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Yankees complete Chris Stewart swap, get Kyle Haynes from Pirates

Chris Stewart of the Yankees warms up before

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The Yankees completed their trade of Chris Stewart to the Pirates by acquiring righthanded pitcher Kyle Haynes on Wednesday afternoon as the player to be named later in the deal.

Haynes, 22, has a 2.78 ERA in 110 minor league innings. He spent last year in a Single A affiliate of the Pirates, striking out 85 in 83.1 innings. Impressively, he's given up just one home run during his professional...

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Nelson Mandela to be honored with plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium

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The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela by placing a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to commemorate his visit to the Stadium on June 21, 1990.

The plaque will be unveiled during a ceremony before the Yankees play the Chicago Cubs on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day.

Mandela famously said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee,” while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket during his historical...

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Kelly Johnson, Yankees agree to deal, reports say

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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UPDATE -- The Yankees have reached a deal with free agent infielder Kelly Johnson on a one-year deal for about $3 million, a source confirmed to Newsday. The contract is pending a physical.

Here's our earlier story:

The Yankees may not be done yet.

Following the high-profile signing of outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are reportedly nearing a deal with infielder Kelly Johnson,...

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New posting system deal could spell trouble for Yankees pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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Is Masahiro Tanaka slipping away from the Yankees?

The Japanese righthander, considered to be the best foreign player eligible to make the leap to MLB this offseason, is widely known to be a top target of the pitching-needy Yankees. But a new structure in the way Japanese players are posted to Major League teams could considerably dim the Yankees chances to land him.

Negotiations to...

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Yankees sign Brendan Ryan to two-year deal

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to

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The Yankees officially signed utilityman Brendan Ryan to a two-year, $5-million deal on Monday. The contract also includes a mutual option for 2016, the club announced. The sides initially agreed to the terms of the new deal in November.

Ryan, 31, will likely serve as insurance behind Derek Jeter, who is expected to start at shortstop. Despite his offensive deficiencies, Ryan brings elite...

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Robinson Cano tells El Dia he never asked for $300 million

Dominican Republic baseball players, from left, Robinson Cano,

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Yankees free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano told a newspaper in the Dominican Republic on Thursday that he never asked for $300 million from the Yankees or any other team.

"No one has heard that from my mouth and never will listen, if you're going to talk about anything other than contract," Cano said (via Google Translation from the El Dia report).

A number of source-based...

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Brian McCann, Yankees agree to deal, reports say

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a

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The Yankees reached a deal to sign free agent catcher Brian McCann pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

Ken Rosenthal reports the deal is for five years, $85 million with a sixth year vesting option that could push the total value to $100 million.

McCann, 29, is a career .277 hitter with a .350 on-base percentage and .823 on-base plus slugging percentage. He's hit at least...

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Who follows Mariano Rivera to the ninth inning for Yankees?

Yankees pitcher David Robertson looks on during the

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While Mariano Rivera was comfortably locking down games in the ninth inning for the Yankees in seasons past, fans and media members were free to wonder: “Who will be Mo’s heir?”

Nearly every hard-throwing prospect in the Yankees’ system or fleetingly successful set-up man was entered in the discussion. Phil Hughes. Joba Chamberlain. Mark Melancon. J.B. Cox (for those of you with particularly...

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Yankees retain all coaches for 2014

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Joe Girardi's lieutenants will all return for the 2014 season.

The Yankees announced Friday afternoon that all members of Girardi's coaching staff would be back next season: Mike Harkey (bullpen), Mick Kelleher (first base), Kevin Long (hitting), Tony Pena (bench), Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Rob Thomson (third base).

Pena is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, having...

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Robinson Cano wins Silver Slugger Award at second base

Robinson Cano of the Yankees looks on from

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Robinson Cano won his fifth American League Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday. It's the fourth straight year he's been honored as the AL's best offensive second baseman. His fifth came in 2006.

Cano was the lone New York player to win a Silver Slugger Award in 2013. He hit .314 with a team-high 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.

The Baltimore Orioles had the most Silver Sluggers of any team...

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