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New York Yankees Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2013

New York Yankees Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    After missing the playoffs for only the second time since 1995, the New York Yankees and GM Brian Cashman head into the offseason with multiple problems to deal with.

    Mariano Rivera's retirement has left the team without a closer; as many as three-fifths of the team's starting rotation may need to be replaced; and Robinson Cano, the team's best player, needs to be re-signed.

    The team is looking to stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014, something that would be significantly easier to do if Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension is upheld—and his $25 million salary wiped off the team's luxury tax number—but there's no timetable for a resolution on A-Rod's appeal of that suspension.

    One thing is for sure, however, and it's that the Yankees are going to be far more active this winter than they have been over the past few years.

    This will be updated on a regular basis—often multiple times per day—so while the post date will always show as October 31, simply click to the next slide to see the latest rumors and rumblings about the Bronx Bombers as they put together their roster for the 2014 season.

New York's Free Agents and Done Deals

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    All the juicy rumors and analysis follow, but consider this your one-stop shop for all the comings and goings in the Bronx this winter, including the status of the team's own free agents.

     

    Yankees Free Agents

    IF David Adams (Dec. 2: Non-Tendered; Dec. 13: Signed with Cleveland)

    2B Robinson Cano (Dec. 6: Signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle) (Analysis)

    RHP Joba Chamberlain (Dec. 12: Signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Detroit)

    RHP Matt Daley (Dec. 2: Non-Tendered; Dec. 26: re-signed)

    OF Curtis Granderson (Dec. 6: Signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Mets)

    DH Travis Hafner

    RHP Phil Hughes (Nov. 30: Signed a three-year, $24 million deal with Minnesota)

    SS Derek Jeter (Nov. 1: Re-signed)

    RHP Hiroki Kuroda (Dec. 6: Re-signed)

    LHP Boone Logan (Dec. 13: Signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with Colorado)

    RHP Brett Marshall (Dec. 19: Designated for assignment; Dec. 23: Claimed off waivers by the Cubs)

    IF Jayson Nix (Non-Tendered)

    1B Lyle Overbay

    1B/3B Mark Reynolds

    SS Brendan Ryan (Nov. 18: Re-signed)

    1B/3B Kevin Youkilis (Dec. 20: Signed a one-year, $4 million deal with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles)

     

    Done Deals

    Nov. 1: Re-signed SS Derek Jeter to a one-year, $12 million deal

    Nov. 18: Re-signed SS Brendan Ryan to a two-year, $5 million deal

    Nov. 20: Acquired INF Dean Anna from San Diego in exchange for RHP Ben Paullus

    Nov. 23: Signed C Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (Analysis)

    Dec. 2: Traded C Chris Stewart to Pittsburgh for RHP Kyle Haynes

    Dec. 3: Signed OF Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal (Analysis)

    Dec. 4: Signed IF Kelly Johnson to a one-year, $3 million deal

    Dec. 6: Re-signed RHP Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $16 million deal

    Dec. 6: Signed OF Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal (Analysis)

    Dec. 17: Signed 2B Brian Roberts to a one-year, $2 million deal (Analysis)

    Dec. 17: Signed LHP Matt Thornton to a two-year, $7 million deal (Analysis)

    Dec. 26: Re-signed RHP Matt Daley to a minor league deal

Stephen Drew: Yanks Will Not Sign Free Agent Shortstop

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    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 1:51 p.m. ET

    Peter Gammons spoke with Yankees GM Brian Cashman yesterday and was told that the team will not be signing Stephen Drew.

    After losing out on Omar Infante, speculation had picked up that the Yankees may look to Drew as a replacement for Robinson Cano, despite the fact that he'd never played a position other than shortstop during his eight-year major league career.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5:44 p.m. ET

    Sources tell ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews that the Yankees plan to re-open a dialogue with Scott Boras about trying to work out a deal for Stephen Drew, in light of the sizable gap that remains between New York and Omar Infante.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:32 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney and Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News both dispute Jon Paul Morosi's report that Stephen Drew was one of the players that the Yankees extended an offer to.

    Both say that Drew has not received an offer from the Yankees at this time.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET

    The Yankees have made an offer to Drew, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. Terms of the offer are not known at this time.

    It's hard to imagine Drew signing with the Yankees, seeing as how he wouldn't be the team's everyday shortstop, but if the money is right, anything's possible.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Nov. 25 at 5:44 a.m. ET

    While the Yankees have made offers to a number of free agents, Drew is not among them, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Nov. 18 at 10:03 a.m. ET

    Despite re-signing Derek Jeter and Brendan Ryan, the Yankees are still pursuing a deal with SS Stephen Drew, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Friday, Nov. 8 at 3:40 p.m. ET

    Even after re-signing Derek Jeter, Heyman says that the Yankees are still very much in on Drew and could meet with his agent, Scott Boras, at next week's GM meetings to ramp up negotiations on a deal to bring him to the Bronx.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 3:24 p.m. ET

    With Boston extending a qualifying offer to Stephen Drew, it's highly unlikely that the Yankees would be willing to send the Red Sox a first-round draft pick as compensation to sign him, so chances are that Drew will not be in the Bronx next season as anything other than a member of a visiting club.

    --End of Update--

     

    As CBS Sports' Jon Heyman points out, the Yankees having interest in Stephen Drew is a bit odd considering that Derek Jeter is expected to return after suffering through an injury-filled 2013 season.

    If the plan for Jeter is to limit his exposure in the field and plug him into the lineup as a DH more than once a week, then having a co-starter like Drew around makes sense. An above-average defensive player, the 30-year-old Drew doesn't hit for average but has some pop in his bat.

    Despite a postseason that saw him hit only .111, Drew is going to be looking for a multi-year deal, one that pays him a starter's salary. With less expensive options on the market, like Brendan Ryan (a superior defender who can't hit nearly as well as Drew), it wouldn't surprise me if the team's "interest" in Drew was nothing more than a ploy to try and jack up the price for Boston to keep him in the fold.

Mashiro Tanaka: Phenom Will Be Posted

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    Update: Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10:47 a.m. ET

    Casey Close, Derek Jeter's agent, will represent Tanaka, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. While Jeter's last contract negotiations were a bit tempestuous, Close has a terrific working relationship with Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

    Whether that gives the team an edge in the bidding war that is about to ensue, however, remains to be seen. Close also represents Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Dodgers, who expected to make a strong run at signing the Japanese phenom and could be the Yankees stiffest competition.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8:25 a.m. ET

    Tanaka's posting period begins today, giving teams until 5:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 24 to sign the free agent, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

    If he does not reach an agreement with a MLB team by then, he'll return to Japan for another season.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10:43 p.m. ET

    The Golden Eagles will grant Tanaka's wish to pitch in the major leagues and post the 25-year-old hurler, with the official announcement set to come on Christmas, according to Patrick Newman from NPB Tracker.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8:52 p.m. ET

    It looks as if Rakuten is going to give MLB the biggest gift of all this Christmas, according to NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman:

    An official announcement is expected within the next 24-to-48 hours.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6:02 p.m. ET

    Rakuten has made a decision on whether or not to post Tanaka and an announcement should be made in the next day or two, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports Japan, via NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:48 a.m. ET

    Patrick Newman of NPBTracker.com, who covers Japanese baseball about as well as anyone in the industry, sums up comments made by officials from the Rakuten Golden Eagles, as they addressed Japanese media in the wake of rumors circulating that the team had decided not to post him.

    From Yozo Tachibana, team president, came this statement: "All I can say is that the correct information is that nothing has been decided." Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani added: "We're not planning on dragging this out. We want to give an answer quickly."

    Exactly how quickly that answer will arrive is anyone's guess, but it's fair to assume that we won't know anything until sometime after Christmas. Even if the Yankees land another starting pitcher before a decision is made on Tanaka, if he were to be posted, they would most certainly be a major player for him.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 12:21 p.m. ET

    The Yankees are operating under the assumption that signing Tanaka will not be an option, sources tell ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews“We’ve seen this coming for a couple of days now," said the source. “So it's not surprising at all." 

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET

    Former major league pitcher C.J. Nitkowski, who spent part of his career playing in Asia, cites a solid source as saying that Rakuten's president will make an official announcement on Tanaka's status in "four-to-five days."

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Golden Eagles are upset over the $20 million cap on posting fees, something that Peter Gammons had alluded to earlier.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8:01 a.m. ET

    Multiple reports out of Japan indicate that Tanaka will not be posted, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets.

    Peter Gammons adds that Mr. Mikitani, owner of Tanaka's team in Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, believes that were he to post his ace, that he would be conceding that Japan is nothing more than another minor league for MLB.

    If these reports are accurate, this throws a major monkey wrench into the Yankees offseason plans. Depending on who is calling the shots, the Yankees could go one of three ways:

    • They could overpay for one of the "premier" (I use that term lightly) free agent starters left on the market
    • They could look to sign lesser free agent starters to a one-year deal to fill out the rotation
    • They could rethink their stance on Brett Gardner and try to move him for a team-controlled arm

    How the team proceeds likely depends on who is ultimately calling the shots: GM Brian Cashman, owner Hal Steinbrenner or team president Randy Levine.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:37 p.m. ET

    An unnamed general manager who says that he won't be bidding for Tanaka tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that he "doesn't have any doubt" that Tanaka will command more than $100 million if he's posted.

    If accurate, the Yankees may be forced to decide between what's more important to them: staying under the $189 luxury tax threshold or bolstering the rotation with a young pitcher who, while far from a sure thing, has the potential to be a front-of-the-rotation arm for years to come.

    Unless A-Rod's suspension is upheld—or reduced to a full season—there doesn't appear to be a way for the team to accomplish both.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Monday, Dec. 16 at 4:26 p.m. ET

    The first hurdle for teams to sign Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared, as MLB and NPB have announced a new three-year posting agreement, via ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Under the terms of the new agreement, the posting fee cannot exceed $20 million, and every team that submits the highest posting bid will have an opportunity to negotiate with the posted player.

    Whether Tanaka will be posted, however, remains unclear. He remains one of the Yankees primary targets on the free agent market, and if he is posted, expect the team to pull out all the stops to get him signed.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:57 p.m. ET

    Rakuten Golden Eagles team president Yozo Tachibana is at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and addressed reporters, including Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News.

    Ichibana said that the team had made no decision about whether it would post Tanaka, adding that he needed to speak with the pitcher "face-to-face" next week.

    The saga continues.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5:11 p.m. ET

    Whether Masahiro Tanaka is posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles or not may largely be up to him, according to Baseball America's Ben Badler.

    In comments to the Japanese Media, Rakuten's team president, Yozo Tachibana said that if Tanaka wants to be posted so that he can begin his MLB career, the team will likely respect his wishes—but not before putting on a full-court press to try and convince him to stay.

    If Tanaka is, in fact, posted, expect the Yankees to not only make the $20 million maximum bid, but to offer him a ridiculous contract, if given the chance, to make his choice of which team to sign with an easy decision.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET

    Newsday's David Lennon reports that Rakuten's president spoke to the media in Japan on Thursday and said that they will have internal discussions to see if it makes sense to post Tanaka.

    That the team hasn't completely ruled out posting Tanaka has to be taken as a good sign, but it's still far from a sure thing that he'll be pitching in MLB next season.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8:02 p.m. ET

    With rumors of an agreement between NPB and MLB in regards to a new posting system running rampant, speculation has ratcheted up about the impact that the proposed changes, which include a $20 million cap on posting fees and the ability for the player to pick which of the teams to offer the highest posting fee to negotiation with, will have on Masahiro Tanaka.

    The answer, according to Peter Gammons, is not good.

    Not only is Tanaka's team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, vehemently opposed to the proposed changes, but they are leaning towards not posting Tanaka at all.

    If Tanaka is indeed no longer an option for the Yankees, the team may have no choice but to engage with the likes of Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza, all of whom are going to command more money than they're worth.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:09 p.m. ET

    Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News says that a source is reporting that negotiations over the posting process are not in danger of falling apart as previously reported and, most importantly for the Yankees, that Tanaka will be posted this winter.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:54 p.m. ET

    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that MLB owners have "serious reservations" about the changes being proposed in a new posting agreement between MLB and Japan's NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball)—and that it's possible that an agreement will not be reached.

    Here's a look at the proposed changes, according to a report in The Japan Times:

    Under the new system, the highest bidding major league team would still be awarded exclusive rights to negotiate with Japanese players, but Japanese teams would receive the fee set as the average figure of the top two bids. Any team which fails to sign the Japanese player during the exclusive negotiating window would be subject to a fine by MLB.

    Without an agreement in place, Japanese players, like Tanaka, will not be eligible to be posted and negotiate with MLB clubs, a scenario that would not only delay his arrival in the major leagues by at least another year but throw a major monkey wrench into the Yankees offseason plans.

    --End of Update--

     

    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that not only are the Yankees going "all in" for 25-year-old Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka, but that the team is prepared to spend more money to sign a Japanese player than any other team has before.

    From Passan:

    Sources with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said they are “going to be bold” in bidding on the 25-year-old right-hander when the Rakuten Golden Eagles post him, likely later this month. Just how high the Yankees plan on going is unclear, but executives believe the winning bid for the rights to negotiate a contract with Tanaka will top $75 million, nearly a 50 percent premium over the posting fees for Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

    Despite expensive and embarrassing failed trials with Japanese pitchers before, namely Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa, the Yankees—or rather owner Hal Steinbrenner—seems hellbent on bringing Tanaka to the Bronx—cost be damned.

Mark Reynolds: Yankees May Be Interested in a Full Season with Veteran Infielder

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    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8:18 a.m. ET

    The Yankees believe that Reynolds will sign elsewhere this winter, sources tell Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:33 p.m. ET

    Sources tell The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi that the Yankees and Reynolds continue to talk, but "as far as a deal goes there is nothing even remotely close."

    Tampa Bay is known to have interest in the slugging corner infielder as well.

    --End of Update--

     

    Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET

    A late-season addition to the Yankees roster in 2013, the Yankees have spoken to Mark Reynolds' agent, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, which would seem to indicate that they are interested in having him around for a full season.

    Reynolds, 30, hit .236 with 12 extra-base hits (six home runs), 19 RBI and a .755 OPS over 120 at-bats while filling in at both first base and third base.

    The Yankees are also known to be interested in a reunion with Eric Chavez, and it's unlikely that they'd look to bring both Chavez and Reynolds back as they'd essentially be filling the same role from different sides of the plate.

Grant Balfour: Yanks Still Interested in Veteran Closer

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    Monday, Dec. 23 at 1:17 p.m. ET

    Sources tell the New York Post's Kevin Kernan that the Yankees are still interested in signing Grant Balfour to replace Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning—as if replacing Mo is something that's remotely possible.

    Balfour, who saw his two-year, $15 million deal with Baltimore fall apart when the Orioles expressed "concern" over his physical results, insists that he is healthy, as does his agent, Seth Levinson, who released a statement shortly after Baltimore announced that it was backing out of the deal. Via ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

    Grant is completely healthy and that was told to us today by Dr. Koco Eaton, a well-respected club physician. Dr. Eaton’s opinion is based upon the fact that the MRI which was taken today is the same as the MRI which was taken in 2011 as a condition of the 3-year contract that Grant signed with the A’s.

    Dr. Tim Kremchek, another well-respected club physician, reviewed the Orioles’ medical report and advised that he is remarkably impressed that there has been little change in Grant’s arm for almost 10 years.

    Now factor into the equation that Grant was a 2013 All Star, pitched 65 games and another 3 scoreless innings in the post season with a 94-95 mph fastball. The only reasonable conclusion is that Grant is healthy and the Orioles at the last moment changed their minds.

    Balfour has pitched to a 2.53 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while saving 64 games for Oakland over the past three seasons. He has experience pitching in the AL East as well, having spent four seasons in Tampa Bay (2007-2010), going 14-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 203 relief appearances.

Yankees Not Interested in "Elite" Free Agent Starters Still on the Market

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    Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9:16 a.m. ET

    In the wake of the news that Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka likely isn't going to be posted, speculation began to run rampant that the Yankees were potentially going to do something rash, like overpay for the services of Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, thought to be the three best free agent starters left on the market.

    That's simply not going to happen, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

    But the Yankees, sources say, are not at this point interested in free-agent right-handers Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza. Club officials believe that those pitchers are unlikely to be worth the salaries they will command, leaving the Yankees with a hole in their rotation.

    Assuming the team is only looking to sign free agent starters to one-year deals, I'd speculate that veteran arms like Jason Hammel and Paul Maholm could soon be in play for the Yankees.

Is Keeping Payroll Under $189 Million Already a Lost Cause?

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    Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 4:13 p.m. ET

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Yankees have almost no chance of staying under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, noting that the team's internal luxury tax calculation is currently at $178 million.

    That calculation does not include Alex Rodriguez and his $26 million salary, which may or may not count towards the team's tax bill, depending on the outcome of his suspension appeal.

    With multiple players, including Brett Gardner, Ivan Nova and David Robertson set to receive raises through arbitration, plus the team's other holes that still need to be plugged, signing any starting pitcher, whether it be Masahiro Tanaka or one of the remaining major league free agents, is likely to put them over the threshold.

    That "edict" that Hal Steinbrenner issued nearly two years ago? It certainly looks as if it's going to go unheeded.

Dec. 17: Signed LHP Matt Thornton

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    Age: 37

    Throws: L

    2013 Stats: 60 G, 0-4, 3.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 43.1 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

    Contract Status: Two years, $7 million

     

    The Yankees replaced Boone Logan in the bullpen with veteran Matt Thornton, who split the 2013 season between the White Sox and Red Sox

    Thornton was tough on left-handers last year, holding them to a .235/.267/.370 slash line over 89 plate appearances, consistent with the .233/.297/.351 line that he's held them to over his 10-year career. His effectiveness against batters from the other side of the plate has disappeared, however, as opposing right-handers hit .333 with an .827 OPS against him over 98 plate appearances in 2013.

    If used exclusively against left-handed hitters, Thornton is still quite effective and will be a valuable addition to the Yankees bullpen. If manager Joe Girardi decides to let him try his luck against all batters, the results could be catastrophic.

Dustin Ackley: Yankees Interested in Seattle's Youngster

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    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9:37 a.m. ET

    Sources tell Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that there is "no traction" to trade talks between the Yankees and Mariners regarding Dustin Ackley.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:47 a.m. ET

    Despite signing Brian Roberts, the Yankees are still looking to shore up the middle of their infield and continue to have interest in acquiring Ackley from Seattle, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Ackley, set to make $1.7 million in 2014 and not eligible for arbitration until after the 2014 season, would be another low-salaried option in the middle of the infield, allowing the team to keep their costs down while trying to stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold while still trying to bolster the rotation and bullpen.

    --End of Update--

     

    Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 4:18 p.m. ET

    The Yankees are one of three teams, along with the Mets and Padres, who have inquired about acquiring Dustin Ackley from the Mariners, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Ackley, 25, moved quickly through Seattle's minor league system and made his major league debut two years after being drafted, finishing sixth in the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .273 with a .766 OPS as the team's second baseman of the future.

    But he's been unable to build off of that success over the past two years, hitting a combined .236 with a .637 OPS and bouncing around the field, spending time at second base, first base and in center field.

    Yankee Stadium, however, is one place where he's had consistent success, hitting .286 with a pair of home runs and a .912 OPS over 42 career at-bats, and a change of scenery could be what he needs to get his career back on track.

Dec. 17: Signed 2B Brian Roberts

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    Age: 36

    Bats: S

    2013 Stats: .249/.312/.392, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 3-for-4 SB

    Contract Status: One year, $2 million (plus incentives)

     

    The Yankees have now signed a second "big name" player away from one of their division rivals, agreeing to terms with two-time All-Star Brian Roberts, who has spent his entire 13-year career in Baltimore.

    Unlike Jacoby Ellsbury, who the team poached from Boston, however, Roberts is far removed from the best years of his career.

    Injuries have limited Roberts to a total of 192 games over the past four years, never exceeding 80 games played in a season and hitting only .246 with a .669 OPS over that time. The 77 games that he played in 2013 were his highest total since 2009.

    Roberts has been more effective from the left side of the plate against right-handed pitching over the course of his career, and with some power left in his bat, he could take advantage of the short right field porch in Yankee Stadium, where he owns a career .295/.317/.462 slash line over 82 plate appearances.

    From 2003 to 2009, Roberts posted a .288/.362/.430 slash line, and it's his ability to get on base—along with the fact that he was a relatively inexpensive signing—that got the Yankees attention.

    That said, banking on Roberts to play on a daily basis is a dangerous proposition—and given his past medical history, it's hard to imagine this marriage working out as well as the Eric Chavez signing did a few years back. 

    GM Brian Cashman still has work to do if he hopes to solidify the middle of his infield before Opening Day.

Darwin Barney: Yankees Have Explored Trade for Defensive Whiz

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    Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m. ET

    Bruce Levine, formerly of ESPN Chicago and current analyst with WSCR-AM in the windy city, tweets that the Yankees and Cubs have talked about a potential deal involving Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney.

    A career .246 hitter, the 28-year-old Barney doesn't offer much at the plate, but his offensive shortcomings are more than made up for by his phenomenal defense.

    In 2012, Barney set a new National League record for games without an error and came within three outs of breaking Placido Polanco's major league record of 141 games. Since 2010, he ranks second in UZR/150 (12.4) and third in DRS (40) at the position, per FanGraphs.

    It's not known what the Cubs are looking for in exchange for Barney, who is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter and under team control through the 2016 season.

Brett Gardner: Yankees Want Pitching for Speedy Outfielder

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    Update: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10:26 a.m. ET

    Sources tell MLB.com's Bryan Hoch that if the Yankees trade Gardner, it will be for "valuable pitching," noting that rumors of a deal involving Brandon Phillips were "way overblown."

    ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand's sources are telling him that the asking price for Gardner is "at least a No. 4 starter." The team is more than happy to hang onto Gardner and cut ties with some of its other outfielders, with Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells the likeliest to find themselves on the chopping block.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10:10 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees were offered All-Star 2B Brandon Phillips from the Reds in exchange for Gardner—and they turned it down.

    While this may seem like an absurd move by the Yankees, the four years and $50 million that remain on Phillips' contract very well may have been the reason they turned it down. Without a doubt, the Reds would have to pick up some of Phillips' deal to get the Yankees to consider such a swap.

    Lest we forget, the Yankees have other holes to fill besides second base—and they've already spent a considerable amount of money filling other holes already. That said, if the Reds become willing to eat some of Phillips' contract, it's not crazy to think that a deal might still be struck.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:53 p.m. ET

    Despite the team's insistence that they aren't shopping Gardner, trade winds continue to swirl around the speedy outfielder.

    The New York Post's Joel Sherman says that two sources have told him that the Reds have interest in trading for Gardner, noting that the Yankees have little interest in Reds reliever Sean Marshall, who is believed to be available.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:40 p.m. ET

    The Yankees current plan is to keep Brett Gardner and try to move Ichiro Suzuki, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    I've never been a proponent of moving Gardner, but he's a far more valuable trade chip than Ichiro, who at this point in his career, isn't likely to bring back anything substantial in a trade.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2:15 p.m. ET

    The Yankees are not shopping Brett Gardner, GM Brian Cashman told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

    While he acknowledges that many teams have called about him, Cashman says that he did not sign Jacoby Ellsbury so that he could trade Gardner.

    --End of Update--

     

    Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:20 p.m. ET

    Multiple teams have expressed "significant interest" in Brett Gardner, according to the Newark Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough, who reports that while the Yankees are willing to trade the speedy 30-year-old outfielder, they are not actively shopping him.

    Gardner, who hit .273 with 51 extra-base hits, 24 stolen bases and a .759 OPS in 2013, is a low-cost option that teams covet as both an outfield upgrade and potential leadoff hitter.

    Expected to be the team's starting left fielder, Gardner's trade value may never be higher than it is right now. With the team believed to have little interest in the starting pitching that remains available on the free agent market, Gardner could be used, either by himself or as part of a bigger package, to acquire another arm for the rotation.

Brandon Phillips: Trade Candidate, Cincinnati Not Giving Him Away

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    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11:51 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that the Yankees are one of the teams on Phillips' no-trade list, though he says that the Reds did not ask Phillips to waive his no-trade clause. The extra money Phillips was looking for was likely incentive for him to waive his no-trade, something that we've seen multiple players do over the years.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11:05 p.m. ET

    The Yankees turned down the Phillips-for-Gardner offer after Phillips asked to re-open his contract and have money added to the deal to get him to agree to the deal, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Phillips has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, and apparently the Yankees are one of the teams on his list this year. That certainly is a legitimate reason for the Yankees to say thanks but no thanks and walk away.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10:17 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees turned down an offer from Cincinnati that would have sent Phillips to the Bronx for Brett Gardner.

    The $50 million that remains on Phillips' contract certainly played a part in the team's thinking, though if the two sides are talking about a potential swap, it's certainly possible that the Reds could pick up some of the remaining cash to facilitate a deal.

    --End of Update--

     

    The Yankees are making sure to cover all of their bases when it comes to potential replacements for Robinson Cano at second base, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who reports that the Yankees checked in with the Cincinnati Reds about a possible deal for All-Star Brandon Phillips.

    As Heyman so astutely notes: "Phillips is said to be available in the right trade, but word is, the initial price is way too steep. Of course, that's the way the Yankees look at Cano's $300 million asking price, as well."

    Phillips hit .261 with 18 home runs and 103 RBI for the Reds this season, and while he's not going to hit for average or get on base as consistently as Cano does, he's a superior defender, routinely making highlight-reel plays in the middle of the diamond.

    New York is one of the few teams in baseball that is in a position to take on the four years and $50 million that remain on the 32-year-old's contract without needing the Reds to pick up any of that money, but Cincinnati doesn't seem inclined to discount their asking price—whatever that may be.

     

Johan Santana: Yankees Interested in Veteran Pitcher

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    The Yankees are one of eight teams interested in Johan Santana, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

    He has missed two of the past three seasons with injuries and tossed only 117 innings since the end of the 2010 season.

    Santana was once the most dominant pitcher in baseball. Now he isn't likely to get much guaranteed money. 

    New York is looking for starting pitching, and it could take a chance on the veteran. The 34-year-old had been with the New York Mets since 2008 and even threw a no-hitter. He went 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA during his time with the Mets, so he showed that he can pitch in a big market after leaving Minnesota.

    Santana is expected to showcase himself for teams in January, and the Yankees could end up offering him an incentive-laden non-roster invitee contract.

Justin Masterson: Trade Target

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    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9:52 AM ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that there are "no legs" to the rumors involving Justin Masterson and the Yankees.

    --End of update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:54 AM ET

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Yankees are interested in creating a three-team trade involving Brett Gardner to acquire Indians pitcher Justin Masterson.

    It is well-known that the Yankees need more starting pitching, and Masterson and his 14-10 record and 3.45 ERA seem to provide a good fit. He will be 29 on opening day, so this would help build a younger staff for the future as well.

Ichiro: On the Block?

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    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

    Scratch the San Francisco Giants off your list as a possible destination for Ichiro. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweets that the Giants are not interested in Suzuki, preferring to either add a right-handed bat to platoon with Gregor Blanco or a right-handed bat with power to take the job over completely.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:43 p.m. ET

    Ichiro appears to be the odd man out in the Yankees crowded outfield, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the team plans on keeping Brett Gardner and trying to move Suzuki in a trade.

    The problem, of course, is that Ichiro is seen by nearly all of baseball as nothing more than a fourth outfielder at this point in his career, and fourth outfielders typically don't command much on the trade market.

    --End of Update--

     

    Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:02 p.m.

    While the team isn't shopping him and Brett Gardner remains the more valuable trade chip, the Yankees are open to trading Ichiro Suzuki in an effort to alleviate the glut of outfielders that the team currently has on the roster, reports Chad Jennings of the Journal News.

    Ichiro, 40, is coming off of the worst offensive season of his Hall of Fame career, hitting .262 with a .297 on-base percentage and .639 OPS. Still blessed with a terrific throwing arm, many teams see him as a fourth outfielder—and those don't typically fetch much in trade.

Homer Bailey: Trade Target?

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    Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3:48 p.m. ET

    The Reds are not trading Homer Bailey, GM Walt Jocketty told C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    --End of Update--

     

    Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET

    The Yankees have reached out to the Reds about a possible trade for RHP Homer Bailey, according to Daniel Barbarisi, the team's beat reporter with The Wall Street Journal.

    Bailey, 27, is coming off of his second solid season for the Reds in which he went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 199 strikeouts over 209 innings of work, the second consecutive season that he cracked the 200-inning plateau.

    It has been speculated that a Brett Gardner for Bailey deal would make sense for both teams, but there have been no indications to this point that such a deal has been discussed. Like Gardner, Bailey can become a free agent after the 2014 season.

Yankees Youngsters as Trade Chips

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    Update Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2:18 p.m. ET

    While the team's young outfield prospects aren't viewed highly around the game, that doesn't mean that the Yankees are without attractive and valuable trade chips under the age of 30.

    GM Brian Cashman told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch that he has received multiple calls on Ivan Nova, J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez, among others.

    While it would be difficult for the team to trade Nova, given their need for quality starting pitching, both Murphy and Sanchez are blocked from the big leagues, at least temporarily, by Brian McCann, Austin Romine and Francisco Cervelli.

    Young catchers, especially with the offensive profiles that Murphy and Sanchez have, are always valuable and in demand—and it's certainly reasonable to assume that the Yanks would be open to moving either one in the right deal.

    --End of Update--

     

    Monday, Dec. 9 at 11:24 p.m. ET

    Over the past few years, some of the most talked-about and hyped prospects in the Yankees farm system has been a trio of outfielders: Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott.

    Unfortunately for the Yankees, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the other 29 teams in baseball see them as all hype—and not much else:

    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all it would take is for one interested team to value them well,” said an AL executive. “But we don’t have any of them as top-100 prospects and I think that is generally the industry view.”

    I asked executives from six teams and that was the repeated perception — none of those outfielders are projected as top players.

    An AL personnel man who was asked if the Yankees have prospects, said, “Impact?” Me: “Yes.” Him: “No.”

    That perception, along with a relative lack of upper-level prospects that are close to being ready to contribute at the major league level, could make it difficult for the Yankees to trade for some of the bigger names on the market.

Jeff Samardzija: Yankees Interested in Chicago's Ace

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    Update: Monday, Dec. 9 at 11:32 p.m. ET

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the Yankees to acquire Samardzija from the Cubs.

    The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Cubs are looking for pitching prospects and players who are close to making an impact in the major leagues in exchange for their ace—two things New York can't offer: “The Yankees have no upper-level talent,” a Chicago executive told Sherman.

    As has been the case since the offseason began, the Yankees best chance of making a major addition to the pitching staff will be outbidding the rest of baseball for Masahiro Tanaka, whose MLB future remains uncertain.

    --End of Update--

     

    Monday, Dec. 9 at 10:45 a.m. ET

    The Yankees are among the teams interested in trading for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.

    Samardzija, 28, pitched to a 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP for the Cubs in 2013, striking out a career-best 214 batters in a career-high 213.2 innings of work over 33 starts, the first time that he's cracked the 200-inning plateau in his six-year career.

    Under team control through the 2015 season, Samardzija is sure to be one of the hottest names at the Winter Meetings, with multiple teams expressing interest.

    Whether the Yankees have the pieces to put together an attractive enough package for the Cubs to pull the trigger on a deal, however, is a legitimate question, especially with teams like Arizona and Toronto, both with far deeper farm systems, known to be in pursuit of him as well.

     

Aledmys Diaz: Yanks Interested in Cuban Defector

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    Monday, Dec. 9 at 4:52 p.m. ET

    The Yankees were one of the teams with a large contingent at workouts for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, who says that some teams view him as a future second baseman.

    Declared a free agent in December of 2012, Diaz won't be eligible to sign with teams until Feb. 19 due to a year-long suspension for falsifying his age.

    B/R's prospect guru Mike Rosenbaum gave a quick scouting report on Diaz back in January:

    At 6’1”, 185 pounds, Diaz, who will participate in a showcase for major league scouts later this month, has a projectable frame with the potential to add strength as he continues to develop. He’s regarded as a quality defender with solid range and a strong arm—attributes that could also also make him serviceable as a third baseman. The utility of his hit tool has mixed reviews, but he does have power potential.

    The 23-year-old isn’t the next Yoenis Cespedes, though he had played in Cuba’s premier league, Serie Nacional, since 2007 before defecting last summer. Therefore, Diaz will likely require at least a half-season, possibly even more, at Triple-A before debuting in the major leagues.

    Aside from the Yankees, the Blue Jays, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants were in attendance and have some level of interest in signing him.

Dec. 6: Signed Carlos Beltran

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    Age: 36

    Bats: S

    2013 Stats: .296/.339/.491, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 2-for-3 SB

    Contract Status: Three years, $45 million (includes a no-trade clause)

     

    The Yankees moved quickly after losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners and finally got the player that they've been flirting with for nearly a decade, Carlos Beltran.

    While age and injury have robbed him of his speed, the eight-time All-Star remains a powerful presence at the plate and will certainly help the team replace some of the production that Cano took with him to Seattle.

    A mediocre defensive player, Beltran still has a powerful throwing arm and is likely to split time in right field with Ichiro Suzuki while spending some time at the DH spot when Ichiro takes the field.

    Unlike some of the team's other free agent signings in recent years (see Swisher, Nick), there's no question as to whether Beltran will produce for the team in the postseason, should they find their way back after missing out on the fun in 2013.

    That he's familiar with New York and is a terrific clubhouse presence doesn't hurt, nor does the fact that he joins the Yankees on a significantly shorter—and cheaper—deal that it would have taken to sign Shin-Soo Choo, thought to be the team's top target in the post-Cano era.

    Consider what the Yankees lineup might look like on Opening Day now:

    1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    2. SS Derek Jeter
    3. RF Carlos Beltran
    4. 1B Mark Teixeira
    5. C Brian McCann
    6. DH Alfonso Soriano
    7. 3B Kelly Johnson
    8. 2B Eduardo Nunez
    9. LF Brett Gardner

    While second base and third base remain areas that need to be addressed, that's a pretty solid lineup—and the Yankees have plenty of money left to spend to do just that,—and continue to bolster the pitching staff.

Dec. 6: Robinson Cano Signs with Seattle

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    Nobody ever really believed that Robinson Cano would walk away from the Yankees, from the legacy that he had begun to build in the Bronx.

    But he did just that, signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners that the Yankees were never going to come close to matching. We can thank Alex Rodriguez for that—as I believe it was more the length of the deal that Cano wanted, more than the money, that truly made the Yankees let him go.

    Losing Cano is a major blow to the Yanks, there's no way around it. Second basemen like him don't grow on trees, and he was unquestionably the team's best position player.

    So what does this mean for the Yankees? Is there any way that it can be viewed as a blessing in disguise?

    Absolutely.

    The Yankees now have all the money that they had budgeted for Cano—roughly $175 million—to spend on other free agents or take back salary in trade.

    First and foremost, who's going to play second base?

    The recently signed Kelly Johnson could handle the job, but the team views him as a super-utility player, filling the role that Jayson Nix played last season. Locking him into second base takes away that versatility. 

    Omar Infante, who the team has been linked to already, is the best option available on the free agent market.

    The Yankees could also look to the trade market, where a pair of second basemen with big contracts could come into play. Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips could be available in the right deal, while Atlanta's Dan Uggla is readily available.

    Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick is also known to be available, but the Angels seek young pitching in exchange for him, something that the Yankees don't have much of to offer.

    Of that group, Infante is the cheapest and least risky option.

    The Yankees will also revisit the idea of signing free agent outfielders Carlos Beltran and Shin-Soo Choo, while perhaps engaging some of the free agent pitchers on the market while they wait to find out whether Masahiro Tanaka will actually be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

    Bottom line—the Yankees have far more flexibility now than they would have had Cano re-signed, not only this winter but going forward.

    That's a good thing.

Errisbel Arruebarruena: Yankees Interested in Cuban Defector

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    Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:18 p.m. ET

    The Yankees will get a great look at Cuban defector Errisbel Arruebarruena, as the team is set to host the showcase for the 23-year-old shortstop at their facility in the Dominican Republic this weekend, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

    Baseball America's Ben Badler took an in-depth look at Arruebarruena, who has drawn comparisons to Detroit's Jose Iglesias, last month, with one scouting director offering the following analysis:

    He’s a premium defender at a premium position with questions on the bat. If you’re built well offensively around the field other than shortstop, you can live with that if you get outstanding defense. But the bat is still the question mark.

    While he's 23 years old and has spent time on Cuba's national team, participating in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he'll likely need at least one full season of work in the minor leagues before he's ready to contribute at the major league level.

Dec. 3: Signed CF Jacoby Ellsbury

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    Age: 30

    Bats: L

    2013 Stats: .298/.355/.426, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 52-for-56 SB

    Contract Status: Seven years, $148 million guaranteed (Deal includes no-trade clause and team option for an eighth year at $21 million with a $5 million buyout)

     

    The signing of Jacoby Ellsbury represents a massive upgrade in center field for the Yankees—and it improves the team both offensively and defensively.

    Ellsbury becomes the latest in a long line of players to switch sides in one of baseball's most heated rivalries, joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon, among others.

    One of the premier defensive center fielders in the game, Ellsbury's ability to get to balls that others cannot will be a tremendous asset to a Yankees pitching staff that, as presently constituted, has far more questions than answers.

    He and Brett Gardner, who likely will be the team's regular left fielder, gives the Yankees two-thirds of a tremendous defensive outfield. With Ellsbury batting leadoff and Gardner, likely, hitting ninth in the lineup, the Yankees also have two of the game's premier base stealers to cause havoc for the opposition.

    A terrific table-setter atop the lineup, Ellsbury has had success at the new Yankee Stadium, hitting .285 with 12 extra-base hits (four home runs), 17 RBI and a .783 OPS in just over 160 plate appearances. Of course, signing him away from the Red Sox is an added bonus, as any move that makes the team's hated rivals weaker will always be viewed in a positive light in the Bronx.

    That said, the 30-year-old doesn't have a great track record when it comes to staying healthy, and with his primary asset being his speed, there's always risk involved with a player over the age of 30 that his legs won't last for the duration of his contract.

    While this may wind up being a deal that the Yankees regret in the long run, the immediate impact that Ellsbury will have on the team cannot be understated.

Nov. 23: Signed C Brian McCann

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    Age: 29

    Bats: L

    2013 Stats: .256/.336/.461, 20 HR, 57 RBI

    Contract Status: Five years, $85 million; Vesting option could make it six years, $100 million

     

    The Yankees needed a massive upgrade behind the plate and to add a left-handed bat with some power, so they went out and signed the best catcher and, arguably, the best left-handed power bat available.

    A pull hitter, he's going to love the short porch in right field, and the fire and intensity that he brings to the clubhouse will be a welcome addition.

    Did the Yankees overpay? Perhaps, though heading into the offseason, many believed Brian McCann would get a deal exceeding $100 million—so while I wouldn't call this a relative bargain, it's fair market value.

    Regardless, when you consider the production—or lack thereof—that they got from the position last year, well, it's hard to argue with the team's decision to pay McCann handsomely:

     BAOBPSLGHRRBI
    NYY Catchers '13.213.289.298843
    McCann '13.256.336.4612057

    A seven-time All-Star, McCann has a career .350 on-base percentage and has hit at least 20 home runs in six consecutive seasons (and seven of the last eight).

    That he's willing to learn how to play first base and has no problem spending time as a DH, as his agent, B.B. Abbott, told WEEI's Alex Speier, should not only keep his bat in the lineup more often, but also limit some of the wear-and-tear that he'd take behind the plate.

    While McCann doesn't do a fantastic job when it comes to controlling the opposition's running game, throwing out only 24 percent of would-be basestealers over his career, he's proven that he does a knows how to handle a pitching staff and can frame pitches very well, both of which are far more important.

    All things considered, this was an excellent move by the Yankees, who added an All-Star player, still in the prime years of his career, to fill a gaping void on its aging roster.

     

Kendrys Morales: Free Agent, Yankees Interested?

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    Friday, Nov. 15 at 12:27 p.m. ET

    Morales is "not on the Yankees radar at all," a source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

    While adding Morales' bat would be a nice luxury to have, the team has more pressing needs to address first.

    --End of Update--

     

    Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11:04 p.m. ET

    Despite playing only 59 games at first base since the 2010 season, Yankees scouts believe that Kendrys Morales can handle the position, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, and that's one of the reasons that the 30-year-old free agent is someone that the team is considering making a run at.

    Morales spent 2013 with the Mariners, hitting .277 with 23 home runs, 80 RBI and a .785 OPS as the team's primary designated hitter. Owner of a career .280/.333/.480 slash line, the switch-hitter has hit .232 with a pair of home runs and a .681 OPS over 56 at-bats in the new Yankee Stadium.

    He declined the $14.1 million qualifying offer that Seattle offered him, so the Yankees would have to surrender a first round draft pick should they choose to sign him to split time at the DH spot and back up Mark Teixeira at first base.

Bronson Arroyo: Free Agent a Target for New York's Rotation

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    If the idea of Bronson Arroyo toying the rubber at Yankee Stadium scares you, it should.

    Since 2005, no pitcher in baseball has surrendered as many home runs as the 36-year-old right-hander has. It's not even close*:

    PitcherHome Runs Allowed
    Bronson Arroyo274
    Dan Haren234
    Ervin Santana229
    Mark Buehrle215
    Aaron Harang213

    Yet that hasn't stopped the Yankees from expressing interest in him, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, and while the home runs are a concern, Arroyo makes sense for the team on a number of levels.

    He's been battle-tested in the AL East before, spending three years (2003-2005) with the Boston Red Sox, and has 12 postseason appearances (four starts) under his belt.

    More impressively, Arroyo hasn't missed a start in nine years, averaging 211 innings a season over that stretch and failing to crack the 200 innings plateau only once, in 2011, when he finished the season with 199 innings.

    Multiple teams have interest in Arroyo, but he isn't expected to be nearly as expensive—in terms of dollars or years on a new deal—as some of the higher profile starters available this offseason.

     

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