Rockies relievers ready for strong bullpen minus Ottavino
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies will be without the reliever who boasted he could strike out Babe Ruth, but they believe the bridge between their solid starting rotation and premier closer Wade Davis remains sturdy.
Colorado is counting on a veteran bullpen group that ...
Luis Severino, Yankees agree to $40M, 4-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing Friday to a $40 million, four-year contract.
Severino’s deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the agreement worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is ...
Farquhar wears protective cap for 1st bullpen session
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar wore a specially designed protective cap Friday during his first spring training bullpen session with the New York Yankees.
Farquhar collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 after pitching in the sixth inning against Houston. He was ...
Boone hopes Yankees ‘get to top of the mountain’ in 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Boone kept tuning into postseason games, even after his New York Yankees were eliminated by Boston, and he watched the Red Sox win the World Series.
“I don’t know if it was to torture myself or what,” the New York manager said Wednesday as pitchers and catchers ...
Tanaka no fan of DH, wants to hit and run at NL ballparks
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka wants to keep on hitting and running the bases at NL ballparks, hoping use of the designated hitter does not spread to the National League.
The New York Yankees pitcher missed a month last season after hurting both hamstrings while running the bases ...
Name game: Britton says wife, Yanks led to spelling change
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name.
Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old New York Yankees reliever said last week that going forward his name should be spelled Zack.
“I was born with a ‘ch’, sorry, ...
AP sources: Mets-Nats or Cubs-Cards for London in 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.
Two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press of the potential matchups. They ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Britton will be a different pitcher for the New York Yankees this year — at least in name.
Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old reliever said Thursday going forward his name should be spelled Zack.
Britton tweeted “I will be going by my ...
Rays confident they can build on last year’s success
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have a knack for defying the odds.
The budget-minded franchise proved it doesn’t necessarily have to have the largest payroll in baseball to win by thriving against big spenders in the challenging AL East from 2008 to 2013, earning four ...
Frazier feels good after concussion decimated 2018 season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clint Frazier showed no hesitation chasing down a fly ball on the warning track and hit batting practice drives well over the left-field fence, appearing to have recovered from the concussion that decimated his 2018 season.
“It’s an exciting feeling,” the 24-year-old New ...
Gregorius not estimating on return from elbow surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius was quick when asked if he had a date in mind for his return from a torn elbow ligament.
“April,” he blurted.
Then he smiled, laughed and added: “We all know that’s not going to happen, but that’s what I want to do. It’s a wait and see ’til everything ...
Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson retiring
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson plans to retire after the annual induction ceremony in July.
The Hall made the announcement Monday. The 54-year-old Idelson succeeded Dale Petroskey as Hall president in 2008. Idelson joined the staff in 1994 as director ...
Mariano Rivera awed by his first Hall of Fame visit
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mariano Rivera stopped at the entrance to the Plaque Gallery inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and just gazed at the walls, awestruck by the moment. He was a long way from Puerto Caimito, Panama.
“I can’t comprehend it. It’s just amazing. Too much,” Rivera said ...
Cleared after aneurysm, Farquhar agrees to deal with Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Danny Farquhar has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees after recovering from a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage while pitching for the Chicago White Sox last April.
A right-hander who turns 32 on Feb. 17, Farquhar collapsed in the White ...
Green pinstripes: Yankees hire environmental scientist
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are going green, hiring an environmental science adviser.
The team said Tuesday that Allen Hershkowitz will focus on energy use, waste management, water conservation and food services at Yankee Stadium.
Hershkowitz has a Ph.D. in political ...
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Mussina will not have team logo on Hall of Fame plaque’s cap
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Mussina will not have a team logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque.
The Hall announced the decision Friday, three days after Mussina was elected.
Mussina spent his first 10 major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and his last eight with the ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Roy Halladay won’t have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes the final decision.
Halladay, who died in November 2017, spent 12 of his 16 seasons pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays ...
Next year it’s Jeter’s chance to join Rivera in the Hall
Mariano Rivera sailed into the Hall of Fame without a single dissenting vote. Next year, it’s Derek Jeter’s turn — and don’t expect much opposition then, either.
Jeter headlines the group of candidates who will be newly eligible for the Hall
Yanks newcomer LeMahieu on his role: ‘Bring a lot of gloves’
NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts.
A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield.
“I was told to bring a lot of gloves,” he said Wednesday on a conference call.
That’s fine with ...
Infielder DJ LeMahieu, Yankees finalize $24M, 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Gold Glove-winning second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees have finalized a $24 million, two-year contract.
The deal, which would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado, was agreed to Friday subject to a successful physical. He will earn ...
Former ace, longtime pitching coach Stottlemyre dies at 77
NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Stottlemyre made his mark on the mound: He started Game 7 of the World Series, earned five championship rings as a pitching coach, wound up with a plaque at Monument Park.
But his most enduring impression might have come with the bat — more than a half-century later, he ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Britton preferred to be a setup man for Aroldis Chapman on the New York Yankees rather than close for a team less likely to win.
“I had been closer and I knew that I could do that at a high level. I felt like it wasn’t something I needed to prove myself,” Britton said ...
Greg Bird, Yankees agree to $1.2 million, 1-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) — Oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.2 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
The 26-year-old hit .214 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 311 plate appearances during an injury wrecked 2018 season in which he lost the first ...
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day.
The commissioner’s office announced games times Wednesday for the schedule, which was released in August. ...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki would be happy if the New York Yankees add Manny Machado to their infield, even if the move costs the 34-year-old shortstop playing time.
“Hey, I signed up to be a Yankee because I wanted to play with the best players,” Tulowitzki said during a conference ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Britton is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, a deal that could be worth $53 million over four seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...
Robertson, Phillies agree to $23 million, 2-year contract
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — David Robertson got himself a new deal in a new pair of pinstripes.
The 33-year-old right-handed reliever and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $23 million, two-year contact on Thursday. Robertson gets $10 million this year and $11 million in 2020, and the Phillies ...
AP source: Tulowitzki agrees to 1-year deal with Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on ...
Sabathia had heart blockage that required stent inserted
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander CC Sabathia had a stent inserted after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart, and the New York Yankees anticipate the 38-year-old pitcher will report to spring training on time.
“CC was experiencing some chest pain which turned out to be a blockage in ...
Happ would like to see Machado join him on Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that he’s staying with the New York Yankees, J.A. Happ would like to see Manny Machado join him in the Bronx.
“You get any kind of player like that on a team, that would be exciting,” the pitcher said Thursday, three days after finalizing a $34 million, two-year ...
Longtime star Beltran joins Yankees as special adviser
NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime star Carlos Beltran has joined the New York Yankees as a special adviser.
His hiring came shortly before prized free agent Manny Machado was expected to meet with the Yankees on Wednesday. Beltran and Machado have the same agent.
Beltran spent nearly three ...
APNewsBreak: Sabathia gets $500,000 bonus despite ejection
NEW YORK (AP) — Plunking an opponent paid off for CC Sabathia.
The New York Yankees gave Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the ...
Lefty JA Happ, Yankees finalize $34 million, 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander J.A. Happ and the New York Yankees have finalized a $34 million, two-year contract.
Happ gets $17 million in each of the next two seasons, and his deal includes a $17 million option for 2021 that could become guaranteed is he has either 27 or more starts as a ...
Joan Steinbrenner, wife late George Steinbrenner, dies at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died Friday. She was 83.
The Yankees said she died surrounded by family at her home in Tampa, Florida.
Joan Steinbrenner held the title of Yankees vice chair.
Born Elizabeth Joan ...
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball’s first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon.
MLB said Friday that the June 29 game at London’s Olympic Stadium will start at 6:10 ...
Yanks try to keep Happ, a ‘Death Star’ ready to pivot
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Brian Cashman tried to close a $34 million, two-year deal to keep left-hander J.A. Happ, the New York Yankees general manager made clear Wednesday he could shift his focus from pitching to high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado at any moment.
“We are ...
Pitcher Ivan Nova acquired by White Sox from Pirates
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right-hander Ivan Nova was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.
A 31-year-old right-hander, Nova was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts ...
King of clubs? Teams start to show cards at winter meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deal the New York Yankees in for the Manny Machado tournament. And J.T. Realmuto? A lot of teams already are sitting at that table.
The baseball winter meetings began in earnest along the Vegas Strip on Monday, and clubs slowly started to show their cards.
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. hired as Marlins pitching coach
MIAMI (AP) — Former Seattle Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has been hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins.
Also joining manager Don Mattingly’s staff is former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, who will be first base and infield coach.
Like Mattingly and ...
Japanese star lefty Kikucki available to MLB teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Star Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will be available to major league teams starting Tuesday, with the New York Yankees expected to be among those interested.
The 27-year-old Seibu Lions ace will have until Jan. 2 to sign a contract with a big league club. The Lions ...
Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.
Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium ...
Ronald Torreyes traded from New York Yankees to Chicago Cubs
NEW YORK (AP) — Infielder Ronald Torreyes was traded from the New York Yankees to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named or $2.
The 26-year-old was designated for assignment Monday to clear a roster spot when the Yankees claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los ...
Yankees claim Bridwell, drop Torreyes from big-league roster
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels by the New York Yankees, who opened a roster spot by designating infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment.
Bridwell, 27, was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for the ...
Yanks acquire Locastro from Dodgers for minor leaguer
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Tim Locastro was acquired by the New York Yankees from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league right-hander Drew Finley and $75,000.
The 26-year-old Locastro made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2017, appearing in three games, and hit .182 (2 for 11) ...
Steinbrenner on Machado comments: ‘That ain’t going to sell’
ATLANTA (AP) — Flush with cash, the New York Yankees may take a run at Manny Machado.
But first, the slugging infielder would have some explaining to do.
Arriving in Atlanta for two days of owners meetings at a hotel next to the Braves’ SunTrust Park, Hal Steinbrenner discussed the ...
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has surgery on left knee
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for an injury that kept him out of the World Series.
The team says Dr. Riley Williams operated Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Williams also performed a ...
Arbitration: Schebler, Bush short; Edwards, Biagini make it
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots.
The Major League Baseball Players ...
Sanchez has shoulder surgery, Sabathia to retire after ’19
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Months before the start of spring training, the New York Yankees’ injury list is lengthening.
Catcher Gary Sanchez had surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, which could slow him during spring training but is not likely to keep him out of the lineup on opening ...