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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...Read more »
The Yankees may have blunted the loss of Robinson Cano’s offense by signing the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but there remains one, glaring issue: None of those players can man second base.
UPDATE: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brian Roberts. Read the story here.
The Yankees have infielder Kelly Johnson on the roster, but their reported...Read more »
Joba Chamberlain, the electric reliever turned fragile starter turned inconsistent reliever turned headache, is now someone else's enigma.
Chamberlain has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Tigers, according to multiple reports.
Chamberlain spawned numerous marketing opportunities upon arriving in the Yankees bullpen in August 2007 and pitching to a 0.38 ERA as Mariano...Read more »
The Mets took a pitcher and the Yankees lost a pitcher during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, but the most interesting transaction occurred during the minor league phase of the annual event and involves a player who will never take the field.
The Rangers took Colorado second baseman Russell Wilson – yes, that Russell Wilson, the Seahawks star quarterback. Wilson was selected by the Rockies...Read more »
The Yankees completed their trade of Chris Stewart to the Pirates by acquiring righthanded pitcher Kyle Haynes on Wednesday afternoon as the player to be named later in the deal.
Haynes, 22, has a 2.78 ERA in 110 minor league innings. He spent last year in a Single A affiliate of the Pirates, striking out 85 in 83.1 innings. Impressively, he's given up just one home run during his professional...Read more »
The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela by placing a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to commemorate his visit to the Stadium on June 21, 1990.
The plaque will be unveiled during a ceremony before the Yankees play the Chicago Cubs on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day.
Mandela famously said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee,” while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket during his historical...Read more »
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 »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »