MLB Trade Rumors | Nick Deeds: Here’s some scary news: MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand cites anonymous sources who believe the Dodgers will take serious action against Aaron Judge this winter. LA is expected to take a huge amount of money off the payroll by letting players like Trea Turner and Craig Kimbrel go, and Feinsand writes that the Dodgers are willing to move fellow Superstar Mookie Betts to second base more often to accommodate Judge .
New York Post | Dan Martin: DJ LeMahieu has never appeared for the Yankees this postseason, with the 33-year-old’s absence adding to the club’s offensive malaise. LeMahieu said he hopes to avoid surgery on the toe fracture that had plagued him for months, but also hinted the whole situation is still at stake. Describing the injury as “tricky,” he expressed his desire not to go under the knife but also how he hopes to avoid such a nagging injury in the future. It seems like a tough spot for the Yankees and their infielder as the offseason begins.
news day | Anthony Rieber: Longtime broadcaster John Sterling was asked if he plans to continue announcing Yankees games on the radio, and the 84-year-old said he has no desire to stop. “I don’t know how many games I’m going to do. Maybe I’ll do them all. Every broadcaster accepts games. It’s not a big deal. Vin Scully started it. But I plan to keep working,” Sterling explained. Sterling did not travel for some road series in 2022, with other voices like Ricky Ricardo and Ryan Ruocco covering at times.
NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: With the Yankee season over, it will soon be time to start thinking about the team’s upcoming free agents. Among them is starter Jameson Taillon, who was asked about his desire to return following the club’s ALCS defeat. “I didn’t think about it much, but I definitely know I loved playing here. They gave me a chance … To come here, I had never seen the playoffs, never seen a winning environment and culture,” Taillon said Sunday. The right-hander is entering his season at the age of 30, coming off a year in which he was almost the consummate average starter in the major leagues.
CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Axisa lays out the broad outlines of the upcoming Yankee winter, with the most pressing concern, of course, being the fate of Aaron Judge. The sense seems to be that Judge will likely return, but Hal Steinbrenner will almost certainly need to muster over $300 million to make that happen. Also on the agenda is an assessment of the future of the club’s Brairn Trust. Brian Cashman’s contract has expired and Aaron Boone’s status is being questioned more than ever in his managerial career.