Yankees, Mets react to NYC vax mandate change to come

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Yankees and Mets’ lack of concern about New York City’s private-sector vaccine mandate proved to be warranted. Vaccinated or not, they will all be able to play at home once the season begins in two weeks. Mayor Eric Adams is set to announce on Thursday the easing of the workplace … Read more

Mayor Adams to consult NYC lawyer over unvaxxed Kyrie Irving’s Nets practices

Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that he would speak to the city’s lawyer about whether unvaccinated Nets superstar can continue practicing in the Big Apple under the city’s “indefinite” mandate for private-sector employees to get jabbed. “Well, as we stated, the name of the game is that we were not going to be heavy-handed with … Read more

Will Middlebrooks recruited Trevor Story to Boston with New York joke

Former Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks played a role in recruiting Trevor Story, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with Boston this week, and started off his pitch with a direct shot at New York. “I was selling it for days,” Middlebrooks told the Boston Globe, referring to previous conversations he had with … Read more

How Deivi Garcia is trying to get Yankees career back on track

TAMPA — Nearly a year to the day after Deivi Garcia’s 2021 season began to unravel, the young right-hander hoped to begin a bounce-back season in earnest. Garcia is scheduled to start Wednesday night for the Yankees, when they host Baltimore at Steinbrenner Field and he’ll have a new look when he does, as he’s … Read more

Yankees waiting for clarity on NYC’s COVID vaccine mandate

DUNEDIN, Fla. — With just over two weeks until the Yankees are scheduled to play their season opener against the Red Sox in The Bronx, there’s still no clarity about whether their unvaccinated players will be able to play due to New York City COVID mandates. And therefore, it’s still on the radar of manager … Read more

Yankees’ Gerrit Cole taking slow build toward Opening Day

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Gerrit Cole noticed that the new high-priced free agent pitcher across town — or in this case, the across the state — threw five innings on Monday in a Grapefruit League game. “The dude is an animal,” Cole said of the Mets’ Max Scherzer on Tuesday, after Cole continued his slow build … Read more

Yankees’ stiffest competition in AL East may be Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It is spring training. Perhaps the most bizarre one ever that doesn’t involve replacement players. So less than two weeks ago Jordan Montgomery was facing teenagers from his alma mater, Sumter (SC) High School. On Tuesday, he was making his first start of this strange exhibition season simultaneous to the rescheduled deadline … Read more

Behind Carlos Correa’s ‘Rubik’s Cube’ Twins contract, Yankees exit

Scott Boras called the environment that led to Carlos Correa signing a three-year, $105 million pact with the Twins that has opted out after the first two years a “Rubik’s Cube.” Correa left his previous agency and asked Boras to represent him during the lockout. Boras said, “It was a very, very complex dynamic to … Read more

Yankees, Aaron Judge could talk extension with this in mind

TAMPA — Hal Steinbrenner, you are on the clock. Steinbrenner never warmed to the idea of ​​signing Carlos Correa or Freddie Freeman for several reasons, notably concern about having four huge multiyear contracts on the books that would take players well into their 30s. At present, though, the Yankees have just two, with Gerrit Cole … Read more

Brian Cashman defends Yankees’ SS decision-making process

TAMPA — After a flurry of activity following the MLB lockout, the Yankees have a clearer picture of where their roster stands and, despite some criticism, general manager Brian Cashman stood by the Yankees’ decision-making process that led them to Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop, with Carlos Correa in Minnesota and Trevor Story in Boston. “We … Read more