Source: Yankees, Chapman agree to deal

Closer loves organization, says it 'welcomed me with open arms'

Source: Yankees, Chapman agree to deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball are heading back to the Bronx, as the left-handed closer has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday night, a source told MLB.com.

The Yankees have not officially announced the signing, as Chapman must still pass a physical to finalize the agreement. Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera that his positive experiences playing in New York earlier this year pushed him to sign on for an encore performance.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bulk of Yanks' offseason moves done at Meetings

GM Cashman bringing back Chapman, signs Holliday

Bulk of Yanks' offseason moves done at Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As Brian Cashman grabbed the wheel and left the grounds of the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center on Thursday morning, beginning a four-hour highway trek toward New York City, he did so believing that the Yankees' heavy winter lifting is "most likely" complete.

Just the formality of a physical exam stands between the Yankees and their prime winter target, left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman, as the game's hardest thrower agreed late Wednesday to a record-setting five-year, $86 million contract that will bring him back to the Bronx.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks lose four in Majors phase of Rule 5 Draft

Club selects catcher Saez, righty Brewer in Triple-A phase

Yanks lose four in Majors phase of Rule 5 Draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In what general manager Brian Cashman viewed as an indication of the strength of his farm system, the Yankees were hit hard in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, including the selection of former Top 10 prospect catcher Luis Torrens by the Reds.

Torrens was rated as the Yankees' No. 17 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, but he has not played above Class A ball. Right-hander Tyler Jones (D-backs), left-hander Caleb Smith (Brewers) and left-hander Tyler Webb (Pirates) were also plucked from the Yankees in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Yanks among Winter Meetings' biggest winners

Chicago comes out as biggest winner; Red Sox, Yankees make deals

Yanks among Winter Meetings' biggest winners

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Hey, Rick Hahn. Wipe that smile off your face. You've still got a lot more work to do, not that you need us to tell you.

Hahn headed to the Winter Meetings with seemingly more on his plate than any other executive after last summer declaring the White Sox "mired in mediocrity'' and then standing pat at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He said he wasn't going to make a move just to make a move, pointing out that a wider group of players could be available in the offseason.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Recall Mike Mussina's gritty 2003 ALCS Game 7 outing

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Recall Mike Mussina's gritty 2003 ALCS Game 7 outing

October 16, 2003. The Bronx, New York. 

It was the setting of one of the most dramatic postseason games in baseball history, pitting the host Yankees against the rival Red Sox with a trip to the World Series on the line. However you feel about this contest probably has a lot to do with your rooting interest in either team, but the matchup was objectively enthralling.

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Holliday ready to rip for Yankees in any role

Seven-time All-Star signs 1-year deal, could see time as DH, outfielder and first baseman

Holliday ready to rip for Yankees in any role

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Clean-shaven and wearing the pinstripes for the first time, Matt Holliday stood in the runway to the home dugout at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, looking out at the field while posing underneath Joe DiMaggio's famed words thanking the Good Lord for making him a Yankee.

This could be, Holliday thought, "a really good fit." Holliday officially became a member of the Yankees on Wednesday, as the seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner finalized a one-year, $13 million agreement that will install him in the heart of the Bombers' lineup.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jeter honored to have No. 2 retired

Jeter honored to have No. 2 retired

NEW YORK -- A little girl walked up to Derek Jeter on Wednesday morning and told him without hesitation, "My mommy said you were her favorite player." He smiled at her, handed her a stuffed backpack as a holiday gift, and replied, "Tell your mommy I said thanks."

Just wait until Mother's Day next year.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman not afraid to trade within AL East

O's one of several teams to reportedly express interest in Gardner

Cashman not afraid to trade within AL East

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Though Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't seem to believe that the Yankees would dare trade outfielder Brett Gardner within the American League East, general manager Brian Cashman nudged the door open to a possible match on Wednesday, saying that isn't necessarily the case.

The Yankees have been receiving interest in Gardner from several teams this offseason, and while Cashman said that there has not been a proposal enticing enough to make a move on, he would have no hesitation dealing a player of that caliber within the division.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman says Yanks unlikely to add starter

GM cites 'tough market' and high price tags, doesn't want to move top prospects

Cashman says Yanks unlikely to add starter

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that he is preparing to head into 2017 without adding to the team's stable of starting pitching.

Cashman said that he has found it difficult to upgrade over their current crop of starters, which features Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia as the only rotation locks. As such, Cashman said that he no longer anticipates being able to add a starter this offseason.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge rings NYSE bell, brings family to Bronx

Judge rings NYSE bell, brings family to Bronx

NEW YORK -- Back home in little Linden, Calif. (pop. 1,784), the Cherry Capital of the World, they are trying to figure out how to combat floating water weeds on the vital tributary that reaches far inland to that farming community from the Pacific Ocean.

That ongoing challenge seemed literally a world away from the bustling trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where Linden's own Aaron Judge and his parents, Wayne and Patricia, found themselves among autograph-seekers on Wednesday morning.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

R-E-2-P-E-C-T: Jeter's No. 2 to be retired May 14

R-E-2-P-E-C-T: Jeter's No. 2 to be retired May 14

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is now officially out of circulation, as the organization announced that it will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14.

In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' Mother's Day game against the Houston Astros, Jeter will become the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired, and the first since teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte each had their number retired during the 2015 season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman: Boston's 'like the Golden State Warriors'

Yankees GM compares rival to NBA juggernaut, still expects NY to be competitive

Cashman: Boston's 'like the Golden State Warriors'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Adding Chris Sale to an already formidable roster has turned the Red Sox into baseball's version of the Golden State Warriors, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman quipped shortly after the seismic trade that rattled the Winter Meetings on Tuesday afternoon.

"That's a big one. That's a blockbuster," Cashman said. "It was a 'Wow.' Obviously they gave up a lot and they got a lot. Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball; they've got their [Kevin] Durant, their [Draymond] Green, [Klay] Thompson and [Stephen] Curry. It's a big one."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks considering offers for Gardner

Cashman has 'said no to a lot of different concepts' regarding Gold Glove-winning outfielder

Yanks considering offers for Gardner

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees are continuing to receive offers for outfielder Brett Gardner, though general manager Brian Cashman said that nothing has moved the needle thus far toward a potential trade.

"He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," Cashman said. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees, Holliday complete one-year deal

Contract with 7-time All-Star valued at $13 million

Yankees, Holliday complete one-year deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract that was formally announced by the team on Wednesday.

The sides reached the agreement on Sunday. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi confirmed the financial terms.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betances commits to World Baseball Classic

Betances commits to World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks taking part in auction to honor Forde

Club helping fund renovation of field, which will be tribute to late Mets staffer

Yanks taking part in auction to honor Forde

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees are participating in a charity auction to help fund the renovation of a youth baseball and softball field in Little Ferry, N.J., which will be a loving tribute to the memory of longtime Mets senior director of media relations Shannon Forde.

All 30 Major League clubs are offering one-of-a-kind auction items that will support MLB Play Ball's effort to honor the beloved staffer, who lost her battle with Stage IV breast cancer in March at the age of 44.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torres, Andujar on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Torres, Andujar on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is set.

No. 23 Pittsburgh will face Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

What will John Sterling's HR call be for Holliday?

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What will John Sterling's HR call be for Holliday?

Winter Meetings won't get officially underway until tomorrow, but Sunday provided us with some kindling to keep the Hot Stove burning in the meantime: The Yankees have agreed to terms with Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million deal.

The move fills a need for New York at DH, while also affecting the market for similar sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo. But enough about all that. There are far more important matters to discuss here -- namely, what will John Sterling choose as his Holliday home run call?

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Yankees non-tender lefty Lindgren at deadline

Yankees non-tender lefty Lindgren at deadline

NEW YORK -- The Yankees resolved two of their potential non-tender situations this week with the outright releases of right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, and they settled their business in advance of Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players by declining to offer a deal to left-hander Jacob Lindgren, who appeared in seven games with New York as a reliever in 2015.

Lindgren, who missed all of last season due to injury issues with his pitching elbow, is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. He endured a wild spring that prompted the Yankees to have him begin the year with Class A Advanced Tampa.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC: Knee good, Yanks looking to build on '16 finish

CC: Knee good, Yanks looking to build on '16 finish

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- As CC Sabathia approaches what could be his final season with the Yankees, he feels healthy following recent right knee surgery and upbeat about the potential of his team.

The big lefty said the surgery he had in October was not a big deal, and absolutely no hindrance in his preparation for 2017.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Derek Jeter showed off his golf swing

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Derek Jeter showed off his golf swing

What do baseball players do in their free time? Play golf. What do retirees do in their free time? Play golf. What do retired baseball players do in their free time? Play golf in the Bahamas during a pro-am at the Hero World Challenge on the PGA Tour.

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Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hal expects Judge to be Yanks' right fielder

Steinbrenner says Betances could handle closer role, though club may bring back Chapman

Hal expects Judge to be Yanks' right fielder

NEW YORK -- Hal Steinbrenner said that it was "emotional" to watch Aaron Judge homer in his first Major League plate appearance, and the Yankees' managing general partner is counting on the 24-year-old slugger to grab hold of the starting right-field job next spring.

Speaking in the first part of a two-part interview with the YES Network, Steinbrenner said that Judge will be coming into the new season with something to prove after hitting .179 (15-for-84) with 42 strikeouts in his first 27 Major League games.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Mariano Rivera break Ryan Klesko's bat 3 times

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Watch Mariano Rivera break Ryan Klesko's bat 3 times

Mariano Rivera, who turned 47 on Tuesday, has had quite a career. In addition to holding the MLB record for saves (652) and games finished (952), he has five World Series rings, 13 All-Star Game selections and an award named after him. He's also one of the few ballplayers capable of turning full-grown adults into quivering puddles of emotion:

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Frazier, Severino show off their offseason workouts

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Frazier, Severino show off their offseason workouts

How did Clint Frazier get so ripped? Well, based on a video he shared of his offseason workout Tuesday workout, he did it by throwing a giant ball against a concrete wall over and over again.

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Jonathan Mayo

The Next Big Leaguers: Yankees' Torres

Five experts weigh in on who will be baseball's next sensation

The Next Big Leaguers: Yankees' Torres

For a quarter-century, the Arizona Fall League has helped the top Minor League talent in the game get ready for the big leagues. It's done so with remarkable consistency, sending more than 60 percent of its alumni to the highest level.

The AFL has produced 247 players who have earned roster spots in the All-Star Game, including 33 in last year's Midsummer Classic. There have been 16 MVPs (Mike Trout is a two-time winner), seven Cy Young Award winners and 27 Rookies of the Year to come through the league since it started in 1992.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.