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MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Athletics have been in talks with the Yankees about re-acquiring Sonny Gray.

Morosi says "there is no present momentum in talks" between the two clubs. Andy Martino of SNY.tv reported earlier Friday that the Yankees were weighing several offers for Gray and were likely to trade him soon. The Reds are another team known to be in on the right-hander, but many others are, as well.
Nov 16 - 3:37 PM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Yankees "have multiple offers on the table" for Sonny Gray and appear close to trading the right-hander.

General manager Brian Cashman said last month that he expected to trade Gray and he noted at last week's GM Meetings that "a lot of teams" were interested in the hurler. The Yanks are weighing the offers for Gray and it sounds like they could pick one soon. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA in 2018 but would be a solid bounce-back candidate in a better environment. The Reds and A's are known to be in on Gray, but Martino says there are "approximately 11" teams interested.
Source: SNY TV
Nov 16 - 1:49 PM

Quintin Berry announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.

Berry took to Twitter, proclaiming the end of his playing career and the beginning of his coaching career, and announcing that he had taken a new job as the outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Brewers. The 33-year-old saw just 345 plate appearances in his big league career, slashing .262/.333/.364 with three homers, 33 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Nov 9 - 10:52 PM

Yankees re-signed INF Gio Urshela to a minor league contract.

Urshela played in the majors briefly in 2018 with the Blue Jays and at the Triple-A level in three different organizations. The former Indians prospect is merely a depth piece for the Yanks.
Nov 9 - 9:44 AM

Gary Sanchez underwent left shoulder debridement surgery on Thursday.

The procedure was performed by Yankees Head Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, and the surgery went as expected; another way of saying it was successful. It's considered a "cleanup" since the shoulder has been bothering him since 2017, and he reportedly experienced new discomfort in Tampa last week. He's expected out for three months, so assuming no setbacks, he should be ready to perform in spring training.
Nov 8 - 4:13 PM

Yankees signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lavarnway has made just 19 plate appearances at the MLB level since 2015, but he posted an impressive .288/.375/.485 batting line in 77 games this past season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. The 31-year-old will serve as organizational depth at catcher for the Yankees leading into the 2019 campaign.
Nov 8 - 12:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Twins are among the teams showing early interest in free agent starter J.A. Happ.

Happ has also been in contact with the Blue Jays and Yankees, the two teams he played for in 2018. The veteran left-hander should be able to find a three-year deal on the open market this winter, even at age 36. He posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 193/51 K/BB ratio over 177 2/3 innings this past season between Toronto and New York. That strikeout rate was a career high.
Nov 7 - 9:53 PM

Gary Sanchez will undergo a cleanup procedure on his left shoulder this offseason.

The shoulder has been a nagging issue for Sanchez since 2017 and he experienced renewed discomfort while working out in Tampa last week. The rehab timeline is about three months, so the 25-year-old power-hitting catcher should be ready for the start of spring training in February. He'll be looking to bounce back in a big way next season after batting just .186/.291/.406 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI over 89 games in 2018.
Nov 7 - 7:42 PM

Yankees re-signed LHP CC Sabathia to a one-year, $8 million contract.

It appears next season will be Sabathia's last in the majors, and it will happen back in pinstripes. 129 of his career 246 wins have come with the Yankees, and he went 9-7 with a fine 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this past season. He's long past his days as a workhorse, but he's been a well above average pitcher the last two years. As a fifth starter, which is what the Yankees hope he'll be, he's pretty great.
Nov 7 - 2:38 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are working toward a one-year, $8 million agreement with free agent starter CC Sabathia.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the deal has been agreed upon and is only pending a physical. Sherman writes that Sabathia "didn't want to look around" and "wanted to quickly work out something" that would keep him in pinstripes for at least one more season, though he did reportedly draw some interest from the Athletics and Astros. The veteran left-hander registered a 3.65 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 140/51 K/BB ratio over 153 innings (29 starts) with the Yankees in 2018. He'll be entering his 19th major league campaign.
Nov 6 - 6:30 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays and Yankees have both expressed interest in a reunion with free agent J.A. Happ.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman made his interest public Monday in an interview with the New York Post, adding that he had already spoken to Happ's agent. The veteran left-hander registered a sharp 3.65 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings (31 starts) this past season between Toronto and New York. He is 36 but should easily find a multi-year deal on the open market this winter.
Nov 6 - 3:57 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that the team is interested in re-signing J.A. Happ.

Cashman added that he has spoken to Happ's agent, John Courtright, but "whether it leads anywhere, I couldn’t tell you." Happ was excellent down the stretch for the Yankees with a 2.69 ERA and 63/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings covering 11 starts. Cashman has also said the club has interest in re-signing CC Sabathia. The Yanks have been projected as a possible landing spot for Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel, as well.
Nov 5 - 10:01 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Brett Gardner "has a chance to be" the team's full-time left fielder in 2019, but "no promises have been made."

The Yanks re-signed Gardner to a one-year, $7.5 million deal last week and he should be in line to serve as the regular left fielder at least against righties next season. Most of the team's attention the rest of the offseason figures to be focused on the rotation and infield.
Nov 5 - 6:54 PM

Miguel Andujar, Shohei Ohtani and Gleyber Torres were announced on Monday as finalists for the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Torres had a final rookie campaign, but this is going to come down to Andujar and Ohtani. Ohtani almost surely would've run away with the award had he not gotten injured, and the dual threat is probably still the favorite to capture it even factoring in the time he missed. The winner will be announced next Monday.
Nov 5 - 6:15 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that "a lot of teams" are interested in Sonny Gray.

Cashman basically came out and said last month that he planned to trade Gray this offseason and it sounds like he's already spoken to some clubs about the right-hander. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA for the Yanks in 2018, but his velocity was fine and he had the second-best strikeout rate of his career. It's not a surprise that teams would be interested in buying low on him.
Nov 5 - 4:29 PM


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