It’s the first week in review of 2015, and with the holiday’s finally over, it’s time to focus our energy on counting down the days until Spring Training which by the way is next month. However, the Yankees ended 2014 with a bang and began 2015 the same way. Also, a player the Yankees quietly kept their eyes on became an AL East rival and a rumor swirled if the Yankees were interested in a second basemen currently with the Tampa Bay Rays. So without further ado, here is the first week of review in the new year!
— The first trade of 2015 happened on New Year’s Day…and it was a surprise. The Yankees traded former top prospect Manny Banuelos to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP David Carpenter and LHP Chasen Shreve. Banuelos’s stock went down after he had Tommy John Surgery, and it was clear the Yankees weren’t as high on him as they were a few years ago. Carpenter, who was endorsed by Brian McCann to Brian Cashman, is expected to make the bullpen out of Spring Training while Shreve is expected to start the year in Triple-A.
— An infielder came off the board this week as Asdrubal Cabrera signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. It affects the Yankees since Cabrera is now in the AL East and the Yankees will see him multiple time throughout the year. It’s worth mentioning AL East has gotten a little lighter over these last few months with all the big bats on the free agent market signing elsewhere. Maybe the Yankees can compete in the division after all?
— Shawn Kelley and his horse mask Seabiscut are heading out to greener pastures–in San Diego. The final trade of 2014 happened to be Kelley being traded to the Padres for prospect Johnny Barbato. Barbato being in the minor leagues further’s the Yankees task of making the team young again–which is hard to do considering some of the biggest contracts on the team are in their late 30’s and early 40’s. Kelley foreshadowed Cashman was going to make another move after he was traded and it just so happened, the trade was Manny Banuelos to the Braves.
— No, Alex Rodriguez didn’t make headlines for doing something wrong, but for those that need a reminder that he’s coming back, he posted a picture on Instagram of him in the batting cages. A-Rod looks pretty good from the two pictures he posted, but of course his real test will come when he arrives for Spring Training.
— After the Rays acquired Asdrubal Cabrera, it seemed highly possible the Rays would trade Ben Zobrist. So with that rumor flying, I did an article on if the Yankees and Rays would agree to to a trade . Anyway, if you haven’t read it, the link is there, but I thought it was an interesting topic to ponder over especially in a season where speculation is at a maximum.