The bad news: It’s been another quiet week in Yankees Universe and the Red Sox and Blue Jays are bolstering their roster. The good news: Brian Cashman is rappelling off a building this weekend and Winter Meetings begin next week, so you know there’s bound to be a ton of rumors. As for this week, the Red Sox and Blue Jays added new players, five ex-Yankees made the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and there’s a new suitor hoping to acquire the Yankees former closer. So without further ado, here is your week in review.
— Just a week after signing Russell Martin, the Blue Jays were at it again, this time trading third basemen Brett Lawrie to the Oakland Athletics for third basemen Josh Donaldson. While the Blue Jays are adding offense, the Oakland Athletics appear to be in a bit of trouble: they traded away Yoenis Cespedes during the 2014 season and the lineup became anemic. Imagine what trading Donaldson would do in 2015.
— Five ex-Yankees were placed on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot for the first time: Aaron Boone, Gary Sheffield, Tony Clark, Tom Gordon and Randy Johnson. Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens and Don Mattingly are the holdovers on the ballot. (Worth noting: This is the 15th and final time Don Mattingly can appear on the Hall of Fame ballot.)
— The Blue Jays weren’t the only ones making some moves: The Boston Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez to play left field in 2015. It wasn’t a total loss for the Yankees; the organization was never interested in Ramirez anyway.
— David Robertson continues to be the biggest prize on the free agent market, and now there’s another team that would like his services. While the Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers exited the Robertson sweepstakes, the Houston Astros entered the Robertson sweepstakes and made this offseason a lot more interesting.
— If you were hoping for Jimmy Rollins to succeed Derek Jeter as the Yankees shortstop, it’s not going to happen. The Yankees reportedly called the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this week and inquired about Rollins’s asking price. The asking price for the 36-year-old shortstop was too high and the Yankees quickly lost interest.
— Hanley Ramirez wasn’t the only new toy the Red Sox signed this week. On the same day they signed Ramirez, the Red Sox also signed 3B Pablo Sandoval to a multi-year deal. With Sandoval off the board, the San Francisco Giants need a third basemen, and now the most intriguing third basemen on the market happens to be Chase Headley–a player the Yankees are also interested in.