When Derek Jeter retires, so too will his iconic, pinstriped number. With the career he’s had, there is no question that the Yankees will place Jeter’s No. 2 among the other heroes of the past, plastered beyond the outfield forever. No Yankee will ever wear that number again.Not including Jackie Robinson’s 42, retired across all of baseball, the Yankees have 18 retired numbers. That total will reach 19 once Jeter’s is officially put away.The Yankees have by far the most retired numbers of any franchise in baseball. The next-most retired numbers belong to the St. Louis Cardinals, who have 12. Behind them, it’s the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers , each with 10. These are four of the most storied and longstanding franchises in all of baseball, so it makes sense they’d be atop this leaderboard.It’s important to keep in mind, too, that Major League Baseball has no mandates on retired numbers, other than Robinson’s 42. In other words, it’s up to the individual club whether or not they want to officially retire the number of one of their players, unofficially retire it -- simply not assign it to anybody for a while, or keep using it altogether. Some clubs wait until a player goes into the Hall of Fame, others enshrine the number immediately.The Yankees seem to pride themselves on tradition, thus it follows logic that they’d retire the numbers of anybody worthy. It adds to the franchise’s expressed mystique.But when Jeter’s number is retired at the end of this year, that mystique will reach a brand new level. As of today, the Yankees have retired seven of the nine single digits, not including zero. The only single digit numbers available for use at this present moment are Jeter’s No. 2 and the No. 6.

That quantity alone is higher than any other team. The Red Sox have the next-most retired single digits, with five out of nine unavailable to current players.Remember that No. 6 that’s still unretired? Well,about that... On August 23, the Yankees will be retiring that digit as well, in honor of newly-inducted Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre.The new level the Yankees will reach after this season? No single-digit uniforms on the field at Yankee Stadium, or on the road in greys, ever again. Once Jeter is no longer at shortstop, the single digits will be completely gone.To recap, there is Billy Martin’s 1, Babe Ruth’s 3, Lou Gehrig’s 4, Joe DiMaggio’s 5, Mickey Mantle’s 7, both Bill Dickey’s and Yogi Berra’s 8, and then Roger Maris’ 9.While a lot of this has to do with the Yankee atmosphere of tradition noted above, and the sheer amount of success the team has experienced -- 27 World Championships means 27 iterations of teams with more than a few legendary players -- there’s one Major League historical note, too.

Baseball players didn’t always wear numbers on their jerseys. Major League teams didn’t start regularly wearing numbers somewhere on their uniforms until midway through the 1930s. And even then, the numbers were to identify the players -- but not by their favorite number, or any number they chose, for that matter. Early uniform numbers were based solely on where a player batted in the lineup. If you were a leadoff man, you wore No. 1, and so on. There were a few exceptions, but this idea persisted until the early 1940s, for the most part.Thus, part of the reason the Yankees have so many retired single-digit numbers is that they were good, and had good players, in an era where position players wore predominantly single-digits.That being said, this explanation in no way applies to all nine of the digits the Yankees will have put to rest by year’s end, making it a statistical and franchise oddity, too.Luckily for all those future Yankees out there, in the minors, in college, and on Little League baseball fields, there are a lot of numbers left other than those single digits. Plus, No. 0 is always out there, if the Yankees should choose to assign it. Only 15 players in Major League history have worn 0, with the most recent being Omar Quintanilla in 15 games for the Mets in 2014.Who knows, maybe we’ll even see the first-ever pinstriped 00, taking after the Dodgers’ Brian Wilson and 19 others.
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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Did Yankees make the right call? 00:04:37
Baseball Night in New York digs into the Yankees' deal with Aroldis Chapman and talks about what it means for the team's future.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Call it what you want. The Yankees want star players in their prime as part of the process, and Aroldis Chapman fits the bill.

Presumably pushed by ownership and relatively consistent with GM Brian Cashman's roster construction blueprint, the Yankees made signing Chapman their priority at the onset of the offseason.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman discussed the state of the team's payroll and trade rumors surrounding OF Brett Gardner and 3B Chase Headley prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

With the pending Aroldis Chapman signing, Cashman noted the Yankees are likely at their payroll limit heading in to 2017.

Meanwhile, the Yankees remain open to trading Gardner but have decided to keep Headley.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley
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Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Yankees logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Yankees logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

Yankees C Luis Torrens, RHP Tyler Jones, LHP Caleb Smith and LHP Tyler Webb were all selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning.

Torrens was selected by the Reds and traded to the Padres, Jones was selected by the Diamondbacks, Smith was selected by the Brewers and traded to the Cubs, and Webb was selected by the Pirates.

In order for any/all of the above players to remain with the team that selected them, they must remain on that team's 25-man roster for the entirety of the 2017 season. If not, they will be offered back to the Yankees.

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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 and free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman have agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported late Wednesday night.

"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."

Chapman will be able to opt out of his contract after three years, according to Rosenthal. His contract will have a full no-trade clause over the first three years of his deal and a limited no-trade clause for the final two, which according to Rivera, is a no-trade provision to a West Coast team.

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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.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Chris Carelli
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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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