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Yankees reportedly have sights set on new backup catcher

The New York Yankees have their eye on a new backup catcher.The team has reached out to free agent catcher Tyler Flowers, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.Flowers has received interest from multiple teams and is reportedly deciding between the Yankees, Braves and Rays.If Flowers signs with the Yankees, he would serve as a backup to starter Brian McCann. The team already has an...
Via Fox Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Yankees Payroll: Pitchers

*Brian McCann, $15M vesting option if he totals 1,000 PAs from 2017-18, catches 90 games in 2018 and is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2018 season*Brendan Ryan, $1M player option*Alex Rodriguez, $6M bonus at 763 HR and 764 HR*Brett Gardner, $12.5M Team Option, $2M Buyout*Jacoby Ellsbury, $21M Team Option, $5M Buyout*C.C. Sabathia, $25M Vesting Option if he 1) does not...
Via BP Bronx
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Analysis: The Hotstove Has Been Lit

Going into the 2015 offseason, it was all but guaranteed that the Yankees would trade either John Ryan Murphy or Gary Sanchez. Along with Brian McCann and Austin Romine, the team had a surplus of catchers, and plenty of needs elsewhere. An explosive Arizona Fall League performance by Sanchez may have put him ahead of Murphy in the eyes of the Yankees organization, making Murphy the...
Via BP Bronx
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB GM Project: Washington Nationals 2015-16

Ok, so things did not exactly go as planned for the Nationals under my reign as General Manager. My idea was to trade Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, and my entire bullpen and sign key free agents. My only problem: nobody wanted anyone I had offered. I did make a few trades, and was able to obtain Ian Kinsler in order to fill a vacancy in the middle infield. I also received Brian...
Via Mets360.com
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the trade market for Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees have always had a great abundance of catchers over the years —  Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Joe Girardi, and who could forget, Jorge Posada. Truth be told, 2016 is no different. The Yankees currently have Brian McCann, who finished first in home runs among catchers in 2015, and John Ryan Murphy […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Yankees Payroll: Outfield

(Click here for part one of this series, breaking down the Yankees infield payroll) *Brian McCann, $15M vesting option if he totals 1,000 PAs from 2017-18, catches 90 games in 2018 and is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2018 season*Brendan Ryan, $1M player option*Alex Rodriguez, $6M bonus at 763 HR and 764 HR*Brett Gardner, $12.5M Team Option, $2M Buyout*Jacoby Ellsbury...
Via BP Bronx
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

On "the team of a thousand whiffs," the winner of the 2015 IT IS HIGH YANKEE WIND TURBINE OF THE YEAR is...

From the continuing IT IS HIGH awards banquet, hosted by Shia LeBeouf and the late Bea Arthur, (via holographic projection...)Ladies and gentlepersons, each of the nominees for 2015 Yankee Wind Turbine of the Year achieved greatness in the ceremonial gripping and swishing of his mighty bat. Together, these "swingers" contributed more than 600 strikeouts to the Yankee offense, nearly...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Brian McCann fulfilled Yankees’ expectations?

After the New York Yankees turned to a defense-first offering behind the plate for the 2013 season, they decided it was best to sign an offensive catcher who could still make a difference behind the dish. The Yanks inked Brian McCann, then a longtime backstop for the Atlanta Braves, to a five-year, $85 million contract before the 2014 season.Brian McCannPhoto Credit: Keith Allison...
Via Yankees Unscripted
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Yankees Payroll: Infield

*Brian McCann, $15M vesting option if he totals 1,000 PAs from 2017-18, catches 90 games in 2018 and is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2018 season*Brendan Ryan, $1M player option*Alex Rodriguez, $6M bonus at 763 HR and 764 HR*Brett Gardner, $12.5M Team Option, $2M Buyout*Jacoby Ellsbury, $21M Team Option, $5M Buyout*C.C. Sabathia, $25M Vesting Option if he 1) does not...
Via BP Bronx
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

As the winter parlor games begin, and as interest continues to fall, the Yankees are staring into a long, self-inflicted quagmire

Today, Joel Sherman offers his Yankee face-lift plans for 2016. (Empty the farm system for Sonny Gray!) So does Anthony McCarron, (though it's even more depressing.) Every Yankee web site in captivity is trotting out next year's makeover, and it's reminiscent of Mike Tyson's old line: Everybody's got a plan, until they get hit in the mouth.In this case, our sock to the jaw comes...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Astros Wound Up With a Bigger Zone

In a way, it felt like the Yankees were lifeless. Few fans expressed surprise when the team was ultimately shut out, given the way the offense had gone of late. The season is over, but it’s over by a narrower margin than it might seem. The Astros scored their first two runs with two swings, and the third scored on what could be best described as an accident. Neither team on Tuesday...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees didn’t get screwed by the strike zone

During last night’s Wild Card game live blog, there were a few readers (presumably Yankee fans) who were very upset with the strike zone being called by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. 10:42 Comment From Hank Cooper is a joke – that one was 4-6" off the plate! Comment From Cb Why is Sipp getting the benefit of the doubt on all these 3-ball count pitches on the edge? Comment...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees and Postseason Experience

When speaking of the Yankees, one word oft-used to describe the team is “age” and more specifically, “old age”. While the team isn’t so old now—the average age is 28, or about league average—some of the Yankees’ biggest names and contributors are seasoned veterans. Age can be a big negative in the postseason: older players often experience fatigue late in the season...
Via BP Bronx
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: 4 down for September

Not only did the New York Yankees lose ground in the hunt for the division title, but they also saw both their offense and pitching. They ranked in the bottom half of the league in those respective categories, which has to be a cause for concern for both the team and fans alike. The good news is that the Yanks clinched the wild card, guaranteeing themselves at least one chance to...
Via isportsweb.com
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Yankees Are Feuding

There’s a feud going on in the New York Yankees clubhouse…and it has nothing to do with the team’s current three-game losing streak against their rival Boston Red Sox. Oh, and it isn’t anywhere near the magnitude of the fight that played out between Washington Nationals All-Stars Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper the other day. Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann...
Via Hall of Very Good
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Greg Bird is creating a problem for the Yankee front office

Somewhere in the vast recesses of Brian Cashman's medulla oblongata, whenever Greg Bird whacks a HR - as he did last night to beat mighty Toronto - a voice must whisper, "Uh-oh."Surely, Cash is as delirious as we are at the notion of a 22-year-old Yankee slugger who could anchor 1B for the next 15 years. And when you see Bird swing so easily, so effortlessly, you can imagine 40 HRs...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Beltran, McCann homer to back Pineda as Yankees blank Mets

  Carlos Beltran hit a three-run, second-deck home run on a 100-mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard in the first inning, Michael Pineda pitched his best game in two months and the New York Yankees beat the Mets 5-0 on Saturday to rebound from an opening loss in the weekend Subway Series. Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the sixth, the Yankees' 200th home run this season, to...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Beltran, McCann homer to back Pineda as Yanks beat Mets 5-0

NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltran hit a three-run, second-deck home run on a 100 mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard in the first inning, Michael Pineda pitched his best game in two months and the New York Yankees beat the Mets 5-0 Saturday to rebound from an opening loss in the weekend Subway Series. Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the sixth, the Yankees' 200th home run this season...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Beat Archer Again, Keep Pace With Toronto

Well, who would have thought the Yankees could beat Chris Archer two straight times?  If you said you did, I have a feeling you're lying.  But, lie all you want. Enjoy the fun. Last week it was veterans Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez who did Archer in. Last night it was the kids: Luis Severino, who out-pitched him, and Greg Bird, who got a key hit off him. Archer did break the...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

For the 2015 Yankees, everyone has been better than projected

To view the Yankees as a contender entering 2015, you had to squint really hard and continually repeat the word, “if.” It seemed New York had a short to contend, only as long as just about everything went right. That meant Alex Rodriguez contributed, Mark Teixeira bounced back, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann improved on shaky debut years, Didi Gregorius proved competent, Masahiro...
Via BP Bronx
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

For the second time in 2015, John Sterling watches his house burn down (and other observations at the end of the Yankee world)

Last night, in the 2nd inning, John Sterling began postulating the Wild Card race. The Master was trying to assure his flock that all is well, that the Evils have built a five-game firewall, which cannot crumble in three weeks. Thus, we can anticipate that exciting one-game season! - quite possibly at home, in the House That Rudy Built, where we consistently crap the bedJohn was...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

McCann A Steady Presence In 2nd Year With Yankees

The look of agony on Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer’s face said it all. He had been pitching an absolute gem until Brian McCann stepped to the plate and tied up the game with a HR to left field. McCann, for his part, just dropped his head and quietly jogged around the bases. That’s how he has handled his business this year. Quietly. Even if he’s done it quietly, McCann...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Back-to-back homers pave way for Rays' loss to Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers off All-Star starter Chris Archer that sent the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday. Ivan Nova pitched six solid innings to help the Yankees take two of three in the series. New York, which leads the American League wild-card chase, remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod powers Yankees past Rays to maintain wild-card lead

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers off All-Star starter Chris Archer that sent the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday. Ivan Nova pitched six solid innings to help the Yankees take two of three in the series. New York, which leads the American League wild-card chase, remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Back-to-back HRs by McCann, A-Rod lift Yankees over Rays 6-4

NEW YORK (AP) Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers off All-Star starter Chris Archer that sent the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday. Ivan Nova pitched six solid innings to help the Yankees take two of three in the series. New York, which leads the American League wild-card chase, remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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