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Aaron Hicks as starting left fielder is fine, for now

Photo by Elsa/ Aaron Hicks is much maligned for his poor production since 2019, but at this point, giving him one more chance is beneficial on a number of levels for the 2023 Yankees. When constructing a baseball team for the grind of the 162-game season, there is one thing that everyone should keep in mind: the team that starts the season is rarely the team that finishes the season. Injuries happen. Poor performances happen. Trades happen. It is important for general managers to think in terms of the long season; they don’t have to plug every hole before the season...

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Yankees Transaction Trees: Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in September 2018. He was dealt to the Reds a few months later. | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ When the Yankees landed Sonny Gray at the 2017 trade deadline, hopes were high. In the end, they were happy to get even a modicum of value when they traded Gray themselves. This weekend, I wrote about Justus Sheffield, who was recently outrighted by the Mariners despite being the centerpiece of two big Yankees trades. Running through all of the players involved in the two Sheffield swaps, I began thinking of...

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Most Surprising NYY Seasons: 1976 Willie Randolph

Willie Randolph went from an afterthought in a 1975 trade to one of the most beloved Yankees of all time. The late sixties and early seventies were a miserable time to be a Yankees fan. The once-great franchise floundered in mediocrity under CBS ownership, beginning an 11-year playoff-less stretch. In stepped George Steinbrenner, whose purchase of the team would usher in a period of drama and controversy, but also a return to their status as the Evil Empire of MLB. The resurgence was not immediate, requiring a few years and several key additions to the team. The Yankees added...

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NYY News: A Gleyber Day Deal

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Gleyber Torres and Yankees avoid arbitration; checking in on Jasson Dominguez; another owner reveals frustrations about high payrolls. MLB Trade Rumors | Drew Silva: Earlier this winter, the Yankees settled on one-year contracts with almost all of their arbitration-eligible players, with the sole exception of infielder Gleyber Torres. Yesterday, the organization announced that they had reached an agreement, thus allowing the Yankees to avoid the stupidity of the arbitration process again. The two sides settled on a $9.95 million...

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Yankees History: Herb Pennock and the trade that finally put the Bombers over the top

Tomorrow will be exactly 100 years since the trade that arguably put the Yankees over the top in their chase for their first championship. The 2023 season is set to the 100th anniversary of the Yankees’ first ever World Series championship in 1923. That Babe Ruth-led team finally broke through and won a title, kicking off a dynastic era that would help beget several more dynastic eras, with the team becoming the winningest in all of MLB. I say “finally broke through” because the 1923 World Series was their first victory, but it wasn’t their first time making it to the...

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Yankees Potential Trade Target: Paul Blackburn

Photo by John McCoy/ Could New York use Cole Irvin’s recent trade to Baltimore as a framework to pursue his former teammate? February is only a few days away and the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup appears all but set. Reports suggest that the team will rely upon internal solutions to address the shakier areas of the roster — Aaron Hicks the favorite to start in left, Domingo Germán and Clarke Schmidt in competition to cover for Frankie Montas’ first month absence, Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Oswald Peraza at short — but that should not prevent the team from...

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New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front

The New York Yankees have indicated that they are looking to add a left handed hitting outfielder to balance their lineup. That quest has led to numerous discussions in both free agency and the trade front. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees have been in contact with David Peralta and […] New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front - 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: Any takers for Josh Donaldson?

Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday RM via Bombers struggling to move Josh Donaldson’s contract; Exploring Yankees’ options for fifth starter; Projecting New York’s Opening Day roster; Zack Britton drawing interest from multiple clubs; Jurickson Profar signing remains unlikely NJ Advance Media | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees are unlikely to make further external additions to the roster barring a trade that would free up space on the payroll. They are most determined to try to move Josh Donaldson and the $21 million he is owed in 2023, but that hefty sum in...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Michael Wacha

Photo by Mark Blinch/ The tall righty experienced something of a career renaissance with the Red Sox in 2022. We’re under four weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training and the former element of that pairing is looking as strong as it has in at least the last dozen Yankees seasons. With Carlos Rodón brought in to pair alongside Gerrit Cole, it’s hard to find a better one-two punch at the top of any rotation in baseball. However, that unit will be a man light as the season gets underway. Frankie Montas is expected to miss the first month of...

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NYY News: King putting in work to get back to Yankees

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ King’s “incredible” road back from injury; yet another post-mortem on why the Yankees passed on acquiring Castillo at the trade deadline; an argument against banking on improvement from IKF The Athletic | Brendan Kuty: In his debut story for The Athletic, the 2022 New Jersey Sportswriter of the Year does a deep dive into Michael King’s long road back from injury. The article is behind The Athletic’s paywall, but here is one nugget that raised my eyebrows: “The first moment King felt any sign of trouble in his elbow was 36 days before it...

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The Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects: No. 2 Oswald Peraza

Oswald Peraza | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees hope Peraza can graduate from a prospect to their everyday shortstop in 2023. The Yankees’ publicly-stated need entering the 2021 offseason was a shortstop. As fortune would have it, the greatest shortstop free agent class of all-time was about to hit the market. Seager. Correa. Semien. Baez. Story. One by one, they signed with teams that were not the Yankees. Fans watched incredulously as the team opted to trade for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and then irritably tolerated a season of subpar offense and defense at...

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MLB rumors: New York Mets trade talk, New York Yankees seeking help

A new week brings a new set of MLB rumors surrounding the New York Mets and New York Yankees as the time to the start of spring training continues to tick down. New York Mets rumors: Carlos Carrasco still up for trade? It was reported back in December that the Mets might be looking to […] MLB rumors: New York Mets trade talk, New York Yankees seeking help - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Yankees Mailbag: Regrets on trading Waldichuk and who fills in for Montas

Photo by Steph Chambers/ The first mailbag of 2023 is here and centers squarely on some Frankie Montas trade fallout. Good afternoon everyone, it’s time for our first (real) edition of the mailbag this year! Remember to send in your questions for our weekly call by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Erick S. asks: I believe Waldichuk was just listed by MLB.com as the third-best left-handed pitching prospect. How bad are the Yankees going to feel about trading him in a few years? They’re going to feel bad regardless because of the opportunity cost...

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What to think of DJ LeMahieu’s future

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via The veteran infielder has done incredibly well in pinstripes, but the remaining years of the contract seem as uncertain as ever. 2023 will be the third season of DJ LeMahieu’s six-year, $90 million contract with the Yankees. It will also be his fifth overall in New York, so barring any trade or release in the future, we’re likely halfway through his time as a Yankee. He came on as a somewhat under-the-radar signing, but quickly became an indispensable part of this team. LeMahieu’s stellar performance earned him another deal...

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Passing Through Pinstripes: Don Slaught and Billy’s final season

Photo by Owen C. Shaw/ Don Slaught played just two seasons for the Yankees. Despite the short tenure, he is forever linked with Billy Martin’s last turn as Yankees manager. In November of 1987, the Yankees traded for 29-year-old veteran catcher Don Slaught in exchange for a player to be named later. They would eventually send Brad Arnsberg to the Rangers to complete the deal. Unlike many deals of the late 1980s, this trade made a bit of sense. Slaught was a veteran backstop who still had some prime years left. With an excellent defensive reputation, and with the...

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Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Ring in 2023 with a question or two for our first mailbag of the year. It’s been a while since the holidays have ended, and the offseason has entered its winddown phase. All of the major free agents have settled into their homes for 2023 and beyond (with special thanks to Carlos Correa for giving us a saga unmatched in recent free agency history), and the trade market has mostly dried up as well. There’s sure to be plenty of stars available, but by this point it becomes more likely that they’re awaiting a trade deadline deal instead of an offseason one. Taking all of that...

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Next Best Playoff Games of Past 25 Years: “Get your tokens ready!”

Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP via David Justice sealed ALCS MVP with his go-ahead seventh inning home run as well as a third straight World Series appearance for the Yankees. By the time of his deadline trade to the Yankees in 2000, David Justice had already established a reputation as a fearsome slugger who provided timely hits in huge situations in the postseason. His solo home run in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series clinched the title for the Braves while his performances for Cleveland were integral to them reaching the ALCS in consecutive seasons. It...

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NYY News: Mayea becomes the newest Baby Bomber

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Bombers secure teenage sensation Mayea in IFA; Montas hits the shelf with shoulder inflammation; Can Cabrera build on hot finish to last season? MLB.com | Jesse Sanchez: The international free agent signing period opened yesterday and the Yankees quickly came to an agreement with their top target, signing outfielder Brando Mayea for $4.4 million. The 17-year-old (who has also gone by “Brandon”) was born in Cuba and trains in the Dominican Republic, and was ranked in the top-10 of international prospects by multiple outlets. His signing...

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Yankees sign Mayea to open the 2023 international signing period

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The right-handed hitting center fielder will receive one of the biggest bonuses in the class. The Yankees have shown in recent years that they aren’t going to shy away from the top of the international amateur free agent market despite the limitations of their bonus pool allotment. As a big-market team, the league ensures the Yankees are among the ballclubs that have the least amount of money to spend every year in acquiring amateur players not eligible for the domestic draft, and this year, the Yankees have $5,284,000 to work with....

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Reflecting on the Teoscar Hernández trade from the Yankees’ perspective

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ On the Yankees’ rivals’ trade, and the value of developing quality relief pitching. The grass is always greener. It’s a very common phenomenon in sports. Many fans tend to be harsher while judging their teams, overlooking their strengths, and putting a microscope on their flaws, while doing the opposite with their rivals. It’s always important to take a step back, get out from the weeds of one’s own team, and try and look at things from a different perspective. A certain maneuver made by a division rival, early in this...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/15/23

Photo by Elsa/ Sunday’s program. Mid-January isn’t the time you expect to get frustrating injury news, but that’s just what we got yesterday, as we learned Frankie Montas will likely miss at least a month of the season with shoulder inflammation. The Yankees’ historic first-half success in 2022 was powered by sterling rotation health, something they won’t have even from day one in 2023. Elsewhere, today, Matt looks at Bobby Murcer’s cycle, and how it did more to help the Yankees win than any other such game. Estevão reflects on how a trade a Yankee rival...

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New York Yankees trade for Frankie Montas looking worse and worse

With the news on Saturday that New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas would miss time to start the 2023 season, the trade the Yankees made with the Oakland A’s last season to acquire him is looking more and more like a deal that could well be regretted in the Bronx. Another Frankie Montas injury […] New York Yankees trade for Frankie Montas looking worse and worse - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Frankie Montas will miss first month due to shoulder inflammation

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The Yankees’ 2022 trade deadline trophy experiences another setback. It’s not even February and already the Yankees have experienced their first injury setback. On Saturday afternoon, we learned that No. 5 starter Frankie Montas will miss the first month of the season with shoulder inflammation. It’s the third time that this injury cropped up in barely more than half a year. Montas was forced to exit a July 3rd start when he was still with Oakland and missed three weeks with shoulder inflammation. He then landed on the 15-day IL with...

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Should Red Sox Call Yankees About Trade After Trevor Story Injury?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. But are the Boston Red Sox desperate enough to lean on the New York Yankees — their most-hated rival — in their search for middle-infield depth? ESPN.com published a piece Friday examining the key storylines remaining this Major League Baseball offseason, and several experts — Bradford Doolittle, Alden Gonzalez, […] The post Should Red Sox Call Yankees About Trade After Trevor Story Injury? appeared first on NESN.com.

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‘Juan Soto trade’: What Pirates want in Bryan Reynolds deal

Word is, the Pirates sought four top prospects from the Yankees, including multiple players from the top group that includes Oswald Peraza, Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez.

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Matt Moore

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The veteran southpaw looked rejuvenated coming out of the bullpen full-time. We’ve reached the point in the offseason where any additions off the free agent market represent improvements around the margins. They might not be flashy or exciting, but those types of supplementary moves hold significant value for a team gunning for at worst a division crown. After serving as one of the team’s strengths throughout the regular season, the bullpen became a liability in the postseason after being decimated by injury. In particular, there is a...

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Tommy Kahnle Explains Decision To Reject Red Sox, Join Yankees

It’s obviously not a great feeling for an MLB organization when it swings and misses on trying to land a free agent. That feeling is taken to the next level when the player ultimately joins a fierce rival. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, that was their reality earlier in the offseason. Boston set its sights […] The post Tommy Kahnle Explains Decision To Reject Red Sox, Join Yankees appeared first on NESN.com.

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NYY News: YES shakes things up

Photo by Steve Boyle/MLB Photos via Kahnle looking to diversify his repertoire; Reynolds trade a mere pipe dream at this point; A breakout Yankees prospect to follow in 2023; Locastro signs with Mets; YES Network shakes up its lineup New York Post | Andrew Marchand: The Post reports that the YES Network is shaking up its lineup for 2023, letting go of former outfielder Cameron Maybin after one season as an analyst. The network reportedly is interested in moving Carlos Beltrán into a studio role after Beltrán occasionally worked games in 2022, and in bringing Derek...

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