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Gary Sanchez Likely To Hit Second For Yankees

Mar 29, 2017 7:42 AM

The New York Yankees will likely bat Gary Sanchez second to begin the season.

Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he was leaning towards having Brett Gardner bat leadoff, followed by Sanchez, Greg Bird, Matt Holliday and Jacoby Ellsbury. The club wants to break up the left-handed-hitting Gardner and Ellsbury.

"It makes it harder to navigate through our lineup," Girardi said. "We feel like it's a better situation for all of us. This could very well be similar to our Opening Day lineup."

Sanchez hit 20 homers in 53 games last season after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early August.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Former Mets, Phillies, Yankees Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82

Mar 23, 2017 8:07 AM

Dallas Green, who won a World Series as a manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and paved the way for lights at Wrigley Field as president of the Chicago Cubs, died Wednesday at 82.

No cause of death was announced, but Green had been suffering from kidney failure.

Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president, minor league director and scout.

"The game lost a great baseball man today," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. "Dallas held many different positions in baseball, and his passion and love for the game was evident in every role he played."

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Rays, Yankees Interested In Trade For Nick Ahmed

Mar 22, 2017 8:17 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Nick Ahmed and the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees have been mentioned as potential destinations.

The San Diego Padres had previously been linked to Ahmed.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays

Brian McCann On Trade: 'Best-Case Scenario For Both Sides'

Mar 20, 2017 7:02 AM

Brian McCann enjoyed his time with the New York Yankees, but admitted that the offseason trade that sent him to the Houston Astros was good for both parties.

"I can still catch at this level, and I can catch at a high level, too," he said. "I wasn't going to (stay and) catch once a week and DH. I still have a lot left in the tank. I feel great. When this was presented, it was a no-brainer because I went to a team filled with talent ... young talent that's going to be together for a while.

"I think it was a best-case scenario for both sides. Gary's [Sanchez] going to be there for a long time and I get to come here (to the Astros) and fill in this lineup, catch this staff."

McCann lost time to Sanchez, who was promoted for good in August and hit 20 home runs in 53 games.

"Gary put on a clinic, but he's got a great swing," McCann said. "He hits the ball to all fields. He's got pop. In my three years there, I thought Gary made strides every year. He's a mature guy. He works hard. He cares. ... You knew his time was coming."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

White Sox Continue To Scout Yankees For Potential Jose Quintana Trade

Mar 13, 2017 7:54 AM

The Chicago White Sox continue to scout members of the New York Yankees farm system for a potential trade.

New York has been linked to Chicago's Jose Quintana for a majority of the offseason.

The Yankees have some organizational depth at both first base and shortstop.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Sabathia Feels Good Despite Rough Outing

Mar 12, 2017 6:50 PM

CC Sabathia found a big positive during a rocky spring training outing -- no issues with his troublesome right knee.

The Yankees left-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning Sunday, allowing six runs and six hits in a 10-2 loss to the Braves.

"The body feels good," Sabathia said. "I was letting some (pitches) go, and I had no problems. As far as the knee, you want to get that out of the way. Make sure you can push off as hard as you can, land and be good. I wanted to accomplish that in the game and I did."

Tags: New York Yankees, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

Yankees Willing To Listen To Offers For Rob Refsnyder

Mar 6, 2017 7:35 AM

The New York Yankees are making it known that they are willing to accept trade offers for Rob Refsnyder, according to a report.

Refsnyder was seen as a potential long-term solution at second base, but the Yankees acquired Starlin Castro last offseason which made Refsnyder a utility man.

The 26-year-old was a fifth round pick in 2012.

George A. King III/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Joe Girardi Isn't Concerned About Contract Status With Yankees

Mar 6, 2017 7:31 AM

Joe Girardi, who is entering his 10th season as manager of the New York Yankees, isn't under contract past this year.

The Yankees have only played in one playoff game the last four years, but Girardi isn't concerned about his contract status.

"To be in one place for 10 years, where my kids have basically been in the same place, it's hard to believe," said Girardi, who consistently bounced around the Major Leagues as a player.

Girardi twice before has entered the final year of his Yankees contract without an extension, ending up with his current four-year, $16 million deal in 2013.

"God is going to put me where he wants me, bottom line," he said. "What I dreamed about (as a player), it was nothing like I thought it was going to be. And it turned out to be great. What I thought I would do as a manager turned out different. I went to Florida on a three-year deal and was there one year. I never thought I would be here as quickly as I was. That's why I don't worry about it."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Philliles, Nationals, Yankees Early Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper

Mar 3, 2017 7:31 AM

Bryce Harper is expected to shatter contract records when he signs his next deal and the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are the early favorites for his services.

One executive believes the Nationals are a long-shot to re-sign Harper -- “How are they going to sign him? They defer money in every contract," the executive said. However, Washington has surprised in the past by signing Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for a combined $385 million.

"I always have hope," Mike Rizzo says about Washington's chances to keep Harper on an extension. "Who wouldn't want to have him long-term? We'd love to have him long-term. We scouted, signed and developed him. And he's been an MVP here. He's great on the club and in the clubhouse. He's a wonderful kid who's been misunderstood."

Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season. He is a four-time All-Star in five seasons. He's one year removed from a 42-home run season with a 1.109 OPS and a 9.9 WAR.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana

Feb 27, 2017 10:30 AM

Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the Chicago White Sox left-hander.

The Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees remain interested. The White Sox are focused on getting quality prospects in return, not necessarily quantity.

"As we sit here right now, it's more a function of continuing on the conversations we have had," Rick Hahn said earlier in the week. "We will see if we can build off of those."

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Union Chief Says 'Page Has Been Turned' In Yankees-Betances Spat
Dellin Betances will be paid $3M this season, rather than the $5M he had requested.

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

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Nick Swisher To Serve As Guest Instructor For Yankees
Nick Swisher worked with outfielders just three days after he announced his retirement as a player.

Associated Press

Betances: Felt 'Trashed' By The Yankees During Hearing
An arbitrator on Saturday decided in the Yankees favor, awarding Dellin Betances $3M for this season, instead of the $5M he sought.

Yankees President Rips Betances' Agent
The Yankees will pay Dellin Betances $3M in 2017.

Anthony Rizzo: Cubs Won't Be Hated Like Yankees, Red Sox
Anthony Rizzo doesn't think the Cubs' success will make them villains much like the Red Sox and Yankees.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Steinbrenner Sees Expanded Role For Alex Rodriguez With Yankees
Hal Steinbrenner believes that Alex Rodriguez's role with the Yankees can grow over time.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Derek Jeter, Hannah Davis Expecting First Child
Derek, 42, and Hannah, 26, were married last July.


Masahiro Tanaka Isn't Distracted By Opt-Out Clause
Masahiro Tanaka can opt-out of his contract with the Yankees after the 2017 season, but the right-hander says he isn't focused on the potential to do so.

Associated Press

Yankees Sign Chris Carter To $3.5M Deal
Chris Carter will receive a $500,000 signing bonus on top of a $3 million base salary, according to reports.


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.

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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