After the World Series the New York Yankees created a lot of excitement, seemingly committing to spend money and sign a big name short stop to replace the failed experiment with Gleyber Torres. They also indicated that securing a number two type starter would be a priority as well. There was also plenty of talk about backup strength in centerfield.
Now weeks out from those proclamations the Yankees have done practically nothing with their priorities, even rolling back thoughts of signing a big name shortstop. They have now decided it appears that a stop gap measure might be preferable, while they wait for Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to become major league ready. It’s beginning to sound like the 2022 Yankees may not be that much different than the team that lost division to the Tampa Bay Rays and the wild card game to the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees did replace third base coach Phil Nevin with ex-Mets manager Luis Rojas. The also made a play for starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who ended up signing with the Houston Astros, the team that turned his career around. The Yankees offered the same $25 million on a one year contract, the Astros bested that with the same amount for two years.
Boston Red Sox changes:
Luckily for the Yankees, their other rivals haven’t done much either. Possibly because a lock out seems likely when the Collective Bargaining Agreement runs out on December 1st. The Red Sox lost a key pitching element when Eduardo Rodriguez signed with the Detroit Tigers.
Back on the fifth of November the Sox scooped up Yankees Tim Locastro off waivers. Kyle Schwarber elected for free agency and the Sox as of now have not resigned him. He was big for the Sox going down the stretch with his 31 home runs on the season.
Tampa Bay Rays changes:
From a Yankee perspective it was not good news when the Rays inked an 11-year contract with their star infielder Wander Franco. The Rays will now have there cornerstone for the rest of the decade. Earlier in the month the Rays exercised Mike Zunino’s contract option, keeping him as their primary catcher.
Toronto Blue Jay changes:
The Blue Jays only big splash is that they signed starting pitcher Jose Berrios to a seven year contract extension, keeping him with the Blue Jays through the 2028 season. They also acquired Off Waivers From San Diego right hand pitcher Shawn Anderson.
Baltimore Orioles changes:
After a 110 game losing season and sitting at the bottom of the American League, the Orioles have done nearly nothing, other then acquire to two players off waivers. They selected right hand pitcher Cionel Perez from the Reds and shortstop Lucius Fox from the Kansas City Royals.
If there is no owner lock out after December first, expect the hot stove to heat up.
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