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YANKEES RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Yankees: The Most Underrated Team in Baseball

In my regular Wednesday chat this week, this question popped up: Interestingly, a few days before, I’d been thinking about the narrative of the Yankees heading into 2016, and how so much of it is being driven by their lack of free agent spending this winter. It’s almost historically unprecedented for the Yankees to sit out an entire free agent class, but this winter, the team...
Via Fangraphs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Of all the dramatic things: John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are staying in the Yankees radio broadcast booth

Ma and Pa PinstripeOh my goodness gracious! The New York Daily News' Bob Raissman recently reported that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be back in the Yankees' radio broadcast booth for their 12th and 13th seasons together. Raissman says that they have agreed in principle to new two-year deals with WFAN. "Sources said Yankees brass was committed to bringing Ma and Pa [Pinstripe...
Via Subway Squawkers
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lockdown Bullpen 2016: Remembering When The Yankees Tried It Before

George Steinbrenner thought of it first: put together a lockdown bullpen and shorten the game. Well, at least that seems to be what he was thinking. In the off season following the 1977 championship run, the year that Yankee reliever and closer, Sparky Lyle, won the Cy Young award (which struck a blow for relief pitchers everywhere), Steinbrenner wasn't satisfied. Already armed...
Via Lady At The Bat
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Carlos Beltran: I'd rather not DH

Beltran hit 19 home runs in 2015 Watch video NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran is entering his 19th big league season in 2016. For now, he's penciled in as the Yankees' starting right fielder.  But how many games is it realistic to expect Beltran, 39 in April, to play in the field this year? Or maybe the better question is: how many...
Via NJ.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the New York Yankees’ Potential Starting Rotation

The New York Yankees have struggled to put together a dominant starting rotation, since their last World Series win in 2009. While they have had a few impressive starters over that span of time, Joe Girardi has not had the three or four dominant pitchers that he has needed to fill out a truly strong rotation. Going into the 2016 season, the Yankees will once again be faced with multiple...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sabathia on post-rehab health: The best I've felt in three years

As CC Sabathia continues his journey to health not only in a physical sense but in both mind and spirit as well in the wake of a hastily arranged stay in a Connecticut rehab facility last October, he can scarcely contain his excitement for the 2016 MLB season. “I feel the best I have in three years,” Sabathia wrote in a text to the New York Post. “I am excited to get to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A-Rod is (inadvertently) hurting the Yankees

When Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal in the winter of 2014, the Yankees envisioned a light, manageable role for the then 36-year-old. He’d end his days as an everyday outfielder and slide into the designated hitter spot, where he could age like delectable cheddar cheese. And, in 2014, that plan was executed. Beltran spent 76 games at DH and 32 games...
Via BP Bronx
1 day ago  |  Discuss

4 reasons Nathan Eovaldi will be vital to Yankees' 2016 rotation

Eovaldi won 14 games last season Watch video Yankees' right-hander Nathan Eovaldi won 14 games last season, a team-high. That doesn't mean he was a team-best. Eovaldi's 4.20 ERA was fourth among starters in 2015, his win total buoyed by the second-highest run support (7.17 runs/game) in the American League. A season after allowing...
Via NJ.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda’s Changeup Could Make Him an Ace

A key for the Yankees in 2016 will be Michael Pineda. He’s shown flashes of tantalizing upside, and could be on New York’s list of most valuable pitchers. But Pineda has yet to put it all together over a full season. You likely remember May 10, which was the date of Pineda’s monstrous 16 strikeout outing. You may also recall June 22, when Pineda gave up eight runs over 3.1...
Via BP Bronx
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka throws off mound after offseason elbow surgery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, has thrown off a bullpen mound. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the Japanese right-hander had a throwing session Tuesday in New York. After a pre-spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field, said Rothschild said...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Feisty Food Stamps Steinbrenner has Yankees tweeting like it's October

You'll be excited to know that the Yankees traded snarky Twitter barbs yesterday with the Redsocks and Cubs.Some websites say we got the best of them in the tweetwar. I cannot verify this, mostly because I could not bring myself to read the reports. I tried. I clicked on the site, but after reading the opening paragraph, I felt chest pains. When I clicked away, the diminished. I...

Yankees 1st base: Will this position haunt them all season?

Will Bird's injury be crippling to New York?
Via NJ.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could the Redsocks be stuck with a puny Big Papi?

Two years ago, Yankee fans were offered one basic reason to root for their team: The farewell season for Mr. Derek Jeter. We got to thank and bestow gifts upon the man who led us back from nearly 20 years wandering the desert - (a lost exile we may only now be revisiting.) Our month of September became a Seinfeld nostaligia marathon on ME-TV. The last day in Boston, instead...

New York Yankees: Greg Bird likely out for the season

A question that the New York Yankees needed to answer entering spring training was: where would first baseman Greg Bird fit into their 2016 plans? With Mark Teixeira recuperating and Alex Rodriguez firmly entrenched as the team’s everyday DH, Bird would’ve likely been a part-time player for the Yanks who could fill in for either of those players if they got injured. Now, however...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

After NESN departure, Don Orsillo encouraged by Yankees manager Joe Girardi

With spring training set to open later this month, Don Orsillo will soon begin calling play-by-play on TV and radio for his new team, the San Diego Padres. But until that happens, the shock over being let go by NESN after calling Boston Red Sox games for 15 years still lingers. In an interview with MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Orsillo explains that he didn’t see his dismissal coming...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Yankee has the worst contract?

The Yankees are, quite notably, the only Major League team without a major-league free agent signing this offseason. There are many reasons for this, including a lack of glaring needs and a desire to get younger, but the primary explanation for Brian Cashman’s silence in free agency is money. The Yankees, weary of the annual luxury tax bills they’re always stuck with, are trying...
Via BP Bronx
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman on A-Rod playing defense: ‘He just can’t do it’

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman railed against the notion of Alex Rodriguez ever putting on a fielder’s glove and playing some defense, saying the 40-year-old designated hitter simply isn’t capable of it anymore. “He just can’t do it [play the field], so I see no sense in belaboring it,” Cashman said of Rodriguez, via the New York Post. “He is not capable...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Yankees’ Brett Gardner remain a valuable commodity?

It’s a business and the New York Yankees believe outfielder Brett Gardner is a valuable commodity. All the same, it will be interesting to see if Gardner’s value as an asset grows or diminishes during and after the 2016 season. Is this the final season in Gardner’s contract that his performance will considerably influence his worth to the club as a trade piece?Brett GardnerPhoto...
Via Yankees Unscripted
7 days ago  |  Discuss

It's now or never for Jacoby Ellsbury

As a Yankee fan, nothing beats stealing a Redsock player and having him do well. That's why the mere mention of Wade Boggs still provokes a smile, and it's even better with a Boston fan nearby, so you can enjoy the wince.Ahh, imagining Boggs on the horse... nice, eh?Which is why Jacoby Ellsbury is so frustrating...Statistically, according to Baseball Reference, Ellsbury last year...

Losing Greg Bird puts wrinkle in Yankees’ 2017 plans

The New York Yankees had it all mapped out for 2017; that is until Greg Bird was found to have a torn labrum forcing him to miss the entire 2016 season.Greg BirdPhoto credit: Arturo Pardavilla III via FlickrBird was to take the reins at first base from Mark Teixeira and be part of the new young core of the Yankees. With Bird’s eye-opening performance in Teixeira’s stead at...
Via Yankees Unscripted
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Early Injuries Plague the New York Yankees Starting Lineup

The New York Yankees haven’t won a World Series title in seven years. Since then, the team has drastically transformed from a great team, to simply a team with potential. The retirement of players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada have been hugely felt by the Yankees, and it has been a process to find talented players to create a decent starting lineup. Rookie...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With Bird Down, Yankees' Cashman Must Work His Magic Again

You would think that it was already 2017. As soon as Greg Bird's season-cancelling injury was announced, Yankees Universe responded with a reaction that made me stop and ask myself, "Did I miss something? Did I miss a previous announcement, that Mark Teixeira was already out for the season? "Maybe I slept through the 2016 season. Yeah, maybe that's it. Teixeira is gone, it's...
Via Lady At The Bat
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees pitching cannot rely on Betances, Miller and Chapman alone

ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote Friday about the trend around Major League Baseball in which teams seem to be concentrating on more than just fortifying the backend of their bullpen, but rather creating dominating groups. The New York Yankees certainly fit that bill after adding Aroldis Chapman this offseason to an already potent combination of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.What’s...
Via Yankees Unscripted
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez: Prospect of hitting more home runs than Babe Ruth ‘overwhelming’

Alex Rodriguez is 27 home runs away from tying Babe Ruth’s all-time mark, and he admitted that he finds the prospect of it rather incredible. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post spoke with A-Rod, who called the possibility of tying the Babe “overwhelming.” “When you start playing baseball at 9 years old, you never think about tying anybody, let alone a guy like Babe Ruth...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Hannah Davis never received gift basket from Derek Jeter

Hannah Davis never had the pleasure of receiving one of her fiance’s infamous gift baskets, likely because they don’t exist. Derek Jeter finally addressed the gift basket rumor once he retired, and none of us were surprised to hear him label it a “dumb story.” During an interview with the “Shan & RJ Show” on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this week, Davis issued a denial...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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