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Yankees prospect wins Gold Glove

The 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner is Yankees prospect Jesus Bastidas. In 2015, the Venezuelan was signed as a free agent. He played second base for the Somerset Patriots of Double-A this season.

In 92 games at second base, Bastidas played 795 innings and had a fielding percentage of .973. He took care of 369 total chances, had 131 putouts, 228 assists, and only 10 errors. Bastidas was also part of 54 double plays while he was in that position. The 24-year-old also had a great offensive year for Somerset in 2022, which helped the New York Yankees affiliate win its first Eastern League Championship. Bastidas hit 18 home runs, scored 56 runs, drove in 55 runs, walked 38 times, reached 169 bases, had 95 hits, and 18 doubles.

Yankees-Red Sox rivalry to enter new phase over a pitcher

“The Red Sox and Yankees have made contact with Kodai Senga’s representatives, sources confirm,” MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweeted Monday. “Senga, 29, is not attached to posting fees or draft pick compensation, which has broadened his marketplace. (The Athletic’s) Ken Rosenthal reported the (New York) Mets and (San Diego) Padres have met with him.”

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees goes back more than a hundred years. Now, it looks like the two big-market teams could take their rivalry into the offseason for one of the most-talked-about free agents in the league. This season, Senga was 11-6 in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. He had a 1.94 ERA, 156 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a batting average of .200 in 144 innings over 22 games. This year, the 24-year – olds reached 101.9 mph, and his splitter has such a sharp dropoff that people call it a “ghost fork” pitch. He has a cutter and a slider, too.

MLB finds no evidence of Yankees-Mets collusion over Aaron Judge

Reports from TIME and The New York Post say that the MLB has dismissed allegations of collusion by the Mets and Yankees to reduce a bidding war that can push up the contract prices of MVP free agent Aaron Judge.

“We’ve completed our investigation,” a senior MLB executive told to TIME,“And we’ve notified the MLBPA that there is no basis for any claim of collusion.”

Last week, MLB started looking into the possibility of collusion after a story on SNY.com about Judge’s possible landing said that Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner and Mets owner Steve Cohen “enjoy a mutually respectful relationship and do not expect a high-profile bidding war to change that.”

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