Player News - Yankees

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Yankees acquired LHP JP Sears and RHP Juan Then from the Mariners for RHP Nick Rumbelow.

Sears was an 11th round draft pick of the Mariners in 2017, and went on to allow just two earned runs over 27 2/3 innings in his professional debut. The southpaw also struck out 51 while walking 12. He could move quickly through the Yanks system if he remains as a reliever.
Nov 18 - 5:02 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Juan Then and LHP JP Sears from the Mariners for RHP Nick Rumbelow.

Then made his professional debut in 2017, putting up a 2.64 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League. He was signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in July 2016.
Nov 18 - 4:58 PM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN reports that the Yankees interviewed Dodgers' third base coach Chris Woodward for their managerial opening.

Woodward, who has no managerial experience at the big league level, joins Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Eric Wedge and Rob Thomson as candidates who have already interviewed for the gig.
Nov 18 - 2:19 PM

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees' manager job on Friday.

The Yankees are casting a wide net in their search to replace Joe Girardi, and that includes Boone, who has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees "are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience." Boone would seem to be a long shot to get the job, but no favorites appear to have emerged to this point.
Nov 17 - 1:35 PM

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees interviewed Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for their managerial vacancy on Thursday.

The other known candidates for the job include Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, and broadcaster Aaron Boone. Joe Girardi was let go shortly after the Yankees were eliminated from the American League Championship Series. There's no official timeline for this, but we'd expect the announcement of a hire by the end of next week.
Nov 16 - 1:38 PM

Yankees prospect Estevan Florial went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday.

Florial has put up a .273/.377/.379 line in the AFL, and while that may not stand out on first glance, it's much more impressive when you consider he's still a teenager and one of the youngest players in the league. With a chance for above-average tools across the board and impressive defense, he could move quickly through the Yankee system and be hitting near the top of the lineup by the end of 2019.
Nov 15 - 4:18 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward is a candidate for the Yankees' managerial vacancy.

The former MLB infielder joins a list which includes Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, broadcaster Aaron Boone, and Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens. Woodward has been the Dodgers' third base coach for the past two seasons, but he previously worked for the Mariners as their infield and first base coach. His managerial experience consists of a stint with Team New Zealand in the 2016 WBC. It's unclear how many other names are being considered, but the recently-retired Carlos Beltran has even thrown his hat in the ring.
Nov 14 - 8:37 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees will interview Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for manager on Friday.

We already knew that Meulens would interview with the Yankees, but now we have some specifics about the timing. The club has already interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson and former Mariners and Indians skipper Eric Wedge. ESPN broadcaster and former Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone is among the other upcoming candidates. Meulens, who played five seasons with the Yankees, was recently promoted from third base coach to bench coach with the Giants. He has been considered a potential long-term replacement for Bruce Bochy.
Nov 14 - 5:45 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't ruled out the possibility of top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the 2018 season in the majors.

It's still likely that Torres will start the season in the minors, but Cashman isn't willing to dismiss the possibility out of hand. Torres, who turns 21 in December, appeared to be on the fast track to the majors prior to undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. He hit .287/.383/.480 with seven homers over 55 games between Double- and Triple-A this year while seeing time between shortstop, second base, and third base. His time is coming soon.
Nov 14 - 5:32 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Chad Green will be brought to spring training as a starting pitcher.

Cashman said that a return to a bullpen role is considered a fallback. Green pitched almost exclusively in relief this season while posting a dominant 1.83 ERA and 103/17 K/BB ratio over 69 innings. His role could ultimately depend on what the Yankees do this offseason.
Nov 14 - 4:30 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has not approached Jacoby Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, about his client's no-trade clause.

Ellsbury still has three years left on his seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees and the 34-year-old outfielder has posted a disappointing .261/.331/.372 batting line over the last three seasons. New York would probably have to eat a lot of cash to move Ellsbury, and he would have to sign off on the destination. A trade seems unlikely to happen at any point in the near future.
Nov 14 - 3:16 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Larry Rothschild will remain pitching coach with the Yankees.

The Yankees are in search of their next manager after parting ways with Joe Girardi, but they aren't making any changes at pitching coach. Rothschild just completed his seventh season as pitching coach for New York. It was an impressive one for the team's pitching staff, as they finished fifth in the majors with a 3.72 ERA.
Nov 13 - 10:46 PM

The BBWAA announced Monday that Aaron Judge was named American League Rookie of the Year.

It was unanimous. That comes as no surprise after Judge broke Mark McGwire’s MLB rookie record (and led the American League) with 52 homers while putting up a monster .284/.422/.627 batting line. The big slugger also led the American League in walks and runs scored. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t a lock to make the Opening Day roster in spring training. Judge could still add more hardware later this month, as he’s a finalist for the American League MVP Award. Andrew Benintendi finished second in the AL ROY balloting while Trey Mancini finished third.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 13 - 6:18 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Aaron Hicks is expected to be a regular in the team's outfield next season.

"We wouldn't have been playing him every day in the postseason if we didn't think that," said Cashman. Hicks, 28, posted a career-best .847 OPS this past season while amassing 15 homers and 10 steals in 88 games. Barring a trade, Jacoby Ellsbury appears in line for a fourth-outfielder role. Of course, Clint Frazier could end up taking that role if Ellsbury is dealt. Either way, Hicks is looking like a nice value pick in fantasy drafts next spring.
Nov 13 - 5:58 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees reached out to former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus regarding their managerial vacancy but he told them he wants to take a year off.

Ausmus also turned down an opportunity to interview with the Mets. He did interview for the Red Sox' job that went to Alex Cora, although it appears that was a special circumstance since he's familiar with Dave Dombrowski and is from the New England area.
Nov 13 - 2:27 PM


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