New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are not yet considering sending 1B Greg Bird to the minors, even though the rookie's batting average dropped to .100 on Monday.

"Our job is to find a way to get (Bird) through this," manager Joe Girardi told Christian Red of the Daily News. "If he's completely lost for a substantial period of time, then you talk about (a demotion to the minors). I've said all along, I think he's had some pretty good at-bats. I don't really think he's chased a lot."

Bird, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered during spring training, is not thinking about a possible demotion to the minor leagues. Instead, the 24-year old is focusing on breaking out of this slump.

"Like I've said before, I know what I'm capable of. I think these guys do too. It's frustrating, but I've got to deal with it," Bird said. "Keep working. That's what it comes down to. I take some good swings. I don't know. I feel like I've done a better job. Right now, I'm playing, going out there, giving it my all. I think (the ankle injury) is slowly getting better. I've got to do better."

In 60 at-bats this year, Bird is batting .100 with one HR and three RBI to go with 10 walks and 22 strikeouts.

 

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May 1: Greg Bird's woeful start to the regular season is in alarm status. Bird had such a momentous spring training that seeing him hitting .100 through 60 at-bats seems inexplicable. There have been times Bird seemed set to break free of the slump, but then he looks like a lost hitter the next day.

I've been preaching that this season is about figuring out what the young players have within them. Further, I believe the Yanks need to keep the players in New York to do so. Bird should get 600+ at-bats in the big leagues this season, and if he does, only then can the Yankees decide how he fits into the future.

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Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) reaches on error and scores a run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) reaches on error and scores a run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has hit 53 home runs through his first 177 career MLB games, but perhaps his biggest accomplishment as a hitter came during Sunday's spring training batting practice when he hit a ball so hard the cover ripped off.

Seriously.

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( Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury saw diminished playing time and suffered injuries last season, but he is determined to make the most of his opportunities in spring training.

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres has definitely learned his lesson. He will focus on sliding feet first from now on. 

"I'll try not to slide head first," Torres told NJ.com' Brendan Kuty at Yankees camp in Tampa.

An arrant head-first slide from Torres into home last season ended his 2017 campaign, as he required Tommy John surgery on his left elbow after the injury. So, the Yankees are stressing the 21-year-old to go feet-first into bases. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Boone excited 00:03:28
After an impressive offseason, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is excited to finally work with his new team this spring down in Florida.

After an impressive offseason, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is excited to finally work with his new team this spring down in Florida.


Feb 17, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches fly balls during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 17, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches fly balls during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge practiced in center field with outfield coordinator Reggie Willets on Saturday, but manager Aaron Boone said there is no plan to move the 25-year-old to the position.

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Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Yankees logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Yankees logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

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..."

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GEICO SportsNite: Murti on Yanks 00:02:10
SNY Yankees insider Sweeny Murti joins GEICO SportsNite to give an update on the arrival of Giancarlo Stanton to Tampa.

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. 

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Stanton arrives at camp 00:03:33
As Giancarlo Stanton arrives at Yankees Spring Training, the Daily News Live panel breaks down his potential impact on the team's clubhouse.

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."

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

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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.

Dellin Betances

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.

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GEICO SportsNite: Sabathia news 00:01:52
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is preparing to go farther than the ALCS this season and hopes to supplant the Astros as AL champions.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is preparing to go farther than the ALCS this season and hopes to supplant the Astros as AL champions.


New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts as he walks back to the dugout in the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts as he walks back to the dugout in the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

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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East infielder Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
East infielder Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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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Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)
Dec 11, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is introduced with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. (Kim Klement)

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...

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Expectations for Sabathia in '18 00:04:49
CC Sabathia discusses how the New York Yankees still have something to prove against the reigning champs in the American League.

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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GEICO SportsNite: Judge ready 00:04:09
Sweeny Murti and John Harper discuss Aaron Judge's outlook and potential bounce back seasons for Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances.

Sweeny Murti and John Harper discuss Aaron Judge's outlook and potential bounce back seasons for Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances.


Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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 AdamsDillon 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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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)

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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.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) holds a press conference during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) holds a press conference during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

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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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge celebrate the 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge celebrate the 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

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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Yankees' hunger to succeed 00:02:37
Sweeny Murti discusses Aaron Boone's desire for the Yankees to embrace their high expectations following a strong 2017 postseason run.

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(Butch Dill)

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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BNNY: Sweeny Murti 00:05:59
Sweeny Murti reports live from Tampa to discuss how Aaron Boone will manage a team with championship aspirations as a rookie manager.

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. 

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Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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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Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Stanton)
Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Stanton)

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.

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New York Yankees instructor Goose Gossage signs autographs during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees instructor Goose Gossage signs autographs during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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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...

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 (Jennifer Buchanan)
(Jennifer Buchanan)

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. 

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New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks reacts after striking out during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks reacts after striking out during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

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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Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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."

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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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
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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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Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)
Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)

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...

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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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Yankee plan for crowded outfield 00:04:43
The BNNY crew looks at the Yankees' plans for left field and DH with lots of options to choose from on the crowded roster.

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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
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Yankees potential signings 00:03:38
The Baseball Night in New York crew discuss the possibility that a high profile free agent could drop into the Yankees' price range.

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 Atlantic's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that a source told him "it will happen."

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.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

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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Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)
Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)

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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.

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Yankees acquire Russell Wilson 00:02:19
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' acquisition of Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson from the Texas Rangers.

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. 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches batting practice before Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches batting practice before Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)

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. 

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Jun 21, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Major League Baseball Player Association executive director Tony Clark speaks during a presentation at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Jun 21, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Major League Baseball Player Association executive director Tony Clark speaks during a presentation at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

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."

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New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier slides in safe at home in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier slides in safe at home in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)
Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)

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.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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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
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The Yankees have made Super Bowl picks -- and most of the players believe the Patriots will come out on top.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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.

Saturday will mark Brian Cashman's 20th anniversary with the New York Yankees. The BNNY panel reflects on some of his most successful moves.