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9 months ago  ::  Mar 24, 2019 - 9:27AM #17301
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Yankees gain outfield insurance in Mike Tauchman trade

The Yankees’ depth in the outfield is getting stressed early on this season, and Brian Cashman apparently didn’t want to let that become an issue. Aaron Hicks is going to miss Opening Day, and the Bombers are playing things cautiously with the chronic pain in his back. So, in the meantime, they swung a deal to pick up Mike Tauchman from the Colorado Rockies.

Tauchman is a 28-year-old farmhand, only having played a combined 52 major league games over the past two seasons. He wasn’t effective at all in those short stints, hitting for a .153/.263/.203 slash line, but crushed in the minors to stay relevant enough to keep around. He profiles very similarly to a depth trade the Yankees made back in 2017, acquiring Garrett Cooperfrom the Brewers to help cover the hole at first base that the team had. Cooper hadn’t made his major league debut at that time, but was an aging farmhand with plenty of success offensively at the AAA level.

Tauchman is likely an acquisition of a similar style to Cooper. The Yankees have options to go to in the outfield before him, but if things get dire or anyone struggles long enough, he could see a couple games. Hicks will hopefully be back in a few weeks, but back injuries are difficult to plan around, and not being able to start baseball activities yet is worrisome.

An injury like that could lead to extended time down, and disrupting Clint Frazier’s regular playing time to appear in a game a week on the big-league team probably isn’t preferable, so getting another option couldn’t hurt. Tauchman also has experience playing all three outfield positions, so it adds a layer of flexibility to their choices.

That said, the Yankees had to give up something to get Tauchman, and they wound up trading reliever Phillip Diehl. One of the many pitching prospects that the Yankees have developed down on the farm, Diehl spent his 2018 season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He saw a lot of success with the Thunder, pitching to a 1.35 ERA over 26.2 innings, but was still far away from breaking into the majors. Considering the strength the Yankees already have in their bullpen, and the host of pitching prospects ahead of Diehl in the system, the cost was minimal.

Ultimately, trading for Tauchman means that the Yankees have one more body in the mix for outfield duty. The larger message from this deal is the concern level over Hicks, which is now noticeable. The Yankees have a sizable buffer zone in their early schedule to accommodate Hicks’ recovery, but its impact on him going forward and his ability to play without pain will be something to monitor.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 24, 2019 - 7:02PM #17302
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The Yankees have received RHP Nick Green as a Rule 5 draft return from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Welcome back, Nick Green. The Diamondbacks have returned the right-hander to the Yankees as a Rule 5 Draft pick, the team announced. That means Green cleared waivers and has been removed from the 40-man roster. He was the only player the Yankees lost in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft over the winter.

Green, 23, had a deceptive 2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings with Arizona this spring. In those 13.1 innings he put 23 runners on base with more walks (eleven) than strikeouts (eight). Per the Rule 5 Draft rules, the D’Backs had to keep Green on their 25-man active MLB roster all season, or put him on waivers and offer him back to the Yankees.

New York originally acquired Green in the Carlos Beltran trade with the Rangers. He spent almost all of 2019 with High-A Tampa, where he threw 115.1 innings with a 3.28 ERA (4.15 FIP) and underwhelming walk (11.2%) and strikeout (18.2%) rates. That said, his funky little cut-sinker led to a 66.4% ground ball rate, best in the minors (min. 130 innings).

Green did not throw more than three innings in an outing this spring, so he’s not really stretched out at the moment. Once he is, he figures to join an already crowded Double-A Trenton rotation that includes Albert Abreu, Nick Nelson, Trevor Stephan, and Garrett Whitlock. Without thinking about it too much, I likely would’ve had Green in the 20-25 range in my top 30 prospects.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 24, 2019 - 7:06PM #17303
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March 24th Spring Training Notes: Severino, Hicks, Wade

The Yankees closed out their Grapefruit League season with a win this afternoon. The win clinched the best record in Spring Training. The Red Sox had the best record in Spring Training last year and they went on to win the World Series, so start planning the parade. Anyway, Clint Frazier’s bases-clearing double was the big hit today. Greg Bird went hitless in his first game action since taking a pitch to the elbow Wednesday.

James Paxton started and went through the motions for 5.2 innings until reaching his pitch limit. He struck out five and allowed two runs. Next time we see him will be next Saturday, in the second game of the regular season. Luis Cessa was betrayed by his defense and charged with a run in 1.1 innings in his final tune-up outing of the spring. All in all, a good day. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the day’s notes from Spring Training:

  • Luis Severino (shoulder) played catch at 90 feet again today. He’ll stretch it out to 120 feet next. “Moving in the right direction. Today was a good day,” said Aaron Boone. Severino played catch two days in a row, rested the third day, then played catch two days in a row again. Based on that, I assume tomorrow’s rest day. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Aaron Hicks (back) still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. The hope is the Yankees can “start ramping him up” with his core work tomorrow. Hicks and the other injured players are staying behind in Tampa to continue their rehab work, which I guess means we won’t see them during the Opening Day baseline introductions. Lame. [Coley Harvey]
  • In case you missed it earlier, the Opening Day roster has been finalized and it will include Stephen Tarpley and newly acquired Mike Tauchman. The official roster announcement will come in a few days. Tauchman will join the Yankees in Washington tomorrow. [Randy Miller]
  • Tyler Wade was optioned out today. “It blindsided me … Just the way I performed this spring, I did everything they asked me to do. I played well. I made the adjustments offensively, and now it’s my defense that’s not good enough,” said the refreshingly candid Wade. This feels like the Francisco Cervelli/Chris Stewart situation back in 2012. [Coley HarveyErik Boland]
  • And finally, Orioles righty Alex Cobb left yesterday’s start with a groin issue. He will see how he feels during a bullpen session tomorrow. Andrew Cashner made an abbreviated two-inning tune-up start today in case he’s needed to start Opening Day on short rest. Long story short, the Yankees might see Cashner rather than Cobb on Thursday. [Joe Trezza]

So long, Florida. The Yankees are done with Grapefruit League play and will close out the spring season with an exhibition game at Nationals Park tomorrow, weather permitting. There is rain in the forecast throughout the evening. Nestor Cortes is scheduled to make that start. I assume J.A. Happ will stay behind in Tampa and pitch in a minor league game to avoid having his final spring tune-up start rained out. Anyway, tomorrow’s game will be televised live, assuming they play.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 25, 2019 - 10:32AM #17304
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A Look at the Opening Day Roster

Well Spring Training is essentially over, the final decisions have been made on who will be joining the big league club in the Bronx for opening day.  Some players stepped up this spring to prove to Boone that they are needed on the team while others faltered and will have to spend opening day back in the Minors.  Here is a glimpse at the faces we will see on March 28th when the Yankees open against Baltimore.

Nothing new has transpired behind the plate during spring training.  Gary Sanchez will start from behind the dish, occasionally getting spelled for Austin Romine.  Sanchez did not have a great spring, but has noticeably improved his defensive skills which is huge for the team.  He joined camp late this year to allow him a little more recovery from his offseason surgery on his left shoulder, which may be behind his sub-par spring numbers.  Romine has proven to be a solid back up when needed, allowing the team to keep pace when Sanchez is out.

Due to the Aaron Hicks injury, Boone has been afforded the opportunity to belay which first baseman he wants to carry full time.  Originally, a decision was needed to be made between Greg Bird and Luke Voit - both had respectively spring performances. It would seem that Boone would have stuck with Bird, but now he gets to see how both will perform in the early part of the regular season before making his final decision.  

Nothing unusual has transpired around the rest of the infield.  Gleyber Torres will start at second, Miguel Andujar will man third, and Troy Tulowitzki will command from shortstop until Didi Gregorius comes back from his injury.  DJ Lemahieu will play second when Torres slides over to SS or just needs a rest and he will also back up Andujar when needed.

The Hicks injury also obviously mixed things up a bit in the outfield.  In response to the injury, the Yankees went out and got Mike Tauchman from the Rockies.  Tauchman hasn’t played a full MLB season yet, but has performed well in the minors hitting .323 with 20 HR and 81 RBI.  Unfortunately for Tyler Wade, the expected fourth OF who played very well this spring, this means he has to begin this season in the minors.  Also heading to the minors after a disappointing spring is Clint Frazier. Many thought he would be fighting for the fourth OF spot, but after hitting a measly .143 in 50PA, there was no choice but to let him figure things out in AAA.  So the outfield will look as such: Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Mike Tauchman.

It looks like Masahiro Tanaka will be the Opening Day starter on the mound after Luis Severino went out with an injury earlier this month.  Severino will start the season on the DL and will most likely return sometime in May. The remaining starters will be James Paxton, JA Happ, Domingo German, and CC Sabathia.  However, Sabathia is also injured and is only on the roster to serve his suspension rolling over from last year. After Sabathia’s suspension has been served, Jonathan Loaisiga will fill in as the fifth starter.

In the bullpen, the Yankees will carry Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Luis Cessa, and Stephen Tarpley.  Green, Cessa, and Tarpley earned a spot on the big league roster due to their excellent performances in Florida, but once Dellin Betances comes back from the DL, one of these three will most likely be sent down to AAA so all need to continue to perform if they are to stay in the Bronx.  

All in all, the roster is as expected with a few interesting adjustments due to injuries.  There will be plenty of opportunity for young players to continue to prove themselves, so it will be an exciting early part of the season to watch to see who succeeds and who does not.  Only time will tell.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 25, 2019 - 10:34AM #17305
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Yankees not letting spring injuries dampen expectations

Aaron Boone N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Yankees didn’t require a medivac to get them out of Florida, but they weren’t an advertisement of perfect health.

Prior to the start of games played under palm trees and blue skies the Yankees were a popular pick to dethrone the defending champion Red Sox in the AL East.

The Red Sox’s rotation was better than the Yankees’, and the lineups were close with a slight edge to the Yankees if Gary Sanchez bounced back from a miserable 2018.

It was in the bullpen where the Yankees held a large advantage over their blood rivals. While the Red Sox lost Joe Kelly to the Dodgers via free agency and declined to bring back closer Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees imported Adam Ottavino and re-signed Zack Britton to a bullpen that is easily considered the best in the business — even with stud setup man Dellin Betances starting the season on the injured list.

Nevertheless, during the 26 exhibition games in Florida, the Yankees lost staff ace Luis Severino (inflamed rotator cuff), center fielder and leadoff hitter Aaron Hicks (lower-back injury) and CC Sabathia (rehabbing right knee after offseason surgery). And though Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) didn’t get hurt in spring training, he isn’t expected back until June, at the earliest.

So, after winning 100 games and finishing eight games behind the Red Sox, are the depleted Yankees a better club heading into Opening Day than a year ago?

“I’d like to thing we are, but we were pretty good last year,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of a club that had a lot of the luster of a 100-win season erased by the Red Sox beating it in four games in the ALDS. “Maybe a little bit deeper and hopefully better equipped to handle some of these early-season injuries. Obviously, it’s going to be important over the long haul that we get the guys back that we are missing right now because obviously they are impact performers for us.’’

Injuries aside, Boone believes the onus is on the players, coaches and him.

“I feel like we have a chance to be a really good club,’’ Boone said. “Now it’s on us to make it happen.’’

Hicks isn’t believed to be a long-term issue, though he hasn’t played since March 1 and had two cortisone injections for an ailment that was supposed to clear up in a few days. Since he leads off and plays a premium outfield position, Hicks’ health is vital to any Yankees success. Asked if Hicks, who won’t be ready on April 3 when he is eligible to come off the injured list, might not surface until May, Boone said no.

“I think it has been a little disappointing that it is something that was supposed to be a day-to-day situation and it lingered on and had to get him the shots and all that,’’ said Boone, who explained Hicks will increase his workload on Monday. “I still don’t think it’s a long-term situation.’’

As for Severino and Betances, they are in the infant stages of working back to the point of helping.

Severino played catch from 90 feet Sunday morning at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa and is slated to extend that to 120 feet Monday.

“It’s moving in the right direction,’’ Boone said of Severino, who didn’t pitch in an exhibition game all spring.

According to Boone, Betances entered GMS Field on Sunday wanting to throw.

“We might hold him off one more day,’’ Boone said of the right-hander, whose fastball averaged 89 mph in his last outing March 17. “I would expect him to potentially play catch [Sunday] or [Monday].’’

Severino being deleted from the rotation and Sabathia serving a five-game suspension before heading to the IL opened two spots in the rotation. Boone has called the situation fluid and didn’t rule out using an opener at some point. Severino and Sabathia’s situations opened spots for Domingo German, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga on the staff.

None of the physical troubles are going to keep the injured down for months at this point, so the Yankees expect them back. However, the names that will start the season on the IL are big enough to inject doubt at least during the early days of the real season.

“Obviously, we are a little banged up,’’ Boone said. “At least we avoided some long-term situations for most of them. I feel like we had a good camp. I feel like we are ready to go.’’

9 months ago  ::  Mar 25, 2019 - 10:36AM #17306
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Stephen Tarpley gets the good news after he ‘opened’ Yankees eyes

Stephen Tarpley AP

Aaron Boone told Stephen Tarpley something Sunday morning everyone who watched the lefty reliever pitch already knew.

“I informed Tarpley he is on the club unless something would happen on the outside,” Boone said before a win over the Twins.

In 10 spring training games, the 26-year-old Tarpley didn’t allow a run, gave up six hits in 11 ¹/₃ innings, fanned eight and walked one.

“He opened my eyes last year,’’ Boone said of Tarpley, who came to the Yankees at the 2016 trade deadline from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova deal and rebounded from a tough major league debut to throw well in the following nine outings.

In his final start of the exhibition season, James Paxton didn’t have his best stuff but was pleased with the outcome heading into his Yankees’ debut Saturday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

“Today was the most underwhelming stuff I have had. My body feels great and I am excited to go,’’ said the left-handed Paxton after allowing two runs and six hits in 5 ²/₃ innings. “This is the best spring training I have had. I usually don’t pitch well in spring training. This is the best velocity I’ve had.”

Asked about an unidentified report that Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a setback in his attempted comeback from hip surgery, Boone said he didn’t know about it and general manager Brian Cashman said, “Not that I am aware [of].’’

The Yankees are scheduled to face the Nationals early Monday night in Washington, but there is a strong threat of rain, which could wash out the final exhibition game and leave the Yankees three days without a game heading into the Opening Day tilt against the Orioles in The Bronx on Thursday.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 25, 2019 - 10:41AM #17307
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Yankees' projected Opening Day lineup

Brett Gardner, CF

Longest-tenured Yankee had a terrific spring at the plate and in the field. Switching from left field to center until Aaron Hicks (lower back) returns.

Aaron Judge, RF

Clubbed six home runs this spring and refined his “two-strike’’ approach, limiting his stride, consistently driving pitches to center and right.

Giancarlo Stanton, LF

“I feel better now leaving spring than I did leaving spring last year,’’ Stanton says. “Just finding a groove, finding a rhythm. You build off this.’’

Luke Voit, DH

Out to prove he’s “No Fluke Luke,’’ he continued to show the promise of his two-month debut in 2018, plus worked hard to improve defensively.

Miguel Andujar, 3B

Batted .354 this spring with a ton of contact. Kept up his diligent behind-the-scenes defensive work, aware of a responsibility to improve.

Gary Sanchez, C

Defensive work was more of a plus this spring and his swing showed more life as camp went on, following offseason left shoulder surgery.

Greg Bird, 1B

Makes the club on merits of a fine spring, but also due to Hicks’ injury, since Voit did nothing to cede his status as starting first baseman.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Didn’t look like a guy who hasn’t played an MLB game in 20 months, moving well and showing pop. Playing time must be managed early.

Gleyber Torres, 2B       

Enjoyed a splendid spring, showing power, hitting .300 and transitioning well from second base to shortstop on days Tulowitzki rests.

Projected starting rotation 

1. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP

Began throwing bullpens in Australia in January, looked sharp all spring as he refined the cutter and a new knuckle curveball.

2. James Paxton, LHP

“He finished off what was a very good spring,’’ manager Aaron Boone said, despite Paxton not having his best stuff in final start.

3. J.A. Happ, LHP

Stays back in Tampa, working toward personal season opener. Yielded six home runs in 11.1 IP, but 12 Ks, one walk.

4. Domingo German, RHP

Worked to refine improved curveball as a put-away pitch; here because CC Sabathia and Luis Severino start on injured list.

5. Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP

Flashed dominant stuff scouts love, but pitch economy is a question. Plus, how does possibility of an ‘opener’ factor here?

9 months ago  ::  Mar 25, 2019 - 8:58PM #17308
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March 25th Spring Training Notes: Andujar, Severino, Dellin

The next time the Yankees play, the game will count. The rain held off and the Yankees dropped their exhibition finale to the Nationals in Washington tonight. Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run and Greg Bird drove in a run with a Juan Soto-aided double. Soto got all turned around and the ball landed behind him. Brett Gardner had a double down the line. Lots of quick at-bats tonight. Everyone was ready to get on the plane to New York.

Stephen Tarpley waited until final spring outing to allow a run. He gave up a two-run homer to Anthony Rendon. Zack Britton retired both batters he faced and Adam Ottavino struck out one in a 1-2-3 inning. He’s a video game. His stuff moves all over the place. Nestor Cortes allowed a run in 3.1 workmanlike innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the notes from the last day of camp:

  • Miguel Andujar took a pitch to the ribs tonight, just below the armpit. He lifted his arms to jump out of the way and the ball deflected off his elbow guard and into his ribs. Kinda weird. Andujar was in obvious pain but remained in the game, and Aaron Boone said he’s fine following the game, so there you go. Another injury would’ve been just swell. [Kristie Ackert]
  • Dellin Betances (shoulder) played catch today for the first time since being shut down, and everything went well. Luis Severino (shoulder) stretched out his throwing from 90 feet to 120 feet today. I thought today would be a rest day after Severino played catch the last two days, but nope. CC Sabathia (shoulder) has a bullpen session tomorrow. [James WagnerColey Harvey]
  • Aaron Boone didn’t feel the need to talk to Tyler Wade after he said he was “blindsided” by not making the roster. “Guys are allowed to be upset … I get the frustration and that’s okay. The thing I’ll be looking for is, what’s his response?,” said Boone. [Coley HarveyPete Caldera]
  • The Orioles officially scratched Alex Cobb (groin) from their Opening Day start. It’ll be Masahiro Tanaka vs. Andrew Cashner on Thursday. The O’s haven’t set their rotation after Cashner. I have to think the Yankees will see Dylan Bundy at some point this weekend. [Roch Kubatko]

Spring Training is officially over. Thank goodness for that. The Yankees went 17-10-4 with one rainout and a +39 run differential in their 32 exhibition games. Up next: Opening Day. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET on Thursday, and I imagine the pregame introductions will begin around 12:30pm ET or so. Tanaka vs. Cashner. Game One of 162. Let’s do this.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 26, 2019 - 10:38AM #17309
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At the risk of looking foolish, some optimistic spring training performance takeaways

Spring training is in the books and opening day is just days away. The slate has been wiped clean and all camp performances, good or bad, get a reset. By now, we all know better than to make strong declarations based on Grapefruit League statistics. It sure is fun to do, though. And hey, what’s my risk of interpreting how certain players performed? I can live with looking silly.

A handful of Yankees had intriguing numbers over the last month or so. We won’t know how significant those until later in the regular season, but I think we can make meaningful observations from some of the results.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will strike out less

Both Judge and Stanton struck out about 30 percent of the time last season. If Grapefruit League play is any indicator, the duo will put the ball in play more often this year. Stanton fanned in 22.9 percent of plate appearances while Judge went down on strikes 26.7 percent of the time. Of course, neither accrued more than 48 plate appearances, so make of it what you will.

Despite the small sample, we do know that Judge has been trying to cut down on whiffs in camp. With two strikes, he’s eschewed his leg kick for a subtle toe tap. It’s seemingly worked out well thus far. Why can’t it continue to work in the regular season?

As for Stanton, there isn’t a discernible adjustment. At least, not one that I’m aware of. Nonetheless, he is just a season removed from the 23.6 percent rate he posted in his final season with Miami. Last year could have been a blip. As his spring training performance shows, this is who he is at his best.

Clint Frazier has some rust to shake off

This statement isn’t out on a limb, unlike the strikeout talk from the prior section. Frazier hit .149/.228/.245 in 57 plate appearances. He had the most opportunities out of anyone in camp, and understandably so. With much of last season lost due concussion recovery, it’s been a long time since Clint has been at full strength. Now that he’s finally cleared, there are some cobwebs for him to shake off.

It’s tough luck that Frazier still needs more time to get on track. Obviously, his health problems were the biggest misfortune of all. Pretty scary, in particular. But also, he’s missing an opportunity to grab a job from the outset of the season because Aaron Hicks is down for the count. He should still get an opportunity later this year, but he’ll have to wait.

Greg Bird is (finally) healthy

Fool me once, fool me twice, fool me…thrice? To be honest, I’m not sure how many times I have gotten excited about Bird at this point, only to be inevitably let down. Nonetheless, it’s hard not to read into his spring training numbers and not think he’s healthy. The Yankees gave him 54 trips to the plate in camp and he capitalized with a 1.091 OPS. Can’t I get a little excited?

Oh, but that elbow of his. He was hit there by a pitch last week. Here we go again, right? Well, it seems like he’s going to be fine, for now. I get the skepticism with Bird, but I’m ready to dive back in and believe. I think it’s easier this time because he’s the underdog to Luke Voit, and if Bird does indeed flame out again, the Yankees should be fine at the position anyway.

Tommy Kahnle is back

It’s always good to draw conclusions from seven and a third innings pitched. In that workload, Kahnle struck out nine and allowed only one earned run. His velocity appears to be back and not only is he healthy, but he’s also in far better shape than before. The way he took care of his body before this season was…something.

It’s going to be a huge plus to have a revitalized Kahnle with Dellin Betances on the shelf to start the year. It looks Kahnle’s 2017-self, minus all of the caffeine and junk food, is back and here to stay.

Stephen Tarpley is for real

The 26-year-old southpaw was named the team’s best rookie in camp, and deservedly so. He allowed no runs, one walk, and six hits in just over 11 innings of work this spring (before last night), which earned him a spot on the opening day roster. Tarpley already began to emerge as an intriguing relief prospect last season and did a nice job in a late summer cameo with the Bombers.

Tarpley is in line to be this year’s Jonathan Holder. He may ride the Scranton shuttle a couple of times early on, but more likely than not, he’s ready to carve out a role in the big leagues for good. His spring training was just a confirmation of his capabilities.

9 months ago  ::  Mar 26, 2019 - 10:40AM #17310
Posts: 32,868 | Brendan KutyAaron Boone got a chance to respond to the comments Tyler Wademade on Sunday. Wade, after receiving news that he would be demoted to Triple-A, was understandably very upset. Wade was among the team leaders in extra-base hits and played six different positions this Spring.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees ran into some bad luck with injuries this spring training, but it wasn’t all bad. Joel Sherman breaks down what went right for the Yankees this past month, such as the ever-present power of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, or the rollicking first-base battle Greg Bird and Luke Voit staged.

CBS Sports | Matt Snyder: CBS put out their MLB power rankings yesterday, and while it’s not the most exciting piece of news, the Yankees did rank in the top spot. It’s a nice little reminder that even after all the injuries and an underwhelming offseason, this is still a great team.

Newsday | Neil Best: Just a quick reminder that 2019 will be Ken Singleton’s last in the booth. After initially planning on calling it a career at the conclusion of last season, Singleton was convinced to come back for one more ride in 2019. He’s only slated to call about 25 games this season, so cherish them while you can. Singleton is one of the best.

Yahoo! Sports | Craig Calcaterra: Over the weekend, Angels’ owner Arte Moreno said that had former Angel Garret Anderson played with the Yankees, then he would be in the Hall of Fame. This is patently false, considering someone like Bernie Williamsa better overall player than Anderson ever was, is not in the Hall of Fame, but I’ll let Calcaterra further explain how absurd Moreno’s claim is.

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