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Union Chief Says 'Page Has Been Turned' In Yankees-Betances Spat

Feb 27, 2017 12:57 AM

The head of the baseball players' union says "that page has been turned" in the spat regarding 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 requested $5 million.

"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.

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

'Zero' Chance Alex Rodriguez Makes Return

Feb 21, 2017 4:29 PM

Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees as an advisor on Tuesday and says there is a "zero" percent chance he'll make a return to the field.

It marked the first time the 41-year-old said he is officially retired. Rodriguez admitted he briefly considered making a comeback after his unique breakup with the Yankees last August.

"I thought about it for a minute," he said. "I flew the whole family home after that Friday night. I thought about it a little bit that weekend. I was fortunate to have a few offers. I called them back and said, 'No thank you.'"

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Nick Swisher To Serve As Guest Instructor For Yankees

Feb 21, 2017 7:05 AM

Nick Swisher reported to Spring Training with the New York Yankees on Monday to work as a guest instructor.

Swisher worked with outfielders just three days after he announced his retirement as a player.

"I never have to worry about an 0-for-4 again," he said with a smile. "It's great to be back."

Alex Rodriguez is set to report in a similar capacity on Tuesday.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Betances: Felt 'Trashed' By The Yankees During Hearing

Feb 18, 2017 6:45 PM

The Yankees and their setup man, Dellin Betances, engaged in a verbal feud Saturday as a result of their arbitration hearing; the winning side, the Yankees, led by team president Randy Levine, severely criticized Betances' agent for what Levine thought was an exorbitant salary request.

On Saturday morning, an arbitrator decided in the Yankees' favor, awarding Betances $3 million for 2017 instead of the $5 million he sought.

Betances said even though he felt "trashed" by the Yankees during the arbitration hearing Friday, he had planned to move on Saturday. However, in the aftermath of Levine calling Betances a "victim" of his agent's attempt to change the marketplace, Betances said he has reconsidered his position.

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Yankees President Rips Betances' Agent

Feb 18, 2017 2:09 PM

Yankees team president Randy Levine severely criticized Dellin Betances' agent for taking the team's setup man to arbitration and asking for money usually reserved for closers.

The Yankees won the hearing and will pay Betances, an All-Star in each of his three seasons, $3 million in 2017. Betances' agent, Jim Murray, asked for $5 million, a number Levine said had "little sense of reality."

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Anthony Rizzo: Cubs Won't Be Hated Like Yankees, Red Sox

Feb 17, 2017 6:32 AM

Anthony Rizzo doesn't think the Chicago Cubs' success will make them villains much like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Rizzo and others around the Cubs keep talking about the "likeable" personalities within their young core, the "authenticity" of players, the "fun" they have.

However, Rizzo got a taste of how some fans perceive success while working out in the offseason.

"I had an older man in the gym telling me he's a big Red Sox and Patriots fan," Rizzo said. "And he said, 'Yeah, congrats, you guys won one, but you haven't done anything until the whole country hates you.’

"In a way it's true, because growing up a die-hard Dolphin fan, I hated Tom Brady because he was the best. And now it’s like I'm almost a Patriots fan because he's so good."

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Steinbrenner Sees Expanded Role For Alex Rodriguez With Yankees

Feb 16, 2017 8:29 AM

Hal Steinbrenner believes that Alex Rodriguez's role with the New York Yankees can grow over time.

"Absolutely," Steinbrenner said. "We haven't talked about that. Obviously he's been doing some broadcasting as well and he's got other things going on in his life. But, look, the more he's involved, he's actually tremendous with the young players. Always has been. We are going to continue talking about different ways he can be involved."

Rodriguez, currently a special adviser to the owner, is expected for one or two stints as an instructor during spring training. The Yankees, who cut Rodriguez as a player last August, still owe him $21 million as the terms of his 10-year, $275 million contract.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Derek Jeter, Hannah Davis Expecting First Child

Feb 13, 2017 4:12 PM

Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah Davis, announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child.

Hannah wrote of the pregnancy on Jeter's The Players' Tribune website. They are expecting a daughter.

"He already has a name in mind -- he's set on it," Hannah wrote. "[We'll see.] He'll say when he calls me during the day: 'So, how are you and so-and-so doing?'

Derek, 42, and Hannah, 26, were married last July.


Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Masahiro Tanaka Isn't Distracted By Opt-Out Clause

Feb 8, 2017 4:35 PM

Masahiro Tanaka can opt-out of his contract with the New York Yankees after the 2017 season, but the right-hander says he isn't focused on the potential to do so.

Tanaka's seven-year, $155 million contract carries a $23 million salary from 2018-20 if he opts to honor the remainder of the seal.

"It's something that I put aside going into the season," Tanaka said. "Can't be really thinking about that while you go through the season, really focus on this season and when the time comes after the season, then I'll probably have a chance to think about that more."

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees Sign Chris Carter To $3.5M Deal

Feb 8, 2017 7:02 AM

Chris Carter has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the New York Yankees, a source has confirmed.

Carter will receive a $500,000 signing bonus on top of a $3 million base salary, according to reports.

"I am excited to go play for a bigger market team with more national exposure," Carter said.

Carter tied for the National League lead with 41 home runs in 2016. He also struck out an NL-high 206 times.


Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Yankees Made Starlin Castro Available In Trade Talks
The Yankees have explored trades for a number of veterans, including Starlin Castro, according to a report.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rays, Yankees Made Strong Pushes To Sign Sergio Romo
While he ultimately signed with the Dodgers, the Rays and Yankees made strong pushes to sign Sergio Romo this offseason.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Mark Teixeira Expected To Join ESPN As Analyst
Mark Teixeira retired after the 2016 season after 14 years in Major League Baseball.


Masahiro Tanaka Won't Pitch For Japan In WBC
Masahiro Tanaka won't pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, he announced on Monday.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Yankees Wouldn't Give Up Gary Sanchez In Trade For Chris Sale
Brian Cashman knew the White Sox wanted a lot in a trade for Chris Sale and the Yankees weren't willing to part with potential superstar Gary Sanchez.

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Yankees Headed To Arbitration With Dellin Betances
Dellin Betances submitted a proposed $5 million salary last week and the Yankees filed at $3 million.

Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez To Host CNBC Reality Show
Alex Rodriguez will host a CNBC reality television show featuring retired athletes who face financial troubles.


Yankees Haven't Discussed Extension With Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka is slated to make $22 million in 2017 and can opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

Mike Mazzeo/New York Daily News

Brian Cashman: Yankees Likely Done Adding To Roster
Brian Cashman is still checking on available free agents, but he said it's unlikely any significant additions will be made.

Jack Curry/YES Network

Alex Rodriguez Doesn't Intend To Play In 2017
Alex Rodriguez plans to be active in spring training, but as an adviser rather than player.

Christian Red/New York Daily News

White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily
The Astros, Pirates and Yankees have all been involved in talks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees, White Sox Aren't Discussing David Robertson
Rumors circulated on Tuesday that the Yankees and White Sox were in talks on a trade involving Jose Quintana and David Robertson.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Son: Mel Stottlemyre's Health Has Improved
Former Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre is battling cancer and looks forward to getting out of the hospital.

Son Says Mel Stottlemyre 'Fighting For His Life'
Former Yankees pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre is in the hospital.

Pirates, Ivan Nova Agree To Three-Year, $26M Deal
Ivan Nova returns to the Pirates after going a combined 12-8 with a 4.17 ERA for Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees last season.

Report: Red Sox, Yankees May Play In London In 2018
The AL East rivals could play a series in London Stadium in 2018.

Yankees Remain Interested In Trade For Jose Quintana
The Yankees haven't yet added to their starting rotation, but they remain interested in a trade for Jose Quintana.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

Yankees Prospect Killed In Venezuela
Yankees prospect Alexander Figueredo was shot and killed in his native Venezuela on Nov. 27.

George A. King III/New York Post

Giants, Yankees Aren't Seriously Pursuing Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista isn't drawing serious interest from the Yankees or Giants, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/MLB