5:12 AM EST, Wed November 20, 2019
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New York Yankees news: A trade that can make room for Gerrit Cole

New York Yankees news: A trade that can make room for Gerrit Cole

Photo by Patrick Smith/ The Yankees could be looking to trade J.A. Happ to create room for Gerrit Cole; Moves on the way ahead of the Rule 5 Draft; Nestor Cortes Jr. breaks down his slider. New York Post | Joel Sherman: According to Sherman, an “outside executive” thinks that the Yankees could go after Gerrit Cole if they can clear up some space in their salary. One idea floated was that they could package a decent MLB player like Luis Cessa, or a pitching prospect, with J.A. Happ. Remember when the Yankees traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres? Similar thought here....
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How the Yankees’ infield defense could change in 2020

How the Yankees’ infield defense could change in 2020

Photo by Elsa/ The Yankees’ defensive alignment might be optimized if they let Didi Gregorius go. The Yankees’ infield defense in 2019 was one of the team’s unexpected strong suits. Gleyber Torres continued to take steps forward, Gio Urshela announced his presence, and DJ LeMahieu became the super-utility man that the Yankees’ infield desperately needed for years. That’s without even mentioning the contributions of Didi Gregorius, the team’s sure-handed shortstop, who contributed when healthy. However, the team’s infield defense was almost a little bit better without...
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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Giancarlo Stanton

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Giancarlo Stanton

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports 2019 was a lost, injury-riddled season for the Yankees slugger. It would be impossible to tell the story of Giancarlo Stanton’s 2019 season without mentioning his injuries. The 30-year-old outfielder was plagued with pain, missing a total of 144 games due to a torn left bicep, a left shoulder strain, a sprained right knee and a strained quad that agitated him throughout the postseason. After a strong first year in pinstripes, his second year was beyond dreadful. Grade: I 2019 Statistics: 18 games, 72 plate appearances, .288/.403/.492, 3 home runs, 12...
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MLB’s minor-league realignment plan hurts the Yankees and the league

MLB’s minor-league realignment plan hurts the Yankees and the league

Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Fewer rosters will could theoretically net minor leaguers a pay raise, but at a hefty cost. Minor-league depth has been one of the Yankees’ biggest strengths over the past several seasons. The organization carried nine teams across seven leagues last year, and houses tons of potential talent in the states and internationally. Change is coming to the system, however, and it begins with a mandate from Major League Baseball. MLB has selected teams from every organization to be disbanded from the minor league system, a reported list of 42 clubs. The...
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Which teams are most likely to trade for Miguel Andujar?

Which teams are most likely to trade for Miguel Andujar?

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports These four teams are among the most likely to swing a trade for the Yankees’ young third baseman. At last week’s MLB general managers meetings, Yankees GM Brian Cashman made it clear that Miguel Andujar was a popular topic of conversation. Gio Urshela established himself as a solid starting option at third base in Andujar’s absence last season, and now other teams have come calling about 2018’s Rookie of the Year runner-up. ”I’m definitely getting a lot of interest in Miguel Andujar while I’m sitting down here,” Cashman told Michael Kay...
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Ranking the best tools on the Yankees’ roster

Ranking the best tools on the Yankees’ roster

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports From DJ LeMahieu’s hit tool to Aaron Judge’s and Giancarlo Stanton’s power, these Bombers have game-changing abilities. When you are the New York Yankees, you target players with game-changing skills and tools. Thankfully, the team has plenty of players that can help determine the outcome of a ballgame with one swing, one throw, or one pitch. Much of that stems from the fact that any number of players on the team have unadulterated, 80-grade tools. So, let’s highlight the best of them. Here are the five best tools in the New York Yankees’...
Nov 19, 2019
NYY news: The Captain heads to Cooper2town?

NYY news: The Captain heads to Cooper2town?

Photo by Mark Brown/ Jeter on the ballot, Hall next?; Tanner Swanson here to refine Yankees’ catchers; Matt Blake comes to the Bronx highly regarded; Could Gregorius return on a one-year deal? Associated Press: It was announced Monday that Derek Jeter will headline the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. Jeter might not garner the same unanimous support that put Mariano Rivera in the Hall earlier this summer, but it feels safe to say the Captain is a lock for Cooper2town. New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Tanner Swanson, the Yankees’ new catching coordinator, couldn’t come into...
Nov 18, 2019
Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Send in your best questions for this week’s mailbag! With awards announced and the GM Meetings in the books, we’re in the thick of the offseason now. Since baseball’s free agency moves at a slow pace—glacial in recent years—don’t expect much groundbreaking news this month. It’s possible of course, as the Brian McCann deal went down in late November, but unlikely. So, how about we take some mailbag questions while we wait? You may want to ask about the latest free agent and trade rumors—perhaps you have some players in mind of your own. Maybe you’re wondering if the...
Nov 18, 2019
Gleyber Torres brought power to the Yankees’ lineup

Gleyber Torres brought power to the Yankees’ lineup

Photo by Elsa/ Torres’ sophomore season only further proved how great he can become. Players looking to complete their sophomore year with Yankees just weren’t meant to have their way in 2019. Jordan Montgomery was recovering from Tommy John surgery, Miguel Andujar had shoulder surgery, and Giancarlo Stanton remained on the injured list for multiple reasons. However, Gleyber Torres was one of three Yankees to stay healthy the entire season and help the team reach 103 wins. Not only did Torres become a force in the postseason, but the young infielder made improvements on numerous...
Nov 18, 2019
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Luis Severino

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Luis Severino

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Injuries sidelined Severino for most of the season. 2019 started off very positively for Severino when he and the Yankees were able to avoid arbitration while reaching a four-year contract in mid-February. With his new deal in hand, Severino was primed to start Opening Day, and the Yankees had locked up a member of their young core for the immediate future. With all that optimism, there were still a lot of questions for Sevy to answer about his long term status as a top of the rotation starter. After finishing third in the 2017 AL Cy Young award voting, Severino...
Nov 18, 2019
Why the Yankees shouldn’t just focus on the pitching market

Why the Yankees shouldn’t just focus on the pitching market

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports It’s clear the Yankees need to improve on the mound, but doing so without regard for the lineup would be a mistake. Among Yankees fans, the mantra is the same wherever you look: the Yankees need pitching! Newspaper reporters, online bloggers, radio personalities, and Twitter all agree that Brian Cashman should prioritize top-tier starting pitching, with the pursuit of free agents Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg at the top of that list. I’m not here to argue with that. In fact, if you were to ask me what my ideal offseason would be, landing one of...
Nov 18, 2019
One Yankee most likely to be traded during the offseason

One Yankee most likely to be traded during the offseason

Photo by Cole Burston/ Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. Last week, I asked Yankees fans to put together out of the box trades to help the team. We received a ton of submissions and there were some interesting ideas in there. That got me to thinking about this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Which Yankee is most likely to be traded during the offseason? Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Mike Ford, and Mike Tauchman all stand out here, but the possibilities are endless. Feel free to select a prospect. Maybe they should...
Nov 18, 2019
NYY news: Things are getting murkier for the Astros

NYY news: Things are getting murkier for the Astros

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports MLB found evidence of whistling after Yankees’ complaints; What would it take to pry away Lindor or Kluber from the Indians?; former Yankee to be considered for the Mets’ pitching coach position Yahoo! Sports | Liz Roscher According to reports, MLB investigators confirmed that whistling was heard during ALCS Game 1 against the Yankees. However, they weren’t able to spot the source of the whistling. This is the third type of sign-stealing accusations the Astros have, allegedly, been involved with since 2017. That includes the trash can lid banging and...
Nov 17, 2019
Why the corporatization of MLB is the real threat to baseball

Why the corporatization of MLB is the real threat to baseball

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees and MLB at large now resemble consulting companies, not baseball teams, and that’s hurting the game As baseball shifted from a game run by the eye test and counting stats to Statcast and biometrics, the people running baseball teams have changed as well. Fewer and fewer “baseball lifers” run teams, their ranks filled by (mostly) men who would look as comfortable with McKinsey or Deloitte as the Dodgers and Yankees. Part of this was by necessity: you need people within your organization who can interpret and action all the data that teams...
Nov 17, 2019
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: CC Sabathia

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: CC Sabathia

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports From start to finish, Sabathia’s farewell campaign was sadly plagued by injury. The Yankees brought back CC Sabathia on a one-year, $8 million deal last offseason, in what the southpaw said would be the final season of his Hall-of-Fame worthy career. Unfortunately for Sabathia, a health scare delayed the start to his 2019 season, and a heartbreaking injury abruptly ended his final outing of the year. Sabathia’s final season carried its share of memories and even history, but overall, injuries dominated what should have been a celebratory narrative. Grade:...