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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 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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Yankees Interested in Zack Wheeler

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It appears that the New York Yankees aren’t done addressing their rotation following their trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for J.A. Happ, who turned in a brilliant debut performance in their win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are among a few teams that are interested in New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Among the Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee Brewers are also reportedly interested.

Wheeler’s name has been popping up after he has posted a 3.20 ERA over his past 11 starts.

While his 4.11 ERA for the season still looks shaky, he has shown solid improvement during his recent hot streak.

 

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Yankees, Blue Jays Finalized Trade for J.A. Happ

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The New York Yankees have a deal in place to acquire Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

Happ has long been linked to the Yankees who desperately need rotation help as they ave major question marks beyond Luis Severino and C.C Sabathia.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the deal is centered on Yankees infielder Brandon Drury being the key piece in the deal and Fancred’s Paul Heyman says that Yankees outfield prospect Billy McKinney is also involved.

 

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