The Hall of Fame plaque of Babe Ruth will travel outside of Cooperstown for the first time for events in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday night.The plaque will be featured in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium on May 13 and then be on display for fans to see at the Yankees Museum atat Yankee Stadium from approximately 7:30 p.m. through the end of the eighth inning during the Yankees game against the Mets.On May 14, the plaque will be featured in Metro-North’s “Getaway Day Staycation Showcase Featuring Path Through History” in Vanderbilt Hall at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.The plaque will be a part of the Museum’s presence to promote New York State’s “Path Through History” Weekend to Cooperstown and the central Leatherstocking Region June 12-14.
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Sweeny Murti checks in on Yankees top prospects Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier, who worked out in Tampa on Wednesday.

Sweeny Murti checks in on Yankees top prospects Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier, who worked out in Tampa on Wednesday.

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(AP)

The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees, only months after their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins stalled, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag

The Romneys are said to have offered around $1.4 billion to buy the Marlins many months back. However that deal appears to be off the table now as the Romneys are considering investing in a small piece of the Yankees instead. 

Based on the $3.2 billion valuation of the Yankees by Forbes, even a 1 percent stake of the team would cost around $32 million, possibly more.

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(AP)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants the MLB to put earpieces in hitters' helmets in order to help speed up the game.

"As far as the pace of the game I am a big proponent of trying to introduce some type of communication through headphones like they do in the NFL,'' Girardi told George A. King of the New York Post Wednesday. "I think you can speed the game up that way.''

Girardi went further and explaiend how this technology would save time, something the MLB has been attempting to do this offseason.

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees are raising ticket prices for their May 14 game against the Houston Astros when the club retires Derek Jeter's number, the Daily News reported on Wednesday.

According to the Yankees' official website, prices range from $90 for bleacher seats to as much as $500 for Field Level seats. As a comparison, bleacher seats for the May 13 game can be purchased for as little as $10 with Main Level seats ranging from $59-$65 dollars.

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A-Rod returns to the Yankees 00:03:56
John Harper discusses Alex Rodriguez and his return to the New York Yankees as a special instructor at Spring Training.

Alex Rodriguez is officially retired from baseball, he told reporters on Tuesday after arriving at Yankees camp, where he'll be serving as a guest instructor.

"Zero," Rodriguez said when asked how much interest he would have in playing baseball again.

Rodriguez, 41, added that he had some offers after last season but that none appealed to him.

About the prospect of managing, Rodriguez said he isn't yet ready to consider it...

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(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees have traded LHP Richard Bleier to the Orioles in exchange for either a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday.

Bleier was desgnated for assignment last Thursday to make room on the roster for 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter.

Bleier, 29, had a 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 23 games last season for the Yankees.

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(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese pitches to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese pitches to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Jonathon Niese finalized a one-year minor-league deal with the New York Yankees on Sunday with hopes of making the majors at the end of camp.

Niese signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees that will pay him $1.25 million in base salary if he makes the team out of spring training with the possibility of $750,000 more in incentives, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. He can opt out of his contract if the Yankees do not offer him a $100,000 retention bonus five days before Opening Day, according to Mazzeo.

Manager Joe Girardi said Niese would compete for a bullpen spot, as the 30-year-old pitcher comes off a season in which he went 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 29 appearances (20 starts) with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I thought it was a really good fit," Niese told Mazzeo. "I thought I had a good chance to make the ballclub, and that's my goal."

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New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said he felt the need to step up and be a team leader as one of the more experienced players on the Yankees' current roster.

Following the retirements of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, Gardner, 33, is the longest tenured Yankee on the roster, followed by LHP CC Sabathia, who became a Yankee one year after Gardner climbed through the farm system.

"For me, I feel like I need to be a leader, yeah," Gardner told the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It's going to be different (without Teixeira and Rodriguez)."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher at the New York Yankees vs the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS at Comerica Park, (William Perlman-The Star-Ledger)
New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher at the New York Yankees vs the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS at Comerica Park, (William Perlman-The Star-Ledger)

Nick Swisher has arrived as a New York Yankees guest spring training instructor and Alex Rodriguez is on deck.

Swisher worked with outfielders Monday during his first day, which came three days after announcing his retirement as a player.

"I never have to worry about an 0 for 4 again," Swisher said with a smile. "It's great to be back."

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What grade do you give Yankees? 00:02:46
Baseball Night in New York grades the Yankees' offseason and analyzes what the team's fans think about the upcoming season.

The New York Yankees are close to finalizing a minor league deal with LHP Jonathon Niese pending a physical, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.

Niese, 30, went 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA last season, pitching in 29 games (20 starts) with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Niese will likely have his physical on Monday, according to WFAN's Sweeney Murti. Should he pass his physical and finalize the contract, he would attend Yankees major league camp in Tampa, Florida, as a starter and reliever, according to Sherman

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The Yankees have an awkward situation on their hands after team president Randy Levine publicly criticized reliever Dellin Betances.

Dellin Betances doesn't feel he needs to talk with Randy Levine after the New York Yankees president called the reliever a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing Friday won by the team.

The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.

Levine, on Saturday after the decision was announced, said he felt bad that Betances "was used that way by his agents."

"I don't feel like I need to speak to him," Betances said Sunday. "I don't know how they feel on their part. I'm just going to try to get ready, prepare for the season. Try to help my teammates as much as I can win ballgames and perform the best I can."

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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances' agent and a top players union executive took exception to Yankees president Randy Levine's comments about the reliever's arbitration case, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. 

Earlier in the day, Levine held a conference where he lashed out at Betances' agent, Jim Murray, over the $5 million he asked for in the hearing. An arbitrator sided with the Yankees' $3 million figure. 

Union executive Rick Shapiro was displeased at what Levine had to say about the case, especially after the Yankees won. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Betances 00:02:59
Dellin Betances and Yankees president Randy Levine sparred through the media following a heated arbitration hearing.

The Yankees defeated reliever Dellin Betances during the reliever's arbitration hearing, but Yankees president Randy Levine was not happy with the situation and said the case happened in part because of Betances' agent's overzealousness.

Betances filed at $5 million while the Yankees had a figure of $3 million, which an arbitrator agreed with. Levine said the $5 million that agent Jim Murray pushed for was just not an ideal or realistic number for Betances, who is not a true closer. 

"What his agent did was make him a victim of an attempt to change a marketplace in baseball that has been well established for 30 or 40 years," Levine said Saturday. "And I feel bad for Dellin that he was used in that way by his agent, because anyone who knows about this process that the history is very much established that $5 million goes to elite closers."

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees won Saturday's arbitration hearing with relief pitcher Dellin Betances, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, marking the team's first arbitration hearing since an arbitrator sided with the team over pitcher Chien-Ming Wang in 2008.

Betances will earn $3 million in 2017. Betances had filed at $5 million while the Yankees offered $3 million. 

After the hearing, Yankees president Randy Levine said Betances "doesn't have the stats" to warrant the $5 million he asked for, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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Sweeny Murti reports on how Michael Pineda and Luis Severino are looking to give the Yankees starting staff a boost in 2017.

Sweeny Murti reports on how Michael Pineda and Luis Severino are looking to give the Yankees starting staff a boost in 2017.


Mar 19, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Nick Swisher (23) bats against the New York Yankees during the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees defeat the Braves 3-2. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Nick Swisher (23) bats against the New York Yankees during the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees defeat the Braves 3-2. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Former Yankee Nick Swisher has officially retired from baseball, he wrote in The Players' Tribune on Friday. 

Swisher spent 12 years in the majors, four of those with the Yankees. His one All-Star Game appearance came during the 2010 season with New York. 

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Former Yankees reliever Goose Gossage doesn't want to be compared to Mariano Rivera or Aroldis Chapman since they're "one-inning guys." 

"Yeah, it's totally different, so don't even compare me here," Gossage told NJ.com. "Chapman's great. Mo (Rivera) was great ... for one inning."

Gossage added that he'd like to see high-leverage relievers come into more jams and enter in the seventh and eighth inning more often, noting that many pitchers are "pampered babies."

When asked about people who say Rivera is the greatest closer ever, Gossage went off...

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Mazzeo on Yankees, Austin injury 00:03:26
Mike Mazzeo reports on the Yankees, including Tyler Austin's broken foot from spring training in Tampa.

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin has a small fracture in his left foot and will likely be out for at least six weeks, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.

Austin, whose foot willl be in a boot for three weeks, suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice a few days ago.

The 25-year-old Austin hit .241 with a .300 OBP and .458 SLG with five HR and 12 RBI in 31 games for the Yankees in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

Tags: Greg Bird, Tyler Austin
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Sweney Murti reports on all the latest news from Yankees camp and general manager Brian Cashman speaks to the media.

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Dellin Betances has the talent to be a closer. However, the mammoth right-hander seems more at ease as the precursor to close out games. Fortunately for the Yankees, Betances will reassume that role in 2017.

How did Betances fare in 2016?

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, 2017 Expectations, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Tim Heitman)

The Yankees have designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment to make room on the roster for 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter, whose deal was announced Thursday.

Carter agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported.

The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances.

The 30-year-old Carter made $2.5 million last season for the Brewers after making $4.175 million with the Astros in 2015...

Tags: Greg Bird, Richard Bleier, Tyler Austin
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees camp 00:01:45
Sweeny Murti reports from the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, where Hal Steinbrenner has high hopes for his team.

Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees, especially infield coach Joe Espada, have been impressed with the work and makeup of infield prospect Gleyber Torres, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. 

Torres, acquired by the Yankees last July when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, won the Arizona Fall League's MVP in 2016, the youngest player to ever win that award. Espada says, for a 20-year-old, Torres has plenty of poise. 

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(Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke with the media on Wednesday in Tampa. Here's what we learned...

  • Expectations are high, like always, even though there will be lots of young players added to the mix who have to prove themselves.
  • The Yankees will always field a championship-caliber team, making sure they have a good mix of marquee veterans and young players.
  • The Yankees love Joe Girardi but won't deal with a potential contract extension until after the season.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV

The Yankees have been trying long and hard to convert the roster from a glut of aging veterans to a mix of youth and veterans...

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury
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(Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports Images)

INF Ruben Tejada is in Yankees camp on a minor league deal, trying to win a spot on the bench.

"I'm very happy to be here, and grateful they gave me the opportunity to come here and work," Tejada said, according to Greg Auman of Newsday. "It's an opportunity to work hard to win a spot on the roster. It's a chance to be in the big leagues."

Tejada, 27, hit .167 with a .247 OBP and .242 SLG in 36 games split between the Cardinals and Giants last season.

In 2015, he hit .261 with a .338 OBP and .350 SLG in 116 games for the Mets.

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Sweeny Murti reports on the Yankees' chances of contending in 2017 and discusses ownership's commitment to Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Streicher)

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino worked on his mechanics this offseason with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in the Dominic Republic, reports Mike Mazzeo of the NY Daily News.

After coming off a promising stint in 2015, the 22-year-old Severino struggled last season. He was 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA over 22 appearances split between the rotation and bullpen.

Severino sought out Pedro's assistance after a mutual friend put the two in touch.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Aroldis Chapman is the hardest throwing closer in the game and one of the few must-see Yankees. That's all well and good, but will Chapman be able to push the Yankees into playoff contention behind his 100+ mph fastballs?

How did Chapman fare in 2016?

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke with the media on Tuesday in Tampa. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka will get the start on Opening Day.
  • The plan is to use Matt Holiday primarily as a designated hitter.
  • RHP Adam Warren will start games during Spring Training and have a chance to win a spot in the rotation.
Tags: Adam Warren, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge says he feels like an underdog heading into this season.

"I feel like an underdog," Judge said Monday in Tampa, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I'm fitting to go in there and take a job, to be honest."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested last week that the right field Judge is the 24-year-old Judge's to lose.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Former Yankees SS Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, are expecting their first child.

Hannah announced her pregnancy in The Players' Tribune, adding that Derek already has a name in mind -- and that they're expecting a girl.

She added that she feels some sadness that their children will never get to experience Jeter as a baseball player.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

RHP Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with a club option for 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Eovaldi is not expected to pitch in 2017 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Eovaldi, who turns 27 on Monday, went 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) with the Yankees last season.

In his six-year career, he is 38-46 with a 4.21 ERA in 134 games (127 starts).

Tags: Nathan Eovaldi, Tampa Bay Rays
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees' farm system is the best it has been since the early 90s, and hinted that the team has some hidden young talent with "some pretty exciting upside," according to Steve Serby of the New York Post.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman is happy to be back in pinstripes and thinks the team is moving in the right direction with its young players, he told reporters in Tampa on Saturday. 

Chapman, who closed for the World Series champion Cubs after being traded by the Yankees last season, says he sees the Yankees having a lot of similarities with how that Cubs team was developed.

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(Butch Dill)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks the team can contend this season, he said during an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Thursday.

"It can be," he said about the team contending. "Obviously, i think we saw a glimpse of the potential last year." Cashman added the run the team went on toward the end of last season -- along with new acquisitions -- gives them "hope" for this season.

Regarding Chris Carter, who the team recently agreed to a one-year deal with, Cashman said the hope remains that Greg Bird will win the full-time job at first base. However, he said the Yankees couldn't pass up an opportunity to sign Carter once his price got so low...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Michael Pineda is an enigma, and unfortunately for the Yankees that's the only consistency he has offered since being traded to New York before the 2014 season. Will Pineda, who becomes a free agent after this season, continue to bewilder the Yankees or reach his upside potential in 2017?

How did Pineda fare in 2016?

Pineda was good enough in 2016 to rack up 207 strikeouts in just 175 2/3 innings (10.6 K/9, which was best among American League starters) and bad enough to register a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.35 WHIP. Pineda was not nearly as stingy as in recent seasons with his walk rate (2.7 BB/9 as opposed to 0.8 BB/9 in 2014 and 1.2 BB/9 in 2015) and he allowed 27 home runs (1.4 HR/9). The strikeouts marked Pineda's career high, while the ERA, WHIP, walks and home runs were all career-worst measures. Pineda also averaged a career-low 5.5 innings per start and reached the seventh inning in just four starts.

Tags: Michael Pineda, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees will have seven players from their 40-man roster and three other prospects participate in this year's World Baseball Classic, it was announced Wednesday. 

Dellin BetancesLuis Severino and Michael Pineda will join the Dominican Republic, Didi Gregorius will play for the Netherlands, Tyler Clippard will pitch for the United States, Tommy Layne will play for Italy, Richard Bleier will join Israel and Giovanny Gallegos will play for Mexico. 

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Yankees sign Chris Carter 00:04:33
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses what the addition of Chris Carter means for the Yankees lineup in 2017.

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has no issue with the club's recent signing of free agent Chris Carter, reports Newsday.

Carter played for the Milwaukee Brewers last season and tied with the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 41 home runs.

With the retirement of Mark Teixeira, Bird was expected to receive a bulk of the playing time at first base.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka isn't thinking about the opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, according to the Associated Press.

"It's something that I put aside going into the season," Tanaka said Wednesday through a translator. "Can't be really thinking about that while you go through the season, really focus on this season and when the time comes after the season, then I'll probably have a chance to think about that more."

Tanaka, who threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, is ahead of where he was at this point last year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has changed his mind and decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring, reports WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Sanchez had originally committed to playing for the Dominican Republic team. He will now be with the Yankees for the duration of Spring Training.

The 24-year-old catcher hit .299/.376/.657 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in only 53 games played last season. Sanchez finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

One can argue the Yankees should have been prepared for CC Sabathia to break down during his seven-year deal, which was advanced by a two-year extension. Unfortunately, Sabathia's troubles developed much sooner than the club hoped and encapsulated three full seasons as he battled injuries and diminished effectiveness. Sabathia finally discovered how to pitch without a power fastball, which led to a comeback season in 2016. Can he finish off his contract with a strong 2017 season?

How did Sabathia fare in 2016?

Sabathia entered the 2016 season with skeptical optimism based on his last handful of starts in 2015. He had been fitted for a knee brace which provided him the ability to pitch while limiting stress on his surgically-repaired right knee. The brace provided Sabathia confidence in the landing of his delivery, which allowed the left-hander to concentrate on his transformation into a finesse pitcher.

Tags: CC Sabathia, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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 (Anthony Gruppuso (USA Today))
(Anthony Gruppuso (USA Today))

Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections have the Yankees finishing the 2017 season with a record of 81-81, which would put them in a tie for third place in the AL East.

PECOTA has the Red Sox finishing 90-72, the Rays at 84-78, the Blue Jays 81-81, and the Orioles 73-89.

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(Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have "checked in" on free agent left-hander Travis Wood but don't seem to be heavily involved in talks for his services, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Wood, 30, had a 2.95 ERA (4.54 FIP) and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 47 batters in 61 innings (77 appearances) for the Cubs last season.

Left-handed hitters hit just .128 with a .208 OBP and .239 SLG against wood in 2016.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees made infielder Starlin Castro available in trade talks this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

"Meanwhile, the Yankees have been unable to deal Brett GardnerChase Headley or Starlin Castro, who they let some clubs know was available," wrote Sherman. "To date, that has kept them from pushing for a pricey reliever."

The 26-year-old was acquired by New York last offseason in the deal that sent RHP Adam Warren to the Cubs.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The MLB Players Association is considering a proposal from MLB to raise the strike zone, as well as eliminate the need to throw four pitches when issuing an intentional walk, sources recently told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

"Getting rid of the old-fashioned intentional walk would eliminate about a minute of dead time per walk," Stark explains. "MLB sees the practice of lobbing four meaningless pitches as antiquated, so eliminating them would serve as much as a statement as it would a practical attempt to speed up the game."

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to become an ESPN analyst for the 2017 baseball season, according to the New York Times' David Waldstein.

Teixeira, who played his final game on Oct. 2, retired at 36 years old at the end of an eight-year, $180 million deal, playing eight of his 14 seasons with the Yankees.

He hit 409 home runs, 1,298 RBIs and 1,862 hits with four teams in his career. He made three All-Star Games and won five Gold Glove awards.

Teixeira was a guest host on "Mike and Mike" in 2014 and also made a cameo on the Showtime series "Billions."

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 (Neville E. Guard)
(Neville E. Guard)

The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romoreports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard
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