Every year around Christmas, the holiday cheer is at a maximum and baseball news slows down to a halt. It was the same scenario this year where the Yankees did next to nothing this week, but they lost a few players, were hit with a hefty bill and one ex-Yankee has faith in Alex Rodriguez‘s return. So without further ado, here’s your week in review!
— Last week the Yankees designated Preston Claiborne for assignment. Earlier this week, he was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins, making him the third ex-Yankee to go to the “Sunshine State”. Martin Prado and David Phelps were both traded to the Marlins last week for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones.
— For the last three years, the Yankees counted on Hiroki Kuroda as their No. 2 starter in the rotation. Now, Kuroda’s going home to Japan to finish his baseball career. He signed a one-year, $3.3 Million deal with the Hiroshima Carp for the 2015 season, leaving the Yankees with a hole in the rotation. Kuroda was the only starter out of Spring Training last season to stay healthy for a full year, despite being 39-years-old.
— Last offseason, the Yankees went on a $500 Million shopping spree, bringing in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka with hopes of a World Series title in 2014. Well, the Yankees didn’t win a World Championship, but they were hit with a hefty bill. The Yankees were told to pay $18.3 Million for going over the luxury tax last season, making the Yankees one of two teams to pay a luxury tax fine this season, the other being the Los Angeles Dodgers.
— Alex Rodriguez is returning whether Yankees fans want him to or not. But ex-Yankee David Phelps said Rodriguez is going to be welcomed with open arms by his teammates when he arrives to Spring Training this February. Phelps added Rodriguez assisted him in his first few years in the big leagues and credits him for being the pitcher he is today.
— Last week, New York was hit with a tragedy when two police officers were killed in Brooklyn. After hearing the news, Yankees decided to help and with George Steinbrenner’s ‘Yankee Silver Shield Foundation’, the team will pay the educational funds of Rafael Ramos’s two sons. Even from the grave, George Steinbrenner is a giving man–and it shows to this day what a great man he was.