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Monday December 29th 2014

Weary Yankees Appear Ready to Give Alex Rodriguez a Most Unwelcome Return

Pass the mashed potatoes, please, while we count our blessings. Family? Definitely. Friends? Absolutely. Food on the table and a roof over our heads? You bet. Mom's homemade pumpkin pie? Yessir (with whipped cream, please). And then there are the New York Yankees. They're thankful for Giancarlo Stanton and his new record-smashing $325 million contract. Because it is Alex Rodriguez's record that he smashed. And now the Yankees no longer are in the humiliating position of paying the largest contract in history to a pinstriped scoundrel. How do we know this? Because Yankees president Randy ...

1 Sleeper Free-Agent Target for the Yankees at Every Position of Need

After not making the playoffs for the second year in a row, it is clear the New York Yankees will have to make some moves this winter if they intend to compete in 2015. It's the Yankees, so you know that is exactly what their intentions are. This is a talented free-agent class, headlined by players such as Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Pablo Sandoval, Nelson Cruz and Hanley Ramirez. All of these guys are sure to cash in this offseason when the time comes for them to sign a new ...

Time for Yankees Universe to Give Up on Troy Tulowitzki Replacing Jeter

In many ways, for many reasons, the New York Yankees trading for Troy Tulowitzki makes sense. After all, they're the major-market, deep-pocketed, All-Star-obtaining Yankees, and in 2015, they'll be embarking on their first season sans shortstop, captain and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. How to fill a hole that has been occupied by the face of Major League Baseball and hasn't needed filling in 20 years? If you're the Yankees, it's simple, really: Get the best available player to replace Jeter, of course. Because make no mistake, for as many concerns ...

Final Report Card Grades for NY Yankees Prospects at the Arizona Fall League

The New York Yankees enter the winter months searching for answers at the major league level after missing the postseason for the second straight year. But the picture, and potentially the future, is much brighter in the farm system after several prospects excelled in the Arizona Fall League this past month. Eight Yankees minor leaguers contributed to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the East Division. And with three position players logging 20 or more games of the 32-game schedule, some of the offseason samples allow us to gauge their progressions ahead of ...

Ideal Trade Scenarios for New York Yankees to Focus on Pulling off This Winter

The MLB offseason has started busier than expected, as multiple organizations have already made moves large enough to change the landscape of their 2015 seasons. The New York Yankees have been mostly inactive, though, as their lone move to acquire Justin Wilson for Francisco Cervelli helped shore up the bullpen. They've yet to make an impact move, but general manager Brian Cashman has money to spend and phone calls to make. Chances are this won't be a quiet winter in the Bronx. Two years have gone by since the Yankees have made an ...

Moves the Yankees Could Actually Pull off This Offseason

After failing to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row, the New York Yankees are bound to have a busy offseason ahead of them. The hot stove is upon us and players are already starting to fall off big boards and wish lists across Major League Baseball. Thanks to a roster full of question marks and concerns, the Yanks have plenty of work to do if they hope to restore what seemed to be an annual tradition of playing October baseball. So, just who should they be targeting as ...

Yankees Must Treat Alex Rodriguez Like a Ghost as They Plan for Future

Alex Rodriguez is a ghost. That is how the New York Yankees should treat his return from his season-long suspension after he was linked to performance-enhancing drugs in the Biogenesis scandal. The lower the expectations, the better the Yankees can prepare to compete in 2015. General manager Brian Cashman seems to understand this. He knows enough to not know what to expect from Rodriguez, even if manager Joe Girardi is excited enough (at least publicly) to give the New York back pages fuel for fire. An early look at tomorrow's front page. Read ...

Bargain Free Agents New York Yankees Should Keep on Their Radar

For the New York Yankees, rediscovering their identity as perennial postseason contenders may come down to stripping their identity as enormous offseason spenders.  Plates have already begun shifting around Major League Baseball this week, with the general manager meetings underway through Thursday and the heated winter meetings looming just a month away.  With wounds still fresh from a wildly expensive 2014 offseason and a failed regular season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Yankees opt for a cheaper route to fill remaining holes at third base and shortstop and to ...

Yankees Would Be Smart to Stick to Plan of Avoiding Big-Name FAs This Winter

Believe it or not, the New York Yankees don’t plan on being big spenders this offseason. At least compared to previous years. According to Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Yankees are not expected to pursue top free-agent pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields, as well as free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Instead, the team is likely to address its needs by targeting “mid-level free agents” such as Chase Headley and Brandon McCarthy, notes Feinsand and Madden. Though it’s difficult to discount the Yankees' potential to make ...

David Robertson Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Star Pitcher

New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson has turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer ahead of the deadline. However, Robertson might still be in pinstripes again as the two sides reportedly continue to work on a deal.     Continue for updates.   Wednesday, Nov. 12 Robertson Seeking Record Deal Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reported what he was hearing about David Robertson's hopes for his next contract: New York Yankees free-agent closer David Robertson turned down the chance to have the highest closer salary for one season in baseball history. Now, he has his eyes on the largest contract ...
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