Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (Treated Image by SNY)
Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (Treated Image by SNY)

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Giancarlo Stanton figures to be heavily scrutinized during Yankees camp this spring, perhaps even more so than the new pinstriped ace, $324-million man Gerrit Cole.  

Bring on the glare. Judging from what GM Brian Cashman says about Stanton, whose 2019 season was wrecked by multiple injuries, the slugger is "looking forward to reminding the fans of baseball that he's still an elite player." 

"He obviously hasn't had a chance to declare himself in the Yankee world yet," Cashman said in a telephone interview. "All those things will come in time. People forget that (in 2018) he led us in home runs and RBI and it wasn't even a Stanton-like season for him, with injuries. 

"I think he's looking forward to re-establishing the legacy he's been creating. Injuries have denied him that. Not that he needs more motivation -- he's a very motivated person -- but I think he's looking forward to letting everyone know who he is and what he's really capable of." 

To do it, of course, Stanton, who turned 30 this offseason, must remain healthy in what is a crucial season for him and the club. Stanton, who doesn't become a free agent until 2028, is still on the Yankee books for $214 million. 

Last year, he dealt with injuries involving his biceps, shoulder, knee, and quad and played in only 18 regular season games, plus five more in the playoffs. The Yankees made changes to their medical and training staffs over the winter and surely one of the prime tasks for those departments is keeping Stanton on the field. 

When he's healthy, well, yikes. In 2017, he hit 59 homers in an MVP season for the Marlins. The next year, his first as a Yankee, he played through injury and still belted 38 homers (sixth in the American League) and knocked in 100 runs (seventh in the AL). 

But he struck out 211 times in 2018 and also struggled, at times, in the postseason. He homered against Oakland in the AL Wild Card Game, but had just four singles in 18 at-bats against the Red Sox in the Yanks' four-game loss in the AL Division Series. 

In his 18 games last year, Stanton had a slash line of .288/.403/.492 with three homers and then went .231/.389/.462 with a homer and four walks in five postseason games. 

With a dose of good health, there's reason to be optimistic about Stanton and you don't have to be GM of the Yankees to feel that way. 

Stanton is still a Statcast stud: On March 28 last year, he hit a single that was clocked at 120.6 miles per hour. It was the hardest-hit ball in MLB last season. Stanton also had the third-hardest hit ball, a 118.9 mph single in June. That kind of thump offers a glimpse of what Stanton can do -- and Cashman says there's plenty left.

"Obviously, I know what he'll do if he stays healthy," Cashman said. "Last year was unfortunate and it took him offline for almost the whole year and playoffs. 

"When he's healthy, he's going to produce. He's one of the game's better players and that's exciting. Like any player, let's keep him healthy."

Going into camp -- the Yankees position players report next Monday and the club has its first full-squad workout the next day -- Cashman said he considers Stanton a fully healthy player. 

But, the GM acknowledged, "If there's any holdback with him, in any way, shape or form, it's just an acknowledgement that he wasn't on the field as he normally has been throughout an entire year."

Above all, the Yankees hope this spring is the start of Stanton issuing reminders of his power to the rest of the baseball world. It certainly would help him be better embraced by Yankee fans, too. Strikeouts, his contract, his injuries all have seemingly kept Stanton out of their hearts.

Maybe this year he'll author a "moment" - a key playoff blast - to polish his pinstriped resume. Maybe he'll have the monster season some predicted in his homer-friendly home park.

To Cashman, it's all there, just waiting for a measure of good health. 

"He's an amazing physical specimen," Cashman said. "The athleticism at that size is obviously very unique. 

"He's a constant threat."

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Look out, drivers. Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman is hitting the streets with one of the sickest Jeeps ever created. 

Courtesy of South Florida Jeeps, Chapman will now be riding around in style with a six-wheel (yes, you read that correctly) Jeep that not only has custom red interior that reads "The Cuban Missile" with his pitching silhouette on it, but the outside is completely lined in Kevlar. 

Check this bad boy out: 

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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)

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

The Yankees joined many other MLB teams on Sunday in releasing their summer camp rosters ahead of the 2020 MLB season.

Teams were allowed to bring up to 60 players to camp, but the Yankees announced 58 will be heading to New York. Here's the player pool: 

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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)

Major League Baseball has not yet officially unveiled the full schedule for the 60-game 2020 season, but a new report has the Yankees starting off the season in prime time. 

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will begin their season in Washington against the reigning World Series champion Nationals on July 23. 

Most teams will begin play the following day on July 24, but Gerrit Cole's Yankees debut against Max Scherzer and the Nationals will be one of the opening games, and it will likely be in prime time, per The Post.

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Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Albany, Game 1 2/14/20 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Albany, Game 1 2/14/20 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Rebecca Sasnett / Arizona Athletics (Arizona Athletics)

The Yankees have reportedly inked their top pick from the 2020 MLB Draft.

According to Jim Callis of MLB Pipieline, the Yankees have signed University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells to a $2.5 million signing bonus, which is right around the projected slot value for the 28th overall pick.

A left-handed, power-hitting catcher, Wells hit .375 with two home runs and 17 RBI during his sophomore season with the Wildcats, a season in which he started just 15 games due to the coronavirus pandemic stopping play.

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Yankees' Miguel Andujar (Treated Image by SNY)
Yankees' Miguel Andujar (Treated Image by SNY)

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The Yankees will be in New York on July 1 for their second go at spring training to gear up for the 2020 regular season. Baseball is finally back. 

But manager Aaron Boone has a lot of decisions to make. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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With the 2020 MLB season on the way, DraftKings Sportsbook has their World Series odds set and the Yankees -- as one might expect -- are near the top. However, they don't have that top spot. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers own that at +375, while the Yanks are slightly below them at +400. The Houston Astros (+650) and the Atlanta Braves (+1300) are third and fourth in odds. 

So who should be the World Series favorite when the season kicks off on July 23-24? That's the latest topic in What Are The Odds?, but we want to hear from you. Be sure to vote below!

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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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The 2020 MLB season is finally on its way, with the projected start date around July 24. In turn, predictions for division standings and World Series winners are abundant. 

The Yankees were always coming into this year as serious World Series contenders, especially with the addition of a bonafide ace in Gerrit Cole. FanGraphs' ZiPS projection thinks they'll be on the right path to do so when viewing their division standings. 

Over the 60-game season, FanGraphs has the Bombers finishing first in the AL East with a 37-23 record. The Tampa Bay Rays are close behind them at 35-25, so they could be securing one of the Wild Card spots. The Boston Red Sox come in third at an even 30-30. 

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New York Yankees

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The 2020 MLB season will finally take place, as the 60-game campaign was implemented by commissioner Rob Manfred after the Players Association rejected the league's latest proposal that was also 60 games. 

As a part of the agreement, the number of players on active rosters for each team is being raised from 26 to 30 due to the current climate of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Looking at both New York teams, there are some pretty sweet swings that grace the batter's box every game. Whether it's Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto or Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge, these majestic swings are always producing.

But who's the best of them all? The Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew gave their thoughts on who sits atop that throne...

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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)

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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...

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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is introduced during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is introduced during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the best to ever play the game of baseball, which is why a plaque of him sits in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

And he couldn't be happier that it didn't come in a Yankees jersey. 

MLB Network's documentary "Junior," which is all about Griffey, aired on Sunday night and there was a clip in it that explained why he grew up hating the pinstripes.

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) watches his three run home run against the Houston Astros during the first 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 center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) watches his three run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If and when the MLB season gets underway, Aaron Hicks says he'll be good to go. 

Hicks had to undergo Tommy John surgery at the end of last season, and his timeline for return was expected to be around the All-Star break. That would've been a couple of weeks from now, so Hicks is confident in telling the New York Post's George A. King III that he will be available on Opening Day. 

"I would be ready to play," Hicks said. "The plan was July to see where I am at and ready to play games. For me, I want to be back to the arm strength I had before."

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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

According to a new report, four members of the Yankees organization in Tampa have tested positive for coronavirus.

Per George King of the New York Post, two of those staff members work at Steinbrenner Field, while the other two work at the nearby minor league complex.

The two Steinbrenner Field employees are non-players, and one of the minor league complex employees is "a staff member who hasn't been around the Yankees' facility for a while."

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As negotiations between MLB and the players' union continue, many players around the league have been tweeting "When and Where," asking MLB to finally set a schedule and let them know when to report for spring training.

So the BNNY crew decided to play its own version in the newest show segment ...

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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)

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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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Tulane's Connor Pellerin (NOLA.com/YouTube)
Tulane's Connor Pellerin (NOLA.com/YouTube)

The Yankees just continue to add right-handed pitchers as undrafted free agents, with Tulane's Connor Pellerin the latest signee at $20,000. 

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was playing in his junior season before it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. He owned a 2.25 ERA over six games. 

Pellerin had a rough sophomore season, with a very high 8.44 ERA over 21 appearances (26.2 innings). He had just about as many strikeouts (38) as he did walks (31), and he allowed 25 earned runs. 

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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcus Stroman and others who play in New York were among Black MLB stars who let their voices be heard in a video calling for change in association with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Former Yankee CC Sabathia posted the video to his Twitter with Judge at the front to lead off the statement put together with players from around the league...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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With negotiations to start the 2020 MLB season at an impasse due to the league's refusal to make an offer that's good enough and the union's refusal to budge off receiving 100 percent of their salaries pro rata, players are continuing to get ready in their own ways.

For Gerrit Cole, that means driving to Yankee Stadium and throwing in the bullpen while a hitter stands in but doesn't swing.

"Baseball state of mind" Cole wrote on Twitter while posting a video of him on the highway to Yankee Stadium and then on the mound in the 'pen...

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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)

The Yankees have brought in another undrafted free agent following the MLB Draft, with BYU pitcher Jarod Lessar signing the $20,000 deal with New York, per The Deseret News

Lessar, who grew up in Price, Utah, was a Yankee fan growing up, so it seemed fitting that when they called he said yes. He was also getting looks from the Astros, Angels and Orioles. 

"I hung up the phone and I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy and gratitude," Lessar said, adding that it took him "about two minutes" to accept their offer.

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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)

With the 2020 MLB Draft being only five rounds instead of the usual 40, there are roughly 1,000 prospects who would've gotten drafted under the new rules who were left looking for teams.

On Sunday, the Yankees signed one of those players.

RHP Carson Coleman, who was a redshirt junior this season for Kentucky, has agreed to a deal as an undrafted free agent, the school announced.

Coleman was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 33rd round of the 2019 MLB Draft, but opted to return to Kentucky instead of signing with the Rays.

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking during a Major League Baseball owners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot/AP)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking during a Major League Baseball owners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot/AP)

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A letter sent by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to the Yankees in 2017 does not allege that the Yankees participated in sign-stealing, because the league concluded that the team did not steal signs, sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told SNY.

On Friday, Judge Jed Rakoff ordered the letter unsealed against the Yankees' wishes. The Yankees were a third party in a lawsuit brought by DraftKings players against MLB, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. The plaintiffs contended that the defendants defrauded them in various sign-stealing scandals.

Rakoff dismissed the suit in April, but on Friday ordered the release of a minimally redacted version of Manfred's letter addressed to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

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Oct 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media 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 manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during a workout day before game 1 of the ALDS at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the coronavirus pandemic front and center, the sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball may feel like it's in the rear-view mirror -- but here we go again.

While the Astros' elaborate trash-can scheme gained the most notoriety and resulted in the harshest punishments, the Red Sox and Yankees were both fined in 2017 in relation to an Apple Watch scandal and the improper use of a bullpen phone, respectively. 

A judge ruled Friday that the league's letter to the Yankees regarding the findings of that investigation should be unsealed, while the Yankees argue that the letter would cause "significant reputational injury," according to The Athletic's Evan Drellich

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Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For the first time since he was named in MLB's 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation and subsequently fired as Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora has spoken publicly about those events.

Cora and the Red Sox parted ways on Jan. 14, shortly after he and Carlos Beltran were the only coaches/players named among the group of Astros who used a center field video feed and a trash can-banging system to relay signs to hitters.

Since then, Cora has remained silent, apart from a brief statement following he and the Red Sox splitting. 

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MLB Draft
MLB Draft

After selecting University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells with the 28th overall pick on Wednesday, the Yankees have two more picks during Thursday's second and final day of the 2020 MLB Draft. Here is the latest on what the Bombers are up to during the draft ...


Round 4, No. 129 overall

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Beck Way from Northwest Florida State junior college.

In 40 innings pitched in 2020 (with the season cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic), Way pitched to a 0.67 ERA with 58 strikeouts and a .126 opponent batting average.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right is a Mechanicsburg, Pa. native.

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Arizona Wildcats Baseball vs Huston, 3/7/2020 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats Baseball vs Huston, 3/7/2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Mattina / Arizona Athletics (Mike Mattina)

The Yankees only have three total picks in the five-round 2020 MLB Draft, as they gave up their second and fifth-round choices when they signed Gerrit Cole to his massive nine-year contract.

So they need to make these picks count.

The Bombers used their first-round pick on Austin Wells, a left-handed, power-hitting catcher from the University of Arizona -- a player they previously selected in the 35th round of the 2018 draft before he elected to play college ball. 

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When the Yankees selected Derek Jeter in the first round in 1992, they found a cornerstone piece of their franchise for years to come. The same can be said for the Mets taking David Wright 38th overall in 2001.

But what was it about these players, aside from their talent, that made them such great draft picks? The BNNY: Living Room Edition crew answers that very question ...

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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics (Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics)

Back when we were breaking down prospects the Yankees could target in the 2020 MLB Draft, Austin Wells had this sentence under his section for catchers New York might like: "But if they like the versatility, remember Wells' name on Draft Day."

Well, the Yankees took Wells No. 28 overall on Wednesday night, for the second time  -- he was selected by the Bombers out of high school in the 35th round of the 2018 draft. 

If it weren't for Wells' decision to forgo the Yankees' drafting him and enter the University of Arizona, this would've never happened in the first place. 

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The Yankees made University of Arizona catcher Austin Wells the 28th overall pick of Wednesday night's 2020 MLB Draft.

For the Bombers, the selection was notable in that Wells is the second catcher in the last three years that the team has used a first-round pick to draft.

But Wells is a player the Yankees have had their eyes on for quite some time, and here are five things you may not have known about he newest member of the organization ...

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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona Wildcats catcher Austin Wells (16), Arizona Wildcats baseball vs. Central Michigan 2/26/20 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics (Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics)

With the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Yankees selected catcher Austin Wells from the University of Arizona. 

It marks the second time in the last three years that the Bombers selected a catcher with their first-round pick, joining Anthony Seigler in 2018.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wells, a Las Vegas native, is the 27th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Entering the first round of the draft, there had been a thought that the Yankees would go with a starting pitcher in the first round to join the ranks of Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, and T.J. Sikkema, among others. Instead, the Yankees went for a power-hitting catcher.

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The Yankees spent big money this offseason to bring in arguably the best pitcher in baseball (not named Jacob deGrom, anyway) in Gerrit Cole.

So as Cole joins the Yankees' starting rotation, where exactly does he fit in among the AL Cy Young favorites for the 2020 season?

In the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, the BNNY crew breaks down each player's current odds and discuss who figures to be Cole's greatest competition ...

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of a Spring Training baseball on the field during New York Yankees work outs at spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of a Spring Training baseball on the field during New York Yankees work outs at spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Former Yankee and Met Claudell Washington died Wednesday morning at age 65, per ESPN's Howard Bryant. The cause of death is unknown.

Washington, a two-time All-Star and 1974 World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics, played parts of four seasons with the Yankees where he owned a career .270/.320/.410 triple slash with 26 homers, 45 doubles and 130 RBI. 

The outfielder joined the Yankees in the latter half of his career, being traded from the Atlanta Braves to New York during the 1986 season. The Yanks would have him in their outfield for the next two seasons, with his best coming in 1988 with a .308/.342/.442 slash with 11 dingers and 64 RBI. He would eventually end his career with the Bombers, too, in 1990 over 33 games. 

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Aaron Judge/Thurman Munson/Derek Jeter
Aaron Judge/Thurman Munson/Derek Jeter

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

On Wednesday, the Yankees are set to select at No. 28 overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. It is a first-round pick that they hope will be a future star in MLB, which is always the thought in mind when punching in that prospect's name. 

But we all know it doesn't always turn out that way. 

The Yankees, compared to other teams, haven't been the best drafters when it comes to first-round talent. Yes, they've had some Hall-of-Famers, but when you look at their history, there are simply too many players you haven't heard of. 

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T.J. Sikkema (Pinstriped Prospects/YouTube)
T.J. Sikkema (Pinstriped Prospects/YouTube)

When Yankees spring training was suspended, top prospect T.J. Sikkema did what many other minor leaguers did: he went home to sit and wait. 

Home for the left-hander is in DeWitt, Iowa, and while he has been working out and throwing bullpen sessions, he needed another way to pass the time. So he and his girlfriend, Amanda Brainerd, have been doing just that and making some money along the way with DoorDash deliveries. 

Speaking to the Des Moines Register, Sikkema explained how his sister, Taryn, actually brought up the idea that led to him and Brainerd. After a little contemplation, they decided to give it a shot. 

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Simply put, the American League is the Yankees' to lose. 

The roster is absolutely stacked, and after just missing the chance to compete for their 28th World Series last season, they have the ultimate chip on their shoulder to live up to the hype and contend for that title this season -- whenever it gets underway. 

DraftKings Sportsbook has its odds for the American League pennant and the Yankees, to no surprise, come in with the best ones at +175 (Bet $100 to win $175). But which team should they worry about the most in stopping that chance? 

In the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, the crew talks through their team to watch in the American League that could be a tough battle for the Yanks in that pennant chase. 

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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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Jasson Dominguez (New York Yankees)
Jasson Dominguez (New York Yankees)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When you hear the word "Martian," what comes to your mind? Alien? Out of this world? 

That's the nickname given to Yankees No. 1 prospect Jasson Dominguez, and those descriptions are what scouts, evaluators and anyone who has been able to see him play have thought. The name is truly fitting because the kid just seems to be from another planet with how he's played the game at such a young age. 

You might have heard of Dominguez by now because he has been compared to the likes of Mike Trout, Mickey Mantle and Bo Jackson -- some of the best athletes to ever button up a jersey and play baseball. You also might have heard that the Yankees outbid everyone hoping to land his "generational talent" with a $5.1 million international signing bonus when he was eligible to be picked up out of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic last year. 

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It is popular for a couple expecting a baby to have a photo shoot before the birth, but Luis Severino and his wife, Rosmaly, took things to the next level. 

The couple teamed up with famous New York City photographer Jose Guerra, and he's been wanting to do something for a while now: an underwater photo shoot. The Severinos said why not. 

And the results? Beautiful. Check them out:

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Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)
Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)

Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter had one of the most successful careers, both individually and from a team standpoint, in major league history.

The 14-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was a part of five World Series championship teams. But in an interview with YES Network's Jack Curry, Jeter explained that it was the 2000 World Series against the Mets in which he felt the most pressure to come out on top.

And if the Mets would have won? Jeter says he would have been looking for a new home address.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees hurler CC Sabathia has been vocal through his social media in how he feels about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

Sabathia has posted numerous times about Floyd, with one quoting exactly what he said while officer Derek Chauvin was prone of his neck with his knee. He also participated in "Blackout Tuesday" and urged his followers to go vote in the primaries to help enact change. 

But on Wednesday, Sabathia -- someone who is never afraid to say how he feels -- posted a powerful and graphic image comparing Floyd's death to that of a lynching. 

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Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit unrestricted 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. 

Let's take a look at players the Yankees could consider giving a new contract to, starting with C Gary Sanchez...

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Tyler Soderstrom (Kim Klement)
Tyler Soderstrom (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees own the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft that will take place on June 10. Who they go with at that selection is up in the air at the moment. 

As we've looked at other directions they could go, we have yet to touch on the top-rated catchers who will be available to draft. 

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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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MLB
MLB

The Yankees are now among the many MLB teams that have begun releasing minor leaguers, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed on Monday. 

Players were already getting calls from managers in the morning, a process that is very unfortunate during these tough times for the game. According to a source, 45 players were cut across all levels of the farm system. 

The remaining minor leaguers for the Yanks will continue receiving the $400 stipend per week through at least the month of June.

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May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, former Yankees captain and current Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement about the situation on Monday:

I am deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and feel the pain and outrage it has caused his family and people throughout the world, Jeter said. This is a narrative that has happened far too often with us as people of color. It is time for racial hatred to end and to be unquestionably recognized and responded to with severe punishment.

It's encouraging to see people of all colors around the world speaking out and protesting another human tragedy that has too often been the death of a black person. No one should be excused from acts of racial hatred. Please do not allow anyone to demonize those who are standing up against these acts.

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Jasson Dominguez
Jasson Dominguez

MLB and the MLBPA are continuing their negotiations for the 2020 season, and though it looks to be an impasse at the moment, there is still hope that an agreement will be reached for baseball to return. 

But, for most prospects of teams, they won't be seeing baseball this season. And that includes the Yankees' top prospect,17-year-old Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees spent $5.1 million to sign Dominguez out of the Dominican Republic last year, winning the sweepstakes for easily the best international prospect in the class. Dubbed "The Martian," Dominguez is expected to be the Bombers' center fielder of the future with some even making the comparison to Mike Trout. 

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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, who will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in February, recently spoke about his progress toward a return.

"I've been down in Tampa since the day after I had my surgery," Severino told the New York Post via email. "I do arm bike, dumbbell exercises, and I just follow the routine that (the trainers) plan out for me. I spend an hour and half with them in the trainer's room before I move into the gym, every day, five days a week.

"Things have been progressing well. I've been making steady progress -- lifting, doing exercises. Since three months ago -- I think when I first had my surgery -- I feel way better. I'm doing everything I need to do right now so that I can start throwing this summer."

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