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Experts predict Jason Heyward will get a deal close to $200 million. Which teams are most likely to sign him?
Getting younger will help the Yanks
New York is in the midst of injecting youth into the club, which has the Yanks trending upward and remaining a contender in Jim Bowden's eyes. MLB status check (Insider)
Ranking the Yankees' dominant duo
Both Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances are among the best relievers in baseball, but who is the better of the two? Buster Olney offers his opinion. Top 10 relievers (Insider)
The Yankees would like to add another lefty starter, but how likely is it they would pay big bucks for Wei-Yin Chen?
Gary Sanchez among AFL standouts
Sanchez showed signs of fixing his clumsy movement and glacial pace behind the plate in his two-month AFL stint. This is good news for the Yankees, who might have a viable catching threat with big offensive power. Arizona Fall League recap (Insider)
He's the winter's top free agent, but the Yankees have to decide if an outfielder who has averaged 16 HRs a year is worth upward of $200 million.
Is Robinson Cano dissatisfied in Seattle? Perhaps, but a return to New York for the former Yankees second baseman is a major long shot.
Yanks aren't in a rush to deal Gardner
New York would rather hold on to Brett Gardner but may trade him because of its contract situation with Jacoby Ellsbury, Jim Bowden writes. Gardner is just one big-name that could be on the move. Nine others (Insider)
Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
According to a source directly involved in talks between Mariners and Yankees there is NO truth to any Robinson Cano - Jacoby Ellsbury trade talks...none.
Castro-Gardner trade makes sense
The Yankees need a right-handed hitter and second baseman like Starlin Castro, while the Cubs could use a leadoff man and outfielder like Brett Gardner. That's why Jim Bowden would like to see this trade happen. Four others (Insider)
Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer
To follow-up on last post, just asked someone who would know, what are the chances of a Yankee reunion with Robinson Cano? The person said, "None."
Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer
A lot of thing would have to break right for Robinson Cano to end up back in New York. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner seems bent on avoiding 10-year, $240 million contracts for players in their 30s. Cano, 33, is in Year 3 of his current deal. There has been media speculation around a Cano for Jacoby Ellsbury trade, but no known talks. Ellsbury has five years and $105 million remaining on his contract. So bad contract for bad contract, right? The Yankees do need a second baseman, but Ellsbury has a no-trade clause and the Yankees would likely want Seattle to send a lot of money with Cano to get him to New York. A-Rod was once traded in a similar situation so it is not impossible, but even though a friend of Cano's told the Daily News' John Harper that Cano wants to return to New York, there are a lot of hurdles to make it actually happen.
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Alex Gordon has been a longtime key contributor for the Royals, but he doesn't fit the Yankees' goals to get younger and cheaper.
His young age and consistent production make Justin Upton an attractive free agent. But would Upton be the best option for the New York Yankees?
The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed New York Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Yanks and Cubs talking Castro-Gardner?
The two teams have reportedly discussed a swap involving Starlin Castro and Brett Gardner. While the move would fill holes for both clubs, some other factors may make a deal unlikely. MLB rumors roundup
Alex Rodriguez, accused in a lawsuit of failing to pay more than $380,000 in legal bills stemming from the Biogenesis scandal, has settled the case, an attorney says.
The Yankees have high hopes for the newly acquired Aaron Hicks, who said a phone call from Rod Carew convinced him to return to switch-hitting.
Pursuing Jordan Zimmermann makes sense on some levels for the Yankees, but would it be worth giving up a first-round pick?
Kobe may not get one, but they did
Former Yankees greats Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter received the royal treatment when they said farewell to the diamond. They received gifts ranging from "The Chair of Broken Dreams" to a No. 2 square from the Wrigley Field scoreboard. Greatest "farewell tours"
Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com
Even with Francisco Rodriguez off to Detroit, amazing how many closers are still out there to be traded for. Aroldis Chapman. Andrew Miller. Jonathan Papelbon. Mark Melancon. Ken Giles. Had an exec of one team tell me this week he thinks the Yankees "will move" Miller this winter -- for a big, Craig Kimbrel-like package built around big-league ready starters.
Jeff Samardzija has some things going for him, like his durability, but the Yankees would have to pay a high price for him.