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Astros’ Alex Bregman could be at the center of uptick in Mets-Yankees free agency battles

For most of the nearly half century of major league free agency, the New York teams have avoided each other on that financial battlefield until both almost pulled out all the stops to not get Yoshinobu Yamamoto this offsesason.

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Kiké Hernández: Dodgers Were Free Agency Decision Over Yankees Because Of Guarantee

With the Boston Red Sox facing a roster crunch at the 2023 trade deadline, it created an opportunity...

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NYY News: A surprise second-place finish

Photo by Chris Coduto/MLB Photos via Kiké Hernandez was down to Yankees or Dodgers before signing in LA; profiling the newest Yankees analyst making the numbers more palatable; Poteet leans on fellow UCLA alum in finding his footing; Mets considered signing former Yankee closer. MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: Kiké Hernandez finalized a deal to return to the Dodgers this week after LA managed to move Manuel Margot’s contract to the Twins, and it was the destination he clearly wanted to go to all along. What was surprising, however, was who came in as the...

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NYY vs. MIA: Clayton Beeter vs. Ryan Weathers

Photo by New York Yankees/ The Yanks welcome the Fish to Tampa. After the day off yesterday, we get a new round of exhibition baseball from Tampa, as the Yankees take on the Marlins in Grapefruit League action. Clayton Beeter, one of the on-the-rise pitching prospects who could see MLB time in 2024, will be on the hill for the second time this spring. He struck out a trio of Tigers in his only other appearance, although Detroit did tag him for two runs. Recent free agent signee Tim Anderson will make his spring debut for the Marlins, batting second and at his customary...

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NYY News: Spring of Spencer

Photo by New York Yankees/ Jones is making noise this spring; the plight of international minor leaguers; more Snell rumors; Royals showed that Nike and Fanatics can be beaten The Athletic | Brendan Kuty: (subscription required) A major reason why the Yankees were unable to acquire a top pitcher on the trade market this winter was a refusal to deal Spencer Jones, the apparent left-handed clone of Aaron Judge, who is the team’s top prospect. It’s only spring training, but the (very) early impressions this February suggest the Yankees are right to keep him off-limits....

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A look at the Yankees’ first-half schedule

Photo by New York Yankees/ New York will have work to do, with a formidable slate of opponents in the early going. Yankee baseball is back! And with its return, come important questions. Will the Yankees average 10+ runs scored per game all year? Will Spencer Jones ever make an out in his career? Hopefully the answers to those are “yes,” and “no,” respectively. One question we can look at, now that we have an idea where the major players will ply their trade this season (apologies to Blake Snell, Monty, and Matt Chapman), is what quirks and tripwires the...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 2/27/24

Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday’s spring training open thread. If you’ve followed along with the Yankees’ first few spring training games, you may feel like they’ve scored more in the last few days than they did all of 2023. Yankee trade acquisitions led the way yesterday, with Juan Soto doubling and scoring two, and infield prospect Jorbit Vivas smashing a three-run homer. Let’s hope it’s all a harbinger of things to come. On the site, start your day off with more 2024 preview coverage, as Peter looks at the vaunted Atlanta Braves, perhaps...

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Old faces in new places: 2024 edition

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ Getting a glimpse of how some 2023 Yankees look in their new getups. Spring training is officially underway. Teams are showcasing the young players in their systems, superstars, and newest acquisitions, whether through trades or free agency. The Yankees didn't change too much of their core outside of bringing Juan Soto and Trent Grisham into the mix via a trade with the San Diego Padres, but they did still add other known players like Alex Verdugo and Marcus Stroman and are hoping that Austin Wells can come in and prove himself...

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Yankees 9, Twins 2: Soto Show rolls on in another high-scoring day

Photo by New York Yankees/ The star trade acquisition had another hit as the Yankees downed Minnesota. There’s obviously only so much you can read into spring training games. The players — especially ones guaranteed to make their MLB rosters — are using the exhibitions to get ready for the season as opposed to going all-out to win. Most of the later halves of games are played by minor-league depth players, and so on. All that being said, the Yankees offense has looked pretty good so far this spring, having already cracked double digits twice. The good showing...

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Michael King looks to do 180 with Padres following trade from Yankees

Right-hander acquired from Yankees in Juan Soto trade seeks to make huge jump in innings pitched in first year as a full-time starter

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Ex-Red Sox Gold Glover Lent Helping Hand To Yankees Star Juan Soto

The New York Yankees certainly didn’t trade for Juan Soto this offseason because of his glove in the outfield. Soto’s lethal left-handed bat has made him a perennial MVP candidate, but his defensive play has tremendously lagged behind. The new Yankees star has a minus-15 defensive runs saved for his career. But Soto’s looking to […]

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NYY News: Spencer hits one to Space

Photo by New York Yankees/ Jones hits one 470 feet in spring debut; Yanks like Grisham’s skillset and want him ready; Cabrera to face some southpaws as a lefty hitter MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees, in what looked like a football game if you see the scoring, obliterated the Detroit Tigers 22-10 in their first game of spring training. Matt had the recap for us, and top prospect Spencer Jones stole the show. The 2022 first-rounder has generated a lot of interest in trade talks but is considered nearly untouchable, and he did his part by socking a mammoth 470-feet...

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Aaron Judge headlines the Yankees’ top prospects from a decade ago

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Ten years later, a look at how the Yankees’ farm system has panned out. In the spring of 2013, the Yankees found themselves with three picks in the first round of the amateur draft. At #26 (their original pick), they snagged Eric Jagielo. Then, as recompense for Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano departing in free agency, New York drafted Aaron Judge 32nd overall and Ian Clarkin at 33. Unsurprisingly when Baseball America released its top-30 list of Yankee prospects several months later, that trio of first-round picks all appeared high on...

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NYY News: Tidbits on free agents current and future

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Yankees have offer on the table for Snell; Juan Soto mostly mum on contract talks ahead of final year; Giancarlo Stanton looks for bounce-back year; the Yankees’ prospects that could get into 2025 Top 100 lists. MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: There’s still a couple of high profile free agents left out on the market this year, with reigning NL Cy Young Blake Snell probably the most prominent among them. While the Yankees have had reported interest in him, that cooled a bit with their earlier signing of Marcus Stroman. However with Snell...

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Yankees 2024 Season Preview: DJ LeMahieu

Photo by Ed Zurga/ His job as the leadoff man will be to get the cutlery for Soto and Judge. When DJ LeMahieu hit free agency after 2020, retaining him seemed like a no-brainer. His transcendent 2019 and clutch moments in the playoffs cemented him as a Yankee stalwart. After an even better abbreviated walk year in which he posted a 177 wRC+, he commanded a strong market. It turned out well for both sides in negotiations, and he inked a reasonable six-year, $90 million dollar deal to stick around. There were initial concerns that the deal stretches through his age-37...

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How a late Blake Snell signing would channel turn-of-the-century Steinbrenner

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports It’s been awhile since the Yankees made a seismic move at the start of spring. But there is precedent for Snell. As has become the norm over the last decade or so, the number of high-profile free agents who remain unsigned has cast a shadow over the early days of spring training. This year, the market of still-available top talent is dominated by Scott Boras clients, with outfielder Cody Bellinger, third baseman Matt Chapman, and southpaw pitchers Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery representing the top of the market still...

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Today in White Sox History: February 19

On this day 39 years ago the White Sox dumped Roy Smalley, who had come at a cost of Doug Drabek. | Focus on Sport/ Not quite a Swisher series of deals, but not a great pair, either 1985 The White Sox traded Roy Smalley back to his longtime Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Ron Scheer and DH Randy Johnson. An all-time terrible trade had heralded Smalley’s arrival, as the White Sox got the washed-up veteran from the Yankees during the 1984 season at a cost of Doug Drabek, who would go on to 27.0 WAR over a decade in Pittsburgh and Houston. Smalley was...

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Today in Blue Jays history: Jays trade Roger Clemens

V.J. Lovero-USA TODAY Sports Today in Blue Jays history In 1999, the Blue Jays traded Roger Clemens to the Yankees for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd, and Homer Bush. After the strike-shortened 1994 season, GM Pat Gillick resigned. To give a bit of background, he put together a Blue Jays team that finished first in the AL East in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993 and won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. 1994 didn’t go as well. The Jays finished 55-60, finishing 15 games back. We discounted it, figuring it didn’t count since it was a shortened season. Pat could see the...

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NYY News: Star RF expected to hit free agency after season, Volume 2

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Cashman talks Soto deal, active free agent and trade markets; potential targets for Yankees; what might MLB prioritize in next commissioner? MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with the media for the first time in a few weeks. During these sessions, he revealed much about the Yankees’ pursuits of lefty bats this winter, noting that the team was originally playing the Red Sox and Padres off each other with Alex Verdugo...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 2/16/24

Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Twenty years ago today, A-Rod officially became a Yankee. On this day 20 years ago, the Yankees officially confirmed what everyone knew was suddenly about to happen. The transaction? February 16, 2004: The Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez and cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and Alfonso Soriano. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade. Only a little seismic. Josh recounted the nitty gritty details of the A-Rod trade — and his...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Targets: Relievers

Photo by Sarah Stier/ From a recent Yankee to a former rival to a notable name, here are some of the interesting relievers still left on the market. At various points in this offseason, the Yankees have been rumored to be heavily interested in some relievers. Whether they be the big names on the market (say a Josh Hader) or just ones they had last year (like a Wandy Peralta), the Yankees have reportedly had an interest in many, but haven’t actually finished a deal for one. While they’ve addressed some of their bullpen needs through trades, there’s always a need...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Targets: Position players

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ With the season getting closer and closer, some names still remain on the market. At last, pitchers and catchers are reporting to big league camps this week, and the season grows closer and closer. Despite this, a handful of this offseason’s biggest free agents still remain unsigned, including those in the position player market. Most notably, Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman are still without a club, but there are also a handful of lower-ticket players available who could make a reasonable impact. The Yankees have already made their lineup...

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Ex-Yankees Pitcher Shares Feelings On Being Traded To Red Sox

Of all the possible changes of scenery in Major League Baseball, none are more jarring than going from the Yankees to the Red Sox — or vice versa. Greg Weissert now knows the feeling. Boston acquired the 29-year-old reliever in the December trade that sent Alex Verdugo to New York. The Red Sox also landed […]

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Yankees trade for Clayton Andrews, move Scott Effross to IL

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ The Yankees kicked off spring training with a trade (and injury news). Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced during his press conference this afternoon to open spring training that Scott Effross underwent surgery on his back in December. The reliever will likely be eligible for a return in the summer. While that loss of bullpen depth was slightly offset by the forthcoming return of Lou Trivino, it appears Brian Cashman isn’t quite done with the relief corps just yet. Almost immediately after Boone’s presser, the Yankees made a swap of...

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NYY News: Can Snell still happen?

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports A Snell prediction; Rodón is confident going into 2024; Reassessing the top 2017 prospects; Groshans claimed, Krook DFA’d NJ.com | Bridget Hyland: Blake Snell is at a weird point in his free agency. It’s not clear what his group of suitors are, and he has still only received an offer from the Yankees, even if it was rescinded. Jim Bowden still thinks the Yankees will land Snell after this all plays out, but boy would that be a shock. According to Roster Resource, their projected 2024 payroll will be $295 million. Signing Snell will...

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Brewers trade Clayton Andrews to the Yankees

Roy Dabner for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Imagn Content Services, LLC Brewers get 19-year-old right hander in return The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed pitcher Joshua Quezada from the Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Clayton Andrews on Wednesday afternoon. Andrews, 27, was a 17th round pick by the Brewers in the 2018 MLB Draft out of Long Beach State. In four MLB appearances in 2023, Andrews pitched to a 27.00 ERA across 3 1⁄3 innings, striking out four while allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 10 hits and two walks....

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Targets: Starting Pitchers

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Could there be a reunion ten years in the making? The pitchers and catchers who will be reporting to spring training today have seen a fair bit of turnover from the group that reported last spring. Because of those changes, it’s a unit with less margin for error on account of increased uncertainty and decreased depth. To address the latter of those two concerns, let’s look at some of the starting pitchers we haven’t had the opportunity to analyze earlier this winter. Rich Hill The ageless wonder of the pitching realm, it looks like...

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Yankees 2024 Season Preview: Victor González

Photo by Jess Rapfogel/ The newly-acquired lefty could fill an important role in the ‘pen. The Yankees bullpen has largely been a strength of the team for the least decade or so, and they hope that 2024 will be no exception. Among a few of the core arms who remain with the club, there are a few fresh faces. One new name is left-hander Victor González. González, entering his age-28 season, was acquired in one of the Yankees’ quieter offseason moves via trade with the Dodgers in December. It’s unlikely he will be the one to push the team to the promised land, but...

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