New York Yankees

AL East

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez homered and drove in five runs on Thursday as his team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez is now hitting a whopping .370 through 27 spring at bats. The 25-year-old backstop hit 33 homers a season ago despite appearing in just 122 games. He should be the first catcher off the board in fantasy baseball drafts right now.

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New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is hitting just .233 with one home run and five RBIs through 30 at bats this spring.

Fantasy Impact: It's not a concern in the slightest for the 28-year-old reigning MVP. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on Stanton to hit 59 homers again, but he's as good of a bet as anyone to lead the majors in long balls for 2018. Stanton is expected to hit either second or third in the Yankee line up as of now. He's a no brainer top 10 pick in all fantasy drafts this month.

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The Yankees have optioned Gleyber Torres to Triple-A, according to Marc Carig. (Source: Marc Carig on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Things were trending this way, especially after the Yankees signed Neil Walker. Torres had battled injury and had been having a rough spring (.130 BA, .417 OPS). He should be back in the majors during the season, and he remains an elite option in keeper and dynasty leagues.

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Tyler Wade was removed from Saturday's game against the Mets with a wrist injury, but the issue doesn't appear to be serious. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Wade said that he just rolled onto his wrist and wanted to stay in the game. He'll ice his wrist but won't need any tests. He shouldn't miss much time and should be able to resume his fight for a roster spot soon.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan Montgomery will be the Yankees' fifth starter to open 2018 according to manager Aaron Boone. (Source: Erik Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected. The 25-year-old southpaw had a solid year in 2017, posting a 3.88 ERA to go along with 144 strikeouts in 155 1/3 innings. He certainly has streamer appeal in mixed leagues.

New York Yankees starting pitching prospect Justus Sheffield has been re-assigned to minor league camp. (Source: New York Yankees PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sheffield struggled in Grapefruit League action, but he is just 21 years old. The former first round pick was ranked as's 48th top prospect heading into this season. He'll be a name to remember for when he gets called up to the big league club.

Clint Frazier with concussion said that he felt as though he's turned a corner after participating in a light workout Wednesday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier was also back on the stationary bike and spent some time throwing on the field. The outfielder has been sidelined with a mild concussion since late February but seems to be inching his way back into game shape, and could find his way into a Grapefruit League contest next week if he's able to avoid any setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates

David Robertson hopes to see spring action soon but is currently dealing with an episode of food poisoning. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Robertson is on track to throw a simulated game Tuesday and should be ready for spring action in the days following that. The recent time on the shelf shouldn't affect his fantasy outlook heading into the 2018 campaign, where he should be a steady source of holds as a late-inning relief option.

Category: Injury Updates

Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a mild oblique strain during Friday's batting practice session. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury said he thinks he will resume activities Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he were held out of Grapefruit League action for a week or two. The Yankees have had a rough week with regards to their outfield depth, as Clint Frazier (concussion) went for an MRI on Friday after failing to recover at the rate the team had hoped. Ellsbury is slated to open the year as the Yankees' fourth outfielder, with manager Aaron Boone indicating the veteran would log some time in left field in the spring in addition to his familiar spot in center in an effort to increase his versatility, according to Bryan Hoch of

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Aaron Judge with a shoulder injury received playing time as the Yankees' designated hitter in Wednesday's game against the Tigers going 0-for-2. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It was recently reported that Judge's shoulder wasn't expected to be fully healthy until Opening Day. Despite this, he'll still see playing time over the course of the spring, although the team will surely be careful not to rush him back to action. New York is opting to have Judge serve as the DH on Wednesday so that Giancarlo Stanton can receive a start in right field, then will deploy Judge in right for Friday's matchup with the Braves.

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Chase Headley traded to Padres

Tue, Dec 12th 11:27am EST
By Dan Harris

The Padres have acquired Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees in exchange for Jabari Blash, according to Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Back where it all began for Headley, who at one point was a stud prospect that smashed 31 homers and 115 RBIs in a season for the Padres. This was essentially a salary dump for the Yankees to clear room to stay under the luxury-tax threshold. As for Headley, it's obviously a downgrade in lineup and ballpark, but he'll retain value in NL-only leagues.

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The Yankees have traded Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton. The deal is pending physicals. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castro had a resurgent year with the Yankees, but obviously now goes to a team with a worse lineup and ballpark. There's a strong chance that Castro will again be on the move, as there are already rumors of teams, such as the Mets, engaging in dialogue with the Marlins. It's likely Castro will be downgraded from last year wherever he lands, but wait to see where the dust settles before getting too worried.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman says that Chad Green will enter Spring Training as a starting pitcher, and that relieving will be a fallback option. (Source: Erik Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cashman made it clear that while Green excels in the bullpen, he is not there because he is a failed starter. It's fair to wonder where he is most valuable to the team. It's a situation that likely won't get sorted out until March. Green posted a 1.83 ERA in 2017 with 103 strikeouts in 69 innings.

Masahiro Tanaka will not be exercising his opt out this winter, instead choosing to remain with the New York Yankees for the next three season. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka will earn $67 million through 2020, and said this was a "simple decision". The 29-year-old excelled in the post-season, but wasn't as dominant in the regular season. He posted a 4.74 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings pitched. The strikeouts and potential for wins make him a legit number two fantasy starter heading into next season.

Tommy Kahnle allowed three runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Kahnle was the first reliever brought in to replace CC Sabathia in this one. He had been dominant all post-season for New York, but just didn't have his best stuff in Houston. Jose Altuve hit a solo homer off him, and eventually two more runs would cross the plate in the fifth. Kahnle finishes the playoffs with a 2.38 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

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CC Sabathia took the loss in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night in Houston, allowing one run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. Sabathia walked three and failed to strike anyone out.

Fantasy Impact: The 37-year-old southpaw had been in vintage form this post-season, and he didn't pitch that poorly in this one. However, the one run he allowed was more than the New York offense could muster all night. Sabathia finishes the series with a 0.96 ERA. He'll enter free-agency this winter.

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-4 in a 4-0 loss to the Astros in game seven of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner struggled of late hitting only .100 during the last seven days and .231 in the postseason. He should be a decent fantasy option next year.

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Didi Gregorious went 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his post season average to .300

Fantasy Impact: The hits have been timely and his power continues to develop. Sir Didi has arrived.

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Greg Bird ready for takeoff

Thu, Oct 19th 7:49am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

Greg Bird went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the Yankees 5-0 win over Houston, helping the Yanks take a 3-2 lead in the series.

Fantasy Impact: After a season long injury to his ankle, Bird appears to have come all the way back. Keep him on your fantasy radar going forward

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Sonny Gray allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit over five innings of work in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night. Gray also struck out four and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Gray came out to start the sixth, but got in a bit of trouble and left after throwing 85 pitches. Houston took a 4-0 lead, but the Baby Bombers were able to come back and wind up winning 6-4. Gray likely won't get another start this series, but could be available out of the bullpen in a do-or-die scenario. Game 5 will be played on Wednesday.

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