Team Related News

Saturday's game between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

The two sides will attempt to play a split doubleheader on Sunday, but given the rain that's in the forecast for Sunday that seems optimistic. Saturday's scheduled starters, Francisco Liriano and Luis Cessa, will presumably be pushed back to one of the games on Sunday.
Apr 14 - 11:08 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees have signed infielder Neil Walker, pending a physical.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it's a one-year deal believed to be worth around $5 million. What a bargain. It was thought that Walker would have to find a deal elsewhere after the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks, but apparently the two sides found common ground. It will be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out, especially with top prospect Gleyber Torres not far off from the majors. However, Walker should be a useful fantasy option as long as the at-bats are there. He also offers insurance for first base and third base. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games last season between the Mets and Brewers.
Mar 12 - 11:27 AM

The Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The Yankees and Marlins have also been in the running for the 21-year-old Martinez, who will be free to sign with a team on March 6. It's possible Martinez could see major league time this year, but the smart money says he's going to need a full year in the minors before he'll be ready to compete for a job.
Feb 22 - 5:02 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Brandon Drury is headed to the Yankees, who are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Tampa Bay will also get left-hander Anthony Banda from the D'Backs and two players to be named later -- both from Arizona's minor league system. The three-team swap has yet to be confirmed by any of the clubs involved, but those announcements should be coming shortly.
Feb 20 - 6:35 PM

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez will be free to sign with a Major League Baseball team on March 6.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that this "doesn't necessarily mean Martinez will sign during the current signing period, since some teams have already exhausted their 2017-18 bonus pools." The 21-year-old could instead wait until July 2, when the 2018-19 signing period begins. Badler pegs the Marlins, Rangers, and Yankees as the early favorites for Martinez, who batted .333/.469/.498 in 264 plate appearances during his final season in Cuba, with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts, and 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Feb 20 - 5:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas have had "occasional contact" in recent days.

Nothing has been ruled out, but a match is still considered a "long shot," as the Yankees are concerned about the luxury-tax threshold and losing a draft pick. Moving Jacoby Ellsbury would create some wiggle room, though there's nothing to indicate anything is close there. Any deal with Moustakas would have to be a short-term one, as the Yankees have Miguel Andujar in the pipeline and could also make a run at Manny Machado next offseason. Moustakas would be in a great situation if he lands in the Bronx, but he could still hold out for a longer deal. Of course, his market has been so quiet that it's unclear how much leverage he has here.
Feb 13 - 2:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Brewers will be at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Add them to a list that includes (so far) the Giants and Padres. Lincecum last pitched in 2016 with the Angels, putting up an ugly 9.16 ERA over nine starts. He's reportedly gotten himself in better shape and is throwing harder in workouts this offseason.
Feb 12 - 11:21 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees "have monitored" Lance Lynn's market this offseason.

It's noteworthy but doesn't necessarily mean they'll be real players for Lynn, especially with Morosi noting that the Yanks only have about $15 million budgeted for spending between now and Opening Day. They might prefer to use that money on a third baseman. Lynn is reportedly drawing interest from 7-8 teams and could find a new home relatively quickly following the Yu Darvish signing.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 11 - 9:22 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier earlier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.
Feb 7 - 12:12 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees "like" Mike Moustakas and "did speak about him" last week.

However, Heyman throws cold water on the possibility of "Moose" winding up with the Yankees, noting that it's hard to see them fitting him onto their payroll while still leaving room for the addition of a pitcher and possible midseason trade. We can't rule anything out in this weird free agent market, though. Landing in the Bronx would be a best-case scenario for Moustakas' fantasy value.
Feb 5 - 4:54 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Yankees, Marlins and Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez.

The Yankees and Marlins both held private workouts for Martinez last week. The 21-year-old Martinez is still waiting to be cleared to sign by MLB. A center fielder with power and speed, he'll likely spend most of 2018 in the minors before perhaps getting a chance to win a starting job in 2019.
Jan 18 - 4:41 PM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees' interest in Yu Darvish is "very real."

Harper says general manager Brian Cashman thinks they'd be able to sign Darvish at a "reasonable" price due to the stalled free agent market, which is part of the reason they didn't offer a stronger package for Gerrit Cole. Harper writes that the Yankees "seem to think" that price could be in the five-year, $80-90 million range. That seems awfully low, especially since there are a good number of clubs still in on the right-hander. Darvish would put the Yanks over the luxury-tax threshold even if they get him at a bargain rate, and the team has been adamant they won't go there. It would likely require them trading Jacoby Ellsbury and/or another player or two.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged the Pirates on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

This report comes on the heels of a comment from Astros owner Jim Crane stating that the team expects to add a "high-end starter" before heading to spring training. Cole had been drawing heavy trade interest from the Yankees, but New York has not been able to match up with the Pirates on a deal that makes sense for both sides. Passan says Houston has floated outfielder Derek Fisher in a possible return package for Cole but adds that one of Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley -- the Astros' top two prospects -- would probably have to be included.
Jan 8 - 1:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees were in contact with the Orioles regarding Manny Machado again this week.

Heyman believes that the likelihood of Machado being traded anywhere "still seems less than great," as the Orioles haven't come close to jumping on any offer they've received so far. There is also a big hurdle to clear in dealing Machado to the Yankees, as Orioles owner Peter Angelos isn't keen on trading his team's best player to a division rival. However, the Yanks certainly have the prospects to get something done, and they also believe they'd have a good shot to sign Machado long-term. Machado is set to hit free agency after the 2018 season.
Jan 5 - 10:12 AM

Bob Klapisch, formerly of the Bergen Record, reports that the Yankees are currently "nowhere" on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

Klapish adds that the Yankees "were actually never close" to a deal with the Pirates and that the team's rotation "is set for now." There's been a lot of smoke with the Yankees and Cole, so it's hard to rule out something eventually happening, but whatever momentum there might have been certainly seems to have stalled at the very least. Cole is under team control through 2019.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Josh Harrison is drawing "considerable interest" on the trade market.

Biertempfel notes that the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Mets have all come forward to inquire about landing Harrison from the Pirates. The Yankees have also shown interest in Bucs ace Gerrit Cole, so it might make sense for the two come over together in the right deal. Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 last season with 16 homers and 12 steals. The versatile 30-year-old can play multiple positions and is controlled through 2020 at a reasonable rate.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:10:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a trade sending Gerrit Cole to the Yankees "is neither close nor imminent."

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and The Athletic reported earlier Friday that a deal was close, but Passan and multiple others are hearing that while the Yanks and Pirates remain engaged, it doesn't appear a trade will go down soon. It sounds like the Yankees will probably move on if the Pirates insist on top prospect Gleyber Torres being involved in the deal, but New York should have enough in their farm system to make something work without Torres. Passan says the two clubs are in "a staring contest."
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 12:18:00 PM


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