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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:27:10 PSTNick Swisher has arrived as a New York Yankees guest spring training instructor and Alex Rodriguez is on deck. ''I never have to worry about an 0 for 4 again,'' Swisher said with a smile. A-Rod is set to make his initial appearance Tuesday.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:46 PSTEric Gagne hasn’t pitched in the majors the past eight seasons. New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra once summed up baseball by saying, “it ain’t over, ’til it’s over,” but we’re not sure this is what he meant. Despite not pitching in the majors since 2008, 41-year-old, former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne believes it’s time for a comeback.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:44:44 PSTNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins is sticking around New Orleans to help the Pelicans make a 25-game push for the playoffs.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:09:14 PSTOn Saturday, New York Yankees President Randy Levine said Betances' representatives had ''over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality'' seeking a $5 million salary for 2017. The Yankees won Friday's hearing and are set to pay Betances $3 million for this season. ''There was a lot said,'' Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Sunday during his annual visit to the Cactus League in spring training.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:15:30 PSTGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded veteran left-hander Vidal Nuno to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:55:31 PSTWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:17:39 PSTDellin Betances doesn't feel he needs to talk with Randy Levine after the New York Yankees president called the reliever a victim of ''over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality'' by his representatives at an arbitration hearing Friday won by the team. The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. ''I don't feel like I need to speak to him,'' Betances said Sunday.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:04:12 PSTNo baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. ''The biggest positive on our side is we have so many young guys who aren't banged up, who don't have a lot of innings or at-bats,'' said Lester, who helped Boston to titles in 2007 and 2013, as well as helping to anchor the Cubs' rotation last year.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:09:40 PSTNew York Yankees president Randy Levine feels Dellin Betances was the victim of ''over the top demands based on very little sense of reality'' by his representatives at Friday's arbitration hearing won by the team. The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. ''What his agents did was make him a victim of an attempt to change a market place in baseball that has been well established for 30, 40 years, and I feel bad for him that he was used that way by his agents,'' Levine said Saturday after the decision was announced.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:41:49 PSTAt spring training with the New York Yankees as a guest instructor, Nick Swisher says he has retired as a player. Slowed by knee injuries the past several years, Swisher appeared in 76 games with Atlanta and Cleveland in 2014. The 36-year old slugger played in 55 games last season for the Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team, then ended his season in July when his second child was born.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:12:23 PSTRich Gossage says late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former players' union head Marvin Miller should join him in Hall of Fame. Steinbrenner, the bombastic and successful owner of the Yankees from 1973 until his death in 2010, failed to gain election in a vote by the Today's Game Era Committee in December. ''He and Marvin Miller probably changed the game more than anybody the last 100 years,'' Gossage said Friday.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:10:17 PSTTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tyler Austin's bid to unseat Greg Bird at first base during spring training is over, and the Yankees' decision to sign Chris Carter looks prescient.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:09:23 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Brad Brach became the first player to beat the Baltimore Orioles in salary arbitration in 22 years, ending the team's nine-hearing winning streak.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:13:25 PSTIvan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova's face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday. It's as plain as the whiskers on his face - something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:26:11 PSTBrian Cashman says the Yankees are ''not waving any white flag while transitioning'' to a younger team. The Yankees have made just one playoff appearance over the last four years, getting shut out in the 2015 AL wild-card game to Houston. ''So, that's the balancing act we're taking,'' Cashman added.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:55:40 PSTReliever Brad Brach became the second Baltimore Orioles player to go to arbitration this winter, asking for a raise to $3.05 million rather than the team's offer of $2,525,000. Arbitrators Edna Francis, Robert Herzog, Sylvia Skratek listened to arguments Thursday and are expected to issue their decision Friday. A right-hander who turns 31 in April, Brach was 10-4 with a 2.05 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances last year and made $1.3 million.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:55:47 PSTTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carter, who tied for the National League in home runs last season, has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:49:30 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tony Watson has lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:45:56 PSTBarry Zito has always shown an interest in music. Barry Zito’s post-baseball career is going pretty well. The former pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants released an EP of country songs in January, and played a sold-out show the night before its release.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:01:25 PSTNew York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn't plan on talking with Joe Girardi about a new contract in the near future but spoke highly of the manager's performance. Girardi is in the final season of a $16 million, four-year deal and is beginning his 10th season as Yankees manager. ''We love Joe,'' Steinbrenner said Wednesday after the team's first workout this year.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:35:05 PSTA cluster of Miami Marlins relievers stood chatting and laughing on a sun-splashed practice field Wednesday, enjoying the leisurely pace of February baseball. The Marlins hope to win more games by shortening them, joining baseball's trend of relying more on relievers and less on the rotation. Miami acquired three established relievers in the offseason and is counting on a deep bullpen to help compensate for the loss of ace Jose Fernandez.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:28:57 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tony Watson has gone to arbitration with the Pittsburgh Pirates, asking for a raise from $3.45 million to $6 million.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:11:57 PSTAroldis Chapman is focusing on his return to the New York Yankees, not the World Series ring he earned with the Chicago Cubs. ''I'm here now,'' Chapman said through a translator Wednesday before the Yankees' first spring training workout. New York obtained Chapman in a December 2015 trade with Cincinnati, then dealt the hard-throwing left-hander to the Cubs on July 25 for Adam Warren and three minor leaguers.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:30:22 PSTAs the leader of a pitching staff that underperformed last season, Chris Archer relishes the challenge of helping the revamped Tampa Bay Rays re-emerge as playoff contenders. Archer acknowledged before the first workout for pitchers and catchers that the Rays are built to thrive on a strong starting rotation. ''But I think it's time for us to shift away from relying solely on starting pitching.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:56 PSTA lot has changed for the Chicago Cubs in the past year. The Cubs arrive this week at Sloan Park as World Series champions and manager Joe Maddon and Co. are grabbing onto a relatively fresh term: ''That's Cub.'' Maddon, of course, loves to find creative ways to keep the players fresh and focused during a long season. ''That would be Cub, 'That's Cub' to move it forward, to win a World Series and then come back the next season and you're happy and you're impressed and you love what you've done, but you have to continue to move it forward,'' Maddon said.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi, Houston's Collin McHugh and Toronto's Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis' Michael Wacha, Milwaukee's Chase Anderson and Arizona's Taijuan Walker lost.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:12:21 PSTThe Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $5.5 million in 2018. The 27-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery last August, when he was with the New York Yankees. Eovaldi can earn $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year as a starter and $3 million as a reliever.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:47:10 PSTStarting his 10th season as New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi wants to lead the team beyond 2017 and watch the Baby Bombers mature. Girardi is entering the final season of a $16 million, four-year contract. The Yankees won the 2009 World Series in his second season but have missed the postseason in three of the past four years, have not won a postseason game since the 2012 AL Division Series and pivoted toward youth last summer.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:27:33 PSTTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher are joining the group of guest instructors at New York Yankees' spring training this year.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:54 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.