Player News - Yankees

Date: Team: Pos:

Yankees signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

LeBlanc will earn $1 million if he makes the major league roster. His contract includes an out-clause at the end of spring training. The southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings with the Pirates in 2017.
Jan 16 - 3:52 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV in New York that it is "more likely" that prospect infielder Gleyber Torres will need some additional time in the minors.

Cashman insists that service time isn't a factor with the situation. Torres was close to a promotion to the majors before undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, so he's obviously not far off if healthy. He'll try to push for the starting second base job in spring training, but the Yankees could go with Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade as stopgap options if they believe he needs more time.
Jan 15 - 11:35 AM

Yankees and LHP Chasen Shreve avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $825,000 contract.

Shreve, 27, was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a super-two player. The left-hander posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 58/25 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 innings with the Yankees in 2017.
Jan 13 - 10:03 AM

Yankees and RHP Sonny Gray avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

The right-hander was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason. Gray posted a 3.55 ERA across 27 outings for the A's and Yankees in 2017.
Jan 12 - 5:39 PM

Yankees and SS Didi Gregorius avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.25 million contract.

The shortstop was arbitration-eligible for the second time. Gregorius sported a .287/.318/.478 batting line with 25 bombs last season.
Jan 12 - 5:37 PM

Yankees and C Austin Romine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Romine was eligible for arbitration for the second time this winter. He hit .218/.272/.293 with two dingers for the Bombers last season.
Jan 12 - 5:35 PM

Yankees and RHP Dellin Betances avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.1 million contract.

Betances and the Yankees had to go to an arbitration hearing last year that got a little ugly, so it's not a surprise the two sides wanted to avoid that this time around. The reliever was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter.
Jan 12 - 4:54 PM

Yankees and RHP Adam Warren avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.315 million contract.

The reliever was arbitration-eligible for the final time. Warren posted a 2.35 ERA over 46 appearances out of the bullpen in 2017.
Jan 12 - 12:52 PM

Yankees and OF Aaron Hicks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.825 million contract.

The outfielder was arbitration-eligible for the second time. Hicks dealt with injury but had a breakthrough in 2017 when healthy, batting .266/.372/.475 with 15 homers and 10 steals.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 9:37 AM

Yankees and RHP Tommy Kahnle avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3125 million contract.

That Kahnle was going to remain dirt cheap for a couple of more years was good reason for the White Sox to hold on to him last summer and not treat him as little more than a throw-in in the Todd Frazier deal that netted them a pretty modest return. Kahnle ended up with a 2.70 ERA in 32 appearances for the Yankees and a 2.59 ERA overall. He struck out 96 and walked 17 in 62 2/3 innings.
Jan 11 - 6:45 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees are willing to pay "at least half" of Jacoby Ellsbury's remaining contract in a trade.

And yet the Yankees still haven't found any takers for the 34-year-old outfielder, who has batted just .261/.331/.372 over the last three seasons. Ellsbury is owed $21.142 million per year through 2020 and he carries a $21 million club option ($5 million buyout) for 2021. He also has a full no-trade clause, making this situation all the more difficult for New York.
Jan 11 - 10:57 AM

Free agent 3B/1B Todd Frazier confirmed that his representatives have been in touch with both the Yankees and Mets.

"We’ve had contact with the Yankees, my agent, Brodie (Van Wagenen), has done a great job. I love playing for the Yankees," Frazier said to the New York Post. The 31-year-old corner infielder is coming off a season in which he hit .213/.344/.428 with 27 homers and 76 RBI in 147 games for the White Sox and New York. The Mets could use Frazier at third or first base in 2018. He would likely man the hot corner with occasional trips across the diamond if he returns to the Yankees.
Jan 9 - 12:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Orioles have some interest in acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury from the Yankees.

Sherman notes that while the O's have expressed interest, Ellsbury possesses a full no-trade clause and may only waive it to be closer to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. If that's the case, the Giants or Diamondbacks could emerge as potential options.
Jan 7 - 5:53 PM

Yankees signed INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Braves non-tendered Peterson last month rather than pay him a raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old utility player is a career .234/.319/.331 hitter across parts of four major league seasons.
Jan 5 - 3:40 PM

Yankees re-signed LHP CC Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on December 16 and then finalized Tuesday after Sabathia passed a physical. The veteran left-hander drew free agent interest this winter from teams like the Angels and Blue Jays, but he always seemed destined to return to New York. Sabathia put up a solid 3.69 ERA (122 ERA+) over 148 2/3 regular-season innings in 2017 before registering a 2.37 ERA across four playoff starts.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 03:13:00 PM


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