Cashman: Yanks plotting course for offseason

Cashman: Yanks plotting course for offseason

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Brian Cashman spent part of his Friday morning strapping in for practice rappels down the side of the 22-story Landmark Building, and his annual participation in the city's "Heights and Lights" festival served an apt analogy with the Yankees' general manager preparing to jump ahead with his offseason business in advance of next week's Winter Meetings.

Cashman said that the Yankees have been studying the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, particularly with regard to luxury tax and related penalties, so they can strategize for 2017 and beyond. He said that they expect to hit the ground running on Monday when the Yankee contingent arrives at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. 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.

Pitching to be focal point for Yanks at Winter Meetings

Pitching to be focal point for Yanks at Winter Meetings

NEW YORK -- Brian Cashman's stance heading into the Winter Meetings is that he plans to be "open minded to what's available," which should serve as an open invitation to the free agents and potential trade partners who might wander by the Yankees' suite.

Cashman said that his priority is "pitching, pitching, pitching," both in the rotation and in the bullpen, but the Yankees also are prepared to add a bat or two to a lineup that produced just 680 runs last season to rank 12th in the 15-team American League.

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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.

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.

Yankees prep for non-tender deadline

Yankees prep for non-tender 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, which may have settled their business in advance of Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

Eovaldi and Ackley had been widely floated as non-tender candidates due to their respective injuries, as Eovaldi will miss the entire 2017 season following his second Tommy John procedure and Ackley was limited to just 28 games this past season before undergoing right shoulder surgery.

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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.

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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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.

At Meetings, Yanks open to all possibilities

Club checking in on free-agent sluggers, may bring back Chapman to close

At Meetings, Yanks open to all possibilities

NEW YORK -- In the hours immediately following the phone call that informed Brian McCann that he would be reporting to camp as a member of the Astros, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman took a moment to appreciate how the offseason landscape had now changed for his club.

With additional funds in the budget and a vacancy in the lineup, there are numerous opportunities that Cashman is now able to explore, in addition to his previously stated priority of "pitching, pitching, pitching." When the Winter Meetings open next Monday, expect to hear the Yankees as being in on just about everything.

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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.

Steinbrenner to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

16-member committee to decide on Selig, Steinbrenner among 10 hopefuls

Steinbrenner to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" and streamed live on MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The players named on the ballot are Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire. The three executives are John Schuerholz, Allan H. "Bud" Selig and George M. Steinbrenner. The two former managers are Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella.

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

Eovaldi among three pitchers released by Yanks

Righty had Tommy John surgery in August; Mantiply, Rumbelow also let go

Eovaldi among three pitchers released by Yanks

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have unconditionally released pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow.

The three hurlers had been designated for assignment Nov. 18.

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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 hang out at Betances' wedding

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Yankees hang out at Betances' wedding

Weddings are a great way to bring together friends new and old or, in the case of a baseball player's wedding, teammates new and old. When relief pitcher Dellin Betances -- who has been a Yankee since 2011 -- got married Friday, it was only natural that a mini-Yankees reunion broke out:

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Gardner recognizes military at Thanksgiving

Yankees OF, wife host luncheon near his hometown at Air Force base in Charleston

Gardner recognizes military at Thanksgiving

NEW YORK -- It seems like only a few short years ago that Brett Gardner was patrolling an outfield in the uniform of the Charleston Riverdogs, a Yankees Class A affiliate playing its home games in a city where members of the United States Air Force are routinely groomed for much more important missions.

Gardner grew up in nearby Holly Hill, S.C., and he has long held admiration for the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military and their families. He and his wife, Jessica, displayed their gratitude this Thanksgiving week by hosting a special luncheon for more than 80 active duty members of the 15th Air Lift Squadron and their families at Charleston Air Force Base.

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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.

After 'whirlwind' year, it's family time for Refsnyder at Thanksgiving

After 'whirlwind' year, it's family time for Refsnyder at Thanksgiving

NEW YORK -- Like many other 20-somethings, Rob Refsnyder was back in his parents' home this Thanksgiving week, wandering through the memories created in that Laguna Hills, Calif., childhood bedroom. The cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan, the old Lakers ticket stubs and, of course, Derek Jeter's face was somewhere on those walls.

After experiencing what he called a "whirlwind" season, in which the Yankees tested his ability to learn several new positions on the fly, Refsnyder is thankful for this opportunity to kick back with his loved ones, taking a momentary step back in time before he prepares for what promises be a pivotal year in his development.

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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.

Report: Betances opts to pitch for Dominican Republic in WBC

Report: Betances opts to pitch for Dominican Republic in WBC

NEW YORK -- Dellin Betances has decided to pitch for the Dominican Republic team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the Yankees reliever told the New York Post.

A New York native, Betances qualified to pitch for either the United States or the Dominican Republic. Pool C, which includes the Dominican, USA, Canada and Colombia, will begin play on March 9 in Miami.

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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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Jim Callis

Led by No. 1 Torres, trio of Yanks among Top 25 AFL prospects

Led by No. 1 Torres, trio of Yanks among Top 25 AFL prospects

While the most talented team doesn't always win the championship, it did in the Arizona Fall League. The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the East Division crown on the final day of the regular season before rolling to an easy victory in the AFL's one-game playoff for its first title since 2003.

Mesa had the league's deepest lineup, as evidenced by its seven hitters who rank among the AFL's 20 best prospects below. The Solar Sox had star power with outfielders Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians) and second baseman Ian Happ (Cubs), all of whom sit in the 20s on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. They also had emerging talents such as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen, who have been overshadowed in a deep Indians system, and league home run leader Brian Anderson (Marlins No. 4 prospect), who had support for making our list.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks Inbox: Will Bird be ready for opener?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Yanks Inbox: Will Bird be ready for opener?

How is Greg Bird's shoulder? Will he be ready to start on Opening Day?
-- Luke F., Baldwin, N.Y.

That's the plan. Bird just completed his second stint in the Arizona Fall League, testing out his right labrum after having season-ending surgery back in February. His offensive statistics weren't great with Scottsdale, hitting .215 (14-for-65) with four doubles, a triple, homer and 10 RBIs, owning a .346 on-base percentage and slugging .354 in 17 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.

Posada measures up to Hall of Fame catchers

Yankees backstop, a 5-time World Series champ, debuts on ballot

Posada measures up to Hall of Fame catchers

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada said that it marked "one of the happiest days of my life" to catch a glimpse of the plaque bearing his likeness that will forever hang in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, accompanied by the retirement of his uniform No. 20.

The only thing that could possibly top that August 2015 ceremony in The Bronx would be Posada's possible enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will officially consider Posada's case for the first time this year.

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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.

Raines seeks HOF spot in final year on ballot

Raines seeks HOF spot in final year on ballot

NEW YORK -- Tim Raines seems to be inching closer to Cooperstown. He is hoping his 10th and final year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame will lead to election.

Raines came close last January. He was named on 69.8 percent of the ballots casted by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torres named youngest MVP in AFL history

Yankees prospect wins award after taking batting title with .403 average

Torres named youngest MVP in AFL history

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As the youngest player in this year's Arizona Fall League, Gleyber Torres was also its best.

The Yankees' No. 2 prospect was honored as such at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, where he was presented with the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award. En route to his MVP honors, Torres also led the league in hitting, earning him the EyePromise vizual EDGE PRO Batting Title Award.

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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.

Cashman: Yanks to be in mix for big FA bats

Cashman: Yanks to be in mix for big FA bats

NEW YORK -- The Yankees entered the offseason voicing a familiar refrain, stating that they were centering their focus upon adding pitching. They now are also officially in the market for a big bat.

Thursday's trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two Minor League pitchers opens the door for the Yankees to spend big on an impact hitter, and there are multiple avenues to pursue, with Jose Bautista, Carlos Beltran, Yoenis Cespedes and Edwin Encarnacion highlighting the free-agent market.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks add six to roster amid flurry of moves

Club protects prospects from Rule 5 Draft, trades for righty Littell

Yanks add six to roster amid flurry of moves

NEW YORK -- The Yankees cleared space to protect several of their promising prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft on Friday, executing a flurry of roster moves that included designating right-hander Nathan Eovaldi for assignment and the unconditional release of infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley.

Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) for the Yankees last season, but is expected to miss all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. Ackley's year was cut short by a season-ending right shoulder injury sustained in the May 29 game.

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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 deal McCann to Astros for pitching prospects

Abreu, Guzman viewed as righty starters with power arms

Yanks deal McCann to Astros for pitching prospects

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann recognized that his days in pinstripes might be numbered late last summer, as Gary Sanchez enjoyed a Ruthian first act on the big league stage to steal the Yankees' starting catcher honors from the 12-year veteran.

McCann loved watching Sanchez slug, but the 32-year-old made it clear that he still hoped to catch regularly. The Yankees accommodated that wish on Thursday, shipping McCann to the Astros with cash considerations in exchange for Minor League right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Abreu was the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

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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.

Mantle Topps card sells for more than $1 million

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Mantle Topps card sells for more than $1 million

In the world of baseball cards, the million dollar club is as exclusive as it gets. There was only one member: the famed T206 Honus Wagner, which went for a world-record $3.1 million earlier this year.

Now, though, the Flying Dutchman has some company. On Friday, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold at auction for more than $1.13 million.

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Between trades, Cashman sleeps out on streets

Yanks GM supports homeless youth with some Manhattan camping

Between trades, Cashman sleeps out on streets

NEW YORK -- As Brian Cashman prepared for his sixth evening wriggling into a sleeping bag under the Manhattan sky, he made sure to charge his cell phone and to pack an extra battery. The first five times taught him that there is no rest to be had on that cold, hard pavement.

"I'm not going to sleep. You can't sleep on the street," the Yankees general manager said. "No one should have to go through what these kids go through. I'll be up and if anybody on the West Coast wants to deal with me after normal East Coast hours, I'll be ready for it."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Steinbrenner: Improving bullpen a priority

Steinbrenner: Improving bullpen a priority

CHICAGO -- Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday that his top offseason priority is improving the bullpen and that, with money coming off the payroll for the first time in years, a "decent portion" of his team's new financial flexibility will be used to upgrade the roster.

An upbeat Steinbrenner spoke to a group of reporters on Wednesday shortly after arriving for the quarterly Owners Meetings.

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