The Bombers were a distant second at $199 million, ending their streak of six straight openers above the $200 million mark.
It seems the Yankees were steadfast in their budgetary discipline. Until they weren’t. And thank goodness for that. Not only are we spoiled Yankees fans better off, but so is baseball.
Has Alex Rodriguez accepted his fate? A-Rod says his 162-game suspension could be considered “a favor” despite filing a lawsuit against MLB and its players’ union in an attempt to overturn it.
Hal Steinbrenner says A-Rod is “a great player,” but the Yankees’ managing general partner wouldn’t discuss the third baseman’s possible return to the team following a season-long suspension.
You may not recognize the new team, but you’ll probably recognize the result: just short of 90 wins, just short of the playoffs, way short of expectations.
The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury-tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003.
“We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
The Yankees have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16 million.
MLB needs the Yankees at their best, and their worst. To drive up prices, to drive up interest, baseball needs the Yankees to be interesting. And, as always, it took a Steinbrenner to make that happen.
Ellsbury, who turned 30 in September, led the majors with 52 stolen bases despite being hobbled late in the season by a broken right foot. The lefty-hitting leadoff man batted .298 with nine homers and 53 RBIs.
While teams weigh demands from free agents and the market continues to play itself out, the Yankees lay in wait. It appears they have not yet begun to spend.
“Given his age and given the severity of the injury, I think we all have concerns,” Hal Steinbrenner said Tuesday. “But if anybody is going to succeed, it’s going to be Derek.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman concedes that they could be outbid for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees are lining up meetings with the agents of several of the biggest names on the free agent market for next week’s General Managers’ meetings.
Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year.