Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

Buxton looking to defend No. 1 slot with 2015 rankings set to be unveiled

Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

The annual preseason ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball will be revealed tonight, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list on MLB.com. The show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, will feature analysis from MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, as well as MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken.

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

Yankees rely on veteran strength at the corners

Headley back at third after re-signing, while Teixeira will again handle first

Yankees rely on veteran strength at the corners

With the start of Spring Training just weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees, continuing with the corner infielders.

On the July afternoon that the Yankees announced their trade for Chase Headley, general manager Brian Cashman attempted to downplay expectations by revealing that their scouts painted the new acquisition as just "an average third baseman." That quickly became a running joke among observers, as Headley wasted little time making sharp plays at the hot corner.

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

Carpenter excited to don pinstripes

Reliever feels Yankees have one of game's best bullpens

Carpenter excited to don pinstripes

NEW YORK -- The biggest step forward of David Carpenter's career came with Brian McCann putting down the fingers behind home plate, and the right-hander can't wait to have that battery recharged in Yankees pinstripes this season.

McCann was an enthusiastic supporter of the New Year's Day deal that brought Carpenter to the Bronx, packaged with left-hander Chasen Shreve for pitching prospect Manny Banuelos. The 29-year-old Carpenter hopes to make both his buddy and the Yanks' front office look good with some immediate dividends.

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

John Sterling returns to announce Kitten Bowl

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John Sterling returns to announce Kitten Bowl

As you may have heard, there's a pretty big football game happening on Sunday. Thousands of wings will be ordered, oceans of dip will be consumed, and at least 50 kittens will be adopted. Yes, that's right, the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl is back for a second year, and Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling is back with it. 

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Inbox: Do Yanks have pieces to contend in 2015?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers New York fans' questions

Inbox: Do Yanks have pieces to contend in 2015?

We're just about four weeks from the official report date for Yankees pitchers and catchers -- it's Feb. 20, if you didn't already have it circled on the calendar -- and so this is the home stretch of the offseason. Here's another installment of what Yanks fans are talking about.

The Yankees have made several low-key acquisitions, so what are we to expect of their performance this upcoming season? I could see them fighting for .500 or possibly better. What will we see come Opening Day?
-- Bradley W., Provo, Utah

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

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Barry M. Bloom

Broadcasters Sterling, Grant strong after trying incidents

Broadcasters Sterling, Grant strong after trying incidents

PHOENIX -- John Sterling and Mark Grant sounded upbeat when reached on the phone during the past few days. Both had endured recent experiences of a much different nature that had a profound effect on their lives.

Sterling, the long-time radio play-by-play voice of the Yankees, saw his New Jersey apartment building, containing all of his worldly possessions, literally go up in flames.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Derek Jeter and Russell Wilson have a pleasant chat

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Derek Jeter and Russell Wilson have a pleasant chat

What happens when two such winners meet face-to-face and partake in conversation with each other? What do they talk about? Well, we don't actually know what Derek Jeter and Russell Wilson discussed on June 11 ahead of the Yankees-Mariners matchup at Safeco Field. But we can imagine.

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Refsnyder No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Refsnyder No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Bird No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Bucs' Bell leads list, followed by A's Olson, Yanks' Bird

Bird No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eovaldi aiming to build repertoire with Yanks

Righty eager to work with McCann, Rothschild on mixing pitches, changeup

Eovaldi aiming to build repertoire with Yanks

NEW YORK -- The last handful of starts for Nathan Eovaldi in a Marlins uniform represented a workshop of sorts, allowing the right-hander to make tweaks and prepare for the next steps of his career. The Yankees hope they will be the beneficiary of those experiments.

Acquired from Miami in a five-player trade on Dec. 19, Eovaldi said that he has started throwing some light bullpen sessions and is excited to report to camp with the Yankees, where he sees a bright opportunity as a member of the club's starting rotation.

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

Return of A-Rod's salary limits Yankees' moves

Cashman: $21M owed Rodriguez keeps club out of bidding for Shields

Return of A-Rod's salary limits Yankees' moves

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are not expected to actively bid for free-agent right-hander James Shields, and as general manager Brian Cashman explained on Wednesday, that is partially because of the return of Alex Rodriguez.

In an interview on WPAT-AM 930, Cashman pointed to Rodriguez's reinstatement as one reason that the Yankees have stayed away from expensive hurlers like Shields and Max Scherzer, who finalized a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals on Wednesday.

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

Yankees will make television return to PIX11

Bombers slated for 20 games on network, 125 to be played on YES

NEW YORK -- The Yankees will be seen again on PIX11 this season, returning to the channel that served as their over-the-air broadcast television home spanning the eras from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter.

The YES Network and Tribune Media Company announced Thursday that they have reached a multiyear agreement under which PIX11 has secured over-the-air rights to Yankees games in the New York area. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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

Yogi has sage advice for Belichick and the Patriots

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Yogi has sage advice for Belichick and the Patriots

Yankees great Yogi Berra is well known as an oracular source of wisdom. As the New Yorker might say, "Hardly anybody would quarrel that . . . Winston Churchill has been replaced by Yogi Berra as the favorite source of quotations." And if anyone needs wisdom right now, it's Bill Belichick and the Patriots

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Hot start for McCann key for Yankees in 2015

Catcher had strong finish last year after adjusting to American League

Hot start for McCann key for Yankees in 2015

With the start of Spring Training just weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees, continuing with the catchers.

Brian McCann was his own toughest critic at times last year, evaluating his first half-season in pinstripes as "horrible." But the Yankees finally saw the player that they expected in September. As 2015 nears, it's their hope that McCann will pick up right where he left off.

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

A-Rod has meeting with incoming Commissioner

Alex Rodriguez reached out to Major League Baseball and incoming Commissioner Rob Manfred this week as he prepares to return to the field with the Yankees following a one-year suspension for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The purpose of Rodriguez's visit to MLB's offices at 245 Park Avenue in New York was to clear the air as he prepares to attempt to resurrect his career, according to the New York Post, which first reported the story. Manfred was Commissioner Bud Selig's point man for the Biogenesis investigation that led to the suspension of A-Rod and 13 others.

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

Sterling loses Series rings in apartment complex fire

Massive blaze in New Jersey leaves Yankees announcer starting from scratch

Sterling loses Series rings in apartment complex fire

NEW YORK -- John Sterling, the longtime radio voice of the New York Yankees, is among the hundreds of people who have been displaced after a massive fire ripped through a large New Jersey apartment complex on Wednesday.

The Avalon at Edgewater complex in Edgewater, N.J., went up in flames at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET, and the fire continued to burn into the morning hours. Authorities said that everyone in the four-story building escaped safely, but losses are expected to be substantial.

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

Yanks never in on Scherzer sweepstakes

Offering blockbuster contract not 'realistic' with current payroll, rotation options

Yanks never in on Scherzer sweepstakes

NEW YORK -- From the first days of free agency, the Yankees maintained both publicly and privately that they were not a likely landing spot for Max Scherzer, given the unappealing thought of adding another nine-figure commitment to a starting rotation that already features two of them.

There were some thoughts that the Yankees might be posturing in order to make a late strike, as they did to a certain extent in 2009 with Mark Teixeira, but it was no bluff this time. The Yanks never made a bid for Scherzer, who is finalizing his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals.

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

Touted Cuban infielder Moncada works out for Yanks

Touted Cuban infielder Moncada works out for Yanks

Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban sensation, has had a private workout for the Yankees. New York is among a growing list of clubs coveting the services of the switch-hitter who has been primarily a middle infielder, but may eventually wind up in the outfield.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez confirmed a Baseball America report that Moncada showcased his skills for Yankees officials. Sanchez also notes Moncada has worked out for the Giants, and he said that Moncada had seven workouts scheduled for January.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Severino No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Severino No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Signing Drew the right move for Yanks?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from fans

Inbox: Signing Drew the right move for Yanks?

Final preparations are being made to get the 2015 Yankees ready for camp: this past week, the Yankees finalized a one-year deal with infielder Stephen Drew while also crossing the finish line on contracts with pitchers David Carpenter, Nathan Eovaldi, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. Here's a look at what the fans are discussing:

Why was Drew signed? I thought the purpose of trading Martin Prado was to open the gates for kids like Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela.
-- Michael S., Fairfield, Conn.

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

Yanks send reliever Germen to Texas for cash

Rangers trade cash for righty, who made 25 appearances for Mets last season

Yanks send reliever Germen to Texas for cash

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added to their bullpen candidates on Tuesday by acquiring right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Yankees for cash considerations.

The Yankees obtained Germen from the Mets for cash considerations in December and then designated him for assignment. Germen goes on the Rangers' 40-man roster, which is now full.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks avoid arb with Pineda, Carpenter, Eovaldi

Yanks avoid arb with Pineda, Carpenter, Eovaldi

NEW YORK -- The Yankees agreed to one-year contracts with their three remaining arbitration-eligible players on Friday, coming to terms with right-handers David Carpenter, Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda.

Carpenter and the club agreed at $1.275 million, while Eovaldi will earn $3.3 million and Pineda will receive $2.1 million for the 2015 season. Eovaldi's agreement has not been officially announced by the club.

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

A-Rod working out with Bonds, Edgar

A-Rod working out with Bonds, Edgar

NEW YORK -- As Alex Rodriguez prepares to return to a big league diamond, he has linked with an unexpected workout partner: Barry Bonds.

Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez, confirmed on Wednesday that Rodriguez recently worked out with Bonds at a California training facility, as well as former Mariners teammate Edgar Martinez. The session with Bonds was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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

Healthy Beltran ready to prove himself again

Healthy Beltran ready to prove himself again

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran said that he has regained flexibility in his right elbow, and the Yankees outfielder is hitting and throwing freely as he prepares to report to Spring Training next month.

Beltran spoke to the YES Network recently while working out in Florida, and he said that he has been able to go through his full winter program following surgery on Sept. 30 to remove loose pieces and a bone spur from the elbow.

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

Yankees finalize one-year deal with Drew

Yankees finalize one-year deal with Drew

NEW YORK -- Counting on a rebound season, the Yankees have finalized a one-year contract with infielder Stephen Drew, who is being penciled in as their starting second baseman for 2015.

The deal was officially announced by the Yankees on Friday morning after being first reported on Jan. 6. It will have a base salary of $5 million and could be worth as much as $6.5 million with incentives based upon plate appearances.

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

Pentland up for task of turning around Yanks' offense

Pentland up for task of turning around Yanks' offense

NEW YORK -- As Jeff Pentland familiarizes himself with the Yankees' roster, the newly-hired hitting coach is looking forward to gaining the trust of those players and imparting the knowledge that he has accumulated over more than four decades in the game.

Pentland, 68, plans to begin speaking to the Yankees' hitters over the next few weeks, laying a foundation for work to be done in the spring and during the season. He is being challenged to turn around an offense that produced just 633 runs last season, ranking 13th among the 15 American League clubs.

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

Steinbrenner: Yanks might not be done making moves

Steinbrenner: Yanks might not be done making moves

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday that he's happy with the progress his club has made trying to improve so far this offseason, and he wouldn't dismiss making more significant roster additions before Spring Training opens in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 20.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before Spring Training," Steinbrenner told a group of reporters as the first day of this week's quarterly Owners Meetings got underway. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betances, Miller set to anchor Yanks' strong bullpen

Duo expected to be dominant one-two punch in late innings

Betances, Miller set to anchor Yanks' strong bullpen

With the start of Spring Training just weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees, continuing with the bullpen.

When Joe Girardi watched the Royals fight their long odds and march into the World Series last autumn, the Yankees' manager was taking notes from his couch. In his view, Kansas City's success reinforced the importance of having a strong group of relievers, as well as some better luck in one-run games.

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