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Statements re: Mike Mussina elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

"I'm very pleased that Hall of Fame voters recognized Mike's consistently dominant career by honoring him with enshrinement into Cooperstown. While he went about his business in an understated way, Mike was a premier pitcher for almost two decades while competing in the grueling American League East. I'd like to congratulate Mike on this incredible distinction and for his many years of contributions to the Yankees and the game of baseball."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

"I'm very pleased that Hall of Fame voters recognized Mike's consistently dominant career by honoring him with enshrinement into Cooperstown. While he went about his business in an understated way, Mike was a premier pitcher for almost two decades while competing in the grueling American League East. I'd like to congratulate Mike on this incredible distinction and for his many years of contributions to the Yankees and the game of baseball."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN CASHMAN:

"I'm so happy to see Moose recognized for his incredible career. Accomplishing what he did while spending all 18 of his seasons in the ultra-competitive AL East is remarkable. Unlike the big arms that dominate today's pitching landscape, Mike was a quintessential craftsman who played up to his strengths and hunted for the weaknesses in his opposition - before that level of preparation was a commonplace thing to do. More importantly though, he was a gamer, plain and simple. He wanted the ball, and did everything within his power to get himself ready to contribute. I don't get too invested in players' individual milestones, but I was thrilled that he won 20 games in his final season. He deserved that validation then just like he deserves the validation he's going to get this summer in Cooperstown."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGER AARON BOONE:

"I absolutely loved playing behind Mike Mussina. He was a perfectionist and his athleticism allowed him to do whatever he needed to do on the mound to be successful."

STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:

"Moose was the most intelligent pitcher I ever caught. He made catching fun because he was so well prepared. When we took the field together, he was always two steps ahead of everyone else wearing a uniform. This special recognition is well deserved. Congrats Moose."

STATEMENT FROM ANDY PETTITTE:

"Congrats Moose. This is such a deserving honor. What you were able to accomplish while spending your entire career in the AL East was absolutely amazing. You were one of the best pitchers I've ever played with, and I was always in awe of the way you attacked hitters - exploiting their weaknesses with control and precision of such an array of pitches. You were a true master of your craft."

STATEMENT FROM PAUL O'NEILL:

"Mike was a very quiet and very smart pitcher; he was definitely one of the best of his generation! He just never made the headlines because of his quiet personality!"

STATEMENT FROM JOHN FLAHERTY:

"When you were catching Mike Mussina, you quickly realized that you were catching a pitching genius! I have never caught a pitcher who was more self-aware of what kind of stuff he had in each particular start. One day he would be a dominant power pitcher with his fastball, and five days later he would be a finesse pitcher with his off-speed stuff. To do it all in the offensive AL East - genius!"

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES RADIO BROADCASTER SUZYN WALDMAN:

"To broadcast a game pitched by Mike Mussina was to smile every fifth day and learn how much the mental aspect of the game counts. In the first inning, I'd watch him figure out what he was going to use that day, and then see him execute it … perfectly, more times than not. He has been underrated and underappreciated, but not by anyone who watched him spend his entire career in the AL East, go against those AL East lineups for years, and pitch in those AL East ballparks. Congratulations, Moose! (And please try to smile!)"

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Statements re: Mariano Rivera elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

"Mariano was a fierce competitor and a humble champion, which has made him such a beloved baseball legend. Success and stardom never changed Mariano, and his respect for the game, the Pinstripes and for his teammates and opponents alike makes this day such a celebration of his legacy. There will be many more great and talented relief pitchers, but there will never be another like him. This is another incredible achievement for Mariano, and a day like today brings me great pride knowing he wore the Pinstripes for each and every game of his remarkable career."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

"Mariano was a fierce competitor and a humble champion, which has made him such a beloved baseball legend. Success and stardom never changed Mariano, and his respect for the game, the Pinstripes and for his teammates and opponents alike makes this day such a celebration of his legacy. There will be many more great and talented relief pitchers, but there will never be another like him. This is another incredible achievement for Mariano, and a day like today brings me great pride knowing he wore the Pinstripes for each and every game of his remarkable career."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN CASHMAN:

"It's humbling to think of the incredible journey that Mariano has had over the course of his life - his unassuming beginnings in a Panamanian fishing village to pitching for the Yankees under the brightest lights with the world watching. I speak for every Yankees fan when I say how fortunate we were to have had him on our side for so long. Clearly his World Series rings and longtime statistical dominance testify to his standing among the greats to ever play our sport. But no matter how big a star he became, he never failed to carry himself with unerring professionalism and class. Mo was always someone who I could point to and say, 'That's what a Yankee should be like.'"

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGER AARON BOONE:

"Mariano was simply the best ever at closing out games. He had the perfect combination of confidence and humility, and it was a thrill to play alongside him."

STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:

"Mariano is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime pitcher, and the greatest closer to ever play the game of baseball. There was such a humility and grace to the way he did his job - day after day and year after year. I'm so proud of everything he has accomplished, and I'm ecstatic that he and his family can celebrate this ultimate honor."

STATEMENT FROM ANDY PETTITTE:

"Mo, congrats on being a first ballot Hall of Famer. What an honor it was playing alongside of you for all those years. When I look back on my career, many of my best memories directly involve you. This is a pretty obvious statement, but I wouldn't want anyone else closing out a game that I started. I never took for granted what you provided for each and every starting pitcher in our rotation."

STATEMENT FROM BERNIE WILLIAMS:

"When it comes to Mariano, I had the best seat in the house from center field watching him pitch. It was mindboggling to see him literally just mow down hitters. Mariano would cause more broken bats in one inning than most starters had in an entire game. If we had a lead in the ninth inning - the game was over. He achieved a level of consistency for such a long time, and that is very hard to do. You just don't really see that in a reliever. That's what made him so remarkable. Everyone in the stadium knew he was going to throw that cutter - and they still couldn't hit it.

"Mariano, in almost two decades of pitching, essentially dominated three generations of players of the mid 1990s, through the 2000s and into this decade and he did it with just one pitch. He faced everyone from Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. to Ichiro, David Ortiz and Miguel Cabrera, to Mike Trout and Manny Machado.

"A lot of people don't know this, but in the clubhouse, Mariano was a prankster - he was very funny and would play jokes on guys and keep things loose. He was also one of those old school players that took it upon himself to take care of young players. He would take rookies to dinner, talk to them about life as a major leaguer and how to carry yourself. He was always very embracing of the young blood on the team - a great teammate.

"He was also a family man who was very devoted to his wife and kids. Perhaps the one thing I admired most about him is that on his long road to becoming the greatest reliever of all time, he included his family, and took this journey with them close by him the entire time. That's just the kind of man he is.

"There was, and always will be just one Mariano - a special player, special teammate, special man."

STATEMENT FROM TINO MARTINEZ:

"Mo was the only closer in baseball that jogged onto the field and everyone knew the game was over - including the opponent. He was such a class act. He never showed up a batter after striking someone out or retiring the final batter of the game. It was such a joy being a teammate of his."

STATEMENT FROM PAUL O'NEILL:

"He is absolutely the best. I have said it many times - we would never have had the run in the '90s without Mo! I don't know many people I respect more than Mariano, because of who he is and how he stayed who he was, even while being the best ever."

STATEMENT FROM JOHN FLAHERTY:

"When I think about Mariano, I don't think about the devastating cutter or the pinpoint control. I think about the man! As dominant as he was on the mound, he was as equally humble off of it. Obviously a Hall of Fame pitcher but, more importantly, a Hall of Fame man!"

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES TELEVISION BROADCASTER MICHAEL KAY:

"I was fortunate enough to be there from the beginning, when he came sporting a nasty changeup as a starter. I watched the transformation from shy setup man to ultra-confident, unflappable closer. And through it all, his grace and class was more overpowering than his pitches. And that is saying something. It was one of the joys of my professional career to be there from the start to the finish of a remarkable career. He's always been a Hall of Fame man. Now he's a Hall of Fame pitcher."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES RADIO BROADCASTER SUZYN WALDMAN:

"One vivid memory - the Yankees had just lost Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series. Everyone was crying. Mariano was standing outside the Yankees dugout, just staring at the field. I said, 'Come on, Mo, let's go home.' He walked across the field with me to the bus and said, 'This hurts so bad…I don't ever want to feel this way again!' And he pretty much never did. Congratulations to the best of all time, who happens to be an even better man."

STATEMENT FROM FELLOW 2019 HALL OF FAME ELECTEE EDGAR MARTINEZ:

"Mo is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and he is the greatest closer of all time. It was always a challenge to face him, but I enjoyed the competition, and I like to think he did, too. It is very special for me to be able to share this day and this honor with him. Especially since, not only was he a great pitcher, but he did terrific work in his communities."

STATEMENT FROM HALL OF FAMER RELIEF PITCHER TREVOR HOFFMAN:

"Congratulations, Mariano. Throughout your career, you exemplified the meaning of the phrase 'Hall of Famer.' You are one of the most amazing pitchers in baseball history and have always represented the game with great class and dignity. Enjoy your rightful place in Cooperstown."

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Yankees acquire OF Josh Stowers from Seattle

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 2B Shed Long. 

Stowers, 21, made his professional debut in 2018 and hit .260/.380/.410 (52-for-200) with 32R, 15 doubles, 5HR, 28RBI, 37BB and 20SB in 58 games with short-season Single-A Everett. His 20SB were tied for second in the Mariners system and tied for the third-most in the Northwest League. The right-handed batter was named a Northwest League Mid-Season All-Star and was tabbed the No. 12 prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America. Following the season, he was also named by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect in the Mariners organization. 

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 2B Shed Long. 

Stowers, 21, made his professional debut in 2018 and hit .260/.380/.410 (52-for-200) with 32R, 15 doubles, 5HR, 28RBI, 37BB and 20SB in 58 games with short-season Single-A Everett. His 20SB were tied for second in the Mariners system and tied for the third-most in the Northwest League. The right-handed batter was named a Northwest League Mid-Season All-Star and was tabbed the No. 12 prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America. Following the season, he was also named by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect in the Mariners organization. 

The Chicago, Ill., native was originally selected by the Mariners in the second round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville.

Long, 23, hit .261/.353/.412 (118-for-452) with 75R, 22 doubles, 5 triples, 12HR, 56RBI, 57BB and 19SB in 126 games for Double-A Pensacola. The Birmingham, Ala., native was acquired by the Yankees earlier today from the Cincinnati Reds along with a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A draft pick in exchange for RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartin. 

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Yankees acquire 2B Shed Long from Cincinnati

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have acquired 2B Shed Long and a Competitive Balance Round A pick in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartín.

Long, 23, hit .261/.353/.412 (118-for-452) with 75R, 22 doubles, 5 triples, 12HR, 56RBI, 57BB and 19SB in 126 games for Double-A Pensacola, where he was named a 2018 Southern League Mid-Season All-Star. He also played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and participated in the league's Rising Stars Game. Following the 2018 season, the left-handed hitter was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America.

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have acquired 2B Shed Long and a Competitive Balance Round A pick in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartín.

Long, 23, hit .261/.353/.412 (118-for-452) with 75R, 22 doubles, 5 triples, 12HR, 56RBI, 57BB and 19SB in 126 games for Double-A Pensacola, where he was named a 2018 Southern League Mid-Season All-Star. He also played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and participated in the league's Rising Stars Game. Following the 2018 season, the left-handed hitter was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Long is a career .272/.353/.435 (445-for-1,635) hitter with 231R, 86 doubles, 15 triples, 50HR, 211RBI, 188BB and 54SB in 457 minor league games. He began his career as a catcher before converting to an infielder prior to the 2015 season.

Long was originally selected by the Reds in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Gray, 29, went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA (130.1IP, 71ER) in 30 games (23 starts) for the Yankees in 2018. He posted a 15-16 record and a 4.51 ERA (195.2IP, 98ER) in 41 games (34 starts) in two seasons for the Yankees (2017-18). The right-hander joined the Yankees in a four-player trade from the Oakland Athletics on July 31, 2017.

Sanmartín, 22, pitched at four levels in the Yankees organization in 2018, combining to go 5-7 with a 2.81 ERA (67.1IP, 65H, 29R/21ER, 4BB, 58K, 2HR) and one save in 13 games (10 starts) between Double-A Trenton, short-season Single-A Staten Island, Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa. He was acquired by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP Ronald Herrera on November 20, 2017.

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Yankees roster move

The Yankees have acquired LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Tim Locastro.

Roman, 17, will make his professional debut in 2019. A native of Puerto Plata, D.R., he was originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on 7/2/18.

The Yankees have acquired LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Tim Locastro.

Roman, 17, will make his professional debut in 2019. A native of Puerto Plata, D.R., he was originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on 7/2/18.

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Yankees sign infielder DJ LeMahieu to two-year contract

The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning infielder DJ LeMahieu ("leh-MAY-hyoo") to a two-year contract through the 2020 season.

LeMahieu, 30, hit a career-high 15 home runs with the Colorado Rockies in 2018 while batting .276 (147-for-533) with 90R, 32 doubles, 2 triples and 62RBI in 128 games.

The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning infielder DJ LeMahieu ("leh-MAY-hyoo") to a two-year contract through the 2020 season.

LeMahieu, 30, hit a career-high 15 home runs with the Colorado Rockies in 2018 while batting .276 (147-for-533) with 90R, 32 doubles, 2 triples and 62RBI in 128 games.

Over eight Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2011) and the Rockies (2012-18), the right-handed batter has hit .298/.350/.406 (1,026-for-3,445) with 501R, 163 doubles, 31 triples, 49HR and 349RBI in 955 career games. He won the 2016 National League batting title with a career-high .348 batting average and made two NL All-Star Teams in 2015 and 2017.

Among 104 hitters with at least 2,000 plate appearances over the last four seasons (2015-18), the Visalia, Calif., native has the fifth-lowest swing-and-miss rate (5.0%), the sixth-highest contact rate (88.2%) and the eighth-highest line-drive rate (24.6%).

Over the last five seasons (2014-18), LeMahieu has won three NL Gold Gloves at second base (2014, '17-18) and leads NL second basemen (12th among all Major League defenders) with 48 defensive runs saved. He has played strictly second base for the last four seasons but has seen action at all four infield spots in his career, appearing in 892 games (857 starts) at second base, 41 games (24 starts) at third base, four games (one start) at first base and four games at shortstop.

He is one of five active players to win a batting title and earn multiple Gold Glove awards, joining Mookie Betts, Carlos González, Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki.

He was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft before being acquired by the Rockies in a four-player trade on December 8, 2011.

To make room for LeMahieu on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated OF Tim Locastro for assignment.

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Statement from Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner on behalf of the New York Yankees

RE: passing of former Yankees player and coach Mel Stottlemyre

"Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit. His contributions to different eras in our history guided us through difficult times and brought us some of our greatest all-time success. As a result, Mel's popularity transcended generations, all of whom thought of him as their own. His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy.
 
"His passing is a tremendous loss to the Yankees and all those in the baseball community, and we extend our deepest condolences to Mel's wife, Jean, and the entire Stottlemyre family."

"Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit. His contributions to different eras in our history guided us through difficult times and brought us some of our greatest all-time success. As a result, Mel's popularity transcended generations, all of whom thought of him as their own. His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy.
 
"His passing is a tremendous loss to the Yankees and all those in the baseball community, and we extend our deepest condolences to Mel's wife, Jean, and the entire Stottlemyre family."

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Yankees agree to terms with eight players

The Yankees have agreed to terms with RHP Dellin Betances, 1B Greg Bird, RHP Sonny Gray, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP James Paxton and C Austin Romine on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Additionally, RHP A.J. Cole has been claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees have agreed to terms with RHP Dellin Betances, 1B Greg Bird, RHP Sonny Gray, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP James Paxton and C Austin Romine on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Additionally, RHP A.J. Cole has been claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.

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Additional Yankees roster move

INF Hanser Alberto has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.

INF Hanser Alberto has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.

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Yankees roster moves

The Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Drew Hutchison (1/10/19) and OF Matt Lipka (1/5/19) to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Hutchison, 28, split the 2018 season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, going 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA (42.2IP, 50H, 32ER, 26BB, 31K, 9HR) in 16 games (five starts).

The Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Drew Hutchison (1/10/19) and OF Matt Lipka (1/5/19) to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Hutchison, 28, split the 2018 season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, going 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA (42.2IP, 50H, 32ER, 26BB, 31K, 9HR) in 16 games (five starts).

The Lakeland, Fla., native has made 98 appearances (79 starts) across five Major League seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2012, '14-16), Pittsburgh Pirates (2016), Phillies (2018) and Rangers (2018) and posted a 32-23 career record with a 5.10 ERA (460.1IP, 489H, 272R/261ER, 157BB, 415K, 68HR). He became the youngest Opening Day starter (24 years, 227 days) in Blue Jays history in 2015, when he defeated the Yankees on 4/6/15 at Yankee Stadium (6.0IP, 1ER).

He was originally selected by Toronto in the 15th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Lipka, 26, played the 2018 season for San Francisco's Double-A Richmond affiliate, where he hit .240 (73-for-304) with 47R, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 4HR, 30RBI and 21SB in 123 games. He made at least 10 starts at all three outfield spots, including 58 in center field, 25 in right field and 10 in left field.

A native of Snellville, Ga., the right-handed batter has played nine minor league seasons in the Atlanta Braves (2010-16), Texas Rangers (2017) and Giants (2018) organizations. In 868 games, he is a career .248 (767-for-3,090) hitter with 435R, 134 doubles, 36 triples, 27HR, 255RBI and 186SB.

He was originally selected by Atlanta in the first round (35th overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

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Yankees sign LHP Zach Britton

The Yankees signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season. 

Britton, 31, went 1-0 with three saves and a 2.88 ERA (25.0IP, 8ER) in 25 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2018 after being acquired by the club from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cody Carroll and LHP Josh Rogers on July 24, 2018. In 10 appearances in September, he held opponents to a .088 batting average (3-for-34) without allowing an earned run (9.2IP, 2R).

The Yankees signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season. 

Britton, 31, went 1-0 with three saves and a 2.88 ERA (25.0IP, 8ER) in 25 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2018 after being acquired by the club from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cody Carroll and LHP Josh Rogers on July 24, 2018. In 10 appearances in September, he held opponents to a .088 batting average (3-for-34) without allowing an earned run (9.2IP, 2R).

Overall in 2018, Britton went 2-0 with seven saves and a 3.10 ERA (40.2IP, 14ER) in 41 relief appearances with the Yankees and Orioles. He made his debut on June 12 after missing the first two months of the season on the disabled list recovering from right Achilles surgery.

Over eight Major League seasons with Baltimore (2011-18) and the Yankees, he is 31-22 with 142 saves, a 3.21 ERA (541.2IP, 193ER) and 446K. Since the start of 2014, he leads qualifying relievers with a 1.82 ERA, with Andrew Miller (2.01) the next-closest. During the same five-season span, he also leads all relievers with a 76.8% groundball rate, having held the single-season lead in each of those five seasons (2014-16, '18). His 8.07 groundball to fly ball ratio leads all Major Leaguer relievers over the stretch.

The two-time AL All-Star (2015-16) recorded at least 36 saves each season from 2014-16. From October 1, 2015 - August 21, 2017, Britton converted 60 consecutive save opportunities, the second-longest streak in Major League history behind Éric Gagné's streak of 84 straight converted saves from 2002-04. In 2016, he went a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities, the third-highest save total without a blown save in Major League history behind only Gagné (55-for-55 in 2003) and José Valverde (49-for-49 in 2011). That season, he led all Major League relievers with a 0.54 ERA (67.0IP, 4ER), the lowest season ERA in Major League history (min. 50.0IP) and tied for second in saves (led the AL) en route to being named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year.

A native of Panorama City, Calif., he was originally selected by the Orioles in the third round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

To make room for Britton on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated INF Hanser Alberto for assignment.

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Yankees sign LHP Zach Britton

The Yankees signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season.

Britton, 31, went 1-0 with three saves and a 2.88 ERA (25.0IP, 8ER) in 25 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2018 after being acquired by the club from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cody Carroll and LHP Josh Rogers on July 24, 2018. In 10 appearances in September, he held opponents to a .088 batting average (3-for-34) without allowing an earned run (9.2IP, 2R).

The Yankees signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season.

Britton, 31, went 1-0 with three saves and a 2.88 ERA (25.0IP, 8ER) in 25 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2018 after being acquired by the club from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cody Carroll and LHP Josh Rogers on July 24, 2018. In 10 appearances in September, he held opponents to a .088 batting average (3-for-34) without allowing an earned run (9.2IP, 2R).

Overall in 2018, Britton went 2-0 with seven saves and a 3.10 ERA (40.2IP, 14ER) in 41 relief appearances with the Yankees and Orioles. He made his debut on June 12 after missing the first two months of the season on the disabled list recovering from right Achilles surgery.

Over eight Major League seasons with Baltimore (2011-18) and the Yankees, he is 31-22 with 142 saves, a 3.21 ERA (541.2IP, 193ER) and 446K. Since the start of 2014, he leads qualifying relievers with a 1.82 ERA, with Andrew Miller (2.01) the next-closest. During the same five-season span, he also leads all relievers with a 76.8% groundball rate, having held the single-season lead in each of those five seasons (2014-16, '18). His 8.07 groundball to fly ball ratio leads all Major Leaguer relievers over the stretch.

The two-time AL All-Star (2015-16) recorded at least 36 saves each season from 2014-16. From October 1, 2015 - August 21, 2017, Britton converted 60 consecutive save opportunities, the second-longest streak in Major League history behind Éric Gagné's streak of 84 straight converted saves from 2002-04. In 2016, he went a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities, the third-highest save total without a blown save in Major League history behind only Gagné (55-for-55 in 2003) and José Valverde (49-for-49 in 2011). That season, he led all Major League relievers with a 0.54 ERA (67.0IP, 4ER), the lowest season ERA in Major League history (min. 50.0IP) and tied for second in saves (led the AL) en route to being named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year.

A native of Panorama City, Calif., he was originally selected by the Orioles in the third round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

To make room for Britton on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated INF Hanser Alberto for assignment.

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Yankees sign shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to one-year Major League contract

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a one-year Major League contract.

Tulowitzki, 34, missed the entire 2018 season with bone spurs in his right and left heels. The right-handed batter appeared in 66 games for the Blue Jays in 2017, batting .249 (60-for-241) with 16R, 10 doubles, 7HR and 26 RBI. 

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a one-year Major League contract.

Tulowitzki, 34, missed the entire 2018 season with bone spurs in his right and left heels. The right-handed batter appeared in 66 games for the Blue Jays in 2017, batting .249 (60-for-241) with 16R, 10 doubles, 7HR and 26 RBI. 

The Santa Clara, Calif., native played his first 10 seasons with the Colorado Rockies, making five NL All-Star teams (2010-11, '13-15) and winning two Gold Gloves (2010-11) and two Silver Slugger Awards (2010-11). He was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays with RHP LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies on July 27, 2015 in exchange for SS Jose Reyes, RHP Jeff Hoffman, RHP Miguel Castro and RHP Jesus Tinoco.

During his 12-year Major League career, Tulowitzki has batted .290/.361/.495 (1,389-for-4,793) with 761R, 263 doubles, 224HR, 779RBI and 509BB in 1,286 games with the Rockies (2006-15) and Blue Jays (2015-17). His .985 fielding percentage (91E/5,916TC) is the second-highest in baseball history among shortstops (min. 650 games).

Tulowitzki was originally drafted by the Rockies in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. 

To make room for Tulowitzki on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated RHP A.J. Cole for assignment.

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2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Week to kick off

Miami and Wisconsin to showcase respective universities to New York City

The two participants in the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl - the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin - will hit the streets of New York City in the upcoming days to take part in New Era Pinstripe Bowl Week activities. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout the week to once again create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, students and staff.

Scheduled visits to noteworthy New York City landmarks will include One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, Radio City Music Hall and more.

The two participants in the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl - the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin - will hit the streets of New York City in the upcoming days to take part in New Era Pinstripe Bowl Week activities. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout the week to once again create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, students and staff.

Scheduled visits to noteworthy New York City landmarks will include One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, Radio City Music Hall and more.

On Christmas morning, Miami and Wisconsin will take in the unique sights of One World Observatory and visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Later that evening, each institution and their traveling parties will enjoy the acclaimed Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

On Wednesday, December 26, representatives from the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and each institution will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Later that day, Wisconsin will visit the Pediatric Cancer Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering, while Miami conducts a football clinic with local Bronx youth at Yankee Stadium.

The night will conclude with the celebratory lighting of the Empire State Building in Miami and Wisconsin colors.

Throughout the week, each school's traveling party will take part in a variety of activities including ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, brunch at Tavern on the Green and welcome receptions at Yankee Stadium and Brasserie Ruhlmann.

The week of events all lead up to a scheduled 5:15 p.m. (EST) kickoff at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, December 27.

Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are currently on sale at www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and www.ticketmaster.com. For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are also encouraged to follow the Bowl game's official Twitter and Instagram accounts - @PinstripeBowl.

Now in his fourth year at Wisconsin, head coach Paul Chryst has guided the Badgers to their 17th consecutive bowl game appearance, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and fifth-longest active streak in the FBS. Wisconsin finished the regular season with a 7-5 record (5-4, Big Ten), and will be making its first appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and at Yankee Stadium. Under Chryst's leadership, Wisconsin is 3-0 in bowl games.

Head coach Mark Richt is in his third season at Miami, having guided his alma mater to a 7-5 record (4-4, ACC) this season. The Hurricanes will be making their sixth consecutive bowl game appearance and first appearance in both the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and at the current Yankee Stadium. The Hurricanes played once at the original Yankee Stadium, in the 1962 Gotham Bowl, losing to Nebraska, 36-34.

About the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. Known as "New York's Bowl Game," it is played at the world-renowned Yankee Stadium, which is home to the New York Yankees, New York City Football Club and many other sporting, cultural and business events. The 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 27, at 5:15 p.m. (EST), featuring the University of Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference and University of Miami from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and broadcast by ESPN Radio.

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Yankees transaction - 12/21/18

Earlier today, RHP Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels. 

Earlier today, RHP Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels. 

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