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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/21/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/21/17

Older Yankees players think Yankees can succeed in 2017; Matt Holliday thinks he has a lot left to offer; Sweeny Murti talks with Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield; Yankees farm system ranked #2 best in the league Around the Empire New York Post | Dan Martin: The best part about the beginning of baseball season is the hope that the season belongs to you. The Yankees, despite going with a youth movement, are going with that mindset in 2017. The older players, like 32 year old Chase Headley, think that even though they are young, they’re extremely talented and ready to compete. Good...
Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees: #58 Roger Clemens

Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees: #58 Roger Clemens

One of the greatest pitchers of all-time had a pretty nice tenure in pinstripes, too. Name: Roger ClemensPosition: PitcherBorn: August 4, 1962 (Dayton, OH)Yankee Years: 1999-2003, 2007Primary number: 22Yankee statistics: 83-42, 4.01 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 174 GS, 1,103 IP, 1,014 K, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 88 ERA-, 83 FIP-, 21.2 rWAR, 22.8 fWAR Biography "Roger Clemens was a John Wayne type, an all-time hard worker... He intermixed so well with the clubhouse guys, with the lowest players on the roster... He always did more than he had to do." - Brian Cashman (Pinstripe Empire) That was Roger Clemens in a...
River Ave. Blues 16 hours ago

Headley embraces new challenges while his Yankee status is anything but guaranteed

Chase Headley showed up to Yankee Stadium yesterday with a beard, as if he had been traded away to another team awhile ago. However, he still remains a member of the New York Yankees. He will shave his face clean before showing up to the Spring Training next month. When it’s all said and done, […] The post Headley embraces new challenges while his Yankee status is anything but guaranteed appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Keith Law rankings: Yankees’ farm system 2nd best in MLB

Keith Law rankings: Yankees’ farm system 2nd best in MLB

The farm system has no weaknesses, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. Keith Law released (insider required) the final group of his organizational rankings today with farm systems 1-10. The Yankees, who once had a farm system closer to the bottom than the top of the list, now rank second in all of baseball. They jumped up from their ranking of 13th last season. Law mentions the deadline deals Brian Cashman pulled off to bring in three of the team’s top six prospects with Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier being the biggest gets. The other half has actually come from the team’s own drafts,...
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 19 hours ago

Cashman confirms the Yankees will go to an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances

According to Brendan Kuty, yesterday afternoon Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees and Dellin Betances are indeed heading to an arbitration hearing. Betances filed a $5M salary prior to last week’s deadline and the team countered with $3M. Cashman says the $2M gap is simply too big to bridge, so they’ll let the arbitration panel make […] The post Cashman confirms the Yankees will go to an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Are the Yankees lowballing Dellin Betances by going to an arbitration hearing?

Are the Yankees lowballing Dellin Betances by going to an arbitration hearing?

The two sides have a history of disagreement The Yankees recently announced their arbitration figures, agreeing to terms with all their eligible players, save one. Dellin Betances is still without a contract for the 2017 season. The team filed at $3 million, while Dellin’s side countered with $5 million for his first time through arbitration. The expectation was that they would ultimately meet in the middle, but that never happened. The deadline for agreeing to a new contract passed, and now the two side will head to an arbitration hearing in a few weeks. It’s difficult to say who is...
Looking back on the Yankees who fell off the Hall of Fame ballot

Looking back on the Yankees who fell off the Hall of Fame ballot

Jorge Posada wasn’t the only borderline Hall of Fame candidate who failed to receive five percent of the votes. On Wednesday, the BBWAA elected Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Yankee legend Ivan Rodriguez to the Hall of Fame. On a crowded ballot, only these three managed to get enshrined in Cooperstown. Mike Mussina continued his slow climb as he rose from 43% of votes last year to now 51.8%. He will eventually get his day as he wins over voters. Unfortunately his former teammate, Jorge Posada, will not get another chance. While Posada undeniably had a remarkable career, he unfortunately...
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/20/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/20/17

Betances heading to arbitration; NYY wants to make Ellsbury productive again; Kap wants to be the future ace Newsday | Steven Marcus: The Yankees are headed to arbitration with Dellin Betances. The last time the team actually went to arbitration was when they defeated Chien-Ming Wang in 2008. However, the conversations between the Yankees and Betances’ camp were that “if we file, we trial.” Betances filed at $5 million and the Yankees filed at $3 million. I get that the Yankees will likely get their way because “save totals” and sure it’s good to save money, but it makes no...

Cashman confirms the Yankees looked into signing Edwin Encarnacion

Prior to the holidays, the Indians got maybe the bargain of the offseason when they agreed to a three-year contract worth $60M with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. When the offseason started, I thought he would get double the guaranteed money. The market for sluggers collapsed though, and the defending American League champions got themselves […] The post Cashman confirms the Yankees looked into signing Edwin Encarnacion appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Assessing the AL East at the halfway point in the offseason

Assessing the AL East at the halfway point in the offseason

What moves have the other teams in the AL East made so far? The offseason feels like it it is moving at a snail’s pace, but we’ve officially passed the halfway point. Pitchers and catchers report on February 13th, so at least we’ll have spring training baseball in a few weeks. Over the past few months, the Yankees have made various moves including trades and free agent signings. The rest of the AL East has been busy as well. Here’s a look at what the rest of the division has been up to so far. Baltimore Orioles The Orioles finished the 2015 season with a winning percentage of...
Previewing the new Yankees on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Previewing the new Yankees on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Do any of these Yankees have a chance at Cooperstown? The ballots for the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame class have been cast and the voters chose Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez for enshrinement into Cooperstown. As we look at those remaining on the ballot for 2018, it’s easy to see how a contingent of former Yankees are about to walk through the door. This class will be joined by returning players Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, and Gary Sheffield. Johnny DamonRemember all that time Johnny Damon spent whining about how he could still play baseball and won’t someone please give him a...

Poll: Tyler Austin or Rob Refsnyder on the bench

When Spring Training opens in a little under the a month, the Yankees are going to have to sort out a few positions, and for once, it’s not because there’s a veteran guy in camp trying to make the team. The Yankees have several young players vying for two rotation spots, a bunch of bullpen […] The post Poll: Tyler Austin or Rob Refsnyder on the bench appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Starlin Castro is open to playing third, and that’s good news

Starlin Castro is open to playing third, and that’s good news

An increase in versatility could also mean an increase in value. Starlin Castro is everywhere. This week he took part in the inaugural Yankees Winter Warmup, a week-long fan fest promoting community engagement. He attended a press conference at Yankee Stadium, participated in a town hall discussion at the Hard Rock Cafe, and toured the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. He palled around with top prospects Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, and Justus Sheffield, while giving off light chaperone vibes. His presence on social media was nearly ubiquitous. After his busy week, Castro might...
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/19/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/19/17

Raines, Pudge, and Bagwell are headed to Cooperstown; Posada fails to get 5% needed to stay on the Hall of Fame ballot; A-Rod might have a chance to make the Hall of Fame; young farm pitchers hoping to make impact on the Yankees this season; the Steinbrenners are never selling the Yankees Around the Empire MLB.com | Andrew Simon: The 2017 Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced and yesterday was a big day for two former Yankee legends. Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez, along with Jeff Bagwell, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. While Raines and Bagwell have been on the ballot...
Baseball Hall of Fame results 2017: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez elected

Baseball Hall of Fame results 2017: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez elected

It’s been a long time coming for some of these former All-Stars. The day has finally arrived for Tim Raines. After 10 years on the ballot, the Expos basestealer extraordinaire and two-time World Series champion with the Yankees has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 86% of the vote. It’s extremely gratifying that he made it this year too, as 2017 was his final year of eligibility under the Hall of Fame’s new rules. Even with all the advanced stats that like Raines, it always puzzled me that a man with 808 career stolen bases struggled to attain this honor. No...

Didi Gregorius and the value of being a bad ball hitter

In just a few short weeks, the Yankees will enter year three of the Didi Gregorius era. Time flies, eh? In his two seasons as New York’s starting shortstop, Gregorius has shown a rocket arm and strong overall defensive chops, and blossoming power as well. And enthusiasm for the game, too. The Yankees have been […] The post Didi Gregorius and the value of being a bad ball hitter appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
The Yankees haven’t had a superstar, but that might change soon

The Yankees haven’t had a superstar, but that might change soon

The Yankees are in the midst of a superstar-drought. Could it be ending soon? Since the days when they were called the New York Highlanders, the Yankees have always had superstars. From Babe Ruth to Lou Gehrig, from Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle, from Reggie Jackson to Don Mattingly, to Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, every era of Yankee baseball has been encompassed by the career of an all-time player. The idea of a "superstar" is a bit subjective, but even so, it's hard to deny that the Yankees have essentially always had one. If we define a star as someone who recorded over 6 rWAR (a...

Prospect Profile: Albert Abreu

Albert Abreu | RHP Background Back in 2013, the Astros signed the 21-year-old Abreu out of the relatively small town of Guayubin, in the Dominican Republic. He received a $185,000 bonus. Baseball America did not rank Abreu among the top 30 international prospects available during the 2013-14 international signing period. The Yankees acquired Abreu from […] The post Prospect Profile: Albert Abreu appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Yankees 2017 Potential Free Agent Target: Matt Albers

Yankees 2017 Potential Free Agent Target: Matt Albers

A rebound candidate in 2017 There is absolutely no reason to believe that the Yankees will be signing any more players to major league free agent deals. The market for starting pitching has dried up and there seems to be a legitimate lack of funds available to improve the team. At this point in the offseason, it’s hard to advocate for anyone still out there, but that doesn’t mean the roster is complete. In order to add more pitching depth, the Yankees should pursue more minor league deals than they have so far. The Yankees have signed Ruben Tejada as a potential replacement infielder...

Previewing the Yankees’ potential Spring Training invitees

Four weeks from yesterday, pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa and the Yankees will open Spring Training. It’s the best non-news day of the year. Nothing really happens that day, but hey, it’s the start of Spring Training, and that’s exciting. The offseason is boring. This one especially so. At some point in these […] The post Previewing the Yankees’ potential Spring Training invitees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees Player News

  • Gary Sanchez

    Gary Sanchez

    Yankees' hitting coach's updates: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird

  • Dellin Betances

    Dellin Betances

    Cashman confirms the Yankees will go to an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances

  • Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman

    Yankees bring Baby Bombers to NY to promote season The Associated Press

  • Didi Gregorius

    Didi Gregorius

    Didi Gregorius and the value of being a bad ball hitter

  • Masahiro Tanaka

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, Japan's 'Babe Ruth' workout together

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