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Reports: Stanton Would Accept Trade to Yankees

With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes finally wrapped up (he signed with the Los Angeles Angels Friday), the focus now shifts back to the offseason’s other huge storyline: where will Giancarlo Stanton be traded?

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reported this week that the 2017 National League home run leader has included the New York Yankees in a list of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause to join. The Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are on the same list. Stanton had recently been linked in trade talks with the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, though both teams indicated Stanton would not waive his no-trade clause.

It’s unknown whether geography will play into Stanton’s eventual choice. From the teams he has chosen, it’s clear he wants to win. With the Miami Marlins slashing payroll at every corner, it’s only a matter of time until the 6’7″ outfielder finds himself on another ballclub.

Imagining Stanton in a lineup with Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez is a scary thought. Using 2017 numbers, that’s 153 home runs in the same lineup. It would take some maneuvering to find playing time for all the outfielders currently on the Yankees roster if Stanton were to come up north.

Acquiring Stanton would necessitate dumping the cumbersome contract of Jacoby Ellsbury, who is signed through 2020 and owed $63.4 million. Stanton, of course, is not cheap either. He is theoretically signed until his age-38 season (2028), with an opt-out following the 2020 season. He is still owed $285 million.

The Yankees would have to entice the Marlins to continue paying some of Stanton’s contract by including at least one prospect of decent value. After seeing that the Giants offered Joe Panik and three prospects not in MLB.com’s Top 100, the Yankees could easily make a better offer. That said, don’t expect to see Gleyber Torres headed to Miami in a trade for Stanton.


Yankees 6, Orioles 7: Deflating Walk-Off Loss

Dellin Betances served up a walk-off two-run home run to Manny Machado to cap off a wholly disappointing loss for the Yankees.

Joe Girardi left CC Sabathia in long enough for a 6-to-1 lead to disintegrate into a 6-to-5 nail-biter. Each Yankee reliever did their job up until the ninth inning. Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman each provided hitless relief. However, a walk to Tim Beckham and an ill-placed curveball to Machado proved to be fatal for Betances and the Yankees.

The Yankees scored all their runs in a six-run third inning. Didi Gregorius singled in two, Greg Bird reached on a sac fly-E8, Todd Frazier grounded out and Jacoby Ellsbury capped the scoring with a two-run single of his own. Unfortunately, the Yankee offense sputtered to a halt after that inning.

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Sep 5, 2017 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (74-64) 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 0
Baltimore (71-68) 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 7 9 1
W: Zach Britton (2-0) L: Dellin Betances (3-6)
New York Yankees
Brett Gardner – LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
Aaron Judge – RF 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .277
Starlin Castro – 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .315
Didi Gregorius – SS 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 .288
Matt Holliday – DH 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .229
Greg Bird – 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .149
Todd Frazier – 3B 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 .209
Jacoby Ellsbury – CF 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 .259
Austin Romine – C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .214
TEAM TOTALS 35 6 9 6 5 7 0
RBI: Gregorius 2 (66); Bird (13); Frazier, T (62); Ellsbury 2 (36)
SF: Bird
GIDP: Frazier, T
Baltimore Orioles
Tim Beckham – SS 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .289
Manny Machado – 3B 5 2 2 3 0 1 2 .273
Jonathan Schoop – 2B 3 2 1 1 1 0 1 .306
Adam Jones – CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .279
Trey Mancini – LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .292
Mark Trumbo – DH 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .246
Chris Davis – 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .222
Wellington Castillo – C 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .299
Joey Rickard – RF 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .248
Pedro Álvarez – PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
TEAM TOTALS 35 7 9 7 3 7 4
HR: Machado 2 (32); Schoop (31); Trumbo (22)
RBI: Mancini (73); Machado 3 (91); Schoop (102); Trumbo 2 (63)
E: Jones (3, fielding)
DP: Machado-Schoop-Davis
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia – LHP 5.1 8 5 5 1 3 3 3.91
Tommy Kahnle – RHP 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.82
David Robertson – RHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.24
Aroldis Chapman – LHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.02
Dellin Betances – RHP 0.2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2.73
TEAM TOTALS 8.2 9 7 7 3 7 4
WP: Sabathia
Pitches-Strikes: Sabathia: 94-59, Kahnle: 19-11, Robertson: 11-7, Chapman: 11-7, Betances: 20-10
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Hellickson – RHP 2.1 2 5 3 4 1 0 5.26
Richard Bleier – LHP 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.99
Jimmy Yacabonis – RHP 1.2 3 0 0 1 0 0 3.97
Ubaldo Jiménez – RHP 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.80
Darren O’Day – RHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.76
Brad Brach – RHP 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.73
Zach Britton – LHP 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.78
TEAM TOTALS 9.0 9 6 3 5 7 0
WP: Bleier
Pitches-Strikes: Hellickson: 64-31, Bleier: 19-14, Yacabonis: 31-18, Jiménez: 13-8, O’Day: 15-10, Brach: 15-9, Britton: 16-13

Yankees Call Up Five Players as Rosters Expand

September 1 has arrived, and the Yankees have made widely expected roster moves to take advantage of expanded rosters.

With suspensions to Gary Sánchez and Austin Romine looming, the Yankees selected the contract of Erik Kratz from Triple-A. The Yankees traded for him from the Cleveland organization Thursday as depth. The 37-year-old veteran was slashing .270/.359/.472 with 13 home runs for Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate. In 225 MLB games, he carries a .200/.248/.362 line. Luis Cessa moves to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Kratz.

Matt Holliday returns from the disabled list now that rosters have expanded. The veteran went .229/.349/.257 combined on his rehab assignment at Class-A Advanced Tampa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It becomes hard to figure where he will get at-bats, given the return of Greg Bird and resurgence of Chase Headley.

The Yankees reinforce the bullpen by adding Ben Heller and Bryan Mitchell. Heller has been fantastic for Triple-A, with a 2.88 ERA and a 13.1 K/9 rate. Mitchell worked as a starter in Scranton, but has pitched mostly in long relief with the big league club. Jordan Montgomery also rejoins the Yankees.

Notable names to stay in the minors are Miguel Andújar, Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade. Both Austin and Wade were optioned to Scranton less than 10 days ago, and cannot come back unless there is an injury. There is no word on whether they will be promoted once 10 days have passed. Andújar, who has been on an offensive tear (currently on a 15-game hitting streak, .333/.379/.531 at Triple-A) remains in the Minors presumably to get full-time at-bats, continue working on his third base defense and help the RailRiders win a championship.

Game 82: Look Who’s Back

Pitchers CC Sabathia and Adam Warren rejoin the team from the disabled list for this Independence Day matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Sabathia returns to go for his eighth win of the season. He hasn’t pitched since June 13, when he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. Prior to that outing, he had won five consecutive starts with a 1.11 ERA in that span. Sabathia has started twice against Toronto this season, and the Yankees have won both times.

Veteran lefty J.A. Happ gets the ball for the Blue Jays. This will be his 10th start of the season as he missed more than a month with left elbow inflammation. In his career, he carries a 6-2 record and 3.78 ERA against the Yankees.

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With the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby looming, Aaron Judge gets another day at designated hitter. Clint Frazier patrols right field in his place. Gary Sánchez remains in the lineup behind the plate, even in the day game after a night game. Ronald Torreyes gets yet another start at second base.

Starlin Castro was seen taking ground balls prior to the game. Joe Girardi also said he was getting cage work. He hopes to be back to attend the All-Star Game in Miami. That’s about the only good injury news the Yankees have gotten.

Greg Bird may need exploratory surgery to figure out what is wrong with his ailing ankle. Similarly, the Yankees still do not know what has been bothering Matt Holliday. What was first explained as food poisoning turned into a viral infection. The team is still waiting on a prognosis for Tyler Austin‘s hamstring strain.

To make room on the roster for Sabathia and Warren’s reinstatements, the Yankees optioned right-handed pitchers Bryan Mitchell and Domingo Germán to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Starting Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays
  1. José Bautista – RF
  2. Russell Martin – C
  3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales – DH
  6. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  7. Steve Pearce – LF
  8. Kevin Pillar – CF
  9. Darwin Barney – 2B
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Judge – DH
  3. Gary Sánchez – C
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  7. Chris Carter – 1B
  8. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  9. Clint Frazier – RF

Yankees Select Contracts of Dustin Fowler, Chris Carter

UPDATE (6:25 p.m. EDT): The Yankees announced that they have optioned Miguel Andújar back to AAA. He set a Yankee record going 3-for-4 with four RBI in his big league debut. Joe Girardi said they wanted him to continue playing third base every day.

UPDATE (5:55 p.m. EDT): Tyler Austin confirmed to reporters that he is headed to the disabled list. He said he has a “high grade strain” of the hamstring that has been bothering him. His next stop is Tampa, where he will see Dr. Daniel Murphy.

Ahead of the series finale against the White Sox, the Yankees selected the contracts of outfielder Dustin Fowler and first baseman Chris Carter (yes, that Chris Carter) from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

There are no reports regarding corresponding transactions to clear roster space for these players. The lineup card circulated to reporters listed 26 players. One of them was not Tyler Austin, so he is almost certainly headed to the disabled list.

Fowler is considered the most polished outfield prospect in the Yankee system. Carter barely spent 24 hours on the AAA roster, as he accepted his outright assignment just yesterday. The move comes as the Yankees are using backup catcher Austin Romine as the primary first baseman.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the team cleared one 40-man roster spot by designating outfielder Mason Williams for assignment. Williams appeared in five games for the Yankees this season. The Yankees could clear another space by transferring injured first baseman Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Reports: Yankees to Promote Dustin Fowler

One day after nine out of 12 Yankee runs were driven in by homegrown players, the Yankees will add another to the mix: outfielder Dustin Fowler.

Multiple sources are reporting the 22-year-old will join the team prior to Thursday’s series finale against the White Sox. There is no word on a counter transaction to clear space on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.

Of all the outfielders in the minor league system, Fowler is thought to be the most MLB-ready. He is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and is slashing .293/.329/.542 through 70 minor league games.

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Fowler has received Spring Training invites each of the past three seasons. He excelled in a 15-game sample in 2016, where he slashed .318/.348/.455. 2017 brought a bit of regression, with a .231/.304/.359 line in 24 games. But, he clearly put it together once Spring Training ended.

This promotion shows the Yankees are committed to giving their young talent opportunities at the big league level. No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade got his first hit last night, and No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar collected three hits and four RBI in his debut.

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Speculation on the move to clear roster space is the fun part. Tyler Austin has been complaining of hamstring soreness for a couple days. The Yanks could place him on the 10-day disabled list to clear 25-man roster space. The 40-man is a more complicated beast. The Yankees would have to designate someone for assignment. But, more simply, they can transfer Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list and promote Fowler without losing anybody.

Yankees DFA Chris Carter, Promote Tyler Austin

After a thrilling 2 to 1 walkoff win over the Texas Rangers, the Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment. The team will promote first baseman Tyler Austin to take his place.

Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Rangers, and the Yankees had enough of their experiment with the National League’s home run leader in 2016. Carter struck out way too many times to be a sustainable first base replacement for Greg Bird.

Austin found himself designated for assignment after the 2015 season. Nobody claimed him off of waivers, and he accepted his outright assignment to the AA Trenton Thunder. He found himself promoted to AAA midseason, and made his major league debut August 13 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back home runs in their first Major League at-bats.

Austin was a contestant for the first base job prior to suffering a fracture of the navicular area of his left foot on February 17, 2017. He missed all of Spring Training, and opened the season on the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees activated him June 5, but instantly sent him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He proved his worth in the minors, slashing .316/.388/.588 in 32 minor league games between Trenton and Scranton. Austin went 10-for-34 (.294)  with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last 10 games.

Carter, on the other hand, was close to useless. He struck out too often, and did not provide the power he displayed in his 41-homer season for the Brewers. His defense at first base left much to be desired, and often put the Yankees in bad situations. The Yankees only signed him after Austin went down, and only had to commit $3.5 million.

Per roster rules, the Yankees have 10 days to trade, release or outright Carter to the minor leagues. Since Carter has more than three years of MLB service time, “he is eligible to reject the outright assignment and instead opt for free agency,” per MLB.com.

Game 68: Let’s Try This Again

The Yankees try to put their road trip from hell behind them as the Los Angeles Angels come to the Bronx to open a three-game series.

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The Bombers dealt with a lack of quality pitching and timely hitting during their seven game swing to Anaheim and Oakland. In fact, they’ve lost their last six games. Tasked with ending that is righty Michael Pineda. He received a no-decision June 14 in Anaheim, but allowed five runs on 10 hits through six innings of work. Prior to that outing, he had won four out of his five last starts. Pineda is 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA at Yankee Stadium, and hope that trend continues tonight.

The Angels will send a familiar face to the mound in Parker Bridwell. Bridwell relieved Matt Shoemaker June 14, and allowed just one unearned run through 3⅔ innings. The Yankees did manage seven hits off of him. Tonight marks his second career start, after getting the win May 30 against the Atlanta Braves.

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The Yankees are happy to see their lineup return to full strength, as Aaron Hicks returns to the No. 2 spot. Hicks had missed three consecutive games with an Achilles injury. It is currently unclear if the Yankees will maneuver their roster prior to first pitch. Mason Williams started the final three games of the Oakland series in center field, but may be considered superfluous at this point.

The Yankees have gotten promising news on injured center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Multiple sources report that he will take batting practice at some point soon with AA Trenton. He has been out since May 24 with a sprained neck and concussion.

Top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured left elbow tomorrow. It will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, per Bryan Hoch.

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports that Greg Bird is seeing a doctor about his continuous leg/ankle problem that has kept him from performing up to his potential this season. He has been on the disabled list since May 2.

Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Angels
  1. Cameron Maybin – CF
  2. Kole Calhoun – RF
  3. Albert Pujols – DH
  4. Yunel Escobar – 3B
  5. Luis Valbuena – 1B
  6. Andrelton Simmons – SS
  7. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  8. Martín Maldonado – C
  9. Danny Espinosa – 2B
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Hicks – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – DH
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Gary Sánchez – C
  7. Didi Gregorius – SS
  8. Chase Headley – 3B
  9. Chris Carter – 1B

Yankees Make Flurry of Roster Moves Ahead of Series Opener

As the Yankees prepare to open their series in Oakland, they have made a series of roster moves involving pitchers.

CC Sabathia has officially been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. After making his MLB debut last night, the team optioned righty Ronald Herrera back to AA Trenton. To fill those roster spots, the team recalled right-handed pitchers Luis Cessa and Domingo Germán from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Erik Boland of Newsday Sports has reported that Cessa will get the start in Oakland on either Saturday or Sunday. At this point, the team has announced Masahiro Tanaka for Saturday, and no one for Sunday. The team will definitely consider pushing Tanaka back to Sunday to pitch on extra rest, and putting the spot starter in on Saturday.

Germán made his MLB debut June 10 with 2⅔ innings of scoreless relief. Cessa made the Yankees opening day roster in 2016, and pitched to a 4.35 ERA with the big club last season. He has made one appearance for the MLB club in 2017, allowing two runs in 3⅓ innings of mop-up relief.

Unfortunate news for the Yankees as rehabbing first baseman Greg Bird was shut down by the Yankees indefinitely.

“He called [trainer] Steve Donohue this morning and said the leg isn’t feeling right and not functioning right,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, per Boland. “So we’re pulling the plug and he’ll see Dr. Ahmad [on Friday].”

Cashman said that Bird fouled a ball off of his knee “in the last 10 days,” which may have served as a setback in his recovery from a bone bruise in his right ankle.

The Yankees are hoping to avoid the Mark Teixeira scenario with regards to Bird’s bone bruise. In 2015, when Bird burst onto the scene, Teixeira suffered a bone bruise that eventually was revealed to be a fracture after a third MRI.

Orioles 3, Yankees 16: Yanks Hit 5 Homers in Rout

The Yankee offense was downright unstoppable as they pounded 18 hits en route to a 16-3 victory over the Orioles.

Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Matt Holliday, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez each connected on big flies. The Bombers scored at least two runs in every inning except for the third, sixth and seventh. Judge, Holliday and Sánchez each collected three hits. Every Yankee who was in the starting lineup recorded a hit once Chase Headley doubled off of Mike Wright in the eighth inning.

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It’s definitely worth noting that Judge broke a Statcast record with his first inning home run. His solo shot off of Orioles starter Chris Tillman was measured at an exit velocity of 121.1 mph as it traveled a projected 382 feet, making it the hardest hit home run in the Statcast era. The hit by Judge was also the hardest hit since Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit one 120.3 mph in 2015.

Luis Severino continued to pitch like an ace in the making. Over seven innings and 89 pitches, the righty allowed just two hits and one earned run. He was perfect through his first four innings before allowing a walk and a single. In total, he struck out eight Orioles and walked two. The Orioles managed just for hits total, and scored one run off of each Yankee pitcher (Giovanny Gallegos and Tommy Layne relieved Severino).

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Things got interesting defensively as the Yankee blowout continued. In order to give Judge a partial evening off, Joe Girardi had to get quite creative with his defensive alignment. Sánchez moved to first base for the first time since 2013 when he played there for Class-A Advanced Tampa. Carter then moved to right field, where he had only logged 17 innings as a member of the Houston Astros. Everything went smoothly, and more importantly, no one got hurt.

In his column, Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch gave injury updates on three rehabbing Yankees:

  • Aroldis Chapman (left rotator cuff inflammation) threw 18 pitches in a simulated game in Tampa earlier today. The Yankees said he will make two rehab appearances (one for Tampa and one for Trenton) before rejoining the team next weekend in Oakland.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) is still not ready for baseball activities, but will go to the Yanks’ AA complex in Trenton to work out with the Thunder. Obviously, that means he is not making the west coast trip with the team. There is still no timetable on Ellsbury’s return.
  • Greg Bird (right ankle bruise) does not have a return date yet either. He went 6-for-17 in six games for the Tampa Yankees, and has one hit through two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.