Yankees add infielder DJ LeMahieu
NEW YORK -- As the offseason dawned, general manager Brian Cashman scanned the large board that faces his Yankee Stadium desk, shuffling magnets with players' names to prioritize the organization's areas of need. With each phone call and text message, he said, the goal would be to "collect as much talent as I possibly can in a very cost-effective manner." While the Yankees entertained high-priced free agents like left-hander Patrick Corbin and infielder Manny Machado, hosting each for Bronx visits, the organization ultimately chose a different path. New York finalized a two-year, $24 million agreement with infielder DJ LeMahieu on Monday, a pact that casts significant doubt upon the likelihood of Machado landing in pinstripes.
A look at the Yankees' rotation in 2019
With the start of Spring Training approaching, anticipation is building for the 2019 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, beginning this week with the starting rotation. James Paxton enjoyed his finest career moment to date on May 8 of last season, firing a 99-pitch no-hitter against the Blue Jays in Toronto. As he prepares to join the Yankees following a November trade, the Canadian-born left-hander is optimistic that he can continue establishing himself as one of the more formidable hurlers in today's game.
DJ LeMahieu leaves Coors Field for the Bronx
The Yankees have reportedly signed DJ LeMahieu to a two-year deal to reinforce their infield; though he's been primarily a second baseman, he'll likely also see time at first and third. He's a good defender joining what's a below-average defensive infield, so that alone is an improvement, but that's also not the question that's worth asking now. As with every successful Rockies hitter who departs Coors Field, we have to dig into the home/road splits and wonder: Was this guy only good in Colorado? Does leaving mean he'll be a shell of what he was?
Yankees stars to attend Thurman Munson Awards
NEW YORK -- Miguel Andujar, manager Aaron Boone and Didi Gregorius will headline a star-studded lineup at next month's 39th annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner, where the Yankees trio will be honored for their success on the diamond and philanthropic works off the field. Also in line to receive Munson Awards are 1969 "Miracle Met" Ed Kranepool and two-time New York Giants Super Bowl champion Zak DeOssie. The dinner is scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, and Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay is set to serve as the master of ceremonies.
Zach Britton signs 3-year deal with Yankees
NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Zach Britton finalized a new contract on Friday that will keep the left-handed reliever in pinstripes for at least the next two seasons. Tweet from @zbritton: Very excited to be back with the @Yankees ! Looking forward to big things from this team and organization in 2019 and beyond.
Yanks settle with arbitration-eligible players
While the Yankees agreed to terms on one-year contracts with eight players on Friday, thereby avoiding arbitration, they were unable to do so with one of their stars ahead of the 1 p.m. ET deadline. New York's remaining arbitration-eligible player is right-hander Luis Severino. The 24-year-old is eligible for the first time this year, after making a $604,975 salary in 2018, when he went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA over 32 starts and made his second consecutive All-Star team.