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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Top 9 pitchers Yankees can sign in 2016



This offseason, there have been a few pitchers on the free agent market that have been enticing, and while it might be tempting to throw cash at Max Scherzer and James Shields, the Yankees are more interested in taking an economical approach. But why are the Yankees spending economically this offseason and waiting for next offseason to spend? It’s quite simple actually: the ‘Class of 2016′ for starting pitchers will have more variety, and one of them is bound to raise interest. So which nine pictures on the free agent market in 2016 could cause the Yankees to open their wallets? Let’s look ahead at the ‘Class of 2016′.

1. Johnny CuetoCueto is currently the ace of the Cincinnati Reds, and he did more than enough last season to earn that title. He was 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.960 WHIP in 243.2 innings and Cueto’s performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. With Cueto’s numbers, he could be rather expensive, but if he impresses in 2015, the Yankees probably wouldn’t mind spending the extra money.

2. Doug FisterThe Yankees have gotten multiple glimpses of Doug Fister when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers, but he made his mark as one of the top pitchers in the free agent class next season when he went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.079 WHIP in 164 innings while with the Washington Nationals.

3. Yovani GallardoGallardo didn’t have the best season for the Brewers–he went 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP–but what could intrigue the Yankees is he’s an inning eater. He threw 192.1 innings last season and has thrown over 200 innings twice more

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Hot Stove Rumor: Alex Rodriguez believes third base job is his to lose


During the offseason, the Yankees signed Chase Headley to be their everyday third basemen. But as far as Alex Rodriguez is concerned, his job at third base is only his to lose.

“Alex’s mind is that job’s not Headley’s, it’s Alex’s to lose,” a source told Newsday. “That’s what he thinks. Alex is going into training camp thinking that he is the starting third baseman, that if there’s a competition, Headley’s got to win it from him. It doesn’t matter about the money, what they signed Headley for. This guy [Rodriguez] can play.”

When Brian Cashman heard Alex Rodriguez’s mindset when it comes to his third base job, he said, “We signed our third baseman, but Alex has to come in to compete for as much playing time as he can possibly get, so I would expect him to come in to be a two-way player, which is offense and defense.”

Rodriguez, who has three-years and $61 Million left on his contract, can report to Spring Training before February 25th, the mandatory date for when position players are slated to report.

“A lot of guys go into Tampa early on their own. It’s a voluntary thing,” Cashman said. “If people want to come in, our offices on the minor-league side are open. He’s a member of our team. He’s got full access like anybody else.”

Along with getting ready for the season, Rodriguez is also expected to address the media about his year-long drug suspension.

“Alex learned a lot in the last year,” the source said, “and by the time he gets back on the field, it will almost be a year and a half. He’s changed as a person. He’s put his head down and he’s working hard because he more

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Hot Stove: Yankees avoid arbitration with David Carpenter and Nathan Eovaldi


The New York Yankees have announced they’ve avoided arbitration with both RHP David Carpenter and RHP Nathan Eovaldi. Carpenter is expected to make $1.275 Million and Eovaldi is expected to make $3.3 Million.

The Yankees previously avoided arbitration with Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova; Pineda made $2.2 Million through arbitration and Nova made $3.3 Million.

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Hot Stove: Yankees avoid arbitration with Michael Pineda

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Two down, two to go.

According to Chad Jennings of LoHud Yankees, the New York Yankees have avoided arbitration with Michael Pineda, both sides agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.2 Million. Pineda could have made more in arbitration this year, but injuries plagued him during the first half of the season. Unlike his teammate Ivan Nova, who reached a deal before arbitration on Wednesday, Pineda is expected to begin the season healthy.

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