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NYY News: It’s been Tulong

Tulo committed to comeback in 2019; LeMahieu ready to play wherever Yankees want him; Beltran’s impact in the early days of camp; Andujar touting new footwork at third. ESPN | Coley Harvey: Troy Tulowitzki had a lot of time on his hands in 2018, sitting out the season due to injury. He says that it was hard to be out that long, but he’s come out better for it. He also had time to watch the Yankees a lot, and Tulo knew that heading into free agency the Yankees were the place he wanted to be, and for the whole year. The no-trade clause he got for his one-year deal may seem odd, but the...

The Crawfish Boxes

Justin Verlander Trade Review

Bringing Justin Verlander to Houston paid off in spades for Jeff Luhnow and the Astros- what has come of the players sent to Detroit in the summer of 2017? At the 2017 waiver trade deadline, the Astros consummated a deal with the Detroit Tigers which was arguably directly responsible for the team’s World Series championship. The deal brought longtime ace Justin Verlander to Houston where he seemed to regain his prime form overnight, making immaculate start after immaculate start down the stretch and into the postseason- including his immortal performance against the Yankees in the ALCS....

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14 thoughts after the Yankees miss out on Manny Machado

The Yankees whiffed on another top free agent. Earlier today the Manny Machado sweepstakes came to a close. The Padres emerged victorious, landing the superstar infielder on a 10-year contract worth $300 million. The Yankees had long been connected to the shortstop, targeting him for well over a calendar year. Now, for the second time this offseason, they walked away empty-handed. It may have taken a long time for Machado’s free agency to reach its conclusion, but one can expect that its fallout will stretch even further. From the Yankees’ perspective, the non-signing will follow them...

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The Yankees missed a golden opportunity to sign Manny Machado

The Yankees would have been a much better team with Machado, both now and in the foreseeable future. Oops, the Yankees did it again! They’ve left their fans standing at the altar once more, while making another half-hearted pursuit of a big-name free agent. This time it was generational talent Manny Machado, the latest in a long procession of stars that the once hyper-aggressive front office let slip through their fingers with little more than a wink and a nod. I know, the term “generational talent” has irritated Machado naysayers. Sadly, it may now frustrate those of us who are...

Purple Row

State of the Position: Second base

The Rockies have built up middle infield depth, and it will be put to the test in 2019 The Colorado Rockies have a bounty of young talent around the infield. This depth will be put to the test in 2019 as DJ LeMahieu, the team’s Opening Day second baseman since 2014, has left for the New York Yankees via free agency. The starter Heading into spring training, second base is the only really contested position for the Rockies at the moment. Appearing to have the inside track for the most playing time at the keystone in 2019 are left-handed batter Ryan McMahon and switch-hitter Garrett...


Bryce Harper and Manny Machado free agency are hot topics at Yankees camp

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper might not be walking through the door here, but their free-agent candidacies have been topics at Yankees camp.         

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Let’s appreciate how far Luis Severino has come with the Yankees

In less than two years, Severino has gone from possible reliever to young ace of the Yankees. The Yankees made a somewhat surprising move last week in signing Luis Severino to an extension. We’ve had plenty of coverage of the deal here. While Severino probably could have made more money by playing out arbitration and trying to hit free agency at age-29, it’s understandable he would want to lock in money right away, and from the fan perspective, it’s great to see the Yankees ace secured for the long-term. What’s gotten somewhat lost in the fallout of Severino’s extension is just...


Yankees started and ended lukewarm on free agent Manny Machado

In recent days, talk of Manny Machado and the Yankees would not quite die, but that had nothing to do with the team.


Yankees target Manny Machado has reportedly agreed to deal with Padres

The Yankees had been in pursuit of free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who was reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Now, the saga appears over...


Aaron Judge on Manny Machado to Padres: Yankees 'were already set'

Even though the Yankees did not land Manny Machado in free agency, Aaron Judge was still confident in his team throughout the offseason.         


6 Takeaways from Aaron Judge's press conference, including thoughts on Harper/Machado

Machado is finally off the free-agent market, and with Harper not on the Yankees' radar, it appears their roster is set for the season barring any out-of-the-blue signings. And Aaron Judge is perfectly fine with that.

River Ave. Blues

Danny Farquhar has a chance to win an Opening Day bullpen spot and he’s worth rooting for

The Yankees were arguably the most active team in baseball this offseason and, for a little while there in January, they made a free agent signing a week. Troy Tulowitzki one week, Zack Britton the next week, DJ LeMahieu the week after that, then Adam Ottavino the week after that. Then they capped it all […] The post Danny Farquhar has a chance to win an Opening Day bullpen spot and he’s worth rooting for appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton surprised at Bryce Harper, Manny Machado free agency

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is among latest player to voice his concern over the state of baseball and its free agents.

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Why Luis Severino’s extension is great for Yankees fans

The deal comes with a team option for 2023, which would have been Severino’s first year in free agency. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has previously said he would prioritize securing contract extensions with the team’s three stars who were set to hit free agency for the first time next winter, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, and Dellin Betances. But as he was about to walk into a potentially contentious arbitration hearing with another young star, Cashman pivoted, and instead inked Luis Severino to a four-year, $40 million extension. The news was surprising, considering this is...


Jonathan Loaisiga's ceiling is comfort for a Yankees team with questionable rotation depth

Before opening day, the Yankees could add a veteran arm on a minor league deal, via free agency or cutdowns at other camps.         


These two things the reason why Yankees didn't go after free agent Bryce Harper

While the Yankees' pursuit of Manny Machado hasn't been aggressive, the Bombers haven't been on Bryce Harper's radar all offseason.

River Ave. Blues

The A-Rod Trade Offers Valuable Lessons

The Yankees finalized one of the most significant transactions in their 116-year history fifteen years ago today when they sent Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias (originally a PTBNL) to the Texas Rangers. The Yankees, of course, received Alex Rodriguez and $67 million in return; this would be the best trade in the history of almost […] The post The A-Rod Trade Offers Valuable Lessons appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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NYY news: Luis Severino’s extension continues MLB-wide trend

What does Luis Severino’s extension mean for the rest of baseball?; Danny Farquhar debuts protective cap during first bullpen session; The Yankees prospect who could crack the Opening Day roster. New York Post | Joel Sherman: Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension yesterday. It seems to have been a smart move for both parties, with Sevy coming off of a crappy second half, and the Bombers locking up their potential ace on a club-friendly deal. Was it a good deal for baseball and free agency though? Players might be more and more inclined to sign cheaper...

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NYY News: What it would look like if the team signed Harper

What if the Yankees signed Bryce Harper?; Aaron Boone feeling good about Gary Sanchez; Miguel Andujar to work “entirely” at third base this spring; Yankees to bring Troy Tulowitzki along slowly this spring. MLB.com | Andrew Simon: The Yankees remain a long-shot to sign either of the superstar free agents on the market, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Still, it’s fun to speculate about what it would look like if the team reeled in a big fish. Simon runs down what the major effects would be if the Yankees took the plunge and acquired Harper, ranging from the short-term impact on the...

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How do Yankees stars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton stack up against Bryce Harper?

Hypothetically, if you could only have two of the three, who would they be? Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to spring training, but one of baseball’s biggest stars, Bryce Harper, is still unsigned as a free agent. The Yankees have shown little interest, mostly due to the notion that they have a full outfield. Still, it would be foolish to completely rule the Yankees out of any Harper sweepstakes until the very end. However, it seems increasingly likely that the Yankees will pass on Harper. Let’s have a little fun with numbers and hypotheticals anyway, though. Let’s...

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CC Sabathia wants Manny Machado to join the Yankees

Sabathia discusses Machado, his upcoming retirement, and more on the latest episode of R2C2. Reporting to spring training didn’t stop CC Sabathia from dropping a new episode of the R2C2 podcast. Although separated by approximately 1100 miles, Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco connected and discussed a variety of topics. The southpaw’s retirement, his spring training schedule, and the free agent market freeze took up most of the conversation. Of particular interest to fans, Ruocco asked Sabathia if he has kept up his communication with Manny Machado. The left-hander previously revealed that he...

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Sizing up James Paxton against the AL East

How will the new Yankees starter fare against divisional foes? While it feels like the Yankees have yet to make a desired big splash in free agency, it’s often forgotten that they grabbed a top flight starter at the very beginning of the offseason in James Paxton. The left-hander is arguably better than any free agent starter that was, or still is, available. He resents the ceiling of a bonafide ace when healthy. For Paxton to reach that ceiling, he will have to find success against his most frequent opponents, which will be teams within the division. So, how does Paxton square up against...

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Checking in on the Yankees’ divisional rivals ahead of spring training

Who was added? Who was lost? Is Baltimore a real baseball team? It seems like the offseason gets longer and longer every year. Having a World Series end so quickly and so distastefully didn’t help, and a deep freeze around the two best free agents in a long time has hurt as well. But don’t worry, baseball fans, spring training literally is around the corner, with pitchers and catchers reporting tomorrow! With that in mind, let’s go over the AL East, see which teams have improved and regressed, and if we can expect any final big moves as we approach fake baseball, then finally real...

River Ave. Blues

The timing for Clint Frazier to take over left field

Left field has been a source of stability for the Yankees ever since Brett Gardner took over in 2010. Yet, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. We started to get an idea of what life would be like without Gardner after last summer’s Andrew McCutchen trade. Obviously, McCutchen departed […] The post The timing for Clint Frazier to take over left field appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


Yankees betting favorites to sign free agent Manny Machado

As Spring Training commences, Manny Machado is still without a team but oddsmakers believe the Yankees are the favorites.

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Badler: Yankees expected to sign top Dominican outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez

?According to Ben Badler (subs. req’d), the Yankees are expected to sign Dominican outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez when the 2019-20 international signing period opens July 2nd. With international amateur free agents, “expected to sign” is usually code for “the two sides have a deal in place and are waiting for the signing period to open […] The post Badler: Yankees expected to sign top Dominican outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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The worst Yankees rumors of the offseason

There have been some groan-worthy rumors this winter. As the offseason winds down, the hot stove rumors will begin to dissipate. Workout highlights and updates will replace free agent and trade buzz. Before that transition takes place, though, it’s fun to look back on the winter’s rumors. In December I compiled the best rumors of 2018, capturing a good deal of the offseason’s excitement. Today I’ll take the opposite side of the coin and collect the most head-scratching, frustrating, and overall meh ones. To come up with this list, I searched the Rumors and Hot Stove tab here on...

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Fan Confidence Poll: February 11th, 2019

2018 Regular Season Record: 100-62 (851 RS, 669 RA, 98-64 expected record), second in ALE 2018 Postseason Record: 2-3 (22 RS, 29 RA), won WC Game, lost ALDS Top stories from last week: The Giants have “talked about” Jacoby Ellsbury, though it’s unclear whether they’ve engaged the Yankees in trade talks. Injury Updates: Didi Gregorius […] The post Fan Confidence Poll: February 11th, 2019 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Miguel Andujar reflects on his outstanding rookie season

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar discusses his 2019 rookie campaign, and what it's been like contending with constant rumors about Manny Machado's free agency. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook:

How Yankees could get back into Manny Machado sweepstakes

The longer Manny Machado goes unsigned in free agency this winter, the likelier the Yankees could still be to make a play for the 26-year-old superstar. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook:

MLB.com FastCast: Reds get Gray from Yankees - 1/21/19

The Reds get Sonny Gray in a three-team trade and sign him to an extension, plus the Cardinals intend to extend Paul Goldschmidt's contract About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the Un