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Steinbrenner: A-Rod Having An 'Amazing Year'

Jul 7, 2015 6:30 AM

Hank Steinbrenner has been very impressed with the play of Alex Rodriguez this season despite the fact that he was snubbed from the All-Star team.

The New York Yankees had looked for ways to void Rodriguez's contract during his season-long steroid suspension in 2014.

"I think it's one of the greatest comeback years any player has ever had," Steinbrenner said. "It's an amazing year. The bad hips, all the other stuff, the more than a year off at his age. To come back and do what he's done is pretty amazing."

Rodriguez, who will turn 40 later this month, is batting .284 with 16 home runs, 47 RBIs and a .902 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

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Yankees Could Replace Stephen Drew From Within

Jul 6, 2015 9:24 AM

The New York Yankees are unhappy with Stephen Drew's offensive production at second base.

New York would gladly eat the rest of the $5 million owed to Drew if they are able to find a solution.

According to Andrew Marchand, the Yankees may be more likely to try to add from within than via a deal.

Jose Pirela has shown that he's isn't the answer, but the Yankees have Rob Refsnyder at Triple-A.

Refsnyder, 24, entered Sunday hitting .278 at Triple-A.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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A-Rod, Yankees Settle Marketing Payment Dispute

Jul 4, 2015 12:38 AM

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

ESPN.com

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Yankees Keeping CC Sabathia In Rotation

Jun 30, 2015 3:55 PM

CC Sabathia has struggled this season, but the New York Yankees are keeping him in the starting rotation.

Brian Cashman said there is no chance the 34-year-old former Cy Young Award winner will be removed from the team's starting rotation.

"That's not something that we're considering at this moment," Cashman said. "We're going to continue to give him every opportunity to work through this for the foreseeable future."

Sabathia is on pace to lose more games than he ever has in any one season of his 15-year big league career; he went 14-13 in 2013.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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Yankees Send Adam Warren To Bullpen

Jun 30, 2015 7:45 AM

The New York Yankees are moving Adam Warren back to the bullpen.

Warren was informed by the Yankees following their 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that he would not make his scheduled start Wednesday in the finale of this three-game series, but would instead report back to the bullpen.

The right-hander is likely to work as the setup man to interim closer Dellin Betances while the Yankees wait for Andrew Miller to come off the disabled list.

Warren has outpitched Nathan Eovaldi, CC Sabathia and, at times, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, but he is the only starter capable of performing in relief as well.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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Jacoby Ellsbury To Begin Rehab Assignment Monday

Jun 28, 2015 7:08 PM

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellbury will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with the anticipation he could return to the major league lineup by the end of the week.

"I'm excited to be playing in games sometime this week, and I can't wait to get back with the big league club," Ellsbury said in a statement.

Ellsbury has been out more than five weeks with a right knee sprain.

ESPN.com

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Did $5,000 Keep Yankees From Signing Maikel Franco?

Jun 25, 2015 9:43 AM

Maikel Franco, who has been a sensation for the otherwise struggling Philadelphia Phillies, nearly signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent.

According to one report, Franco signed with the Phillies because they offered him $5,000 more than the Yankees.

Franco confirmed Wednesday that he nearly signed with New York in January of 2010, when he was a free agent prospect out of the Dominican Republic.

The Yankees offered a $95,000 signing bonus while the Phillies offered $100,000. Franco also said he spent two or three weeks at the Yankees complex in Santo Domingo before making his decision.

"It's tough. I know I was almost close to coming here and almost close to signing to the Yankees," he said.

Daniel Popper/New York Daily News

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Yankees Haven't Ruled Out Run At Hamels

Jun 24, 2015 5:31 PM

The New York Yankees haven't ruled out making a trade offer for Cole Hamels, who is guaranteed $86.2 million through the 2018 season, according to a source.

Hamels took the mound at Yankee Stadium for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and struggled. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work after having his start delayed because of a hamstring injury.

"Nothing has heated up yet on the Hamels front between the two teams, but that could change quickly, as Fox Sports reported that the Rangers are having "ongoing dialogue" with the Phillies about their ace," writes David Lennon.

"Hamels does have a no-trade list of 20 teams, but the Rangers and Yankees are not on it. In other words, they already have been pre-approved as potential destinations."

David Lennon/Newsday

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Joe Girardi: CC Sabathia Is Staying In Rotation

Jun 24, 2015 8:09 AM

CC Sabathia insists that he is healthy, but his 5.65 ERA has raised questions about his future with the New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi tried to downplay any doubts, stating that Sabathia will remain in the rotation.

"You are asking me a question, I just walked in here from two minutes ago, we played the game," Girardi said. "He is a starter for us. That's what he is and that's what we are paying him to do and that is what he is going to do."

Right-handed hitters have a .924 OPS against the left-hander this season.

"It comes down to mistakes," Girardi said. "It comes down to there has to be consistency in pitches and, right now, he is missing location."

Sabathia, who turns 35 next month, is owed $25 million for next season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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Report: Hamels Would Accept Trade To Yankees
The market for Cole Hamels is heating up and potential destinations are beginning to appear.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

Report: Hamels Blocked Trade To Astros
Cole Hamels has blocked a potential trade to the Astros, according to a report by KHOU-TV.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Yankees Trying To Get A-Rod's 3,000th Hit Ball Back
The Yankees are negotiating with the fan who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit ball, according to sources.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Zack Hample Doesn't Plan To Return HR Ball To A-Rod
Known "ballhawk" Zack Hample, 37, has caught more than 8,000 baseballs.

ESPN.com

Alex Rodriguez Hits Homer Off Verlander For 3,000th Hit
Derek Jeter and Wade Boggs are the only others to homer for their 3,000th career hit.

Tyler Kepner/New York Times

Girardi Thankful Marlins Got Hit Off Pineda
Joe Girardi was thankful that the Marlins finally got a hit off Michael Pineda on Wednesday night, saving him from having to make a tough decision.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

MLB, Union Put A-Rod's Grievance Deadline on Hold
Major League Baseball and the players' union have put the deadline for Alex Rodriguez to file a grievance against the Yankees for not making a $6 million payment when he hit his 660th home run on hol

Associated Press

Derek Jeter Now Running Sports Media Company
The Players Tribune is a website where pro athletes can create their own content to connect with fans.

Business Insider

Yankees, Giants Scouting Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake
The Yankees have more than one need, but they have been scouting the Reds while looking to upgrade their starting rotation.

George A. King III/New York Post

A-Rod Joins Hank Aaron In 2,000 RBI Club
Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth inning of Saturday night's game at Camden Yards.

ESPN.com

Yankees Sign Sergio Santos; Outright Esmil Rogers
The Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Sergio Santos to a Major League contract on Saturday.

Press Release

Fans Chant 'Future Yankee' With Bryce Harper At Plate
Bryce Harper, who grew up a fan of the Yankees, pledged his love for the Nationals prior to Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Bryce Harper Faces Younger Pitcher For First Time
Bryce Harper, a veteran of four seasons, has appeared in 414 games and logged more than 1,700 plate appearances before coming up against a pitcher his own age.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Mariano Rivera III Drafted By Nationals
The Nationals drafted Mariano Rivera III in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

Associated Press

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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