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Yanks finalize Gardner deal, DFA Tarpley

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The Yankees finally finalized their deal with Brett Gardner and to make room on the roster, DFA’d Stephen Tarpley.

Tarpley pitched in 31 games for the Yankees (2018-2019), going 1-0, 5.88, ERA+ 76. The lefty turns 27 in a few weeks.

He was 0-0, 3.00 in 10 games in 2018 and 1-0, 6.93 in 21 games in 2019 with 2 saves. He has pitched 33 2/3 total innings in the majors. He had one start as the “opener” in 2019. He does have 47 K, but 21 walks in those 33 2/3 IP.

He pitched in one postseason game in 2018, giving up 3 runs in 1 IP.

As for Gardner, he is expected to spend time along with Mike Tauchman in CF until Aaron Hicks comes back. A career Yankee, Gardner turns 37 next August and is coming off a 2019 that saw career highs in HR (28) RBI (74) and slugging average, OPS and adjusted OPS (117). His 162 game average for his career is .260-13-57, 29 SB and an OPS+ of 101 (100 is average). At his age, Gardner will need to be managed carefully by Aaron Boone to make sure that Gardner stays fresh.

With CC Sabathia having retired, Gardner is the elder statesman and a key leader on the team providing a lot of veteran experience and leadership.



Yanks settle with all arbitration eligible players.

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The Yankees have worked out deals with all of their eligible players. The team has a hefty $8.5MM pact with Aaron Judge, per’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Backstop Gary Sanchez settled for $5MM, per Feinsand (via Twitter). The New York org will pay righty Luis Cessa $895K and Jonathan Holder $750K, Murray reports (Twitter links). Fellow reliever Tommy Kahnle will earn $2.65MM, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). And star lefty James Paxton has settled at $12.5MM, Heyman adds via Twitter. Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery have also agreed to terms, but the prices aren’t known.

Yanks add more catching depth.

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The Yankees would like Kyle Higashioka to win the backup C job, but they aren’t going to GIVE it to him (he is out of options, by the way).

Recently they signed veteran C Erik Kratz to a minor league deal.

Today they signed veteran C Chris Ianetta to a minor league deal.

Ianetta will be 37 in April. The righty hitter has played for Colorado (2006-2011), the Angels (2012-2015), Seattle (2016), Arizona (2017) and back with Colorado (2018-2019).

He is a .230 career hitter (OPS+ 98) who hit .222-6-21, OPS+ 75 for the Rockies last season.

He has played in 9 postseason games, going 1 for 24. That one hit was a HR.


Yankees sign pitcher to minor league deal.

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According to,

The Yankees and right-hander Nick Tropeano have agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday. New York has not confirmed the deal.

Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston (2014) and the Angels (2015-2016, 2018-2019). He has a career record of 12-14, 4.51, ERA+ 90 in 42 career games, 39 of them starts.

He’s a local lad, from West Islip, NY.

In 2019, he was 0-1, 9.88 in three games (one start) for the Angels.

The most MLB games and innings he has put in were 14 games and 76 IP for the 2018 Angels. If he can stay healthy (per He dealt with right shoulder injuries in 2018-19 and he suffered a torn UCL in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery in 2016), he provides rotation depth at AAA.

Yanks sign utility player, and more MLB investigations

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The Bleeding Yankee Blue blog states that Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have signed Rosell Herrera to a deal. Herrera is a 27 year old switch-hitter who has played in 149 MLB games, hitting .225-3-31 with an OPS+ of 64. He was with Cincinnati and KC in 2018, and Miami last year.

He’ll most likely start at AAA and be ready in case of injury. One thing about him, he is versatile. He’s played 44 MLB games in RF, 37 in CF, 19 at 2B, 15 in LF, 6 at 3B and 1 game at SS.

Hmmm…. while MLB is investigating the WS Champion 2017 Houston Astros for cheating, using video technology to steal signs, now they are ALSO investigating the WS Champion Boston Red Sox for the same type of infraction. What do both teams have in common? Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros and who became the Red Sox’ manager.

Ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes “The Toe” has signed with the Phillies, teaming up once again with manager Joe Girardi.

A Passing: Andy Hassler, age 68. Hassler, a lefty pitcher, pitched for the Angels (1971, 1973-1976), KC Royals (1976-1978), Red Sox (1978-1979), the Mets (1979), Pirates (1980), back with the Angels again (1980-1983) and Cardinals (1984-1985). Hassler was 44-71, 3.83, with 29 saves in his MLB career, ERA+ 97. He pitched in five postseason games, and three were against the Yankees. His postseason record was 0-2, 4.60. He started Game 3 of the 1976 ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 5-3 Yankees win. In 1977, he started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 6-2 Yankees’ win. He also pitched for the Angels in the 1982 ALCS against the Brewers.


German suspended until June.

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MLB has levied an 81 game suspension against Domingo German for domestic abuse. It is retroactive to last year’s last 9 games of the regular season and 9 postseason games, so it is for the first 63 games of the 2020 season.

The earliest German could rejoin the Yankees will be in early June.

In other sports news:

Sam Wyche, who coached the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, where they lost 20-16 to the SF 49ers when Joe Montana threw a TD pass with just 34 seconds left in the game died at the age of 74.

From ESPN.COM: Wyche coached the Bengals for eight seasons from 1984 to 1991 and also was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons from 1992 to 1995. He was 61-66 with the Bengals, and 23-41 with Tampa Bay.


Encarnacion takes the parrot to Chicago.

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Edwin Encarnacion, who finished last year with the Yankees, has signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. It’s a 1 yr, $12MM deal including a club option for 2021 also worth $12MM.

Encarnacion will turn 37 in a few weeks. He hit .244-34-86 in 109 games combined for Seattle and the Yankees in 2019, OPS+ 132. For the Yankees, it was 44 games, .249-13-37, OPS+ 123. He missed time with a broken wrist after a HBP but came back for the postseason. He was 4 for 13 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in the ALDS vs. the Twins, but had a terrible ALCS, going 1 for 18 with 11 strikeouts against the Astros.

Encarnacion has 414 career HR. He has played for Cincinnati (2005-2009), Toronto (2009-2016), Cleveland (2017-2018), Seattle (2019) and the Yankees (2019).

Some information from

Encarnación was playing in the last year of a three-year, $60 million deal he signed with Cleveland in 2017 before the Yankees declined his $20 million club option for ’20 and bought him out for $5MM. Encarnación, who will be 37 when the 2020 season starts, is the only hitter with 30-plus homers in each of the past eight seasons — no one else has amassed more than six such campaigns in that span.

per the NY Post:

The news comes just two days following the funeral of Encarnacion’s father.