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George Steinbrenner’s Daughter Comments on Family’s Ownership of Yankees

Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, a New York Yankees general partner and the daughter of longtime team owner George Steinbrenner, stated Wednesday the family still has no plans to sell the organization. Dan Martin of the New York Post passed along comments Swindal made during a team charitable event called "Winter Warm-up" for the elderly. She said the family's long-term outlook hasn't changed since her father's death in 2010. "We're all in," she said. "I hope we own the team for eternity. You never know what life will bring, but we're in it for the long haul." Swindal noted her son, Steve Swindal Jr., has taken on a role in baseball operations to help set the stage for a smooth transition to the next generation. She also praised Hal Steinbrenner, her brother and the team's principal owner, for his job handling the franchise in recent years. "Initially, we were trying to figure out how we were ...




How Yankees Must Handle Impossible Masahiro Tanaka Decision in 2017

When it comes to opt-out clauses, the New York Yankees tend to opt in. They aren't always happy about it. They don't always do it right away. But when Alex Rodriguez opted out of his deal during the 2007 World Series, the Yankees turned around and gave him a bigger contract they would come to regret. When CC Sabathia was ready to opt out of his contract four years later, the Yankees added what amounted to two years and $50 million, another deal they wouldn't mind having back. So now we come to Masahiro Tanaka. As every Yankees fan knows, he's the closest to a sure thing they have in their 2017 rotation. And as every Yankees fan knows by now, he can opt out of his contract when the 2017 season ends. There's no way the Yankees can make this work in their favor. If Tanaka has a great year, he obviously opts ...




Alex Rodriguez to Host ‘Back in the Game’ Reality Show

Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez is set to host a CNBC reality show, Back in the Game, according to Alex Weprin of Politico. On the show—which includes former NFL player Michael Strahan as an executive producer—ex-athletes in dire financial straits will be paired with "money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet." These advisors may help the athletes launch a second career or pursue a new business opportunity. Finances likely won't ever be an issue for Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers in 2000, though he opted out of that agreement in 2007 to sign a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees that year.  And the money is still coming in from that Rangers deal, per SI.com: Although the Yankees will not be responsible for his checks after 2017, he will still be getting paid by the Rangers. At the time he was traded, he ...




Yankees Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

Pitchers and catchers with a predilection for pre-planning (say that five times fast) have already begun packing their bags for Florida and Arizona. Spring training is almost here, people, and not a moment too soon. As we prepare for the glory of fresh-cut grass and exhibition baseball, let's zoom a lens on the New York Yankees. The Yanks, as you're no doubt aware, are in the midst of a youth movement and will balance their budding rebuild with an annual mandate to compete.  New York's camp will feature a handful of intriguing position battles, a rising star behind the dish looking to avoid a sophomore slump and talented youngsters hoping to break through all over the roster. Stretch out those hammies, do a little long toss and proceed when ready.Begin Slideshow




Predicting New York Yankees Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

The New York Yankees remain a team in flux, heading into spring training with a roster that could contend—or fall short of the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years. Veterans like Brian McCann (traded) and Mark Teixeira (retired) are gone, replaced by youngsters who are big on upside—but light on experience. That could lead to some growing pains in 2017, but it's a pain that general manager Brian Cashman believes fans are ready to endure. "(The fans are) willing to walk through that (the ups and downs) with you as long as they have some legitimate players they can really grow with," he recently told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News. "We're really now in a better position to provide a group of talent where hopefully some will really be part of the next championship core." Some of those players will be competing for a spot on ...




Yankees’ Next Big Moves Will Make or Break New Era’s Future

It's not easy to do what the New York Yankees have done. It's even tougher to do what they have to do next.  In this era in which total rebuilds are all the rage and tanking is rewarded, the Yankees rebuilt their farm system without also suffering through a 101-loss season (like the Chicago Cubs) or 324 losses over three campaigns (like the Houston Astros). Three years after MLB.com said they had none of the top 60 prospects in the game, they have five of the top 51. That doesn't even include Gary Sanchez, who turned 24 in December but graduated from prospect status when he hit 20 home runs in just 53 contests in 2016. "The Yankees have the best (and deepest) farm system in the game," MLB.com's respected prospect analyst Jim Callis tweeted in December. Great, so now they'll start winning, just like the Cubs did? Not so fast. "This is still a building ...




New York Yankees’ Top Free Agent, Trade Targets Post New Year

The calendar may have flipped to 2017, but we're still a couple of cold months away from baseball. That's actually good news (hear me out) for many MLB clubs with unfinished items on their to-do lists. Like, say, the New York Yankees, who have holes to plug in the starting rotation, the bullpen and behind the dish. Let's examine a few realistic trade and free-agent targets, with the key word being "realistic." Not all of these deals will go down, but they're tied to credible rumors—or at least informed speculation—and a sense of the Yankees' needs and resources. They could hypothetically use Mark Trumbo's pop, for example, but he's not in the budgetary plans. Plus, where would they put him? We'll begin with a veteran backup catcher and work our way to a left-handed All-Star. Tap the (frozen) clay off your (proverbial) cleats and dig in when ready.Begin Slideshow




Jose Quintana Trade Would Be Right Idea at Wrong Time for Yankees

Nobody can fault the New York Yankees if they’re getting cold feet with their plan to take the long way back to success, but the best advice for them right now is to stay the course. That would involve not making a trade for Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. As Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Monday, that’s something the Yankees are at least interested in doing: What we have here is a team with a square hole to fill casting its gaze on a square peg. The Yankees added a major piece to their bullpen when they brought back Aroldis Chapman on an $86 million contract. However, even he and Dellin Betances can only pick up so much slack for a starting rotation that’s littered with question marks beyond Masahiro Tanaka. Quintana would be quite the answer to that problem. Although he’s so far spent his big league career playing Garfunkel to Chris Sale’s ...




How Yankees Can Still Make Impact Upgrade to Questionable Rotation

The New York Yankees are rebuilding. They're also trying to win. That's how it works in the Bronx. Those aren't mutually exclusive goals. Last season, the Yankees sold at the trade deadline and restocked a farm system that Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter subsequently ranked No. 1 in the game. They also stayed in the playoff picture until late September thanks to contributions from youngsters such as catcher and American League Rookie of the Year runner-up Gary Sanchez. It's possible to shed costly pieces and compete at the same time. This winter, the Yanks traded veteran backstop Brian McCann to the Houston Astros for prospects. They also handed one year and $13 million to aging slugger Matt Holliday and a whopping five years and $86 million to closer Aroldis Chapman. Clearly, general manager Brian Cashman is treading the line between a full-blown fire sale and keeping his team competitive. Hardcore fans are surely rejoicing the burgeoning ...




Brett Gardner Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Yankees OF

It looks as though the New York Yankees' offseason spending could remain dormant for the rest of the winter; however, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner's name has emerged in trade talks.  Continue for updates.  Yankees Shopping Gardner Tuesday, Dec. 13 According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have continued to "gauge interest" in Gardner in an attempt to cut salary.  The 33-year-old is owed $23 million over the next two seasons, which are the final portions of his four-year, $52 million deal, per Spotrac.  Gardner has spent each of his first nine MLB seasons with the Yankees, compiling a career .264 batting average and .346 on-base percentage as a bat near the top of the lineup.  While his power numbers fluctuated from 17 home runs in 2015 to just seven in 2016, Gardner can still add speed on the basepaths and in a corner outfield spot. That could make him an attractive trade option to teams ...




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