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Yankees sign nine to minor league deals

Oakland Athletics infielder Scott Sizemore throws to first

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The Yankees on Wednesday signed nine players to minor league deals that included invitations to spring training.

The club also extended invites to 17 others, raising the total number of players expected in camp to 66.

Righthanded pitchers Bruce Billings, Robert Coello, Brian Gordon and Chris Leroux signed minor league deals, along with infielders Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis...

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Darryl Strawberry pitching new recovery center

Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry addresses the media

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Darryl Strawberry made the rounds at Super Bowl Radio Row on Tuesday to talk about the the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center, which is scheduled to open outside Orlando, Fla., in March.

The 51-year-old former Met and Yankee, now a pastor in St. Louis, came to the Super Bowl to spread the word about his center and ministry. He said he'd like to open another center "in New York or Long Island,"...

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Masahiro Tanaka makes Yankees 'a third-place team', Steve Phillips says

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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It's Super Bowl week here in New York, which means media members (myself included) are hanging around at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. On one of my several trips down to Radio Row, I happened to run into Steve Phillips, co-host of SiriusXM's "Evan and Phillips in the Morning" show, and we had a nice chat about the upcoming game. (You can read his prediction for the game here.)

At the end...

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Stony Brook University alum Maxx Tissenbaum traded to Rays

Stony Brook infielder Maxx Tissenbaum avoids a tag

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Former Stony Brook University baseball player Maxx Tissenbaum was sent to the Tampa Bay organization on Wednesday as part of a seven-player trade between the Padres and Rays.

The full deal:

The Padres get reliever Alex Torres and minor league starter Jesse Hahn.

The Rays get Tissenbaum, versatile utility player Logan Forsythe, reliever Brad Boxberger and minor leaguers Matt Lollis...

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Video: History of Japanese players in MLB

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees salutes the crowd

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This one is probably not a coincidence.

The MLB Productions crew put together a video showing the history of Japanese players in the major leagues...

That just happened to be released on the same day highly-sought-after righthander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.

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Masahiro Tanaka derby: Reading the tea leaves

Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates after defeating

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Here’s what we officially know about the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes: Very little.

Five teams have reportedly submitted formal offers for the highly-coveted Japanese righthander. The Yankees and Dodgers are viewed as the front runners in that group with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and White Sox bringing up the rear (likely in that order).

Now let’s get into the tea leaf reading:

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Drake takes on Alex Rodriguez on 'Saturday Night Live'

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As if the Alex Rodriguez saga wasn't enough of a joke already.

Rapper Drake hosted "Saturday Night Live" and took on the Yankees third baseman's current situation -- which, if you've been trapped in traffic on the George Washington Bridge for the past year, involves numerous lawsuits in an effort to overturn a 162-game suspension for alleged performance-enhancing drug use.

Drake,...

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Brett Gardner, David Robertson avoid arbitration with Yankees, reports say

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after

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The Yankees have avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals with Brett Gardner, Ivan Nova and David Robertson, according to multiple reports.

Gardner will make $5.6 million, according to multiple reports. Robertson is due to earn $5.215 million, according to Jon Heyman. Nova will make $3.3 million according to Joel Sherman.

Gardner, 30, and Robertson, 28, are in their last season...

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Bobby Parnell, Mets avoid arbitration

New York Mets' Bobby Parnell #39 walks back

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The Mets and Bobby Parnell have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday. Parnell will earn $3.7 million in 2014 and can earn an additional $50,000 if he appears in 60 games, Joel Sherman reported.

Parnell, 29, isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

The Mets closer has a 3.55 ERA and 36 saves in six seasons. He's struck out 279...

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Yankees, Francisco Cervelli avoid arbitration

Francisco Cervelli talks to the media before working

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The Yankees and catcher Francisco Cervelli have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Thursday.

The team did not disclose how much the deal was worth, but CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $700,000.

Cervelli played in 17 games in 2013, hitting .269 with a .377 on-base percentage, three home runs and eight RBIs. He broke his right...

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