Player News - Yankees

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he would not be afraid to trade Brett Gardner within the American League East.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed some doubt about that earlier, but it all comes down to the return package for the rapidly-rebuilding Yanks. If the price is right, they'll go ahead and flip Gardner. The 33-year-old outfielder is under contract for $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018 with a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019.
Dec 7 - 8:50 PM

Yankees re-signed LHP Joe Mantiply to a minor league contract.

Mantiply was released by the Yankees at the end of November and will remain off the 40-man roster, but he could jump back on at some point in 2017 if the Yankees need lefty relief help. Mantiply, 25, had a 2.73 ERA and 69/12 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo -- affiliates of the Tigers.
Dec 7 - 6:51 PM

Yankees signed DH Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract.

The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Holliday turns 37 next month and is coming off a year where he slugged 20 homers with a .782 OPS in 110 games while missing significant time with a fractured thumb. The plan calls for him to serve as the primary designated hitter, but he could also see occasional time in the outfield and at first base. He could have a better chance to stay healthy in this situation and we wouldn't rule out a return to relevancy in mixed fantasy leagues while playing in the AL East.
Dec 7 - 3:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are seen as a possible fit in a Brett Gardner trade.

The Orioles are looking into a host of options for their lineup, both on the free agent and trade front. While Gardner would be a nice fit as a possible leadoff man in Baltimore, Heyman writes that they would want their division rivals to cover some of his remaining salary. The 33-year-old is owed $12 million in 2017, $11 million in 2018, and there's a $2 million buyout on his $12.5 million club option for 2019. Those aren't unreasonable terms, so the Yankees can probably do better if they are truly shopping him.
Dec 7 - 8:34 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has received interest in Brett Gardner.

The Yankees are listening, but nothing sounds imminent. "He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," said Cashman. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it." Gardner is still under contract for two years at $26 million.
Dec 6 - 3:48 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with Matt Holliday.

The veteran slugger, who will turn 37 next month, slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016 while missing time due to a fractured left thumb. He's expected to see the majority of his at-bats in the designated hitter role with the Bombers.
Dec 4 - 7:20 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 10:43 AM

CC Sabathia (knee) will begin a throwing program on Monday.

Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. The big left-hander had an underrated bounce-back campaign in 2016, posting a 3.91 ERA and 152/65 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 30 starts. He'll be ready to roll for the start of spring training.
Dec 2 - 12:48 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career.
Dec 2 - 8:51 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 30 - 10:33 AM

Masahiro Tanaka told the Japan Times that he hopes to pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees surely have an opinion on that, so Tanaka indicated that nothing has been set in stone about his involvement. It's worth noting that Tanaka has the ability to opt out of his contract after 2017 and test free agency, so it might be in his best interests to take it easy in the spring and focus on the season ahead.
Source: Japan Times
Nov 30 - 10:25 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Saturday that top prospect Gleyber Torres will begin the 2017 season at Double-A Trenton.

The 19-year-old shortstop was recently named as the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, the youngest player to ever take home the award. He did so slashing .403/.513/.645 with three homers, 11 RBI and four stolen bases in 18 games. While it remains a longshot that he'll ascend to the big league club in 2017, the sky is truly the limit here.
Source: MiLB.com
Nov 27 - 6:18 PM

Dellin Betances announced Saturday that he'll pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Betances was eligible to pitch for either the Dominican squad or the United States and opted for the Dominican Republic because that's where his family is from and he wanted to make them proud. He's currently penciled in as the Yankees' closer for the upcoming season, though plans could change if they sign Aroldis Chapman back via free agency.
Nov 26 - 12:16 PM

Yankees released RHP Nathan Eovaldi.

He had been designated for assignment in order to free up a 40-man roster spot. Eovaldi wasn't going to be tendered a contract this winter, anyway, since it's his final year of arbitration eligibility and he'll miss 2017 following Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. Eovaldi will turn just 27 in February and should draw plenty of interest in teams that are willing to wait out his rehab.
Nov 25 - 8:23 AM

Yankees released RHP Nick Rumbelow.

The Yankees had removed Rumbelow from their 40-man roster and now he's a free agent. The right-hander will miss the beginning of next season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Nov 25 - 8:20 AM


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