Player News - Yankees

Date: Team: Pos:

Gleyber Torres (elbow) has been a full participant in camp and will have no restrictions this spring.

The top prospect is coming back from Tommy John surgery, but is fully recovered and there shouldn't be any lingering issues. He's expected to begin the season as the club's starting second baseman.
Feb 17 - 1:30 PM

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday that he "definitely" sees Aaron Judge or Giancarlo batting second.

Judge ended last season as the team's No. 2 hitter and seems likely to open the upcoming campaign back in the same spot. Stanton will probably follow him in the No. 3 spot in the loaded Yankees lineup.
Feb 16 - 12:56 PM

Yankees infield prospect Thairo Estrada is recovering from a gunshot wound in his right hip that he suffered during a robbery attempt in his native Venezuela in late January.

Yikes. It was obviously a scary situation for Estrada, but manager Aaron Boone said the youngster is doing well "mentally and emotionally" and is expected to be ready for the start of the minor league seasons. Estrada, who turns 22 next week, will likely open the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Feb 16 - 12:40 PM

Aaron Judge said Wednesday in Yankees camp that his surgically-repaired left shoulder "feels good, feels right on schedule."

Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder in November, a relatively minor procedure that involved a loose-body removal and a cartilage cleanup. He may be held out of some early Grapefruit League games as a precaution, but there is no current danger of the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year missing the start of the 2018 regular season.
Feb 14 - 2:00 PM

Dellin Betances reported to Yankees' camp on Tuesday at 264 pounds.

Betances finished last season at 280 pounds, but he shed the weight after working with a nutritionist during the offseason. He's hoping that the change will make it easier for him to repeat his delivery. Betances posted a 2.87 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings last season, but he also walked 44 batters.
Feb 13 - 11:40 AM

Yankees signed OF Shane Robinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal comes with a salary of $950,000 if Robinson makes the Yankees' major league roster, though that will be an uphill battle given the talent all across the organization's outfield depth chart. Robinson, 33, is a career .226/.294/.297 hitter in parts of eight seasons (436 games) at the big league level.
Feb 8 - 12:46 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees have acquired Russell Wilson from the Rangers for future considerations.

Wilson was a fourth-round pick of the Rockies back in 2010 and briefly considered a career in baseball before declaring for the NFL Draft in 2012. He has since been named to four Pro Bowls. The Rangers selected the Seattle Seahawks quarterback in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in 2013, mostly as a PR move, and he is expected to make an appearance at the Yankees' Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Florida sometime in February or March. But there is really nothing else to this story.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 2:22 PM

Joe Girardi has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst.

Girardi guided the Yankees to the American League Championship Series last season, but his contract was not renewed and the club went on to hire Aaron Boone, who had been working as a broadcaster for ESPN. Girardi did not pursue another managerial gig this offseason, though he would likely be a top candidate if he wants to get back into the dugout for the 2019 campaign.
Feb 7 - 12:01 PM

Yankees prospect infielder Gleyber Torres (elbow) said Monday that he feels "100 percent."

Torres required season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow last June, but he's been working out at the Yankees' spring training complex for almost a month. He should be ready to go at the start of the season, though the Yankees could keep him in the minors for the first few weeks of the season. As of now, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade will likely handle second base duties to begin the year. It's just a matter of time, though.
Feb 5 - 1:26 PM

Yankees released RHP J.R. Graham.

The 28-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2016. He spent the 2017 season split between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he compiled a 4.55 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 32/12 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of work.
Feb 4 - 4:16 PM

Matt Holliday said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Friday that he has not yet received a contract offer from any teams this offseason.

Holliday batted .262/.366/.511 with 15 home runs in the first half last season but hit just .179/.225/.300 in the second half while battling through a virus. He wants to continue playing and could probably help a team at the very least in a part-time role, but Holliday is now 38 and it's conceivable he might be pushed into retirement given how slow-moving the market has been.
Feb 2 - 12:59 PM

Yankees signed RHP David Hale to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hale had a 4.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 81 2/3 innings (14 starts, one relief appearance) last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers. He'll function as minor league pitching depth for New York.
Jan 31 - 3:38 PM

Yankees signed INF Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a good landing spot for Espinosa, who will get an opportunity to compete for at-bats at second base. Realistically, though, we can't expect much here after the 30-year-old put up an embarrassing .173/.245/.278 batting line in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays last season.
Jan 29 - 6:27 PM

Yankees signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

LeBlanc will earn $1 million if he makes the major league roster. His contract includes an out-clause at the end of spring training. The southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings with the Pirates in 2017.
Jan 16 - 3:52 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV in New York that it is "more likely" that prospect infielder Gleyber Torres will need some additional time in the minors.

Cashman insists that service time isn't a factor with the situation. Torres was close to a promotion to the majors before undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, so he's obviously not far off if healthy. He'll try to push for the starting second base job in spring training, but the Yankees could go with Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade as stopgap options if they believe he needs more time.
Jan 15 - 11:35 AM


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