- Aaron Hicks confirmed he’s discussed an extension with the Yankees and said “of course” when asked whether the A.J. Pollock deal is a good starting point for contract talks. “When center fielders get contracts, of course I’m going to get excited about that,” he added. Pollock signed a four-year, $60M contract with opt-outs and escalators and all that. [Randy Miller]
- Sounds like the Yankees will be a little more aggressive on the bases this year. “I think that’s one of those areas where even with guys that don’t necessarily run a lot, there are a lot of times that come up where there’s some low-hanging fruit there to where you can grab a base,” said Aaron Boone, referring to pitchers with slow deliveries and catchers with weak arms. [Randy Miller]
- Not surprisingly, Boone said he envisions DJ LeMahieu being the backup first baseman. That was the plan when they signed him. LeMahieu has played 13 innings at first base in his big league career and none since 2013. This is notable because it indicates the Yankees do not plan to carry both Luke Voit and Greg Bird on the roster. [Bryan Hoch]
- There are no restrictions on Clint Frazier this spring following last year’s concussion issues. In fact, Frazier will make both road trips this weekend and is tentatively scheduled to start both games. He’ll be in left field tomorrow and at DH on Sunday. “He’s ready to go,” said Boone. [Coley Harvey]
- Nestor Cortes is starting tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener. Frazier, Hicks, Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Phil Diehl, Estevan Florial, Kyle Higashioka, Brady Lail, Gleyber Torres, and Tyler Wade are all making the road trip. [Bryan Hoch]
The Yankees will be on the road to take on the Red Sox in tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener. It is a 1pm ET start and the game will air live on MLB Network and MLB.tv. MLB Network will show the game in the Yankees’ home market and there are no MLB.tv blackouts in Spring Training.