TAMPA – With Yankees position players reporting to the camp on Monday, they can expect to be grilled by signs about the Astros theft saga that may have cost the Yankees a trip to the 2017 World Series, and the members The organization believe they have played a role in Jose Altuve's ALCS ended Homer in Game 6 last year ahead of Aroldis Chapman.
Outfielder Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks with catcher Gary Sanchez are the only remaining position players of the team from 2017 who lost Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros. Sanchez addressed the problem last week when jugs and catchers reported.
Hicks, who is not expected to have an operation by Tommy John before June, showed up at the Yankees clubhouse on Sunday and Judge visited the facility on the weekend. In 2017, she and Gardner are expected to have questions about the Astros' fraud and whether the trio believes the Astros illegally stole signs from last year's ALCS.
Gerrit Cole wasn't the only Yankees pitcher to throw live BP on the main field at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday.
Jordan Montgomery, the early favorite at number 5, worked two innings, as did Jonathan Loaisiga, who could land in the rotation or in the bullpen. The former No. 1 draft pick Clarke Schmidt, who was picked up in 2017 with the 16th pick, also threw.
"Another guy I thought he was doing really well [Sunday]"Said Aaron Boone of Montgomery, who appeared in two September games and worked four innings a year ago after returning from Tommy John's left elbow surgery." I thought [Sunday] was another good building block for him. "
The Yankees announced the signing of a minor league contract by right-handed Chad Bettis. According to Boone, the 30-year-old will fight for a rotation point or a bullpen position. Post's Joel Sherman reported Saturday that Bettis will make $ 1.5 million if he makes the list of major leagues. The deal includes performance awards of $ 2 million.
"We'll see. He's obviously coming here with a small track record," said Boone of Bettis, who will be 31 in April and 31-31 in 164 games (92 starts) with an ERA of 5.12. "We will see where he is and will certainly be in that kind of mix. "
Bettis was on the road for the Rockies from 2013 to 19. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016. A blistering problem on the pitching hand and an injury to the left hip interrupted his 2017 and 2018 season. Bettis worked as a full-time helper last season and released a plump 6.08 ERA.
The Yankees held a 5km sprint-to-spring race on Steinbrenner Field on Sunday morning. Among the 800 participants were the general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, GM Brian Cashman and the assistant GM Jean Afterman.