Yankees acquire Gonzalez Germen from Mets for cash considerations

The Yankees have acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Mets for cash considerations.

Germen, 27, pitched in 25 games last year for the Mets but did not record a decision. He had an ERA of 4.75 last year.

In his career, Germen is 1-2 with a career ERA of 4.31 in 54 games.

The deal is the 15th between the Mets and Yankees and first since December 3, 2004, when the clubs swapped Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia.

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Yankees trade for Eovaldi, Jones, German

The New York Yankees today announced they have made a five-player trade with the Marlins, acquiring RHP Nathan Eovaldi, INF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German in exchange for RHP David Phelps and INF Martin Prado.

The Yankees will pay the Marlins $3 million yearly, to offset Prado’s contract (Heyman, Dec. 19).

Eovaldi, 24, went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA over 33 starts for Miami last season. Ge allowed 223 hits over 199 2/3 innings, walking 43 and striking out 142 (1.332 WHIP). He’s pitched in 83 games over his career, 79 starts, breaking in with the Dodgers at age 21 in 2011. He has a career 4.07 ERA, with 321 strikeouts over 460 total innings.

Jones hit .246 with a .309 OBP in 146 innings. He hit 33 doubles, two triples and 15 home runs in 547 plate appearances for the Marlins in 2014.

Prado hit .316 with a .336 OBP in 37 games for the Yankees last season after New York dealt Peter O’Brien to get him from Arizona. He played second base, third base, left field and right field for them last season.

Phelps, over 32 games (17 starts), posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.425 WHIP in 113 innings. The 27-year-old walked 46 and struck out 92.

Eovaldi is up for arbitration this year. He made $517,000 in 2014. Prado is set to make $11 million in each of the next two seasons.

Matsui and Jeter team up for charity

Former Yankees Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter will team up to hold a baseball charity event to support children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (Fox Sports, Dec 17).

”[Derek] will make an enormous contribution to this event,” Matsui said. ”He is a tremendous human being and was a great teammate and I’m sure the kids will be thrilled to see someone of his stature.”

They are planning for over 600 participants, including a group of baseball players from the Tohoku region which was devastated by the disaster that killed 16,000 people.

The event will include a baseball clinic and a home run derby between Matsui and Jeter.

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Romo re-signs with San Fran

Reliever Sergio Romo will re-sign with the San Francisco Giants for two years and $15 million, according to several reports.

The Yankees had shown interest in the relief pitcher (Crasnick, Dec. 10).

Romo had 23 saves for the Giants in 2014, posting a 3.72 ERA and 0.948 WHIP. Over the last three seasons, Romo has saved 75 games for San Francisco.

He also has postseason experience, with a 2.11 ERA over 25 playoff games, including six World Series appearances, where he’s yet to give up a run and struck out 10 batters in six innings of work.

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A-Rod now full-time DH

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has little faith in Alex Rodriguez‘s future as an everyday fielder for his team (ESPN, Dec. 16).

After signing Chase Headley to a $52 million, four-year contract Monday, Cashman confirmed that the newcomer would be the Yankees’ starting third baseman.

As for A-Rod, he’s coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract and Cashman is wary of the veteran’s quickness to bounce back.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” Cashman said. “I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.

“And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in.”

Rodriguez, who hasn’t played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension, will turn 40 in July. Given A-Rod’s inconsistency in the lineup, Cashman is focused on how the vet can best help the team. To read more of this story, click here

You can call him ‘Didi’

Derek Jeter earned five titles for the New York Yankees. His successor at shortstop already has one: Sir Didi Gregorius, proud member of Order of Orange-Nassau.

New York’s newest infielder was knighted after playing for the Netherlands in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, where the Dutch beat Cuba 2-1 in the final. He goes by his noble rank on his Twitter account.

“Some people actually call me Sir Didi,” he said from Curacao during a telephone conference call Friday. “I don’t really mind if they just call me Didi.”


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Yankees sign Capuano to one-year, $5 million deal

The Yankees will bring back RHP Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million deal (Curry, Dec. 16). The team made the deal official on Tuesday.

Capuano went 2-4 with a 4.25 ERA over 65 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2014. He had a 1.310 WHIP. Combined with his time in Boston in 2014, he posted a 4.35 ERA and 1.387 WHIP over 97 1/3 innings.

The Yankees acquired Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations in July 2014.

Capuano, 35, was signed as a free agent by the Rockies on July 4, and made four combined starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA (19.1IP, 16H, 6ER, 5BB, 21K, 2HR).

He went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA (31.2IP, 34H, 16ER, 15BB, 29K, 3HR) in 28 relief appearances with Boston before being released on July 1.