TAMPA, Fla. -- To Brett Gardner, it still seems like yesterday that he was viewed as one of the Yankees' rising prospects, attending Spring Training with a football number on his back while wedging his belongings into a locker between Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.
As he prepares for a 10th season in pinstripes, Gardner has upgraded his real estate in the home clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field, taking over a corner locker previously used by Carlos Beltran -- an honor befitting the Yankees' longest-tenured player.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Clint Frazier may no longer feel like discussing his flowing locks, but that didn't stop the prospect's hair from garnering attention during Sunday's first Yankees full-squad workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Frazier said that he trimmed several inches off the day before the Super Bowl, but the 22-year-old took the field with a healthy amount of red peeking out from under his ballcap. The look was up to code, manager Joe Girardi said.
TAMPA, Fla. -- One day after responding to comments made by Yankees president Randy Levine, Dellin Betances said he had "no regrets" after participating in the team's first full-squad workout Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
"I'm in a good mindset. I feel good in that area," Betances said. "I don't regret anything I said [Saturday]. I had to get it off my chest and I did. I'm just trying to put it behind me. I'm back with the guys and I feel at ease when I'm here practicing."
TAMPA, Fla. -- The aroma of new leather filled the hallway outside of the home clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field early Sunday morning, announcing an event that each player looks forward to all winter long: Glove Day.
For the Yankees, it was not only the date of their first full-squad workout, but it was also an opportunity for players supplied by Wilson Sporting Goods to begin flexing the 2017 gear. One by one, they dug into a row of nine duffel bags with excitement, claiming their prizes.
TAMPA, Fla. -- After calling the cities of Oakland, Houston and Milwaukee home through his first seven years in the big leagues, Chris Carter said that he can already tell the atmosphere is different with the Yankees, and the slugger can't wait to try on the pinstripes for real.
"It's kind of surreal," Carter said on Saturday, eyeing his locker space in the home clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "It's one of those teams where they've always had that legacy and prestige, a winning organization with history. It's going to be fun to play here."
TAMPA, Fla. -- Attending an arbitration hearing was an unpleasant experience for Dellin Betances, who had hoped to put those 90 minutes in the past and return to a more familiar setting on Saturday. The first day back in uniform proved to be anything but routine for the All-Star reliever.
Shortly after a panel of arbitrators determined that Betances' 2017 salary would be $3 million and not the $5 million requested by the player, Yankees president Randy Levine held a conference call during which he said that the right-hander was "a victim" of agent Jim Murray's "attempt to change the marketplace in baseball."
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tyler Austin's bid to make the Yankees' Opening Day roster ended before it could officially begin.
One day before Yankees position players were scheduled to report to camp, Austin was diagnosed with a small navicular fracture of his left foot. He will wear a boot for three weeks and will not resume baseball activities for at least six weeks, manager Joe Girardi said.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Randy Levine's remarks were rough. But they weren't incorrect.
The Yankees president had a barn-burner of a conference call with reporters Saturday about Dellin Betances' arbitration hearing, and Betances would later indicate he was as at least as upset about Levine's public comments as he was about the hearing's result, in which a three-person arbitration panel ruled he will receive the $3 million the Yankees were offering him for 2017, as opposed to the $5 million he was requesting.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Howard was a man of firsts for Yanks, MLB
Former catcher was first black Yankees player, AL MVP Award winner, AL coach
It has been more than 60 years since Elston Howard dressed in a road-gray Yankees uniform and stepped into the batter's box at Fenway Park, becoming the first African-American man to play for the game's winningest franchise.
Howard made his Major League debut on April 14, 1955, and the talented prospect's presence was felt almost immediately as he laced an eighth-inning single to center field to drive home Mickey Mantle from second base.
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.
Yankees sign slugger Carter to one-year deal
Lefty Bleier designated for assignment
By Joe Trezza
The Yankees officially signed slugger Chris Carter to a one-year contract on Thursday, adding depth to what should be an interesting first base/designated hitter mix in the Bronx in 2017.
The deal is worth $3.5 million for one year, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported earlier this month. The club designated left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier for assignment in a corresponding move.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Yankees have already seen Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino produce glimpses of success on the big league stage, and if that trio can deliver on their promise this spring, the club's decision-making process could become a whole lot easier.
General manager Brian Cashman acknowledges that "Bird is a guy that we kind of hope takes first base," based on his potential and their roster situation, but the organization is vowing not to play favorites as battles at first base, right field and several pitching spots are set to begin.
Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Cashman: Yanks have 'more in the tank'
By Corey Long
Special to MLB.com |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman understands that the future looks bright for the organization, but he is also excited about this upcoming season.
"We are in transition, but we're not waving any white flags while we're transitioning," Cashman said. "That's the balancing act that we're taking. [This season] has a chance to be a pretty interesting year for us."
TAMPA, Fla. -- It has been a long time since Hal Steinbrenner was this excited about the talent coming through his organization's pipeline, the Yankees' managing general partner said following Wednesday's first on-field workout for pitchers and catchers.
"The expectations are great, as they always are. It's a time of new hope, Spring Training," Steinbrenner said. "But this feels different. We've got a great crop of good young players and a good crop of veterans as well.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of the language contained in his contract, which gives him the option to become a free agent after this season. He said on Wednesday that it will not create a distraction, as his full focus is on serving as the Yankees' ace.
"Basically, it's just business as usual," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I don't necessarily think about it. I know what it says in the contract. Obviously it's there, but it's not something that you ponder about and think about during the season. In my mind, it's just not there."
"Big Mike, I always come in to Spring Training and say this is the year he's going to win the Cy Young," Sabathia said. "He's just got so much talent and he just needs to put it all together, but he's right there."
TAMPA, Fla. -- As he begins his 10th season as the Yankees' manager, Joe Girardi has grown accustomed to peeking around his office doorway to see a parade of established stars walking past, marching toward their round numbers and compelling cases for enshrinement in Cooperstown.
It does feel different now, as he surveys a crowd of fresh faces who were probably asking their parents for Beanie Babies, Nintendo 64s and Tickle Me Elmos back in the summer of 1996. Yet Girardi can't help but recall the dawn of that dynasty, when he was busy taking over as the Yanks' starting catcher.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Just 10 minutes into his first news conference of the new season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that he expects right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to serve as the Opening Day starter.
It would be the third consecutive Opening Day assignment for the 28-year-old ace, who was 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 31 starts last year, setting career highs in wins, innings (199 2/3), starts, strikeouts (165) and quality starts (19).
TAMPA, Fla. -- There are 3,168 1/3 innings on CC Sabathia's odometer as he gears up for Major League season No. 17, and as the big left-hander surveys a Yankees clubhouse that is trending in a younger direction, he still feels the drive to continue adding to those totals as long as possible.
"It's exciting for sure. We've got some good young talent in here," Sabathia said. "It wouldn't be that exciting if the guys weren't good players, but the guys are good players. It's a lot of fun to see what these guys are going to be able to do for us this year."
TAMPA, Fla. -- More than a decade since Pedro Martinez tipped his cap and called the Yankees his "daddy," the Hall of Famer might be responsible for helping one of their young hurlers realize his potential.
Luis Severino said that he scored Martinez's telephone number from a mutual acquaintance and reached out to the 18-year Major League veteran and current MLB Network analyst, who agreed to meet in the Dominican Republic for workouts on about five occasions this past offseason.
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.
A New York lawmaker is trying to make baseball the state's official sport
By Chris Landers |
Baseball and the state of New York go back a long, long time. Sure, it may or may not be the actual birthplace of the game, but is home to possibly the first set of codified rules, 12 Major and Minor League teams and this "Hall of Fame" thing that you might have heard something about.
According to at least one lawmaker, though, that isn't quite enough: Last week, state senator Jim Seward introduced legislation that would make baseball the official sport of New York.
With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Yankees squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.
TAMPA, Fla. -- If you enjoyed seeing a younger generation of Yankees strut their stuff on the big league stage over the final two months of the 2016 season, management believes that a full year of at-bats and innings will produce even more compelling results.