Of course Montero got traded. After all, the Yankees had a few free agents, none of them were major though, and most of them were re-signed. The only real task they had this offseason was to upgrade the rotation and Montero was sacrificed in the name of that.
It took a while to get to the point of that trade though. Before then it was easy to get impatient as the Yankees talked with virtually every free agent, but didn’t have serious interest in almost any of them. The only major contract they handed out this offseason was to Hiroki Kuroda and they didn’t hand out a single multi-year deal aside from CC’s extension. Other than that, they went cheap or addressed the team through trade.
It wasn’t the most glamorous offseason, they didn’t land Albert Pujols or Yu Darvish, but they were a 97 win team last season with the bulk of the roster returning. They didn’t really have to do much, just tweak here and there.
Here is how the Yankees changed in the offseason:
FREE AGENTS SIGNED: Hiroki Kuroda ($10M), Raul Ibanez ($1.1M), Bill Hall (MiLB deal), Russell Branyan (MiLB deal), Clay Rapada (MiLB deal), David Aardsma ($500K plus option), Manny Delcarmen (MiLB deal), LHP Mike O’Connor (MiLB).
FREE AGENTS LOST: Jorge Posada (retired), Bartolo Colon (A’s), Aaron Laffey (Blue Jays), Scott Proctor (free agent), Raul Valdes (Phillies), Andrew Brackman (Reds), Kei Igawa (free agent), Mark Prior (free agent), Greg Golson (Royals).
EXTENSION SIGNED: CC Sabathia (2/YRS, $50M).
BIDDING RIGHTS TO JAPANESE INFIELDER’S WON AND LOST: Hiroyuki Nakajima ($2M bid, did not sign).