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Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: Adam Ottavino

Photo by Mike Stobe/ A potentially promising season for the right-hander went down the drain thanks to one awful night in Buffalo. Heading into 2019, Adam Ottavino looked to be a fairly savvy free agent signing. For just $9 million annually, the Yankees had imported the rare pitcher who dominated in the thin air of Coors Field. Moreover, Ottavino brought video game-like stuff to the table, the kind of raw clay the Yankees’ new-age coaching staff surely wants to get its hands on and mold. In each of his two seasons in the Bronx, Ottavino got off to strong starts and...

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Yankees prospect Estevan Florial needs at-bats to refine his game

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The young outfielder made his MLB debut in 2020, but he’s clearly not ready for the majors and needs to improve his pitch recognition to grow as a hitter The New York Yankees have assembled an impressive group of starting outfielders. They drafted and developed Aaron Judge, and they acquired Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks via trade over the last five years. They also need to decide whether or not to bring Brett Gardner back on a one-year deal, which remains a possibility. At the same time, at a lower level the Yankees need to...

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NYY News: Snell ya later?

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Rays put Blake Snell on the trade block; Why Andy Pettitte should be a Hall-of-Famer; Are the Dodgers a serious threat to poach DJ LeMahieu? New York Post | George A King: One of the biggest MLB rumors of the week has been the possibility that the Rays would deal Blake Snell. The 28-year-old has three fairly cheap years remaining on his contract, but the Rays, always looking for ways to get cheaper without damaging their roster too much, are apparently considering moving Snell to lessen their payroll load. King posits the Yankees could dramatically...

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New York Yankees: Deja vu all over again for Aroldis Chapman

There are some that think the New York Yankees should make Aroldis Chapman into a starter. Those thoughts are so 2013. The New York Yankees have a problem. There are several holes in their starting rotation and most of what is available in free agency are somewhat uninspiring. New York could always turn to the […] New York Yankees: Deja vu all over again for Aroldis Chapman - 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: Cross Charlie Morton’s name off the wish list

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Charlie Morton signs with the Braves; Yankees don’t seem too inclined to trade Luke Voit; Aaron Boone weighs in on DJ LeMahieu and negotiations to bring him back MLB.com | Mark Bowman: Veteran right-hander Charlie Morton committed his short-term future to the Braves, as he signed a one-year, $15 million contract to pitch in Atlanta. Mark Feinsand was the first to announce the news. The Yankees could have used a talented arm like him to fill the 2021 rotation, but the former Rays’ hurler is switching leagues and joining another top team...

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Trevor Bauer rumors: New York Mets to be aggressive in their pursuit

Is Trevor Bauer headed to the Big Apple? Every winter, it seems as the top free agents in the land are oftentimes rumored to be the target of the New York Yankees. However, this winter seems to favor the other team that takes up residence in the Empire State. The New York Mets are rumored […] Trevor Bauer rumors: New York Mets to be aggressive in their pursuit - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Poll: Should Yankees prioritize LeMahieu or Lindor?

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Two elite middle infielders are up for grabs this winter; which one do you think the Yankees should focus on acquiring? Since the World Series ended and the offseason began a few weeks back, it feels like the entire baseball world has been waiting on two middle infielders to set the market: Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor and free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu. While a few relatively low-profile pitchers have signed early in free agency, it seems that, for position players at least, these two All-Stars will set the trade and free...

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This Day in Yankees History: “The Boss” makes another terrible trade

Photo by George Gojkovich/ Thanks to Big Stein’s terrible judgment, Doug Drabek was yet another “one who got away.” Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The 2020 baseball season has come to an end, so let’s dig into the history books. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (November 24) 48 Years Ago Following another so-so season in the CBS ownership era, the Yankees...

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Yankees prospect Luis Medina controls his own destiny

Photo by Icon Sportswire If the hard-throwing right-hander proves he can harness his stuff, he could eventually be a force for the Bombers Back in the 2015 international free agent signing period, the New York Yankees inked a lanky teenager who could throw very, very hard, but had no idea where his pitches were going. Luis Medina is that young fireballer. While he’s not a teenager anymore he’s still a lanky 21-year-old. Does he have an idea of where his pitches are going, five years later? Well, it’s complicated. For years, Medina struggled to advance through the...

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Tuesday’s open thread

Photo by Adam Hunger/ A 2020 Yankees quiz for Tuesday’s open thread. It’s Tuesday, and we have some good blogs ahead as we near closer to a holiday. Andrés will delve into Yankees pitching prospect Luis Medina, and shortly after that, John will break down whether the Yanks should re-sign DJ LeMahieu or instead pursue Francisco Lindor via trade. Later, Kunj will return to blogging with a glowing review of LeMahieu’s 2020 season, and Erica will critique the recently-rescheduled “Field of Dreams” game. In lieu of the typical fun questions today, how about a...

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DJ LeMahieu’s list of MLB free agency suitors may be growing

The list of suitors for DJ LeMahieu could be growing. The Yankees are already known to have competition for the reigning AL batting champion from the Mets and Blue Jays, and now the Dodgers and Astros could be entering the mix as well, according to baseball insider Ken Rosenthal. In a story for The Athletic,...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/24/20: Cal Raleigh, Blake Snell, and J.A. Happ

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Happy Tuesday! In Mariners News... Mariners prospect Cal Raleigh has made a big impact this offseason as he’s highlighted on Baseball America’s list of 19 MLB prospects who impressed scouts at the 2020 instructional league. ($) ICYMI: The Mariners are hiring for a variety of different full-time and part-time jobs as well as a few internship opportunities. Around The League... Take an in-depth behind the scenes look at MLB during COVID-19 with Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino. The Rays are reportedly open to a Blake Snell trade. Where...

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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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MLB Rumors: Red Sox Among Teams Interested In Free Agent J.A. Happ

Could J.A. Happ be the latest player to experience both sides of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry? Boston has shown interest in the free agent pitcher, MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday, citing sources. The veteran left hander, who spent the last two-plus season in New York, has compiled impressive numbers over his career at […] The post MLB Rumors: Red Sox Among Teams Interested In Free Agent J.A. Happ appeared first on NESN.com.

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Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: Michael King

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via King struggled in occasional action in the 2020 season. After being acquired in a November 2017 trade with the Marlins, Michael King made his MLB debut for the Yankees in the final series of the 2019 regular season. He had been a 12th-round draft pick, and wasn’t on the radar of any top-100 prospect lists, but King rose rapidly thanks to a lights-out 2018. In 161 innings across three levels, he posted a sub-2.00 ERA, including a 1.15 mark at Triple-A. An injury in spring training limited King’s chances to pitch in 2019, but he...

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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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Mets could use Robinson Cano savings on Michael Conforto

The initial reaction to Robinson Cano being suspended for the entire 2021 season for a failed drug test was the Mets had a little more than $20 million extra to spend on free agents. DJ LeMahieu’s name immediately was linked to Queens and provided fodder for a delicious bidding war between the Mets and Yankees....

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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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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...

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