10:15 AM EST, Sat January 25, 2020
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The Yankees and Rays are poised to fight for the AL East

The Yankees and Rays are poised to fight for the AL East

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Both teams leaned into their brands to become the top two teams in the division. Ah, Tampa Bay. Known for white sand beaches, an annual influx of pirate cosplayers —happening today! — and consistent rumors among the population there is a professional baseball team somewhere within the city. Of course, actual baseball fans know a whole lot about the Tampa Bay Rays: they’re one of the most successful teams in the game over the past decade, and the Yankees’ primary challenger for the AL East division title in 2020. The Rays finished 2019...
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NYY News: Shifting gears and gloves

NYY News: Shifting gears and gloves

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Miguel Andujar will try first base and left field in spring training; Cashman still confident in J.A. Happ; Stanton bench presses a supermodel and is projected for 50 home runs next season NJ.com | Randy Miller: Brian Cashman has made it clear this offseason that the third base position belongs to Gio Urshela until further notice. Aaron Boone spent some time last week in the Dominican Republic, and informed Miguel Andujar to come to spring training ready to get some work in at first base and left field. “He can go to Triple-A, but is there a role on the...
18 hours ago
The Yankees have two talented prospects in Anthony Volpe and Ezequiel Duran

The Yankees have two talented prospects in Anthony Volpe and Ezequiel Duran

Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Low-A Charleston will have a talented middle infield combination in the form of Volpe and Duran. This coming season, the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs will see numerous talented players grace their roster. Possibly nowhere on the diamond will the talent have as high of a ceiling as the middle infield combination of shortstop Anthony Volpe and second baseman Ezequiel Duran. Volpe and Duran entered the Yankees system on the opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of expectations. Duran was signed for a $10,000 signing bonus out of the Dominican...
20 hours ago
Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jhoulys Chacin

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jhoulys Chacin

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The 32-year old had a successful 2017 and 2018. His bad 2019 is scaring teams away, but he won’t take more than a spring training invitation Jhoulys Chacin was a successful starting pitcher in 2017 and 2018 for the San Diego Padres and the Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. That said, his 2019 was so bad that he hasn’t been able to find a team for the 2020 season. The most-likely scenario at this point involves a minor-league deal with incentives. That doesn’t mean his career is over, though. The Yankees should, at least, kick the tires. Chacin started...
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The precipitous decline of Jimmie Reese

The precipitous decline of Jimmie Reese

Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/ After an impressive rookie season, the Yankees’ second baseman suffered quite a dip The most famous case of a Yankee suffering a precipitous drop after an excellent rookie season will probably forever be Kevin Maas. In 1990, he hit 21 home run in 79 games, put up a 150 OPS+, and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. The rest of his career never came close to matching that season, but it can’t exactly be described as “awful.” In the three other years he played in pinstripes, he put up OPS+ totals of 100, 99, and 97. That essentially...
Jan 24, 2020
The Yankees’ faith in Clarke Schmidt is paying off

The Yankees’ faith in Clarke Schmidt is paying off

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via The right-hander has developed from draft-day question mark to legitimate top prospect. In 2017, the Yankees made a surprising move with their first-round pick in that year’s MLB Draft, taking South Carolina pitcher Clarke Schmidt 16th overall. Schmidt was projected to go somewhere around the middle of the first round until an elbow injury derailed his season, ultimately requiring Tommy John surgery. At the time, the Yankees’ selection of Schmidt was seen as a gamble to get an underslot first-rounder, and also pick up Matt Sauer in the second...
Jan 24, 2020
Yankees mailbag: Estevan Florial’s trade value, Cito Culver, Mike Tauchman

Yankees mailbag: Estevan Florial’s trade value, Cito Culver, Mike Tauchman

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The answers to this week’s mailbag are in Hi, everyone, we have a short mailbag today—just four questions and answers. We didn’t get a big turnout, but hey, sometimes that happens. As always, leave your questions in our weekly mailbag call or inbox at pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. y4nkees asks: Why don’t the Yankees trade Estevan Florial? They don’t have a spot for him, and he is highly valued. Florial is such an interesting prospect. Injuries have hurt his stock over the last few seasons. He missed out on Baseball America’s top 100...
Jan 24, 2020
Friday’s open thread

Friday’s open thread

Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports Enjoy today’s open thread Hello, everyone, happy Friday! Hope you all had a nice week. It’s been a pretty good one for Yankees fans. Derek Jeter sailed into the Hall of Fame, and the club made a few minor-league signings. That’s a solid bit of news for the end of January. Maybe we’ll get more this weekend! In the meantime, here’s an open thread for your enjoyment. Have at it! Fun Questions What does Derek Jeter mean to you as a Yankees fan? Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer?
Jan 24, 2020
NYY news: Take Mahomes, Country Roads

NYY news: Take Mahomes, Country Roads

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Yankees were eyeing Mahomes in 2014; Jeter breaks down the flip play; the next player to go unanimously into the Hall of Fame might be an ex-Yankee NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees Vice President and Director of Amateur Scouting, said that he was eyeing Patrick Mahomes ahead of the 2014 MLB draft. Mahomes is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, who had an 11-year career. The quarterback, however, chose to stick with football. Oppenheimer admitted, “When a guy has these options of being a really good quarterback who’s going to walk...
Jan 23, 2020
Celebrate Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame election with a new shirt from BreakingT

Celebrate Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame election with a new shirt from BreakingT

BreakingT It’s the perfect shirt to wear to Cooperstown The Captain is going to Cooperstown. Earlier this week, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected Derek Jeter into the Hall of Fame. His accomplishments need no re-telling; his legacy speaks for itself. If you’re interested, however, you can find our Hall of Fame coverage here. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to continue our celebration of Jeter. What better way to show off your appreciation than with a new shirt from BreakingT. The COOPER2TOWN shirt features a pinstriped-silhouette of Jeter’s iconic...
Jan 23, 2020
The Yankees actually have upper-level pitching depth

The Yankees actually have upper-level pitching depth

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via The Yankees have improved their pitching depth for 2020. The 2019 regular season forced the Yankees to repeatedly shuffle their active roster with injuries seemingly occurring each day. Quick roster adjustments brought forth surprise performances from unexpected players like Gio Urshela, Mike Ford, Mike Tauchman, and others, while introducing the organization and its fans to the use of the opener. Because the Yankees didn’t have as much depth in the starting pitching department as they did in the outfield and corner infield, they needed to use...
Jan 23, 2020
The Yankees should just keep J.A. Happ

The Yankees should just keep J.A. Happ

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The rumors surrounding the left-hander have disappeared, and at this point, maybe the Yankees should just stand pat. Early in the offseason, few things felt like certainties regarding the Yankees’ plans. Sure, they were quickly linked to Gerrit Cole, but at the outset, it wasn’t clear exactly how hard the team would push, especially after their half-hearted free-agent chases last winter. The only things that seemed obvious were the team’s desire to re-sign Brett Gardner to a short-term deal, and its inclination to deal J.A. Happ at the earliest...
Jan 23, 2020
The path to pinstripes for Deivi Garcia

The path to pinstripes for Deivi Garcia

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via How can the Yankees’ top prospect force his way onto the Opening Day roster? Yankees top prospect Deivi Garcia took the minor leagues by storm in 2019, posting a 4.28 ERA in 111 innings, striking out 165 batters and limiting opponents to a .231 AVG in 26 appearances (21 starts). He flew through the system, making four starts for the Tampa Tarpons and 11 for the Trenton Thunder before finishing the season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Along the way, he was praised for elite stuff, including a plus curveball and a fastball that tops out...
Jan 23, 2020
Jonathan Holder is at a career crossroads with the Yankees

Jonathan Holder is at a career crossroads with the Yankees

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Holder will need to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2019 season to cement a future in the Yankees’ bullpen There are few Yankees players who have more at stake this season than Jonathan Holder. The 26-year-old right-hander enters his fourth MLB season with a mixed bag of results in his past and an uncertain future in the Yankees bullpen. Holder owns a 7-6 record and a 4.30 ERA over 155.0 career innings, but his ERA spiked to 6.31 in 34 games in 2019 before he was shut down with a shoulder injury in August. Even with the departure of Dellin Betances,...
Jan 23, 2020
What Luis Avilan can bring to the Yankees’ bullpen

What Luis Avilan can bring to the Yankees’ bullpen

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The lefty reliever can be a sufficient piece out of the bullpen if he’s able to rebound from a rocky 2019 season. Amidst the hype surrounding Derek Jeter and his Hall of Fame election, the Yankees signed left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday. He was with the New York Mets last season, but had some trouble as he pitched to a career-high 5.06 ERA in 32 innings. Given his age and performance last year, it’s unclear what to expect from him in 2020, hence why he received a minor-league deal....