Yankees introduce Didi Gregorius

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For the last 19 seasons, the New York Yankees had Derek Jeter as the everyday shortstop and for a split second,it almost seemed like Jeter could play forever. Unfortunately, Jeter retired following the 2o14 season, forcing the Yankees to find a new shortstop. Last week, the Yankees filled the hole by making a three-team trade with the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending Shane Greene to Detroit and acquiring Didi Gregorius from Arizona.

Gregorius suddenly has big shoes to fill as he replaces a future Hall of Famer, but he knows all he has to do when he gets on the field is to be himself.

“Jeter is still Jeter.” Gregorius said during an introductory press conference earlier today. “Everything everybody is going to talk about Jeter. But for me, I’m learning and there just to play the game, so just trying to focus on the game and trying to win the game, that’s all that I can say. Not worrying about what’s going on around.”

Brian Cashman said during the Winter Meetings that Gregorius and Brendan Ryan were going to platoon at shortstop in the beginning of the season due to Gregorius’s inability to hit left handed pitching. The Yankees predict Gregorius will eventually grow into his bat, but in the meantime, Gregorius says he’s going to improve on very aspect of his game.

“Honestly, I need to improve on everything,” Gregorius said. “For me, I don’t want to lack in work thinking I know every. I honestly am working hard. People say your defense is really good, but I don’t think it’s really good. If I think, mentally, it’s really good, then I have to stop working on it, but for ..read more

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Derek Jeter talks life after baseball

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Derek Jeter himself has kept a pretty low profile following his 19 season tenure with the New York Yankees. His name on the other hand has popped up everywhere; he was an answer to questions on the game shows Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and there were rumblings Jeter might be interested in owning a baseball team after making a visit to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

However, Jeter took time out of his retirement schedule to go to Hamilton College with good friend and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, where Jeter discussed the key to not having a bad article written about you, his professional life after baseball and his personal life after baseball.

Derek Jeter on handling the New York media: “There’s two things you can always say to the media: one is, you have no comment. There’s no follow-up to that. The second thing I think most people get in trouble with, they’re afraid to say, ‘I don’t know.’ If you ask me a question and I say, ‘I don’t know,’ how are you going to follow it up?”

Derek Jeter on his professional life after baseball: “In some sense, it’s like the minor leagues again. I’m very good at knowing what I don’t know, if that makes sense. And I try to surround myself with people who are smarter than me, which is not hard to do. I continue to learn. … I’m the first to say there’s a lot of things I need to learn. I’m not afraid to look stupid or sound stupid.”

Derek Jeter on his personal life after baseball:  “I’ve always had another dream, actually, of having a son or daughter and coaching their Little League baseball or ..read more

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Hot Stove Rumor: Chase Headley to return to the Yankees?

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There is a possibility the Yankees could bank on ‘Chase’.

The Yankees didn’t make any significant signings during the Winter Meetings but Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting it’s possible Chase Headley returns to the Yankees to play third base for them. Bowden also said the San Francisco Giants, who are looking for third base help after Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox, could be looking at Asbrubal Cabrera to play third.

If the rumors are true, the Yankees could keep Martin Prado at second and have Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela compete for a backup infield position while Alex Rodriguez acts as the team’s designated hitter.

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Hot Stove Notes: Kemp, Latos, Miley, Porcello, Rule 5 Draft, Scherzer and Simon

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On the final day of the Winter Meetings, some major league teams, including the Boston Red Sox, are making moves. However, the Yankees are still stagnant and haven’t made much noise–aside from the fact they lost David Robertson and Brandon McCarthy in a span of four days. So what’s going on around baseball? Let’s find out!

— The Red Sox made two trades today: One trade involved acquiring Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers for OF Yoenis Cespedes, the other involved sending Allen Webster and Ruby De La Rosa to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Wade Miley.

Matt Kemp has been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the San Diego Padres in exchange for a prospect and cash. The Dodgers also signed ex-Yankee Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 Million deal.

— The Cincinnati Reds made two trades today: They sent Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers and Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.

— Major League Baseball had the Rule 5 Draft today, and the Yankees drafted and lost no one, which wasn’t a complete shock. The Yankees had already said they weren’t going to draft anyone, but they also said they were going to extend an offer to David Robertson and Brandon McCarthy before admitting they didn’t.

— There’s one team out of the Max Scherzer sweepstakes and that would be the Detroit Tigers. Tigers GM David Dombrowski said this during the Winter Meetings:

“I guess anything can happen but we’re not in active pursuit of that situation at this time.”

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Hot Stove: Yankees sign INF Nick Noonan to minor league deal

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On the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Yankees signed someone…just not someone who will make an immediate impact to the ball club.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have signed INF Nick Noonan to a minor league contract. Not only is Noonan a former first round pick, he’s a left handed bat and played 62 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2013, hitting .219/.261/.238.

Noonan can play second, third and shortstop and I’m guessing the team signed him for infield depth, considering Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela could be considered for second base should Martin Prado move to third base and Chase Headley sign elsewhere.

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Hot Stove: Brandon McCarthy signs four-year, $48 Million deal with Dodgers

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So much for Brian Cashman keeping the 2014 team together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Brandon McCarthy has agreed to a four-year, $48 Million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees, Red Sox and Pirates were in the McCarthy sweepstakes before McCarthy set his sights on Los Angeles. McCarthy had a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the Yankees after being a mid season acquisition from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this season.

With Jon Lester off the board, it was only a matter of time before McCarthy signed with a  team and it’s unfortunate the Yankees let another talent get away.

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Hot Stove: David Robertson not surprised Yankees didn’t make an offer

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David Robertson knew his days in pinstripes would be numbered when the Yankees signed Andrew Miller, and that deal prompted Robertson to sign a contact with the Chicago White Sox. While he found a new team, he said he wasn’t surprised his former team didn’t make him an official offer.

“I kind of had a feeling they would not approach us,” he said during a conference call on Wednesday night.

Robertson was considered the best reliever on the free agent market after converting 39 of 44 saves in his only year as the Yankees closer, replacing the great Mariano Rivera. And while the Yankees were expected to at least offer Robertson a deal, they opted to sign Andrew Miller to a cheaper deal. Robertson did say while he enjoyed his time as a Yankee, he’s excited to pitch for the White Sox.

“I think the White Sox have a great club,” he said. “I love the city of Chicago.”

For what it’s worth, Robertson never gave the Yankees $15.3 Million offer much thought. He said he wanted a multi-year deal in order to have stability for his family, and the qualifying offer didn’t offer him ..read more

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Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox interested in Sergio Romo

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The Yankees have options when it comes to the closer role: they could let Dellin Betances take the reins, they could give Andrew Miller a chance to be the closer or they could sign someone from the free agent market. The Yankees are keeping their options open, and right now they’re checking in on the other free agent closers now that David Robertson is off to Chicago.

According to Jerry Crasnik of ESPN, the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox all have interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

Romo saved 22 games out of 28 tries during the 2014 season for the San Francisco Giants and had a 3.72 ERA in 58.0 innings.

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