Yankees could pass on crazy shortstop market in favor of star prospect

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Despite giving Gleyber Torres plenty of opportunities to lock down the shortstop position, the New York Yankees have finally come to the conclusion that he can no longer be their long-term option. Torres, who started out as a second baseman and transitioned to shortstop, has struggled mightily this year, posting a .962 fielding percentage. With a league average .982 percentage at SS, the 24-year-old infielder will head back to second base, shifting DJ LeMahieu to third base and Gio Urshela to SS.

With that being the case, the Yankees are preparing for the likelihood they will be active in the free-agent market, trying to fill the spot. There will be multiple big names available, including Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story. These are four options that would immediately upgrade the spot, providing solid defense and adequate offensive production.

Lately, Correa has been linked as a potential option for the Bombers, and considering the season he’s having, he would be a phenomenal addition. Over 137 games this year, Correa has 24 homers, 85 RBIs, and is hitting .280. Correa could avoid the Yankees given their complicated history, but there is an alternate route the Bombers could take that would avoid paying big money to another free agent.

With Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton both on $300+ million contracts, general manager Brian Cashman might not have the authorization to hand out another behemoth deal. In that scenario, they could look to star prospect Anthony Volpe, who’s having a fantastic season with the A+ Hudson Valley Renegades.

Waiting for him to be ready could be a necessity, as he’s currently hitting .286 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs over 20 games. He’s absolutely destroying offensively, turning into a legitimate slugger.

If the Yankees are willing to fill the SS spot in the short term while they wait for him to reach the MLB level, it could be a positive move. They could cement Urshela at the position and LeMahieu at third base, which would cover them defensively. That would indicate an extension for Anthony Rizzo at first base and Torres taking over the second base spot full-time. Eventually, they can move Gio back to the hot corner, LeMahieu to first base, and Volpe at shortstop.

Nonetheless, management has a difficult decision to make at one of the most critical positions in the infield, but knowing the Yankees, they will be looking to splash the cash before they wait for a prospect.

Yankees News: Joey Gallo picks up injury at worst time, Wild Card is a battle of the AL East

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With the season winding to an end, every game has extreme importance for the New York Yankees in the Wild Card standings. Now sitting in fourth place in the AL East, the Bombers are desperately fighting to stay in the race at the top of the WC.

Sitting 0.5 games back, Toronto and Boston currently hold the top two spots, and after an unfortunate loss to Cleveland on Saturday, things are only getting more difficult for the Yankees. Allowing 11 runs is unacceptable for a team that has postseason expectations. Starting pitcher Luis Gil gave up three hits and two earned runs over 4.1 innings. The bullpen was equally as inconsistent, as Albert Abreu allowed five runs in less than an inning and Andrew Heaney gave up three runs and five hits over 3.0 innings.

The Yankees miss Jonathan Loaisiga dearly, and there is a possibility he is unable to make it back in time to help his team close out the season. However, the Bombers are expected to return Luis Severino in the coming days, and he will offer them a solid option out of the bullpen to get his season started.

Speaking of injuries, the Yankees also saw slugger Joey Gallo pick up a neck issue. They have him listed day-to-day.

“He was trying to work through it all morning with different stretches and stuff, but I think after his first at-bat, it was just barking too much on him,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He got some more treatment during the game, so we’ll see where we’re at.”

Gallo has struggled since joining the Yankees this off-season in a trade with the Texas Rangers. He’s hitting .204 with 37 homers and 75 RBIs. He’s quickly closing on his career highs in the HR category, hitting 41 in 2017, a personal record. He’s walking a career-high 18.5% the season but is striking out 34.3% of his at-bats. Overall, he’s had several small streaks of success but otherwise had been inconsistent for the Bombers.

Yankees News: Great injury news for Luis Severino, Corey Kluber dominates in slug-fest

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The New York Yankees executed a dominant performance against the Cleveland Indians on Friday evening. It was a home run festival for the Bombers, who saw Joey Gallo hit two, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and Giancarlo Stanton all go deep to tie their season-high with five home runs in a single game.

However, the most impressive performance of the evening was starting pitcher Corey Kluber, who lasted 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits and zero runs. He struck out for batters and walked two over 95 pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.68 on the season.

Great injury news for the Yankees:

There is primarily good news for the Yankees in their most recent victory over Cleveland, as Kluber displayed one of his best performances of the year aside from his no-hitter before suffering a shoulder strain several months ago. The offense was on point as well, collecting 11 hits and striking out just eight times.

Aside from the win, the Yankees are nearly ready to call up Luis Severino for the first time this year after suffering an injury setback with a groin issue a few weeks back. Severino has missed extensive time trying to re-join the team, pitching just 12 innings over the past two seasons.

“Not being able to help the team for a couple of years has been really bad,” Severino said. “I’m looking forward to joining the team. If they want me to hit, throw, catch, whatever. I don’t really care right now.”

With just a few more rehabilitation sessions left to execute, the Yankees are excited about the prospect of adding him to the rotation, especially with Domingo German still fighting his way back and inconsistencies plaguing the team at times.

“We’re not going to get him built up to start or anything like that, but I can [see Severino pitching in the Majors],” Boone said. “We’ll see what the next step is, getting him into a game in a couple of days, but I could envision him being with us pretty soon if everything goes well.”

Good news and bad news after Yankees blow game against Baltimore in crazy fashion

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The New York Yankees are simply finding ways to lose at this point, blowing a 9th inning lead to present the Baltimore Orioles with their 47th win of the year. Every game counts, as the Yankees desperately try to hold on to a Wild Card spot. After losing to Baltimore on Thursday, they are 0.5 games back behind Boston and Toronto, with a series against Cleveland coming up.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

Let’s start off with a bit of injury news. The Yankees are currently waiting on a few reinforcements in the starting pitching rotation, as Domingo German is preparing to make a comeback, slated for his second rehab outing later this week, and will likely join the Yankees as a relief option. Jameson Taillon also landed on the injured list recently, but he will likely make a return next week after a partial ankle tendon tear. His rehabilitation is going well, throwing a 16-pitch bullpen on Wednesday, indicating he’s on the right track to return.

Both Jonathan Loáisiga and Luis Severino are battling their way back to the team. Loáisiga, who has had a fantastic season as the Yankees’ top relief pitcher, has been dealing with a right shoulder strain since September 5. Manager Aaron Boone is optimistic he will get a few options back in the coming days, indicating that they will see how Jonathan’s shoulder responds to his throwing program.

Clearly, there is some good news in the injury department, but the Bombers have a big-time game against Cleveland on Friday evening with Luis Gil on the mound. Gill got smacked around a bit in his last outing, giving up five earned runs over 6.0 innings. After starting his career at the MLB level with three consecutive games without allowing an earned run, he has given up eight in the past two contests.

Offensively, the Yankees need to perform better. Scoring two runs against a poor Baltimore team is unacceptable. They tallied seven hits and collected six walks, which should provide more run support. In addition, catcher Gary Sanchez allowing a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to allow Baltimore to steal the game is unfortunate. Sanchez has been solid as of late, but questions regarding his defense have once again bubbled to the surface.

Yankees News: Gleyber Torres responds to losing shortstop job, Nestor Cortes continues to dominate

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The New York Yankees are currently on a three-game winning streak as they try to retain their spot in the Wild Card. However, both Toronto and Boston emerged victorious on Wednesday, leaving the three teams in a tie at the top of the WC standings.

Both Boston and New York barely emerged victorious, as the Red Sox went into extra innings, eventually beating Seattle 9-4, and the Yankees required a 9th inning single by Brett Gardner to take the lead. However, there are changes and shifts being made to the Yankees team, especially with a lack of starting pitching talent currently available.

Thankfully, one of the team’s most underrated players, Nestor Cortes Jr., pitched 6.1 innings against Baltimore, allowing just three hits and one run, striking out 11 batters. Cortes currently holds a 2.60 ERA and has established himself as a primary starter for the team. The bullpen has struggled at times — Chad Green allowed two hits and two runs over 1.1 innings.

It required a bit of luck to steal a win from Baltimore on Wednesday, as Gardern’s single blooped into shallow left field in the pouring rain, making the play even more problematic.

The Yankees are making moves in the infield:

The Yankees have been experimenting with different combinations in the infield, as they have permanently moved Gleyber Torres back to second base. To supplement that move, the Yankees moved DJ LeMahieu to third base and Gio Urshela to shortstop. Torres admitted that he struggled at SS, and he would do whatever it takes for the team to win more games, even if that means changing positions. He’s made 18 errors this season at arguably the most important infield position, which has hurt the Yankees on multiple occasions.

“Everything for the team,” Torres said before Tuesday night’s game at the Baltimore Orioles. “I didn’t really do a good job at short. I made too many errors and I feel the way we are right now we can’t make any errors. So, I feel really good to move to second and I just want to be part of the team.”

With one more contest against Baltimore on Thursday evening, the Yankees will closely be watching Boston and Toronto, who continue to win as well. Jordan Montgomery will feature on the mound, hosting a 3.71 ERA over 138.1 innings pitched this year. He’s allowed 127 hits and struck out 137 batters. On the other side, Baltimore will start Chris Ellis, who has a 2.08 ERA this season but has only pitched a small sample size of 21.2 innings. This is a must-win game for the Yankees as they prepare to host Cleveland on Friday night.

Good news and bad news in Yankees’ walk-off win over Minnesota

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The New York Yankees scratched out a win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday, but it didn’t come easy. With Luis Gil starting on the mound, the Yankees were still waiting for his unfortunate crashing back down to earth after starting his major-league career in such impressive fashion. Gil, who had only allowed three runs in his previous three contests, finally saw the scoreboard crack open, as he gave up seven hits and five runs over 6.0 innings on Monday. He did strike out eight batters, but giving up three homers is what did him in.

Overall, the Yankees played well, mounting a comeback that hopefully will spark a bit of momentum as they take on the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The good news, the bullpen had a strong game against the Twins in a make-up contest from August 22. From Andrew Heaney all the way to Clay Holmes in the 10th inning, they allowed just two hits and struck out five batters. The offense finally stepped up to the plate, as Aaron Judge launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw the game tied at five, giving Gary Sanchez an opportunity for a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 10th, in which he singled to left field, driving in Gleyber Torres.

Speaking of Torres, the Yankees decided to officially move him out of the shortstop spot, as he’s been struggling significantly on defense. At SS, Torres hosts a .952 fielding percentage, as the league average sits at .973. He’s racked up 18 errors over 108 games played this season.

Torres will now feature at second base, as the Yankees moved DJ LeMahieu to third base and Gio Urshela to shortstop. Of course, this is a significant change in the infield, but it could prove to be efficient given the quality of both DJ and Gio defensively. The Yankees simply don’t want to lose Torres’s bat. He’s capable of being an elite hitter, especially with a bit more confidence.

The Bombers will host Gerrit Cole on the mound against Baltimore, and Alexander Wells will feature for the Orioles — he hosts a 7.15 ERA this season. The Yankees have a fantastic opportunity to get their offense rolling against a terrible Baltimore team, but the way the Yankees have been playing recently, there’s no guarantee they will walk away victorious.

WATCH: Yankees’ Gary Sanchez hits walk-off base hit to steal must-win game over Twins

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The New York Yankees stole a victory against the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon. Playing in a make-up game from August 22, the Yankees were down 5-0 early as Luis Gil gave up seven hits and five earned runs in just 6.0 innings. However, the bullpen was fantastic, allowing just two hits the rest of the way.

Slugger Aaron Judge brought the team level in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a three-run blast to right field, driving in Anthony Rizzo and Brett Gardner.

After Clay Holmes dominated in the top of the 10th inning, striking out one batter and recording three outs on 11 pitches, catcher Gary Sanchez hit the game-winning single to left field, driving in Gleyber Torres.

This was a must-win game for the Yankees as they fight to stay alive in the Wild Card standings. Currently, they are 0.5 games out of a playoff spot, and with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox facing off against the Seattle Mariners, there’s a good chance they could reclaim a spot Monday evening.

Good news and bad news in Stanton-lead Yankees’ loss to Mets

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The New York Yankees lost to the Mets on Sunday in a thriller that nearly resulted in a brawl between the two teams. The Yankees called upon Clarke Schmidt to start the game with multiple pitchers struggling to stay healthy as the end of the season nears.

After the Yankees posted two runs in the top of the first inning, Schmidt proceeded to give up three runs over the next two innings, thanks to a Francisco Lindor three-run homer in a second. Lindor hit three homers on the evening, taunting the Yankees as he rounded the bases, which sparked a reaction from Stanton, as he launched a 443-foot blast in the seventh inning, giving Lindor some of his own medicine as he rounded second base.

Both teams proceeded to charge the field, but luckily there were no significant extracurricular activities. I don’t think Lindor wants to take on Stanton in a 1V1 fight.

However, the Yankees cannot be dropping games at this point, as they currently sit in fourth place in the American League standings and are one game out of the Wild Card, with the Toronto Blue Jays taking the top spot.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

There is a bit of good news for the Yankees, who posted six runs and showed some of their offensive firepower in the loss. They will take on a struggling Minnesota Twins team in a one-game series due to a make-up game from August 22. After Minnesota, the Yankees have a much-needed three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, two teams who they are capable of sweeping and getting themselves back in the win column.

The schedule set itself up nicely for a winning streak, but given how the Yankees are performing lately, we shouldn’t assume anything. Toronto, on the other hand, will take on the Tampa Bay Rays six times over the next nine games, offering the Yankees a great opportunity to retake the top spot in the WC. On the other hand, the Red Sox will travel to Seattle, another team that has had a solid season with a 76-66 record.

Given how Toronto is playing right now, the Yankees’ best bet is to overcome Boston in the Wild Card, but they still need to prove consistency in their starting rotation.

The Bombers with feature Luis Gil on the mound against Minnesota, and after his first tough outing of the season against Toronto, he will be looking to rebound in a positive fashion.

Good news and bad news as Yankees escape with win in nail-biter over Mets

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In a must-win game, the New York Yankees managed to extract a victory over the New York Mets on Saturday evening. On the anniversary of 9/11, the Yankees found themselves in peril as they lost ground in the Wild Card standings. While Baltimore managed to extract victory over Toronto in the first game of their four-game series, they have lost the last two, allowing 11 runs in the seventh inning Saturday. In fact, the Yankees are currently tied with Toronto in the WC standings, so their victory over the Mets proved to be that much more significant.

Toronto has one more game against Baltimore, and the Boston Red Sox will take on the Chicago White Sox with just one game up in the WC. The season is boiling down to an exciting last few weeks, but the Yankees are still unsure who they will start on Sunday evening against their crosstown rivals; things are getting a bit tumultuous in the Bronx.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The Yankees’ victory on Saturday was valiant and exciting, as both teams went back-and-forth, trading punches with Luke Voit eventually grounding into a fielders choice at shortstop, as Andrew Velazquez scored on a throwing error by Javier Baez.

The real hero on the evening was Aaron Judge, who launched two home runs, tallying three RBIs and making a few big-time plays in right field defensively. Brett Gardner and Gleyber Torres both tallied two hits, showcasing their contributions and providing an offensive spark.

Unfortunately, starting pitcher Corey Kluber had a difficult outing, lasting 4.0 innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs. After returning from a shoulder injury, Kluber has had trouble easing his way back in, but the Yankees have no choice but to utilize him with a lack of starting support after Gerrit Cole’s Injury.

Nonetheless, a win is a win — the Yankees desperately needed this one to give them a bit of confidence and momentum moving forward.

“One of those where we needed everyone, we used almost everyone,” Boone said. “And yeah, definitely feels good to hear some noise in that clubhouse postgame.”

As they prepare to wrap up the series against the Mets, they will have one game against Minnesota at home and then travel to Baltimore for three-game series, where they must walk away with a sweep.

Yankees News, 9/11: Gary Sanchez awful gaffe helps doom Yanks, Aaron Boone details mistake

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The New York Yankees are currently on a six-game losing streak, falling to the New York Mets on Friday evening by a score of 3-10. Giving up double-digit runs to the Mets only confirms that the Yankees have hit rock bottom, and they will be looking to change their momentum on Saturday evening with Corey Kluber on the mound.

However, it could be too little too late, as the Yankees are only 0.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Wild Card standings. Thankfully, Baltimore managed to take down Toronto on Friday, giving the Bombers a bit more life. The Boston Red Sox are only one game ahead of the Yankees in the WC, and with 21 games remaining in the regular season, it’s survival of the fittest moving forward.

However, the Yankees struggled considerably to get going against their crosstown rivals, and catcher Gary Sanchez had one unfortunate slip up during the game that aided the Mets’ offensive masterclass.

With Jonathan Villar sliding into home plate, Sanchez elevated his body too much, allowing him to sneak his feet in and cross safely. This allowed the Mets to tie the game in the first inning, which started a series of unfortunate events.

“Obviously, he’s going to be out easy,” Boone said. “It’s a great throw by Joey and I think (Sanchez) felt like (Villar), because he was so out, would pull up. Well, he got out of his crouch and athletic position. In that spot where you’ve got a guy dead to rights, you’ve got to just lower your body, maybe initiate the contact, but remain athletic in your legs.

Boone says it perfectly, the play should’ve resulted in an easy out, but Sanchez made the play far more difficult for himself. By staying low and going for his legs, Sanchez would’ve easily helped his team get out of the ending without incurring any damage.

“It’s a big play,” Boone said. “It’s an important play, but you’ve got to deal with that over the course of a season.”

This is the type of play the Yankees cannot continue to make if they want to be a postseason caliber team. Going on lengthy cold streaks significantly hurts their probability of reaching the playoffs, and at this point, unless they embark on a strong winning streak to finish the year, they will almost 100% be watching from their couches in a few weeks.