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Gio Gonzalez intends to opt-out of minor league deal with Yankees, per report

That would give New York 48 hours either 48 hours to promote or release him. I can think of one team that should have interest... Gio Gonzalez fired his agent, Scott Boras, yesterday and hired CAA Baseball to represent him going forward. That’s notable, because Gonzalez can trigger the opt-out in his minor league contract with the Yankees today, giving New York 48 hours to either add him to the big league roster or release him back on to the open market. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB Network, Gonzalez does indeed intend to exercise his opt-out and the Yankees — who are full up in...

Lone Star Ball

Gio Gonzalez switches agents ahead of Saturday opt-out

Gio Gonzalez, who signed a minor league deal with the Yankees, has fired Scott Boras and hired CAA MLB Rumors: Gio Gonzalez and the New York Yankees agreed to a minor league deal late in the spring that gives Gonzalez the right to opt out if he is not added to the Yankees’ 25 man roster by tomorrow. According to Mark Feinsand, in advance of that opt-out date, Gonzalez has fired Scott Boras as his agent and retained CAA as his representatives. That’s an interesting move, and may be a signal that Gonzalez believes he may not be added and could be back on the free agent market. Gonzalez...

River Ave. Blues

Revisiting the MLBTR Archives: April 2014

At long last, the offseason and Spring Training are over. That applies both to the present day Yankees and the Yankees of yesteryear. Our MLB Trade Rumors archive series moves (concludes, really) into April 2014. The Yankees lost to Scott Feldman and the Astros — Houston went 51-111 the prior season — on Opening Day […] The post Revisiting the MLBTR Archives: April 2014 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees could bolster their lineup with one of these free agents

With Gio Gonzalez being the most notable signing to combat our battle with injuries, the Yankees could look into adding another piece through free agency. Back in March when CC Sabathia and Luis Severino were both on the injured list, the Yankees signed Gio Gonzalez to a minor league contract. The move added pitching depth to a roster that couldn’t foresee how many injuries were to come. It isn’t unusual for the Yankees’ front office to go out and sign a veteran player. With so many new injuries since the Gonzalez signing, it might be time to once again look into who is available....

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The Yankees have a big decision to make about their starting rotation

The Yankees have a few different options to replace their injured ace. Which direction should they choose? Immediately after the Yankees’ 2018 season ended on their home turf at the hands of the Red Sox, the team began talking about the offseason. Attention to the starting rotation, Brian Cashman said, would be a priority. He quickly re-signed team leader CC Sabathia to a team-friendly, one-year contract, and then deftly executed a trade to acquire James Paxton. Cashman also re-upped J.A. Happ, who had been lights-out for the Bombers after coming over from Toronto at the trade deadline....

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Yankees place Greg Bird on 10-day injured list, call up Mike Ford from Triple-A

The former undrafted free agent has had a great start to 2019 and will get a shot with the big league club The Yankees have been in need of an impact bat to replace the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar in the lineup. It looks like they’ll give a shot to their best Triple-A hitter, as Mike Ford will be called up today. Ford has been in the system since 2013, and while he wasn’t a ranked prospect on FanGraphs, he’s shown an ability to hit minor league pitching consistently, with a 156 wRC+ in Scranton in 2017, 114 last year, and a sterling 235 in the early...


Gio Gonzalez's Yankees decision is fast approaching

Gio Gonzalez, whom the Yankees signed to a minor-league deal last month, has an April 20 opt out if he's not in the majors. But will he risk going back to free agency or remain with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre?

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets got a hit

Chris Davis broke his record-breaking slump. Khris Davis is setting records for home runs. A Rockies pitcher just misses a no-no. Free agents are lowering their demands. The Yankees have problems. No spoilers on Game of Thrones. I haven’t seen it yet. Of course, I probably will have seen it by the time you read this, so spoil away. (Please don’t.) This says it all: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis got a hit, ending his record-setting 0 for 54. Three hits, in fact. Two of them were doubles. Joon Lee talks with Davis and his Orioles teammates about how Davis broke out of his slump. All...

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NYY News: Kyle Higashioka called up, Gary potentially injured

Yankees calling up Kyle Higashioka; Team reportedly has no interest in Dallas Keuchel; Joe Harvey a nice bright spot in bad series in Houston; Yankees hopeful with a return to the Bronx and the return of Sabathia. MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Here, Hoch fields a variety of questions, and leads off by addressing the Yankees’ rotation situation. He indicates that there is still nothing connecting the Yankees to free agent Dallas Keuchel, and that even with Luis Severino’s disappointing prognosis, the team has every intention of filling holes from within. Even Gio Gonzalez appears to not be much...


Ex-Ranger Mark Teixeira set to return to the place that is 'so special' to him for the first time as a non-opponent

Mark Teixeira will gladly accept your ovation now.And, you know what, he's probably due one.By now, the 2007 trade of Teixeira that overhauled the Rangers' organization and paved the way for a nearly a decade of contending, has earned "Herschel Walker Trade" legendary status. That was all well and good for Rangers fans when Teixeira was playing for the New York Yankees, but, at that point, he was, well a Yankee.On Friday, he returns to celebrate Rangers history. He will be back for the first time as a non-opponent and will pull down the countdown number in left field that tracks the number of...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Could Cleveland or New York come calling for a starter?

It’s early into the 2019 season, but both the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians have lost key players out of their starting rotations for the immediate future, and may very well check with the Blue Jays about available options. The Toronto Blue Jays have shown a willingness to make trades early into a rebuilding […] Blue Jays: Could Cleveland or New York come calling for a starter? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Even with Luis Severino’s setback, the Yankees need to show patience

Is Severino’s injury ideal? Far from it. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees should rush to action. Yankees fans may have reached DEFCON levels of frustration. The shoulder injury to Yankees ace Luis Severino has understandably irritated a fan base already dismayed by the front office’s refusal to pursue top free agent talents this past offseason. The news that broke on Tuesday that he had suffered a lat strain and would be shut down for six weeks — once again, very understandably — ignited the same response from the fans. Look across the entire Yankees online community. There are...

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Wednesday’s open thread

Welcome to Wednesday’s open thread Fun fact: Gerrit Cole is my favorite player not on the Yankees. I badly wanted the Yankees to trade for him before the 2018 season. I got very excited when a late-December 2017 rumor emerged suggesting a deal was close. Alas, it was not meant to be. I am still picking him for the cover art though. The Yankees wrap up their series with the Astros tonight, and we’ll have a game thread, instant reaction, full recap - the whole nine. In the meantime, use this as your open thread for the day. Fun Questions Will the Yankees sign Gerrit Cole if he hits...

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One trade that would help the Yankees right now

Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. Last week, the Giants and Blue Jays worked out a deal to send Kevin Pillar to San Francisco. Trade season doesn’t usually begin in early April, but to heck with norms. There are plenty of teams who already need help, and the Yankees happen to be one of them. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: What one trade could help the Yankees right now? Unless you’ve been living under a rock since Opening Day, you’re well aware that the Bombers have been decimated by...


SF Giants make trade for Tyler Austin

A former Yankees farm product, Austin has spent time in the past four years in the majors first with the Yankees from 2016-18 and last season and part of this year with the Twins. Ziegler has a combined .232 career batting average.

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A way too early look at the trade market for the Yankees

As Yankee injuries mount, patience may not be a virtue It’s no secret that the Yankees have suffered more than their fair share of injuries in the early going. At the time of writing this article, the team is without its starting left fielder, its starting center fielder, its backup center fielder, its starting third baseman, its starting shortstop, its backup shortstop, its setup man, its ace, its fifth starter, its sixth starter, its top prospect, and a decent reliever to boot. Measured in awards, that’s 22 All-Star appearances, five Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves, an MVP, and a...


New York Yankees sign Cliff Pennington for infield insurance

The New York Yankees signed free agent Cliff Pennington to a minor-league contract.         

Red Reporter

Farmers Only: It’s A Long, Lonely Road

Especially when you don’t win any damn games! Welcome back nicknames and baseball. We missed you! Brandon Larson Honorary Star Of The Night Reiver Sanmartin - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Reiver got his first taste of pitching for the good guys since his trade from the Yankees, and I’d say it went pretty well. Louisville Bats 5, Toledo MudHens 10 Odrisamer “Poppin’ Bottles Of” Despaigne took the start and pitched 5 innings of 3 earned runs baseball. He allowed a total of 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The bullpen, as you could guess, did not do well. Sherman “Tank”...

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The Yankees should consider an early run at the trade market

The Yankees are dropping like flies; let’s just hope it’s not too late. In Tuesday morning’s news post, I made a remark about how we always joke about the season being doomed early in the season. It’s a joke because there’s so much time left for baseball that individual results this early don’t generally mean much in the grand scheme of things. Yet, here we are, barely a week into the 2019 season and the Yankees may actually be teetering towards the edge of the cliff. Since spring training, the team has dealt with injuries to a significant number of players that they were...

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The Yankees need to find a way to extend Didi Gregorius

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is the latest of many stars who have recently agreed to contract extensions with their clubs. Yesterday, I wrote about how the recent spate of superstar contract extensions isn’t good for the Yankees. Since the advent of modern-day free agency nearly a half-century ago, the Yankees have enjoyed the luxury of being able to use their considerable financial clout to grab elite talent on the free agent market whenever they chose to do so. That option is vanishing before our eyes, however, as superstars like Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris...

River Ave. Blues

Tigers 2, Yankees 1: Setting a new team record for strikeouts is no way to win a ballgame

The Yankees are six games into the 2019 season and I already can’t wait for it to be over. No, I don’t mean that, but good grief. What a miserable team the Yankees are at the moment. I’m starting to think making no discernible upgrades through free agency was a bad idea. Anyway, the Yankees […] The post Tigers 2, Yankees 1: Setting a new team record for strikeouts is no way to win a ballgame appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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Wednesday open thread

Here’s your open thread for the day. So, the season is off to...a start. The Yankees wasted no time piling up injuries, to the point where I consider it a small victory that we haven’t heard any breaking injury news in the last 12 or so hours. The Bombers weren’t able to pull off the win in last night’s game, but they’ll still have a chance to pick up their first series later today. Fun Questions What’s on the menu for lunch today? What Yankees trade would you make right now?

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The recent spate of superstar contract extensions isn’t good for the Yankees

Yankees fans must trust that Brian Cashman will find a way to the team moving forward, despite these changes in the marketplace. The biggest Yankees story this offseason was the club’s failure to sign any of the class-leading free agents, including generational talents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. A portion of the fan base applauded this approach, with a variety of reasons cited. One common argument made was that better free agents would be available in the near future, including Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado. Unfortunately, neither of those two coveted superstars are going to hit free...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: How bad was the Luke Voit trade?

With Luke Voit slugging home runs in the Yankee pinstripes and St. Louis Cardinals cutting Chasen Shreve, many fans are grumbling about the trade that sent Voit to the Yankees. Just how bad was the Luke Voit trade? When Luke Voit was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos on July 27th […] St. Louis Cardinals: How bad was the Luke Voit trade? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Halos Heaven

Poll: Ohtani as Rookie of the Year or in the lineup right now?

Nice and early in the season, so a decision is less informed It is hard to forget the delicious salinity of Yankees fan tears. When Shohei Ohtani took home the coveted American League Rookie of the Year award over Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, the outrage that flooded social media was something to behold. But what would it take for you to give it all up — to trade the moral victory that comes with beating out the Yankees or to exchange the blasted dingers and stolen bases and broken records? There are few commodities so precious as the chance to see history in action. A playoff...

Bluebird Banter

Today in Blue Jays History: Pillar steals home

One Year Ago Today: Kevin Pillar stole second, third and then home, scoring us a big insurance run in a win over the Yankees. Sometimes I feel bad because I think I’m overly mean to Pillar. There are moments where he irritates me (yesterday swinging at a pitch at head level comes to mind). I’d love him to walk more. But he does have value. 14.6 bWAR career (that puts him 20th all time among position players in Blue Jays history). Sometimes we talk about him like we’d like the team to release him, but he should have some trade value. I think the team thought they had a trade for him...

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Yankees vs. Orioles: Opening Day 2019 start time, TV schedule, live stream info

Here’s everything you need to know to watch this afternoon’s game! Last year, the Yankees’ postseason run ended a little too soon for our liking. This winter saw the team make improvements, but also steer away from the blockbuster moves so many expected. That unsatisfying combination, paired with a general malaise surrounding the slow-moving free agent market, resulted in some displeased fans. The good news, however, is that the winter is over. Baseball is back, and with it a clean slate for the Yankees. Anything can happen this year, and it all starts today. Masahiro Tanaka gets...

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The Yankees should embark on a goodwill mission with their minor league players

It may amount to nothing, but it could amount to something. “Enjoy the strike.” That message came up often this winter whenever the topic of conversation shifted to free agency. The root cause was how many players waited so long — some are still waiting — for teams to sign them. It also applied to how many players accepted minor league contracts, or deals well below what they would have gotten just a few years ago. Players are no longer looking forward to free agency, but actively fear it. Nothing is more evident than that, especially considering the wave of extensions we’ve...

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