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Mar 8, 2020; Sarasota, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 8, 2020; Sarasota, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees' initial 60-man player pool for the 2020 MLB season contained only 58 players, giving them only a little wiggle room to add more players soon and/or or down the road.

Per MLB rules, players on the existing 40-man roster do not need to be included in the 60-man player pool, and pool players don't need to be added to the 40-man roster unless they are added to the active roster during the season.

If a player is added to and then removed from the 60-man player pool (for a reason other than injury, suspension, paternity leave, etc.) he cannot be added back on, with teams also running the risk of losing that player to another team.

Tags: Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

This 60-game MLB season is one unlike any we've ever seen before. Everything from how players move around in the dugout to the banning of spitting has been put in place to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic that has delayed the game of baseball for months. 

But details have finally been ironed out, and there will be a first pitch everywhere around July 24. So how will these new rules and the overall shortened season impact one of the game's top World Series contenders? 

The Yankees, like every other team, have to adapt to this new format. There are, however, a few advantages for the Bombers. Exploiting those will be vital as every game means so much more. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) singles against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) singles against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situationMasahiro Tanaka'sand James Paxton's. Now let's examine DJ LeMahieu, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situation. Now let's examine James Paxton, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

We've already taken a look at Gary Sanchez's situation. Now let's examine Masahiro Tanaka, who is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game 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; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In the wake of George Floyd's death, the Yankees have released a lengthy statement explaining how the events have affected the organization. 

Yankees players, current and former, have spoken, and the organization has been listening to everyone including staff and employees about it. Here's the full statement: 

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Tags: CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP James Paxton shared some very strong words on Instagram Monday, where he called out his own "white privilege" following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minneapolis police officer. 

"My white privilege has allowed me to be oblivious to the true magnitude of oppression the black community faces," Paxton said. "My silence to this point is also a product of my white privilege. I'm beginning to realize my privilege and ignorance. Time to listen, learn, and take action. #blacklivesmatter"

Paxton also posted a black square for "Blackout Tuesday," which many athletes also did on their own pages.

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If there is a such thing as any kind of a silver lining to MLB's hiatus, it's that the break has allowed more time for injured players to rehab and get back to full strength. 

For Yankees lefty James Paxton, that seems to be exactly the case. After undergoing back surgery in February, Paxton now says that he expects to be a full go if and when the 2020 MLB season begins.

"I think I've thrown probably 12-14 bullpens," Paxton told YES Network. "It's feeling really good. Back is a non-issue, I feel totally healthy, so I'll be ready to go as soon as the season comes about ... I think I'm back to full strength."

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Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill
Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill

Aaron Judge is still working hard to recover from the rib stress fracture he suffered last season. It's been a long process, with GM Brian Cashman saying this week Judge may not be fully healed from it until "summertime."

The Yankees obviously love Judge, being that he is the face of the franchise at the moment. He projects to be a perennial All-Star -- if he stays on the field. He's missed over 100 games in the last two seasons, which begs the question of whether or not these injuries will continue to bother him throughout his career. 

Paul O'Neill, who knows a thing or two about playing in right field at Yankee Stadium, believes Judge's massive size makes it hard not to get injured when he does run into the wall or dive, which is what caused his injury.  

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the past few seasons, the Yankees have been building themselves back into legitimate World Series contenders. A "rebuild," if you even want to call it that because it lasted about a season and a half, involved players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino trying to find themselves in the league. 

But it wasn't long before Judge became the AL Rookie of the Year, Sanchez burst onto the scene smashing balls over the wall, Torres became one of the best players in the league at 22 years old, and Severino -- before his Tommy John surgery -- showed dominance on the rubber.

That's why for the past two seasons the Yankees have played late into the postseason, and they just missed competing for a World Series last season when they lost in the ALCS to the Astros. Still, in 2020, they made even more improvements to be the team to beat -- if/when the season starts. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is back to give the latest updates on his players who are continuing to work hard to get fully healthy before the season starts. 

Last time, everyone was still trending in the right direction, and that is the same news that Boone dropped on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. 

In Aaron Judge's case, he continues to work on his rib injury, and Boone gave an update regarding his next test to see how his healing process is going. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone spoke at length with YES Network's Meredith Marakovits on Thursday about how his key players that were injured during spring training are currently feeling. 

The first who was brought up was obvious: Aaron Judge. The All-Star outfielder was dealing with a stress fracture in his rib after a whole debacle that began with a sore throwing shoulder. While Boone didn't give an exact diagnosis, he did say that Judge is trending in the right direction. 

"He's in Tampa. We're using this time, he's using this time to continue to heal," Boone said. "I don't really have much more for you other than obviously it's been very productive having the chance to have this time to allow that rib to heal and that is happening. As to where he's at exactly, we don't have anything for you on that yet."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's John Jastremski knows who will have a better Yankees season between James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka. Also, which old-time New York jersey is his favorite? 

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Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres
Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Right now, the Yankees are simply worrying about whether or not they're going to have a season to play in 2020. But, with the hiatus, it's worth examining how this roster is set up at the moment, and more specifically, how it could change next season and in the short-term future. 

This season, the Yankees are primed to contend for a World Series title, and that was evident when GM Brian Cashman said you know what to the luxury tax threshold and paid Gerrit Cole $324 million over the next nine seasons to be his bonafide ace. That was added to the massive amount remaining on Giancarlo Stanton's contract. 

So, as of now, the Yankees are at $239 million, which is well over the $208 million threshold. A World Series would definitely suffice with that kind of spending. But what about spending for the future? 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With coronavirus continuing to spread in the United States, Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka decided it was best to fly to Japan with his family.

Tanaka tweeted out in Japanese his reasoning for returning home with his wife and 1-year-old , which NJ.com's Brendan Kuty had translated by a Japanese member of the media. 

"By entering Japan from the United States where the new coronavirus is expanding, even though we currently have no symptoms, would you still infect someone without knowing it?" Tanaka said. "Wouldn't my family get infected? There were various thoughts."

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Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Matt Blake's first year as pitching coach of the Yankees wasn't supposed to go this way. But, nevertheless, this is how things are with the league suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Blake's pitchers were starting to hit their stride, as they prepared for Opening Day that would've been this past Thursday. But now...well, Blake is working off an online spreadsheet to track their at-home workouts all over the country. 

"There's no playbook here," Blake told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Nobody's ever gone through it, so there's no tried-and-true recipe to fall back on."

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@NYCsporty: Have the #Mets officially recognized that @Noahsyndergaard had sucessful Tommy John surgery considering no PR about it yet??

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There has been no update from MLB since they released their latest mandate of banning organized workouts at spring camps, as social distancing and even self-quarantining has been the norm for not just players but everyone in the country. 

But when things do return to normal and MLB is allowed to kick off their 2020 season -- whatever that may look like -- the Yankees will have a few roster decisions to make before baseball resumes. 

So while his players are working in any way they can during these tough times, manager Aaron Boone will have to think about issues with his roster and lineup such as...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After bagging Gerrit Cole on the free agent market over the winter, the expectations are sky-high for the Yankees in 2020. They've got their October lion to front a playoff rotation and the big bats to back him for what could be a deep postseason run, maybe even all the way to a ticker-tape parade.

What key statistics could fuel the ride? Or derail it? We've spent much of the spring hand-wringing over Yankee injuries (again) and while the club's roster seems deep enough for another season of subsisting on subs, who knows what will happen? 

Just like last year, Injured List numbers will impact the Yankees' season. While we wait for baseball to resume, and it could be a while, let's chew on that and three other numbers that could make or break a pinstriped season:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees LHP James Paxton took a big step on Wednesday toward his eventual return, throwing for the first time since December.

Paxton, who had surgery in February to remove a peridiscal cyst, threw 25 tosses from a distance of 60 feet while playing catch, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

The 31-year-old Paxton said, per Adler, that it was the first time he was pain-free since September and that mid-May is the best case scenario for his return to big league games.

Tags: Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

James Paxton just might make a big advancement in his recovery from back surgery last month, as the LHP could begin throwing as early as this Wednesday.

According to The New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert, Paxton will begin throwing on Wednesday "If everything goes well."

Paxton had surgery in February to remove a peridiscal cyst from his back and was expected to miss 3-4 months, eventually returning in May. So it looks like the pitcher is moving right on schedule in his recovery.

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Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres
Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Welp. 

That's exactly how Yankee fans feel when hearing GM Brian Cashman say that two of the team's best hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both "unlikely" for Opening Day. Judge's situation began as a "minor right shoulder problem," and now Cashman is saying it's two separate injuries in his shoulder and pec. 

Cashman said he's "responding well" to his multitude of tests, but there still isn't a timeline for his return, making his status for Opening Day the way it is.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We're not in the business of guessing what motivates people, so who knows what strategy the person who floated a Steven Matz-to-the-Yankees idea was employing.

But if the idea was to push Brian Cashman into overreacting to the injuries decimating the top end of his roster, it was never going to work. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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It makes sense why Yankees GM Brian Cashman is calling up the Mets to wonder if they'd be willing to trade Steven Matz, as The Post's Ken Davidoff and Mike Puma reported on Monday. Luis Severino is out for the season and James Paxton will be out for the first couple of months at least, shaking up what was supposed to be a pretty deep rotation for the Bombers. 

But is it smart to start talking trades this early in the season? 

Cashman could just be making preliminary calls to see who teams might be willing to part with, and SNY's Andy Martino is hearing from multiple sources that there isn't a reason to believe this will progress at all. But, in the case that the Yankees are trying to add another starter before Opening Day, they should definitely pump the brakes. 

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) fields a ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) fields a ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday morning, Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave updates on some of the team's injured players ahead of their spring training game against the Detroit Tigers.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been dealing with a grade 1 calf strain that could keep him out for Opening Day. On Friday, he said that "there's no words" to describe how frustrated he is at suffering another injury, but Boone gave some positive news on Stanton after seeing him Sunday morning.

Stanton said he was feeling better and that he was walking normal, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)

On Friday afternoon, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen joined the Joe & Evan show on WFAN to discuss everything from hiring Luis Rojas to Yoenis Cespedes' progression this offseason.

The pair asked Van Wagenen what made Rojas (and Carlos Beltran) the right fit to manage the Mets.

"There was something we were looking for specifically for this club," Van Wagenen said. "We wanted a guy that could clearly be a players' first manager, somebody that could walk into our clubhouse and connect with the guys, be able to cross cultural lines with our clubhouse, be able to connect with the veterans, be able to connect with the young guys, the American kids, the international guys. And we felt like Carlos, and now Luis were the right fits."

Tags: Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Injured Giancarlo Stanton, who is dealing with a grade 1 calf strain, said on Friday that "there's no words" to describe how frustrated he is at suffering another injury.

Stanton, whose status for Opening Day is in doubt, said he's not sure how long he will be shut down from baseball activity and did not know what his timeline was for a potential return, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

Explaining that the injury occurred while running in the outfield on a redirect, Stanton -- who noted that he had increased his flexibility and mobility work the day of the injury -- said he was "not surprised" to hear the results of his MRI. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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After a few days of uncertainty regarding Luis Severino's status, the Yankees got their answer on Tuesday, as the club announced that the right-hander will have Tommy John Surgery on Thursday after feeling discomfort throwing change-ups in Tampa at spring training. 

So now that the Bombers know for sure that Severino will miss the 2020 season, combined with the fact that James Paxton will miss extended time due to back surgery, where does the team go from here?

GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn't expect any immediate "domino effect" in terms of immediate trades, and SNY's Andy Martino explained on Tuesday's Baseball Night in New York that the team is comfortable with their internal options. 

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Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)
Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)

In Luis Severino's first public comments since Brian Cashman announced that the right-hander would need to undergo Tommy John surgery, the two-time All-Star promised to come back "stronger than ever."

Severino, via a statement released on Tuesday evening, confirmed that he has elected to have the surgery after consulting with the Yankees, his family, and his representatives. He also said that he is "extremely disappointed that I will not be able to put on a Yankees uniform and compete with my teammates this year."


Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery, GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday.

With Tommy John surgery requiring a recovery time for pitchers of 12-to-18 months, Severino's 2020 season is over. And he could potentially miss the beginning of the 2021 season as well.

"Sevy has acknowledged and agreed the surgery is necessary," Cashman said. "His plan is to have it done as soon as possible. He's obviously contemplating the doctors and who to do it with. He's still working through the process."

Tags: Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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As Spring Training begins in Tampa, the Yankees are looking to have a much healthier season than the one they went through in 2019, when it seemed like almost every player spent time on the injured list. 

But things haven't gotten off to a great start.

Luis Severino, who started just three regular-season games for the Yankees in 2019 due to a rotator cuff injury, once again is dealing with an arm ailment.

The 26-year-old has been shut down from pitching at spring training and was sent to New York for further testing of his arm, per Aaron Boone.

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Yankees spring training is in full swing down in Tampa, as players gear up for the start of games at the end of the week. It is during these games that position battles will start to heat up, and players on the bubble will fight for roster spots.

We made a couple of tweaks to our Opening Day roster from our original prediction to the 2.0 version, and after a few developments already at camp, the same can be said for this one.

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole

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Brian Cashman gave Gerrit Cole the richest contract in pitching history, so it's no surprise that the Yankees GM believes his new ace is going to sparkle in his first season in pinstripes. 

That's no rogue opinion. Cashman is far from the only one in baseball who is confident in Cole, the explosive righty who signed a $324 million deal during the offseason. In recent conversations with SNY.tv, opposing scouts and executives raved about Cole and it's clear that the rest of the industry believes the Yanks finally have the kind of rotation-topper who can dominate a season and in October. 

"Now they got their No. 1 guy," said a longtime MLB scout. "No more excuses." 

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After undergoing surgery to remove a peridiscal cyst earlier this month, James Paxton will begin the season on the Yankees' injured list. 

The left-hander is expected to miss 3-4 months, but said on Saturday that he's optimistic he's going to have a quick recovery.

"It's all going to depend on how things go in this rehab process," Paxton said. "They told me 4-6 weeks before I can start throwing, so if we're on the closer side of that, that's going to put me two weeks closer to being on the mound. I'm thinking that I'll be back in a big league game some time in May."

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Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) arrives as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) arrives as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees know they will be without James Paxton to start the regular season, as he had surgery to remove a cyst from his back before the start of spring training. The initial recovery time was three-to-four months, and Paxton provided an update on Thursday. 

Paxton said he can start throwing again in four-to-six weeks, while that three-to-four month timeframe before he can get into a game remains the same. May or June is the target, but Paxton said he is shooting for May. 

"Big Maple" went into detail about why it took so long for him to undergo surgery for the cyst.

Doctors didn't know there was a cyst, but he pitched through it anyway during the 2019 postseason. It was in November when Paxton began feeling pain down his left leg, which was treated with injections, and it wasn't until January that doctors figured out what was ailing him. 

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Back in front of the media for the first press conference since the 2019 season ended, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was an open book Wednesday morning. As the Yankees started to arrive at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, for pitchers' and catchers' report date, Spring Training is underway with Thursday's first workout.

The Yankees get back on the diamond after an eventful offseason, one that saw New York sign ace right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to a historic $324 million deal for nine years, while the Houston Astros' electronic sign-stealing scandal lingers. Boone addressed both Cole and the Astros at multiple points during the start-of-spring availability.

Elsewhere in the session, Boone brought the media up to speed on an abundance of team-related questions that loomed from the offseason. Along those lines, below are six takeaways from Boone's presser delving into the statuses of several key players.

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar
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The Yankees held their first official day of spring training on Wednesday, as pitchers and catchers all reported. 

James Paxton was among them, and though he won't be able to participate in normal workouts after having a cyst removed from his back, he was still all smiles has he embraced teammates upon returning to Tampa.

Check out Aroldis Chapman, Brian Cashman and more making their way to the facility...

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Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone

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It's been said for the past two seasons, but third time's the charm: Yankees manager Aaron Boone has some high expectations this season. 

"World Series or bust" has been the mantra for this loaded Yankees roster, and though they've made the postseason in both of them, they couldn't make it to their desired destination to compete for the franchise's 28th title. 

There were holes on each of those rosters entering spring training, of course, but it's hard to find one this season unless you want to be nitpicky. Gerrit Cole is the expected answer to the starting pitching question that had lingered over GM Brian Cashman's roster. And if they can stay away from the injury bug -- that didn't even faze them last season anyway -- the Yankees would definitely have what it takes to win it all this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Troy Taormina )
Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Troy Taormina )

Aaron Boone is entering his third year as manager of the Yankees. And if his last two seasons are any indication of a trend, this year should mean a World Series appearance. 

The Yankees didn't make it past the ALDS in 2018, but advanced to the ALCS this past season and we all know how that one finished against the Astros. But the expectations heading into each of those seasons remains the same now: this is a World Series-caliber roster that got even better. 

Gerrit Cole is the main reason for that, with the Yankees finally having an ace to lead their rotation. Luis Severino is also expected to have a comeback season after a strong late-season comeback. In a lengthy Q&A with The Post's Steve Serby, Boone touched on that combination at the top of his staff. 

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Yankees' Miguel Andujar, Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton (Treated Image by SNY)
Yankees' Miguel Andujar, Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton (Treated Image by SNY)

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They won 103 games last season despite an historic number of injuries, then signed the best pitcher in the American League away from their biggest threat, ratcheting up expectations to the height of the Joe Torre years.

And then last week the Yankees announced that James Paxton had back surgery that could cause him to miss at least the first couple of months of the season -- an eerie reminder that nothing is ever guaranteed in sports. 

So welcome to the start of spring training, where the most important goal will be to get through six weeks in Tampa with everyone not named Paxton ready for Opening Day. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When the Yankees announced on Wednesday that James Paxton would miss 3-4 months due to back surgery, the news certainly deflated Yankees fans who have been hoping to see Paxton and Gerrit Cole in action at the top of the rotation.

But might Paxton's timeline for return be different than original anticipated?

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Paxton's agent Scott Boras believes that the left-hander will be back sooner than previously thought, saying "We're very optimistic he'll be back in the first third of the season." 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees revealed that James Paxton will miss three to four months due to surgery to remove a peridiscal cyst in his lower back on Wednesday. 

So what happens now to the team's starting rotation? 

Well, for one, it explains why J.A. Happ wasn't being pushed harder in a trade this offseason. Sources told SNY's Andy Martino that a situation like this is why the Yankees didn't want to get rid of the veteran left-hander. The Yankees are already down a starter until June, too, as Domingo German will serve his 81-game suspension due to his violation of the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.

Tags: Domingo German, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees starter James Paxton will miss three to four months as he underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst, the team announced Wednesday.

The lefty went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA with 186 strikeouts in his first season with the Yankees in 2019. 

The news comes as the Yankees and MLB teams were set to welcome pitchers and catches to spring training next week. 

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

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Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa next week to officially kick off the 2020 season, and there hasn't been much change to our earlier 26-man roster prediction 1.0. 

The Bombers are still very much poised to make a World Series run and capture their 28th title. There are, however, a couple of tweaks that we can still make with the Yankees making some things more clear heading into spring training. 

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

J.A. Happ's first full season in pinstripes didn't necessarily go as planned.

The left-hander struggled to find consistency, pitching to a 4.91 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP. The 37-year-old even lost his spot in the Yankees' starting rotation as the calendar rolled into October.

Happ's 2019 was a stark contrast to his 2018 stint with the Yankees, when he pitched to a 7-0 record with a 2.69 ERA.

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, June 22, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, June 22, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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The Yankees have been searching for an ace since CC Sabathia's last truly dominant season, 2011, when he went 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA and pitched 237 innings. Along the way they were foiled by Masahiro Tanaka's elbow ligament tear and then Luis Severino's curious inconsistency/shoulder injury. 

Into that void steps Gerrit Cole, the $324 million man, and if he delivers the greatness expected of him, he not only could get the Yankees over the championship hump, but his presence as the No. 1 starter raises an intriguing question:

How high is the ceiling on the 2020 rotation? 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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