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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 »
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 »
Joe Girardi's lieutenants will all return for the 2014 season.
The Yankees announced Friday afternoon that all members of Girardi's coaching staff would be back next season: Mike Harkey (bullpen), Mick Kelleher (first base), Kevin Long (hitting), Tony Pena (bench), Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Rob Thomson (third base).
Pena is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, having...Read more »
Robinson Cano won his fifth American League Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday. It's the fourth straight year he's been honored as the AL's best offensive second baseman. His fifth came in 2006.
Cano was the lone New York player to win a Silver Slugger Award in 2013. He hit .314 with a team-high 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.
The Baltimore Orioles had the most Silver Sluggers of any team...Read more »
Jorge Posada will be this year's honoree at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation's 11th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 14 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his wife, Ali Torre, founded the organization in response to the impact domestic abuse had on Torre's life. The mission of the foundation is to help save lives by educating people on how to end...Read more »
The general assumption made by the majority of baseball analysts is that Robinson Cano, arguably the top free agent on the market this Winter, will wind up back in pinstripes.
But assumptions this time of year are dangerous.
After all, who thought Albert Pujols would leave St. Louis to sign with the Angels? Or that Josh Hamilton would also take a mega-deal from the Halos? Or that the...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.
In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...Read more »
For the first time in nearly two decades the Yankees have a serious shortstop problem.
Franchise icon Derek Jeter was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal Friday afternoon. Even without that move (more a superficial tactic made for luxury tax purposes) Jeter would have likely remained a Yankee in 2014 since he possessed a $9.5 million player option.
But Jeter appeared in just 17...Read more »
Robinson Cano could have one more item to add to his free agent resume now that he's been nominated for what would be his third American League Gold Glove Award at second base.
Cano's advanced defensive metrics this season were hardly overwhelming, but it was a thin AL field. Cano had six Defensive Runs Saved and an 0.8 Ultimate Zone Rating. DRS is the key defensive stat used in the oft-cited...Read more »
The stigma that Japanese pitchers can't succeed in the United States has disappeared quicker than a Kei Igawa fastball that's been blasted into the Yankee Stadium bleachers.
The success of pitchers like Rangers ace Yu Darvish and Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda shows that Japan not only offers suitable rotation alternatives, but true, top-of-the-line talent.
The current big name headed...Read more »