After suffering from a lower lat strain, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rangers (MLB.com, July 29).Teixeira took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time since his last game on July 20 against the Reds. He singled in his first appearance back, pinch hitting in Monday's 4-2 loss."I'm very happy," Teixeira said. "The back spasms are gone, which I've been dealing with for a long time, so that's really good. It's good to see that the treatments worked and the time off helped, so hopefully they won't come back."At the time of the injury, Teixeira has a platelet-rich plasma injection and only anticipated missing three to four days. The recovery has subsisted for longer than planned, but he has managed to stay off the 15-day disabled list."I wasn't expecting all the little annoying things that come up. That's part of the game," Teixeira said before the game. "Hopefully this is it, and I have two healthy months to finish the season. But missing a couple of games here, a couple of games there, it's never fun."Teixeira said that last season's wrist injury has made him realize that he can't play through injuries he may have played through in his 20s."You fouled a pitch of your leg, 'Go get 'em.' Strain something in your back, 'Go get 'em.' That's just the way it is when you're young. I can't play through those things [now]. I don't think I would have had to miss games with back spasms."Despite the little injuries, the 34-year-old said he just has to stay on top of maintenance."I was very lucky that I could play through those things and stay on the field as long as anybody," Teixeira said. "But at a certain point, you hit a wall. I hit a wall last year, and hopefully I won't have a lot of these. But if they do pop up, it's just harder to play through it."
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning f=against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Yankees won the game 6-3 as Chapman recorded his 16th save of the season. (Jake Roth)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning f=against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Yankees won the game 6-3 as Chapman recorded his 16th save of the season. (Jake Roth)

The Yankees and free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman have agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

ESPN.com's Marly Rivera said on Twitter that Chapman will have a full no-trade clause during the first three years of the deal. According to Rosenthal, the contract include an opt-out after three years, after which he has a limited no-trade clause if he does not opt out and become a free agent.

Chapman had reportedly been Brian Cashman's top bullpen target, with free-agent closer Kenley Jansen viewed as a backup plan, MLB reporter Jon Heyman tweeted Dec. 6.

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

The New York Yankees are interested in signing infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

Tejada, 27, went 11-for-66 in 36 games with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants last season after the New York 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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Matt Holliday is reportedly ready to sign with the Yankees. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)
Matt Holliday is reportedly ready to sign with the Yankees. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have signed OF Matt Holliday to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal is worth $13 million, according to multiple reports.

"I feel really good about being able to play the outfield and some first base, and obviously to get a chance to DH, it helps to stay healthy and to be able to feel fresh and have your best swing over a long season," Holliday told Mark Feinsand of the Daily News.

When Carlos Beltran signed with Houston, the Yankees turned to Holliday, whose option was declined by the Cardinals after last season. Holliday spent the last eight years with the Cardinals, and hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 HR and 62 RBI in 110 games at first base and left field last season.

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Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner could be a fit for the Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman notes that the O's would likely want the Yankees to pay down some of Gardner's remaining salary, which is $26 million through 2018.

The 33-year-old hit .261 with a .351 OBP and .362 SLG while stealing 16 bases in 148 games last year.

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Sale of Two Cities 00:02:22
The DNL panel discusses the ramifications of the Chris Sale trade to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster move at the Winter Meetings.

The Red Sox have acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox in exchange for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

Sale, 27, had a 3.34 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while striking out 233 batters in 226 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season. He has a 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP during his seven-year career.

Sale will earn $39.5 million through 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and honor him with a plaque in Monument Park on Sunday, May 14, the team announced Tuesday.

Jeter, 42. retired after the 2014 season.

He hit .310 with a .377 OBP and .440 SLG with 3,465 hits, including 260 HR, and 1,311 RBI during his 20-year career with the Yankees.

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Happy Hollidays 00:02:29
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Yankees' signing of veteran Matt Holliday and ponders his impact on the team in 2017.

The Yankees have a plan and signing Matt Holliday as their designated hitter signals they are sticking to it.

GM Brian Cashman weighed several long-term and short-term options on the DH market, but the blueprint for the organization screamed one-year deal, to which they settled. The club is not one year from serious World Series contention -- in fact they might be a couple of years away. So long-term deals for a DH made little sense.

I was hoping the Yankees would reunite with switch-hitter Carlos Beltran because I felt his left-handed power was a necessity and he was also looking for a one-year deal. Once Beltran signed with the Astros, I figured that Brandon Moss, a left-handed masher, would be a solid option. The Yankees obviously felt that they had enough left-handed hitters in the lineup and that adding another was not necessary.

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Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea)
Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees are interested in former Astros 3B Luis Valbuenaaccording to Valbuena's representative Steve Schneider.

Schneider said the Yankees are one of "several" teams in "ongoing" dialogue about Valbuena, and while the third basemen has already received a few offers, Schneider would not say if the Yankees made one. However he did describe talks with the Yankees as "continuing."

Valbuena was off to a solid start in 2016, hitting 13 HRs and 40 RBIs to go with his .260 BA and career-high .816 OPS, before injuring his hamstring in late July. The injury would eventually require surgery, forcing the 31-year old to miss the remainder of the season.

Schneider would not state what type of deal his client is looking for other than saying the veteran wants more than "one year" on a contract. He added that Valbuena is looking to be an everyday player next season, even if it is at a variety of positions. 

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 (Brad Rempel)
(Brad Rempel)

The Yankees have not had discussions with the Twins about trading for 2B Brian Dozier, GM Brian Cashman said during an interview on MLB Network radio on Monday.

"I haven't had any dialogue with the Twins about Dozier," Cashman said. That's a false report."

Jon Heyman of FanRag reported earlier Monday that the Yankees had "checked in" with the Twins about Dozier, with the Dodgers also interested.

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Free agent LHP Rich Hill has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $48 million, the team announced Monday.

The Yankees were "all-in" on Hill, Jim Bowden of ESPN reported Nov. 29.

The Astros and Rangers were also in serious pursuit of Hill, with the Red Sox and Orioles interested to a lesser degree, noted Bowden.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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Whom should the Yankees pursue? 00:02:47
The BNNY crew discusses whom the Yankees might target this offseason, including Carlos Beltran.

With the Winter Meetings kicking off Monday in Washington, D.C., in what areas can we expect GM Brian Cashman to center his concentration?

First, the methodology

Cashman does not typically use the Winter Meetings to make all his deals for the offseason. He tends to lay groundwork with free agents and their representatives as well as interact with GMs concerning players available on the trade market. Often, Cashman makes minor deals during the Winter Meetings and strikes any major trades or signings after the information collection process. But I would not be surprised if Cashman moved a bit quicker this offseason since he had plenty of time to collect data while he waited for the completion of the CBA.

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Carlos Beltran has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros for $16 million.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause, according to Buster Olney.

The Yankees reportedly kicked tires on Beltran but never made him a formal offer, according to Mark Feinsand.

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Yankees rebuilding or reloading? 00:02:53
Jon Hein and Eamon McAnaney discuss the Yankees' rebuilding process and how they should approach it moving forward.

The Yankees, looking to acquire bats, are interested in bringing in Edwin Encarnacion, Matt HollidayMike Napoli and Carlos Beltran, according to FanRag's Jon Heyman. 

The Yankees had been linked to OF Yoenis Cespedes and now appear to be looking elsewhere after Cespedes re-signed with the Mets.

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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees do not seem to have any difficult decisions to make. After releasing Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley last week, the remaining arbitration eligible players each have reasonable cases to receive contracts from the Yankees.

Note: Player's estimated arbitration figure in parenthesis provided by MLB Trade Rumors.

Dellin Betances ($3.4 million)

The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing an elite free agent closer, with Aroldis Chapman on the winter wish list, but tendering Betances a contract is a no-brainer. Betances has become one of the top relievers in the game himself, enough so that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated the club would be content with Betances controlling the ninth inning if they do not sign Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. In a monetary sense, Betances making one-fifth the salary of his potential bullpen mate for virtually the same production is a major value to the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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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)

Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon.

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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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. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
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. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka, who finished seventh in the AL Cy Young voting, believes 2016 was his best season in the majors so far and he'd like that success to translate into the World Baseball Classic, he told the Japan Times. 

Tanaka finished the season 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings, also striking out a career-high 165 batters. 

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