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NYY news: Is Tony Rendon a target?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Could the Yankees get in on Anthony Rendon?; Luis Castillo would be a great trade target; Jacoby Ellsbury still might not be done; Free agents already coming off the board MLB.com | Will Leitch: The Yankees have most commonly been connected to starting pitching entering the offseason, as they should be. In truth, though, they should probably be in on every starry name, and that includes Anthony Rendon. While not a perfect fit for the Yankees’ roster, Rendon’s talent renders fit almost irrelevant, argues Leitch, who ranks the Yankees among the six teams most...

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Zack Wheeler isn’t a bad backup plan, but he’s not enough for the Yankees

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports If the Yankees don’t sign Cole or Strasburg, Wheeler is a good “Plan B,” but they shouldn’t be satisfied with it. It’s obvious who every Yankees fan wants the Bombers to sign: Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg. Heck, Giancarlo Stanton said he would want both of the flamethrowers in pinstripes. However, the Yankees haven’t made a huge splash for a free agent arm like these two since CC Sabathia in 2009. If the trend continues, they’ll miss out on the game-changing pitchers. Instead, they might turn to Zack Wheeler, who is exceptional on the mound...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Mike Tauchman

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ An unheralded spring training addition, Tauchman became a valuable contributor to the team this season. There was some gnashing of teeth when Mike Tauchman was acquired at the end of spring training to round out the Yankees’ roster. It appeared that Tyler Wade had earned a full-time spot on the club, but the Yankees decided to trade for a nondescript outfielder from Colorado to take Wade’s spot. Eight months later, Tauchman is one of the most important outfielders on the team, and one who could be in line for a much bigger role next...

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Chicago Cubs: Miguel Andujar should be on the team’s radar

The Chicago Cubs are likely to be active on the trade market this year, and the young Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar is the kind of cheap, controllable player they could use. So far this offseason, the Chicago Cubs have made it reasonably clear that they have no plans to spend big in free agency […] Chicago Cubs: Miguel Andujar should be on the team’s radar - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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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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Why the Yankees should hesitate about trading for Corey Kluber

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports It makes more sense to splurge on the free agent market Everybody knows that the Yankees need to acquire at least one top-tier starting pitcher to help them get over the hump. After all, the franchise hasn’t won a World Series since 2009, and fans know that it is just too much time for a club used to winning. Of course, fans have also come to understand that there are other teams that are quite competitive, and that winning isn’t that easy. However, frustration is building up within the fanbase because in the last couple of years, as there have been...

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Wednesday’s open thread

Photo by Elsa/ Here’s your open thread for Wednesday Time flies, doesn’t it? It was a year ago yesterday that the Yankees acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. I love to revisit posts from deals as they happened. Here’s what we had to say about Big Maple that night. Maybe the Yankees will give us some news this week. That would be fun! In the meantime, here’s your open thread for the day. Fun Questions What do you think of the Paxton trade a year later? Do you like the snow?

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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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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...

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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...

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Predicting the biggest moves this offseason

MLB Free Agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon headline this offseason, but there are other players to be had so here is where the biggest names will land. Predicting where the biggest MLB free agents will land is nearly impossible because there are always the big-name teams like the New York Yankees and […] Predicting the biggest moves this offseason - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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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...

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New York Mets must make Dellin Betances their number one priority

Dellin Betances and his elite-level talent is a must for the New York Mets to add this winter. The New York Mets desperately need to improve their bullpen for the 2020 season. On the free agent front, ex-New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances looks like the perfect candidate to help turn one of their biggest […] New York Mets must make Dellin Betances their number one priority - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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NYY news: Clint Frazier’s complicated trade market

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees need to make a decision for the backup catcher spot; Under the radar free agents for Cashman to consider; Frazier’s trade value is complicated New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The elbow injury suffered by Aaron Hicks might have opened some doors in the Yankees’ outfield, but it’s still unclear where Clint Frazier will fit in next season. Frazier has been a topic of discussion at the GM Meetings in Arizona, and there seems to be an overall feeling that his trade market isn’t quite as strong as it was last offseason. With that being said,...


As always, Brian Cashman is looking to upgrade the Yankees' rotation

It could be high-profile free agents, lower-profile free agents, trades or in-house pitchers.

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NYY news: Miggy on the move?

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Will Austin Romine come back?; Teams make it clear they want Miguel Andujar; Yankees will do their best to get Cole; Cashman is engaging with all free agents. NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: As the offseason progresses, more and more decisions will be made about the Yankees 2020 roster. One potential decision that has made headlines as of late is whether or not backup catcher Austin Romine will be back. Romine has been with the Yankees since 2011 and grown into a quality reserve behind Gary Sanchez. However, the time has come that they Yankees may look elsewhere...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Austin Romine

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Austin Romine had another serviceable season as Gary Sanchez’s backup. Austin Romine has been a career backup at catcher, but thanks to injuries to Gary Sanchez the past couple seasons, Romine has had a chance to get on the field quite a bit. Romine’s numbers at the plate might not have impressed anyone during his first few years, but over the last two seasons, Romine has raised his production to about league average. With Romine hitting the free agent market, we might have seen his last days in pinstripes. If so, he left after producing...

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The Yankees shouldn’t settle in free agency

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to open up the check book for a top-flight starter. The Yankees have to address their starting rotation this offseason. Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka are the only sure things on the roster, but thankfully they can land another sure-thing in free agency. Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg loom large on the open market, and without question, they are the most-talented pitchers available anywhere this year. The Yankees will still look in other places for pitching talent. Earlier this week, Brian Cashman mentioned he’d engage...

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NYY News: Trade for Thor? Noah way

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Mets don’t plan to trade Syndergaard; Andujar drawing trade interest; Astros allegations bring whistling complaint to the forefront; LeMahieu finishes fourth in MVP voting NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Arguably the most exciting rumor from last winter saw the Yankees “pushing hard” for a Noah Syndergaard trade. The Mets apparently took calls on the right-hander at the trade deadline, too, and one would expect the Yankees to have inquired. Don’t expect a repeat scenario this offseason, though, as Brodie Van Wagenen said he isn’t moving Thor. Then again, it...

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Tyler Austin signs contract to play in Japan

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The 1B/OF is heading overseas after his short stint in Milwaukee It didn’t take long for Tyler Austin to find work after declaring free agency following his outright assignment by the Brewers to start the offseason. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the former Brewer and Yankee is heading to Japan to play in Yokohama on a one-year deal with a club option. Former Yankees 1B Tyler Austin is headed to the Yokohama DeNA Baystars on a one-year, deal with a club option, a source tells ESPN. Austin spent time with the Twins, Giants and Brewers in ’19. He’ll replace...

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If the Cubs want to trade, the Yankees should be all-in

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Theo Epstein may be looking to trade pieces of his championship core, and the Yankees could do business A few years ago, the Yankees and Cubs were in opposite points of contention. The Yankees were reluctant sellers, trading away key expiring contracts to jumpstart a rebuild into the next generation of Yankees teams. The Cubs were championship favorites, seeking to add insurance for a curse-breaking title push. Both teams found common ground, and they made a deal that worked out fantastically for each side. Now the situation is different. The Yankees have been a...

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On the Yankees, Mookie Betts, and trade speculation

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ In which we break down a wild trade proposal We all dreamed about it, I’m sure. At the very least, Red Sox fans had nightmares about it. After two center fielders jumped ship to the Bronx, all it took to strike fear into the hearts of Red Sox fans was to refer to Mookie Betts as “the future Yankee center fielder.” A joke among friends, however, was all it ever seemed destined to be, even as the Red Sox decided to do their best impression of the New York Giants and put their best player on the trade block. And then Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the...

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NYY News: Blockbuster? You Betts

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ A wild Mookie Betts trade proposal; Astros reportedly stole signs during 2017 World Series run that went through Yanks; Cole free agency expected to run through New Year; Improving Gary Sanchez’s defense is still a priority The Boston Globe | Peter Abraham: We’d like to start everyone’s day off with a wild trade proposal. Abraham suggests a rare Yankees-Red Sox blockbuster, with Mookie Betts and Jay Groome heading to New York in exchange for Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Luis Gil, and Mike King. Anyway... NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: According to a report in...

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Why the Yankees should NOT sign Gerrit Cole

New York Yankees fans want to sign the big fish in the free-agent market including Gerrit Cole, but there is a big reason why they shouldn’t. Gerrit Cole is the best pitcher in the league right now, and it is undeniable. The only problem is he is going to command $300 million if teams, like […] Why the Yankees should NOT sign Gerrit Cole - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Five potential free agent reclamation projects for the Yankees

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports These arms have their fair share of issues or health problems, but perhaps the new pitching coach and his fresh ideas can help turn things around. Let’s be clear and get it out of the way right at the top: what the Yankees need the most is, at least, one high-profile, top-of-the-line starter. Period. They should go after Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg to help them get over the hump. However, and especially in this era, each team needs between seven and nine starting pitchers to navigate through a season because of injuries, poor performance,...


Yankees OK with Gleyber Torres playing shortstop

With offseason just beginning and Didi Gregorius as a free agent, GM Brian Cashman is in no hurry to "solve" anything at the position just yet.

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Brian Cashman should strike early in free agency

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees may be able to use the slow free agent market to their advantage With the GM meetings underway in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Major League Baseball offseason is beginning to take shape. General managers have begun to discuss — and in some rare cases, even complete — trades, while the offseason’s biggest event, the opening of free agency, is on the horizon. Or rather, the traditional biggest event of offseason. The last few years, however, have seen free agency devolve into something of a snorefest, where players languish unemployed until late...

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NYY news: Shuffling the bench

Mendoza replaces Bard as bench coach on Boone’s staff; Cashman might need to kick off the hot stove; Zack Wheeler could carry a pricey tag in free agency NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The offseason renovation to the coaching staff continued on Monday with news of quality control coach Carlos Mendoza’s promotion to bench coach, replacing Josh Bard who had held the role for the past two seasons. The move follows the first major change that the Yankees made to the coaching staff with Matt Blake taking over for Larry Rothschild, and we’ll have to wait and see if it’s the last...

Stephen A. goes off on Yankees for failing to acquire a starting pitcher | Stephen A. Smith Show

Stephen A. Smith goes off on Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, saying he doesn't see them winning the 2019 World Series after failing to pick up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. ✔

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer? | FOX MLB

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are both interested in starting pitching. #FOXSports #MLB #TrevorBauer #Yankees #RedSox