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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cast of unknowns, reclamations and trash-heap finds has banged-up Yankees in first place

According to data at Spotrac, the Yankees have lost a total of 650 player days to the injured list this season, 101 more than any other team in the majors, and 218 more than any other AL team. Even now, with players slowly making their way back to the roster, their injured list includes MVP-caliber sluggers (Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton), ace-caliber starting pitchers (Luis Severino, James Paxton), a top setup man (Dellin Betances) and last year’s AL rookie of the year runner-up (Miguel Andujar).

Into this void has stepped a cast of unknowns, reclamations and trash-heap finds, who have combined to not only keep the Yankees afloat, but, at 29-17 following Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Orioles, in first place in the AL East by a game over the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Money and Modern Strategy: How the Depleted Yankees Kept Winning

It is not just the Yankees’ financial might (though their $204 million opening day roster constructed by General Manager Brian Cashman, the second largest in the major leagues, is certainly a significant aspect) but also their embrace of the modern baseball smarts that now pervade the game — along with sprinkles of opportunity and luck.

“When you have the resources that we do to go out and acquire high-end free agents but at the same time give yourself the options in AAA or AA to help cover for injuries like we are right now, it’s important,” Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton said. “A lot of times you think about only spending money at the major league level and neglect having backups or replacements, and obviously Cashman didn’t.”

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