Today is arbitration deadline day: Yankees have eight eligible players

So far two are down with six to go. The interesting one will be Dellin Betances as his case last year was the first since Chien-Ming Wang to go all the way to arbitration.

The other guys eligible include Adam Warren, Didi Gregorious, Dellin Betances, Sonny Gray, Austin Romine and Chasen Shreve.

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2018 Minor League Roster Predictions

Here are my Major and Minor league roster predictions for 2018 for the Yankees. Take all of this with a giant, 500-pound grain of salt as a lot can change between now and opening day between trades, injuries, and free agent signings. Moreover, it is a fool’s errand to predict the short season leagues now. There still has to be a draft, and the Yankees still have somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million to spend on international free agents. You also never know who is going to take a major step forward or a major step back in extended spring training, especially among those young and inexperienced enough to be in the short season leagues.

Regardless of the futility in making such roster predictions, you can still get a general idea of where each player will be, give or take a level. Glancing at the lists, Triple-A and Low-A will probably be my favorite teams to follow this year, as well as the short season leagues given the talent at each of those levels. That bodes well for the system because there is a ton of talent at the top, and a ton at the bottom. There’s talent in the middle too, but the Yankees did trade away a lot towards the end of last year and into this offseason.

Without further ado here are the 2018 roster predictions. Enjoy.


C- Gary Sanchez

C- Austin Romine

1B – Greg Bird

2B – Tyler Wade/Gleyber Torres

SS – Didi-Gregorius

3B – Miguel Andujar

UTIL – Ronald Torreyes

OF Jacoby Ellsbury

OF Aaron Hicks

OF Aaron Judge

OF Giancarlo Stanton

OF Brett Gardner

1B/OF Tyler Austin

SP Masahiro Tanaka

SP Luis Severino

SP Sonny Gray

SP Jordan Montgomery

SP CC Sabathia

RP Dellin Betances

RP Chad Green

RP Aroldis Chapman

RP David Robertson

RP Tommy Kahnle

RP Adam Warren

RP Chasen Shreve


Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre

C – Kyle Higashioka

1B/OF – Mark Payton

2B – Thairo Estrada

SS – Tyler Wade/Gleyber Torres

3B – Abiatal Avelino

LF – Clint Frazier

CF – Jake Cave

RF/1B – Billy McKinney

DH/1B – Matt Snyder

OF – Zack Zehner

UTIL – Jace Peterson


SP1: Chance Adams

SP2: Domingo German

SP3: Justus Sheffield

SP4: Domingo Acevedo

SP5: Luis Cessa

SP6/Swingman: Brady Lail

RP1: Ben Heller

RP2: Jonathan Holder

RP3: Giovanny Gallegos

RP4: Tyler Jones

RP5: J.P. Feyereisen

RP6: Cale Coshow

RP7: Cody Carroll


Double-A Trenton

C – Jorge Saez

1B – Chris Gittens

2B – Nick Solak

SS – Kyle Holder

3B – Gosuke Katoh

LF – Jhalan Jackson

CF – Jeff Hendrix

RF – Trey Amburgey

DH – Ryan McBroom

OF – Devyn Bolasky

UTIL – Billy Fleming


SP1 – Dillon Tate

SP2 – Albert Abreu

SP3 – Taylor Widener

SP4 – Brody Koerner

SP5 – Brian Keller

Swingman/SP6 – Josh Rogers

RP1 – Colten Brewer

RP2 – Caleb Frare

RP3 – Andrew Schwaab

RP4 – Stephen Tarpley

RP5 – James Reeves

RP6 – Jordan Foley

RP7 – Will Carter


High-A Tampa

C – Donny Sands

1B – Brandon Wagner

2B – Diego Castillo

SS – Hoy Jun Park

3B – Mandy Alvarez

LF – Steven Sensley

CF – Estevan Florial

RF – Isiah Gilliam

OF – Carlos Vidal

OF – Alexander Palma

UTIL – Angel Aguilar

DH/1B – Tim Lynch

C: Ryan Lidge


SP1: Freicer Perez

SP2: Rony Garcia

SP3: Erik Swanson

SP4: Nick Green

SP5: Adonis Rosa

Swingman/SP6: Nick Nelson

RP1: Hobie Harris

RP2: Chaz Hebert

RP3: Joe Harvey

RP4: Matt Frawley

RP5: David Palladino

RP6: Christian Morris

RP7: Luis Cedeno

RP8: Matthew Wivinis


Low-A Charleston – Lots of mouths to feed in the rotation at this level. A few of them will have a 100 IP limit on the season though so there are ways to be creative and get everyone the innings they need. They could also go with a six man rotation or they could piggy back starters. I will be watching closely to see how they handle this logjam.

C: Gustavo Campero

1B:  Eric Wagaman

2B: Oswaldo Cabrera

SS: Wilkerman Garcia

3B: Dermis Garcia

LF: Pablo Olivares

CF: Dom Thompson-Williams

RF: Leonardo Molina

DH/1B/3B: Nelson Gomez

OF: Dalton Blaser

OF: Kendall Coleman

UTIL: Jose Carrera

C: Eduardo Navas


SP1: Jio Orozco

SP2: Clarke Schmidt

SP3: Jonathan Loaisiga (100 IP)

SP4: Trevor Stephan

SP5: Alexander Vargas (100 IP)

SP6/Swingman: Glen Otto (110 IP)

SP7/Swingman: Juan De Paula (100 IP)

SP8/Swingman: Daniel Alvarez (100 IP)

RP1: Eduardo Rivera

RP2: Kaleb Ort

RP3: Austin DeCarr

RP4: Drew Finley

RP5: David Sosebee

RP6: Phillip Diehl

RP7: Braden Bristo

RP8: Aaron McGarity

Staten Island Yankees – From this level and on down, it is impossible to predict the rosters since the draft occurs before the start of the season. Inevitably some of the draftees will be slotted for Staten Island, Pulaski, and the GCL.

C: Saul Torres

1B: Miguel Flames

2B: Eduardo Torrealba

SS: Oswald Peraza

3B: Andres Chaparro

OF: Jordan Scott

OF: Frederick Cuevas

OF: Canaan Smith

OF: Evan Alexander

UTIL: Jesus Bastidas

C: Jason Lopez


SP1: Dalton Lehnan

SP2: Luis Medina

SP3: Nolan Martinez

SP4: Deivi Garcia

SP5: Matt Sauer

Swingman: Daniel Ramos

RP1: Carlos Espinal

RP2: Kyle Zurak

RP3: Dallas Martinez

RP4: Chad Martin

RP5: Dalton Higgins

RP6: Ron Marinaccio

RP7: Janson Junk

RP8: Shawn Semple


Pulaski Yankees

C: Carlos Narvaez

1B: Nelson Alvarez

2B: Brayan Jimenez

SS: Starlin Paulino

3B: Borinquen Mendez

OF: Antonio Arias

OF: Juan De Leon

OF: Everson Pereira

OF: Robert Javier

OF: Terrance Robertson

UTIL: Samuel De La Cruz

UTIL: Ricky Surum


SP1: Tony Hernandez

SP2: Luis Rijo

SP3: Wellington Caceres

SP4: Alexander Vizcaino

SP5: Roansy Contreras

Swingman/SP6: Pedro Espinola

RP1: Austin Gardner

RP2: Chad Whitmer

RP3: Alex Mauricio

RP4: Bryan Blanton

RP5: Tyler Honahan

RP6: Anderson Severino

RP7: Brignel Mendez


GCL 1 and 2

C: Antonio Cabello

C: Malvin Del Orbe

C: Hemmanuel Rosario

1B: Carlos Tatis

1B: Ryan Krill

2B: Ezequiel Duran

2B: Chris Hess

SS: Ronny Rojas

SS: Roberto Chirinos

3B: Jose Villa

3B: Lisandro Blanco

RF: Anthony Garcia

RF: Jonathan Amundarray

CF: Raimfer Salinas

CF: Luis Martinez

LF: Alexander Santana

LF: Raymundo Moreno

SP: Jhonathan Munoz

SP: Harold Cortijo

SP: Nelvin Correa

SP: Kenily Montas

SP: Wellington Diaz

SP: Daniel Calderon

SP: Elvis Peguero

SP: Luis Ojeda

SP: Pedro Barrios

SP: Anyelo Luna

SP: Yoendrys Gomez

SP: Carlos Rodriguez

RP: Brett Morales

RP: Deivi Diaz

RP: Havid Burgos

RP: Andersen Reynoso

RP: Daniel Calderon

RP: Edward Paredes

RP: Wandy Soto

RP: Tyler Honahan

RP: Woody Bryson

RP: Alex Mejias

RP: Rodrigo Garcia

RP: Jose Peguero

RP: Alex Mejias

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Cashman: Yankees might start season with Andujar and Torres in infield

From the NY Post:

Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Tampa in a little more than six weeks, and the Yankees are still prepared to go with the possibility of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar in the infield, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

“If the market changes, we’re prepared to adjust,” Cashman said. “But right now, we’re still treading water. This is what we’ve got, in addition to other guys like Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada. I’m excited with what we have.”

…”We’ve know what Andujar is capable of and we know the talent of Torres.”

The expectation all winter has been for the Yankees to add a veteran infielder or two who can play third and potentially second base while also providing Greg Bird insurance at first. However, due to the plethora of free agents still available and the inability to unload Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract, the Yankees haven’t done much since the Giancarlo Stanton trade.

While I would still like to see the Yankees re-sign Todd Frazier or a sign a free agent like Howie Kendrick, I would also have no problem going into the year with Torres and Andujar. Torres, their top prospect, was close to getting called up last year before his elbow injury, and Andujar also looks ready after he hit .317/.364/.502 in 250 plate appearances in Triple-A.

I have to say, though, that this reeks of the time the Cashman said the Yankees would use Bubba Crosby as their center fielder before signing Johnny Damon. I don’t expect a big splash with the luxury tax looming, but I do expect the Yankees will still bring in a veteran.

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Rumor: Luxury tax may keep the Yankees from signing Todd Frazier


Interest remains between the Yankees and free agent third baseman Todd Frazier, a pair of sources with knowledge of their correspondence have told NJ Advance Media.

But the team’s mission to stay beneath the $197-million payroll luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season has kept the sides from speaking much this offseason, according to one of the sources.

Frazier, who has made teams aware he’s seeking a multi-year deal, has continued to speak with multiple clubs. It’s unclear how much money he wants. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported the Yankees’ projected payroll currently stands at about $178 million. Frazier made $12 million last season.

The AP thinks the Yankees payroll is at $178 million, the NY Post says $182 million. Either way, the Yankees are roughly $17 million from the threshold, but they want to leave themselves space for mid-season deals so there is no way they go right up to $197 million to start the 2018 season.

The problem right now is Jacoby Ellsbury and the $23 million per year, and $68.5 million overall, that he’s owed. The Yankees would like to get rid of it before making more deals, but teams aren’t interested right now because there are options still available on the free agent market that are just as good and probably much cheaper. So the Yankees must wait. The problem is that Todd Frazier probably won’t if another team offers him the right multi-year deal.

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