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    TAMPA — Gary Sanchez’s attempt to recover from his disastrous 2020 season took a step forward Monday, when the catcher impressed Gerrit Cole behind the plate — and wowed everyone with his bat. After walking in the first inning, Sanchez came up again in the bottom of the third and blasted a 3-1 pitch over the batter’s eye in dead center — a feat not often accomplished at Steinbrenner Field. Cole got the start and pitched one inning in his spring training debut. Sanchez is trying to put last season behind him, when he struggled badly at the plate and behind it, and lost his starting job to Kyle Higashioka in the playoffs. He’s impressed the Yankees since then by volunteering to get some at bats in the Dominican winter league, and the team has said his conditioning has been good. But none of that will matter...
    Jameson TaillonCharles Wenzelberg / New York Post The Yankees are already a game into their 2021 spring training schedule. They went through the first game without an injury to speak of, which means it’s a grand success thus far. That’s going to be the big question for this team all season. Can they stay healthy? They brought a couple of starting pitchers in coming off injuries and have a few returning from injuries. Do they have enough to compete for a championship? To address that and the offseason as a whole, we are back with Season 2 of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson. The guys were joined in the first episode back by longtime Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman. Pinstripe Pod with Chris and Nellie: Glad to see baseball back. Happy to see Aaron Judge not...
    Jameson TaillonCharles Wenzelberg / New York Post The Yankees are already a game into their 2021 spring training schedule. They went through the first game without an injury to speak of, which means it’s a grand success thus far. That’s going to be the big question for this team all season. Can they stay healthy? They brought a couple of starting pitchers in coming off injuries and have a few returning from injuries. Do they have enough to compete for a championship? To address that and the offseason as a whole, we are back with Season 2 of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson. The guys were joined in the first episode back by longtime Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman. Pinstripe Pod with Chris and Nellie: Glad to see baseball back. Happy to see Aaron Judge not...
    Domingo German’s return from a domestic violence suspension created drama in the Yankees clubhouse.  Before German commented publicly to the media, or even his teammates for that matter, one of the Yankees most prominent voices spoke out at a press conference and via his public social media platform, suggesting the 28-year-old wouldn’t be welcomed back to the Bronx with open arms. Essentially, if German was going to go, he’d already be gone. All that being said, this is a systemic issue rather than one fan base’s issue, and fans shouldn’t have to feel pressure to answer for the allegations their favorite team’s players are facing…but the Yankees should be very much ashamed for attempting to Moneyball serious allegations into the latest market inefficiency. My fandom experience would be better without both men. -AW 4. As a Yankee fan, what’s the best-case scenario here? Put yourself in Brian Cashman’s shoes. Quite...
    TAMPA — Sunday marked the first game of spring training for the Yankees, as well as their first experience playing with the redesigned baseball MLB is using this season that many believed won’t travel as far as in recent seasons. Very early results were mixed. There were some balls hit during batting practice, Aaron Judge said, that didn’t have as much distance on them as he and his teammates expected. But in the game, a 6-4, seven-inning loss to the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Judge hit one to deep center that surprised him by how close it came to being a homer. “It went a little further than I thought,’’ he said of the fourth-inning shot. “I kind of got underneath it. I knew I missed it. But I saw it was near the track and thought maybe someone snuck in an old baseball for me.” Overall,...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees fans mistakenly boo the wrong player: ‘Cheater!’ Yankees star ‘not taking anything for granted’ Yankees pitcher: Injury won’t wreck my entire season Why this spring training opener means more to Yankees TAMPA — Sunday marked the first game of spring training for the Yankees, as well as their first experience playing with the redesigned baseball MLB is using this season that many believed won’t travel as far as in recent seasons. Very early results were mixed. There were some balls hit during batting practice, Aaron Judge said, that didn’t have as much distance on them as he and his teammates expected. But in the game, a 6-4, seven-inning loss to the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Judge hit one to deep center that surprised him by how close it came to being a homer. “It went a little further than I...
    Report: Mike Tauchman’s roster spot with the Yankees in jeopardy By: Andres Chavez February 27, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditWith the signing of Brett Gardner, the New York Yankees have very good outfield depth going into the season. Clint Frazier and Gardy can play left field, Aaron Hicks is the starting center fielder, and Aaron Judge is one of the game’s premier right fielders. In addition, designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is more than capable of playing the field every once in a while, and Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone recently indicated that he wants to give the slugger some time out there to keep his legs fresh and prepared. However, if you hadn’t noticed, there is a noteworthy name missing in that outfield depth chart: Mike Tauchman. The lefty-hitting Yankees’ player is a very good fielder, but his bat just wasn’t there in 2020, and...
    TAMPA — Gleyber Torres didn’t exactly disagree with general manager Brian Cashman’s notion the shortstop “wasn’t in the best shape” when the second spring training began last summer. Perhaps no Yankee other than Gary Sanchez would like to put 2020 behind them more than Gleyber Torres. “Last year, I [couldn’t] prepare myself, really, because everything was closed,’’ Torres said Friday when asked about Cashman’s comments. “Everybody knows what happened with COVID.”  The 24-year-old added he hasn’t spoken to Cashman about what he said in December, but the Yankees have praised Torres so far this spring about his offseason work.  The turnaround began after Torres returned from a left hamstring strain in September. In 24 games before the injury, Torres had three extra base hits and a .636 OPS in 91 plate appearances. After returning September 5, Torres was far more productive, with eight extra base hits and an .842 OPS...
    New York Yankees Player Profiles: Brett Gardner accepts his new role with the Yankees By: William Parlee February 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAfter eleven years in the majors with the New York Yankees, Brett Gardner had one of his best seasons with the team in 2019.  He is already the veteran heart and soul of the New York Yankees. For those that think Brett is washed up, he had an above-average season. In 2019 he had 123 hits and 74 runs batted in, his third-best RBI record with the Yankees. He also hit a career-high 28 home runs, making him a power threat. Gardner was clutch in many of his hits. His speed on the bases and in the field was as good as ever. Fast forward to the 2020 season. Brett’s performance dropped off considerably, as it happened with many players during the shortened...
    More On: new york yankees This Yankee has rare ‘good day’ in camp Yankees’ fiery meteor finally looks ready to rise Yankees star, boyfriend of Tiger Woods’ niece, opens up about crash Veteran knows his Yankees end is near TAMPA — Aaron Hicks said his right elbow feels “night and day” from how it felt in 2020, when he struggled following Tommy John surgery the previous offseason. “I definitely feel like it’s 100 percent right now, just with the way I’m able to throw to bases,’’ Hicks said. He said he also notices a difference at the plate and believes he can hit “30-plus” home runs if he’s able to remain healthy for a full season. A year ago, Hicks said he was “a little nervous” about extending his right arm fully when he was batting from the left side and he was worried about reinjuring the elbow on...
    More from: Ken Davidoff One college student is using Instagram to make baseball cool again — and players are noticing Yankees players had right reaction to Domingo Germans apology Yankees facing most heat to win World Series Kevin Mather spilled the beans on worst kept secret in baseball Domingo German’s teammates know too much to let him off easy TAMPA — Thirty-nine games in 2017. Fifteen in 2018. Sixty-nine in 2019. Thirty-nine in 2020. Add those up, and you get Clint Frazier’s low bar, in his mind, to clear. “I know in my career I have 162 games played, exactly,” the Yankees left fielder said, correctly, Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “And I’m hitting .258 with 24 [home runs] and 82 [RBIs]. So to know that over the course of [four] years, where I didn’t get a consistent amount of at-bats and that’s the numbers I put together,...
    Much of the focus on Aaron Judge’s opening spring training press conference was on changes he made in his offseason workouts in order to stay healthy this season. But there was another change that was apparent in the Yankees slugger. Judge was flashing a perfectly-aligned smile to start the 2021 season, where a gap in his two front teeth previously existed. It’s not Judge’s first dental dilemma in pinstripes. In 2017, he chipped a tooth on a teammate’s helmet celebrating Brett Gardner’s game-winning home run. “It got me pretty good,” Judge said at the time. “It kind of shocked me at first. I thought both my teeth got knocked in. I just tried to cover it up as fast as I can and get out of there.” This year is a crucial one for the 28-year-old, whose been hampered by injuries the past three seasons. Judge was asked about extension...
    Yankees News: Aaron Judge returns with ‘gaping’ difference, Estevan Florial visa issues By: Alexander Wilson February 24, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have reported to spring training, and while things seem to be going smoothly thus far, one major difference has bubbled to the surface. Slugger Aaron Judge reported to camp with a ‘gaping’ difference compared to 2020, he got his teeth fixed! One of the Judge’s primary characteristics is the gap between his front two teeth, which has now dissipated. With a brand new smile and a changed strength and conditioning program, Judge is expected to make a significant impact on the 2021 season. Last year, he played in just 28 of 60 games, logging a .257 average with nine homers and 22 RBIs. New strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Cressey brings a different approach toward preparation and staying in...
    More On: new york yankees At least one Yankees player is standing by troubled teammate Yankees’ first injury of spring damages rotation competition Yankees betting they have the ‘right’ stuff on offense: Sherman New pitcher looks ‘good’ in first taste of Yankees action Gerrit Cole threw his first live batting practice of the spring on Monday and he had Gary Sanchez behind the plate. One of the storylines of the spring — and beyond — will be who the Yankees team with their ace after Cole had so much more success pitching to Kyle Higashioka than to Sanchez. Perhaps complicating matters is the arrival of Robinson Chirinos, who is in camp on a minor league deal. He caught 16 of Cole’s starts in Houston in 2019 and Cole mentioned his relationship with Chirinos last week. “In 2019, we were able to be on the same page,’’ Chirinos said. “Gerrit...
    TAMPA — The Yankees are dealing with their first injury of the spring, with Clarke Schmidt out at least three or four weeks with an elbow injury, according to manager Aaron Boone. The right-hander underwent an MRI exam that showed he’d suffered a strain of his common extensor tendon, which is similar to tennis elbow. Schmidt was examined by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad.  Boone said the injury is unrelated to the Tommy John surgery Schmidt underwent in 2017. The 24-year-old figured to have been in contention to make the rotation out of spring training, but he’ll now likely miss the first month of the regular season.
    TAMPA — The Yankees are dealing with their first injury of the spring, with Clarke Schmidt out at least three or four weeks with an elbow injury, according to manager Aaron Boone. The right-hander underwent an MRI exam that showed he’d suffered a strain of his common extensor tendon, which is similar to tennis elbow. Schmidt was examined by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad.  Boone said the injury is unrelated to the Tommy John surgery Schmidt underwent in 2017. The 24-year-old figured to have been in contention to make the rotation out of spring training, but he’ll now likely miss the first month of the regular season. Filed under clarke schmidt ,  new york yankees ,  2/22/21
    Yankees prospect shut down for a month after being diagnosed with an elbow injury By: Andres Chavez February 22, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees‘ pitching depth suffered a blow early in spring training, as right-handed prospect Clarke Schmidt will have to be on the shelf for up to a month as he deals with an elbow issue. Aaron Boone announced to the media that Schmidt had suffered an injury on the “common extensor” tendon. According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, it is in the interior side of the right (pitching) elbow. The promising young prospect is expected to be shut down for the next three or four weeks, and after that, he will have to get up to speed assuming there are no setbacks in his recovery. The Yankees’ hurler had an MRI over the weekend, and was examined by Dr. Ahmad,...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has started the process of talking to teammates about his domestic violence suspension that’s kept him off the mound since September 2019. Germán was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2019 when he was put on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigated an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child. “It is important to me that I have the opportunity to speak directly with my teammates, both individually and collectively and address them face to face before I speak to the media and our fans,” Germán said in a statemen released by the Yankees on Sunday. “This process has begun but more time is needed, especially since half our team has yet to report to spring training. I recognize that speaking publicly will be an important step for me and I...
    TAMPA — Domingo German will indeed speak to his teammates about the incident that caused him to receive an 81-game suspension and miss all of last season. On Sunday, the right-hander released a statement through the Yankees, the day he was scheduled to address the media for the first time since the September 2019 incident that led to his ban by Major League Baseball. He was suspended in January 2020 for violating the league’s domestic violence protocols after an alleged incident with his girlfriend. “It is important to me that I have the opportunity to speak directly with my teammates individually and collectively and address them face to face before I speak to the media and fans,” German said in the statement. “This process has begun, but more time is needed, especially since half our team has yet to report to spring training. I recognize that speaking publicly will be...
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    Stars celebrating milestone birthdays in February 2021 These ETFs can give you high dividend yields with relatively low risk A wild video of Chris Mack went viral on Saturday. © David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Louisville Cardinals head coach Chris Mack The video features Mack in the background as former Louisville football player Eric Wood talks trash to rival Kentucky. The video appears to have been recorded on Dec. 26 based on the clip of the amazing Ryan Fitzpatrick play on the TV in the background. That timing would make plenty of sense, because earlier that day, Louisville beat Kentucky 62-59 in men’s basketball. Here is the video, which contains some profanity from Wood. Welcome to the rivalry, @CoachChrisMack. pic.twitter.com/bJy6ATj8sx — Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 21, 2021 The video circulated online the same day that Louisville got smashed by North Carolina by 50 points in their first game in...
    New York Yankees: Fan favorite Brett Gardner is back for a 14th year with the Yankees By: William Parlee February 20, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditPer Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Gardner and the New York Yankees came to terms on a new contract for 2021. Mark Feinsand reported that the veteran outfielder will return on a one-year deal guaranteeing him $4 million. There are also a player and team options for 2022 that could earn Gardner $11 million according to Jon Heyman. The Yankees have waited until almost the last moment to sign the long-time Yankee back with the team with spring training already starting. Yankee fans couldn’t imagine the Yankees without their heart and soul in the clubhouse. But this offseason was all about the re-signing of batting champ DJ LeMahieu. That after a very long wait was accomplished just two weeks...
    FORMER Yankees and Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon was arrested in Florida on Friday for driving under the influence with blood alcohol level four times the legal limit. Damon, star of Below Deck, had a legal limit of .30, which was close to four times the legal state limit of .08. 4Johnny Damon was arrested for driving under the influence in FloridaCredit: Orange County Corrections Department 4His wife Michelle Mangan-Damon was also in the car with him and allegedly pushed an officerCredit: FOX35 Police say his wife Michelle Mangan-Damon was also in the car and described her as being uncooperative with police, even pushing an officer. Authorities said Damon was slurring his words while speaking to an officer before admitting he had been drinking earlier that night. He was unsteady on his feet and said he had been drinking "just a little bit" earlier, before he was pulled over...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees aren’t giving up on former rookie stud Yankees’ spring training starts with Gary Sanchez twist Clint Frazier’s time has come with Brett Gardner’s Yankees future in doubt Trevor Bauer’s antics, Mets contracts among biggest spring training questions Domingo German is set to get another opportunity with the Yankees after serving his suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence protocols. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that he, general manager Brian Cashman and bench coach Carlos Mendoza had spoken with German “welcoming him back” from his ban, but adding that he would not be guaranteed anything this spring. “We know he’s paid a significant price from a career standpoint, really having missed a full season-plus now,’’ the manager said in a Zoom call from Tampa. “Hopefully, that’s behind us. We feel like he’s in a good place coming in and now it’s on him to...
    Kyle Higashioka certainly looked like Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher in the latter part of 2020, but manager Aaron Boone insisted Wednesday that Gary Sanchez would work with the Yankees’ ace this spring with the idea of catching him during the regular season. “I don’t have a plan of pairing [Cole and Higashioka],’’ Boone said during his Zoom call with reporters from Tampa. “We’ll come in with the idea of Gary or Kyle will both work with all pitchers this spring in bullpens and into spring games.” In his first season in The Bronx, Cole pitched more effectively with Higashioka behind the plate and that continued into the playoffs, which helped lead to Sanchez losing his starting role in the postseason. Boone said he saw Sanchez on Wednesday, when pitchers and catchers got their physicals and the catcher “looks good.” Sanchez is looking to put a nightmarish 2020 behind him, when...
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    Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone reveals the starter in left field, with no surprises By: Andres Chavez February 17, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAs our own Alexander Wilson reported earlier this Wednesday, New York Yankees‘ manager Aaron Boone spoke with reporters at length about several important aspects concerning the team. One of them was who would be the starter at left field. By now, it is clear that Aaron Judge will occupy right field whenever he is healthy, and Aaron Hicks will patrol center field if he is available to play. But the Yankees’ skipper confirmed 2020 breakout star Clint Frazier as the starter in left field. Let’s keep in mind that the vast majority of his 280 innings in the outfield last season came in right field, spelling an injured Judge. However, there is an opening in left field after the Yankees revealed, weeks...
    Yankees sign a catcher to compete with Sanchez, Higashioka By: Alexander Wilson February 16, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIf you are familiar with the New York Yankees catching situation, you are also likely familiar with Gary Sanchez’s stats from 2020. The Yankees actually offered him a slight raise this upcoming season, but the 28-year-old catcher only has one opportunity left to prove he can be a long-term solution at the position. He will earn $6.35 million for the 2021 campaign, coming off a season where he struck out 36% of his at-bats and hit just .147. The Yankees are confident he can bounce back after a tumultuous year, but his regression has been occurring for quite some time, and returning to his 2017 form might be a lost cause. Nonetheless, the Yankees didn’t have an exorbitant amount of cash to play with this off-season, so signing...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are partnering with the City University of New York to identify students and alumni for career and business opportunities with the team. The Yankees said Tuesday they began a diversity and inclusion committee in September that includes Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, retired pitcher CC Sabathia and film director Spike Lee. Also, staff hitting coach Marcus Thames, bullpen coach Mike Harkey and senior director of player development Kevin Reese. CUNY students will have access to the Yankees’ sport management mentoring program. The committee, in concert with an array of community groups, wants to promote team diversity and knock down barriers in education, economic development and health and wellness. Yankees executives involved in the program include chairman Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman. ___ More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    Some of his followers are being sought by the FBI. Its not stopping the leader of the Oath Keepers. New Zealand-Australia row erupts over terrorist dual national Robinson Chirinos signs minor-league deal with Yankees The Yankees have reached a minor-league agreement with free-agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. © Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Kyle Higashioka is Yankee ace Gerrit Cole's personal catcher, although Robinson Chirinos did catch Cole in 2019 when they were members of the Astros. Chirinos, 36, has been a very good offensive catcher since he earned a regular role with the Rangers in 2014, but he hit free agency at an inopportune time this winter after a rough campaign divided between Texas and the Mets. Chirinos put up only a .162/.232/.243 line with one home run and an ISO of .081 in 82 plate appearances. Those numbers paled in comparison to...
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    The New York Yankees bolster their bullpen by agreeing to terms with free agent Justin Wilson. The New York Yankees accomplished their main offseason goal of re-signing star infielder D.J. LeMahieu to a six-year contract. While the Yankees did make additions, they also made some notable subtrations. This winter, New York traded relief pitcher Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named at a later date. That void in the bullpen did not last too long. According to Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have reached an agreement with left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson. Terms and financial details have not been determined as of this writing. Yankees deal with Justin Wilson is done. Rejoins Yankees, pitched for them in 2015. — Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) February 15, 2021 Yankees reunite with WilsonThis won’t be the first time that Wilson will pitch...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Justin Wilson returned to the New York Yankees after two seasons with the Mets in Queens, agreeing Monday to a one-year contract that includes player and club options for 2022, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical. Wilson joins a bullpen headed by closer Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, both left-handers. Hard-throwing right-hander Chad Green is joined by side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day, who was signed after the Yankees dealt Adam Ottovino to Boston in a cost-cutting move. The 33-year-old Wilson was 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, then moved on to Detroit and the Chicago Cubs before spending 2019 and 2020 with the Mets. He was 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 19 2/3 innings over 23 appearances last...
    Coronavirus cases decline across U.S., but experts urge caution Impeachment trial solidified views on Trump conviction: POLL MLB rumors: Yankees nearing deal with Justin Wilson; Padres make another move We are fast approaching the start of spring training, and almost all of the big-name free agents are spoken for. That said, it's still the offseason, and that means rumors can be found. We have found them and rounded them up for Monday. Here they are: © Provided by CBS Sports Yankees moving toward deal with WilsonThe Yankees are making progress on a contract with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Wilson, 33, spent the last two seasons with the Mets. In 68 appearances in Queens, he posted a 2.91 ERA (143 ERA+) and a 2.39 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Wilson relies primarily on two pitches: a mid-90s fastball and a cutter, a combination that has allowed him to...
    Yankees News: Cashman ‘moving toward a deal’ with Justin Wilson, what to know By: Alexander Wilson February 15, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAs expected, the New York Yankees are still contemplating adding another relief pitcher to the bullpen. With the starting rotation flush with options, despite risky ones, the bullpen could use a bit more support after they traded away Adam Ottavino and Darren O’Day. While the Yankees sent scouts to check out David Robertson during a bullpen session at the University of Alabama, it seems as if they are keen on signing for a New York Met Justin Wilson. At 33 years old, Wilson has spent the last nine years in the MLB, proving he can be an adequate option out of the bullpen. Last season with the Mets, he pitched 19.2 innings, earning a 3.66 ERA. The year prior, he recorded a 2.5 ERA...
    New York Yankees in “serious talks” with Justin Wilson By: Nathan Solomon February 14, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAccording to reports, the New York Yankees are in “serious talks” with LHP Justin Wilson. The 33-year-old is one of the few relief arms still available on the market, and one of the most desired ones. Wilson spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets and had a one-year stint with the Yankees in 2015. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB draft and debuted with the team in 2012. Following the 2014 season, the Yankees acquired Wilson in a deal for Francisco Cervelli. He was one of the Yankees’ top pitchers in 2015, finishing with a 3.10 ERA in 74 games. Once again, Wilson was traded during the off-season, this time to the Detroit Tigers...
    As variant cases surge, a crackdown on Mardi Gras this week; Valentines Day message of hope from Biden: Latest COVID-19 updates Ex-Argentina president Menem dies aged 90 Report: Yankees in serious talks with lefty Justin Wilson The Yankees are “in serious talks” with free-agent reliever Justin Wilson, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Saturday that the sides had been in contact. © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Justin Wilson pitched for the Yankees in 2015. If they were to come to terms on a deal, it’d mark a return to the Yankees for Wilson, for whom he pitched in 2015. Wilson had a productive season, but they sent him to Detroit for Luis Cessa and Chad Green at year’s end. The veteran southpaw has generally remained productive since that trade. Over the past five seasons, Wilson has worked to a 3.48 ERA with a strong strikeout...
    Pioneering Hollywood casting director Lynn Stalmaster dies Steve Ballmer said on Clubhouse that he wishes Microsoft had taken on Amazons cloud business sooner Brett Gardner staying with Yankees seems like a coin flip All things being equal, Justin Wilson seems to prefer a return to the Mets, but the Metropolitans have only just begun conversations with the veteran southpaw, per Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter). It’s not difficult to imagine a deal coming together quickly, however. Wilson does appear close to signing somewhere, notes MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Coming of a strong 3.66 ERA/3.04 FIP over 19 2/3 innings in 2020, he certainly presents as a useful arm. © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports At this point, the question probably boils down to exactly how much Brett Gardner wants to remain in New York. In fact, the Yankees are among those clubs said to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Jay Bruce agreed Saturday to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will try to win a job at big league spring training. The 33-year-old has an opportunity as a left-handed bat in a primarily right-handed lineup. The Yankees’ outfield features switch-hitter center fielder Aaron Hicks and right-handed-hitting right fielder Aaron Judge. Clint Frazier, another right-handed hitter, is the top candidate for left field, with Michael Tauchman and Tyler Wade, both left-handed hitters, also contenders but more likely to spend time as backups. Brett Gardner became a free agent and is talking to the Yankees, but the team and the 37-year-old left-handed hitter have been apart on money. Gardner joined the Yankees in 2008 and had been their longest-tenured player. Bruce hit .198 with six homers and 14 RBIs for Philadelphia in 96 at-bats during the pandemic-shortened season. He is a three-time...
    Greg Bird is returning to his roots in his latest attempt to resurrect his baseball career. The former Yankees first baseman signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, the team announced, and he’ll be invited to major league spring training. Bird, 28, played for Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, just outside of Denver. Former Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has signed a minor league contract with the Rockies.Corey Sipkin Once considered to be the Yankees’ long-term first baseman, injuries have derailed Bird’s career. He appeared in 186 regular-season games across five years for the Yankees, missing the entire 2016 season because of shoulder surgery. The Yankees designated Bird for assignment after the 2019 season and he joined the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal. He was designated for assignment in August and joined the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league deal in September, reuniting...
    The major league season is scheduled to start April 1 with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto and Detroit hosting Cleveland, part of an opening-day schedule of 15 games. Major League Baseball announced its initial 2021 schedule last July 9 and updated it Thursday with game times. The schedule envisions every team playing its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Four openers are scheduled to be televised on ESPN, starting with the Tigers-Yankees at 1:05 p.m. (all times EDT). The Los Angeles Dodgers are at Colorado at 4:10 p.m., followed by the New York Mets at Washington at 7:09 p.m. and the Chicago White Sox at the Los Angeles Angels at 10:05 p.m. Other openers are Cleveland at Detroit at 1:10 p.m.; Baltimore at Boston and Minnesota at Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m.; Pittsburgh at the Chicago...
    Russell Wilson Shares His Most Important Tips for Keeping His Marriage Strong With Ciara (Exclusive) 66% of Retirees Spend This Much on Health Care Yankees finalize one-year deal with RHP Darren O’Day The New York Yankees finalized their one-year contract with free agent relief pitcher Darren O'Day on Wednesday. © Reuters/Kevin Jairaj MLB: NLCS-Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers To make room for the 38-year-old on their 40-man roster, the Yankees designated fellow right-hander Ben Heller for assignment. O'Day, who agreed to terms last month, will reportedly make $1.75 million in 2021. The deal also has both a player and team option for 2022. If he exercises the option, O'Day will make $1.4 million, but if he declines it the Yankees can exercise their option for $3.15 million or buy him out for $700,000, according to reports. Video: Hit and Run with Nolan Arenado (KSDK-TV St. Louis) Hit and...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Side-arming reliever Darren O’Day is guaranteed $3.15 million in his contract with the New York Yankees, which has both player and team options for 2022. The 38-year-old right-hander gets a $1.75 million this year in the deal announced Wednesday. The contract includes a $1.4 million player option for 2022 and, if he declines his option, the Yankees would decide on a $3.15 million team option with a $700,000 buyout. O’Day takes the spot vacated when the Yankees traded right-hander Adam Ottavino to Boston, a move that cut $7.15 million from New York’s payroll. O’Day figures to join left-hander Zack Britton and right-hander Chad Green as the primary setup men for closer Aroldis Chapman. Right-hander Ben Heller was designated for assignment to open a roster spot. O’Day was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over 19 games last year with Atlanta, striking...
    New York : Molina was only waiting for the Caribbean Series to end to negotiate his contract. Photo: Carlos Ramírez / EFE The boricua Yadier Molina, to whom various teams of MLB, including the New York Yankees, will renew his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and with this he jettisoned the plans of the other teams seeking his services. After weeks of speculation, the information was shared by the Cardinals, who with great joy announced that they had reached an agreement and that they will soon reveal more details. We are excited to announce that we have agreed to terms with Yadier Molina on a new contract! We will have more details tomorrow on Yadi continuing his Cardinals legacy. – St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 9, 2021 Unofficially, Various media have assured that the deal is for one season and $ 9 million....
    Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title on Sunday. Add that to his almost embarrassingly long list of career accomplishments — starting with three regular-season MVP awards and 14 trips to the Pro Bowl — and you have a resume that’s unmatched in NFL history.  By baseball standards, though? He’s basically an elite Yankee.  MORE: A look back at the baseball careers of Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes It’s not an equal comparison, of course, comparing baseball players and football players, but it’s a fun discussion about championships and the players who won lots of them. Brady has seven Super Bowl titles, and he’s the only NFL player with more than five, but 12 baseball players have at least seven World Series titles and 55 have at least five rings. Of the 12, every single player on that list won at least four titles with the Yankees; of the...
    Yankees News/Rumors: Yankees ink another Montero and MLBPA playing with fire By: William Parlee February 7, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees yesterday inked Fidel Montero, an outfielder out of the Dominican Republic. It is their second signing of a Montero in international free agency. On the first day of the signing period, they signed shortstop Hans Montero, who signed for $1.7M. Hans was their top target in international free agency. Furthering their efforts to produce great teams in the future, yesterday’s signing of the second Montero shows their commitment to the future. The Yankees entered this signing period with the 2nd lowest amount of bonus-pool money, due largely in part to a 1 million dollar hit after they signed Gerrit Cole, who declined the qualifying offer from the Houston Astros late in 2019.  The Yankees have managed to sign five players. In addition...
    Japanese pitcher flies to the US to negotiate with MLB teams: Could the New York Yankees be interested? By: Andres Chavez February 6, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAs the New York Yankees look to fill out their bullpen in preparation for the 2021 MLB season, they could use another cheap reliever to complement the top-four options (Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Darren O’Day) and the army of young, talented fireballers on the rosters, such as Ben Heller, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, Brooks Kriske, Albert Abreu, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Nick Nelson, and others. A Japanese reliever from the Nippon Professional Baseball circuit recently became available, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Yankees to scout him further and consider him if the price is right. Nikkan Sports is reporting that reliever Hirokazu Sawamura has taken a flight to the United...
    3 major risks the New York Yankees are taking with 2021 roster By: Alexander Wilson February 5, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have a lot riding on suspect talent going into the 2021 season. General manager Brian Cashman has done his best to solidify the starting pitching rotation, bolster the bullpen, and solve a few consistency issues at specific positions. However, the risks he’s taken could easily fall short of elevated expectations. For Yankee fans, every year, we expect to reach the World Series, but it has been over a decade of missing the mark. Despite having the highest salary in baseball, the team continues to make the postseason but fails to make the WS. While you could make the argument that the current roster is improved compared to 2020, one could also come to the conclusion that the risks taken...
    Tanaka confesses he wanted to stay with the Yankees and didn’t rule out a return By: Andres Chavez January 31, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe Rakuten Eagles held a press conference to introduce their most recent signing, one that is actually an old friend: Masahiro Tanaka. The right-hander pitched there for years before migrating to the United States to sign with the New York Yankees in 2014. After seven brilliant seasons in the Bronx, the Japanese hurler is saying goodbye to pitch home, at least for the next two seasons. It is quite clear that the Yankees’ decision to bring cheaper alternatives (although not necessarily worse) had to do with Tanaka’s decision to sign in Japan. “When I became a free agent, honestly, I wanted to sign another contract with (the) Yankees and play there,” Tanaka told reporters in Tokyo, per Jason Coskrey of...
    A reunion between Brett Gardner and the Yankees has not been ruled out as the sides have remained in contact, according to sources, but general manager Brian Cashman sounds ready to play 2021 without the team’s longest-tenured player — and with a bigger role for Clint Frazier. Asked about Gardner during a Friday Zoom call, Cashman said “he’s been a great Yankee. We’ll see how things transpire over the coming weeks.” Later, speaking with WFAN, Cashman was effusive in his praise for Frazier, who could be the team’s starting left fielder, with Aaron Hicks in center and Aaron Judge in right. “Clint Frazier has continued to reinforce that he is a force and has gotten better and better,’’ Cashman said. “This past year was another testament to that. Going into this, without a doubt, he’s solidified himself as the guy, and he’s been a guy that’s been saving us quite...
    TOKYO (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka is back in Japan and says he can’t wait to get started pitching for his former Japanese team — the Rakuten Golden Eagles. The former New York Yankees pitcher signed a two-year contract earlier this week with his old Japanese club for a reported $9 million this season. “I’m so excited,” Tanaka said Saturday, speaking with reporters at a Tokyo hotel where he modeled his No. 18 jersey. “I can’t hold back my excitement to get up on the mound and pitch in front of the Japanese baseball fans again. “I also want to show them how much I have improved after seven years of being away from Japan.” That will be tough. He was an incredible 24-0 in his last season in Japan. The 32-year-old Tanaka was a free agent after seven seasons with the Yankees, and he said he wanted to stay in...
    Mariah Carey leads the pack in tributes to Oprah on her 67th birthday We Didn’t Always Know How Facebook Would Use Its Power Star pitcher Tanaka wants Olympic gold with Japan fans Japanese baseball star Masahiro Tanaka said Saturday he hopes to win a gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and celebrate with Japan fans, as the pitcher returns home after a seven-year stint with the New York Yankees. © Sarah Stier Masahiro Tanaka returned home this month after seven years with the New York Yankees Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, the 32-year-old -- now set to play for the Rakuten Eagles -- was asked about the possibility of him playing in the postponed Summer Games. "If I ever have a chance to participate, there is no reason for me to reject," he said. "I had a bitter feeling when I played in the Beijing Olympics......
    New York Yankees News/Rumors: Brian Cashman may not be done, and Joc Pederson signs with the Cubs By: William Parlee January 29, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankee’s general manager Brian Cashman must be happy with the successes he has had in the last week or so. First, he was able to sign DJ LeMahieu to a six-year contract for far less annually than industry sources said it would take. He followed that up by signing two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to an $11 million one year deal. A few days later, he managed to orchestrate a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to bring starter Jameson Taillon to the Yankees for a mere four low-level prospects. It had recently come out that Cashman, before the Kluber deal, was in talks with the Pirates to bring both Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon to...
    On Wednesday, the Yankees signed right-handed Darren O’Day and the Mets signed the lefty Aaron Loup. The Yankees gave O’Day a guarantee of $2.45 million on a one-year contract with a 2022 option that can be triggered by the player or team. When the Yankees traded Adam Ottavino to Boston with Frank German for a player to be named later, it really was not for that player to come from the Red Sox. The Yankees saved about $8 million and wanted to diversify how they used that money. The first use was on O’Day, who like Ottavino has a history of dominating righty batters. In the expansion era (since 1969), 229 pitchers have appeared in at least 500 games as a reliever. O’Day (604 games) has the fifth best OPS against righty hitters in that time at .549 — just behind new teammate Aroldis Chapman at .534. But durability —...
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    Coronavirus updates: Rate of new infections falls sharply; Michael Strahan reportedly tests positive Video surfaces of Marjorie Taylor Greene confronting Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg with baseless claims Two-time All-Star Masahiro Tanaka to sign with NPBs Rakuten Eagles Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka announced Thursday morning that he will not sign with a Major League team this winter and will instead return to Nippon Professional Baseball’s Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles, Tanaka’s initial club in professional ball, formally announced a new deal and offered a warm message: “WELCOME HOME our HERO!” It’s a two-year contract, according to the Kyodo News. Tanaka, meanwhile, offered a heartfelt thank you to his fans in MLB: © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Former Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is headed back to Nippon Professional Baseball. To my beloved fans, I hope  everybody is keeping safe during these challenging times. I wanted to reach out to you because...
    TOKYO (AP) — Former New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has signed a two-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles in Japanese baseball, the club said Thursday. The Eagles confirmed the deal but did not provide financial details. Local media reported it is worth almost $9 million annually. Tanaka last pitched for the same northern Japanese club in 2013 and then spent seven seasons with the Yankees, where he went 78-46. March 11 marks the 10th anniversary of an earthquake, tsunami and the resulting meltdown of three nuclear reactors in the northern Pacific coast area of Japan where the Eagles are based. That anniversary is sure to add to the drama around Tanaka’s return to Japan. Spring training starts next week for Japanese clubs, which have been able to play in stadiums with a limited number of fans attending. Japan, with a population of 126 million, has attributed just over 5,000...
    New York Yankees Analysis: Are the Yankees taking too big a risk with pitching? By: William Parlee January 28, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAfter the 2020 shortened season, the New York Yankees decided not to give qualifying offers to start pitchers Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ. That left them with only one veteran pitcher, last year’s acquisition of their ace Gerrit Cole. Behind him, they had a bevy of inexperienced, untested, not ready for prime time pitchers that the front office originally said they were satisfied with. The Yankees instead made their priority the signing of second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a new contract. Those negotiations dragged on for over two months while pitching upgrades went untouched. Early in the offseason, Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner issued a directive that he wanted to stay below the luxury tax threshold of $210 million. With that edict...
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    Masahiro Tanaka’s time with the Yankees officially appears over. The Rakuten Eagles, the Japanese team Tanaka starred with before coming to The Br onx in 2014, announced his signing on Twitter. The terms of the deal are unknown. “WELCOME HOME our HERO!!!!” the team wrote on Twitter. This split seemed inevitable as the offseason went on,…
    More On: new york yankees Yankees sign former All-Star to bolster bullpen after Adam Ottavino trade ‘Sticky’ cheating lawsuit that dragged in Yankees ace gets dismissed Masahiro Tanaka’s time with Yankees seems to be ending New Yankees pitcher hungry to live up to enormous hype Masahiro Tanaka’s time with the Yankees officially appears over. The Rakuten Eagles, the Japanese team Tanaka starred with before coming to The Bronx in 2014, announced his signing on Twitter. The terms of the deal are unknown. “WELCOME HOME our HERO!!!!” the team wrote on Twitter. This split seemed inevitable as the offseason went on, particularly with the Yankees signing former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal. The Yankees are determined not to go over the $210 million luxury tax threshold this offseason, leaving them little wiggle room for signings outside of DJ LeMahieu. “I hope everybody is keeping...
    Masahiro Tanaka is back pitching in Japan after completing a mostly successful tenure with the Yankees. The Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Thursday that Tanaka had returned to his original club, which posted him in late 2013 so he could play stateside. Terms were not disclosed. Reports on Wednesday said the sides were close to an agreement. Tanaka, 32, became an MLB free agent in the offseason after his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees expired. He was solid during his time in the Bronx, posting a 3.74 ERA in the regular season and a 3.33 mark in the postseason.  Tanaka put up those numbers despite pitching almost his entire Yankees career with a partial elbow ligament tear. He was hurt during the 2014 season but opted to rehab and treat the injury rather than have surgery. MORE: Why did the Yankees trade Adam Ottavino? Last year, he started his season a week...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees quickly found a replacement for their bullpen, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with submarining right-hander Darren O’Day, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The deal includes player and club options for 2022, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement is a subject to a successful physical. O’Day takes the spot vacated when the Yankees traded right-hander Adam Ottavino to Boston on Monday, a move that cut $7.15 million from New York’s payroll. O’Day figures to join left-hander Zack Britton and right-hander Chad Green as the primary seteup men for closer Aroldis Chapman. O’Day, 38, was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over 19 games last year with Atlanta, striking out 22 and walking five while allowing eight hits. While his fastball averaged just 86 mph, his low arm angle...
    New York Yankees News/Rumors: Should the Yankees get aggressive with a Josh Hader trade? By: William Parlee January 27, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAfter being near quiet in the offseason, the New York Yankees made some big waves across baseball with the resigning of DJ LeMahieu, signing Corey Kluber, and trading for potential ace Jameson Taillon. But the Yankees still have needs. The Yankees lost two arms from the bullpen, first Tommy Kahnle, who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and then traded Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox in a salary dump. The dump took $8.15M off the luxury tax salary cap. According to Spotrac.com, the Yankees payroll is presently at $199.2 million. So the Yankees have freed up about $10 million. In the past few days, I have written about several reliever arms the Yankees could get on the cheap. But the Yankees could...
    Could the New York Yankees reunite with David Robertson? By: Daniel Cunningham January 27, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAfter an extremely slow start to the offseason, the New York Yankees have been moving over the past couple of weeks. They resigned DJ LeMahieu, they signed Corey Kluber, and then they traded for Jameson Taillon.  While they’ve been conservative, fans have to be happy that the Yankees are actually making moves. After they signed Kluber, I was told that the focus for the Yankees would remain upgrading the pitching. They were looking at another starter and the relievers that were available. I reported that they had made contact with reliever Trevor Rosenthal. As of yesterday, I was told that the Yankees still have interest in bringing in Rosenthal depending on the deal. In the past couple of days, we’ve seen rampant rumors surrounding the Yankees...
    Could the Yankees set up a reunion with talented left-handed reliever? By: Andres Chavez January 27, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have around $10 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax threshold, set at $210 million. They need one or two relievers, especially after trading Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox; and they could also use a left-handed bat for their bench. The big fish relievers in free agency are now gone, after Liam Hendriks signed with the Chicago White Sox, Brad Hand with th Washington Nationals, and Archie Bradley with the Philadelphia Phillies. But there is still talent left! Trevor Rosenthal remains unsigned, as do Aaron Loup, Andrew Chafin, Roberto Osuna, Tyler Clippard, Mark Melancon, Yusmeiro Petit, and others. One option that could make a lot of sense for the Yankees is Justin Wilson. The veteran left-handed showed...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Chaim Bloom hasn’t done much this offseason. But his most recent trade is turning some heads. And it’s not because of whom the Red Sox’ Chief Baseball Officer acquired, but over which team he chose as a trading partner. That team would be Boston’s fiercest rival, the New York Yankees. Dealing with the Yankees is not something that many of Bloom’s predecessors have engaged in, as it usually only happens once every few decades. But Bloom had no problem swinging a trade with Boston’s biggest nemesis, and in many ways, he gave the Yankees an assist with Monday’s acquisition of reliever Adam Ottavino. The Yankees were looking to dump the righty’s $8 million salary for the 2021 season, and Bloom is hoping that works to Boston’s advantage. In addition to sending a potential setup man to the Boston bullpen, the Yankees threw in pitching prospect Frank German...
    Why the Yankees might have struck gold with Jameson Taillon By: Alexander Wilson January 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acted like a hibernating bear for the first half of the hot stove months, but he has awakened with a vengeance, hungry for pitchers. Recently, he struck a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to add a starting pitcher to their rotation. The Yankees traded pitchers Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, infielder Maikol Escotto and OF Canaan Smith in exchange for SP Jameson Taillon. Taillon, who is close friends with Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, was likely a product of Cole’s influence. Having spent their early years together in the Pirates’ farm system, there is no doubt that Garrett has great things to say about Taillon and what he’s capable of accomplishing. In fact, this duo can work off each other...
    A 410-year-old Pacific Yew tree, possibly oldest of its kind in US, falls in Washington state: It was its time China Arrivals to Offset Exodus to U.K., Hong Kong Aide Says After seven seasons with Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka reportedly close to returning to Japans Rakuten Eagles Free-agent right-hander Masahiro Tanaka might be close to returning to Japan's Rakuten Eagles, reports Sankei Sports of Tokyo (translation via NorthJersey.com).  © Provided by CBS Sports Tanaka, 32, began his professional career with the Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, where he pitched from 2007 through 2013, but then spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees in MLB. Over those seven seasons, Tanaka went 78-46 with a 3.74 ERA (114 ERA+) and a K/BB ratio of 4.76. Tanaka was a two-time All-Star with the Yankees, and he finished seventh in the AL Cy Young balloting in 2016. He also made 10 postseason starts...
    With the recent additions of Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber, it seemed there was no room for Masahiro Tanaka in the Yankees’ rotation- or budget — and now the right-hander is reportedly in talks to head back to Japan. A report on Monday from Sankei Sports said Tanaka was in negotiations to rejoin the Rakuten Eagles, the team he pitched for before signing with the Yankees. Earlier this month, Tanaka said on a Japanese radio talk show that the possibility of returning to Japan is “not zero.” The Yankees this offseason have chosen to invest in re-signing DJ LeMahieu and then add to their rotation from outside the organization. They traded for Taillon — who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery — and agreed to a deal with Kluber — who was limited to eight starts over the previous two seasons due to a fractured right arm...
    More On: new york yankees New Yankees pitcher hungry to live up to enormous hype Yankees trade reliever to Red Sox in cash-saving move This Yankees trade comes with potential downside: Sherman Gerrit Cole mum on alleged ‘sticky’ text in ex-Angels employee’s lawsuit With the recent additions of Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber, it seemed there was no room for Masahiro Tanaka in the Yankees’ rotation- or budget — and now the right-hander is reportedly in talks to head back to Japan. A report on Monday from Sankei Sports said Tanaka was in negotiations to rejoin the Rakuten Eagles, the team he pitched for before signing with the Yankees. Earlier this month, Tanaka said on a Japanese radio talk show that the possibility of returning to Japan is “not zero.” The Yankees this offseason have chosen to invest in re-signing DJ LeMahieu and then add to their rotation from...
    Dumping of 34 dead ducks investigated in Idaho Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has Covid, family says Red Sox try to defend rare Adam Ottavino trade with Yankees Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom addressed a number of questions about the offseason moves Boston has (and hasn’t) made so far this winter, per the reporters present, including Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, and the Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey. The call was prompted by the club’s recent (and rare) transaction with their chief rival. Bloom noted that they looked “under the hood” at Adam Ottavino’s 2020 numbers and believe the assumption of his poor performance in 2020 may be misguided. In particular, he notes one particularly poor outing against the Blue Jays in which he surrendered six earned runs without recording an out. Take out that Sept. 7 appearance, and Ottavino’s ERA drops from 5.89 to...
    New York Yankees: Yankees free up $8.15MM with Boston Trade By: William Parlee January 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have freed up $8.15 million of luxury breathing room. They had dumped slumping reliever Adam Ottavino onto the Boston Red Sox in the team’s first trade since 2014. This is another move by the Yankees to improve the team. Last week they managed to re-sign DJ LeMahieu to a $15 million six-year deal. That freed up enough money to immediately sign two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for a one year deal worth $11 million. Yesterday they traded for Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon. The Yankees sent Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Miakel Escotto, and Caanan Smith in the no-cash deal. Today, they have unloaded reliever Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox for cash or a player to be named later. Boston will...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees made a rare trade with the rival Red Sox, sending struggling reliever Adam Ottavino to Boston on Monday along with minor league right-hander Frank German for a player to be named or cash. As part of the trade, the Yankees agreed to send Boston $850,000 on July 1 to cover part of the $8 million owed to Ottavino, a 35-year-old right-hander entering the final season of a $27 million, three-year contract. New York remains responsible for Ottavino’s $3 million signing bonus, due next Jan. 15. A Brooklyn native, Ottavino signed with the Yankees before the 2019 season and took No. 0, the Yankees’ last available single digit. He had a successful first season that included a 6-5 record and 1.90 ERA as he became a key setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman along with Zack Britton, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle. But he slumped...
    Coronavirus updates: California drops regional stay-at-home orders; Merck abandons vaccine development Facebook suspends Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu chatbot for breaking privacy rules Yankees trade reliever Adam Ottavino to Red Sox, making rare deal with division rival As fierce rivals and competitors in the American League East, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox typically don’t make trades with each other. But the two teams made a notable swap on Monday, with the Yankees sending reliever Adam Ottavino to Boston in exchange for minor-league starter Frank German. © Provided by The Comeback News of the deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler. Source: The Yankees have traded Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox. — Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) January 25, 2021 The trade is a salary dump for the Yankees, who clear nearly all of Ottavino’s $9 million salary for 2021 off their payroll. Boston will also be...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jameson Taillon’s trade from Pittsburgh to the New York Yankees started to soak in, and he thought about reuniting with former roommate Gerrit Cole. “Every night you get a five-star cooked meal,” Taillon said. “Even if he’s cooking for himself, he’s going to marinate whatever he’s cooking properly. He’s going to do everything with the perfect execution. He’s going to have a perfect wine pairing for it.” Taillon, recuperating from his second Tommy John surgery, was acquired Sunday for four prospects. He joins a revamped rotation headed by Cole and projected to include Deivi García, Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber, whose pending $11 million, one-year deal is expected to be finalized this week. A 29-year-old right-hander, Taillon has not pitched since May 1, 2019. In addition to the elbow operations with New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on April 9, 2014, and on Aug....
    New York Yankees “rekindled conversations” with free agent outfielder By: Andres Chavez January 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have been busy in the last couple of weeks, mostly addressing their pitching needs. They have brough starters Corey Kluber, via free agency, and Jameson Taillon, via trade. However, there are still a couple of areas that the Yankees need to improve to increase their already high chances of making a deep playoff run. Namely, they need to add one or two relievers and a left-handed bat. For years, the New York Yankees have had that left-handed bat in Brett Gardner. Late in his career, he morphed into a power threat from the left side of the plate, while remaining effective on the basepaths and on the field. He is now a free agent, and the Yankees largely ignored him for weeks....
    It took Ana de Armas 9 months to get Marilyn Monroes voice right for her upcoming Netflix movie You’ll Never Follow a Budget. Here’s How to Retire Rich Anyway Yankees reportedly resume discussions with Brett Gardner The Yankees recently “rekindled” their discussions about a reunion with outfielder Brett Gardner, per Jack Curry of the YES Network (Twitter link), who adds that he expects a deal to eventually be reached. ESPN’s Buster Olney noted last week that the Yankees still hoped to bring Gardner back. © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Will left fielder Brett Gardner be back with the Yankees next season? New York still hasn’t formally announced DJ LeMahieu’s reported six-year, $90M contract, but between that signing, Corey Kluber’s $11M agreement (also not yet formally announced) and this weekend’s acquisition of right-hander Jameson Taillon, the Yanks are quite close to the $210M luxury tax barrier. A reunion with...
    The New York Yankees are taking a significant pitching risk with latest acquisitions By: Alexander Wilson January 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipReddit“Optimistic” isn’t a word I would associate with the New York Yankees’ starting pitching rotation, especially after their latest acquisitions. Before general manager Brian Cashman signed Corey Kluber and traded for Jameson Taillon, the rotation was seemingly thin and strung out. Utilizing a bevy of unproven talent, the Yankees were preparing to rely on starters either coming off injury or with minimal MLB experience. Whether you feel confident with the starting rotation or not, the group is severely lacking healthy players coming off quality seasons. With the addition of Luis Severino and Domingo German for the 2021 season, expecting them to play at a premium level would be overzealous. Cashman has put a lot of his chips in on injured talent looking...
    The Yankees have assembled a rotation. Or a jigsaw puzzle. They now have the kind of starting pitching that wins in the postseason. Or the kind of physical histories that can undermine getting there. Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino could form one of the best Nos. 2-4 starter groups in the majors come Aug. 1. Or the Yanks could be hunting starters by the July 31 trade deadline because Kluber’s 2020 starts plus those of Taillon and those of Severino come to one — for one total inning. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then you can see the high ceiling constructed by the Yankees — or just all the flaws. In 2018, Kluber, Taillon and Severino combined to go 53-26 with a 3.15 ERA in 97 starts. Kluber has managed eight starts since then, just one for one inning last year. Taillon has made...
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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees made the second addition to their starting rotation of the offseason, agreeing to acquire right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four prospects, a person familiar with the trade talks told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement was subject to approval of medical records of the involved players by the teams. Taillon, a 29-year-old right-hander, would join a rotation headed by his former Pirates teammate Gerrit Cole. It also is projected to include Deivi García, Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber, who has a pending $11 million, one-year contract subject to a successful physical. In addition, Luis Severino is expected to return from Tommy John surgery last Feb. 27 and Domingo Germán is expected back from a domestic violence suspension that caused him to miss last season. This deal makes it less likely...
    The Yankees’ starting rotation will look a lot different this season. After adding Corey Kluber earlier this month, the Yankees added another right-hander who’s dealt with injuries recently by trading for Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon on Sunday, a source confirmed. The 29-year-old hasn’t made a start since May 1, 2019 after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery, but has pitched well when healthy. The deal is pending physicals and the Yankees will send four prospects to the rebuilding Pirates: RHP Miguel Yajure, RHP Roansy Contreras, 18-year-old infielder Maikel Escotto and 21-year-old OF Canaan Smith. Yajure, 22, appeared in three games for the Yankees last season. The move also allows the Yankees to free up space on their 40-man roster (Yajure and Contreras), so they will have to move one more since they need to add Kluber and DJ LeMahieu, as well as Taillon. Taillon was the second overall pick in 2010,...
    The New York Yankees are set to acquire Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a handful of prospects, according to multiple reports Sunday. The Yankees will get the right-handed pitcher for Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikol Escotto and Canaan Smith, MLB Network reported. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM New York made the risky move as Pittsburgh appeared to be ready to offload more pitchers. Taillon, however, has not pitched since the 2019 season and only appeared in seven games that year. The 29-year-old was considered at one point to be one of the best pitchers in the 2010 draft class but he had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and had surgery to repair a flexor tendon and a UCL revision. It’s unclear whether Taillon will be ready to pitch at the start of the 2021 season. Pittsburgh continues the rebuilding of its farm system with the...
    Yankees News: One interesting Jameson Taillon connection could be fueling trade with Yanks By: Alexander Wilson January 24, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is moving heaven and earth to find another starting pitching option to add to the rotation. Currently, the Yankees have a group of players that have missed significant time due to injury or suspension, so feeling confident might be a bit optimistic. Nonetheless, the rotation was a significant weakness going into the off-season, especially after losing James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and JA Happ. However, Cashman has done a solid job adding as much talent as possible with cost efficiency in mind. Ownership has made it clear that they want to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold, so Cashman is working with serious limitations. He landed Corey Kluber on a one-year, $11 million deal after he...
    The Yankees are thinking upside when it comes to starting pitching in 2021. Because they clearly are not relying on sure things. They already have reached agreement this month with former two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who threw one inning in 2020. Now, they are talking with the Pirates about Jameson Taillon, who did not pitch at all last year following his second Tommy John surgery. The Pirates, perhaps more in rebuild mode than any team in the majors, already traded one starter, Joe Musgrove, to the Padres and their top slugger, first baseman Josh Bell, to the Nationals. They are open for business and have let teams know they would move another starter. An executive from neither the Pirates nor Yankees whose team has been involved in the starting pitching market described the Bombers as strong front-runners for Taillon. An agent who does not represent Taillon said...
    Yankees News/Rumors: Cashman lands a bullpen arm, targets potential trade with Pittsburgh By: Alexander Wilson January 22, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIt is clear that New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman understands the need for pitching this off-season. The Yankees have struggled with inconsistencies in the bullpen and a lack of starting talent in the rotation the past few years, and after adding Corey Kluber on a one year, $11 million deal, Cashman is still on the hunt for more talent. They were recently rumored to be interested in Cincinnati Reds star Luis Castillo, but negotiations fell through when Cincinnati demanded Gleyber Torres as a part of the deal. Of course, Cashman was resistant to the idea, as Torres represents a starter in the infield for the long term with unrealized potential. However, the Yankees are no stranger to the rumor mill, and...
    J.A. Happ is now officially an ex-Yankee following a rocky final season in The Bronx.  The left-hander agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins on Wednesday, a source confirmed to The Post’s Joel Sherman. The deal is worth a reported $8 million.  Happ’s exit from the Yankees was nearly a certainty after Happ took issue with the organization throughout the COVID-shortened season, implying the team was trying to limit his usage in order to prevent a $17 million option from vesting.  And it ended with his last appearance for the Yankees, which came in relief during an ALDS Game 2 loss, when the Yankees used a much-criticized strategy against the Rays, starting Deivi Garcia, with Happ entering in relief.  Happ declined to comment about the decision at the time.  “We didn’t ask J.A. Happ to do something he wasn’t used to doing,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it.The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from Toronto at the 2018 trade deadline, the left-hander went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ will be just the second offseason addition by the Twins, who also added relief pitcher Hansel Robles to the team that has won the...
    The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from Toronto at the 2018 trade deadline, the left-hander went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ will be just the second offseason addition by the Twins, who also added relief pitcher Hansel Robles to the team that has won the AL Central division in each of the last two years. Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill became free agents, creating openings...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from Toronto at the 2018 trade deadline, the left-hander went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ will be just the second offseason addition by the Twins, who also added relief pitcher Hansel Robles to the team that has won the AL Central division in each of the last two years. Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill became free agents, creating openings in the rotation behind José...