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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/11/24

Yankees targeting Stroman for rotation; Ranking pitching staffs across AL; Tanner Tully signed to minor league contract; Yankees announce coaching staff, spring training dates

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: After missing out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the Yankees’ options for a frontline starter took a hit. There’s still Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell on the free agent market and Dylan Cease, Corbin Burnes, and Jesús Luzardo ostensibly available via trade, but so far it seems New York are shying away from the cost — whether in terms of money or prospects — to land any of that quintet. Instead, it appears they are targeting players in the tier below and have emerged as frontrunners to sign Marcus Stroman. While effective at run prevention for most of his career, the bad blood between him and Brian Cashman dating back to 2019 and the significant time missed to injury over the last two seasons make the outspoken righty an interesting pivot to say the least.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: An unnamed scout ranked the starting rotations of all 15 AL clubs and surprisingly the Yankees clock in at number two behind the Mariners. That placement hinges on a return to form from Carlos Rodón and Nestor Cortes — by no means a foregone conclusion. The scout goes on to say that the Yankees would benefit from the addition of a “bona fide arm,” as he currently has Luis Gil penciled in as the fifth starter.

MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: The Yankees continue to add depth around the margins of the roster, signing Tanner Tully to a minor league contract. It’s the second straight offseason that they’ve inked Tully to a minor league deal, having released him to play in KBO last August, where he pitched to a 2.92 ERA in 11 appearances with the NC Dinos. The 29-year-old lefty is a groundball specialist and at the very least helps make up some of the minor league depth lost in the trades for Juan Soto, Trent Grisham, and Alex Verdugo.

New York Daily News | Gary Phillips: The Yankees have announced the report dates and game times for spring training 2024. Pitchers and catcher report on Valentine’s Day, to be joined by the rest of the team five days later. The first spring exhibition will be against the Tigers at 1:05 pm ET on February 24th while the spring home opener at GMS Field will be against the Blue Jays the following day. We will also see the inauguration of the Spring Breakout series — which showcases the top prospects from each organization — with the Yankees’ game coming March 16th against Toronto. | Pete Caldera: New York have also announced their coaching staff for 2024, with three new faces joining the team. In addition to returnees Matt Blake, Mike Harkey, Luis Rojas, Travis Chapman, Desi Druschel, Casey Dykes, and Tanner Swanson, the coaching staff adds hitting coach James Rowson, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, and bench coach Brad Ausmus. Rowson was most recently the assistant hitting coach for the Tigers, Roessler worked with Juan Soto while employed as the Nationals’ assistant hitting coach and was the Yankees’ director of player development for ten years through 2014, while Ausmus managed the Tigers for four seasons and the Angels for one following his playing career.