TAMPA – Despite a rapidly falling free-agent market – which now has landed Neil Walker in the Bronx — the Yankees aren’t interested in a one-year deal with Alex Cobb, GM Brian Cashman said before Monday’s 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
While the Bombers could add Cobb and still stay under the $ 197 million luxury-tax threshold, they aren’t interested in sacrificing draft picks in order to sign him. The 30-year-old righty also has an injury history, having undergone Tommy John surgery in 2016, though he did manage to go 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season with Tampa.
The Yanks had early interest in Cobb, but it quickly dissipated when they saw the way the market was going. Cobb could land in Milwaukee or Baltimore, though the Orioles have been reticent to surrender draft compensation given their barren farm system.
The Bombers are satisfied with their rotation for now. And with a surplus of top prospects they can be in play for almost any available starter via trade between now and the deadline.
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Yankees special advisor Reggie Jackson suffered a right knee injury after taking a fall and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Mr. October was taking a walk on Monday morning when he “slipped or tripped,” according to Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo.
Jackson, who will turn 72 in May, was treated by the team’s training and medical staff and “is in good spirits and in good hands,” Zillo added.
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Masahiro Tanaka allowed a two-run homer and struck out six over four innings (60 pitches).
”My mechanics are still a little bit off here and there but overall I think things are starting to come together,” Tanaka said through an interpreter.
Tyler Austin hit his third homer this spring and Tyler Wade added two hits for the Yanks.
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To make room for Walker’s signing, the Yanks waived infielder Danny Espinosa and designated outfielder Jake Cave for assignment. They also reassigned infielder Kyle Holder to minor-league camp.
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Aaron Boone offered no update on Clint Frazier (concussion), calling the outfielder’s situation “status quo.” Boone added that Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) should play in preseason games soon, but acknowledged the reserve outfielder may not be ready for Opening Day. “We’re probably getting into that range where we’re butting up against it,” Boone said.
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