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Yankees signed RHP David Hale to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hale made four relief appearances at the major league level in 2018 before getting cut loose by the Yankees and signing on with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. The 31-year-old right-hander will return to the Yankees as organizational bullpen depth.
Jan 23 - 3:02 PM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

They'll be officially inducted this summer in Cooperstown, New York, along with Today's Game Era Committee selections Lee Smith and Harold Baines. Rivera and Halladay are in as first-ballot selections, and Mussina finally topped the 75-percent voting threshold in his sixth year on the ballot. It was a full 10-year wait for Martinez. Rivera, the all-time MLB leader in saves and a five-time World Series champion, received votes on 100 percent of the 425 ballots cast, becoming the first player ever to be voted in unanimously.
Source: BBWAA.com
Jan 22 - 6:21 PM

Yankees signed RHP Danny Farquhar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm last April when he was with the White Sox, which knocked him out for the rest of the season. He's recovered well, though, and will try to return to the majors at some point with the Yankees.
Jan 21 - 5:45 PM

Yankees acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Mariners for 2B Shed Long.

The Yanks picked up Long from the Reds in the Sonny Gray deal but will flip him for Stowers, who was a second-round pick in last year's Draft. The 21-year-old batted .260/.380/.410 with five homers and 20 steals over 58 games in Short-Season ball in 2018. He was ranked by MLB.com as the Mariners' No. 10 prospect.
Jan 21 - 5:26 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Yankees are getting calls on relievers Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle.

Sonny Gray is far more likely to be traded than those two, but the Yanks could explore some offers after securing Adam Ottavino to a three-year, $27 million deal on Thursday and Zach Britton for three years, $39 million earlier this month. Holder would command a big return as a cost-controlled 25-year-old who registered a 3.14 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 60/19 K/BB ratio over 66 innings in 2018. Kahnle struggled last year but has flashed elite stuff in the recent past.
Jan 17 - 2:55 PM

Yankees signed 2B DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million contract.

The deal was first reported last Friday and has now been made official. LeMahieu is expected to play all over the infield for the Yankees, although given Troy Tulowitzki's injury history there's a good chance Gleyber Torres will wind up sliding over to shortstop and LeMahieu will settle in at his customary second base (at least until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery).
Jan 14 - 5:00 PM

Luis Severino requested $5.25 million and was offered $4.4 million by the Yankees when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This was his first year of arbitration eligibility thanks to being a Super 2 player. The 24-year-old ace right-hander went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts for the Yankees last year, finishing ninth in the AL Cy Young Award voting. He struck out 220 batters and walked 46 in 191 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 10:33 AM

Yankees and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million contract.

Acquired via trade from the Mariners back in November, Paxton will have one more year of arbitration eligibility before hitting free agency after the 2020 campaign. He went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and struck out 208 batters in 160 1/3 innings for the Mariners last year.
Jan 12 - 9:25 AM

Yankees and SS Didi Gregorius avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.75 million contract.

This was Gregorius' last year of arbitration eligibility and he will be a free agent after the upcoming season. He is expected to miss at least the first half of the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 12 - 9:09 AM

Yankees and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

It's not clear at this point what Paxton's salary will be. Acquired via trade from the Mariners back in November, Paxton will have one more year of arbitration eligibility before hitting free agency after the 2020 campaign.
Jan 11 - 6:06 PM

Yankees and RHP Tommy Kahnle avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financials aren't available at this time. Kahnle was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 11 - 6:05 PM

Yankees and SS Didi Gregorius avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

It's unclear what Gregorius' salary will be. He's slated to miss at least the first half of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 11 - 6:04 PM

Yankees and RHP Dellin Betances avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.125 million contract.

Betances went to an arbitration hearing with the Yanks two years ago but has avoided one the last two winters. He is set for free agency next offseason.
Jan 11 - 5:35 PM

Yankees signed INF/OF Matt Lipka to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lipka, 26, hit .241/.306/.376 with nine homers and 25 steals across three levels in the minors last season. He can't hit but can play all over the diamond.
Jan 11 - 2:28 PM

Yankees signed RHP Drew Hutchison to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hutchison was awful during his time in the majors last season with a 6.75 ERA over 16 appearances (five starts). He's a rotation depth piece for the Bombers.
Jan 11 - 2:25 PM


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