I’m going to try a new feature today called “Yankees Links”. Every morning (if I have time the night before), I will post some Yankees-related links that I come across and find interesting from the day before. This is both a way to introduce you all to some high-quality material from around the web, and to connect us with our friends in the Yankees universe. If you find or write an good article about the Yankees, please send it my way at [email protected]
Andrew Mearns of the Pinstriped Bible takes a look at the most recent addition to the 40-man roster: Know Your 40: Russ Canzler
Russ Canzler is the newest addition to the New York Yankees’ 40-man roster, as they claimed him off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on January 4th. He is another option for the team entering Spring Training as the Yanks continue their search for the right-handed threat off the bench that they lacked last year when Andruw Jones lost his touch from 2011. Although he will be 27 for the majority of the 2013 campaign and only has a combined two months of MLB service time over two years, there certainly is some possibility that he could make a name for himself and prove himself useful to the Yankees this upcoming season.
Anthony Solano pinch hits at the LoHud Yankees Blog, offering a unique perspective into the Yankees’ global brand: Pinch Hitting: Anthony Solano
Believe it or not, the Yankee universe extends beyond the realms of North and Central America and beyond even Asia to countries all over the globe. Whilst the fishbowl is squarely located in the Bronx, there is an incredible supporter base made up of global fans, many of whom who have never been to the United States let alone New York. These fans, dubbed satellite fans, represent a large reason why the Yankee brand has become of the most powerful in the world.
Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily considers some players who could be invaluable to the Yankees in 2014: 10 Players who could make $189 million in 2014 more palatable
Assuming no trades occur, the Yankees have 11 shoe-ins for the 2014 active roster. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, David Phelps, Eduardo Nunez, Ivan Nova, and Francisco Cervelli (or Chris Stewart). Those contracts add up to about $110 million. There is also a tax in the neighborhood of $5-10 million that has been imposed on all major league teams which counts against the salary cap. This means the Yankees have about $70 million to fill 14 active spots on the roster (or exactly $5 million per player). You have to figure more will be spent on the starters than the bench players.
Later in the day, look out for a response to one of these pieces and some questions for discussion.