This isn’t the first time in Yankees/Red Sox history where the Red Sox would make a flashy offseason move only to wait for the Yankees to counterattack. In fact, it last happened in 2011 when the Red Sox traded away Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers, signed Jason Varitek to a one-year deal and added Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler as bullpen depth. So, how did the Yankees respond to the moves the Red Sox made in 2011?
Yankees re-signed Derek Jeter: This was the last major contract Derek Jeter signed before his retirement and if fans could remember, it was also one of the messiest contract negotiations sports fans had ever seen. Every move of the deal made headlines, but Jeter made sure the Yankees didn’t regret signing him to that deal: He had a good year in both 2011 and 2012, he was hurt for most of 2013 and while he wasn’t vintage Derek Jeter in 2014, he was still effective.
Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera: Mariano Rivera signed a two-year deal and was supposed to retire at the end of the 2012 season, but as you all know, he tore his ACL, underwent season ending surgery and vowed to the Yankees fans he wouldn’t go out with an injury. He re-signed one more contract in 2013 and pitched his final season in pinstripes as the greatest closer of all time.
Yankees signed Russell Martin: Once upon a time, before Russell Martin joined the Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was a Yankee. He had two lackluster seasons with the team offensively, but he was a great defensive catcher and was able to handle the pitching staff. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for the Yankees to want to keep Martin and they let him go following the 2012 season without giving him a qualifying offer.
Yankees signed Pedro Feliciano: I won’t say this was the worst deal the Yankees ever made because there were far worse, but the Yankees basically gave Feliciano money only for him to never make an appearance with the Bronx Bombers. In a way, Feliciano’s injury led to some good; Boone Logan was the go-to lefty in the pen and did a decent job for the Yankees.
Yankees signed Rafael Soriano: The Yankees anticipated Soriano would be one of the back-end guys of the bullpen, but they had no idea Soriano was going to be the closer in 2012 after Mairano Rivera missed most of the year with an ACL tear. Following the 2012 season, Soriano left the Yankees and went to the Nationals. It’s also worth mentioning Soriano is a free agent again.
Yankees sign Bartolo Colon & Freddy Garcia: The Yankees had one thing in mind when they signed Colon and Garcia: rotation depth. Colon pitched well enough to begin a career resurgence and Garcia pitched well in 2011.
Yankees sign Eric Chavez: Eric Chavez was an injury prone infielder when the Yankees signed him and he had to be the most popular injury prone infielder the team ever had. The Yankees got decent production from Chavez in 2011 before he had a great bounce-back season in 2012. He eventually retired from baseball and now works for the Yankees as a special assignment scout.
Yankees sign Andruw Jones: The Andruw Jones deal in 2012 was a disaster, but many forget Jones was good in 2011. The interesting part of this deal was it wasn’t done until Spring Training. In the end, the deal is probably one the Yankees want to forget, but at least there was some good to it.