2015 Season Record: 87-75 (764 RS, 698 RA, 88-74 pythag. record), lost wildcard game
Top stories from last week:
- The Yankees and Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $11.325M. They were interested in Carlos Torres before he signed with the Braves. The Yankees fielded calls about Dustin Ackley this offseason. Lane Adams was outrighted to Triple-A and Ike Davis signed with the Rangers, so he is no longer a Triple-A first base candidate.
- Masahiro Tanaka has started throwing after having elbow surgery in October. Brian Cashman confirmed Alex Rodriguez is a DH and only a DH, and that the Yankees will try Starlin Castro at third base in Spring Training.
- Jorge Mateo, Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Judge all ranked among the top 100 prospects in baseball according to Baseball America and Keith Law. James Kaprielian made Law’s list as well. The Yankees ranked 13th and 17th on Law’s and Baseball America’s farm system rankings.
- Cuban stars Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have defected and are looking to sign with MLB teams. It could be months before they are declared free agents though.
- The Yankees will dedicate a Monument Park plaque in Mariano Rivera’s honor this summer. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman signed new two-year contracts.
- I published my Preseason Top 30 Prospects List. You should check that out.
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