As the first week of the offseason gets underway, the proverbial Hot Stove has simply been lukewarm. But last night the Tampa Bay Rays made the first move, which now leaves the Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in a position to counter. Here’s the deal the Tampa Bay Rays made with the Seattle Mariners to fill a few of their vacant positions:
The Rays recently lost both their DH in John Jaso and their shortstop in Asdrubal Cabrera to free agency and the team wasted no time filling both positions with Brad Miller and Logan Morrison. With the Rays making the first trade of the offseason, it puts the other teams in the AL East on edge.
The Yankees are currently in the middle of revamping their 40-man roster which included bringing back Brendan Ryan as the utility man and releasing Chris Martin where he eventually signed a one-year deal in Japan. The Yankees also re-instated many of their players from the 60-day DL which included Chase Whitley, who could be a potential major league option next season after he injured his elbow and needed Tommy John Surgery in the beginning of 2015.
Of course, there is still plenty of offseason left–almost four months worth–so the Yankees have more than enough time to get a few deals done. But with the Rays quickly plugging in the holes that were left vacant, could the Yankees follow in the Rays footsteps? Or will the Yankees take the “slow and steady wins the race” approach and wait until the Winter Meetings, where every team will be looking to add more arms to their rotations and bats for their lineups?