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 Latest New York Yankees Player Notes:

Dec 26 2017 - CC Sabathia
  LHP CC Sabathia officially was resigned to a one-year contract, the New York Yankees announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple reports had the deal listed for $10 million. Sabathia is coming off a roller-coaster season in which he suffered what might have been a career-ending knee injury in August. But the 37-year-old left-handed free agent bounced back to anchor a rotation that carried the Yankees to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series. Sabathia finished last season with a 14-5 record and a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts. He owns a 120-73 mark with a 3.75 ERA in 255 starts over nine seasons with the Yankees.


Dec 16 2017 - CC Sabathia
  LHP CC Sabathia and the Yankees agreed on a one-year deal worth a reported $10 million, according to multiple reports Saturday. The 37-year-old left-handed free agent is coming off a roller-coaster season in which he suffered what might have been a career-ending knee injury in August. But Sabathia bounced back to anchor a rotation that carried the Yankees to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series. Sabathia finished last season with a 14-5 record and a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts. He must pass a physical for the deal to become official.


Dec 13 2017 - Jabari Blash
  OF Jabari Blash was acquired by the Yankees on Tuesday in a trade that sent 3B Chase Headley, RHP Bryan Mitchell and cash considerations to the Padres. Blash, 28, batted .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 61 games last season.


Dec 11 2017 - Starlin Castro
  2B Starlin Castro was officially traded to Miami as part of the blockbuster deal with the New York Yankees involving Giancarlo Stanton. Castro, 27, batted .300 with 66 runs, 18 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, 23 walks and a .338 on-base percentage in 112 games with the Yankees in 2017. He was also named to his first American League All-Star team, marking his fourth All-Star selection overall (also 2011-12, 2014 with the Chicago Cubs).


Dec 11 2017 - Giancarlo Stanton
  RF Giancarlo Stanton was officially traded to the New York by the Miami Marlins. The reigning National League MVP was acquired in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league right-hander Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers. "I'm very excited to be here and be a part of the Yankees," Stanton said at a news conference Monday during the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The two teams reached terms of the deal on Saturday pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause and passing a physical. Stanton hit 59 home runs for the Marlins this past season.


Dec 9 2017 - Giancarlo Stanton
  OF Giancarlo Stanton agreed to a deal to be traded to the New York Yankees from the Miami Marlins, according to multiple reports Saturday. The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause and passing a physical. The approval is expected to be a formality. Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro and two minor league prospects would be traded to Miami as part of the deal, according to reports.


Nov 21 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday, but is expected to complete his recovery before the start of spring training. The Yankees announced on Tuesday that Judge's procedure "involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up, and was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic." Judge, 25, hit an AL-leading and a Yankees-rookie-record 52 home runs while driving in 114 runs and batting .284 over 155 games during his rookie campaign in 2017.


Nov 16 2017 - Giancarlo Stanton
  OF Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday. Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes. "This is unbelievable," Stanton said after the announcement on the Major League Baseball Network. "The ups and downs of my career and everything that's happened, I'm just so thankful and appreciative to everyone around me, everyone who has pushed me, everyone that's been by my side." Stanton led the majors in homers (59) and RBIs (132) while batting .281 and slugging .631.


Nov 13 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Judge received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini finished second and third, respectively. The 25-year-old Judge took Major League Baseball by storm in 2017, launching a rookie-record 52 homers to bash Mark McGwire's previous mark set three decades ago. After winning a spring training competition with Aaron Hicks to earn the starting spot in right field, Judge found himself at the top of the AL in homers, runs (128), walks (127) and, unfortunately for him, strikeouts (208). His 114 RBIs were second best in the AL.


Nov 6 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge, who led the majors with 52 homers, is a finalist for both the AL Most Valuable Player award and AL Rookie of the Year. Judge is expected to become the Yankees' first Rookie of the Year winner since Derek Jeter in 1996 after hitting .284 with 52 homers, 114 RBIs, 128 runs and 127 walks. While he led the league with 208 strikeouts, Judge also led the league in runs, walks and home runs.


Oct 22 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge finished 0-for-4 and struck out in his final plate appearance of the postseason, running his total to 27 to set a franchise record. Judge surpassed the mark previously held by Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano, who recorded 26 strikeouts over 75 plate appearances in 2003. Judge finished his first postseason with 57 plate appearances.


Oct 22 2017 - Tommy Kahnle
  RHP Tommy Kahnle had retired 28 of 32 batters faced over six appearances and 10 scoreless innings this postseason before surrendering three runs in the fifth inning. Astros 2B Jose Altuve broke the scoreless string with a solo home run before Astros C Brian McCann added a two-run double. Kahnle had allowed only two hits this postseason before surrendering four in Game 7.


Oct 22 2017 - CC Sabathia
  LHP CC Sabathia had been 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA over 13 starts following a Yankees loss this season, but was saddled with the decision after allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Sabathia produced his shortest outing in a postseason start since working only two innings in Game 1 of the 2011 American League Division Series against Detroit.


Oct 22 2017 - Greg Bird
  1B Greg Bird finished 1-for-4 with a double, reaching base safely in his seventh consecutive postseason game. Bird reached base in 12 of 13 games this postseason, batting .250 in 44 at-bats with three home runs, two doubles and six walks. Bird was the only Yankees batter to reach third base in Game 7.


Oct 21 2017 - Dellin Betances
  RHP Dellin Betances made just his second scoreless appearance this postseason on Friday night in the American League Championship Series in which he had at least one out, allowing one hit in one inning while getting a strikeout. Betances had allowed one run in two of his three previous appearances and failed to get an out in the third, issuing two walks against the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS. Betances allowed two walks and a run against the Astros in Game 3.


Oct 21 2017 - David Robertson
  RHP David Robertson allowed four runs and four hits without getting an out in the eighth inning of Friday night's American League Championship Series game, a sharp reversal from his earlier success this postseason. Entering Game 6, Robertson had allowed two earned runs in 11 innings and six appearances this postseason, with one of those against the Astros in Game 4.


Oct 21 2017 - Greg Bird
  1B Greg Bird worked a walk in the seventh inning in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night against the Astros, giving him eight walks in the series. That ties the most walks by a Yankees player in an ALCS (Alex Rodriguez in 2009). Babe Ruth holds the club record for walks in a postseason series with 11 in the 1926 World Series.


Oct 20 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge ran his postseason total to 26 strikeouts with two against Astros RHP Justin Verlander on Friday night in Game 6 of the American Leaghe Championship Series. That moved Judge into a tie with Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano for the most strikeouts in one postseason in franchise history. Soriano had his 26 strikeouts in 75 plate appearances; Judge reached that total in his 52nd. Judge later clubbed his third homer of the ALCS, tied with four others for the second most in an ALCS in franchise history.


Oct 19 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge began Game 5 with a .189 average in the postseason but raised it to .200 by going 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. Judge, C Gary Sanchez and 1B Greg Bird, who are 25 or younger, have hit three homers apiece in the postseason. Before this season, only three New York players 25 or younger hit three homers in a postseason: Lou Gehrig, who hit four homers in 1928; Charlie Keller, who hit three in 1939; and Mickey Mantle, who hit three in 1956. Of course, the difference is those players only had one playoff round as opposed to the current four-round format.


Oct 19 2017 - Masahiro Tanaka
  RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed three hits, struck out eight and recorded nine ground-ball outs during seven scoreless innings in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against Houston on Wednesday. Tanaka owns a 0.90 ERA this postseason, which is the second lowest of any Yankee with at least 19 innings. RHP Waite Hoyt holds the record by pitching 27 scoreless innings in 1921 when the Yankees won their first pennant. Tanaka also owns a 22-inning scoreless streak at Yankee Stadium and is 7-1 with an 0.96 ERA in his last eight starts at home.


Oct 19 2017 - Gleyber Torres
  INF Gleyber Torres began hitting after his recovery from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Wednesday. Torres tweeted a video of himself in an indoor batting cage said: "After long months of recovery, I can finally hit again and that makes me super happy."


Oct 18 2017 - Gary Sanchez
  C Gary Sanchez was hitless in 13 at-bats in the postseason and in his last 18 at-bats overall before getting a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday off RHP Ken Giles. Sanchez is 7-for-41 in his first postseason. Sanchez also started at DH for the first time, mostly because of his defensive struggles while catching RHP Sonny Gray. Sanchez is expected to be the starting catcher Wednesday in Game 5.


Oct 18 2017 - Sonny Gray
  RHP Sonny Gray allowed two runs (one earned) and one hit in five innings of Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday. He became the sixth Yankee to allow one hit or less while pitching at least five innings. The others were Roger Clemens, David Cone, Orlando Hernandez, Don Larsen and Bill Bevens.


Oct 18 2017 - Didi Gregorius
  SS Didi Gregorius hit a triple in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the ALCS Tuesday and it was the 74th three-base hit in Yankees postseason history. The last one was by Eduardo Nunez in Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS at Detroit. The last postseason triple by a Yankees left-handed hitter was by Curtis Granderson in Game 3 of the 2011 ALDS at Detroit.


Oct 18 2017 - Aaron Judge
  RF Aaron Judge started New York's comeback in Game 4 of the ALCS with a homer off RHP Lance McCullers in the seventh inning Tuesday. The home run was measured at 427 and 111.6 mph off the bat. Judge then hit the game-tying double in the eighth off RHP Ken Giles. When he doubled off Giles, it marked the fourth time he drove in more than one run in a playoff game. He joined Bernie Williams as the second Yankee to get a multi-RBI game in at least four of his first 10 playoff games. Judge also homered for the second straight game, making him the seventh Yankee age 25 or younger to do so. The others are Lou Gehrig (three straight games), Greg Bird, Derek Jeter, Gil McDougald and Charlie Keller.