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.
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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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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The Yankees have offers out to free agent LHP Aroldis Chapman and free agent RHP Kenley Jansen, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Offers for Chapman are past $80 million, with the Yankees prepared to give him a deal worth roughly $80 million over five years, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.
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.
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.
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.
The Yankees are interested in former Astros 3B Luis Valbuena, according 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tags: Carlos Beltran, Chris Carelli
The Yankees, looking to acquire bats, are interested in bringing in Edwin Encarnacion, Matt Holliday, Mike 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.
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
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.
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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The Yankees' search for a designated hitter could be impacted by the four-year, $110 million dollar deal the Mets gave Yoenis Cespedes, writes George A. King III in the NY Post.
An MLB executive told King that free agent 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion's price could go up due to the deal given to Cespedes.
"This might help him because some teams might think [Encarnacion] is a better purchase," the executive said.
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.
"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."
Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.
With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
With the current collective barganinig agreement set to expire on Dec. 1, MLB Owners and the MLB Players Association are negotiating a new CBA in Dallas, according to multiple reports.
The MLBPA has said it is willing to temporarily continue under the old agreement while a new one is worked out. However, team owners want something new finalized so they can properly negotiate new contracts and trades this winter. As such, owners are reportedly threatening a lockout, which would essentially pause the offseason (and potentially delay spring training and Opening Day day if it takes too long to work out a new deal).
Similarly, sources have told ESPN.com's Buster Olney that a lockout could mean teams won't participate in next week's MLB Winter Meetings, which is scheduled to begin in Washington D.C. on Dec. 5.
In its latest rankings, Baseball Prospectus has ranked SS Gleyber Torres as the Yankees' top prospect heading into 2017.
Torres hit a combined .270 with 11 HRs, 66 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 125 games between New York and Chicago's Advanced-A affiliates.
The Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in July as part of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago.
Here is BP's full list of New York's top 10 prospects:
- SS Gleyber Torres
- OF Clint Frazier
- 2B/SS Jorge Mateo
- OF Blake Rutherford
- LHP Justus Sheffield
- RHP James Kaprielian
- RF Aaron Judge
- RHP Albert Abreu
- IF/OF Tyler Wade
- RHP Chance Adams
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently claimed that previous collective bargaining agreements (CBA) "hindered" the organization's ability to carry out its business model. As Major League Baseball and the Players Association work to hammer out a new CBA, would rumored changes work to the benefit or detriment of the Yankees?
Plenty of gossip has posited some changes to the next CBA. Among the chief alterations is a new threshold value for the competitive balance tax (or luxury tax as is it commonly coined), adding an international draft, and the elimination of draft pick compensation.
At the heart of the Yankees' restraints is the competitive balance tax. The tax's purpose is to curtail, as best it can, the spending of large market teams like the Yankees. The Yankees have surpassed the competitive balance threshold in every season since it began in 2003, with the 2002 iteration of the CBA. The tax has cost the Yankees just under $300 million overall through the 2015 tax, according to Forbes.com.
The Yankees added INF Miguel Andujar, LHP Dietrich Enns, RHP Giovanny Gallegos, RHP Ronald Herrera, INF Jorge Mateo and RHP Yefrey Ramirez to their 40-man roster on Friday, the team announced.
The Yankees have unconditionally released RHP Nathan Eovaldi, LHP Joe Mantiply and RHP Nick Rumbelow, the team announced Monday.
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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March.
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The Yankees looked closely at reliever Brett Cecil before he signed with the Cardinals, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Cecil signed a four-year, $30.5 million deal with St. Louis this week, shortening the reliever market.
Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is among 19 new candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot. Posada, a four-time World Series champion, was one of the best offensive catchers during his time in the major leagues, but does his overall resume measure up to the status of a Hall of Famer?
Posada, a five-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner, hit .273 with a .374 OBP, .474 SLG, 121 OPS+, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI across 17 major league seasons (his first two seasons amassed just nine games). He caught close to 1,600 games for the Yankees, but his work behind the plate was not much of a strong suit as measured by defensive runs saved (-64 from 2002-2011; DRS was not recorded before the 2002 season via FanGraphs).
MLB owners are threatening a lockout next week that would shut down baseball as they continue negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the MLB Players Association (MLBPA), according to reports by Joel Sherman, Ken Rosenthal and others.
The current CBA between the owners and player's union expires Dec. 1.
"In terms of trying to make a deal, 10 days is plenty of time," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Sherman. "We are in the midst of active negotiations and are committed to completing an agreement."
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was willing to use Brian McCann as the club's full-time designated hitter if it came to it. But a deal came along that the Yankees and McCann did not want to pass up, leaving a fairly large void to fill. Fortunately for Cashman, he can sort through a multitude of options that sit on the open market.
A reunion with the 40-year-old switch-hitter is certainly an option. Beltran was traded to the Texas Rangers for prospects including Dillon Tate, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, before last season's trade deadline.
The Yankees remain interested in a reunion with free agent DH/OF Carlos Beltran, with the Red Sox, Astros, and Rangers viewed as other serious suitors, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
The Yankees traded Beltran to the Rangers on Aug. 1 in exchange for RHPs Dillon Tate, Eric Swanson and Nick Green,
The 39-year-old Beltran, who just completed a three-year deal worth $45 million, hit .304 with a ,344 OBP and .546 SLG with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 99 games for the Yankees this past season.
He hit .280 with a .325 OBP and .451 SLG with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 52 gam
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The New York Yankees made yet another trade of a high-priced veteran when they shipped Brian McCann to Houston for a pair of right-handed pitching prospects on Thursday. The move infused increased chatter in the industry concerning left fielder Brett Gardner's tenure in the Bronx.
Gardner, 33. has been front and center in trade rumors since he signed his four-year, $52 million contract (contains a team option worth $12.5 million, $2.5 million buyout for 2019) before the 2015 season. Gardner has slowed down in recent seasons, but the $24 million remaining on his deal over the next two seasons is still a team-friendly situation.
However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been open to trading anyone in the system if it makes sense for the organization's future. This is where a multitude of scenarios arise.
Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Carelli
The Yankees could free up money to make a run at free agent OF Yoenis Cespedes, who wants to return to the Mets, who would love to have him back...
Cespedes (52) hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning at Nationals Park. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Yankees could end up making a major free-agent signing, such as Cespedes, who becomes a better fit if they first trade Brett Gardner, according to FoxSports.com MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal.
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With the Yankees trading Brian McCann to the Astros, general manager Brian Cashman said the team could be in the market to add new pieces to their lineup.
Cashman said the Yankees have already talked with the agents of free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista. Earlier in the offseason, Cashman noted the Yankees' primary targets would be pitchers, but he now believes the team can make a move for a hitter.
Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran
Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres was named the Arizona Fall League's MVP after finishing with the highest batting average during the short campaign.
Torres, 19, hit .403 with a .513 OBP and .645 SLG in 18 games. He also clubbed three home runs and stole four bases.
The Arizona Fall League's regular season came to a close Thursday. The Yankees sent nine players to Arizona -- some to get rid of rust and others to demonstrate their readiness for the next level once spring training begins in February. In all, the Yankees that participated enjoyed health and success.
Tags: Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
The New York Yankees have some important roster choices to make by today's deadline to make changes to their 40-man roster before December's Rule 5 Draft, with any prospect added to the roster protected from potential selection.
The Yankees have a slew of players to consider this season, some of whom are considered among their top-30 prospects.
As of Friday, the Yankees' 40-man roster stands at 39, so if they add more than one player, they'll need to determine which players they will let go in order to make room for any more additions. Some of these decisions should be easy for the organization.
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will likely reconvene with the representatives for free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after the team shed payroll by trading catcher Brian McCann on Thursday.
Cashman reached out to Cespedes' agents, as well as Jose Bautista's at the GM Meetings, though he downplayed it by saying he was doing his due diligence.
Tags: Brian McCann, Yoenis Cespedes
The Yankees have traded C Brian McCann and cash considerations to the Houston Astros for RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzman, the team announced Thursday evening.
The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of McCann's $17 million salary each of the next two years, while the Astros will cover the other $11.5 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with Boomer and Carton on WFAN 660 AM on Thursday morning. Here's what we learned...
On free agent LHP Aroldis Chapman:
"It would be nice to have him back in the pen," Cashman said, adding that the team has not lost faith in Dellin Betances. According to Cashman, if the Yankees don't bring in a high-end reliever, Betances will be the closer in 2017.
Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances
The Yankees have expressed interest in free agent RHP Jason Hammel, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.
Hammel, 34, had a 3.83 ERA (4.48 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP this past season for the Cubs but was not on the postseason roster for any series during their World Series run.
The Cubs recently declined his $12 million option for the 2017 season, instead buying him out for $2 million.
Yankees INF prospect Gleyber Torres has been named the AFL Week 5 Player of the Week.
Torres hit .600 (9-for-15) with three runs, one double, one triple, two RBIs, two BBs, and two stolen bases in four games.
Last offseason, the New York Yankees professed to have a quartet of players that were off the table in trade talks. The Yankees engaged in a significant sell-off during the summer, further filling the farm system with some of the game's more highly touted players, making one believe the number of untouchable players might grow. Should that be the case?
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that the answer is no, recently suggesting that catcher Gary Sanchez might be the only player deemed "difficult" to trade. Let's look at a handful of players who might be deemed worthy of various levels of an "untouchable" tag and discuss their merits.
The New York Yankees are among three teams to show early interest in free-agent LHP Derek Holland, according to the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez finished second for the American League Rookie of the Year award, losing out to Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday.
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If the Yankees are to trade catcher Brian McCann, they would like to get a high-level prospect back in the deal, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
The Yankees were able to acquire top prospects Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres at this year's non-waiver trade deadline, and sources told Kernan the Yankes would like a prospect in the category of those two for McCann.
Tags: Brian McCann
The Mets and Yankees are among teams interested in signing left-handed relief pitcher Boone Logan, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Logan, who pitched with the Yankees from 2010-13, had a 3.69 ERA and recorded 57 strikeouts in 46.1 innings with the Rockies in 2016. He also held left-handed hitters to a .142 batting average, .222 OBP and .255 SLG.
Gleyber Torres came to the Arizona Fall League to see just where he stood against tougher competition. The overwhelming praise heaped on Torres by scouts and analysts covering the league points to a player ready to rapidly climb the New York Yankees' organizational ladder.
Torres, the Yankees No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, leads the AFL with a .392 average (20-for-51) with six games left on the schedule. Torres, 19, has a .516 OBP, .667 SLG and 1.182 OPS, respectively good for first, second and first in the league. Not only does Torres have a shot at maintaining the batting average lead, he has put himself in position to win the league's most valuable player award. Torres started in the league's Fall Stars Game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flatly stated that Torres would start the season at Double-A Trenton, and in my view, should he succeed in the season's first few months, he is a prime candidate to move to Triple-A.