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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Both Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman were charged with blown saves in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. 

New York's bullpen, which had been one of the team's biggest strengths, had faltered during the Yankees' recent slide.

And yet, the pitching staff is confident it can right the ship.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After dominating in May, Aroldis Chapman was recognized as the American League's best bullpen arm with the Reliever of the Month Award.

Though he hasn't been scorching the radar guns as per usual, Chapman is still dominant, relying more on mixing up his pitches to make that lesser velocity look like his 104 mph heater in the past. 

It definitely worked in May, as Chapman threw to a 0.79 ERA and went 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He also struck out 18 batters, while holding opponents to a combined .128 batting average...

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees, one of the hottest teams in baseball, will host the archrival Red Sox for four games beginning Thursday evening in the Bronx.

Here's a high-level preview of the series.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have had a rich history with the MLB All-Star Game. The team has sent at least three players to the Midsummer Classic in 24 of the last 25 years, and at least one player has started in 22 of those years. Two Yankees have won the All-Star Game MVP Award, which has helped the American League win 18 of the last 25 contests.

The Yankees will likely continue the legacy by sending at least four players to Cleveland this year. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Yankees...

Gary Sanchez

Even with Aaron Judge, who has started the last two All-Star Games, likely missing this year's event due to injury, the Yankees still look poised to have a player in the starting lineup. No catcher has even come close to matching Sanchez's production this season, as the Yankees' backstop will likely make his first All-Star start in his second selection to the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (35-18, 2.0 GA in AL East) host the Padres (28-26, 8.0 GB in NL West) for the second game of their three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a Major League-best 12-2 since May 2nd and 26-8 in their last 34 games, the best record in baseball over that stretch. ... Gary Sanchez has homered in four of his last seven games, including his eighth-inning home run on Monday. ... Aroldis Chapman has converted 12-straight save opportunities for the Pinstripes, and now has 15 saves on the season, second-most in the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, San Diego Padres
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

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The Yankees beat the Royals, 6-5, to earn a sweep in today's split doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) After Chad Green allowed a first inning run as the Yankees opener, the team turned to Chance Adams, the club's 26th man for the doubleheader. Adams pitched well, despite his line as his defense was atrocious behind him and the official scorer handed out some gift hits to the Royals that probably should have been ruled errors. Regardless, anyone watching had to like how Adams got the ball back each time his defense failed him, threw strikes and worked at a very good pace. He earned his first career MLB win.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Chance Adams, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Chad Green began his big-league career as a starter before shifting to the bullpen. In a way, serving as the 'opener' for Saturday night's game is a return to his roots.

For Green, though, his first two starts since 2017 don't resemble those he used to make. Instead, Green is simply the opener -- he will start the game, but is not expected to pitch more than two innings before giving way to the rest of his bullpen mates. The Yankees' bullpen is well-rested, as long men Luis Cessa, David Hale, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jake Barrett can all provide length for Friday's game.

But why have the Yankees come to this point?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees beat the Rays, 4-3, at Tropicana Field on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Domingo German was cruising through four innings, but once the Rays lineup began its third time to the plate, things fell apart. German had surrendered just two home runs this season coming into the game, but allowed two homers in the fifth inning alone, which was enough to cough up the lead. German, who still got the win and is now 7-1, finished with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB and 5 K.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has liked the confidence and fight he's seen in his team while players have been out with injury.

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The Yankees beat the Mariners, 3-1, to take the four-game series at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Thursday's game...

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Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees didn't flex their financial muscles in the most obvious way last winter, passing on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they nevertheless bought themselves a luxury item that few other teams in baseball can afford:

A $27 million sixth-inning reliever.

And a $39 million seventh-inning reliever, oh by the way.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, John Harper
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Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

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J.A. Happ was lights out for the Yankees in San Francisco, as the Yankees took down the Giants 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Happ threw by far his best game of the young season, tossing seven scoreless innings. Happ scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two batters for his first win of the season. The effort reduced Happ's ERA to 4.68 on the season.

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Apr 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by outfielder Cameron Maybin (38) after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by outfielder Cameron Maybin (38) after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Yankees bounced back from Thursday's loss in Anaheim by heading to San Francisco and defeating the Giants Friday night, 7-3. They're 4-1 so far to start their nine-game West Coast trip. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit continued his remarkable run at the plate. With a third-inning single, he extended his on-base streak to 37 games, dating back to last season, and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He blasted a two-run homer to center field in the ninth to give the Yanks two crucial insurance runs, putting them up 7-3. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and three RBI, having knocked in a run with a double in the fifth.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia pitched 5 strong innings in his season debut and Aaron Judge added a solo home run as the Yankees blanked the White Sox, 4-0

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) CC Sabathia, coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, was spectacular. In five innings, Sabathia allowed just one base runner (on a single) and struck out three. Sabathia, who will be retiring at season's end, is now 11 strikeouts away from 3,000 for his career, which should aid his bid to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Before we concern ourselves with Sabathia's career worth, right now the Yanks can use some of the stopper stuff he's possessed the last couple of seasons. He provided it Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports  (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

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If any Yankee fans were looking for Aaron Boone to call out his team or turn over a food table after the Houston Astros completed their sweep on Wednesday, they were once again disappointed by the even-tempered manager.

And as unsatisfying as it might be for a bloodthirsty public, Boone was exactly right, both in style and substance, when he said the following:

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees were supposed to ride the strength of their bullpen to many victories this season, but instead it is coughing up leads on a regular basis.

With right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the injured list, the Yankees pen has been somewhat porous, creating some short term issues and -- worse -- setting the stage for potentially long term affects.

Obvious shortcomings

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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The primary focus as Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has struggled with inconsistent velocity so far this season has been on his fastball. But a deeper look at the velocity of his second-most important pitch (which happens to be his only other pitch) might be of even greater concern. 

Chapman's slider, which he has thrown 22.9 percent of the time this season, has averaged 81.7 MPH -- down from the 86.2 MPH it averaged during the 2018 season. 

And while the stark drop in the speed of Chapman's slider from 2018 to 2019 is alarming, it's been in decline since 2016 -- when it averaged 88.3 MPH, followed by 87.9 MPH in 2017...

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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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When a power pitcher begins to lose his fastball, he first tells the world that everything is fine.

The pitcher's manager and teammates will echo that too, because what can you say in the face of apparently diminishing stuff other than to offer encouragement?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Andy Martino
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It may not be triple digits, but Aroldis Chapman's fastball velocity is trending in the right direction. 

After an Opening Day outing in which his heater sat around a troubling 93-94 mph, the Yankees' closer rebounded with an effort that looked like his more usual self on Monday against the Tigers. 

The left-hander recorded his first save of the season with his fastball averaging 97.2 mph and topping out at 98.3 mph, which he blew by Mikie Mahtook for seventh and final pitch of the game. 

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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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First, let's state the obvious: You can't drop a series to the 2019 Orioles. Throw away all your cliches about how it's a long season with many ups and downs, and any major league team can beat another on any given day, blah blah blah.

Those justifications don't apply here because the Orioles are truly not a major league team. Last year, they lost 115 games, and that was with contributions from Manny Machado, Zack Britton and Adam Jones. All of those players are gone, as is iconic manager Buck Showalter.

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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If you're looking for Opening Day omens, how's this: At the same time Luke Voit smashed a ball into Monument Park to show that, perhaps, his big splash last year was no fluke, Mariano Rivera was sitting with reporters, recapping his ceremonial first pitch and saying how it was about time for the Yankees to win another championship.

Maybe that was nothing more than a cute juxtaposition, well-timed for Opening Day. But the way the Yanks handled the rest of Thursday afternoon, an easy 7-2 victory over the woeful Orioles, certainly trumpets the idea that they might be destined for big things this season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Early on Thursday, Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild checked in with their relievers, telling them how they might be used that afternoon against the Orioles.

The message for Adam Ottavino was to be ready for the sixth or seventh inning. The Yankees call these "lanes," a term the team uses for the basic game situation and part of an opposing lineup that best suits each reliever's repertoire. In a well-executed game, Boone is able to utilize each reliever in his ideal lane.

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Before the Yankees took the field on Opening Day, Mariano Rivera jogged to the mound to deliver a beautiful first pitch to kick off the new season. And with it, Rivera hopes to have kickstarted to the Yankees' next World Series title. 

"It's been 10 years this year and it's time. We're due," Rivera told reporters at Yankee Stadium. "It's time to get No. 28."

The Yankees were close to making it to the World Series in 2017, falling just one game short in Houston. Last season, the Red Sox were just too hot a team for the Bombers as they were ousted in the ALDS in four games. Still, New York won 100 games last season. 

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While the Yankees did not splurge on stars Manny Machado or Bryce Harper as many expected, the club completed a big trade and spread out its wealth for roster additions in free agency in an effort to supplement its incredibly talented young core.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Yankees, a team that sports an Opening Day payroll of approximately $204 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts ($226 million-plus for competitive balance tax purposes), as they embark on their yearly quest for a World Series title.

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Yankees continue to possess one of the best bullpen crews in the game. The grouping of above-average to elite relievers rattles up to six pitchers.

For New York, the biggest impact might not come from its top two holdover relievers - Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances - but rather the team's newest signings. Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino are working under elite reliever contracts and each pitcher's production will have a major impact on the Yankees postseason aspirations.

Britton has a slight advantage over Ottavino in that the 31-year-old southpaw has some experience in pinstripes under his belt after coming to the Yankees in a late July trade last season. The right-handed Ottavino, 33, has an edge of his own - unfamiliarity for batters - coming to the American League after parts of eight seasons in the National League.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterA bullpen loaded with high-end relievers is one of the Yankees' great strengths. But having so many relief aces capable of pitching the eighth or ninth inning can also be awkward.

Traditionally, relievers appreciate two things from a manager: Knowing which inning they will pitch, and having an opportunity to collect saves and holds, the stats that earn money in arbitration and free agency.

With the Yankees, it will be difficult for Aaron Boone to fully provide either, because of the depth that he has, and the flexibility expected of it.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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For Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, high-octane fastballs have been his game since he broke into the big leagues full-time in 2011. While Chapman's fastball still elicits mouth-opening radar gun marks on the scoreboard, he has realized that some added finesse to the top-notch velocity is a necessity.

Chapman averaged 98.6 mph with his four-seam fastball and 100.9 mph with his sinker in 2018, which ranked in the 100th percentile in the game, according to Baseball Savant. Add in a spin rate that positioned him in the 95th percentile among all pitchers, and Chapman's fastball remains one of the best weapons in the game. Yet the velocity is not enough.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees couldn't match the Cardinals' offense Wednesday afternoon, falling on their home field, 9-5, in Tampa.

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The only offense produced until a last-minute attempt at a comeback in the ninth came from an Austin Romine three-run jack in the bottom of the second. That was the only time the Yankees collected a hit with runners in scoring position, finishing 1-for-10 on the day.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

James Paxton threw a career-high 160 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season, 24 1/3 innings more than his previous high the year before.

Now that he's with the Yankees, Paxton has a loftier goal.

"My goal is to get to the 200-inning range," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. "I understand the bullpening and leverage, but I wonder if those relievers who are being pushed to constant two- and three-inning stints will run out of gas. I think it is still up to starters to provide innings."

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Adam Ottavino is excited to join the Yankees, a team he was a fan of growing up. He's learned some lessons from his Babe Ruth comments.

Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.

"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."

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After a 100-win regular season, the Yankees had World Series aspirations on their minds entering the postseason. However, they fell short in the ALDS to the Red Sox, their most-hated rival that hoisted the World Series trophy at the end of the year. 

This year, though, Vegas believes the roles will be reversed.

BetOnline gave the Yankees the best odds to win the World Series at 6/1, with the Red Sox behind them at 7/1. These two AL East powerhouses are stacked up virtually even as the season begins, but BetOnline could have the Yankees' bullpen being a deciding factor once the postseason rolls around...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers will officially report to the team's Tampa complex to kick off the 2019 season. And manager Aaron Boone will also hold his first official press conference of the year. 

The Yankees enter Spring Training with virtually the same clubhouse as last season, but with a few new faces like Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki, and James Paxton. GM Brian Cashman made the necessary moves to bolster a roster that hopes to win more than their 100-game mark last year, and hopefully knock down the Red Sox and capture a World Series title for the first time since 2009. 

Those are some lofty expectations, but that was the same goal in mind for Boone and the rest of the team exactly one year ago. So, with that in mind, here are some questions Boone will likely face from the media when he steps in front of the mic...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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As the Yankees descend on George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for spring training, who will be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north? There are some intriguing battles and here's how we see things shaking out.

Starting Rotation (5)

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball Prospectus' 2019 PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections are out. For the Yankees, they see a big year on the horizon.. 

PECOTA is a system that "takes a player's past performance and tries to project the most likely outcome for the following season. It looks at all of the numbers, and all the numbers that make up the numbers, to see which players are more likely to repeat their success and which ones benefited from good fortune."

When it comes to how Luis Severino will rebound from the putrid second half he had in 2018 and James Paxton potentially becoming an ace during his first season in pinstripes, PECOTA -- a projection system that is notoriously conservative -- sees things shaking out like this...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar reacts after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch after suffering a brain hemorrhage prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar reacts after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch after suffering a brain hemorrhage prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Veteran relief pitcher Danny Farquhar vowed to return to the baseball diamond from a life-threatening brain hemorrhage and ruptured aneurysm he suffered last year.

And there's a four-game window in June he's eyeing.

Farquhar, who hasn't pitched since last April when he suffered a season-ending brain hemorrhage, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees earlier this month with an invite to spring training.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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John Harper, SNY.tv | TwitterMaybe Alex Cora was simply playing to the crowd at the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday night. But suffice it to say he didn't seem concerned that the Yankees had just added another weapon, Adam Ottavino, to the best bullpen in baseball. 

"Somebody might write this, I don't care," Cora said upon receiving his AL Manager of the Year award. "If you guys thought last year was special, wait 'til this year."

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Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees will be adding another elite arm to an already dominant bullpen, giving the club a certain advantage over virtually the entire league.

New York and free-agent right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal on Thursday, SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Sonny Gray, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesManny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.

If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.

Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

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The theme of this Yankees' offseason is finding ways to close the gap on the Red Sox, and there's no denying the rivals to the north established a clear level of superiority last season.

Yet it's plausible to make the case that, at least for the moment, the Yankees have opened an important gap of their own over the Sox. Right now, in fact, they own a Patriots vs. Jets-like advantage in the bullpen, if I can extend the New York-Boston angle to make a point.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, John Harper
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out…

Yankees working on bullpen market

As the Yankees await a decision from Manny Machado, the club is reportedly working on revamping its bullpen according to a tweet from Jon Heyman.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees would be better with Manny Machado on the roster and it's a move that the team should make. However, the extent to which Machado improves the club is unknown and the notion that the offseason will be a failure if the Yanks cannot sign the 26-year-old is not entirely true.

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In 2018, the Yankees possessed one of the best -- if not the best -- bullpen in all of baseball. With flamethrowers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances in the back end, they still touted relievers like David Robertson, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, and even Zach Britton when he came over at the trade deadline. 

However, that was then, and this is now. This offseason, GM Brian Cashman has to reload his bullpen following the losses of Robertson and Britton to free agency. He can obviously re-sign them, but could there be more intriguing options out on the market? Perhaps Adam Ottavino?

The Baseball Night in New York crew give their takes on whether or not the Yankees need to reload their bullpen with a top-tier guy, and if so, who should it be?

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