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Cooper Halpern

Can the Yankees’ Boom or Bust Offense work in the postseason?

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Usually, whoever hits more homers wins. But that’s only half the battle, some of the time.

In the public perception of playoff baseball, the big things (i.e. offensive fireworks) often shrivel up, while the small things (i.e. baserunning, defense, and managing) get overexposed, especially with Alex Rodriguez and John Smoltz, noted lovers of small ball and the sacrifice bunt, involved with the national broadcast. Now, in 2020, the counternarrative has...

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Tom Krosnowski

Gio Urshela is among the elite at third base

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Offensively and defensively, Urshela has become a top-10 option at one of the league’s deepest positions.

By now, we all know that Gio Urshela has stunningly become a valuable player to the Yankees. Against all odds, the formerly all-glove, no-bat minor league third baseman now has the hit tool to match his terrific fielding.

In 2020, Urshela cemented himself as one of the Yankees’ best players. He finished third on the team in both...

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Could the New York Yankees consider signing Charlie Morton?

On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that the team wouldn’t be picking up Charlie Morton’s $15 million option, making him a free agent. With the New York Yankees having interest in signing starting pitchers, could the team consider picking up Morton for a short-term deal?

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The New York Yankees couldn’t afford to lose Zack Britton

Per the terms of the deal, the New York Yankees needed to pick up Zack Britton’s 2022 option in order to prevent him from opting out of the two remaining seasons in the contract, 2021 and 2022.

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Should the New York Yankees pursue Corey Kluber?

This week, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reported that the Texas Rangers weren’t planning on picking up Corey Kluber’s $18 million club option. The team hasn’t made the move official yet, but that would mean the Klubot would be entering the free agent market if true.

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John Griffin

This Day in Yankees History: President Bush throws a strike

The Yankees win Game Three of the World Series, and Joe Girardi signs on as manager.

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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Tyler Norton

Yankees decline J.A. Happ’s 2021 option

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The 38-year-old heads to free agency again

Earlier today, the Yankees announced that the team declined the 2021 option on left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ. The southpaw was slated to receive $17 million next season had the club exercised the option, or if it vested had he made ten regular-season starts in 2020.

Happ, 38, started nine games for the Bombers this year, pitching to a 3.47 ERA (4.57 FIP) across 49.1 innings. He opened the season with a pair of...

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New York Yankees decline two player options with Brett Gardner, JA Happ, what now?

Following the conclusion of the World Series, the New York Yankees haven’t wasted any time in getting deals done and declining several player options.

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Yankees decline former All-Star Brett Gardner's option

The longest-tenured Yankee player, Gardner has been in the organization since they selected him in the third round of the 2005 draft.

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Yankees decline former All-Star J.A. Happ's option

To his credit, Happ was actually pretty productive in 2020. He pitched to a 3.47 ERA over those nine starts, albeit with some reasons to question his ability to continue to prevent runs at that level.

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Yankees decline Brett Gardner's $10 million option but open to bringing back outfielder

Gardner has spent his entire career with the Yankees but the 37-year-old struggled this season, hitting just .223 and only driving in 15 RBI. However, Gardner did have a bit of a return to form late in the season

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New York Yankees decline Brett Gardner’s 2021 option, making him a free agent

The New York Yankees are starting to make decisions about the 2021 season, after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series and officially ended the 2020 campaign.

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Tyler Norton

The Yankees’ five best pitching performances of 2020

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The Bombers had a few strong starts in 2020.

In what has become a recurring theme for the Yankees during the Baby Bomber era, they fell short in the postseason, with the key culprit a pitching staff stretched to its limits. Shorter outings by starters means overburdened relievers, which means season-ending dingers. On the year, New York’s starting staff pitched to a 4.24 ERA (4.19 FIP). Pretty meh all around, but the team did toss a few gems.

As part of the...

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Yankees Decline Brett Gardner’s Option

The Yankees have declined their $10MM club option on outfielder Brett Gardner, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). He’ll instead receive a $2.5MM buyout.

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New York Yankees News/Rumors: Is the “Martian” Jasson Dominguez too young to make his Major League debut?

The New York Yankees coming off another disappointing season, are spending the offseason looking for ways to improve the team. They have to deal with a multitude of players that have become free agents and some with options.

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Report: Brett Gardner's $10M Contract Option for 2021 Declined by Yankees

The New York Yankees declined the option in veteran outfielder Brett Gardner's contract for 2021 Friday, meaning he will become a free agent, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman ...

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Yankees news/rumors: Zack Britton’s option picked up, 4 Yankees nominated for All-MLB team

The New York Yankees got off to an exciting start this week, as four of their starting players have hit the free-agent market. However, it was relief pitcher Zack Britton that saw most of the attention following the end of the World Series.

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Ryan Pavich

Yankees Mailbag: Organization philosophy, Miguel Andújar and the Rule 5 Draft

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Check out the answers to this week’s mailbag.

Good morning everyone, let’s keep going with some more offseason mailbag questions. Remember to send in your questions for our weekly call by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Yankees456 asks: Are the Yankees serious enough to do what it takes to win the World Series, or will it be just another season to get in the playoffs and be satisfied with it?

For what it’s worth, I don’t think...

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Jake Devin

Friday’s open thread

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Your open thread on a Friday.

We’re three days clear of the World Series, and the offseason is truly setting in. Teams will soon be free to court free agents, though the league itself seems to be doing its darndest to build expectations for a quiet, player-hostile hot stove.

Today, we’ll bring you the answers to this week’s mailbag, Tyler will run down the best starting pitching outings of this Yankees season, and Tom looks at how Gio Urshela...

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Joshua Diemert

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/30/20

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Gary Sánchez’s future still cloudy; Yankees to approve Cohen bid; is it worth extending Britton?

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Enough has been written about Gary Sánchez’s awful 2020, and it’s time to look ahead to the catcher’s future. He’ll spend a part of the winter playing in the Dominican League, which will hopefully allow him the low-stakes arena he needs to rebuild what’s become a completely broken swing. After that,...

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