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Yankees' Carlos Rodon: Enjoys strong start to spring
Rodon tossed 2.2 innings against Toronto on Sunday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out five batters.
Rodon's first start of the spring was promising, as he got more than half of his outs via punchout and gave up just one run (on a homer by Alejandro Kirk). Rodon's first season in New York was a disaster, as he posted a 6.85 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while battling injuries and totaling just 64.1 innings, but he appears healthy entering Grapefruit League competition and could be poised for a bounce-back campaign. He's a high-risk, high-reward target in fantasy drafts, as he struck out 237 batters as recently as 2022 but has reached 150 innings just three times over nine major-league seasons.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Oswald Peraza: Scratched with shoulder tightness
Peraza was scratched from the Yankees' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday because of shoulder tightness, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
The Yankees do not have any tests planned at the moment, as they're hopeful it's merely a day-to-day situation. Assuming health, Peraza is projected to open the season either in a reserve role for the Bronx Bombers or back at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he can play every day.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Spencer Jones: Raking in first spring training
Jones drilled a 470-foot homer in his first Grapefruit League at-bat, Jon Heyman of the New York Postreports.
Jones isn't on the Yankees' 40-man roster, but he received an invitation to spring training for the first time after posting a .267/.336/.444 slash line with 16 home runs, 66 RBI and 43 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A last season. The 2022 first-round draft pick showed off his massive power the first time he stepped up to the plate this spring, crushing a 470-foot shot to right-center field off Tigers reliever Mason Englert. Jones has continued raking since that at-bat, as he's gone 5-for-5 with a walk, four total runs and four total RBI through two games. He's very unlikely to break camp with the big club, but his impressive work in Grapefruit League play could help his chances of making his major-league debut at some point this season.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Jasson Dominguez: Takes first swings post-surgery
Dominguez (elbow) took approximately 20 swings off a batting tee Monday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Swinging off a tee for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September, Dominguez said he checked out fine and plans to swing the bat again Wednesday. He's been able to take part in outfield drills this spring, but he'll still need to complete hitting and throwing programs before he's ready to play in games, likely at some point during the summer.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Oswaldo Cabrera: Will bat lefty versus some lefties
Cabrera, a switch hitter, plans to bat left-handed against some lefty pitchers this season, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
The switch-hitting Cabrera hasn't hit righties (.628 OPS) or lefties (.640 OPS) well so far at the major-league level, but the Yankees view him as a much better hitter from the left side of the dish. The plan is for the coaching staff to meet with Cabrera before each series and decide which southpaws he will face from the left side. Cabrera is slated for a utility role in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Jasson Dominguez: Swinging from right side Monday
Dominguez (elbow) will begin swinging a bat from the right side of the plate Monday, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
The switch hitter will start incorporating swings from the left side in a few weeks. Dominguez has already been going through other fielding and throwing drills in camp and remains on track for a midseason return from Tommy John surgery.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Working to flatten swing
Volpe is working on flattening out his swing path, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Volpe had a flyball rate of 37.1 percent in his rookie season, which was down from the rates he regularly posted in the minors. The shortstop feels that a simplified, flatter swing will lead to more consistency after he went through peaks and valleys in 2023. Perhaps the changed approach will lower his home run ceiling, but if it makes him a better all-around hitter, both the Yankees and Volpe's fantasy managers will take it.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Aaron Judge: Could play first base in emergency
Judge worked out at first base over the offseason and hasn't ruled out playing there this season if he's needed, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports.
Judge has worked out at first base before and played the position during his freshman season at Fresno State, so it's not totally foreign to him. That said, it seems like it would only happen in an emergency situation, with Anthony Rizzo set as the starter and DJ LeMahieu offering depth at the position. For fantasy purposes, Judge picking up first base eligibility would appear to be highly unlikely.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Clarke Schmidt: Locked into rotation spot
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Schmidt is guaranteed a spot in the rotation, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports.
Schmidt made 32 starts (33 appearances) for the Yankees last season, flashing promise but ultimately settling for a pedestrian 4.64 ERA and 149:46 K:BB over 159 innings. The Yanks will be hoping the 28-year-old takes a step forward in 2024 with a full season of big-league starting experience under his belt.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton: Slimmed down during offseason
Stanton entered spring training noticeably slimmer after adding more movement and running to his offseason workouts, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports.
Stanton indicated that he isn't certain how much weight he lost, but pictures from camp show that he is slimmer than in past campaigns. Manager Aaron Boone suggested that both the player and the team feel the lost weight can help Stanton "with some of the things that he's dealt with from an injury standpoint," per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. Stanton has missed 113 games combined over the past two campaigns, so it would be a significant boon to his fantasy value if he could avoid the injured list this season.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Likely to bat in 4-to-6 range
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that he envisions Torres batting in the 4-to-6 range in the lineup, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports.
Boone added that Torres could also fill in at leadoff on occasion. DJ LeMahieu appears to be the heavy favorite to open the season at the top of the batting order and will likely be followed by Juan Soto and Aaron Judge.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Austin Wells: Will focus on catching this spring
According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Wells won't work out at any position besides catcher during spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
It's not yet clear who will be the Opening Day catcher for the Yankees, as Jose Trevino provides better defense than Wells but swings a less potent bat and is currently managing a calf strain. Even if Trevino recovers quickly, Wells could very feasibly win the role of primary backstop with a strong spring, and he already showed off his power upside with four homers in 70 at-bats during his first taste of the majors last season. Given the contrasting strengths of Wells and Trevino, it's possible the pair of backstops splits starts behind the plate, which would dent the fantasy value of both players.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Interested in contract extension
Torres said Wednesday that he's interested in signing a long-term contract extension with the Yankees, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
However, Torres added that he and his representation have yet to engage in negotiations with the club regarding a long-term deal, confirming what general manager Brian Cashman said last week. Torres is set to earn $14.2 million in 2024 in his final year under contract before reaching free agency next offseason. While it does not appear the Yankees are eager to lock him up to an extension, Torres' market figures to be fairly robust. He's posted a 120 wRC+ over the last two seasons and will be only 28 heading into free agency.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Gerrit Cole: Facing live hitters Wednesday
Cole is scheduled to face DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Volpe and Gleyber Torres over two innings Wednesday in his first live batting practice session of spring training, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Since Cole had a healthy offseason, the Yankees could elect to slow play his Grapefruit League debut, but the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner should be fully ramped up by the time Opening Day arrives. Coming off a 2023 season in which he went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 222:48 K:BB over 209 innings, Cole is justifiably being taken as one of the first two pitchers in most fantasy drafts.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Aaron Judge: Toe will require maintenence
Judge said Tuesday that his right big toe injury will likely require "constant maintenance" for the remainder of his career, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports.
Judge suffered a torn ligament in the toe when he collided with the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium last June, an injury that wound up costing him about two months of action. The issue healed without surgery and Judge noted Tuesday that his toe feels good, but it sounds like it will take constant work to keep it that way. Judge is expected to see the majority of his playing time in center field this season, at least until Jasson Dominguez (elbow) returns.... See More ... See Less
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