Hot Stove: Yankees trade Gonzalez Germen to Rangers


After the Yankees designated Gonzalez Germen for assignment, they decided it was time to make another trade–but not for a player.

The Yankees public relations Twitter feed announced the Yankees have traded Gonzalez Germen to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. The Yankees acquired Germen from the New York Mets on December 19th in exchange for cash, making it the first trade the Yankees and Mets have made since 2004.

Germen had a 4.75 ERA in 25 games with the New York Mets in 2014.

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Hot Stove: Yoan Moncada has private workout for Yankees

The Yankees haven’t tried to hide their interest in international free agent Yoan Moncada, and to further their interest, Moncada held a private workout for the Bronx Bombers.’s Jesse Sanchez reported Moncada showcased his skills for the Yankees officials. Moncada has also worked out privately for the Giants and has seven workouts lined up for some time this month.

Before Moncada can be signed, he would have to clear with the Office of Foreign Assets Control. He’s expected to make at least $30 Million once he becomes a free agent.

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Yankees to air non-cable games on WPIX

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Yesterday, the Yankees announced they were shopping for a place to air their non-cable games for the 2015 season. Today, the Yankees non-cable games have found a new home.

ESPN New York has announced the Yankees are moving their non-cable games to Channel 11, WPIX. The New York Mets currently air their games on WPIX but there shouldn’t be an issue with scheduling.

The Yankees announcers of Michael Kay and company are expected to call the WPIX games since the Yankees games are produced by the YES Network.

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Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees inquired, but not in serious pursuit of Cole Hamels



There are quite a few teams Cole Hamels left off his no-trade list and the Yankees were one of them. However, just because the Yankees are on the list Hamels can be dealt to, doesn’t mean they’re interested.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees have called the Philadelphia Phillies to inquire about Hamels, but they’re not seriously pursuing him. Teams that are interested in Hamels are the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres.

Hamels was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.148 WHIP in 204.2 innings last season with the Phillies and while the Yankees need rotation depth and now have the pieces to make a trade for Hamels, the Phillies might reach an asking price the Yankees wouldn’t be comfortable agreeing to. It was the reason the Yankees lost interest when the Phillies were shopping Jimmy Rollins–the Phillies set the bar too high and the Yankees weren’t comfortable making a deal.

With Hamels all but out of the question, the Yankees might go another route to get another pitcher for the starting rotation–and hope they won’t have to give up the farm to fill some more

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YES Network looks for new ‘over-the-air’ TV home for Yankees games

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When the Yankees weren’t on YES, FOX Sports 1 or ESPN, they were on My9. Next season, being on My9 may not be the case.

According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees are looking to shop their ‘over-the-air’ games to “non cable” channels after their deal with Channel 9 had expired. MLB sources claim Channel 9, who lost money on their last Yankees T.V. deal, refuse to pay the rights fee that the YES Network is asking for. Another interesting tidbit is both YES and My9 are owned by FOX.

“The notion when things — like a negotiation — are in the ‘family’, it should make the process a lot easier,” the MLB source said. “That’s not always the case.”

There’s no word yet of what non-cable channel will air the Yankees games this season.

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Yankees don’t need to spend money for starting pitching


This morning, Max Scherzer shocked Major League Baseball when he signed a seven-year, $210 Million (half-deferred) deal with the Washington Nationals, ending the Scherzer in Yankee pinstripes pipe dream. Truth be told: the Yankees were never in the Max Scherzer sweepstakes to begin with. Scherzer’s price from the beginning was just over $200 Million and the Yankees decided to spend their money more economically. Spending almost $500 Million and missing the playoffs last year forced Brian Cashman to take a different approach this year and in a way, the Yankees have done a good job not spending like the old Yankees.

Here’s what their starting rotation looked like before the offseason began:

LHP CC Sabathia (??) RHP Michael Pineda (??) RHP Masahiro Tanaka (??) ?? ??

As you  can tell with the rotation above, there’s plenty of uncertainty. Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow has a tear, CC Sabathia is coming off knee surgery and Michael Pineda has been known to have injury issues in the past. Now you may be wondering why there are two blank spaces under Tanaka’s name: despite Ivan Nova  being on the roster and technically in the rotation, he isn’t expected to pitch for the Yankees until June or July at the earliest. Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda went to pitch his final year in Japan and Brandon McCarthy signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

So how did the Yankees fill the two holes in the rotation? They signed veteran Chris Capuano to a one-year deal and traded Martin Prado and David Phelps for more

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Hot Stove: Max Scherzer agrees to 7-year deal with Nationals


UPDATE: Scherzer will end up getting a seven-year, $210 million deal that includes a $50 million signing bonus and it will be paid over 14 years, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan.

Ladies and gentlemen: Max Scherzer has come off the free agent market.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Washington Nationals and Scherzer have agreed to a seven-year, more than $180 Million contract pending a physical. Scherzer was linked to the Yankees all offseason strictly due to monetary value (and Scherzer’s agent Scott Boras), but the Yankees were insistent they weren’t going to go after him. Scherzer in pinstripes was a great pipe dream, but it seems the Yankees are going to hold off on the spending until next offseason.

Well, there is some good news…the Yankees won’t see Scherzer when they play against Detroit this year.

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A week in review: arbitration, coaching staff, Drew, Martin, Rodriguez and Santana


First off before we begin, I’m sorry I didn’t post this article this morning. My computer hard drive crashed and I’ve literally been trying to find a way to post this all day. I should have everything up and running by either late this week or next week but I’ll try my hardest to post important news should the Yankees have any. Thanks for understanding and let’s move onto the week in review.

— The Yankees avoided arbitration with four of their players earlier this week: David Carpenter, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova. Nova and Eovaldi are expected to make $3.3 Million, Pineda is expected to make $2.2 Million and Carpenter is expected to make $1.275 Million.

— This week, the Yankees filled their coaching staff by hiring hitting coaches Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell, and third base coach Joe Espada. The Yankees also moved Tony Pena from the bench to first base and Rob Thomson from third base to the bench.

— The Yankees have finalized their deal for INF Stephen Drew. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have designated OF Eury Perez for assignment.

— The Yankees made a small trade, acquiring RHP Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. So, yes, the Yankees will try to ‘fix him’ when he comes into Spring Training next month.

— Alex Rodriguez is back in the news for two different reasons: Rodriguez told the New York Post earlier this week he was ready to play this season and there was a swirling report around Newsday that Rodriguez feels third base is his job to lose.

— Johan Santana is planning to make a comeback to the Major Leagues, and at his first game in Venezuelan ball, the Yankees scouts were there and they were interested. While Santana seems more

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