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Brock Hammond

The Yankees should add Jason Kipnis if it means getting Cleveland’s ace

Jason Kipnis isn’t an All-Star anymore, but he still has value

Earlier this week, Buster Olney tweeted that the Indians might be interested in attaching Jason Kipnis to any deal involving a starting pitcher as a way to get out from under his contract. Some metrics say Kipnis has been comfortably below average at the plate the last two seasons, but that doesn’t preclude him from being a contributor to this Yankee team. There’s absolutely no doubt both Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber make...

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Caitlin Rogers

Sunday afternoon open thread

Here’s your open thread for the day!

All the teams arrive in Las Vegas today for the Winter Meetings! If nothing else, we should at least be in store for some juicy Yankees rumors over the next few days. I’ll take whatever we can get. This is your open thread for the day. Feel free to chat football, baseball, or anything else on your mind.

Fun Questions What is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to? What team do you think Sonny Gray will end up on?

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Tyler Norton

Four Yankees questions before the 2018 Winter Meetings

What can we expect from the Yankees in Las Vegas?

The 2018 Winter Meetings are upon us. Teams will start to arrive in Las Vegas today, with the first full day of action scheduled for tomorrow. Expect a flurry of action to unfold this week, as this gathering marks the busiest occasion of the offseason. The Yankees figure to be in the mix of all the major developments. Here are four questions that should clear up in the coming days.

1. Are the Yankees in on Manny Machado or Bryce...

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Jake Devin

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Yusei Kikuchi

If the Yankees are willing to take a risk on a player from outside of MLB, Kikuchi profiles as an intriguing gamble.

The offseason has only just started in earnest, but the top of the pitching market is already being thinned out. After a long but ultimately fruitless dalliance with the best pitcher on the market, Patrick Corbin, and after watching Nathan Eovaldi return to the Red Sox, the Yankees have reportedly turned their gaze elsewhere for free agent pitching.

J.A. Happ is the most...

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Caitlin Rogers

Yankees Injury Update: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, and more

Checking in on the Yankees who are nursing injuries and/or recovering from surgeries.

It’s been two months since we last saw the Yankees playing baseball, and pitchers and catchers won’t report to spring training for another two months. Several key members of the team are recovering from Tommy John surgery, missed significant time in 2018 due to injuries, or underwent offseason surgery. Here’s a roundup of the latest injury updates.

Didi Gregorius

It was a huge surprise when the...

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Caitlin Rogers

Yankees news: Brian Cashman “keeping an eye on” Manny Machado market

Brian Cashman is “keeping an eye on” the Manny Machado market; Should George Steinbrenner be in the Hall of Fame?; Yankees release spring training schedule.

NY Daily News | Mark Fischer: The Manny Machado sweepstakes is starting to heat up, and Brian Cashman is said to be “keeping an eye on” the market. According to Ken Rosenthal, more teams are in the mix than just the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox. It’ll be interesting to see if anything happens on this front at the Winter...

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Jake Devin

Saturday night open thread

Come hang out with a weekend open thread.

We’re just counting down the days now until the MLB Winter Meetings, and the next deluge of offseason moves. It’s always an interesting spot on the baseball calendar, and with any luck, the Yankees will be highly active in the coming days. We will, of course, have you covered for all the hot stove action here at Pinstripe Alley.

Until then, enjoy a packed weekend of actual games involving other sports, with loaded slates for the NBA, NHL, and,...

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Matt Ferenchick

The Yankees free agency holiday gift guide

Here’s what you and the Yankees may be unwrapping this year.

We are now well into December, and holiday gift season is in full-swing. The vast majority of Everywhere you look, you’ll see commercials and ads for Christmas-themed gifts for sale this season.

We also happen to be right in the middle of free agency season in baseball. We’ve already seen Patrick Corbin and others go off the board, but many of the big names are still available. As you’re making your lists for what you...

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Ryan Chichester

It’s time for the Yankees to pounce on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper

The Nationals grabbed Patrick Corbin, and the Phillies made a move for Jean Segura. The path is clear for New York to grab one of the biggest stars on the market.

There has been a sense of division in terms of Yankee fan’s reactions to Patrick Corbin signing with the Nationals on Tuesday. Some saw the six-year, $140 million deal the lefty signed and breathed a sigh of relief that Brian Cashman refused to commit just one extra year for the 29-year-old. Others saw a wasted opportunity for...

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Matt Ferenchick

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Craig Kimbrel

Would it make sense for the Yankees to sign the active leader in saves?

In the past 13 years or so, the Yankees have signed multiple key, World Series-winning Red Sox when they’ve hit free agency. On one hand, there was the Johnny Damon signing. He gave the Yankees four solid seasons of lead-off hitting, culminating in the 2009 season, which ended in a championship.

The other side of the coin is Jacoby Ellsbury. After a good first season, he’s fallen off a cliff, mainly due to injuries....

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Kento Mizuno

Patrick Corbin might have been a necessary risk for the Yankees

Corbin has his flaws, but there aren’t any investments clearly better than him on this year’s market or the next.

The reaction to the Yankees passing on Patrick Corbin has been polarized, to say the least. One camp has expressed discontent about the Yankees not capitalizing on this chance to add top-flight talent to their rotation. The other camp has commended Brian Cashman for not matching the six-year, $141 million offer which brought Corbin to the Nationals, arguing that such a hefty...

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Joshua Diemert

NYY News: D-See You Later?

Bryce Harper not expected back in Washington; Cashman prepared for busy winter meetings; the case for J.A. Happ; Severino’s pitch tipping problems.

MLB.com|Jamal Collier: In a Friday radio interview, Nationals owner Mark Lerner revealed just how far his team was from keeping superstar Bryce Harper, saying: “I really don’t expect him to come back at this point, I think they’ve decided to move on.” With Juan Soto’s emergence and Victor Robles likely to play in 2019, the Nationals...

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Caitlin Rogers

Friday night open thread

It’s the weekend! Come chat with us.

It’s been a boring week for the Yankees, but the good news is that we’re only a few days away from the Winter Meetings now! Maybe we’ll see the Bombers at least get rid of Sonny Gray soon. As much as I want something to happen, I think the offseason drags more when the club is done making moves in December. Isn’t it better to have something to potentially look forward to?

Fun Questions What is the best sporting event you ever attended? What do...

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Tom Krosnowski

Could the Yankees make a deal with the Braves?

Both teams seem to match up perfectly with positions of need and trade bait.

The free agency hot stove is picking up, but it looks like the Yankees are content with playing it safe at the moment. However, Brian Cashman’s squad still has some major holes to fill, namely starting pitching, the bullpen and infield depth. It is likely that he will look to finesse the trade market to address some of these needs.

Meanwhile in Atlanta, all signs are pointing up. The Braves had a surprisingly...

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Matt Ferenchick

Hinkey Haines: The Yankees’ two-sport star

Deion Sanders may have played in a World Series and Super Bowl, but Haines won a title in both sports.

Kyler Murray is about the closest thing we have to a legitimate two-sport athlete today. The Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender was selected with the ninth pick in this year’s baseball draft by the Athletics. However, even with his success on the football field, he will report to Oakland in 2019 and presumably only play baseball from here on out.

Nearly 100 years ago, one...

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Kunj Shah

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: David Robertson

The last time they let him go, the Yankees brought Robertson back. Let’s avoid the middle-man this time.

In a couple days, it will be exactly four years to the day of when news broke that David Robertson signed a four-year deal with the White Sox. I’ve told this story before, but I was in India on vacation at the time and I was very angry. Robertson was one of my all-time favorite Yankees and just like that he was gone. The Yankees got a compensation pick for D-Rob and signed Andrew...

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Joshua Diemert

The Yankees’ bullpen needs a workhorse starter

“Five and fly” leads to a tired, less effective relief corps

I think we’re at a fairly interesting crossroads in baseball. On the one hand, you have the declining importance of the starting pitcher. Fewer and fewer pitchers are qualifying for the ERA title, with just 57 such pitchers in 2018. In 2017 that number was 58, and in 2015 there were 78 qualified pitchers. In just four years the number of “qualified” starters dropped 27%.

The number of true workhorse pitchers, the classic...

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Jake Devin

NYY News: Bombers miss out on Nasty Nate

Nathan Eovaldi takes his talents back to Boston; Where will the Yankees turn with another free agent pitcher off the board?; Carlos Carrasco signs extension, and raises trade value.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: In case you hadn’t heard, the Yankees missed out on another high-profile free agent. Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, coming off a star-turn for the Red Sox in the playoffs, re-signed with Boston for four years, $68 million. That’s certainly a nice pay-day for a pitcher with...

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Caitlin Rogers

Thursday night open thread

Here’s your open thread for the night!

The Yankees have done a whole lot of nothing this week, opting to sit back and watch the Nationals sign Patrick Corbin, and the Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt. The Red Sox also reached a deal with Nathan Eovaldi earlier, so the free agent starting pitching options are rapidly decreasing.

We may have to wait until the Winter Meetings next week before something interesting happens. Though, it’s possible J.A. Happ signs before then. In the...

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Tom Krosnowski

The Yankees can’t afford to lose David Robertson and Zach Britton

The Yankees’ bullpen would look mighty thin without the return of at least one of these two reliable arms.

News broke on Monday morning that the Boston Red Sox are heavily interested in free agent relievers David Robertson and Zach Britton. While it’s always alarming when the Red Sox have interest in ex-Yankees, it’s especially concerning that they want these two Yankees. The Bombers currently enjoy a position of strength over the Red Sox in terms of their bullpen; Boston swiping...

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