Yankees Rumors & News

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappells down 22-story building

    Sportress of Blogitude "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman proved to be braver than most folks on Friday morning by rappelling down the 22-story One Landmark Square building. But hey, it was all for charity, so there you go. Cashman, known for committing to out-of-the-ordinary acts for charity, pulled..." December 03

  • Yankees GM wants to 'hit the ground running' at winter meetings

    New York Post "The Airlander that is the Yankees finds itself in a holding pattern. The Hot Stove League will have to wait a little longer. Brian Cashman said Friday morning he had alerted a host of agents representing available players, as well as executives of other teams with whom he had engaged in trade..." December 03

  • Yankees open for business after new collective-bargaining agreement

    New York Daily News "With a new labor deal struck between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA Wednesday night, the Yankees are now open for business. According to a source, the Yankees had been "staying put" until a new collective-bargaining agreement was put in place as they waited to see how a new deal will..." December 02

  • Did Yankees really give Fidel Castro a tryout?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Fidel Castro and the New York Yankees? Don't believe it. Though it's been a story that's lived for years -- and may still -- the late Cuban dictator definitely didn't try out for the Yankees and reports of his baseball-playing abilities may have been a little exaggerated, according to..." December 01

  • Yankees’ Interest in Matt Holliday Gaining Momentum

    Yanks Go Yard "The Yankees are poised to ignite Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove following the completion of Wednesday’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. General manager Brian Cashman has made contact with nearly every notable free agent on the market, and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before a..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Hal Steinbrenner says he expects Aaron Judge to claim Yankees’ right field job next season

    New York Daily News "Here comes the Judge. At least he better be. Brian Cashman isn’t handing Aaron Judge the right field job just yet, but Hal Steinbrenner made it clear he expects the young slugger to grab hold of the job next season. Speaking in the first part of a two-part interview on the YES Network,..." November 30

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • Yankees release pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Rumbelow, Joe Mantiply

    New York Daily News "The Yankees trimmed their 40-man roster down by a few spots Monday, unconditionally releasing pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Rumbelow and Joe Mantiply. Eovaldi's release comes as no surprise, as the righthander will miss all of 2017 following last summer's Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old..." November 29

  • Cashman: Gleyber Torres will start 2017 at Double-A

    New York Post "Now more than ever, it is important to grow your own. Having dealt Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran for prospects this past July to complement the high-end talent in the Yankees’ system, the club is in position to benefit from an infusion of young talent. That doesn’t mean..." November 28

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Red Sox, Yankees among teams still discussing Encarnacion

    Mass Live "Boston Globe national baseball reporter Nick Cafardo wrote in his Sunday notes column that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among multiple teams interested in free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Cafardo noted: There's "a healthy amount" of interest in the slugger, according to..." November 28

  • Yankees' Cashman: CBA has 'crippled us in the short term'

    New York Post "Now more than ever, it is important to grow your own. Having dealt Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran for prospects this past July to complement the high-end talent in the Yankees’ system, the club is in position to benefit from an infusion of young talent. That doesn’t mean..." November 27

  • Dellin Betances chooses Dominican Republic over U.S. for WBC

    CBS Sports "The Dominican Republic has added a shutdown reliever to the roster in advance of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances has agreed to pitch for the D.R. in next year's tournament. As King writes, Betances, who was..." November 24

  • Yankees casting wide net on free agent market

    Fanrag Sports "The Yankees are targeting star free agent closer Aroldis Chapman, but they’ve checked in on several relievers, the top free-agent starters and a whole host of hitters as they try to improve on their rare off year of 2016. In addition to the previously mentioned Chapman and Kenley Jansen as..." November 24

  • Where Yankees are turning bullpen eye after Brett Cecil flirt

    New York Post "Even if they sign Aroldis Chapman, which they want to do, the Yankees are determined to upgrade more than just one spot in their bullpen. To that end, they remained engaged with Brett Cecil until he signed with the Cardinals, and continue to be among the suitors checking in on Boone Logan,..." November 23

  • Aroldis Chapman ‘would love to be a Yankee again’ as GM says team will pursue potential return

    New York Daily News "The Yankees want Aroldis Chapman back. Apparently, the feelings are mutual. Since the day the Yankees traded him to the Cubs in late-July, the flame-throwing closer hasn’t hidden his love for New York, but Tuesday he told NY Sports Day that he “would love to be a Yankee again.” “The..." November 23

  • Yoenis Cespedes not part of Yankees’ free agent plans

    New York Daily News "After the Yankees dealt veteran Brian McCann to the Astros last week, Brian Cashman said the move opened up the possibility of pursuing some lumber while the team still focuses on its main goal of strengthening the rotation and bullpen. But don’t expect free-agent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Yankees have heavy company in Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    New York Post "The perception of executives inquiring is the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are the most competitive teams for Carlos Beltran, with perhaps the Rangers lurking to try to retain him. The executives say that beyond the obvious – Beltran, even with his 40th birthday approaching in April, remains a..." November 22

  • Free agency ‘love’ between Aroldis Chapman and Yankees is mutual

    New York Post "The Yankees would like to bring free agent Aroldis Chapman’s triple-digit fastball back to The Bronx. And the lefty closer told NY Sports Day he is very interested in a reunion with the team that dealt him to the Cubs at this summer’s trade deadline. “I would love to be a Yankee again,’’..." November 22

  • Masahiro Tanaka's looming opt-out shades Yankees' pitching plans

    ESPN "To understand why the New York Yankees may end up being the free-agent winners for someone like left-hander Rich Hill, it is best to hop in the DeLorean, pump it up to 88 mph and fast-forward to a year from now. At that time, Masahiro Tanaka will most certainly be a dilemma for the Yankees. If..." November 22

  • The Yankees are positioned to make major moves

    Fox Sports "Every time I hear Brian Cashman utter his cryptic mantra, “We’re open to anything,” the same thought enters my head: “Uh-oh, here come the Yankees.” The team’s payroll flexibility is increasing. Its farm system is one of the game’s best. And its average home attendance declined by nearly..." November 20

  • Mickey Mantle card sells for $1.1M

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The 1952 Topps baseball card of Mickey Mantle is one of the most iconic collectibles of the post-World War II era. Friday morning, it joined an exclusive club, becoming only the second baseball card to top $1 million at a public auction. A card graded 8.5 by Professional Sports Authenticator..." November 20

  • After trading Brian McCann, Yankees better be sure that Gary Sanchez is the real deal

    New York Daily News "The Yankees must really believe that Gary Sanchez is it, considering Thursday’s trade of Brian McCann. There’s no safety net now for The Kraken, no sage veteran standing by in case Sanchez goes all Kevin Maas on us or struggles to adjust to pitchers who have had a winter to adapt. It probably..." November 19

  • Yankees Open to Dealing Gardner, Headley

    The Greedy Pinstripes "Here’s a quick hit to end your day and a bit of a hot stove rumor that could be percolating. The New York Yankees are reportedly open to trade either one or both of outfielder Brett Gardner and third baseman Chase Headley. It seems as though the Yankees are at least comfortable with the idea of..." November 19

  • Report: Yankees interested in RHP Jason Hammel

    Hardball Talk "While much of the Yankees’ focus this offseason has centered on sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Beltran, the team has expressed repeated interest in strengthening their pitching staff as well. They’ve already been linked to left-handed free agent Rich Hill and former Yankee reliever..." November 19

  • Yankees put Dustin Ackley on release waivers, designate Nathan Eovaldi for assignment

    New York Daily News "Brian Cashman was tight-lipped during the GM meetings when asked about Dustin Ackley’s future with the Yankees, but it appears the infielder/outfielder isn’t in the team’s plans. According to a source, Ackley was put on release waivers Friday, effectively ending his tenure in..." November 19

  • Yankees GM: Chapman knows we want him back

    MLB.com "The Yankees entered the offseason voicing a familiar refrain, stating that they were centering their focus upon adding pitching. They now are also officially in the market for a big bat. Thursday's trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two Minor League pitchers opens the door for the Yankees..." November 19

  • Mariners land lefty Pazos from Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced that they’ve acquired left-hander James Pazos from the Yankees in exchange for minor league right-hander Zack Littell. Additionally, Seattle has designated veteran righty Tom Wilhelmsen for assignment and added lefty Paul Fry, corner infielder D.J. Peterson and right-hander..." November 19

  • Brian McCann tells Daily News he agreed to Astros deal because 'I just want to catch every day'

    New York Daily News "Brian McCann loved playing in New York. He just loved catching more. The Yankees traded the 32-year-old to the Astros on Thursday, sending McCann and $11 million to Houston in exchange for righthanded pitchers Albert Abreu — the Astros' No. 7-ranked prospect — and Jorge Guzman. McCann, who..." November 18

  • Yankees, Red Sox could get into bidding war for Beltran

    Boston Herald "There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops. Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience..." November 18

  • Yankees looking seriously at Encarnacion, Beltran

    Fanrag Sports "With Brian McCann off the books, the New York Yankees are seriously looking at top DHs now, including Carlos Beltran and Edwin Encarnacion, among others, sources say. Beltran is a guy they are familiar with and like very much, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Yankees bring him back. Beltran, a..." November 18

  • Yankees writers give Red Sox's David Ortiz his only 1st- and 2nd-place votes for 2016 AL MVP

    Mass Live "Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News gave David Ortiz his only first-place vote for the 2016 AL MVP. New York Post's George A. King III gave Ortiz his only second-place vote. Mike Trout won the AL MVP, finishing with 356 points. Runner-up Mookie Betts received 311..." November 18

  • Astros acquire Brian McCann from Yankees

    USA Today "The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees for two prospects, with the Yankees also picking up a portion of McCann's salary for the next two seasons. McCann, who turns 33 in February, takes over behind the plate in Houston for free agent Jason Castro. He was..." November 17

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Amid Chapman rumors, Yankees' Steinbrenner says bullpen a priority

    CBS Sports "The Yankees during the 2016 season of course traded away shutdown relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, and in doing so they added to their impressive stores of young talent. Now, though, the Yankees may be looking to pivot back to contending mode for 2017. On that front, Ken Davidoff of..." November 17

  • Yankees looking to be sellers on trade market

    Sportsnaut "The New York Yankees’ entire front office model has changed in recent seasons. It’s gone from the richest organization in the baseball world buying in bulk in both free agency and on the trade market to the team building internally. While this has led to some struggles on the diamond itself, it..." November 17

  • Yankees open to trading Chase Headley

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that in addition to being willing to trade catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Brett Gardner, the Yankees are also open to trading third baseman Chase Headley. Headley, 32, has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract and is coming off of..." November 16

  • Source: Carlos Beltran’s decision may be coming down to Red Sox, 3 other teams

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have some familiar competition for Carlos Beltran’s services. According to a source familiar with the negotations, four teams have currently shown the most interest in the 39-year-old outfielder/designated hitter — the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. The Rangers,..." November 16

  • Yankees sniffing around Cubs’ 15-game winner

    New York Post "Brian Cashman has spent much of the offseason talking about bullpen help, but he also has made inquiries about several starters, including 15-game winner Jason Hammel. The Yankees general manager contacted Octagon sports agency about Hammel, the right-hander who became a free agent when the..." November 16