December 7th, 2013 at 6:55 PM
By Matthew Colon
After losing Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners and Curtis Granderson to the New York Mets, the New York Yankees seemed to have quickly rebounded, agreeing to a three-year, $45 million deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. The deal will not be announced yet because Beltran needs to pass a physical.
Beltran will now be joining a really crowded Yankees outfield that will most likely have Brett Gardner in left field, Beltran in right field, and the newly acquired Jacoby Ellsbury in center. This leaves Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells as the odd men out, but this seems to be more of a good problem than a bad one. The Yankees, so far this offseason, have been involved in and making big splashes by refusing to give Cano more than $200 million, and by signing Beltran, who wanted to come to the Yankees before signing a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 11:23 AM
By Dan Benton
With Robinson Cano now on his way to Seattle, this news may be a bit overshadowed. But while Jay-Z was begging the Mariners to let him "reintroduce himself," the New York Yankees were finalizing a very important one-year deal with starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yankees officially made Kuroda, who appeared ready to pitch in Japan in 2014, an offer earlier this week, but General Manager Brian Cashman said it was no gaurantee he would return.
"He wants to come back," Cashman said on Thursday. "He's going to pitch, but whether he's going to pitch here or Japan or somewhere else here [in the United States], I don't know yet. All indications are he is definitely interested in coming back to the Yankees. That's the indication, but there's no guarantee."
But, like the situation with Cano, negotiations took a drastic turn overnight and he opted to return to The Big Apple for at least one more year.
The one-year deal is said to be worth $16 million, with an additional $250,000 for 190 inning pitches and 210 inning pitched. He will also receive his own personal interpreter.
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December 6th, 2013 at 11:07 AM
By Dan Benton
After days and days of conflicting rumors and reports, it would appear that the Robinson Cano saga has finally come to an end.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes is reporting that Cano and the Seattle Mariners have officially agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal and that a physical will be held on Monday prior to the deal being finalized.
As recently as Thursday night, it appeared that talks between the two sides had fallen through. Depending on which source you preferred, it was suggested that Jay-Z overplayed his hand with the Mariners, prompting them to walk away.
It doesn’t look like we’re getting him,” a Mariners source told the New York Daily News.
But sometime between last night and this morning, negotiations took one final shift, with the Mariners finally biting on the 10th year and some additional cash.
For the Yankees, they may have dodged a bullet. Cano's undeniable talent aside, a 10-year deal worth over $200 million is a massive risk — something they are well aware of. And while it hurts to watch another superstar go elsewhere, the Yankees will be able to spend the approximately $160 million they were offering Cano on some starting pitching and, perhaps, another bat.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 1:31 AM
By Doug Rush
The New York Yankees already made headlines on Tuesday night when they landed Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a seven year, $153 million deal to become the team's new center fielder and potentially, sending Brett Gardner out of town.
A few hours after making perhaps one of the biggest splashes of the winter, the Yankees then made another move to add depth and some insurance to the roster, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees are closing in on signing Tampa Bay Rays infielder Kelly Johnson on a one-year deal.
"Yankees close to signing Kelly Johnson to a 1-yr about $2.75-3M. Plan is to play a lot around diamond, potential 2b option if Cano leaves," he tweeted.
The 31-year-old Johnson hit .235 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 118 games for the Rays last season playing all four infield positions plus left field, which means he just added some versatility to the team and can be a super-sub and play almost everyday if needed.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 3rd, 2013 at 8:39 PM
By Doug Rush
The New York Yankees want to improve their roster and make bold additions to the team after missing the playoffs in 2013. They're about to make a monumental move that will shake the entire winter off-season.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported on Tuesday night that the Yankees and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are closing in on a seven-year deal to lure the starting Red Sox center fielder over to the Bronx.Read more... Join the Conversation...