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

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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 MLB.com. "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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