Hal Steinbrenner evaluating Manny Machado
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' interest in Manny Machado is serious, and as the club continues to gather information and evaluate his potential fit in pinstripes, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said it is "essential" to hear an explanation for the free-agent slugger's October commentary. When Machado's aggressiveness was questioned during the Dodgers' National League Championship Series against the Brewers, Machado memorably said that he was "not the type of player that's going to be Johnny Hustle." He also drew criticism for a pair of baserunning plays at first base, one of which resulted in a fine, and questionable slides into second base.
Dellin Betances hopes Yankees sign Machado
NEW YORK -- The sting from losing to the Red Sox in the American League Division Series is still fresh for Dellin Betances, but the Yankees' reliever has an idea how his team could claim the upper hand for 2019 -- by signing Manny Machado. "I think he'll put us over the top," Betances said Tuesday. "We were short last year. Things could have gone our way, but they didn't. Adding a guy like that would help any team. Our lineup is already impactful, so adding a guy like that would be pretty crazy."
ROY finalists Andujar, Torres finish 2nd, 3rd
NEW YORK -- Miguel Andujar grabbed hold of an early-season opportunity and never looked back, establishing a reputation as one of the Yankees' most reliable performers while becoming the first third baseman in Major League history to tally at least 40 doubles and 25 homers in his rookie season. While Andujar and fellow infielder Gleyber Torres enjoyed memorable debut campaigns in 2018, they were ultimately overshadowed by the Angels' two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, who was honored on Monday as the American League's Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Ohtani received 25 of 30 first-place votes.
Gary Sanchez needs left shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez is scheduled to have surgery on his left shoulder this week, and the Yankees' catcher is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Brian Cashman said on Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. The procedure to remove debris from the AC joint of Sanchez's non-throwing shoulder will be performed by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Cashman estimated that Sanchez will need three months for a full recovery.
Brian Cashman reflects on not trading for Sale
NEW YORK -- Two offseasons ago, as Chris Sale was being dangled in trade talks by the White Sox, Brian Cashman took a hard look at his roster and decided that it was not the correct time to "back the truck up" and unload a rich prospect-laden package for the ace left-hander. When Sale landed instead with the Red Sox, Cashman lauded his American League East opponents by saying that they had assembled baseball's version of the NBA's Golden State Warriors. During this week's General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif., Cashman was asked to revisit that deal that could have been.
CC Sabathia to return to Yankees in 2019
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia had hoped to finish his career in Yankees pinstripes, and the big left-hander will have that opportunity, as Sabathia and the club have signed a one-year, $8 million deal. Like outfielder Brett Gardner, who agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million pact last week, Sabathia had expressed a strong preference for staying with New York. General manager Brian Cashman said that the team's familiarity with the veterans cleared the way for smooth negotiations.