The New York Yankees have been busy this off-season
The New York Yankees have been busy this off-season rebuilding for the 2015 MLB season. This comes after a solid 2014 season in which the team finished at 84-78 despite dealing with a handful of key injuries including to the team’s starting rotation. A starting rotation that only saw Hiroki Kuroada finish with 32 starts with the rest of the rotation failing to top 20.
Now the Yankees enter this off-season looking to retool the roster starting with the team’s bullpen. Something we saw pay off for teams like the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles last season. The team turned its attention to Andrew Miller signing the craft left hander to a four year $36 million dollar deal to anchor the back end of the rotation. Despite losing David Robertson to free agency the team now has Miller and Dellin Betances to close out ball games.
Miller might have been one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market this off-season with as many as 15 teams interested. After a 2013 season in which Miller finished with a 2.64 earned run he bounced back with an even better season. This included an impressive run with the Orioles including only three earned runs in 20 innings during the regular season and only one hit in 7.1 innings in the post season.
The team’s other big move came on the same day the team landed Miller as they were part of a three way trade that brought back shortstop Didi Gregorius. The Yankees had a glaring hole at the position now that Derek Jeter has officially retired. The 24 year old shortstop has played in parts of the past three seasons posting a .243 batting average with 13 home runs in 191 career at bats.
The other key off-season moves include resigning Chase Headley and Chris Capuanao as well as trading for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. The moves could continue to come in 2015 with big names like James Shields and Max Scherzer on the free agent market!