Gary Sanchez: I had no issues with Joe Girardi

One of Aaron Boone’s top priorities when he became Yankees manager was to get to know Gary Sanchez, who was benched briefly by Joe Girardi last season. Sanchez said he and Boone met Friday night, and the catcher indicated the meeting went well and is confident the two will

Another MLB titan could now rival Yanks’ might next offseason

The free agent market got a lot more interesting Saturday — that would be the free agent market next winter. The Yankees signed CC Sabathia for $10 million. In one of the most voluminous salary dumps of all time, the Dodgers obtained Matt Kemp from the Braves for Adrian

Stanton, Jeter and everyone else: MLB winners and losers

One enormous news conference. A few trades of note. A flurry of contracts for setup men. So much more work to be done. Yet the Winter Meetings still projected a big-event feel, which is what occurs when you hold the industry’s biggest get-together of the year. The offseason has miles

The only holiday carols New York fans need this season

Wait … it’s that time of year again? Holy cow, it’s that time of year again. Time for mistletoe, egg nog, a warm fire, and few ditties to commemorate the season A-one, and a-two and … “It’s the Most Mets-iest Time of the Year” (“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of

Ex-Yankee sues White Sox over season-ending injury

Nothing will make up for the heartache Dustin Fowler suffered when he was denied his first at-bat as a Yankee, but now he’s seeking money to help pay for the physical toll. Fowler, who ruptured his patellar tendon when crashing into the wall to make a catch in foul

How Yanks passed on Stanton, drafted Judge and landed both

When the Yankees selected Aaron Judge in the first round of the 2013 draft, the towering right-handed slugger probably should have thanked Giancarlo Stanton. Six years earlier, the team had scouted Stanton and passed on the powerful high school senior — also from California — because they believed he

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees trade Headley, Mitchell to Padres for outfielder

The Yankees have dealt Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, The Post’s Joel Sherman reports. see also The trade of Headley opens third base for perhaps a Todd Frazier reunion or for top prospect Gleyber Torres, who missed most of last season following Tommy

Giancarlo Stanton’s love life is still very much a mystery

When Giancarlo Stanton officially heads north to the Big Apple, expect the newest Yankee’s little black book to fill up fast. The reigning NL MVP, who was acquired over the weekend from the Miami Marlins, expressed his gratitude about joining Aaron Judge and company Monday during his introductory press

Who’s Jabari Blash, the outfielder Yankees just traded for?

On Tuesday, The Yankees gave up swingman pitcher Bryan Mitchell and in return got to clean their hands of the $13 million that remained on Chase Headley’s contract. Oh, and they acquired outfielder Jabari Blash. Blash is coming from San Diego to The Bronx — rather, the Yankees’ organization at least.

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