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Sport Winter Meetings were a smash hit for Yankees

03:55  13 december  2019
03:55  13 december  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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SAN DIEGO — Heading back to New York from the MLB Winter Meetings, the Yankee front office was satisfied. This winter they have secured closer Aroldis Chapman through the 2022 season, they’ve brought back the heart and soul of their clubhouse and lineup in Brett Gardner and landed the best right-handed pitcher available on the free-agent market in Gerrit Cole.

“We feel good. We came into the offseason in a pretty good spot with the roster and had some good conversations and progress on a number of things here,” Yankees assistant GM Mike Fishman said after the Rule 5 draft. “So I feel like we’re in a good position heading into the rest of the offseason.”

The Yankees will have to make a few moves before they can officially announce the record-setting nine-year, $324 million deal with Gerrit Cole and the one-year, $12.5 million deal with Gardner. Cole has to go through a physical in New York early this week to finalize the deal and Gardner’s deal also has to be signed. The Yankees will have to make room on their 40-man roster and are looking to shed some salary — most likely lefty J.A. Happ’s $17 million.

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“We’re always exploring ways to make the make the team better. So we’re constantly having conversations with other teams, with agents and seeing if there’s something else that lines up,” Fishman said. “So it’s always hard to predict if there’s something else but we’re always trying. You never know when something lines up with another team that might make sense.”

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The Yankees never seemed interested in a reunion with backup catcher Austin Romine and reports were Thursday that he was heading to the Tigers on a one-year, $4 million deal. The Yankees said they are comfortable with Kyle Higashioka penciled in as their backup.

“Yeah, we are. He’s spent his time in AAA kind of behind (Gary) Sanchez and Romine and he’s gotten a taste of the big leagues pretty much every year,” Fishman said. “And he’s shown enough offensively and defensively that we do feel he is ready to have a more permanent big league role.”

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Still, the Yankees have talked to representatives of free-agent catcher Martin Maldanado.

Romine is coming off a career year, hitting .281 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 73 games this season backing up Sanchez.

A defense-first catcher, Higashioka rated at three defensive runs saved in 18 games behind the plate last season. He hit .214/.211/.464 with 11 RBIs and three home runs.

Considering how much time Sanchez has lost to injuries over the past two seasons — he played 89 games in 2018 and 106 in 2019 — backup catcher is an area where the Yankees could be looking to upgrade.

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The Yankees also lost Didi Gregorius this week. The shortstop, who came in to replace legend Derek Jeter, agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies that will reunite him with former Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Gregorius missed the first part of the 2019 season after having October 2018 Tommy John surgery, allowing the Yankees to get comfortable with Gleyber Torres playing shortstop. Fishman reiterated Thursday that the Yankees are comfortable with their infield, even without Gregorius.

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“We feel good about the infield. Didi did a lot for us over the years. And so it’s a loss. But we have the roster with Gleyber being able to play shortstop too, to be able to cover any innings, so it’s a good situation,” Fishman said. “Maybe there is not as much depth as we had last year when Didi was part of the team, but the infield is in a good spot.”

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Teams will have an extra roster spot in 2020, going to a 26-man roster. That is something the Yankees are exploring now.

“It just gives you a little more versatility on the bench. You have a little more coverage,” Fishman said. “You can have both an extra outfielder and an extra infielder. There’s different ways and throughout the year it might change at times when we when we add a third catcher, but in general you know it allows just a little more flexibility on how you deploy. You have more platoon options. But what the ultimate roster is on an opening day is to be determined.”

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The Yankees had five minor league players taken in the Rule 5 draft. Right-handed pitcher Rony Garcia was taken by the Tigers in the major-league portion of the draft. Garcia had a 4.44 ERA in Double-A last season. He has to stay on the Tigers’ major league roster the entire 2020 season or be offered back to the Yankees.

The Blue Jays took right-hander Hobie Harris in the Triple-A first-round of the draft. The Yankees also lost right-hander Will Carter (White Sox), right-hander Raynel Espinal (Red Sox) and infielder Wendell Rijo (Braves).

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