When the New York Yankees signed Adam Warren to a minor league deal with a spring invitation last December, they envisioned him as a potential contributor in the bullpen after the top guys, but he had to show first he was A) fully healthy, and B) still an effective reliever after dealing with some injuries in the last couple of years.
Spring training started and Warren reported to the Yankees trying to win a spot in a deep bullpen, but he was one of the first cuts, announced a few days ago, and now, he’s back dealing with a physical ailment.
Warren, according to Anthony Rieber, has been shut down 4-5 days ago with a sore shoulder. Everybody knows, including the Yankees, that shoulder injuries need not to be taken lightly, especially for pitchers.
A tough break for the Yankees’ righty
The injury is certainly a tough break for the veteran right-hander, who didn’t pitch at all during the 2020 season as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery.
So far, he had thrown three scoreless innings with the New York Yankees in Grapefruit league action, but making the bullpen was going to be an uphill battle anyway because the team has incredible depth at the position and a couple of (healthy) spring training standouts in Nick Nelson and Lucas Luetge.
Warren, nevertheless, was performing more than adequately, as he had retired nine of the ten batters he faced so far.
As NBC Sports Edge notes, this latest setback will likely take Warren out of consideration for a bullpen spot with the Yankees for Opening Day.
Aroldis Chapman will operate as the Yankees’ closer, while Darren O’Day, Justin Wilson, and Chad Green handle setup duties. Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga will likely be on the roster, too, and manager Aaron Boone recently said that he likes Nick Nelson as a potential multi-inning weapon.
This afternoon, the New York Yankees announced their first round of Spring Training roster cuts.
The team assigned a handful of players to minor league affiliates but didn’t send them to minor league camp. One of the Yankees’ top outfield prospects, Estevan Florial, was assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Florial spent a lot of time there over the past few seasons and came into camp without any real chance to make the team.
Additionally, the Yankees optioned RHP Luis Gil to Double-A Somerset. Guil is the Yankees No. 4 prospect and will get his first taste of Double-A action this season.
The Yankees also optioned RHPs Luis Medina and Alexander Vizcaino to Single-A Tampa along with infielder Oswald Peraza. All three players are top-20 prospects within the New York Yankees organization. The team also optioned RHP Yoendrys Gomez to Single-A Tampa.
In addition to the Yankees optioning several players to the minor leagues, the team assigned a slew of players to minor league camp. The full list of players sent to minor league camp is as follows:
INF Armando Alvarez
OF Trey Amburgey
OF Michael Beltre
C Josh Breaux
C Kellin Deglan
INF Ezequiel Duran
INF Chris Gittens
LHP Trevor Lane
C Max McDowell
OF Thomas Malone
RHP Glenn Otto
INF Hoy Park
C Anthony Siegler
RHP Adam Warren
C Austin Wells
Most of these moves aren’t particularly surprising, but one does stand out a bit: Adam Warren. In three Spring Training appearances, Warren gave up just one hit and struck out two. He is, however, recovering from Tommy John surgery, so that could be a factor in his demotion.
Several players are not that happy that the New York Yankees have taken Domingo German back with the team after his suspension for domestic violence. Most notably, relief pitcher Zack Britton said, “you can’t choose who your teammates are; I don’t agree with what [German] did. I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field or at all.” Further details of German’s infraction have been revealed, and several team members are not happy about it. However, there is at least one Yankee that has come out in support of German. Luis Severino.
Severino continues to progress. He threw from 90 feet on flat ground today and will throw from 120 feet tomorrow. He also said he is confident in the Yankee rotation and that he’s 100 percent confident he’ll be his old self when he returns. In support of German, he said yesterday:
“Every time I talk to Domingo, it’s about baseball,” Severino said Monday. “[It’s] about getting better. Every time we have a conversation, it’s about us or him getting better. That’s the only thing I have in mind. Helping the team get to the World Series.”
Severino and German have been good friends for four years. Severino added he thought German was holding up under the added scrutiny.“I think he’s handling it really well, with all the stuff going on,” Severino said. “I haven’t talked to him about that a lot.”
Clarke Schmidt first injury of spring training
It hasn’t taken too long for the injury bug to hit the Yankees. Clarke Schmidt had an elbow injury and is expected to be out for three or four weeks. He has what manager Aaron Boone described as a common extensor strain in his right elbow, which means he will be out for the remainder of spring training at the earliest. He will then have to ramp back up, which means the Yankees will likely not be able to use him in live games until some time in late April or early May. The good news is that an MRI shows that his UCL is fine and there is no permanent damage.
Final Yankees report and take physicals
Several New York Yankees reported for duty today in Tampa. In addition several players were already at Steinbrenner Field, among them Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres, to name a few. Those taking their physicals today and taking their first workouts were Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Miguel Andujar, among others. Brett Gardner is taking his physical and ironing out the final details of his contract. He will be joining the team shortly.
Adam Warren hoping for a comeback
During the offseason, the New York Yankees reunited with an old friend, Adam Warren. Although he was signed to a minor league contract, the Yankees hope he can shore up the early relief coming out of the bullpen and ease the strain on Luis Cessa. Warren is hoping for a comeback year with the Yankees. This is his third stint with the Yankees.
Pitchers throw live batting practice
Several pitchers took to the mound at Steinbrenner Field. Gerrit Cole took bullpen today. Cole lacked his normal command, but manager Aaron Boone said that that is natural for his first bullpen. Other pitchers the took to the mound were Kyle Barraclough, Nestor Cortes Jr., who came back to the Yankees in the offseason; Brooks Kriske, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Lyons, another add on, Jordan Montgomery, and Nick Nelson.
First exhibition game on Sunday
With everyone at camp and working out, the New York Yankees will have their first exhibition game on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a 1:05 pm game. The Yankees have been preparing for this throughout the offseason. There are major changes in the team from last season. Gone is Masahiro Tanaka, who is now pitching in Japan, James Paxton, with his old team, the Seattle Mariners, and J.A. Happ is working out with the Minnesota Twins.
This year the Yankees have Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and traded from the Pirates; he will be followed in the rotation by Jameson Taillon. The Yankees made a major add-on for the bullpen by adding one of the best relievers in 2020 in Darren O’ Day. The Yankees lineup will look pretty much the same, but with one difference, both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are both healthy going into spring training.
On Wednesday, the New York Yankees announced that they signed 20 players to minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training. Six of the 20 have significant MLB experience and could make an impact for the Yankees in 2021.
Barraclough, a 30-year-old RHP, has the potential to become a middle-reliever with the Yankees. In five MLB seasons, he has an ERA of 3.00 or less in three of them. Over his career, Barraclough has a 3.53 ERA with a 1.359 WHIP in just over 250 innings of action.
Bruce, in his prime, was known as one of the most prolific power-hitters in all of baseball. He had his fair share of struggles last season, but at 33-years-old, Bruce could still have a few good years left in the tank. Bruce struggles in the field, but has totaled over 300 home runs in his 13-year career with three all-star nominations.
Chacin, 33, has been a starter for seven teams over 13 seasons. He most recently pitched for the Braves in 2020, where he made two appearances. Chacin has a 4.04 ERA in 257 games with a 1.332 WHIP and a 4.22 FIP. In addition to starting, Chacin can be used in long-relief or low-leverage bullpen situations.
Chirinos could potentially become the Yankees’ back-up catcher if he were to beat out Kyle Higashioka this spring. He has just a .231 career average but is more of a defensive catcher. Chirinos spent the 2019 season in Houston, where he worked well with Gerrit Cole. He’s thrown out 24% of runners attempting to steal over his career and has a 5.8 dWAR.
Dietrich has the potential to become one of the Yankees’ utilitymen in 2021. A left-handed power-bat who can play both infield and outfield, Dietrich has a career .245 average with a 107 OPS+. His OBP has been greater than .325 in each of his last seven seasons and he’s known to frequently get hit by pitches. Dietrich’s only draw-backs are his defensiveive struggles and his lack of speed.
Warren will be joining the Yankees for the fourth team, re-signing with the team who drafted him. His career ERA sits at 3.53, but has pitched significantly better in New York with a 3.18 ERA in pinstripes. Warren’s career ERA+ sits at 117 with a 1.231 career WHIP in nearly 500 innings. The 33-year-old righty has the potential to find himself in middle-innings once again for the Yankees.
This off-season, one of the New York Yankees‘ goals was to bolster their already solid bullpen. The team reportedly signed veteran right-hander Darren O’Day to a one-year, $2.5 million deal and inked two other veterans to minor-league contracts. Adam Warren will return to the Yankees for the third time, while the team also added 30-year-old Kyle Barraclough. Both players missed the 2020 season but now have an opportunity with the most prestigious team in baseball.
Neither guys are locks to make the team out of Spring Training, but both can potentially have great success with the Yankees.
Warren was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Yankees and made his MLB debut with the team in 2012. After the 2015 season, the Yankees dealt him to the Chicago Cubs in a deal that brought Starlin Castro to New York. Just months later, the Yankees acquired Warren back in a trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago.
Warren spent two more years with the Yankees before a 2018 trade with the Mariners sent him to Seattle. He finished the season in Seattle and then signed a one-year deal with the Padres for 2019.
Across eight seasons, Warren has a 3.53 ERA with a 117 ERA+ and a 4.02 FIP. However, Warren’s stats in New York are significantly better than with any other team. He has a 3.18 ERA in New York with a 129 ERA+ and a 3.61 FIP.
Warren’s shown to have great success before with the Yankees, and it would boost the bullpen if he can do it again. If he makes the club out of Spring Training, he should have a middle-relief role with the Yankees.
Barraclough had a lot of success earlier on in his career, but the past few seasons have been rough for the five-year veteran. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Barraclough in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB draft and remained with the organization until 2015 when a trade for Steve Cishek sent him to the Miami Marlins. Barraclough debuted in the majors around a month later and performed well with a 2.59 ERA and a 3.42 FIP.
2016 was just as dominant for Barraclough, pitching to a 2.85 ERA and a 2.11 FIP. He performed well in 2017, but 2018 was rough for him, ending with an ERA of 4.20 and a FIP of 4.97.
After the 2018 season, Barraclough was dealt to the Nationals for cash considerations. He never panned out with Washington, recording a 6.66 ERA in 33 games in 2019. The Nationals placed Barraclough on waivers, and the San Francisco Giants claimed him. In 10 appearances, he recorded a 2.25 ERA, showing he still has some promise.
If the Yankees can get Barraclough back to where he was a few seasons ago, it would be huge for the Yankee bullpen. He likely will begin in a low-leverage role with the team but could work his way into late-innings situations with success.
The New York Yankees are waiting patiently for the free-agent market to develop, but that doesn’t mean they are staying quiet. The Yankees have been engaged with DJ LeMahieu on his contract extension, but they have made some minor signings over the past several days.
The most recent signing is middle relief arm Adam Warren, who last pitched for the Yankees in 2018. He’s had amicable success over his career but was injured for the 2020 season and will be making his return in 2021. His most recent season in 2019 didn’t go as planned, as he earned a 5.34 ERA with a lowly 7.85 strikeouts per nine.
With Tommy Kahnle hitting free agency after undergoing Tommy John surgery this past season, Warren can be a decent supplement. He was signed to a minor league contract but was very productive with the Yankees in 2017. He finished the season with a 2.35 ERA over 57.1 innings. His high 53.7% ground ball rate was exactly what Yankee Stadium requires.
Warren reuniting with the Yankees is perfectly timed, as he spent the 2020 season rehabilitating from Tommy John, and 14 months later, he’s prepared to make an impact. He will likely have to work his way up through the minor leagues’ upper tiers, but I imagine he will find his way in the bullpen rather quickly.
Could the New York Yankees still be intrigued by JT Realmuto?
Early reports indicated that Realmuto could cost upwards of $200 million on a long-term deal, but a more realistic contract could hover in the $100 million range over five years. In fact, his theoretical deal would be very similar to DJ LeMahieu’s.
The Yankees are seemingly committed to Gary Sanchez, but he has been degrading the past few years significantly, and if this streak continues, they will have to find a replacement at some point. Locking in the best catcher on the market for the long term would solve a pressing problem GM Brian Cashman promised to reevaluate this offseason.
The Yankees have already extended a new one year contract to Sanchez and having him under control until the 2023 off-season. Considering how cheap he will be, the Yankees can save their money and work with what they have on the roster. Expect them to roll with Kyle Higashiosaka and Sanchez, playing the hot hand.
However, if LeMahieu walks, the Yankees can reallocate that money toward a different player, and Realmuto would be a massive upgrade at catcher.
This past season, he hit .266 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. Over the course of a full 2019 season, he hit .275 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs. He has a below-average strikeout rate for a catcher and is defensively sound. He only allowed one passed ball over 36 games (Fangraphs).
While it is improbable the Yankees go this route, he is still available on the market, and his contract expectations could dwindle as time goes on.
The New York Yankees, now that they have committed to having the struggling Gary Sanchez the catcher of choice for the 2021 season, must decide who will catch for Yankee’s ace Gerrit Cole in the upcoming season. On the New York Yankees Hot Stove last night on the YES Network, the ace said that the Yankees have two outstanding catchers in Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka.
However, the results of Cole pitching to Higashioka in 2020 are undeniable; the results pitching to Highasioka were better than when Gary Sanchez caught for the ace. Now the New York Yankees have to decide if their best pitcher will pitch to both or if Higashioka will remain Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher for the 2021 season.
Last night on the Hot Stove, Cole did not tip his hat on whether he preferred Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka going forward. In an interview on the YES Network’s “Hot Stove” that aired Thursday night, Cole said he expected to work with both backstops during spring training.
Mid-season Kyle Higashioka became Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher. Gerrit Cole ended his first season with the New York Yankees in strong fashion, with four straight solid starts to finish the regular season and three more in the playoffs, all with him pitching to the call of Kyle Higashioka. It would be hard to believe that the Yankees would fiddle with that matchup that has been so successful.
Cole’s ERA rose to 3.91 in his last games during August. When switching over to throwing to Higashioka in his last four starts in September, he pitched to an ERA of just 1.01; how do you ignore that change? The pitching matchup was also effective in the postseason that saw primary catcher Sanchez only catch two postseason games none for Cole.
As the season progressed, primary catcher Gary Sanchez’s struggles became more noticeable, so much so that manager Aaron Boone benched him in games. Boone became more comfortable with Higashioka catching than Sanchez. Sanchez is now catching in the Dominican Republic in the Winter League to improve his game, but it has gone concerningly for the Yankees as Sanchez has continued to struggle. Nevertheless, Sanchez has been given a tendered contract that will pay him about $5 million during the 2021 season.
In other Hot Stove news, Aaron Boone would like to see the Yankees thread the needle to financially allow the return of both Masahiro Tanaka and Brett Gardner, who they have a ton of respect for. He reiterated that their primary need is to re-sign slugger and batting title owner DJ LeMahieu.
In a conversation with Micheal Kay during the Hot Stove broadcast, they talked about the Yankees facing the Boston Red Sox during 2021. Kay believes that the Red Sox would have to take a giant leap to compete with the Yankees, although it is best when the Yankees and Red Sox are at the top of the division and facing each other. He said that Red Sox would have to substantially address their pitching needs to compete at the top of the league and make up for the loss of Jackie Bradley Jr. in centerfield when he becomes a free agent after this season.
They also talked about the rising Toronto Blue Jays and the division leader Tampa Bay Rays. Kay feels the Yankees will have to compete with both the Jays and the Rays for the division in 2021. Noticeably there was no talk of what the New York Yankees will do about their pitching needs. They did mention the acquisition of Adam Warren to strengthen the bullpen.
The New York Yankees have apparently signed an old friend in right-hand pitcher Adam Warren; if true, it will be his fourth time with the Yankees. The signing was for a minor league contract. Warren had Tommy John surgery during September of 2019, so he should be ready to go if invited to spring training. The report initially came from Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. CBS News reports he signed Tuesday afternoon.
The 33-year-old righty reliever Warren pitched in the New York Yankees majors from 2012 to 2015 before becoming a Chicago Cub but was traded back with the Yankees in 2016. The Yankees then traded him to the Seattle Mariners. Before the season in 2019, he signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres. He spent most of his time with the Padres on the injured list. The Yankees resigned him in December 2019 but released him on July 17, 2020, while rehabbing.
The Yankees released him from a previous minor-league deal back in July of 2020 but evidently are interested in keeping him in pinstripes, not that he has rehabbed. He owns a career 3.53 ERA in 492.1 big-league innings, so he should have a good shot at a bullpen role if he can prove he’s back to his pre-injury form. According to Warren, he is happy to be home. It is the Yankees’ third pitcher to be signed during this offseason. The other two are Nestor Cortes Jr. and Matt Bowman.
The New York Yankees have been looking for pitching all off-season, but they don’t have significant money to spend on elite-level talent. To supplement their losses, general manager Brian Cashman has been looking toward injured players to fill voids, and that method has been productive in the past, specifically with James Paxton.
However, Cashman is taking the same approach toward their bullpen, landing former Yankee Adam Warren on a minor-league deal, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
The Yankees have signed RHP Adam Warren to a minor-league deal, source says. He’ll be ready to go right out of the gate. Had Tommy John surgery in September 2019.
What are the New York Yankees getting with Adam Warren?
Warren last played for the Yankees in 2017, finishing the campaign with a 2.35 ERA. He earned a 43.7% ground ball rate and 8.48 strikeouts per nine, pitching in 57.1 innings.
However, Warren underwent Tommy John surgery this past year but will be ready for the start of the 2021 campaign, replacing Tommy Kahnle, who elected to test free agency this off-season. This should be a very cost-efficient deal for the Yankees, bringing back a familiar face who has performed well in the past.
The Bombers have struggled in the bullpen at times, especially with some of their more reliable arms, including Adam Ottavino and Chad Green.
Diving more into Warren, he tends to utilize his fastball, change up, and slider predominantly. He does mix in an occasional sinker and curveball. He hovers in the 92 mph range with his fastball, but that could take a minor dip after Tommy John. Nonetheless, this is a great sign in for the Yankees, who are looking to replace Kahnle and need to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold.
If you’re aNew York Yankees fan, things have been more busy the last 48-72 hours. So here’s a quick rundown on everything that happened in that time span:
Welcome to New York New Guy!
Gerrit Cole was officially introduced today. A lifelong Yankee fan, he seemed to understand all that was to be expected of him, and seemed to relish at the prospect of pitching meaningful games in September/October. Oh, and it was revealed that he was going to wear 45.
Honor Thy Brother
So what does that mean for Luke Voit, the Yankees first baseman who wore 45 the last year and a half? He announced on social media that he was going to change to 59. The significance? That was the number his brother wore playing football for West Point.
Second Chance Elsewhere
In order to make room for Gerritt Cole, Chance Adams was designated for assignment. Not to kick a guy when he’s down, but a career minor leaguer who’s been mediocre at best on the big league level (1-2 with an ERA over 8 on the big league schedule, as opposed to 39-16 with 3.12 in the minors), he was an obvious choice. Now, if only they can only move JA Happ with some expediency, all would be right in the world.
Hello Old Friend
The New York Yankees have resigned Adam Warren for his third go around in the Bronx. He hasn’t started much since 2015, but he’s a long inning reliever with a history of starting games. Stretching him out in spring training would be no problem whatsoever.
Oh The Trade Rumors
It’s hard to keep in check the number of trade rumors and free agent signings the Yankees are involved in. So a brief rundown of the rumors involving the Yankees:
Francisco Lindor is still linked to the New York Yankees in trade rumors. The package that the Yankees would need to surrender for Lindor would be astronomical.
Brock Holt is rumored to be in talks with the Yankees. The free agent utility player would be overkill for a team already with Thairo Estrada and Tyler Wade.
The Yankees are still in talks with the Brewers over Josh Hader. You know my stance. Next.
The Rangers are interested in trading for Miguel Andujar. The Rangers have no one to offer. If you decide to trade Andujar, wait for the deadline.
And that’s a quick rundown of all the things happening in the Yankees universe.