2019 New York Yankees season
|2019 New York Yankees|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Cashman|
|Local television||YES Network|
(Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, several others as analysts)
|Local radio||WFAN SportsRadio 66 AM / 101.9 FM|
New York Yankees Radio Network
(John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman)
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The 2019 New York Yankees season is the 117th season in New York City for the Yankees, and the 119th season overall for the franchise. The Yankees play in Yankee Stadium in the city's northern borough of The Bronx.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Spring Training
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Season standings
- 5 Current roster
- 6 Game log
- 7 Farm system
- 8 Draft
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- October 31 – Brett Gardner re-signs with the Yankees after his club option in his previous contract was denied. His new contract is a one-year, $9.5 million deal.
- November 7 – CC Sabathia re-signs for his final season with the Yankees, inking a one-year, $8 million deal.
- November 19 – The Yankees trade minor league prospects Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson and Dom Thompson-Williams to the Seattle Mariners for LHP James Paxton.
- December 17 – J. A. Happ signs a two-year, $34 million contract with the Yankees. This deal goes through the 2020 season and includes a vesting option for 2021.
- January 3 – Troy Tulowitzki signs the league-minimum one-year, $555,000 contract with the Yankees. He will still receive $38 million over two years from the Toronto Blue Jays due to his conditional release on December 11, 2018.
- January 11 – Zack Britton signs a three-year, $39 million contract with the Yankees. The deal goes through 2021 and has a team option for 2022, which is worth $14 million. Britton can opt-out of the contract after 2020 if the Yankees choose not to exercise the 2022 option. 
- January 14 – DJ LeMahieu signs a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees. He is expected to be used at shortstop and third base as well as second base, his natural position.
- January 21 – The Yankees trade RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds for minor league 2B Shed Long and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Long was then traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor league OF Josh Stowers.
- January 24 – Adam Ottavino signs a three-year, $27 million contract with the Yankees. He is the first person in franchise history to wear the uniform number 0.
- February 15 – Luis Severino signs a four-year contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal includes a club option for the 2023 season. He is guaranteed $40 million and will make an additional $12.25 million if the option is exercised.
- February 25 – Aaron Hicks signs a seven-year, $70 million contract extension with a $12.5 million club option for 2026, a $1 million buyout and a $2 million signing bonus. This deal replaces the previous one-year, $6 million deal announced on January 11.
The Yankees began their spring training on February 13, when pitchers and catchers reported. Their first spring training game was against the Boston Red Sox on February 23, in which they lost 5–8. They ended spring training with an exhibition game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on March 25 in which they lost 3–5. Overall, they went 17–10–4, good for first place in the Grapefruit League.
- March 19 – Gio González signs a minor league deal with the Yankees. If the Yankees had added González to their active roster, the contract would've been worth $3 million for the season.
- March 1 – Aaron Hicks injures his back during a spring training game. He is expected to start the season on the injured list.
- March 15 – Luis Severino was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation. He is expected to miss all of April, allowing Masahiro Tanaka to start on Opening Day in his place.
- March 19 – Dellin Betances was diagnosed with right shoulder impingement after seeing a concerning dip in velocity all of spring training. He will start the year on the injured list.
- March 28: Opening Day vs. Baltimore Orioles
- June 29–30: MLB London Series vs. Boston Red Sox
- July 8–11: All-Star Break
- September 22: final regular season game at home vs. Toronto Blue Jays
- September 29: final regular season game vs. Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Yankees began the regular season against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on March 28, in which the Yankees won 7–2. Masahiro Tanaka pitched 5 2⁄3 innings and allowed 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5 in his first opening day victory.
Opening Day lineup
|Opening Day Starters|
|Brett Gardner||Center field|
|Aaron Judge||Right field|
|Giancarlo Stanton||Left field|
|Luke Voit||Designated hitter|
|Miguel Andújar||Third base|
|Greg Bird||First base|
|Gleyber Torres||Second base|
|New York Yankees||3||0||1||0||2||0||0||1||X||7||9||1|
|WP: Masahiro Tanaka (1–0) LP: Andrew Cashner (0–1)|
NYY: Greg Bird (1), Luke Voit (1)
- March 28–31, vs. Baltimore Orioles
After winning the season opener 7–2, the Yankees went on to lose the next two games against division rivals Orioles. On the second game of the season, offseason signing James Paxton’s debut on the mound ended with a 5–3 loss. Errors and a poor start by the Yankees offense cost them the game. The Yanks didn't bounce back the following day, in a game that was delayed more than 3 hours because of rain. J. A. Happ took his first loss at the Yankee Stadium since August 2013 as the offense failed to capitalize on numerous run opportunities. New York lost their second game in a row, 7–5, as well as the opening series against the O's. Over the two final games, the Yankees went 5 for 21 with runners in scoring position, stranding 25 men in base.
Yankees lost the series 1–2 (15–14 runs)
- April 1–3, vs. Detroit Tigers
The Yankees started their second season series with a 3–1 win against Detroit. Shortly before the game started, the team added their star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and third baseman Miguel Andújar to an already filled up injury list. Andújar was diagnosed with a torn labrum, which could need surgery in the following weeks. The remaining Yankees defeated the Tigers, majorly thanks to a stellar diving catch by Aaron Judge in the eighth inning, when they were in jeopardy of losing their shy lead. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said the play was the turning point of the game. The pinstripes fared less well in the remaining two games, losing them both by a narrow score. On April 2, with the game tied at 1 in the top of the ninth inning, a Dustin Peterson's double gave the Tigers the lead against the Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, in what was the first hit of his career. Detroit went on to win that one 3–1. In the final game of the series, the Yankees lost 2–1 to a dominating performance by left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd, who struck out a career-high 13 batters in 6 1⁄3 innings.
Yankees lost the series 1–2 (5–6 runs)
- April 4–7, at Baltimore Orioles
New York swept the Orioles at Camden Yards in their second meeting of the season, delivering a total of 14 home runs—seven of which in the last game alone. The Yankees had a rough start of the first game, but were rescued by Gleyber Torres to produce a 8–4 victory. Trailing by 3–0, Torres homered a ball into the left field to get the Yankees in the scoreboard. Later on, trailing by 4–2 and with two men on base, Torres homered again to take the lead. In the second game of the series the Yankees won 6–4, as Aaron Judge homered twice and Clint Frazier swung a late three-run homer to retake the lead. The Yanks claimed the series sweep in a 15–3 blowout, once again steampowered by home runs. Gary Sánchez homered thrice and had the opportunity for a fourth home run, a rare feat only accomplished by eighteen players in MLB to date.
Yankees won the series 3–0 (29–11 runs)
- April 8–10, at Houston Astros
The Yankees got swept by the Astros at Minute Maid Park for the first time in history. Despite getting on the scoreboard first in all three games of the series, New York got punished by some mistakes in the field and subpar pitching. In eighth inning of the first game, a Carlos Correa hit off Adam Ottavino, who had not allowed a run yet in the season, gave Houston what would be the definitive lead, 4–3. The next day, the Yankees announced pitcher Luis Severino had strained a right latissimus dorsi muscle and would not return to the mound until about late June, another addition to the Yanks million-dollar worth injured list. Onto that day's game, a mistake by Brett Gardner in the third inning, who stopped running to first base assuming the ball had been foul, allowed a double play by the Astros. Moreover, Clint Frazier missed multiple diving catches, and relief pitcher Chad Green allowed a two run double to George Springer in the eight inning. The Yanks lost that one 6–3 after being ahead twice. Finally, the Yankees could not avoid the sweep in an 8–6 loss where a late rally by New York fell short. Having cut the deficit from 2–7 to 6–7 in the top eighth, a bad throw by Gleyber Torres fostered an Astros run to seal the game and the series.
Yankees lost the series 0–3 (12–18 runs)
- April 12–14, vs. Chicago White Sox
Back at Yankee Stadium, New York lost yet another series, to the White Sox. Prior to the first game, Gary Sánchez became the 12th player on the Yankees injured list, the most of any team in the major leagues. Later, a rain-shortened 9–6 loss became the Yankees' fourth in a row, and J.A. Happ's second of the season, who allowed nine hits and six runs in just 4 innings pitched. Eloy Jiménez, one of the top prospects in baseball, threw his first two career home runs to give Chicago the game, declared official after the top seventh. New York bounced back in the second game of the series with a 4–0 win. CC Sabathia returned after recovery from heart surgery and debuted at the mound in his 19th and final season. He allowed a single hit in five innings and kept the White Sox off the scoreboard. However, Chicago claimed the series on the following day with a 5–2 win over the Yankees. Tim Anderson scored the first grand slam of his career when the White Sox were trailing by 2 to take the lead, and they never gave up on it.
Yankees lost the series 1–2 (12–14 runs)
- April 16–17, vs. Boston Red Sox
In their first meeting of the season, the Yankees swept their longtime rivals and reigning World Series champions in a two-game series. One day before the series started, the pinstripes added another player to the injured list, first baseman Greg Bird. The first game was an 8–0 shutout by the Yankees, with a dominating James Paxton who struck out 12 Red Sox batters and allowed only two hits over eight innings. Meanwhile, Boston ace pitcher Chris Sale allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings and collected his fourth loss of the season. The second game was closer, and an early 3–0 lead by the Red Sox menaced with evening the series. However, a Brett Gardner go-ahead grand slam in the bottom seventh, which was his 100th career home run, gave the Yanks the definitive lead, 5–3. Tommy Kahnle was credited with his first win of the season and Aroldis Chapman made his third save.
Yankees won the series 2–0 (13–3 runs)
- April 18–21, vs. Kansas City Royals
The Yankees won the four-game series against Kansas City to reclaim an over .500 winning percentage, although star outfielder Aaron Judge got injured in the third game.
Yankees won the series 3–1 (23–16 runs)
- April 22–25, at Los Angeles Angels
The Yankees started their road trip to the West Coast at Angel Stadium, where they won their third series in a row.
Yankees won the series 3–1 (22–24 runs)
- April 26–28, at San Francisco Giants
New York got the sweep against San Francisco in a three-game series at Oracle Park.
Yankees won the series 3–0 (24–12 runs)
- April 30 – May 1, at Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks swept the Yankees in a two-game series at their home stadium. CC Sabathia became the 17th pitcher to collect 3,000 or more strikeouts in a career in the first game.
Yankees lost the series 0–2 (3–6 runs)
- May 3–5, vs. Minnesota Twins
Back in The Bronx, the Yankees won two out of three games in a series against the Minnesota Twins.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (13–10 runs)
- May 6–9, vs. Seattle Mariners
New York got their seventh series win of the season, and second in a row, against the Mariners.
Yankees won the series 3–1 (16–18 runs)
- May 10–12, at Tampa Bay Rays
The Yankees went to Tropicana Field with the opportunity to claim division leadership by sweeping the Rays, which were leading the AL East themselves. Although the Yanks did not get the sweep, they moved up to half a game behind Tampa Bay with the series win.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (13–11 runs)
- May 13–15, vs. Baltimore Orioles
The games against the Orioles intended for May 13th and May 14th got both postponed, one of them to May 15th and the other to August 12th, due to inclement weather. Therefore, the series itself consisted of a doubleheader on May 15th, the first in the season for the Yankees, who claimed the sweep over the O's.
Yankees won the series 2–0 (8–4 runs)
- May 17–19, vs. Tampa Bay Rays
With AL East up for grabs, the Rays went to the Bronx to play a three-game series against the Yankees. The pinstripes won the series 2–1 to claim a half-game lead over Tampa Bay.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (18–10 runs)
- May 20–23, at Baltimore Orioles
The Yankees and the Orioles met at Camden Yards for their fourth series of the season, with New York sweeping Baltimore for the third time.
Yankees won the series 4–0 (34–21 runs)
- May 24–26, at Kansas City Royals
The Yankees won a three-game series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The first game had to be postponed due to inclement weather, resulting in a doubleheader on May 25th.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (20–16 runs)
- May 27–29, vs. San Diego Padres
The Yankees returned to New York and added two wins and a loss against the Padres. Chad Green opened the series by pitching a single inning, striking out three batters before yielding to David Hale. Hale pitched for four innings and allowed two runs, and was relieved by Adam Ottavino in the sixth, Tommy Kahnle in the seventh, Zack Britton in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got his 15th save of the season in the ninth. Home runs by Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Gary Sánchez steampowered a 5–2 Yankees win, improving to a 3–0 record with Green as a starter. In the second game, Eric Hosmer hit an early three-run homer against Masahiro Tanaka, who took his fourth loss of the season. After a solid performance by Eric Lauer, allowing four hits and one run over 5 1⁄3 innings, the Padres delved through their bullpen to hold off the Yankees, 5–4. On the following day, New York cruised to a 7–0 shutout to claim their eighth series in a row. For the 10th time in franchise history, the Yankees opened the game with back-to-back homers. James Paxton returned to the mound after his injury and pitched four hitless innings.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (16–7 runs)
- May 30 – June 2, vs. Boston Red Sox
The Yankees faced their longtime rivals for the second time in the season. The first game of the series was postponed to August 3rd, resulting in a three-game series. In the series opener, the Red Sox got onto the scoreboard first, but DJ LeMahieu later delivered an RBI double and a home run off Chris Sale to secure a 4–1 Yankees win. New York dominated from the mound that day, with starter J.A. Happ limiting the Sox to a single homer over five innings and closer Aroldis Chapman striking out two of three men to earn his 16th save of the season. On the next day, with the score tied at 3 in the bottom fifth, Gary Sánchez hit a two-run homer to get the lead, which was locked down by six Yankees relief pitchers throwing a combined 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings. With the 5–3 victory over the Red Sox, the pinstripes went 4–0 against their rivals for the first time since 2012 and claimed their ninth series in a row for the first time since 1998. The Yankees could not complete the sweep in the last game, mostly because of a couple mistakes by Clint Frazier and strong pitching by David Price. A late rally by New York fell short and they got their first defeat of the season against the Sox, 8–5.
Yankees won the series 2–1 (14–12 runs)
- June 4–6, at Toronto Blue Jays
The Yankees crossed the border to face the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, and lost their first series since early May.
Yankees lost the series 1–2 (16–17 runs)
- June 7–9, at Cleveland Indians
The Yankees could not hold on in a three-game series against the Indians at Cleveland.
Yankees lost the series 1–2 (13–19 runs)
- June 10–11, vs. New York Mets
The Yankees and the Mets split the first Subway Series of the season, which consisted of a doubleheader on June 11th because of the first game being postponed.
Yankes tied the series 1–1 (16–15 runs)
- June 13–16, at Chicago White Sox
The pinstripes took on the four-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, coming back from an 0–2 deficit to split the series.
Yankees tied the series 2–2 (24–22 runs)
- April 19 – The Yankees sign 1B/DH Logan Morrison to a minor league contract. The deal comes with a July 1st opt-out and a $1 multi-million base salary at the MLB level.
- April 22 – The Yankees grant Gio González his release. He went 2–1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year.
- April 25 – The Yankees acquire OF Cameron Maybin from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.
- May 14 – The Yankees acquire 1B/DH Kendrys Morales and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a PTBNL or cash considerations.
- June 15 – The Yankees acquire 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations and minor league pitcher Juan Then.
American League East
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Yankees||44||27||0.620||—||23–13||21–14|
|Tampa Bay Rays||43||29||0.597||1½||20–18||23–11|
|Boston Red Sox||40||34||0.541||5½||17–17||23–17|
|Toronto Blue Jays||26||46||0.361||18½||12–23||14–23|
American League Wild Card
|New York Yankees||44||27||0.620|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||43||29||0.597||+4|
|Boston Red Sox||40||34||0.541||—|
|Los Angeles Angels||36||37||0.493||3½|
|Chicago White Sox||34||36||0.486||4|
|Toronto Blue Jays||26||46||0.361||13|
|Kansas City Royals||24||48||0.333||15|
Record against opponents
2019 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Updated with the results of all games through June 17, 2019.
New York Yankees roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day injured list
|Bold||Yankees team member|
|2019 game log: 44–27 (Home: 23–13; Away: 21–14)|
March: 1–2 (Home: 1–2; Away: 0–0)
April: 16–10 (Home: 7–5; Away: 9–5)
May: 20–7 (Home: 12–4; Away: 8–3)
June: 7–8 (Home: 3–2; Away: 4–6)
July: (Home: ; Away: )
August: (Home: ; Away: )
September: (Home: ; Away: )
|AAA||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders||International League||Jay Bell|
|AA||Trenton Thunder||Eastern League||Patrick Osborn|
|A||Tampa Tarpons||Florida State League||Aaron Holbert|
|A||Charleston RiverDogs||South Atlantic League||Julio Mosquera|
|A-Short Season||Staten Island Yankees||New York–Penn League||David Adams|
|Rookie||Pulaski Yankees||Appalachian League||Luis Dorante|
|Rookie||GCL Yankees 1 (East)||Gulf Coast League||Dan Fiorito|
|Rookie||GCL Yankees 2 (West)||Gulf Coast League||Nick Ortiz|
|Rookie||DSL Yankees 1||Dominican Summer League||Caonabo Cosme|
|Rookie||DSL Yankees 2||Dominican Summer League||Oscar Escobar|
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