Monday, November 28, 2016

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

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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

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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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Monday, November 21, 2016

SNY: What is the Yankees' best course of action in left field?

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The New York Yankees made yet another trade of a high-priced veteran when they shipped Brian McCann to Houston for a pair of right-handed pitching prospects on Thursday. The move infused increased chatter in the industry concerning left fielder Brett Gardner's tenure in the Bronx.

Gardner, 33, has been front and center in trade rumors since he signed his four-year, $52 million contract (contains a team option worth $12.5 million, $2.5 million buyout for 2019) before the 2015 season. Gardner has slowed down in recent seasons, but the $24 million remaining on his deal over the next two seasons is still a team-friendly situation.

However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been open to trading anyone in the system if it makes sense for the organization's future. This is where a multitude of scenarios arise.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

SNY: Yankees players enjoyed success in Arizona Fall League
The Arizona Fall League's regular season came to a close Thursday. The Yankees sent nine players to Arizona -- some to get rid of rust and others to demonstrate their readiness for the next level once spring training begins in February. In all, the Yankees that participated enjoyed health and success.

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SNY: Yankees have to make Rule 5 roster decisions today

The New York Yankees have some important roster choices to make by today's deadline to make changes to their 40-man roster before December's Rule 5 Draft, with any prospect added to the roster protected from potential selection.

The Yankees have a slew of players to consider this season, some of whom are considered among their top-30 prospects.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SNY: Five players with differing levels of "untouchable" status

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Last offseason, the New York Yankees professed to have a quartet of players that were off the table in trade talks. The Yankees engaged in a significant sell-off during the summer, further filling the farm system with some of the game's more highly touted players, making one believe the number of untouchable players might grow. Should that be the case?

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that the answer is no, recently suggesting that catcher Gary Sanchez might be the only player deemed "difficult" to trade. Let's look at a handful of players who might be deemed worthy of various levels of an "untouchable" tag and discuss their merits.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

SNY: Yankees' Torres takes aim at AFL batting title, MVP honors
Gleyber Torres came to the Arizona Fall League to see just where he stood against tougher competition. The overwhelming praise heaped on Torres by scouts and analysts covering the league points to a player ready to rapidly climb the New York Yankees' organizational ladder.

Torres, the Yankees No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, leads the AFL with a .392 average (20-for-51) with six games left on the schedule. Torres, 19, has a .516 OBP, .667 SLG and 1.182 OPS, respectively good for first, second and first in the league. Not only does Torres have a shot at maintaining the batting average lead, he has put himself in position to win the league's most valuable player award. Torres started in the league's Fall Stars Game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flatly stated that Torres would start the season at Double-A Trenton, and in my view, should he succeed in the season's first few months, he is a prime candidate to move to Triple-A.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

SNY: Will Yankees improve starting rotation this offseason?

The New York Yankees received a Cy Young worthy effort from Masahiro Tanaka and a triumphant comeback from CC Sabathia in 2016, but after that the starting rotation was wildly inconsistent. The results will most certainly push the Yankees into investigating the starting pitching market via free agency and through trades, but will they make any significant moves?

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Friday, November 4, 2016

SNY: Yankees' Andujar extends impressive season in Arizona Fall League
Miguel Andujar, the New York Yankees No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, climbed the system rankings with an impressive 2016 season. His efforts have not slowed down with the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, earning him a place in Saturday's Fall Stars Game via the fans' final vote.

Andujar, a 21-year-old third baseman, is hitting .326 with a .429 OBP and.413 SLG in 55 plate appearances. He has shown fine discipline at the plate for Scottsdale, drawing eight walks and striking out just five times. Andujar is in a bit of a funk this week, though, with just two hits in his last 15 at-bats.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SNY: Postseason success for Chapman, Miller aided by Yanks' deployment

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I most certainly wish Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller were set to pitch in Game 7 of the World Series for the New York Yankees, but Wednesday night their new teams will face each other with only one walking away a champion.

Chapman and Miller combined with Dellin Betances for the first half of the season for a virtually untouchable back-end of the Yankees' bullpen. If New York held leads as early as the sixth inning, manager Joe Girardi turned to the trio, dubbed "No Runs DMC," to close out games.

Unfortunately, the Yankees could not generate enough leads to hand over to the threesome leaving the club little choice but to trade Chapman, a free agent, and Miller, an inexpensive and hot commodity. The trades needed to be made and the fruits of the deals might shape the Yankees roster in years to come. The deals netted infielder Gleyber Torres and outfielder Clint Frazier, who immediately shot to the top of Baseball America's prospect rankings for the club and pushed the organization into the conversation surrounding the top farm systems in baseball.

While it has been said that the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians owe some love to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman for following through with the trade deadline sell-off, whoever wins the World Series might also be indebted to Girardi.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SNY: Can Yankees' Bird answer the call in 2017?

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird soared once called up to the big leagues in 2015, seemingly easing the then impending loss of veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira considering his contract would expire in 2016. Instead, Bird missed the entire 2016 season after surgery on his right shoulder, calling into question his potential imprint on the Yankees 2017 roster.

I felt that Bird was going to be an important piece to the 2016 season. Despite Teixeira's and Alex Rodriguez's comeback seasons in 2015, each had questions marks coming into 2016. Teixeira's season-ending injury in 2015 was just another in a growing line of maladies, and believing a 40-year-old Rodriguez could duplicate his 2015 season was risky.

Bird, a top prospect for the club (he was ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline among Yankees' prospects prior to the call-up), made fans forget about Teixeira quickly. The left-handed hitter roped nine doubles, smacked 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in route to a .871 OPS (135 OPS+). Bird also played sound defense at first base, while blending in well with his teammates. The Yankees were in the middle stages of a transition to younger players, making Bird's success something to be excited about with some of his former teammates making noise in the minor leagues.

Bird's absence from the roster this season hurt the Yankees as Teixeira, Rodriguez, and to a lesser extent Brian McCann, struggled in the middle of the lineup. Taking into account Teixeira and Rodriguez are no longer on the squad, in my opinion, Bird becomes the most important position player next season.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

SNY: Yankees prospect Dillon Tate rounding into form in Arizona
Dillon Tate, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 First-year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers, did not deliver the anticipated results in his first full professional season. Tate, the Yankees No. 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was received in the package that sent outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Rangers.

The Yankees are content to work through Tate's growing pains and will be patient in determining his fate as either a starter or reliever for the organization.

Tate, 22, has been sitting in the mid-90's on the radar gun, topping out at 97 mph -- and his ancillary pitches have begun to show some life. After a rough regular season in which he suffered through a hamstring injury, Tate is pitching in the Arizona Fall League to log some extra innings and appears to be getting into a groove. Tate recently told's Jim Callis that he "is moving in the right direction."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SNY: Yankees must learn from recent mistakes

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?

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Friday, October 21, 2016

SNY: Torres feeling no pressure in Arizona
Top prospects are presumably under some pressure to play to their scouting reports, and when they are on stage in the Arizona Fall League, the performance becomes magnified. Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres isn't fazed and might be tacking onto his already lofty expectations.

"I don't try to put too much pressure on myself," Torres told "I just want to show everybody my abilities and go out there and have some fun."

Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is certainly demonstrating his talent thus far. Torres has dominated at the plate over the first two weeks of the AFL season. Torres owns a .412 batting average, .524 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage in 21 plate appearances. Torres has ripped two doubles, two home runs and driven in four runs.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

SNY: Yankees trading Andrew Miller remains correct decision

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Andrew Miller embarrassed hitters on the way to the ALCS MVP Award and I couldn't be happier for him. I also remain very pleased the New York Yankees chose to deal Miller for two top-100 prospects and others with upside.

I readily admit that while I'm happy for Miller, I do wish he pitched the Yankees into the 2016 World Series. Unfortunately, that was not happening. Miller, as good as he is, would not have been able to do such a thing for the Yankees this season, and might not have been able to in 2017. In 2018, during the final year of his four-year deal, who knows what would come about with the club or him for that matter.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SNY: Which reliever is best fit for Yankees to pair with Betances?
The New York Yankees have built strong endgame relief crews since the mid-90's -- Mariano Rivera to John Wetteland, Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton to Rivera, David Robertson to Rivera, Dellin Betances to Robertson, Betances to Andrew Miller and Betances and Miller to Aroldis Chapman. Presently, the Yankees do not boast such a combination.
Fortunately, there will be three elite relievers on the free agent market this offseason from which the Yankees can pursue to pair with Betances. Which is the best fit?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

SNY: Bird, Kaprielian head Yankees' prospects playing important AFL games
The New York Yankees have a large contingent of prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in this season's Arizona Fall League (AFL), a few of whom the organization will be watching intently.

The league is traditionally meant to provide either an extended look at a prospect or as a means to increase reps missed by players during the regular season.

The Yankees sent eight players to Arizona this season, including Greg Bird and James Kaprielian, whose performance and health will be monitored closely with hopes that each can make an impact with the major league club at varying points in 2017. The other six players' production might not mean as much in the scope of next season for the big league club, but the results could sway future player development decisions.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SNY: Gary Sanchez was Yankees most important player in 2016

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The traditional debates at the end of baseball seasons concerning a team's best offensive player, pitcher, rookie and on and on are fun retrospectives. I'd like to go off the beaten path and discuss the Yankees' Most Important Player of the Year - Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez single-handedly made the 2016 season exciting, relevant and potentially saved the organization from reverting to its old ways of conducting business.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

SNY: With push from Cashman, Yankees reshaped farm system in 2016
For years, the New York Yankees preached wanting to change how they operate the franchise, and this season they followed through at each administrative level of the organization.

The Yankees did something they had not done since the early 90's -- trade veterans as part of a sell-off before the non-waiver trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman convinced ownership that this was the time to fill the farm system with as many top prospects as they could obtain for three talented players, two of whom are set to become free agents at the end of this season.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

SNY: Yankees' staff experiences highs, lows and surprises this season
After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SNY: 2016 Yankees received uneven overall production from position players
The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

SNY: Final series still important to Yankees

The New York Yankees turned a ho-hum season into one of excitement as they made a run into postseason contention amid roster turnover. While the run came to an official end Thursday night, the final series of the regular season still carries importance to the Yankees.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SNY: Yankees shouldn't shut down Betances

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Yankees closer Dellin Betances maintains his role simply because the team's first two choices were traded at the non-waiver deadline. Betances might not be trusted with the job without similar circumstances next season, but the Yankees cannot figure that out by shutting down the reliever before the season ends.

Betances has failed to maintain control over the closer's job since enjoying a strong beginning (14 games, 15 1/3 innings, nine saves in 10 chances, 0.57 ERA, 25 strikeouts and five walks) after Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were traded. Betances has faltered in staggering fashion over his last eight appearances. In six innings pitched during those outings, Betances owns a 15.00 ERA, allowing nine hits, walking eight and striking out 11 batters. He has also made three big errors during the span.

Fans' faith in Betances has understandably waned, due mostly in part because his failures have come with a playoff position on the line. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is trying to look at the full body of Betances' work, versus focusing on the recent struggles.

"He'll bounce back," Girardi told "I'm not concerned about Dellin. This guy's really good."

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Monday, September 26, 2016

SNY: Yankees Minor League Report: Season wrapup

The New York Yankees made a surprising push to a potential playoff appearance in August and early September, only to fall back with an awful two-week stretch of play.

Meanwhile, the Yankees' farm system also provided some unpredictable results, as the organization's top five affiliates qualified for their league's postseason play, and included one league title.

This week we will recap the postseason results for each of the affiliates and provide the regular season statistics for the organization's Top 30 prospects, according to Our previous report indicated the final regular season records from each affiliate.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

SNY: Gary Sanchez importance to Yankees not defined by Rookie of the Year award

Individual awards are nice, but postseason appearances and sustained success matter more.

When the New York Yankees called up catching prospect Gary Sanchez, rest assured he was not looking to win individual awards. His goals were to prove he belonged and provide some energy to a team that was sleep-walking through the season.

Sanchez, 23, showed he was ready within days and the Yankees agreed by handing him the starting role over $85 million veteran catcher, Brian McCann. Sanchez has since hit 19 home runs faster than any player in MLB history, propelling him into a debate concerning his worthiness in the American League Rookie of the Year race.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SNY: Mark Teixeira sees career come to grinding halt

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When New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira announced he would retire at the end of this season, the immediacy was startling, but the reasoning was sound. Teixeira could no longer "grind it out."

Teixeira spoke at length with Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal recently; the interview sheds light on Teixeira's thought process regarding retirement and a host of other topics. I'll delve into a few of these and posit a couple of questions of my own.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

SNY: Yankees must return to August blueprint going forward

In a matter of just over two weeks the New York Yankees thrust themselves into the heart of the playoff picture with a seven-game winning streak and then quickly plummeted from it, by losing seven out of eight games. With 13 games left on the schedule and a four-game deficit to overcome, what do the Yankees do from here?

In my view, the Yankees must return to the place they were on Aug. 1. At that time the club rightfully decided to focus on the future by dealing their best players and proceeded to call-up some of their best prospects over the subsequent days. The idea was to remain competitive, but provide some valuable experience for players the organization felt were a part of the future. What happened on the field was unexpected - a 17-11 month - and might be directly related to the one day at a time mentality the club possessed.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

SNY: Yankees' offense best chance for redemption against Red Sox

After a devastating loss to Boston on Thursday night, the Yankees have two rookies toeing the rubber, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell, before CC Sabathia takes the mound in the series finale. The pitching, obviously important, is not where the Yankees have their best chance to return the favor to the Red Sox.

The Yankees entered the series needing to win three out of four to make a statement in the postseason race. Masahiro Tanaka's gritty effort should have resulted in one of the victories, but questionable bullpen management and Dellin Betances' performance created a hard to swallow two-game swing in the standings.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

SNY: Yankees, Red Sox rivalry matters once again

The best sports rivalries are fueled by historically significant moments between two teams consistently battling for superiority, striving to win a championship.

Year in and year out, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox set out to win a World Series title, but since 2012, one club or both has been well out of the playoff race in September, diminishing the strength of the rivalry to nothing more than a history lesson.

The competition is getting a boost this season. For the first time since 2011, the Yankees and Red Sox will play a meaningful series with playoff implications in mid-September. The clubs have reached their current positions in the standings from different directions, but both organizations have carved out a future which could lead to a full-fledged rejuvenation of the rivalry.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SNY: Yankees' Tanaka steps up as rotation mates lay down

Playoff teams are built on starting pitching. Starting pitching wins championships. Someone needs to tell Masahiro Tanaka's New York Yankees rotation mates.

The Yankees improbable run into legitimacy in a crowded American League East and AL Wild Card race has little to do with the starting rotation, beyond the enormous efforts of Tanaka. In order for the Yankees to stick in the race over the final 20 days (19 games) of the regular season, the club needs Tanaka to continue his ace-like efforts, but the team must also receive better efforts from the rest of the starting staff

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Friday, September 9, 2016

SNY: Yankees' minor league report: Sept. 9

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a surprising push in search of a postseason berth. Meanwhile, the organization's top five affiliates qualified for their league's postseason play.

Who knows if the Yankees will be able to clinch a playoff spot, but the excitement in New York has not been this high in a long time, and the main reason is the handful of prospects brought up after the trade deadline. Maybe more impressively, even with the call-ups, the Yankees have created one of the best farm systems in the game.

The point is, they should be able to continue to grow from within and/or utilize some prospects as trade assets to obtain major league players to fill needs this offseason.

This week we highlight the final regular season statistics for players listed as the Yankees' top prospects (and not on the major league club) by, along with the final regular season records from each affiliate. If a club is in the playoffs, we'll provide the status of their series.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

SNY: Severino's relief success aids Yankees, rebuilds his confidence

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A second relief stint might not be where New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino expected to be assisting the team, but he is once again an integral piece to the club's pursuit of a spot in the playoffs.

When Severino burst onto the scene as a starter last summer, he impressed with his electric stuff, but it was the poise he showed as a 21-year-old that seemed to separate him from other young pitchers. Severino's performance in 2015 aided the Yankees' run to their first postseason berth in two seasons and he looked to be the ace of the starting staff for years to come. Instead, Severino's path took a major detour.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

SNY: Postseason push makes patience with Yankees' rookies difficult

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When the New York Yankees began trading away their best players before the non-waiver deadline, a postseason berth seemed years away. That sentiment seemed crystal clear when the Yankees handed starting jobs to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, two of the teams vaunted prospects.

The moves made (and still make) sense. Carlos Beltran was gone and the Yankees were getting limited production from veteran Brian McCann behind the plate. The Yankees also brought up Tyler Austin to split time with a struggling Mark Teixeira at first base and rookie utility man Ronald Torreyes also began to get more playing time.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

SNY: Is it time to take the Yankees seriously?

In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

The Yankees did exactly what a .500 team with little going its way should do at the trade deadline. They filled the organization with top-tier prospects, revamping their farm system and putting to rest the notion that they do not care about growing from within. The difference from other rebuilding processes: the Yankees refused to keep losing and look for a high draft pick.

Ownership, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi said the team was not waving the white towel and the remaining Yankees in the clubhouse had no intention of packing it in. Even so, thinking one way and performing as such is another.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SNY: Which minor league call-ups can make immediate impact for Yankees?

The New York Yankees recalled Gary Sanchez on Aug. 3, and the 23-year-old catcher immediately put a charge into a mediocre offense. On Sept. 1, rosters can be expanded and the Yankees have a handful of players who might be able to make immediate impacts of their own.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

SNY: Yankees faint playoff hopes pinned to youth and tough schedule

The New York Yankees began the season with a terrible 8-16 start, seemingly squashing their playoff chances before the season was four weeks old.

However, with 36 games left on the schedule, the Yankees sit five games back of the second Wild Card spot and six games behind in the American League East race.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes they have a chance to reach the postseason because of the schedule immediately ahead of them.

"I think our guys believe, because when you think about it, we're [playing a lot of games] in our division," Girardi told "And those are … a lot of the teams that we're chasing. … The opportunity is there."

Is there any evidence the Yankees are playing well enough to make noise over the next month-plus of games?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SNY: Yankees should not rush decision with Brian McCann

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The emergence of Gary Sanchez as the New York Yankees' primary catcher has placed additional pressure on the front office to determine the future of veteran backstop Brian McCann.

McCann, who has two years and $34 million left on his five-year, $85 million contract, has performed admirably as the Yankees' primary catcher since 2014. However, as the Yankees shift gears toward their younger players -- and potentially future stars -- McCann's grasp on the main catching load has been relinquished. The question now becomes whether McCann's value comes as a Yankee or as a trade asset.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

SNY: Alex Rodriguez's 13-year roller coaster ride with Yankees

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Long before I began writing about baseball, Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees and I faintly remember thinking they were ridiculously lucky he did not end up with the Boston Red Sox. Years of ups and downs, one World Series title and an embarrassing suspension make me wonder how lucky they truly were.

The failed deal to Boston, opened up the window for the Yankees to snag Rodriguez for Alfonso Soriano, and better yet, the Texas Rangers were going to chip in $67 million to help offset the remaining $179 million on A-Rod's 10-year, $252 million deal. The Yankees had just lost the 2003 World Series to the then Florida Marlins and Rodriguez was the new free agent toy for the free-spending Yanks.

Rodriguez was arguably the best hitter in the game and he would now be part of an impressive left side of the infield with the Yankees' tenured shortstop Derek Jeter, who was still in his prime. Rodriguez conceded that it was Jeter's team and quite honestly from that moment on, Rodriguez's persona became one of trying to do too much and it might have led him to decisions he will regret forever.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report: Aug. 11

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The New York Yankees filled the farm system during this season's trade deadline period, adding four top-100 prospects, giving them seven such players, tied with the Houston Astros for most in baseball. The Yankees' farm system is now widely considered to be a top-5 collection. As of today, each of the top five levels in the system would qualify (or has already qualified) for a playoff berth.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SNY: Is CC Sabathia next Yankees veteran to be bought out?

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The New York Yankees used a passive aggressive approach to push Alex Rodriguez to agree to an early retirement. The Yankees will not have to go to such measures with CC Sabathia.

The Yankees have rocketed into a transformation of its roster since they began trading assets before the Aug. 1 deadline - Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran - arguably their top players are all playing elsewhere now. Mark Teixeira's name was coming off the books regardless, but he went a step further, announcing his retirement at the end of the season. The Yankees did not see a space for Rodriguez, inked through the 2017 season, and let him know by eliminating him as a daily option weeks ago.

Sabathia simply needs to avoid a major shoulder injury between now and the end of the season in order to set off a vesting option worth $25 million for 2017. The hitch for Sabathia, and the escape for the Yankees, is a $5 million buyout, which cannot be ignored by executives. Is a buyout of the southpaw's vesting option for 2017 coming in the offseason?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

SNY: Love him, hate him, Yankees fans ready for Rodriguez's release

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It started before the All-Star break; Alex Rodriguez was losing playing time for a New York Yankees team that was not only fighting to stay whole, but also desperately needed offensive help. One year after surprising just about everyone with a rejuvenated hitting performance, Rodriguez was being passed over for anyone else manager Joe Girardi could find in the dugout.

The Yankees conceded the season by selling their top MLB assets, professing to turn to young players the rest of the way, leaving many to believe that Rodriguez's time with the club is ending well before his contract does.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SNY: The Yankees' next chapter; finishing the season

The New York Yankees joined the group of sellers at the trade deadline for the first time since 1989 when they shipped Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson to the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees moved five players (four major leaguers and one minor leaguer) and pushed their farm system into the upper echelon of the game.

The future looks bright, but what should we expect the rest of this season?

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Monday, August 1, 2016

SNY: Yankees' sell-off turns five players into 14, brightens future

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The New York Yankees have provided more excitement off the field in the last several days than anything we have seen on the diamond in 2016. Yankees GM Brian Cashman finally convinced ownership that the club was not a true playoff contender and allowed him to convert five players into 14 in the first sell-off since 1989.

The Yankees' farm system might now be considered one of the best in the majors (if not the best), as they accrued three former (and recent) first-round picks. The Yankees' minor league system has enough talent to remain a top-10 organization should they decide to move any of the current crop of young talent.

Here is a look at the deals and players the Yankees received over the last several days. All prospect rankings via MLB Pipeline.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

SNY: If Andrew Miller stays, what does it mean for Yankees?

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The New York Yankees pulled off a no-brainer trade Monday when they sent reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. For a two month rental, the Yankees received a four-player package that included the No. 26 MLB prospect, two minor leaguers with considerable upside and a major league pitcher. Imagine what "new" closer Andrew Miller, who has two years left on his reasonably priced contract, would fetch in this market where elite relievers are clearly coveted?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SNY: What if the Yankees do not trade Carlos Beltran?

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Before the All-Star break, the New York Yankees had been on a path toward a hard sell-off despite ownership's contention a few weeks back that they would not quit on the season. Monday, the Yankees traded free agent to be Aroldis Chapman because the deal presented them was too hard to ignore.

However, at four games over .500 and four games back of the second wild card slot, previously all but certain trade candidate Carlos Beltran might stay put in the Bronx. What are the ramifications of holding the 39-year-old, who will also be a free agent at season's end?

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Monday, July 25, 2016

SNY: The Yankees twice took advantage of Aroldis Chapman's trade value

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The Yankees trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move.

The notion of a three-headed lockdown relief crew at the back-end of games made sense in this new age where elite baseball relievers are coveted. Unfortunately, the rest of the Yankees roster was unable to do their part on a regular basis, rendering "No Runs DMC" to a little-used luxury.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report -- July 22

The New York Yankees have yet to decide whether they will be buyers or sellers as the non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaches. Meanwhile, their minor league system is in better shape than in years past, but there is always room for improvement.

If the Yankees become sellers, they should look to stock up on close to MLB-ready starting pitching as well as pitchers who might break into the big leagues as relievers no later than next season. Yes, the Yankees have Luis Severino waiting in the wings, but trading for a hurler who has the chance to produce at an elite level would certainly aid the organization.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SNY: Should the Yankees trade Eovaldi, Pineda now?

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Neither Nathan Eovaldi nor Michael Pineda have been able to completely covert their natural talents into consistently positive performances for the New York Yankees since being traded to the club. Each pitcher has potential - no one denies that - but has their time ended in New York?

With the Yankees considering a sell-off at the non-waiver trade deadline, Eovaldi and Pineda's names have come up in the rumor mill. Both pitchers have one more year of control, becoming free agents before the 2018 season, and if there is a team out there that believes they can aid either pitcher to maximize their potential, they might take a chance.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

SNY: Yankees' inconsistent first half creates second-half dilemmas

The New York Yankees have been the model of inconsistency in 2016, putting them in limbo with regard to how they will handle the trade deadline and adversely affecting their chances of reaching the postseason.

I have described this Yankees team as resembling Jekyll & Hyde and a yo-yo. The second half of the season can change that, but it will require a convincing turnaround within the first few weeks of returning to the diamond. If not, an overhaul of the roster would be in order.

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