NEW YORK -- When the final out of the World Series nestled safely in Pablo Sandoval's glove, it officially kicked off the beginning of baseball's Hot Stove season. In the Bronx, the Yankees had been huddling for weeks, preparing for that green light.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have hired Eric Chavez, who announced his retirement after playing this season for the D-backs, as a special assignment scout.
Chavez, 36, won six Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at third base over 17 seasons in the big leagues and made a solid impression on the Yankees in 2011-12, when he moved to the Bronx after spending the majority of his career with the Athletics.
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's final tour, Masahiro Tanaka's stellar arrival and Dellin Betances' breakout campaign are among the memorable Yankees moments of this past season that have been selected to be nominated for MLB.com's Greatest in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
Jeter's exit after 20 seasons in the spotlight earned seven nods in four different categories -- including the captain acknowledging the fans during his last All-Star Game at Target Field, the early September ceremonies honoring him at Yankee Stadium and, of course, his game-winning single against the Orioles on Sept. 25.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced on Friday that four revisions have been made to their 2015 Spring Training schedule.
The team's March 13 game against the Red Sox will start at 7:05 p.m. ET, while the March 15 game against the Phillies will be played at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
MESA, Ariz. -- When the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Aaron Judge steps into the batter's box, it's easy to imagine him crushing balls all over the yard.
In Scottsdale's 7-5 win over Mesa, no imagination was necessary as Judge put his power on display with a pair of homers.
NEW YORK -- The last two times that the Yankees finished the regular season without the gates opening for a playoff game, they adhered to what can be called the Steinbrenner playbook: open the checkbooks and chase the biggest fish in free agency, stealing the headlines for the winter.
Now that the Yankees are spending October on the golf courses for the second consecutive year, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner will again have that option, intending to field a championship-caliber team in 2015.
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's many innings on the mound for the Yankees have been accompanied by a constant positive presence, with his wife, Amber, always cheering from the crowd. As Sunday's New York City Marathon approaches, their roles are about to reverse.
A first-time marathoner, Amber will be among the thousands of runners pounding concrete through all five boroughs of the city, racing toward a celebration in Central Park -- where CC and their four children will be waiting to present her with a finisher's medal.
NEW YORK -- Power-hitting Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge has been selected to represent the East Division in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game, which can be seen at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com on Nov. 1 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rosters are selected by scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff. Each organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.
As the Giants and Royals wrap up their battle to see who will be crowned as the new World Series champs, the Yankees have their wheels in motion toward the 2015 season. It's time to make our second dip of the offseason into the Yankees Inbox:
Scottsdale's lineup had a distinctly Yankees look Saturday with Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin hitting consecutively in the heart of the order. For good measure, Dante Bichette Jr. was also in the lineup, hitting seventh.
Judge, Bird and Austin, the Yankees' Nos. 5, 11 and 15 prospects, lived up to the Bronx Bombers nickname and powered Scottsdale to a 12-3 victory at Glendale. Each homered and scored two runs in the win.
NEW YORK -- Three months removed from season-ending right knee surgery, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said on Tuesday that he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent" and expects to be ready for a full workload of 32 starts and 200 innings in 2015.
"My only goal is to stay healthy and get back to that -- eating up innings and being able to start every fifth day," Sabathia told reporters at a book signing in midtown Manhattan.
For six innings Tuesday, Glendale right-handers Francellis Montas and Parker Bridwell silenced Scottsdale's offense. Despite some wildness that led to two runs, the pair held the Scorpions hitless, allowing the Desert Dogs to open a four-run lead.
When Bridwell was relieved after two innings, however, the rest of Glendale's bullpen couldn't keep the no-hitter going. The Scorpions broke through for their first hit and another run against left-hander Scott Snodgress in the seventh and then plated four runs to take the lead against right-hander Mychal Givens in the eighth.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Greg Bird has not been to the new Yankee Stadium, but he said he drove past the old one.
Despite not treading on the hallowed ground in the Bronx, he has that Yankees feeling.
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees are scheduled to play their first Spring Training game of 2015 on March 3 against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., and will host Philadelphia the next afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
The Yankees' Grapefruit League schedule, revealed on Monday, will feature a total of 33 exhibition contests, 16 of them at home. The slate includes matchups with all four American League East rivals and five night games at Steinbrenner Field.
The longest stretch of baseball in Aaron Judge's life began when he reported to Yankees Minor League Spring Training in March. He played 131 regular-season games from April through August, then reported to instructional league in September.
There's no rest in Judge's immediate future, because he's now in the Arizona Fall League, slated to play with the Scottsdale Scorpions through mid-November. He's thrilled that he's not getting any time off from baseball after an injury pushed his pro debut from 2013 to '14, and he's looking forward to testing himself against more advanced pitching than he has ever seen before.
Second baseman Brian Roberts is retiring, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The 37-year-old Roberts spent 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles, the team that drafted him in 1999. He spent this past year with the Yankees, playing 91 games before being released in August.
Three weeks have passed since the afternoon that Derek Jeter walked off a big league diamond for the final time, waving his batting helmet and officially entering retirement. His teammates and club brass went into offseason mode a few innings later, and that is where we find them now as we kick off the first Yankees Inbox of the offseason. Click here to submit a question.
How do you think Alex Rodriguez will perform this season?
-- Ricky L., via Twitter
NEW YORK -- As the Yankees' professional scouting meetings wrap up this week at Yankee Stadium, the club has started its search for a new hitting coach, setting up interviews with former big leaguers Chili Davis and Dave Magadan about the vacancy.
The Yankees dismissed hitting coach Kevin Long last week, along with first-base and infield coach Mick Kelleher. In Long's case, the change came after the Yankees scored just 633 runs in 2014, the third-fewest in the American League.
There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.
Several of the biggest prospects in baseball are honing their tools in the Arizona Fall League. Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, No. 1 on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list, is on the Salt River Rafters, as is D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley (No. 9). Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (No. 4) is playing for the Peoria Javelinas, while Addison Russell (No. 5) is back with the Mesa Solar Sox for a second straight autumn.
The Yankees started meetings with their professional scouts on Monday in New York, with general manager Brian Cashman's staff entering the beginning stages of outlining what must be done to get the team back to the postseason in 2015.
Joined by the team's scouts and other executives, Cashman is beginning the process of identifying possible free-agent signings and trades to upgrade a Yankees roster that posted 84 wins this past season, good for second place in the American League East but not good enough to qualify for a playoff berth.
Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird has raised eyebrows with his left-handed power since his days as a catcher at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. He caught Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman during their time together at Grandview.
Hitting .553 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs as a senior, Bird was named Player of the Year in Colorado. He had committed to play baseball for the University of Arkansas, favoring the small town environment and the Southeastern Conference for his collegiate career.
BALTIMORE -- The offseason is officially underway for the Yankees, who checked off an important piece of business on Friday by finalizing a three-year contract extension with Brian Cashman, who will continue to serve as the club's senior vice president and general manager.
Cashman's expected return marks the first domino to fall in what promises to be a busy winter for the Yankees after missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season. New York won 84 games and finished second in the American League East.
BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez is preparing to put his Yankees uniform back on in 2015, with his season-long suspension served. However, general manager Brian Cashman is making no assumption about the veteran's ability to consistently play third base.
Cashman said that the Yankees will actively seek contingency plans in the event that Rodriguez is not able to play his position. In addition to time as a designated hitter, manager Joe Girardi has spoken to Rodriguez about the possibility of playing some first base.
BALTIMORE -- In response to a disappointing season during which they ranked near the bottom of the American League in runs scored, the Yankees shook up their coaching staff on Friday by dismissing hitting coach Kevin Long and first-base coach Mick Kelleher.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed on a conference call that neither coach will return to manager Joe Girardi's staff next season. Long and Kelleher were both under contract through 2015, and Cashman said that the team has not yet identified their replacements.
BALTIMORE -- The Yankees plan to be in the market for a shortstop this offseason, and their list of options diminished by one on Thursday as J.J. Hardy and the Orioles reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension.
With Derek Jeter's retirement, Hardy, 32, had been floated as a prime candidate to take over the position. After early discussions with Baltimore stalled, Hardy found common ground with the club on a pact that will pay him $40 million plus an option for the 2018 season.
Thieves stole an undisclosed number of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra's World Series rings and two of his MVP plaques from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.
Burglars broke into the museum on Wednesday, taking a number of Berra's record 10 World Series rings -- officials did not say how many, it was reported by multiple outlets. Berra was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1951, '54 and '55
Right fielder Aaron Judge said he felt some butterflies while he was warming up Friday for his first game in the Arizona Fall League. Those nerves were long gone by the time he stepped in the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning with two runners on base and Scottsdale trailing Glendale by two runs.
Judge cleared the bases with a double to left, tying the game, and then came around to score when first baseman Greg Bird, his teammate in the Yankees' system, followed with a single. Judge's run capped a four-run rally that propelled Scottsdale to a 6-5 victory against Glendale.
NEW YORK -- Seven full seasons passed between the Yankees captaincies of Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter, successful years marked by four World Series championships, and so the organization believes that clubhouse leadership can be a group effort next season.
The Yankees are set to head into a campaign without an official captain for the first time since 2003, and manager Joe Girardi will be looking to several key veterans -- including CC Sabathia, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran -- to fill the void left by Jeter's retirement.
FINALLY, The Rock has come back to Monday Night Raw.
One of the greatest performers in the history of the sports entertainment industry made his triumphant return to professional wrestling with a surprise appearance during Raw in Brooklyn on Monday.