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Date: Team: Pos:

Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings.
Dec 26 - 3:53 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said following the Martin Prado trade that Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are currently in line to compete for the second base job.

"It’s a competition right now and I’ll evaluate any other opportunities that legitimately present themselves,’’ he said, "but clearly if spring training started today, that would be the competition." Refsnyder is the better prospect of the two, having batted .318/.387/.497 with 14 homers, 63 RBI and nine steals between Double- and Triple-A in 2014. Pirela is coming off a fine season of his own with a .305/.351/.441 with 10 homers, 60 RBI and 15 steals at Triple-A while also getting a cup of coffee in the majors. It's a situation to keep an eye on in spring training.
Dec 21 - 9:32 AM

Yankees acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

German got off to a nice start last season but eventually wound up with a 4.75 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 30 1/3 innings. He did strike out 31 and isn't a bad investment as a middle relief option.
Dec 19 - 2:51 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Domingo German from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

German, who was added to the 40-man roster last month, owns a promising 2.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 in 293 2/3 career minor league innings. He needs some more seasoning in the minors but is an intriguing 22-year-old with a big arm.
Dec 19 - 2:44 PM

Yankees acquired 1B/OF Garrett Jones from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

Jones hit .246/.309/.411 with 15 homers last season as the Marlins' main first baseman. He's been pretty good versus right-handed pitching in his career (.811 OPS) and offers a bit of versatility with the ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots.
Dec 19 - 2:42 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German from the Marlins in exchange for INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations.

Eovaldi has underperformed relative to his stuff to this point, posting a 4.07 ERA with just 321 strikeouts over 460 big league innings. However, he'll turn just 25 in February and is among the hardest-throwing starters in the game. The move from Marlins Park to Yankee Stadium hurts his fantasy value, but the stuff is there for a potential breakout if some tweaks can be made.
Dec 19 - 2:40 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees and Marlins are on the verge of a deal that would send Nathan Eovaldi to New York and Martin Prado to Miami.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says that the trade would also include Garrett Jones going to New York and David Phelps going to Miami, and the New York Post's Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees will receive pitching prospect Domingo German. Eovaldi has produced inconsistent results to this point with a 4.07 ERA, but he throws really hard and will turn just 25 in February. The Marlins are expected to put Prado at third base, which means Casey McGehee is headed to the bench. Phelps should slide into Eovaldi's rotation spot in Miami, while Jones looks like a backup option at first base and designated hitter in New York.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 18 - 3:57 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Garrett Jones is generating trade interest.

The Marlins are getting calls on the heels of a reported agreement with free agent Michael Morse. Jones could stick around as a left-handed backup first baseman and outfielder, but Frisaro hears that he'll most likely be dealt. The 33-year-old is set to earn $5 million in 2015.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Dec 16 - 3:29 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he envisions Alex Rodriguez as the club's designated hitter in 2015.

Cashman said that he "can't expect Alex to be anything" after sitting out all of 2014 for a PED suspension, which is a big reason why the Yankees made a push to re-sign Chase Headley as their regular third baseman. "We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us," said Cashman. Rodriguez turns 40 next July and is still owed $61 million over the next three seasons.
Dec 16 - 2:54 PM

Yankees re-signed LHP Chris Capuano to a one-year contract.

Capuano posted a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch with New York this past season and now he projects to begin 2015 in the starting rotation. His role could change if the Yankees decide to splurge on another pitcher prior to spring training, but the veteran southpaw isn't a terrible placeholder.
Dec 16 - 2:14 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have re-signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million.

Capuano considered a move to Japan this offseason, but he's back with the Yankees as back-end rotation insurance. The 36-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings over 12 starts with New York down the stretch in 2014.
Dec 16 - 12:37 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Chris Capuano is close to a deal with an unidentified team.

Crasnick adds that the deal isn't with a Japanese team, which is notable given Capuano's previous comments about the possibility. The 36-year-old southpaw held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. He could fit as a starter or a reliever somewhere.
Dec 16 - 10:42 AM

Yankees signed INF Cole Figueroa to a minor league contract.

Figueroa hit just .233/.286/.326 in 23 games with the Rays in 2014. The 27-year-old will function as organizational infield depth in 2015 for the Yankees.
Dec 15 - 3:25 PM

Yankees re-signed RHP Jose Campos to a minor league contract.

Campos was non-tendered by the Yankees on December 3 and apparently found little interest on the free agent market. The 22-year-old right-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
Dec 15 - 2:07 PM


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