While the Yankees haven’t made a splashy signing–and judging by Brian Cashman’s actions, they don’t seem to be taking that course of action this offseason–they have been busy. It hasn’t been the busy Yankees fans were hoping for, but the roster has been reconstructed of some sort. With Christmas coming up and the Yankees anticipating a slow week, I thought it would be a good time to recap all of the transactions the Yankees made up to this point. I’ll do a completed post when the Yankees arrive for Spring Training but for now, here are the moves the Yankees made just before Christmas.
November 3, 2014: Yankees outright OF Antoan Richardson to Triple-A. Richardon elected for free agency and later signed with the Texas Rangers.
November 9, 2014: Yankees sign OF Chris Young to a one-year, $2 Million contract to be the fourth outfielder.
November 12, 2014: Yankees sign LHP Jose De Paula and later place him on the 40 man roster.
November 18, 2014: Yankees sign RHP Andrew Bailey to a minor league deal after they mutually decided not to pick up the 2015 option on his contract last season.
November 20, 2014: The Yankees add RHP Danny Burawa, OF Mason Williams, OF Tyler Austin and RHP Branden Pinder to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. The Yankees ended up losing no one in the Rule 5 Draft and didn’t acquire anyone.
— The Yankees sold the contract rights of Zelous Wheeler to a team in Japan. Bright side: Yankees made some money off of it.
December 5, 2014: The Yankees signed LHP Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 Million deal, a deal which sealed the end of David Robertson‘s time in Yankees pinstripes. Robertson later went to sign with the Chicago White Sox.
— Yankees signed RHP Jose Campos to a minor league deal
— The Yankees traded RHP Shane Greene in a three-team trade with the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, acquiring SS Didi Gregorius. Brian Cashman said Gregorius will platoon with Brendan Ryan to begin the season.
December 10, 2014: Yankees sign C Juan Graterol to a minor league contract. The Yankees plan on adding him as catching depth in Double-A Trenton.
December 12, 2014: Yankees sign 2B Cole Figueroa to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. With the Yankees shaking up the infield once again, Figueroa along with Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela could compete for the second base position this Spring.
December 15, 2014: Yankees sign 3B Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 Million deal. The Yankees originally didn’t want to go four-years, but they did and now Headley will be the Yankees everyday third basemen when he arrives for Spring Training.
December 16, 2014: Yankees sign LHP Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 Million deal. Capuano will begin the season in the Yankees rotation until Ivan Nova returns from Tommy John Surgery. However, with injuries popping up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Capuano in the rotation even after Nova returns.
December 19, 2014: Yankees DFA RHP Preston Claiborne. Claiborne struggled somewhat during his time in the majors, but if he goes unclaimed, he could still be relief help and could still compete for a relief role in Spring Training.
— The Yankees acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. Gives up home runs, walks a lot of people but the Yankees liked he throws hard.
— Yankees traded 2B Martin Prado and RHP David Phelps to the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and prospect RHP Domingo German. The Yankees believe Eovaldi hasn’t reached his ceiling and they see serious potential in him, while they believe Jones would be a good back-up first basemen to Mark Teixeira, back-up right fielder to Carlos Beltran and a lefty platoon of DH with Alex Rodriguez.