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George Steinbrenner’s Daughter Comments on Family’s Ownership of Yankees

Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, a New York Yankees general partner and the daughter of longtime team owner George Steinbrenner, stated Wednesday the family still has no plans to sell the organization. Dan Martin of the New York Post passed along comments Swindal made during a team charitable event called "Winter Warm-up" for the elderly. She said the family's long-term outlook hasn't changed since her father's death in 2010. "We're all in," she said. "I hope we own the team for eternity. You never know what life will bring, but we're in it for ...

How Yankees Must Handle Impossible Masahiro Tanaka Decision in 2017

When it comes to opt-out clauses, the New York Yankees tend to opt in. They aren't always happy about it. They don't always do it right away. But when Alex Rodriguez opted out of his deal during the 2007 World Series, the Yankees turned around and gave him a bigger contract they would come to regret. When CC Sabathia was ready to opt out of his contract four years later, the Yankees added what amounted to two years and $50 million, another deal they wouldn't mind having back. So now we come to ...

Alex Rodriguez to Host ‘Back in the Game’ Reality Show

Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez is set to host a CNBC reality show, Back in the Game, according to Alex Weprin of Politico. On the show—which includes former NFL player Michael Strahan as an executive producer—ex-athletes in dire financial straits will be paired with "money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet." These advisors may help the athletes launch a second career or pursue a new business opportunity. Finances likely won't ever be an issue for Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers in 2000, ...

Yankees Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

Pitchers and catchers with a predilection for pre-planning (say that five times fast) have already begun packing their bags for Florida and Arizona. Spring training is almost here, people, and not a moment too soon. As we prepare for the glory of fresh-cut grass and exhibition baseball, let's zoom a lens on the New York Yankees. The Yanks, as you're no doubt aware, are in the midst of a youth movement and will balance their budding rebuild with an annual mandate to compete.  New York's camp will feature a handful of intriguing position ...

Predicting New York Yankees Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

The New York Yankees remain a team in flux, heading into spring training with a roster that could contend—or fall short of the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years. Veterans like Brian McCann (traded) and Mark Teixeira (retired) are gone, replaced by youngsters who are big on upside—but light on experience. That could lead to some growing pains in 2017, but it's a pain that general manager Brian Cashman believes fans are ready to endure. "(The fans are) willing to walk through that (the ups and downs) with ...

Yankees’ Next Big Moves Will Make or Break New Era’s Future

It's not easy to do what the New York Yankees have done. It's even tougher to do what they have to do next.  In this era in which total rebuilds are all the rage and tanking is rewarded, the Yankees rebuilt their farm system without also suffering through a 101-loss season (like the Chicago Cubs) or 324 losses over three campaigns (like the Houston Astros). Three years after MLB.com said they had none of the top 60 prospects in the game, they have five of the top 51. That doesn't even include ...

New York Yankees’ Top Free Agent, Trade Targets Post New Year

The calendar may have flipped to 2017, but we're still a couple of cold months away from baseball. That's actually good news (hear me out) for many MLB clubs with unfinished items on their to-do lists. Like, say, the New York Yankees, who have holes to plug in the starting rotation, the bullpen and behind the dish. Let's examine a few realistic trade and free-agent targets, with the key word being "realistic." Not all of these deals will go down, but they're tied to credible rumors—or at least informed speculation—and a sense ...

Jose Quintana Trade Would Be Right Idea at Wrong Time for Yankees

Nobody can fault the New York Yankees if they’re getting cold feet with their plan to take the long way back to success, but the best advice for them right now is to stay the course. That would involve not making a trade for Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. As Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Monday, that’s something the Yankees are at least interested in doing: What we have here is a team with a square hole to fill casting its gaze on a square peg. The Yankees added a major piece ...

How Yankees Can Still Make Impact Upgrade to Questionable Rotation

The New York Yankees are rebuilding. They're also trying to win. That's how it works in the Bronx. Those aren't mutually exclusive goals. Last season, the Yankees sold at the trade deadline and restocked a farm system that Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter subsequently ranked No. 1 in the game. They also stayed in the playoff picture until late September thanks to contributions from youngsters such as catcher and American League Rookie of the Year runner-up Gary Sanchez. It's possible to shed costly pieces and compete at the same time. This winter, the Yanks traded ...

Brett Gardner Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Yankees OF

It looks as though the New York Yankees' offseason spending could remain dormant for the rest of the winter; however, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner's name has emerged in trade talks.  Continue for updates.  Yankees Shopping Gardner Tuesday, Dec. 13 According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have continued to "gauge interest" in Gardner in an attempt to cut salary.  The 33-year-old is owed $23 million over the next two seasons, which are the final portions of his four-year, $52 million deal, per Spotrac.  Gardner has spent each of his first nine MLB seasons with ...
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