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New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge prepares to bat during the third inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


MLB Spring Training Notebook: 3/19/18

  • As first reported by Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees have agreed to terms with second basemen/utility man Neil Walker. The pact is reported to be a one-year deal worth up to $5 million. Walker, 32, is a 9-year MLB veteran who is a career .272 hitter and is known for his above-average defense. Last season, Neil slashed .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in a combined 111 games for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • In a corresponding move to the Neil Walker signing, the Yankees designated outfielder Jake Cave for assignment to make room for Walker on New York’s 40-man roster. In 2017, Cave slashed .305/.351/.502 between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Infielder Danny Espinosa was released on Monday morning. The 30-year old is an elite defender, however, he just can’t get it done with the bat. In 25 at-bats, Espinosa hit for just a .160 average.
  • Kyle Holder was re-assigned to minor league camp before Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. The shortstop put together a very impressive spring as he hit .471 with four runs scored, three doubles, and three runs batted in over 17 at bats. Holder, who spent 2017 with the Tampa Yankees (Single-A Advanced) looks ready for a promotion to Trenton this season.
  • The retirement of the longtime YES Network analyst, Ken Singleton, announced on Monday, March 12, 2018, that he will be retiring at the season’s end.
  • Infielder Gleyber Torres and catcher Kyle Higashioka have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees reassigned the pair of prospects to minor league camp following Tuesday’s game.
  • After a historic rookie season in which Aaron Judge won the Home Run Derby and Rookie of the Year honors, the slugger agreed to terms with the Yankees on a one-year, split contract worth $622,300 on Tuesday if Judge stays in the majors for a full-season. In the unlikely event of him being sent down to the minors, the California native would earn $272,250. Last season the rookie earned $544,500.
  • The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that they have released veteran first basemen, Adam Lind. Lind was released after hitting .154 with one RBI in 13 at-bats (four games). The 34-year old had an extremely productive season with the Washington Nationals is 2017, batting .303 with 14 doubles, 14 home runs, and 59 RBI’s in 116 games. The left-handed hitter led all of Major League Baseball with four pinch-hit home runs just a season ago. Adam was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on March 2nd.
  • Unsurprisingly, the Yankees reassigned right-handed pitching prospect Chance Adams to minor league camp before Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In three starts, Adams was 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA and 2.57 WHIP.
  • As predicted the rotation was announced and is scheduled as follows:
  • Miguel Andujar and Estevan Florial were both sent down to minor league spring training before Sunday’s contest against the Marlins. New York’s roster now stands at 43 players.
  • Domingo Acevedo and Miguel Andujar were named the Kevin Lawn Award winners for 2017. The award is given to the top Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. They both accepted the award on Sunday.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are both progressing well from their injuries. Ellsbury could hit in a sim game today, while Frazier received encouraging news from a Neurologist.
  • Aaron Judge appeared in a minor league game, playing left field on Saturday. He received one opportunity and made the play with ease.
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