Transaction wise, it was a pretty quiet week for the Yankees, but a former Yankee did head elsewhere, Alex Rodriguez is still working out as Spring Training begins next month and Max Scherzer is finally off the board–but he won’t be in Yankees pinstripes. Here is your week in review.
— For the last two seasons, Ichiro Suzuki was the fourth outfielder on the Yankees that earned more playing time last year when Carlos Beltran went on the disabled list. However, Ichiro is now taking his talents elsewhere as he signed a one-year, $2 Million contract to play with the Miami Marlins in 2015.
— Alex Rodriguez is still working out, but the eye-roll worthy headline of the week was he was working out with Barry Bonds. While both Bonds and Rodriguez have been known to use steroids in their careers, Bonds has been known to help other players with their swings. So pretty much, this isn’t an issue.
— All week, the Yankees expressed interest in Johan Santana, but their interest immediately waned when Santana suffered a shoulder issue in the playoff rounds of the Venezuelan league. If Santana could of returned healthy, having him in the rotation wouldn’t of been a bad thought. The Yankees could of used another veteran.
— The Max Scherzer sweepstakes officially ended this week as he signed a seven-year, $210 Million contract with the Washington Nationals. All offseason the Yankees were linked to Scherzer because–well, they’re the Yankees and they have money. However, Brian Cashman made it clear the Yankees weren’t going to sign Scherzer and decided to take a more economical approach.
— Yankees radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling was one of many misplaced due to a fire at his apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey. While Sterling lost everything in the fire, he’s still in good spirits and just happy to be alive.
— The Yankees are moving their “over the air” games from Channel 9 (My9) to Channel 11 (WPIX). WPIX will air 20 games this season and the schedule shouldn’t conflict with the New York Mets who also happen to be on WPIX.
— The Yankees have traded Gonzalez Germen to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. Germen was designated for assignment when the Yankees acquired Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies.
— Dellin Betances, Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira were honored at the BBWAA Dinner in New York City and Gardner took home the “Good Guy Award” which was voted on by the BBWAA chapter. Good for him. (Pun not intended).