New York Yankees: Keys to Success in 2016

In 2015, the New York Yankees finished the season with an 87-75 record before being bounced in the American League Wild Card game against the Houston Astros. The Yankees led the division for the majority of the first half of the season until the Toronto Blue Jays surged by them. They had a 6-13 record against Toronto, the worst against any of their division rivals. Mark Teixeira...
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Players improve to 2-0 in arbitration as J.J. Hoover beats Reds

PHOENIX -- Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000.A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network illustrates how dominant Yankees bullpen can be

MLB Network's Top 10 Right Now series ranked the best relief pitchers in baseball. Here's where Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller came in. As the days tick away until spring training, the Yankees are dealing with injury news, roster holes and questions about offseason spending. But when pitchers and catchers report to Tampa...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever J.J. Hoover and Reds argue salary arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) J.J. Hoover and the Cincinnati Reds argued their salary arbitration case Thursday, with the reliever asking for a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million and the team arguing for $1,225,000. A decision by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek is expected Friday. A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller on serving as trade bait for Yankees: 'I don't blame them'

Miller had 36 saves last season Watch video Last season Yankees left-handed reliever Andrew Miller saved 36 games in 38 tries, struck out 100 batters and had a 2.04 ERA. In October, he was named American League Reliever of the Year. But from about the time he won that award through January, the team reportedly flirted with trading...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will we know Yankees' Aroldis Chapman's 2016 salary this week?

Chapman's been the most dominant closer in baseball Watch video The Yankees traded for left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman in December. Soon, they'll know what that will cost. Either by way of a settlement or a formal arbitration hearing, New York will wind up paying Chapman handsomely this year. On January 15, the Yankees offered...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Things to watch as pitchers and catchers report

Just a little over two weeks until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Not much has changed for the New York Yankees in their rotation or bullpen. There are a few things to look out for in the coming weeks. The first being the health of Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow. He has had a full off-season to rehab his elbow and rest it. There are a lot of scouts and analysts around...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: It’s Time to Let it Go, National League

Are we capable of accepting change? Before we get there, anything regarding Yoenis Céspedes re-signing with the Mets can be found here. What else? Two other notable outfielders signed this week and Aroldis Chapman won’t be charged with a crime. Oh, yeah, and we’re going to bring the designated hitter to the National League. Buckle up. What Is Colorado’s Plan? The Rockies...
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The Yankees, Cashman making moves with precision

For the last 15 years, the New York Yankees have been one of the loudest voices with some of the deepest pockets. By dishing out large, lucrative contracts to big-name players, the Bronx Bombers have made their presence known year in and year out.  However, lately the front office--predominantly behind the driving force of General Manager Brian Cashman--has taken a...
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3 Players Key to a Successful 2016 for the Yankees

Andrew Miller Embed from Getty Images I could have put one of three players in this spot.  Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Miller as a group will play a large role in deciding games for this team this season.  There is no more potent bullpen backend than this one, as these three may be the three best late-game relievers in baseball. I specifically chose Miller...
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Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman won’t face domestic violence charges

Earlier this offseason reports surfaced of accusations of domestic violence against then Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. However, those accusations have not materialized in to official charges according to reports out today. Champan was upfront with investigators according to reports: Chapman admitted to investigators that there had been an argument at his house on Oct. 30...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Why Yankees' Aroldis Chapman won't face charges

Chapman allegedly hit his girlfriend and fired a shotgun in his home Watch video Yankees star pitcher Aroldis Chapman won't be charged despite allegations of domestic abuse and possible illegal firearm use, Boward Country assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman said in a statement released by the agency Thursday. We've attached...
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Yankees' Aroldis Chapman will not face domestic violence charges

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will not face charges stemming from the domestic violence allegations his girlfriend made earlier this offseason, the Sun Sentinel reports.Chapman admitted to investigators that there had been an argument at his house on Oct. 30 and that he fired several gunshots into the concrete wall of his garage, where he had locked himself alone. However...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Prosecutor: No charges against pitcher Aroldis Chapman

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Florida prosecutors have decided not to file charges in a domestic disturbance case involving New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend. Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote in a close-out memo Wednesday that conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely. Davie police had previously closed the Oct...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman will not face domestic violence charges

New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman will not face any charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident that took place with his girlfriend back in October. Law enforcement officials confirmed to TMZ on Thursday that the Florida State Attorney’s office has decided to not move forward with criminal charges against Chapman due to a lack of evidence. Here are some...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees expect to make deal with Aroldis Chapman, Brian Cashman says

Sides are reportedly far apart in salary arbitration negotiations Watch video NEW YORK -- Despite the sizable cash gap between the Yankees and closer Aroldis Chapman, the team's general manager, Brian Cashman, said he believes the sides will work out a deal. "Nothing to report right now," Cashman said when asked about the progress...
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Yankees' Dellin Betances: Aroldis Chapman will ease my workload

Chapman and Miller could eat innings, saving Betances valuable arm Watch video Dellin Betances believes new closer Aroldis Chapman will help his workload. In his first two seasons, Betances has thrown a combined 174 innings -- the most among relievers. That's lead to concerns that manager Joe Girardi might be overusing his stud...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman named closer

After acquiring fireballer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, the New York Yankees had a dilemma on their hands: who would be their closer? On Tuesday, this questioned was answered as manager Joe Girardi tabbed Chapman as his end-gamer. Is this the right decision? It’s easy to insert Dellin Betances in his setup role from last year, given that he is the least experienced of the three...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrietta, Cubs have biggest gap in arbitration at $5.5M

NEW YORK (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrietta had the largest gap among 35 players who swapped proposed figures with their teams in salary arbitration, and new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also had a big difference. After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a raise from $3.6 million to $13 million. Chicago offered...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Apparently, Aroldis Chapman is a specialist, capable only of closing

Yesterday, Brian Cashman took time out of his busy, 25/8 schedule of combing Blue Jays recycling dumpsters for nickel bottle deposits, in order to explain the thought process behind Joe Girardi's recent statement that Aroldis Chapman shall enter 2016 as the anointed Yankee Bullpen Bull Goose Closer.It's an experience thing. In his career, Chapman has only worked one job: Pitching...

New York Yankees Lucky to Add Chapman to already Dominant Bullpen

Pitching was at the top of the list of issues to fix following the 2015 season for the New York Yankees. Their starting rotation dealt with a combination of health issues and a lack of consistency, that really hindered the team’s success in the long run. Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda were supposed to be the number one and two starters in the rotation, but both dealt with multiple...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Chapman Closer, Other Roles Clarified For 2016 Yankees

With a little more than a month until Pitchers and Catchers, MLB is entering the home stretch of the off-season. Last night, on the Yankees' hot stove TV show, manager Joe Girardi provided some clarity regarding Spring Training and beyond: LHP Aroldis Chapman will be the closer going into camp. Alex Rodriguez, who was strictly a DH last season, will be the same in 2016. OF...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds land Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez

Weeks after trading Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds are reportedly poised to land another Cuban star, shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez. Jesse Sanchez of has reported that the Reds and Rodriguez have agreed to terms. Rodriguez is a light-hitting shortstop, as he produced only a .265/.301/.284 slash line in Cuba. But at 21, he has time to develop. Ben...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Girardi says Chapman will be Yankees closer

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi says newly acquired left-hander Aroldis Chapman will go into spring training as New York's closer. During an interview on the YES Network, Girardi revealed Monday he is choosing the hard-throwing Chapman over Andrew Miller. The Yankees obtained the 27-year-old Chapman, a four-time All-Star, from the Reds last month for four minor leaguers...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: 3 Questions to consider for the team’s top three relievers

After acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman assembled potentially the most feared back-end bullpen in the MLB. Nevertheless, questions still surround the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Chapman. Even though they could look to end games after the sixth inning with the tandem, the Yanks still have questions regarding the three that need...
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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