Additional New York Yankees Info
The powerhouse New York Yankees have returned to the top of the American League East winning 103 games a year ago. After sweeping the Minnesota Twins out of the postseason, the Yankees moved onto the ALCS where they met the Houston Astros. The ALCS ended in game six with one of the most memorable moments in baseball history when Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a bomb that managed to the send the Astros the World Series.
The Yankees made few moves during the offseason, but they were big ones. In December they made one of the big free agent moves, adding right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole for nine years and 324 million, the fourth-largest contract in baseball history. They began January by avoiding arbitration with right-handed pitchers Luis Cessa, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder; outfielder Aaron Judge; right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle; left-handed pitchers Jordan Montgomery and James Paxton; C Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela. They finished January by trading left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley to the Miami Marlins for third baseman James Nelson. In February they added a slew of players on minor league contracts. The notable ones are outfielder Tommy Milone, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren, plus catchers Chris Iannetta, Erik Kratz, and Josh Thole.
The Yankees are once again a powerhouse competing for World Series titles. How many will they end up with though this time around when it is all said and done?
Yankees Well Known For Their Success
The New York Yankees are the most decorated team in the history of Major League Baseball. In total they have won 40 American League Pennants, first in 1921, and most recently in 2009. They have won 27 World Series, first in 1923, and most recently in 2009. Normally we list the accomplishments, but honestly, with the Yankees, that would take up several pages.
The current Yankees are a rather interesting enigma. Under longtime owner George “The Boss” Steinbrenner, the Yankees would outbid everybody else for the best players in free agency. However that mentality has changed since Steinbrenner died four years ago. The Yankees now approach free agency in a whole different manner. Under “The Boss” they would have simply met Robinson Cano’s asking price. Instead, they named their price, and when Cano’s demands exceeded their price, they showed their All-Star second baseman the door. They replaced him with three good signings- outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran along with catcher Brian McCann. They also signed the big Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka who has been brilliant to this point of the season. The Yankees currently have as good of a chance as anyone to win the American League East and make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Yankees, since they are so buried deep in tradition have lined up a list of rivals that are too long to mention all of them. Rather, we will focus on their man rival. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry might be the most well known in all of American sports. The Red Sox and Yankees have already played some memorable games to this point of the season. The Yankees finished the 2016 season with a record of 84-78, good enough for fourth place in their division.
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Believe it or not, the New York Yankees did not begin as the New York Yankees. They originally were formed in Baltimore as the Baltimore Orioles. After just two years in Baltimore, they moved up to New York and took on the name of the New York Highlanders. In 1913, they changed their name to the Yankees, and that remains in place to this day. Throughout their history the Yankees have called six buildings home. First they played in Oriole Park in Baltimore. After they moved to New York they played in Hilltop Park from 1903 to 1912. In 1913 they moved to Polo Grounds were they played from 1913 to 1922. In 1923 they moved into the first Yankee stadium. For two years they played in Shea Stadium, 1974, and 1975, before moving back to Yankee Stadium were played until 2008. In 2009 they moved into the New Yankee Stadium, which is their home now.
The New York Yankees are coming off a better than expected 2016 season. They finished the season with a record 84-78, fading in September, and putting themselves out of Wild Card contention. Their late season slow down put them five games out of contention at the end. For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have a clear direction, and that direction is a full blown rebuild.
During the 2016 season, before the trade deadline, and then the waiver wire deadline, the Yankees traded the likes of Carlos Beltran to the Rangers and Andrew Miller to the Indians. They also released the long polarized Alex Rodriguez, who retired at the end of the season, and Mark Teixeira retired at the end of the season as well. During the offseason they traded catcher Brian McCann, and released starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. They also brought back Aroldis Chapman on a five year, 86 million dollar contract, the largest for a relief pitcher in baseball history. They also signed 1B/DH Matt Holiday and 1B/DH Chris Carter. They topped of their offseason by signing left handed relief pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league deal. Yankees fans may grumble sometimes, but for the first time in years, they are headed in the right direction.
A year ago, the New York Yankees were projected to be one of the worst teams in the American League as they continued through their roster rebuild. Instead, they got the best rookie campaign in baseball history from right fielder Aaron Judge, who had the following stat line: 52 home runs, 114 RBI’s, and an OPS of 1.049. He finished second in the AL MVP vote behind Astros shortstop Jose Altuve. There is more to this lineup than Judge though. There is shortstop Didi Gregorius, a man who Brian Cashman is receiving accolades for “buying low” on, after the retirement of Derek Jeter. There is also catcher/designated hitter Gary Sanchez, a man who was originally thought to be the eventual face of the new Yankees. Then there is the Bombers mega off-season acquisition, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.
Gone are the days where the Yankees build their roster by overpaying for free agents, which is one of the factors that is contributing to baseball’s offseason market freeze. It’s not just the Yankees though. Every big market club is doing this- the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers, Cubs, everybody is now building their team with advanced analytics, thumbing their noses at giving out long-term contracts to players over 30. Regardless, this Yankees team will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018.
The New York Yankees won 100 games to the number a year ago, which gave them the home field in the Wild Card play-in game. After defeating the Oakland Athletics in a very surprising 1-0 game, the Yankees moved onto face the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the National League Division Series. The Red Sox disposed of them in four games. As their win/loss record was awesome in 2018, where did the team think that they could improve for the next season?
Their first order of business was to bring back starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia for one more season. 2019 will be the last go around for Sabathia, who is headed for Cooperstown after he retires. Next, they made a very significant trade, sending left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson, and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher James Paxton. They made two more trades before November ended, sending right-handed pitcher Drew Finley to the Dodgers for outfielder Tim Locastro and infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs for a player to be named later. In December they added free agent starting pitcher J.A. Happ for two seasons, and also added left-handed pitchers Danny Coulombine and Rex Brothers on minor league contracts.
After the calendar turned to January they made a ton of moves. First, they added outfielder Billy Burns on a minor league deal. Next, they added shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for one season. Then they re-signed first baseman Greg Bird for one season. Next, they added free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu for two seasons and left-handed pitcher Zach Britton for three seasons. Next, they signed free agent right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino for three seasons. Then they extended Luis Severino for four seasons and outfielder Aaron Hicks for seven seasons. To top it all off, they settled arbitration with a slew of players highlighted by outfielder Aaron Judge, catcher Austin Romine, and infielder Glyber Torres. The Yankees are all set for a big 2019, but how far can they go?