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Yankees GM Brian Cashman Says Media to Blame for Big Spending Speculation

December 20th, 2014 at 1:36 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have been linked to just about every free agent pitcher this offseason, leading to the idea that the team would land one of the big-name starters on the market.

As of now, nothing has come to fruition and Yankees brass has done its best to shoot down any rumors of a possible deal for a Max Scherzer or Jon Lester.

When talking with Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, Cashman blamed the media for the hype about the Yanks possibly spending big this winter:

Cashman said Levine’s comment wasn’t anything new to him. “The only people saying” the Yankees might spend big “are speculating in the media. Not us,” Cashman said.

The comments Kuty refers to that came from Randy Levine were involving the Yankees president saying the team wasn't likely to add big contracts this offseason. Levine, of course, wasn't the only one to say such a thing in the Yankees' organization.

The fact that people are shocked that no big moves have been made is surprising to say the least. We all know this version of the Bronx Bombers aren't going to spend themselves into oblivion, partly because they have done so already.

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MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Could Still Look to Add 2nd Basemen This Winter

December 19th, 2014 at 11:25 PM
By Doug Rush

Before Friday, Martin Prado was expected to be the New York Yankees starting second basemen at the beginning of the season, but the trade that sent him to the Miami Marlins ended that expectation.

Instead, the Yankees are right where they were a year earlier when Robinson Cano bolted out of town to join the Seattle Mariners; looking for a second basemen.

When people saw the trade of Prado to the Marlins, most expected that it would open up the chance for either Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela to play the position, but as Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reported on Friday, it's not a guarantee that either could be the Yankees second basemen come opening day and the team could still look to add someone this winter.

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New York Yankees Trade for Garrett Jones is One of Insurance, Especially for Alex Rodriguez

December 19th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
By Doug Rush

On Friday afternoon, the Yankees made another roster altering move to land Garrett Jones in the deal with the Miami Marlins that sent Martin Prado and David Phelps down to Miami.

With Jones, he adds more versatility to a lineup that needs it, especially with the age that surrounds it heading into the 2015 season. Jones is by trade a first basemen, and it's where he played most of the 2014 season for the Marlins.; With the wrist of Mark Teixeira that continues to plague him ever since having season-ending surgery on it, Teixeira still gets bothered by it and gets forced out of the lineup.

The Yankees really didn't have a solid solution to Teixeira being out of the lineup at first base, but with Jones now in town, they have a legit first basemen who can easily take Teixeira's place if anything happens again to the injury.

He's also a right fielder, which is good in case Carlos Beltran deals with injuries. The Yankees did bring back Chris Young, who had an impressive September with the Yankees in which they gave him a major league deal, but Jones can still be inserted into the outfield if needed and play it comfortably.

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New York Yankees’ Garrett Jones and Wife Have Special Connection to Big Apple

December 19th, 2014 at 8:12 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Newly acquired New York Yankees outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones and his wife are both thrilled to be coming to New York to play for the Bronx Bombers as the pair have a special connection to the Big Apple.

The deal that netted Jones had the Yankees also receiving starter Nathan Eovaldi and pitching prospect Domingo German, while the Bombers sent Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Miami Marlins.

Shortly after the deal, Jones tweeted his excitement to be joining the Yankees and why New York is so special to his wife, Cassie:

Then Cassie Jones herself shared her thoughts on the move, which was particularly awesome for her considering she's a Yankees fan:

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Jimmy Rollins was Open to New York Yankees Trade Before LA Dodgers Deal

December 19th, 2014 at 5:52 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason, ending his long tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, the Dodgers weren't the only option Rollins had in mind.

According to the shortstop himself, the Dodgers were his first choice, but he also would have waived his no-trade clause to play for the New York Yankees, per Pedro Moura of the OC Register:

Rollins also would have been OK with a trade to the Mets, which is surprising considering they have been a rival of his since the day he put on a Phillies uniform and fans in Philly would not have been pleased with that at all.

If contending for a World Series was Rollins' top priority, he made a pretty good choice. After all, the Dodgers made it to the playoffs last season and are once again built to compete for a run at October—and he will surely help in that regard.

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