More than a month after their season ended, the Yankees deals with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are all but official. It seemed to take a long time to finally get something done, but in reality, this offseason hasn’t been out of the ordinary. It usually takes awhile.
The Yankees didn’t make a significant move until the Winter Meetings. It was December 9 before the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson and re-signed Andy Pettitte. They didn’t sign Nick Johnson until a week before Christmas, and didn’t make The Boone Logan Trade until a few days later.
Last time the Yankees made a major splash
When the Yankees significantly reworked their roster in 2008, the makeover didn’t begin until December 10 when CC Sabathia agreed to his seven-year deal. A.J. Burnett was signed a couple of days later, then Mark Teixeira just before Christmas.
Last time the Yankees re-signed two icons
Back in 2007, both Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were on the market. Posada signed first, and he actually signed more quickly than Jeter or Rivera did this year. Posada officially signed on November 29, but the deal was agreed to on the 13th. Rivera’s deal didn’t become official until December 17.
Associated Press photo of Posada and Rivera