News and Notes From Yankees Spring Training: 2/12/19

Many Yankees headed to Tampa over the past few days as spring training gets underway. Here are some news and notes from early on in Yankees camp.

Neither can we Booney.

This is great news. It’s unclear whether Sevy was tired, injured, or tipping pitches in the second half last year, but he posted a 4.1 fWAR in the first half of 2018, good for fourth in the AL among qualified starters, and then the wheels fell off in July and Severino posted a 5.57 ERA the rest of the way. New York still won 100 games despite Sevy’s drastic dropoff, so imagine what they can do if he is able to be the Cy Young pitcher we know he can be all year long.

Sevy knows what he needs to do. Let’s hope he can execute.

More great news. Didi is the heart of this current Yankees team and the quicker he regains his health, the better off the team is.

Could this be the Bronx Bombers’ opening day corner outfield tandem? At various points during this offseason I’ve argued the Yankees should sign Bryce Harper, but if they don’t, Clint Frazier should see a lot of time in Left Field.

The two youngsters fresh off of there top three finishes in rookie of the year voting look to avoid sophomore slumps.

Zack Attack is Back! Love the tenacity. Exactly the type of attitude we want at the back end of the bullpen. New York  had one of the best bullpens in recent memory last year, hopefully, they can repeat what they accomplished.

Looks ready after 4 swings. If Judge is healthy all year he will challenge Trout for AL MVP.

Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial should see a cup of coffee towards the end of this season. With Aaron Hicks in the last year of his contract, could Florial be the Yankees centerfielder of the future?

J.A. Happ went 7-0 in 11 starts for the Yankees after being acquired midway through last season. The Yankees rewarded the 35-year-old with a two year $34 million dollar deal with a vesting option for a third year. Like Britton, Happ re-signed with the Yankees to win a World Series.

The Big Maple was the Yankees biggest acquisition this offseason. Will the big lefty be able to perform in the Bronx? Let’s hope so. He’ll have two other big lefties in CC and Happ to guide him.

Reports are that Gary Sanchez has dropped some weight and now he’s working to build a relationship with the Yankees newest starter. Last season he was plagued by injury, but it looks like he is taking the steps he needs to stay healthy. Sanchez has the talent to be the best catcher in the league and if he remains healthy and continues to work on his craft, he really can be a great catcher.

Voit burst onto the scene after the Yankees traded for him and slashed .333/.405/.689 with 14 home runs in 148 PAs. No one is expecting Voit to maintain those numbers over the course of a full season, but we’ve seen what he is capable and he does have a great work ethic.

Great attitude here from Andujar. He was excellent on offense in his rookie campaign, setting the Yankees rookie record for doubles, however, he was absolutely dreadful on defense. His poor defense prompted speculation that the Yankees would sign Manny Machado and trade Andujar. Even if the Yankees do sign Machado, there’s room at DH for Andujar. So far, Miggy is the starter at third base, but could that change?

Manny Sweepstakes Update

Uhhhh, what does Vegas know that we don’t?

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