Sanchez serves sandwiches at Bronx deli

Yankees slugger also surprises fan as part of Winter Warm-Up

Sanchez serves sandwiches at Bronx deli

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez is beginning the new year as arguably the most recognizable player in the Yankees' lineup, which is why the lunchtime crowd at a Bronx bodega seemed so surprised to see the slugging catcher helping out with their sandwich orders on Monday.

Sanchez helped kick off the Yankees' "Winter Warm-Up 2017" with a visit to the Bullpen Deli across the street from Yankee Stadium, where he donned a pinstriped jersey and grabbed a shift behind the counter, serving up equal helpings of cold cuts and autographs to thrilled customers.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks, Betances may be heading for arbitration

Yanks, Betances may be heading for arbitration

NEW YORK -- Dellin Betances and the Yankees could be heading for an arbitration proceeding, as the right-handed reliever prepares to bring home a sizable raise over his league minimum salary from a year ago.

Betances was the lone holdout among the Yanks' arbitration-eligible players on Friday, standing $2 million apart in his negotiations with the club. Betances filed at $5 million, and the Yankees countered at $3 million.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Holder named Pipeline's top defender at shortstop

Padres' Margot garners most votes for best defensive prospect

Holder named Pipeline's top defender at shortstop

These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-office officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates.

In fact, there were so many talented defenders that among the 18 votes we received, no player garnered more than Padres outfielder Manuel Margot's three and a half. Thirteen players received at least a half a vote -- we allowed executives to split their picks -- and another five were brought up as worthy of discussion.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks avoid arbitration with Didi, Pineda, Romine

New York also agrees to terms with Hicks, Layne, Warren

Yanks avoid arbitration with Didi, Pineda, Romine

The Yankees agreed to terms with shortstop Didi Gregorius, right-hander Michael Pineda and catcher Austin Romine on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to reports from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Gregorius settled for $5.1 million, Pineda settled for $7.4 million and Romine settled for $805,000, per Heyman. The club has not confirmed the reports.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Impressive offseason brings Majors dream closer for Torres

Yankees' No. 2 prospect, 20, wins MVP after pacing AFL in hitting

Impressive offseason brings Majors dream closer for Torres

NEW YORK -- Once Gleyber Torres gets his call to the Majors, any dates with the Mariners figure to be prominently circled on the calendar. The Yankees' touted prospect says that he wants a piece of King Felix.

"I'd like to face Felix Hernandez," Torres told MLB.com in Spanish. "He and I are friends, and we train together. When we work out, he always tells me that he's going to strike me out and I tell him no, my first home run is going to be off him. We have a good relationship, so that's the pitcher I'd like to face when I get to the big leagues."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Yanks have 1B competition looming

Bird, Austin to try to fill Teixeira's shoes; Headley set at third base

Around the Horn: Yanks have 1B competition looming

With the start of Spring Training approaching, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing this week with the corner-infield spots.

Greg Bird was the top-rated position player in the Yankees' farm system two years ago, when he smashed 11 home runs over the season's final seven weeks. The Yanks are hopeful he is ready to bounce back from right labrum surgery and provide a similar impact in the heart of their lineup.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reloading, not rebuilding: Yanks still dangerous

Bronx Bombers haven't finished below .500 since 1992

Reloading, not rebuilding: Yanks still dangerous

The New York Yankees are supposedly rebuilding. And in a sense, they are. They didn't make the playoffs last season, and they haven't reached the American League Division Series since 2012. The Yankees started the offseason by trading the guy who had been their starting catcher for the past three seasons, Brian McCann, to Houston.

On the other hand, the Yanks have never dropped below .500, and you have to go all the way back to 1992 to find the last time they finished a season below .500. They've never been the truly bad team that one now commonly associates with a teardown. In addition, they spent some money in free agency, on Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday. These are not the types of players/deals -- closers, short-term deal for an aging superstar -- that teams who are far from contention typically sign.

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Yanks want Severino focused on flexibility

Club advises righty to decrease focus on bulk after sophomore slump, believes in his ability as starter

Yanks want Severino focused on flexibility

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are wondering if Luis Severino's increased reps in the weight room may have contributed to his sophomore slump, and they have advised the right-hander to focus more on increasing his flexibility this offseason.

Severino appeared to have put on a considerable amount of muscle following his impressive debut campaign in 2015, when he went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Essentially guaranteed a spot in the rotation for '16, Severino responded by going 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman: Gardner likely to remain with NY

'Nothing's active at all,' GM says of talks involving position players

Cashman: Gardner likely to remain with NY

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner appears to have once again outlasted the rumor mill, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that he does not anticipate any moves involving a position player before Opening Day.

"I don't have anything active going on Brett right now," Cashman said. "I don't see anything happening trade-wise the rest of the way, and I have no live talks on any of my everyday position players, whether it's [Chase] Headley or Gardner. Nothing's active at all."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees could make bold play for top pitcher

Top prospects may be high asking price to bolster rotation

Yankees could make bold play for top pitcher

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are a team in transition, straddling the line between promoting their young talent and remaining competitive in the American League East. Their biggest weakness resides in the starting rotation, the most interesting area where they could pull off a bold move before Opening Day.

Blessed with one of the league's top farm systems, thanks in part to last July's selloff of veterans Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, the Yankees are guarding the necessary chips to bring down a star like left-hander Jose Quintana of the White Sox.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Inbox: What position will Torres play for Yanks?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: What position will Torres play for Yanks?

With Gleyber Torres destined to be in pinstripes no later than 2018, does the possibility exist that Didi Gregorius or Starlin Castro could move to third base? Or could Torres be moved to second or third base?
-- Jerome V., Simi Valley, Calif.

The Yanks' recent focus on adding young and athletic talent will afford them a few options with the up-and-coming Torres, who played mostly shortstop in the Minors following last year's trade and then dabbled at second base and third base in the Arizona Fall League. The club still see Torres as a shortstop, but he picked up at-bats at other positions because the Yanks had already declared Miguel Andujar as an AFL third baseman before the Cubs trade.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Phenom fills backstop role

Sanchez secures Yanks' everyday catching job after historic rookie season

Around the Horn: Phenom fills backstop role

With the start of Spring Training approaching, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com will go around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, and as Casey Stengel once said, "You've got to have a catcher or you're going to have a lot of passed balls."

Far be it for us to argue with the Ol' Perfesser, so we begin with the men behind the plate.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod to take on advisor role at Yanks camp

A-Rod to take on advisor role at Yanks camp

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez plans to wear a baseball uniform again this spring, but he will be doing so as a special advisor and not as an active player.

"Alex is enjoying his time off and looking forward to heading to Spring Training to work with the young guys, as he has said all along," Ron Berkowitz, A-Rod's spokesman, told the New York Daily News.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez among Munson Award honorees

Sanchez among Munson Award honorees

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez's historic slugging performance cemented his status as the Yankees' catcher of the future, and as he prepares for an encore performance in 2017, he will be honored with an award bearing the name of one of the team's all-time great backstops.

Sanchez, who electrified the league by slugging 20 home runs with 42 RBIs in 53 games last season, has been announced among the honorees for the 37th annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner. The event is scheduled to be held on Feb. 7 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: How does Judge measure up?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: How does Judge measure up?

How worried should we be about Aaron Judge's Major League performance? Do you have any comparisons between how he did in his first 80-plus at-bats and other players who struggled similarly?
-- Binyamin G., Beit Shemesh, Israel

The most concerning part of Judge's 2016 season was his high strikeout rate, as he fanned 42 times in 84 at-bats (95 plate appearances) while hitting .179 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. No non-pitcher in Major League history has had more strikeouts in fewer at-bats or plate appearances during a season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks feel prepared, but staying 'engaged' in pitching market

New York willing to go to Spring Training with what it has, but recognizes potential benefit of adding starter

Yanks feel prepared, but staying 'engaged' in pitching market

NEW YORK -- There is a chance that Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday comprised the majority of the Yankees' heavy lifting for this offseason, with their signings helping to reload a roster that manager Joe Girardi expects to be prepared to compete in the American League East.

Yet the Yanks' continued dialogue with the White Sox regarding left-hander Jose Quintana, among other targets on the trade market, suggests that general manager Brian Cashman might still have a big move up his sleeve before pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 14.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline poll: Torres grabs spot among MLB's best prospects

In survey, Benintendi edges Moncada, Reyes runs away with top-hurler tag

Pipeline poll: Torres grabs spot among MLB's best prospects

A year ago, MLBPipeline.com introduced the Pipeline Poll, where general managers and scouting executives were asked to choose the game's top prospects. In that edition, Corey Seager was the clear-cut winner as the overwhelming choice for top overall prospect, and that seemed to work out pretty well.

The 22-year-old was an All-Star, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, finished third in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting and set a slew of franchise records, including most homers, hits, doubles and total bases by a Dodgers rookie shortstop.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gregorius' mother's intense parachute routine

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Gregorius' mother's intense parachute routine

It's 2017, and if you're like most folks you probably have a workout plan in mind for the new year. Losing that holiday weight, joining a gym, and so forth. Good luck!

If you're Didi Gregorius' mother, Sheritsa Stroop (a former Dutch national softball team player), though, you are your own gym. And, in your own gym, you blaze through the streets with a parachute because resistance isn't anything other than another obstacle to overcome.

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Yankees bank on youthful look suiting them

Baby Bombers will play right out of the gate in competitive AL East

Yankees bank on youthful look suiting them

NEW YORK -- The last several seasons have seen the Yankees attempt to pull off a delicate balance of restocking with younger, more athletic players for the future while continuing to battle with the American League East's powerhouse competition.

The process was accelerated in July, when a series of trades created opportunities for some of that touted talent to make a big league impact sooner than anticipated -- no one more than Gary Sanchez, whose incredible 20-homer performance kept the Yankees in the race until the finish and has everyone eager to see what he can do for an encore.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks get first glimpse of future in 2016

Baby Bombers add thrilling touch to second half despite no postseason entry

Yanks get first glimpse of future in 2016

NEW YORK -- For the fourth consecutive season, the Yankees returned to their respective homes without a playoff victory, though an exciting late-season surge offered promise that they will be able to accomplish that -- and much more -- in the near future.

Creating room to call up talent like power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees remained in the postseason chase until the season's final week. Dogged by inconsistency early, they had become an exciting club to watch, one that believed in their abilities even when most observers had counted them out.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 pitchers who dropped off Hall ballot too soon

5 pitchers who dropped off Hall ballot too soon

MLB.com has already taken a look at some of the more surprising position players to go one-and-done in Hall of Fame balloting. Next up are the pitchers.

Players eligible for election to the Hall of Fame need 75 percent of votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to be enshrined in Cooperstown; they only need 5 percent to reserve a spot on the ballot for the following year. But not all candidates hit that mark, and many have dropped off the ballot after only one year. Many more will do so again in the future.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod's daughter Ella is a true slugger

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A-Rod's daughter Ella is a true slugger

In the months since Alex Rodriguez hung up his cleats as a player and began the transition to front-office life with the Yankees (and his new role as a special advisor) he's revealed a lot about post-playing life on social media.

Take, for instance, this post from Wednesday featuring his daughter, Ella, absolutely raking against her dad and his pitching efforts.

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Girardi pleased with Yanks' offseason moves

Chapman, Holliday signings should provide veteran leadership

Girardi pleased with Yanks' offseason moves

NEW YORK -- Imagining Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the Bronx has become a common exercise these days, as Hot Stove rumors continue to swirl involving the Yankees' interest in the former National League MVP Award winner. Manager Joe Girardi addressed the rumors for the first time on Wednesday, speaking before the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

"There is always a lot of talk about suggestions that could make us better," Girardi said. "Obviously, Andrew McCutchen is a very, very talented player, a very good player. I'm sure there are 30 clubs who would love Andrew McCutchen. My job is to manage the guys in the room and that's what my focus is."

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Northwestern rallies for win in Pinstripe Bowl

Jackson sets rushing mark as Wildcats best Pittsburgh

Northwestern rallies for win in Pinstripe Bowl

NEW YORK -- Justin Jackson showed up in the Big Apple -- big time.

The running back rushed for 224 yards and quarterback Clayton Thorson executed a come-from behind fourth-quarter drive to lead Northwestern to a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Pittsburgh on Wednesday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Slugging Sanchez leads Yanks' youth movement

Baby Bombers' breakout among top baseball stories of 2016

Slugging Sanchez leads Yanks' youth movement

NEW YORK -- An early indication that the Yankees might be about to witness something special took place on a remote diamond of their Spring Training complex back in early February, when an assault of batting practice home runs forced observers peeking through a chain-link outfield fence to take cover.

Those thunderous drives were being launched off of Gary Sanchez's bat, making the same impressive noise as they would in August and September, when the power-hitting rookie catcher equaled an 86-year-old record by belting 20 homers in his first 51 Major League games.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.