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Steinbrenner Field becomes a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium

New York Yankees today announced that Steinbrenner Field has become a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. This policy will be in place for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.

The use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms, will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium. Additionally, the majority of the grounds around the stadium will also be designated smoke- and tobacco-free. Patrons wishing to use tobacco products prior to entering Steinbrenner Field or after leaving Steinbrenner Field will be restricted to designated spaces on the grounds outside the stadium.

New York Yankees today announced that Steinbrenner Field has become a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. This policy will be in place for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.

The use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms, will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium. Additionally, the majority of the grounds around the stadium will also be designated smoke- and tobacco-free. Patrons wishing to use tobacco products prior to entering Steinbrenner Field or after leaving Steinbrenner Field will be restricted to designated spaces on the grounds outside the stadium.

For more information regarding Steinbrenner Field policies, please visit www.gmsfield.com.

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The #LegaCCy season: CC Sabathia to host 52 children from Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Yankee games across the country throughout final MLB season

To celebrate his 19th and final season, CC Sabathia will host 52 youth from local Boys & Girls Clubs at Yankee games in each American League city this season, as well as one National League series. Groups will be invited to the first game of the last away series with all American League opponents, as well as at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26th, as a nod to Sabathia's Bay Area roots.

Growing up in Vallejo, Calif., the Boys & Girls Club offered Sabathia a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided him the opportunity to attend his first Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A's pitcher Dave Stewart. To show his gratitude to the organization and mentor children much like his former self, Sabathia and his wife Amber partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, hosting a myriad of events throughout his career, such as holiday parties, baseball clinics and career panels.

"The Boys & Girls Club was a huge part of my life growing up and a major influence on where I am today," said Sabathia. "So many people at the organization touched my life and I'm excited to have them be a part of my final season. I hope by doing this that my legacy will inspire a new generation of youth to be unstoppable!"

The PitCCh In Foundation, which Sabathia and his wife Amber founded in 2008 enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, will fund the season long program, providing transportation, tickets to the game, food vouchers, custom shirts and an on-field meet & greet with the World Champion and six-time All-Star.

Please see below for a complete list of games and markets Sabathia will host Boys & Girls Clubs members. Follow Sabathia's final season with the hashtag the #LegaCCy Season on social media.

April 26 - San Francisco Giants*
May 24 - Kansas City Royals
June 7 - Cleveland Indians
June 13 - Chicago White Sox
July 22 - Minnesota Twins
August 5 - Baltimore Orioles
August 20 - Oakland Athletics
August 23 - Los Angeles Angels
August 26 - Seattle Mariners
September 6 - Boston Red Sox
September 10 - Detroit Tigers
September 13 - Toronto Blue Jays
September 22 - New York Yankees (Last Yankees home game)
September 24 - Tampa Bay Rays
September 27 - Texas Rangers
*Indicates National League Game

About the PitCCh In Foundation:
The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-State area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people
with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Baseball Field Renovations. For more information on the PitCCh In Foundation, visit www.PItCCh.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram @PitCChInFdn, @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitCChInFdn.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military
families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate his 19th and final season, CC Sabathia will host 52 youth from local Boys & Girls Clubs at Yankee games in each American League city this season, as well as one National League series. Groups will be invited to the first game of the last away series with all American League opponents, as well as at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26th, as a nod to Sabathia's Bay Area roots.

Growing up in Vallejo, Calif., the Boys & Girls Club offered Sabathia a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided him the opportunity to attend his first Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A's pitcher Dave Stewart. To show his gratitude to the organization and mentor children much like his former self, Sabathia and his wife Amber partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, hosting a myriad of events throughout his career, such as holiday parties, baseball clinics and career panels.

"The Boys & Girls Club was a huge part of my life growing up and a major influence on where I am today," said Sabathia. "So many people at the organization touched my life and I'm excited to have them be a part of my final season. I hope by doing this that my legacy will inspire a new generation of youth to be unstoppable!"

The PitCCh In Foundation, which Sabathia and his wife Amber founded in 2008 enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, will fund the season long program, providing transportation, tickets to the game, food vouchers, custom shirts and an on-field meet & greet with the World Champion and six-time All-Star.

Please see below for a complete list of games and markets Sabathia will host Boys & Girls Clubs members. Follow Sabathia's final season with the hashtag the #LegaCCy Season on social media.

April 26 - San Francisco Giants*
May 24 - Kansas City Royals
June 7 - Cleveland Indians
June 13 - Chicago White Sox
July 22 - Minnesota Twins
August 5 - Baltimore Orioles
August 20 - Oakland Athletics
August 23 - Los Angeles Angels
August 26 - Seattle Mariners
September 6 - Boston Red Sox
September 10 - Detroit Tigers
September 13 - Toronto Blue Jays
September 22 - New York Yankees (Last Yankees home game)
September 24 - Tampa Bay Rays
September 27 - Texas Rangers
*Indicates National League Game

About the PitCCh In Foundation:
The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-State area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people
with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Baseball Field Renovations. For more information on the PitCCh In Foundation, visit www.PItCCh.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram @PitCChInFdn, @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitCChInFdn.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military
families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

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Statements regarding CC Sabathia's final season announcement

Saturday at a press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia confirmed that 2019 would mark his final Major League season. Please find quotes below celebrating his career.

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:
"CC has been a great ambassador for our game, and we are proud that he has represented our organization for the past decade. His competitive spirit is matched only by his devotion to family and his relentless philanthropic pursuits. CC has always been a pillar in our clubhouse, and we look forward to him further cementing his impressive legacy this season and contributing to our championship goals."

Saturday at a press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia confirmed that 2019 would mark his final Major League season. Please find quotes below celebrating his career.

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:
"CC has been a great ambassador for our game, and we are proud that he has represented our organization for the past decade. His competitive spirit is matched only by his devotion to family and his relentless philanthropic pursuits. CC has always been a pillar in our clubhouse, and we look forward to him further cementing his impressive legacy this season and contributing to our championship goals."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES SHORTSTOP DEREK JETER:
"I had the pleasure of competing against CC and also with him, and have always considered him one of my favorite teammates. He rose to and exceeded the expectations and pressure, especially during his time with the Yankees, and was a key piece to the 2009 championship team. CC embodies what it means to be a professional athlete and has been an incredible ambassador for Baseball. He has an unwavering commitment to success on the field and an even greater desire to give back through his foundation work off the field."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES CATCHER JORGE POSADA:
"I really loved everything about CC. He's one of my favorite teammates of all time. He always wanted the ball and never was afraid of any moment. He was perfect in big games and even more perfect in being there for his teammates." 

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES PITCHER ANDY PETTITTE:
"When the Yankees signed CC in 2009, boy was I excited! I knew we were getting a workhorse and a man with a lot of passion to win, which is exactly what we did. CC's will to win and competitive spirit is as good as I've seen in anyone I've ever pitched with. It's going to be sad to see him leave the game, but what a mark he left on it. A great friend and a great teammate - I'm looking forward to seeing him go into the Hall of Fame one day."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI:
"I am thankful to have managed a man who was - and who I know still is - a fierce competitor. He was the one you wanted on the mound in the big games and who always put his team first over individual goals. He was a true gamer who always united a clubhouse and made the lives of everyone around him better."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES PITCHER A.J. BURNETT:
"From the day we signed together becoming Yankees, to winning it all in '09, all the way through my last days as a Yankee, I can't say enough about CC. It was awesome throwing alongside you and winning a championship with you! You are a great teammate and a great man! Love ya big man! Congrats on a hell of a career!"

STATEMENT FROM LOS ANGELES LAKERS FORWARD LEBRON JAMES: 
"I want to congratulate CC on an incredible Major League career. Not only is he one of the best pitchers to ever play the game, but he'll also go down as one of the great competitors to ever pick up a baseball. His genuine love of the game and his undeniable passion have brought so much joy to fans for 19 seasons. It's been an honor to watch him play and I'm excited to see what he'll take on next. Congrats my friend." 

STATEMENT FROM GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR:
"As a baseball fan, I've been an admirer of CC for a long time and have marveled at the work he has done both on and off the field. The commitment and consistency that he has exemplified to his craft and to his community, including the Bay Area, over 18-plus years has been truly remarkable. Any pitcher that wins close to 250 games and a Cy Young Award is certainly ticketed for the Hall of Fame. He's had an incredible career."

STATEMENT FROM RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST FAT JOE:
"CC has been one of the faces of Yankees baseball for a decade, and is a New York legend. I'm proud to call him a friend, and I'm proud of the impact he's had both on and off the field."

STATEMENT FROM VALLEJO, CALIF., MAYOR BOB SAMPAYAN (SABATHIA'S HOMETOWN):
"CC has been loved by Vallejo for many years and has been highly respected by the residents of Vallejo as a role model for our young people to follow. He has given back to the youth of Vallejo in all his many donations and sponsorships. Since 2001, when he signed on with the Cleveland Indians, to today as a valued pitcher for the New York Yankees, CC is our hometown hero. We thank him for recognizing his community and wish CC, his wife Amber and his children well in his retirement." 

STATEMENT FROM BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND MLB NETWORK ANALYST JIM THOME:
"I watched CC at a young age, I watched him progress, I've been a teammate of his, I've faced him, and on both sides I loved the way he was a great competitor. CC was very smart with how he attacked guys with his power and how he slowed the game down with his slider and the cutter that he used out over the plate to get you out. That's why he is going to be, I hope, a Hall of Famer. He's had a tremendous career and he is a wonderful person. All of those things combined, that's what we root for in the game at the end of the day. Andrea and I adore CC's mother, Margie. She was such a warm, gentle soul around the ballpark, and CC is a great reflection of her. As players, sometimes we go from team to team, but it's those types of relationships that you don't ever forget. CC was a great teammate. He is a class act. He has had a wonderful, long career and the thing I would say for him is to enjoy the moment this year. When you go out West or you go to a city you love, if this is going to be your last year, embrace it and enjoy it to the fullest."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS RUNNING BACK TIKI BARBER:
"CC is leaving a lasting legacy on both the game of baseball and the city of New York. CC helped bring this city a championship, and has dedicated countless hours to giving back through his PitCChIn Foundation. I'm grateful to have witnessed his Hall of Fame career, and I will forever cherish my friendship with CC and the entire Sabathia family." 

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Yankees sign RHP Luis Severino to four-year contract

The New York Yankees announced today they have signed RHP Luis Severino to a four-year contract extending through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 season.

Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA (191.1IP, 173H, 76R/72ER, 46BB, 220K, 19HR) and one complete game in 32 starts in 2018. Named an All-Star for the second consecutive season, Severino ranked third in both the Majors and AL in wins. His 19 victories were the most by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia also went 19-8 in 2011. Severino's 220K were eighth-most in the AL in 2018 and were the sixth-most in a single season in Yankees history.

The New York Yankees announced today they have signed RHP Luis Severino to a four-year contract extending through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 season.

Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA (191.1IP, 173H, 76R/72ER, 46BB, 220K, 19HR) and one complete game in 32 starts in 2018. Named an All-Star for the second consecutive season, Severino ranked third in both the Majors and AL in wins. His 19 victories were the most by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia also went 19-8 in 2011. Severino's 220K were eighth-most in the AL in 2018 and were the sixth-most in a single season in Yankees history.

Over the past two seasons, the right-hander is 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA (384.2IP, 136ER) and 450K in 63 starts, with the Yankees going 44-19 in those games. His 33 wins are the fourth-most in Baseball over that span, and his 450K rank eighth. Additionally, in 2017, he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.

Combined with his 230K in 2017, Severino is one of three pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons (also David Cone, 1997-98 and Ron Guidry, 1978-79). His 450K from 2017-18 are the most over a two-season span in Yankees history, besting Ron Guidry's 449K from 1978-79.

Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Yankees, Severino is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA (518.0IP, 202ER) and 572K in 96 games (85 starts). He is one of three Yankees pitchers to reach 500K prior to his 25th birthday.

The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December 26, 2011.

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Yankees invite 21 additional players to 2019 Spring Training

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have invited 21 non-roster players to 2019 Major League Spring Training. Of the group, 13 were signed (or re-signed) to minor league contracts for the 2019 season: LHP Rex Brothers, OF Billy Burns, LHP Danny Coulombe, C Kellin Deglan, C Francisco Diaz, RHP Danny Farquhar, RHP David Hale, RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Brady Lail, C Ryan Lavarnway, OF Matt Lipka, C Jorge Saez and INF Giovanny Urshela. Deglan, Diaz, Hale, Lail, Saez and Urshela spent time in the Yankees organization last year and return in 2019 after signing new minor league deals, while Farquhar returns to the Yankees after a brief minor league stint with the organization in 2012. The number of players scheduled to report is 61.

Eight other Yankees farmhands were also extended invitations to big league camp, bringing the total to 21 additional players: OF Trey Amburgey, LHP Nestor Cortes Jr., RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, OF Estevan Florial, INF Mike Ford, INF Kyle Holder and RHP Michael King. Of this group, Coshow, Espinal, Florial and Holder were in Yankees camp in 2018. Amburgey and King will attend their first Major League Spring Training. As Rule 5 draftees a year ago, Cortes (Baltimore) and Ford (Seattle) both spent the spring in big league camp with their respective clubs before being returned to the Yankees later in 2018.

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have invited 21 non-roster players to 2019 Major League Spring Training. Of the group, 13 were signed (or re-signed) to minor league contracts for the 2019 season: LHP Rex Brothers, OF Billy Burns, LHP Danny Coulombe, C Kellin Deglan, C Francisco Diaz, RHP Danny Farquhar, RHP David Hale, RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Brady Lail, C Ryan Lavarnway, OF Matt Lipka, C Jorge Saez and INF Giovanny Urshela. Deglan, Diaz, Hale, Lail, Saez and Urshela spent time in the Yankees organization last year and return in 2019 after signing new minor league deals, while Farquhar returns to the Yankees after a brief minor league stint with the organization in 2012. The number of players scheduled to report is 61.

Eight other Yankees farmhands were also extended invitations to big league camp, bringing the total to 21 additional players: OF Trey Amburgey, LHP Nestor Cortes Jr., RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, OF Estevan Florial, INF Mike Ford, INF Kyle Holder and RHP Michael King. Of this group, Coshow, Espinal, Florial and Holder were in Yankees camp in 2018. Amburgey and King will attend their first Major League Spring Training. As Rule 5 draftees a year ago, Cortes (Baltimore) and Ford (Seattle) both spent the spring in big league camp with their respective clubs before being returned to the Yankees later in 2018.

The 21 non-roster invitees consist of 10 pitchers (three left-handers, seven right-handers), four catchers, three infielders and four outfielders. Nine have accrued Major League service time: Farquhar (4 years, 135 days), Brothers (4 years, 91 days), Hutchison (4 years, 91 days), Lavarnway (3 years, 1 day), Coulombe (2 years, 54 days), Hale (2 years, 31 days), Burns (2 years, 30 days), Urshela (1 year, 127 days) and Cortes (16 days).

Farquhar, 31, was limited to eight appearances with the Chicago White Sox in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA (8.0IP, 6H, 5ER, 0BB, 9K, 3HR). On April 20, 2018 vs. Houston, he suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm in the sixth inning. The following day, he underwent successful surgery to address the aneurysm, but was not medically released to pitch again in a competitive game during the 2018 season. In 253 Major League appearances over parts of seven seasons with Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2016-17) and Chicago (2017-18), Farquhar is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA (272.1IP, 119ER) and owns a 10.21 K/9.0IP ratio (309K/272.1IP). A native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., he was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Hale, 31, made three appearances with the Yankees and one with Minnesota in 2018, combining for a 4.61 ERA (13.2IP, 16H, 7ER, 5BB, 8K, 3HR) in four games. He was released by the Yankees on July 9, 2018, and signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, where he went 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA (66.1IP, 32ER) in 12 starts. In parts of five Major League seasons with Atlanta (2013-14), Colorado (2015-16), the Yankees (2018) and Minnesota (2018), is 10-10 with a 4.49 ERA (192.1IP, 96ER) over 70 games (20 starts). The Atlanta native was originally selected by the Braves in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Lavarnway, 31, went 4-for-6 with 1R, 1 double and 1RBI in six games with Pittsburgh in 2018, but spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .288 (76-for-264) with 29R, 23 doubles, 1 triple, 9HR and 33RBI in 78 games. In 146 games over parts of seven seasons in the Majors with Boston (2011-14), Baltimore (2015), Atlanta (2015), Oakland (2017) and Pittsburgh (2018), the catcher has hit .208 (81-for-390) with 31R, 25 doubles, 7HR and 43RBI. The Burbank, Calif., native was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

The Yankees previously announced the signings of Brothers, Burns, Coulombe and Hutchison.

Of the Yankees' 21 non-roster invitees, eight are homegrown players. Five were originally drafted by the club: Amburgey (2015, 13th round), Cortes (2013, 36th round), Coshow (2013, 13th round), Holder (2015, compensation round) and Lail (2012, 18th round). Two were signed by the Yankees as non-drafted international free agents: Espinal (Sept. 27, 2012, out of Villa Gonzalez, D.R.) and Florial (on March 19, 2015, out of Barahona, D.R.). The Yankees signed Ford on July 17, 2013, after the left-handed hitter went unselected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft following a standout career at Princeton University. In 2018, Amburgey's 74RBI at Double-A Trenton tied for the lead among Yankees minor leaguers.

Two of the Yankees' non-roster invitees have been tabbed among the organization's top-10 prospects by Baseball America entering the 2019 season, with the top-ranked Florial joined by King at No. 5. Two additional top-10 prospects in the Yankees organization will be in camp as members of the 40-man roster: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 2) and RHP Albert Abreu (No. 9). Acquired in a trade with the Marlins on November 20, 2017, King led all Yankees farmhands with a 1.79 ERA and 152K while finishing second with 11 wins in his first year with the organization.

For the second consecutive spring, Florial (born 11/25/97) is expected to be the youngest player in camp.

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New York Yankees establish the first environmental science appointee position in professional sports

Organization taps esteemed expert Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to serve as environmental science advisor and guide its continued commitment to sustainability

The New York Yankees announced the creation of an environmental science advisor position on Tuesday, appointing recognized industry leader Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to the new role, the first of its kind in professional sports. 

The appointment represents a defining moment in the team's decades-long commitment to sustainability, and serves to deepen an existing dedication to environmentally-friendly practices and community-wide awareness. Recognized as one of the most environmentally intelligent and healthiest sports venues in the world, with Hershkowitz as Environmental Science Advisor, the Yankees will look to further advance their efforts and invest in the development of best practices that can be adopted by organizations across the sport sector. Specifically, Hershkowitz will seek to guide a number of new and existing environmental initiatives for the Yankees and at Yankee Stadium, with a primary focus on the areas of energy use, waste management, water conservation, and food services. 

The New York Yankees announced the creation of an environmental science advisor position on Tuesday, appointing recognized industry leader Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to the new role, the first of its kind in professional sports. 

The appointment represents a defining moment in the team's decades-long commitment to sustainability, and serves to deepen an existing dedication to environmentally-friendly practices and community-wide awareness. Recognized as one of the most environmentally intelligent and healthiest sports venues in the world, with Hershkowitz as Environmental Science Advisor, the Yankees will look to further advance their efforts and invest in the development of best practices that can be adopted by organizations across the sport sector. Specifically, Hershkowitz will seek to guide a number of new and existing environmental initiatives for the Yankees and at Yankee Stadium, with a primary focus on the areas of energy use, waste management, water conservation, and food services. 

"The Yankees have always been devoted to supporting the best interests of our community, our fans and our players, and we believe effective eco-friendly initiatives are a key element of our interactions," said Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees' principal owner and managing general partner. "We have made significant strides throughout the years, and as such, Yankee Stadium is proud to promote a zero-waste economy, and stand as one of the most successful recycling and composting venues in all of sports. At present, approximately 85 percent of our waste is diverted away from landfills by an active commitment to composting and recycling, and we look forward to even more improvement under Allen's guidance."

A widely recognized leader in the environmental science sector, Hershkowitz served as a Senior Scientist for 26 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and was a force behind some of the organization's most effective initiatives. He is Chairman and Founding Director of Sport and Sustainability International, and the co-founder and past President of the Green Sports Alliance. In these roles, he has spearheaded sustainability programs in partnership with organizations that include Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the United States Tennis Association, Major League Soccer, NASCAR and many professional and collegiate teams.

"Allen's guidance to the Yankees has been invaluable in helping us emerge as an environmental leader instituting ground-breaking programs," said Doug Behar, Senior Vice President for Stadium Operations. "With him on our team, we anticipate the development of many more important initiatives that will build on our existing efforts to better our organization and our planet." 

As Environmental Science Advisor, Hershkowitz will look to expand existing promotion of responsible environmental stewardship among essential members of the Yankees family, including among suppliers, sponsors, fans and the local community. 

"Being appointed as the Yankees' Environmental Science Advisor is a unique honor and responsibility," said Hershkowitz. "I applaud the team's leadership for breaking new ground in the sports industry by being the first team to create this important position."

In 2014, the Yankees' environmental leadership was recognized with the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award. To date, the team has completed projects that include high volume recycling and composting, illustrated leadership in energy efficiency, and completed the measurement, reduction and offsetting of greenhouse gas impacts, including the distribution of thousands of life-saving high-efficiency cookstoves in Africa.

John Adams, Founding Director and former President of NRDC, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his environmental leadership, emphasized the significance of Hershkowitz's new position: "This is a very smart move by the Yankees. One of greatest sports organizations in the world has chosen to use its visibility to promote environmental literacy in a critically important way. I congratulate Allen for becoming the environmental science advisor to the Yankees, the most influential team in the history of sports."

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Yankees sign RHP Adam Ottavino to three-year contract

The Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Adam Ottavino ("ah-tah-VEE-noh") to a three-year contract through the 2021 season. 

Ottavino, 33, went 6-4 with six saves and a 2.43 ERA (77.2IP, 41H, 25R/21ER, 36BB, 112K, 5HR) in 75 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies in 2018. His 112 strikeouts out of the bullpen ranked second in the NL and fourth in the Majors, and set a new Rockies single-season record for strikeouts by a reliever. Among NL relievers, he was fifth with a .158 opponents' batting average (41-for-260), fifth with a 36.2% strikeout rate (112K/309BF), tied for fifth in appearances and tied for sixth in innings pitched.

The Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Adam Ottavino ("ah-tah-VEE-noh") to a three-year contract through the 2021 season. 

Ottavino, 33, went 6-4 with six saves and a 2.43 ERA (77.2IP, 41H, 25R/21ER, 36BB, 112K, 5HR) in 75 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies in 2018. His 112 strikeouts out of the bullpen ranked second in the NL and fourth in the Majors, and set a new Rockies single-season record for strikeouts by a reliever. Among NL relievers, he was fifth with a .158 opponents' batting average (41-for-260), fifth with a 36.2% strikeout rate (112K/309BF), tied for fifth in appearances and tied for sixth in innings pitched.

In 366 games (three starts) across parts of eight Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2010) and the Rockies (2012-18), the New York City-born right-hander is 17-20 with 17 saves and a 3.68 ERA (413.0IP, 169ER). Prior to making his Major League debut, he pitched for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He made his postseason debut in 2018, allowing 2ER in 3.2IP over three appearances with Colorado.

A native of Park Slope, Brooklyn, Ottavino grew up playing in the 78th Precinct Youth Council Little League before earning all-state honors at the Berkeley Carroll School, and then playing collegiately at Northeastern University. His signing gives the Yankees three relievers born in New York State, as he joins New York City's Dellin Betances and Latham-born Tommy Kahnle. Only once in the last 53 years (since 1966) have three New York-born pitchers appeared for the Yankees in the same season, when in 1993, John Habyan (36 games), Paul Gibson (20 games) and Neal Heaton (18 games) all pitched for the club.

He was originally selected by the Cardinals in the first round (30th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Ottavino will wear No. 0 for the Yankees, becoming the first player in franchise history to sport the uniform number.

The Yankees' 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

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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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