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  • Nestor Cortes Roughed Up In Spring Debut Saturday

    New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) made his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays and didn't have a great time on the mound. Cortes allowed three hits (two home runs) and five earned runs while walking three and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings of work. Although it wasn't the outing he'd like to have had, the most important thing is that Cortes is healthy and on track to be ready for Opening Day, which is important for the Yankees' starting rotation with both Carlos Rodon and Frankie Montas already hurt. The 28-year-old southpaw's spring debut was delayed due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain that he suffered early in camp. Cortes isn't dominant in the strikeout department, but he remains a key piece of New York's 2023 rotation.

    Mar 18 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Jose Trevino To Catch Tuesday, Thursday

    New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (wrist) is scheduled to catch on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. The backstop has been dealing with a right wrist sprain for over a week now and has been out of action since March 9. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Trevino hit .248 with 11 home runs last season, so he's not a great option for fantasy unless you're in AL-only or deeper leagues.

    Mar 18 · Source via Yankees Jose Trevino
  • Tommy Kahnle Unable To Throw

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (biceps) could not throw as scheduled. Kahnle is battling biceps soreness, and it is unknown when he will throw next. Last week General Manager Brian Cashman indicated Kahnle was to begin the year on the injured list. The continued soreness for Kahnle could push the start of his season back even further. He was projected to be a key piece in the Yankee's bullpen, so hopefully, he can get on track soon. Kahnle pitched in just 13 games last season after missing most of 2020 and all of 2021, so it would be nice to see him healthy again at some point this year.

    Mar 18 · Source via Yankees Tommy Kahnle closers
  • Harrison Bader Recovering Well

    New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) is "doing better than we anticipated," according to manager Aaron Boone. It's not a very detailed account by Boone, but that's to be expected with injuries, especially ones in their early stages, such as Bader's. Bader is said to be set to miss around six weeks with a left oblique strain, and this doesn't ensure the timeline has shortened any. Injuries have been a problem for Bader in his career, and another has cropped up in the early going of this year. Bader's timeline is late April or early May, so it won't cost him most of the season like last year when he played in just 86 games.

    Mar 18 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Carlos Rodon "Feeling Good" After Throwing Friday

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (forearm) threw on Friday and is said to be doing well. Rodon has been dealing with a mild forearm strain and was shut down from throwing since March 9. While he will start the season on the injured list, this is an encouraging sign in his rehab, which may last only a few more weeks. With injuries to Rodon and fellow starter Frankie Montas, the Yankees will likely depend on Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt to begin the season. Rodon still has an ADP of 57.3, and after a season in which he struck out 237 batters, the only thing holding him back from being a top fantasy arm is the injury.

    Mar 18 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Latest On The Yankees' Shortstop Battle

    As top prospect Anthony Volpe continues to make a strong case to win the Yankees’ starting shortstop job this spring, Andy Martino of SNY reports that the team are not close to making a decision on who’ll start there on Opening Day. Volpe, fellow youngster Oswald Peraza, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and to a lesser extent Oswaldo…

    Mar 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Harrison Bader Oswaldo Cabrera Isiah Kiner-Falefa Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Yankees Opt To Reassign Jasson Dominguez

    Despite a strong showing in the Grapefruit League, the New York Yankees have reassigned outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez to minor league camp. The 20-year-old hit an impressive .455 with four homers and nine RBI in just 22 at-bats. Despite his strong showing, the Yankees are opting to give the youngster some more seasoning on the farm. One of the top prospects in the game, Dominguez has shown true five tool potential and should be rostered in dynasty leagues. Managers in redraft leagues should remember the name, but he may not see a promotion to the show in 2023.

    Mar 17 · Source via Yankees Jasson Dominguez prospects
  • Carlos Rodon Could Miss Only A Few Starts

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon's (forearm) rehab for a forearm muscle strain is going well, and his next step will be medical clearance to resume throwing from a shutdown that began on March 9 and is supposed to last up to 10 days. He will begin the season on the injured list but may end up missing only two or three starts if there is no more forearm discomfort once he resumes throwing. "I'm optimistic about the injury itself and the long-term prognosis of it," manager Aaron Boone said. It makes it a little easier to swallow drafting Rodon this spring, although he's not out of the woods yet. The 30-year-old southpaw was great in his only season with the Giants in 2022 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and career-high 237 strikeouts in 31 innings, and he was signed to a big free-agent deal to bolster the top of New York's rotation alongside Gerrit Cole.

    Mar 15 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Jose Trevino Dealing With Wrist Injury

    New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (wrist) is dealing with a right wrist sprain. "I just feel some inflammation there, but I feel good. I feel pretty confident where I'm at right now," Trevino said. He expects to resume swinging a bat again in a couple of days and said he's "very confident" he'll be ready for Opening Day. Trevino has been held out of spring training action since March 9, but he doesn't seem worried about his availability for Opening Day. There's a chance we could see him back in spring games by next week. The 30-year-old was a first-time All-Star in his first year in the Bronx in 2022 and hit .248 with a career-high 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 39 runs scored in 115 games. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect huge things from Trevino, but he'll have plenty of value as the team's starter with some pop in his bat.

    Mar 15 · Source via Yankees Jose Trevino
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa To Play Center Field Over Weekend

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that he plans to start utilityman Isiah Kiner-Falefa in center field this upcoming weekend. The 27-year-old made 131 starts at shortstop and four at third base last season while slashing .261/.314/.327 with four home runs, 48 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. IKF entered this spring competing with prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe for the starting role at shortstop. The Yankees are currently dealing with a number of injuries and Falefa has shown the ability to play a number of positions over the course of his career. While multi-position eligibility is a plus, IKF really only contributes steals and average to fantasy managers, and even that contribution could be limited depending on his playing time.

    Mar 15 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Yankees Notes: Kiner-Falefa, Volpe, Trevino

    Yankees infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been at the center of plenty of speculation this spring. That’s both revolved around whether he’d hold onto the starting shortstop job with youngsters Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe on the horizon and whether he could be traded to an infield-needy team like the Dodgers or Rockies. Now, Kiner-Falefa’s role for the…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Harrison Bader Oswaldo Cabrera Kyle Higashioka Aaron Judge Isiah Kiner-Falefa DJ LeMahieu Oswald Peraza Jose Trevino Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Anthony Rizzo Returns To Grapefruit League Lineup

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and right-hander Drew Hutchison. Rizzo is starting at first base and is batting third in the lineup. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger was scratched from Sunday's spring game due to a cranky back, but both Rizzo and the team continue to say that it's nothing to worry about. He also dealt with back issues that required a trip to the injured list last September, and Rizzo admitted that it's something he'll have to continue to monitor throughout the year. Rizzo is a fine target for power at Yankee Stadium and his batting average should improve with the outlaw on shifts, but his back issues are a concern.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Mets Return Rule 5 Pick Zach Greene To Yankees

    Right-hander Zach Greene, whom the Mets selected in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, has cleared waivers and will be returned to the Yankees organization, reports Anthony DiComo of (via Twitter). The Yankees are not required to add him to the 40-man roster. Greene, 26, was the Yankees’ eighth-round pick back in 2019. As a…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Yankees Zach Greene closers
  • Gerrit Cole Hasn't Allowed A Run This Spring

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has yet to allow a run in 6 1/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring while striking out 11 hitters. Cole seems to be in midseason form already, but he'll have to wait several more weeks. The hard-throwing 32-year-old had a disappointing 3.50 ERA (3.47 FIP), but he also produced a strong 1.02 WHIP and a league-high 257 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings over 33 starts for the Yankees. Home runs were an issue, but otherwise Cole still looks the part of a fantasy ace, and managers should consider him a top-five arm in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Deivi Garcia Looking Good This Spring

    New York Yankees right-hander Deivi Garcia looked "really good" in 3 1/3 innings of relief in a spring game on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. "It's been encouraging to see how good his stuff's been really since the start of camp," Boone said. Garcia has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 Grapefruit League innings so far. His velocity is up and has credited his success due to an improved cutter. The 23-year-old Dominican has had his share of struggles in the last two seasons, mostly in the minor leagues, but it looks like he may be taking the next step in 2023. Command has been a big issue for the young right-hander, so he'll need to get that in control if he wants to see an extended stay at the big-league level this year.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Deivi Garcia
  • Anthony Rizzo Not Worried About Back Issues

    Both New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) and the team are downplaying a back issue this spring. A "cranky" back caused him to miss the team's short road trip, but he was able to take batting practice on Monday and felt "fine." Rizzo has dealt with back issues the last few seasons, "but it's not to be really worried about at this time." Manager Aaron Boone said Rizzo could play in Grapefruit League action as soon as Tuesday. The 33-year-old's back got worse as the season wore on in 2022, and he required an epidural in September that led to an injured list stint. He's expected to manage his back throughout the year, but fantasy managers will need to have an insurance plan ready if they draft Rizzo as their top first baseman.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Anthony Rizzo Takes Batting Practice On Monday

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) was able to take batting practice on Monday. This is good news after the 33-year-old slugger was scratched ahead of Sunday's contest. Rizzo said he felt fine after batting practice, but continues to undergo treatment for a back issue. It doesn't sound like this injury is going to force Rizzo onto the injured list. Hopefully, Rizzo will be back in the lineup within the next few days. Although, fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if Rizzo misses time because of back issues throughout the season.

    Mar 13 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Anthony Volpe Has Been Red-Hot This Spring

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe is doing "everything he needs to do" in the competition for the starting job at shortstop this spring, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Volpe crushed a home run and added a double in Sunday's Grapefruit League game as he continues his push to win the starting job on Opening Day. Through nine spring games, he's now hitting .320 with a 1.113 OPS. "I think they certainly respect his ability and the way he goes about things," manager Aaron Boone said. "A lot of our guys, especially our established, core players, I think he's gotten their attention." There are some concerns as to whether he can stay at the 6 in the long term, and some scouts believe it would be ideal for him to start 2023 at Triple-A. Volpe is turning heads, but Oswald Peraza remains the favorite to open as the starter at short because of his defense.

    Mar 13 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Anthony Rizzo Scratched With Cranky Back

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) was scheduled to make the trip for Grapefruit League action on Sunday, but he was scratched from the lineup because his back is "a little cranky," according to manager Aaron Boone. The plan is for Rizzo to play again on Tuesday when the team returns home. Billy McKinney will get the start at first and bat sixth on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Tanner Houck. The 33-year-old Rizzo continues to deal with back issues, but it's obviously not too concerning right now. It's probably something that the left-handed slugger will have to deal with throughout the year, so fantasy managers should bake that into their first base rankings.

    Mar 12 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Jasson Dominguez Living Up To The Hype

    New York Yankees outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez is living up to all of the hype in spring training this year. Dominguez just turned 20 years old last month but hit his fourth Grapefruit League home run on Saturday. The switch-hitting center fielder has plenty of power, but he's maturing before the Yankees' eyes in camp. He's quickly becoming one of the highest-ceiling prospects in all of baseball with a five-tool pedigree. Dominguez is looking very comfortable in spring training, but even with Harrison Bader (oblique) likely to miss Opening Day, it's unlikely Dominguez starts the season in the big leagues. After all, he's played in only five Double-A games. He needs to be stashed in all dynasty leagues, and he'll be fantasy relevant in all single-year leagues whenever he makes his MLB debut.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Jasson Dominguez prospects
  • Harrison Bader Out Roughly Six Weeks

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) will be out around six weeks due to a left oblique strain. Bader will begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list and won't make his debut until late April or early May. With the 28-year-old sidelined, the Yankees could use either Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks to patrol center field, with Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial benefitting from more playing time in left field as a result. A foot injury limited Bader to 86 games with the Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals last year, and it wasn't until the postseason with the Yanks that he really started to swing a hot bat. Injuries continue to be an issue for him, and it will knock down his fantasy value in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Nestor Cortes Hopeful To Make Spring Debut Soon

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (hamstring) is scheduled to make his Spring Training debut on March 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. It's worth noting this is a tentative date, so it could change. The left-hander is scheduled to throw a live bullpen session on Monday. He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain in mid-February. This caused him to miss the World Baseball Classic, but the hope is that Cortes will be ready in time for Opening Day. Fantasy managers will have to check back after his bullpen session on Monday.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Yankees Hope To Have Lou Trivino Back In May

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Lou Trivino (elbow) will open the 2023 season on the injured list with what general manager Brian Cashman called a "mild elbow ligament sprain." It's the first time that Trivino will go on the injured list in his career with an arm-related injury. Cashman is hoping the team will get Trivino back by May. In addition to Trivino, reliever Tommy Kahnle (biceps) will also open on the IL, leaving the Yankees bullpen a bit thin to open the year. The 31-year-old Trivino was stingy upon being acquired from the A's last year in a trade, and he can be useful in holds leagues in a setup role for the Yankees when he's healthy.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Lou Trivino closers
  • Luis Severino Struggling With His Slider

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino is feeling fine physically in spring training, but the right-hander's results haven't been great so far. "That my slider sucks, that's what they're telling me right now," Severino said. "I need to work more on my slider. It's not the movement, it's just location actually." He allowed two home runs to the Detroit Tigers in the Grapefruit League game on Friday and has now given up five long balls in 8 2/3 innings this spring. Injuries have been the main issue for the 29-year-old in recent seasons. He shouldn't have many restrictions in 2023 after posting a strong 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 112 strikeouts in 102 innings last year. Injuries are a risk, but Severino still has plenty of upside when he's right.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Harrison Bader Diagnosed With Left Oblique Strain

    New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain in spring training. Manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't have a timeline for Bader yet, but it's safe to assume that he'll start the season on the injured list. Oblique strains can take up to a month to recover from, so fantasy managers need to prepare for the possibility that the 28-year-old center fielder will miss at least several weeks in the season's first month. With Bader set to be sidelined to open up the 2023 campaign, look for Estevan Florial and Oswaldo Cabrera to see more playing time in the outfield for the Yankees. Both Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks could shift over to center field to replace Bader while he's out.

    Mar 10 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Oswaldo Cabrera Tests Out Center Field

    New York Yankees utility fielderOswaldo Cabreraadded another position to his repertoire after playing some center field in Wednesday's 4-0 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cabrera made his first pro appearance in center field after subbing in forHarrison Bader. He even made a diving catch, demonstrating his ability to play almost anywhere on the diamond. Manager Aaron Boone noted that Cabrera's stint in center field is "showing us that anywhere you put him on the field, he can make a play." The 24-year-old made an immediate impact after a late-season call-up to provide some outfield depth. His defense quickly impressed, and his bat showed some life as well. Cabrera compiled a .740 OPS with six home runs across 171 plate appearances. The Yankees expect Cabrera to serve as a utility man throughout the season, with some pop to accompany it.

    Mar 10 · Source via Yankees Oswaldo Cabrera
  • Harrison Bader To Undergo Additional Testing

    New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) is set to undergo further testing after "feeling something" in his oblique on Wednesday. Hopefully, this is only the Yankees being extremely cautious with Bader. The 28-year-old might only end up missing a few games, assuming that the tests come back clean. Otherwise, Bader could very well begin the regular season on the injured list. That would be a shame considering Bader was looked upon as a possible breakout candidate for the 2023 season. Fantasy managers will have to check back after additional testing is done.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Scott Effross Resumes Throwing Program

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Scott Effross (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery last October, started a throwing program on Monday. He's still in the early going of his rehab from elbow reconstruction. There's a chance that the 29-year-old right-hander could make it back for the Yankees at the tail end of the 2023 season, but it's probably unlikely. He spent his second MLB season in 2022 with the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, posting a 2.54 ERA (2.46 FIP), 1.06 WHIP, his first four career saves and 62 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings over 60 appearances (one start). What Effross lacks in velocity, he makes up with movement on his pitches.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Scott Effross
  • Clarke Schmidt, Domingo German Likely To Start In Rotation

    With the injuries to New York Yankees starting pitchers Carlos Rodon (forearm) and Frankie Montas (shoulder), it's reasonable to assume that both Clarke Schmidt and Domingo German will start the 2023 season in the starting rotation. General manager Brian Cashman mentioned Deivi Garcia among those who could provide depth. Schmidt is the more attractive option for fantasy managers after he had a 3.12 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings last year, mostly in relief. Between the big leagues and minors, Schmidt had 102 K's in 90 2/3 frames, so the strikeout upside is there. German appeared in only 15 games (14 starts) for the Yanks last year due to a shoulder injury, and he had just three quality starts while showing another drop in velocity.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Domingo German Clarke Schmidt
  • Oswald Peraza Back In Grapefruit Lineup Thursday

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (leg) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Nick Pivetta, and he's starting at shortstop and batting seventh in the lineup. The 22-year-old injured his left leg last week and has been held out of the spring lineup since. He's still expected to break camp as the Yankees' starting shortstop on Opening Day, but fellow prospect Anthony Volpe is making things interesting. Peraza has gone 2-for-9 with a stolen base and two runs scored in four Grapefruit League games after hitting .306 with a homer, two RBI and two steals in his first 18 major-league games to close out 2022. He has a high floor, but fantasy managers will need to preach patience in single-year leagues in 2023.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Carlos Rodon Won't Start Season On Time

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) is dealing with a mild forearm strain and won't throw for the next seven to 10 days, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Rodon will not be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season and will begin on the injured list. It's not what the Yankees had in mind when they signed him to a six-year, $162 million deal in free agency, but at least the 30-year-old southpaw's injury is considered mild, so hopefully he doesn't miss too much time in the season's first month. With Frankie Montas (shoulder) set to miss at least half the season, New York's rotation is looking shaky before the season has even started. The injuries to Rodon and Montas should assure that Clarke Schmidt opens the year in the starting rotation.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Nestor Cortes To Throw One More BP Session

    New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) will throw one more live batting practice session before making his Grapefruit League debut, and manager Aaron Boone said Cortes has been throwing the ball well. Cortes got through a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday and looked good. The 28-year-old southpaw is getting close to game action, and barring a setback late in camp, he should be ready for Opening Day at the end of this month. Cortes doesn't overpower hitters and doesn't have a terribly high ceiling, but he kept hitters off balance nicely in 2022 and will be a solid No. 3 fantasy starter. The biggest question will be whether he can hold up with another big workload in New York's rotation all year.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Big Hype Prospects: Walker, Baty, Volpe, Colas, Jameson

    The hype is real this week on Big Hype Prospects. Numerous notable youngsters are among the top performers in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Five BHPs In The News Jordan Walker, 20, OF, STL (AA) 536 PA, 19 HR, 22 SB, .306/.388/.510 Walker is fourth among qualified spring hitters with a 1.429 OPS across 28…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Mets Yankees White Sox Diamondbacks Rangers Reds Jordan Walker Brett Baty Anthony Volpe Oscar Colas Drey Jameson Cole Ragans Masyn Winn Christian Encarnacion-Strand prospects
  • Frankie Montas Expects To Pitch This Year

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas (shoulder) said that he "for sure" expects to pitch for the team in 2023. He doesn't have a target date set yet, and he will resume playing catch in around nine to 10 weeks after having right shoulder surgery on Feb. 21. Perhaps the 29-year-old right-hander will be able to help the Yankees down the stretch, but there's little chance that he'll do much for fantasy managers in 2023. Montas admitted he wasn't 100 percent healthy after the Yankees acquired him from the Oakland Athletics at last year's trade deadline. In his eight starts for the Yankees in the second half, he had a 6.35 ERA (4.93 FIP), 1.54 WHIP, 15 walks and 33 strikeouts in 39 2/3 frames.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Frankie Montas
  • Nestor Cortes Throws Three-Inning Simulated Game

    New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) threw a three-inning simulated game at spring training on Wednesday. Cortes has been behind the other pitchers in camp due to a mild right hamstring strain, but he's getting closer to making his Grapefruit League debut, which could come early next week. The 28-year-old southpaw could be ready to take his first turn in the starting rotation in the regular season if he can avoid any setbacks from here on out in camp. He was an excellent value pick in fantasy last year and could once again be a solid contributor in 2023 after he made the All-Star team for the first time in 2022. Cortes uses deception instead of velocity to induce weak contact.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Yankees Sign Nick Ciuffo To Minor League Deal

    The Yankees have signed catcher Nick Ciuffo to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at This is a nice birthday present for Ciuffo, who turns 28 years old today. Originally selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 draft, he was a notable prospect in their system for…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Nick Ciuffo
  • Jonathan Loaisiga "Looks Outstanding"

    New York Yankees right-handed reliever Jonathan Loaisiga "looks outstanding" this spring, according to manager Aaron Boone. Loaisiga had the distinction of being the slowest pitcher in baseball last year with nobody on base, but this year he'll be forced to speed up with the new pitch clock in play. He had a 7.02 ERA over 16 2/3 innings last May when he landed on the injured list. But thanks to a mechanical tweak after he returned, he finished with a 1.76 ERA in his final 31 games. The Yankees are banking on Loaisiga returning to his second-half form from a year ago as one of their most trusted high-leverage bullpen arms. The 28-year-old won't have many save chances, but he'll be plenty useful in holds leagues if he pitches like he did down the stretch in 2022.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga closers
  • Oswald Peraza Expected To Return Thursday

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (foot) is dealing with a minor foot injury in camp and is expected to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday, according to sources. Peraza is battling for the starting shortstop gig in spring training this year with fellow prospect Anthony Volpe and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The 22-year-old Venezuelan has gone 2-for-9 so far in spring games with one stolen base, two walks and a strikeout in 12 plate appearances. His speed will probably be his best asset initially in the majors, with his power slowly developing as he matures. Peraza could be the favorite to open the 2023 season as the Yankees' shortstop, but he'll also need to hold off Volpe in the long run.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Anthony Volpe Continues To Swing Hot Bat This Spring

    Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe went 1-for-2 with a run and pair of walks in a start on Monday. Volpe drew the start with fellow shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (foot) sidelined with a minor foot injury. Volpe, 21, is the teams top prospect and has been off to a hot start this spring with a .353 batting average to go along with five runs, one home run, one RBI and three stolen bases over 17 at-bats. The young shortstop has developed physically since being draft in the first-round out of high school and has shown strong exit velocities and power to all fields. Volpe has opened the eyes of manager Aaron Boone and he has mentioned recently that Volpe could have a chance at breaking camp with the team. Although those words are encouraging, it is more likely that Volpe will open the season in Triple-A with Oswald Peraza already on the 40-man roster and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa still in the mix. Regardless, Volpe has made real strides so far this spring and could make his big-league debut in 2023. Volpe's highest value is in dynasty leagues, but he when called up, he will make for an exciting addition in redraft leagues. He is a name to keep a close eye on this spring.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Aaron Judge Hits First Homer Of Spring Monday

    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit his first long ball of the season in Monday's 9-2 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates. The 30-year-old hit an impressive opposite-field, three-run shot in the sixth inning and is now batting .500 this spring. The 2022 American League Most Valuable Player obviously did a great job of hitting the ball over the fence last season, slashing .311/.425/.686 with 62 HR, 131 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. While it is unrealistic to expect that many from him this season, fantasy managers can still confidently draft Judge as a top overall fantasy player and one of baseball's best sources of power.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Oswald Peraza Misses Monday's Game

    New York Yankees shortstop Oswald Peraza (foot) was held out of Monday's Grapefruit matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates. There is no need for fantasy managers to panic here. It sounds like Peraza is dealing with a minor foot issue, so the team decided to hold him out of this game. The Yankees don't want to risk anything in Spring Training, so he'll likely sit as long as he needs. There is a good chance that Peraza is back in the lineup for their next game.

    Mar 6 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Nestor Cortes Expected To Begin Season As Fifth Starter

    New York Yankees southpawNestor Cortes(hamstring) is expected to start off the season as the fifth man of the Yankees rotation. According to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees will ramp up Cortes to begin the season as a precaution to heal his hamstring completely. Cortes withdrew from the WBC after an apparent hamstring injury forced him to back out. The Yankees will start the season with a rotation consisting ofGerrit Cole,Carlos Rodon,Luis Severino,Clarke Schmidt/Domingo German, and Cortes. The 28-year-old will be bumped up to the fourth spot once Boone is comfortable employing him with no setbacks. Cortes is poised for another promising performance in 2023 and hopes to make his second All-Star appearance.

    Mar 5 · Source via Yankees Gerrit Cole Nestor Cortes Domingo German Carlos Rodon Clarke Schmidt Luis Severino
  • Tommy Kahnle Shut Down From Throwing

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (biceps) has been shut down from throwing, according to manager Aaron Boone. The 33-year-old is dealing with right biceps tendinitis, so the team will have him take time off and hope the issue goes away. The right-hander has thrown in a total of 13 games over the last two seasons. He looked great during the 2019 season, but he hasn't truly been healthy since then. Hopefully, Kahnle can get over this issue and get back on the mound before Opening Day.

    Mar 5 · Source via Yankees Tommy Kahnle closers
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