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Luis Tiant Helped Boston Red Sox Take Yoan Moncada from New York Yankees
March 3rd, 2015 at 8:00 AM
While the New York Yankees did their best to recruit 19-year-old Cuban stud Yoan Moncada, it was a Boston Red Sox legend who was the difference in him signing in Beantown. ***PHOTO1*** The Red Sox used former starting pitcher Luis Tiant in the recruiting process for Moncada, while the Yankees used Orlando...

Andrew Miller Took Less Money to Play for New York Yankees Over Houston Astros
March 1st, 2015 at 1:00 PM
It wasn't by a whole lot, but New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller took less money to go to the Bronx as opposed to taking the more lucrative deal with a rebuilding Houston Astros team. ***PHOTO1*** The difference in total salary was "only" about $4 million; although in reality Miller will be...

Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino Claims His Team Isn’t “Yankee-Like”
February 25th, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Larry Lucchino, CEO of the Boston Red Sox, adamantly maintained that his team was different from the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The Red Sox have recently spent over $300 million acquiring new players, with the most recent addition being prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada. Lucchino was the executive who...

The New York Yankees Picked the Wrong Time to Be Frugal
February 23rd, 2015 at 4:47 PM
***PHOTO2*** The New York Yankees could only watch today as prized Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada took his talents to Boston. Moncada was supposed to be the future for the Yankees. He was supposed to bolster the farm system and lead a new generation of prospects. Instead, it's likely that the...

Sticking to His Guns: Brian Cashman’s Offseason Thus Far
February 12th, 2015 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees entered the 2014 offseason with the same bland rhetoric they usually emphasize before free agency. They said that they would take a look at ways to improve the roster. The Yankees gave no indication that they would be in on the big free...

MLB Hot Stove: Cuban Yoan Moncada to Field Offers Over Next 2 Weeks, Should Decide Soon
February 11th, 2015 at 12:56 PM
With spring training upon us, the sweepstakes for Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada have started to warm up and now that he's free to sign anywhere he'd like, it's a full on battle between teams for his services. ***PHOTO1*** It's no secret the New York Yankees want Moncada, as they've passed on every...

MLB Free Agent Rumors: Ex-Braves’ Brandon Beachy Listed as ‘Should-Sign’ Option for Yankees
February 11th, 2015 at 9:40 AM
With a little over a week until the start of spring training for teams, one of the biggest question marks heading in for the New York Yankees is the starting rotation. ***PHOTO1*** Mainly, it's due to Masahiro Tanaka's elbow, CC Sabathia's knee, Ivan Nova recovering from Tommy John Surgery and Michael Pineda...

New York Yankees Sign Former Royals Pitcher Kyle Davies to Minor League Deal
February 9th, 2015 at 1:07 PM
When some hear the name Kyle Davies mentioned, the first thing mentioned is the 500th career home run hit by Alex Rodriguez back in 2007 at Yankee Stadium. Eight years later, they'll both be in spring training looking to make comebacks together. ***PHOTO1*** On Monday, the Yankees signed the now 31-year-old Davies...

MLB Hot Stove: Padres Aggressively Pursuing Yoan Moncada; Planning ‘Huge Bid’: Report
February 9th, 2015 at 12:16 PM
The San Diego Padres really are trying to win the winter off-season. On Monday, they made a major move to land James Shields in free agency, signing him to a four-year deal in the $70 million range. But it looks like they aren't done just yet. ***PHOTO1*** Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports...

MLB Free Agent Rumors: Dodgers ‘Hesitant’ on Pursuing Yoan Moncada; Makes Yankees Potential Favorites
February 9th, 2015 at 8:27 AM
Last week, Buster Olney of ESPN had reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers were seen by some as the favorites to land Yoan Moncada, but that might be a bit premature now. ***PHOTO1*** The Dodgers, who have been one of the more active teams to add payroll over the last three seasons,...

San Diego Padres, James Shields Agree to 4-Year Deal Worth $72-76 Million
February 9th, 2015 at 7:28 AM
The chase for James Shields is officially over, and the team that was perhaps the most aggressive all winter went out and landed themselves one more piece to be competitive in 2015. ***PHOTO1*** The San Diego Padres have landed James Shields and have accepted their offer, as Peter Gammons reported early Monday...

MLB Hot Stove: James Shields Has 4-Year Offer Worth $72-80 Million from Padres
February 8th, 2015 at 11:12 PM
The San Diego Padres are all in on free agent pitcher James Shields and they're apparently willing to pay a premium price to bring him near home. ***PHOTO1*** Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Padres have made an offer of four years and anywhere in the price range of...

MLB Hot Stove: San Diego Padres Seen as the Favorites to Land James Shields
February 6th, 2015 at 10:45 AM
This past week, the speculation on whether or not the New York Yankees are on free agent pitcher James Shields has been back and forth; more of the reports have been on the passing side as opposed to the interested side. ***PHOTO1*** Several teams have been linked to Shields in the past,...

MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees: We Aren’t Bidding on James Shields
February 5th, 2015 at 11:28 AM
Maybe the New York Yankees will not be on James Shields after all despite the reports that they were making a late entry into the sweepstakes for the free agent pitcher. ***PHOTO1*** Erik Boland of Newsday talked to several Yankees officials this week regarding the interest of the free agent pitcher, in...

MLB Hot Stove: Cuban Defector Yoan Moncada Expected to Sign Soon; Dodgers Seen as Possible Favorites
February 4th, 2015 at 12:10 PM
Now that Yoan Moncada is officially free to sign anywhere he likes in Major League Baseball, his decision should be coming soon with several eager teams trying to land him. ***PHOTO1*** The 19-year-old Cuban infielder who has the Yasiel Puig kind of hype surrounding him, is considered to be the top player...

MLB Free Agent Rumors: Yankees Aren’t Pursuing James Shields: Report
February 4th, 2015 at 11:07 AM
Looks like we have a case of "he said-she said," but in this case, it's between reports and the interest of the New York Yankees on James Shields. ***PHOTO1*** While most were asleep late last night, we had reported that the Yankees were actively pursuing Kansas City Royals free agent pitcher James...

MLB Free Agent Rumors: Yankees Actively Pursuing James Shields; May Sign by Week’s End
February 4th, 2015 at 3:07 AM
When the news hit that James Shields dropped the high price demands, the New York Yankees decided to jump into the mix after all. ***PHOTO1*** On Tuesday night, it had been reported that Shields was getting interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, as they are searching the market for an upgrade to...

MLB Hot Stove: James Shields Asking Price Drops, Cardinals Interested; Will Yankees Get Involved?
February 3rd, 2015 at 7:26 PM
It's now almost two weeks until the start of spring training when pitchers and catcher report and free agent pitcher James Shields remains unsigned. ***PHOTO1*** It could be because he was looking for more than the reported $110 million he had been offered, but at this point, if he had that offer...

Cuban Defector Yoan Moncada One Step Closer to MLB Free Agency; Yankees Eagerly Awaiting
January 31st, 2015 at 5:22 PM
Yoan Moncada is Officially a Free Agent (UPDATE: Tuesday, February 3 at 4:14 p.m. ET) Cuban stud Yoan Moncada is now officially a free agent after clearing all the obstacles, whether it be with the U.S. government, and/or with Major League Baseball, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo! spells out: Yoan Moncada is...

New York Yankees Sign Former Twins, Rangers Starter Scott Baker to Minor-League Deal
January 30th, 2015 at 5:00 PM
The New York Yankees are still in need for starting pitching, which is why they're giving a veteran right-hander a chance to resurrect his career in the majors and in spring training. ***PHOTO1*** On Friday, the Yankees have agreed to terms with former Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers starting pitcher Scott Baker;...