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Yankees Trade Adam Warren to Mariners for International Bonus Cash

The Yankees have traded swingman reliver Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for $1.25 million in international signing bonus pool money.

Warren appeared in 24 games for the Yankees this season, and is a free agent at the end of the year. He posted a 2.70 ERA (3.30 FIP) and a career-high 11.1 K/9. In his Yankees career, he has a 3.18 ERA as both a starter and reliever (246 total appearances).

The Yankees traded Warren to the Chicago Cubs with a player to be named later after the 2015 season to acquire Starlin Castro. They ended up getting Warren back as part of the return in the Aroldis Chapman trade of 2016.

Royals 2, Yankees 7: Injury Concerns Cloud Series-Opening Win

THE BRONX – On a day where the Yankees consummated a trade for a high-profile starting pitcher and scored seven runs to win a game, the focus sits on injury concerns with Aaron Judge and Sonny Gray.

Judge started as the designated hitter today, but was drilled in the vicinity of his right wrist on a 2-2 pitch from Jakob Junis. He stayed in the game to run the bases, and also recorded an infield single in his second at-bat. However, Miguel Andújar came in to pinch-hit for him once the No. 2 spot in the order came up again.

In the fifth inning, Alex Gordon hit a hard ground ball up the middle that Gray slowed down with his pitching hand. The trainers came out to check on him, and after a few warm-up pitches, he stayed in the game to finish the fifth inning. His velocity was down a few ticks at this point, but he managed to get out of the inning with no runs allowed. Undoubtedly, Gray would have continued to pitch since he was removed with only 75 pitches but the Yankees figured it was not worth the risk since they were up by seven runs at that point.

The Yankees scored early and often, pushing across two in the first inning on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly and later a fielding error hit into by Gleyber Torres. The Yankees got four in the fourth, thanks to an RBI double by Austin Romine and a three-run (all unearned) home run by Didi Gregorius. Didi only got to hit because Andújar reached on a brutal error by Royals’ shortstop Adalberto Mondesí. Greg Bird hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for the Yankees’ seventh and final run.

The Royals scored their two runs once Gray was lifted for Adam Warren. Mike Moustakas hit his first pitch for a ground-rule double, and then two pitches later, Salvador Pérez took him deep to center for a two-run shot.

Things got hairy for Chasen Shreve in the ninth. He came on in relief of Zach Britton, who threw a 1-2-3 inning in his Yankees debut. Jorge Bonifacio singled, and then was replaced by Alex Gordon on a forceout. After striking out Brian Goodwin, Mondesí recorded a single that got Aroldis Chapman loose in the Yankees bullpen. Whit Merrifield followed with a single to center, but Gordon barreled through Mike Jirschele‘s stop sign at third base. Aaron Hicks fired to Romine at the plate and Gordon was out to end the game.

Yankees 6, Rays 7: Sevy’s Struggles, Sánchez’s Strolls Key in Series Opening Loss

Lack of focus and hustle kills the Yanks in St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Another loss that can be put into the “frustrating” column.

A ground ball that looked like a failed fielder’s choice that should have tied the game with the bases loaded resulted in the game’s final out. Gary Sánchez didn’t kick it into high-gear until too late, and a 4-6-3 groundout decided Monday’s contest.

“I think I could have done a better job there, for sure,” Sánchez said through an interpreter. “I hit the ball well. When the play developed and I saw the runner safe at second base, I tried to beat the play, but I couldn’t.”

The Yankees hung around all night, but never seemed able to find the breakthrough hit. Sánchez’s lack of hustle compounded poor decision-making that saw Didi Gregorius sacrifice bunt ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. He got the bunt down, but it put runners on second and third so the simple play was to give Stanton the intentional pass.

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“Just the lefty-lefty matchup there and knowing they’d walk [Stanton], but what’s the tradeoff?” Boone said of his thinking. “Do you like the bases loaded, one out with Hicks from the right side? We did, and we liked getting Alvarado off the mound in a fielding situation as well. We got the situation that we wanted. If Didi doesn’t get it done, they can go to the righty for Stanton.”

Aaron Hicks, who came into the night .067/.304/.133 (1 wRC+) with the bases loaded, grounded into a 5-2 force out at home plate because of the bases loaded situation created by Boone’s decision. The next batter, Sánchez, ripped one to the second baseman Daniel Robertson, who flipped to shortstop Willy Adames in an attempt to force Hicks at second base. Hicks beat Adames to the bag, and Sánchez only reached a full sprint once he saw this. So, like a double play ball, Adames fired to Jake Bauers at first base for the 27th out.

That wasn’t the only play that led fans and broadcasters alike to question Sánchez’s effort. In the first inning, Bauers scored on a passed ball… from second base. It looked like a cross-up: Luis Severino threw a slider and Sánchez expected a fastball. It clanked off some combination of the catcher’s glove and shin guard and rolled more than three-quarters of the way up the third-base line. Bauers never slowed down, and Sánchez’s jog after the ball saw the former round third hard and head for the plate. Gary realized what was happening too late, and his throw to Severino covering hit the runner in the back.

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In the dugout after this, Sánchez and Severino were seen jawing at each other over the root of the cross-up. Severino walked away after a few seconds of heated discussion.

“I asked [Sánchez], and he told me that he didn’t see the ball,” Severino said. “For me, it seemed like he didn’t see it.”

“We happened to cross up on the signs there, but like I said, I should have gotten that ball quicker there,” Sánchez said through Marlon Abreu.

Severino was not on his game at all. Bauers roped a hanging slider for a three-run home run off him in the fifth inning. Sánchez hit an RBI single to pull the Yankees within one in the sixth, but Robertson proceeded to hit Severino’s first pitch of the very next frame for a solo homer into the first row in right field. Jesús Sucre and Matt Duffy each added RBIs off of Chad Green, but the runs were charged to Severino. He finished allowing a season-high seven runs.

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Stanton had one of his best days at the plate so far in his young Yankees career, with four hits, one walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. The only other Yankee with multiple hits was Miguel Andújar, with two.

Adam Warren and A.J. Cole each threw a scoreless inning of relief. With Giovanny Gallegos in the bullpen, could we see Cole in some higher-leverage spots? Something to watch.

What’s Next

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) will take on another Rays opener in Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 3.71 ERA)

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1: Small Ball Wins It

Fans of the sacrifice bunt, rejoice!

With a doubleheader lurking in Baltimore, the last thing the Yankees wanted was an extended extra innings contest in Toronto.

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They managed to limit things to one extra frame in their final game north of the border, thanks to some well-timed small ball in the 10th inning. Jays manager John Gibbons went with setup-man Seung-hwan Oh for two innings in relief of his starter Ryan Borucki, so he switched to closer Tyler Clippard (yes, THAT Tyler Clippard) to pitch the 10th inning.

Clippard’s 2-2 pitch to leadoff hitter Greg Bird hit the Yankee first baseman to start the rally. Aaron Boone immediately subbed Bird out for the speedy Tyler Wade. Austin Romine executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Wade into scoring position. Two pitches later, Brett Gardner lined a single to left field that scored Wade just ahead of the throw from Teoscar Hernández. David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th to put another Yankees series victory on ice.

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Both starters performed quite well today, as Domingo Germán recovered from his last start against the Braves. He allowed just one run on a Kendrys Morales solo home run, and struck out five Blue Jays. Borucki showed his skills too, scattering seven hits and allowing just one earned run (Miguel Andújar RBI ground out) through seven innings of work.

Boone was able to squeeze two scoreless innings out of Adam Warren, and one out of Chad Green. Warren almost gave the game to the Blue Jays when Justin Smoak came within mere feet of giving the Blue Jays the lead with a third-deck home run. But, it was just foul and Smoak eventually grounded out to first base.

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Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each racked up two hits, while Didi Gregorius, Bird and Romine each picked up one.

What’s Next

Two games in Baltimore!  Today’s game going into extra innings was the precise reason the team made a huge fuss about it being originally scheduled for Sunday Night Baseball.

Things get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET tomorrow at Oriole Park, with CC Sabathia (6-3, 3.02 ERA) going up against a yet-to-be-named Baltimore Orioles pitcher. I believe Game 2 is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1, and will feature Luis Cessa (0-1, 5.00 ERA) against former Yankees farmhand Yefry Ramírez (0-2, 2.51 ERA).

The Orioles (24-65) enter into this series 36.5 games out of first place in the American League East and on a six-game losing streak.

Yankees Acquire A.J. Cole; DFA David Hale

The Cole train makes a stop at the 161st Street–Yankee Stadium station.

Needing bullpen reinforcements, the Yankees hooked up with the Washington Nationals on a simple trade after Monday’s 14-to-1 drubbing of the Minnesota Twins. The Bombers acquired right-hander A.J. Cole from the Nats in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees plan to activate Cole for Tuesday’s matchup with the Twins. To clear 25- and 40-man roster space, the team designated fellow righty David Hale for assignment. Hale pitched two scoreless innings of mop-up duty Monday.

Cole had been designated for assignment by the Nationals April 20, so the Yankees likely claimed him off waivers and then arranged the trade with Washington. The 26-year-old has made four appearances (two starts) in 2018, with a not-so-great 13.06 ERA (10.51 FIP) and a 1.298 OPS against him. He was ranked as the Nationals’ No. 10 prospect prior to the 2016 season, per MLB Pipeline.

With injuries to Luis Cessa, Giovanny Gallegos, Ben HellerTommy Kahnle and Adam Warren, the Yankees found themselves down to just Jonathan Loáisiga (who hasn’t pitched above High-A ball) on the 40-man roster. Cole likely will slide into a role in the front-end of the Yankee bullpen, and could be a spot-starter should the Yankees need one.

Cole is still a pre-arbitration player, so he will make $555,300 for this season when on the MLB roster. He will make less than that if he ever goes to the minor leagues. He is out of minor league options, so the Yankees would have to designate him for assignment and hope to outright him off the 40-man to demote him.

Hale finds himself in DFA-limbo now. The Yankees have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minors (if he clears waivers). By my research, he has never been outrighted before and also does not have the service time to decline an outright assignment. Therefore, my prediction is that Hale finds himself back with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sooner rather than later.

Mets 3, Yankees 10: Stanton Smashes Yanks to Blowout Win

Giancarlo Stanton smacked his first Yankees home run off Matt Harvey, and the other Yankee bats combined to score 10 runs in a rousing win over their crosstown rivals.

The Stanton homer came in the fifth inning, where the Yankees already had a 3-to-1 advantage. Aaron Judge walked prior to Stanton’s at-bat. The home run resulted in the removal of Harvey from the game after 4⅔ innings.

Brandon Drury and Kyle Holder each knocked in two runs as well, with other RBIs coming from Tyler Austin, Abiatal Avelino and Shane Robinson. Estevan Florial almost had one, but the play was ruled a fielding error by right fielder L.J. Mazzilli.

Luis Cessa was on the ropes fairly quickly in this game, getting the hook after 1⅓ innings with the bases loaded. David Robertson made his spring debut in the second, and promptly Houdini’d out of the inning without allowing a run.

There was a funny moment in the fifth inning where no one came out to pitch for the Yankees. Described as “some issues” by Aaron Boone in his YES Network mid-inning interview, Dellin Betances had gone into the clubhouse to shower and get changed because he was only supposed to throw one inning. Adam Warren, the next scheduled pitcher, apparently never got the memo to warm up. So, Betances put his uniform back on and faced one more batter. Luis Guillorme singled, then Warren came in to relieve Betances.


  • Tyler Wade dove for a ball hit by José Reyes, and rolled his wrist trying to make a play. It looked really bad at first glance, and Wade was in a lot of pain. He was replaced by Kyle Holder, and I was truly holding my breath because Wade has really impressed me this spring. But, reports from the clubhouse indicated that he needed “ice but no tests,” and that he would return to action Monday. It is unclear if he was already scheduled to sit out Sunday.
  • Aaron Judge got his first multi-hit game of the spring today. His timing looks to be back, and that’s a great sign for a player coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. Boone mentioned during his interview that Judge was also getting reps in left field with Stanton on the back fields while the team was away playing road games. We’ve yet to see Judge out there in an exhibition game, but something tells me we won’t have to wait long for that to happen.
  • Both Chad Green and Adam Warren threw for more than one inning today, which should surprise absolutely no one. These two are the main multi-inning relievers for the Yanks, and they will probably get stretched out to throw up to three innings before Opening Day gets here.

Tomorrow’s Game:

Masahiro Tanaka looks to rebound from his poor spring debut in a matchup against Jacob Turner and the Miami Marlins. The Yankees will make the long trek to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for that game. No word on who’s going, however.

Game 15: Subway Series Meets Tebow Time

More Stanton in left!

The second Subway Series preview comes to Tampa today, as Matt Harvey and Luis Cessa square off on a beautiful Florida afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Cessa makes his third start of the spring, and will try to keep up with Domingo Germán in the competition to be the team’s sixth starter. So far in camp, Cessa has allowed five runs (four earned) through four innings of work. He missed his March 2 start due to a stiff neck, and Germán stepped into that role.

Giancarlo Stanton gets his third start of the spring in left field, with Aaron Judge playing on the other side of Brett Gardner in right and center field, respectively. Tyler Austin starts at first base today, with Greg Bird not listed on the lineup card as an available player. Tyler Wade looks to continue his strong audition for the second base job as he bats ninth and mans the keystone.

We’re likely to see some star-studded relievers today, with LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP David Robertson, RHP Dellin Betances and RHP Adam Warren listed on today’s game notes.

Injury Notes:

  • Clint Frazier spoke to the media this morning regarding his concussion. Marc Carig of The Athletic reported the outfielder has needed to be driven to camp beacuse of “scary” moments driving. “There’s a lot of positives that have come, but I’m not over the hump … I want all positives. I want no negatives,” Frazier said per ESPN’s Coley Harvey.
  • Frazier ran, hit and threw today with Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury has been out with oblique tightness, and has not appeared in a game since March 1.


Mets Lineup:

  1. Amed Rosario – SS
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Brandon Nimmo – RF
  4. Phillip Evans – 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  6. José Reyes – 2B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Tim Tebow – DH
  9. Zach Borenstein – LF

    Matt Harvey – RHP

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