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Former Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Joins MLB Network

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Joe Girardi will not be in a dugout this season, but he is still going to be around the game of baseball.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Girardi had been hired by the MLB Network as a studio analyst. The ex-manager of the New York Yankees will now be behind the desk for the 2018 season.

Girardi, 53, had spent the last decade as the manager of the Yankees. During his tenure in New York, he went 910-710 and won a World Series in 2009. Girardi was also the manager of the Florida Marlins during the 2006 season. He had a record of 78-84 in his lone year with the Marlins. Girardi won the NL Manager of the Year Award that season.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series in 2017 but lost to the Houston Astros in seven games. Despite a successful season, the team decided to move on from Girardi. It was reported that Girardi and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman were not getting along. The Yankees hired Aaron Boone to be their new manager in December.

It will be interesting to hear what Girardi has to say, as he has plenty of insight into what’s going on in the MLB. He will undoubtably bring a new perspective to the desk.

In all likelihood, Girardi will be back in the dugout within the next few years. For now though, he is going to give his thoughts on television.

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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Yankees’ Didi Gregorius Likely Headed to Disabled List

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The New York Yankees have already had to deal with an injury to superstar slugger Aaron Judge, but now shortstop Didi Gregorious may have to join his Yankee teammate on the disabled list due to a bruised left heel he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gregorious suffered the injury following a collision with Blue Jays’ first baseman Kendrys Morales at first base. The injury could send Gregorious to the 10-day disabled list.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the “pretty significant,” according to The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler.

Gregorious is batting .270/.333/.482 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases for New York this season.

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Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn From Twins For Tyler Austin and Minor Leaguer

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The New York Yankees made another big move to bolster their starting rotation, as they acquired right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

In exchange for Lynn, the Yankees sent first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin and minor league pitcher Luis Rijo to the Twins. Monday was a busy day for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Just hours before acquiring Lynn, he traded relief pitcher Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners for international bonus pool money.

By trading Warren to the Mariners, the Yankees freed up salary. This made it easier for them to absorb some of the money left on Lynn’s contract. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the Yankees will pay half of the money remaining on his contract.

In 20 starts for the Twins this year, Lynn went 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA. He had a decent season in 2017 while with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts.

Austin, 26, battled through multiple injuries last season and has never really been able to find a place with the Yankees since getting called up in August of 2016. This year, he was batting .223 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 121 at-bats. Austin has also spent time in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, which is where he was playing at the time of the trade.

This is the second trade for a starting pitcher that the Yankees have made over the past week. On Thursday, they acquired left-hander J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney.

It will be interesting to see if Cashman decides to make another move before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Considering how active the Yankees have been over the past few weeks, one more trade might not be out of the question.

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