Player News - Yankees

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Dellin Betances wasn't happy with comments made by Yankees president Randy Levine after losing his arbitration hearing.

Levine criticized Betances' agent, Jim Murray, during a press conference on Saturday. "If Dellin is upset about going to a hearing, now we know the result, he should go talk to his representatives and say, 'Why did you bring me here? What was the point?' I should have made a deal." Murray responded by calling the press conference "bizarre" while Betances called Levine's comments "unfair." With Betances disgruntled, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees entertain trade offers for the All-Star reliever. The 28-year-old is under contract through 2019.
Feb 18 - 4:48 PM

Dellin Betances was defeated in his arbitration hearing against the Yankees and will earn $3 million in 2017.

The hard-throwing right-hander had filed at $5 million and the two sides were unable to bridge the gap before the hearing. One of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball, the 28-year-old will work in a setup capacity in front of closer Aroldis Chapman in 2017.
Feb 18 - 9:49 AM

Nick Swisher has announced his retirement from baseball and will join FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2017 season.

Swisher penned a piece for The Players' Tribune in which he officially announced that he was hanging up his cleats. It doesn't come as a surprise, as he's now 36 and played just 55 games in the minors last season. A 12-year major league veteran, Swisher finishes his career with a .249/.351/.447 batting line, 245 home runs and one All-Star team.
Feb 17 - 4:56 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury will be late to Yankees camp in order to attend the birth of his child.

Ellsbury's wife is being induced soon. He should be in camp sometime next week.
Feb 17 - 1:38 PM

Mason Williams will be sidelined for two weeks due to inflammation of his left patella tendon.

It will push back his Grapefruit League debut but shouldn't be a huge problem as long as he can avoid a setback. However, it could affect Williams' chances of winning an Opening Day bench job.
Feb 17 - 1:37 PM

Tyler Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and shut down from baseball activity for six week after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his foot.

Austin suffered the break when he fouled a ball off the foot while taking batting practice. The 25-year-old might have been squeezed off the roster following the Chris Carter signing and now he'll begin the season on the disabled list. Austin batted .241/.300/.458 in 31 games for the Yankees last season.
Feb 17 - 1:34 PM

Yankees signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal was agreed to nine days ago and then finalized Thursday after Carter reported to Yankees camp and passed his pre-signing physical. The big slugger tied Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs last year with 41, but he found surprisingly little interest on the free agent market this winter. Carter, a right-handed-hitter, should start against most southpaws in the Bronx.
Feb 16 - 11:47 AM

Yankees designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment.

Bleier posted an impressive 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 23 innings last season out of the Yankees' bullpen, but his minor league numbers suggest he was pitching way over his head in his first taste of MLB action. The 29-year-old left-hander holds a 4.02 ERA in 925 1/3 career minor league frames.
Feb 16 - 11:45 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Masahiro Tanaka as his probable Opening Day starter.

Girardi didn't make that announcement until just before the end of spring training last year, but he got it out of the way early this time. Of course, it's not a big surprise. Tanaka owns a 3.12 ERA over 75 starts over his first three seasons in the majors.
Feb 14 - 11:15 AM

Gary Sanchez will not represent the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Sanchez, a native of Santo Domingo, had initially committed to playing for Team Dominica in the March tournament, but the young slugger will instead remain in Yankees camp all spring. He registered an outstanding 1.032 OPS with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in 53 games last season for New York.
Feb 7 - 5:29 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances. And so, Carter goes from tying for the NL lead in homers to non-tendered to settling for a bargain basement deal. The Yankees were happy to take advantage of his underwhelming market. The addition gives the Yankees some additional flexibility in how they utilize Greg Bird, Tyler Austin, and even Matt Holliday. Carter slugged 41 homers with the Brewers last season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. He now finds himself in another great situation for power, though his fantasy impact could be limited if he mostly plays against southpaws. Carter will be arbitration-eligible again next winter, though the Yankees would have the option of non-tendering him, which has been his fate for the past two winters.
Feb 7 - 3:05 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Yankees are keeping tabs on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

The Yankees are concerned about the potential cost and the implications on the luxury tax, but they are looking at him as insurance for youngsters Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. The 30-year-old Carter has found a limited market this offseason despite tying for the NL lead with 41 homers in 2016. Of course, he also hit just .222 with a .321 on-base percentage. He's reportedly considering an opportunity in Japan if he doesn't find a satisfactory opportunity stateside.
Feb 7 - 9:10 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers checked in on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

A deal is considered unlikely, as the Dodgers are over the luxury tax threshold and would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on his contract. Carter's agent says he wants to sign with a team that can give him a starting role. Of course, the Dodgers are already set with Adrian Gonzalez manning first base. Carter hit 41 home runs and drove in 94 RBI last season, although those stellar slugging stats were accompanied by a .222 batting average. He is rumored to be considering Japan if he can't find the right combination of money and playing time stateside.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 6 - 10:53 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Yankees made Starlin Castro available on the trade market but were unable to find a deal they liked.

Sherman mentioned Castro in connection with the Yankees' desire to make room in their budget for another bullpen arm. The club also made Brett Gardner and Chase Headley, but nothing came of it. Castro has three years and $32.6 million remaining on his contract, plus a club option for a fourth year at $16 million. He batted .270/.300/.433 with 21 home runs and 70 RBI last year, which amounted to a 93 OPS+, placing him below league average. He'll only be 27 years old in March, but with prospects on the way, it makes sense that the Yankees could view him as expendable.
Feb 6 - 9:36 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that free agent Chris Carter is "reluctant to leave MLB."

Carter's agent Dave Stewart said Tuesday that Carter might begin considering offers from Japanese teams with spring training approaching both here and overseas, but it sounds like that was either a negotiating ploy toward the few interested MLB clubs or a kind of last resort possibility. There is known to be some intrigue from the Rays, though they don't tend to commit sizable salaries to one-dimensional players. Carter finished tied for the National League lead in home runs last year with 41, but the 30-year-old slugger is a poor defensive first baseman with a .218 career batting average and .314 career OBP.
Feb 2 - 10:37 AM


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