Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year.
It was Lazzeri who played alongside the iconic figures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and who preceded the great Joe DiMaggio as the first great Italian-American ballplayer.
With free agency set to begin, the Yankees have extended qualifying offers to second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yankees need hard-working, healthy bodies; players who can get on base, field their positions and run the bases. That’s what it will take to get this team back in contention, along with help on the pitching front.
Check out the managers in this year’s Fall Classic. It shows you that the day-to-day grumbling about managers isn’t that big a deal in the end.
My question to 40 major league executives, agents and players-turned-broadcasters was “What will Robinson Cano sign for?” So what is the magic number?
As fictional President Jed Bartlet was fond of saying, “What’s next?” Let’s take a look, starting with the most obvious free agent — Robinson Cano.
Saddled with the twin burdens of bulging expectations and a newfound frugality, Hal Steinbrenner is at a crossroads. His next few moves could decide the next decade for the New York Yankees.
Wouldn’t it be nice to go out like Mo and Andy? Girardi, with a fresh four-year deal, hopes Robinson Cano will factor his Yankees legacy into the equation when weighing his options in free agency.
“Though I can’t talk about it, that other guy in New York is going to get paid — not by us,” the Dodgers owner said Thursday, according to CBSSports.com. “But he’s going to get paid.”
Few can match the total package that the team of Boomer and Carton provide on a given football Friday. Check that. No one can duplicate what the Dynamic Radio Duo bring to the table.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
For what feels like a lifetime, Mets fans have been hearing that THIS is the offseason. THIS is when it will all change. 2014 will be the year that the Mets FINALLY field a team that can contend. You’re up, Mr. Alderson.
Following the Yankees’ worst year since 1992, there are a whole lot of questions and not many answers. Manager Joe Girardi hasn’t even committed to returning.
It turns out Robinson Cano isn’t the only one who is willing to show a little leg to the enemy. The twin mating rituals of the two most important free agents the Yankees need to address this offseason includes someone who won’t throw, catch or hit a baseball in 2014.