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Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment, report says

Vernon Wells reacts to a strike against the

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Vernon Wells broke the news himself. Sort of.

The outfielder tweeted out a series of messages seemingly signifying that his time with the Yankees was over:


Be thankful and grateful in all things. Embrace each chapter in your book of life. — Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) January 10, 2014


Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied...

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Alex Rodriguez emails with Randy Levine reveal steroid jokes, support

A composite showing Yankees president Randy Levine, left,

(Credit: Jeremy Bales, AP)

Yankees president Randy Levine made steroid jokes involving Robinson Cano to Alex Rodriguez via e-mail twice during the summer of 2012, according to excerpts of several exchanges released by New York Magazine.

The series of emails allows a rare insight into the relationship between Levine and Rodriguez. What starts with lighthearted exchanges that sometimes verge on the edge of parody turns...

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Yankees vs. Mets: Holiday card throwdown

A screenshot from a Mets.com holiday video featuring

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The Yankees and Mets each released video holiday cards, with the Mets focusing on some humor and the Yankees on emotion.

Which one do you think is better?

Watch them both below and then vote in our poll.

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Masahiro Tanaka won't be posted, reports say

Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hurls the ball

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Masahiro Tanaka, the highly coveted Japanese starting pitcher, won't be allowed to pitch in the United States, according to reports from Japan cited by the New York Times and Peter Gammons on Thursday morning.

Tanaka is reportedly a major target for several MLB organizations -- though the Yankees are reportedly ready to move on from their pursuit.

Despite the Japanese ace declaring on...

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Yankees starting pitching options

Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda winds up in

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The Yankees currently have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova locked into the front three spots of their 2014 rotation – but who is going to fill the remaining two?

News broke Thursday that Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, a reported top target of the Yankees, may not be posted, preventing him from pitching in the U.S.

That leaves the Yankees with some intriguing, if not thrilling,...

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Yankee Stadium swivel seat for sale

Rain falls on the seats at Yankee Stadium.

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Did you find the seats at the old Yankee Stadium comfortable? Do you have $599.99 (plus shipping) to spend? Will your job not provide you with a swivel chair?

Then we have the Christmas gift for you!

Yes, you can now buy an authentic Yankee Stadium seat, on a swivel base. Click here for the product description and image....

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Derek Jeter less valuable than Eduardo Nunez, projections say

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures to infielder Eduardo

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Yankees superstar Derek Jeter will provide less value to the team than perennial underachiever Eduardo Nunez -- according to the latest computer projections.

The ZiPS projections for the Yankees (and several other teams) were unveiled on Fangraphs.com today and the forecasts for Jeter and Nunez aren't pretty:   Jeter Nunez Zips Wins Above Replacement 0.4 0.5 Average .259 .260 On-base...

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CC Sabathia expects 'the same old Derek Jeter' in 2014

Derek Jeter, right, bumps fists with CC Sabathia

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If Derek Jeter approaches 200 hits next season, CC Sabathia believes the Yankees will have a pretty good shot at winning the AL East. “That’s huge. That puts us right at the top of the division,” Sabathia said Tuesday afternoon before he hosted a holiday party for 52 youngsters from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Columbus Clubhouse at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. Sabathia added that he recently...

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CC Sabathia confident Ivan Nova can be a 'top starter' for Yankees

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia shouts out while

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CC Sabathia expressed approval of the biggest additions to the Yankees this offseason — notably Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran — because “if you put those guys in our park, I think we’ll have a pretty good offense.”

However, the problem is the Yankees need to pitch in that park, too.

It’s the middle of December, and question marks still surround who will comprise the...

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Guessing the Yankees roster: Take 1

Catcher Brian McCann puts on his Yankees jersey

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So it's not even 2014 yet -- so what? It's never too early to start guessing what the Yankees roster will look like (and don't worry Mets fans, we'll start predicting the Flushing group in a few days). Here's our projections at OBP based on the current 40-man roster and reported signings:

Starting lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 2. Brett Gardner, LF 3. Carlos Beltran, RF 4. Brian McCann,...

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