What does the Miami Marlins trade mean for Alex Rodriguez?

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With any trade or signing, it could impact your ball club in a huge way. Well, without meaning to, the trades of Martin Prado and David Phelps gave Alex Rodriguez less work to do when he arrives to Spring Training in February.

The Yankees acquired Garrett Jones and Nathan Eovaldi from the Marlins earlier today and the acquisition of Jones means a number of things, the main one being depth.

Jones could be used as a true back-up first basemen if Mark Teixeira needs a day off or is injured. Injuries riddled Teixeira’s 2014 season after he played only 123 games for the Bronx Bombers.

Jones also offers the outfield insurance, but most importantly right field. While the Yankees already signed Chris Young to a one-year, $2 Million contract, Jones could be used in right should Carlos Beltran need a day off or if he gets injured.

Finally, the acquisition of Jones could mean less playing time for Alex Rodriguez.

Brian Cashman said earlier this offseason there was a possibility Rodriguez could see playing time as a back-up third basemen or a back-up first basemen to Headley and Teixeira. Cashman added Rodriguez’s primary position was going to be the DH spot, but at-bats in the DH spot are going to be hard to come by, especially since Jones happens to be the better left handed hitter.

Jones has a career .267 average against left handed pitching and has had more at-bats against left handed pitching than right handed pitching. The move could cause the Yankees to  platoon Rodriguez with Jones over the course of ..read more

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Hot Stove: Yankees DFA Preston Claiborne and acquire Gonzalez Germen from Mets

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Just an hour after trading away David Phelps and Martin Prado, the Yankees are at it again, this time letting one of their own go and getting a young arm from their crosstown rival.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the Yankees have designated pitcher Preston Claiborne for assignment. Claiborne has seen time with the Yankees in 2013 and 2014, having a combined 3.79 ERA and a 1.388 WHIP in 62 games. He spent majority of his time last season in Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

At around the same time, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Yankees have acquired reliever Gonzalez Germen from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. This was the first trade the Yankees and Mets have made since 2004 when Felix Heredia was traded for Mike Stanton. Germen played 25 games with the New York Mets last season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA and a 1.451 WHIP.

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Hot Stove: Yankees trade Martin Prado and David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones

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It seemed the Yankees were all set in the infield for the 2015 season, right? Well the Yankees are going to need a new second basemen. And they’re going to need a new stating pitcher as well.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees have traded INF Martin Prado and P David Phelps for P Nathan Eovaldi and 1B/OF Garrett Jones from the Miami Marlins. The Yankees also received Marlins prospect Domingo German in the deal.

The deal allows the Yankees to re-open the spot for second base. The Yankees also said Jones would play some first base should Mark Teixeira need a day or gets injured.

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The Good and The Bad: Yankees infield

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Yesterday we glanced at the good and the bad of the Yankees rotation, so today we’re going to glance at the Yankees infield. There’s a new shortstop after 19 seasons, there’s a new third basemen and the old third basemen is now the Yankees designated hitter. While these changes are exciting, there are also question marks, as there are with any position on the diamond. But what are they? Let’s take a look.

Mark Teixeira

The Good: He’s capable of playing Gold Glove defense and still has some pop in his bat, despite him declining over the years.

The Bad: Teixeira has been in a rapid decline since 2010, and he’s become extremely injury prone. You wonder if Teixeira would ever have another healthy and productive season.

Martin Prado

The Good: Prado is a super-utility player who can play second, third and the outfield. He’s the type of player you want on the field or on the bench.

The Bad: There’s just the concern if he’s able to stay healthy for an entire season. Being a super-utility player can take a toll on a player’s body.

Didi Gregorius

The Good: He’s a promising fielder who can hit a bit against right handed hitters. Not to mention, he’s Derek Jeter‘s replacement.

The Bad: He’s unable to hit left handed pitching which is why he’ll platoon with Brendan Ryan to begin the season. However, the Yankees are confident he’ll be able to grow into his bat since he’s only 24-years-old.

Chase Headley

The Good: Headley has a bat with pop, plays above average defense and was extremely clutch with the Yankees during the second half of 2014.

The Bad: He has a back issue which was why the Yankees ..read more

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Hot Stove: Chances of Yankees signing Max Scherzer are “virtually none”

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Brian Cashman told reporters last week there was no chance of the Yankees acquiring Max Scherzer. Today, Yankees president Randy Levine seemed to share Cashman’s sentiments.

According to the New York Post, Levine was at a press conference for the NYC Football Club/YES Network at NYY Steaks–YES signed a deal to air NYC soccer games this spring–where he discussed the Yankees not having any chance of signing the free agent starter.

“We are out there looking, but it has to be tempered by the reality of the organization. Looking at our pitching staff, for example, we have two guys with a lot of money and we have to build around that,’’ Levine said.

“The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million [per year] or over in my opinion is virtually none. At the end of the day, you have to be realistic in any organization.’’

Levine didn’t mention Scherzer by name due to an MLB rule preventing teams from talking about free agents, but it’s more likely Scherzer signs for more than James Shields for example. However, Levine applauded Brian Cashman’s work for bringing in Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, although the Yankees have been rather frugal this offseason.

“The Steinbrenner tradition is if there is a way to make the team better, Cash is out there trying to make the team better,’’ Levine said of GM Brian Cashman.

The area that needs improvement is the rotation. There are too many question marks with all of the starting pitchers and not making another acquisition could hinder the chances of competing for postseason contention next year. The Yankees would be smart to sign one more pitcher from ..read more

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The Good and The Bad: The Yankees rotation

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Now that the Yankees have locked up the position players, it’s time for the Yankees to move onto the next item of their checklist. The Yankees are currently invested in finding a closer, but they need to focus on fixing the starting rotation which has so many question marks with every player involved. So, let’s glance at the good and the bad with each pitcher in the starting rotation going into the season.

CC Sabathia

The Good: He’ll be healthy enough to start the season when he comes into Spring Training.

The Bad: Sabathia is coming off two very rough years and there’s uncertainty if he’ll be able to pitch well–or at all. He surely isn’t the ace the Yankees signed a few years ago.

Masahiro Tanaka

The Good: He’s proven that he’s the ace of the staff, and was a legitimate Cy Young and Rookie of the Year candidate during the first half of the season.

The Bad: Tanaka has a small tear in his elbow and he’s a serious candidate for Tommy John Surgery starting as early as Spring Training.

Michael Pineda

The Good: He had a 1.89 ERA last season and was very effective when he came off the disabled list.

The Bad: Again, he was on the disabled list and he only made 13 starts with the Yankees in 2014.

Chris Capuano

The Good: Capuano is known as a back-end of the rotation starter and he was decent for the Yankees when he was acquired in the middle of last season.

The Bad: Capuano was released in the beginning of 2014 and was in Triple-A when the Yankees acquired him. There’s also uncertainty if he’ll be able to pitch effectively.

Ivan Nova

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Hot Stove: Yankees not interested in Jason Grilli

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After David Robertson packed his bags and went to Chicago, the Yankees kept in mind they were interested in signing another veteran closer from the free agent market. Since then, Sergio Romo has went to the San Francisco Giants and Jason Grilli left as one of the top free agent closers left in the market. But as of right now, the Yankees aren’t interested in Grilli’s services.

“We talked to Cash [Brian Cashman], and he said ‘not at the moment,’ ’’ Grilli’s agent Gary Sheffield told the New York Post when asked about this closers market. “We will sit back with the offers we have and wait.’’

Sheffield also added he’s uncertain why Grilli doesn’t fit into the Yankees plans, considering the team doesn’t have a legitimate closer on the team. The Yankees could give the role to Andrew Miller or even Dellin Betances but as of right now they’re looking for other options.

“I don’t see a reason why he isn’t a fit,’’ Sheffield said. “He can close and pitch the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.’’

Grilli has 50 career saves under his belt while Betances has three and Miller has four. While the Yankees aren’t interested in Grilli at the moment, it’s understandable why they want to scour the market for a free agent closer.

The other options the Yankees have on the market are Brian Wilson, who is owed $9.2 Million next season after being designated for assignment by the Dodgers, and Rafael Soriano who has closing experience. Soriano was previously on the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, ..read more

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Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui team up for charity event

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Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui were teammates on the field. Now they’re teaming up for a charity event off the field.

Matsui and Jeter are going to hold a baseball charity event in support of children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Matsui attended a press conference in Tokyo to promote the event which will happen on March 21.

“(Derek) will make an enormous contribution to this event,” Matsui said. “He is a tremendous human being and was a great teammate and I’m sure the kids will be thrilled to see someone of his stature.”

The event will involve over 600 participants. The profits from the charity event will be used to help children in the region. Not only will Jeter and Matsui be in attendance, the event will include a baseball clinic and a home run derby.

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