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Saturday July 12th 2014

Were the New York Yankees’ Moves Necessary for a 2nd-Half Surge?

Nearing the All-Star break, the New York Yankees find themselves in a situation they did not expect to find themselves.  Struggling within the AL East due to injuries in their starting rotation, particularly CC Sabathia, the Yankees were expected to make moves. With some early moves, are the Yankees on the right track? Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr., and Ron Darling break down the Yankees' newest acquisition and a tough decision they needed to make. Let us know what you think in the comments below.Read more New York Yankees news on BleacherReport.com

Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 14

Back on June 12, I wrote a piece breaking down the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the New York Yankees' top 10 prospects. Now, nearly a month later, let's see whether the stocks of these players have shifted up or down. My rankings, based on my own opinion, went as follows: Gary Sanchez C Slade Heathcott OF Mason Williams OF Eric Jagielo 3B Tyler Austin 1B/3B/OF Gregory Bird 1B Aaron Judge OF Luis Severino RHP Peter O'Brien C/1B/3B/OF Ian Clarkin LHP With the first half of the minor league season having gone by and the second half already in full swing, it is ...

How Yankees’ International Spending Spree Could Impact Farm, Future

All is not well in Yankee land, which you can tell from the expenditures even if you haven't witnessed the on-field display. When the situation is sticky in the Bronx, the front office often turns to quick, expensive fixes—quite simply because it possesses the resources to do so. Through swift injections of talent, the Yankees typically hope to correct what just went wrong. We saw it after the 2008 season. We saw it more recently this past offseason when there had been talk of a pesky $189 million luxury-tax threshold. Then New ...

Brandon McCarthy Trade, Alfonso Soriano Designation Show Yankees’ Desperation

As the New York Yankees took the field Sunday afternoon at Target Field vs. the Minnesota Twins, a stark reality faced a team struggling to climb over .500: the depth of legitimate American League contenders. From the Baltimore Orioles to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers to the Kansas City Royals to a trio of really good teams in the AL West, the Yankees are in for a dogfight in order to reach October. When the Oakland Athletics essentially stole two potential pitching targets—Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel—from the field in Friday evening's deal with the Chicago Cubs, ...

What Does CC Sabathia’s Impending Return Mean for Yankees’ Playoff Chances?

When CC Sabathia hit the disabled list on May 11, the 33-year-old lefty sported a 5.28 ERA. At that moment, a case could have been made that the former Cy Young winner was hurting the team on a start-by-start basis. Nearly two months later, his impending return is a major piece to New York's second-half puzzle. If vintage Sabathia can return with a healthy knee and command of a declining fastball, the Yankees can overcome a 41-42 start to make a postseason charge. If not, a $203 million payroll could be ...

New York Yankees: Latest International Signing News and Rumors

No stranger to spending money, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman opened his checkbook on Wednesday to sign some of the top international free agents. The Yankees brought in a total of nine international prospects in hopes of bolstering the farm system with high-level talent moving forward. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reported that shortstop Dermis Garcia was in agreement with the Bombers (link in Spanish). Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com tweeted that third baseman Nelson Gomez, another top international prospect, was also inked on Wednesday. Sanchez was on the pulse of a ...

Ranking the Yankees’ Best All Star-Game Candidates

With July upon us, it is time to look at which members of the New York Yankees may be representing the club at this year's All-Star Game. It has not been a great season for the Bombers, one plagued by injuries and abysmal offensive production from more than just a few of their hitters. To say past All-Stars Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts and CC Sabathia are unworthy of showing their faces at Target Field on July 15 is an understatement. Despite being under .500, there are some Yankees ...

Yankees’ Derek Jeter Ties Franchise Record for Career Doubles

With a fourth-inning leadoff two-bagger Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees tied the franchise's all-time doubles record, per MLB.com. Both Jeter and Lou Gehrig now sit atop the Yankees' leaderboard with 534 doubles, with Bernie Williams a distant third at 449. A few more recognizable names round out the top five, namely current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sitting fourth (442) and all-time great Babe Ruth at fifth (424). Other notable Yankees whom Jeter has surpassed over his career include Joe DiMaggio ...

Will Dermis Garcia Be Prize, Future Superstar of 2014 International Class?

One name you are going to hear about a lot over the next 24 hours is Dermis Garcia. Garcia, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic, is viewed as one of the top prospects eligible to sign on July 2—the first day of the 2014-2015 international signing period—and he is expected to receive one of the largest bonuses among players in this year’s class. According to Kiley McDaniel of Scouting Baseball, the New York Yankees are widely believed to have a deal in place with Garcia for $3 million, as the organization ...

New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Those expecting the New York Yankees to sit back and wait for the nearly $500 million that they spent in free-agent additions over the winter to begin paying off simply haven't been paying attention to how things work in the Bronx. When anything less than a World Series victory is considered a failure from season to season, the Bronx Bombers are going to aggressively look to upgrade their roster, as general manager Brian Cashman recently explained to Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times: I’m looking to make some additions if I can. ...
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