While Yankees prospect James Kaprielian is convinced he will be ready to go when the minor league season starts, the young pitcher is eager to get on the field with the big league players.
"I feel like a caged bull, I just want to go out there and compete and be with the guys,'' Kaprielian said to George A. King of the NY Post after throwing live batting practice Tuesday. "Right now the plan is what it is and my job is to be a baseball player. I'm not the GM or the pitching coach.''
The reason the Yankees are being cautious with their 2015 first-round pick is because Kaprielian was limited to just 18 innings last year due to a right flexor strain suffered in April.
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The Yankees topped the Tigers, 9-5, in Tampa.
- Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run
- Brett Gardner went 2-3 with a run scored
- Gary Sanchez recorded two hits, including a two-run home run
- Chase Headley added a pair of hits
- Jacoby Ellsbury stole his first base of the spring
- Jorge Mateo recorded a base hit in his lone at-bat
- Masahiro Tanaka threw two scoreless innings and struck out two
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Battles in spring training are as common as tired arms and late swings. However, when a rotation competition goes two roles deep and has five competitors, some might question the team's reasoning.
Why such an expanded competition?
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting ready for some long flight to play in the World Baseball Classic.
Gregorius is part of the Netherlands team that opens against South Korea in Seoul on March 7 and could advance to the second round in Tokyo, which starts March 12.
"A lot of electrolytes," Gregorius said with a smile Monday. "Got to drink a lot of fluids - you know it's a long flight but you don't want any jet lag. Try to sleep at the right time on the plane, too."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Gregorius will be back with the team early enough "that he'll have plenty of time to reset his clock" ahead of the season opener at Tampa Bay on April 2.
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Yankees C Gary Sanchez threw out two would-be base-stealers during Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
Sanchez, who threw out 41 percent of the runners trying to steal against him last year (13 of 32), has some of his teammates marveling at his prowess.
"I don't know why they run," Starlin Castro said, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "After the first guy, I didn't think they'd run anymore. It's unbelievable."
Castro added that Sanchez is the best throwing catcher he has ever played with, and compared him to Yadier Molina of the Cardinals...
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New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman said he is open to being used for more than one inning in 2017.
"I'm open and willing to throw more than one inning on some occasions, but that's not going to be every day," Chapman told ESPN on Sunday. "It depends on how much activity [I have]."
Chapman pitched multiple innings four times in the regular season with both the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, but five times in the postseason. That said, should the Yankees make a playoff run, Chapman said he would "absolutely" be willing to pitch at least one inning.
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The head of the baseball players' union says "that page has been turned" in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances' agents.
Levine had called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18. The Yankees beat Betances in the case, and he will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.
"Dellin is focused in on the season, we're focused in on the season and look forward to have him continue to do what he's always done, which has been a tremendous contributor to his club and winning on the field," union chief Tony Clark said Sunday.
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The Yankees beat the Blue Jays by a score of 7-2 at George Steinbrenner Field on Sunday.
- Starlin Castro had three RBIs and homered in the second inning.
- Billy McKinney went deep in the seventh inning and tacked on two RBIs.
- Matt Holliday played DH and went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
- Brett Gardner went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
- Luis Severino started and pitched two innings, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out one.
- After Johnny Barbato pitched two hitless innings in relief, Jason Gurka gave up the team's first hit of the game in the fifth inning.
- Brady Lail gave up two runs on one hit in one inning of work.
The Yankees will travel to Sarasota on Monday to face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m.
Yankees OF Matt Holliday is aiming to be a veteran presence on a young Yankees team, hopes to do what he can to help the team win in 2017, he said to Steve Serby of the New York Post.
Holliday, who signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the team during the off-season, said a personal goal this season is to "be a good example for the young players."
The Yankees fell to the Phillies, 6-5, on Saturday in Clearwater.
- Adam Warren pitched two shutout innings and struck out two.
- Gleyber Torres went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
- Torres and Miguel Andujar each scored in the fifth inning on one wild pitch.
- In one inning out of the bullpen, Ben Heller struck out the side.
- Jonathan Holder pitched a spotless inning and struck out two.
- Kellin Deglan drove in a run with a single in the eighth.
The Yankees head back to Tampa on Sunday to take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.
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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
Sweeny Murti checks in on Yankees top prospects Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier, who worked out in Tampa on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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...
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 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)."
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."
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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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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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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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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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.
Sweeny Murti reports on how Michael Pineda and Luis Severino are looking to give the Yankees starting staff a boost in 2017.
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.
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...
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.
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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?
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
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.
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...
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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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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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?
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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...