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New York Yankees Sign Former Twins, Rangers Starter Scott Baker to Minor-League Deal

January 30th, 2015 at 5:00 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees are still in need for starting pitching, which is why they're giving a veteran right-hander a chance to resurrect his career in the majors and in spring training.

On Friday, the Yankees have agreed to terms with former Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers starting pitcher Scott Baker; as Matt Eddy of Baseball America reported.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN added that Baker could make as much as $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster out of spring training.

The 33-year-old was a former middle of the rotation starter for the Twins from 2005-2011; his best season being in 2009 when he went 15-9 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 starts.

Since 2009, he hasn't made more than 29 appearances, as he made 29 in 2010 and 21 in 2011; he missed the entire 2012 season due to undergoing Tommy John Surgery and hasn't been the same since.

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Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki Felt Unappreciated by New York Yankees for Last 2 Years

January 30th, 2015 at 1:36 PM
By Doug Rush

On Thursday while in Tokyo, the Miami Marlins made their deal with Ichiro Suzuki official; a one-year deal worth $2 million and with incentives, could go as high as $5 million.

Ichiro will now play for a third team in his career; he spent 11 years with the Seattle Mariners and the last three with the New York Yankees before signing the one-year agreement in Miami.

While at his introductory news conference in Japan with Marlins executives; Ichiro praised the Marlins for traveling a great distance to not only sign him, but also took a shot at his former employers in the Yankees.

"I am humbled that they flew 18 hours to get here, that is just something that doesn't happen," Ichiro told the Kyodo News. "The club exhibited such a strong desire to sign me, and I am motivated to repay their desire. As a player, it's something I've been looking for the past two years."

Wow…..talk about a swipe.

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Marlins Nearly Traded Nathan Eovaldi to Diamondbacks Before Trade to Yankees

January 30th, 2015 at 12:20 PM
By Doug Rush

Just a week before Christmas, the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins put together a five-player trade in which they acquired Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German in exchange for David Phelps and Martin Prado; a deal gave the Yankees another young starter and a backup at first, third and right field.

However, the trade almost never happened, because as Buster Olney of ESPN reported (ESPN Insider access), the Marlins had a deal in place to send Eovaldi to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Wade Miley.

"In the first days of December, the Marlins thought they had a deal arranged of Wade Miley for Nathan Eovaldi, a swap that would’ve provided more experience and balance for the mostly right-handed rotation. But the Diamondbacks backed away, and so the Marlins wound up trading Eovaldi as part of the deal that netted Martin Prado and David Phelps."

Of course, the Diamondbacks backed out of the deal and instead, sent Miley to the Boston Red Sox during the Winter Meetings, and almost two weeks later, Eovaldi is being sent from Miami to the Bronx to be a part of the Yankees rotation.

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Former Mets GM Omar Minaya Spurns Job Chance with Yankees; Accepts Job with MLB Players Union

January 30th, 2015 at 10:55 AM
By Doug Rush

Back in October, the New York Yankees were giving consideration to hiring former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya to a front office position; possibly the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, which Marc Newman vacated when he retired.

But negotiations never progressed past the point of Minaya willing to accept a job with the Yankees and now, Minaya will not work for the Yankees, but instead, will take a job with the Major League Baseball Players Association under executive director Tony Clark as a senior advisor; the union announced this past week.

Minaya was previously with the San Diego Padres as the team's Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and ran the Padres on an interim basis when Josh Byrnes was fired over the summer. Minaya completed the trade with the Yankees and long-time friend Brian Cashman that sent Chase Headley from San Diego to New York in July.

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New York Yankees Farm Sysytem Ranked No. 20 in MLB, According to ESPN

January 29th, 2015 at 12:51 PM
By Doug Rush

In recent time, the New York Yankees aren't exactly known for having the best farm system in baseball.

They've built their teams mostly through free agency and trades, although over the last three years, they've tried to re-build and re-load the farm system and stock it with young talent that can help the team at the big league level.

The last couple of players they've developed; Robinson Cano, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, have all since departed. Brett Gardner is still there as one of the rare players the Yankees developed. The last couple the Yankees had for 20 years in Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, have all since retired since the 2011 season. In fact, of the starting nine that will take the field in 2015, Gardner is the lone player who came out of the Yankees system.

Keith Law of ESPN took a look at every single team's farm system and ranked them from 1-30 and put the Yankees at number 20 in the league; which puts them at the middle to bottom third of the league.

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