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The ticking time bomb of the Yankees rotation

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By: Nick Scott
No doubt, the Yankee pitching staff is what kept a poor season from being even worse. Despite the injury and regression of Tanaka, Sabathia, Nova, and Pineda the Yankees managed to stay afloat largely on the shoulders of the acquired Brandon McCarthy and the strong performances youngster Shane Greene turned in. As we all know though, those two are no longer on the team and the rotation has gone from a strong point to being riddled with question mark after question mark.

Why losing Hiroki Kuroda might not be so bad

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By: Kylie Scott
It’s safe to say that just about the entire Yankee fan base was disappointed when it was announced Friday that Hiroki Kuroda would be leaving the organization to return to Japan to pitch for his first professional team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Why we should not expect much from Alex Rodriguez

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By: Alex Reina
The one question on millions of Yankees fan's minds is what to expect from Alex Rodriguez in the upcoming season.

Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela?

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By: Chad Raines
With the departure of Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins, the Yankees have been tasked with the dilemma in the form of their 2015 starting second basemen. The team is making strides in getting younger as they have made a point to do with the offseason. Now, they are faced with a decision, Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela.

Potential Pinstripes: Brandon League

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By: Nick Scott
Ever get a preconceived notion about a player for no apparent reason? That player is simply bad or good in your mind despite the fact you know nothing tangible about them? That’s how I was with Brandon League. Two years ago I had him on my fantasy league and watched him come close to or actually blow week after week for me in fantasy. From that point on I decided Brandon League was bad.

Where the Yankees stand

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By: Nick Scott 
Yankees Sign Chase Headley Welcome news finally befell the New York Yankees world today as the team brought back the slick fielding third baseman on a 4 year/$52 million contract. Simple math shows us that the Yankees value Headley as $13 million a year.

Yankees make multiple moves

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By: Chad Raines
In case you’ve missed it, the New York Yankees have had a HUGE day today. First, the club acquired Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that sent young starting pitcher Shane Greene to the Tigers. Then, the Yankees made another splash signing relief pitcher Andrew Miller.

Where to go if the Yankees lose Chase Headley

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By: Chad Raines
Chase Headley has been a player I’ve wanted to see in pinstripes for years. Now that it has finally happened, he may be leaving New York just as quickly as he came.

Expectations for Mark Teixeira in 2015

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By: Jesse Garcia
There is no doubting that Mark Teixeira has been major disappointment the past three seasons for the Yankees. He has two seasons remaining on his mega eight-year $180 million contract that he signed following the 2008 season.

12/2/14 Update:

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By: Nick Scott 
Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the Yankees were in serious pursuit of left handed reliever Andrew Miller. He also noted he expects the lefty to sign a four-year deal wherever he ends up. I was honestly surprised at this as it seemed the Yankees were going to end up grossly overpaying for the likes of David Robertson. I am quite happy to see the Yankees are pursuing Miller and are doing so in what appears to be an aggressive manner.

Offseason Check List

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By: Jesse Garcia
The New York Yankees have many question marks throughout their entire roster this offseason. From the back end of their starting pitching rotation, to across the infield, the Yankees have problems and general manager Brian Cashman needs to smooth things out. Aside from Brett Gardner in left, Jacoby Ellsbury in center, and Brian McCann behind the plate, (who all have histories with injuries) the Yankees do not have many “sure things.”
Let’s take a look, position-by-position, of who the Yankees currently have on their roster and who could possibly end up there.

Where are the Yankees? (11/30/14)

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By: Nick Scott
Hello Yankee fans. Today I will be giving a report and opinion on where the Yankees franchise currently is this offseason and where I think they should go as of this moment.

The Next Yankee Shortstop

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By: Eric Vanemon
With the retiring of Derek Jeter, the biggest whole in the Yankee lineup is without a doubt shortstop. It will definitely be odd not seeing the Captian at short but who exactly will we see there in 2015?

Who should fill the shoes of Derek Jeter

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By: Gerard Torsiello 
There will never be another Derek Jeter. He brought leadership, a great work ethic, and class, mixed with extraordinary talent, but all good things must come to an end. The reality is Jeter is gone after 20 remarkable years, and now the Yankees start the search for the right man to fill his shoes. Who will be the next New York Yankees shortstop?

Let's take a deeper look at some of the candidates.

The next Yankee first basemen

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By: Jerry Culkin
Severino, Sanchez, Jagielo, Clarkin, Judge, Refsnyder, Cave, Banuelos, Lindgren, Torrens. Those are the Yankees top ten prospects. Two of those, Judge and Jagielo, were the cream of the crop of the seven prospects the Yankees sent into the Arizona Fall League. Yet it was the Yankees #11 prospect, Greg Bird, who took home AFL MVP last month.

Why the Yankees farm system is much better than what most people think

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By: Chad Raines
Let’s be honest, grading prospects at the major league level is incredibly hard. Sure, scouts have the ability point out those prospects that will be studs in the majors from an early age. However, there are so many scouts on so many different experience levels which typically correlate to their ability to evaluate potential major leaguers. That’s why coming to a consensus on a farm system is extremely subjective at all levels.

Roster Update

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By: Matthew Kinahan 
The 27 year old Zelous Wheeler has been sold to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, a professional team in Japan. The Yankees said they have no interest in the young infielder and don't think he will help the team out in the long run.

Max Scherzer or Jon Lester? Why the former Yankee adversary is the better choice

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By: Frank Mello-Morales
The following article will likely garner many various opinions and perhaps even complete disagreement. What we can all come to a consensus on, however, is that the Yankees, with the likely departure of Hiroki Kuroda and uncertainty surrounding other members of the rotation, could certainly use at least one more pitcher going into 2015- and preferably a good one. The two top pitching free agents this off-season are veterans Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, each of whom were All Stars in 2014. Both are hitting the open market for the first time in their careers, and will each be commanding top dollar contracts. Along with this mutual prospect, it can also be noted that both pitchers are thirty years of age, and are coming off statistically similar seasons (Lester had the edge in ERA [2.46], Scherzer in WAR [6.0], while both struck out well over 200 batters). To continue, they are both very durable as each have totaled north of 1,000 innings pitched over their last fiv…

What does the future hold for David Robertson and the Yankees?

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By: Jesse Garcia

As the New York Yankees head deeper into the 2014-2015 offseason, a position that has many question marks surrounding it is the closer. David Robertson’s contract has expired and he has already turned down the Yankees’ one-year $15.3 million qualifying offer. Had he accepted that, Robertson would have been the highest paid closer for one season in Major League Baseball history.

Why Scherzer makes sense

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By: Chad Raines  Upon entering the 2014 offseason, the New York Yankees were looking at being one of the heavy favorites to sign Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields. Shortly after, Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated that they would not be pursuing any of the “big 3” starting pitchers on the market.