(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird says his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling better and that he's excited for 2017. 

Bird, 24, missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder and subsequent surgery.

"I think there will be work that has to be put in to get used to the swing again and get used to everything ... but I have no doubt in my mind that I can go out and perform this year like I want to perform," Bird said in a video that was posted by the team.

"The doctor told me when he did the surgery you're going to be amazed at how good this thing is going to feel when it's all said and done, and technically it's not all said and done yet and it's already catching me off guard at times with how unbelievable it is in a lot of ways, so I'm excited," Bird concluded.

Bird recently played in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .215 with a .346 OBP and .354 SLG with six extra-base hits, 10 RBI, 17 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 78 plate appearances.

He served only as a designated hitter while playing in the AFL.

Bird hit .261 with a .343 OBP and .529 SLG with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 46 games for the Yankees in 2015 during what was his rookie season.


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Clint Frazier on his 2017 goals 00:00:31
Yankees prospect Clint Frazier talks about his goals for the 2017 season, including breaking into the big leagues.

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier said he will try to put less pressure on himself in 2017 after he tried to live up to higher standards following the trade that sent LHP Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians.

"I went from trying to fill Clint Frazier's shoes to trying to fill Andrew Miller shoes," Frazier said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Frazier, 22, was the center piece the Yankees received in the deal, as he was rated the No. 27 prospect by MLB.com, No. 44 prospect by Baseball America and No. 53 prospect by Baseball Prospectus entering 2016. Before being traded to New York, he hit .276 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in 89 RBIs with Double-A Akron.

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Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees signed first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Choi, 25, gives the Yankees depth at first base, as they are likely to enter the 2017 season with either Greg Bird or Tyler Austin as the starter.

Choi hit .170 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. With Triple-A Salt Lake, he had a .346/.434/.527 batting line with five home runs, 31 RBIs and 17 doubles in 53 games.

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees third baseman Chase Headley might be the most maligned player on the club's roster who truly doesn't deserve it. There is nothing flashy about Headley's game, but he's been consistent with the Yankees. Maybe, the type of "consistency," is the problem for fans.

Headley has perpetually stunk in one or two months of a season - whether that be at the plate or in the field - and has produced extended stretches of excellent play which elevate his season metrics into "average player" territory. Can Headley, who turns 33 in May, put together a season - one filled with above-average play in all facets - from April through October?

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A-Rod's on TV! 00:01:24
Baseball Night in New York discusses Alex Rodriguez's new TV show, which is aimed at helping ex-professional athletes manage their money.

Alex Rodriguez is set to host a CNBC show titled "Back in the Game," where he will counsel former athletes who have gone broke.

The reality program will be produced by former New York Giant Michael Strahan.

"It's a story we hear all too often," the release stated. "A pro athlete heads into retirement, only to find themselves in financial free-fall. With no more games to play or paychecks to cash, the future can look bleak to those athletes struggling to adjust and adapt. But help may be on the way."

Rodriguez will also serve as an instructor at Yankees Spring Training.

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May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees are among 12-20 teams that will watch lefty reliever Craig Breslow throw a showcase on Jan. 23, reports Peter Gammons. 

According to Gammons, Breslow, who was released by the Marlins last July, has worked on lowering his arm angle and improving his breaking pitch. 

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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)

Reliever Dellin Betances, who did not avoid arbitration Friday, has filed at $5 million, while the Yankees have offered $3 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. 

The Yankees did come agreements with six of their arbitration-eligble players on Friday, but did not do so with Betances. 

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(GAIL BURTON/AP)

The Yankees will avoid arbitration with RHP Michael Pineda, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. 

The deal is worth worth $7.4 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.

Pineda, 27, had a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have avoided arbitration with Didi Gregorius, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Gregorius, 26, made $2.425 million last season.

He hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

The Yankees also avoided arbitration with C Austin Romine, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $805,000, according to Heyman.

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

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The Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius believing in his upside potential and exhibited patience after a slow start in his first season in pinstripes. The club's relaxed attitude paid off as Gregorius flourished for a better part of 2016. Gregorius' gradual evolution has fans wondering if he can continue to elevate his game. 
 
How Gregorius fared in 2016 
 
In 2016, Gregorius became one of the best players on the club, turning in his finest all-around season. However, like much of the rest of the club, Gregorius got off to a rocky start in the season's opening month, hitting .224 with four extra-base hits, a .254 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. From that point Gregorius slashed .283/.311/.461 with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 66 RBIs. Gregorius finished the 2016 season with career-high marks in batting average (.276), hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and slugging percentage (.447). 

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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Yankees currently have 13-1 odds to win the World Series -- the same odds as the Mets -- according to information provided by The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Cubs have the best odds at 3-1, followed by the Red Sox at 5-1, the Dodgers at 10-1, the Indians at 11-1, and the Nationals at 12-1.

The Yankees finished 84-78 last season after having a firesale over the summer -- including trades of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran -- missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees are likely to keep outfielder Brett Gardner for the 2017 season after GM Brian Cashman said he does not foresee the team trading a position player before Opening Day, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Cashman, who said last month he had gotten some interest in Gardner and third baseman Chase Headley during and after the Winter Meetings, said on Tuesday the Yankees were not engaged in any trade talks involving the two veteran players.

"I don't have anything active going on Brett right now," Cashman told reporters at the opening of an Orangetheory Fitness location in Manhattan, according to Hoch. "I don't see anything happening trade-wise the rest of the way, and I have no live talks on any of my everyday position players, whether it's Headley or Gardner. Nothing's active at all."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have had talks with pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and his agent about bringing the right-hander back to New York, reports Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News. 

Eovaldi, 26, underwent his second Tommy John surgery in August and was released by the Yankees in November as the team made its roster cuts. 

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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed a contract extension, general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News. Tanaka will earn $22 million in the fourth year of a seven-year, $155 million deal he signed in 2014. The right-hander can opt out of the deal following the 2017 season.

"We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka," Cashman said. "Hopefully he has a great year, and then he'll have a decision to make. If he doesn't, then he won't."

 

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Posada or Mussina for HOF? 00:05:55
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Hall of Fame cases for Jorge Posada and Mike Mussina.

Former Yankees RHP Mike Mussina (fourth year on the ballot) and C Jorge Posada (first year on the ballot) are eligible for the Hall of Fame. with voting results announced Jan. 18.

Mussina has appeared on 61.1 percent of the ballots so far, according to Ryan Thibodaux's Hall of Fame tracker, with 75 percent needed for election.

Posada has received just 4.2 percent of the vote so far, and will drop off the ballot if he doesn't receive at least five percent.

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.

"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."

The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees president Randy Levine speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees president Randy Levine and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday in New York, according to the New York Daily News' Christian Red.

Levine has been a longtime Trump supporter and is reportedly hosting a fundraiser with Trump's brother in upstate New York later in January, a presisdent-elect pool reporter told Sports Business Journal's John Ourand.

The meeting was "nothing more than a meet-and-greet between the baseball commissioner and the soon-to-be leader of the free world," according to Red.

"I had a really nice meeting with the president-elect," Manfred said to Red. "He explained to me his history with the game and what a great baseball fan he is, and we are glad that we had an opportunity to get together before his inauguration."

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

After Robinson Cano left the Yankees via free agency, the club went through two seasons of vacant offensive production without spectacular glove work from a slew of players at the keystone. The 2016 season brought stability and an offensive uptick with Starlin Castro, but it can be argued the soon to be 27-year-old infielder has yet to attain his ceiling. Can he reach it in 2017?

How Castro fared in 2016:

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Update

Former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has left the hospital after having a bad reaction with his chemotherapy medicine, according to multiple reports

His wife, Jean, told the New York Daily News that her husband's health is improving. 

"It wasn't the cancer that put him in the hospital," Jean Stottlemyre told the Daily News. "It was the reaction to his medicine. But everyone was worried about an infection, which would have been bad."

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will receive the Thurman Munson award.

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New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina has seen his Hall of Fame voting trend upward, increasing nearly 40 percent over the past two years on his fourth time on the ballot.

Mussina, who received just 24.6 percent of the vote in 2015, is polling at 61.7 percent, according to submitted public (and anonymous) ballots that Ryan Thibodaux collected and organized.

While players need 75 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America's ballot to make The Hall, Mussina's numbers have increased significantly over the past two years, partially due to the BBWAA cutting more than 100 writers' right to vote following the 2015 election. Mussina's numbers jumped 18.4 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees knew at the outset of the 2016 season that they would be without Mark Teixeira in 2017, but they might not have believed they would conduct a spring training competition to determine his successor. Here's a look at the candidates...

How they fared in 2016:

Tags: Greg Bird, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Free agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal, according to multiple reports.

However, Ken Davidoff of the NY Post wrote earlier this week that Blevins and other relievers who are still on the market could potentially take a one or two-year deal.

Blevins, 33, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 52 batters in 42 innings (73 appearances) for the Mets in 2016, while holding left-handers to a .229/.295/.331 line.

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GM/Reporter Relationship 00:05:23
BNNY analyzes the relationship between a GM and a reporter in regards to the recent trade rumors between the White Sox and Yankees.

Latest Update, Jan. 4

The Yankees are unlikely to acquire LHP Jose Quintanareports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Rosenthal notes that the Yankees are less willing than other interested teams to give up their top prospects to land Quintana. 

Previous Reports and Reaction, Dec. 27

The Yankees' trade talks with the White Sox regarding Quintana have been expanded to include RHP David Robertsonreports Bob Nightengale of USA Today, however MLB.com's Case Kruth said discussions are not serious.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees fans are rightfully excited about catcher Gary Sanchez, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up, but to expect the same level of offensive production in 2017 might be asking too much.

What the Yankees need is a consistent force at and behind the plate. The Yankees require a potent bat in the middle of the batting order and a catcher who can control his pitching staff. Sanchez is that player, but as recently as the beginning of the 2015 season, the club was not certain he was.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays could try to deal for New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner if they don't re-sign Jose Bautista, according to Hardball Talk's Ashley Varela.

Bautista and the Blue Jays are far off in contract negotiations, according to the Toronto Star's Richard Griffin. Bautista, 36, rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer and is seeking a four-year deal worth $100 million, according to Griffin.

If the Blue Jays cannot reach a deal with Bautista, who has been with the Blue Jays since 2008 and hit at least 35 home runs in four of the past seven seasons, then Toronto might look to check in on Gardner, for whom Yankees GM Brian Cashman has fielded inquiries.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Blue Jays have serious interest in Gardner, Varela notes, but they would be the second division rival that has reportedly been linked to Gardner. The Baltimore Orioles were linked to him in December.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays
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(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Girardi Party 00:03:03
The DNL panel discusses Joe Girardi's comments on the Yankees being a 2017 contender in a tough AL East division.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is unwilling to deal any of their upper echelon prospects for what would be a short-term gain.

"I think we'll stay engaged in the marketplace, and over time if we do match-up favorably with somebody where we can get what we want and they get what they want, then yes, we'll try to get something," Cashman said during an appearance on 'High Heat' on the MLB Network. "But we're very protective of the work we've done thus far, and we don't want to do anything at the expense of a short-term gain. We want to make sure it's for long-term efforts as well. And as we've seen since last winter, the price of doing business trade-wise is extremely high."

Cashman said the Yankees are open to adding a starting pitcher via trade, but that they're prepared to open Spring Training with what they have.

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Predicting the future in NY 00:07:56
The Baseball Night in New York crew looks ahead several seasons to analyze the possible rosters of the Yankees and Mets.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. Does that mean he'll be a Yankee come 2019?

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Girardi Party 00:03:03
The DNL panel discusses Joe Girardi's comments on the Yankees being a 2017 contender in a tough AL East division.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks his team will be able to compete with the Red Sox for the AL East title this coming season.

"I think we're a team that people might say is in transition because there's a lot of young players being introduced into the lineup," Girardi said Wednesday, according to the Daily News." But these are good players, and these are impactful players, so I think we're a club that is fighting for our division. That's who I think we are."

"Obviously there will probably be more competition in spring training than maybe in any year I've ever been here, but that's a good thing," Girardi continued. "I think competition brings out the best [in people], and I think there's a group of young players that's really close and really push each other and pull for each other, and a lot of them play the same position, but I think it's a great thing, and I expect to fight for the division. Your first goal is to win your division, and that's what we're going to try to do."

The Red Sox, who won the AL East last season and lost to the Indians in the ALDS, traded for White Sox LHP Chris Sale earlier this month. He joins a rotation that includes David Price and 2016 CY Young winner Rick Porcello.

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Is Posada Hall of Fame-worthy? 00:02:20
With Jorge Posada's first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, the Baseball Night in New York panel debates whether he should be inducted.

Despite a strong career as a backstop with the Yankees, catcher Jorge Posada might only have a short stay on the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, writes Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated

According to Jaffe, Posada, a mainstay behind the play and a member of the "Core Four," put together good numbers but some that might not compare to other candidates at catcher. 

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Is Posada Hall of Fame-worthy? 00:02:20
With Jorge Posada's first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, the Baseball Night in New York panel debates whether he should be inducted.

 (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The 2016 MLB postseason thrust relief pitching to the forefront of the game.

Teams with dominant relievers who could be used during high-leverage situations regardless of the inning and for more than three outs succeeded. The contention that such usage of bullpen arms would not survive the rigors of the regular season is fair, but how close can teams get to the style?

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Yankees in London? 00:01:26
Baseball Night in New York discusses the possibility of a regular season series between the Yankees and Red Sox in London for 2018.

Yankees and Red Sox ownership would like the two teams to play in London in 2018, according to a report in the Boston Herald

Both Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and Red Sox owner John Henry have been open to the idea of having the two teams play in Europe. While nothing has been set, with the new collective bargaining agreement being ratified, the game could potentially be approved by next year. 

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(Wendell Cruz)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees are in the middle of a transition and there is a good chance RHP Masahiro Tanaka might not be a part of it after 2017.

Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year deal after this season, and if he pitches anything like he did in 2016, he will most certainly test the free agent market. Should the Yankees allow it to get that far?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) The Staten Island Yankees are keeping their name, abandoning a fan vote that included Pizza Rats as an option.

The Yankees farm team in the Class A New York-Penn League also had listed Bridge Trolls, Island Heroes, Killer Bees and Rock Pigeons as choices.

"Over time it became clear that the approval and acceptance of the new name and artwork would take longer than initially anticipated," the team said in a statement Monday. "With that taken into consideration, we decided to table the rebranding process for the upcoming season."

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Goody (41) delivers a pitch in ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Goody (41) delivers a pitch in ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees have traded RHP Nick Goody to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday afternoon

The Yankees DFA'd Goody on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for Aroldis Chapman.

Goody appeared in 27 games for the Yankees this past sesaon, and finished with a 4.66 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 29.0 innings, while striking out 34 batters. 

The 25-year old pitcher also threw 23.1 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016, and allowed only five runs on 12 hits with 35 strikeouts, earning a 1.93 ERA and 0.69 WHIP.

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Chapman signs with Yanks 00:05:12
The BNNY panel discuss the Aroldis Chapman signing with the Yankees and his comments on his use in the World Series for the Chicago Cubs.

Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization.

"The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call.

Chapman added that the Marlins' history of roster changes was what made them the less-stable option.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard
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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million.

Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner's office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.

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GEICO SportsNite: Chapman 00:04:36
Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' reported five-year, $86 million deal with closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yankees have DFA'd RHP Nick Goody to make room on the 40-man roster for re-signed LHP Aroldis Chapman, the team announced.

The Yankees and Chapman recently agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal.

"I love the (Yankees) organization," Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "They welcomed me with open arms and that's why I decided to go back. I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Nick Goody
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees have the makings of a top notch back-end of the bullpen with Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman handling late innings, but adding another veteran reliever might go a long way in lengthening the club's relief efforts.

Before delving into the options available, it is important to stress that the Yankees could likely benefit from the excess of starting pitching options who will not secure one or both of the remaining rotation spots. In my view, one of the rotation candidates, Adam Warren, is more likely to work out of the bullpen, but his services should not preclude the Yankees from investigating the addition of one more reliever.

Tags: Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Sep 20, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) looks on from the dugout during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 20, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) looks on from the dugout during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

CC Sabathia spoke about Aroldis Chapman, next year's team, his offseason rehab, the starting rotation, and more while appearing at the Yankees' annual food drive on Wednesday.

He praised the Yankees' signing Chapman to a five-year, $86 million deal, telling NJ.com that "he's excited to have Chappy back. He's obviously a great piece for us. He went on to do his thing in the World Series with the Cubs but it's great to have him back."

 

Tags: Alroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia
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Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified on Wednesday.

Owners, players, MLB officials and the MLB Players Association initially reached an agreement on Dec. 2 on a new five-year CBA.

The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold.

In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent. 

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General view of fans arriving for the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
General view of fans arriving for the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have confirmed that 20-year-old pitching prospect Alexander Figueredo was killed in Venezuela in November (Daily News, Dec. 13).

According Venezuela's Notitarde, Figueredo was fatally shot after leaving a party on Nov. 27.

In 2015, his lone year pitching in the Yankees' system, he was 5-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 57 innings in the Dominican Summer League.

Figueredo did not pitch for the organization in 2016 and it remains unknown if it was injury or suspension related. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Donovan Solano (57) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees second baseman Donovan Solano (57) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have re-signed infielder Donovan Solano to a minor-league deal, according to Baseball America's latest update of its minor-league free agent tracker.

In addition to Solano, New York has also added C Kellin Deglan and LHP Jason Gurka on minor-league deals.

Solano signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last year and wound up hitting .319 with seven HRs, 67 RBIs, and a league-leading 163 hits in 131 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.

Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).

Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.

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Rivera's 2017 worth 00:01:09
The Loud Mouths crew ponder Mariano Rivera's potential salary if he was playing today.

In light of the megadeals recently given to closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, how much would Mariano Rivera be worth today?
 


New York Yankees rookies Joba Chamberlain as the lion along with Ian Kennedy as Dorothy, outfielder Shelley Duncan as the scarecrow and Phil Hughes as the tin man as the traditional rookie hazing as the rookies came out as the characters from the Wizard of Oz at the New York Yankees vs the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees rookies Joba Chamberlain as the lion along with Ian Kennedy as Dorothy, outfielder Shelley Duncan as the scarecrow and Phil Hughes as the tin man as the traditional rookie hazing as the rookies came out as the characters from the Wizard of Oz at the New York Yankees vs the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned.

Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport's new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides Tuesday, the players' union agreed not to contest it.

The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits "requiring, coercing or encouraging" players from "dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic."

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have signed INF Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Tejada, 27, will earn $1.35 million if he reaches the majors, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Tejada went 11-for-66 in 36 games with the Cardinals and Giants in 2016 after the Mets released him prior to the season. He had a .303/.337/.414 batting line with one home run and 21 RBIs in 43 minor league games last year.

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