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Yankees 1B Jones trying not to 'drool' over short porch
by Marty Gitlin |

Yankees recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Jones anticipates getting plenty of action for his new team.

Jones added in an interview with MLB Network Radio that "you start drooling as a power guy" over the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, but that he does not want to alter his approach at the plate.

His power numbers have decreased over the last two seasons. Jones slugged 30 home runs in 899 at-bats in 2013 and 2014 combined after mashing 27 in 475 at-bats in 2012.

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Yankees brass praises rookie second basemen
by Marty Gitlin |

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has indicated that rookies Robert Refsnyder and Jose Pirela might have the inside track on the starting second base job in 2015.

Free agents such as Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera could be more palatable options in teaming up with inexperienced shortstop Didi Gregorius as a double play combination. But Cashman is certainly open to starting the year with Refsnyder or Pirela.

Cashman is high on Refsnyder, who hit .318 with 14 home runs at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season, though he admits he hasn't seen much of him. "I know that in half a year he had nine errors in Double-A and in the seocnd half, in Triple-A, he had only three," Cashman told "So there's obviously a lot of improvement there. ... Very excited about his bat and his ability to get on base and do some things."

Meanwhile, Joe Girardi has spoken highly of Pirela, who batted .333 in 24 at-bats for the Yankees after his September promotion.

"He made every type of play: a slow roller, a ball to hisright, a ball to his left, a turn-and-throw play and a tag play at second," Girardi said.

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Yankees have inquired about Rockies SS Tulowitzki
by Marty Gitlin |

The Yankees have thrown their hat in the ring in the pursuit of Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has reported.

Tulowitzki is open to a trade to a contender and the Yankees have a significant need at shortstop. But it remains to be seen how committed Colorado is to dealing him.

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Report: James Shields seeking $110 million
by Chris Cwik |

Free-agent pitcher James Shields is reportedly seeking a contract worth about $110 million, according to the Boston Globe

That type of deal would be similar to the one signed by Cole Hamels back in 2012. It's believed the 33-year-old Shields could receive a five-year deal. Both the Giants and Red Sox are involved with Shields, and the Yankees have been mentioned as another suitor. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last season. He's exceeded 200 innings pitched in each of the last eight years.

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Yankees acquire Gonzalez Germen from Mets; DFA Preston Claiborne
by Igor Mello |

The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash, per the team's official website. To make room on 40-man roster, the Yankees designated right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne for assignment.

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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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