It’s the last day of November, and the Yankees are rounding the corner into December just as Brian Cashman said they would: Piecing together their rotation while showing no signs of aggressive spending on either the trade or free agent markets.
They’ve brought back CC Sabathia and Freddy Garcia. Otherwise, a minor league deal with a utility infielder is the Yankees biggest move of the offseason. The Winter Meetings are less than a week away, and the Yankees front office is showing only calm patience.
Where were we at this time last year?
On the last day of November, 2010, the Yankees still had two major deals they had to complete. Mariano Rivera was moving quietly  toward a two-year agreement, and Derek Jeter was waiting  for a counteroffer in his surprisingly tense contract negotiations. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee remained the biggest target of them all, with no obvious Plan B on the market. 
Oh, and last November 30 was also the day we learned Cashman was going to rappel down a building  in an elf costume.
Safe to say, things are quieter this time around.
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