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Report: Yankees decline reconciliation with Alex Rodriguez
by Sean d'Oliveira |

After meeting with new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to clear the air over his year-long suspension in 2014, Alex Rodriguez also reached out to the Yankees to set up a meeting, but was turned down, reports the New York Post.

Rodriguez requested to meet with the Yankees to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but was told to wait until spring training. Reports also surfaced that Rodriguez is looking noticeably thinner compared to recent seasons, a source told the New York Post.

Rodriguez is set to report to spring training Feb. 25.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez has private meeting with new commissioner
by Igor Mello |

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reportedly met with new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to "get on the same page" with him and the rest of the MLB, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. Rodriguez came unaccompanied by any MLBPA representatives or personal attorneys, per the paper.

Rodriguez, 39, was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He hit .244/.348/.423 in 156 at-bats in 2013. He has been training with Barry Bonds in the Bay Area, with designs on starting at third base for the Yankees in 2015. However, New York brought in Chase Headley to play third and general manager Brian Cashman has been adamant about Rodriguez playing more of a DH role this season.

Rodriguez is due $61 million over the next three seasons, along with several home run-based performance bonuses.

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Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi working on improving his changeup
by Michael Hurcomb |

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild has expressed interest in helping starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi fine tune his changeup and get his slider down in the zone more this spring, according to

Eovaldi added he has worked more on his changeup this offseason in order to move away from a predictable fastball-slider combination.

"It's pretty much No. 1 right now," Eovaldi said. "My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup -- kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It's been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I've been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.

"I feel like in a way, because I rely on my fastball so much and my walks were down, batters were starting to be more selective and wait for the fastball. Toward the end of the season, I started moving the ball in and out a lot better, and I'll continue that this year, mixing in offspeed pitches. I think it'll be a different year, for sure."

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Report: Alex Rodriguez working out with HR king Barry Bonds
by Michael Hurcomb |

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who sat out in 2014 due to a season-long suspension, has been training with Barry Bonds in the Bay Area, according to Bonds is the all-time leader in home runs with 762.

Rodriguez recently posted two photos on Instagram of him swinging a bat with the caption: "Starting the year in the cage.” The photos were taken in San Rafael, Calif., at the Future Prospects facility owned and run by Charles Scott, who is Bonds’ friend and former Arizona State teammate. Not only has Bonds worked with Rodriguez at this facility, but also major leaguers Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval, Dexter Fowler and Brandon Crawford.

Sources told John Shea of that the 39-year-old Rodriguez looked good after training for a few weeks at the facility.

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Report: Johan Santana shut down due to shoulder discomfort
by Larry Hartstein |

Pitcher Johan Santana is having shoulder discomfort and has been ruled out of the rest of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs, reports NBC Sports. Santana, 35, had been drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays and Padres, who were following his starts in Venezuela.

Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the Mets. He's had repeated shoulder problems and is trying to come back from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last June.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMartin Prado , 2B.282
HRBrian McCann , C23
RBIBrian McCann , C75
OBPChase Headley , 3B.328
SLGBrett Gardner , LF.422
RBrett Gardner , LF87
SBJacoby Ellsbury , CF39
WMasahiro Tanaka , SP13
ERAHiroki Kuroda , SP3.71
WHIPHiroki Kuroda , SP1.14
KBrandon McCarthy , SP175
SVDavid Robertson , RP39
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