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Is 2009 or 2014 Spending Spree More to Blame for Yankees’ Payroll Mess?

Zero. That's how many dollars the New York Yankees spent on major league free agents this winter.  Considering they've got MLB's second-highest payroll and a well-earned reputation for cutting cartoonish checks, that's sort of a big deal. What gives? For one, New York is still recovering from a pair of recent spending sprees that added crippling payroll obligations and have yielded mixed results on the field. The first came in 2009 and the second in 2014. The 2016 Yankees sit at 22-23 entering play Thursday, 6.5 games out in the American League East. They're not ...

Hal Steinbrenner Comments on Yankees’ Struggles, Coaching Staff, More

The New York Yankees moved to 17-22 on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but owner Hal Steinbrenner is not happy his team is in last place in the American League East. He specifically singled out the players while deflecting blame from manager Joe Girardi and the rest of the coaching staff, per ESPN.com: The first five weeks were disappointing, frustrating, particularly looking at the offense. ... The coaches are doing a good job. These are professional athletes. They're the best baseball players in the world, and sooner or ...

Carlos Beltran Hits 400th Career Home Run: Latest Comments and Reaction

New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The Bronx Bombers sent out this tweet after Beltran's blast: Beltran's milestone shot was a two-run homer and gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. He launched a 2-2 fastball from Zach Duke over the left field wall of Yankee Stadium, his 42nd homer in two-plus years wearing pinstripes. Going into that at-bat, Beltran hadn't had much success against the White Sox reliever, per Dan Hayes of CSN ...

Luis Severino Injury: Updates on Yankees Pitcher’s Triceps and Return

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino made an early exit from his start against the Chicago White Sox on Friday after suffering a triceps injury. He's been placed on the disabled list, per Jesse Spector of Sporting News. Continue for updates. Severino Won't Pick Up Baseball for Several Days Friday, May 13 Spector reported Severino won't pick up a baseball for five to seven days. Severino shined down the stretch for the Yankees last season. He posted a 2.89 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 62.1 innings across his first 11 career starts. He parlayed ...

Chase Headley Records 1st Extra-Base Hit of 2016 Season with Home Run vs. Royals

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley ended a lengthy extra-base-hit drought Thursday with a second-inning two-run homer against the Kansas City Royals.  Headley's last extra-base hit, a double, came on Sept. 27, 2015, against the Chicago White Sox, which breaks a streak of 124 plate appearances without such a result, per NBC Sports' Bill Baer.  The YES Network provided a look at Headley getting the monkey off his back: The Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond noted that Headley's first jack of the season puts him in some interesting, maybe unfortunate, company: Considering his contract—a ...

What If the Yankees Became 2016 Trade-Deadline Sellers?

It's looking like not even the New York Yankees can outrun losing forever, and that raises a question. What would it look like if they decided to make the best of a bad situation? It's already easy to imagine the Yankees will have to cut their losses by becoming sellers on the summer trade market. They're following a return to the postseason in 2015 with a 13-19 start to 2016, putting them in last place in the American League East.  General manager Brian Cashman has already put his foot down. As he told David ...

Aroldis Chapman Comments on 1st Appearance with Yankees in Win vs. Royals

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman made his debut against the Kansas City Royals on Monday and was flattered by the reaction he received from the home crowd. "It was incredible," he said through a translator, per ESPN.com's Andrew Marchand. The 28-year-old Cuban wowed the fans with his vintage 100-plus mph fastballs. Coming on in the ninth inning with New York up 6-2, he struck out the first two hitters he faced but allowed a double to Paulo Orlando before Alcides Escobar delivered an RBI single. Chapman eventually forced Lorenzo Cain to ...

Aroldis Chapman’s Comeback Gives Lifeless Yankees a Must-Watch Spark

Finally, over the weekend, the New York Yankees generated a little excitement. Finally, Yankee Stadium had some life in back-to-back wins over the Boston Red Sox. You'd have thought Aroldis Chapman was on the mound. Not yet, but soon enough. On Monday, Chapman's 30-game domestic violence suspension runs out. Soon, maybe even Monday night against the Kansas City Royals, New York will see what all of the fuss is about. The Yankees saw Chapman in spring training, before he began serving the Major League Baseball-imposed suspension for an incident last October in which ...

Jacoby Ellsbury Injury: Updates on Yankees Star’s Hip and Return

Jacoby Ellsbury's injury woes have cropped up again as the New York Yankees star outfielder left Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox with a hip injury. It's unclear when he'll return to the field.  Continue for updates.  Girardi Comments on Ellsbury's Injury, Recovery Timeline Saturday, May 7  Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Ellsbury is "sore" and noted there is no plan to put him on the disabled list at this point.   Ellsbury Out vs. Red Sox Saturday, May 7 Ellsbury did not play Saturday against Boston. Injury-Prone Ellsbury Still Productive for Yankees   Ellsbury was plagued ...

CC Sabathia Injury: Updates on Yankees Star’s Groin and Return

The start of the New York Yankees' 2016 season has been a nightmare, and things got worse Friday when the team announced starting pitcher CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain. It's unclear when he'll return to the field.  Continue for updates.  Sabathia Comments on Recovery Timeline Saturday, May 7 Sabathia told reporters he should only need 15 days on the disabled list, adding he's unsure whether a rehab start will be necessary. Sabathia's DL Stint Retroactive to May 5 Friday, May 6 The Star-Ledger's Ryan Hatch relayed the news. In a corresponding move, the ...
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