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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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
David Wright can do just about anything.
The Mets captain can hit for average and power. He has a great eye at the plate. He's even become a decent fielder at third base.
But we now know one thing he can't do: Sing.
Wright, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Justin Turner (because of course Justin Turner is involved) and several other Mets were filmed singing and wishing fans a happy holiday....Read more »
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...Read more »
Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, Newsday has confirmed.
The deal is for $7.25 million. That would be a slight pay cut from the $8.5 million Young made last season with the Athletics, but it's in line with what similar outfielders have earned so far this winter: David Murphy signed with the Indians for two years and $12 million while Marlon...Read more »
Josh Johnson, David Murphy, Tim Hudson and Marlon Byrd are already off the board. Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence never even got to the shop-around stage.
But there are plenty of enticing free agents left for interested teams to engage.
Of the remaining players on the market, here's the best lineup we could put together (2013 salary in parenthesis):
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF ($9 million)
2....Read more »
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...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Yankees’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
The 26-year-old lefthander appeared in five games, starting three, for the Yankees in 2013. His calling card is excellent...Read more »
It looks like Marlon Byrd will be back in the National League East -- and with his original team.
The outfielder, who revived his career with the Mets and Pirates in 2013, is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple reports. The deal will pay Byrd $16 million in total, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. That amount would be...Read more »