MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: Forgoing the historic class of free-agent shortstops this past offseason, the Yankees stuck with the stopgap while awaiting the development of Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe. Despite the mediocre play from the short last season – New York earned the seventh-lowest from the shortstop position thanks to Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s plate and glove troubles – Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman have already thrown their support behind Kiner-Falefa as a starter on opening day in 2023. They also continue to reaffirm their belief in Peraza and Volpe, with the former likely getting a chance to win the seed early in the season to give the latter time to hone his game after struggling will have its first taste of Triple-A in late 2022.
New York Post | Jon Heyman: The Yankees’ focus will be firmly on Aaron Judge this winter, but he’s not the only free agent they have their eye on. According to Judge, the front office is prioritizing strengthening its already solid starting rotation. Heyman cites Carlos Rodón and Justin Verlander as the two ace pitchers the Yankees are most interested in, with Kodai Senga and Jameson Taillon also on the team’s radar. Verlander is the reigning AL Cy Young winner, AL ERA king and World Series champion, while Rodón ranks first in strikeout rate (33.4 percent) and second in fWAR (6.2) in MLB occupied. Heyman also mentions a possible reunion with Taillon and a resumption of trade talks with the Marlins for Pablo López.
NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees lost Michael King to season-ending elbow surgery, and the Yankees ace reliever has opened up about his harrowing experience leading up to the MRI and surgery. He was concerned that the MRI would show damage to his UCL above the broken elbow, which would require surgery from Tommy John, and was relieved to find the ligament intact. This opens up the possibility for him to be ready by opening day – an outcome that is far less likely if he had needed TJS. In encouraging news, the Righty Reliever recently started a throwing program and is in his rehab as scheduled.
New York Daily News | Matthew Roberson: The Yankees extended their streak to 13 straight seasons without appearing in a World Series — the second-longest streak of its kind since becoming the Yankees. There are many culprits for this drought, but Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman seem convinced injuries are the prime suspect. Referring to this season in particular, the Yankees manager and GM contend that the team lost too many of their standout performers from their historic first half to stand a chance in the playoffs. It’s a pretty defeatist attitude, trying to evade responsibility for the team not having sufficient depth to cover the possibility of an injury, which every team, not just the Yankees, deals with every season.