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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The Bobby Abreu trade

Photo by Chris McGrath/ The Yankees committed highway robbery when they acquired Abreu in 2006. The 2006 Yankees lineup was quite deep. Of the seven players who made at least 500 plate appearances, only one had an OPS+ below the league average 100. They had the reigning AL MVP in Álex Rodríguez, and a guy who came very close to winning MVP (and arguably should’ve) that season in Derek Jeter. That’s not to say there weren’t holes, however. Due to injuries and a lack of production in general, one of those holes was in right field. As it just so happened, a pretty...

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NYY news: Wagner shoots down A-Rod’s HoF case

Weeks after Yankees hire Rachel Balkovec, Red Sox also make history; Wagner shoots down A-Rod’s Hall of Fame case; Options at closer with Chapman’s looming free agency MLB.com | Ian Browne: Earlier this month, the Yankees tabbed Rachel Balkovec as the manager of the Low-A Tampa Tarpons, making her the first woman manager in affiliated baseball history. This week, the Red Sox named Katie Krall player development coach at Double-A Portland, meaning Boston is the first organization to employ more than one woman coach. That it’s historic to see a club hire even two women...

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Felnin Celesten, Ethan Salas, Brandon Mayea & Emmanuel Bonilla highlight MLB’s upcoming 2022-23 international amateur class

left to right: Sebastian de Andrade (Mariners 2022), Felnin Celesten (Mariners 2022), Brandon Mayea (Yankees 2022), Elias Leon | JD Ozuna Baseball Factory Four $4 million deals are expected to be inked in the 2022 international free agent class As teams continue to work to bolster their presence internationally to gain a greater edge on the amateur scouting front, the Padres, Mariners, Yankees and Blue Jays have set themselves apart for the 2022-2023 international free agent period. Each team is currently positioned to sign one of the top four free agents in next...

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Alex Rodriguez and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad ALDS

Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via What happened in that 2006 series with the Tigers? Yesterday, I wrote about the Alex Rodriguez trade, and I don’t think you can discuss his legacy without including a conversation about his playoff performances, and indeed, the multi-year failure of the Yankees to recapture their late-90s postseason dominance. It’s not entirely A-Rod’s fault — in the series I’m about to talk about, the Yankees started Literally Jaret Wright in an elimination game — but as the best player, and highest paid, he was expected to...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The A-Rod trade

Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via As it turns out, it’s a good idea to add the best player in baseball. Sometimes, landing the game’s best player is hard. You have to identify something in a college or high school bat that’s just different, or you have to find a way to mold a raw international free agent into a complete product. And then, sometimes, landing the game’s best player is easy — swoop in after a deal collapses and ... Trade Details: Alex Rodriguez and cash to Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later (Joaquin Arias) to...

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NY Yankees: Here’s what a Carlos Correa addition would give them

With the MLB lockout in full effect, NY Yankee fans remain at the edge of their seats awaiting a verdict on free agent shortstop, Carlos Correa. Correa has reportedly already turned down a 10-year/$275 million contract from the Detroit Tigers, which supposedly led them to immediately pivot to Javier Baez for a 6-year contract. The Tigers, by many people’s estimation, […] NY Yankees: Here’s what a Carlos Correa addition would give them - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB writer suggests St. Louis Cardinals trade Paul DeJong to Yankees

MLB writer Mike Axisa suggests the St. Louis Cardinals trade Paul DeJong to the New York Yankees, but I don’t see a deal happening. Recently, MLB insider Jim Bowden suggested that the St. Louis Cardinals trade Paul DeJong to the Minnesota Twins in a deal that I concluded would ultimately not happen. But Bowden’s thinking […] MLB writer suggests St. Louis Cardinals trade Paul DeJong to Yankees - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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NYY News: Ahmaybe he’s worth a look

Photo by Norm Hall/ Could Nick Ahmed be a trade candidate; looking back at the second Sonny Gray trade; playing chicken with the season is a dangerous game. MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka: The shortstop market is halfway through the popular and available free agent options, but there are still more that could be traded this offseason. A mildly interesting name that could move is Nick Ahmed, who fits into the defensive stopgap category (though he hit almost as badly as Andrelton Simmons last season). The Yankees could be a potential partner, though it would be a bit of a...

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Oswaldo Cabrera’s path to playing time with the Yankees in 2022

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports Yankees infield prospect Oswaldo Cabrera crushes right-handed pitching, and that ability could find him in the Bronx quickly in 2022. After going on a massive international free agent spending spree in 2014, the Yankees were restricted to offering relatively small signing bonuses for the 2015 cycle. One of the players who they were able to sign was a 5-foot-10, 145-pound middle infielder named Oswaldo Cabrera. The soon-to-be 23-year-old is now coming off an incredible year — one where he finished with 29 home runs at Double-A and Triple-A...

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Where the Yankees farm system stands after a year of trades

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Is the Yankee farm system weaker after a 2021 season that saw numerous prospects shipped out? While there’s certainly very little in the way of actual baseball news in circulation at the moment due to the MLB lockout, in truth, this is typically a quiet spot on the baseball calendar, no matter the state of labor relations. Relatedly, this is also the usual time for public prospect hounds to release their updated rankings, posting new lists and reports on the game’s brightest prospects in light of their most recent year of...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: Jorge Posada extended

Photo by Adam Hunger/ Posada’s extension seasons were some of the best for a catcher or a Yankee, period Buried amid the headlines of Super Bowl Sunday on February 3, 2002, the New York Yankees extended starting catcher Jorge Posada, making him the second-highest paid catcher in baseball at the time, behind only Mike Piazza. Posada had ascended from a shared role with Joe Girardi after the 1999 season, and when Joe Torre tabbed him as the primary starter for 2000 upon Girardi’s departure via free agency, Posada displayed impressive offensive ability, only tempered...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Ian Kennedy

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ At this point, the only thing driving a reunion with the 37 year old would be sentimentality. It’s been a while since we last did one of these, so I figured it was time to dust off the free agent target series. Last time, I profiled Michael Pineda and wondered whether he still had anything left in the tank to offer his former employers. Today, let’s revisit another former promising young Yankee pitcher now in the twilight of his career: Ian Kennedy. 2021 Stats: 55 games, 56.1 IP, 3.20 ERA, 4.75 FIP, 4.45 xFIP, 9.9 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 0.0...

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2021 Angels Player Review: Janson Junk

Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports Junk made a short cameo with the Angels in September after being acquired in the Andrew Heaney trade Due to a myriad of different factors that included untimely injuries and poor performance from their pitching staff, the Angels yet again found themselves as sellers once baseball’s July 30 trade deadline rolled around in 2021. The club didn’t have many significant pieces to trade away at this time, but perhaps the biggest move that they did make was sending longtime Angel Andrew Heaney to the Yankees in exchange for a pair of...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: Mariano Rivera extended

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports With free agency looming, the Yankees locked up the greatest closer of all-time (for the first time) for four more years. Back in 1990, the New York Yankees signed a rather diminutive starting pitcher out of Panama named Mariano Rivera for $3,000. After pitching quite well in short bursts in the minor leagues for five years, Rivera was ultimately called up to the big leagues in 1995 and promptly disappointed to the tune of a 5.51 ERA. He was eventually transitioned to the bullpen, dominated as a setup man in 1996, became closer in 1997,...

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2022 Cleveland Guardians trade target: first baseman Luke Voit

First base remains an area of concern for the Guardians, and the Yankees’ Luke Voit could be the perfect solution. There has been plenty of talk about the Guardians’ outfield and what the team can do to fix it, but first base remains a potential area of – let’s say mild – concern as well. […] 2022 Cleveland Guardians trade target: first baseman Luke Voit - Away Back Gone - Away Back Gone - Cleveland Guardians News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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NYY News: History has its eyes on you

Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via MLBPA making counterproposal in just 11 days; Yankees have three top prospects per BP; MLB owners are union busters; Carlos Beltrán to YES a possibility; robot umps to Triple-A MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: After Major League Baseball made an “offer” to the players’ union last week — the first meeting between the two sides since the lockout needlessly began — it was reported the other day that the MLBPA was in the process of preparing a counteroffer. Now, we know the date that the offer will be presented...

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Will the Yankees avoid spending this offseason due to Aaron Judge’s looming free agency?

Photo By Winslow Townson/ On Carlos Correa, Yankees payroll, and keeping Aaron Judge in the Bronx. With the clock ticking down to the expiry of the most recent CBA, impact free agents flew off the board in a frenzy the likes of which few saw coming. Teams looked to upgrade their rosters early in order to avoid the signing scramble that is sure to come in the brief period between the lifting of the lockout and that start of next season. Surety is a valuable commodity, uncertainty a terror in the night. Much to the chagrin of their fans, the Yankees sat idle — despite...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: Yankees extend Derek Jeter

Photo by PETER MUHLY/AFP via Sometimes, the right move is to stand pat. Had the lockout not turned the hot stove into the frozen wasteland of Hoth, the biggest topic of conversation surrounding the Yankees would be the impending free agency of the face of the franchise Aaron Judge, the 2017 Rookie of the Year with three All-Star appearances and two top-six MVP finishes to his name as he enters his final year before free agency. If this sounds familiar to long-time Yankees fans, well, it should be. Around this time 21 years ago, the Yankees faced a similar conundrum...

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NYY News: Correa joins the Boras Corporation

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Carlos Correa swaps agents to Boras Corp; Greg Maddux nearly signed with New York in 1992; the potential CBA provisions that would impact the Yankees most; Areas of need for the 2021 AL playoff teams MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: Carlos Correa has made some notable news despite the ongoing lockout, swapping agencies and going with superagent Scott Boras. Correa is the biggest name left on the market following a spending spree prior to the lockout, and was projected to be one of, if not the highest paid players this offseason. Fellow...

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Yankees Potential Trade Target: Luis Castillo

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Reds’ ace would command a large return. There are plenty of players on the Cincinnati Reds who would be great fits for the New York Yankees. We started off with Joey Votto last week, followed that up with Tyler Mahle, and today we pivot to the best of the Reds’ arms, Luis Castillo. You may remember Castillo’s slow start to 2021. He struggled badly to prevent runs, and his changeup effectiveness plummeted. There were many theories as to why, but nobody really knew for sure. He stopped getting swings and misses on one of the best pitches of...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/18/22

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ A Tuesday in January. There isn’t much going on baseball-wise (surprise, surprise), so journey with us today on a whole bunch of different history articles today! We’re chock-full of ‘em. Jon will start us off with the first of a two-parter on the best seasons by Yankees players at each position and Matt will tackle double duty on the 2000 champions — first by recounting the exploits of the team as our site-wide series on the 27 championship teams winds down, and then by focusing in on the David Justice trade as one of the Yankees’ 25...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The David Justice trade

Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP via Needing to add some pop to their lineup in 2000, the Yankees made a perfect move. In June 2000, the Yankees were sputtering. Sure, they still had high-level bats like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams, but some of the other pieces, who had been big parts of the three previous titles, were starting to show their age. The likes of Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, Chuck Knoblauch, and Paul O’Neill — all over 30 — ended up putting up below-average seasons. Shane Spencer hadn’t managed to duplicate his 1998...

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5 worst contracts in Boston Red Sox history

There are a lot of parallels between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Fierce rivals in the AL East, they are also rivals when it comes to free agency. Their willingness to spend and desire to add championships matches that of their counterparts. Naturally, both teams are forces to be reckoned with when it […] 5 worst contracts in Boston Red Sox history - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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NYY News: No. 1 overall IFA prospect heads to the Bronx

Photo by Spencer Platt/ Bomber agree to deal with Roderick Arias; CC Sabathia plays GM for a day; Yankees’ shortstop stockpile grows; Candidates for YES broadcast booth. New York Post | Dan Martin: Just as they did two years ago with Jasson Dominguez, the Yankees have signed the top overall international prospect, inking 17-year-old Roderick Arias out of the Dominican Republic. The international free agent period opened on Saturday, with the Yankees spending $4 million of their allotted $5,179,700 to secure his signature. Arias is a switch-hitting, five-tool prospect...

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2022 IFA signing tracker: Yanks sign Arias

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Let the signings begin! The 2022 international free agent signing period began today, and as expected, the Yankees have made a big addition. At this time last year, they were signing Dominican shortstop Hans Montero to a $1.7 million deal. What do the Bombers have in store for us this time? Quite a splash, actually, and it involves arguably an even more talented Dominican shortstop. The Yankees used over half of their allotted $5,179,700 bonus pool money to bring in the top player available of the window: Roderick Arias. The...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/15/22

Photo by Jared Wickerham/ Sit back and watch some NFL playoff action. Or do something else. Follow your heart. Given the lockout, January 15th is one of the few notable dates on the current baseball calendar, as the international free agency period for 2022 has officially begun. This means that the Yankees are now free to do as expected and sign arguably the top players in the class: Dominican shortstop Roderick Arias. Aside from that? It’s an NFL Playoffs day as the Raiders take on the Bengals and Patriots face the Bills. Today on the site, Kevin will look back on...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Christian Vázquez, Katie Krall, Ryan Weber

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ The Red Sox organization is looking to shatter the glass ceiling. Katie Krall has been hired as a minor league development coach with the Portland Sea Dogs. (Madeline Coleman; Sports Illustrated) After the 2022 season concludes, Red Sox starting catcher Christian Vázquez will enter free agency. The question is, who is ready to crouch down behind the plate for the Red Sox beyond the 2022 season? (Christopher Smith; Mass Live) The Yankees are seemingly taking a page from the Red Sox, signing infielder José Peraza a few days ago, and now adding...

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The five richest contract extensions ever given by the Yankees

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via For a time, extensions weren’t common for the Yankees, but they did issue some pretty large ones. For a time, until the late 2010s, the Yankees didn’t usually hand too many contract extensions per se. It was just one of The Boss’ things. George Steinbrenner was a big spender in free agency, sure, but extensions weren’t really frequent. He wasn’t opposed to re-signing hitters who entered the market after stints with the Yankees, though, which is what happened when Alex Rodriguez exercised his opt-out clause after the 2007...

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