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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury plays five innings of center field in minors game on way back from tight calf

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    All signs point to $153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury being in the Yankees’ lineup on Opening Day. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Ellsbury played five innings of center field and made five plate appearances in a game Wednesday on the minor league side of Yankees camp. “I think it went very well,” Ellsbury told reporters after…

  2. 2014 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: Have the Red Sox taken the steps necessary to avoid a post-championship decline? No…

  3. Joey Votto thinks Billy Hamilton could be an MVP candidate if he learns to draw walks

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton is already dealing with pressure, as he is taking over as the Reds’ center fielder and lead-off man at the age of 23. Many expect him to become the fourth player since the turn of the millennium to steal 70-plus bases, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2009), Jose Reyes (2007), and Scott Podsednik (2004). He…

  4. MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury’s calf comes back negative

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury AP

    Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since last Friday due to tightness in his right calf, but the Yankees are hoping that his return isn’t far off. Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that a precautionary MRI on Ellsbury’s calf came back negative. Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects him to take…

  5. The Astros are playing dirty pool with a top prospect

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    George Springer

    We know this is how it works. Phenoms get fewer September callups than they used to, and they rarely debut on Opening Day. Instead, it’s June that’s become the popular time for debuts, all in the name of delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility. On the one hand, it kind of sucks: much of the…

  6. Could the Yankees find a match for Ichiro Suzuki in the Phillies?

    Mar 9, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted earlier that Ichiro Suzuki appears to be the odd man out in the Yankees’ outfield and adds that the Phillies could use outfield help. The Yankees, of course, will have recent free agent additions Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran in center and right, respectively, and Brett Gardner in left. Alfonso Soriano…

  7. Shane Victorino could give up switch-hitting

    Mar 8, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Shane Victorino gave up switch-hitting down the stretch last season and Red Sox manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe today that the veteran outfielder is considering hitting exclusively from the right side of the plate this season. Nothing is official yet, but this would be a positive development for the Red…

  8. Liquor, cockroaches, grand hotels, old ballparks, national anthems and more spring training fun

    Mar 3, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

    Tbows

    LAKELAND, FL — As this post goes live on Monday morning I am somewhere on I-4. Or I-75. Or I-275. I don’t know, I’m heading to Sarasota to check out the Twins-Orioles game and as I’m typing this I don’t know which way I’m going. Just that I’m going early. Because this is the Grapefruit…

  9. Derek Jeter plays five innings in spring debut

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    After coming out to a standing ovation, Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 Thursday in the first appearance of his farewell season. Jeter, who announced his retirement earlier this month, played his scheduled five innings at shortstop before leaving the game against the Pirates. He grounded into a double play his first time up against sinkerballer Charlie…

  10. Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees GM Brian Cashman is doing his best to temper expectations for his $175 million pitcher. Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Cashman says it would be “asking too much” to expect Tanaka to perform like an ace. Instead, he sees Tanaka as “a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter.” Cashman expects Tanaka to experience “some growing…

  11. Masahiro Tanaka will help, but the Yankees need much more than him to be a contender

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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    The offseason distorts things. The wintertime focus on individual player signings and the underlying optimism everyone seems to have about the prospects of their local nine often makes us forget that, in baseball, one player cannot make the difference between winning and losing. Heck, sometimes even three players don’t. Just ask Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton,…

  12. Brett Gardner and the Yankees avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees avoided arbitration with Brett Gardner by agreeing to a one-year, $5.6 million deal. That’s $3 million more than he earned last season, when he hit .273/.344/.416 with eight homers and 24 stolen bases. With Jacoby Ellsbury in the fold, Gardner will man left field this season. His last before hitting free agency.

  13. Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment

    Jan 10, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Wells hits two-run home run against Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees have designated Vernon Wells for assignment, dropping the veteran outfielder from the 40-man roster and exposing him to the waiver wire. Wells got off to a great start in New York, but ended up hitting just .233 with 11 homers and a .631 OPS in 130 games…

  14. Red Sox showing interest in Padres’ Chris Denorfia

    Jan 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe explains: Chris Denorfia, OF, Padres — While the Red Sox don’t believe they can carry another outfielder, they have expressed some interest in Denorfia, a righthanded bat with a little power who can play center field. The Red Sox might be able to swing a move like this if…

  15. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  16. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  17. Fun with Free Agent Numbers

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    Another free agent domino fell earlier today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers. With Choo gone, Nelson Cruz is the last remaining elite free agent hitter left on the board while Stephen Drew, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo are some of the top remaining players beyond Cruz. With…

  18. Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    hot tub time machine

    It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…

  19. Report: Shin-Soo Choo rejected a $140 million deal from the Yankees

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    This is interesting: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that the Yankees offered Shin-Soo Choo a seven-year, $140 million contract. It reportedly came after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million. Passan says Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, countered for more money, after which the sides parted ways and the Yankees pivoted to Carlos Beltran. That’s…

  20. Yankees president says team has “absolutely no intention” of trading Brett Gardner

    Dec 15, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    brett gardner yankees getty

    It’s a fact by now that the Yankees have explored a Brett Gardner trade, but it sounds like they’re ready to pull him off the block for the rest of the winter. Yankees president Randy Levine had a radio interview Sunday morning with Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York and discussed the still-swirling Gardner rumors.…

  21. Quote of the Day: Joe Girardi, romantic poet

    Dec 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Aw, shucks: Joe Girardi on Jacoby Ellsbury: “You no longer are a thorn in my side. You are a flower in our clubhouse.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) December 13, 2013 Hey girl, you are a flower in our clubhouse. Follow @AaronGleeman

  22. Report: Rangers offer seven-year deal to Shin-Soo Choo

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    That seven-year offer to Shin-Soo Choo we heard about earlier? Well, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the scoop on where it came from: According to a source, the Rangers have a seven-year offer on the table to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and he is giving it serious consideration. The offer is less than the…

  23. Shin-Soo Choo reportedly wants $140 million over seven years

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Shin-Soo Choo wants $140 million over seven years. Buster Olney was hearing the same thing. Scott Boras doesn’t do bargains — or if he does, he does them quietly, much later and after his demands aren’t met — so this is no huge surprise. At the moment Joel Sherman…

  24. Robinson Cano would have taken $5 million less to re-sign with the Yankees

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was a guest on MLB Network Radio from the winter meetings and dropped an interesting tidbit about the Robinson Cano negotiations, saying that Cano’s representatives made New York a counter-offer to re-sign for $235 million. Numerous reports throughout the offseason suggested that Cashman and the Yankees wouldn’t go beyond around…

  25. Rangers, D-Backs involved as market for Shin-Soo Choo reaches “critical stage”

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    With Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury off the board, Shin-Soo Choo is the biggest name remaining in the free agent market. And it sounds like he could find a new home during this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida: Sources: Choo talks appear to be reaching critical stage. #Rangers, at least one other club in.—…

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