Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SNY: Series -- 2017 expectations for key Yankees

Updated: February 6, 2017

This will be a frequently updated post covering the 2017 expectations for key Yankees compiled by position. Links to each feature commentary are below.

Position players

Catcher - Gary Sanchez

First Base -- Greg Bird and Tyler Austin competition

Second Base -- Starlin Castro

Shortstop -- Didi Gregorius

Third Base -- Chase Headley

Designated Hitter -- Matt Holliday

Left Field -- Brett Gardner

Center Field -- Jacoby Ellsbury

Right Field -- Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, et al competition


Masahiro Tanaka

CC Sabathia

Michael Pineda


Aroldis Chapman

Dellin Betances

Tyler Clippard

SNY: Links to Yankees' features from December 2016

Links to my feature commentaries for from December 2016.

Yankees contract decisions with arbitration eligible players loom

Yankees head to Winter Meetings with voids to fill

The Matt Holliday signing fits the Yankees mold

Chapman makes Yankees stronger but risks cannot be ignored

Brett Gardner is key to the remainder of Yankees' offseason

Yankees have intriguing in-house options for 2017 rotation

Holland, Ziegler among reliever options for Yankees

Should Yankees begin extension talks with Masahiro Tanaka?

Top moments from 2016 could define Yankees' 2017 season

Monday, November 28, 2016

SNY: Would rumored CBA changes impact the Yanks' business model?

Photo: Keith Allison
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently claimed that previous collective bargaining agreements (CBA) "hindered" the organization's ability to carry out its business model. As Major League Baseball and the Players Association work to hammer out a new CBA, would rumored changes work to the benefit or detriment of the Yankees?

Plenty of gossip has posited some changes to the next CBA. Among the chief alterations is a new threshold value for the competitive balance tax (or luxury tax as is it commonly coined), adding an international draft, and the elimination of draft pick compensation.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SNY: Is Jorge Posada a Hall of Famer?

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is among 19 new candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot. Posada, a four-time World Series champion, was one of the best offensive catchers during his time in the major leagues, but does his overall resume measure up to the status of a Hall of Famer?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SNY: The Yankees' hunt for a DH should target one player

Photo: Keith Allison
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to use Brian McCann as the club's full-time designated hitter if it came to it. But a deal came along that the Yankees and McCann did not want to pass up, leaving a fairly large void to fill. Fortunately for Cashman, he can sort through a multitude of options that sit on what will be a buyers' market, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

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