Yankees News: Aaron Judge to talk overtime with Hal Steinbrenner

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he will indeed speak with superstar Aaron Judge before the opening day of a possible extension. Judge said on Tuesday he wanted to stay in the stripes but would not discuss a contract during the season. He is set to enter free agency after the 2022 campaign, and Brian Cashman has said he would like Judge to return. The question, as always, is whether the price will be right.

MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: On the subject of Cashman, he may not necessarily be done filling out the 2022 roster. Reports have linked the Yankees to two A’s pitchers, who are in the midst of a fire sale after previously dealing Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Chris Bassitt. The pitchers in question this time around are Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas, both of whom we’ve written about in previous trade target posts. (Check out the links for more.) A pitching assist couldn’t hurt, given the injury potential in the Yankees’ current rotation.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Pour one for Luke Voit. For the second time in less than a year, the Yankees acquired Anthony Rizzo to be their primary first baseman. He understands at this point that’s just what it is, and he seemed candid that he may well be on the verge of leaving town soon due to his lack of positional flexibility. It’s possible the Yankees will retain Voit to DH and serve as injury insurance, but that seems unlikely.

In another part of this article, DJ LeMahieu said he has no problem rotating around different positions on the pitch in 2022. Depending on who is resting on any given day, LeMahieu has the ability to spell Gleyber Torres at the second, Josh Donaldson in the third and Rizzo in the first. Technically, he may not be in the opening day lineup (which seems incredible given his status a year ago), but based on Torres’ struggles and the injuries of others, he there’s probably no reason to worry about him finding playing time.

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Kansas City Royals: The Yankees lost one of their oldest players yesterday as pitcher Ralph Terry died at age 86. The All-Star right-hander had two separate stints with New York, as he was signed by them a few months before his 18th birthday and made his debut in 1956. Terry was sent to the Kansas City A’s for seasoning in June 1957, only for the Essential Farm Club to bring him back to the Bronx in May 1959.

Terry became his own in 1960, but was the unfortunate on the mound when Bill Mazeroski broke New York’s heart in Game 7 of the World Series. Some players may have faltered and let this define their baseball lives, but not Terry. He was a leading starter for the 1961 champions and had a career year in 1962, leading the AL with 23 wins, 39 starts and 298.2 innings. The All-Star was signed to three World Series starts against the fierce Giants of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, and he was brilliant. Terry was named Fall Classic MVP with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings, whirling a four-hit shutout in Game 7 and surviving a frightening run from McCovey to clinch the Yankees’ 20th World Cup title. Series.

It was the high point of Terry’s career, and after pitching for two more AL pennant winners in 1963 and 1964, the Yankees sent him to Cleveland. He played for three more seasons and called it a career after two games with the 1967 Mets. Terry found a new life in another sport, golf, as he appeared in 106 PGA events, including many years on the senior circuit. He retired to Larnard, Kansas, where he was residing at the time of his death.

Rest in peace Ralph Terry.

Athletics | Lindsey Adler: This is a small note on an amendment to the Yankees’ regular season schedule, but it’s worth keeping in mind. Remember those games that MLB briefly lost because owners locked players out and ultimately delayed Opening Day? The catch-up times for those games lost to the Rangers and Astros have been announced, as the Yankees will end 2022 in Arlington and split the three games missed in Houston:

Yankees PR: In the latest piece of news cleaning today, the Yankees officially announced three more unregistered guests at camp: Phillip Evans, Ronald Guzmán and Ryan LaMarre.

Guzmán’s addition was revealed a few days ago, but the Evans and LaMarre bits were relatively new. The Yankees don’t have Triple-A first-base depth right now, so former Ranger Guzmán will likely fill that role. Evans has been a utility throughout his four-year career since 2017 (with plenty of Triple-A time), and outfielder LaMarre was of course on the Yankees last year for a while as they struggled against COVID absences.

Finally, Josh hosted a Twitter Spaces chat with Esteban and Peter last night, and they talked for a good hour about the Yankees’ heap of moves over the past week. check it out here!

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