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  1. Yankees confident they can re-sign Pettitte, Rivera, Kuroda

    Nov 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    pettitte getty

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop: The Yankees have faith they can make deals with pitchers Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte – surely more faith than they can do a deal with Rafael Soriano at the moment. The Yankees expect to try to work something out with Rivera in the coming week, especially now that Soriano has rejected the $13.3-million qualifying…

  2. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  3. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  4. The Yankees expect Mariano Rivera to take a pay cut

    Nov 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to ask Mariano Rivera to take a “significant paycut” as part of a new contract. He made $15 million in 2012. Heyman thinks the Yankees could ask him to take $10 million in 2013, possibly with incentives.  Which doesn’t seem unreasonable given his age and the fact…

  5. Joakim Soria open to being a setup man with the Yankees

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria recently became a free agent after the Royals declined his $8 million option for 2013. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the thought is that he’ll look for a closer job on a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value and testing the market again next offseason. But he’s keeping his options…

  6. Scott Boras really thinks the Yankees should sign Rafael Soriano

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Scott Boras, you will not be surprised to hear, believes that the Yankees should sign Rafael Soriano. From Jon Paul Morosi’s latest: “If the Yankees didn’t sign Soriano, they wouldn’t have won the AL East,” Boras said flatly. “This is the value of depth. If the Yankees signed Soriano (after the 2010 season) when Rivera…

  7. It’s official: Mariano Rivera is coming back next year

    Nov 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera is coming back for another season. We heard last week that Rivera was “having second thoughts” about returning, but George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the all-time saves leader got in touch with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman yesterday to let him know that he plans to pitch…

  8. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  9. Mariano Rivera “having second thoughts” about playing again

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    While acknowledging it’s still “probable” that Mariano Rivera will return from knee surgery to pitch next season, Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the future Hall of Famer “is having second thoughts about possibly retiring.” Rivera was pretty adamant about returning at the time of the injury, saying: “I’m coming back. Put it…

  10. Blast from the past: Ramiro Mendoza aiming to pitch for Panama

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Ramiro Mendoza

    Former Yankees and Red Sox reliever Ramiro Mendoza has started training in the hopes of making Panama’s World Baseball Classic team for qualifying next month, MLB.com reports. “It is a wonderful experience,” said Mendoza. “I [am coming] to do my part to help the boys, but I know they have a lot to offer for…

  11. Rafael Soriano expected to opt out of contract with Yankees

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Hardly shocking news here, but Rafael Soriano is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Yankees and test free agency. Soriano has until three days after the World Series to decide whether to accept his $14 million option for next season or reject it and receive a $1.5 million buyout. Joel…

  12. Ivan Rodriguez to throw out first pitch before Game 4

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It’s not quite Mariano Rivera throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the ALDS, but this should be pretty cool: Ivan Rodriguez will throw out the first pitch tonight at Comerica Park. Rodriguez signed with the Tigers as a free agent in 2004 when they were coming off a 119-loss…

  13. Jason Motte makes the two-inning save look easy against Giants

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jason Motte,Yadier Molina

    Jason Motte had never had a two-inning save before the Cardinals asked him to get six outs in a two-run game after Wednesday’s long rain delay. Not only did he do the job, but he made it a breeze, retiring every Giant he faced as St. Louis won 3-1. In so doing, Motte became just…

  14. True Yankee Watch: 2012 ALCS edition

    Oct 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Sorry, but I can’t get enough of members of the Yankees commentariat trying to outdo one another to draw the broadest, most dramatic conclusions from the results of three games.  It’s great fun. The latest is Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York who uses the Yankees’ ALCS meltdown to help us identify who are and…

  15. It’s just not the postseason without Derek Jeter

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    The Yankees were already going it without Mariano Rivera this month, a strange sight to everyone who has followed baseball since the mid-1990s. But then Rivera was only out there for one or two innings per night. Derek Jeter was the immovable object. The Yankees have played in 158 postseason games since 1996, and Jeter…

  16. Mariano Rivera threw out the first pitch last night

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    There was a pretty great moment at Yankee Stadium last night before all the late-inning craziness, as Mariano Rivera came jogging out to the mound while “Enter Sandman” blared on the speakers and threw out the ceremonial first pitch:

  17. Jim Johnson is having an incredible season, too

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters

    Baltimore’s surprising closer has been overshadowed by Tampa Bay’s surprising closer, but Jim Johnson notched his 51st save Tuesday in the 1-0 win over the Rays. That moves Johnson into a tie for ninth place on the all-time single-season saves list with Dennis Eckersley (1992) and Rod Beck (1998). He’s the first closer to save…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Just gonna warn you: this was written as cold medicine was taking effect, with wine — ill advised, I know — and while listening to the new xx album. Lots of heavy stuff here, not best for reason or, for that matter, the reading of box scores.  But we’ll soldier through because this is the…

  19. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  20. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  21. Rafael Soriano slammed for being a no-show for the media after his blown save

    Aug 28, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano has had a fantastic season overall. Really, if back in April you told the Yankees Universe that Mariano Rivera was gonna miss almost all of the season because of a torn ACL, people would have assumed disaster. Instead, Soriano has nailed down most saves — he’s 33 for 36 where even Mariano River…

  22. The Orioles don’t want their pitchers throwing cut fastballs

    Aug 23, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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    The cut fastball has certainly increased in popularity over the last several years, not only as the pitch that made Mariano Rivera but also as a go-to offering for starters like Roy Halladay and Jon Lester. The Orioles, though, don’t want their young pitchers throwing cutters, feeling it will take away from their other pitches.…

  23. Mariano Rivera plays long toss. No, he still isn’t coming back this year.

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera Reuters

    Every time Mariano Rivera says or does something even moderately encouraging, the Yankees are quick to come out and say that he isn’t coming back this season. Today was no different. According to Steven Miller of MLB.com, Rivera threw in the outfield at Yankee Stadium prior to tonight’s game against the Rangers. Yankees pitching coach…

  24. Cashman: No Mariano Rivera in 2012

    Jul 24, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera was proceeding as if he were going to pitch this September. And Rivera’s physical therapist waxed enthusiastic about the idea to the New York Post. But that’s not happening says Brian Cashman, who was interviewed about it on SiriusXM radio today. And, by the way, Cashman says, that physical therapist should shut up:…

  25. Six inducted to the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame

    Jul 20, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Tom Kelly

    Despite the best efforts of 19th century racists, the Irish took over baseball in the late 1800s and never really let it go. And because of that, appropriately enough, the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame is a thing. And, wonderfully, it’s housed in a great Irish pub/baseball bar.   Today it announced its 2012…

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