Brandon McCarthy interested in returning to Yankees

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If you had a poll and you had to ask each Yankee fan which Yankee free agent they would want to re-sign, the majority would choose Brandon McCarthy and with good reason. McCarthy was dominant for the Yankees during the second half of the 2014 season, going 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA. McCarthy seems to be a perfect fit for the Yankees and the Yankees seem to be a perfect fit for McCarthy.

McCarthy told the New York Daily News that he appreciates and enjoys the atmosphere the Yankees have when it comes to being a veteran pitcher. He also said that he liked the professionalism of the organization, and if the Yankees called he would surely pick up the phone and listen to their offer. McCarthy isn’t the biggest name on the free agent market when it comes to starting pitching, but he believes the biggest name doesn’t always have to be the first one to come off the board.

“You don’t have to be the biggest name to be the first domino to fall,” he said Sunday. “You could be at the beginning or the end and at some slot in the middle. I’ve been focused on what I am doing, but soon it could be time to weigh what’s going on. I feel if I got the right offer, I’d be willing to sign early in the process.”

McCarthy enjoys the scrutiny the New York media and fans bring because it drives him to become a better pitcher, but he said he’s not going to over-analyze the Yankees organization’s gestures, trying to read them and see if they want him to return or not.

“I don’t analyze things at that level, whether something someone did or said is a good sign or ..read more

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Carlos Beltran has elbow surgery

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The New York Yankees announced OF Carlos Beltran had right elbow surgery today to remove the bone spurs from his elbow. The Yankees say Beltran can pick up a bat and ball in six weeks and he could play an actual baseball game in 12 weeks. Beltran is expected to be healthy when he reports for Spring Training in February.

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Report: Yankees working on contract for GM Brian Cashman

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The first free agent the Yankees will negotiate with is…General Manager Brian Cashman.

According to ESPN New York, the Yankees are already working on a contract for Cashman who’s current contract is set to expire at the end of October. Cashman has been the Yankees GM for the past 17 seasons, but he along with the Yankees have failed to make the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 1992-1993. Despite the recent struggles, Cashman has a good relationship with the Steinbrenners so there was no doubt Cashman was going to return.

Manager Joe Girardi finished the first year of a four-year deal, which he signed last offseason.

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Yankees 2014 Free Agents: “Should they stay or should they go?”

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Welcome to the second day of the Yankees offseason, and with that in mind it’s time to look ahead and discuss the Yankees going into the free agent market. Now, I’m obviously not General Manager Brian Cashman but I like playing the ‘should they stay or go’ game. This is a list of some of the Yankees that are going on the free agent market once the World Series is over and I will plead a case on whether they should be re-signed or not.

Brandon McCarthyBrandon McCarthy’s 2014 record overall isn’t pretty, but he performed much better as a Yankee than he did as an Arizona Diamondback. As a Yankee, he went 7-4 with a 2.89 ERA and McCarthy is a ground ball pitcher, which is needed with the small dimensions of Yankee Stadium. He was the perfect addition to the team, and if he’s here for the long-haul, there’s no doubt he’ll have success.

Stay Or Go?: Brandon McCarthy should definitely stay a Yankee.

David RobertsonDavid Robertson had been with the Yankees since coming up in the organization in 2008 and before this season was one of the few players that were home-grown. With the departure of Derek Jeter, Robertson would of been the Yankees with the longest tenure (he beat Brett Gardner by a day), but Robertson is a free agent for the first time in his career. This was Robertson’s first year as the Yankees closer following the departure of Mariano Rivera and he made the transition fairly painless. He’s saved 88.6% of his games and notched 96 strikeouts. Now, with the extension of Brett Gardner, you would have figured the Yankees would have done the same ..read more

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Yankees announce Brett Gardner as the 2014 Hank Aaron Award nominee

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Let’s add one more “I didn’t see that coming” moment to the 2014 Yankees season.

The Yankees announced today Brett Gardner is the team’s nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award. The Hank Aaron Award is awarded to the top hitter in each league, in which votes are cast by baseball fans and members of the media. The award will be handed out before Game 4 of the 2014 World Series by Aaron himself.

Gardner hit .256 with 17 HR and 58 RBI’s in 2014.

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2014 Yankees: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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With the 2014 season now complete, it’s time to look back at what the Yankees have done this season. There were some good moments, some bad moments and some ugly moments. Let’s take a look back at the year and discuss ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.

The Good

— It was a good offensive year for first-time Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury and seven-time Yankee Brett Gardner. Gardner’s average dipped from last season but the power numbers were there, hitting  a career high 17 home runs in 2014. Ellsbury was able to stay healthy for the most part and when it was too late, was able to slot himself as the perfect lead-off hitter.

— The Yankees faced injuries to the rotation, but they were able to plug the holes in with Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Chase Whitley and Chris Capuano. For the most part, they did their job until Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda returned to the the rotation. Greene earned himself some consideration for the rotation next season and Brandon McCarthy has earned himself consideration for a multi-year contract with the Yankees.

— The Yankees played ‘Injury Survivor’ with their lineup last year, and this year it was with the pitching rotation. Out of all the players to survive the injury bug, it was the oldest guy in the rotation: Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda usually falters in August through September, but it was quite the opposite this year. The Yankees are unsure if Kuroda plans to retire, but if ..read more

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Joe Girardi has “end-of-the-season” address

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Brett Gardner‘s not the only one who had a “end-of-the-season” address; in fact he beat Joe Girardi to it two weeks ago. This afternoon, Joe Girardi held his press conference at Yankee Stadium and while you could sense disappointment in his voice, he was also optimistic about next year.

One of the biggest issues with the Yankees these last few years has been age; they’ve had a team where most of the players were at least 35-years-old or older. That won’t be the case next year since Derek Jeter has retired and it’s unlikely the Yankees will sign Ichiro Suzuki. Hiroki Kuroda is still up in the air; the Yankees want Kuroda back but Kuroda’s not sure if he wants to retire.

“I think we’ll be younger, and I think guys will be healthier.” Girardi said.

Health has also been an issue with the Yankees; Mark Teixeira has been in and out of the lineup and Carlos Beltran had been battling with a bone spur in his elbow. Teixeira is finally allowed to have a full offseason workout since he was limited with the wrist injury last year and Beltran is going to have surgery soon to take the bone spur out. Despite all the injuries, Girardi doesn’t believe the conditioning coordinator should take the blame since most of the injuries weren’t muscles.

“We didn’t have a lot of muscles.” Girardi said. “We had bones and ligaments. So to me those aren’t really conditioning (injuries).”

You also knew talk about Alex Rodriguez would pop-up during the press conference. Rodriguez will be at Spring Training ..read more

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Ready or not, it’s the “A-Rod Era”

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Yesterday marked the end of the Derek Jeter and the Core Four era and today marks the beginning of a new era: The Alex Rodriguez Era.

We’re still a few weeks away but once the final out of the World Series is recorded, Alex Rodriguez will be an active member of the New York Yankees and he will show up in Tampa this February, whether fans like it or not. Soon to be free agent GM Brian Cashman has been in contact with Alex Rodriguez as the team has been saying goodbye to their shortstop, and as long as Cashman and Rodriguez talk baseball, there’s no controversy and all is well.

“One thing about Alex, he’s always been a hard worker,” Cashman said. “That’s nothing you ever have to worry about with Alex. … He’s doing two-a-days right now. Last I remember, he said he was out at UCLA. Between that and his workouts in Miami, he’s (also) going to plan on working with our staff in Tampa at some point this winter. He looks forward to reintroducing himself in a positive way for us going forward.”

To say Rodriguez’s suspension process was messy is an understatement: it was pretty much a disaster, but all Brian Cashman cares about is getting his third basemen back on the field.

“The (suspension) process went through,” Cashman said. “It wasn’t a healthy process for anybody involved, but the process had finality and now it’s about moving forward. Simple as that. Alex has not not been talked to throughout this season. He’s stayed in touch with various members of the coaching staff, front office staff throughout the year. I talked to him earlier in the season regarding insurance stuff, and more recently, and then Alex texted me ..read more

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