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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