MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: The Yankees’ historic free-agent streak hit a snag last offseason, stuck with a stopgap operation while they wait for Oswald Peraza and Antonio Volpe to develop. Despite the average play from shortstop last season — New York received the seventh-lowest value from the shortstop position through the efforts of Isiah Kiner-Falefa at the plate and the ball — Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman have already thrown relief behind Kiner. Falefa as Day starts in 2023. They also continue to repeat their faith in Peraza and Volpe, with the former probably given a chance early in the season to win the starting job, to develop their struggling story in the latter season. his first Triple A at the end of 2012.
New York Post | Jon Heyman: The Yankees’ focus will be firmly focused on Aaron Judge this winter, but it’s not the only free agent they have eyes on. After Judge, the front office has already established a solid starting rotation. Heyman names Carlos Rodon and Justin Verlander as the two pitchers the Yankees have the most interest in, with Kodai Senga and Jameson Taillon also on the team’s radar. Verlander is the reigning AL Cy Young winner, AL ERA king, and World Series champion while Rodon is first in strikeout rate (33.4 percent) and second in fWAR (6.2) in the MLB. Heyman also mentions a potential reunion with Taillon and the re-ignition of trade talks with the Marlins for Pablo López.
NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees lost Michael King to condensing elbow surgery and the Yankees reliever opened up on a hiccup of experience leading up to an MRI and surgery. He was concerned that an MRI would reveal damage to his UCL above his broken elbow, thus requiring Tommy John surgery, and he was relieved to find that the ligament was intact. This opens the way for him to open the day ready for him – a far less likely outcome if TJS is needed. In encouraging news, the assistant just recently started a shooting program and is on his rehab schedule.
New York Daily News | Matthew Roberson: The Yankees extend their streak to 13 straight seasons without appearing in the World Series — second longest streak ever by the Yankees. Many of the defendants blame this drought, but Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman seem convinced that the injury is the main suspect. Especially as it pertains to this season, the Yankees manager and GM claim that the team has lost too many players since its historic first half to have a chance at the playoffs. It’s more of a defeatist attitude that tries to escape responsibility for a team with less than adequate depth to cover for the possibility of injury, which every team, not just the Yankees, does all the time.