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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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Who will play second base for Yankees?

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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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...

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Joba Chamberlain signs with Tigers, reports say

Joba Chamberlain wipes his face during a game

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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...

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Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes against

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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...

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Yankees complete Chris Stewart swap, get Kyle Haynes from Pirates

Chris Stewart of the Yankees warms up before

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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...

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Nelson Mandela to be honored with plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium

Nelson Mandela acknowledges the crowd after donning a

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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...

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Kelly Johnson, Yankees agree to deal, reports say

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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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,...

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New posting system deal could spell trouble for Yankees pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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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...

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