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The Yankees designated Greg Bird for assignment. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bird is no longer on the team's 40-man roster. He played in just 10 games last year and continues to struggle with injuries, though he has shown big power upside in the past. He'll either accept an assignment to Triple-A or elect for free agency.

Category: Transactions

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says a position change could be in store for Miguel Andujar. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Andujar was limited to 12 games this past season as he dealt with some major shoulder issues. During that time Gio Urshela emerged as the team's everyday third baseman. Cashman mentioned first base and outfield as possible spots to get Andujar's bat into the lineup. A lot will depend on his health come spring. Andujar posted an .855 OPS with 27 homers back in 2018.

Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees have agreed on a new contract that will keep the lefty in New York through the 2022 season. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Chapman is essentially adding on one year and $18 million to his existing deal, which was for two years and $30 million. The All-Star closer was rumored to explore free agency if a contract extension wasn’t reached, but now that won’t be an issue. Chapman will be one of the top fantasy closers entering the 2020 campaign.

The Yankees did not exercise the $20 million 2020 option on Edwin Encarnacion. (Source: Yankees PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll end up with a $5 million buyout instead. Encarnacion hit .244 with 34 homers and an .875 OPS this season and will enter free agency at the age of 36. The market has not been kind to one-dimensional sluggers in recent years, so we'll see how many suitors line up for EE's services.

Category: Transactions

Aaron Hicks is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks played in the ALCS against the Astros but was battling elbow discomfort for a while. He will be sidelined for 8-10 months, which means he will miss roughly the first half of the 2020 regular season.

Category: Injury Updates

Masahiro Tanaka went three innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk along with two strikeouts as he got hit with the loss Sunday against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka came in for the second inning on Sunday as Chad Green started and pitched the first frame. The Yankees wanted the veteran starter to get some innings in before the playoffs. Tanaka finishes the season with an 11-9 record with a 4.45 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps

Luke Voit went 0-for-3 but scored a run as the Yankees lost to the Rangers by a 9-4 score on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Voit started off the season hot and won the first base job but has ended up with an injury-plagued season. Voit is batting .263 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI over 118 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Didi Gregorius went 1-for-4 with a three-RBI double in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius has had an injury-plagued season and is hitting .240 with 47 runs scored, 16 homers, 61 RBI and two stolen bases in 341 plate appearances this year. The veteran shortstop should be completely healthy going into next season and will be worth owning in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Luis Severino allowed two runs on a hit and four walks while striking out four over three innings, taking the loss against the Rangers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Severino ended up missing most of the season as shoulder and lat injuries kept him sidelined since the spring. In three starts the 25-year-old righty was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA. Severino should be healthy and ready to go for the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps

An MRI on James Paxton's left glute revealed nerve irritation. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Paxton left Friday's game versus the Rangers with a tight left glute. He's taking medication and this issue isn't expected to affect his playoff preparation.

Category: Injury Updates

Mike King gave up one unearned run in two innings against the Rangers on Friday. He allowed two hits and struck out one batter.

Fantasy Impact: King is looking at trying to win a spot on the big league roster in 2020. The 24-year-old pitcher had a 5.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts in 54 innings (12 appearances) in the minors, primarily at Double-A and Triple-A and missed some time with a stress fracture.

Category: Game Recaps

Cameron Maybin went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and three more runs scored in Friday's win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Maybin has been a good pickup for the Yankees this season and has been able to provide depth in the outfield. On the season the veteran outfielder is hitting .289 with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Ford went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a two-run double, a walk and two more runs scored in Friday's win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Ford has hit well in a reserve role with the Yankees this season. The 27-year-old is batting .257 with 12 home runs, 25 RBI and seven doubles across 48 games on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Romine went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Rangers by a 14-7 score.

Fantasy Impact: Romine came in after the sixth inning to replace starting catcher Gary Sanchez who was on a limit. The veteran backstop is hitting .279 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 29 runs scored over 79 games in a reserve role this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Gleyber Torres went 2-for-5 as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 14-7.

Fantasy Impact: Torres had struggled of late, going 1-for-16 over his last four games, including 0-for-9 since returning from last week's injury scare. The 22 year-old has had a magical sophomore season in the Bronx, hitting 38 home runs and driving in 90 runs.

Category: Game Recaps

DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 14-7.

Fantasy Impact: LeMahieu's magical season in the Bronx continues. His three hits on the day push his batting average up to .331 and the three RBI give him 102 for the year. The veteran is sure to get some MVP consideration after setting career highs in hits, home runs, RBI, runs scored, and slugging percentage.

Category: Game Recaps

Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a home run as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 14-7.

Fantasy Impact: Stanton hit a titanic blast to left field to open up the scoring in the top of the 1st inning. He later drove in two more with a 4th inning single. The former MVP looks primed and ready as the Yankees prepare to begin the ALDS on Friday.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 14-7.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner hit a solo home run, his 28th of the season in the 4th inning. At age 36, the veteran has shattered his previous career high of 21. The sole position player leftover from the 2009 World Series team, Gardner has vastly exceeded expectations in 2019, batting .253 with 28 home runs and 73 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps

Gary Sanchez (groin) is expected to start Friday's game against the Rangers and catch four or five innings, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. (Source: Brendan Kuty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez has been out since suffering the left groin strain Sept. 12. It looks like the Yankees want him to get some work in before the playoffs and make get into one more game this weekend before the regular season ends.

Category: Injury Updates

J.A. Happ gave up one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts over five innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Loaisiga opened the game and pitched the first inning for the Yankees before Happ came on in the second. It is doubtful that the veteran starter pitches again in the regular season and ends with a 12-8 record with a 4.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

Category: Game Recaps

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