The Yankees had interest in acquiring Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, but are moving on since the asking price is too high, according to ESPN’s Jason Stark (Twitter, Nov. 26).
Stark says Phillies GM Ruben Amaro recently referred to Rollins as one of the best shortstops in baseball and someone he wants on his team in 2015 (Twitter, Nov. 26).
Rollins has “10-5 rights,” meaning, because he’s been in the league for 10 years and on the same team the last five seasons, he has a full no-trade clause.
He is due $11 million this year, with an $11 million vesting option for 2016.
The Yankees are looking to bring back Chase Headley next season, but the team won’t get into a bidding war for him, according to reporter Mark Feinsand (NYDN, Nov. 26).
Now that top free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is off the market and making a home in Boston, Headley is the next top 3B target.
Headley was reportedly looking for a three-year deal, but may have raised his stakes after Sandoval got a five-year deal.
Headley, 30, hit .262 with six homers and 17 RBI in 58 games last season after being traded from San Diego, where he played 6 1/2 seasons and was the National League’s RBI leader (115) in 2012. Headley’s defense stood out in a Yankees infield that struggled last year.
November 25 is Joe DiMaggio’s birthday. He would have turned 100 years old.
The Yankee Clipper in in the Hall of Fame after his 1,736 games for the Yankees, where he hit .325 with a .398 OBP and .579 SLG over 13 seasons. He hit 361 home runs, including 46 in 1937 and 39 in 1948. He drove in 167 runs in the 1937 season.
Joltin’ Joe still holds the record for a 56-game hitting streak, considered an unbreakable record.
The Yankees have signed infielder Jonathon Galvez to a minor league contract (Axisa, Nov. 23).
Galvez spent the first six seasons of his career playing within the San Diego Padres system. He has played all four infield positions along with left field throughout his career.
Over the last two seasons playing with the Padres Triple-A affiliate, he hit.278 with 16 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 215 games.
The Yankees officially added four players to their 40-man roster, the team announced.
They have added OF Tyler Austin, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder and OF Mason Williams.
The team also announced they have sold INF Zelous Wheeler to Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.
The team now has 38 players on their 40-man roster.
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The Yankees — and the Mets — are showing an early interest in free agent SS Stephen Drew, according to reporters Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman (CBS Sports, Nov. 19 & NYP, Nov. 13).
Drew could reportedly settle for a one-year deal, Heyman said. Sherman reports while there is interest in the shortstop, both teams likely see him as a fallback option if other trades or signings don’t work out.
Last season, after signing a one-year, $10 million deal in May due to draft pick compensation, Drew played in 85 total games and hit .162 with a .237 OBP and seven home runs between the Red Sox and Yankees.
The Yankees could enter the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Nov. 18).
“Nothing has been decided yet, but it seems the Yankees may revisit their initial instinct to largely sit this winter out, at least when it comes to baseball’s biggest free agents,” Heyman said. “They still may do that, but if there’s one name that seems to intrigue them it’s very likely Scherzer.”
Scherzer, 30, went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA last season for the Tigers. Over the lase four seasons, he is 70-24 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.186 WHIP, and has struck out 897 batters.
The pitcher is reportedly looking for a contract “way, way north” of the six-year, $144 million extension the Tigers offered him (Heyman, Nov. 11).