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2016 MLB roster outlook: New York Yankees

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2016 MLB roster outlook: New York Yankees

2015 record: 87-75, 2nd place in AL East

Manager: Joe Girardi, 9th season

Estimated 2016 payroll: $228 million

Key additions: CL Aroldis Chapman, SS Starlin Castro, CF Aaron Hicks

Key losses: OF Chris Young, RP Justin Wilson, C John Ryan Murphy

Projected lineup

CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Brett Gardner
RF Carlos Beltran
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Alex Rodriguez
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
SS Didi Gregorius
2B Starlin Castro

Projected rotation

RHP Masahiro Tanaka
RHP Luis Severino
LHP C.C. Sabathia
RHP Michael Pineda
RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Top relievers

CL Aroldis Chapman
LHP Andrew Miller
RHP Dellin Betances

Biggest questions entering 2016

1. Can Chapman-Miller-Betances live up to its potential? The Yankees didn't make many additions this offseason and stayed out of free agency altogether. But they did bring in one major piece in their trade with the Reds for closer Aroldis Chapman. What's crazy about it, is that they already had one of the most fearsome late innings duos in baseball with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. Now they have three guys who could be considered among the best relievers in baseball. It could shorten games for the Yankees pitching staff, but they need to get through the sixth inning with a lead to make it work. That will be interesting to watch with their pedestrian starting rotation.

2. Will their starting pitching improve? The Yankees had no problem scoring runs last season, as they ranked second in baseball in run production. Their starting rotation, though, was very average, placing 19th in the majors in rotation ERA. In order for the Yankees to get back on top in the AL East, they will probably need more from their starters. Masahiro Tanaka was solid last season and Luis Severino is a promising young starter. But Michael Pineda, C.C. Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi will need to be better than they were in 2015 for the Yankees to improve this season.

3. Can A-Rod and Beltran do it again? Two big contributors for the Yankees' high-powered offense last season were ageless wonders. Alex Rodriguez had a fantastic season with 33 homers and 86 RBI at the age of 39. Carlos Beltran clubbed 19 home runs and posted an .808 OPS at the age of 38. Can they defy their age again and put in another strong offensive season free of major injuries?

[Roster info via RosterResource.com]

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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