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.

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.

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Mike Bauman

Yankees sticking to fiscal restraint, so far

Yankees sticking to fiscal restraint, so far

Have the Yankees taken on a new and more restrained organizational approach to roster development? Hal Steinbrenner's comments to reporters at the Owners Meetings in Arizona on Wednesday held elements that seemed to at least hint at fiscal conservatism.

The Yankees' managing general partner spoke positively about roster changes and improvements brought about this winter by general manager Brian Cashman. But Steinbrenner did not seem inclined toward tossing a ton of money toward, for instance, the top pitcher on the free-agent market, Max Scherzer.

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

Nova, Yanks avoid arbitration with 1-year, $3.3 million deal

Carpenter, Eovaldi, Pineda also file for salary arbitration

Nova, Yanks avoid arbitration with 1-year, $3.3 million deal

NEW YORK -- Ivan Nova and the Yankees agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract valued at $3.3 million, avoiding arbitration. The deal leaves the Yanks with three other pitchers eligible for arbitration, with players and teams scheduled to exchange figures on Friday.

Unless agreements are reached with David Carpenter, Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda, those cases will be settled in early February. After beginning the offseason with seven arbitration-eligible players, the Yankees trimmed that number by releasing David Huff, signing Esmil Rogers to a $1.48 million contract and trading Francisco Cervelli, Shawn Kelley and David Phelps.

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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 watch Santana's comeback debut

Yanks watch Santana's comeback debut

Deciding to begin his latest comeback in the Venezuelan Winter League, left-hander Johan Santana had a perfect outing for Magallanes on Tuesday, retiring all six batters he faced.

An even better sign, Santana's fastball was clocked at around 90 mph and his signature changeup kept hitters off-balance.

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

Inbox: Will Drew be Yanks' starting second baseman?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers New York fans' questions

Inbox: Will Drew be Yanks' starting second baseman?

The Yankees are less than six weeks from the official report date for pitchers and catchers, and the outlook for this year's roster is gaining clarity. Here is a selection of what fans are talking about this week.

With Stephen Drew signed for one more year, what do you think his role will be? Is he the starting second baseman with it being his job to lose, or insurance in case Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are not ready?
-- Michael D., Madawaska, Maine

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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 acquire righty Martin from Rockies

Yankees acquire righty Martin from Rockies

NEW YORK -- The Yankees acquired right-hander Chris Martin from the Rockies on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations, the club announced.

Martin, 28, had a 6.89 ERA in 16 appearances for Colorado last season, walking four and striking out 14 in 15 2/3 innings. He generated a 60.8 percent ground-ball rate.

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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 to be hitting coach, joined by assistant

Yanks also hire Cockrell to work with hitters, Espada to coach infielders

Pentland to be hitting coach, joined by assistant

NEW YORK -- The Yankees remodeled manager Joe Girardi's coaching staff with three new hires, announcing on Monday that they have hired Jeff Pentland as hitting coach, Alan Cockrell as assistant hitting coach and Joe Espada as third-base coach.

Rob Thomson is returning to a bench coach role, with Tony Pena shifting to serve as the first-base coach in 2015. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bullpen coach Gary Tuck will continue in their respective positions.

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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.

Sabathia expects to be healthy for Spring Training

Veteran lefty said he's experiencing no pain after recovering from right knee surgery

Sabathia expects to be healthy for Spring Training

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, on the comeback trail from knee surgery, told the New York Daily News on Friday that he is experiencing no pain and expects to be ready for Spring Training. Sabathia was in New York attending a boxing event put on by Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents him.

The 34-year-old made only eight starts last season, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA. He last pitched on May 10, suffering from a degenerative right knee condition that led to surgery in late July.

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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.