Clint Frazier is on a mission

TAMPA — Clint Frazier says he’s undaunted by the number of outfielders the Yankees have and believes there’s still a place for him in the Bronx. “I think I’ll surprise some people when spring [training] starts,” Frazier said after working out at the team’s minor-league facility Tuesday. “I did

Why the Yankees will reel in Gerrit Cole on their terms

The Yankees have developed a way of making a big trade, especially when they lack desperation and/or perceive they have leverage. They use the dearth or absence of other suitors plus a willingness to wait and wait to kind of slow walk the other team toward their way of

Yankees moving closer to trading for Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole missed a chance to be a Yankee out of high school when he decided to attend UCLA rather than sign with the club that selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft. Now, the right-hander who the Pirates took with the first pick in the

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

The starters Yankees could trade for — and what they would cost

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At the press conference Monday to introduce Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees officials already were not only talking about what’s next, but working toward acquiring it. This is the organizational DNA: When the Yanks sense they can win, they increase their aggression. The goal now is

Yankees have barely scratched the surface of what they can be

HOUSTON — The way this works — the way it has worked for decades and decades — is if you do a massive sell-off one year, you do not get to the brink of the World Series the next. You certainly don’t start eliminating the teams to which you sent the

Yankees go all-in with pitchers for ALDS

CLEVELAND —Joe Girardi said the Yankees could take extra pitchers into the ALDS against the Indians and with Jaime Garcia and Jordan Montgomery on the roster the team announced on Thursday, that’s exactly what they did. In doing so, they sacrificed some depth on the bench, with Clint Frazier, a

The 13 defining moments of the Yankees’ 2017 season

In a season that was once thought of as a potential rebuilding year, the Yankees turned 162 games into a roller-coaster ride that arrived in the playoffs. The journey included some jaw-dropping rookie moments, broken records, trades and even unifying brawls. Here are 13 of the defining moments that shaped

Yankees clinch home wild-card game, move closer to Red Sox

The Yankees clinched at least home-field advantage for next Tuesday’s wild-card game with a 6-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday, which is good news for a team that has the best home record in the American League. But they may not stop there. Coupled with Boston’s loss to Toronto, the Yankees

Yankees already positioning rotation for wild-card showdown

Masahiro Tanaka is listed as the Yankees’ starter Wednesday against the Twins at Yankee Stadium, but there is a slight chance ace Luis Severino could work that game. “He could pitch Friday or he could pitch Wednesday, but right now he is scheduled for Friday,’’ Joe Girardi said of Severino. “If

How Joe Girardi is excusing Clint Frazier’s worrying dud

When Aroldis Chapman blew a 102-mph fastball by Lucas Duda to allow the Yankees to hang on to a 3-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday at Citi Field, the closer wasn’t the only one who should have breathed a sigh of relief. The Yankees were clinging to a one-run lead

Clint Frazier’s back and what it means for the Yankees

The Yankees finally got a fourth outfielder back when Clint Frazier was activated from the disabled list Monday, and on Tuesday, the left fielder made his first appearance since being sidelined with a left oblique strain Aug. 9. The rookie, who turned 23 last week, is being thrust into the middle

Another hits the DL in Yankees’ twisted outfield musical chairs

Joe Girardi no longer has any choices left to make in his once-crowded outfield. The Yankees placed Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, and it is unclear how much time the outfielder will miss, due to a left oblique strain he suffered during Saturday’s win over the Red Sox. Girardi

Sanchez, Romine catch small break regarding their bans

Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine will have their suspension appeal hearings Friday, but MLB’s decision likely won’t be rendered until Tuesday or Wednesday because the league’s offices are closed for Labor Day weekend. Such a timetable means the Yankees won’t lose Sanchez and Romine for any of the three remaining games

Yankees’ Aaron Judge problem more complicated in offseason

The Yankees do not just have an Aaron Judge issue. They have an outfield issue. And not just now but for next season as well. In the first half Judge excelled, but so, too, did Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks, and the Yankees’ outfield OPS of .897 was the majors’ best. But

Yankees may get good Gary Sanchez news for rivalry series

With MLB still in the process of scheduling the appeal hearings for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, it’s possible the Yankees catchers won’t get a date until after the critical series against the Red Sox that begins Thursday. Sanchez received a four-game suspension and Romine got two for their involvement in

Didi Gregorius insists he was safe after ugly blunder

Didi Gregorius committed the cardinal sin of baserunning Friday night when he attempted to go from second to third on a ground ball hit to the left side in the eighth inning with the score tied. Gregorius believed he was safe via a head-first slide, even if the Yankees didn’t challenge

The Yankees’ big returns are finally coming

DETROIT — Greg Bird and Starlin Castro could be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as Friday in the Bronx after the two played in rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. “All reports are good on Castro and Bird,” Joe Girardi said before the Yankees lost a wild 10-6

Ranking the reinforcements as Yankees’ cavalry returns

BOSTON — It wasn’t just because it was the right knee again. It was what CC Sabathia said about the right knee — that it was the worst pain he had felt in the area since he began wearing a brace in 2015 — and the dejected tone in which

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Breaking down how the rivals match up

The Yankees and Red Sox will meet for another critical series this weekend in The Bronx, with Boston streaking and having won eight straight games to wrest control of the AL East. Here’s a look at how the two rivals match up: Getting on base: Before a pair of recent outbursts against

Clint Frazier a bit surprised Yankees put him on the DL

TORONTO — Clint Frazier said he was “kind of’’ surprised the strained left oblique injury landed him on the DL on Thursday, but understood the decision. “It’s probably best for me to be on the DL and give it some time,’’ Frazier said of the mild strain, which will keep him

Clint Frazier could head to the DL before possible demotion

TORONTO — With Aaron Hicks set to come off the disabled list Friday, the Yankees were going to need a roster move and the slumping Clint Frazier was a candidate to be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Nevertheless, Frazier suffered a left oblique injury during batting practice Wednesday night and was scratched

Greg Bird closing in on taking another big rehab step

First baseman Greg Bird is traveling with the team and moving toward taking batting practice on the field which would represent a big step in coming back from surgery on his right ankle. Bird did tee-and-toss drills with the bat and threw Thursday. “It felt really good,’’ said Bird, who didn’t want

Yankees give Sonny Gray no help in ugly-looking loss

CLEVELAND — Nobody could have blamed Sonny Gray for checking to see if he was really wearing a Yankees’ road uniform instead of the green, yellow and white outfit he left in Oakland. After leaving the A’s, who led the majors in errors and had the second worst team batting average

Clint Frazier set for “bittersweet’ Indians homecoming

For most of his professional career, it looked as if Clint Frazier would make his MLB debut with the Indians — but that was before he was traded to the Yankees in the deal that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland prior to last year’s non-waiver trade deadline. So Frazier will play

No Clint Frazier heroics this time as Yankees fall out of first

Clint Frazier has drawn raves since joining the Yankees at the beginning of July and being a significant part of their recent turnaround. But on Tuesday, when he had a chance to deliver a blow in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run on third base, Frazier popped out

Yankees leaving the door open for Clint Frazier as starter

Clint Frazier’s play since coming to The Bronx has been noticed by general manager Brian Cashman. Cashman said on July 20 that the Yankees would “send Frazier out’’ once Aaron Hicks returned from the disabled list after recovering from a strained oblique, but he softened that stance on Tuesday. “When Aaron is

Yankees youngsters learn how fast prospect’s life can change

Dustin Fowler stood next to crutches outside the Yankees clubhouse shortly after being told he was being traded to Oakland as part of a deal to bring Sonny Gray to The Bronx and looked back on his exceptionally brief career with the team that drafted him. “It was a fun ride,”

Yankees kick off post-deadline quest with easy win over Tigers

When the word drifted into the Yankees’ clubhouse Monday afternoon that Sonny Gray would be joining their rotation the reaction was swift and furious. “Guys were really fired up when they heard the news,’’ Chase Headley said. “Obviously they believe in us and gave us what we needed. He is a

Yankees catcher’s day just got more and more painful

Austin Romine left Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Rays with a bruised left hand. Even though that caused an ugly welt, it wasn’t the worst part of his afternoon. That came earlier in the game, when Adeiny Hechavarria fouled a ball off the dirt and it bounced up and hit Romine in