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December

07
Aaron Judge cashes in with 9-year, $360M Yankees deal

Aaron Judge’s bet on himself paid off in a big way. Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN early Wednesday morning, giving the slugger nearly $150 million more than what the team had offered him in the spring. He decided to remain with the Yankees after flirtations with the San Francisco Giants, the team located about 100 miles from where Judge grew up in California, and the San Diego Padres, who have made it clear they are open to making big moves this winter. The looming specter of Judge leaving for […]

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December

06
Yankees focused on Aaron Judge, not going to rush him

The New York Yankees want to make clear that Aaron Judge is their top — and currently only — priority in free agency. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated Monday at the MLB winter meetings that the team is continuing to have conversations with Judge and his representatives, and that the two sides have been exchanging contract offers. He said owner Hal Steinbrenner, who said last month that he wants Judge to “be a Yankee for the rest of his life,” met with the 2022 American League MVP personally in Tampa, Florida. Steinbrenner is “putting his money where his mouth is,” Cashman said. “We’d […]

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December

01
Toronto Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

Don Mattingly was expecting to spend a summer at home with his family. A call from the Toronto Blue Jays convinced him to get back into baseball. Mattingly, who left his job as Miami Marlins manager at the end of last season, is joining Toronto’s staff as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team revealed Wednesday. Mattingly stated he’d been contacted by multiple clubs with offers for 2023, but nothing interested him until Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins called to chat. “Just the first conversation, it felt great, honestly,” Mattingly said on a video call Wednesday. “It piqued my interest right away.” […]

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November

08
First baseman Anthony Rizzo opts out of contract with Yankees

First baseman Anthony Rizzo officially opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees on Monday night, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and multiple reports. It was an expected move in a deal that would have paid him $16 million next campaign. Now, Rizzo enters free agency looking to secure a new deal coming off a season in which he had 32 home runs and 75 RBIs. But the 33-year-old veteran hit just .224, and was among a host of Yankees who did not hit for average during a season that included an American League East title. New York outlasted the Cleveland Guardians in the […]

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October

25
Astros sweep Yankees to reach 4th World Series in 6 years

The Houston Astros made going to the World Series look easy. This is October, after all, the time of year when it’s easy to pencil in the Astros for making a deep postseason run — and 2022 marked their sixth consecutive trip to the American League Championship Series. And somehow, this year’s Astros team made things look even easier, steamrolling through the regular season to the tune of an American League-best 106 wins and sweeping all three games versus the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS and all four games against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. The Astros won Game 4 of the ALCS 6-5 on Sunday […]

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October

13
Yankees cruise to Game 1 win after Gerrit Cole escapes jam

Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole could have melted down. In the third inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday, Cole gave up a solo home run to Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan — who hit six in the regular season — before loading the bases by hitting shortstop Amed Rosario with a pitch, giving up a double to slugger Jose Ramirez and letting first baseman Josh Naylor to reach first on a fielder’s choice with just one out recorded in the inning. The inning provided every ingredient for the game to get out of hand really quickly. With the Yankees down a run, Cole faced a fork in the road. […]

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October

03
New York Yankees move Matt Carpenter to 60-day IL, hoping veteran is ready for playoffs

Matt Carpenter will not play again in the regular season, but the Yankees are positive that the veteran infielder-turned-outfielder is still on track to make a postseason appearance. After suffering a broken foot during an at-bat in early August, Carpenter had to be in a walking boot for well over a month. He has been able to ramp up baseball activities this past week to the point where he has started taking live batting practice and running the bases. Carpenter, 36, had hoped to return for the four-game series versus the Texas Rangers that starts Monday. But with the Yankees needing to make room on […]

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September

27
Judge held homerless, still at 60, Jays beat Yankees in 10th

Aaron Judge stayed at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, and the New York Yankees’ bid to clinch the AL East stalled when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single in the 10th to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory Monday night. Judge led off the game with a single, then struck out twice and walked twice as New York’s winning streak ended at seven. The Yankees would’ve sealed the division with a win. Judge has now gone six matches without a home run. He’ll try again Tuesday night to match the AL mark of 61 set by […]

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September

21
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 60th home run, one shy of Roger Maris’ AL single-season record

Only five players had hit 60 home runs in a single season in the history of the major leagues — that is, until New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge joined that select club with a solo homer versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Judge turned on a sinker from right-hander Wil Crowe leading off the final frame and drove it 430 feet into the left-field bleachers, starting a five-run, ninth-inning rally for a 9-8 win. He took a rare curtain call, forced by his teammates. “I really didn’t want to do it, especially, we’re losing. It’s a solo shot,” he said. “He hit 60 tonight, and it’s […]

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September

19
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 58th, 59th homers, moves within two of American League record

Yankees star Aaron Judge turned in perhaps the best game of his historic season Sunday, hitting two home runs, a double and a single, driving in four runs and setting himself up to break the American League single-season home run record at home this week. Judge, as he is wont to do, downplayed his individual effort in the Yankees’ 12-8 victory over the Brewers, saying: “We’ve got some big games coming up. That’s really the only thing on my mind right now.” But around the Yankees’ clubhouse, all anyone could do was marvel at the 30-year-old outfielder, whose 59 home runs are two shy of Roger […]

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