May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


October 9, 1:00 PM:

Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

September 29, 5:37 P.M.:

Gio Urshela's injury diagnosis from Sunday's Yankees game against the Texas Rangers was a "mild left ankle sprain," according to reporters on the scene at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Among the reporters to tweet the news, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic added that Urshela's exit with one out in the bottom of the second inning was for "precautionary reasons."

While Urshela's outlook for the playoffs -- which start Friday with Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins -- remains to be seen, the Yankees have flexibility if DH Edwin Encarnacion returns as expected.

Even if the Yankees are without Urshela, they could tweak their starting lineup's infield accordingly with DJ LeMahieu at third base and Luke Voit at first base, keeping Gleyber Torres at second and Didi Gregorius at shortshop.

September 29, 4:26 P.M.:

Even in Game 162, the Yankees were unable to escape the 2019 regular season without an apparent injury.

Gio Urshela left the Yankees' game Sunday against the Texas Rangers with what appeared to be an ankle injury, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Urshela came up limping on a play, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, and was limping while leaving the field, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media.

Urshela came out after fielding a groundball by Nick Solak and throwing to DJ LeMahieu at first base before an injury delay took place on the field. Tyler Wade then replaced Urshela at third base.

Urshela, who entered the day slashing .315/.356/.535 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, was 0 for 1 after a strikeout swinging in the bottom of the second inning.

September 28, 5:34 P.M.:

James Paxton told reporters in Texas on Saturday that he underwent an MRI in the morning and was diagnosed with nerve irritation, though he said it will not affect the way he gets ready for the ALDS against the Twins.

The lefty was pulled after just one inning on Friday night due to a tight left glute.

September 28, 12:43 P.M.:

The Yankees returned a piece to their bullpen depth for the regular season's final two games Saturday and Sunday, but they also revealed a move that likely ends an everyday starter's 2019 campaign.

The team announced Saturday that RHP David Hale (3-0, 2.89 ERA) had been reinstated while transferring CF Aaron Hicks to the 60-day injured list.

Hicks has not played since Aug. 3's 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, landing on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain in his right elbow. He was expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and quiestionable to return by the time the Yankees' started postseason, which begins next Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins.

If the season is over for Hicks, the end comes after an injury-filled year, slashing .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games -- mostly as the Yankees' starting CF, which veteran Brett Gardner has since taken over. Hicks signed a seven-year contract extension Feb. 25 worth $70 million.

Hale, meanwhile, returns for the Yankees' for the first time since July 26's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox. He spent the past two months on the 10- and 60-day injured lists due to a lumbar spine strain. His 37.1 innings of relief include 22 strikeouts to six walks.

The Yankees (103-57) continue their season-ending three-game series against the Texas Rangers (76-84) Saturday at 8:05 p.m. from Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington. They conclude Sunday with the finale at 3:05 p.m.

September 28, 12:06 P.M.:

Even with three games left in the final series of the regular season, the Yankees were unable to emerge without an injury scare.

LHP James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) left Friday's 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers -- the opener of the weekend's three-game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington -- with left glute tightness after 21 pitches and two earned runs allowed in the first inning.

After the game, the Yankees -- from manager Aaron Boone to Paxton himself -- felt that the injury was a precautionary move.

"I don't think it's going to be anything serious," Paxton told reporters, including Marly Rivera of ESPN, after the game. "I could have kept on pitching and worked through it, but they just wanted to play it safe. I don't think it's anything serious, just something we want to keep an eye on the next couple of days here and then get ready to go for the postseason."

Paxton entered Friday undefeated in his starts since Aug. 2, going 10-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 68 strikeouts to 20 walks over 60.0 innings pitched.

"I really don't think it's anything big at all," Boone told reporters, including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, after the game. "He wanted to go back out there. Normally I would've let him," the Yankees manager said. "I sided with the next one is too important so I said, that's it. Didn't want to mess with anything. I do think it's kind of a minor deal."

With the Yankees set for the Minnesota Twins next Friday for a best-of-five ALDS at Yankee Stadium, the looming return to New York leaves Paxton's potential Game 1 start in the air.

The southpaw pitched his way into the discussion after he had a resurgent second half, likely leaving Boone's decision between Paxton and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-8, 4.47 ERA).

The recent return of RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) adds an option to Boone's starting rotation for the playoffs, while LHPs J.A. Happ (12-8, 4.91 ERA) and C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.95 ERA) have been experimented with by the Yankees as long relievers after openers.

September 24, 11:28 P.M.:

After a fastball high and inside hit Gio Urshela on his hand, he appears to have survived an injury scare that would require him to miss time.

X-Rays came back negative, the Yankees told reporters in the Tropicana Field press box, as Urshela was diagnosed with a bruised left hand.

In his postgame availability with the Yankees media, manager Aaron Boone said he would not risk Urshela's health with four games left on the regular season and the playoffs up next, but did not rule out playing him Wednesday against the Rays.

"He seems pretty confident with it," Boone said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN. "Right now it seems like we dodged it."

Urshela shared similar sentiments with reporters after the game.

"It's fine," Urshela said, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

September 24, 9:45 PM:

Gio Urshela was hit by a pitch in the top of sixth inning, as a high fastball came up and in and caught his left hand. Urshela went down in the pain but stayed in to run after being checked out by the Yankees medical staff.

In the bottom of the seventh, though, Urshela was pulled from the game. The team later announced that Urshela has a bruised left hand and that x-rays were negative.

September 24, 5:50 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion's return the Yankees' lineup appears to be imminent.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Encarnacion is likely to return for the Bombers on Friday in Texas, though the first baseman/DH is pushing to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion suffered an oblique injury last Thursday.

September 24, 4:09 PM:

Gleyber Torres has been out for the past couple games with a hamstring injury, but the Yankees weren't stressing it much after his MRI came back with nothing serious. 

Well, that definitely appears to be the case, as he's back in the lineup against the Rays tonight. He'll play second base and bat third in the lineup. 

September, 23, 6:26 PM:

Gary Sanchez broke his silence Monday on his left groin strain, sharing when he plans to return from the injury he reaggravated Sept. 12.

"Right now with everything I've done, I feel better," Sanchez said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, after Monday's full workout at the Yankees' minor-league facilities in Tampa, Florida.

"Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now."

September 21, 1:34 P.M.:

Shortly after the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays started, New York announced to reporters at Yankee Stadium that the MRI on Gleyber Torres (hamstring) came back negative.

The news is big for the Yankees, who have relied on Torres all year long while the rest of the team dropped like flies. In 140 games, Torres has slashed .284/.343/.546 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI.

September 21, 12:15 P.M.:

Before the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, manager Aaron Boone had good news and potentially bad news when he told reporters of the team's latest injury updates during his pregame media availability.

Boone first said that 2B Gleyber Torres "felt good" Saturday morning, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, but would get an MRI at some point Saturday on his right hamstring after he fell to the ground on a diving stop in the hole during the sixth inning of Friday's game.

Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, is officially on his way back from an oblique injury he suffered last Thursday.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Boone said that Encarnacion is expected to play by the start of the regular season-ending three-game series starting next Friday against the Texas Rangers.

Per Hoch, Boone added that Encarnacion could return at the earliest Tuesday or Wednesday for the two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

September 20, 10:29 P.M.:

Gleyber Torres made a diving stop a ball in the hole during Friday's loss to Toronto, but as he tried to make the throw to first, he lost his footing and fell to the ground.

He initially stayed in the game, and even got another at-bat, but he was pulled in the sixth inning. After the game, Aaron Boone said he thinks Torres is going to be okay, but that he will see a team doctor on Saturday.

September 20, 5:17 P.M.:

Fresh off their 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels to hit the 100-win mark and take the AL East for the first time since 2012, the Yankees had positive injury updates Friday before they opened the weekend's three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager Aaron Boone started with DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion (oblique), who is expected to return at some point when the Yankees embark on next week's road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boone added that the Yankees "remain optimistic" about C Gary Sanchez (groin) to "be ready for the postseason" despite being further away from returning than Encarnacion.

September 20, 9:11 A.M.:

In the midst of the Yankees' three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which led to Thursday night's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium where New York clinched the AL East for the first time since 2012, manager Aaron Boone provided an update Thursday afternoon on RHP Dellin Betances.

Betances, who partially tore his left Achilles in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where he debuted for the first time on the 2019 season with two strikeouts (eight pitches, seven strikes) over 0.2 innings, will not need surgery after getting a second opinion from New York-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martin O'Malley.

"I believe he'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks and then they'll kind of reevaluate where he is," Boone said. "But the belief is he would not need surgery. I guess that could possible change, but they feel pretty confident this is something that will not need surgery."

After an offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old Betances, who was on a one-year deal for $7.25 million guaranteed with the Yankees in 2019, is likely to return in time for spring training.

Penn Medicine chair of Sports Medicine Dr. Brian Sennett told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News what to expect as Betances begins the recovery process.

"Achilles tendon injuries require surgery when there is a complete rupture," said Sennett, who added that the Yankees' decision to shut Betances down for September into the postseason stems from the risk of fully tearing the Achilles. "The goal of surgery is to bring the ends of the tendon back together to optimize healing," Sennett said. "In a partial Achilles tendon injury, the tendon is partially injured but there is not a separation of the torn ends. As a result, the tendon is in a good position for healing."

September 17, 3:57 PM:

According to Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton is on his way to New York to hopefully be available for activation on Wednesday. If not, Boone expects it to be on Thursday. Stanton has played in just nine games this season, but will return at the perfect time to prove to the Yankees he is worth a postseason roster spot. 

Boone also talked about other Yankees, like Aaron Hicks who is in the midst of a throwing program down in Tampa -- another positive update. It's in the early stage, so the Yankees won't know for sure when or if he can return this regular season. Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are also continuing to progress with their groin strains.

The news came before the Yankees' game against the Angels in which RHP Luis Severino made his first start of the season. Among others he was followed by out of the bullpen, LHP Stephen Tarpley made an appearance.

September 15, 11:14 AM:

The Yankees made it official ahead of Sunday's game with LHP Jordan Montgomery and RHP Dellin Betances returning to the club for the first time this season. Montgomery is going to get the start, while Betances will await his turn in the bullpen.

The corresponding moves to make room for these two were RHP Ryan Dull being DFA'd, and RHP Jonathan Holder going to the 60-day IL

September 14, 3:55 P.M.:

In addition to RHP Dellin Betances, the Yankees welcome back a pair of others from the injured list as the new week begins.

LHP Jordan Montgomery will officially start for the Yankees in Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's game.

"I probably will be (emotional)," Montgomery told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network. "The minor leagues was a lot of adrenaline, just because you're so excited to be back out there. So I'm just trying to stay cool and slow the game down and throw strikes.

"It was a roller coaster. You're feeling so good and then I hit that road block with my shoulder and you'll feel good, you'll feel sore. It's just up and down, up and down. I was lucky to have my family, my girlfriend, a bunch of coaches and teammates reach out for me and kind of just keep my sanity."

When the Yankees return to New York for Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Boone said that OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton will be back as well.

"It may be a situation, too, where we build him up where he doesn't play the entire game … however many at-bats or innings in the outfield, then pull him and build him up that way," Boone said, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "(Friday) was another day of kind of a sim game where he got lots of at-bats and a couple innings in the outfield. He went out and played defense and they worked him on defense. Again, he responded well and continues to build momentum and hopefully at some point on the homestand we get him back."

September 14, 1:57 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances is on his way back to the Yankees.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's 3:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays that Betances, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury, was set to return for Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale in Toronto.

Betances started the season on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. The Yankees transferred him to the 60-day injured list May 9 before he started his rehab assignment Sept. 6 with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

September 14 10:17 A.M.:

Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters at the Rogers Centre that LHP J.A. Happ had a cortisone shot as he deals with tendinitis in his left biceps, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

Happ, who left Thursday's afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers after 4.2 innings, will avoid the IL. Boone said that the southpaw is set to start Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record/USA Today Network.

September 13, 9:07 PM:

RHP Dellin Betances continues to work his way back towards the Yankees' bullpen, but Friday night wasn't his strongest outing.

The Double-A Trenton Thunder had been pitching a no-hitter through five innings, but then called Betances into the game to pitch the sixth. He allowed a home run to Bowie's Cedric Mullens, the first hit of the game for the Bay Sox.

Overall, Betances allowed two hits, though he did feature his signature nasty breaking ball. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, nine of which went for strikes.

September 13, 5:13 PM:

Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's game in Toronto, Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" that Gary Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. The Yankees' catcher suffered a groin strain in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Tigers.

Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion has what Boone called a "mild" oblique strain, which he suffered in Thursday's first game.

September 12, 8:40 PM:

Gary Sanchez left the game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness. He was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the top of the third inning.

September 12, 5:15 PM:

After pitching 4.2 innings against the Tigers, J.A. Happ is actually heading back to New York early to assess what Aaron Boone called "bicep tendinitis," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Boone added that this wasn't something new in his eyes, as Happ has been dealing with this. 

Happ himself wasn't too worried about it, according to The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. He's dealt with it in the past, and he told the team he wanted to pitch through it. 

September 12, 5:03 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique.

According to The Althetic's Lindsey Adler, he felt the injury early in the game.

September 11, 8:13 PM: 

Luis Severino took another step closer towards his return to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Starting for Double-A Trenton, Severino pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and recorded one wild pitch. His night came to an end after 64 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. 

September 11, 12:28 PM:

After receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury, Aaron Hicks has been given a recommendation of a few more weeks of rest, followed by evaluation, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Sherman adds that Hicks is not out of the woods when it comes to the potential of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and that him returning even for the playoffs seems unlikely

September 10, 8:43 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Stephen Tarpley followed LHP Jordan Montgomery as relievers in Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

After Montgomery's outing, Betances worked a scoreless fourth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts to one walk, throwing 11 strikes among his 20 pitches. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Betances sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, but he touched 95 mph and recorded five swings and misses, highlighted by an 80 mph curveball for a strikeout.

Tarpley took over and fired a similar frame to Betances, getting through a scoreless fifth inning with one hit, two strikeouts to no walks and one hit batter. Ten of his 19 pitches went for strikes. According to Johnson, Tarpley's fastball sat at 92-93 mph and "looked like it had good movement."

September 10, 7:52 P.M.:

LHP Jordan Montgomery started Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout and walk in 3.0 innings. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, he threw 50 pitches -- 30 strikes -- and retired his last nine batters. Montgomery's only hiccup came on an RBI double, a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning.

September 10, 4:20 P.M.:

Two days after he left Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox early with left calf tighness, Mike Tauchman officially became the latest casualty for the Yankees' injuries Tuesday when New York announced it placed the OF on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain.

The Yankees reinstated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day IL. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and did not pitch in 2018. Heller's return comes after he suffered a forearm strain while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, initially leaving his immediate availability in question for the three-game series starting Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

September 10, 12:21 PM:

As they continue their rehab assignments, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.

Betances is on the schedule to pitch in relief on Tuesday, while Severino is slated to start on Wednesday, according to Kyle Franko

Jordan Montgomery is slated to start Tuesday's game, while Stephen Tarpley is expected to pitch in relief along with Betances. 

September 9, 6:21 P.M.:

Aaron Boone told reporters prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox that Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Yankee lineup during the Yankees' next homestand, which begins on Aug. 17 against the Angels.

Stanton is currently on the 60-day DL and has appeared in just nine games this season, the last coming on June 25.

September 7, 2:34 P.M.:

Before Saturday's game at 4:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone made an abundance of injury updates during a pregame media availability with reporters.

3B Gio Urshela (left groin tightness) is "likely" to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela went on the injured list with left groin tightness.

CF Aaron Hicks -- Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch -- had his rehab "slowed down" because he's "not feeling quite right," putting his season in jeopardy. WFAN's Sweeney Murti added that Hicks had another MRI, which showed that his elbow ligament "was sound" and the flexor strain "was healed." Hicks has been on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain and was expected to be away from the field until a mid-September return.

RHP Luis Severino's status -- whether he will undergo another rehab game or make his next appearance with the Yankees -- is expected to be determined later Saturday, according to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media. Double-A Trenton is a possibility for Severino, according to Adler.

RHP Dellin Betances is expected to throw again Monday -- Boone said, according to Adler.

OF Cameron Maybin's undisclosed left wrist injury is something Boone said that the Yankees will have to manage the rest of the year, according to Hoch. Maybin's injury might linger into the offseason, said Boone, who added that the left wrist is "as good as it's going to be." Maybin has not played since last Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, entering off the bench for the ninth and 10th innings.

OF Giancarlo Stanton does not have a timeline for a return to the Yankees, but Boone said that Stanton is very "close" to ramping up the progression, according to Adler.

LHP CC Sabathia threw a "normal bullpen" -- 20 pitches -- Friday before the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Boone said that Sabathia could be used out of the bullpen if he returns during his final season.

September 7, 10:44 A.M.:

After Luis Severino's 50-pitch start Friday for Double-A Trenton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on YES Network after the team's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox that the ace RHP's next outing could be with New York.

"Obviously, another big, positive step from the first time, which felt like a first spring training outing," Boone said of Severino's performance. "But it's something now that we'll talk about it with if whether we think he needs one more, if that would be beneficial, or if it's better now to just come with us and build up that way.

"Those will be conversations, now, that we have over the next 24, 48 hours."

Severino threw 37 strikes and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none in 3.0 innings of the Thunder's 12-2 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils.

"Overall, it was pretty successful," Boone said.

According to Matt Kardos of Pinstriped Prospects, Severino said he felt "way better" than his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- Sunday's inning-plus start of two runs allowed on three hits (one home run) and two strikeouts in the RailRiders' 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

"I feel good, way better than the first time," Severino told Kardos. "I think that my presence and my momentum on the mound -- I felt like myself and everything was good.

"I think in the first outing I was trying to do too much. All of the things that have been talked about like the tipping or commanding my fastball -- I tried to put everything into that outing and it was too much. Today I went out there and focused on one thing at a time."

September 6, 10:08 P.M.:

Two potential playoff arms for the Yankees made positive progress on the rehab front on Friday.

Luis Severino and Dellin Betances both appeared in Trenton's game against the Reading Fightin Phils.

Starting for the Thunder, Severino threw 50 pitches over three innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but he also struck out five.

According to a Major League scout, the right-hander featured "stuff that was Major League (caliber)."

His fastball was clocked between 94-97 MPH, with a slider in the mid-80s as well.

Betances, meanwhile, pitched the fifth inning for the Thunder. His appearance was a bit more up and down, as he walked a batter and also committed a balk, but it ended up being a scoreless inning with one strikeout for the reliever. Eleven of his 19 pitches were strikes. 

September 6, 7:18 P.M:

Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. Stanton had five at-bats in the game and is scheduled to play in another simulated game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the AP has also reported that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played for the Yankees since 2017, worked out indoors today.

September 6, 1:17 P.M.:

The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Friday afternoon that three major-league players would make rehab stints with the minor-league team in its game later that night.

INF Thairo Estrada joins RHPs Luis Severino and Dellin Betances for the Thunder's 7 p.m. game Friday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Reading Fightin' Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said Thursday that Severino and Betances would pitch for Double-A Trenton in Friday's game, but the exact order was not yet determined.

While Severino (right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and Grade 2 lat strain) began his rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, throwing 33 pitches, Betances and Estrada begin theirs.

The game with Double-A Trenton is Betances' first all season and Estrada's first since he landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain Aug. 18. Betances is working back from a right shoulder impingement, which has held him out all season.

September 4, 4:52 P.M.:

Manager Aaron Boone gave a few updates on some injured Yanks, including great news about Gio Urshela. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Urshela should be coming off the IL on Sunday. She noted him hitting "absolute bombs" during BP on Tuesday, while he was seen running on Wednesday. All great signs for Gio. 

Also, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will continue their rehab in Double-A Trenton, as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre begins their playoffs. 

And here's a name we haven't heard in a while. Miguel Andujar returned to baseball activities on Monday, per Newsday's Laura Albanese. He should be all set for Spring Training next season. 

September 2, 3:49 P.M.:

Before the Yankees hosted the Texas Rangers in a rain-delayed series opener for 3:55 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, several injury updates with regards to the starting rotation surfaced.

DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion is on his way back to the Yankees, he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Encarnacion spent Monday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and completed his rehab assignment, according to Foley, after he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The two-game stint for the RailRiders included Sunday's game in which Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, RHP Luis Severino will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he pitched Sunday for the RailRiders. Severino threw 33 pitches in his first rehab start of the 2019 season, throwing 33 pitches over an inning and working into the second frame.

He allowed two runs on three hits -- including a solo home run, double and single before a sacrifice fly -- but struck two out. According to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media, Severino's fastball sat between 94-96 mph while he mixed in his breaking pitches.

Among recent injuries, LHP CC Sabathia said he has gotten treatment on his knee, including drainage and injections. According to Kuty, Sabathia considered it too soon to tell when he could make his return.

September 1, 11:17 AM:

Dellin Betances has been progressing well as he tries to make his way back to the Bronx, and his latest session down in Tampa continued that trend. 

The big right-hander threw 22 pitches to hitters yesterday, per multiple reports, and he said it felt better than his first session. Next on his list will be returning to Yankee Stadium to throw to hitters again on Tuesday.

August 31, 12:36 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion was taking batting practice on Saturday morning prior to the Yankees game against the A's. Prior to first pitch, Aaron Boone said Encarnacion could begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Scranton as early as Sunday and then he could return early next week. 

On the flip, Gio Urshela (groin) and LHP CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Boone sounded more optimistic about Urshela, while Sabathia's injury is the same knee injury he's battled. 

August 30, 11:23 PM:

After the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the A's, outfielder Aaron Hicks confirmed that he will begin a throwing program shortly, believing it will start on Monday.

"All I know is that today I was cleared to throw, so I should start throwing here pretty soon."

Hicks said that he is "really confident" that he will return at some point this season. The outfielder has missed the Yankees' last 26 games.

August 30, 12:48 PM:

The Yankees have placed Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 29) due to a left groin strain.

To take Urshela's place on the 25-man roster, Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day IL.

After leaving Wednesday's game, Urshela said that he had hoped to play on Friday. Instead, he will be out until at least Septmber 8. 

August 28, 7:11 PM:

While the Yankees have been getting mostly good news on the injury front, they're now hoping to avoid yet another player landing on the IL.

Gio Urshela left Wednesday afternoon's game in Seattle, replaced in the lineup by Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later, the Yankees announced that Urshela was pulled from the game due to left groin tightness. Urshela went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game, raising his batting average to .331.

After the game, Urshela told reporters that he began to feel tightness around the third inning, but hopes to be able to play on Friday when the Yankees host the Athletics.

August 28, 5:44 PM:

Before Wednedsay afternoon's start against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone gave positive updates on Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, both of which came from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Gregorius, who was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on Sunday against the Dodgers, hasn't hit the IL but has been out of the lineup. However, he is expected to be back in action Friday when the Yanks return home to face the A's. 

Stanton is still working his way back from a PCL strain, but Boone said he is "pretty close" to facing live pitching. 

August 27, 9:00 PM:

Aaron Boone updated the status of a number injured Yankees prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners:

  • Edwin Encarnacion has been hitting in the batting cage and performing fielding drills away from the team in New York. Boone believes Encarcion could be an option for the Yankees in the near future.
  • Aaron Hicks' right flexor strain will be re-examined on Friday.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take live BP with the Bombers in Seattle on Tuesday night.
  • Dellin Bettances threw a 20-pitch BP session last weekend and is scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday.
  • The Yankees will likely get Luke Voit back in the lineup before this weekend. The first baseman is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from his sports hernia. 

August 27, 6:51 PM:

After saying on Monday that Luis Severino could begin his rehab on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated that fact on Tuesday.

Boone told reporters that Severino could start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, saying the right-hander would be limited to around two innings and 35 pitches. 

August 26, 8:00 PM:

Before the Yankees' 10:10 p.m. series opener Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Aaron Boone provided an abundance of updates on New York's injured players during a pregame media availability with reporters, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera:

  • Luis Severino: The RHP could begin his rehab assignment Sunday. He has been throwing off a mound for nearly two weeks now.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The RHP's weekend mound session "went well." He and Severino have been on pace for mid-September returns.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added that Severino is slated for a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. If he gets through the simulate game without any issues, it should clear the way for his rehab assignment Sunday. As for Betances, Hoch said that the reliever is set to face hitters again Wednesday. He could also begin his rehab assignment if that goes well, according to Hoch.

  • Didi Gregorious: The SS is not in Monday night's lineup, but his shoulder is "improving" after he got hit by a first-inning pitch the previous day.
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: The OF could hit on a field Tuesday. He has been slowly working his way back. Four days ago, Boone said that Stanton was running on the field and doing defensive workouts, with the hitting coming from indoor cages. Stanton, who has been traveling with the team, could head to Tampa and begin taking at-bats when New York begin its six-game homestand Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Oakland Athletics, according to Hoch.

Also, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, Boone did not rule out Jordan Montgomery "being an option" for the Yankees down the stretch into September and October. Montgomery threw two perfect innings for the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Sunday, striking out two and tossing 19 pitches. Boone "seemed to indicate" that Montgomery's situation is more so about ensuring the LHP is fully recovered and strong to finish the season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June. Hoch added that Montgomery is expected to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder at an unspecified date in the near future with the hope that he could make his return to the big leagues "at some point in September."

August 25, 10:15 PM:

Didi Gregorius was hit on the right shoulder by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Though he initially remained in the game, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning. 

After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the shortstop is considered day-to-day.

August 25, 6:23 PM:

Jordan Montgomery took his first step in a return to the Yankee Stadium mound with a rehab start with High-A Tampa. He tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts and needed just 19 pitches to get the six outs. 

Montgomery has not pitched for the Yankees since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018.

August 25, 10:04 AM:

Edwin Encarnacion has been progressing well in rehabbing his fractured wrist. Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that from his understanding Encarnacion's drills of ground balls, hitting off a tee and playing catch all went well. 

Now Encarnacion isn't close to returning just yet, but Boone his hopeful he'll be back to the team at some point before the regular season ends. 

"No, but certainly expect him back," he told The Post's George A. King III. "Hopefully he is not too far off."

August 24, 10:05 a.m.:

Before the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said of 1B/DH Luke Voit, "there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand," according to George A. King of the New York Post. Voit spent Friday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, logging six innings at first base and batting out of the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game since arriving to the IL on July 31. Voit could rejoin the Yankees for the start of next Friday's three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, which begins a six-game homestand through Sept. 4.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Aaron Boone spoke with the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday afternoon, just minutes after Didi Gregorius reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Boone, who managed Gregorius with the Yankees over the last two seasons, reacted to the news of the signing, playfully being skeptical of the reporting before talking about his former shortstop.

"I'll wait until the Phillies announce it and really know it's official," Boone said while cracking a smile. "Didi has been a great player for us and is a great person and is somebody that's obviously been there before I got there...I followed his career just because he came up with Cincinnati and then was out in Arizona, so I was very familiar with him." 

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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a strike out during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a strike out during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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SAN DIEGO -- Soon -- perhaps very soon, according to people in the know -- the Yankees will know if Gerrit Cole wants to play for them. Until then, the team's strong focus is on the free agent pitcher, and they'll deal with other concerns later.

For example, the Yankees seemed unfazed by the news that Didi Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Phillies. People familiar with the team's thinking believe that the front office decided as far back as September to part with Gregorius. 

Though the team loved Gregorius' production, clubhouse presence, and ability to replace an icon in Derek Jeter, they appeared to believe that they simply had enough in-house coverage at shortstop to let Gregorius walk. 

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The Yankees are in pursuit of free agent Gerrit Cole. Here's the latest...


Dec. 10, 9:05 PM:

It appears that another west coast team may be in the running for Cole's services. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has reported that the Giants may be the second 'mystery team' Scott Boras was refering to when he spoke to the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

Feinsand also alluded to the Astros being the other 'mystery team' in pursuit of Cole, which The Post's Joel Sherman reported earlier in the day Tuesday.

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The Yankees' shortstop situation just became very clear, as Didi Gregorius has agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies, according to multiple reports. NBC Sports' Jim Salisbury has the deal set at $14 million for the year. 

Brian Cashman said he was talking to all the Yankees on the free agent market, and Gregorius was among them. But with Gleyber Torres under team control and his natural position being shortstop, SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this offseason that a Gregorius reunion was unlikely.

It was suggested on Monday by MLB Network's Jon Heyman that Gregorius was going to see a multi-year deal worth $14-15 million per season. But while the price range was correct, Gregorius didn't get that long-term deal, which is likely caused by a mediocre season following a return from Tommy John surgery. 

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Sep 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees have made J.A. Happ available via trade, partly in an effort to clear payroll with the potential that a massive deal for free agent Gerrit Cole will soon be added to the books, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

With Happ available, Martino notes that "plenty of National League teams," including the Brewers, would have interest in trading for him. Martino also lists the Blue Jays as a potential suitor. 

Happ is owed $17 million for the 2020 season, and his $17 million option for the 2021 season will vest if he throws 165 innings and/or starts 27 games this coming season.

On Monday, Stephen Strasburg inked the most lucrative contract ever for a pitcher, returning to the Nationals for $245 million over seven years. That deal could vault Cole above $300 million and could mean he gets eight or even nine years.

Tags: Domingo German, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Aug 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Tim Hill (54) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Tim Hill (54) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees had reported interest in Royals LHP Tim Hill late last month, and that seems to still be the case, according to The Post's George A. King III

GM Brian Cashman is still inquiring about his availability via trade, as the Yankees could use another lefty reliever in their bullpen. Hill, a submarine pitcher, pitched to a 3.63 ERA over 39.2 innings last season. He is very productive against lefties, and he has allowed 0.8 and 0.9 homers per nine innings in the last two seasons respectively -- always a good number for a small Yankee Stadium. 

One of the Royals' needs is a third baseman, and King has them being interested in Miguel Andujar and Gio Urshela, depending on what the Yankees decide to do with that situation. Urshela has the upper hand after a breakout season, while Andujar is coming back from a torn labrum. 

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The MLB Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Yankees are expected to be active. Here's the latest...


Dec. 10, 12:30 PM:

The Yankees have made J.A. Happ available via trade, partly in an effort to clear payroll with the potential that a massive deal for free agent Gerrit Cole will soon be added to the books, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

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Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

The Yankees have a well-known, ongoning pursuit of starting pitcher Gerrit Cole. That's kicking into another gear this week as the MLB Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego. 

Stephen Strasburg already returned to the Nationals on Monday. Soon after, the Yankees reportedly submitted an offer for Cole's services.

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone couldn't provide much insight into the discussion there, but he did admit one thing, while also perhaps selling things to Cole. 

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MLB's Winter Meetings have officially begun in San Diego, and the Yankees are expected to be among those extremely active in upgrading their 2020 roster. Here are the latest rumors for today...


Dec. 9, 10:17 PM:

As the Yankees continue to pursue Gerrit Cole, who will land the richest contract in baseball history whenever he signs, it now seems like the team is looking to alleviate some of that financial burden.

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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Free agent target Dellin Betances is "likely" to sign a one-year deal in an effort to increase his value and hit the market again in 2020, reports Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Curry added that the Yankees have engaged with Betances, who he says attended a congratulatory dinner for Carlos Beltran after Beltran was named manager of the Mets.

Betances, who will turn 32 before Opening Day, pitched just 2/3 of an inning in 2019 after dealing with a lat injury. He returned toward the end of the season, but suffered an Achilles injury in his only appearance that ended his year. 

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Stephen Strasburg (Tommy Gilligan)
Stephen Strasburg (Tommy Gilligan)

Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nationals worth $245 million, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. It is a record deal for a pitcher that will also have ramifications when it comes to Gerrit Cole's market. 

The deal includes a full no-trade clause and does not have any opt-outs, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo.

The Yankees met with Strasburg and Cole last week, though they have been focused on Cole. According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Yanks have back-burnered other business in an effort to complete the Cole negotiations.

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Yankees are open to bringing free agent Didi Gregorius back, but his market could be approaching a level the Bombers don't want to go to.

Gregorius "seems likely" to get a multiyear deal worth roughly $14 million or $15 million, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Monday, adding that the Reds could potentially be priced out at that number.

As far as the Yankees, SNY's Andy Martino noted that he can't see them bringing Gregorius back at the number Heyman reported.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Danny Abriano
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros in game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Monday, ESPN released a large chunk of its Sunday Night Baseball games for the 2020 MLB season, and the Yankees are featured in a bunch. 

These primetime matchups feature some stiff competition that should make out for some great Sunday night games. Here's where the Yankees are slated thus far:

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman will be on a flight to San Diego Sunday night, as the MLB Winter Meetings will be conducted for the next few days. But first, he made a pit stop at the "Heights & Lights" program in Stamford, CT where he propelled from The Landmark Building wearing an elf costume.

Once his duties were done and he safely made his way to the ground, Cashman took the time to discuss the Yankees and what he believes will go down at the Winter Meetings. 

Here's a few key topics Cashman touched on:

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman gestures while on the phone during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Winter Meetings have been a snooze-fest in recent years, as teams have become more cautious about long-term free-agent signings and less inclined to give up prospects in trades, producing offseason stalemates that last into February.

But there's hope it might be different this time, as a combination of factors offers the possibility for significant action in San Diego the next few days. 

Most notably, large-market teams such as the Yankees, Dodgers, and Angels are big-game hunters this offseason, which hasn't been the case in recent years. 

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Gerrit Cole (Thomas B. Shea)

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Here's the ideal Winter Meetings headline for Yankees fans:

"Happy Holidays! Yanks Get Cole in their Stocking." 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) after a pitch against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) after a pitch against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees reportedly enjoyed their meeting with free agent pitcher Stephen Strasburg, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

However, according to Heyman, the team would be surprised if Strasburg decided to leave the Washington Nationals, where he's been since the Nats drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.

The report also mentioned the Nationals are more confident in Strasburg re-signing than their other big free agent, 3B Anthony Rendon. Nats owner Mark Lerner said on Thursday that the team can't afford to retain both Strasburg and Rendon.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
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On Sunday, Brian Cashman and the rest of MLB's general managers will travel to San Diego for the annual Winter Meetings, where deals with free agents and potential trades will create a rumor mill that baseball fans can't wait to see.

And as always, the Yankees should be a team mentioned in many of those rumors. 

While Cashman will be looking to make some serious headway in his offseason plans, he'll also make sure to update the media after each day to see how things are going. 

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With all eyes on the Yankees' pursuit of Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, the team still has multiple free agents of their own that they are considering bringing back, including Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius.

As SNY's Andy Martino reported Thursday, the Yankees remain optimistic about a reunion with Gardner even as their main offseason focus remains on pitching.

On Friday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman discussed the continued dialogue with the Gardner and Gregorius camps.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius
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Gerrit Cole/Stephen Strasburg

A Yankees contingent featuring Brian Cashman, Andy Pettitte, and others sat down earlier this week with free agents Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg

Unlike the Yankees' recent free agency gameplans, they are full steam ahead for Cole and have made it clear that they'll spend whatever it takes to land him, SNY's Andy Martino has reported. If they don't land Cole, they could turn to Strasburg, who they view as similarly elite.

On Friday morning, Cashman spoke about the dual pursuits.

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Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Thursday during his R2C2 podcast, former Yankee CC Sabathia got very heated when talking about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

"It just sucks that it happened," Sabathia said. "I knew those m-----f------ didn't beat us fair and square. I knew were better than them, man! F---!"

Sabathia would go on to say, "That organization, man, they need to fire everybody. Jeez!"

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Jun 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees All-Star pitcher Andy Pettitte was part of the team's contigent that sat down to meet with free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Using Pettitte to help recruit Cole to the Yankees makes plenty of sense, as Pettitte played three seasons for the Astros, where Cole pitched the last two years.

Pettitte and the Yankees met with Strasburg in a hotel near agent Scott Boras' office in Newport Beach, CA. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, and new pitching coach Matt Blake were also in attendance for the meeting.

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins 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 center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Yankees focus their efforts on landing free agents Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, they remain optimistic about a reunion with outfielder Brett Gardner, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Martino notes that the Gardner situation could potentially resolve when the Yankees' payroll situation is clearer.

In November, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was open about the team's desire to have Gardner back, and wouldn't say whether he felt it would take more than a one-year deal to get it done.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Danny Abriano
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According to a report, the Yankees met with free agent right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has reported that the meeting between the two sides went well, and that while the Yankees tried to sell the righty on their organization and the New York market, exact dollars were not discussed.

The Bombers have also met with Gerrit Cole, with Jon Heyman reporting that the two sides had a "very nice" first meeting. 

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees liked Zack Wheeler, and they like Madison Bumgarner well enough.

But in the wake of Wheeler's five year, $118 million agreement with the Phillies -- and in the face of an intensifying market for Bumgarner -- it is clearer than ever that the team's square focus is on the two big fish, Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

Of the two, Cole is the primary target, but the Yanks consider Strasburg elite, too. And that's the entire list of elite starters available via free agency. Bumgarner is no longer in that top tier.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal has been one of MLB's top stories this offseason, and it doesn't help that most of the case studies have been seen during Yankees games. 

Well, a current Yankee decided to troll the Astros during his Call of Duty live stream on Tuesday night. 

Clint Frazier, who was playing the video game with Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones, was having his player make a gesture towards trash cans in the game to mock the Astros' system of hitting a trash can in the clubhouse to let hitters know what pitch was coming. Check it out:

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Sep 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees are interested in signing free agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. Here's the latest...


Dec. 4, 2:21 PM:

SNY's Andy Martino has reported that Wheeler has reached an agreement with the Phillies. Many were getting the feeling that Wheeler's market was heating up to the highest degree before Winter Meetings, and that's exactly what happened as he joins the Mets' NL East rival. 

Martino adds that the official deal is five years, worth $118 million over that span. So the Yankees have one top pitching target off the board, and now crunch time begins.

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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius 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 shortstop Didi Gregorius 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)

As Didi Gregorius hit the open market, the Phillies were instantly mentioned among the teams interested in adding the veteran shortstop.

Now, Philadelphia has allowed two of their infielder mainstays to become free agents, and their manager - former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi - has gone on the record about how much he likes Gregorius as a player. 

"He's a real character guy and he's a real hard worker who is a really important clubhouse presence," Girardi told reporters in Philadelphia on Tuesday. "I felt that he was important to the clubhouse in New York and what he brought every day. 

"I've always been a big fan of Didi and what he's been able to accomplish."

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CC Sabathia knows exactly what it feels like for a pitcher to sign a massive contract with the Yankees. 

The left-hander did that very thing on December 18, 2008, inking a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Bombers.

Now officially retired, Sabathia knows that the Yankees are likely to pull out all the stops to try to sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

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Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar
Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar

All 32 MLB teams had to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by 8 p.m. on Monday, or they would officially hit the free agent market for anyone's bidding. 

The Yankees tendered contracts to all of their specified players, but they could be in the hunt for some players that didn't see a contract from their now former team. 

Here's who could interest the Yankees on the free agent market...

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Stephen Strasburg (Tommy Gilligan)
Stephen Strasburg (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees will be sitting down with free agent right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, reports Jon Heyman.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday that in addition to Strasburg, the Yankees will also meet with Gerrit Cole.

According to Rosenthal, Strasburg and Cole -- who are both represented by Scott Boras -- have been meeting with interested teams in California.

"We're going to talk to Strasburg. We're going to talk to Cole," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said earlier this offseason. "We're going to talk to the higher-end guys and talk to some surprise guys I'm sure. It's hard to predict, but obviously anybody would have interest in players like that."

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Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)
Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Since the beginning of the offseason, the Yankees have made Gerrit Cole their top free agent target, without knowing if Cole wants to play closer to his West Coast roots.

While many in the industry believe that Cole prefers California, the Yankees don't have any information to that effect from the agent, Scott Boras, or the player. They are left to prepare to meet with Cole this week, as The Athletic first reported they would.

According to people familiar with the Yankees' thinking, the team is trying to balance the Cole pursuit with engagement in at least two other free agent starting pitchers, Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler. They see flaws and concerns with both, but they see upside, too, and will stay engaged.

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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have tendered contracts to all 12 arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with James Paxton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Yankees' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Aug 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Athetics non-tendered RHP Blake Treinen on Monday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan

On Friday, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the A's were listening to offers on the 31-year-old reliever, and that the Yankees were one of the teams inquiring about him. The Yankees were one of several teams approached by the A's regarding Treinen, but Oakland was unable to find a trade partner, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

The previously arbitration-eligible Treinen will now cost the Yankees only money should they stil be interested in acquiring him.

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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) reacts to hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) reacts to hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Reds ignited the Hot Stove on Monday by signing Mike Moustakas to a four-year, $64 million dollar contract. Moustakas is expected to play second base for Cincinnati, who non-tendered infielder Jose Peraza earlier in the day.

The Reds had been named as a potential suitor for Didi Gregorius, who is also a free agent after playing the last five seasons for the Yankees. How Moustakas' signing affects their chances of landing the 29-year-old. 

With Peraza no longer on the roster, that removes him as a potential replacement for Jose Iglesias, a free agent who played 144 games at shortstop for the Reds last season. The team also claimed Freddy Galvis off waivers from Toronto in August and have him under contract for 2020, as well. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Rangers reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million with RHP Kyle Gibson last Wednesday, a Sunday report suggested that Texas has interest in New York Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar.

The Rangers are "definitely intrigued" by the idea of a trade for Andujar, according to MLB.com beat writer T.R. Sullivan, with the need for a replacement at the hot corner evident.

Adrian Beltre retired from MLB after 21 seasons Nov. 20, 2018, following nine years with the Rangers and leaving Texas in need of a long-term option after releasing starter Asdrubal Cabrera Aug. 4.

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Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after getting the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after getting the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Whether or not the Yankees re-sign RHP Dellin Betances and C Austin Romine remains to be seen, but the Phillies reportedly could make a move for the duo.

Philadelphia, which hired former New York manager Joe Girardi (2008-17) Oct. 24, has interest in Betances and Romine, according to a report published Friday by George A. King III of the New York Post.

The Phillies have also been tied to SS Didi Gregorius, who is set for free agency after the Yankees did not extend a qualifying offer Nov. 4.

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Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

As the Yankees look to upgrade their roster in the offseason, one move they addition New York now is reportedly considering comes from the bullpen.

After the Athletics traded RHP Jharel Cotton to the Chicago Cubs last Saturday for cash considerations, Oakland is reportedly listening on offers for three other players.

One of the available chips is RHP Blake Treinen, with the Yankees among the teams that are expressing interest, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

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Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin and Howie Kendrick. (Treated Image by SNY)
Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin and Howie Kendrick. (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In honor of Black Friday, where the lure of bargains convinces otherwise rational people to navigate the madness of overcrowded shopping, here's a list of free agents on which you won't find Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, or Anthony Rendon.
 
No, this isn't the big-ticket aisle but more of a discount store for players who could provide the best bang for the buck. 

In some cases that means gambling on bounce-back seasons for players who were dealing with injuries, in others it means settling for an under-the-radar level of performance and certainty.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, John Harper
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Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)
Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Chew on this while you chew on a turkey leg. 

We know you're not supposed to bring up politics or religion at Thanksgiving Dinner. But what about predictions for Major League Baseball free agency? 

Even your eccentric uncle likes those tasty morsels.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced Wednesday that 1B Greg Bird has decided to elect free agency instead of accepting his assingment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Bird has been playing in the Dominican Winter League at the moment, preparing for next season. However, the Yankees made the move to designate him for assignment along with the release of Jacoby Ellsbury in a move that freed a couple spots on the 40-man roster to keep prospects. 

For the Yankees, it's most likely hard to see Bird go despite his lack of production over his career. He was a top prospect at one point, with a bright future as the Yankees' franchise first baseman ahead of him in many eyes. However, injuries hindered his time on the field, and ultimately his spot on the team. 

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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Imagine if you took the virtually unprecedented step of initiating a partial rebuild in the Bronx, trading major league players for prospects. Then you resisted all temptation to move your own young players.

You cultivated a core of homegrown stars, and they started winning. You did what a responsible team is supposed to do … and then you found yourself defeated in the postseason twice by a team caught in the worst cheating scandal the game has seen in more than a decade.

You would probably feel like you got screwed by an opponent acting in bad faith, and that you had lost opportunities you could never get back.

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Tim Hill (David Berding)
Tim Hill (David Berding)

Starting pitching is the obvious priority for the Yankees this offseason, but shoring up the bullpen also seems to be on GM Brian Cashman's list. 

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are reportedly among those intersted in trading with the Royals for reliever LHP Tim Hill. Feinsand says the Yanks are "chief among the suitors."

The 29-year-old debuted for the Royals in 2018, where he had a 4.53 ERA over 45.2 innings pitched (70 games). He improved in 2019 with a 3.63 ERA over 39.2 innings (46 games). 

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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have traded left-handed pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. to the Seattle Mariners on Monday, the team announced. 

The 24-year-old netted the Yankees international signing bonus pool money in the deal. 

Cortes was a Rule 5 Draft acquisition from the Baltimore Orioles after the Yanks selected him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft. In his lone season with the Yankees, he made 33 appearances for often banged up Bronx Bombers. He recorded a 5.67 ERA in those outings. 

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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)

Voting is underway for the first-ever All-MLB team, and there are five Yankees on the ballot -- Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, and Edwin Encarnacion.

There will be an All-MLB first team and All-MLB second team, and the teams will not be broken up by league. Those teams will be determined by taking into account the fan vote (50 percent) and the voting of a panel of experts (50 percent).

Voting runs through Dec. 3 (there are 60 position player candidates and 30 pitching candidates) and the teams will be announced at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

Torres is among eight options at shortstop, LeMahieu is among six options at second base, Chapman is among 11 options at reliever, Sanchez is among seven options at catcher, and Encarnacion is among five options at DH.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

The Yankees have hired Rachel Balkovec as a minor league hitting coach, the New York Times reported on Friday. Balkovec, who signed a contract earlier this month, is believed to be the first woman to serve as a full-time hitting coach in the history of professional baseball.

Balkovec, 32, has an impressive resume and has already broken barriers as a woman looking to move through the coaching ranks. After playing softball collegiately at both Creighton University and the University of New Mexico, she's worked in both the Cardinals and Astros organizations. 

In 2014 and 2015, she was the Cardinals minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, the first woman in affiliated baseball to hold a full-time position in that role, as well. 

 

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Mar 11, 2018; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Zack Granite (8) at bat at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 11, 2018; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Zack Granite (8) at bat at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees made a move to potentially improve their outfield depth on Friday evening.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Yankees have signed outfielder Zack Granite to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to spring training.

Granite, a Staten Island native and former Seton Hall Pirate, was originally a 14th round pick of the Twins in the 2013 amateur draft. The left-handed-hitting outfielder made his MLB debut for Minnesota on July 8, 2017 and went on to play 40 games for the Twins that year. A .237 hitter, Granite hit one home run and drove in 13 runs that season. 

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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) reacts to hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) reacts to hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It seems one-time Yankees manager Joe Girardi is interested in one of his former players, as the Phillies have emerged as suitors for free agent Didi Gregorius, it was reported by MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Girardi managed Gregorius during the shortstop's first three seasons in New York from 2015-2017. Girardi was named the new manager of the Phillies earlier this offseason.

With the idea of bringing in Gregorius, current Phillies shortstop Jean Segura would either move to a different position or even potentially be traded if a deal were to happen.

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Mar 24, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 24, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After being released by the Yankees on Wednesday, Jacoby Ellsbury was expected to receive the remaining $26 million left on his deal, but that might not be the case.

According to The New York Post, the Yankees will try to get back the money that they owe Ellsbury by filing a paperwork on Friday against him ,because he used an outside facility that the team did not approve of while rehabbing the injuries that kept him off the field since 2017.

Ellsbury has missed the last two seasons with multiple injuries, which included requiring hip surgery in August of 2018.

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