On-Base Perception

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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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Yankees, Matt Thornton agree to deal, report says

The Yankees have agreed to a two-year deal

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The Yankees have agreed with lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton on a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. YES Network analyst Jack Curry first reported the news. Curry said Thornton will make $3.5 million during each season of the deal.

The team had a vacancy for a southpaw specialist after Boone Logan left New York for a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies.

Thornton,...

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Yankees, Brian Roberts agree to deal, report says

Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles cools off

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Free agent second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, citing sources.

Rosenthal reports the deal will be for one year at about $2 million plus incentives and won't prevent the Yankees from continuing their search for infield help. He specifically mentions the team has "explored" a trade for Seattle's...

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Minnesota Twins hoping New York's trash is their treasure

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes takes a breather

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They were considered aces in the making.

Phil Hughes was ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by Baseball America before the 2007 season, a near-certain pillar of Yankees rotations for years to come.

Mike Pelfrey was rated the No. 20 prospect in the game by Baseball America that same year, and it appeared just a matter of time before he was leading a promising Mets squad to multiple...

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