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Yankees Second Base Job Down To Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres

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The race is heating up for the New York Yankees 2nd baseman gig as it apparently is set to go down to the wire.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is keeping his cards close to his chest in terms of what he is thinking of the 2nd base battle between Tyler Wade and Gleyber Torres.

Could the battle come down to the last minute of spring training?

“Possibly,” Boone said on Friday, according to NJ.com.

“We have good options and guys are making it so it is a decision. Guys are playing well and continuing to keep themselves in that conversation.

“It’s fluid, though. It could be something that comes down to the end. It could be something that we name earlier. It just kind of depends. All the guys kind of vying for it are still guys that we want to see and on some level, very excited about.”

While Wade and Torres are the big names in the mix, it appears it is not just a 2-man race as Danny Espinosa is made a couple of starts at 2nd. Wade and Torres have made at least 5 starts a piece.

Jace Peterson and Ronald Torreyes haven’t received the playing time at 2nd to truly factor in.

Wade may have the edge due to his lefty bat fitting into a righty dominant lineup and he is also hitting above .300 this spring.

Torres and Espinosa have both struggled at the plate, but Torres is touted as the 2nd baseman of the future and the Yankees have invested a lot in that notion, so that could help push Torres in the end.

 

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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