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Date: Team: Pos:

A source told Teri Thompson, Bill Madden and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez is "noticeably thinner and 'massless' than in previous years."

Rodriguez will turn 40 in the middle of the season and has had past hip issues, so taking off some weight is probably wise. Slated for the designated hitter role in 2015, A-Rod remains a poor bet health-wise and is coming off a year-long suspension, so his appeal in fantasy leagues is limited. The Daily News report also stated that Rodriguez offered to meet face-to-face with Yankees executives in order to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but the club declined the invite.
Jan 25 - 9:31 AM

SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports that the Marlins have agreed to a contract with Ichiro Suzuki.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's a one-year deal for around $1 million, which are the terms Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. Ichiro, who will serve as the club's No. 4 outfielder, batted .284/.324/.340 with one homer and 15 steals last season for the Yankees. He's 156 hits away from 3,000 for his major league career.
Jan 23 - 12:20 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have offered a one-year contract to free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki worth $2 million.

According to Jackson, the Marlins are "optimistic, but not certain" that a deal will get done. Suzuki, 41, had drawn interest from several teams this month but the Marlins have remained the most steadfast in pursuit of him as a fourth outfielder. The 14-year major league veteran hit .284/.324/.340 with 15 stolen bases for the Yankees last season.
Source: Miami Herald
Jan 21 - 12:48 PM's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are "not ruling out" a two-year contract for Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro is 156 hits away from 3,000, and it sounds like the Marlins might want to capitalize on a potential attendance boost as Suzuki chases the milestone in year two. The problem, of course, is that Ichiro is already 41 and hasn't posted an OPS+ over 100 since 2010. Miami would use Suzuki in a fourth outfielder role.
Jan 18 - 12:07 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Marlins interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is intensifying.

Suzuki has drawn interest from several teams in recent weeks, though he is likely looking for a starting role. He remains just 156 hits shy of 3000 for his MLB career.
Jan 17 - 12:36 PM

Yankees and RHP Nathan Eovaldi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Eovaldi in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The Yankees are hoping he'll put everything together after flashing plenty of promise in Miami.
Jan 16 - 5:47 PM

Yankees and RHP David Carpenter avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

It's Carpenter's first winter being arbitration-eligible. He'll serve in a setup role for the Yankees after posting a 2.63 ERA and 141/36 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 frames across the last two seasons for the Braves.
Jan 16 - 5:45 PM

Yankees and RHP Michael Pineda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Pineda, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The big right-hander was excellent when healthy in 2014, holding a 1.89 ERA and 59/7 K/BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings. He's a health risk but has loads of upside for 2015.
Jan 16 - 3:23 PM

Yankees signed INF Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier this month and has now been made official. Drew will have a chance to earn an additional $1.5 million should he get to 550 plate appearances. He really struggled with a .150/.219/.271 batting over 46 games with the Yanks last season after coming over in a trade with the Red Sox. However, he's still a good defender and improvement at the plate should come in 2015. Drew will play second base for the Bombers.
Jan 16 - 10:40 AM

A source close to Alex Rodriguez told Newsday's Steve Marcus that the 39-year-old will arrive at spring training set on winning the third base job.

"Alex's mind is that job's not Headley's, it's Alex's to lose," the source said. "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." A-Rod can think that all he wants, but Chase Headley is going to be the third baseman after re-signing on a four-year, $52-million contract this winter. Rodriguez is set to be the Yankees' designated hitter.
Source: Newsday
Jan 15 - 10:28 PM

Yankees and RHP Ivan Nova avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the contract details. His salary will be the same as he made last year, which makes sense, as he made just four starts prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in late-April. Nova will likely be back at some point during the first half of the season. He remains under team control through 2016.
Jan 14 - 3:39 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Chris Martin from the Rockies for cash considerations.

Martin, 28, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. The 6-foot-8 right-hander posted a 6.89 ERA over 16 appearances last season, but he throws hard and could find a home in New York's bullpen.
Jan 13 - 12:07 PM

YES Network's Jack Curry reports that the Yankees will hire Jeff Pentland as hitting coach and Alan Cockrell as assistant hitting coach.

They'll also hire Joe Espada as their new infield coach. The 68-year-old Pentland has previously been hitting coach for the Cubs (1997-2002), Royals (2003-05), Mariners (2005-08) and Dodgers (2010-11). Cockrell, who will be the Yankees' first ever assistant hitting coach, previously coached with the Rockies and Mariners.
Jan 11 - 3:09 PM

CC Sabathia said his surgically repaired knee feels "fine" and that he'll likely begin throwing bullpen sessions later this month.

"I’ve been good. I’ve been playing catch. I’ve been throwing," said Sabathia. "I’ll probably start throwing bullpens by the end of the month." Sabathia also said he doesn't have any pain in the knee, a good sign after arthroscopic debridement surgery ended his season last July. Even if healthy, the 34-year-old will have to prove he can still be effective after struggling the past two seasons.
Jan 10 - 6:40 PM

Yankees prospect Ty Hensley was "brutally attacked and assaulted" last weekend in Oklahoma City, according to a statement from the right-hander's attorney.

The statement says "Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack." Those injuries include multiple facial fractures and a broken jaw. Hensley, 21, was a first-round pick of the Yankees in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of an Oklahoma high school.
Jan 8 - 12:03 PM

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