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Union Will Back A-Rod If Yankees Try To Deny HR Bonuses

Jan 30, 2015 8:22 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association will back Alex Rodriguez if the New York Yankees attempt to deny him any future payments.

"The union would challenge any breach of contract with the union," a source close to the MLBPA said. "A player can't be punished again for something he's already been punished for."

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.

However, the Yankees are bracing for a battle, believing that mark is now tarnished and they won’t be able to use it for marketing purposes.

Dan Martin/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

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Yankees To Contest A-Rod's 'Milestone Home Run' Bonuses

Jan 26, 2015 4:19 PM

The New York Yankees are putting together legal arguments to keep Alex Rodriguez from collecting any of the bonuses he is owed per the $30 million "milestone home run" agreement he signed in 2007, according sources.

If Rodriguez hits six more homers, which would tie him with Willie Mays for fourth all time, he will be eligible for a $6 million bonus under his 10-year, $275 million contract. He has hit 654 home runs in his career.

The Yankees plan on contesting the validity of the marketing deal because of Rodriguez's steroids revelations and yearlong suspension, according to a source.

Rodriguez, along with the Major League Baseball Players Association, would have the right to file a grievance.

The 38-year-old would also pocket $6 million apiece if he tied Babe Ruth (714 homers), Hank Aaron (755), Barry Bonds (762) and for surpassing Bonds.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Meets With New MLB Commissioner

Jan 24, 2015 1:12 PM

In an effort to find some closure after the confrontational Biogenesis case that led to his season-long drug suspension, Alex Rodriguez met with new commissioner Rob Manfred this week, sources confirmed to

Rodriguez initiated the get-together between the two even though, with his suspension complete, he is considered in good standing in the eyes of MLB. There were no lawyers on hand, and it was said to be a positive discussion.

The New York Post first reported the meeting took place.

Tags: New York Yankees, Legal, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Getting Hitting Tips From Bonds

Jan 21, 2015 4:22 PM

Alex Rodriguez has met with Barry Bonds multiple times to get hitting tips as he prepares for his return to the Major Leagues.

The meetings with Bonds were presented by spokesman Ron Berkowitz as part of a number of consultations.

Berkowitz said Rodriguez also worked with former Seattle Mariners teammate Edgar Martinez in Miami last week.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Yoan Moncada Works Out For Yankees

Jan 21, 2015 8:43 AM

The New York Yankees reportedly held a private workout for Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.

The switch-hitter has also worked out for the San Francisco Giants and had a total of seven workouts scheduled this month.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

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

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Yankees Were Never In On Scherzer

Jan 20, 2015 3:47 PM

The New York Yankees never bid on Max Scherzer, who is finalizing his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees already own a projected Opening Day payroll that is inching toward $210 million.

"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over, in my opinion, is virtually none," president Randy Levine said on Dec. 18. "At the end of the day, you have to be realistic in any organization."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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

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Steinbrenner: Yankees May Not Be Done Making Moves

Jan 14, 2015 4:46 PM

Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday that he's happy with the progress the New York Yankees have made trying to improve so far this offseason, but he wouldn't dismiss making more significant roster additions.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before Spring Training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

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

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Yoan Lopez Likely Headed For Record Contract

Jan 12, 2015 4:47 PM

Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez could be in line for a record-setting contract as Major League clubs court him.

The 21-year-old starter is currently weighing offers and appears in line to break the $8 million bonus record for an international amateur set by Angels infielder Roberto Baldoquin, according to a source.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees are among the teams to express strong interest in the pitcher, who was cleared by the United States government last week.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sabathia Expects To Be Healthy For Spring Training

Jan 12, 2015 11:42 AM

CC Sabathia, on the comeback trail from knee surgery, is experiencing no pain and expects to be ready for Spring Training.

Sabatha, 34, made only eight starts last season, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.

He last pitched on May 10, suffering from a degenerative right knee condition that led to surgery in late July.

"I feel good, I don't have any pain, no nothing," Sabathia said. "My arm feels good."

Sabathia has two years and $48 million remaining on his contract, plus a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

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Yankees Hire Two New Hitting Coaches

Jan 12, 2015 1:02 AM

The Yankees fired Kevin Long shortly after the season ended. In replacing Long, the team has taken its time, ultimately deciding that two hitting coaches are better than one.

The team is hiring Jeff Pentland as the main hitting coach. He will be joined by Alan Cockrell, who will be the assistant hitting coach, a newly created position for the Yankees.

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CC Sabathia Expects To Be Ready For Spring Training
CC Sabathia has been playing catch, and will probably begin bullpen sessions by the end of the month.

Stephen Drew Close To Deal With Yankees
Drew has reportedly agreed to a contract worth $5 million plus incentives, pending a physical.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

A-Rod Needs Six HRs To Trigger $6M Bonus
Alex Rodriguez is just six home runs shy of 660, which would trigger a $6 million bonus to go along with his $21 million salary.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Padres Pushed Hard For Kuroda
The Padres made a serious push to sign Hiroki Kuroda before the 39-year-old opted to return to Japan.

Jeff Sanders/San Diego Union-Tribune

Yankees Trade Banuelos To Braves For Two Relievers
The Yankees have traded Manny Banuelos to the Braves for relievers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.


Yankees Trade Shawn Kelley To Padres
The Yankees have traded Shawn Kelley to the Padres in exchange for right-hander Johnny Barbato.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees
The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Hiroki Kuroda Is Returning To Japan
Hiroki Kuroda will pitch for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, his first professional team.

Yankees Check With Rockies On Tulowitzki
A few clubs inquired with the Rockies amid reports that the Mets were discussing the shortstop last week.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Report: Dodgers Owe More Tax Than Yankees
The Dodgers owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

Associated Press

Marlins Acquire Martin Prado From Yankees
Miami will also receive David Phelps and cash in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German.

RealGM Staff Report

Yankees Not Targeting Max Scherzer
"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' president Randy Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Yankees, Capuano Agree On One-Year Deal
The deal is worth $5 million, according to a source.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Cashman: A-Rod Now Full-Time DH
Brian Cashman confirmed Tuesday that Chase Headley will be New York's third baseman.

Associated Press

Source: Yankees Nearing $50M Deal With Headley
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Headley will receive a four-year deal worth more than $50 million.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Sources: Yankees Considering Run At Ervin Santana
There has been some dialogue between the two sides.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Report: Lester Decision 'Nearing Finish Line'
Jon Lester is expected to have all his final offers on the table soon, possibly by the conclusion of Tuesday night.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Giants Unlikely To Offer Headley Fourth Year
Chase Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million deal on the table, but it remains to be seen which team made the offer.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Lester's Pick Slowed By Negotiations
Jon Lester has multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, which has slowed down his ultimate choice because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

White Sox Acquire Both Samardzija, Robertson
Jeff Samardzija will hit free agency after the 2015 season.