Spring Training Record: 17-12-2 (128 RS, 106 RA)
Regular Season Games This Week: Mon. OFF, @ Astros (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), @ Blue Jays (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The Yankees finalized their Opening Day roster. Michael Pineda was named the fifth starter, Vidal Nuno and Dellin Betances won the last two bullpen spots, and Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna won bench jobs. Eduardo Nunez will open the year in Triple-A.
- Injury Updates: Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) played in a bunch of minor league games and is good to go. Mark Teixeira (wrist) admitted to “not trusting that the wrist is healthy.” Brendan Ryan (back) will open the season on the DL, and he’ll miss more than the minimum 15 days. Tyler Austin (wrist), Slade Heathcott (knee), and Greg Bird (back) will all be held back in Extended Spring Training. Ty Hensley (hernia) will not start throwing for 3-4 weeks.
- The Rangers called about Frankie Cervelli but were apparently told he is not available. The Yankees are willing to eat money to trade Ichiro Suzuki, and while they recently spoke to Stephen Drew, they are “tapped out” and can not add payroll. With Nuno in the bullpen, Al Aceves was signed to a minor league deal to fill out the Triple-A Scranton rotation.
- According to Forbes, the Yankees are worth $2.5 billion, the highest in baseball. They will open the year with a $204M payroll. New amenities and concessions at Yankee Stadium have been announced.
- The Yankees will travel 28,001 miles this season, tenth fewest in baseball. They are planning to use more defensive shifts this season.
- MLB and the MLBPA announced a new drug agreement with harsher penalties.
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