GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:01:53
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Citi Field to get reactions from the Yankees after they lost, 2-1, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings, but the Yankees' offense was only able to generate one run in a 2-1 loss to the Rays at Citi Field on Tuesday. >> Box score


The Yankees quickly scored the game's first run when Matt Holliday's RBI double plated Aaron Judge in the first inning, but New York's bats went dormant from there on out. Brett Gardner, Holliday, and Chase Headley each had one hit to sum up a quiet night at the plate for New York. Aaron Judge struck out three times, while Holliday and Starlin Castro struck out twice.

Gray needed just 94 pitches to get through eight innings in a game when the Yankees never had to turn to the bullpen. Yet, he suffered his 10th loss of the season after allowing the game's decisive home run to Adeiny Hechavarria in the eighth inning.

After allowing a run in the first, Rays starter Blake Snell recovered and pitched four consecutive scoreless innings. Steve Cishek, Dan Jennings, Tommy Hunter, and Alex Colome combined to pitch four scoreless innings to secure the win for the Rays.


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Poor Sonny Gray.

The Yankees simply cannot score runs when he is on the mound. Including tonight's outing, Gray has pitched to a 2.66 ERA in 50 2/3 innings (eight starts) since coming to New York and he's been able to win just three games. After Gray allowed a leadoff homer and a then a double to start the game, he shut down the Rays until the eighth inning when he threw a first-pitch fastball that was ambushed by Hechavarria. It's Gray's third start as a Yankee in which he has struck out nine batters.

Meanwhile, the Yankees could only manage three hits on the night, one of which was the RBI-double by Holliday in the first inning. The Yankees had been scoring a fair share of runs over the last several games, but tonight they only needed a few to back their pitcher and couldn't muster them up.


What's Next: 

The Yankees and Rays will wrap up their series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Jaime Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA) will take on Chris Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA).  

 

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BNNY: Ohtani going to be posted 00:06:50
The BNNY panel discuss Shohei Ohtani coming over to America and potential to the Yankees.

 (Shizuo Kambayashi)
(Shizuo Kambayashi)

The Yankees are the front-runners to sign Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, the NY Post's George King said on Wednesday.

According to the report, three separate baseball insiders believe the Bronx Bombers will wind up with the 23-year-old outfielder/pitcher who is expected to be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters next week. 

Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the MLB Players Association agreed to tentative posting terms on Tuesday night after extending the deadline to do so by one day.

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Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)
Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees bullpen will be considered one of the best in the game in 2018 even if they come back with the status quo from the 2017 season. However, we shouldn't expect the Yankees to stick to their guns.

The Yankees have a strong collection of right-handed set-up relievers -- Dellin Betances, Chad Green (for this exercise let's assume he sticks in the bullpen instead of landing in the rotation), Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, and Adam Warren -- and a left-handed closer (Aroldis Chapman) slotted into the bullpen for 2018.

Assuming the Yankees will use an eight-man bullpen as often as possible next season, they'll add a long man and likely a left-handed reliever to the mix. They will have a slew of options for the long-man role, and Chasen Shreve is the incumbent for the left-handed middle relief spot...

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Morgan on steroids in the Hall 00:04:59
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Joe Morgan's recent comments pushing against allowing steroid users into the Hall of Fame.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan sent a letter to every Hall of Fame voter on Tuesday, imploring them to not vote for steroid users.

Among those eligible for the Hall of Fame again in 2018 are Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

In his letter, Morgan argues that any player who failed a test for steroids, admitted using, or were identified as users in the Mitchell Report, should not be in the Hall of Fame. However, Morgan then wrote this...

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Yankees favorites to get Ohtani? 00:04:22
The Baseball Night in New York guys break down the steps the Yanks are taking to put themselves in the best position to sign Shohei Ohtani.

Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the MLB Players Association agreed to tentative posting terms that could pave the way for Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani to move to the MLB, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The posting system, which would cover three years, including this offseason, needs to be ratifed by owners. 

The final hurdle for Ohtani is the MLBPA allowing the old posting system to be grandfathered in to allow his Japanese club to post him for a fee of $20 million...

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced OF Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

The surgery "involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up," and he is expected to be ready by the start of spring training. 

Judge was voted the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year this season while finishing runner-up for the AL MVP voting behind Jose Altuve. The 24-year-old hit .284 with 114 RBIs and 52 homers, which marked the most by a rookie in a single season. 

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(Jim O'Connor)

WFAN radio personality Mike Francesa believes he could manage the Yankees if called upon. 

The sports radio legend was asked if he could succeed if asked to manage the Yankees on his show Monday. He was confident in his abilities to do so. 

"Do I think I can manage the Yankees? Sure, but I'm not gonna get a chance to manage the Yankees," Francesa said. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres was among six players New York protected from the Rule 5 Draft by adding to the 40-man roster on Monday.

New York also protected RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Domingo Acevedo, infielder Thairo Estrada, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga and outfielder Billy McKinney, while opting not to add LHP Nestor Cortes or RHP J.P. Feyereisen to the 40-man roster.

Prospects who have been professional players for five seasons are eligible to be drafted through the Rule 5 process if they aren't on a team's 40-man roster. The Yankees earlier traded RHPs Ronald Herrera and Nick Rumbelow to clear space on the roster.

Torres, ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect, Baseball America's No. 5 prospect and Baseball Prospectus' No. 15 prospect entering last season, is expected to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster coming out of spring training in 2018 despite missing most of the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery.

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LHP Caleb Smith (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
LHP Caleb Smith (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees traded LHP Caleb Smith and infielder Garrett Cooper to the Miami Marlins for RHP Michael King and more international signing bonus pool money, the team announced.

The Yankees, who began the day with approximately $3.25 million in international bonus pool money, the second most among all 30 teams, received $250,000 more, and could use that toward pursuing Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who after a new agreement with the MLBPA has until Tuesday at 8 p.m. to reach a deal with an MLB team.

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A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field from the first base side during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced they have traded RHP Ronald Herrera to the Rangers in exchange for LHP Reiver Sanmartin.

The 21-year-old Sanmartin spent the 2017 season in A-ball where he threw 66 innings (11 starts, three relief appearances) with a 2.41 ERA. Sanmartin currently sits upper 80s with his fastball, and has a decent changeup and slider to go along with it. 

Since he signed with the Rangers as a 19-year-old in 2015, Sanmartin must wait another year before he is eligible to join the 40-man roster. 

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon highlighted four Yankees added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. 

Matsui spent seven of his 10 MLB seasons with the Yankees where he hit .292 with 140 homers and 597 RBI. He was also named the 2009 World Series MVP after going 8-for-13 with three homers and eight RBI in the series win over the Phillies. 

Damon spent four seasons with the Yankees in his 18-year career that started with the Royals. He hit .285 with 77 homers and 296 RBI. He is a career .284 hitter with 408 stolen bases as well.

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Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees continued the interview process for their open managerial position Saturday, sitting down with Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. The 41-year-old is the fifth candidate to be interviewed.

The Yankees have sat mostly outside of the box with their candidate selections in that just one has MLB managerial experience (Eric Wedge) while others (Rob Thomson and Hensley Meulens) have lengthy stints as coaches and another has zero coaching experience (Aaron Boone). Woodward is another surprise candidate to convene with the Yankees.

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Former New York Yankees Hideki Matsui is introduced during a ceremony for Derek Jeter to honor his jersey number retirement and monument park plaque before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Yankees Hideki Matsui is introduced during a ceremony for Derek Jeter to honor his jersey number retirement and monument park plaque before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui could play a role in recruiting two-way Japanese star Shohei Otani to New York, according to MLB.com's Deesha Thosar.

The 43-year-old retired outfielder, who spent seven of his 10 seasons in the MLB with the Yankees, said through a translator that he could play a role in helping the Yankees acquire Otani, the 23-year-old star outfielder and pitcher who is set to play in the U.S.

"If he's allowed to come here and the Yankees are interested, then I expect to be involved in that process as maybe trying to convince him or recruit him to the Yankees," Matsui said, according to Thosar.

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

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward interviewed for the Yankees' managerial opening, reports Eric Boland of Newsday.

The Yankees have already interviewed Rob ThomsonEric WedgeHensley Meulens, and Aaron Boone.

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

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

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Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow (50) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow (50) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees traded RHP Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then.

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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)

The New York Yankees 2017 season may have just ended, but all eyes are looking forward to 2018. As the team is deciding which manager to hire, they have announced key spring training dates.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on Feb. 13 while position players will return no later than Feb. 18 ahead of the first full-team workout on Feb. 19. Their first spring training game is Feb. 23 against the Tigers at 1:05 p.m.

Their regular season gets underway more than a month later, against the Blue Jays in Toronto on March 29. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB teams have until Monday, Nov. 20 to assign players to their 40-man roster so they will be protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The Yankees have an abundance of players deserving of protection, but only some will survive the cut, leaving a collection of strong players available to the rest of the league.

We'll look at five players that are deserving of a spot on the 40-man and then touch on which players could be traded or simply removed from the 40-man roster (the Yankees currently have 38 rostered players) in order to make space. We'll take the players the Yanks could add in alphabetical order...

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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

The Yankees search for their new manager brought former Yankee hero Aaron Boone into the Bronx, and he is well aware of the expectations that come with the position.

"I know what I would be signing up for," Boone told MLB.com's Marc Feinsand. "That's part of the game in major league sports; there's pressure that goes along with that...Being in professional sports, you better relish that."

Boone, who doesn't have any managerial experience, was interviewed by the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Boone has served ESPN as an analyst since retiring in 2009. Despite his lack of experience, he isn't shying away from one of the biggest positions in all of professional sports. 

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(AP)

No experience, no problem? Aaron Boone, who interviewed on Friday, better hope so if he wants to become the Yankees' next manager.

As the Yankees seek to replace long-time manager Joe Girardi, the club has interviewed a 28-year organizational man Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, who possesses 10 years of MLB managerial experience, and Hensley Meulens, who has been coaching for over a decade. Boone, a former Yankees third baseman, who has zero coaching experience, let alone time as a manager, might seem to be at a disadvantage when compared to his competition.

Lucky for Boone, his inexperience doesn't seem to be an issue for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

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

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

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: GM meetings 00:04:42
Yankees' GM Brian Cashman and Mets' assistant GM John Ricco discuss what their teams may look like for the start of the 2018 season.

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone will be the Yankees' next interviewees for the manager position, per The Post's Joel Sherman.

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

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boone is currently a studio anylst for ESPN. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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