Yankees could be the next team in hot water for sign stealing, per report

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The Yankees could be the next team in hot water for stealing signs.

Per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, a New York judge wants a letter from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to Yankees' GM Brian Cashman unsealed for public consumption.

The letter reportedly contains information that shows the Yankees engaged in a “more serious, sign-stealing scheme” than the 2017 allegations brought forth by the Red Sox that included New York using cameras to steal signs.

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The Yankees want the letter to remain sealed, purporting that the letter could potentially damage the reputation of the franchise.

But there might not be any legal grounds for that. Judge Jed S. Rakoff said the Yankees have until Monday to send a redacted version of the letter, protecting names of those involved.

“Embarrassment on the part of MLB or the Yankees about the precise contents of the letter is not particularly weighty,” Rakoff said, per NJ.com.

The letter is considered a piece of evidence in a lawsuit from DraftKings, the fantasy sports betting outlet, rationalizing the teams that stole signs — namely the Red Sox and the Astros — are responsible for lost bettors wages in games they cheated. The Yankees would potentially be part of that.

The lawsuit, however, was dismissed in April. DraftKings player Kristopher Olson filed the $5 million class-action lawsuit with 100 other bettors to recoup losses. In an amended complaint filed in June — which was also subsequently dismissed by Rakoff — the letter was once again put forth by Olson.

“There is no justification for public disclosure of the letter,” Yankees' lawyer Jonathan Schiller wrote in an email to NJ Advance Media. “The plaintiff has no case anymore, and the court held that what MLB wrote in confidence was irrelevant to the court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s case. Under established law, this supports the Yankees’ right to confidentiality required by the Commissioner of Baseball.”

Both the Astros and Red Sox suffered punishment for their roles in sign-stealing scandals this offseason, with Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow out of jobs. Boston would also fire manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the 2017 Astros team.

The Mets fired manager Carlos Beltran for his role in the sign-stealing ordeal with the Astros.

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