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Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 2 hours ago

Thoughts following the Aroldis Chapman signing

Late last night, the Yankees landed their high-priced closer and agreed to sign Aroldis Chapman to a five-year contract worth $86M. It includes no-trade protection and an opt-out after the third year. Joel Sherman and Bob Nightengale say Chapman turned down more money from the Marlins, who offered $87M with opt-outs after years one and […] The post Thoughts following the Aroldis Chapman signing appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 4 hours ago

Yankees lose Torrens, six others in 2016 Rule 5 Draft

Thursday morning, the 2016 Winter Meetings unofficially wrapped up with the Rule 5 Draft. Traditionally everyone heads home after that. The Yankees were not able to make a Rule 5 Draft pick this year because their 40-man roster is full, though their incredibly deep farm system was raided pretty good, as expected. So it goes. […] The post Yankees lose Torrens, six others in 2016 Rule 5 Draft appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 5 hours ago

2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Thursday

The 2016 Winter Meetings wrap-up today from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Late last night the Yankees swooped in and agreed to re-sign Aroldis Chapman to a five-year contract worth $86M, which is easily the largest reliever contract in history. Now the team can move on to other business, […] The post 2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Thursday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 15 hours ago

Rosenthal: Yankees agree to five-year deal with Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman is coming back to the Yankees. Ken Rosenthal says the two sides have agreed to a five-year deal worth $86, which is easily the largest reliever contract in baseball history. Marly Rivera says the contract includes a no-trade clause for three years. More to come, but my quick take: I’m sure this contract […] The post Rosenthal: Yankees agree to five-year deal with Aroldis Chapman appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Mike Axisa / River Ave. Blues 20 hours ago

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Another day without the Yankees doing anything at the Winter Meetings. Boring! Then again, like 23 of the 30 teams haven’t done anything this week, so it’s not like the Yankees are an outlier here. I thought for sure we would get an Aroldis Chapman decision today, and we still might, but so far nothing. […] The post Wednesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Tyson Ross headlines non-tendered players who could be of interest to the Yankees

Last Friday was the deadline for teams to tender their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players contracts for the 2017 season. They didn’t have to sign them, just offer a contract. Those who didn’t receive an offer became free agents. A total of 35 players were non-tendered Friday. The Yankees non-tendered one player, lefty Jacob Lindgren, who […] The post Tyson Ross headlines non-tendered players who could be of interest to the Yankees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Wednesday

There is one full day remaining in the 2016 Winter Meetings and so far the Yankees have done, well, not a whole lot. Things can come together pretty quickly though. Last year at this time we were all lamenting the lack of activity, then bam, the Starlin Castro and Justin Wilson trades went down. “The […] The post 2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Wednesday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

The 2016 Winter Meetings are roughly halfway complete. Day Two came and went with no action for the Yankees, though Brian Cashman did confirm the team has made contract offers to Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, so that’s fun. What happens if they both accept at the same time? Is that allowed? That’d be interesting. […] The post Tuesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Scouting the Trade Market: Brandon McCarthy

Now that they have a new DH, the Yankees figure to focus on “pitching, pitching, pitching” this offseason. The free agent class really stinks though, especially with Rich Hill now off the board. Hal Steinbrenner recently said the Yankees could go into Spring Training with competition for two rotation spots, but I know I’m not […] The post Scouting the Trade Market: Brandon McCarthy appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees will retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2 on May 14th

The Captain is officially heading to Monument Park. On May 14th, the Yankees will retire Derek Jeter‘s No. 2 and honor him with a plaque on Monument Park, the team announced. That’s a Sunday game against the Astros, which means former teammates Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann will be there. Pretty cool. This, of course, […] The post Yankees will retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2 on May 14th appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Tuesday

The first day of the 2016 Winter Meetings came and went without a move for the Yankees. Two of their reported free agent targets, Rich Hill and Mark Melancon, signed with other teams. Now that Matt Holliday is on board as the DH, pitching is the top priority, and Brian Cashman is being open-minded. “From […] The post 2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Tuesday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Monday Night Open Thread

Day One of the 2016 Winter Meetings is mostly complete, and while the Yankees didn’t make a move today, other teams made moves that could impact New York. The Dodgers re-signed Rich Hill (three years, $48M) and the Giants signed Mark Melancon (four years, $62M), two players who were connected to the Yankees are various […] The post Monday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Monday Notes: Sabathia, Tanaka, WBC, Otani

The 2017 Winter Meetings are in full swing down at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center just south of Washington, DC. Here are the day’s Yankees-related rumors and here are some other bits of news and notes. Sabathia doing well after knee surgery At a charity event over the weekend, CC Sabathia told Evan […] The post Monday Notes: Sabathia, Tanaka, WBC, Otani appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Thoughts following the Matt Holliday signing

Last night the Yankees addressed one of their major offseason needs and landed a new DH. The team agreed to sign veteran Matt Holliday to a one-year contract worth $13M. Once he takes his physical and all that — I guess that’s something less than a formality considering a broken thumb effectively ended his season […] The post Thoughts following the Matt Holliday signing appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Monday

The four busiest days of the offseason begin today. Well, three busiest days. Usually everyone heads home following the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning. Anyway, the 2016 Winter Meetings begin today at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Yankees are expected to get down to business today after […] The post 2016 Winter Meetings Open Thread: Monday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Alex Belth / Bronx Banter Dec 4, 2016

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Rosenthal: Yankees agree to one-year deal with Holliday

The Yankees and Matt Holliday have agreed to a one-year deal worth $13M, reports Ken Rosenthal. I just finished writing his Scouting the Market post about two hours ago. Sigh. More to come … eventually. Instanalysis: A fine move for one year. The post Rosenthal: Yankees agree to one-year deal with Holliday appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Dec 4, 2016

Premature Lineup Questions

Considering it’s not even mid-December yet, the questions that follow are way too premature. To make up for that, I’ll try to avoid things that aren’t likely to stay the same. For example, I highly doubt the Yankees are going to go into the season with, say, Tyler Austin as the number one DH candidate […] The post Premature Lineup Questions appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Feinsand: Carlos Beltran will not sign with the Yankees

According to Mark Feinsand, Carlos Beltran will make his free agent decision at some point today. He is not going to sign with the Yankees, however. The Yankees had interest in bringing Beltran back to fill their now vacant DH spot. I’ll have more on this later. My guess is Beltran winds up with the […] The post Feinsand: Carlos Beltran will not sign with the Yankees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees non-tender Jacob Lindgren, who will probably be back at some point soon

Prior to tonight’s deadline, the Yankees non-tendered left-hander Jacob Lindgren, the team announced. He’s now a free agent. All other pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players received contract offers. The Yankees now have one open spot on the 40-man roster. Lindgren will miss the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery, and his non-tender is not entirely […] The post Yankees non-tender Jacob Lindgren, who will probably be back at some point soon appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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