This week it was Major League Baseball’s GM Meetings, and while the Yankees didn’t get much done at the meetings–other than talking to a few agents–it was still a productive week. General Manager Brian Cashman hinted the plans for the Yankees bullpen, Aaron Judge will spend his winter at the minor league complex, Brett Gardner took home some hardware this week and Gary Sanchez will have to wait until tomorrow before he finds out whether he’s Rookie of the Year. Here is the week in review.
November 7, 2016
— Gary Sanchez was nominated for the American League Rookie of the Year award, but he has his work cut out for him since he’s up against Michael Fulmer of the Detroit Tigers and Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians. It’s not likely Sanchez will win the Rookie of the Year Award, but he could shape himself up for a few MVP votes next season if he continues his hitting.
November 8, 2016
— Rawlings Gold Glove announced their Gold Glove Award winners on Tuesday evening, and Brett Gardner walked away with his first Gold Glove Award, edging out Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals and Colby Rasmus of the Houston Astros. Gardner was one of 18 players to walk home with a Gold Glove and became the first Yankee to do so since Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano won the award in 2012. Gardner is also the first Yankee outfielder to win the award since Bernie Williams did in 2000.
November 9, 2016
— Aaron Judge is heading to the minor league complex this winter where he’ll work on cutting back his strikeouts. Judge struck out in half of his at-bats last season which led to the Yankees benching him for the last few weeks of the year.
— Brian Cashman spoke with the media and said the team only had two locks for the Yankees bullpen going into Spring Training: Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard. Adam Warren is entering camp with the Yankees but he’ll come in as a starter. If Warren doesn’t win a job in the rotation, Cashman said the Yankees will put him back in the pen.
November 11, 2016
— Just a few days after Brett Gardner won the Rawlings Gold Glove, he went home with the Wilson’s Defensive Player Award for left field. Mookie Betts took home the overall honor after he won the award in right field.