Yankees Rumors & News

  • After alcohol rehab, Yankees' CC Sabathia in battle for starting job

    ESPN "Stop me if you’ve read this one already: The position has been filled. That is the sign that should be posted outside the Yankees' spring training complex when position players arrive on Feb. 24. It is the same sign that should have been posted last spring. (It is not, thankfully, the sign that..." February 11

  • Yankees' Miller blown away by A-Rod's advanced insights

    The Score "Alex Rodriguez will go down as one of baseball's best hitters, and according to New York Yankees teammate Andrew Miller, A-Rod also possesses one of the greatest minds in the game. "I've been blown away by Alex Rodriguez," Miller told David Laurila of Fangraphs. "Does he have any desire to..." February 10

  • CC Sabathia after rehab: ‘I feel the best I have in three years’

    New York Post "His right knee has a lot of miles on it and sobriety is a lifelong battle, but when pitchers and catchers arrive in Tampa next week they will be greeted by CC Sabathia, who is encouraged how the hinge feels and stronger mentally after a monthlong stint at a rehab facility in October to battle a..." February 10

  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws off mound for 1st time since surgery

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since his surgery last October to remove a bone spur in his elbow, according to the Associated Press. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild told the AP that Tanaka threw in New York, and that his rehab process this..." February 10

  • Yankees will have competition for Cuba’s next big slugger

    New York Post "Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother, Lourdes, were said to have defected from Cuba in several reports. Before exiting, Yulieski generally was viewed as the best player left in Cuba — a middle-of-the-order mainstay for years for the national team. It could be months until either signs, but..." February 09

  • Cubs-Yankees Twitter battle gets personal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees won't meet this season - unless both teams reach the World Series - but that didn't prevent two of MLB's oldest clubs from renewing hostilities over the Internet on Monday. What began as one Yankees fan's simple preference turned into a Twitter battle..." February 08

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez a future manager? 1 teammate thinks so

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the moment Alex Rodriguez arrived in the majors as a teenager, his love for the game of baseball has been evident. Even through scandal, suspension and turmoil, the Yankees star has always seemed most comfortable at the park and around the game. While his playing career will end soon..." February 08

  • Suddenly frugal Yankees playing long game with eye on Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "Here is the list of major league free agents signed this offseason by the New York Yankees: This is not a terribly overwhelming list. It is very pale. On the bright side, it has cost the Yankees exactly $0. No other team in Major League Baseball this offseason has spent the winter not even..." February 05

  • Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

    New York Times "Quietly during the 2015 baseball season, Major League Baseball and the players’ union jointly hired Dr. Michael Steinberg, the director of the Rutgers University tobacco-dependence program, to serve as a consultant to the sport. If any player or other club employee wanted to quit using smokeless..." February 05

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez 'just can't' play defense anymore, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Maybe Alex Rodriguez will never pick up a glove in a Major League Baseball game again. If you listen to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, it sounds possible, if not likely. The Yankees aren't only going to skip giving A-Rod a try at first base in the wake of the news that Greg Bird's..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • How Yankees' best young shortstop since Derek Jeter is improving

    Newark Star-Ledger "MLB.com ranked Yankees star youngster Jorge Mateo No. 30 on its top 100 prospects list heading into the 2016 season. The website also said Mateo has the best speed in the minors. With the effort the 20-year-old shortstop is putting into this offseason, he might shoot to near the top of the..." February 03

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Could Yankees' Mark Teixeira be around in 2017? Maybe now

    Newark Star-Ledger "The proposition, of course, stems from the fact that Yankees' 23-year-old backup first baseman Greg Bird will miss the entire 2016 season because of shoulder surgery he had performed on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum. The problem with Bird's injury isn't so much that he can't play in the Bronx..." February 03

  • How the Greg Bird injury affects the New York Yankees

    Baseball Essential "Greg Bird’s personality stood out just as much as his long home runs to right field did after being called up by the New York Yankees in August of last season. In baseball, every player comes from a different upbringing and must show that they can handle the Major League level both physically..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • The Yankees spent a lot of money to win in 2016

    SB Nation "This isn't the first time the Yankees have laid low in free agency. In 2012, they were quiet until signing Hiroki Kuroda in January. In 2013, they signed Travis Hafner and Ichiro Suzuki to modest deals. They've been boring before. This is the first time the Yankees have ignored free agents..." February 01

  • Yankees’ Greg Bird to miss 2016 due to shoulder surgery

    New York Post "Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery. Bird hurt his right shoulder last May while in the minors, and felt discomfort again this offseason. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum." February 01

  • The Yankees are the only team that hasn't signed a free agent

    SB Nation "One of the largest and most talented free agent markets in recent memory is coming to a close -- okay, well maybe not for Dexter Fowler, Yovani Gallardo and Ian Desmond, but more on them another time. Even though it's February, the Yankees, so well-known for their spending and aggressiveness when..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Andruw Jones Likely To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran outfielder Andruw Jones says he will soon announce his retirement, Cory McCartney of FOX Sports South tweets. In November, Jones had reportedly been hoping to sign with an MLB team, but it appears likely he’ll hang up his cleats instead. It’s been awhile since Jones has played in the..." January 30

  • CC Sabathia unveils his 2016 post-rehab version

    New York Post "CC Sabathia’s 2016 has begun. The lefty, coming back from a right knee injury and an offseason stint in rehab, threw off flat ground and in the bullpen in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa on Friday. Sabathia, 35, is coming off a rocky..." January 30

  • ESPN New York writers speculate that A-Rod took PEDs last year

    Hardball Talk "Over at ESPN New York Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand talk about Alex Rodriguez‘s rebound 2015 and the fact that he was not involved in any controversies or snafus in the past year. And, of course, rather than merely note it and note how that is different than the past, they decide to be..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • Yankees Avoid Arbitration With Ivan Nova

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ll track the day’s arbitration agreements in this post: The Yankees have reached agreement on a $4.1MM salary with righty Ivan Nova, Jack Curry of the YES Network tweets. Nova had asked for $4.6MM, with the team countering at $3.8MM, after projecting at $4.4MM. He’ll also have some..." January 28

  • Hannah Davis denies the Derek Jeter 'gift basket' rumor

    New York Daily News "Does Derek Jeter really love Hannah Davis? First, the former New York Yankees captain split a dinner tab with his future wife in Italy over the summer. Now, Davis says that she never received a “gift basket” — the ones that women have allegedly been sent home with after spending a night with..." January 28

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • A-Rod talks eyeing Ruth's record, doubts during suspension

    New York Post "Fresh start. Fresh baseball life. In 2016, Alex Rodriguez is determined to build off the new beginning he embarked upon last season. “My plan this year is to continue to build on what I started last year,’’ Rodriguez said Tuesday after a lengthy workout at the University of Miami and..." January 27

  • Yankees are the only team not to sign an MLB free agent this offseason

    CBS Sports "Pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training a little more than three weeks from today, so the offseason is drawing to a close. Thank goodness. I'm sick of the hot stove season. Bring me actual baseball. At this point of the offseason, there is only one team in baseball that..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Yankees sign catcher Carlos Corporan to a minor league contract

    Hardball Talk "As first reported by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, the Yankees have reached agreement on a minor league contract with veteran catcher Carlos Corporan. Corporan batted just .178/.244/.299 in 121 plate appearances last season for the Rangers. And he owns a .218/.280/.342 career batting line in 780..." January 26

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Jared Burton suspended 50 games for a second positive drug test

    Hardball Talk "Reliever Jared Burton, currently a free agent, has been suspended 50 games under the minor league drug program after testing positive for a drug of abuse, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. It’s the right-hander’s second such test. He will serve his suspension if and when he signs with a team." January 23

  • Cespedes prefers to stay in New York, calls Yankees as Mets talk upping contract offer

    New York Daily News "Yoenis Cespedes loves playing in New York. Does he love it enough to leave millions on the table from the Nationals and re-sign with the Mets? That surprising possibility emerged on Thursday night as Cespedes went about deciding between a five-year offer from the Nationals and the parameters of..." January 22

  • Hal Steinbrenner strongly backs Chapman: ‘Innocent till proven’

    New York Post "Hal Steinbrenner ardently defended the Yankees’ most controversial acquisition of the offseason, closer Aroldis Chapman, while meeting with a small group of reporters Wednesday. “I guess what I would say is, in this country, when allegations are brought against a person, that person is..." January 21

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    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Aroldis Chapman won't face charges after Davie incident

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Broward prosecutors will not be filing criminal charges against New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who was accused of firing shots in his Davie home during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend last Oct. 30. The Broward State Attorney's Office is expected to be releasing a statement..." January 21

  • Yoenis Cespedes a possibility for Yankees? Hal Steinbrenner won’t say

    Newsday "Passing on Yoenis Cespedes is one thing. But seeing him wearing pinstripes in the Bronx? That might be a nightmare scenario for the Mets, and Hal Steinbrenner said enough Wednesday at Major League Baseball’s owner meetings to at least rattle his crosstown rival, if nothing else. When..." January 20

  • Yankees view Aroldis Chapman as 'innocent until proven guilty'

    Sporting News "Aroldis Chapman was headed to Los Angeles, and then he wasn't after allegations surfaced that he choked his girlfriend and fired eight bullets into his garage ceiling. But Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner kept an open mind about the game's most electric closer. “In this country, where allegations..." January 20

  • Starlin Castro to See Time at Third Base for Yankees

    Baseball Essential "Starlin Castro was acquired by the New York Yankees this offseason to fill the hole at second base that hurt the team repeatedly during the 2015 season. The 25-year-old former All-Star, who has spent most of his career at shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, was moved to second base towards the end of..." January 20

  • Yankees expect to make deal with Aroldis Chapman, Brian Cashman says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite the sizable cash gap between the Yankees and closer Aroldis Chapman, the team's general manager, Brian Cashman, said he believes the sides will work out a deal. "Nothing to report right now," Cashman said when asked about the progress of negotiations Tuesday night. "We're slowly getting..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Yankees, Nathan Eovaldi agree to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi have agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration, the team said Tuesday. The team didn't say how much the deal was worth. Last week, Eovaldi filed for a $6.3-million salary while, days later, the Yankees filed at $4.9 million. It's..." January 19