Player Notes - Tampa Bay and NY Yankees
Tampa Bay
Kevin JepsenRPThe Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.Jepsen went 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 74 relief appearances last season. With news of the injury to closer Jake McGee, Jepsen could end up at the back end of the bullpen.12/16/2014 3:03:00 PM
Jake McGeeRPRays left-hander Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to Marc Topkin of the Tama Bay Times.McGee well last season going 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 0.897 WHIP and 19 saves in 23 opportunities. Ernesto Frieri might get the first shot at the closer's role.6/15/2014 8:59:00 PM
Alex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.9/28/2014 6:27:00 PM
Alex ColomeSPRays right-hander Alex Colome earns second victory in final start of season.He did so in fine fashion, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, and struck out six. Colome finishes 2014 at 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Jake McGee saved his 19th game to seal the win.9/27/2014 9:05:00 PM
Chris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer pitched seven 2/3 innings and allowed a lone run on three hits and struck out six but lost to Corey Kluber as the Indians defeated the Rays, 1-0.Archer threw 75 of his 111 pitches for strikes and walked two batters. He finishes the year 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts.9/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Jeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson chased in third inning against Boston.Not a good final outing, as he went 2 1/3 innings, alling six runs (five earned), and struck out two. Hellickson finishes 2014 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.9/25/2014 9:24:00 PM
HotAlex CobbSPRays righty Alex Cobb had another masterful start on Tuesday.He allowed one run on five hits, but up until the eighth inning, it appeared the Rays were going to waste a fifth straight quality start from Cobb. Tampa Bay then scored five runs in the eighth. Cobb is 10-8 with a 2.75 ERA but his ERA is just 1.82 since July 1.9/23/2014 10:43:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BRays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run against the Red Sox on Tuesday.Zobrist hit a two-RBI double in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay took its first lead of the night, 2-1. Zobrist came around to score on David DeJesus' single as the Rays added three more runs in the frame. The second baseman is hitting .273 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI this season.9/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Yunel EscobarSSRays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a left knee sprain according to the Tampa Bay Times.Escobar slid awkwardly into home plate. He is being called day-to-day.9/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Kevin KiermaierCFRays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to miss a couple of days due to illness.Kiermaier has shown solid power with 10 homers and a .759 OPS in 317 at-bats.9/23/2014 4:53:00 PM

NY Yankees
Nathan EovaldiSPNewly-acquired starter Nathan Eovaldi will not be a great option during 2015.He was the main piece of the deal the Yankees got in return for Martin Prado. However, after a record of 6-14 and a 4.37 ERA last season, there is little reason to believe Eovaldi will improve by pitching in the AL East.12/19/2014 4:58:00 PM
Didi GregoriusSSThe Diamondbacks have traded shortstop Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees.Gregorius hit .226 last season with six homers, 27 RBI, 35 runs and six steals in 270 at bats. Replacing Yankees all-time great Derek Jeter, Gregorius may have more pressure on him than anyone in baseball.12/5/2014 3:13:00 PM
David RobertsonRPYankees closer David Robertson is looking to be paid in the same range as Jonathan Papelbon, who set the record for biggest contract for a closer before the 2012 season.So basically Robertson wants to be the richest closer in baseball. The Wall Street Journal reported Robertson's agent and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met on Tuesday. Robertson turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. ESPN reports Robertson wants something in the range of four years, $50 million. He has posted a 2.20 ERA over the past four years, but that is still a lot of money for a closer.11/12/2014 3:02:00 PM
Alfonso SorianoRFOutfielder Alfonso Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball, according to Hector Gomez of Listin Diario in the Dominican Republic.He was released by the Yankees in July, and at 38-years-old, finishes a nice career, batting .270/.319/.500 with 412 homers and 1,159 RBI during 16 seasons. Soriano also made seven All-Star teams.11/4/2014 9:11:00 PM
Alex Rodriguez3BYankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that he is "open to pursuing third base options" according to Newsday.CBS' Jon Heyman reported this week that the Yankees were interested in bringing back Chase Headley to play third. There is a high possibility that A-Rod will be playing at the DH spot, if that counts as playing, or possibility even moving to first base. The Yankees cannot count on him staying healthy an entire season at third base.10/10/2014 5:17:00 PM
Carlos BeltranRFYankees right fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his right eblow according to is no danger of Beltran missing spring training as he should be able to return to all baseball activities in 12 weeks. He had a bad season, hitting .233/.301/.402 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, but he should be much better after healing from the injury.9/30/2014 8:22:00 PM
Alex Rodriguez3BYankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York on Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.Girardi went on to say A-Rod doesn't automatically have the job, but he should be able to be the everyday third baseman if healthy. Even though this news likely makes Yankee fans want to puke, the team could really use a power right-handed bat. That's if Rodriguez can be somewhat of his old self. Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.9/29/2014 9:40:00 PM
Michael PinedaSPYankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and allowed just one run and three hits in six 1/3 innings on Sunday to win the season finale.The Red Sox did not have their best lineup out on the field, but he would have performed well against the Boston "A Team" as well. In his last 13 2/3 innings, Pineda struck out 18 hitters. He finishes the year with a 1.89 ERA and looks to be the Yankees best starter going into 2015.9/28/2014 6:59:00 PM
Derek JeterSSYankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled in his last at-bat at the major league level.Jeter went 1-for-2 before leaving in the third inning on Sunday. He lined out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in his first at-bat and then hit an infield single in his second plate appearance. Manager Joe Girardi replaced Jeter after the infield single. Jeter finishes sixth all-time with 3,465 hits. Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.9/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
Derek JeterSSYankees shortstop Derek Jeter will DH in his final major league game on Sunday.Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM