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Yankees need to sign Masahiro Tanaka if and when Japanese club …

Yankees need to sign Masahiro Tanaka if and when Japanese club posts him

nydailynews.com Updated Dec 17, 2013
The Yankees have moved to what Scott Boras likes to call the fruits-and-nuts section of the free-agent supermarket now, filling the gaps on the roster with the likes of Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton, but they need to come away with one more piece of f…
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  • The Walk-Off: Baseball enjoys record profits in 2013; Yankees h…

    The Walk-Off: Baseball enjoys record profits in 2013; Yankees hit with huge luxury tax bill

    The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. MONEY: Major League Baseball enjoyed record revenues in 2013, topping $8 billion for the first ti…
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  • Red Sox sign Japanese submarine pitcher

    Red Sox sign Japanese submarine pitcher

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2013
    The Red Sox signed veteran Japanese pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, while releasing the contract of pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.
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  • Orioles Sign Free Agent Closer Balfour: Report

    Orioles Sign Free Agent Closer Balfour: Report

    Australian free-agent closer Grant Balfour has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Orioles on a two-year deal, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday citing multiple industry sources.
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  • A-Rod reportedly close to a deal for a ‘tell-all’ book about hi…

    A-Rod reportedly close to a deal for a ‘tell-all’ book about his battle with MLB

    yahoo.com Dec 17, 2013
    From the stranger than fiction category: Embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is reportedly close to signing a book deal to write a tell-all about his battle with Major League Baseball. According to The New York Post's Page Six gossip column, …
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  • Seeking Infield and Bullpen Help, The Yankees Turn to Two Veter…

    Seeking Infield and Bullpen Help, The Yankees Turn to Two Veterans

    The Yankees added depth to their infield and bullpen on Tuesday, agreeing to contracts with second baseman Brian Roberts, 36, and the left-hander Matt Thornton, 37.
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  • Yankees reportedly sign left-hander Thornton

    Yankees reportedly sign left-hander Thornton

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2013
    The Yankees continued their already busy offseason on Tuesday, signing veteran left-handed reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year contract, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. The deal is worth $7 million, which will be distributed evenly over the…
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  • Toronto catchers to benefit from Ohka's knuckler

    Toronto catchers to benefit from Ohka's knuckler

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2013
    Having knuckleballer Tomo Ohka, and possibly Josh Banks, at Blue Jays Spring Training will better prepare Josh Thole and Co. to catch staff ace R.A. Dickey next season.
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  • Video - Report: O's, Balfour Reach Deal 02:00

    Report: O's, Balfour Reach Deal

    Dec 17
    Jerry Crasnick discusses what closer Grant Balfour will bring to the Orioles' bullpen.
  • Video - Jeter Has A No-Phone Policy At His House 03:51

    Jeter Has A No-Phone Policy At His House

    Dec 17
    Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and Cris Carter discuss Derek Jeter's no-camera or-phones policy at his home in Florida.
  • Video - Yankees Hit With $28 Million Luxury Tax Bill 04:02

    Yankees Hit With $28 Million Luxury Tax Bill

    Dec 17
    ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand breaks down the Yankees being hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill.

Sports Columnists

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    Dec 18
    The Houston Rockets, as they've been telling teams all month, remain on course to trade disgruntled big man Omer Asik by Thursday, according to sources close to the process.
  • Don Banks: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions united in return to self-destruct…

    Dec 17
    We revel every NFL season in the turnaround team phenomena because we love the surprise factor, the rags-to-riches storyline and watching the meek inherit the earth. But just as fascinating, at least in a train wreck sort of way, are those teams that se…
  • Clayton's mailbag -- Sizing up the coaching situations

    Dec 17
    Clayton's mailbag: Although coaches such as Leslie Frazier and Mike Munchak look finished, the fates of Jason Garrett and Rex Ryan are tougher to predict.
  • The Tuesday Mailbag

    Dec 17
    The MVP debate lost one borderline candidate Monday night. Calvin Johnson was going to have a tough road, as any wide receiver always would, but his three drops—two of them at crucial times—in a loss that could keep the Lions from making the playoffs wi…