This feels like a strange winter for the Yankees, one with more unknowns — and less action — than we’re used to. But that might not be true.
Things we didn’t know at this time last year…
Whether Andy Pettitte was going to pitch again
One year ago, Pettitte’s future was still in doubt. The Yankees weren’t sure whether the Texas lefty was going to pitch one more year and help fill the significant hole in the rotation. Things were kind of a standstill while Pettitte waited to announce his retirement.
That Andruw Jones was going to sign
His name had been in the rumor mill, but at this time last year, Jones still had not signed to be the Yankees fourth outfielder. Ultimately, he was the most important part of the bench — and he’s already agreed to a deal this year — but 12 months ago, he was still a free agent and the Yankees bench was still awfully thin.
How eager the front office was to make a splash
Not only was Rafael Soriano unsigned, he seemed out of the question. He was too expensive, and the Yankees bullpen already looked like a strength, and Brian Cashman was hinting that he would not give up a first-round draft pick for a setup reliever. Not long after, Soriano was signed to a hefty, player-friendly contract.
That Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon were legitimate options
Two of the most important signings of the offseason didn’t come until the final week of January, when the Yankees took a low-risk gamble on veterans Garcia and Colon. Both proved more valuable than anyone could have guessed, and Garcia is already re-signed for this season.
How much Hughes, Chamberlain and Logan would make
No announcement about the arbitration-eligible players so far this year, and there had been no announcement to this point last year. Twelve months ago, the Yankees were still more than a week from avoiding arbitration with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan.