Tanaka: Opening Day status to be determined

Tanaka: Opening Day status to be determined

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said on Friday that he "can't really say" if he will be ready for Opening Day until he resumes throwing off a mound and then in Grapefruit League games.

Tanaka had surgery this offseason to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. As such, the 27-year-old is not ready to commit to being on the mound for the Yankees' opener on April 4 against the Astros, as the team expects to handle him cautiously this spring.

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Judge among Yanks' top prospects to look out for in '16

Exciting young talent hopes to grab attention of New York's brass this spring

Judge among Yanks' top prospects to look out for in '16

The countdown to Thursday, the official reporting day for Yankees pitchers and catchers, is underway. Activity has already started at the team complex in Tampa, Fla., and anticipation is kicking into high gear for the upcoming season.

In the third installment of our Spring Training preview package, "Prospects to Watch," MLB.com will take a quick glance at some of the exciting young talent that manager Joe Girardi and his staff will be evaluating at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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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.

Chapman, Yankees avoid arbitration

Ace reliever's contract for 2016 valued at $11.325M

Chapman, Yankees avoid arbitration

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees and left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000 Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The value of Chapman's contract is $275,000 above the midpoint of the two parties' filings and represents a considerable raise over the $8,075,000 he earned with the Reds last year.

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Nova eager to earn his spot in Yanks' rotation

Righty knows 'pen a possibility, wants to regain command from early in career

Nova eager to earn his spot in Yanks' rotation

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova understands that he does not have the luxury of a guaranteed rotation spot, but as the Yankees right-hander eyes a bounce-back campaign in his second year removed from Tommy John surgery, he has made his preference clear.

"I'm a starting pitcher; I'm not a reliever," Nova said on Thursday. "But like I say, it's their decision. Whatever they tell me to do, that's what I've got to do. Maybe I can feel bad going into the bullpen, but what does that change? Nothing, I've still got to go to the bullpen."

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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.

Yankees, Red Sox join forces for charity

Rivals come together for fundraiser in New York

Yankees, Red Sox join forces for charity

The Yankees and Red Sox have one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports, with decades of history between the two Major League franchises. But for one evening, front-office executives from both clubs partnered up for a joint fundraiser at NYY Steak in New York on Thursday.

Red Sox vice president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman were both in attendance for the event, "A Conversation with Baseball Rival Clubs," which benefited the New York Yankees Foundation and the Red Sox Foundation. The evening featured a Q&A session, and World Series trophies and rings were on display from New York's 2000 and '09 championships and Boston's titles in '04 and '13.

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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.

Mo heading to Monument Park on Aug. 14

Dedication of closer's plaque a highlight in Yanks' 2016 promo schedule

Mo heading to Monument Park on Aug. 14

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' 2016 promotional schedule is highlighted by a 20th anniversary celebration of the 1996 World Series championship team on Aug. 13 and the formal dedication of Mariano Rivera's Monument Park plaque on Aug. 14, it was announced on Thursday.

Rivera will see his monument added prior to the Yankees' Sunday afternoon game against the Rays after having had his uniform No. 42 retired on Sept. 22, 2013, when the all-time saves leader was still an active player. Last season, the Yanks dedicated Monument Park plaques for Bernie Williams, Willie Randolph, Mel Stottlemyre, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.

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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.

Closer Chapman headlines group of newcomers for Yanks

Castro, Hicks, Yates also among fresh faces in New York

Closer Chapman headlines group of newcomers for Yanks

The countdown to Feb. 18, the official report date of Yankees pitchers and catchers, is underway. Activity has already started at the team complex in Tampa, Fla., and anticipation is kicking into high gear for the upcoming season.

In the second installment of our Spring Training preview package, "The New Guys," MLB.com will take a quick glance at some of the players who will be showing up to try on their pinstripes for the first time.

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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.

Around the Horn: Starting rotation

Tanaka, Pineda and Eovaldi will lead fragile but potentially effective unit

Around the Horn: Starting rotation

With the start of Spring Training almost here, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing this week with the starting rotation.

The Yankees never tried to keep their offseason plan a secret, sending smoke signals that they were ready and willing to make a deal that would upgrade their fragile starting rotation.

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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.

Who will grab open roster spots at camp?

Solano, Kozma and Corporan among Minor League FAs with big league experience

Who will grab open roster spots at camp?

The Yankees remain the only team not to have signed a Major League free agent this winter, with general manager Brian Cashman explaining that the trade market proved more attractive to address their needs.

While the Yankees have added talent by importing infielder Starlin Castro, left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Aaron Hicks in swaps, this would mark the first time since the advent of free agency in the 1970s that the Yankees have punted on a class.

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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.

McCann gushes over 'pen trio at Munson Awards

Yanks catcher honored at dinner alongside Miller, Familia, Orosco, Abbott

McCann gushes over 'pen trio at Munson Awards

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann can't stop thinking about the possibilities.

Dellin Betances in the seventh inning, Andrew Miller in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. 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.

Yankees counting on return to form for several

Castro, Ellsbury among group of players who could improve in 2016

Yankees counting on return to form for several

The countdown for the official report date of Yankees pitchers and catchers to Tampa, Fla., is ticking down -- it's Feb. 18, if you don't already have it circled on your calendar -- and anticipation is kicking into high gear for the upcoming season.

In the first installment of our Spring Training preview package, "On the Rebound," MLB.com will take a look at the Yankees players who are coming into camp eyeing bounce-back campaigns for one reason or another.

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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.

Which Yankees player would look best with a beard?

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Which Yankees player would look best with a beard?

Spring Training is less than a month away! Let us keep you company until the first pitcher-and-catcher workouts on Feb. 18 with a team-by-team countdown of reasons to get excited for the 2016 MLB season. Today: The New York Yankees.

Previously: PHI | OAK | ATL | DET | CIN | SEA | COL | CWS | MIL | BOS | TB | ARI | MIA | BAL | SD | MIN | SF | CLE | PIT  | LAA | TOR 

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Cubs and Yankees sparred with Twitter GIFs

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Cubs and Yankees sparred with Twitter GIFs

Without baseball games to be played, it's hard for teams to figure out who's better. After all, there are no standings or head-to-head matchups in which to battle. 

Fortunately, there's Twitter. And it all started with a friendly (OK, semi-friendly) tweet from a Yankees fan expressing how the Yankees' account is better than the Cubs'. 

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Top prospects among Yanks' 25 non-roster invitees

Judge, Mateo and Kaprielian set to attend Major League camp

Top prospects among Yanks' 25 non-roster invitees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced on Friday that they have invited 25 players to Major League Spring Training, including outfielder Aaron Judge, infielder Jorge Mateo and right-hander James Kaprielian, who have been rated as the organization's top three prospects by MLB Pipeline. Judge and Mateo also landed on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top 100 Prospects of 2016.

Judge turns 24 in April, and his appearance at the big league camp will provide the organization with another look at one of the most physically imposing prospects in baseball. He led all Yankees Minor Leaguers with 20 homers and 72 RBIs in 2015 and, though slated to begin the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, could make his big league debut this summer.

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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.

Miller all for Chapman closing if it helps Yanks

Main goal for returning lefty is to win World Series in pinstripes

Miller all for Chapman closing if it helps Yanks

NEW YORK -- When Aroldis Chapman puts on his Yankees uniform and steps on a bullpen mound for the first time, Andrew Miller plans to be close by. He wants to see -- and hear -- how that 104 mph fastball hits the catcher's glove.

Miller saved 36 games last season, but the 30-year-old left-hander will return to a setup role following the Yankees' acquisition of Chapman from the Reds this offseason. Miller said he doesn't mind giving up the title of closer if it means a better chance at a World Series ring.

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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.

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Hughes looks back at signing DeShields, Elway in Q&A

Veteran baseball executive renowned for signing multisport athletes

Hughes looks back at signing DeShields, Elway in Q&A

Gary Hughes was the left fielder on a Serra (Calif.) High School team in the late 1950s that featured future All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi. In addition to being a star shortstop, Fregosi was the star quarterback on Serra's football team, as well as a standout in basketball who also set the California high school record in the triple jump.

Hughes never forgot. As one of the higher-profile scouts in baseball, Hughes always had Fregosi in his mind when he evaluated players, and has become known over the years for his willingness to take a chance on multisport stars.

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

Bird updates status from hospital bed

Yankees first baseman shows appreciation for support after successful surgery

Bird updates status from hospital bed

NEW YORK -- Greg Bird's year ended before it even had a chance to begin, but the Yankees first baseman's social media game seems to be in midseason form.

Bird posted a photo to Instagram and Twitter from his bed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday, smiling and offering a thumbs-up shortly after having a season-ending procedure to repair his right labrum.

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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.

Around the Horn: Outfield and DH

Veteran corps of Ellsbury, Beltran, Gardner and Rodriguez look to build on 2015

Around the Horn: Outfield and DH

With the start of Spring Training almost here, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing with the outfield and DH spots.

The season's first seven weeks showcased just how dynamic the tandem of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner could be, wreaking havoc on the basepaths while playing top-notch defense in Yankee Stadium's expansive outfield gaps.

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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.

Bird to miss entire season due to shoulder injury

First baseman of Yanks' future to have surgery to repair torn labrum

Bird to miss entire season due to shoulder injury

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who belted 11 homers in his first taste of big league action last year, will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a right shoulder labrum tear and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season.

The Yankees said that the injury is a reoccurrence of a right shoulder injury sustained in May, when Bird spent approximately a month on the disabled list with Double-A Trenton. He returned to the field after following a rest and rehab program.

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Cashman wishes for redo with Lowell

Yankees GM revisits one-sided deal with Marlins in 1999

Cashman wishes for redo with Lowell

In the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's weatherman character has numerous opportunities to make changes as he lives the same day repeatedly. MLB.com reached out to general managers around the league to find out for which of their trades they'd like a do-over.

The deal was announced 17 years ago this week, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hoped to improve his team's pitching depth by importing three well-regarded prospects from the Marlins: left-hander Ed Yarnall and right-handers Todd Noel and Mark Johnson.

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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.

Yankees DFA Lane Adams to add Ronald Torreyes again

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Yankees DFA Lane Adams to add Ronald Torreyes again

There are certain people in your life that you just can't avoid. Like running into an ex-girlfriend while in a stained pair of sweats. Or seeing your boss when you're supposed to be "sick" at "home." For outfielder Lane Adams, it's infielder Ronald Torreyes.  

After acquiring Torreyes from the Dodgers in early January, the Yankees designated him for assignment when they claimed Adams, coming off a year with 16 HR and 31 SB, from the Royals. 

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Inbox: Will Severino have innings limit?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Severino have innings limit?

With Luis Severino heading into his first full season, has there been any talk of limits on innings or skipping starts in order to not overuse him?
-- Michael D., Madawaksa, Maine

As with any young pitcher, the Yankees will keep an eye on Severino's fatigue level to reduce any injury risk, but there isn't a hard and fast limit to how many innings he can work. Coming off an impressive season in which the right-hander started the year in Double-A Trenton and wrapped it up on the big league roster, manager Joe Girardi has said that he does not expect much of a limit on Severino.

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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.

Yankees boast prospect trio on Top 100 list

Mateo, Judge and Sanchez ranked Nos. 30, 31 and 59 overall

Yankees boast prospect trio on Top 100 list

NEW YORK -- Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are three of the most exciting names rising through the Yankees' farm system, and they are among the game's Top 100 Prospects entering the 2016 season, as rated by MLB Pipeline.

The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors.

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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.

Yankees claim Torreyes off waivers

Yankees claim Torreyes off waivers

An offseason roller coaster continued on Monday for Ronald Torreyes, as the Yankees claimed the infielder off waivers from the Angels. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Lane Adams was designated for assignment.

It was less than three weeks ago, on Jan. 15, that the Yankees claimed Adams off waivers from the Royals and designated Torreyes for assignment. The Angels claimed him on Jan. 25, but they designated him two days later. Torreyes began the offseason with the Dodgers, who designated him on Jan. 7, then traded him to the Yankees five days later -- with left-hander Tyler Olson -- for infielder Rob Segedin.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees, Nova agree on one-year deal

Yankees, Nova agree on one-year deal

NEW YORK -- The Yankees and right-hander Ivan Nova avoided arbitration on Thursday, settling on a one-year contract. A source told MLB.com the deal is for $4.1 million with performance bonuses.

The 29-year-old was inconsistent in his first season following Tommy John surgery, posting a 5.07 ERA and a 6-11 record in 17 starts after returning to the Yankees in June. Nova made $3.3 million in each of the past two years and, after having been dangled in trade talks this offseason, now projects to compete with left-hander CC Sabathia for the final spot in New York's rotation.

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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.

Yanks' best options for replacing Bird

NY could sign Alvarez or Morneau -- or simply stay put

Yanks' best options for replacing Bird

Before news broke of Greg Bird's season-ending shoulder injury, the Yankees' 23-year-old first baseman projected as nothing more than a backup for the 2016 season. Realistically, however, he was a "backup" in title only.

Sure, Bird has fewer than 200 plate appearances in his career, and he was probably ticketed to begin the season in the Minors. But as the Yankees' second-best option at both first base and designated hitter, there's little doubt Bird would've played a pivotal role on the 2016 roster.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.