R-E-2-P-E-C-T: Jeter's No. 2 to be retired May 14

R-E-2-P-E-C-T: Jeter's No. 2 to be retired May 14

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is now officially out of circulation, as the organization announced that it will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14 of this upcoming season.

In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' Mother's Day game against the Houston Astros, Jeter will become the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired, and the first since teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte each had their number retired during the 2015 season.

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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.

Yanks pursuing Chapman, talking to Jansen

GM Cashman keeping his options open at Winter Meetings

Yanks pursuing Chapman, talking to Jansen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees aren't balking at Aroldis Chapman's reported desire for a six-year contract, believing there is mutual interest to work out a reunion with the flame-throwing closer, but they maintained contact with other bullpen options as the Winter Meetings opened Monday at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center.

In addition to Chapman, general manager Brian Cashman said that he has been talking to free-agent closer Kenley Jansen and that he is considering trade opportunities to add a reliever. Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera that he would like a six-year contract, though the left-hander refuted a suggestion that his eventual deal must exceed $100 million.

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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, Holliday agree to one-year deal

Contract with 7-time All-Star valued at $13M; club has not confirmed report

Yankees, Holliday agree to one-year deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball's Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract Sunday.

The signing has not been officially announced by the team. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi confirmed the signing and its financial terms.

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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.

Betances commits to World Baseball Classic

Betances commits to World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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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.

Yanks taking part in auction to honor Forde

Club helping fund renovation of field, which will be tribute to late Mets staffer

Yanks taking part in auction to honor Forde

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees are participating in a charity auction to help fund the renovation of a youth baseball and softball field in Little Ferry, N.J., which will be a loving tribute to the memory of longtime Mets senior director of media relations Shannon Forde.

All 30 Major League clubs are offering one-of-a-kind auction items that will support MLB Play Ball's effort to honor the beloved staffer, who lost her battle with Stage IV breast cancer in March at the age of 44.

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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.

Torres, Andujar on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Torres, Andujar on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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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.

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is set.

No. 23 Pittsburgh will face Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

What will John Sterling's HR call be for Holliday?

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What will John Sterling's HR call be for Holliday?

Winter Meetings won't get officially underway until tomorrow, but Sunday provided us with some kindling to keep the Hot Stove burning in the meantime: The Yankees have agreed to terms with Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million deal.

The move fills a need for New York at DH, while also affecting the market for similar sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo. But enough about all that. There are far more important matters to discuss here -- namely, what will John Sterling choose as his Holliday home run call?

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Yankees non-tender lefty Lindgren at deadline

Yankees non-tender lefty Lindgren at 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, and they settled their business in advance of Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players by declining to offer a deal to left-hander Jacob Lindgren, who appeared in seven games with New York as a reliever in 2015.

Lindgren, who missed all of last season due to injury issues with his pitching elbow, is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. He endured a wild spring that prompted the Yankees to have him begin the year with Class A Advanced Tampa.

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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.

CC: Knee good, Yanks looking to build on '16 finish

CC: Knee good, Yanks looking to build on '16 finish

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- As CC Sabathia approaches what could be his final season with the Yankees, he feels healthy following recent right knee surgery and upbeat about the potential of his team.

The big lefty said the surgery he had in October was not a big deal, and absolutely no hindrance in his preparation for 2017.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. 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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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.

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.

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.

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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.