It’s Christmas Eve, which means one more day until Santa brings all the best toys to all the good girls and boys. Where does that leave the Yankees? On the naughty list?
Truth is, the Yankees opened their biggest gift early this year. When all of the baseball world expected CC Sabathia to opt out after the playoffs, the Yankees ace instead agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the Bronx through at least 2016.
Not long after, the Yankees picked up their options on Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano, paying more than $5 million to assure that the key pieces of the American League’s second-highest-scoring offense will be back next season.
Up next was Freddy Garcia, re-signed to a reasonable one-year deal that helped satisfy Brian Cashman’s desire for a little veteran depth at the back of the rotation.
The stocking stuffers have been a couple of Rule 5 relievers and the rights to a utility infielder from Japan. The packages tet to be fully unopened are Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances; the top prospects Cashman has refused to unload in a trade for a starting pitcher.
It’s been an unusually quiet winter for the Yankees — and it’s left plenty of fans begging for some sort of new, shiny toy under the tree — but the bulk of this roster was already assembled long before Santa began loading his sleigh. There wasn’t much to be done this winter, and so the Yankees haven’t done much. In so many ways, that’s a gift of its own.
Whether it’s a gift worthy of Santa remains to be seen.
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