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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 “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Patrick Corbin Decision Expected Soon

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Free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin is expected to make a decision as to where he will sign in the near future, according to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale.

Per his report, Corbin is expected to meet or exceed the contract value that Chicago Cubs hurler Yu Darvish netted during the offseason last year, and that interest is spiking in Corbin, with the trend indicating that a decision is coming soon.

Corbin has been linked to the New York Yankees, who consider him their top priority in free agency and was Corbin’s favorite team growing up. A deal with the Yankees would being Corbin back to the state of New York, where he grew up. His family are diehard Yankee fans as well.

According to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer,  some “rivals speculate” that the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorite for Corbin.

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Yankees’ Gary Sanchez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his non-throwing left shoulder this offseason, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman who spoke about it at the GM meetings going on in California this week (h/t The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler).

The issue has bothered Sanchez since 2017 and it has been treated with cortisone shots over time, but the catcher re-aggravated the injury this week while he was working out in Tampa.

Sanchez is expected to be ready for Opening Day, assuming no setbacks occur.

Cashman stated the team is comfortable with Austin Romine starting the season as the primary backstop in case Sanchez is not 100% ready.

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