2.21 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 57 innings. 

The left-hander is the second Yankee to win the award, which was introduced in 2014 when MLB began giving a Reliever of the Year honor to each league. Andrew Miller earned the title in 2015. 

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The Yankees enter the 2019-20 offseason looking to add to a team that came up just short of reaching the World Series this past season. They don't have many big decisions to make (more on that below), but have been both first and second-guessed about their continued lack of reliable ace-level starting pitching.

With Gerrit Cole about to hit the free agent market (the Yanks are expected to at least try to sign him) and other enticing starting pitching options expected to be available, the Yanks have a chance to drastically improve their rotation.

As they look to improve, the Yanks already have a lot committed to payroll for 2020 -- a number that will likely hover right around the luxury tax threshold. Their payroll obligations drop significantly starting in 2021. Here'a a deep dive...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Pazos, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez

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Gary Sánchez might be the most polarizing Yankee not named Giancarlo Stanton. He's a slugging wunderkind but went so cold both at the plate and behind it during the Postseason that he's sparked public debate over whether he should be in pinstripes next year.

But if GM Brian Cashman's comments Thursday are any indication, Sánchez isn't going anywhere. Cashman, a longtime defender of Sánchez, says the 26-year-old is a fixture who is "part of the solution" in Yankeeland.

"I thought Gary Sánchez had a great season, obviously outside of the injuries," Cashman said during his season wrap-up press conference at Yankee Stadium.

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Mar 12, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) look on prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 12, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) look on prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It was just one year ago that Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters that Didi Gregorius needed Tommy John Surgery. Fast forward to Thursday's end-of-season news conference, he deliver the same news -- this time regarding Aaron Hicks

Hicks needs the surgery to repair a torn UCL in his throwing elbow, and he'll need about 8-10 months to recover. That means the Yankees will need to prepare without Hicks for a good chunk of the first half of the new season. 

So who should fill in his center field role in the meantime? 

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Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro )
Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro )

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu has been named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

LeMahieu played multiple positions for the Yankees this season due to injuries, but played second base in 75 games, including 66 starts. He recorded a .993 fielding percentage and only had two errors.

The other finalists for the AL 2B Golden Glove are Houston Astros star Jose Altuve and Yolmer Sanchez of the Chicago White Sox.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he examined by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he examined by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

CC Sabathia threw his last pitch at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 of the ALCS, walking off the mound to an ovation after a shoulder injury forced him to head off. However, if that gruesome shoulder injury didn't take place, Sabathia revealed that he would've come back for his 20th MLB season. 

Yes, you read that correctly. But it wouldn't have been as a starter. On the latest episode of Sabathia's "R2C2" Podcast with YES Network's Ryan Ruocco, Sabathia said he liked being in his bullpen role and thought he could certainly work in it next season. 

"Oh, next summer I would've been coming back for sure. 1000 percent," Sabathia said. "If I didn't do that with the shoulder, I would've been coming back."

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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman commented on the Yankees strategy in adding pieces to the roster this upcoming offseason.

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The Yankees were first-guessed last offseason and again at the trade deadline when it didn't seem they would add more impact starting pitching, and were second-guessed when that choice to not add wound up happening.

They were also first and second-guessed when not trading for Justin Verlander (August of 2017) and Gerrit Cole (January of 2018), and not ponying up enough money to sign Patrick Corbin (December of 2018).

On Thursday, when reminded that the above three pitchers were currently pitching in the World Series and asked if the Yankees regretted passing on them, GM Brian Cashman stood behind the team's decisions during an at-times animated exchange with Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

During his end of season news conference on Thursday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed that Aaron Hicks will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL in his right elbow. The procedure will take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 30, and the expected recovery is around 8-10 months.

Hicks was battling to return to the Yankees toward the end of the season after what was called a right elbow flexor strain at the time. He was performing baseball activities, but wasn't able to throw for awhile. Hicks fought through it and eventually made his way onto the Yankees' ALCS roster. 

This is the same news Cashman dropped last year in the same news conference, which involved Didi Gregorius needing to undergo Tommy John surgery as well. He returned on June 7 this season. 

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SNY Insider Andy Martino explains the Yankees will pursue pitcher Gerrit Cole when he hits the free agent market this offseason

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Remember last October, when we reported that the Yankees did not plan to strongly pursue Manny Machado, and weren't interested in Bryce Harper at all?

Well, we bring more hopeful news today. Slightly.

Our early feel, based on conversations with major league sources, is that the Yanks are expected to engage on Gerrit Cole, for the simple reason that he's currently the best pitcher in baseball and would look great at the top of their rotation.

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Brian Cashman/Aaron Boone (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman/Aaron Boone (Kim Klement)

As is custom following the end of the season, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone will hold a press conference on Thursday to reflect this past year and look ahead at plans for the offseason.

There is also the small chance that some news about certain players surfaces as well. Fans may remember the announcement of Didi Gregorius needing Tommy John surgery came in this press conference last season.

So, with many different questions to answer before they jump headfirst into the offseason, here's a few Boone and Cashman should answer on Thursday...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Scott Thompson
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Mar 10, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) catches a throw to retire Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (not pictured) during the third inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 10, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) catches a throw to retire Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (not pictured) during the third inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

As the Yankees enter the offseason, some may take some time away from the game to reflect on the tough ending to what was an overall stellar season. Others will jump right into preparing for the 2020 season. 

But for 1B Greg Bird, he'll be jumping right back on to the field. 

Bird will be playing in the Dominican Winter League for Gigantes del Cibao, who announced their signing via Twitter on Tuesday. 

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WFAN New York Yankees broadcasters Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling call the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
WFAN New York Yankees broadcasters Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling call the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

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In her long and accomplished career, Suzyn Waldman has endured numerous forms of abuse and harassment, from MLB players, fans and members of the media.

Her crime? Broadcasting Yankees games on TV and radio while being a woman.

Waldman, the first woman to call a World Series game, blazed a trail that many followed. And now she is watching as the Houston Astros seemingly demonstrate how deep-seated misogyny remains a problem in the game.

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First of all, I wouldn't blame Yankees fans for not wanting to watch a single ounce of the World Series that kicks off on Tuesday night in Houston. Jose Altuve's walk-off homer in Game 6 of the ALCS still stings, and after what the Yankees accomplished this season, it was hard to watch that all end this past Saturday. 

For those fans that want their last fix of baseball before the offseason, there is a reason to watch. 

A few high-profile free agents will feature in the matchup between the Nationals and Astros, and they could find their way in pinstripes depending on how the Yankees want to structure their free agency pursuit this offseason. 

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Any playoff exit stings, but that doesn't mean 2019 was all bad for the Yankees, the Jeterian angst over no championship aside. 

With that in mind, here's a look at our awards for this Yankee year, some modeled on the real ones, some not so much: 

Team MVP

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The Yankees got slugger Edwin Encarnación back from injury just in time for the postseason, but that did not pay dividends in the ALCS.

Against the World Series-bound Astros, Encarnación hit .056 (1-for-18), which included 11 strikeouts. 

Encarnación said his poor performance is going to bother him for a while. 

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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In the end, the Astros were a little better than the Yankees in all phases, yet with just a few clutch hits from some of their best players, as well as more dominance from the ballyhooed bullpen, the New Yorkers could have prevailed in the ALCS.

It doesn't mean Brian Cashman should overhaul this team by any means. The Astros are looking more and more like a potential dynasty: they're on the verge of winning two championships in three years, and they might well have won it all last year had Jose Altuve and a couple of other key players not been playing through injuries in October.

Mostly the Yankees need to keep knocking on the door, while hoping that Gerrit Cole leaves the Astros as a free agent and Justin Verlander starts looking his age.

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