Yankees Rumors & News

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Where else Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton cash could’ve gone

    New York Post "The Yankees upgraded a strength rather than address a potential weakness in the offseason because they believed Giancarlo Stanton was a better risk at 10 years and $265 million than Yu Darvish at close to half that commitment. “Darvish was never a choice for us, in terms of length [of contract..." March 21

  • Yankees’ plan to fix Gary Sanchez’s problem begins with a wristband

    New York Post "Last Thursday, Gary Sanchez used a wristband during a spring training game for the first time. It was a concept the Yankees discussed last year in an attempt to offset sign-stealing and limit the number of times Sanchez had to stop action to go to the mound during innings. But never the club..." March 21

  • Aaron Boone won’t let front office control his lineup card

    New York Post "Aaron Boone will talk to the people above him and absorb the information from those in the front office. Then he will make out the Yankees’ lineup card. In an age when front offices spend a lot of money in the analytics department, there is a belief in the game that front offices feed managers..." March 20

  • Stanton told Marlins he couldn't be 'forced somewhere' with trade

    SI "As midnight approached on Thursday, Dec. 7, Giancarlo Stanton stood on the sand behind the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. It was the week of Art Basel, and 82,000 visitors, some of them actually interested in art, had descended upon his adopted home city. Beautiful people in asymmetric, tailored..." March 20

  • Yankees' Sonny Gray feels 'best' stuff at perfect time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Getting to skip the 45-minute drive to Lakeland turned out the runner-up highlight to Sonny Gray's day. The Yankees starting pitcher said he felt the best he has all spring after throwing six innings against minor-leaguers at the team's player development complex Tuesday morning. "I felt..." March 20

  • How Yankees rebuilt Dellin Betances’ shaky delivery

    New York Post "Dellin Betances is in a good place this spring, both mentally and physically. But that does not mean the eighth inning will belong to him. It’s a new mix-and-match world for the Yankees’ bullpen. Aroldis Chapman is the closer, but the rest is up to the game situation. “Chapman is the closer,..." March 20

  • Report: Yankees, Red Sox near agreement to play two-game series in London in 2019

    Hardball Talk "Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg are reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are near an agreement to play a two-game series in London in 2019. The games would be played at London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Major League Baseball has had games played..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • Jacoby Ellsbury likely to start season on DL

    SNY TV "Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday. Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing..." March 19

  • While Torres and Andujar failed to win jobs this spring, their opportunity with Yankees isn’t far away

    New York Daily News "After an exciting start, Miguel Andujar’s upset bid for the starting job at third base came up short. So now we wait for Andujar to finish off his development at Triple-A Scranton, with more-than-capable option Brandon Drury holding down the hot corner for the Yankees until he does. Andujar..." March 19

  • Greg Bird is starting to quiet some whispering scouts

    New York Post "As the games that don’t count moved toward the ones that do, the buzz from the scouts who follow the Yankees was interesting. “It doesn’t look like he is confident,” one said. “He is not being very aggressive,” said another. Since the subject was Greg Bird, a lefty-swinging first baseman..." March 19

  • Yankees option Andujar to Triple-A

    New York Daily News "The Yankees optioned third baseman Miguel Andujar to Triple-A Scranton and reassigned center fielder Estevan Florial to minor-league camp, the team announced Sunday. The moves were expected, with Brandon Drury opening the 2018 campaign at third while Andujar continues to finish off his..." March 18

  • Aaron Judge likely won’t play any left field for Yankees this season

    New York Daily News "Aaron Judge played five innings in left field during a Class A minor-league game on Saturday. Judge caught the only fly ball hit to him. Based on what Aaron Boone said Saturday, though, it appears that Judge playing left would only be in an emergency situation. Giancarlo Stanton has started..." March 17

  • Why Yankees aren’t panicking over Jacoby Ellsbury uncertainty

    New York Post "If Jacoby Ellsbury starts the season on the disabled list or wearing another uniform, it doesn’t mean the Yankees will take another outfielder to fill the roster spot. “Not necessarily,’’ Aaron Boone said prior to Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Publix Field. “It’s something we will..." March 17

  • NY Yankees Luis Severino named Yankees opening day starter

    North Jersey "Luis Severino will get the ball on opening day. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his rotation on Saturday morning, leading with Severino— who draws his first opening day assignment on March 29 at Toronto. Severino will be followed in order by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray..." March 17

  • Judge set to play left field in Minors game

    MLB.com "Since May, "The Judge's Chambers" has been a right-field fixture at Yankee Stadium. Could a portable version soon be necessary? Judge will appear in left field for the first time this spring in a game situation Saturday, with manager Aaron Boone saying the American League Rookie of the Year has..." March 16

  • Manny Machado calls Aaron Judge ‘a great kid’ and says tampering talk ‘blown out of proportion’

    New York Daily News "Just leave our conversation on the field. That's the message Manny Machado had for Aaron Judge. Machado finally weighed in Friday after the Yankee slugger was reprimanded by Major League Baseball earlier this week for talking about the Orioles star. "I think it was just blown out of..." March 16

  • Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

    New York Post "Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.” And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can..." March 16

  • Twins Acquire Jake Cave, Designate Kennys Vargas

    Yardbarker "The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment." March 16

  • Aaron Judge’s Machado recruitment draws MLB warning

    New York Post "The Yankees got their first spring-training look at potential free-agent target Manny Machado on Wednesday. And Aaron Judge said he took the opportunity to make his pitch to the Baltimore third baseman-turned-shortstop, who is due to become one of the top two free-agent bats next..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Yankees give Miguel Andujar a look at a new position

    New York Post "Miguel Andujar, who had been vying for the starting job at third before the acquisition of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, played first base for Double-A Trenton in an intrasquad game against Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He has never played any position other than third in six..." March 15

  • This is exactly why Yankees brought star prospect to 1st MLB camp

    New York Post "This, late Tuesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, represented why Estevan Florial belongs in the Yankees’ major league camp. This, when the 20-year-old committed what could have been a game-losing gaffe and failed to drive in what would have been the game-winning run. “A good..." March 14

  • Yankees release Adam Lind from minor-league contract

    Newsday "The Yankees released first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind from his minor-league contract on Wednesday. Lind was signed on March 2 in a move that made little sense at the time. With Greg Bird at first base and five veteran outfielders, the Yankees had no room for Lind, a lefthanded hitter. " March 14

  • Aaron Judge pitches Manny Machado on joining the Yankees: ‘He’d look good in pinstripes’

    New York Daily News "Manny Machado won't be a free agent until next offseason, but Aaron Judge is already making his pitch to the All-Star shortstop on why he should join the Yankees. "Adding him to our lineup that we've already got would be something special. I told him he'd look good in pinstripes," Judge..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Why Yankees haven't picked Luis Severino yet to start Opening Day

    Newark Star-Ledger "The 2018 Yankees play their first real game in about two weeks and rookie manager Aaron Boone still hasn't named his Opening Day starter. We all know who it's going to be, right? It has to be right-hander Luis Severino, an AL Cy Young finalist last season, on the mound March 29 when the..." March 14

  • What if Robinson Cano never left the Yankees?

    New York Post "In an alternate universe, the Yankees bend and Robinson Cano bends and maybe — just maybe — they meet in the middle of the 10 years he was demanding and the seven years the team was willing to consider, and rather than leave, he stays after the 2013 season. The Yankees then don’t sign Jacoby..." March 14

  • Aaron Judge’s low salary may help Yankees avoid luxury-tax

    New York Post "Aaron Judge is coming off a season in which he led the American League in homers, but he won’t be leading the league in salary anytime soon. The AL Rookie of the Year is set to make $622,300 with the Yankees this season, according to the Associated Press Thursday. Judge won’t be eligible for..." March 14

  • CC Sabathia’s transition from power pitcher to crafty lefty taking next step after resurgent season for Yankees

    New York Daily News "CC Sabathia excitedly talked with a glint in his eye about a couple of spring-training encounters with former AL MVP Miguel Cabrera in the early innings of a Tuesday spring-training tie against the Tigers as if they were the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. Of course, there was a..." March 14

  • Aaron Judge Contract Worth $622K, Not Eligible for Salary Arbitration Until 2019

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees signed reigning American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge to a one-year contract Tuesday. Per the Associated Press, Judge's pre-arbitration deal for 2018 is worth $622,300. The Yankees slugger isn't eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season after making his..." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Gleyber Torres’ immediate future looks pretty clear now

    New York Post "Neil Walker in The Bronx almost certainly means Gleyber Torres will have to wait to see if he’ll be able to make an impact in the majors. The 21-year-old has had a disappointing spring, going just 3-for-23 in Grapefruit League action, and Torres admitted he’s not hitting as well as he’d like —..." March 13

  • Longtime YES Network voice leaving Yankees booth after 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ken Singleton's run is coming to an end on the YES Network. The longtime analyst (and sometimes play-by-play voice during late-night west coast games) announced on Twitter that 2018 would be his final season in the booth for YES--punctuating the announcement with his signature home run call." March 12

  • Jacoby Ellsbury not certain to be ready by Opening Day

    Fanrag Sports "Jacoby Ellsbury‘s set for his fifth season as a member of the New York Yankees, but he may be making his season debut after Opening Day. The injured oblique the outfielder is dealing with remains a concern. At least, the Yankees are preparing for the possibility he won’t be available against..." March 12

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman continues to prove he's one of the best sports executives

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the New York Yankees agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth around $5 million with second baseman Neil Walker. Consistently an above-average hitter, Walker ought to permit the Yankees to play Brandon Drury at third base and store prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar in the..." March 12

  • Yankees not interested in one-year deal with Cobb: sources

    New York Daily News "Despite a rapidly falling free-agent market, the Yankees aren't interested in a one-year deal with Alex Cobb, according to team sources. While the Bombers could add Cobb and still stay under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold, they aren't interested in sacrificing draft picks in order to..." March 12

  • Yankees agree to deal with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker

    New York Daily News "The Yankees are adding more depth to their infield by bringing in a former Met. The Bombers agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Neil Walker, the Daily News confirmed Monday morning. The deal is pending a physical and is believed to be worth about $5 million, per FanRag..." March 12

  • Wade OK after rolling left wrist

    MLB.com "Tyler Wade's bid to serve as the Opening Day second baseman nearly took a hit on Saturday, as the infielder exited after rolling his left wrist during the Yankees' 10-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Mets at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Wade was in obvious discomfort after diving for Jose..." March 11

  • Clint Frazier still dealing with concussion, no longer driving after 'scary' moments

    CBS Sports "The last time we checked in on New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier, he was in the early stages of recovering from a concussion. At the time, Frazier was dealing with persistent headaches. Some 10 days later (and longer than that since the concussion was suffered), he's still dealing with..." March 10

  • Gary Sanchez’s salary nothing compared to other top hitters

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez is considered by many to be the Yankees’ most complete hitter, but he will make pennies compared to other elite hitters in the game until he becomes arbitration eligible. According to the Associated Press, Sanchez will make $620,400 this year in the majors and $278,950 if sent to..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Aaron Judge says he’s one-and-done with the Home Run Derby

    Hardball Talk "Aaron Judge went on CC Sabathia’s podcast yesterday (note: CC Sabathia has a podcast?) and said, “yeah, I think I’m one and done at the Derby.” Meaning that he will not be doing the Home Run Derby in the future. Kinda makes sense. Last year he won the thing in impressive fashion but right..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Why it's 'possible' Yankees' Aaron Judge hits leadoff at times

    Newark Star-Ledger "The thought of hulking Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hitting in the heart of a lineup is enough to shake many pitchers. But what about to start a game? It's possible, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday. "I'd say..." March 07

  • Yankees feel Gleyber Torres is trying to do ‘too much’ as infielder seems likely to start season in minors

    New York Daily News "The Yankees’ message to Gleyber Torres: Don’t try to do too much. The 21-year-old top prospect made a slick sliding defensive play at second on a grounder to his left on Tuesday. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate, upping his spring average to .158. “I don’t know if (he’s) rusty as (he) is such..." March 07

  • Giancarlo Stanton can’t be a liability for Yankees in leftfield

    Newsday "Tricky thing about the sun. If you’re standing on the planet Earth during the daytime, that giant ball of burning gases has a decent chance of impacting your life, one way or the other. “The sun is always there,” Brett Gardner said. “It doesn’t move.” Give Gardner an A-plus in astronomy. And..." March 06

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

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