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#VFL Chase Headley has agreed to a four-year contract with the New York Yankees, as announced by the club and Major League Baseball on Monday. The deal secures Headley as the Yankees' primary third baseman through the 2018 season.

Having spent seven and a half seasons with the San Diego Padres (2007-14), who drafted Headley in the second round of the June 2005 Draft, the former Tennessee All-American was traded to the Yankees on July 22, 2014. In his first career appearance in the Bronx, he hit a walkoff single to push his new team ahead of the Texas Rangers, 2-1. 

"There is a lot of talent on this roster," Headley told MLB.com. "When you go around the diamond and you look at the players we have, there's a tremendous background. There are guys that played well last year and will continue to play well for the foreseeable future."

Headley hit .262 with a .398 slugging percentage in 58 games for New York in 2014. Following his July 22 trade, he held a .371 on-base percentage, the fifth-best mark among Major League third baseman during that span. On the year, Headley combined to produce 13 homers and 49 RBI in his 135 total games between San DIego and New York.

While playing for the Vols from 2004-05, Headley helped Tennessee to their most-recent College World Series appearance while taking the SEC batting title in 2005 with a .387 batting average. He hit 14 home runs in 2005 and his disciplined 63 walks that season still stand as the most by an individual player in a single season at UT. An excellent student-athlete, the Colorado native also became the fifth baseball player at Tennessee to earn first-team Academic All-American honors.

Here are a few of the latest articles on Headley and his new deal with the Yankees:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 10

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Today, we wish junior Tennessee baseball player Christin Stewart a Happy Birthday! Stewart, an outfielder, has played in 100 games during his Vol career and holds a .322 batting average. 
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We would also like to wish two special Happy Birthdays to members of the Tennessee Football family, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Mark Elder and VFL Jacques McClendon. McClendon was a four-year letterman on the offensive line and currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks officially announced the acquisition of former Tennessee pitcher Zack Godley, along with fellow prospect Jeferson Mejia, from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for veteran catcher Miguel Montero. 

In 2014, Godley split his second professional season between Chicago's Class A stops, combining for a 4-3 record with 15 saves and a 3.09 ERA. In 40 total appearances with Kane County and Daytona, he recorded 77 strikeouts in 55.1 innings while walking 24 batters. Since being drafted out of Rocky Top in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by Chicago, Godley owns a 6-3 professional record with a 2.74 ERA in 54 relief appearances, including 105 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work. 

While at Tennessee, Godley served as an alternate for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012, led by current Volunteers Head Coach Dave Serrano. As a senior in 2013, the South Carolina native led the Southeastern Conference with 108.1 innings pitched and finished second in the league with 98 strikeouts during the regular season. He also fired six complete games that season, more than any other team in the SEC and the most by a UT pitcher since 2000 (Jamie Bennett, 6). In his three seasons with the Vols, Godley went 10-10 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA in 56 appearances (25 starts), including 185 strikeouts.

Here is the latest news on Godley's move to the Diamondbacks organization:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 5

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On December 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes to soccer player and Knoxville native Kathryn Culhane. 

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Also join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to two VFLs, Daniel Hood and Alan Cockrell. Cockrell became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Vols in 1981. In baseball, he was an All-American outfielder for Tennessee and was drafted overall by the giants in 1984. 

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On Thursday, Dec. 4, the 2014 American League Champion Kansas City Royals announced an agreement to terms on a two-year deal with former Tennessee Volunteer and Royals bullpen ace Luke Hochevar, as reported by MLB.com.

After spending the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander began a throwing program late in the season with plans to be game-ready by Opening Day 2015. After becoming a free agent for the first time in his professional career this offseason, Hochevar ultimately chose to remain with Kansas City, the team that drafted his as the first-overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Rocky Top.

Following his big league debut with the Royals in 2007, Hochevar was a vital piece of the Kansas City's rotation for the next five seasons. In 2013, he made the move to the bullpen and excelled, posting a 5-2 record with a 1.92 ERA in 58 appearances. Hochevar also recorded 82 strikeouts over 70.1 innings of work, which ranked as sixth-most among American League relief pitchers. His 10.49 strikeouts per nine innings ratio that season also proved to be eighth-best in franchise history for Kansas City.

Check out more of the latest news on the former Tennessee Baseball All-American and 2005 Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year Award winner:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 2

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Today, we wish two Vol baseball players, Derek Lance and Andrew Lee, a very Happy Birthday! We also send our best wishes to Sarah McAuliffe of rowing!

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 1

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Today, we wish Cross Country senior J.R. Creekmore a very Happy Birthday! 
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We also wish VFL baseball pitcher Greg McMichael our best wishes on his Birthday!
Greg McMichael spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, winning the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves

VFL Ramsey Added to Marlins 40-Man Roster


Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins added five players to its 40-man roster this week. Among them, former Tennessee Volunteers right-handed pitcher Matt Ramsey was selected and will be experiencing his first-ever stint on a Major League roster entering the 2015 season.

Following a midseason and non-traditional trade from the Tampa Bay Rays organization, who drafted Ramsey out of Rocky Top in the 19th round of the June 2011 Draft, Ramsey held a 1.95 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work with the Double A Jacksonville Suns. Prior to joining Jacksonville, the Knoxville native went 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 33.2 innings for the Montgomery Biscuits in 2014, combining for a 1.47 ERA on the year.

Currently pitching in the Dominican Republic as a member of the Aguilas Cibaenas, Ramsey owns a 3.72 ERA and five saves in 10 appearances. His Aguilas are in second place in Dominican League standings with a 15-11 record, just one game behind the leading Estrellas de Oriente.

Through three professional seasons (2012-14), Ramsey owns a career 6-5 record with a 2.08 ERA, having appeared in 87 games including five starts. He has collected 147 total strikeouts over his 125.2 innings pitched and has only walked 57 batters during that span.

During his three seasons (2009-11) with the Vols, Ramsey served as the team's closer and went 4-6 with nine saves and a 4.43 ERA in 56 games (two starts). He also posted a .262 career batting average, having spent time at the catcher and corner outfield positions with Tennessee.

"It's been a pretty neat experience, playing with guys from all over the world," Ramsey told Tennessee Athletics' Brian Rice this summer of moving up in the baseball profession. "It's a neat experience and you see guys from all walks of life. The competition is definitely better, you just have to go out and do your thing."

Happy Birthday - Oct. 20

Happy Birthday to current defensive back Brian Randolph and VFL Pat McGlothin, a former Tennessee baseball player who went on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 
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Vol Calls - Wednesday Night at 8 p.m.

Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano will be live and on-site at Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville tonight for "Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Serrano is set to discuss the numerous player achievements this summer, including Christin Stewart's gold medal win with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, along with the latest news from Vol Baseball. The show will also feature UT sports nutritionist Allison Maurer along with interviews from Vol Football's Cameron Sutton, Jalen Hurd, Kyler Kerbyson and Head Coach Butch Jones.

LISTEN LIVE at 8 p.m. ET

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