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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

From left, bench coach Tony Pena, manager Joe

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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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Jorge Posada to be honored at Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Gala

Former Yankee Jorge Posada attends the Joe Torre

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Jorge Posada will be this year's honoree at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation's 11th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 14 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his wife, Ali Torre, founded the organization in response to the impact domestic abuse had on Torre's life. The mission of the foundation is to help save lives by educating people on how to end...

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Omar Infante could be reliable backup plan to Robinson Cano

Omar Infante could be a solid backup option

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The general assumption made by the majority of baseball analysts is that Robinson Cano, arguably the top free agent on the market this Winter, will wind up back in pinstripes.

But assumptions this time of year are dangerous.

After all, who thought Albert Pujols would leave St. Louis to sign with the Angels? Or that Josh Hamilton would also take a mega-deal from the Halos? Or that the...

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Mariano Rivera named American League Comeback Player of the Year

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap to

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Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.

In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...

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Yankees have a shortstop conundrum

Derek Jeter strikes out in the first inning

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For the first time in nearly two decades the Yankees have a serious shortstop problem.

Franchise icon Derek Jeter was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal Friday afternoon. Even without that move (more a superficial tactic made for luxury tax purposes) Jeter would have likely remained a Yankee in 2014 since he possessed a $9.5 million player option.

But Jeter appeared in just 17...

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