New York Yankees Wiretap

'Nervous' A-Rod Cheered At Public Workout

Feb 27, 2015 9:56 AM

Alex Rodriguez was cheered when he stepped out onto the field with his teammates on Thursday in his first appearance in a New York Yankees uniform in 17 months.

He was cheered again when he came out of the dugout for batting practice about an hour later.

"It was pretty awesome," Rodriguez said after the workout. "I think sometimes you can take for granted being a major league baseball player. Just being able to go out there and stuff that I did when I was 10 years old. At the very least, I hope I get to finish my career up really appreciating the game."

Rodriguez admitted that he was nervous and will continue to be as he works his way back.

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Ellsbury: Yankees Have 'Chip On Their Shoulder'

Feb 26, 2015 4:49 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury believes the New York Yankees are motivated to perform after a disappointing 2014 season.

"They worked hard, seeing them in the clubhouse, and obviously you can tell they put on some strength from their size," Ellsbury said. "I think guys have a chip on their shoulder and want to go out there and perform at the highest level."

Ellsbury, who was one of the most productive Yankees last season, is entering the second year of the massive seven-year, $153 million deal he signed with New York.

"I was talking to Mac [Brian McCann] about it; it's just nice to see familiar faces and teammates," Ellsbury said. "Just all those little things that you go through with a new team. It's a simple, easy transition. I thought it was easy last year, but it's just really nice this year to come in and know the clubhouse guys, little stuff like that."

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Teixeira Ditches Gluten, Eyes Big Season

Feb 25, 2015 4:47 PM

Mark Teixeira is gluten free, sugar free and dairy free, which he hopes will help him avoid injury.

The New York Yankees first baseman hopes the new diet and different weightlifting program will help him remain healthy for the first time since 2011.

"I look at the last two years as hopefully more of a bump in the road," Teixeira said. "The way I feel now, I feel like a kid again. I feel like I did a few years ago when I was hitting 30-plus homers and driving in 100 RBIs, playing almost every single day.

"Thirty and 100 is kind of what I've always been and what I want to be. So if I can do that, then I know I'm helping the team out. That is the most important thing. I know if I can do that, then I know I'm helping the team out."

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A-Rod Thinks He'll 'Be Fine' Without PEDs

Feb 24, 2015 4:45 PM

Alex Rodriguez isn't completely sure, but thinks he'll be able to produce without the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

"I think I'll be fine," Rodriguez said. "Only time will tell."

Coming off a year-long suspension, the New York Yankees slugger would be banned from baseball and forfeit the remaining money on his 10-year, $275 million contract if he's caught used PEDs again.

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Yankees Made 'Significant Offer' To Moncada

Feb 23, 2015 4:16 PM

The New York Yankees offered Yoan Moncada a $25 million contract on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to land the Cuban infielder.

Moncada opted to sign a deal with the Boston Red Sox that included a $31.5 million bonus.

Brian Cashman was intrigued by the 19-year-old's talent and projection, but the price moved higher than ownership was willing to authorize.

"We scouted him extensively and obviously engaged with his agents," Cashman said. "We made our final and best [offer] yesterday and we were told that it wasn't going to be good enough. Obviously we were waiting to hear where he was going to be going. It sounds like he's going to Boston."

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Rodriguez Reports To Yankees Three Days Early

Feb 23, 2015 4:06 PM

Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees on Monday, three days ahead of schedule.

Rodriguez arrived shortly before 1 p.m., wearing a green University of Miami sweat suit, in a white SUV at the team's minor league complex. New York's position players are scheduled to report on Thursday.

Rodriguez worked out for about an hour. He hit six home runs in 71 swings and took grounders at shortstop.

Associated Press

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Yankees Could Use Co-Closers Based On Matchup

Feb 23, 2015 8:27 AM

Joe Girardi is open to the possibility of using both Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances at closer this season based on matchups.

"I'm sure we'll have a lot of meetings about that," Girardi said. "We'll decide what's best. We want to see how they're both throwing the baseball at the end of Spring Training. There will be just a lot of discussion of how we feel our team is built. Could they be interchangeable? Yeah."

The New York Yankees manager admitted that he would prefer to have an unquestioned closer.

Betances and Miller were both top-level setup men in 2014.

"It would not be my first choice, but it's something you could definitely think about," Girardi said. "If you had in the eighth [inning] right-left-right, and then in the ninth, left-right-left, I don't know. I've got to see where they both are at the end of Spring Training and how interchangeable they are, and then we'll make a decision, but I would like to have it ironed out before we leave."

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Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M

Feb 23, 2015 8:00 AM

Contract offers for Yoan Moncada have surpassed $20 million, according to a report.

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Girardi: A-Rod Must Earn Playing Time

Feb 20, 2015 4:23 PM

Alex Rodriguez isn't going to have at-bats given to him by the New York Yankees this season, according to Joe Girardi.

Rodriguez, who is approaching 40 and has hit 654 home runs, is owed $61 million over the three years remaining on his contract.

"He's on our roster, but you have to prove yourself, in a sense, for playing time and how you fit in," Joe Girardi said during his "state of the Yankees" news conference on the days the team's pitchers and catchers reported. "We really haven't seen him play in two years and we don't know exactly where he is at, so that's something he has to prove and earn."

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Tanaka Throws 21 Pitches During Bullpen Session

Feb 19, 2015 5:07 PM

Masahiro Tanaka threw 21 pitches in his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday.

The workout, at the minor league complex of the New York Yankees, came one day before the team's pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

Tanaka missed 2½ months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Yankees May Use Sixth Starter Early On
The plan, which would be used in April and May, would reduce early strain on a rotation that dealt with health issues in 2014.

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A-Rod Issues Hand-Written Apology To Fans
Alex Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to fans on Tuesday, saying he is sorry for his mistakes that led to his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.

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Jason Giambi Announces Retirement
Jason Giambi, 44, announced his retirement through a statement given to the New York Daily News.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

A-Rod Reached Out To Chase Headley
The Yankees signed Chase Headley to a four-year, $52M deal.

Associated Press

Yankees To Honor Posada, Williams
The Yankees will retire the numbers of recent legends Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams.

RealGM Staff Report

Yankees To Retire Andy Pettitte's No. 46
Andy Pettitte spent 18 years in Major League Baseball, including 15 with the New York Yankees.

MLB.com

Yankee Stadium May Host A-Rod's Apology
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives have told Alex Rodriguez that they want him to clear the air with the media prior to spring training.

ESPN.com

Plane Issues Cause Jeter To Miss HOF Event
Derek Jeter will have to wait another year to be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Associated Press

Moncada To Field Offers Over Next Two Weeks
The Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Padres have shown interest in Yoan Moncada.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

A-Rod Issues Apology To Yankees
Alex Rodriguez apologized to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives for his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use and the hostile nature in which he attempted to defend himself.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees Getting Positive Reports On Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka is throwing and doing his normal conditioning program in Japan.

Associated Press

Yankees 'Not In Play' For Shields
The Yankees aren't one of the teams courting James Shields as he nears a new contract, according to a report.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

James Shields Expected To Sign This Week
With multiple offers on the table, James Shields is expected to sign with a club by the end of the week.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Ivan Nova Progressing In Return From Elbow Injury
Ivan Nova says his surgically repaired right elbow feels great and appears on track to rejoin the Yankees by June.

Associated Press

Union Will Back A-Rod If Yankees Try To Deny HR Bonuses
Under the terms of the contract Rodriguez signed in 2009, the Yankees would owe him a $6 million bonus if he hits six more homers and ties Willie Mays on the all-time home run list.

Dan Martin/New York Post

Yankees To Contest A-Rod's 'Milestone Home Run' Bonuses
The Yankees are putting together legal arguments to keep Rodriguez from collecting any of the bonuses he is owed per the $30 million "milestone home run" agreement he signed in 2007, according sourc

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A-Rod Meets With New MLB Commissioner
Alex Rodriguez met with commissioner Rob Manfred this week to find some closure after the Biogenesis case.

ESPN.com

A-Rod Getting Hitting Tips From Bonds
Alex Rodriguez has met with Barry Bonds multiple times to get hitting tips as he prepares for his return to the Major Leagues.

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