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  1. Yankees sign one-year, $7.15 million contract with Phil Hughes, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that the Yankees have avoided arbitration with right-hander Phil Hughes by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes is in his third year of arbitration eligiblily. He made $2.7 million in 2011 and $3.2 million in 2012. If the Yankees don’t lock him at…

  2. Alex Rodriguez had hip surgery

    Jan 16, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez had his long-awaited hip surgery today. And the doctors said afterward that the surgery was a horrible disaster. had to remove the hip and replace it with a piece of ivory and fit Rodriguez with special brace that will cause him excruciating pain for the rest of his days. Haha, just kidding. It was…

  3. Kyle Farnsworth has multiple offers

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    With Rafael Soriano off the table the list of established relievers is getting shorter. And apparently several teams feel that ending up with Kyle Farnsworth is better than ending up with nothing: Sources: Interest in Farnsworth intensifying in wake of Soriano deal. Multiple offers, has narrowed choices from six teams to three. — Ken Rosenthal…

  4. Half of Rafael Soriano’s new $28 million contract is deferred

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s two-year, $28 million pact with the Nationals has an interesting financial breakdown. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the right-handed reliever will make just a $7 million salary in 2013 and 2014, and the remaining $14 million will be deferred until after the 2018 season. So agent Scott Boras can boast…

  5. Nationals sign Rafael Soriano to two-year, $28 million deal

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, this certainly came out of nowhere. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with the Nationals, who lose their first-round draft pick in order to sign him. Soriano was one of three remaining free agents with draft pick compensation attached. All…

  6. Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue. “20 percent chance”…

  7. Derek Jeter has begun workouts at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa

    Jan 12, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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    The Yankees continue to express confidence that Derek Jeter will be ready for Opening Day following left ankle surgery. While he hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities yet, his rehab appears to be going as planned. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed today that Jeter is out of a…

  8. Fans choose Andrew McCutchen for cover of “MLB ’13 The Show”

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    We told you about the fan vote for the cover of “MLB ’13 The Show” earlier this week, so we might as well let you know that after five days of voting (and heavy campaigning by all parties on Twitter), Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was declared the winner. McCutchen was trailed by CC Sabathia,…

  9. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz to play for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Adrian Beltre Reuters

    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said today that he plans to play for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He’ll be joined by his teammate Nelson Cruz. Beltre was limited down the stretch last season due to an abdominal injury, but didn’t require…

  10. Behold, the most Scott Boras quote of all time

    Jan 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Agent Scott Boras, talking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about representing the three free agents with draft pick compensation attached who remained unsigned in Kyle Lohse, Rafael Soriano, and Michael Bourn: People call me all the time and say, “Man, your players aren’t signed yet.” Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when…

  11. Kosuke Fukudome returns to Japan

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan after five seasons in America, with Sponichi News reporting that he’s agreed to a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers. Fukudome was largely viewed as a huge bust after leaving Japan in 2008 to sign a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs, but while he certainly wasn’t worth…

  12. Alex Rodriguez to undergo hip surgery on January 16

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch passes along news from the Yankees: The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract early last month and will feature him as their starting third baseman through at least the first half of the 2013 season. A-Rod’s owed $28 million in 2013, $25 million in…

  13. My imaginary Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t have a Hall of Fame vote, obviously, but I’ve written enough about it and criticized enough people who do have a vote that I may as well say what I’d do if I had the franchise. Here’s my whole ballot. I include everyone on it because, unlike so many of the voters, I…

  14. Great Moments in withholding a Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

    Craig Biggio

    It seems like Craig Biggio is going to be the first 3,000 hit guy to not make the Hall of Fame on his first try (non-Palmeiro division) in living memory. Seems silly, especially considering how good he was defensively and how he was no mere singles hitter. But that’s not as silly as the reasons…

  15. A-Rod’s doctor is surprised he could even play in the playoffs

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with the doctor who will perform hip surgery on Alex Rodriguez. A couple of interesting nuggets: The injury had “zero to do with steroids,” which is what a lot of people assume when it comes to hip injuries and ballplayers; The injury was so…

  16. Francisco Cervelli OK after suffering whiplash in Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Cervelli walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Washington Nationals in Tampa

    We heard last week that the Yankees are prepared to begin 2013 with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart as their catching duo, so this report from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York is worth noting. Francisco Cervelli, who seems to make getting hurt in the off-season or in spring training an annual ritual, suffered a…

  17. Derek Jeter expected to be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 7, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter Getty

    With the caveat that Brian Cashman is the guy who misled everyone about Alex Rodriguez‘s injury because “no one asked me a specific question about his hip,”  the Yankees’ GM has some good news about the team’s captain: “It’s all in the doctors’ hands right now,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. “But he’ll be ready…

  18. Yankees really, really don’t want Rafael Soriano back

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano is still looking for work, with the draft pick compensation attached to signing him no doubt crushing the reliever’s potential market, but just in case anyone thought he might end up back with the Yankees … The Yankees want the draft pick/draft dollars they’ll get when Soriano signs elsewhere more than they want…

  19. Teams have called Chipper Jones’ agent to see if he’s really retired

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    If anyone thinks Chipper isn’t truly retired or, if had doubts, that he’d play for anyone other than Atlanta, they’ve made a mammo miscalculation. That said: Chipper’s agent BB Abbott said several teams have called on Chipper but #Yankees didnt. Wouldn’t say which teams have. Staying retired, tho. — Mark Hale (@HaleMark) January 7, 2013…

  20. You can vote for the cover boy for “MLB ’13 The Show” if you’re so inclined

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Atari

    I don’t play many video games and I don’t vote in many fan polls, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel the same way. And if you don’t, you can cast your vote for the cover boy for “MLB ’12 The Show” over at MLB.com starting today. The candidates: Buster Posey, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce…

  21. Yankees probably won’t welcome back Rafael Soriano

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had a 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year for the Yankees while converting 42 saves in 46 opportunities. But he has struggled to attract offers on the open market this offseason because of the draft pick (and draft pool money) that a team would have to forfeit in order to ink…

  22. Mariano Rivera to start throwing next week, says knee is at about “95 percent”

    Jan 5, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera Getty

    Encouraging news to pass along regarding Mariano Rivera, who is currently working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Rivera said today that he plans to start his offseason throwing program next week. That’s earlier than normal for him, but…

  23. Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine likely to begin season in minors

    Jan 4, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees manager Girardi talks with catcher Romine during a workout in Tampa

    Everyone keeps waiting for the Yankees to do something about their underwhelming catching situation, but no moves appear to be on the horizon and today general manager Brian Cashman revealed that catching prospect Austin Romine is likely headed to Triple-A. “I expect Romine to go to Triple-A,” Cashman said, via Anthony McCarron of the New…

  24. Nick Swisher is really, really excited to be in Cleveland

    Jan 4, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Nick Swisher‘s introductory press conference in Cleveland yesterday lived up to the hype. Zack Meisel of MLB.com counted Swisher saying “excited” 16 times and as this video shows the 32-year-old outfielder literally couldn’t stop smiling and laughing: I’d make some lame joke about how no one has ever been that excited to be in Cleveland…

  25. Alex Rodriguez is still waiting to undergo hip surgery

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    Alex Rodriguez has yet to undergo hip surgery and no date has been scheduled for the operation yet, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Back when the Yankees announced on December 3 that Rodriguez needed surgery the stated plan was that he’d go under the knife at some point in January, so…

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