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Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:31 am

New York Yankees top prospect list 2020: Deivi Garcia and Jasson Dominguez lead group
[/b[b]]The Yankees don't have a great system, but they do have some names worth knowing


With the regular season concluding, we've decided to take a look at each team's future -- not by using a crystal ball or other psychic abilities, but by evaluating their farm systems. Below you'll find our ranking of the top five prospects in the organization -- sorted by perceived future potential -- as well as five other players who fit various categories. Those categories are:

    • 2020 contributor: A player who is likely to play a role for the big-league team next season.

    • Analyst's pick: A player who is a strong statistical performer and/or whose underlying measures are better than the scouting reports suggest.

    • Riser: A player on the way up.

    • Faller: A player on the way down.

    • One to watch: An interesting player to keep in mind (for whatever reason).


These rankings were compiled after talking with various industry sources about the systems (and players) in question. It should be acknowledged that this process is more art than science, and that there are limits to ordinal rankings. Still, it's an intuitive system, and our hope is that the write-ups will answer any questions by providing additional context and analysis of each player -- such as their pluses and minuses; the risk factors involved; and their estimated arrival date.

One last word on eligibility: we're following MLB's rookie guidelines by disqualifying any player with more than 130 big-league at-bats or 50 innings pitched.

The Yankees have graduated a lot of quality players in recent years. It's not too surprising then to see their system on the downswing. Still, there are some intriguing prospects who could turn the ship around in due time.

1. Deivi Garcia, RHP

Deivi Garcia is one of the most controversial prospects in the minors despite having an arsenal full of average or better offerings and having already debuted in Triple-A before turning 21.

The main knocks on Garcia are his size and his command. He's listed at 5-foot-9, 163 pounds which would put him in a small group if he can stick in the rotation. Since the last round of expansion, only three pitchers shorter than 70 inches and lighter than 180 pounds have made at least 30 starts: Marcus Stroman, Mike Leake, and Jesus Sanchez.

Garcia may in time join that group, though he did issue too many free passes for comfort throughout the season, walking 4.4 per nine across three levels. He's known for being a good athlete, which should bode well for him throwing more strikes. But, at the same time, his delivery does feature some tics -- throwing across his body; recoil on the follow through -- that can rob pitchers of command.

Whichever way Garcia's command goes, he remains extremely young. There's no real reason to rush him to the majors, but the Yankees might find it hard to ignore his potential impact over the course of the 2020 season. As such, the Yankees may make a call on whether he's best suited as a starter, reliever, or some kind of hybrid before the year is out.

2. Jasson Dominguez, OF

The Yankees signed Jasson Dominguez for more than $5 million in July. He won't turn 17 until next February, but he's a switch-hitting outfielder nicknamed "The Martian" for his absurd physical tools and enormous, superstar-level upside.

Considering that Dominguez won't be able to legally drink until 2024, it's probably wise to temper expectations and embrace that he's years away from being years away.

3. Clarke Schmidt, RHP

Clarke Schmidt, the 16th pick in the 2017 draft, has missed significant time since turning pro due to Tommy John surgery (that he was rehabbing from at the time) and an oblique injury. He threw 90 innings in 2019, the second-most he's thrown when including his time at South Carolina, and posted some quality numbers across three levels: a 3.47 ERA, 10 strikeouts per nine, and 3.4 strikeouts per walk.

Schmidt doesn't have the prototypical size or delivery, but he throws strikes with an assortment of quality pitches and he's already reached Double-A. There's risk that his body can't hold up to a starter's workload, yet he should debut in the majors in 2020 and has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter should all go well.

4. Luis Gil, RHP

Luis Gil has big-time arm strength and has been clocked into triple digits before. He also shows the ability to spin the ball, giving him two potential high-quality pitches.

Alas, Gil has struggled to find a consistent release point throughout his professional career. He walked more than four batters per nine in 2019 … which was somehow the second-best rate he's put forth in four years as a professional. Woof.

Gil's upside is such that he's on this list despite a downside of never reaching the majors. He'll turn 22 next June, so he still has time on his side.

5. Estevan Florial, OF

Estevan Florial might've had the most disappointing season of anyone in the system. He suffered another wrist injury, costing him a large swath of the season. Then, upon his return, he didn't play particularly well. He hit .237/.297/.383 in a repeat performance at High-A.

Florial has the speed and defense to be a quality big-league player. The question is whether he'll hit enough to maximize those secondary tools. His approach has raised concerns for years, and another disappointing season could see him drop off the list.

Florial has star upside if everything clicks. It just seems highly unlikely at this point that it does.

2020 contributor: Michael King, RHP

Originally acquired as part of the Garrett Cooper trade, Michael King made his big-league debut this season, throwing two innings in a late-September appearance. King's game is built on the deception he gains from a crossfire delivery, as he comes up short in terms of raw stuff -- his sinker, for instance, clocks in around 92 mph. He does command his pitches well, and there's some precedent for this type outperforming their so-so raw stuff. King should get the opportunity to strut his stuff at the big-league level throughout the upcoming season.

Analyst's pick: Roansy Contreras, RHP

Roansy Contreras is slightly bigger and slightly younger than Garcia, but shares other similarities with Garcia -- including their delivery quirks. He's listed at 6-foot and he's shown the potential for a pair of high-quality offerings in his fastball and breaking ball. Contreras hasn't posted the strikeout rates you'd expect from a legitimate prospect -- he fanned about eight per nine in 2019 -- yet he was also the youngest pitcher in the South Atlantic League. Check back in a year to see if Contreras can crack the top five.

Riser: Ryder Green, OF


A third-round pick in 2018, Ryder Green hits the ball hard when he makes contact and has shown a willingness to draw walks. He'll need to continue to do both, as he's expected to end up in a corner-outfield spot and he's prone to striking out.

Faller: Anthony Seigler, C

The No. 23 pick in the 2018 draft, Anthony Seigler was on the older side for a prep prospect. Unfortunately, that's the least of the concerns about him anymore. Seigler has appeared in just 54 games since being picked, and missed significant time in 2019 due in part to a patella fracture. Seigler will turn 21 next June, and while there's still reason for hope -- his athleticism, his intelligence -- it's fair to wonder if his body is going to permit him to stick behind the dish.

One to watch: Albert Abreu, RHP

Formerly a top prospect, Albert Abreu has slid down lists and the organizational depth chart due to injuries and inconsistency. At his best, he shows multiple high-quality offerings. At his worst, he's either unavailable or having too much trouble finding the zone to be as effective as the raw stuff would suggest. He has one option year remaining, so 2020 will be a pivotal season as it pertains to his future with the Yankees organization.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:33 am

4 immediate priorities for new Yankees pitching coach, including J.A. Happ, Luis Severino
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Last season, the Yankees won 103 regular season games and the American League East crown despite posting a 4.31 staff ERA that was just 14th-best in baseball.

New pitching coach Matt Blake, whom the Yankees reportedly hired Thursday, will have some problems to solve.

Here are four quick Issues. Let us know what else he must do in the comments below:

Help J.A. Happ rebound: Happ posted a 2.23 ERA over his final six games (five starts) of the regular season, striking out 35 hitters over 32 1/3 innings. Before that, he had a 5.85 ERA over 25 starts? The Yankees will pay Happ $17 million next season. He’s almost assured a rotation spot. He should be priority No. 1. The 37-year-old appears to still have the stuff to be a plenty capable big-league starter.

Luis Severino’s changeup: Sure, it might be splitting hairs to complain about Severino, whose fastball-slider offering could be among the best in the game. But it’s when hitters have to also respect his changeup that he’s able to pitch deeper into games. It was a weapon he trusted more in the minors, he’s said, than he has in the majors. Making it consistent could lift him from potential No. 1 to bonafide ace.

Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter: Tanaka’s trademark pitch abandoned him for large stretches of 2019. He seemed to find it late in the year, thanks to a new grip, and he was as good as ever in the playoffs. Tanaka complained last season that the juiced baseball’s seams felt too low and the ball felt too hard, perhaps contributing factors to the fall off of his splitter. Bringing it back would do wonders for the veteran.

Finish Deivi Garcia’s development: The 20-year-old right-hander blitzed through the organization in 2019, going from High-A and tearing through Double-A before stumbling a bit at Triple-A. Former pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he thought that dealing with more advanced hitters and some fatigue were to blame for Garcia’s rough time at Triple-A. Of course, Blake will be guiding the big-league staff. Getting Garcia over the finish line will be up to the minor-league staff and player development head Kevin Reese. But Blake will have his hands on Garcia during big-league spring training.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:34 am

MLB rumors: What scout says about Yankees target Didi Gregorius’ future
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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts after flying out with two runners on baser to end the fifth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts after flying out with two runners on baser to end the fifth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Didi Gregorius’ tough season shouldn’t scare suitors too much.

That’s at least according to one National League scout who saw Gregorius and the Yankees often in the second half.

“I thought he looked like he missed a good deal of time,” the scout said, speaking with NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

“Arm strength was not what it was and he looked a little heavy in his lower half. Should bounce back to what he was in 2018.”

The scout added that “it takes a while to get back to pre-injury form” when a player misses as much time as Gregorius did. The Curacao native and current free agent missed all of spring training and didn’t debut until June 7, needing time to recover from Tommy John surgery.

“If he looks like that next March, then I’ll have concerns,” the scout said.

Gregorius, 29, had a difficult season at the plate. He hit just .238 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI to go along with a .718 OPS in 82 games.

It was a far cry from his strong 2018 campaign, when he hit .268 with 27 bombs and 86 RBI with a .829 OPS in 134 games.

Gregorius said after the Yankees were bounced from Game 6 of the ALCS that he wanted to remain with the team that acquired him before the 2015 season and let him take over for Derek Jeter.

From 2015-2018, Gregorius was among the top shortstops in baseball, flashing a cannon and a habit for making highlight reel stops. He also hit .274 with 81 home runs over the span.

The Yankees have insurance in case Gregorius ends up elsewhere.

They could turn to star youngster Gleyber Torres to shift from second base to shortstop and give second base to DJ LeMahieu full-time.

But Gregorius is a better defender at shortstop than Torres and the Yankees’ lineup lacks left-handed threats, especially with Aaron Hicks expected to miss more than half the season recovering from his own Tommy John surgery.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:35 am

What Do The Yankees Do With Clint Frazier?
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In 2013, a high school slugger named Clint Frazier was the talk of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

Frazier entered the draft following a senior year at Loganville High School in Georgia where he hit .485 with 17 home runs and 45 runs batted in.

Prior to the draft, baseball executive/television analyst John Hart was effusive in his praise for Frazier. Hart was extremely impressed with Frazier’s power potential. It was his lighting quick hands and tremendous bat speed that Hart spoke of glowingly.

Frazier became the draft’s No. 5 pick, taken by the Cleveland Indians. Instead of attending the Univrsity of Georgia, he signed with Cleveland for $3.5 million.

This writer first encountered Frazier when he played in the 2015 Arizona Fall League. That first meeting was memorable. Shaking hands with Frazier was like being trapped in a vise. His strength and grip were literally numbing. His handshake was so strong, a need for physical therapy was a passing consideration.

After that initial handshake, John Hart’s words proved prophetic. Frazier’s hands were, indeed, a lethal weapon.

Frazier moved along nicely in the Indians organization, showing power and extra base hit potential. However, he also displayed a major flaw in his game. He was not a good defensive outfielder. In fact, his defense was a liability.

Playing all three outfield positions in his development program with Cleveland, fly balls hit to Frazier were an adventure. He was late tracking the flight of the ball and he took poor routes. Scouting him in his first four years as a professional, this observer wondered if Frazier would become a permanent designated hitter at the major league level?

Frazier had a high strikeout rate at the time, typical of many young power hitters. He was aggressive at the plate, swinging for the fences at every opportunity. That said, he had middle-of-the-order upside. He was capable of winning a game with one lightning quick swing of the bat. That quality can’t be taught.

Frazier was poised to have a successful career as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

In 2016, the Indians began to improve enough to be considered consistent contenders. The city of Cleveland was hopeful and very optimistic the team was capable of winning a World Championship.

The optimism led to a blockbuster trade at the July 31, 2016 trade deadline. Cleveland traded Clint Frazier, pitchers J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield to the rival New York Yankees for left-handed relief wizard Andrew Miller.

Cleveland won the division, won the league championship, but went on to lose the World Series to the Chicago Cubs in seven games. Miller played a huge role in Cleveland’s success, while Frazier finished his year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier has been on a Yankees roller coaster since his trade to New York. His future has been muddied by an organization with depth in the outfield and at designated hitter.

Having turned 25 in September, Frazier hasn’t reached his peak as a baseball player. He still has “light tower” power and strength. In fact, getting 246 at-bats in the 2019 season, Frazier hit 12 home runs and drove in 38 runs in 246 plate appearances. He hit .267. However, his defense continued to loom as a roadblock to big league playing time.

Frazier has been sidetracked by the injury bug. In the 2018 season he suffered a concussion. This past season, when Frazier was needed due to Yankee outfield injuries, Frazier sprained his ankle and was disabled. His season was split between Triple-A and the parent club.

The acquisition of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion helped seal Frazier’s fate as a minor league player until rosters expanded in September. However, by that time, his big league appearances and his results were both limited.

As the 2019 season ended, Frazier’s profile as part of the Yankees future continued to dim. He was passed over not only for Encarnacion, but for outfielder Mike Tauchman, a former Colorado Rockies spare part with outstanding defensive ability and a mediocre, but capable enough offensive game.

What’s next for a guy that is still strong, still young and can change a game with impressive power?

The Yankees need quality major league starting pitching. Like any club, they can also use bullpen help. Clint Frazier may be a key to filling unmet pitching needs. Is there a trade in sight?

Frazier’s defensive limitations are well known. He is best suited as a designated hitter in the American League. But most teams are loaded with that type of player. Each team has their own defensive deficient Clint Frazier.

Perhaps, however, Tommy John surgery required by outfielder Aaron Hicks has opened the door a tad for Frazier. Outfielder Brett Gardner is a free agent. He has been a key part of the Yankees for 12 seasons. Currently discussing a new contract, the team still needs the spark and contributions of Gardner.

Jacoby Ellsbury is a free agent at the end of 2021. Do the Yankees keep Ellsbury or cut him and eat his contract? Greg Bird will likely return and can be a designated hitter. Or be traded.

However, the Yankees may solve their starting pitching woes by signing a starter like Gerrit Cole, or any one of a number of quality free agents.

Signing a starter may leave Clint Frazier right where he is, as a powerful New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter.

What to do with Clint Frazier? Due to his defensive limitations, trade partners may be difficult to uncover. It wouldn’t surprise if the Yankees kept Frazier’s big bat lurking on their 2020 roster. it may help that the team declined their option on Encarnacion, a primary designated hitter.

It’s too soon in the offseason to write off a Yankees future for Clint Frazier.

Clint Frazier and the Yankees makes sense. The man can flat out hit.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:36 am

MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Phillies entering sweepstakes for Indians’ Francisco Lindor?
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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor could be traded this offseason.

The hot stove is about to start burning.

With the MLB GM Meetings set to take place next week, every important front office executive in the sport will be in one hotel at the same time. The groundwork for the long, cold winter will soon be set, with teams understanding each other’s roster needs and perceived timelines to win, contend or rebuild.

A certain topic at next week’s get together: The future of Clevleand Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.

In the mind of ESPN’s Buster Olney, it’s a matter of when, not if, the small-market team moves on from a player that could set salary records after the 2021 season.

It's not a matter of if the Indians trade Lindor, because logic dictates that yes, they will deal him inevitably. The only real question is when the Indians should do this, with four possible windows.

Lindor now has four-plus years of big league service time, and will become eligible for free agency in fall 2021. Theoretically, he could work out a long-term deal with Cleveland before then, but there is no expectation of that occurring. Lindor turns 26 next week, his place secure among the preeminent players in the sport -- a two-time Gold Glove shortstop who hits with power, runs at high speed and generates runs. He’s scored 428 runs over the past four seasons. His intangibles will only add value: Lindor is highly regarded as a person and teammate.

And if that when becomes now? Olney believes every big market team would be involved in the sweepstakes, including the Yankees and Phillies.

Trading Lindor this winter could yield the most return, particularly when applying a rule of thumb for general managers -- that it’s better to trade position players in the offseason, when you might have more potential suitors, than in the summer, when a handful of teams might have that specific need. If Cleveland seriously dangles Lindor now, the Indians might draw ardent interest from the full range of big-market teams -- from the Yankees, the Phillies, the Dodgers, the Cubs, etc.

Lindor, 25, posted a .284/.335/.518 slash line with 32 home runs during the 2019 season.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

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Why The Yankees Should Sign Nicholas Castellanos
With a free agent market flooded by outfielders, could Nicholas Castellanos be a potential offseason target for the Yankees?
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With the injury news of Aaron Hicks undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Yankees are again going to need some depth in the outfield. The outfielders the Yankees have right now are Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Tauchman, and Clint Frazier. There are a lot of outfielder free agents this year, but one stands out more than the others: Nicholas Castellanos. Here are two reasons why the Yankees need to sign Nicholas Castellanos.

Castellanos is A Hitting Machine

Nicholas Castellanos has pretty much been a hitting machine his entire career, but he was often overlooked in the early stages of his career as he was on Tiger teams when they had Migue; Cabrera and JD Martinez. but this year he really put his name out there for all baseball fans. His 2019 was split with 2 teams as he was traded to the Chicago Cubs at the deadline. Here are his season totals and splits:

Season total: .289/.337/.525 27 HR 73 RBI 58 2B

Tigers: .273/.328/.462 11 HR 37 RBI 37 2B

Cubs: .321/.356/.646 16 HR 36 RBI 21 2B

Castellanos was hitting the cover off the ball this year, both with the Cubs and Tigers. He led all of baseball with 58 doubles and constantly puts the bat on the ball. He also featured is 21.5 K% this year which is just below the average of 21.7. But what makes him a very interesting player for the Yankees is what he could do in the stadium.

Would Thrive At Yankee Stadium


When you look at Castellanos’s splits for the year, you can see that his stats were much better when he was traded. He hit more homers and had a much higher slugging % with the Cubs in a short period of time than he did with the Tigers for more than half the season, and there is a reason for that. He was hitting in one of the biggest parks in baseball: Comerica Park. The dimensions of the field are 345ft in LF, 420ft in CF, and 330ft RF. It is a very spacious park and 45% of his doubles with the Tigers were at home. Once he got to Wrigley Field he started to hit more homers, as it wasn’t as big of a park. Now imagine Castellanos playing at Yankee Stadium for half the year with left field being 318ft and right being 314ft. It would be something to watch as you would expect some of those doubles he hit at Comerica to be homers if they were hit at Yankee Stadium. If he were to join the Yankees, I could see him hitting 35-40 homers. Overall, Castellanos would absolutely thrive at Yankee Stadium and would be a great piece for the Yankees.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby hampfan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:33 pm

T15D23 wrote:Why The Yankees Should Sign Nicholas Castellanos
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Yes, he'd be good, but Cashman can't say NO to Gardner, so what's the point? Another mediocre off-season and year on the horizon,imo. At least it'll make davis happy, but for me: B-O-R-I-N-G.
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:56 pm

I'd pass on Castellanos. Poor defensive outfielder who would be expensive.
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Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:05 pm

Reports: Padres hire Rothschild as pitching coach
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Former New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild will assume the same role with the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports Friday.

While the team did not confirm the move, longtime Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley told The San Diego Union-Tribune that his role is changing.

"I've been really fortunate," Balsley said Friday. "Hardly anybody hangs around 17 years in the same job. I've been treated with nothing but respect by all the general managers, the owners. I can't complain. ... A little bit melancholy, but (stuff) happens."

Balsley, a San Diego-area product, became pitching coach in May 2003 and worked under Bruce Bochy, Bud Black and Andy Green. The 55-year-old, who has a year left on his contract, said he expects to move into a role as a special assistant working with minor league pitchers.

New manager Jayce Tingler is putting together a new staff, which the newspaper said likely will be finalized next week.

The Yankees and Rothschild parted ways on Oct. 28. He had been with the club since the start of the 2011 season.

While dealing with multiple injuries in 2019, New York finished 14th in the majors with a 4.31 team ERA. The Yankees compiled a 2.87 ERA in the postseason, which ended with a six-game loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

Before joining the Yankees, Rothschild managed the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1998-2001 and served on the Chicago Cubs' coaching staff from 2002-10. He has been a player coach or manager with a major league organization for 45 seasons.

According to multiple reports Thursday night, the Yankees will hire Matt Blake, 33, for the role. He has worked with the Cleveland Indians for three years.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:08 pm

Reports: Yankees, Brett Gardner discussing new contract
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Brett Gardner and the Yankees are reportedly discussing a new contract.(AP)

The Yankees and Brett Gardner are already discussing a potential reunion as the MLB offseason gets underway, according to reports.

Gardner, the franchise's longest-tenured player, enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2019.

The veteran batted .251/.325/.503 with a career-high 28 home runs and 74 RBI. Gardner also filled in admirably for the injured Aaron Hicks in center field, giving the Yankees a huge boost amid the outfield depth crunch in 2019.

Signing Gardner would give the Bombers depth in the outfield with Hicks scheduled to be out until the summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 36-year-old's speed, versatility and fine glovework have long made him a valuable player, with Gardner capable of playing in center field as well as excelling in left field for a number of years.

A long-time fan favorite, Gardner has been with the Yankees for over a decade since debuting in pinstripes back in 2008. The Yankees drafted Gardner in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and the outfielder looks likely to remain with the only organization he's ever known.
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