Yankees Rumors & News

  • Yankees sign Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can opt out of his deal at the end of spring training and if he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $1 million salary. LeBlanc, 33,..." January 16

  • Is the cost of landing Yu Darvish worth it for the Yankees?

    SNY TV "The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode. They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition..." January 16

  • The veteran trade that would solve a lot of Yankees’ issues

    New York Post "No roster can be made bulletproof — after all, the long season will expose every weakness and create new ones via injury and/or under-performance. That does not deter clubs from trying to address vulnerable areas. The Yankees know they might be good enough to line up with what they have now and..." January 16

  • Rays' Chris Archer to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees lost out on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of an impact young arm is over. During the Yankees-Cole rumors bonanza, New York was linked to several other young, controllable starters such as Detroit's Michael Fulmer, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Tampa..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Yankees can create payroll flexibility to sign Yu Darvish by trading Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier to Giants

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees have any hope of trading Jacoby Ellsbury to help pave the way for signing Yu Darvish, they’ll probably have to include one of their best young players as an enticement. Most likely that means Clint Frazier, for the same reason Brian Cashman was willing to deal him for Gerrit..." January 15

  • Yankees, after passing on Gerrit Cole, now have real chance at getting Yu Darvish for ‘reasonable price’

    New York Daily News "So the Yankees didn’t get Gerrit Cole, who was traded to the Astros Saturday, but the package the Pirates received was underwhelming enough to make me think Brian Cashman has a bigger deal in mind. Yes, Yu Darvish. Two sources on Saturday night said Cashman’s interest in signing Darvish,..." January 14

  • After arbitration, Yankees projected to avoid luxury tax for 2018

    SNY TV "For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees are on track to stay under the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees have been public with their desire to get their 2018 payroll under $197 million. After agreeing to deals with eight players ahead of Friday's arbitration deadline, the Yankees 2018..." January 13

  • Yankees set to complete changing of the guard in center field

    SNY TV "As Jacoby Ellsbury mulls over his depleted role in New York, Aaron Hicks will be roaming center field for the Yankees. The Yankees had been high on Hicks before trading for him just after the 2015 season because they liked Hicks' athletic ability and the pedigree that comes with the first-round..." January 12

  • Yankees Offered Yu Darvish Massive Deal Before Pulling Offer

    NESN "The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish — if the price is right. Apparently, $160 million right for the Yankees. Unfortunately for the Bronx Bombers, however, the price wasn’t right for Davish … at least not yet. The Yankees have been busy this..." January 12

  • Yankees and Tommy Kahnle settle on 2018 deal

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees and right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle have agreed on a one-year deal worth $1.3125 million for the upcoming 2018 season, avoiding arbitration, sources tell FanRag Sports. Kahnle was first-year arbitration eligible this season, not slated to hit free agency until 2021. The..." January 11

  • Yu Darvish Likes Yankees, But Is The Feeling Still Mutual?

    CBS New York "The Yankees’ quest for a sixth starting pitcher has been the topic of discussion ever since they stunned the sports world by trading for Giancarlo Stanton a month ago. Whether it be general manager Brian Cashman or new manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have repeatedly stated they’d like to add..." January 11

  • With Cole in limbo, who else could the Yankees target?

    Sporting News "Despite courting the Pirates' ace all season, the Yankees have reportedly shut down talks with Pittsburgh over Gerrit Cole. The rollercoaster of Cole rumors reached its heights on Wednesday, with a trade reportedly being done, then now, then done, then not. Around we go. Regardless of the..." January 11

  • The Yankees are willing to pay “at last half” of Jacoby Ellsbury’s salary

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are willing to pay “at least half” of Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract in order to unload him. That’s a lot of money, but given that Ellsbury is owed $21.142 million per year through 2020 with a $5 million buyout for this $21 million club option for 2021, he’d..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Yankees will expand protective netting at Yankee Stadium for 2018

    CBS Sports "The Yankees on Wednesday announced plans to expand the protective netting at Yankee Stadium in time for the 2018 season. Here's the full statement from the team: The New York Yankees today announced details regarding the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium..." January 10

  • Brett Gardner seeks to continue transformation atop Yankees' lineup

    SNY TV "For once, Brett Gardner may be in the midst of a truly relaxing offseason. There is something different about this winter for the Yankees' left fielder; Gardner's name is not mentioned in virtually every trade the club is rumored to be interested in making. In fact, Gardner trade rumors - an..." January 10

  • Yankees shut down trade talks with Pirates for Cole

    New York Post "Gerrit Cole is still available, but the Yankees have cooled on the right-hander. An industry source told The Post’s George A. King III that the Yankees had shut down talks with the Pirates over Cole. Earlier in the day, there were reports that the Astros had a deal in place for the 27-year-old,..." January 10

  • Sabathia says he wouldn’t go to Blue Jays because of Yankees bats

    Sportsnet "CC Sabathia was courted by several teams this off-season before ultimately re-signing with the New York Yankees. One such club was the AL East-rival Toronto Blue Jays, whose front office openly spoke about the intangibles the veteran left-hander offers. Sabathia says he wanted to remain a..." January 10

  • Yankees talking trades for Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees have already made the biggest splash of the offseason, acquiring National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins. General manager Brian Cashman certainly isn't done, though. He spoke about his efforts on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday. Let's look at a few Cashman..." January 10

  • The financial irony of Yankees stars playing like them

    New York Post "The better Giancarlo Stanton and CC Sabathia perform for the Yankees in 2018, the less financial room the team will have to improve itself. Of course, if the Yankees receive maximum production from two of their many colossuses, then they shouldn’t require as much help. But as we spend this..." January 10

  • Yankees’ interest in Gerrit Cole likely stems from changes Bombers would make using analytics

    New York Daily News "So why are the Yankees so high on Gerrit Cole? That’s a question I’m hearing a lot from fans who don’t want to give up Clint Frazier, among other prospects, and perhaps this will offer some insight: I have a feeling their analytics are telling them they can put a plan in place, should they..." January 10

  • Should Yankees deal young arms for Orioles' Manny Machado?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Manny Machado to the Yankees rumors are still out there. As the days until spring training tick away, Machado is still a member of the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees are still in need of a third baseman. Despite the obvious impediments (cost, AL East rivalry, Machado's contract set to..." January 09

  • Gerrit Cole to Yankees seems ‘inevitable’ despite Astros’ interest in Pirates pitcher

    New York Daily News "All indications are the Yankees seem to be willing to wait out the Pirates on trade discussions to acquire Gerrit Cole at their price, and an informal poll I took of scouts and executives on Monday found that most believe patience will pay off for Brian Cashman. “I think it’s inevitable they’ll..." January 09

  • Todd Frazier’s message for Yankees, Mets and MLB: I’m worth it

    New York Post "Todd Frazier has a thumbs-down approach to this winter’s Cold Stove free agency. He is going to make the best of a frozen market. Frazier, who has blasted more home runs (67) over the past two years than Evan Longoria (56) and one fewer than Kris Bryant, doesn’t know where he will wind up, but..." January 09

  • Top Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield on his immediate future

    Newark Star-Ledger "Justus Sheffield won't exactly sit and wait. He won't go sleepless, either. Sheffield, one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects, said recently he's not stressing over where the team will put him to start the 2018 season. "The way I look at it, I just have to go out there and do my thing,"..." January 08

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury to Orioles?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Could the Yankees find a landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury within the American League East? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees would love to move some (if not all) of Ellsbury's contract--and the Orioles have emerged as a team with at least some level of interest in the..." January 08

  • David Robertson the litmus test for Yankees’ tax mandate

    New York Post "The Yankees — to some degree because they are the Yankees — remain linked to star-level players such as Yu Darvish (via free agency) and Manny Machado (through trade), and as the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition proved once again, never say never with this organization. But with anything the..." January 07

  • Yankees sign Jace Peterson to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The New York Yankees have signed utilityman Jace Peterson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Peterson was non-tendered by the Braves last month rather than go to arbitration with him. He’s 27 and is a career .234/.319/.331 hitter across parts of four major league..." January 05

  • Yanks checking on Machado again

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees, apparently excited about the idea they could make their excellent winter even better and more star-studded, were back in contact with the Baltimore Orioles regarding Manny Machado this week, sources say. While the likelihood of a deal (maybe with anyone) still seems less..." January 05

  • Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer and other starting pitchers Yankees should target

    Sporting News "It is mere coincidence that the arrival of a new "Star Wars" film this month seemed to align with the Yankees’ Evil Empire rising to power again. The Yankees, already with one of the best farm systems in baseball, traded for the reigning NL MVP for scraps earlier this month to ensure that the..." January 04

  • Will Greg Bird fulfill potential across a full season?

    SNY TV "The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential? Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his..." January 04

  • A history lesson on why Yankees might pass on big arm addition

    New York Post "Given that Giancarlo Stanton was a Miami Marlin just one month ago, this might not be the optimal time to argue the Yankees of recent vintage often go quiet when we expect them to go big. Nevertheless, history speaks for itself. And for all of the chatter about the Yankees acquiring someone..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Eduardo Nunez to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Could Eduardo Nunez find his way back to the Bronx? As the new year begins, the Yankees still have glaring holes at second and third base created by trade (Starlin Castro) and free agency (Todd Frazier). While bringing back the popular Frazier makes a ton of sense, finances could be an..." January 02

  • Aaron Judge’s meteoric rise made him toast of town and sparked Yankee revival

    Boston Herald "Aaron Judge went into spring training trying to prove a point and take a job. A storybook season for the ages followed, as the 25-year-old rookie slugger became arguably the face of baseball, redefining the Statcast era by hitting balls harder and farther into orbit than any his..." January 02

  • The Yankees’ biggest need is not another starting pitcher

    New York Post "The way I hear it, the Pirates know what the Yankees are willing to do for Gerrit Cole and vice versa, but the discussions never became particularly heated. Movement will be needed from one side and/or both in the New Year to regenerate negotiations. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees and..." January 02

  • Yankees are waiting for Yu Darvish’s price to drop

    Fanrag Sports "New York Yankees people do like Yu Darvish, and at a reasonable price, he will be seriously considered. It seems everyone’s strategy this year is to wait for the price to drop. The Yankees are intent on adding a fine starting pitcher and have had trade discussions regarding Gerrit Cole, Chris..." December 30

  • The Yankees’ biggest need is not another starting pitcher

    New York Post "The way I hear it the Pirates know what the Yankees are willing to do for Gerrit Cole and vice versa but that the discussions never became particularly heated. Movement will be needed from one side and/or both in the New Year to regenerate negotiations. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees and..." December 30

  • Stanton to pay $29M more in taxes by moving to New York

    Fanrag Sports "How much did Giancarlo Stanton want to be a New York Yankee? Quite a bit, it turns out, if you go by the additional taxes he will pay now that he plays for the Bronx Bombers. It isn’t an exact calculation, but noted tax expert Josh Rossman of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., says that if Stanton..." December 30

  • Yankees were never close to trading for Pirates' Cole

    New York Daily News "How much is too much? That’s what the Yankees must be considering in their recent trade talks for Gerrit Cole. As the Daily News reported last week, a potential deal between the two teams could include prospects Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and Miguel Andujar — which could be a lot to give..." December 29

  • Yankees eye Yu Darvish, report says

    Sporting News "The Yankees haven't given up on the idea of signing free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish, FanRagSports.com reported Friday, though signing him might make it "a tight squeeze" to stay under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, which is one of the team's goals in 2018. Intent on adding a..." December 29

  • Yankees 'not finished' adding this winter

    New York Daily News "A year ago, the Yankees were in a much different place than they are now. The Red Sox were considered the heavy favorites to win the AL East after adding Chris Sale, and the Baby Bombers were an unknown commodity, full of potential but facing several question marks. Still, Joe Girardi wasn’t..." December 28

  • Luxury tax could keep Yankees from reuniting with Frazier

    Newark Star-Ledger "Interest remains between the Yankees and free agent third baseman Todd Frazier, a pair of sources with knowledge of their correspondence have told NJ Advance Media. But the team's mission to stay beneath the $197-million payroll luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season has kept the sides from..." December 28

  • Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays interested in Pirates' Harrison

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Several teams have inquired about infielder Josh Harrison, according to industry sources, as Pirates management mulls ways to retool the roster for 2018 and beyond. Harrison has been targeted by the New York Yankees, who also are interested in pitcher Gerrit Cole. The New York Mets and Toronto..." December 27

  • Judge going into '18 with plenty to prove

    MLB.com "The Yankees had reached the midpoint of their Grapefruit League schedule and there were legitimate conversations taking place behind closed doors to identify the Opening Day right fielder. Having Aaron Judge begin 2017 in the Minors, with Aaron Hicks playing every day, was very much a..." December 26

  • Yankees sign Raimfer Salinas and Antonio Cabello

    Hardball Talk "While things have been fairly quiet on the trade front this weekend, the Yankees deepened their international prospect stores after signing outfielder Raimfer Salinas and catcher Antonio Cabello on Friday. Terms of the deals have yet to be officially announced by the club. Salinas, 16,..." December 23

  • Nevin: Joining Yanks' ranks 'something special'

    MLB.com "As Phil Nevin prepares to serve as the Yankees' third-base coach in 2018, there have been frequent conference calls with manager Aaron Boone and the other members of the staff. Their mission, as Boone has outlined, is to hit the ground running on Day 1 of Spring Training. "We've got a good..." December 23

  • Gerrit Cole trade not as close as first reported

    Hardball Talk "Hold the phone. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a Gerrit Cole trade “is neither close nor imminent.” Looks like Bowden jumped the gun. 11:02AM: Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Pirates are close to a deal that will send starter Gerrit Cole to New York. The two teams have..." December 22