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Yankees Rumors: NY 'Expected to Engage' with Gerrit Cole in Free Agency

The New York Yankees are expected to "expected to engage" with Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole in free agency this offseason, according to Andy Martino of SNY.tv...

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Will Sirbono

The three biggest surprises of the Yankees’ 2019 season

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The “next men up” shocked the Yankees—and all of baseball—in 2019.

The 2019 Yankees broke the MLB record for most players to spend time on the injured list with 30. Considering baseball is played with a 25-man roster, having 30 players on the IL at some point means that depth will get tested to the limits.

It’s almost inconceivable to achieve 103 wins with that many players injured throughout the year. In April, the Yankees’ IL could...

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Joe LoGrippo

A guide to the World Series for Yankees fans

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Who should the Yankees fans root for in the World Series?

The World Series is officially upon us, and unfortunately for the Yankees, so is their offseason. With the Astros and Nationals going toe-to-toe with each other on the biggest stage, who should Yankees fans cheer on?

Washington Nationals

Many, many Yankees fans will root for the Nationals. As long as they can beat the Astros, that’s all people will care about. But for other reasons than the rivalry...

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Aaron Esposito

Yankees 2019 season review: The five longest home runs

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The Yankees hit a lot of home runs in 2019, but these five stood out from the rest.

What do you get when you take a Yankees team that hit 267 home runs in 2018 and juice the baseballs? You get 306 home runs, trailing only the Minnesota Twins, who blasted an MLB-record 307 regular season home runs. Even with Giancarlo Stanton absent for most of the season, the Yankees still featured some of MLB’s most dangerous long ball threats. These are the five...

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Tom Krosnowski

No, the Yankees shouldn’t move on from Gary Sanchez

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For all his inconsistencies, you’d be hard-pressed to find many catchers better than Sanchez.

A .129/.250/.226 postseason triple-slash and the most strikeouts (12) in Yankees ALCS history, these are the unfortunate final impressions of Gary Sanchez’s 2019 season. To call his playoff performance anything other than a disappointment would be flat-out wrong.

These numbers, however, do not define Sanchez’s Yankees tenure, nor his future. While trade buzz...

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Tyler Norton

Why J.A. Happ was the Yankees’ least valuable player in 2019

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Happ’s first full year in the Bronx didn’t go according to plan.

The Yankees got more than they bargained for when they acquired J.A. Happ in July 2018. The front office brought in the southpaw to stabilize the rotation, and he repaid them by delivering an ace-like performance down the stretch. Happ made nine regular-season starts for the Yankees in 2018, pitching to a 157 ERA+ in the process. That success made the club comfortable with handing Happ a...

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Tyler Norton

World Series Game Two open thread

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Here’s your open thread for Wednesday

The World Series is underway, with Game Two taking place tonight at 8:07 PM ET on Fox. You can talk about last night’s game, tonight’s key matchup, or whatever else in today’s open thread. Enjoy!

Fun Questions

Did you watch the World Series last night? What was your favorite Halloween candy as a kid?

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John Griffin

NYY news: Deivi Garcia in Opening Day rotation? Maybe!

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Cashman has high praise for Deivi Garcia; David Hale elects free agency; Phillies raid Yankees front office

New York Post | Mollie Walker: Following an incredible 2019 season, Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia will be added to the 40-man roster this winter. Doing so will protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Could he be more than just a member of the Scranton shuttle in 2020? Brian Cashman seems to think so, calling Garcia’s performance “amazing” and...

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Caitlin Rogers

Sporcle quiz: Name the entire 2019 New York Yankees roster

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I bet you can’t remember all 54 players who suited up for the Bombers this year.

I’m still bummed that the Yankees won’t be playing in the World Series that kicks off later tonight. As is our tradition, we’ve put together a Sporcle quiz with all of the players who donned pinstripes in 2019. Considering the Bombers’ absurd number of injuries, it’s not surprising that they relied on 54 different players to make it through the...

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Matt Ferenchick

The most memorable moments from the Yankees’ 2019 playoff run

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It may be over, but we got some fun memories along the way from this year’s postseason.

The Yankees’ 2019 postseason run did not go as long as we would have liked. They will not take the field when the World Series kicks off tonight after a brutal loss in the ALCS. After a 103-win regular season, it’s hard to come away feeling great about the playoff run, at least right now.

However, the Yankees’ nine games in the playoffs did provide us with some...

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Andrés Chávez

DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ MVP

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The offseason acquisition was an offensive force with a contact-oriented approach and some added power.

Determining the Most Valuable Player on the Yankees’ roster may not be an easy task, given the fantastic season that Gleyber Torres had and the impressive numbers that Aaron Judge put up despite missing many games.

On the pitching side, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka each surpassed 3.0 fWAR and Domingo German started the season on fire. However, nobody...

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Veteran right-hander David Hale elects free agency

Veteran right-hander David Hale has elected free agency, according to the International League transactions page. The Yankees outrighted Hale on Oct. 19. He had been projected to earn $900K in arbitration. This may conclude Hale’s time with the Yankees, but it’s worth noting they’ve brought him back in the past after cutting him loose. The club designated Hale for assignment on three separate occasions during the 2018 campaign, though the well-traveled 32-year-old stuck around and...

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Ryan Chichester

The Yankees lost the ALCS. Where do they go from here?

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What’s next for the Bombers as they head home for the winter?

The Yankees’ season ended in one of the more brutal ways imaginable, and they were unable to exact revenge on the Astros after coming oh-so-close in 2017. This year provided more of the same. The Bombers were an incredibly good baseball team, came very close to forcing a decisive game seven, but instead, the season ends without a World Series appearance for the 10th year in a row.

So, now...

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Caitlin Rogers

World Series Game One/Tuesday open thread

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Here’s your open thread for the day!

The World Series starts tonight at 8:08 on FOX. I don’t plan to watch it, but I might tune in if the Nationals find a way to steam roll the Astros. Go ahead and use this as your open thread for the day, and your World Series game thread for tonight! Feel free to open the discussion up to non-baseball related thoughts.

Fun Questions What will you do with your free time once baseball season is over? Who is your...

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Joe LoGrippo

NYY News: Bombers could target Stephen Strasburg

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Stephen Strasburg could be at the top of the Yankees’ offseason plans; CC Sabathia leaves with a heartfelt goodbye; Aaron Judge calls the 2019 season a failure; Edwin Encarnacion says his postseason play will hurt for awhile

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: The Yankees are assumed to be in the market for a starting pitcher once the offseason officially begins. Gerrit Cole is most likely at the top of their list, but Stephen Strasburg could also be a great second...

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Tyler Norton

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Send in your questions for our first Yankees mailbag of the offseason

The offseason arrived a bit too early for the Yankees, and that’s a darn shame. I hoped they had a little more magic left in them. Through the highs and lows, they were as fun a team you could imagine covering on a day in, day out basis. Nothing but love for those guys.

We’ll have plenty of time to systematically comb through the season, but for now, let’s take some questions and answers. You may want to ask about...

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John Griffin

Mythbusting the Yankees and the ALCS

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of the narratives out there are just...wrong

Ever since the heart of every Yankees fan was broken late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, fans and analysts alike have been debating why the Yankees lost the series and what they could have done differently. It’s important, however, when having these discussions, to be accurate, and at the moment, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Because of this, I have compiled the four biggest myths that...

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CC Sabathia announces retirement after 19 seasons

CC Sabathia announced his retirement this morning on Twitter. Obviously, this comes as no surprise, as the entire season served as Sabathia’s retirement tour. Sabathia first appeared in the majors as a 20-year-old rookie way back in 2001 for the Cleveland Indians. In a career spanning 19 seasons, Sabathia finished with 251 wins across 560 starts, compiling a 3.74 ERA/3.78 FIP, 3,577 1/3 innings, 3,093 strikeouts, summed to 63.0 bWAR/66.5 fWAR. It was certainly an impressive career for...

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Freeni Aragones

Three lessons the Yankees can learn from the ALCS

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Most importantly, pitching needs to be addressed.

After a Game Six loss to the Astros, we’re left with countless moments fans will remember as reasons the Yankees lost. They can go as far back as the Yankees’ refusal to give up elite prospect talent to acquire Gerrit Cole before the 2018 season, or the failure to acquire anything at the 2019 trade deadline.

More specifically, one can point to the endless missed opportunities across the ALCS. Outside of...

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Caitlin Rogers

Yankees 2019 Season Approval Poll: GM Brian Cashman

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Did the GM put the Yankees in the best position to win it all?

As disappointing as it might be, the Yankees’ season officially came to an end Saturday night. The Houston Astros proved unbeatable once again. Now that the Bombers have wrapped up for the year, it’s time for one final Brian Cashman approval poll of 2019. After beginning the year on a high note, some Yankees fans turned on him after the team failed to do anything at the trade deadline. His...

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