Yankees’ treasure trove of prospects takes a hit in Rule 5 draft

The Yankees couldn’t protect everyone. After stashing as many quality prospects as they could on their 40-man roster to ensure they remain with the franchise, the Yankees lost four players — the most of any team — Thursday in the major league Rule 5 draft: pitchers Nestor Cortes, Jose

MLB investigating if spurned team leaked Shohei Ohtani info

Major League Baseball is investigating if Shohei Ohtani’s questionable medical report leaking shortly after he selected a team — and rejected 29 — is merely a coincidence. On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that the “Babe Ruth of Japan” had received platelet-rich plasma injection on his right, pitching elbow. Shortly

Brains killed the Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Winter Meetings were killed by smart guys. Date of death, December 2017. Send money to Scott Boras in lieu of flowers. Many reasons coalesced to create the least active meetings perhaps ever — the methodical Boras having five of the biggest players in

Two payroll-worthy steps that would give Mets needed edge

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In light of the Mets and their 29 competitors departing Disney World on Thursday, how about you pause wishing upon a star and we’ll figure out how the Mets can mount a respectable 2018 season within their apparent payroll limitations? The latest step occurred

It may take ditching Clint Frazier to solve Yankees’ rotation needs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brian Cashman entered the Winter Meetings searching for rotation help and exited without it. Yet just because baseball’s meat market has closed doesn’t mean the Yankees general manager won’t land a starting pitcher or two. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the

Aaron Judge knows it’s going to be “a fun year’ with Stanton

OAKLAND, Calif. — Aaron Judge can’t wait to get to spring training and start learning from new teammate Giancarlo Stanton. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year alongside the NL MVP. What a sluggin’ 1-2 punch in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup — not to mention the daily

Cardinals trade budding outfielder to be closer to sick mom

This is the “Cardinal Way.” The Cardinals reportedly have a deal to send outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland A’s for prospects. It’s not exactly a championship-building trade for either team. It relieves some positional clog for the Cardinals, but it’s also a trade that seems to be mostly

Plotting Mets’ next moves, starting with an Indians veteran

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On to the second question. The Mets’ priorities heading into the Winter Meetings this week had bullpen atop the list, followed by second base and outfield/first base bat. Team officials departed the Swan and Dolphin resort in the Disney complex on Thursday with Anthony

Giancarlo Stanton became a monster doing what “most hitters’ won’t

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton, the best hitter in the National League last season and newest Yankees slugger, taught himself how to hit. “He is a self-made hitter,’’ Jeff Pentland said Thursday. “He was a football guy playing baseball. He made himself into a hitter.’’ Pentland, the Yankees’

Yankees’ plan if they can’t pull off a Manny Machado miracle

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Yankees checked in on Manny Machado for many reasons but mainly because, well, they are the Yankees. It is in their DNA to inquire on everything, especially big players, especially situations where teams might be feeling a level of desperation, and the Yankees

Michael Conforto lowers Mets fans’ Opening Day expectations

Michael Conforto doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day, and that likely won’t change for a while as he continues his rehab from the dislocated shoulder that ended his season in August. “As a competitor and a guy that wants to be out there with my teammates,

Landing Yankees’ top rotation targets may require creativity

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — According to a person who works for a club with interest in acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole, the Pirates are thinking harder than usual about making a deal. In an effort to bolster their rotation, the Yankees are working hard to land the 27-year-old they

The options Yankees are considering to fill infield holes

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brian Cashman has to fill vacancies at second and third base and he is looking at the trade market, free agency and what he has in house. “We have kids who are hungry and trying to push their way in now,’’ the Yankees’ general

Yankees could work around the Orioles to get Manny Machado

One MLB executive told The Post’s George A. King III on Tuesday that Orioles owner Peter Angelos would never trade Manny Machado to the Yankees. Maybe the Yankees won’t need him to. The Athletic reported early Thursday morning the White Sox have become an aggressive suitor for Machado’s services — with

Marlins’ selloff nearly complete after Marcell Ozuna deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The deconstruction of what had been the best outfield in the majors continued Wednesday, when the Marlins traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, pending physicals. Miami and St. Louis had a head start on this trade because they had completed a deal last week

Mets miss out on potential solution at second base

One of the Mets’ top choices to play second base in 2018 came off the board Wednesday when Ian Kinsler was traded to the Angels. The Mets have other options, including the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. But they did like Kinsler’s above-average defense and pop for a second baseman. The 35-year-old,

Why CC Sabathia must come before Yankees’ next trade tricks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With all of their wheeling and dealing this offseason, constructing new plans on the fly and compelling us to recalculate their luxury-tax figure every day, the Yankees had best not forget to bring back their glue guy. CC Sabathia has done too much for

Betances on facing Yankees lineup: “What do you do?’

Dellin Betances has faced his fair share of fearsome lineups, especially in the AL East. But he doesn’t think he’s ever seen a heart of the order like the Yankees figure to have now that Giancarlo Stanton has arrived. “It’s like when Toronto had [Edwin] Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Josh

Mattingly knows what’s awaiting Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Don Mattingly knows Giancarlo Stanton well from having managed him the past two years with the Marlins. He is intimate with all that goes on with being a large Yankees star, having been the face of the franchise from the mid-1980s to the

Yankees accidentally helped Todd Frazier’s market value

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier in July, they made him the third baseman over Chase Headley because they thought he was the better overall fielder. But within that, the Yanks believed Frazier would be far better within their shifting. Often until two strikes

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At what mile marker of a marathon are you finishing no matter what? Aches. Cramps. Heck, maybe even broken bones. Twenty miles? Twenty-two? Twenty-three? This is where the Mets are with Matt Harvey. They have come so far and through so much with him that

Michael Pineda gets another $10 million chance

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have signed former Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, giving a two-year, $10 million contract to the right-hander recovering from Tommy John surgery. The move made Wednesday by the Twins during baseball’s Winter Meetings was more for 2019, when Pineda will earn $8 million. He’ll

Mets sign breakout reliever Anthony Swarzak

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Mets won’t be leaving the Winter Meetings empty handed. After missing on relievers Bryan Shaw and Tommy Hunter, general manager Sandy Alderson netted a power right arm for his bullpen, landing Anthony Swarzak on a two-year deal worth $14 million, an industry source

Mets will have to convince Ian Kinsler to accept trade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Mets’ first choice at second base may be Ian Kinsler, but all that matters if a trade can be completed with the Tigers is if Kinsler has mutual feelings. Kinsler has a 10-team no-trade clause and he has a ton of leverage because

Yankees engage Diamondbacks on ideal infield fit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Yankees have spoken to the Diamondbacks about Patrick Corbin. But not just Patrick Corbin. They also have had talks involving Brandon Drury, who could help fill what are now occupancies at second and third after the trades of Starlin Castro and Chase Headley,

What Gary Sanchez is focused on to help his catching issues

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Gary Sanchez’s first step toward improving defensively has been to work on his body. Matt Krause, the Yankees’ strength and conditioning director, is in the Dominican Republic working out Sanchez. According to a person with knowledge of the program, Sanchez has dropped weight. While all

How the Yankees can spend the Chase Headley savings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Yankees took advantage of the Padres wanting Bryan Mitchell’s live but erratic right arm to package third baseman Chase Headley and his $13 million salary in a deal Tuesday. The move, which brought back outfielder Jabari Blash, to send Mitchell and Headley to

CC Sabathia is lining up other options while Yankees wait

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — CC Sabathia’s desire to remain a Yankee has been alive for a long time, but the veteran lefty is exploring other options. Sabathia, a free agent, has spoken to the Angels and Tuesday he and his representatives met with the Blue Jays. The common factor

Yankees might be happy they missed out on Shohei Ohtani

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Did the Yankees dodge a bullet by whiffing on Shohei Ohtani? At the least, they avoided adding another pitcher — another Japanese pitcher, come to think of it — who will face endless questions about the soundness of his throwing elbow. Yahoo Sports reported