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Monday February 8th 2016

Greg Bird Loss Puts Huge Pressure on Aging Yankees to Stay Healthy

The 2016 season hasn't even started yet, and the injury bug has already taken a bite out of the New York Yankees.  And now, they really have to hope it doesn't come back for them again.  The day's bad news involves Greg Bird. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to tease Monday afternoon that the 23-year-old first baseman had been lost for 2016 due to shoulder surgery. Not long after, the Yankees made it official. Gut, meet punch. Bird went into the 2015 season as one of the more well-regarded first base ...

Greg Bird Injury: Updates on Yankees 1B’s Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery, the team announced Monday. Continue for updates.   Yanks Announce Bird Injury Monday, Feb. 1 Bird, 23, was expected to compete for playing time at first base with the Yankees' core veterans in 2016. The former fifth-round pick hit .261/.343/.529 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI last season after taking over for an injured Mark Teixeira in August. Playing solid enough defense, Bird produced 0.9 wins above replacement in 46 games, via FanGraphs—equivalent to what Teixeira put up in 2013 and 2014 combined. Unfortunately, ...

Why 2016 Season Could See Revival of Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry at Top of AL East

Of ESPN's first 10 announced Sunday Night Baseball telecasts for 2016, five feature either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. Three feature the Yankees and the Red Sox. You can't blame the television guys, even if neither of those teams has won a playoff game in the past two years. ESPN shows the teams they know you'll watch, and no matter how much some of you complain, plenty of you watch. But here's the other thing: This could be the year when Yankees-Red Sox games are actually worth watching again. It's ...

New York Yankees’ Miller, Gardner Trade Leverage Will Strengthen If They Wait

Good things come to those who wait. When it comes to cashing in their trade assets, that should be the New York Yankees' guiding dogma. All winter, trade whispers have swirled around Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and reliever Andrew Miller. Yet even as they acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Minnesota Twins and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds, the Yanks held on to Gardner and Miller. It's a strategy they should continue at least to the July 31 trade deadline, when they'll have an opportunity to cash Gardner and ...

Starlin Castro Will Leave Problems in the Past, Flourish with NY Yankees

In Chicago, Starlin Castro was a victim of circumstance. Now, after being traded to the New York Yankees, the shortstop-turned-second baseman should be its beneficiary. There wasn’t a more criticized athlete in Chicago than the Cubs' once-prized shortstop who ended his career with the team as a second baseman before being traded to the Yankees on Dec. 8, a move that will benefit not only both teams but also Castro. Castro, in his early 20s, was thrust into a starring role on Cubs teams with no intention of competing during the early years of the ...

Luis Arroyo, Former Yankees Pitcher, Dies at Age 88

Former New York Yankees pitcher Luis Arroyo passed away Wednesday at the age of 88 in his home country of Puerto Rico.  According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the pitcher’s daughter said he was diagnosed with cancer in December and died Wednesday. Arroyo was the first Puerto Rican-born player to play for the Yankees, and the team offered its condolences on Twitter: Arroyo pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956-57, the Cincinnati Reds in 1959 and the Yankees from 1960-63. He was an All-Star in ...

Tyler Olson, Ronald Torreyes to Yankees: Trade Details, Comments, Reaction

The New York Yankees acquired Tyler Olson and Ronald Torreyes from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Rob Segedin, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.This is the second move from the Dodgers on Tuesday after they announced they traded Joe Wieland to the Seattle Mariners for Erick Mejia.   Olson, a left-handed reliever, appeared in 11 games for the Mariners in 2015. He posted a 5.40 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched. He had a 2.08 ERA against left-handers in Triple-A, per MiLB.com, so he could become a lefty specialist for the Yankees in ...

Joe Girardi Comments on Roles of Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez and More

In a little over a month, pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa, Florida, for the New York Yankees' spring training. Manager Joe Girardi is already figuring out how he'll shuffle around the pitching staff and starting lineup. Despite the fact Aroldis Chapman posted sub-2.00 earned run averages in 2014 and 2015, his arrival all but blocked Dellin Betances' path to the closer role. Girardi confirmed Monday that Chapman will have first crack at ninth-inning duties, per the team's Twitter account:     The move makes a lot of sense. Chapman was the Cincinnati ...

Will Chapman-Miller-Betances Trio Really Mask Yankees’ Other Weaknesses?

For most of the last two years, the New York Yankees specialized in acquisitions that were anything but flashy. Many were useful and some were surprisingly good, but none of them screamed, "Look at us!" Trading for Aroldis Chapman did. That's a Yankee move. He's the type of player you expect them to get, and the over-the-top bullpen of Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances is exactly what you expect the Yankees to assemble. Hey, did you hear that they had three of the four highest strikeout rates in baseball in 2015? Did ...

Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman Deal Opens Door to Epic Bullpen or Bigger Winter

What? Did you think the New York Yankees were going to steer clear of star players all winter? Guess again, friend. The Yankees have gone and acquired a rather big star. In so doing, they have set their immediate future up for quite a bit of intrigue. As Jack Curry of the YES Network was first to report, the Yankees struck a deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday to acquire flame-throwing relief ace Aroldis Chapman. Per the Yankees' Twitter, here's the full deal: Before this, the biggest move the Yankees had made ...
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