Yankees News: MLB to start canceling games if CBA talks enter March
MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The latest edition of the ABC negotiations is not very promising. After another day of back-and-forth — one that involved no proposals over the all-important CBT threshold, mind you — an MLB spokesperson told reporters that if there were no no deal by Feb. 28 (Mon), then some regular games for the season will indeed be called off, not caught up. If that happens, the MLBPA is unlikely to reciprocate MLB’s determination to add an extra round to the playoffs. Given how much the glacial property seems to be moving in response to any MLBPA offers, I wouldn’t exactly book opening day tickets just yet.
FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen, Kevin Goldstein and Tess Taruskin: FanGraphs has released its annual Top 100 Prospects list, and five Baby Bombers have been shortlisted. Unsurprisingly, Anthony Volpe led the charge to an impressive No. 12 overall, trailing only Bobby Witt Jr. and Oneil Cruz among shortstops. Other Yankees to make the cut include Oswald Peraza (#39), Luis Medina (#60), Jasson Dominguez (#73), and Alexander Vargas (#93). The FanGraphs team seems to be higher on Medina and Vargas than most of their contemporaries, so their progress in particular will definitely be something to watch in 2022.
NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: On the subject of Volpe, he is rising during a fairly prosperous period for star shortstops at the MLB level. So he has quite a few players to model his game with – both in defense and in the practice room – and in this piece with Kuty he discussed keeping a close eye on how Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story run the post. His goal is to stay shortstop long term for a reason.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: It has been somewhat forgotten, but the Yankees still have a position to fill in their technical staff. Scheduled assistant batting coach Eric Chavez took on the heavy lifting across town with the Dishes, and the Yankees want to fill his old spot under Dillon Lawson with another former major league player. Eric Hinske was the first name thrown around, but another option confirmed by Miller’s source is Devin Mesoraco. The eight-year veteran and former All-Star retired after the 2018 season and has been volunteering at the University of Pittsburgh since 2020.
RUNNER | Marshal Prutt: This is probably the only time we’ll link to a site as unrelated to baseball as RACER, but relevant to the Yankees. George Michael Steinbrenner (George IV) steps back from his role as co-owner tied to the IndyCar Series as he takes on an unspecified role in the Yankees organization. For those keeping score at home, the 26-year-old is the nephew of current owner Hal Steinbrenner and the son of late co-owner Hank. However, no word on whether he also runs a banana stand.