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New York Yankees @ Pittsburgh Pirates: Taillon’s revenge

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports After a winter trade, Jameson gets his first start-ish, against his former club The two things I was looking forward to this spring were previews of new Yankees Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber. Both got their first work in earlier this week, and today, Taillon will get his first real start as a Yankee, working an exhibition match against his former club. You’ll remember Jameson threw seven pitches on Monday, including a strikeout on a great curveball down out of the zone. Hopefully, we’ll see more than those seven pitches today, and...

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This Day in Yankees History: The strangest trade in sports history

Babe Ruth signs highest contract in baseball history; two teammates swap lives Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. 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 (March 5th) 99 Years Ago Going into his age-27 season, Yankees superstar Babe Ruth officially became the highest-paid player in baseball, signing a three-year contract worth $52,000 per season, or the modern-day...

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Yankees 2021 Season Preview: Clint Frazier

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The Masked Swinger looks to build on his breakout 2020 campaign as the Yankees’ new starting left fielder. Once upon a time — that is, for a brief period in 2016 — Clint Frazier was the top prospect in the Yankees’ farm system and the most highly-anticipated acquisition of a trade deadline fire sale that looked to power what would turn out to be an incredibly short rebuild for the New York Yankees. For the most part, however, he has had little to do with that resurgence, with homegrown prospect Aaron Judge becoming the team’s top...

Rising Apple

Mets Trade Rumors: Three key players almost traded to the Yankees

A trade between the New York Mets and New York Yankees involving anything of significance is wonderful 3am fodder on sports radio. Beyond that, it’s never really all too realistic. Mets trade rumors involving their Bronx counterparts do sometimes enter the realm of realism. Usually, it’s armchair general managers doing the wheeling and dealing. With […] Mets Trade Rumors: Three key players almost traded to the Yankees - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Brandon Drury is fighting an uphill battle in search for spot on Mets’ roster

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Drury’s numbers have been steadily declining since he left Arizona. It’s only been a few years since Yankees fans on social media were convinced they could parade Brandon Drury as the centerpiece of every big trade they concocted, including some who laughably believed their team could package him for Jacob deGrom. The hope among fans was that he could help the team land the missing piece to help make their World Series dreams a reality. The Yankees eventually packaged him to get J.A. Happ, and they were bounced by Boston in the ALDS. Before...

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Yankees Mailbag: The pitching market, Mike Tauchman, and the lineup order

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Answering the latest of your questions in this week’s mailbag. Good morning everyone, let’s open the mailbag up for more of your Yankees questions. Remember to send in your questions for our weekly call by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Chuck asks: With likely more pitching injuries coming (Clarke Schmidt), were there any other free agent pitchers still available that could have been scooped up for Gardner money? Realistically, I’m sure there are a handful of pitchers that the Yankees could’ve signed with the money that...

Lookout Landing

Sporcle Friday: Mariner Right Fielders Since Ichiro

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ no thank you Here is an incomplete list of some important dates in Seattle Mariners history: April 6, 1977 - The franchise plays its first game June 2, 1987 - Ken Griffey Jr. is selected first overall in the draft October 8, 1995 - The Double October 6, 2001 - The Mariners win their record-setting 116th game of the season July 4, 2002 - Félix Hernández signs with the Mariners as an amateur free agent July 23, 2012 - Ichiro Suzuki is traded to the Yankees Since that summer day in 2012, many men have tried and failed to be the Mariners’...

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This Day in Yankees History: Yanks acquire Ed Lopat

Lopat led the AL in ERA in 1953 and won the World Series five times while in pinstripes. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. Now that spring training is officially open, it’s time to get amped for the upcoming season. 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 (February 24) 73 years ago The White Sox trade Ed Lopat to the Yankees for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight, and Fred...


Yankees ace Gerrit Cole upset at how MLB executives manipulate service time

Mariners president Kevin Mather, who was forced to resign because of derogatory comments about players, admitted how he kept top prospects in minors to get an extra year out of them before free agency kicks in .

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: February 24

Casey Stengel, Ed Lopat and Gene Woodling A bad trade from Les O’Connor gets cleaned up by Frank Lane 1948 White Sox GM Les O’Connor sent pitcher Eddie Lopat to the Yankees for three players. Lopat, was a soft-tossing, off-speed pitcher who won 50 games in four years with the Sox, twice having an ERA off less than 3.00. He would quickly develop into one of the aces on the Yankees dynasty of the 1950s, winning 113 games in seven-and-a-half years. He also went 4-1 in World Series play. Of the players the Sox got in return, only pitcher Bill Wight had any success on...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team Acquires Former Top Prospect For Cash

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a trade with the Oakland Athletics for former top prospect Dustin Fowler in exchange for cash considerations. The Pittsburgh Pirates have added more outfield depth by trading cash considerations for Dustin Fowler. Fowler was formerly a top prospect for the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Rob Biertempfel of the […] Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team Acquires Former Top Prospect For Cash - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says his focus is on winning, not contract extension

With free agency looming in two years, Aaron Judge came into spring training with his eyes set on one thing: winning.

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It is time to put respect on Brett Gardner’s name

Photo by Al Bello/ Even if there’s nothing sexy about the re-signing of the longest-tenured Yankee, it should still be celebrated. At long last, a busy Yankees offseason has seemingly come to a close. The team cut $50 million in player payroll, but even in doing so, managed to make this a hectic session, returning a star, spinning trades, and bringing in veterans on one-year deals. They capped it all off with what long appeared to be one of the more obvious moves they could make, re-signing Brett Gardner on a one-year deal in a transaction that became official...

Lone Star Ball

Oakland DFA’s Dustin Fowler

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ Outfielder Dustin Fowler has been designated for assignment by the Oakland A’s The Oakland A’s designated outfielder Dustin Fowler for assignment today in order to open up a 40 man roster spot for newly signed reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Fowler is not, incidentally, Clint Frazier, even though I tend to get the two mixed up. Frazier was the 5th overall pick in the 2013 draft, selected by the Cleveland Indians, and was sent to the New York Yankees at the trade deadline in 2016 for Andrew Miller, and is a 6’0” righthanded...

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees creating the utility pitcher

The New York Yankees are not exactly a team that has been considered to be on the cutting edge of innovation. While they have had a great deal of success over the years, that has primarily been due to their extensive bank account and ability to bring in needed free agents. But that may change. […] New York Yankees creating the utility pitcher - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Arodys Vizcaíno is attempting to return to the mound with the Mets

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports It’s been nearly two years since he last pitched in a game, but he had major league success before his shoulder surgery. Way back at the start of the offseason in November, the Mets signed eleven players to minor league deals, one of whom was right-handed relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaíno. Best known for his time with the Braves, Vizcaino is attempting to come back from shoulder surgery very early in 2019 season and has yet to pitch in a game since then. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic,...

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This Day in Yankees History: Raúl Ibañez joins the Bombers

A playoff hero began his Yankee career on this day in history. Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. Now that spring training is officially open, it’s time to get amped for the upcoming season. 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 (February 20th): 25 Years Ago The Yankees come to terms with free agent pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden. Gooden was a phenom for the Mets in the 80s,...

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NYY News: D-Rob makes his pitch

Photo by Mike Stobe/ D-Rob throws second showcase; Johnny Damon arrested in Florida on DUI charges; Yanks sign Brett Gardner; pitchers are pumped for new “gas station” Twitter | Mark Feinsand: Former Yankees reliever and current free agent David Robertson threw his second showcase for major league scouts and coaches on Friday. More than a dozen teams traveled to Winter Haven, Fla. to watch D-Rob’s throwing session. Robertson was said to look good on the mound, according to a tweet by Feinsand, who said Robertson’s pitches sat “in the 90-91 mph range.”...

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How the Yankees’ rotation compares to the rest of the American League contenders

Photo by Christian Petersen/ There is a very competent rotation in the Bronx right now. Is it the best in the junior circuit? The Yankees lost three-fifths of their rotation when free agency started, and they didn’t retain any of them: J.A. Happ went to the Minnesota Twins, Masahiro Tanaka flew back to Japan, and James Paxton ended up joining the Seattle Mariners. Yet, in a short period of time, general manager Brian Cashman managed to put together one of the most interesting rotations in the American League by adding Corey Kluber via free agency and Jameson Taillon...

Bluebird Banter

Today in Blue Jays history: Jays trade Roger Clemens

Today in Blue Jays history, back 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 put a bit of background to it, he put together a Blue Jays team that finished first in the AL East in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993 and had 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 that it didn’t count since it was a shortened season. Pat, well, maybe could see the...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies: A.J. Burnett free-agent signing one to forget

There are many great Philadelphia Phillies free-agent acquisitions that fans can look back on fondly. Re-signing Cliff Lee and essentially stealing him away from the New York Yankees is among the top such moves. Conversely, considering the worst free-agent deals in franchise history, A.J. Burnett has to be among them. On February 16, 2014 — seven years […] Phillies: A.J. Burnett free-agent signing one to forget - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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PSA Podcast Ep. 117: Pitchers, Catchers, & Bruce, Oh My

Photo by J.Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via The Yankees round out their roster as pitchers and catchers report. It’s been about two weeks since Kunj and I returned to the Pinstripe Alley Podcast airwaves, and in that stretch, there has been some more baseball activity. Lefty reliever Justin Wilson signed a contract to return to the Yankees’ bullpen, Jay Bruce and Robinson Chirinos came aboard as minor league free agents, James Paxton officially bid farewell to New York by rejoining the Mariners, the minor leagues were reorganized, and MLB adopted rules for 2021...

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This Day in Yankees History: The trade for A-Rod

Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/ After a botched deal between the Rangers and Red Sox, the Yankees slide in, nabbing MLB’s most wanted man. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in mere days, 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 (February 16) 97 Years Ago Tony Boeckel, the third baseman for the Boston...

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Where the Justin Wilson signing leaves the Yankees

Photo by David Maxwell/ Another free agent reliever has brought the Yankees near the limit of their self-constrained budget, and to the max of their 40-man roster. We’re days away from pitchers and catchers reporting, but it looks like the Yankees will be reshaping their roster right down to the wire. After an oddly prolonged courtship, the Yankees finally signed Justin Wilson last night, putting the finishing touches on their late-inning relief corps. The move leaves the team in an interesting state. Their 40-man roster is again stocked to the brim. We don’t yet...

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Yankees lead pre-spring training American League power rankings

Photo by Christian Petersen/ See where American League organizations are ranked before the action starts, including the Bombers. Spring training is mere days away. While the offseason isn’t over and there are still plenty of good free agents left, we are beginning to get an idea of who will rule the American League in 2021 and who will be on the outside looking in. Without further ado, here are the pre-spring training American League power rankings: 1) New York Yankees On paper, the New York Yankees are the best team in the American League by some margin. Their...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Tyler Anderson

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Despite uninspiring fastball velocity, the crafty lefty consistently sits toward the top of the league in terms of weak contact. After weeks of non-movement to begin the offseason, business picked up steadily in the New Year. The top players mostly got paid their worth, while many others inked deals that refuted the assumption of a particularly depressed free agent market following the shortened season. Now with training camp rapidly approaching, only a handful of impact players remain unsigned. With James Paxton’s return to Seattle on a...

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President’s Day open thread

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Your open thread at the end of this three-day weekend. Good morning everyone, if you’re lucky enough to have a three-day weekend here, hope it’s been a restful one. We’ve arrived at the week during which pitchers and catchers report. Nothing much usually happens during that week, but it’s something. Today, Dan gives us another rundown on the Yankees’ farm system, this time profiling its outfield depth. Peter will also profile Tyler Anderson, who had a lot of success with the Rockies a few years ago but remains a free agent, and...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Brad Boxberger

Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via Boxberger looked rejuvenated in high-leverage relief for the Marlins in 2020. Will this continue into 2021? If there is anything the last few weeks has told us, it is that the heavy lifting of the Yankees’ offseason is complete. After signing DJ LeMahieu and Corey Kluber and acquiring Jameson Taillon via trade, the rest of their business has consisted of veteran signings on minor league to low-cost deals and corresponding roster moves to make space. That is not to say the Bombers still do not have holes on their roster. They...

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