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How the Yankees can retain DJ LeMahieu and stay under the luxury tax threshold

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Yankees are faced with the agonizing decision of either keeping their most productive player or resetting their tax penalties. But why not do both? Before the Yankees lies the icy landscape of what could be a particularly frigid winter. They approach this frozen wasteland without the insulating warmth of some of their most trusted security blankets. Key contributors in DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka enter the free agency market, while James Paxton’s and J.A. Happ’s departures further deplete New York’s pitching depth....

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Joe Musgrove is the rotation solution the Yankees have been looking for

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The Pirates pitcher broke out in 2020 and would slot in perfectly behind Gerrit Cole. Much has been made of the somewhat underwhelming 2021 free agency class. Charlie Morton is moving up in years, you can’t count on James Paxton to be on the field, and Trevor Bauer is, well, Trevor Bauer. The Yankees need to bolster the starting rotation, that’s not in doubt, but what if they didn’t have to dabble in free agency? The best pitcher available might be one on the trade market, Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove. Musgrove, who will be 28 on Opening...

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Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: Tommy Kahnle

Photo by Elsa/ The Yankees really missed Kahnle in 2020. What a strange journey with the Yankees Tommy Kahnle has had. He was drafted by the team way back in 2010, remaining with the team through 2013. That year, the Yankees left him exposed in the Rule 5 Draft, and he was picked up by the Rockies. With them and the White Sox, he became a good major league reliever, and it seemed like a real mistake to let him get away the way he did. In 2017, he found his way back to the Yankees, coming with David Robertson and Todd Frazier in a trade with the White Sox. He was good...

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Mets, Yankees could put DJ LeMahieu in enviable free agent position

With Thanksgiving arriving this week, DJ LeMahieu has a handful of reasons to be very thankful. After testing positive for COVID-19 before spring training 2.0 opened in early July, the Yankees’ most complete player rebounded to lead the majors in hitting with a .364 average in 50 games. LeMahieu’s .421 on-base percentage and 1.011 OPS...

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Interview with Yankees prospect James Nelson

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Nelson talks with Pinstripe Alley about growing up a Yankees fan, being around the game from an early age and getting traded to New York. Last January, the Yankees acquired minor league third baseman James Nelson in a trade for reliever Stephen Tarpley. Nelson recently took the time to speak with Pinstripe Alley on a variety of topics that will be published in two parts. Here is part one. Dan Kelly - How did you first get into baseball? What are some of your earliest baseball memories, and what drew you to the sport? James...

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Brooks Kriske could be a late-inning weapon for the Yankees in 2021

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ If he makes strides with his control, the right-hander with the high-octane fastball can provide solutions to the Bombers’ bullpen It was evident, during the 2020 season, that the Yankees’ bullpen just wasn’t the same elite unit that dominated opposing hitters in the final innings during recent campaigns. Adam Ottavino has seemingly regressed, Tommy Kahnle was lost to Tommy John surgery and is now a free agent, and no one from the group of Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder, and Ben Heller has stepped up. Jonathan Loaisiga is a fine middle reliever,...

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Blue Jays rumors: DJ LeMahieu on team’s free agency radar

The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams on DJ LeMahieu’s list of destinations but might have a tough time beating out the New York Mets and Yankees. If the Toronto Blue Jays want to pry away a big free agent from the Big Apple, they might have to find a way to make it […] Blue Jays rumors: DJ LeMahieu on team’s free agency radar - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

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View from the Catwalks: Chapman finally has suspension hearing

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Who is the most untouchable Rays player? WWe moves ThunderDome to the Thunderdome. Gary Sánchez has no trade value. Rays News Mike Brosseau got revenge a couple of times against the Yankees for the near manslaughter that occurred in the Bronx. Most notably, the HR against Chapman that ended his and the Yankees season in the ALDS. That’s the best punishment for the Rays as the MLB was always going to be way too light: I think he served his punishment on Oct. 9 tbh https://t.co/0A2eiBcS4M— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November...

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NYY news: Decisions, decisions

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Yankees have some decisions to make ahead of Rule-5 draft; examining Gary Sánchez’s trade value; Aroldis Chapman taking former financial advisor to court; Yankee coach to join White Sox staff. New York Post | George A. King III: With the deadline approaching to protect players by placing them on the 40-man roster ahead of the rule five draft, the Yankees have some decisions to make. There is always some degree of mystery and danger in it, but that’s been ramped up this year. The cancellation of the 2020 minor league season and the lack of...

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DJ LeMahieu’s desire to stay in NYC makes it Yankees vs. Mets

Did the Yankees do too good a job of selling DJ LeMahieu not only on them, but also on New York City? Could Steve Cohen pull the same, “Thanks for proving yourself elsewhere, we’ll take it from here” move that the Yankees have deployed countless times on big free agents? The most likely scenario remains...

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NYY News: LeMachine processing

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Yankees waiting on DJ; Clarke Schmidt to the minors?; Robinson Canó suspended again; a look at home-field advantage NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It’s hard to imagine a 32-year-old who came to the Yankees with the intent of being used as a utility man becoming the key to the 2021 offseason, but that’s exactly the case with DJ LeMahieu. After two MVP-level seasons, LeMachine is a free agent, and so much of the Yankees strategy for this winter hinges on whether or not he comes back for 2021. The DJ decision will be the first of many...

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The Yankees need to make a decision about Miguel Andújar’s future

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The young slugger has no defensive home and struggled to hit the ball hard in 2020, but he was very good as recently as 2018 and is still young. What will the team do with him? If it seems like this subject has been discussed for months, well, it’s because that’s the case. But since we still don’t know what will happen, it’s fair to wonder: What will the New York Yankees do with Miguel Andújar? To say that his trade value has plummeted would be an understatement. After finishing second in the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year voting...

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KC Royals: Making the case, 11 Yankees free agents

Most of the Yankee free agents are too expensive or players the KC Royals don’t need, but there may be some help in the group for Kansas City. When it comes to this year’s flock of 11 New York Yankee free agents, let’s get right to the bottom line. Several will be far too expensive […] KC Royals: Making the case, 11 Yankees free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets, Yankees set up for DJ LeMahieu war after Robinson Cano ban

Bad news for Robinson Cano is good news for DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu was already one of the top position players available on the free-agent market, and now the 32-year-old would be a perfect fit for either the Yankees or Mets. The Mets already had three clear needs heading into the offseason: starting pitching, catcher and...

BenFred: Big Apple's catching conundrum could have ripple effects on Molina's free agency

Yankees, Mets could be in the running for longtime Cardinals catcher who now is a free agent.

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Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: J.A. Happ

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The 38-year-old lefty improved as the season went on, but struggled in his only playoff game. We can sum up J.A. Happ’s season by saying that it had a nightmarish start and a terrible end. However, in between, the Yankees enjoyed a competent pitcher that was particularly successful in his last four starts of the regular season. Grade: B- 2020 Statistics: nine games, 49.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 4.34 xFIP, 7.66 K/9, 2.74 BB/9, 0.6 fWAR 2021 Contract Status: Free agent The condensed 2020 season started badly for Happ. He allowed eight runs in a span of seven...

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NYY news: Pinstripes all over the ballot

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Yankees have eight former players on HOF ballot; What would it take to get Francisco Lindor in pinstripes?; Lindy McDaniel passes away MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released its 2021 Hall of Fame ballot on Monday. The Yankees will have eight former players on the ballot, including A.J. Burnett, LaTroy Hawkins, and Nick Swisher as newcomers. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Bobby Abreu are also among the names from New York on the ticket. NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: It’s no secret that the Cleveland Indians are looking to trade...

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New York Yankees' Luke Voit on his foot injury, trade talks and DJ LeMahieu's future

On the YES Network, Luke Voit discussed his foot injury, trade rumors and the future of teammate DJ DeMahieu.        

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Former Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel has passed away

lindymcdaniel.com The righthander pitched 21 big-league seasons. Lindy McDaniel, a righthanded reliever who pitched for the Cubs from 1963-65, has passed away at age 84, per the Associated Press. McDaniel pitched for the Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Yankees and Royals in a 21-year career from 1955-75, and had his best years in St. Louis and New York. He did have three fine years for the Cubs and led the National League in saves in 1963 with 22. He was also involved in two significant Cubs trades, both arriving and departing. The Cubs acquired McDaniel from the Cardinals,...

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New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu is still MLB’s most undervalued star

After two straight top-4 MVP finishes with the New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu is one of the most sought after free agents in the market. While he is due for a big payday, he still remains one of the most undervalued stars in baseball. In the modern MLB, DJ LeMahieu is an extremely rare breed. […] New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu is still MLB’s most undervalued star - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What does the future hold for Gary Sanchez? Here are the Yankees' options

With his name being discussed as possible trade bait or even a non-tender candidate, Gary Sanchez is scheduled to play in the Dominican winter league this year in an attempt to get himself back on track. That may not be enough for the Yankees.

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Replacing J.T. Realmuto with Gary Sanchez? Hmm...

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ SOMEONE is going to have to be the everyday guy if Realmuto leaves Last week, it was reported that the Yankees have at least considered the idea of trading Gary Sanchez this offseason and moving in a new direction behind the plate. It also just so happens that the Phillies have an opening behind their own plate now that J.T. Realmuto has entered free agency and looks increasingly unlikely to come back to Philadelphia. Putting all those dots together and connecting them, some have started to think about potential trade packages that would land Sanchez in the City...

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Trevor Bauer throws shade at Yankees in Mets love letter

Hey, Trevor Bauer and the Mets, get a room! I’m still betting that the newly minted National League Cy Young Award winner, a free agent, winds up landing somewhere besides New York. Yet, in a baseball era when teams and players — their two sides perennially warring at the bargaining table — are discouraged from...

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Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: Brett Gardner

Photo by Joe Sargent/MLB Photos via Old number 11 still provided some value for the Yankees in his 13th MLB season. Brett Gardner has been one of the most reliable Yankees for a generation of fans, and he mostly met expectations again in 2020. At age 36, he finally lost a step in both the outfield and on the basepaths, and he was also streaky at the plate. However, his end-of-season numbers were mostly within the range expected of him, and a late-season hot streak continued into the playoffs, where he was one of the Yankees’ best overall players. A free agent for the third straight...

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Aaron Judge and the Yankees might not be a long-term match

Photo by Christian Petersen/ It seems impossible to imagine now, but letting the big man might end up being a tough pill to swallow. After earning just over $5 million through his first four-plus big-league seasons — in addition to whatever he and the Yankees agree to in arbitration — Aaron Judge will become a free agent following the 2022 season. Seeking his first big payday at age 3 0 if no extension is reached, the Yankees will need to decide at what price they’ll be willing to retain their current face of the franchise moving forward. Hopefully, with the United States coming...

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NYY news: The starting pitching conundrum

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Yankees need to replace 40 percent of their 2020 starts; the ever-fluid Yankees catching situation; Doc Gooden sentenced; Mariano Rivera lists his $4 million mansion NY Post | Ken Davidoff: The New York Yankees have a lot of work to do before the start of the 2021 campaign. For the first time in years, they enter the offseason with a bona fide ace in Gerrit Cole, but they need to replace roughly 40 percent of their 2020 starts, as J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton are free agents. Davidoff explores several ways the team has to achieve that goal:...

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Cub Tracks keeps it light

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use Not much news, I’m afraid. The situation is so desperate that Ryan Tepera made SI. Sad times, slappers. Because of course the Cubs are gonna run it all back, except with less of the same players, since they’re going to trade everybody for Nolan Arenado, except to the Yankees. Or the Dodgers. And they don’t figure to be a force on the FA market. The Cubs have the same set of needs and roadblocks they usually have. Contact man for leadoff. rotation fillers, a functioning bullpen, bats with hits in them, and somebody to sign...

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Yankees could be forced into Mets risk with Gary Sanchez

The Yankees have a little over two weeks to see if there is a trade market for Gary Sanchez following a disastrous 2020 season, during which the two-time All-Star catcher batted .147 and lost his starting job to Kyle Higashioka in the postseason. Dec. 2, which is Sanchez’s 28th birthday, is the deadline for teams...

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