The New York Yankees, by their own standards, have had a very quiet time as they build towards the new baseball season. Here’s a summary of what has happened to their roster from 2012 and a brief look at new signings.
Derek Jeter. Jeter had the “boot”, which he had been required to wear to protect his surgically-repaired left ankle, removed from his foot after Christmas. He is scheduled to begin Spring training with the rest of the squad but will be behind in his running, but hopes to be ready to go come opening day.
Brett Gardner. Gardner missed most of the 2012 season through injury but looks likely to be a fixture in the outfield in 2013. He avoided arbitration by signing a deal for 2013 which will bring him just under $3 million.
Eric Chavez. Chavez’s two-year stint with the Yankees came to an end when he signed a one year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Winter meetings.
Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod had surgery on his left hip this month and the optimistic view is that he will be back after the All-Star break. However, GM Brian Cashman has admitted that there is an outside possibility that he will miss the whole season.
Curtis Granderson. The Yankees took up their option on Granderson for 2013. There is an apparent internal discussion whether he will play centrefield or leftfield next season with Gardner taking the other spot.
Jayson Nix. Nix was squeezed off the 40-man and outrighted to the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre franchise which has been renamed the Railriders for the 2013 season. There is still a possibility that he will figure in the Yankees’ plans for 2013.
Francisco Cervelli. Despite spending most of 2012 at Scranton and suffering a close-season whiplash injury, Cervelli goes into Spring Training looking favourite to be the Yankees no. 1 catcher for 2013.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda re-signed for the Yankees on a 1-year deal and will be a prominent part of their starting rotation.
Chris Stewart. Stewart is one of a clutch of catchers who will battle it out in Spring Training for one of the two catching spots on the 25-man roster.
Andruw Jones. Jones’ stint with the Yankees came to an end and he signed a deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan. However, he was arrested in December following a domestic dispute.
Robinson Cano. The Yankees took up their one year option on Cano’s contract which will keep him on the roster through the 2013 season. However, it looks likely that there will be tough negotiations with Cano at the end of the year with Cano being represented by noted agent, Scott Boras. Cano will play in the World Baseball Classic.
Mark Teixeira. Teixeira will enter his fifth season in the pinstripes in 2013 and hopes to improve on his 2012 season stats if he can stay injury free. Teixeira will represent the USA in March’s World Baseball Classic.
Eduardo Nunez. Nunez spent most of 2012 at Scranton but his future looks brighter after good performances in the last weeks of the regular season and during the playoffs following the injury to Derek Jeter. The Yankees see Nunez only as being useful as a shortstop, following an unsuccessful experiment with him at third base in 2011 and this could limit his opportunities.
Raul Ibanez. Ibanez’s one year stint with the Yankees was marked by some notable playoff heroics. He has chosen to re-sign with the Seattle Mariners on a one-year deal.
Rafael Soriano. Soriano did not take up his option on his contract with the Yankees and declined the offer that they made him following this. He signed for the Washington Nationals on a two-year deal this month.
David Robertson. It looks possible that the Yankees and Robertson will head for arbitration as he remains the one arbitration-eligible member of the roster who has not yet settled on a figure with the Bronx Bombers.
Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro will replace Nick Swisher as the everyday rightfielder for the Yankees and signed a two year contract with the franchise before Christmas.
Nick Swisher. Swisher spent a lot of the second-half of the season alternating between first base and rightfield as the Yankees sought to make room for Ichiro following his signing in the trade with Seattle. This gave the impression that Swisher was going to be the odd man out come the end of the season and this proved to be the case as he signed a major deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Freddy Garcia. Garcia remains a free agent after his contract with the Yankees came to an end and so far no club has tendered a deal for him.
Cody Eppley. Eppley was one of the pleasant surprises of the 2012 season for the Yankees and made the roster for the ALCS. He figures to be a major part of the Yankees middle relief in 2013.
Clay Rapada. Rapada will also be part of that middle-relief mix after a successful season in 2012.
David Phelps. Phelps should make the roster as either a fifth starter or in long relief.
Mariano Rivera. Like Jeter, Rivera will be slightly behind the rest of the squad in their work in Spring Training but he hopes to resume his closer role by opening day.
Casey McGehee. McGehee is out-of-contract with the Yankees and remains unsigned by any major league outfit into January.
Andy Pettitte. Pettitte signed a major one-year deal with the Yankees which will keep him with them for 2013. He looks likely to pitch for USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.
Ivan Nova. Nova had a disappointing final few months for the Yankees in 2012 and was left off the playoff rosters. It looks likely that he will battle it out with David Phelps for the 5th spot on the starting rotation in Spring Training.
Boone Logan. Logan came to an agreement with the Yankees for 2013 on a deal which means he will avoid arbitration and earn a little over $3 million. As a left-handed reliever, he could be a crucial part of the Yankees’ bullpen.
C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia had minor surgery to remove a bone-spur from his left elbow in October and following rehab, he will resume his role at the head of the Yankees rotation.
Cory Wade. After passing through the Toronto Blue Jays organisation, who claimed him off waivers from the Yankees, Wade has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs and will attend Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
Russell Martin. After a disappointing season with the bat in 2012, Martin has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees considered a one-year deal with Martin but were unwilling to match the two-year $17 million dollar that the Bucs tabled.
Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain gradually improved towards the end of 2012 after initially struggling following his return from injury. If that trend continues he will join the mix of the Yankees bullpen after settling a non-guaranteed deal which saw him avoid arbitration.
Phil Hughes. Hughes avoided arbitration and signed a one-year deal worth just over $7 million and looks likely to fill the no. 4 slot in the rotation with the Yankees in 2013 if Spring training goes to plan.
David Aardsma. Despite Aardsma only making one appearance in 2012, the Yankees took up their option on him for the 2013 season.
Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano’s nightmare time – for both club and player – with the New York Yankees came to its conclusion without him ever pitching for the big league club during the two year deal. He has now signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets who he played with in 2010.
Austin Romine. Romine will battle it out with Cervelli and Stewart for the two catching spots on the roster for 2013.
Chris Dickerson. Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Yankees despite some good outings at the major league level in September. As a left-handed hitter behind an outfield which features three everyday left-handed batters, it looks like his time in New York has reached its conclusion.
Kevin Youkilis. It has been a very quiet off-season for the Yankees, Youk is their only major signing and will fill the third base gap until Rodriguez recovers from surgery.
Russ Canzler. Canzler was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Last season, with the Cleveland team, he saw limited playing time as an outfielder, first-base man and designated hitter. A successful Spring training could see him fulfilling the same roles for the Yankees especially as the Yankees have no obvious everyday designated hitter following Ibanez’s return to Seattle.
So far, the Yankees have only announced three non-roster invitees who will vie for a spot on the roster in Spring Training. They are Bobby Wilson (c), Gil Velazquez (IF) and Matt Diaz (OF).