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The Yankees had to lock up their 40-man roster on Friday, but they did the inevitable on Thursday by trading catcher Brian McCann. Other teams are also showing interest in Chase Headley and Brett Gardner, and the Nathan Eovaldi era has ended in New York.
Without further ado, here is your Week In Review.
November 14, 2016
— Every year, Brett Gardner is in the middle of trade rumors. Even though the Yankees are tempted by offers, and even though Brian Cashman is listening, he’s reminded everyone that Gardner has stayed with the team. And it seem Gardner might once again be a Yankee by the time February rolls around.
“I’ve been approached on Gardner for years, and he has not gone anywhere,” Cashman said last week at the GM meetings. “I think that shows you we like him and value him. That’s why we signed him… Have I had people express interest in him? Yes, I have. Have I had more than one team? Yes, I have. Is he a New York Yankee? Yes, he is.”
— Yankees phenom Gary Sanchez was up for the AL Rookie of the Year Award. However, Sanchez ended up walking away empty handed as Detroit Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer won the award. Fulmer finished with 26 first-place votes and Sanchez finished with four first-place votes. Cleveland Indians rookie Tyler Naquin finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting and Corey Seager unanimously won the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
November 15, 2016
— Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn’t in the top three of the manager voting. However, Girardi finished fifth. Of course, the Yankees didn’t make the postseason, but Girardi once again did an amazing job keeping the Yankees in the race after they sold at the trade deadline.
November 16, 2016
— Like Brett Gardner, Chase Headley is garnering interest in the trade market. However, the Yankees are hesitant to trade Headley and don’t feel a strong interest to do so at the moment.
November 17, 2016
— The Yankees made their first trade of the offseason, sending catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros in exchange for Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The move came after the Yankees announced Gary Sanchez was going to be starting catcher in 2017. And while McCann loved his time in New York, he loved catching just a bit more.
“At the end of the day McCann, made the decision he still had something left in the tank and wants to catch.” McCann’s agent BB Abbott said.
— After the trade, the Yankees decided to shift gears and announce they were going to sign a bat from the free agent market. The team announced they were interested in reuniting with ex-Yankee Carlos Beltran and ex-Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion. The Yankees also announced they were interested in re-signing Aroldis Chapman and Rich Hill.
November 18, 2016
— The Yankees made a plethora of moves prior to the 40-man roster deadline on Friday afternoon. The team added Miguel Andujar, Dietrich Enns, Giovanny Gallegos, Ronald Herrera, Jorge Mateo, and Yefrey Ramirez to the 40-man roster. They also traded James Pazos to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Zack Littell, and they released Dustin Ackley and Nathan Eovaldi.