After having a mostly quiet week, the Yankees started to get the ball rolling by making 40-man roster moves and retaining some of their players. But this week also brought to light an injury that Brett Gardner had been battling for almost the entire season and CC Sabathia being completely honest about his alcohol addiction. Also, could it be possible that the Yankees are thinking of trading Greg Bird, Luis Severino and Aaron Judge? Without further ado, here is a week in review.
— After firing Jeff Pentland last week, the Yankees announced Alan Cockrell as their new hitting coach and brought Marcus Thames on to be the assistant hitting coach. Cockrell was the assistant hitting coach for the Yankees last year and Thames spent last season as the hitting coach for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The RailRiders went on to play in the postseason in 2015.
— During a conference call with the media, Cockrell revealed that Brett Gardner was battling a wrist injury that he obtained on April 13 against the Baltimore Orioles, and credited the wrist injury as the main factor for Gardner’s decline in the second half.
“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said on Tuesday. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”
— The Yankees made a few 40-man roster moves this week: RHP Vicente Campos was placed on the 40-man roster to prevent him from entering free agency. RHP Chris Martin elected free agency and signed a one-year deal with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan. After declining to pick up LHP Andrew Bailey‘s option, Bailey elected free agency. And the Yankees have reinstated RHP Domingo German, LHP Jacob Lindgren, RHP Chase Whitley and OF Mason Williams from the 60-day DL.
— The Yankees announced that Brendan Ryan picked up his player option for the 2016 season, and will once again return as the Yankees back-up infielder. Ryan signed a two-year contract with a third year option back in 2014.
— While other teams handed out qualifying offers to their free agents, the Yankees opted not to give Chris Young, Stephen Drew and Chris Capuano a qualifying offer. Young was the only one of the three that performed the way the Yankees had hoped, but at the same time the team didn’t feel he was worth $15.8 Million.
— Almost three months after breaking his leg in a game, Mark Teixeira has resumed his offseason workouts, but he doesn’t plan on running until January, which is when he usually begins his running regimen.
“I’m working out full-speed. I don’t start running until January, anyway, but we don’t expect that’s going to be an issue at all.” Teixeira said on Friday. “I’m doing full workouts, so nothing really changed.’’
— Brian Cashman expects to hold onto his top three prospects in Greg Bird, Luis Severino and Aaron Judge, but that’s not going to stop Cashman from listening to offers about every player, his top prospects included.
“I’m open to anything,” Cashman said on Friday. “I’m always open to anything. I’m not afraid. If we can find matches to make us better as we go forward, we’re all ears. I don’t anticipate Severino, Bird and Judge being traded — I don’t see that happening. But I’m open to having dialogue, no matter what. Dialogue is a good thing.”
All three prospects are expected to be a part of the Yankees future plans beginning either next season or in 2017.
— And to wrap up our week in review, CC Sabathia made the rounds to the media following a month stint in rehab for alcoholism and revealed he had been battling with his alcohol addiction since 2012.
“I kind of admitted (in 2012) that I was an alcoholic,” Sabathia said in an article for the New York Daily News. “I would put two or three months together being sober, but I would get on the road and when nobody was looking, I would isolate myself and just start drinking. Kind of binge-drinking where I was going on for a whole weekend. I had that same kind of thing happen in Baltimore that weekend.”
Following the tell-all, Sabathia revealed he’s had the support of his family, teammates, manager Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman and said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to stay sober not only for the team, but also for himself.