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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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The Yankees announced that Aaron Judge has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Judge's shoulder was a problem down the stretch for him, though it's unknown exactly how much it contributed to his mid-season slump. If anything, the fact that he's no fully healthy is a reason to remain optimistic about his 2018 fantasy outlook. The 25-year-old Rookie of the Year is expected to be all systems go before Spring Training starts.

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.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is not ruling out the possibility that top prospect Gleyber Torres could make the big league club out of Spring Training. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's still likely that Torres begins the year in the minors, but this comment at least implies Torres could be in line for a quick promotion. The young shortstop underwent Tommy John surgery this past season, but hit .287/.383/.480 between Double-A and Triple-A before getting hurt. It remains to be seen what position he will play in the majors, but he's certainly a name to keep in mind this off-season and into the spring.

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.

Category: Game Recaps

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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Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs in a 5-0 win over the Astros in game five of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Gary Sanchez is hitting .167 during the last seven days and .200 in the postseason with three homers. He will face Justin Verlander of the Astros in game six on Friday.

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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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Todd Frazier went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk as the Yankees defeated the Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier's homer was a three-run shot off Charlie Morton in the second inning that barely cleared the fence. New York would then score five more runs in the fourth, knocking Morton from the game and taking a lead they would not vanquish. Game 4 of the series will be played on Tuesday night with the Astros holding a 2-1 advantage.

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Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 in a 2-1 loss to the Astros in game two of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hicks is hitting .235 during the last seven days and is hitting .276 in the postseason. It appears he is the clear cut starter in center field over Jacoby Ellsbury. Game three is on Monday with Charlie Morton pitching.

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Aroldis Chapman picked up the save in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday, allowing just one walk while striking out four over two scoreless innings.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians made a brief comeback attempt in the fifth inning, scoring their only two runs of the night, but it wasn't enough. The Yankees bullpen tonight combined for 4 2/3 scoreless inning, as New York completes the historic comeback when they were down two games to none. The ALCS versus the Astros begins on Friday.

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Matt Holliday found himself out of the lineup again as Joe Girardi elected to start Chase Headley against Trevor Bauer. Holliday has been a conspicuous omission for the entire series.

Fantasy Impact: Holliday did not have a glaringly worse history than Headley vs Bauer, so i guess you have to chalk this up to one of Yankees manager Joe Girardi's hunches

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Dellin Betances struck out the side in a scoreless inning of relief in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Betances' September struggles currently place him at the bottom of the totem pole in the Yankees elite bullpen. However, he sure looked pretty good in Cleveland in this one. Betances posted a 3.38 ERA in the 2017 regular season.

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David Robertson picked up the win in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game, allowing no runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Robertson also struck out five and walked one in the gutsy performance. It was the first time in his career he threw over 50 pitches in an outing. Robertson has now thrown 16 straight scoreless appearances. He has faced 78 hitters since last allowing a run.

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Luis Severino recorded just one out in Tuesday's American League Wild Card game, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: It was an awfully quick hook for Severino, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has the luxury of turning to his elite bullpen. Severino will likely pitch game three against the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

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