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.

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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Tracy Ringolsby

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.

Photo of the day: A-Rod does Flashback Friday

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Photo of the day: A-Rod does Flashback Friday

Alex Rodriguez is 40 years old. He's played 21 seasons in MLB -- 2,719 games, almost 12,000 plate appearances. He made his Major League debut before some of his fellow players were even born.

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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.

A-Rod discusses chasing Ruth on HR list

Yankees DH needs to go deep 27 more times to match Hall of Famer

A-Rod discusses chasing Ruth on HR list

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez exceeded the Yankees' expectations by belting 33 home runs in his return to the diamond last year, and that has the slugger taking aim at Babe Ruth's most recognizable number as he prepares for the 2016 season.

With 687 home runs to his name, Rodriguez needs 27 more to match the Bambino's career total of 714. Rodriguez told the New York Post that it is "overwhelming" to have the possibility of seeing his name alongside Ruth's.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

Judge makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton tops list, Rangers' Brinson and Mazara follow

Judge makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

For the third (and likely the last) time, this Top 10 -- the final by-position ranking unveiled prior to the Top 100 Prospects list -- is headed by the Twins' Byron Buxton. He may not have taken the world by storm during his big league debut, but neither did Mike Trout. And, let's face it, Buxton's tools across the board are unparalleled.

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

Around the Horn: Middle infield

Addition of two-time All-Star Castro steadies Yanks in center of diamond

Around the Horn: Middle infield

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 middle-infield spots.

The Yankees' double-play combination has been a work in progress since the final night Robinson Cano peeled off his pinstripes, creating a sequence that saw Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew paired with the retiring Derek Jeter in 2014, then introducing Didi Gregorius as the new shortstop last year.

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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, catcher Corporan agree to Minors pact

Yanks, catcher Corporan agree to Minors pact

The Yankees moved to supplement their catching depth on Wednesday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with veteran backstop Carlos Corporan.

Corporan, 32, will provide competition as Gary Sanchez -- who is rated as the Yanks' No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- looks to make the roster as Brian McCann's backup. Austin Romine is also expected to compete for the backup catching job.

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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.

Former Yankee 'No Neck' Williams dies at 72

Outfielder played with White Sox, Indians, Yankees

Former Yankee 'No Neck' Williams dies at 72

Walt Williams, a stocky outfielder and utilityman who played in 10 Major League seasons, including six with the White Sox, died Saturday near his hometown of Brownwood, Tex. He was 72.

His wife, Ester, told The New York Times that her husband died of a heart attack in Abilene.

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Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

To Phil Hughes, Alex Rodriguez is #BaeRod

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To Phil Hughes, Alex Rodriguez is #BaeRod

Phil Hughes used this particular nickname in reply to Rodriguez's own tweet of himself working out in the pool. Because he is not above teasing his former teammates on Twitter, especially not when it involves calling a 40-year-old man bae.

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Castro provides flexibility for batting order

New Yankees second baseman could slot anywhere in dynamic lineup

Castro provides flexibility for batting order

Starlin Castro has spent the majority of his career residing in the top half of the batting order, sometimes out of necessity. He recalls entire seasons where it felt like if he and Anthony Rizzo didn't hit, his Cubs wouldn't win.

"Me and Rizzo were the only two guys in the lineup," Castro said recently. "Sometimes we got pressure because we had to do everything on the team."

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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.

Inbox: 6-man rotation for Yankees in 2016?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: 6-man rotation for Yankees in 2016?

Are the Yankees thinking of starting the season with a six-man rotation? That would put less stress on CC Sabathia and keep Masahiro Tanaka on a schedule he was used to.
-- Gary M., Toledo, Ohio

Short answer: It's possible. This was a concept that pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he was in favor of late last season, and there are benefits to the idea. General manager Brian Cashman said Monday that while it is more likely that the Yankees will begin with a five-man rotation, he wouldn't rule out the idea of rolling with six.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

Refsnyder makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Boston's Moncada leads list, followed by Reds' Peraza at No. 2

Refsnyder makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There has been quite a bit of turnover from last year to the 2016 edition of the Top 10 second-base prospects, with six new names joining the list, thanks to two graduations and four who dropped off the list.

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

Yogi remembered at BBWAA Awards

Late Yankees legend presented with Joan Payson Award for his community service

Yogi remembered at BBWAA Awards

NEW YORK -- Yogi Berra always told Ron Guidry how much he enjoyed being a member of the Yankees or recounted tales from his stint as manager of the Mets whenever the two used to have dinner together.

Those memories stuck out for Guidry as he presented -- and accepted -- the Joan Payson Award for community service on behalf of the late Hall of Fame catcher at the Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards Dinner on Saturday night. A historic blizzard forced the BBWAA to cancel the originally scheduled event that was open to the public and instead present the awards in a private ceremony for the honorees and their families at the New York Midtown Hilton.

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

Chapman will not face charges for domestic incident

Chapman will not face charges for domestic incident

Aroldis Chapman will not face charges from an October domestic dispute between the Yankees reliever and his girlfriend, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

"We are all pleased that the Davie Police Department and the Office of the State Attorney took the time to fully investigate the matter and have concluded that charges were not warranted," Chapman's lawyer Paul Molle told the newspaper.

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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.